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Turlock carwash fiasco leads to vandalism charge for Ceres man

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A Ceres man caused quite a bit of damage after trying to make a U-turn inside a carwash in Turlock.

The misstep resulted in vandalism charges for Byron Zappelli, 44, of Ceres after he fled the scene of his destruction, the Turlock Police Department reported.

Just after 1 p.m. Sunday, Zappelli pulled into the Chevron gas station at 100 E Glenwood Avenue and pulled into the carwash, ignoring the barricades posted at the entrance.

“Staff at the gas station attempted to get the driver to stop several times, and even offered to help reverse his vehicle out of the carwash for him,” said Turlock Police spokesperson Deandra Wiley.

Zappelli declined the offer of help and decided that he could get out of the carwash by making a U-turn. As a result, he crashed his black Ford Expedition into several poles, a gas box attached to the building and on one occasion into the building itself, Wiley said.

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City turns focus from homeless encampments to long-term planning

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After clearing out major homeless encampments throughout the city in recent months, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday approved the next steps in addressing the local unhoused crisis.

The Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to terminate a previously ratified local emergency proclamation, which focused on encampments and ratified a new local emergency focusing on unsheltered homeless and re-appropriates unspent funding from the first proclamation to be used for the issue moving forward.

Interim Chief of Police Steven Williams provided the Council with an update Tuesday on the City’s local emergency in response to its Unsheltered Homeless and Encampment Crisis, which was ratified on March 16. Since then, City staff has partnered with county resources and local shelters to make contact with unhoused individuals living in notable encampments throughout Turlock, connecting them with available resources before clearing out the camps.

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Family rejoices as mother recovers from months-long COVID illness

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It had been more than nine months since Yolanda Salinas had been inside her own home, but on Monday she got to take the step that at times over the last year seemed like it might never happen.

Salinas, 64, and a former Turlock resident who now resides in Chowchilla, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in September 2020. Over the course of her illness, she was a patient in three different hospitals and care facilities. She was in a medically induced coma and was given a tracheotomy. She has suffered partial paralysis and developed a resistant form of pneumonia. But, after all that she has finally made enough strides and improvements that on Monday she was released from the hospital and got to come home.

“We were worried she would be overwhelmed, but she held it together and was able to spend hours with a few of her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren,” said her son Omar Salinas, a Turlock resident. “It was a great day indeed.”

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Rotary Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding seniors, 2020 graduates

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The Ceres Rotary Club Foundation honored outstanding graduating seniors and first-year college students on May 21 with a first or second of two-year educational scholarships.

The club’s scholarship program is unique in that the scholarships are paid over two years with four annual awards at $2,500 or $1,250 a year, and the Lew Family Scholarship, at $4,000 or $2,000 a year. Additionally, the awards offer applicants a variety of college and vocational training options.

Two Central Valley High School seniors were given scholarships. Paola Campos was awarded the $4,000 Lew Family Scholarship and Virginia Moore was gifted the $2,500 General Education/Social Services Scholarship.

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Turlock’s HR manager takes helm as Acting City Manager

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The City of Turlock’s current Human Resource Manager Sarah Eddy was appointed as Acting City Manager on Friday, becoming the fifth person to assume the role in the last two years.

Eddy has worked for the City since 1988 and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanislaus State in Turlock. The City Council unanimously appointed her to the position during a Special Meeting on Friday afternoon. She will take the place of Gary Hampton, whose last day is Thursday, as the retired public employee’s time as City Manager was only temporary. 

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Turlock man breaks weightlifting world record

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Turlock resident Ryan Clay has put in plenty of hard work over the years to go from what he described as a “skinny” kid in his youth to now holding a world record for heaviest deadlift in adulthood. 

As a powerlifter competing in the World Association of Bench Pressers and Dead Lifters, Clay broke the 242-pound class deadlift world record in the men’s RAW division (drug tested with no equipment) after completing a 706-pound lift on May 15. The prior record was held by Cephas McTizic of Arkansas at 705.2 pounds, which was achieved in February 2020. 

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Turlock educator recognized as one of best in county

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The last nine months have been a school year like no other, from distance learning at home to a campus return filled with COVID-19 safety protocols. Despite these challenges, Crowell Elementary School teacher Ronald Putnam had no difficulty navigating the “new normal” and was recently named a finalist in the Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year awards. 

The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education named four Teacher of the Year winners from TK-3, 4-6, junior high and high school divisions, recognizing a total of 12 finalists. Each division honored three finalists, who had been nominated by their site principal, from a total of 74 nominations. Of those received, Putnam was selected to represent Crowell in the TK-3 category. 

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Recreational activities set to return in Turlock

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The City of Turlock’s recreational offerings are on track to return following a year of facility closures due to the pandemic. 

During the Turlock City Council meeting on March 23, Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Allison Van Guilder shared an update on the status of reopening the City’s various amenities, including Pedretti Park, the Turlock Regional Sports Complex and swimming sites. Stanislaus County is currently in the red tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning that a majority of outdoor activities are permitted under public health guidelines. 

The City’s parks and their amenities have been open since last September, with the exception of large, multi-table picnic areas, but families will soon be able to enjoy the pools at Turlock and Pitman high schools once again while Columbia Pool awaits its highly-anticipated remodel.

The City recently received verbal approval for use of both high school swimming pools once again beginning this June. There is a catch, however, with Van Guilder explaining to the Council that the pandemic has reduced the amount of training available for lifeguards.

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Stanislaus County finally moves into red tier

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Stanislaus County was finally given the green light on Tuesday to move into the less restrictive red tier as part of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Stanislaus County’s daily case rate average was still higher than the metric for the red tier, but the continued low test positivity rate allowed for the move. The California Department of Public Health allows for a county to move down when the testing positivity rate meets the metrics of two tiers down, which in this case would be the orange tier.

Stanislaus County had an adjusted case rate of 12.2% per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 5% with an equity quartile positivity rate of 4.5%. The equity quartile positivity rate adjusts for efforts being made to stop the spread of COVID-19 in neighborhoods and regions that have been the hardest hit. Because both testing positivity rates have fallen at or below 5 percent, for a couple of weeks Stanislaus County could move into the red tier.

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Coronavirus Update, March 21: Stanislaus County cases up as it awaits possible tier move

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Mar. 21—Case rates the last three days remained relatively high as Stanislaus County businesses await news on Tuesday if it can move into the state's red tier, with more relaxed restrictions.

The county reported Saturday 95 more cases and, according to state figures, hovers at a little more than 100 cases per day over the last three.

Stanislaus County remains in the most restrictive purple tier of the state's coronavirus plan, but its testing data in economically disadvantaged areas qualified the county last week to have a chance to move into red on Tuesday.

If the testing positivity rates hold for another week — the state Saturday showed the county trending slightly downward over the seven days — Stanislaus could move to red on Tuesday. That would allow relaxed restrictions on indoor restaurant dining and other business activities.

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