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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


Police Search Reveals Indoor Marijuana Grow

After receiving information of a possible marijuana grow inside a residence, and with the passage of a recent city ordinance prohibiting marijuana cultivation – medicinal or otherwise – Oakdale Police conducted a check of the East J Street residence and discovered a number of pot plants.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Stolen Gun Follow Up Results In More Charges

Additional investigation into a known felon who was in possession of a stolen handgun from a March 3 arrest, resulted in Oakdale Police officers serving a search warrant on the lawbreaker's home and finding more contraband that resulted in more criminal charges.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Vacant Buildings, Water Still On Denham’s Radar

While in town on Wednesday, March 9, US Representative Jeff Denham stopped by The Leader office to discuss recent subjects that have been part of his focus this legislative year. Two issues, both introduced by the congressman, the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer (FAST) Act of 2016 and the Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act of 2016 were topics of the conversation.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Parole Denied To Oakdale Murderer

A man convicted of a 1999 homicide in Oakdale was found unsuitable for parole in a hearing by the State Board of Parole in Vacaville late last month.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DOJ Search Warrant Causes Neighborhood Ruckus

A quiet residential area was disrupted Tuesday morning, March 15, when raid gear clad agents from the California Department of Justice served a search warrant at a residence on Cabernet Drive.

March 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Wanted Suspect Stand-off Closes Street

Oakdale Police along with Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies had West Avenue near West F Street closed off for most of Tuesday morning, March 15, regarding a suspicious incident of persons being held against their will. During the incident, one male subject was taken into custody for a narcotic violation and a female was taken into custody for a misdemeanor arrest warrant. A third subject, a male, was also taken into custody but police are not releasing his name or charges due to possibly compromising another investigation.

March 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s World Champion Bull Contender Put Down

In a Pro Bull Riding tragedy in Arizona this weekend, Julio Moreno's two-time World Champion Bull contender, and half-brother of Oakdale's infamous Bushwacker, 'Roy' sustained two broken front legs after scoring a career best 46.5 score and bucking off 2015 World Finals event winner Cooper Davis after only a 2.43 second ride on Sunday, March 6.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Softball Girls Earn Satisfying Home Win

Oakdale's softball team won their home opener 7-3 over visiting Gregori on Tuesday, March 1. The girls used a five-run third inning to pull away from the Jaguars.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Solar Panel Install Leaves Neighbor In Dark

For 60 years, Carl Porter has enjoyed sitting and gazing into the wooded area surrounding the property of his Stearns Road home. What he described as a serene park setting with the occasional grazing deer, has now been disrupted with banks of 13-foot high solar panels installed just a few feet away from the property line he shares with the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


StanCOG Seeking Transportation Tax

After failing votes in elections of 2006 and 2008, the Stanislaus Council of Governments is again aiming for a local tax for transportation issues in Stanislaus County. The difference this time than in previous years, according to Kendall Flint, Regional Government Services Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, is that there is now a majority of support for the tax among county voters and two-thirds of the money would be for local projects controlled by the cities.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OPD Chief Jenkins Retiring In July

After 26 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Oakdale, Police Chief Lester Jenkins announced his retirement after a presentation on his department's goals and objectives at the Monday, March 7 Oakdale City Council meeting.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


Man Arrested For Shooting Dog

Oakdale Police responded to several emergency calls that a dog had been shot in a crowded shopping center on Thursday, May 26 close to 7 ...

May 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Eggman Involved In Bera Campaign Funds Scandal

In obtained public records, The Leader has discovered that Michael Eggman, a current candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, is possibly involved in the ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olivo Holding On To MLB Goal

In AAA minor league baseball, the typical age range is 23-24, maybe 25, over 26 is considered "old." At age 37, as starting catcher for ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Lovers Descend For City’s Sweet Festival

With threatening skies days before the annual event, Mother Nature cooperated over the weekend, providing pleasant, but occasional cloudy, weather for the 24th Annual Oakdale ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two OID Directors Actions Questioned

With an April litigation regarding water sales against the Oakdale Irrigation District going through various motions in Stanislaus County Superior Court, two sitting OID directors ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Road Closure Causes Headache

Drivers heading south on Yosemite Avenue or coming into town from Patterson Road found an unexpected surprise Wednesday morning, May 11 with the closure of ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Star Spangled Faux Pas Unfurls Again

One of the remarkable and impressive things I see in Oakdale is the more than 300 American flags set up by the Oakdale Lions Club ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interim Police Chief Selected For Oakdale

The Oakdale City Council announced that retired Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden will lead the city's police force this July upon the retirement of ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bonus Payouts Made For Cash Losing Event?

As the annual Farmer Market kicked off in downtown Oakdale for the summer of 2016, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau announced that it lost ...

May 11, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OPD Revives Motorcycle Unit, Anderson Revs Up For New Role

After a nearly two-year absence from the streets of Oakdale, the familiar rumble of a Harley Davidson Electra-glide Police Package motorcycle will be heard again ...

May 11, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Classic Cars Tour Rolls Into Region

Classics will soon be cruising in to the area, with trips to Oakdale and Knights Ferry, as part of the Western Gaslight one- and two-cylinder ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Agencies Recognize Peace Officer Memorial Week

National Police Week, May 15-21 in 2016, is a time to remember and honor those in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Future Looking Up For Oakdale Airport

In a swift Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, that saw only three of the council members on the dais, Michael Renfrow, who ...

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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