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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

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


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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CHP Plans Distracted Driving Enforcement

Year in and year out, thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers and even more have been injured. By simply changing your driving ...

October 07, 2015 | | Crime

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 ...

November 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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