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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


Stabbing Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder on Sunday, Jan. 27 after responding to the Quik Stop Market on East F Street regarding a call at 4:22 a.m. of a suspicious male dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a knife.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Considers Closing Obstetrics Ward

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital. The move, if finalized, will force Oakdale and Riverbank residents to Modesto and Manteca hospitals for nearby child birthing care.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rich In Thought – All The X’s, L’s, V’s And I’s

The Super Bowl Season is upon us as many of us gather for what is as close to an American holiday as it can get.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Shot Fired At Officer Leads To Manhunt In City

Two men fired shots at an Oakdale police officer on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29 which resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of one suspect. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and one suspect remains at large.

January 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


River Trail Project Runs Into Barrier

A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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