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Robbery goes awry for Turlock woman

A botched theft at a discount store led to robbery and hit and run charges for a Turlock woman on Wednesday.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Local couple relate story of daughter’s tragic death and their road to redemption in new book

On June 25, 1997, Darren and Nicole Rodrigues were plunged into a living nightmare that few could imagine and one that would shake the Turlock couple to their cores. But it was there in the rubble of their lives that the couple found their salvation and the grace to continue living each day.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County unemployment climbs upward

The latest figures from the Economic Development Department show the unemployment rate in Stanislaus County edged slightly higher in July, even though it's typically a time of the year when unemployment is lower because of increased jobs related to harvest seasons.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Bachelor party fatality

A 23-year-old man lost his life after partying too hard at a Ballico bachelor party.

August 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Local author chronicles history of Ceres in pictorial book

From its past days as a place where wheat grew in abundance to its contributions to the worlds of entertainment and politics, the history of Ceres is on full display in the latest installment of the "Images of America" series.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Recent deaths somber reminder for train safety

As witnessed in the tragedy that took Miguel Sanchez's life on a railroad line in Turlock, the danger of entering a railroad right of way can have disastrous consequences.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Two convictions, one acquittal for final Road Dog cases

The final three trials in the federal racketeering and conspiracy case revolving around the Road Dog Cycle shop in Denair concluded with two convictions and one acquittal.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Murder charge for daughter of victim

A former San Jose reserve police officer has been charged with murder in the death of her mother in Los Banos.Denise Lai, 47, is accused of strangling her mother to death on Aug. 2. The body of Carolyn Ninomiya, 65, was found inside her home in a gated retirement community in Los Banos on Aug. 3.Lai was found the same day in a Los Banos parking lot with self-inflicted stab wounds.According to the Los Banos Police Department, Lai admitted to killing her mother before trying to kill herself.Lai was a volunteer reserve officer for 15 years ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbors Crime


Homicide investigation in Westley

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting in Westley that resulted in the death of a Newman man.The deceased was identified as 21-year-old Anthony Bueno.The sheriff's department has released little information about the circumstances surrounding the killing.The shooting was reported around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the sheriff's department received several calls of shots fired in the intersection of Livingston Circle and Grischott Way in Westley.When deputies arrived they found Bueno with a gunshot wound, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Andrew Winter. Emergency aid was administered to Bueno, but he was pronounced ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbors Crime


Police fund raising event returns after 47-year absence

After a 47-year hiatus Turlockers will once again have the opportunity to dance the night away at the Turlock Policeman's Ball.Planned as a fund raising event for the Turlock Police Association's Widows and Orphans benefit fund, the ball will be 50s themed in homage to the first policeman's ball. Guests are encouraged to come in 50s attire or in formal wear.The return of a night of dinner and dancing is finding an appreciative audience in Turlock, said Allison Martin, president of the Widows and Orphans board."People and companies have been coming out of the ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Four local men face fraud charges for nut scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted four Stanislaus County men on charges they carried out a scheme that cheated local almond growers and processors out of millions of dollars.Randal Alfred Burtis, 49, of Patterson; Ronald John Salado, 58, of Modesto; Robert Morris Adams, 44, of Turlock; and Jason M. Espinola, 29, of Hughson were indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 6. Burtis, Salado, and Adams are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud. The indictment also charges Burtis and Salado with money laundering. Espinola is charged with bank fraud.Burtis was the general manager of ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One teen caught, two sought for Riverbank killing

One of the teenagers wanted for the killing of a Riverbank man has been apprehended, while the other two remain at large.Jah-Kari Phyall, 15, of Turlock was captured around 2 p.m. Thursday in Modesto by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Phyall was arrested without incident, said sheriff spokesman Andrew Winter. Phyall was booked into the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall and is being held on charges of murder, carjacking, and gang-related enhancements.The sheriff's department released no other details regarding the arrest of Phyall.The two other suspects, Turlock Diaz, 14, of Turlock and Daniel Pantoja, 18 ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Merced Shakespearefest opens ‘A Comedy of Errors’

Heike Hambley is promising a few beatings, a theft and even a possible demonic possession at Merced's Applegate Park on Saturday. However, park-goers need not worry since it will all be happening up on the stage as the Merced Shakespearefest stages "A Comedy of Errors.""It's going to be a lot of fun to watch," said Hambley, the founder and director of Merced Shakespearefest. "This is one of the funniest of Shakespeare's comedies.""A Comedy of Errors" was one of Shakespeare's first plays. The story centers around two sets of twins who were separated at birth ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre


TPD Open House

The Turlock Police Department held their annual open house and safety fair on Saturday and the event drew in lots of community members.

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dare gone awry leads to chase, arrest for teen

The charges were mounting up for a teenager who stole a vehicle on a dare and led law enforcement on a multi county pursuit.No one was injured during the pursuit, despite the teen ramming a Merced County Sheriff deputy's patrol car twice.The incident began around 6 p.m. Sunday when the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was taking a report of a stolen 2010 Chevrolet Traverse SUV from the Excell Center at 2513 Youngstown Rd. in Turlock. The suspect was a 15-year-old boy staying at the group home and had last been seen heading towards Hilmar.The ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Man threatens victim with Taser

A dispute between two men led to the arrest of one after he threatened to use a Taser on the other.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man robbed at Turlock motel

A man was beaten and robbed by a couple while visiting a friend at a Turlock motel.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Charges mount for suspected shoplifter

A woman suspected of shoplifting from a Turlock department store was found in possession of narcotics and counterfeit money.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock convenience store robbed

An armed suspect robbed a Quik Stop in Turlock, pointing his firearm at both a customer and the store's clerk, the Turlock Police Department reported.

December 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock teacher rescues man from Tuolumne River

A Turlock teacher is being credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from the cold waters of the Tuolumne River Sunday morning.

December 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fallen trees, flooding worst of storm for Turlock

The storm that dropped a deluge of rain on Turlock Thursday night may have felled some trees and caused localized street flooding in multiple areas of town, which kept city crews busy throughout the night, but on the whole left Turlock fairly unscathed, according to city officials.

December 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Shooting at Turlock apartment injures one

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man with a bullet wound to his leg and three suspects on the run.

December 11, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sexual assault reported at Broadway Park

For the second time in three weeks the Turlock Police Department is investigating a kidnapping and sexual assault that reportedly began at a Turlock park.

December 11, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two more Delhi men convicted in meth scheme

Two Delhi men arrested as part of a federal investigation into methamphetamine trafficking to Hawaii are now prison bound.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Big rig collision injures one

A collision between a big-rig truck and a sedan on Geer Road left a 19-year-old Turlock woman hospitalized with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Suspect brandishes pellet gun in bike theft

A Turlock man is facing robbery charges after using a pellet gun to steal a bicycle from an 18-year-old woman.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stalking suspect crashes after pursuit

A Turlock man was hospitalized with injuries he sustained in a crash in an attempt to avoid arrest for stalking his ex-girlfriend.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


City braces for impact of big storm

In the words of a salty old sea captain, it's time to batten down the hatches because a big storm is brewing.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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