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Dream Fulfilled: ‘Street Vet’ Returns To Where Journey Began In Modesto To Open First Practice

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MODESTO (CBS13) – Dr. Kwane Stewart’s love for four-legged friends started way back when he was a child.

“I’ve always had the affinity for animals since I was, you know, 6 years old,” Stewart said.

A big part of his lifelong journey of 50 years started right in Modesto.

“Going back about eight years ago, I was the county veterinarian,” Stewart said.

After Stanislaus County, Stewart’s career jumped on to the silver screen, literally.

He became the director for the group that signed off on no animals being harmed during the making of a movie. Stewart worked as an animal safety expert in Hollywood for them and is now the vet for Netflix.

He has brushed shoulders with A-listers like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.”

But, worldwide, Stewart’s known as the street vet.

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Free career training offered for Turlockers impacted by COVID

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Turlock residents who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 can find new, reliable career opportunities thanks to a scholarship program offered through the Valley Occupational Learning and Technology Institute in Modesto. 

In November, the Turlock City Council allocated $50,000 of its $2.5 million in CARES Act funding toward scholarships that would assist residents adversely affected by the pandemic with training through the VOLT program. Operated by Opportunity Stanislaus, the VOLT Institute trains high-quality candidates to enter the workforce with skills that are in demand by industries in the Central Valley Region, many of which are operating as essential businesses during the pandemic. 

The VOLT full maintenance mechanic program provides 360 hours of hands-on training in 10 different areas, like mechanical drive systems, welding, machine tools and more — all critical skills needed to work in many of the region’s businesses. 

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Stanislaus County to open more locations in push to vaccinate more residents

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Stanislaus County is expanding their vaccination efforts with two new locations opening soon in Modesto and Turlock. 

It comes at a time when the county has reached 739 deaths and ICUs are at 97% capacity. 

“Our number one priority is to get the maximum amount of people vaccinated,” said county Supervisor Mani Grewal. 

Grewal says the county began working to ramp up their rollout plan even more to expand access to vaccinations. 

“We literally saw the lines and we saw the parking lot overflowing but we really said, ‘This is what success looks like.’” Grewal said. 

The county says they were encouraged by the turnout and noted most people were happy to wait for their turn.

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Ben Cantu spent nearly three decades as a cog in Manteca’s municipal government.

As a planner, he often dealt with people who believed government moves too slow even if it has no choice due to regulations and laws that govern how cities operate.

Today after two years as Manteca’s mayor Cantu repeatedly has expressed his frustration with what he sees as the city’s lack of nimbleness in executing endeavors. And no subject draws his ire more than Manteca’s efforts to step up how it addresses homeless issues.

Cantu on Tuesday, before the council again made getting a homeless navigation center in place as a high priority for the budget year starting July 1, voiced his frustration at what he sees as a lack of progress.

“Frankly I don’t think we’ve been successful,” Cantu said after City Manager Miranda Lutzow updated the council on the status of current fiscal year goals that included the navigation center.

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178 Inmates Being Released From Sacramento County Jails Over COVID Threat

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Coronavirus concerns at Sacramento County jails will lead to more inmates going free, authorities say.

The inmates will be released on Monday.

One group CBS13 spoke to said it’s nearly impossible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. That’s one of the reasons why the Public Defender’s Office along with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office say they are negotiating an early release program for individuals with 90 days or less on their sentence.

The program will impact 178 inmates. The group Decarcerate Sacramento wants half the inmate population released because health practices inside jails lead to the spread of the coronavirus.

Sheriff Scott Jones only has the ability to adjust sentences by 30 days.

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Turlock credit union helps families afford dream home

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When it comes to helping the community, Rolling F Credit Union in Turlock is no rookie. This holiday season, however, the business made the new year even more exciting for two low-income families thanks to a partnership with the Stanislaus Housing Authority which enabled them to purchase their first homes. 

Earlier this year, the SHA received grant funding from the City of Modesto to develop 31 new houses in Modesto — with the stipulation that the first two houses would be sold to families who earned 20% less than the average household income. Then, the other 29 homes would be able to be built and sold to families with average income. The first two homes needed to be sold and the families moved in by Dec. 31, 2020, or the SHA would have to return the grant money. 

The two homes were completed months ago, but finding buyers who were able to qualify for a mortgage with low-income levels proved to be more difficult than anticipated. That’s when Rolling F Credit Union CEO Randy Icelow stepped in. The SHA connected with the City Ministry Network’s Community Development Corporation in early December, which suggested Icelow and his credit union in Turlock. When Icelow was presented with an opportunity to help, he jumped at the chance.

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Congress is at the front of the line for COVID vaccines. Which Californians are taking it?

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Federal lawmakers are part of the first group of people — alongside frontline health care workers — to get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. But they’re not all taking it.

Many have taken their first does, but others are choosing to wait, saying they don’t want to receive it before seniors who are more likely to die from the novel coronavirus.

The main groups who have access to the vaccine are health care workers, seniors in nursing homes and certain public officials, including members of Congress, President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Supreme Court justices and executive branch office holders.

Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, recommended to all members that they take the vaccine in order to continue government operations. Monahan also offered to all members of Congress two staff members from their personal offices could receive vaccines. Committee chairs and party leaders can designate four staff members to receive vaccines.

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Nearly 600 deaths reported statewide following holiday weekend | COVID-19 updates for Northern California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at noon on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The state recorded 567 additional deaths over the weekend following the New Year's holiday. 

Over the weekend, it was announced that the Greater Sacramento Region will continue to stay in the state's stay-at-home order due to low ICU capacity. The region's four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the 15% threshold to end the order.

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The heart of Turlock

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The silver lining of the difficult times that overshadow the year 2020 was the spirit of giving that sprang forth from community members young and old who did their best to make difficult times just a little bit easier for their neighbors.

Turlock residents have always been known for their generosity, but the overwhelming impacts of the coronavirus pandemic spurred many to share their time, talents and resources in meaningful ways from church groups shopping for shut-ins to a senior citizen knitting hats and blankets for newborn babies.

Below are a few of the ordinary citizens who made extraordinary efforts to help others in 2020:

— New Life Christian Center’s high school ministry group, comprised of junior and senior students Brooke Rose, Emma Borrelli, Lilly Leonard, Grace Gonzales, Kayla Reese and Bella Pace, took it upon themselves to go grocery shopping for the elderly and others who may not be able to make it to the store due to the impact of COVID-19.

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Road Rage Incident Leaves Owner Of Auburn Dog Rescue Fighting For His Life

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The owner of an Auburn dog rescue is fighting for his life after he was attacked, carjacked and run over with his own car in a road rage incident.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is now looking for the suspected driver. The incident happened off of Peltier Road, near Highway 99 earlier this month.

“I miss being helpful, I miss being useful,” said Justin Montgomery.

He spoke with CBS13 from his bedside at a Modesto rehab center. Montgomery says he’s spent weeks isolated while he recovers from internal trauma.

“They cut me from sternum to groin,” he said.

Justin was picking up a Christmas gift for his step-son outside Turlock. He was heading northbound on Highway 99 when he says a man driving this black sedan started swerving between cars, clipping his car before taking off.

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