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County records uptick in unemployment

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County crept up again for July, but continued to fall below the year-ago estimates, according to the labor report from the Employment Development Department.

August 16, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Brandi Carlile returns to musical roots

If there was a time when music wasn't an essential part of Brandi Carlile's life, she doesn't remember it.

August 13, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE


Run-in with acquaintance turns to robbery

A Turlock man is recovering from injuries he sustained during a strong-armed robbery Sunday afternoon.

August 13, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Manslaughter conviction for Delhi father

A Merced County jury found Daniel McDonald guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of his 46-year-old son Donald McDonald.

August 13, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man held accountable for Illinois shooting

A Turlock man is facing a lengthy prison term for his role in an Illinois home invasion, in which his partner was shot and killed by the homeowner.

August 13, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Attacker prison bound for knife assault at park

The man accused of slitting his ex-girlfriend's throat at Turlock's Donnelly Park has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for the attack.

August 13, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man killed in power line accident

A Turlock man working as a line inspector in Texas died Monday when the helicopter cable he was tethered to snapped.

August 08, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County woman recovering from West Nile infection

Stanislaus County has recorded its first case of a human West Nile virus infection for the season.

August 08, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TYPA puts ‘Blonde’ in the spotlight

The Turlock Youth Performing Arts troupe is bringing Elle Woods, Bruiser and the "Bend and Snap" move to the stage with their production of "Legally Blonde."

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre


Neighbors log-on to report suspicious activity

In days gone by it used to be that concerned residents would turn to their phone tree when a crime occurred in their neighborhood. Now they log onto Facebook.

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Pot operation found in Turlock home

A tip that a Turlock home was being used to cultivate marijuana led to the confiscation of hundreds of plants and the arrest of one person.

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Driver wakes up, crashes car

A suspected drunken driver tried to avoid arrest by outrunning Turlock police officers in his vehicle and later on foot after he crashed.

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Gunman holds up teens

Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint Sunday night while parked outside a Turlock fast food restaurant.

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Group attacked outside Turlock bar

Five friends leaving a Turlock bar were assaulted by a group of men Sunday night, leaving one with two stab wounds and another knocked unconscious.

August 06, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Former Red Steer owner starts development firm

Tracy Smith, who is facing criminal charges of arson for the blaze that destroyed the Red Steer restaurant in Turlock and fraud allegations, is manning a new development company and is looking for investors.

August 02, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Suspect in Turlock shooting caught in Oregon

A Turlock man wanted on a charge of attempted murder was captured in Oregon on Sunday.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hearing begins in case of chickens abandoned outside Turlock

A preliminary hearing began Tuesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court for two people facing animal cruelty charges that stem from the discovery of an estimated 50,000 hens left for dead at a ranch outside Turlock.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man shot to death in Turlock

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a homicide that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man Monday night.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man shot to death in Turlock

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a homicide that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man Monday night.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Taxi driver assaulted in Turlock

A taxi driver was beaten and robbed by an 18-year-old Turlock man who mistakenly believed the driver was flirting with a woman.

May 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Unemployment rate continues to fall in Stanislaus County

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County continues on a downward trend, coming in at its lowest level so far this year, according to the recently released Employment Development Department data.

May 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Count reveals growth in county homelessness

The homeless population in Stanislaus County grew by an estimated 21 percent over the last year, according to the results of a countywide count conducted earlier this year.

May 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Duo nabbed for auto theft

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce and the Turlock Police Department arrested two women on auto theft charges after they were apprehended driving a stolen vehicle.

May 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock museum set to feature geocaching tours

The game is soon to be afoot at the Turlock Historical Society.

May 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock Fire Chief leaving in August

Donning the uniform of the Turlock Fire Department has been a regular routine for Tim Lohman for the past 35 years. Come Aug. 15, Turlock's Fire Chief will put it on for one last time before his retirement from public safety takes effect and his new position in the agricultural sector begins.

May 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Amputation reported at cheese plant

An industrial accident at a Turlock cheese plant partially amputated the arm of a man fixing a piece of equipment.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


DA rejects sexual assault case against restaurateur

The Turlock man who said there was no truth to a claim that he sexually assaulted one of his female employees at his Oakdale eatery has been vindicated.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man identified as suspect in shooting

A 38-year-old Turlock man is being sought on attempted murder charges after shooting a man multiple times, leaving him with serious injuries.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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