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Viral Good Deed Story Also Has Another Side

(Editor's Note: When the original story of an area teen mowing lawns in Oakdale neighborhoods came to our attention, we chose not to report on the story due to some additional facts uncovered during researching the issue. However, due to the amount of attention this story has received, now going nationwide, The Leader offers the other side of what has become a polarizing story.)

March 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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I couldn't have been prouder for my chosen profession (Version II) when this year's Best Picture Award went to the film 'Spotlight' at the MPAA Academy Awards show last month. After watching the film earlier this year, I felt the zeal for what I do very similar to the enthusiasm I did back in the day when I donned the badge and saw a movie like Colors, To Live and Die in L.A. or End of Watch.

March 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Officers Chase, Arrest Felon With Loaded Gun

Oakdale Police arrested a wanted felon in possession of a handgun after a foot pursuit on Wednesday, March 16 in what could have ended up with deadly results.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sheriff Lauds FFA Program At Annual Chamber Lunch

The severe consequences of Proposition 47 in the Oakdale community were evident as Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson gave an overview of rural crime affecting local agriculture at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 43rd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon at the Bianchi Community Center on March 17.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Session Sees Snub Of Revised Sign Ordinance

After giving direction to city staff to revise a dated sign ordinance after it granted approval of an LED sign on the east side of town, the Oakdale City Council members decided to take no action at its Monday, March 21 meeting on a presented revision by City Manager Brian Whitemyer.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Capacity Crowd Enjoys Annual Testicle Festival

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.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homicide Witness Arrested in Standoff

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.

March 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Search Reveals Indoor Marijuana Grow

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.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Stolen Gun Follow Up Results In More Charges

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.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Vacant Buildings, Water Still On Denham’s Radar

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.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Parole Denied To Oakdale Murderer

A man convicted of a 1999 homicide in Oakdale was found unsuitable for parole in a hearing by the State Board of Parole in Vacaville late last month.

March 16, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DOJ Search Warrant Causes Neighborhood Ruckus

A quiet residential area was disrupted Tuesday morning, March 15, when raid gear clad agents from the California Department of Justice served a search warrant at a residence on Cabernet Drive.

March 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Wanted Suspect Stand-off Closes Street

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.

March 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s World Champion Bull Contender Put Down

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.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Softball Girls Earn Satisfying Home Win

Oakdale's softball team won their home opener 7-3 over visiting Gregori on Tuesday, March 1. The girls used a five-run third inning to pull away from the Jaguars.

March 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Downtown Vandalism Causes Widespread Damage For Merchants

Merchants along North Third Avenue were stunned Thursday morning, April 28, when decorative plants along the historic area had their two-foot deep pots smashed by ...

April 29, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Love Oakdale Brings Community Together

With nearly 20 projects around town, volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 23 to share breakfast and then headed out to their assignments of painting, cleaning ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tracy Arrest Tied To Oakdale Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating the likelihood that a suspect arrested on April 22 in Salida by Tracy Police investigators is linked the Valley First Credit ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Villa Paloma’s Furry Family Additions

Readers of my column are probably familiar with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Dante and Gino, who I've written about in past pieces. But ...

April 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Stopped Speeder Linked To Turlock VFW Burglary

A man wanted by Turlock Police for a brazen burglary where antique rifles were stolen from a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post earlier this month ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Manager Gets Pay Raise

The Oakdale City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 18 to raise City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's base salary to $176,951. Whitemyer's previous pay ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Government


Market Moves Back To Third

After controversy with its location last year and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau withdrawing its sponsorship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, April 18 ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Area Banks Robbed In 4-Hour Span

The Valley First Credit Union on West F Street in Oakdale was held up shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and the ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma Marg Jackson | Crime


Family Files Lawsuit For Wrongful Death

The family of a teen shot and killed by police last July has filed a Wrongful Death Civil Rights lawsuit against the Pleasanton Police Department ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Berryhill’s Office Warns Residents Of Possible Energy Scam In City

If a Vista Energy Marketing salesperson shows up at your door and asks about your PG&E bill and suggests that with their assistance they ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigating Potential Missing Soccer League Funds

The possible loss of undisclosed funds from the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has been reported to the Oakdale Police Department according to representatives from the ...

April 06, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Olivo To Start Season On Sacramento Roster

Oakdale's Miguel Olivo could be one wicked foul tip or home plate collision to Buster Posey away from getting the call back up to ...

April 06, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local Sports


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