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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 oversees the Oakdale Airport, informed the city council that the status of the facility is improving and it has been granted support for its activities by the Federal Aviation Administration.

May 04, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Downtown Vandalism Causes Widespread Damage For Merchants

Merchants along North Third Avenue were stunned Thursday morning, April 28, when decorative plants along the historic area had their two-foot deep pots smashed by a vandal.

April 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Love Oakdale Brings Community Together

With nearly 20 projects around town, volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 23 to share breakfast and then headed out to their assignments of painting, cleaning, yard maintenance and general beautification for the city. In addition to clean up teams, there were also some special 'encouragement' teams that went to the Oak Valley Care Center to visit with elderly residents there, helping brighten the day. Shown are some photos from the Saturday of service.

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tracy Arrest Tied To Oakdale Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating the likelihood that a suspect arrested on April 22 in Salida by Tracy Police investigators is linked the Valley First Credit Union robbery from April 18.

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Villa Paloma’s Furry Family Additions

Readers of my column are probably familiar with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Dante and Gino, who I've written about in past pieces. But this past year at Villa Paloma we've picked up a couple other additions – far smaller in size – that have joined the pack in the household.

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


OID’s Osmundson Motions Court To Order Attorney Fees

After a plaintiff's motion to drop four causes of action against Oakdale Irrigation District Director Gary Osmundson in a politically charged lawsuit, lawyers for ...

July 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FEC Complaint Filed Against Congressional Candidate Eggman

The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), a political watchdog group out of Washington DC, has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission requesting ...

July 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jenkins Takes Off Department Badge

In 1990, a 32-year-old Lester Jenkins hit the streets of Oakdale after working in a manufacturing plant for Proctor and Gamble. While in training, his ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Brazen Daytime Thief Hits Downtown Antique Store

Local merchants are on guard for an individual causing a distraction under the guise of looking at merchandise and then stealing women's purses due ...

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Beat Patrol System Implemented In City

After studying an array of factors, Interim Police Chief Mike Harden will be applying a beat-sector system to the way the department patrols the city.

July 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Alcohol Sting Nets Full Compliance

A Thursday night, July 14, police decoy operation to combat underage alcohol purchases resulted in no arrests and all merchants observing alcohol sales laws.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame To Induct Jerold Camarillo

At five- and six-years-old, the Camarillo brothers, Leo and Jerold, were already on horseback out on a ranch helping their father, Ralph, with cattle.

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City ‘Solar Farm’ To Combat Costs

Abandoned wastewater ponds near the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant could soon be lined with solar panels, providing the City of Oakdale with substantial savings ...

July 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Amended Against OID

Attorneys for the Oakdale Groundwater Alliance have asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court to dismiss four causes of actions from a lawsuit they originally filed ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Initiates New Police Chief Search

With the upcoming July 30 retirement of Chief Lester Jenkins, the City of Oakdale took steps to recruit a new police chief with its announcement ...

July 13, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


The Purge – Independence Day Edition

Last week was Independence Day where the great game of "Gunshots or Fireworks?" began all across the country. This year was no different. I've ...

July 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


New Flow Standards Threaten OID Storage

With a history of turbulence of outside issues such as litigations and board quarrels overshadowing Oakdale Irrigation District meetings, the Tuesday, July 5 meeting mainly ...

July 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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