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Grand jury refuses to take position on TASER policy

After a limited investigation on the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department TASER policy and procedures, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury released a report on Wednesday stating that it is inappropriate for them to take a position on the TASER policy due to pending lawsuits.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Changes in store for city fire as chief retires after 30 years of service

Turlock Fire Chief Mark Langley retired Wednesday, ending a 30 year career with the City of Turlock.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grand jury finds money misuse at Turlock Rural Fire

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found merit in a complaint that Turlock Rural Fire Chief Rick Fortado over-compensated himself for work related to state wild fire relief efforts.

July 02, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Beating the summer heat

Since its opening in May, the new water feature at Columbia Park has been a popular Turlock attraction. On Monday, temperatures reached 103 degrees, making the water park a welcome relief for Westside residents.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fire chars Hughson auto, tire shops

A Monday afternoon fire charred a Hughson auto repair shop and an adjoining tire business with one employee sustaining serious burns to his hand and another treated for smoke inhalation.

June 29, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Independence Day Events

• Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and Turlock Downtown Property Owners' Association will host an Independence Day parade, street festival, and car show on Saturday. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., the Patriotic Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the Independence Celebration Car Show will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all in downtown Turlock on Main Street near Golden State Boulevard. The street fair will include vendors, food, alcohol, and a kids' play area. Children can enjoy bounce houses and water play activities. For more information, visit ...

June 29, 2010 | | Local


Help for struggling homeowners on its way

A new government program will offer help to California homeowners facing foreclosure, following a U.S. Treasury Department decision last week.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


American Legion commander to serve as Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Turlock Independence Day parade is elected every year by members of the community. This year Bob Russell, commander of the American Legion Rex Ish Post 88, was nominated by his fellow Legion members to serve in the honorary position at the head of the parade.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fire officials crack down on illegal fireworks

"Safe and sane" are the keywords this year when it comes to fireworks. Stanislaus County and Turlock City Fire Department officials will be on the lookout for anyone using or selling fireworks that do not carry the State Fire Marshal's "safe and sane" seal. Stanislaus County will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for illegal fireworks.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Crop revenue down in 2009

Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner Gary Caseri made a prediction after the release of the 2008 crop report. He predicted that 2009 would be a bad year for local farmers.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Passion for people sends Turlock graduate around the world

Sometimes Turlock High graduate Anne Marie Hyer would ask herself "What am I doing?" That question would pop up as she wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in 120 degree heat in India while scrubbing the hands and feet of lepers. But she quickly reassured herself, it was for the people.

June 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Civic education, American exceptionalism focus of Palin’s speech

After months of anticipation, legal battles, and protests, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited Turlock on Friday where she delivered a speech on civic education and American exceptionalism before a sold-out crowd at California State University, Stanislaus' 50th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser.

June 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Protestors greet university gala guests with signs, chants

The sounds of "Palin – yes" and "Palin – no" echoed along Monte Vista Avenue on Friday as over 400 protestors crowded the entry way of California State University, Stanislaus making their opinions known about the university's 50th Anniversary Fund-raising Gala keynote speaker former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

June 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


JS West opens first Prop.2 compliant barn in country

Over 63 percent of Californians said they wanted more room for their farm animals when they passed Proposition 2, Standards for Confining Farm Animals, in November 2008. Two years later - and five years before the Prop. 2 statutes become mandatory - JS West Milling Company has created the first colony housing system for layer hens in the United States.

June 22, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


West Nile infected birds found in Stanislaus, Merced counties

The first confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have been found in birds in Merced and Stanislaus counties. A dead Northern Mockingbird was found in north Merced County on June 2 and tested positive for West Nile Virus. Two American Crows found on the west side of Ceres also tested positive for the virus.

June 22, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Castle flies again

Castle Air Force Base will be put back in service this fall, providing a historic runway for a flight of local World War II veterans making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

August 21, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Settlement reached in abandonment of 50,000 hens at Turlock farm

Andy Cheung and Lien Diep of A&L Poultry in Turlock have been permanently prohibited from working directly with animals again, a settlement reached as a result of the producers' reckless abandonment of 50,000 hens back in 2012.

August 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Local veteran prepares for annual Red, White, and Blue 9-11 Run

While Turlocker and United States Army veteran Cory Smith may have returned home several years ago after witnessing the affects of war first hand, his patriotism has not waned evident by his decision to take to the streets of Turlock - literally - to increase locals' understanding of the sacrifice of soldiers.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sutter ushers in new era in Turlock

The new Sutter Gould care center opened in Turlock on Monday with the old offices on Main Street closing its doors.

August 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Sweet River Bar and Grill gives way to new restaurant Table 26

Although franchise-owned Sweet River Bar and Grill on Geer Road has closed its doors, locals will soon have a new restaurant at which to dine in town as Table 26 is slated to open at Sweet River's former location in as soon as two months time.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hall Equities, TID reach agreement to advance Monte Vista Crossings Project

Hall Equities Group and Turlock Irrigation District have reached an agreement regarding the required installation of an electrical loop for the Monte Vista Crossings Project that will allow the development company to move forward and ensure business openings in time for the holiday season.

August 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


One killed in train collision

A Turlock man was struck and killed by a train after he rode his bicycle around the crossing arms, the Turlock Police Department reported.

August 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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