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Large branch strikes Turlock firefighter on helmet. He’s back on duty quickly

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A firefighter returned to duty after a large branch struck his helmet Sunday afternoon, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The unidentified firefighter was part of the response to a debris fire in a back yard on the 800 block of Fifth Street at about 4:50 p.m., a news release said.

The flames destroyed a metal shed and damaged an outbuilding but were kept from nearby homes, the department said. Turlock firefighters contained the blaze within about 15 minutes with help from the Modesto and Ceres departments.

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Turlock ‘Back the Badge’ rally scheduled to show support for police, law enforcement

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A rally to show support for law enforcement is scheduled in Turlock on Saturday morning in the wake of local protests against police brutality.

Jacob Shockley, the organizer of the Back the Badge event, said he hopes the rally at the intersection of Geer Road and Monte Vista Avenue uplifts officers who honor oaths to protect people.

“I think they just need to see that there are people out there who have their backs,” Shockley said. “Because they hear it, they just don’t see it. So if they see people gathering, see people holding up signs that say ‘we support you, we back the badge,’ then that will kind of boost their morale.”

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Family, friends hold surprise retirement parade for popular Turlock High School teacher

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular Turlock High School agriculture teacher is calling it quits after more than 35 years on the job.

Joe Digrazia is retiring and Wednesday friends and family members made sure his socially-distanced parade was one to remember.

The best part — it was all a surprise.

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Good news for Turlock readers

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2020: Not a very good year so far. But there is ongoing activity in Turlock that should make everyone’s days a bit brighter.

The walls of the antiquated Turlock Public Library are in the process of being torn down and the remodeling and expansion of the 10,000 sq. ft. library to the new 17,000 sq. ft. has begun. The 52-year-old dinosaur that has served our community so well for so long will now be a state-of-the-art masterpiece that will make citizens of Turlock proud.

There will be an expanded teen section, an attached courtyard (with vegetation) more computer space and computers, rooms to reserve for studying, meeting rooms, a Friends of the Turlock Public Library Bookstore and a  large children’s center with a private fully functional bathroom just for the children and  so much more.

You can follow the remodeling progress online at the Friends of the Turlock Public Library or the Turlock Library on Facebook or on their websites. You may want to be more than a frequent user of the library. You may have ideas to share, you may want to volunteer. Go ahead. This is YOUR library. Go online and stay connected. Be part of Turlock’s new source of pride. See you in the Spring of 2021.

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Turlock mother with COVID-19 gives birth to healthy baby boy

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – With his mother infected with COVID-19, baby Sergio’s premature birth is nothing short of a miracle.

“He came in at 3 pounds, 11 ounces,” COVID-19 survivor Jeseenia Lizarraga told FOX40.

Sergio weighed-in small but tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

His journey home would take weeks. The same would be true for Lizarraga, who had been placed in a medically-induced coma.

“I did not know what the outcome was going to be,” recalled Lizarraga. “I don’t know what was going to happen with me. I didn’t know what was going to happen with the baby.”

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‘It Felt Like I Was Living A Nightmare’: Turlock Family Healthy Once Again After COVID-19 Battle

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A Turlock family is happy to be healthy and at home after a rocky couple of months battling COVID-19. The road to recovery, family says, wasn’t easy.

“It felt like I was living a nightmare,” Jessenia Lizarraga said. She described her COVID-19 symptoms as unlike anything else she’s ever experienced and felt like a severe case of pneumonia.

“I wasn’t able to breathe on my own anymore,” Lizarraga said. “I was tapped out on oxygen through the nose and the mouth.”

She contracted the virus back in April, likely exposed to it at work. Lizarraga suffers from asthma, which made treating her coronavirus symptoms difficult. But what made it even more difficult was the fact that she was seven months pregnant.

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California’s westside cantaloupe volume similar to last year

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California’s 2020 cantaloupe volume should be similar to last year’s 16 million 40-pound cartons, said JD Allen, manager of the Dinuba-based California Melon Research Board.

Honeydew volume should mirror 2019’s 7.6 million 30-pound cartons.

California growers are expected to ship about 529 million pounds of watermelons in 2020, up from 450 million pounds last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Turlock Fruit Co. Inc., Turlock, Calif., should have all of its melons, including cantaloupes and honeydews, ready by the Fourth of July, said Steve Smith, co-owner.

“We think we’ve had weather conducive for an early start,” he said the third week of May.

He expected cantaloupes and the company’s proprietary Orangedew melons to get underway by June 25, with honeydews starting by July 1.

It was too early to offer an accurate prediction of size and quality, but he seemed optimistic.

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Turlock mom shares story, some theaters, galleries reopening

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Turlock mother, baby survive COVID

The coronavirus outbreak has turned life upside-down for a Turlock family and threatens the same for other Stanislaus County residents as COVID-19 cases spike during the reopening pha9e in California. Read Ken Carlson’s story here.

Some Modesto-area galleries, theaters opening

Although California Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week that movie theaters, museums and galleries could reopen, not all in the Modesto region are open Friday. Most movie theater chains are looking to July.

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These 164 California State Parks Have Reopened To Visitors

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CALIFORNIA — Nature lovers, rejoice: Californians looking to escape the tumultuous news cycle can now find refuge in any of the 164 state parks that have reopened to the public, including parking lots.

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom temporarily closed all beaches and state parks to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Now, as the state reopens, dozens of the state’s 280 parks are welcoming back visitors, but with new limitations.

The state encourages people to visit the webpage of the park they plan to visit before heading out, since many have limited parking and other new guidelines in place.

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Turlock Police Department committed to community safety

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Turlock Chief of Police

In the past week and after our recent council meeting, it is important that I remind our community of our efforts of transparency. All of our policies, training, daily, monthly and annual reports, along with the use of force reports, are available for review on our webpage.

Our policy on the use of force is enumerated under Turlock Police Department (TPD) section 300 and again is on our website. We are in the process of updates but, in short, I would like to address concerns of many regarding the specifics of certain areas of our policy. California is at the forefront of law enforcement trainings and legal requirements for its officers. The recent passing of SB 978 required law enforcement to make public its policies, standards and training. Also, AB 392 was signed into California law and identifies when the use of deadly force is justified. SB 230 was signed into law and provided funding for training, established guidelines for use of force, de-escalation and other alternatives, when feasible, along with specific guidelines for application of deadly force and factors for evaluating and review of all use of force incidents. While many of these requirements of new trainings and postings don’t take effect until 2021, we have already begun training, implementation of updated policy and posting of same.

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