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Cops Remind Motorists Of Cell Laws

It's a bad habit and against the law - cell phone use while driving -†and local law enforcement officials are cracking down in the form of citations.
Since the law went into effect last July, Oakdale City Police officers gave out 808 citations to adults and juveniles, with an average of 67 per month or two per day.
"The numbers have gone down in the last few weeks but I don't think that's a trend or anything," Traffic Officer Ben Savage said of the decline, saying there are some out there, particularly tourists, who aren't even aware ...

August 12, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Thief Sentenced To Prison

Willis W. Farmer, 31, of Oakdale, was sentenced to state prison for a total of five years after pleading no contest to a residential burglary and also admitting a prior conviction in San Joaquin County.
The case arose out of events that occurred on March 26, in Oakdale. Defendant Farmer confronted an acquaintance about a perceived slight and disrespect towards Farmer. As a result, defendant Farmer told the victim that he was going to take something of value from him and entered the victim's home without permission. Farmer had the victim, against his will, assist in carrying the victim ...

August 05, 2009 | | Crime


LOCKDOWN

The names and incidents printed in the Lockdown are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

July 29, 2009 | | Crime


Jury Favors Oakdale Officers

Getting a favorable decision, a federal jury on July 9 found the actions of two Oakdale police officers to be proper in a lawsuit filed by a suspect after a 2004 arrest.

July 15, 2009 | | Crime


New Reward Offered In Ross Murder

Three years after his murder, a $50,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing death of Joseph 'Joey' Ross.

July 08, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Crime


Shooting Sends Two To Hospital

Two men suffered serious injuries that sent them both to the hospital following a shooting that may have been gang-related, said police.

June 09, 2009 | | Crime


Prison Looms For Kawamoto

Darren Kawamoto, 44, a registered sex offender, was found guilty of six counts of criminal threats and five enhancements of personally using a deadly weapon while committing those crimes by a jury on May 14. A court trial also found true that Kawamoto had previously been convicted of five prior serious felony convictions, and had two prior prison commitments.

May 19, 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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