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Posted: Dec. 19, 2014 4:21 | Updated: Dec. 20, 2014 2:00

Victims Not Cooperative In Home Invasion

Victims Not Cooperative In Home Invasion

 

With police attempting to combat crime and gang activity, Oakdale Police have become hamstrung in their latest attempts to solve a Dec. 11 home invasion.

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CDFW Offers Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

 

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has some suggestions.

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Building On Success: Lego Days Kick Off At Library

Building On Success: Lego Days Kick Off At Library

Lego Day is now a monthly program at the Oakdale Library thanks to a generous donation from the Oakdale Rotary Club and the Friends of the Oakdale Library.

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Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination

Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination

 

Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.

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Posted: Dec. 17, 2014 12:32 p.m. | Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination Comments 0 Comments
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Police Officer Positions Approved

Police Officer Positions Approved

 

As the city recovers financially, along with the recent passage of Measure Y – the continuation of the half-cent sales tax – Oakdale city officials moved to bolster the ranks of its condensed police force by adding two police officer positions to the department.

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Stop Leads To Stolen Goods

Stop Leads To Stolen Goods

 

A mid-morning stop by police of a suspicious person followed with some additional investigation resulted in the arrest of an Oakdale resident for possessing stolen property from an earlier theft from Medlen’s House of Beef.

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Posted: Dec. 16, 2014 10:52 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 10:52 a.m. | Stop Leads To Stolen Goods Comments 0 Comments
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National, Local Gas Prices Still Dropping

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Posted: Dec. 15, 2014 3:07 p.m. | National, Local Gas Prices Still Dropping Comments 0 Comments
Shooting Tied To Earlier Assault

Shooting Tied To Earlier Assault

 

Police are investigating an early morning Dec. 10 shooting they believe is a continuation of an earlier assault from Quik Stop Market.

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Posted: Dec. 12, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 2:30 p.m. | Shooting Tied To Earlier Assault Comments 0 Comments
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County Education Office Hosts Manufacturing Workshop

 

The Stanislaus County Office of Education is hosting the Stanislaus County Area Manufacturing Maintenance Joint Apprenticeship Program Workshop on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at the Stanislaus Industrial Technology Institute at 635 Walnut Ave., Patterson.

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Hazardous Weather Conditions

Hazardous Weather Conditions

 

 

Delete - Merge UpFlood Watch in effect from December 10, 10:00 PM until December 12, 10:00 PM PST

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Posted: Dec. 10, 2014 11:28 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 4:26 p.m. | Hazardous Weather Conditions Comments 0 Comments
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Manteca Homeless Law – An Idea For Oakdale?

Manteca Homeless Law – An Idea For Oakdale?

 

Last week two new laws in neighboring Manteca went into effect aimed at dealing with the city’s homeless population and the problems caused by their makeshift encampments within the city.

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Posted: Dec. 10, 2014 10:40 a.m. | Manteca Homeless Law – An Idea For Oakdale? Comments 0 Comments
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Troop Support - Blue Star Moms Send Bits Of Home

Troop Support - Blue Star Moms Send Bits Of Home

Troops both abroad and stateside will be treated to a touch of home this holiday season.

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Posted: Dec. 09, 2014 7:03 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Troop Support - Blue Star Moms Send Bits Of Home Comments 0 Comments
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Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia

Local doctors have reported seeing an increase in pneumonia cases in the city as the wet and cold weather of winter hits the Central Valley.

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Posted: Dec. 09, 2014 7:09 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia Comments 0 Comments
Bairos, McCarty Take Seats On Council

Bairos, McCarty Take Seats On Council

 

 

New blood was injected into the Oakdale City Council with the swearing in on Monday night, Dec. 8 of newcomers Cherilyn Bairos and J.R. McCarty, replacing journeyman council members Farrell Jackson and Michael Brennan.

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Posted: Dec. 09, 2014 7:10 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Bairos, McCarty Take Seats On Council Comments 0 Comments
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Paving Project Continues Along Highway

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will continue its work in the Oakdale area this week.

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Posted: Dec. 09, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 09, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Paving Project Continues Along Highway Comments 0 Comments

Mustangs Will Play NorCal Bowl Game

 

The 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III Section Champions, the Oakdale High School Mustangs, received notification Sunday that they will also take part in the CIF NorCal Division II 2014 Regional Football Championship Bowl Game. The Mustangs (13-1, 6-1) will travel to Concord to take on the Ugly Eagles of Clayton Valley Charter (14-0, 5-0).

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Posted: Dec. 08, 2014 11:02 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 08, 2014 11:03 a.m. | Mustangs Will Play NorCal Bowl Game Comments 0 Comments

Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia

 

Local doctors have reported seeing an increase in pneumonia cases in the city as the wet and cold weather of winter hits the Central Valley.

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Posted: Dec. 05, 2014 1:16 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 06, 2014 8:16 a.m. | Spike Seen In Child Pneumonia Comments 0 Comments

Crews Rescue Horse From Oakdale Pond

 

Early morning Thursday, Dec. 4, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) firefighters were dispatched to the 13000 block of Horseshoe Road in Oakdale for a horse in a pond that needed rescuing. Upon arrival, SCFPD firefighters requested additional assistance from Modesto Fire Department and within about an hour, they rescued Sassy, the 24-year-old horse, from the cold water.

