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Gang Concerns Grow - “Colors” Of Oakdale

The battle between red and blue is escalating as recruitment is on to increase numbers for their causes. The red and blue differentiation, however, is not red states and blue states that are portrayed in election years, but the war between the Norteño and Sureño street gangs, a sight that is becoming more noticeable in the City of Oakdale.

June 01, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Chasing Firebug

Oakdale Police are reporting four separate arson fires - all involving vehicles - that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 26, between roughly 2:45 a.m. and 4:25 a.m.

Police said all four cases were determined to be arson, with the vehicles fully engulfed in flames when firefighters and officers arrived. The first call, just before 2:45 a.m., resulted in a Jeep being burned in the 400 block of East F St. The second call came in a half hour later, in the 1200 block of East D, where an Oakdale Joint Unified School ...

March 26, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Crime


Men Rob Costless Market At Gunpoint

Two men walked into Costless Market on Yosemite Avenue wearing ski masks and robbed the cash registers at gunpoint, Sunday evening, Jan. 30 around 10:40 p.m.

January 31, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


New Year Holiday Keeps Cops Busy

There were plenty of calls to keep Oakdale Police busy throughout the New Year's Eve holiday, said officials.

January 05, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Homicide Shuts Down Milnes Road

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies shut down parts of Oakdale Waterford Highway, Milnes and Claribel roads around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in response to a homicide that may be connected to a home invasion robbery in Hickman that occurred earlier that morning.

December 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Suspect Sought

Police are looking for a man accused of attempted murder after an altercation ended with gunfire on Monday evening, Nov. 29

December 01, 2010 | | Crime


Attempted Murder, Arson Leads To Arrest

Police arrested an Oakdale man on suspicion of attempted murder and arson following a structure fire in a duplex located in the 700 block of East J Street, Sunday evening, Nov. 21.

November 24, 2010 | | Crime


Laid Off Officers Return As Reserves

The four officers who were given pink slips effective July 1 will still wear the Oakdale Police Department uniform as reserve officers, said Oakdale Police Chief Marty West.West went before Oakdale City Council members on Tuesday, July 6 to ask council members to establish a designated Level 1 reserve officer job description so that the four officers laid off could fulfill the enforcement duties that include the full powers and duties of a peace officer.West explained to council that non-designated Level 1 reserves are not able to carry a concealed weapon when they're not on the job ...

July 16, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Oakdale Man Indicted In Quarter Million Dollar Drug Bust

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge Mark Wollman, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins announced Thursday, June 3 that a federal grand jury sitting in Fresno returned a 12-count indictment against Mario Penaloza, 23, of Orange Cove; Javier Lopez-Estrada, aka Jose Esquivel-Torres, 27, of Oakdale; Mario Martinez-Botello, 31, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jesus Bucio-Mendoza, aka Miguel Mendoza Alvarez, 25, of Fresno; and Armando ...

June 09, 2010 | | Crime


Parole, Probation Sweep Nets 12 Arrests

Law enforcement officers from six different agencies conducted a parole/probation sweep operation in Northeast Stanislaus County on Wednesday, June 2 that resulted in 12 arrests. During the operation, officers from Riverbank, Waterford, Stanislaus Sheriff's Department, Oakdale, Stanislaus County Probation, California State Parole, DMV Investigators and Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents completed 63 searches and contacted 79 homes.

June 09, 2010 | | Crime


Aggravated Assaults Triple In City

The crime stats are in - aggravated assaults rose 190 percent but overall Part I crimes were down 14 percent - so the question remains: Is Oakdale still a safe place to live?

February 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Oakdale Man Convicted Of Auto Theft

Andrew Lee Suarez, 20, of Oakdale, was convicted on Oct. 27, of auto theft.

November 11, 2009 | | Crime


Life Sentences For Murders

Jesse Frost, 39, of Riverbank, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for the February deaths of his mother, Donna Norton; sister, Judy Niemi; and brother-in-law Anthony Niemi. He also injured his nephew, Matthew James.

