A career criminal and bank robber who traumatized Ripon tellers in October of 2009 was sentenced Friday in Merced Superior Court to a term of 25 years to life in prison on a Three Strike conviction following a Livingston robbery.
Marissa McLeod lives on in the prom memories of thousands of girls who were able to enjoy the dance of their teen years thanks to her mother and others making her act of kindness a legacy when they opened Marissa's Closet six years ago.
Michele Franklin is a relatively young woman, a quadriplegic who uses her eyes to control her computer and communicate, saying she has learned so much about transitioning into her new phase in life during her six year progression with the debilitating ALS motor neuron disease.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series on Lou Gehrig's Disease - also known as ALS - detailing its effects on its victims and their families in the Greater Manteca Area with May being ALS month.)
Colony Oak School classes often took place at Stouffer Park 25 years ago when teachers would take their students away from the ongoing construction and the dangers of cranes lifting pipes and the building around the new campus. Two school buses would ferry the students down Murphy Road over a mile to the park with its stands of oak trees and its riparian woodlands along the Stanislaus River where they would spend most of their school days.
Robert Prewitt - the first principal at Colony Oak School - said it was a quieter time in Ripon when the new school's students and staff buried a time capsule on the campus in June of 1991 with the idea to open it 25 years later.
Ripon Fire Chief Dennis Bitters was credited by police Lt. Steve Merchant for being the key in the arrest of three burglary suspects after they were seen entering a back yard and having burglary tools in their vehicle.
Jonotay Thomas, 19, the fourth suspect in the Oct. 16 murder in the 200 block of Jessie Avenue, was arrested Wednesday morning while standing on his front porch in the city of Cotati by a Sonoma County Violent Crimes unit without incident.
Ripon Police arrested Kevin Andrew McManis, 55, at his home shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday on a million dollar arrest warrant charging him with possession of child pornography associated with ongoing Internet crimes against children investigation.