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Manteca pot warehouse gone but still busy

MANTECA, CA - Manteca police have arrested eight people for breaking into the two buildings that were being used for a large indoor marijuana business.

SLIDESHOW: Manteca pot warehouse

Four people were arrested on Saturday, the day after the pot-growing operation was discovered and disabled.  Four more people were arrested this week.

"They're coming here and looking for anything left over from the marijuana grow so they can start one themselves," said Manteca Police Chief David Bricker.

It was Friday morning when a Manteca police sergeant discovered the marijuana business.  An estimated 2,000 plants were recovered, along with equipment used to help the plants grow.

Local sex assault survivor, 15, aims to increase awareness of violence

Local sex assault survivor, 15, aims to increase awareness of violence

RIPON - The SavingStephanie organization will work with the Ripon Police Department to increase sexual assault awareness in our community. SavingStephanie is a sexual assault awareness organization that was founded by sexual assault survivor, Stephanie Braithwaite, 15, to increase community awareness and provide support and referrals to sexual assault victims.

The organization, lead by this courageous young woman, intends to work with the Ripon Police Department and Police Chief Ed Ormonde, to carry this message to the community by tying teal colored ribbons to the antennas of all the police departments’ patrol cars, community service vehicles, and volunteer vehicles. The ribbon recognizes every person affected by sexual assault and offers a symbol of hope to every Survivor on the path to healing. These ribbons will stand as a reminder that sexual violence is everyone’s issue, and that there is hope and support for those affected by it.

Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

MANTECA - The SavingStephanie organization will work with the Manteca Police Department to increase sexual assault awareness in our community. SavingStephanie is a sexual assault awareness organization that was founded by sexual assault survivor, Stephanie Braithwaite, 15. She started her own organization, SavingStephanie, to increase community awareness and provide support and referrals to sexual assault victims.

The organization, lead by this courageous young woman, intends to work with the Manteca Police Department and Capt. Charlie Goeken, to carry this message to the community by tying teal colored ribbons to the antennas of all the police department's patrol cars. The ribbon recognizes every person affected by sexual assault and offers a symbol of hope to every survivor on the path to healing. These ribbons will stand as a reminder that sexual violence is everyone’s issue, and that there is hope and support for those affected by it.

Moms recommend local coffee shops

Moms recommend local coffee shops

Do you want to support local business and indulge your love of coffee at the same time? Who better to recommend local coffee shops than local moms?

This week, on MomsLikeMe, we’re talking up our favorite local spots for coffee.
For example, Allboymom, who lives in Ripon, has this to say about her favorite shop: “Jake's Place has yummy coffee, and even yummier sandwiches!!  It's in the ACE Hardware shopping center (where the old Starbucks used to be!).”

MotownMom1 likes Giacomo, a drive-thru,  in Modesto, and DomesticGoddess loves Bella Bru Express at the Pavilions shopping center in Sacramento.

We’d love to know where you go locally for a caffeine jolt. Share your recommendations on MomsLikeMe.

Your toothbrush & your toilet

 

Just remember this:

Six feet.

Thats the recommended distance to keep your toothbrush from your toilet to avoid airborne particles from the flush.

4 ways happiness can make you healthier

 

Certain personality traits can help you become physically healthier.

Thats the word from researchers in the latest issue of the Harvard Public Health Review (Winter 2011).

Just being happy might help you avoid or beat heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression.

Here are the 4 key ways to a healthier, happier life that the researchers identified:

1. EMOTIONAL VITALITY
Being enthusiastic about things. Having a sense of hopefulness. Getting angry and worrying about every little thing can be bad for your heart. Anger and stress can change the heart’s electric stability, lead to atherosclerosis, and worsen inflammation all around the body.

2. OPTIMISM
Feeling that good things will happen no matter what. Feeling that you can be an agent of change for the better. Optimism can lower the risk of coronary heart disease by half.

Manteca library to hold '1,2,3 Draw' event March 16

Manteca library to hold '1,2,3 Draw' event March 16

MANTECA - On Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Manteca Branch Library will host 1, 2, 3, Draw, a program for children on how to draw fun things by utilizing basic shapes, colors and age-appropriate techniques.

The 11 a.m. event is for 4-6 year olds and the 4 p.m. program is for older children. Sign-ups are available at the library's information desk. The event if free and open to the public.

The library is located at 320 West Center Street. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit the library's website.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on Valentine's Day

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on Valentine's Day

TRACY - Still looking for somewhere to take your sweetie on Valentine's Day? Why not enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre show Feb. 14 at the E Gallery and Performance Annex, 729 Central Avenue. The gallery opens at 7:30 p.m., dinner starts at 8:15 p.m. and the show and dessert begin at 8:30 p.m.

Jack Elliott Productions presents "Murder in Poker City - Cupid's Revenge," that takes places in the heydey of the Prohibition era in 1929. There is a love triangle, bootlegging, gambling and murder -- and everyone is a suspect. Go back in time and join the characters for the evening, and decide for yourself "whodunit."

Tickets include dinner and the show. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call (209) 229-1020.

Two fatal Ceres crashes within week involved altered trucks

CERES, CA - The Chevy truck that struck four middle school girls Wednesday morning in Ceres was an altered vehicle.

Ceres police said the truck had its suspension altered to lift the truck and had oversized wheels.

Just one week before the deadly Ceres accident, a woman was killed in Tracy after her Hyundai was struck by an oversized truck running a red light.

"The accident was caused by him running a red light, but where he made impact with the vehicle, the bumper of his truck lined up with the window of her vehicle at head height," Tracy Police Department Lt. Jeremy Watney said. "The size of the truck played a factor in her death."

Suspension mechanic Jamie Odom said he believes 95 percent of suspension alterations are for aesthetic reasons. The alterations are legal under certain guidelines:

Large marijuana bust made at abandoned Manteca building

MANTECA, CA - Manteca police made a large marijuana bust Friday, netting about 2,000 plants from an abandoned warehouse. SLIDESHOW: Manteca pot-growing operation

Police said a sergeant was in the area following up on a stolen materials tip unrelated to this case. The officer reported he could smell marijuana nearby. That prompted police to get search warrants for the buildings in the 500 block of Industrial Park.

The former granite company looked abandoned, but police inside was a very large marijuana distribution center. The plants were located in two different rooms.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.