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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After 26 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Oakdale, Police Chief Lester Jenkins announced his retirement after a presentation on his department's goals and objectives at the Monday, March 7 Oakdale City Council meeting.
After a weekend meeting, on Sunday, March 6, the American Civil War Association announced that an agreement had been reached with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the previously cancelled war reenactments for Knights Ferry Civil War Days set for March 19 and 20 has been reinstated.