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Stopped Speeder Linked To Turlock VFW Burglary

A man wanted by Turlock Police for a brazen burglary where antique rifles were stolen from a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post earlier this month was arrested after being stopped for speeding in Oakdale two days later.

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Manager Gets Pay Raise

The Oakdale City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 18 to raise City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's base salary to $176,951. Whitemyer's previous pay was $160,500 annually.

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Market Moves Back To Third

After controversy with its location last year and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau withdrawing its sponsorship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, April 18 approved an application to move the Farmers' Market back to the downtown area after its brief departure to the Gene Bianchi Community Center plaza last year.

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Area Banks Robbed In 4-Hour Span

The Valley First Credit Union on West F Street in Oakdale was held up shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery occurred just hours after another bank, the BBVA Compass Bank in the 3300 block of McHenry Avenue in Escalon, was robbed at 12:05 p.m. by a robber matching roughly the same description.

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma Marg Jackson | Crime


Family Files Lawsuit For Wrongful Death

The family of a teen shot and killed by police last July has filed a Wrongful Death Civil Rights lawsuit against the Pleasanton Police Department. John Deming Sr., a 10-year veteran police reserve officer with the Oakdale Police Department, is the father of the 19-year-old, John "Bubba" Deming Jr., and a plaintiff in the action.

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Berryhill’s Office Warns Residents Of Possible Energy Scam In City

If a Vista Energy Marketing salesperson shows up at your door and asks about your PG&E bill and suggests that with their assistance they can provide lower costs, you might think twice, according to one local resident. Just like him, cities throughout Central California have experienced a number of complaints about the company's "pushiness" and a number of residents, especially the elderly, have complained about getting scammed on their utility bills.

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigating Potential Missing Soccer League Funds

The possible loss of undisclosed funds from the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has been reported to the Oakdale Police Department according to representatives from the 600-member league.

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Olivo To Start Season On Sacramento Roster

Oakdale's Miguel Olivo could be one wicked foul tip or home plate collision to Buster Posey away from getting the call back up to the major leagues for the 2016 season.

April 06, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local Sports


Viral Good Deed Story Also Has Another Side

(Editor's Note: When the original story of an area teen mowing lawns in Oakdale neighborhoods came to our attention, we chose not to report on the story due to some additional facts uncovered during researching the issue. However, due to the amount of attention this story has received, now going nationwide, The Leader offers the other side of what has become a polarizing story.)

March 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


WWBGD?

I couldn't have been prouder for my chosen profession (Version II) when this year's Best Picture Award went to the film 'Spotlight' at the MPAA Academy Awards show last month. After watching the film earlier this year, I felt the zeal for what I do very similar to the enthusiasm I did back in the day when I donned the badge and saw a movie like Colors, To Live and Die in L.A. or End of Watch.

March 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Officers Chase, Arrest Felon With Loaded Gun

Oakdale Police arrested a wanted felon in possession of a handgun after a foot pursuit on Wednesday, March 16 in what could have ended up with deadly results.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sheriff Lauds FFA Program At Annual Chamber Lunch

The severe consequences of Proposition 47 in the Oakdale community were evident as Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson gave an overview of rural crime affecting local agriculture at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 43rd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon at the Bianchi Community Center on March 17.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Session Sees Snub Of Revised Sign Ordinance

After giving direction to city staff to revise a dated sign ordinance after it granted approval of an LED sign on the east side of town, the Oakdale City Council members decided to take no action at its Monday, March 21 meeting on a presented revision by City Manager Brian Whitemyer.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Capacity Crowd Enjoys Annual Testicle Festival

There was no shortage of hungry attendees feasting on the breaded bovine nuggets at the 35th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival at the FES Hall on Monday night, March 21. The event, sponsored by the Oakdale Rotary Club, has been an Oakdale staple, getting the city national attention since the 1980s when local Rotarians sought something unique as a fund-raising affair that would reflect the local western heritage of the area.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homicide Witness Arrested in Standoff

The Oakdale Leader has uncovered information indicating that one of the subjects arrested in the Tuesday, March 15 standoff on West Avenue in the city is a prosecution witness in a high-profile homicide case in the Stanislaus County Superior Court involving Frank Carson, a Modesto defense attorney. Carson is on trial, along with seven other individuals, including three former California Highway Patrol officers, for the murder of Turlock resident Korey Kauffman.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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Midday Bank Hold Up

Valley First Credit Union on West F Street was hit once again in a 1 p.m. bank robbery on Tuesday, June 2. The hold-up ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


OID Session Notes Highlight Issues

Recently released notes from a June 7 Oakdale Irrigation District closed session meeting raise questions to the veracity of court declarations made by new directors ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Files Suit On Own Directors

After breaches of confidentiality in closed session regarding a lawsuit, sworn declarations to the plaintiffs' attorney, and public bashing on social media by two of ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Stabbing In Rural Oakdale

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the case of a man found stabbed to death in the 9000 block of Sawyer Road, just outside the city ...

June 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Leads Cops In Pursuit From Jamestown To Oakdale

Oakdale Police officers were busy Sunday, June 26, searching for a Tuolumne County fugitive after a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit and assault ...

June 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Preliminary City Budget Introduced

The City of Oakdale is projecting nearly $35 million in revenues for all city funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year with its General Fund anticipated ...

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Anti-Camping Ordinance Approved

With city parks taking on the look of a KOA campground and the river's edge developing its own shanty town, the Oakdale City Council ...

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham, Eggman Run Off For Congressional District

Incumbent Jeff Denham will once again face off against Democratic challenger Michael Eggman for the 10th Congressional District seat in the November general election, as ...

June 15, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local News


Body Cameras Approved For Police Department

Oakdale Police officials anticipate a program for officers to wear body cameras to be in effect within three to four months, according to Interim Police ...

June 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Slow, Steady Rise Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Training Focuses On Program For Kids

A new pilot project, based after a successful West Virginia program that assisted children of traumatic incidents, is being implemented in Stanislaus County with three ...

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Votes To Raise Garbage Rates

Oakdale residents will see a gradual rise in their garbage bills for the next five years after the Oakdale City Council voted to allow Gilton ...

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


This Dude Tries To Be An SF Ball Dude

I've been following the great game of baseball since 1968 and in that time I have more than my fair share of memories.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Directors Criticized During OID Meeting

A larger than average crowd came out for the Oakdale Irrigation District's Tuesday, June 7 regular meeting, causing the venue to be changed to ...

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Report Arrest In Soccer Embezzlement

A former USClub Competitive Program Director and Past-President of the Oakdale Youth Soccer League was arrested by Oakdale Police on June 1 after a two- ...

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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