Battalion Chief Dave Luis drew an overflow crowd to the P.L. Fry and Son Chapel on Manteca's North Union Road filling the interior with mourners and spilling over into the lobby where they watched the Ripon firefighter's funeral service on a closed circuit television.
The annual "Taste of Ripon" 21st annual event brought out the excitement of the holidays with couples and small groups strolling through the downtown enjoying the fine wines at hand and finger foods the shop keepers were offering them as they entered their stores.
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) compares favorably with other forms of transportation in the county, RTD spokesman Nate Knott told Manteca Rotarians at their regular Thursday meeting at Ernie's Restaurant meeting room.
It was the scene of a runaway driver on Sallie O Drive at 10 p.m. Tuesday night when a DUI driver's wild but short ride brought neighbors out of their homes aghast at what they witnessed after a "ping pong" series of crashes.