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Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

June 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taser Purchase Designed To Equip All Officers

A state funded account to the city will be used to purchase an additional 22 Tasers and related equipment so that all officers of the Oakdale Police Department can be issued the less-than-lethal force tool.

June 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Delays Massage Ban

An urgency ordinance recommended by the Oakdale Police Department that would have put a temporary 45-day moratorium on new massage parlors from opening was held over by the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, June 1, after a local Realtor and spa owner advised members that they were days away from opening a "professional" facility.

June 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed reports and updated a previous story that a person drowned during Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir Regional Park outside of Oakdale on Saturday, May 23.

May 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT -Heck With It, We're All No. 1

Around the newsroom this week, upcoming graduations were a popular topic as some of the reporters prepared to cover the high school commencements. At our last staff meeting I was taken back when I heard of one local high school's selection of four valedictorians and two salutatorians for its graduating class.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Chamber’s Taste Of Oakdale A Hit

With a number of new presenters appearing this year, the Seventh Annual Taste of Oakdale was a delicious delight on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blaze Threatens Homes

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews had to call in additional agencies to assist with a pair of fires on Wednesday afternoon for a fast moving fire ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Attempted Murder Suspect Being Sought By Deputies

Stanislaus Sheriff's deputies are looking for an attempted homicide suspect known to frequent Oakdale.

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Enjoys Taste Of Firefighting Life

When summer came after Tyler Gunkel finished eighth grade, and before he started his freshman year at Oakdale High School, the 14-year-old figured he wanted ...

August 26, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cops Bust House Of Beef Burglars

Oakdale Police arrested two local subjects for a weekend burglary that occurred at Medlen's House of Beef where the restaurant's safe and between ...

August 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Flags, Courage, And Defiance

Maybe it's the A's lousy season that has me grumpy or maybe it's the influx of social media I have going to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Taste Of Oakdale Tuesday

The date is getting closer and time is running out to buy advance tickets for the Seventh Annual "Taste of Oakdale" sponsored by the Oakdale ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City OKs $34K For Firefighters

After the Oakdale City Council authorized replacement of $37,000 worth of outdated critical fire equipment on Monday, Aug. 17, the council also agreed to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Dunlop Appointed To LAFCO

After the July removal of Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Stanislaus County mayors on Wednesday, Aug. 12 appointed Oakdale ...

August 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Attorney Facing Disbarment

A local attorney was arrested Wednesday, Aug 5, after an investigation by the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office showed he stole up to $210 ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Yelling Causes Two Hour Stand Off

A man yelling and throwing items, damaging things inside his home caused police to shut down the area of East A Street near Cloverland Avenue ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Fee Confusion Causing Strife For New Oakdale Home Buyers

A group of new home buyers in the JKB Homes Belmont division of Bridle Ridge are perplexed and in the dark when it comes to ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Transient Found Dead In River

Oakdale Police were investigating the case of a dead body found in the water at the Stanislaus River under the Yosemite Avenue Bridge on Thursday ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Seek Clues In Stabbing

Oakdale Police responded to emergency calls in the 400 block of Church Avenue on Sunday, Aug 9, at 2:45 p.m. regarding a person ...

August 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Landscape, Lighting Fees Approved By Council

The Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 3 set the city's annual assessments for the city's numerous lighting, landscape and maintenance districts (LLMD).

August 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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