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Fighting Crime: One Bite At A Time

After years without any canines on the department, the Oakdale Police Department is preparing to add another four-legged crime fighter to its ranks.

April 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Investigate Shopping Center Stabbing

Police units spent a portion of Monday night, April 21, investigating a night time stabbing that occurred in the Oakdale Plaza Shopping Center.

April 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olivo Tearing Up Minors In Comeback Attempt

After being sent down to AAA by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season's spring training, Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo is destroying minor league pitching in his attempt to make a Major League comeback.

April 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | SPORTS


Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

Two Oakdale neighborhoods discovered Easter eggs dispersed into front yards that weren't filled with sweets, but instead contained messages of hate.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Stanislaus Consolidated Appoints New Chief

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


November Initiative - City Wants Tax On Ballot

Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Appointed

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

Details are still being sorted out in the merger of Oakdale Rural Fire Department with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the City of Oakdale contracting with the fire district for fire services.

April 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime, Payouts See Six Figures For Firefighters

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

Oakdale's FES Hall was packed on Monday night, March 30, as locals and out-of-towners feasted in a unique community fundraiser that helped support two organizations – the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. The fare: over 400 pounds of bull testicles, better known as Rocky Mountain Oysters, accompanied with beans, Caesar salad, and French bread.

April 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Five of 14 of Oakdale's rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

March 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Business Proprietor Arrested For Sexual Assault

The proprietor of an Oakdale pizza restaurant that recently closed its doors was arrested on Monday, Oct. 20 for a sexual assault incident that occurred at the establishment in September.

October 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Congressman Connects With Small Business Owners On Tax Burden

U.S. Congressman Jeff Denham joined local small business owners at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to discuss how the health insurance tax, or HIT, is impacting their businesses and employees.

October 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


App Threat Prompts Police Response At OHS

A social app posting of a vague threat led to a police presence at Oakdale High School on Friday, Oct. 17.

October 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mountain Lion Confirmed In East Oakdale

California Fish and Game authorities confirmed the existence of a mountain lion prowling the area of Oakdale, east of the city limits.

October 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pohl Metals Products Shifts Ownership

Founded in 1950 by his father, Archie Pohl, owner Bill Pohl will be retiring from Pohl Metal Products after owning the company since 1972.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Longtime Chiropractor Heads Into Retirement

Over 32 years at the treatment table will come to a close as local chiropractor, Dr. Mark Whitemyer, 64, will retire next month after 32 years of spinal diagnosis and treatment, his last 20 years in the City of Oakdale.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Business


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Council Approves Capital Improvements

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer will be busy in the next few months approving work contracts and signing purchase orders for more than a half dozen city capital improvements that involve either construction or equipment acquisitions for the City of Oakdale.

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


RICH IN THOUGHT - Crunching The Core Numbers

15-7=8 Or is it 15-5=10 and then 10-2=8?

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Accused Shooter Surrenders To Police

The man wanted for the Saturday morning shooting of a 24-year-old Oakdale man that resulted in a 12-hour SWAT action closing a portion of East H Street was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30.

October 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tastes Of The Valley Showcased At Gathering

The 12th annual "Tastes of the Valley," a wine and cheese affair presented by the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation will be this Thursday, Oct 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

October 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


12-Hour Ordeal - Shooting Leads To SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

October 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Shooting Leads To 12-Hour SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS S-Club Awarded For Spirit

On a beautiful autumn afternoon just as school let out, Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul presented a plaque of appreciation to the Oakdale High School S-Club at Mustang Circle during a club gathering on Thursday, Sept. 25. The club was recognized by the city for its continued maintenance and upkeep of Mustang Circle.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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