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Local nonprofits invited to apply for early literacy mini-grants

Beyond Our Gates funding aims to support new, existing reading programs

As part of University of the Pacific’s Beyond Our Gates campaign, nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County are invited to apply for mini-grants to expand or pilot promising early literacy programs.

The mini-grants initiative, made possible with support from The James Irvine Foundation, was designed to fuel innovation and engagement toward improving early literacy in and around Stockton. Organizations can apply for one-time mini-grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to fund projects that address overall early literacy, school readiness, chronic absence or summer learning.

Wizard World Sacramento

Wizard World Sacramento

Kate Beckinsale, Val Kilmer Added To Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento Celebrity Roster, June 17-18


Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

SACRAMENTO – Keep Your Home California will receive an additional $383.3 million in funding from the federal government, allowing the mortgage-assistance program to help prevent foreclosure for more homeowners struggling with financial hardships.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the additional funding Wednesday, the second phase of additional funding approved for the Hardest Hit Fund program during the past two months.

The combined $383.3 million will allow the state-managed program to help at least 12,000 more homeowners. Qualifying homeowners can receive up to $100,000 in mortgage payment assistance from Keep Your Home California.

Oakdale High School volunteer arrested, charged with child molestation

A volunteer aide for Oakdale High School is under arrest, charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student.

Oakdale Police Department officials report the student was 15 years of age at the time of the incident related with the aide, identified as Anthony Perez, 23.

According to police, Perez was an aide with the school’s color guard, music and drama departments.

The parent of the student was notified of the incident by school administration after an investigation of rumors that were brought to their attention, police said.

Police report Perez has been interviewed by detectives.

After gathering corroborating details from the victim, Perez was placed under arrest and booked for child molestation and communicating with a minor and arranging to meet with a minor by use of the Internet for the purpose of sexual gratification.

More details emerge in Modesto shooting involving two officers and suspect

More details emerge in Modesto shooting involving two officers and suspect

Modesto police department released more details on a shooting that left one suspect dead on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Heather Graves, the department's spokesperson, said that at 2:10 p.m. two Modesto officers tried to stop a man on the bike, who fled from them into a parking garage off 10th Street.

When officers approached the suspect, he pulled out a loaded .44 caliber handgun from his waistband and failed to comply with the officers' orders to drop the gun.

Several shots were fired by by both officers, according to Graves. Medical crews performed CPR on the suspect while he was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Christopher Fletcher, who required the highest level of supervision through the Stanislaus County Probation Department, Graves said.

Man killed during Modesto home invasion

Man killed during Modesto home invasion

A man was shot and killed inside a Modesto home Sunday night after two suspects entered the house armed with guns, Modesto police said.

Police said that a woman and two children were forced into her the home in the 800 block of Pine Tree Lane by the two suspects. Once inside, the suspects fired several shots, hitting a man who had been inside the house.

The woman and children were unharmed, and the suspects ran from the scene. It was unknown what was taken from the house. No other information about the victims was available.

Police don't suspect the robbery to be a random act of violence. The investigation is ongoing.

Both suspects were described to police as Hispanic men in their 20s. No other information about the suspects was available.

Police first reported the shooting around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”