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Guilty verdict handed down for Valencia

A Merced County jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts for Luis Valencia for his role in the 2007 burning death of Rosa Avina.

September 07, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Band-Aid Bandit awaits sentencing

The case of the "Band-Aid Bandit" came to an abrupt ending Friday when Andrew Gonzalez pled no contest to multiple robbery charges, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.

September 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Case of burned woman rests in jury’s hands

The prosecution says he is a coldblooded killer who maliciously burned a woman alive.

September 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drunk driving crackdown showing results

The anti-drunk driving campaign leading up to the Labor Day holiday has resulted in a number of arrests by local law enforcement agencies.

August 31, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drive-by shooting wounds one

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that injured one man.

August 31, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Valencia showed ‘no remorse’ for burning woman alive, says jailhouse informant

On the third day in the trial of a man accused of kidnapping a woman and burning her to death, jurors learned of the physical evidence investigators gathered in the days following the homicide and heard from a jailhouse informant who said the defendant bragged about his role in the slaying.

August 28, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbery goes awry for Turlock woman

A botched theft at a discount store led to robbery and hit and run charges for a Turlock woman on Wednesday.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Bachelor party fatality

A 23-year-old man lost his life after partying too hard at a Ballico bachelor party.

August 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two convictions, one acquittal for final Road Dog cases

The final three trials in the federal racketeering and conspiracy case revolving around the Road Dog Cycle shop in Denair concluded with two convictions and one acquittal.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Four local men face fraud charges for nut scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted four Stanislaus County men on charges they carried out a scheme that cheated local almond growers and processors out of millions of dollars.Randal Alfred Burtis, 49, of Patterson; Ronald John Salado, 58, of Modesto; Robert Morris Adams, 44, of Turlock; and Jason M. Espinola, 29, of Hughson were indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 6. Burtis, Salado, and Adams are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud. The indictment also charges Burtis and Salado with money laundering. Espinola is charged with bank fraud.Burtis was the general manager of ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One teen caught, two sought for Riverbank killing

One of the teenagers wanted for the killing of a Riverbank man has been apprehended, while the other two remain at large.Jah-Kari Phyall, 15, of Turlock was captured around 2 p.m. Thursday in Modesto by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Phyall was arrested without incident, said sheriff spokesman Andrew Winter. Phyall was booked into the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall and is being held on charges of murder, carjacking, and gang-related enhancements.The sheriff's department released no other details regarding the arrest of Phyall.The two other suspects, Turlock Diaz, 14, of Turlock and Daniel Pantoja, 18 ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dare gone awry leads to chase, arrest for teen

The charges were mounting up for a teenager who stole a vehicle on a dare and led law enforcement on a multi county pursuit.No one was injured during the pursuit, despite the teen ramming a Merced County Sheriff deputy's patrol car twice.The incident began around 6 p.m. Sunday when the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was taking a report of a stolen 2010 Chevrolet Traverse SUV from the Excell Center at 2513 Youngstown Rd. in Turlock. The suspect was a 15-year-old boy staying at the group home and had last been seen heading towards Hilmar.The ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Court: Life without parole for 2006 murder of Turlock man

A Modesto man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder and robbery of a Turlock man.Ramon Guardado, 26, was handed down a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, plus an additional year for the use of a knife. The sentence was imposed Friday by Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Scott Steffen, nearly a year and a half after Guardado's conviction and four years since the homicide.Guardado was convicted in December 2008 of first degree murder for the stabbing death of 48-year-old Joseph Badal of Turlock.Badal was a native of ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two Turlock teens wanted for fatal shooting

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has identified the three homicide suspects involved in a fatal shooting outside a Riverbank convenience store and the wanted include two Turlock teenagers.The sheriff's department is actively seeking Daniel Pantoja, 18, of Riverbank and Turlock Diaz, 14, and Jah-Kari Phyall, 15, both of Turlock, for the murder of Chaz Bettencourt, 21. All three should be considered armed and dangerous said sheriff spokesman Deputy Andrew Winter.The fatal shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at an AM/PM store at the intersection of Highway 108 and Oakdale Road in Riverbank. Bettencourt ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock men plead not guilty in beating death outside cockfight

The two Turlock men accused of beating to death a man at a cockfight in Livingston have pled not guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Suspect robs Turlock bank

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a Turlock bank Thursday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DA wants more time to investigate sexual assault allegations against restaurateur

The arraignment for a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizza restaurant was postponed because the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has not filed any criminal charges against him.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hits woman with car on purpose

A Turlock man is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon after using his car to hit a woman he was arguing with, the Turlock Police Department reported.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drive-by shooting in Turlock neighborhood

A drive-by shooting was reported late Friday evening.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man uses drive-through for robbery

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a robbery at a Turlock fast food restaurant that happened early Sunday.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Reckless driver facing possible child endangerment charges

A 36-year-old Turlock woman had her car impounded in Ceres over the weekend after she was seen driving recklessly down Hatch Road with three minors aboard.

November 17, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


Police search for missing Turlock boy

The Turlock Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a missing 10-year-old boy.

November 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two Turlock restaurants burglarized

Two Mexican restaurants in Turlock were broken into early Wednesday and law enforcement is looking at the possibility the same suspects were responsible for both break-ins.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect in Turlock hit and run arrested

The unlicensed driver who struck a woman pushing a stroller with three children across a Turlock street has been arrested on felony hit and run charges.

November 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbers hit Turlock jewelry store

Two men, one armed with a handgun and the other toting a sledgehammer, robbed a Turlock jewelry store Wednesday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of jewels.

November 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Children, babysitter hit by car in crosswalk

Three children and their babysitter were hit by a car while crossing W. Main Street at the West Avenue crosswalk just before 6 p.m. tonight.

November 11, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


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