By GLENN KAHL
Turkeys – lots of turkeys – headed for Thanksgiving tables were delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse in Manteca's Industrial Park Wednesday morning by a Foster Farms' 18-wheeler.
A church and unexpected insurance coverage provided a surprise twist for the Manteca woman whose car was rear ended in Saturday night's police pursuit of a fleeing felon believing she had lost her transportation in the blink of an eye.
A Manteca woman complains the Saturday night high speed pursuit by Manteca Police left her without car after it was rear ended while parked in front of her home in the 200 block of Frances Street.
Manteca firefighters delivered some 5,000 pounds of holiday foodstuffs – twice of what they collected last year – to the Second Harvest Food Bank Monday afternoon.
RIPON - A concerned Ripon resident, Lisa Weinstein, raised a red flag for Ripon Unified School District trustees last week over the approved construction of a Clearwire Internet tower near Weston Elementary School.
RIPON - A fire engine manned by a crew of cancer surviving firefighters is sweeping across the U.S. with their message of awareness and early diagnosis targeted at other fire service personnel. Fire Chief Dennis Bitters is hosting that crew Friday morning at 9 a.m. in front of Station One.
RIPON - Ripon farmer David Phippen went before the Ripon Unified School District Board of Trustees last week asking permission to put funds earned from the school farm back into upgrading and replanting the acreage at a projected cost of $63,000.
Four officers, one supervisor and cadets from the Manteca Police Explorers conducted a busy DUI check point Saturday night on Yosemite Avenue just east of Powers Avenue from 7 p.m. until midnight.
It all started with an attempted traffic stop at 11:17 Saturday night that turned into a high speed pursuit ending in the 200 block of Frances Street where the suspect collided with a parked car, lost control, and careened into a driveway knocking a parked vehicle through the garage door.
A Saturday morning car thief apparently took his bicycle along just in case he needed a quick get-away – which he did when the owner caught up with him an hour later.
RIPON - The number of Ripon Unified students losing their bus passes – 24 in just two weeks – has raised concerns among the school district administration. Passes had been initiated in mid-October because of the troubled economy's affect on the schools' budget.
A "Center of Excellence" status has been awarded to Doctors Hospital of Manteca for its level of breast care given to its patients.
RIPON - The 10 to 12-year-old network that connects all of Ripon Unified School District's computer operations was described as being obsolete this week by Jerry Springer, director of Internet Technology for the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Two high school-aged teens allegedly made off with the tip box at Quickie-Kleen Car Wash in the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue Thursday afternoon setting in motion a foot chase by owner Francine Escobar as well as four of her employees.
Six-year-old Emily Hum dropped by Manteca's Union Road fire station Wednesday to meet some special guys - firefighters and medics who saved her life.
The Ripon Police Department hosted the Advanced Junior Police Academy for two weeks from July 7-18 18 with 14 cadets under the direction of Officer Trevor McGinnis.
John Mangelos is being installed as the Ripon Chamber of Commerce president Thursday night for the second time.
Some 300 Police Explorers from throughout the state converged on Ripon High to test their proficiencies in day-to-day police tactics and procedures in the fourth year of the Central Valley Explorer Competition.
Ripon is exploring having two water systems - one for domestic use and the other for landscaping.
One Manteca grandmother remembered a newspaper story about pleas for money to get out of jail by "grandsons" that warned her of the fraud that was confronting her on the telephone.
Two days of police skills competitions face some 35 teams of teenage police explorers from throughout California and as far away as Honolulu on Friday and Saturday at Ripon High School for the Fourth Annual Central Valley Explorer Challenge.
A fire described as suspicious caused $150,000 in damages to a Manteca home at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the 200 block of El Capitan Avenue.
In less than 60 hours police solved what turned out to be the biggest vehicle theft ever in Manteca recovering three of five vehicles stolen and making two arrests.
It was fast police work from Saturday to Tuesday noon in finding those responsible for the theft and arson of high profile commercial vehicles valued at over $400,000 and parked next to a Manteca hotel in an daring caper in the dark of night.
Three stolen Tillamook Cheese microbuses valued at $300,000 were located in Copperopolis Monday night by a county-wide law enforcement team led by Manteca Police Department officers.
A Tillamook Cheese sales tour caravan was disrupted when five of its vehicles were stolen from a Manteca hotel parking places Saturday with two of them being torched a day later by thieves.
The late Les Reile made a habit of feeding the hungry in Manteca, Ripon, Escalon and Stockton.
A wrestling scene was filmed Wednesday in the Manteca High gym for a movie designed to help teens grappling with depression.
Tommy Joyce with his distinctive white beard was somewhat of a celebrity riding in an open taxi cab down main streets in Havana with Cubans shouting to him: "Mr. Hemingway! – Mr. Hemingway!"