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Two Funerals And A Birth

In the last six weeks, I've had a few moments that got me to reflect on who I am on this planet, where I came from, and all the many memories that come over 57 trips around the Sun.

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Chamber Lauds Award Winners In Special Evening Presentation

Despite wet and stormy weather in the Cowboy Capital of the World, more than 260 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 71st Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 20.

January 25, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Bob, Linda Meyer

The Meyer family of Oakdale dates back to 1867, with even a city park – William Meyer Park – on East G Street at the corner of South Second Avenue – in the city where the family home once sat.

January 18, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Capture Suspects After Daytime Break-In

Oakdale Police arrested one adult and three juveniles for burglary after a homeowner came home and discovered his home had just been burglarized and the suspects had just left.

December 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Council Spends Big $$ At Year’s Final Meeting

After giving a congratulatory acknowledgement to the Oakdale High School Mustang varsity football team on their days-earlier State Championship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Dec. 18 got busy approving end of year capital improvement purchases totaling over $450,000.

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale’s ‘Santa Cop’ Spreading Christmas Joy

♫ You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why; Santa Cop is patrolling this town. ♫

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Recall Election Authorized To Proceed

Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14 that OID Director Linda Santos will face a special recall election tentatively slated for April 25.

December 21, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Safe Space – Where Cold Hard Reality Doesn’t Exist

Ideally, an educational institution should operate under the guise that students must be able to think and fend for themselves.

December 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Oakdale Carjacking Leads To Arrest In Riverbank

A late night carjacking in Oakdale on Monday, Dec. 12 resulted in an arrest of the suspects by Riverbank sheriff's deputies less than two hours later.

December 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Arrest Registrant In Child Sexual Assault

Oakdale Police detectives, along with members of the Stanislaus County SWAT Team, arrested Christopher Michael Munson, 40, of Salida on Thursday, Dec. 8, in connection with the sexual assault of an Oakdale girl that occurred last summer.

December 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Faux Cop Arrested For Firing Gun

A man who came under heavy scrutiny for falsely representing himself as a US Army Ranger at a Stockton college campus two years ago is now in trouble with the law, this time after portraying himself as a Stanislaus County deputy sheriff and firing a gun in a residential neighborhood in Modesto.

December 09, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Dirt In H20 Lines Prompts Flushing

To dispel rumors of bacterial contamination in the city's water lines, Oakdale Interim Public Services Director Jeff Gravel announced the recent chlorination of the city's water lines was due to construction and in no way a response to "fecal matter" in the system as some had reported on social media.

December 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legal Firm Hired To Recoup Funds

At the Dec. 5 Oakdale City Council meeting, the City of Oakdale entered into a contract with a Sacramento law firm to assist the city in getting repayment for loans it made to the former Oakdale Community Redevelopment Agency.

December 07, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Bust Duo In Con for $8,500

Oakdale Police arrested a 31-year-old Hilmar woman on suspicion of bilking a kind-hearted Oakdale woman out of $8,500 on a bogus story that the suspect's 10-year-old son had cancer and had eventually died from the disease.

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Pair Arrested In Elder Abuse Scam

Some heads-up police work led up to the arrest of an Oakdale couple not only for stealing checks from the elderly victim, but scamming Stanislaus County out of thousands of dollars in bogus home supportive care payments.

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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Crews Rescue Stranded Sheep Out Of A ‘Baaaaad’ Situation

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 15, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tempo Di Salutarsi

I've already written this column once, when I left the Leader after a brief seven-month stint in 2011 only to have fate bring me ...

February 14, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Retiree Health Benefits Spark Council Discussion

Being denied earlier this month having his matter made into an agenda item for the Monday, Feb. 6 Oakdale City Council meeting, retired Oakdale Fire ...

February 08, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former City Director Facing Fraud Charges in Sutter County

A former City of Oakdale department head who took a position as a planning manager with Sutter County in March 2012 is facing an array ...

February 03, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Moving Forward Is Focus For State Of City Address

In her annual 'State of The City' presentation, Mayor Pat Paul reviewed key accomplishments by the City of Oakdale for over 100 persons who gathered ...

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Teacher Facing Charges

An Oakdale High School teacher is facing criminal charges after she hosted a party at her San Joaquin County residence which resulted in an Oakdale ...

February 01, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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