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No Contest Plea In Infant Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


No Contest Plea In Baby Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


District Elections Being Forced On City

In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by some city officials, a Latino organization is recommending that the pint-sized six square mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.

March 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Chief For Stanislaus Consolidated

A veteran Fire Chief with over 34 years of firefighting and emergency service experience has temporarily taken over as interim fire chief for the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Plan Takes Off, FBO Search Is On

A staff presentation on the future of the Oakdale Airport highlighted the Monday, March 18 Oakdale City Council meeting.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Entrepreneur Competing In Challenge

With "Made in America" no longer the standard in what we buy, one Oakdale woman has put forward a simple easy-to-use website to assist consumers to find American made items.

March 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


City’s Cost For “Interim” Leaders Tops $415K

In a document released by the Oakdale City Manager's Office on city salaries, the City of Oakdale paid over $415,000 to just three employees who were initially designated as temporary, part-time, hourly employees, hired to guide the city to solvency during the absence or after the removal of certain upper-management employees.

March 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Over $415K Paid To Three “Interims” In 2012

In a document released by the Oakdale City Manager's Office on city salaries, the City of Oakdale paid over $415,000 to just three employees who were initially designated as temporary, part-time, hourly employees, hired to guide the city to solvency during the absence or after the removal of certain upper-management employees.

March 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


EMS Director Placed On Leave

A few days after bringing aboard two brand new ambulances donated by the Oak Valley Foundation, Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Services Director Ray Leverett was placed on administrative leave by Hospital CEO John McCormick.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors earlier this year that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly 2400-acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Measure O Spending Detailed For Concerned Citizens

With Measure O proceeds exceeding expectations, some in the community are questioning what exactly the funds have gone toward.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Home Search Leads To Large Drug Bust

Oakdale Police arrested a documented gang member and seized large quantities of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $31,000 on Monday, March 11 during a home detention search.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Parcel Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in January that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly-2400 acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Realtor’s Hunch Leads To Chop Shop

When a Ford F-250 was stolen in a burglary from one of Oakdale Realtor Kevin Benziger's properties on 26-Mile Road, he went into detective mode trying to tie the loss and possible motive to identify the thieves.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Antes Up On Ordinance

With only one item on its public hearing agenda, the Oakdale City Council modified a zoning ordinance for card room operations to facilitate an anticipated location change by Mike's Card Room currently located on North Yosemite Avenue.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Congressman Connects With Small Business Owners On Tax Burden

U.S. Congressman Jeff Denham joined local small business owners at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to discuss how the health insurance tax, or HIT, is impacting their businesses and employees.

October 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


App Threat Prompts Police Response At OHS

A social app posting of a vague threat led to a police presence at Oakdale High School on Friday, Oct. 17.

October 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mountain Lion Confirmed In East Oakdale

California Fish and Game authorities confirmed the existence of a mountain lion prowling the area of Oakdale, east of the city limits.

October 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pohl Metals Products Shifts Ownership

Founded in 1950 by his father, Archie Pohl, owner Bill Pohl will be retiring from Pohl Metal Products after owning the company since 1972.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Longtime Chiropractor Heads Into Retirement

Over 32 years at the treatment table will come to a close as local chiropractor, Dr. Mark Whitemyer, 64, will retire next month after 32 years of spinal diagnosis and treatment, his last 20 years in the City of Oakdale.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Council Approves Capital Improvements

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer will be busy in the next few months approving work contracts and signing purchase orders for more than a half dozen city capital improvements that involve either construction or equipment acquisitions for the City of Oakdale.

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - Crunching The Core Numbers

15-7=8 Or is it 15-5=10 and then 10-2=8?

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Accused Shooter Surrenders To Police

The man wanted for the Saturday morning shooting of a 24-year-old Oakdale man that resulted in a 12-hour SWAT action closing a portion of East H Street was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30.

October 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tastes Of The Valley Showcased At Gathering

The 12th annual "Tastes of the Valley," a wine and cheese affair presented by the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation will be this Thursday, Oct 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

October 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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