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Posted: Dec. 05, 2014 10:41 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 05, 2014 10:42 a.m. | Crews Rescue Horse From Oakdale Pond Comments 0 Comments

Local Efforts Seek Cans For Holiday Drives

 

A pair of canned food drive efforts are taking place locally, the first one hosted by the Oakdale High School S Club and the second by the Central Valley Association of realtors.

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New Hires Help Bolster Police Department

New Hires Help Bolster Police Department

The addition of one new police officer and two dispatchers joined the ranks of the Oakdale Police Department in November, as the depleted agency strives to add personnel lost to injuries, departures and other vacancies.

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City Street Project Features New Technology

City Street Project Features New Technology

 

A two-week project in Oakdale designed to improve the pavement and sidewalk areas of River Bluff Drive and connecting courts along the roadway has been completed, making the roadway a far better drive than before.

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Tourism Changes Reviewed By Council

Tourism Changes Reviewed By Council

 

With a lame duck council on the dais awaiting replacement of two of its members, the Oakdale City Council had an abbreviated agenda on Monday, Dec. 1.

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Alive In Spirit

Alive In Spirit

 

On Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, Vickie Thompson spent her time similar to many, as she prepared for a holiday feast. Her kitchen, however, was somewhat different and the number of turkeys being prepped indicated something larger than a ‘typical’ family meal.

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Posted: Dec. 03, 2014 10:03 a.m. | Alive In Spirit Comments 0 Comments
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Holiday Concerts Offered Throughout Region

 

“Voices For the King” will be presenting their fifth annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 13. This holiday event will be held in Ripon at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., starting at 7 p.m. The “Voices For the King” group is a Christian men’s choral group. The 29-voice group represents nine different local churches, and throughout the year they sing at various church worship services and fundraisers for ministries. All are invited to come and enjoy a night of great music, singing, and fellowship, making this a part of your Christmas celebration. For more information, call ...

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Posted: Dec. 02, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 02, 2014 4:07 p.m. | Holiday Concerts Offered Throughout Region Comments 0 Comments

Olsen, Gray Introduce ADA Reform Legislation

 

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced their first bills for the 2015-16 Legislative Session on Monday, which seek to curb frivolous lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so that businesses in the Central Valley and across California can keep their doors open while they work to comply with access laws.

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Posted: Dec. 01, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Olsen, Gray Introduce ADA Reform Legislation Comments 0 Comments
Community Joins In Operation Christmas Child

Community Joins In Operation Christmas Child

‘Tis the season.

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Posted: Nov. 25, 2014 6:08 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Community Joins In Operation Christmas Child Comments 0 Comments
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Cowboy Christmas This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this weekend for the community.

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Posted: Nov. 25, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Cowboy Christmas This Weekend Comments 0 Comments

Oakdale Serves Up Thanksgiving

All are invited to join in for fellowship and feasting this Thanksgiving Day, as the Spirit of Oakdale hosts its traditional community dinner at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

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Posted: Nov. 25, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale Serves Up Thanksgiving Comments 0 Comments

Gas Prices Fall Ahead Of Turkey Day Travel

 

With the U.S. average price of gasoline at $2.80 as of Monday, Nov. 24, the national average is at its lowest level since December 2010. Especially this week, Americans should be grateful that 80 percent of the nation’s gas stations are reporting prices under $3/gallon, compared to just 22 percent at this time in 2013.

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Posted: Nov. 24, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 24, 2014 1:29 p.m. | Gas Prices Fall Ahead Of Turkey Day Travel Comments 0 Comments
Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

Developer Requests Cut In City Fees

 

 

At least 125 construction jobs and 80 full-time health care positions are at risk if a local developer pulls the pin on an anticipated 110-room assisted living facility for seniors planned for the west side of town. The reason: fees assessed by the city for the project.

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Posted: Nov. 21, 2014 1:03 p.m. | Developer Requests Cut In City Fees Comments 0 Comments
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Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 7:05 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast Comments 0 Comments
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City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 7:05 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2014 10:13 a.m. | Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation Comments 0 Comments
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Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2014 10:09 a.m. | Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union Comments 0 Comments
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Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans’ Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That’s a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:27 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts Comments 0 Comments
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Measure Y Wins Easily

Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding “Yes” in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:28 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Measure Y Wins Easily Comments 0 Comments
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Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade Comments 0 Comments
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Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale

Oakdale’s The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., is a collection location this year for Operation Christmas Child.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:51 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale Comments 0 Comments
Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

 

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

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Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

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Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

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Largent Claims Seat On Escalon School Board

 

Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.

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CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

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Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

 

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

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Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

 

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California’s 10th Congressional District.

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Posted: Oct. 29, 2014 10:59 a.m. | Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority Comments 0 Comments
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Tax Measure Tops Ballot

Oakdale voters will be voting for mayor, two open city council seats and determining whether or not to extend a half-cent sales tax assessment on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:23 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Tax Measure Tops Ballot Comments 0 Comments
Time To Experience The Zombie Train

Time To Experience The Zombie Train

The Zombie train rolled into Oakdale earlier this year and is now reaching a fever pitch, as we near the conclusion of the Halloween season.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:25 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Time To Experience The Zombie Train Comments 0 Comments
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Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

 

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

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Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

The most dramatic hit in the era of the modern day San Francisco Giants – a three-run, pennant clinching blast off the bat of journeyman Travis Ishikawa – landed in the hands of Oakdale’s Frank Burke.

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