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Man pleads guilty to supplying Vallejo heroin dealers; feds say he was starting opium farm

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SACRAMENTO — A Turlock man who was indicted after an undercover investigation into Vallejo heroin dealers brought the Drug Enforcement Administration to his door has pleaded guilty, court records show.

Arturo Castro-Zavaleta, 41, pleaded guilty last month to possession of one kilogram of heroin with intent to distribute, as well as a methamphetamine trafficking charge. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed to seek a low-end prison term at Castro-Zavaleta’s Nov. 11 sentencing hearing.

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Bipartisan infrastructure bill includes billions for wildfire fighting efforts

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CALIFORNIA, USA — As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on a $1.2 trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill, Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, says if passed, $3.4 billion would go toward wildfire fighting efforts.

"We have to get this done," Harder said. "I've been working on this for a year; I was part of a group of 30 Republicans and 30 Democrats who put our heads together to figure out what we could do to keep our communities safe."

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Local Turlock Podcast September 27, 2021

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another exciting episode of Local Turlock Podcast for the week of September 24th. I am here to give you some of Turlock’s latest scoops, news & stories, with 2 business highlights for the week. Sit back and relax and let’s get started! Listen up, have you checked your mail box yet? Turlock residents are being reminded to get their mail in a timely manner as Mail thieves strike in Turlock. Are you a theatre enthusiasts? Turlock Community Theatre is welcoming entertainment enthusiasts with a lineup of exciting shows and with pandemic protocols in place. Looking for the perfect child car seat? Turlock Police Department plans seat checks for child passenger safety week. Are you worried about your kids mental being especially because of the pandemic? The district has launched a tele-health service for schools to focus on student mental health. And finally, give your love and support to our local businesses especially during this pandemic as I highlight 2 businesses this week. Also sharing the latest updates about COVID 19 in Stanislaus County. All that and more today for this week's Local Turlock podcast.

Mail thieves striking in Turlock

Turlock residents are being reminded to get their mail in a timely manner as the Turlock Police Department has taken several reports recently of mail theft.

In at least two cases it is believed the suspect(s) might have a real or counterfeit postal key to a community mailbox.

The department has taken reports of community mailboxes pried open, as well as two that had no pry marks. On Sunday the department took two reports of mailbox theft or damage — one from the 4100 block of Enclave Drive and another from the area of Westbury Lane and Ferreira Ranch Drive.

The USPS Postal Inspectors are aware of these incidents and are working with the Turlock Police Department looking for leads.

The USPS offers a service called Informed Delivery. By signing up for Informed Delivery a person will be able to see scanned images of mail that is planned for delivery at their address, to know what to expect before it arrives or to know what is missing if the mailbox is broken into. To learn more about Informed Delivery or to sign up, go here: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action

If your mail has been stolen or your community mail box has been tampered with, please contact the Turlock Police Department (209) 668-1200 and the USPS Postal Inspectors (1-877-976-2455) to make a report. Reports for TPD can also be made online at: https://ci.turlock.ca.us/policedepartment/crime/reportacrime/.

Turlock Community Theatre requiring masks for diverse lineup of upcoming shows

The Turlock Community Theatre is welcoming entertainment enthusiasts back to its seats this fall with a lineup of exciting shows and pandemic safety measures in place.

Despite the cancellation of a Sept. 30 concert with The Wailin’ Jennys due to current COVID concerns — which would have been the first show of the upcoming season — the rest of the acts from October to April have been scheduled and offer a diverse lineup of comedians, dancers, game shows and more. 

The TCT shows aren’t considered “mega events” under the state’s COVID guidelines since the theatre seats less than 1,000 people, and therefore the venue won’t be requiring negative COVID tests or proof of vaccination for guests like others are required to, such as the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. 

Guests will, however, be required to wear masks inside the theatre to help protect each other from the virus, Callis said, in accordance with the state requirements. 

Visitors to the theatre for the 2021-2022 season will have a wide variety of acts to choose from, including comedian Demetri Martin on Oct. 14, The Mavericks on Nov. 12, The Price is Right Live on Jan. 20 and The Temptations on April 29. 

