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OTVB Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmers market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

May 31, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Felony Charge In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Citizens Group Hears Groundwater Concerns

Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Found SD Card Leads To Child Porn Bust

A discarded or lost digital memory SD card led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Oakdale man for felony child pornography charges.

May 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s Olivo Accused Of Biting Off Teammate’s Ear

Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo, a resident of Oakdale in the off-season, got into a fight Tuesday, May 20, during a game in Salt Lake City while playing for the Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. Olivo is accused of biting off a part of Guerrero's ear during the melee.

May 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | SPORTS


Hospital Foundation Spring Gala A Hit

Champagne, red and white wine flowed as the country tunes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and others greeted the more than 150 women arriving at the Reata Event Center on a sunny Friday, May 16 for the Sixth Annual Wine, Women and Chocolate gala.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Man Wanted For Assault On Car Dealership Owner

An early morning alarm activation turned out to be quite a scare for the owner of Steves Chevrolet on East F Street on Monday, May 19.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Hershey Building On Market

After sitting vacant for nearly two years, the city-owned Hershey Visitors Center building was the focus of the Oakdale City Council at its meeting on Monday, May 20 when it decided to put it on the market for either lease or an outright sale.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crowds Gobble Up Festival Fun

After several days of near triple-digit temperatures, Mother Nature cooperated with pleasant weather for the 22nd Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatality Closes Highway

A deadly broadside collision involving a motorcyclist just before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 closed Yosemite Avenue at East E Street in downtown Oakdale and had the thoroughfare closed for nearly three hours.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Accident Closes Main Road

A deadly broadside collision involving a motorcyclist right before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 closed Yosemite Avenue at East E Street had the thoroughfare closed for nearly three hours.

May 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB Bringing Marketing Expert For Workshop

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB)will be hosting a one-and-a-half day community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center with featured speaker and facilitator, Roger Brooks later this month, on May 29 and 30.

May 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


On Patrol With B-Squad

Recently I was invited to ride along with the Oakdale Police Department on a random shift to experience a night on patrol and the unique things that come with patrolling the Cowboy Capital of the World. I took up the offer for a Friday night shift on May 9.

May 14, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword

Soap box time where I get to get atop and sound off about a few things.

May 14, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Christianson To Head State Sheriffs Group

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the California State Sheriffs' Association held its 120th Annual Conference Installation Banquet in San Luis Obispo County. The CSSA announced as its new president, Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

May 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

November 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - Did Anyone Really Think This Out?

That loud clacking sound everyone heard Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 after the elections was the sound of area deadbolts latching in homes after the passage of Proposition 47 – the initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and other "nonviolent" crimes.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


$26K Taken From Softball Account

Oakdale Police are investigating the embezzlement of over $26,000 from the Oak Valley Youth Softball Association and, according to law enforcement officials, a decision from the district attorney whether to prosecute is expected any day now.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

An eyewitness and an officer's familiarity with subjects on his beat led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female juvenile for robbery, while police are also following leads to identify and apprehend her cohort, a 20-year old male.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Police On-Line Reporting Approved

By the beginning of the year Oakdale crime victims will be able to make a police report themselves without the need to have an officer come to the scene.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California's 10th Congressional District.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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