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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


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


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Articles by Section - Crime


Sex Solicitor Plea Nets One Year In County Jail

A 65-year-old man arrested by Oakdale Police after an exchange of letters soliciting sex with young boys, has agreed to a one-year county jail sentence ...

February 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Business Owner Stabbed In Burglary Interruption

Oakdale Police responded to the Cottonwood Restaurant at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 2 regarding a report that the owner of the business ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Suspicious Activity Leads To Arrest Of Four

Four people gathered at the rear of a U-Haul truck parked at Jerry's Motel on East F Street garnered the attention of Oakdale Police ...

February 03, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


Police Bust OHS Volunteer For Sex With Student

Oakdale Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakdale High School volunteer on Friday, Jan. 22 after an investigation revealed he had been having a sexual relationship with ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Crime


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