Oakdale City Council members and Oakdale Police Chief Marty West recognized two Oakdale citizens for apprehending and detaining a car thief, with recognition coming at the Dec. 5 Oakdale City Council meeting.
Police have issued an alert to all Neighborhood Watch captains regarding a suspicious white van that had been reported as following a 15-year-old Oakdale girl for four blocks before driving off when the frightened teen ran in the direction of a police officer.
After a rash of drive-by shootings since Dec. 2010, many of which occurred in August of this year, Oakdale Police Department recently conducted a sweep of gang members on Fifth Avenue with the help of other agencies.
The City of Oakdale recently discovered it had been the victim of a sophisticated Internet "Phishing" scheme in which a chameleon-type email disguised as appropriate infected a city computer and gained access to the passwords to a checking account held at Oak Valley Community Bank.
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.
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.
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.
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.