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6 Manteca party goers injured by explosive device

An explosive device that was set off at a party in Mateca left six minors injured, two of which sustained serious injuries. One victim had to be air lifted to a Bay Area hospital to be treated for an eye injury.

The Manteca Police Deparment said approximately 60 high school aged kids were in attendance at the party that was held at a home located in the 300 block of Santiago Way.

According to the department, several party goers were in the backyard of the home when someone (whom police have not yet identified) threw an explosive device over a fence. Police did not say whether that explosive was or was not a firework. The device exploded near party goers, injuring many of them.

Currently, the department said they have six victims that range in age from 15 to 18-years-old.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Emergency drought project reverses flow in Delta-Mendota Canal

NEWMAN - In a desperate move to keep six Northern California water districts from going dry, the Delta-Mendota Canal will carry water uphill for the first time in its history.

Nine giant pumps are being installed in three locations to lift canal water a total of 18 feet along a 62-mile stretch from the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County to the city of Tracy in San Joaquin County.

"We're making it flow in the opposite direction," said Bob Martin, engineering director for the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority, which operates the canal under an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

City of Tracy to enforce ban on pole signs


TRACY - The city of Tracy issued a release to remind residents during "garage sale season" that signs posted on power and telephone poles are prohibited by city code.

"It causes community blithe and safety hazards for drivers," said a release, which probably meant to include the word blight.

Dozens of signs, most for yard and garage sales, are posted on poles in Tracy. Yard sale operators and their customers agreed signs aren't the nearly the problem that old signs are.

Tracy-area farmers suffer court setback on water

STOCKTON - Farmers who get water from the Banta Carbona Irrigation District, near Tracy, got bad news late Tuesday.

Judge Carter Holly agreed with state lawyers that he shouldn't hear a case involving the use of San Joaquin River water. He ordered a change of venue, meaning another judge in another county will settle the case.

In the meantime, growers in the district fear huge fines if they continue using river water to grow crops. Attorneys for the district sought a "stay" from Holly, a postponement that might have let them continue to use river water.

Tracy-area irrigation district takes on state

STOCKTON - Banta Carbona may be a small irrigation district with about 80 growers, but it's taking on a big opponent in a Stockton court Tuesday.

The district hopes to convince a local judge to put the state's order to stop pumping from local rivers on hold until a trial settles the issue. That would allow districts like Banta Carbona to continue pumping from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers.

Last weeks, water order from the State Water Resources Control Board was one problem for the district; being denied it's "banked" water became another.

61-year-old Manteca man arrested for possession of child porn

A Manteca man was arrested Tuesday for possessing and distributing child pornography, Manteca's Police Department reported.

Edward Bowden was taken into custody and later booked into the San Joaquin County. His bail was set to $275,000, the department reported.

On Tuesday, the Manteca Police Department's Investigation's Division finished an extensive child pornography case that had started earlier in 2015.

According to the department, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found a pornographic video of a girl who they believed to be less than eight-years-old.

Further investigation found that the video had been uploaded from Manteca, which prompted an investigation and an eventual location of Bowden's residence.