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Cockfighting melee leaves two dead, two jailed

The violence of a cockfight spilled out of the ring Sunday when one man fatally shot another over a $10 discrepancy in a wager made between the two men.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Arrests made in Modesto homicide

Four people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred in Modesto in June. One additional suspect remains at large, the Modesto Police Department reported.Juan Gabriel Barajas, 32, of Modesto was killed on June 27. He was found slumped over the wheel of a car in the 1600 block of Vicksburg Avenue and had been shot at least once, according to the police department.Detectives developed several leads and on July 12 they arrested Gilberto Navarroa, Jr., 23, of Modesto and charged him with murder.Still outstanding on a warrant for murder is Francisco "Frankie" Carranza ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbors Crime


Woman charged with elder abuse

A 49-year-old Winton woman has been charged with a home invasion robbery and elder abuse of an 86-year-old man, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday.The victim told the sheriff's department that Denise Mayfield had come into his house in the 7000 block of Walnut Avenue in Winton on July 15 and pushed him to the ground and took his wallet out of his pants. The victim, who has very poor eyesight said he recognized her by the sound of her voice, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.Earlier that month, Mayfield had come to the victim ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbors Crime


Los Banos homes raided in marijuana bust

An anonymous tip about a marijuana grow operation in Los Banos led to the arrest of four people and the confiscation of weapons and narcotics.The tip came into the Merced Mariposa High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force. It provided information that a home in the 15000 block of Henry Miller Road was being used to grow marijuana and sale methamphetamine.When they arrived at the house of John Soares, 48, they found a small marijuana grow of less than 15 plants and a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, but no Soares, said Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbors Crime


New court hours

Starting Monday the Stanislaus County Superior Court clerk's office will be operating under extended hours.The clerk's office will now be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is an extension of one hour from the previous operating hours. The change will be in affect at the main courthouse at 800 11th St. and 801 10th St., both in Modesto.This change comes a year after the court was forced to reduce public access hours to the clerk's offices in response to state imposed budget reductions. With approval of a new budget ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Used book store looks to fill a niche for local readers

When Valerie and Tim Brown started contemplating what type of business to open, they didn't have to look far for inspiration. The myriad of books stacked up in the shelves of their home served as the perfect muse.The couple just opened Lightly Used Books in downtown Turlock and are hoping their love of reading translates into a successful business venture."It was an idea we had both toyed with for a while, but it wasn't until the last few months that we really started to think we could make a go of it," Valerie Brown said. "I ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police seek suspect in strong armed robberies

Two strong armed robberies were reported in Turlock over the last few days and police believe the same suspect carried off both heists.

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fixing the worst of the worst

Canal Drive isn't being paved with gold, but stimulus dollars will work all the same.

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Hospital puts out call for artists

Emanuel Medical Center is taking a creative approach to cancer awareness this year with an art competition.The competition is part of the 13th annual Women's Cancer Awareness Event presented by the Emanuel Regional Cancer Services. The theme for the Oct. 12 event is "The Art of Life."The center is currently accepting entries into the art competition. In some form the art should help promote early screening for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.

"Through this art competition, amateur and professional artists can help Emanuel educate women about the importance of early detection," said Debbie Tuttle, Emanuel Regional ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Fine Arts


TCT brings diverse line-up to upcoming season

The Turlock Community Theatre is bringing in some headlining shows for the upcoming season that managing director Kit Casey says, "Hit all the bases."

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre


Anthrax hoax costly for Sacramento man

A Sacramento man has been ordered to pay nearly $7,000 for an anthrax hoax that targeted several businesses, media outlets and Congressman George Radanovich's Modesto office.A federal judge ruled Marc M. Keyser, 68, will have to pay the victims and emergency personnel who responded to his hoax. Earlier this year Keyser was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.Keyser admitted to mailing over 100 packages containing fake anthrax to media outlets and politicians throughout the country and to Starbucks and McDonalds in Sacramento. Keyser was convicted by a jury on ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Toddler allegedly abused at hands of Gustine mother

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Gustine mother on abuse charges after it was discovered her 11-month-old daughter had multiple fractures.Maria Galicia, 26, was booked into the Merced County Jail on Monday on charges of child endangerment likely to produce great bodily harm or death, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. She was released on bail, but was arrested again on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. She is being held at the jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.

