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Labor Day Weekend Busy For Cops

From DUIs to fights, the Labor Day holiday weekend kept Oakdale Police running from one call to the next as hot temperatures and too much alcohol translated to hot tempers.

September 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Spiraling Consequences

Laura and David Daley of Oakdale suffered an ugly shock Friday, Aug. 5 when they received a phone call at 6:15 in the morning from the people who lease cattle on the Daley's 430 acres near Highway 108 - somehow their six horses had escaped the pasture and were running loose.

August 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Police Chief Speaks To SWAT Theft

Police arrested a Modesto man - a former Oakdale Public Works employee - accused of stealing SWAT gear and equipment from a storage locker housed within the Oakdale Police Department, igniting a fire storm of questions and concerns in regards to the procedures followed for evidence and equipment lock up.

August 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Ex-Parent Club Treasurer Charged In Embezzlement Case

The former treasurer of the Oakdale Junior High School Parent Teacher Club appeared in court on July 14 to face criminal charges of forgery and embezzlement.

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Gangs Discussed In Meeting

Local merchants filled the room at Medlen's House of Beef to hear representatives of the Oakdale Police Department give a presentation about gangs in the area, including what the merchants can do to help the blight created by the undesirable bands of street criminals.

July 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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


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Website Allows Residents To Check Crime Activity

With the use of a personal computer or mobile device, local individuals and businesses can now retrieve crime information from the Oakdale Police Department and will be able to make police reports.

November 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


$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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