Voting in closed session on Tuesday night, July 19, the Valley Home School Board by a 5-0 margin agreed to place Superintendent-Principal Thomas "Kevin" Hart on paid administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of child molestation by the Oakdale Police Department.
The Oakdale Police Department is classifying the death of Michael Levi "Bobby" Fuller, 26, of Oakdale, as "suspicious" while they investigate the circumstances leading up to his death. Fuller's body was found behind 262 S. Yosemite Ave. on Wednesday morning, July 20.
At 8:51 a.m., Chris Ingham, the owner of Golden Arrow Archery, discovered the body lying on a picnic table and notified Oakdale Fire Department personnel who were conducting a training exercise at the rear of the fire station next to the parking lot.
The arrest of Valley Home Joint School District Superintendent/Principal Kevin Hart on suspicion of child molestation has been fraught with mystery and suppression of information, including to interested parties of the school system itself.
Not seeing the need to use public money for educational material for the upcoming sales tax measure, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 5 declined to fund a $9,500 contract for a private consultant to handle informative services and materials.
Joining a distinguished list of honorees over the past 30 years, Longtime Oakdale resident and businessman Robert "Bob" Gilbert was celebrated as "2011 Agriculturalist of the Year" by the State of California.
Weeding out a list that started with 23 possible names for Oakdale's part-time city manager, the city council's ad-hoc committee has narrowed down the choices from 16 potential applicants to two serious considerations and is now weighing the qualifications and fit of a potential candidate.
The saga that has centered on preserving Oakdale's redevelopment agency is still filled with as much jarring and ups and downs in the legislative arena as an eight-second ride on the back of a bull in a rodeo arena.
Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday, June 28 with a lunch stop at the local H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.
Local merchants filled the room at Medlen's House of Beef to hear representatives of the Oakdale Police Department give a presentation about gangs in the area, including what the merchants can do to help the blight created by the undesirable bands of street criminals.