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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


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


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Articles By Author - Richard Paloma


School Resource Officer Taylor Goes Back To Class

Among the new faces in the halls of Oakdale schools this school year is an Oakdale High alum returning to the hallways and classrooms where ...

August 31, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ceres Police Officer Crashes In Oakdale

A Ceres Police Officer driving in Oakdale on his way to work in a marked K-9 unit was involved in a solo-vehicle crash with a ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Parole Denied In 1993 Kidnap Case

A man convicted in 1994 for a series of kidnappings and attempted sexual assaults in Oakdale from 1993 was denied parole on Aug. 18 after ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Pesky Mosquitoes Abuzz In City

Oakdale residents are seeking protection and adjusting routines as a result of a rising threat to the community's health.

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Group Calls for Recall of OID Director Santos

The Wednesday night, Aug. 17 meeting of Oakdale Irrigation District directors kicked off with Linda Santos getting served with a notice of an intention to ...

August 24, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sergeant Shimmel Retiring From Oakdale Police Department

Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Incumbents Only For Local Election

Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Judge, No Change In OID Court Ruling

With a different judge on the bench, attorneys for the Oakdale Irrigation District on Tuesday, Aug. 9, attempted to dismiss a lawsuit regarding their water ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Makes Moves To Get New Park Built

With the city's South Yosemite Park project site prepped and the surrounding street construction in the finishing stages, the Oakdale City Council moved forward ...

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Night Out Attracts A Crowd

Burchell Hill Park in Oakdale was full of life on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as members of the community came out for National Night Out to ...

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Fire Horn: Tradition Or Unnecessary Irritant?

There's a signature sound that has – in recent weeks – reemerged in the city to go off thrice daily from the city's fire station ...

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Sets LLMD Rates

In a swift moving meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, the Oakdale City Council set its annual assessment for the city's Landscape, Lighting and Maintenance ...

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Fast Moving Fire Hits Knights Ferry

A rapidly moving grass fire threatened Knights Ferry homes on Saturday, July 30, reported after an assisting unit on an unrelated incident spotted the blaze ...

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Pedestrian Fatality

Oakdale Police had West F Street closed off Wednesday morning, Aug. 3 due to a vehicle collision that killed an elderly woman pedestrian.

August 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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