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Freeway memorializes Scott
A section of State Route 219 (Kiernan Avenue) was dedicated as the CHP Officer Earl Scott Memorial Highway in a Friday ceremony attended by his father and sister.

Scott, a Hughson resident, was the California Highway Patrol officer slain during a Feb. 17, 2006 traffic stop on Highway between Salida and Ripon. He was just 36.

Scott's father, Bill Scott of Salinas, and sister, Lena Scott-Luu, pulled the tarp to unveil the memorial sign. Following the unveiling, there was a formal ceremony at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts at 11 a.m. The ceremony was attended by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, Assembly Member Kristin Olsen, and many local police chiefs, dignitaries, friends, and family.

Bill Scott received an Assembly Resolution from Kristin Olsen and a Commissioner's Resolution from Commissioner Farrow.

Officer Brandon Moore spoke in remembrance of his classmate, Earl Scott.

This was the second memorial for the fallen officer. Shortly after Scott's death the Rhapsody Homeowners Association in Hughson decided to honor Scott with the naming of the neighborhood park as Earl H. Scott Park. Scott lived in Hughson from 2004 until his death. Before he moved Scott lived with a friend on Central Park Way in Ceres for 12 years. When he lived in Ceres, Scott was a reserve officer with the Modesto Police Department.

Scott was nearing his fifth anniversary with the CHP upon his death. He had been assigned to the Modesto division of the CHP for three years after starting out in the Santa Cruz area. Scott previously worked for the California Department of Corrections at the Sierra Conservation Center near Jamestown. From June 1996 to August 2000 he was a reserve officer with the Modesto Police Department.

After years of denying he killed Scott, Columbus Allen of Stockton, admitted to the shooting. Mortally wounded Scott was found holding registration papers of a 1990 Nissan Maxima registered in the name of Allen's wife, Bertera Allen. Allen, a Stockton resident who attended Ceres High School in the 1990s, showed up at Stockton Police headquarters less than five hours after the shooting claiming that his car had been stolen. The car was later found ditched near Lathrop.

Allen attended Ceres High School during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 school years before transferring to Franklin High School in Stockton in his senior year.