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Oakdale Police To Dispatch For Newman Officers

In a move that aids the Oakdale Police Department with increased staffing in its communication center, Chief Lester Jenkins announced the city will pursue providing dispatch services for the Newman Police Department.

September 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Intercepted Package Leads To Drug Takedown

A federal investigation regarding the recovery of 20 intercepted packages at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City led to the arrest of two Modesto residents by the Oakdale Police Department on Wednesday, Sept 17.

September 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Almond Pavilion Set To Re-Emerge As Downtown Destination

After laying dormant for over four years, Oakdale's Almond Pavilion is looking to make a revival with new ownership, management, and an interior renovation to bring it back to a premiere wedding, banquet, events, conference, and meeting venue in the city.

September 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fiery Dialogue On Airport

As the FAA and Stanislaus Grand Jury are investigating the Oakdale Airport and asking for more information about how it charges its rates, city officials decided on Monday, Sept. 15 to enter into a long-term lease with an established tenant that is the focus of the economic discrimination accusation.

September 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Murder Suspect Now In Jail

Stanislaus Sheriff's investigators announced a Riverbank man wanted in connection with a homicide last month that left a 59-year-old man dead was arrested Wednesday night, Sept. 10 in Turlock.

September 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Riverbank Murder Suspect Found In Turlock

Stanislaus Sheriff's investigators announced a Riverbank man wanted in connection with a homicide last month that left a 59-year-old man dead was arrested Wednesday night, Sept. 10 in Turlock.

September 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigate Infant Overdose

Oakdale Police are investigating the circumstances that sent a nine-month old female to the hospital due to an opiate overdose in the early morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 4. The infant is recovering in a Madera hospital.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Laced Candy Sends Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters - FAA Still Wants More Info

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigate Drug OD By Infant

Oakdale Police are investigating the circumstances that sent a nine-month old female to the hospital due to an opiate overdose in the early morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 4. The infant is recovering in a Madera hospital.

September 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Laced Candy Sends OHS Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Arrested In Theft Of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Ball Forced To Can Workers – ConAgra Decision Impacts 159

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the city's third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


RICH IN THOUGHT - Did Anyone Really Think This Out?

That loud clacking sound everyone heard Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 after the elections was the sound of area deadbolts latching in homes after the passage of Proposition 47 – the initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and other "nonviolent" crimes.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


$26K Taken From Softball Account

Oakdale Police are investigating the embezzlement of over $26,000 from the Oak Valley Youth Softball Association and, according to law enforcement officials, a decision from the district attorney whether to prosecute is expected any day now.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

An eyewitness and an officer's familiarity with subjects on his beat led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female juvenile for robbery, while police are also following leads to identify and apprehend her cohort, a 20-year old male.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Police On-Line Reporting Approved

By the beginning of the year Oakdale crime victims will be able to make a police report themselves without the need to have an officer come to the scene.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California's 10th Congressional District.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Business Proprietor Arrested For Sexual Assault

The proprietor of an Oakdale pizza restaurant that recently closed its doors was arrested on Monday, Oct. 20 for a sexual assault incident that occurred at the establishment in September.

October 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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