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Questionable Past For Fire Chief Candidate

After going nearly a year without a permanent fire chief due to the placing of former Fire Chief Steven Mayotte on administrative leave and his subsequent departure amidst a plethora of misconduct allegations, reliable sources have informed The Leader that a serious candidate is in the final stages for appointment to the position that will lead the department.

January 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Night Liquor Store Burglars Arrested

Quick and decisive action by an alert midnight shift patrol officer led to the arrest of two burglars accused of breaking into Circle D Liquors in the early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 9.

January 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Numbers Game - Fire Staffing Impacts Evaluated

When a fire hits, minutes are precious. Residents scramble to escape as lives and cherished possessions are threatened by the blaze. Seconds seem to slow as everyone waits the arrival of the fire department to contain a growing inferno.

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Reviews Museum Transfers

At its Monday, Jan. 6 meeting, the Oakdale City Council moved forward to finalize property transfers, including land, structures, and exhibits, from city owned to the Friends of Oakdale Heritage (FOH), operators of the museum since 2009.

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - Mangia, Mangia!

What did I get for Christmas?

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Fire Staffing Numbers Game

When a fire hits, minutes are precious. Residents scramble to escape as lives and cherished possessions are threatened by the blaze. Seconds seem to slow as everyone waits the arrival of the fire department to contain a growing inferno.

January 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Year In Review - Top Newsmakers, Issues Remembered

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes, to the possibility of fire consolidation with the Stanislaus Fire Protection District, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we continue with our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at stories from the second half of the year, July through December.

December 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Year In Review: Final Look At 2013

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes to keep the city afloat, to the discontinuation of maternity services at Oak Valley Hospital, as well as selfless acts done to better the community, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with stories from the first half of the year, January through June.

December 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Slices Own Throat In Front Of Police

Oakdale Police responded to a report of a family disturbance at an unknown apartment on the 300 block of S. Sixth Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, Dec 18 and ended up summoning an ambulance for a man who stabbed himself.

December 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


(A) Home For The Holidays

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for single mother Sharon Nardello of Oakdale as she received the keys to her three-bedroom home that was renovated by Habitat for Humanity.

December 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Did City Violate Brown Act With Parking Call?

Not only have questions arisen over the legitimacy and fairness of the Oakdale City Council's Dec. 2 move to designate a portion of South Second Avenue for the exclusive parking of a single establishment, but the process in which it was administered raises serious concerns on potential violations of The Brown Act that governs how cities conduct business.

December 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Steps Taken Toward Fire Services Contract

Calling the proposal the city's greatest chance of success at a special Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer moved that the city council pursue a contract with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District for fire services.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Travel Bureau Not Reporting Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rich In Thought - Sticks And Stones…

I'm taking a chance by voicing an unpopular, politically incorrect position on a contemporary issue, but from me, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Travel Bureau Ignoring Agreement To Report Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura's Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

May 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Bust Island Spa

Oakdale Police arrested a 54-year-old Asian masseuse for solicitation for prostitution on Thursday, May 14, after conducting an undercover operation at Island Spa located at 730 East F St.

May 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

A citizen who thought she was helping a family friend became the victim of a large theft of personal items but turned things around in getting one of the thief's accomplices arrested when they tried to sell the stolen items back to her.

May 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

A mid-day probation search in a quiet upscale neighborhood resulted in the seizure of narcotics, paraphernalia, and two subjects from the house taken to jail on drug charges.

May 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

May 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Most Wanted Opens Wine Bar

After nearly a three-year absence from the streets of Oakdale, Most Wanted Wine Company has opened Most Wanted Wine Bar and Wood Fired Oven offering pizzas, skillet dishes, and other cuisine along with, of course, wine.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


National Police Week Begins May 10

The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Project Expenditures

After a multitude of proclamations honoring Older Americans Month, National Police Week, Bike to Work Week, and National Public Works Week, the Oakdale City Council went to work approving funds for a host of projects across the city.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun

Oakdale Police reported that they arrested a campus supervisor from the Stanislaus Arts Academy Culinary School for possessing a handgun and ammunition on school grounds on Tuesday, April 29.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


County Moves To Shut Medical Pot Shop

Stating that Kiona's Farm'acy, just outside the Oakdale city limits, falsified its business license application and calling it a "marijuana dispensary," the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 21 to file a lawsuit to close down the business.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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