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Diablo Fire Breaks Out In Stanislaus County; 220 Acres Burned

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS SF) – An ongoing vegetation fire in Stanislaus County has burned through 300 acres as of Thursday morning, Cal Fire reports.

The Diablo Fire, as it is being called, was reported around 12:15 a.m. Thursday morning, in the area of Del Puerto Canyon and Diablo Grande, several miles west of the town of Patterson.

Cal Fire stated the fire as having burned about 20 acres when it was reported, but quickly grew to 100 to 150 acres as of approximately 1:00 a.m.

As of about 10:50 a.m., Cal Fire tweeted that the Diablo Fire has scorched 202 acres and is 50 percent contained. The agency previously said the fire burned 300 acres and 20 percent contained, but better mapping of the area prompted the revised numbers.

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Coronavirus update April 12: Inmates to be released, more reports of people recovering

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On Monday between 150 and 350 inmates, or as much as a quarter of the jail population in Stanislaus County, will be released from custody as a result of a statewide emergency bail schedule intended to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the incarcerated population.

The Judicial Council of California on April 6 established the temporary bail schedule that reduced to $0 the bail for most misdemeanor and some low-level felony offenses. It applies to accused inmates whose cases have not been adjudicated and anyone arrested on the applicable crimes while the emergency rule is in place.

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Most court hearings rescheduled due to coronavirus. Here’s what’s still being heard.

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As a result of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Stanislaus Superior Court has suspended all nonemergency services and will reduce its staff by an estimated 40 percent.

Stanislaus is among nearly every county in the state to get an emergency order to limit services and continue most matters.

The only matters that will be heard are:

• Criminal arraignments will be heard daily as scheduled. If you signed a promise to appear in court for arraignment in a felony or misdemeanor case, you will need to come to the court on the date you promised to appear. The judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest if you fail to appear.

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2 Northern California prisoners slain in related attacks minutes apart

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SACRAMENTO  — Two inmates were killed during attacks a minute apart Wednesday in a Northern California prison, state corrections officials said.

The two afternoon attacks at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville were believed to be related, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Two inmates stabbed Mizrain Nava Cano in the neck and back in a yard at the Sacramento-area prison shortly before 3:30 p.m.

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Best day to travel ahead of Christmas? Tuesday, forecasters say

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Planning to drive up the Grapevine or into the mountains this holiday week? National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie has some advice for you:

“Right now, just drop everything, head on up,” she said Sunday morning. “Or Tuesday should also be a good day to travel.”

That’s because the first of two storm systems this week is moving its way southeast from the Gulf of Alaska across California, due to hit Los Angeles County by late Sunday afternoon, Hoxsie said. About half an inch of rain is expected along the coast and coastal valleys through Monday, with up to 2 inches in south-facing foothills.

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Two people killed in drug-related crash in Merced County. Driver arrested, CHP says

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Two people died and one person suffered major injuries Thursday in a head-on traffic collision in Merced County.

The California Highway Patrol said the crash happened at 5:30 a.m. on Santa Fe Drive, near East Avenue, just south of Denair.

A woman and a male passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. A third man suffered major injuries. All three victims were believed to be in their 30s. They were traveling in a 2004 Chevrolet van that was struck head-on by a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 43-year-old Charlie Everitt of Sacramento, Officer Eric Zuniga said.

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