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Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a local homeowner in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence despite being warned to halt.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Three sets of gondola-type dual trailers filled with 140,000 pounds of dried and hulled walnuts were surreptitiously taken from GoldRiver Orchards off Enterprise Road and Highway 120 in Escalon. Authorities believe the theft of the nuts, valued at $400,000, occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Oct. 31.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Oakdale Police announced on Tuesday, Nov. 5 that the adult suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting at Oakdale Market was taken into custody during a vehicle stop at J Street and South First Avenue.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Gun, Drugs, Stolen ATV – Search Warrant Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police, with assistance from the Ceres Police Department SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 300 block of South Third Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 4, leading to the discovery of heroin, a stolen ATV, and a loaded handgun.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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


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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


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


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


Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance where the wanted suspect from earlier in the day returned to Old Bluff Court on Thursday night, July 10 at 5 p.m. The incident resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the suspects for kidnapping and false imprisonment in addition to the previous domestic violence charges.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


City Sees High Crime Weekend

A depleted Oakdale Police Force was busy over the weekend in gang related incidents that started with Friday afternoon gunshots and then greater problems of a stabbing outside the Battered Beaver Bar in the early morning hours on Saturday, a person shot outside 7-11 on West F Street at midnight Saturday night, and a forcible assault reported early Sunday morning.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

Oakdale Police reported that units were kept busy responding to numerous call-to-call complaints about fireworks during the long Independence Day Holiday weekend, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Police also were tied up providing traffic control assistance for a brush fire near the Oakdale Airport.

July 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Reward Offered In Barry Case

The family and friends of Blake Barry, the victim of a hit and run fatal accident on Dec. 29, 2013 in Waterford, is offering a reward starting at $10,000 in the case. The reward will grow as donations are received, and is designed to reward persons for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run death of Barry. The incident occurred in the 12500 block of Dorsey Street in Waterford.

June 25, 2014 | | Crime


Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

Oakdale Police in coordination with members of the Stanislaus Sheriff's Department and Stanislaus Probation Department conducted a gang suppression operation and arrested three Oakdale residents during a probation search of a residence in the 1100 block of West G Street. Police recovered an illegal shotgun and narcotic offenses also resulted from the action.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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