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Police: Man fondling teen girls in Turlock

Police: Man fondling teen girls in Turlock

SACRAMENTO - Three reports this week of a man inappropriately touching teen girls as they walked on the street has school authorities warning parents and students.

According to Pitman High School and Turlock police Officer Mayra Lewis, the first incident occurred at 3:50 Monday afternoon as a 16-year-old girl was walking eastbound on Christoffersen Road near McKenna Road. A man walking in the opposite direction touched her in an inappropriate manner in passing. The teen ran to a nearby church to call police.

Tuesday morning, a 14-year-old girl walking in the westbound direction of Christoffersen in the area of North Walnut Road on her way to Pittman High encountered a man walking in the opposite direction who touched her inappropriately, according to the school which informed police.

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.

Youth pastor charged with child porn enters plea

SACRAMENTO - An Oakdale youth pastor accused of child pornography entered a not guilty plea in Sacramento federal court Thursday.

Tyler Bliss has been charged with one count of possession/distribution of an image of a minor engaged in sexually explicit activity.

The criminal complaint states Sacramento Valley High Technology Crimes Task Force Officer and Ceres police Det. Britton Moore found images of minors engaged in sexual conduct on Bliss' cellphone, his home laptop computer and a computer at Bethel Assembly of God in Oakdale where he supervised student ministries.

The complaint also alleged that during the investigation it was learned Bliss was sexually involved with a minor female he knew through his work as a youth pastor. Sexually explicit images of the girl were found on Bliss' cellphone, sent by the girl.

Yosemite making parking, trail campsite changes

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park will no longer be allowed to leave their cars along the road while exploring the Tuolumne River and surrounding meadows.

Park officials on Thursday released a plan that will create parking space off road and out of view that's safer for visitors, enhances their experience and protects nature. The plan that's focused on the Tuolumne River also removes unofficial foot trails through meadows and replaces campsites.

Kathleen Morse, a chief planner for Yosemite National Park, says the wide-reaching project has been under discussion since 2005 and will cost about $55 million.

The work will be done the next 10 to 15 years.

In February, park officials released the Merced River plan that caps the number of visitors, adds campsites and regulates bicycle rentals.

The story of a kitten that fell from a tree in Oakdale

A kitten that captured the attention of some on Facebook when it was stuck in a tree in Oakdale for several days is expected to recover after falling about 50 feet, News10 has learned.

The kitten - named Gemini - climbed into a tree in the 1800 block of Shady Side Court on Monday; by Thursday it was about 50 or 60 feet off the ground. A neighbor called News10 on Thursday and said Oakdale firefighters, local animal control officials and tree trimmers were not able to help the kitten. A post on News10's Facebook page seeking help for the kitten generated more than 150 comments.

The kitten's owner said it fell from the tree Friday morning and was taken to a veterinarian. Battalion Chief Rick Bussell of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District said he had spoken with the vet and learned that the kitten would recover.

D-III: #5 Sacramento defeats defending section champion #13 Oakdale, 41-21

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento High Dragons defeated the Oakdale Mustangs 41-21 Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the D-III section playoffs.

The 5th seeded Dragons will host the 8th seeded Christian Brothers Falcons in the D-III semifinals next week.

CSU-Stanislaus renews commitment to Stockton Center

CSU-Stanislaus renews commitment to Stockton Center

The satellite campus, or Stockton Center, of CSU-Stanislaus is back in action after a series of budget cuts beginning in 2006 that left the center without a dean or funds for classroom repairs.

"We want it to be known that we are here to stay, have received funding and are developing programs," said Dr. Ashour Badal, Interim Dean of the CSU-Stanislaus Stockton Center, last night at an open house.

About 40 people gathered to hear Dr. Badal recognize faculty and department heads for their hard work in keeping the Center open during the lean times. He also recognized Kevin Huber and Dan Keyser of The Grupe Company  for their assistance with infrastructure improvements including a state-of-the-art classroom.