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‘Silent crisis’: Local families seek word from runaway teens

For Sheri Epperson the Thanksgiving meal is another reminder that someone is missing from the family dining table. Epperson's son, 17-year-old Travis Tsesmilles, ran away from his Turlock home just over one year ago and despite her best efforts Epperson has not heard one word from her son since that time.

November 23, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


CHP serves up maximum enforcement period for holiday travel

The California Highway patrol is planning a maximum enforcement period for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

November 21, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Battle with alcoholism comes to tragic end for local man

So much of Kent Kelley's life was an enigma to those he called friends. He claimed a past that was rich with details of triumphs, glories, and even some intrigue, yet was often sullied by facts. But to those who did know him, two truths were plainly evident about Kelley: He was a man who possessed a grandeur of spirit that spurred him to comfort and guide others, but ultimately failed him in his own efforts to free himself from his self-imposed tethers to alcohol.

November 21, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police make arrest in drive-by shooting

A Turlock man wanted for a drive-by shooting that injured one man was arrested Thursday at his home, where Turlock police investigators seized several firearms.

November 16, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Unemployment rates show improvement year-over

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in the month of October but continued to show an overall improvement by remaining well below last year's level, according to the latest report from the Economic Development Department.

November 16, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police name suspect in Los Gallos shooting

The suspect who allegedly shot another man inside a Turlock restaurant has been identified by the Turlock Police Department and remains a wanted individual.

November 15, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Thieves targeting catalytic converters

The Turlock Police Department has issued a warning to the owners of catalytic converters that there has been a surge in thefts of the equipment from the back of trucks.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Woman punches officer

Three women engaged in a scuffle outside a Turlock restaurant and bar ended their night in handcuffs after one of them punched a Turlock Police officer in the face.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Carjacking suspect apprehended near scene of robbery

A Turlock woman who allegedly stole a man's vehicle at gunpoint and then parked it outside a house less than a block away was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of carjacking.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police find phony money during traffic stops

A traffic stop Monday morning led to the discovery of more than $7,000 in counterfeit money, two arrests and opened up the possibility that hundreds of phony bills could be circulating at Turlock businesses.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hit and run driver injures motorcyclist

An observant witness helped Turlock police officers find and arrest a suspected hit and run driver who injured a motorcyclist Tuesday morning.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Firefighters’ pink campaign nets big donation for cancer center

The Turlock Firefighters Local 2434 raised more than $17,000 for Emanuel's Cancer Center in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Local WW II vets share stories of sacrifice

For Marie Voltzke and Oliver "Woody" Livingston, both residents at Cypress of Emanuel in Turlock, it has been 67 years since they donned their service uniforms, but for these two World War II veterans the memories of their war years remain fresh in their minds.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police seek driver in fatal crash; family looks for answers about what really happened that night

Police investigators are still seeking the driver of a car that crashed into a house killing 18-year-old Taylor Vessel, and Vessel's family is looking for answers on what really happened that night.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock woman loses job for remarks about Obama

The backlash against the 22-year-old Turlock woman who used a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama and then hoped for his assassination continues as she was fired from her job, came under the scrutiny of the Secret Service and has gained the ire of social media.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Speeding leads to drug arrests for trio

Three Turlock men are facing a variety of drug-related criminal charges after a traffic stop for speeding led to the discovery of a large amount ...

January 20, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Unemployment creeps up in final month of 2016

Job declines in three separate sectors spurred an increase in the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County for the month of December, according to the latest ...

January 20, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Flu activity on the rise in state, locally

One week after Stanislaus County recorded its first influenza-related death, local health officials announced the deaths of two more residents, while the California Department of ...

January 20, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock spa site of prostitution arrest

A compliance check at a Turlock massage parlor led to the arrest of a woman on a charge of prostitution.

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Road rage incident lands Turlock man in jail

A Turlock man is facing criminal charges for what authorities are describing as an incident of road rage in the foothills.

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Case of fatal shooting of suspected intruder in Turlock heads to trial

Jury selection is slated to begin today for the trial of Turlock resident Robin Boyer, who stands accused of fatally shooting a man suspected of ...

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


City picks Turlock Police veteran as new chief

The City of Turlock has selected Capt. Nino Amirfar, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement, as the city's newest police chief.

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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