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Murder trial underway for road rage beating

In his dark gray suit, eyeglasses and his graying hair and beard trimmed short, Michael Hoyt is hardly recognizable as the man who was arrested three years ago and charged with the brutal beating death of a 67-year-old man.

April 16, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stanislaus County Library honors its Shining Stars

The Stanislaus County Library will be celebrating National Library Week by honoring the individuals and businesses that help the 13-branch system thrive.

April 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


City refunds $400K to Ten Pin group

The development group for the anticipated Ten Pin Fun Center is getting a refund of a little more than $400,000 from the city because of rezoning at the W. Monte Vista Avenue and Crowell Road site.

April 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Woman escapes kidnapper on freeway

An 18-year-old woman was rescued by a California Highway Patrol officer from an attacker trying to force her into his vehicle Wednesday morning on Highway 99 in Turlock.

April 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Elton John tribute concert to benefit air museum

Mix in one part of far-out frames, an over-the top wardrobe, a dash of sparkly platforms, with lots of vocal artistry and one talented tickler of the ivories and you would have the classic sights and sounds of Elton John.

April 09, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Music


Campaign targets auto thefts

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force is hoping to curb thefts in the area by launching a county-wide campaign promoting prevention and awareness.

April 09, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Deputies raid rooster fights

Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies busted up a cockfighting ring Sunday afternoon in Patterson, but continue to seek the ringleaders.

April 09, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Vandals wreck baseball field

Two Turlock men are facing vandalism charges after allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage to the Turlock High School baseball field.

April 09, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


County one of worst in state for heart disease, flu

A recently released health report of California's 58 counties has shown Stanislaus County with several poor rankings among the most prevalent chronic diseases, including the worst death rate in the state for coronary heart disease.

April 05, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rape defense classes offered

The Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State University Police are working together to provide Rape Aggression Defense training to women in the Turlock community.

April 05, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Drug take back event set for April

The Turlock Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a drug drop off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, as part of National Take Back Day.

April 05, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drunk driver gets four years for Hilmar man’s death

A Waterford man will spend the next four years in prison for his role in a drunken driving collision that killed a Hilmar motorcyclist in 2011.

April 05, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Save Mart settles with DAs on hazardous waste charges

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office, along with 34 other California district attorney's offices, have reached a settlement agreement with Save Mart Supermarkets over allegations of mishandling hazardous material.

April 04, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock murderer denied parole for beating, stabbing Modesto couple

A Turlock man, who was convicted of a brutal double murder as a 17-year-old, was denied parole for multiple reasons, including his continued threat to public safety.

April 04, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Grant could help police fleet go green

The task of catching law-breakers could be getting greener here in Turlock if the City Council approves a grant application seeking environmental-friendly vehicles.

April 04, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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City owned four-plex to be sold to We Care

The Turlock City Council approved two motions Tuesday night that will simultaneously improve the curb appeal of one neighborhood and bolster the funds for a nonprofit agency helping the community's homeless.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Drug ring arrests include Hughson woman

A Hughson woman was among four individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to acquire and sell prescription drugs.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


HVAC unit blamed for apartment fire

A fire that is believed to have started in a heating and air conditioning unit charred a closet inside a downtown Turlock apartment.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Playhouse ready to go ‘Into the Woods’

Playhouse Merced is hoping people are ready to revisit some classic fairy tales with a different spin with the opening of their production of "Into the Woods."

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE


26 pounds of heroin seized in bust near Keyes

The Modesto Police Department arrested a husband and wife with 26 pounds of heroin hidden in a diaper bag during a drug bust near Keyes on Wednesday.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Carnegie highlights ‘Inspiring Women’

The Carnegie Arts Center has unveiled a new exhibit in their Lobby that highlights the artistic achievements of women artists.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | ARTS/LEISURE


Cleaner devices leads to drop in burn prohibitions

The Check Before You Burn Program is expected to close out the winter season Saturday with far fewer wood-burning prohibitions issued than in the past and a cleaner air basin, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Two charged for Turlock rest stop death

A year after a 41-year-old woman was found dead at a Turlock rest stop, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has arrested two Modesto individuals in connection to the homicide.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Carnegie thrives in revived Turlock arts scene

When Lisa McDermott looks around the Carnegie Arts Center, she can't help but smile and feel slightly justified.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tripped up suspect apprehended by police

A man's attempt to run from a collision in Turlock came to an end when an involved citizen tripped him up.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man suspected of molesting minors

After a two month investigation, the Turlock Police Department has arrested a 61-year-old man on allegations he sexually assaulted minors.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect shatters window at school

A 33-year-old man was arrested on a charge of vandalism for breaking a window at a Turlock elementary school.

February 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Trespassing call leads to arrest for resisting

A report of someone possibly trespassing at a vacant home in Turlock resulted in the arrest of a man who was found in possession of pepper spray.

February 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Gospel mission, neighbors talk over concerns

Poet Robert Frost said good fences make good neighbors. For the residents of S. Boardway, First, D and C streets, they would be pleased if people quit urinating and defecating in their yards.

February 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County awarded grant for at-risk youth

Local law enforcement and youth-oriented service groups are getting a major financial boost in keeping kids off drugs and out of gangs, with a newly awarded federal grant.

February 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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