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Turlock fire department called into service more often in 2013

The personnel of the Turlock Fire Department were called into action more frequently in 2013, more so than the past four years, but at the same time they managed to bring the response times down to levels not seen since 2009, according to the department's annual report.

June 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Two carjacked outside Lander Avenue store

A Turlock man is accused of carjacking and kidnapping two people at gunpoint after they stopped at a liquor store on the outskirts of town Saturday morning.

June 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock informant on SK Foods scandal gets probation

The Turlock man that was the key witness in a federal probe that resulted in the shuttering of one of the largest tomato processors in the state was given probation for his own embezzlement charges.

June 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Whooping cough cases spreading across state

The California Department of Public Health announced earlier this week that pertussis or whooping cough cases in California had reached epidemic levels.

June 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Jury hears video confession from Turlock murder suspect

For the first time the jury in the murder case against Turlock resident Nicholas Harris got to hear the detailed and at times graphic description of what happened the night 25-year-old Mark Henson was stabbed to death, and it came from the defendant himself.

June 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock officers assaulted during three arrests

Within the last week three Turlock Police officers have suffered injuries of varying degrees at the hands and feet of alleged suspects.

June 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Woman at center of homicide trial testifies

In the summer of 2007 Turlock residents Mark Henson and Nicholas Harris wouldn't have known each other if they passed on the streets. By the following summer Harris would find himself jailed and charged with killing Henson.

June 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock bar charred by fire

A fire believed to be electrical in origin ignited in a Turlock bar Saturday afternoon, causing an estimated $60,000 in damages, according to the Turlock Fire Department.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Crash injures CHP officer

A California Highway Patrol officer trying to slow traffic on Highway 99 was injured when a driver crashed into the back of his patrol car.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Red Cross honors the heroes among us

The American Red Cross is honoring those individuals who have shown courage and compassion when called into action with their annual recognition ceremony.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Deputies involved in fatal shooting identified

The two deputies involved in the shooting of a murder suspect outside a Turlock motel have both been with the Merced County Sheriff's Department for several years.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Three charged with Delhi shooting

The investigation into a drive-by shooting in Delhi that left a 29-year-old man paralyzed culminated with the arrest of three suspected gang members Friday, the Merced County sheriff's Department reported.

June 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fire destroys Delhi home

A fire of an undetermined cause raced through a Delhi residence, leaving it uninhabitable, according to Cal-Fire Merced.

June 06, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Teen birth rate inches up in Stanislaus

After recording several years of declines, the birth rate for teenagers in Stanislaus County saw a slight increase, according to a new report from the California Department of Public Health.

June 06, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Man attacks store employee with bat

A Hilmar grocery clerk escaped serious injury after a man beat him with a baseball bat, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

June 06, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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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


County unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County remained at a steady rate between May and June, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Carnegie hosts ‘Dead Man’

The Merced College Theatre Society is staging the dark comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," by playwright Sarah Ruhl.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE


Swansons kick start university fund drive

Turlock residents Matt and Maria Swanson have pledged $250,000 to California State University, Stanislaus to serve as the foundation for the One Purpose endowment.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Education


Couple charged with fraud

A Turlock man and woman found themselves under arrest after a scheme to cash a stolen check went awry.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspected drug smuggler caught in Turlock

A suspect wanted by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department on multiple drug charges, was apprehended Wednesday morning in Turlock.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Delhi man will stand trial for father’s murder

A Delhi man standing accused of killing his father on New Year's Day 2013, had his formal arraignment postponed for two weeks.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Death penalty option dropped for Turlock defendant

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office will not seek the death penalty against a Turlock man charged with murdering a 26-year-old man two years ago.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Cause of death known, but unreleased for two people found at Turlock murder-suicide scene

The Turlock Police Department, in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, officially released the names of the four individuals found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a Turlock home.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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