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San Joaquin County students receive top honors at State Science Fair

San Joaquin County students receive top honors at State Science Fair

Unprecedented in San Joaquin County history, county students excelled at the California State Science Fair by taking first, second, and third place in the junior division. San Joaquin County students have not placed in the State competition since 2006 when a student placed third. Not only did four of six San Joaquin County junior division attendees place, but Tom Hawkins Elementary School Teacher, Cassandra de Wood was honored as California’s Science Teacher of the Year.
 
The State Science Fair, held in Los Angeles at the California Science Center on May 2 and 3, received 1,000 projects from 403 schools all over California. Seventh grader Julie Fukunaga of Elkhorn Elementary took first place with her project, Weedfinder: An Eco-Friendly Herbicide Sprayer. Julie also received the Alfarata Walley Award for Excellence in Electronics, as well as $500 for her project.

Tracy man sentenced for conspiring to commit access device fraud

Tracy man sentenced for conspiring to commit access device fraud

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Jose Holmes, 35, of Tracy, was sentenced Tuesday day by United States District Judge Lawrence Karlton to four years and nine months in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Holmes entered a guilty to the charges on November 5, 2010.

According to court documents in the case, Holmes and others engaged in a scheme to steal credit card numbers, to convert them into debit cards, and take out the cash. Holmes and others perpetrated the scheme throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle, with a total loss of $595,000. As part of his sentence, Holmes was ordered to pay restitution, although the amount of restitution will be determined at a hearing on July 6, 2011.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn K. Delaney prosecuted the case.

Your Voice: Police, fire team up for Tracy charities

Your Voice: Police, fire team up for Tracy charities
Tracy Press
by Don Sader, DARE coordinator, Tracy There has been a lot of negative publicity lately regarding our local public safety. We have read about lawsuits, pension plans and various other items. Well, I want to share some positive news regarding the men ...

McNerney to announce art competition winners in Tracy

McNerney to announce art competition winners in Tracy

McNerney to announce art competition winners in Tracy
San Jose Mercury News
TRACY -- Congressman Jerry McNerney will announce the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition on Saturday in Tracy. The exhibition of the artwork wi be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, ...

Central American cuisine comes to Manteca

Central American cuisine comes to Manteca center
Manteca Bulletin
While he had spent years in the workforce, the former San Francisco resident – who moved to Manteca two years ago – knew that he had to something to keep himself occupied and prevent the boredom that had begun to set in. So he took his second shot at ...

'American Idol' contestant from Mountain House to get welcome home party

'American Idol' contestant from Mountain House to get welcome home party

'American Idol' contestant from Mountain House to get welcome home party
San Jose Mercury News
Thia, a 16-year-old from Mountain House who was the youngest contestant to ever compete on the TV hit "American Idol," will be in Tracy and Mountain House on Saturday for a special meet-and-greet and recognition ceremony. Tracy activities are scheduled ...

Top Manteca educators

Top Manteca educators

TOP MANTECA EDUCATORS
Manteca Bulletin
By Rose Albano-Risso Five names will be added to the plaques of honor in the Manteca Unified School District's personnel department. They are the Educators of the Year for 2010-11 who were nominated for the honor by parents, students, and in at least ...