Tracy Smith, who is facing criminal charges of arson for the blaze that destroyed the Red Steer restaurant in Turlock and fraud allegations, is manning a new development company and is looking for investors.
A preliminary hearing began Tuesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court for two people facing animal cruelty charges that stem from the discovery of an estimated 50,000 hens left for dead at a ranch outside Turlock.
Donning the uniform of the Turlock Fire Department has been a regular routine for Tim Lohman for the past 35 years. Come Aug. 15, Turlock's Fire Chief will put it on for one last time before his retirement from public safety takes effect and his new position in the agricultural sector begins.
Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.