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Man robs cafeteria with cutlery

An attempt to get free food at a hospital cafeteria ended badly for a Turlock man, who ended his meal in handcuffs.

July 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Illegal fireworks abound over holiday

The Turlock Fire Department had a busy Independence Day weekend as they responded to numerous reports of illegal fireworks and battled at least two blazes.

July 08, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Gospel mission in need of donations

Turlock Gospel Mission executive director Tim Guerino refers to this time of year as "the dry season" and it has nothing to do with the lack of rain.

July 08, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock crime rate on the rise in 2014

For the first three months of this year the crime rate in Turlock was steadily creeping upwards, due in large part to more violent offenders on the street, said Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson.

July 08, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Attorney refuses to represent Turlock defendant

The defense attorney for a Turlock man convicted of murder dropped a legal bombshell in court Tuesday morning when he declared himself not competent enough to continue representing his client during the sanity phase of the trial.

July 08, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbery charge for sign stealing

A Turlock man and a teenager are facing robbery charges after forcibly taking a sign from a Turlock sign twirler.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man prison bound for drug charges

A federal judge sentenced Elias Alvarez-Ramirez, 53, of Turlock to 19 years and seven months in prison for conspiracy to grow marijuana and distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man found with tear gas

A report of elder abuse led to the arrest of a man in possession of tear gas, the Turlock Police Department reported.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Illegal weapon lands man in jail

A Turlock man stopped for a vehicle infraction ended up in jail after officers found an illegal weapon in his car.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Grant will make Montana Avenue park a reality

The California Department of Housing and Community Development is giving away a record-breaking $73.6 million to help 109 cities and counties build much needed parks and/or repair existing parks and recreation facilities within their community, including $443,100 for Turlock.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Missing man found in good health

The 68-year-old Turlock man missing since Tuesday was located safe and unharmed Thursday morning.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police look for missing man

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a missing 68-year-old man who has not been seen since leaving the hospital.

July 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Details of murder-suicide at Turlock home remain scarce

The details surrounding the deaths of four individuals found inside a Turlock home last week remain a mystery as detectives continue their investigation.

July 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fire department hopes for a safe Independence Day

The Fourth of July celebration will undoubtedly include dazzling displays of fireworks and the Turlock Fire Department will be making sure all that patriotic pageantry is within the legal and safe use of fireworks.

July 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TAPO effort focuses on summer safety

The Turlock Associated Police Officers is embarking on a public safety campaign with the goal of keeping citizens safe while they engage in the summertime fun.

July 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Fight leads to robbery charge

A 22-year-old woman's attempt at shoplifting was upgraded to a robbery after she fought with employees at a Turlock store.

July 29, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Cooking oil starts kitchen fire

Oil heating up on a stove ignited into a blaze that damaged a Turlock apartment Monday morning.

July 29, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock landlord charged with arson, attempted murder of tenants

A dispute between a Turlock landlord and his tenants erupted into a fiery encounter Sunday as the tenants watched helplessly as their home burned and the landlord was arrested on multiple charges, including attempted murder and arson.

July 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Home repair scams on the rise

A rash of complaints regarding home improvement projects has prompted the California Contractors State Licensing Board to issue a warning about deceptive practices.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dispute over cab fare leads to three arrests

Three women had the right idea in taking a taxi home after a night of drinking, but the wrong idea when they decided to not pay the driver.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock ranked best place to live for fans of summer

The Modesto area, including Turlock, has once again found itself atop a national ranking, but this time it's for something good.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fraud charges mount for two women

Two Fresno women are facing a long list of criminal charges after they were caught in Turlock with more than 30 fraudulent credit cards.

July 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police arrest knife-wielding robbery suspect

A Turlock man could be facing multiple counts of robbery after allegedly robbing a homeless man at knifepoint twice.

July 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Season set for Turlock Community Theatre

The upcoming slate of shows from the Turlock Community Theatre is hoping to tickle people's funny bones and get their toes tapping.

July 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE


Cyclist killed by train

A 39-year-old man died Saturday morning when he rode his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train in Turlock.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fifth candidate joins City Council race

United States Postal worker and current Turlock Parks, Arts and Recreation Commissioner Sergio Alvarado has announced his intention to run for Turlock City Council.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Election


Questions still remain a year after fatal shooting

On July 23, 2013, the family of Brandon Pacheco learned the devastating news that the 25-year-old resident had been shot and killed.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


New security measures at EMC

Emanuel Medical Center is instituting a new check-in and visitor badge process to come in line with the recommendations from a safety task force.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Pursuit ends with Turlock man’s arrest

A Turlock man was arrested on multiple criminal charges after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a dangerous high speed chase around Merced County Thursday afternoon.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Young siblings nabbed for theft

A brother and sister found themselves in trouble with law enforcement after stealing a wallet from a woman at a play area.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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