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Substitute Pleads Not Guilty

Appearing with his attorney for only a few minutes, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher Bryan Thies pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child.

October 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Barktoberfest Benefits Shelter Pets

The Fifth Annual Barktoberfest Benefit for homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank is on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 30, 2013 | | Local News


Pair Plead Not Guilty In Homicide

At their Wednesday, Sept. 25 arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court, Brandon Scott Pettit, 25, and Felix Valverde, 26, pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in the deaths of Pettit's parents, Scott and Janet Pettit of Modesto.

September 27, 2013 | | Local News


Caltrans, Government Officials Celebrate Highway Projects

Caltrans and the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) will recognize significant milestones on State Route 12 (SR-12) including: completion of the $20.5 million smart corridor and operational improvements project from just east of Interstate 5 to the Rio Vista Bridge; the kick-off for the $46.7 million Bouldin Island Rehabilitation Project; and the ceremonial unveiling of a sign designating a portion of SR-12 as the Dana Cowell Memorial highway. The celebration is planned for this Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 11 a.m. at the Tower Park Marina in Lodi.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


No Relief For Bogged Down Intersection

With growth to Oakdale come traffic issues; the following series takes a look at traffic concerns to the city as it population has nearly doubled in population from 20 years ago.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Growing Strong – Almond, Walnut Harvest Time In Valley

The agriculture industry is a huge part of the Central Valley economy and most of the residents in this area know when summer is coming to an end due to the machines rumbling along the rows in an orchard and stirring up (more than) a little dust. Late August is the beginning of harvest for many of the nut growers that have trees that produce almonds and walnuts, with several weeks typically spent getting the crop in.

September 25, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Substitute Teacher Arrested For Lewd Acts

After a two-week long investigation, Oakdale Police arrested a Cloverland Elementary School substitute teacher for lewd acts with a child and child molestation.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Substitute Teacher Arrested For Lewd Acts

After a two-week long investigation, Oakdale Police arrested a Cloverland Elementary School substitute teacher for lewd acts with a child and child molestation.

September 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Plenty Of Jobs At Stockton’s HIREvent

Stockton's HIREvent will feature a wide variety of job opportunities from both public and private-sector organizations, plus free expert help with résumés. Get ready for some job hunting on Tuesday, with the event taking place at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton.

September 23, 2013 | | Local News


Special Monday Program Aims To Inform

A special program on 'Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" will be presented through the Alzheimer's Association on Monday, Sept. 23.

September 21, 2013 | | Local News


New Name, Same Undertaking

What is in a name?

September 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Emergency Response Drill Slated At MJC

Modesto Junior College has scheduled an emergency response exercise for staff this Friday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The event will not disrupt classes or campus operations.

September 19, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Area Gears Up For Symbiosis

It's called the "Symbiosis Gathering" and for the Oakdale area, the name couldn't be more fitting. By definition, symbiosis is described as a merging together of two dissimilar organisms for a mutually beneficial relationship. Such beneficial merging is at the heart of this special gathering, as we see brought together, a small cowboy town and an explosion of art and culture from all over the world.

September 18, 2013 | Laura Morgan Special To The Leader | Local News


Brief, Successful Session For Oakdale Council

Oakdale City Council members breezed through a concise agenda in an hour-long meeting on Monday night, Sept. 16.

September 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Military Academy Information Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham will hold a United States Military Academy Information Night on Monday, Sept. 23 in Modesto. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Joseph A. Gregori High School and will provide extensive information about the various U.S. military academies. It will also provide information on how students can be nominated to attend the academies.

September 13, 2013 | | Local News


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Observance Remembers 9-11 Tragedy

It's a day those who lived through will never forget – Sept. 11, 2001.

September 17, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Riverbank Murder Suspect Found In Turlock

Stanislaus Sheriff's investigators announced a Riverbank man wanted in connection with a homicide last month that left a 59-year-old man dead was arrested Wednesday night, Sept. 10 in Turlock.

September 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters - FAA Still Wants More Info

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Laced Candy Sends Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Highway Patrol Enforcement Effort Yields Citations

California Highway Patrol Officers along the Freeway 99 corridor stretching from Bakersfield in the south to Modesto in the north issued 405 citations for distracted driving violations.

September 07, 2014 | | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigate Drug OD By Infant

Oakdale Police are investigating the circumstances that sent a nine-month old female to the hospital due to an opiate overdose in the early morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 4. The infant is recovering in a Madera hospital.

September 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Laced Candy Sends OHS Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ball Forced To Can Workers – ConAgra Decision Impacts 159

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the city's third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Meeting - Directors Review Drought Plan Options

Even a winter blessed by above-average Valley rain and Sierra snow won't be enough to eliminate the ongoing effects of the three-year drought in California, Oakdale Irrigation District directors were told Tuesday morning.

September 03, 2014 | | Local News


Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News


Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News


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