The case was first brought to the attention of the sheriff's department by Children ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Former Journal editor, university media professional retires

After nearly three decades of scribing the news and happenings in Turlock and those at the California State University, Stanislaus, public relations specialist and former journalist Don Hansen is laying down his pen.Hansen has spent the last 14 years in the media and public relations division at CSU Stanislaus. Over the years he has been a part of a public relations team that has elevated the university's profile on the national level, helping it earn multiple features in the annual Princeton Review of best colleges."Don Hansen has been one of the university's most loyal, dedicated, and ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Guilty verdict for heroin dealer

A Stanislaus County Superior Court jury convicted a Turlock man of drug charges following a four-day long trial.Alen Youkhahna was found guilty of possession of heroin for sales and possession of concentrated cannabis, according to the district attorney's office.Youkhahna was arrested on Feb. 6, 2009, after a citizen called the Turlock Police Department to report a suspicious vehicle parked outside a business with multiple people getting in and out of it. A patrol officer was sent to the area and made contact with Youkhahna, the driver of the vehicle. Youkhahna was found to be in possession of ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Thefts net prison term

A Turlock man was sentenced to six years in prison for several thefts.Daniel Allen Coats, 28, was convicted of auto theft and residential burglary on July 21, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reported.On May 8, 2009, Coats broke into a Cadillac Escalade that was parked at the El Rosal restaurant in Turlock. He stole a purse that was left inside and took the victim's house key and driver's license from inside the purse to discover her address. He drove to the Denair home and burglarized it while the victim was still eating inside the ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Locals collect winter gear for Iraqi refugees

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mother spends first Thanksgiving with family after deportation

When the Chaparro family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, there will be a special thanks said by the Turlock family for the presence of their matriarch Maria Isabel Chaparro's presence at the table.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Police seek information on rape suspect

A 44-year-old woman reported to the Turlock Police Department that she was snatched at knifepoint from Donnelly Park and sexually assaulted in a nearby alley by an unknown assailant Sunday.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hit with axe handle

The Turlock Police Department is seeking a man wanted for hitting another man with an axe handle.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police nab suspected purse snatcher

The Turlock Police Department has taken a woman into custody on the allegations she injured an elderly woman during a robbery outside a Turlock restaurant.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Vandalism leads to drug charges

The Turlock Police Department arrested two men on vandalism and drug possession charges after an officer saw one of the suspects spray painting a downtown building.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Little change to county’s unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in October, but continued to remain at a low level not seen in the area since the Great Recession.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock native returns home with cameras rolling

Turlock will once again get to experience a bit of movie magic when a former resident returns to town to shoot portions of his independent film.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Suspect robs Turlock bank

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a Turlock bank Thursday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock Gospel Mission plans block party, football game to fete Thanksgiving

The Turlock Gospel Mission is planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a large block party complete with a traditional turkey meal and kickoff the event with what is expected to become an annual community flag football game.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


SIRS pays tribute to area’s Korean veterans

The Turlock chapter of the Sons in Retirement gave a salute to the area's Korean War veterans with a special ceremony Wednesday that included the presentation of the Ambassador for Peace Medals.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


DA wants more time to investigate sexual assault allegations against restaurateur

The arraignment for a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizza restaurant was postponed because the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has not filed any criminal charges against him.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hits woman with car on purpose

A Turlock man is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon after using his car to hit a woman he was arguing with, the Turlock Police Department reported.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drive-by shooting in Turlock neighborhood

A drive-by shooting was reported late Friday evening.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man uses drive-through for robbery

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a robbery at a Turlock fast food restaurant that happened early Sunday.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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