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Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Warrant Issued In Baby Overdose

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Warrant For Mom Of Meth OD Baby

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Forum On Obstetrics Closure Impassioned

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board held its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Battling Blight

Hours after the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, Feb. 4 approved Police Chief Lester Jenkins' recommendation to remove the downtown benches in an effort to combat loitering by vagrants, city crews were out on North Third Avenue Tuesday morning unbolting and hauling away the benches for "refurbishing." With the benches now gone, downtown merchants await to see if the result is positive.

February 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tourism Improvement District Pleased With 2012

Citing its best year since forming, the Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District announced a near $65,000 windfall for its coffers based on a full 2012 financial report.

February 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Police Presence - Forces Converge After Shots Fired Call

Gun shots that were initially believed to be fired at an Oakdale police officer late afternoon on Jan. 29 resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of two suspects. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and by the end of the evening, both suspects were in jail. Police later determined the shot fired was "accidental" by one of the suspects who had just committed a burglary.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Finding: Infant’s Death Due To Overdose

The December death of an infant has now been classified as suspicious by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office and is on the cusp of becoming listed as the third homicide for Oakdale in 2012.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


State of City Focuses On Accomplishments

Titled "A Time for Change," Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul addressed over 100 people gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the city's annual State of the City Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homeless Blight Focus Of Council Meeting

An item on the removal of the downtown benches for maintenance turned into a lengthy discussion about the problems of the downtown homeless at the Monday, Feb. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


UPDATED: Shot Fired At Officer Leads To Manhunt

Gun shots were fired at an Oakdale police officer on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29 which resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of two suspects. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and by the end of the evening, both suspects were in jail.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Low Count Closes Hospital Ward

A dropping occupancy rate in Oak Valley Hospital's surgical and medical ward to only two patients caused the closing of the unit earlier this month until the number of in-house care patients was able to rise at the 35-bed facility. The two remaining patients were transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit for their care.

January 30, 2013 | rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


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Man Wanted For Attempted Murder May Be In Oakdale

Sonora Police are looking for a 37-year-old transient known to frequent Oakdale wanted in connection with the attempted homicide in their town,

February 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sex Solicitor Plea Nets One Year In County Jail

A 65-year-old man arrested by Oakdale Police after an exchange of letters soliciting sex with young boys, has agreed to a one-year county jail sentence ...

February 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sells Historic Downtown Church

After a nearly year-long venture to get a historic church sold at a reduced price that would keep the building intact, but moved to another ...

February 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Business Owner Stabbed In Burglary Interruption

Oakdale Police responded to the Cottonwood Restaurant at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 2 regarding a report that the owner of the business ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Diversity

The Academy Awards have always presented a forum for political views by Hollywood's movie makers and performers, and yet again, we're presented with ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Search For Suicidal Teen Turns Tragic

Oakdale Police confirmed Friday afternoon, Jan 29 that the individual found with a gunshot wound to the head and later died was the 19-year-old teen ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspicious Activity Leads To Arrest Of Four

Four people gathered at the rear of a U-Haul truck parked at Jerry's Motel on East F Street garnered the attention of Oakdale Police ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Mayor Delivers Positive Outlook For ‘State Of City’

The City of Oakdale is in a far better shape, especially financially, than it was just six years ago, according to Mayor Pat Paul. Her ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


City’s OTVB Pitches New October Festival

A proposed western-themed festival, complete with a Friday night concert with a known country artist and a Saturday "international chili cook off" and dance was ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Bust OHS Volunteer For Sex With Student

Oakdale Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakdale High School volunteer on Friday, Jan. 22 after an investigation revealed he had been having a sexual relationship with ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Arrest Made In Afternoon Stabbing

Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Awards Night Noted As Stellar Event

The Bianchi Community Center was the setting Friday night, Jan. 15 for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th Annual Awards Dinner. According to Chamber CEO ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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