TCT’s new website now features a “print at home” option for ticket purchases, meaning attendees can either purchase tickets online and print them at home or access a mobile ticket. Community members can also call the box office to purchase tickets. To view the 2021-2022 TCT lineup or purchase tickets, visit www.turlocktheatre.org or call 209-668-1169. 

Seat checks planned for child passenger safety week

As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, the Turlock Police Department wants to make sure children are in the right child safety seat.

Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 19 - 25 and focuses on educating parents and caregivers about the importance of choosing, installing, and using the correct car seat.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children, and nearly half of car seats (46%) are misused.

California law requires a child to be properly secured in a safety seat until they are at least eight years of age. Children eight and older, who are at least 4 feet, 9 inches in height, may ride in the backseat of a vehicle in a properly fitted safety belt. Children under the age of two must ride rear-facing or until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height. 

To learn more about the Turlock Police Department car seat program, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Erika Grace at 209-656-3153 or egrace@turlock.ca.us

Schools focus on student mental health

Over the past several years — and especially since the start of the pandemic — local school districts have recognized the importance of students’ mental wellbeing and are working to offer resources in addressing behavioral health concerns.

To address the needs of Denair families, the district has launched a tele-health service where students can connect with clinicians and receive physical and behavioral health care.

Legacy Health Endowment helped connected Denair Unified with Hazel Health to provide these services. To utilize the service a student has to have a parent or guardian sign a consent form, which is available digitally or physically. A student can either choose to use the service at school or at home. At school the students are set up with an iPad, and the students can connect to a doctor, counselor or therapist through video chat.

If a school counselor thinks there is a need for mental health support, they can refer a student to Hazel, which will do a teletherapy assessment with a licensed clinical social worker and marriage family therapist. Then they'll get plugged into a program of teletherapy and do an assessment to diagnosis the student. Hazel will work to understand the severity of the situation and then set up the student with course of treatment. If a student needs long term services, Hazel will find appropriate resources within the community to hand them off to.

Turlock Unified School District also provides resources to students for addressing mental health concerns. TUSD’s CARE Program is a team comprised of mental health clinicians, graduate school interns and school counselors. Psychologists and behavioral analysts contribute to this work, as well. TUSD also partners with community agencies, including Jessica’s House, Tree House Club and Prodigal Sons and Daughters to further serve students who are experiencing grief, loss or substance abuse issues. 

The CARE Program uses the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, which was developed by Columbia University to determine if a student is in danger of harming themselves. The scale is used by many schools and uses terminology that is researched to get the most honest response from students. One important thing family or friends can do is reach out if they see a loved one is behaving differently.

For more information on these resources, families can visit my.hazel.co/denairusd and sites.google.com/turlockusd.org/careprogram/home

Coronavirus update, Sept. 22: Stanislaus reports just one death; cases rise by 175

Stanislaus County reported one death to COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the rate continued to slow at least briefly. The late-summer surge brought a total of 25 deaths last Wednesday and Thursday. 

The toll is 1,235 residents since the pandemic emerged in spring 2020, the county Health Services Agency said. Stanislaus added 175 positive tests Tuesday, for a total of 72,593.

The county also has 842,633 negative test results and 69,028 people who are presumed recovered.

Business Spotlight:

De La Fleur Flowers & Events

Location: 111 W Main St Turlock

Tel. No# (209) 656-7026

Operational Hours: Monday to Friday (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) Saturday & Sunday (Closed)

For beautiful, fresh flower arrangements and outstanding customer service, come to De La Fleur Flowers in Turlock. They have the freshest, trendiest and unique flowers in town for every day and special events including weddings, sympathy, birthdays, anniversary's, and more. They also deliver locally and to select surrounding areas.

Farm House

Location: 311 E Main St Turlock

Tel. No# (209) 668-8800

Operational Hours: Monday to Saturday (10:00 am - 05:30 pm) Sunday (Closed)

Established in 2015, Farm House is your place for home décor & gifts. They have lots of local and handmade items from vintage to new. They feature Rustic Metal Designs custom metal, Voluspa Candles, Custom Swarovski Jewelry, Bee Frances Kids Hair & Clothes Boutique. Custom & Local handmade jewelry, jams & jellies, candy, furniture & accessories. Farm House also has a great selection of men's products from shaving accessories to soaps, bottle openers & more. They even have on the list Junk Gypsy Clay & Chalk Paint! So easy to use & only needs a quick clear coat finish! Come in and visit, always something new showing up at Farm House.

