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Innovative Projects Key to Water Conservation at Stan State

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Water reclamation is vital to Stan State’s mission of sustainability. Essentially, the way the campus is heated, cooled, irrigated and powered depends almost entirely on water.

Situated behind Bizzini Hall and next to Village Lake is the Central Plant, the heart of the water reclamation system on campus. Nestled within the plant lies an essential piece of the university’s water puzzle, a computer panel that tracks every move the reclamation system makes in real time.

Keeping an eye on the system, which is connected to multiple buildings all around campus, is one of Louie Oliveira’s jobs. As manager and chief engineer for Capital Planning and Facilities Maintenance (CPFM), he’s got a computer monitor in his office to keep tabs on the system and is alerted via an app on his phone if anything ever goes wrong, even if it’s the middle of the night.  

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Turlock Red Steer arsonist accused of $1.3 million real estate scam

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Tracy Smith, the former Turlock resident who was convicted of burning down the Red Steer and implicated in a multitude of shady business and investment dealings, has been indicted for allegedly running a fraudulent real estate investment scheme in various parts of the state.

Smith is accused of scamming more than $1.3 million from seven victims, according to the California Attorney General's Office.

A 13-month investigation into Smith's activities and his business, Downkicker Inc., resulted in a special statewide criminal grand jury indictment for Smith on 38 counts, including one count of operating a fraudulent securities scheme, 19 counts of securities fraud, 17 counts of grand theft and one count of elder abuse. He was arraigned Monday in San Diego County Superior Court. The alleged crimes took place in the counties of San Diego, Riverside, San Francisco and Santa Clara between August 2017 to September 2018.

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Labor Stays Steady In Stanislaus County

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The unemployment rate remained unchanged in October, as dips in some sectors were offset by gains in other sectors, according to the latest data from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in October, unchanged from the revised rate in September. The rate was below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent.

Riverbank came in with a 5.1 percent unemployment rate for October, compared to the 9.3 percent in Oakdale and a 2.1 percent rate recorded for East Oakdale.

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Police investigate hate crime at Columbia Park

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A juvenile was arrested for attempted homicide and hate crimes after an assault at Columbia Park on Tuesday afternoon that left one injured.

The Turlock Police Department received a call of an aggravated assault that was occurring at Columbia Park around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Officers arrived on scene and located the victim who fled the park after sustaining non-life threatening stab wounds.  

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Turlock Police: Boy told homeless man to leave park, then stabbed him

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Police said a homeless man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon in a Turlock park by a boy who now faces attempted homicide and hate crime charges.

Around 3 p.m., officers were called to Columbia Park and found the homeless man with stab wounds nearby, Turlock police reported.

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TUSD reviewing emergency protocols after violent incident

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Turlock Unified School District is currently working with an outside firm to review and update its district-wide emergency operations plan. After an incident involving a stabbing between two students, which Superintendent Dana Trevethan called “the recent unprecedented violence at Turlock High School,” TUSD wants the community to know they have protocols in place to keep students safe and are constantly reviewing to make sure they are effective.

Some of the safety measures that have already been instituted since the passage of bond Measures N and O include adding perimeter fences to control entry onto campuses; visitors must pass through the front office of each campus, and be approved before entering a campus.  They have also installed security cameras to investigate and understand when issues develop.

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Emanuel Medical Center names new CEO

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Emanuel Medical Center welcomes its third chief executive officer in four years, as the Turlock hospital announced the hiring of Murali Naidu, MD, FACS to the top administrative position.

Naidu assumed responsibility for all hospital operations, executive planning and directing medical services as of Nov. 15. He takes over for Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center and Tenet’s Northern California Group, who served as interim CEO for the past two months, following the resignation of Lani Dickinson.

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Two dead in collisions on Highway 99 in Turlock

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Two people lost their lives in two separate collisions on Highway 99 in Turlock on Sunday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The first incident was a single vehicle collision reported at 2:30 a.m. Sunday on northbound Highway 99, north of W. Monte Vista Avenue.

The deceased was identified as Luis Rudolfo Mojarro, 29, of Galt by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

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Gas prices soar in Turlock, statewide

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California gas prices reached a record high this week, leaving local drivers feeling penny pinched at the pump. 

The cost of fuel in Turlock ranged from $4.37 to $4.85 per gallon as of Friday, the same day that AAA’s gas price monitor reported an average price of $4.70 per gallon statewide. The average represents yet another new record high for gas prices in California, up five cents from a week ago, almost 20 cents from a month ago and $1.53 cents more than this time last year. 

California’s average gas price is almost $1.30 more than the national average of $3.41 per gallon, and the average price in Stanislaus County is $4.61 per gallon. 

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Suspect leaves man bleeding, unresponsive in road rage incident

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The Turlock Police Department is searching for a suspect who assaulted a man in an incident of road rage that left the victim unconscious, said the Turlock Police Department.

The incident began Tuesday night when the victim and the suspect were separately driving in the 2000 block of Geer Road and were nearly involved in a minor traffic collision. 

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