In a somber ceremony Wednesday, family, friends, fellow soldiers and the community paid their final respects to Spc. Benjamin Carlos Pleitez, the 25-year-old Turlock soldier who died July 27 while serving in Afghanistan.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department awarded the Medal of Valor to Deputy Mike Glinskas, who survived a deadly shootout with an armed man that claimed the life of fellow Deputy Robert "Bob" Paris and locksmith Glendon Engert.
Standing in front of a group of Kiwanis Club of Turlock members at the Hometown Buffet conference room was a volunteer from the Stanislaus County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This local teacher shared with the service club members her own personal struggle with mental illness - its affects on her work, her home life and social activities.
Turlockers turned on their porch lights, locked their front doors and joined their neighbors for National Night Out on Tuesday evening. Neighborhoods across the city held block parties and were visited by police and fire department officials.