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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


Anonymous tips help stop crime in Turlock

Armed robberies, assaults, burglaries and clandestine drug labs are among the specific types of Turlock crimes that have been solved in arrests made possible because of the confidential Crime Stoppers tip hotline.

August 09, 2013 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


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


Man dies in Delhi rollover; DUI suspected

A crash in Delhi that left one dead may have been the result of a drunken driver, the California Highway Patrol reported.

August 02, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Helping hand turns to thieving hand

After helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire, a Turlock man decided to rob the motorist of his cell phone, the Turlock Police Department reported.

August 02, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dog at center of Facebook threat OK, say police

Ceres police were inundated with calls Thursday from throughout the nation to check on the welfare of a dog whose life appeared threatened on a Ceres man's Facebook page that went viral.

August 01, 2013 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


Ex-boyfriend slits woman’s throat at Donnelly Park

A 50-year-old woman had her life saved by a group of park-goers who subdued her ex-boyfriend after he slit her throat at Turlock's Donnelly Park Monday night.

July 30, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pacheco clan marches on police department

Friends and family of Brandon Pacheco joined together Saturday to express their frustration with the status of the case involving the 25-year-old's death last week.

July 30, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Swanton to serve year in jail for death of friends

A Turlock man was sentenced to a prison term Thursday for his role in a crash that claimed the lives of three men. However, a plea deal will limit his incarceration to the county jail.

July 26, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Slain man’s family reacts to fatal shooting

The family of the Turlock man shot and killed while allegedly trespassing, disputes the claims he confronted the homeowner and wants to see an arrest made in the fatal encounter.

July 24, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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StanCATT nabs pair for multiple stolen vehicles

A follow-up investigation into a stolen flatbed truck by the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of seven stolen vehicles worth an estimated $250,000.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sentencing delayed in Turlock murder

A sentencing hearing for a Turlock man convicted of murder in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old man, has been delayed to December.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Murder charge lodged against Delhi mother

The Merced County District Attorney's Office has filed new charges against a Delhi mother, accusing her of homicide for the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Declaration sheds light on pizzeria sexual assault allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a former Oakdale pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | BY RICHARD PALOMA Turlock Journal | Crime


Fourth suspect arrested for double homicide

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested a fourth man for the murder of two men found inside a charred car in an orchard outside of Denair.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stolen motorcycle involved in two hit and runs

Turlock Police officers are on the hunt for a man who stole a motorcycle and then proceeded to crash it - twice.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Chop shop found in Turlock

The theft of a stolen all-terrain vehicle led authorities to a chop shop operating in Turlock, as well as the seizure of an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Woman, teens charged with theft

A woman was arrested Thursday night on allegations she used two teenagers to help her steal from a Turlock store.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect caught burglarizing laundry facility

A Turlock man is facing burglary charges after he was seen breaking into the coin boxes at an apartment complex laundry room.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Three arrested for murder

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested three men for the murder of two men, whose remains were found in a charred car in an orchard outside Denair.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pitman student hit by car

A 16-year-old boy walking to Pitman High School was struck by a car Thursday morning.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fruit cup used in Turlock robbery

A man's attempt at shoplifting items from a Turlock grocery store became a robbery after he hurled a fruit cup at a loss prevention agent in his escape.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Motorcyclist killed in Turlock collision

A Turlock neighborhood already rocked by the death of three family members has once again witnessed a fatality on their streets.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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