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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


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


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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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