Outro:

Thank you for tuning in for this week’s podcast. Don’t forget to visit our website, localturlock.com, to stay up-to-date on our local news. You can always email me at turlock@localturlock.com and visit our Facebook at Facebook.com/localturlock and leave us some comments! Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode! Have a great weekend and always safe safe!

Turlock Unified offers virtual instruction for students in quarantine

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Turlock Unified School District has decided to provide access to instruction when a secondary student in grades 7-12 is placed on quarantine (not allowed to physically attend school due to a COVID-19 related exposure or illness). Teachers will be opening their classrooms virtually through the use of cameras and online learning platforms, including Google Classroom.

“TUSD teachers and staff are working to support all students so they graduate college and career ready. Use of digital resources during quarantine periods is a further opportunity to engage students in learning. All students will be required to complete assignments and meet expectations for satisfactory progress to receive credit toward promotion or graduation,” said Chief Communications Coordinator Marie Russell.

Teachers will send Zoom links to students placed in quarantine to provide access to view the classroom instruction. There are some rules that students need to follow if they are going to utilize this. Students who choose to join a class session must do so within the first 5 minutes of the class period to ensure instruction starts in a timely manner and is not interrupted and access to each class session will be for a minimum of 30 minutes.

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Stanislaus reports 7 deaths, big drop in hospital cases

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Stanislaus County reported seven more deaths to COVID-19 on Thursday but also saw a large drop in its hospital caseload.

A total of 1,250 residents have died since April 2020, the county Health Services Agency said. September has had 108 deaths so far, well below the pace that would equal the 212 in January, the worst month.

The county had 118 new positive tests Thursday, for a total of 72,838. Stanislaus also has 847,993 negative test results and 69,442 people who are presumed recovered.

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New Stockton Amazon warehouse facility opening soon, hiring for 2,200 open positions

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As Stanislaus County residents await the completion of a new Amazon fulfillment center in Turlock, job seekers can apply for some 2,200 open positions at the online seller’s new Stockton facility.

The retail giant is opening a new inbound cross dock (IXD) center in Stockton, at 6001 S Austin Road on the San Joaquin County city’s southeast border.

The new center is expected to open by the end of October, but company officials said hiring is already underway. The new facility is seeking to staff 2,200 part-time and full-time positions.

According to a press release from the company, jobs start at $17.55 per hour and include health benefits, paid time off and paid parental leave.

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Students protested Turlock Unified dress code, then helped draft new one. What does it allow?

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A few months after Turlock high school students protested their dress code for unfairly targeting females, school officials drafted a new policy — and for the first time, they invited students to help.

The proposed revisions presented at a Tuesday school board meeting permit hats, pajamas, crop tops and spaghetti straps.

The policy is gender-neutral, reflecting students’ requests for a dress code that is enforced consistently and promotes a positive body image, director of student services Gil Ogden said at the meeting. “We wanted an equity-driven dress code,” Ogden said.

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Mail thieves striking in Turlock

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Turlock residents are being reminded to get their mail in a timely manner as the Turlock Police Department has taken several reports recently of mail theft.

In at least two cases it is believed the suspect(s) might have a real or counterfeit postal key to a community mailbox.

The department has taken reports of community mailboxes pried open, as well as two that had no pry marks. On Sunday the department took two reports of mailbox theft or damage — one from the 4100 block of Enclave Drive and another from the area of Westbury Lane and Ferreira Ranch Drive.

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Five Year Old Child Injured in Vehicle Collision

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At about 3:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of East Avenue and South Golden State Boulevard, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a silver Nissan pickup truck and the other was a black Cadillac sedan.

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Social Media trend leads to damaged, stolen school property

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Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) warned students about a new TikTok trend that they say results in damaged and stolen school property.

As a response of this trend, TUSD is increasing surveillance of their campuses and is currently reviewing camera footage.

According to a phone call sent out to parents, a “Devious Licks” challenge on the social media platform TikTok encourages students to steal or destroy school property and then post a picture or video of the item as a trophy.

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