With dwindling resources, fewer officers on the street, and police enforcement going from proactive to reactive, the news that vehicle theft is on the rise isn't a shocker to those on the front line.
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.
It's a quality of life issue - one that is visible and jarring to those affected - and Oakdale is under assault by those who have little reason to care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
There were plenty of calls to keep Oakdale Police busy throughout the New Year's Eve holiday, said officials.
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.
Police are looking for a man accused of attempted murder after an altercation ended with gunfire on Monday evening, Nov. 29
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 17-year-old validated Norteno gang member was arrested by Oakdale Police following a shooting at a large party on Post Road, where two men were shot early Sunday morning. This makes the second gang-related shooting in a month since the November night Abel Calderon and Ruben Mora were gunned down in front of the Oakdale Market.
The best part about the digital age is the ease with which retailers make it for consumers to do a large portion of their shopping from the comfort of their living room via the Internet. Emarketers estimated that Internet shopping will account for 24.3 percent of all U.S. retail spending during the traditional holiday season (November-December) and judging by the number of times the UPS, FedEx, and other mail carriers have been rumbling down city streets, that estimate seems on target.
Three suspects Oakdale Police are identifying as Norteno gang members were arrested for attempting to carjack a Ford Windstar minivan in the Bridle Ridge subdivision late Monday night, Dec. 10.
As the unseasonably warm Indian summer fades to the chill, foggy days of a Central Valley winter, Oakdale Police are reminding the community that criminals often look for quick opportunities to steal other people's property and a foggy night makes for perfect cover.
A shooting left two people dead in front of the Oakdale Market on East I Street on Sunday night, Nov. 11. Police and sheriff's department personnel are investigating the crime that has already resulted in one arrest.