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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Molestation

After a month long investigation, a former Boy Scout troop leader and Oakdale business owner was arrested by Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5 for engaging in sexual acts with a minor and showing the minor pornography.

September 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Valverde ID’d As Shooter

A Stanislaus County Superior Court criminal complaint released on Tuesday, Aug 20 charges that Felix Valverde of Oakdale shot both Scott and Janet Pettit in their Modesto home. The Pettit's 25-year-old son, Brandon, is also accused of the murders in the complaint.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Scam Targeting Elderly

"Grandma, what a big bank account you have."

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


No Contest Plea In Infant Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Local Realtor’s Hunch Leads To Chop Shop

When a Ford F-250 was stolen in a burglary from one of Oakdale Realtor Kevin Benziger's properties on 26-Mile Road, he went into detective mode trying to tie the loss and possible motive to identify the thieves.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Court Appearance Due In Endangerment Case

The mother of a 44-day-old baby that died more than two months ago is due to appear in Stanislaus Superior Court today, Wednesday, Feb. 27 to answer to charges of felony child endangerment.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Arrest Warrant Issued In Baby Overdose

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Slow Going In Baby Death Investigation

With nearly a month passing since receiving toxicology reports listing high levels of methamphetamine in a 44-day-old baby that died in December, Oakdale Police still have the case listed as an open investigation.

February 13, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Crime


Police Presence - Forces Converge After Shots Fired Call

Gun shots that were initially believed to be fired at an Oakdale police officer late afternoon on Jan. 29 resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of two suspects. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and by the end of the evening, both suspects were in jail. Police later determined the shot fired was "accidental" by one of the suspects who had just committed a burglary.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Finding: Infant’s Death Due To Overdose

The December death of an infant has now been classified as suspicious by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office and is on the cusp of becoming listed as the third homicide for Oakdale in 2012.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Piece Of The Past Missing From Business

The red, white and blue pole that has been out in front of Norm's Barber Shop on West F Street in Oakdale for over 45 years has been stolen. The theft occurred overnight, sometime between when the business closed on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and re-opened the next day. The iconic barber pole was ripped off the wooden structure that it had been attached to for years.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Crime


Charges Reduced In Sexual Assault Case

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reduced charges on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for an Oakdale man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a December party he was hosting.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Thieves Hit Kerr Park In Search For Copper Wire

For the second time in a year, Kerr Park has been hit by criminals and stripped of copper wire used for lighting the 14-acre North Stearns Road city park.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Boyz ‘N The Burb: Gun Incidents Rising

The Cowboy Capital of the World is taking on another trait of the Old West, this one definitely not a characteristic it may want to continue.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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$26K Taken From Softball Account

Oakdale Police are investigating the embezzlement of over $26,000 from the Oak Valley Youth Softball Association and, according to law enforcement officials, a decision from the district attorney whether to prosecute is expected any day now.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

An eyewitness and an officer's familiarity with subjects on his beat led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female juvenile for robbery, while police are also following leads to identify and apprehend her cohort, a 20-year old male.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


New Police On-Line Reporting Approved

By the beginning of the year Oakdale crime victims will be able to make a police report themselves without the need to have an officer come to the scene.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Burglary Investigation Nets Arrests

Investigation into a local burglary in Escalon led local police officers to nearby Oakdale over the weekend, where they made three arrests.

October 08, 2014 | | Crime


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


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