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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


City Nets $355K For Trail Project

After the shutdown of a much anticipated outdoor project due to environmental safety concerns, the City of Oakdale, after nearly a year of negotiations, has been awarded $355,000 by the California Natural Resources Agency to get construction of the Valley View Park Trail back on track.

November 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Authorizes Wastewater Funds

With just enough members on the dais to make a quorum, the Oakdale City Council authorized nearly $200,000 for the purchase of a new lawnmower and needed equipment for the city's wastewater treatment plant to keep it functioning.

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bob Gilbert Passes At 93

Oakdale's Robert "Bob" Gilbert, who, along with his family, was honored earlier this year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce with their Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away at age 93 on Sunday, Nov. 20 late in the evening.

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Body Cameras Debut On Oakdale Officers

In a time when police interactions are under scrutiny by various facets of the public in which the men and women in uniform often find themselves in tough situations, the Oakdale Police Department, in a move to promote transparency, has joined the growing list of law enforcement agencies in California and the nation to deploy body worn camera technology.

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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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 ...

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 ...

December 28, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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