September 23, 2009 | | Crime


Police Seek Suspects In Carjacking

A 53-year-old Oakdale woman was carjacked early Wednesday morning, Sept. 9 around 7 a.m. when two Hispanic men pulled her from her vehicle and threw her to the ground before making off with her truck.

September 16, 2009 | | Crime


Busy Labor Day Weekend

Vehicle burglaries, drunk driving offenses and bouts of violence marred an otherwise beautiful Labor Day weekend as the temperatures were near perfect for holiday outings at the lake or picnics at the park.

September 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


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Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

The man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School on Tuesday night, July 15.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance where the wanted suspect from earlier in the day returned to Old Bluff Court on Thursday night, July 10 at 5 p.m. The incident resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the suspects for kidnapping and false imprisonment in addition to the previous domestic violence charges.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Sees High Crime Weekend

A depleted Oakdale Police Force was busy over the weekend in gang related incidents that started with Friday afternoon gunshots and then greater problems of a stabbing outside the Battered Beaver Bar in the early morning hours on Saturday, a person shot outside 7-11 on West F Street at midnight Saturday night, and a forcible assault reported early Sunday morning.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

Oakdale Police reported that units were kept busy responding to numerous call-to-call complaints about fireworks during the long Independence Day Holiday weekend, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Police also were tied up providing traffic control assistance for a brush fire near the Oakdale Airport.

July 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Reward Offered In Barry Case

The family and friends of Blake Barry, the victim of a hit and run fatal accident on Dec. 29, 2013 in Waterford, is offering a reward starting at $10,000 in the case. The reward will grow as donations are received, and is designed to reward persons for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run death of Barry. The incident occurred in the 12500 block of Dorsey Street in Waterford.

June 25, 2014 | | Crime


Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

Oakdale Police in coordination with members of the Stanislaus Sheriff's Department and Stanislaus Probation Department conducted a gang suppression operation and arrested three Oakdale residents during a probation search of a residence in the 1100 block of West G Street. Police recovered an illegal shotgun and narcotic offenses also resulted from the action.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

An Oakdale man's fixation on Oakdale Police Lieutenant Keri Redd, a 23-year veteran of the department, has landed him with a felony conviction and a 16-month prison sentence. The Stanislaus District Attorney's Office released the information about the case this week.

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

On June 3, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Daniel John Ruiz, 26, of Oakdale, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child molest on May 21. Deputy District Attorney Merrill Hoult prosecuted the case for the People.

June 11, 2014 | | Crime


No Felony Charge In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Man Wanted For Assault On Car Dealership Owner

An early morning alarm activation turned out to be quite a scare for the owner of Steves Chevrolet on East F Street on Monday, May 19.

May 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Oakdale Man Stabbed In Family Fight

Police responded to a family disturbance in the 600 block of South Sierra Avenue on Thursday night, May 8 and found a man had been stabbed in the abdominal area. A 16-year-old juvenile was subsequently arrested for the stabbing.

May 14, 2014 | | Crime


Oakdale Man Arrested For Meth Trafficking

Carlin, Nevada Police officials reported a pound of methamphetamine was recovered from a California couple travelling through that city, near Elko, on Interstate 80 on Saturday night, April 26.

May 07, 2014 | | Crime


Fighting Crime: One Bite At A Time

After years without any canines on the department, the Oakdale Police Department is preparing to add another four-legged crime fighter to its ranks.

April 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Investigate Shopping Center Stabbing Incident

Police units spent a portion of Monday night, April 21, investigating a night time stabbing that occurred in the Oakdale Plaza Shopping Center.

April 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Racist Message Eggs Alarm Residents

Two Oakdale neighborhoods discovered Easter eggs dispersed into front yards that weren't filled with sweets, but instead contained messages of hate.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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