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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Molestation

After a month long investigation, a former Boy Scout troop leader and Oakdale business owner was arrested by Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5 for engaging in sexual acts with a minor and showing the minor pornography.

September 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Valverde ID’d As Shooter

A Stanislaus County Superior Court criminal complaint released on Tuesday, Aug 20 charges that Felix Valverde of Oakdale shot both Scott and Janet Pettit in their Modesto home. The Pettit's 25-year-old son, Brandon, is also accused of the murders in the complaint.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Scam Targeting Elderly

"Grandma, what a big bank account you have."

July 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


No Contest Plea In Infant Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Local Realtor’s Hunch Leads To Chop Shop

When a Ford F-250 was stolen in a burglary from one of Oakdale Realtor Kevin Benziger's properties on 26-Mile Road, he went into detective mode trying to tie the loss and possible motive to identify the thieves.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Court Appearance Due In Endangerment Case

The mother of a 44-day-old baby that died more than two months ago is due to appear in Stanislaus Superior Court today, Wednesday, Feb. 27 to answer to charges of felony child endangerment.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Arrest Warrant Issued In Baby Overdose

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Slow Going In Baby Death Investigation

With nearly a month passing since receiving toxicology reports listing high levels of methamphetamine in a 44-day-old baby that died in December, Oakdale Police still have the case listed as an open investigation.

February 13, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Crime


Police Presence - Forces Converge After Shots Fired Call

Gun shots that were initially believed to be fired at an Oakdale police officer late afternoon on Jan. 29 resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of two suspects. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and by the end of the evening, both suspects were in jail. Police later determined the shot fired was "accidental" by one of the suspects who had just committed a burglary.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Finding: Infant’s Death Due To Overdose

The December death of an infant has now been classified as suspicious by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office and is on the cusp of becoming listed as the third homicide for Oakdale in 2012.

February 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Piece Of The Past Missing From Business

The red, white and blue pole that has been out in front of Norm's Barber Shop on West F Street in Oakdale for over 45 years has been stolen. The theft occurred overnight, sometime between when the business closed on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and re-opened the next day. The iconic barber pole was ripped off the wooden structure that it had been attached to for years.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Crime


Charges Reduced In Sexual Assault Case

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reduced charges on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for an Oakdale man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a December party he was hosting.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Thieves Hit Kerr Park In Search For Copper Wire

For the second time in a year, Kerr Park has been hit by criminals and stripped of copper wire used for lighting the 14-acre North Stearns Road city park.

January 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Boyz ‘N The Burb: Gun Incidents Rising

The Cowboy Capital of the World is taking on another trait of the Old West, this one definitely not a characteristic it may want to continue.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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Early Morning Crash Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police arrested a man on two separate counts following an early morning crash on Thursday, Aug. 17.

August 23, 2017 | | Crime


POLICE BEAT

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

August 23, 2017 | | Crime


Overturned Vehicle Leads To Arrest

An early morning crash on Thursday ultimately resulted in the arrest of a man on two separate charges.

August 17, 2017 | | Crime


POLICE BEAT

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

August 16, 2017 | | Crime


Knights Ferry Shooting Under Investigation

A late night shooting Sunday in Knights Ferry left a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy with minor injuries following an altercation, and the man he ...

August 09, 2017 | | Crime


Heroin Confiscated During Afternoon Traffic Stop

A traffic stop for a violation resulted in the arrest of a man on Friday afternoon after police found a package of heroin in his ...

August 09, 2017 | | Crime


Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

August 09, 2017 | | Crime


POLICE BEAT

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

August 02, 2017 | | Crime


Man Suffers Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wound

Oakdale Police responded to an apparent suicide attempt that occurred in the 300 block of S. Sierra Avenue on Sunday, July 23.

July 26, 2017 | | Crime


Man Arrested after Hitting Bicyclist with Pickup Truck

On Sunday, July 23 at approximately 4 p.m., Oakdale Police responded to the 8000 block of North Crane Road in regards to a reported ...

July 26, 2017 | | Crime


Lifesaving medals awarded to OPD Personnel

Several personnel from the Oakdale Police Department were formally recognized and awarded the Department's Lifesaving Medal by Police Chief Scott Heller at Monday evening ...

July 26, 2017 | | Crime


POLICE BEAT

THURSDAY, JULY 20

July 26, 2017 | | Crime


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