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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


Kawamoto Returning To State Prison

Darren Kawamoto, 44, a registered sex offender, was recently sentenced to 36 years to life in prison. He had previously been found guilty of six counts of criminal threats and five enhancements of personally using a deadly weapon while committing those crimes. Kawamoto had previously been convicted of five prior serious felony convictions with two prior prison commitments.

August 26, 2009 | | Crime


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Murder Suspect Now In Jail

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 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Investigate Infant Overdose

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 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Two Arrested In 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.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Shooting Suspect Tied To Waterford Fatal

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford in a case from December of last year.

August 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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


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