Twice-Told Tales: Escaped DVI inmates did not kidnap Frank Sinatra, Jr.
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10 years ago — 2003

The Tracy Police Department has taken delivery of two Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycles to replace two BMWs, which were costly to maintain.

Rosa Junqueiro of Tracy has been named CEO of the San Joaquin County Superior Courts. She started working at the local court as a junior in high school.

A yard sale sponsored by parents, staff members and students at Hirsch Elementary School has generated $1,000 for the new student council.

The City Council is looking into possible locations for a proposed aquatics center.

Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, is pushing for federal highway funds to help finance construction of a highway between Patterson and San Jose.

Sixteen high school basketball teams from California and Oregon are competing in the 15th annual holiday tournament being played in the Tracy and West high gymnasiums.

Four Tracy teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of committing 18 burglaries in recent months.

25 years ago — 1988

Tracy High assistant varsity football coach John Rita, 40, is listed in critical condition at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital for what was believed to be a diabetic reaction.

Lester “Scotty” Scott has taken over as Tracy’s mayor. He defeated incumbent Richard Hastie in the November election.

After 16 years, Don Yerian is stepping down as coach of the Tracy Raiders youth football team.

The city planning commission has given its approval to the 213-lot Regency Square subdivision, which features single-family homes on small lots.

Art Sasser and Patrick Obrien of SASSCO Realty are proposing development of a residential community in the hills south of Tracy. The project would have 3,000 homes. (The proposal later became Tracy Hills.)

50 years ago — 1963

Two inmates who escaped from Deuel Vocational Institution have been absolved of any connection with the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. from a Lake Tahoe motel.

Marine Reserve Capt. Joe Tiago of Banta is among a group of Marine Corps paratroopers who have qualified as free-fall jumpers.

The Tracy High boys basketball team edged Modesto 56-51 in the local gym. Chuck Coffman topped Bulldog scoring with 16 points.

James Clapp is the new master of Mount Oso Masonic Lodge.

Jim Meservy has received a trophy as the highest-scoring member of the Tracy Police Reserves in the practical pistol course.

75 years ago — 1938

An Oregon fir Christmas tree has been installed at the intersection of Central Avenue and 11th St. Tracy Lumber Co. provided the tree, and Charles Clark of the Terminal Grill, the lights.

“Yuletide at the Court of King Arthur” is the name of a Christmas operetta being performed by Tracy High School students.

To reduce debt, the West Side Irrigation District has filed a petition to refinance its bonds. A Reconstruction Finance Corp. loan is a key element in the plan.

The Tracy Aerie of Eagles is providing toys and candy to students at South School.

100 years ago — 1913

Tom Wing, who operates a Chinese restaurant on Fourth Street, has been fined $100 for selling liquor to customers.

Students of Tracy Grammar School (later Central School) presented a Christmas program at Arlington Theatre on Sixth Street.

Grain is sprouting in Vernalis area fields, but more rain is needed to bring the crop along.

 
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