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Shooting Call Leads To Pot Bust

Stanislaus County narcotic task force agents arrested two individuals for marijuana cultivation and gun charges in response to an Oakdale Police Department investigation into a shots fired call from the 2000 block of East F Street at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept 26.

October 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Busy Seeking Out Brazen Burglars

Oakdale Police are keeping busy following up on leads to identify the suspects in what looks to be two related brazen mid-day burglaries from Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Sawed-Off Shotgun, Mask Found Near Tracks

Oakdale Police are in search of a known 17-year-old suspect who fled the scene leaving behind a sawed-off shotgun and ski mask after officers were called to the area of Stetson Drive and Branding Iron Street recently.

September 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Catch Up To Fleeing Suspect

An Oakdale man wanted for possessing a pipe bomb and fighting with police in April was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 1, but only again after trying to run from and fight with police.

August 10, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Gang Shootings Lead To Pursuit, Crash

Two separate shootings kept Oakdale Police busy early Thursday morning, Aug. 2, shortly after midnight.

August 08, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Early Morning Robbery Arrest

An Oakdale man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery at Walgreen's on West F Street on Monday morning, July 30.

August 01, 2012 | | Crime


Burglary Suspect Briefly Escapes Police Custody

A local parolee, arrested for a residential burglary, escaped police custody Wednesday morning, July 25, and was later apprehended after an hour-long search where he was found hiding near the neighborhood of the Oakdale Police Station.

August 01, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Clues Sought In Rape

Oakdale Police have brought in additional resources in the hopes of cracking a recent case that has put the community on edge.

June 20, 2012 | | Crime


Drive-By Shooting Mars Quiet Holiday Weekend

Although cooler weather and a bout of rain showers on Friday, May 25 kept many people from the waterways, resulting in zero rescues on the Stanislaus River and Woodward Reservoir, a drive-by shooting on Saturday marred an otherwise quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend.

May 30, 2012 | | Crime


Duo Booked In Area Pot Grow Operation

Members of the San Joaquin County Metro Narcotics Task Force served search warrants at two rural Escalon locations on Wednesday, May 9 confiscating several hundred marijuana plants and several thousand dollars in cash.

May 10, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Crime


OID Hikes Water Theft Fines

In an effort to curb water theft, which includes taking irrigation water out of rotation without permission from the ditchtender, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to increase the district's fines to offenders. The fine had previously been $250 per occurrence. Now, the fines will be $500 for first offense, $750 for second offense, $1,250 for third offense. Plus, the offending party will be billed for all water that was potentially withdrawn at the out-of-district rate of $40 per acre foot. If the fine is not paid after 15 days of written notification, the offender ...

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Crime


City Crime Stats On The Rise

There were no big surprises with the recent crime statistics report released by the Oakdale Police Department but the numbers certainly seem to reflect the ongoing economic struggle faced by the state of California as crimes such as theft and vandalism have seen increases from the prior year.

March 21, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Shots Strike Home, Vehicles In City

Oakdale Police said they received multiple 911 calls reporting the sound of gunshots in the area of West F Street and Oak, with one caller indicating a home at 20 N. Oak Ave. was involved. Officers responding to the scene located three subjects outside the home at 20 N. Oak. They were detained and it was determined they were the victims of the drive by shooting.

March 05, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Crime


Bar Melee Results In ‘Serious’ Injuries’

Several people were hurt and one man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder by Oakdale Police following a stabbing early morning Saturday, Feb. 25 at a local bar.

February 29, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Crime


Victims Sustain 'Possibly Life-Threatening' Injuries

Oakdale Police made an arrest for attempted murder following a stabbing early morning Saturday, Feb. 25 at a local bar. They are also investigating the death of a 43-year-old city woman in an unrelated incident.

February 28, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Crime


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Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

The Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth pastor arrested for possession of child pornography last month was taken into custody by federal authorities on suspicion of receiving or distributing images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after a Stanislaus Superior Court hearing on Wednesday, March 19.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Drunk Driving Arrest In Crash

An early Saturday morning accident left an Oakdale man facing felony driving under the influence and hit and run counts, after police found his vehicle a short distance from the incident.

March 05, 2014 | | Crime


Gunshot Victim Identified

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported on Monday, Feb. 24 that a body was found at the Horseshoe Recreation area, located on Orange Blossom Road just east of Oakdale.

February 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Youth Minister Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

February 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Youth Minister Arrested For Child Porn

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

February 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a local homeowner in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence despite being warned to halt.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Three sets of gondola-type dual trailers filled with 140,000 pounds of dried and hulled walnuts were surreptitiously taken from GoldRiver Orchards off Enterprise Road and Highway 120 in Escalon. Authorities believe the theft of the nuts, valued at $400,000, occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Oct. 31.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Oakdale Police announced on Tuesday, Nov. 5 that the adult suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting at Oakdale Market was taken into custody during a vehicle stop at J Street and South First Avenue.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Gun, Drugs, Stolen ATV – Search Warrant Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police, with assistance from the Ceres Police Department SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 300 block of South Third Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 4, leading to the discovery of heroin, a stolen ATV, and a loaded handgun.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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


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