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Thefts net prison term

A Turlock man was sentenced to six years in prison for several thefts.Daniel Allen Coats, 28, was convicted of auto theft and residential burglary on July 21, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reported.On May 8, 2009, Coats broke into a Cadillac Escalade that was parked at the El Rosal restaurant in Turlock. He stole a purse that was left inside and took the victim's house key and driver's license from inside the purse to discover her address. He drove to the Denair home and burglarized it while the victim was still eating inside the ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbers make off with cash, merchandise

An electronics store in Turlock was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon and the two suspects remain at large.The robbery was reported around 1 p.m. at the Radio Shack at 2201 Fulkerth Rd.Turlock Police Capt. Mike Langston said the two men selected some home surveillance equipment and waited in line until the sole customer left the store. At that point, one of the men pulled a gun from his waistband and ordered all the employees down on the ground.The second suspect jumped over the counter and emptied out the register, Langston said.The pair took the merchandise ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Escape plan foiled by friends

A thief got the cold shoulder from his friends when he tried to involve them in his getaway plan.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Theft similar to past burglaries

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a burglary at Target that resembles two other thefts at retail stores.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Copper theft at Foster Farms plant

The theft of copper wire spools from a Foster Farms facility in Delhi has led to the arrest of a Modesto man by the Merced County Sheriff's Department.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Agents seize narcotics at two Delhi homes

An ongoing investigation into the suspected drug sales in Delhi culminated in the arrest of several individuals and the seizure of methamphetamine and cocaine, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fair sees fewer problems with crime, safety

As the Stanislaus County Fair moves toward the final days of their 10-day run, law enforcement officials are reporting a sizeable decrease in the number of crimes reported and arrests. "We've been very, very fortunate this year in that we are seeing less altercations and less problems even though the attendance numbers have been about the same," said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Radford, who oversees the sheriff department's presence at the fairgrounds. "It's truly been a collaborative effort and everyone has been working very hard to keep it a family-oriented event." The Stanislaus County Sheriff ...

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Child endangerment charges for reckless driver

A man caught speeding and weaving down a busy Turlock street was arrested for child endangerment after officers found eight children in his truck.Just before midnight on Sunday Doroteo Gonzales, 40, was spotted by officers driving a Chevy pickup in the area of East Avenue and Center Street. According to the police report Gonzales was driving at a high rate of speed and was skidding around, making the vehicle slide sideways erratically.Once the vehicle was stopped, Gonzales was said to be uncooperative with the officers and was taken into custody. In the bed of the pickup were three ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Officer attacked by drunken suspect

A man who had been taken into custody for public intoxication is now facing assault charges after he attacked a Turlock Police officer while en route to jail.Adam Vasconcellos was picked up around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of E. Main Street after he was found to be stumbling around and obviously intoxicated, according to the police report.While being transported to the county jail Vasconcellos slipped his cuffs and began kicking the doors and windows from the back of the patrol car.The officers pulled over to stop Vasconcellos and when they opened the ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Meth found in home with baby

An infant was taken into protective custody and a Turlock man and woman were placed under arrest after a search revealed sizeable amounts of methamphetamine in their home.Both the man and the woman are facing multiple charges, including child endangerment said Turlock Police Sgt. Nino Amirfar.An investigation by the Turlock Police Department's Narcotics Enforcement Team led to a search warrant being served at a home in the 1300 block of Myrtle Street on Friday.As officers were knocking on the front door of the residence a man could be seen running from the back of the home ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Conviction for drive-by

Five Turlock men believed to be part of a Norteno street gang were convicted Friday of charges related to a drive-by shooting incident, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reported.Raymond Vance, 18, and Jorge Espindola, 22, were found guilty of discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and Angel Hernandez, 20, Eddie Huesca, 19, and Juan Zapat, 18, were convicted of being gang members in possession of a loaded gun.The five men were arrested on May 3 after a shooting was reported in the 1300 block of Lambert Way in Turlock. According to the district attorney's ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


RV center owner currently under investigation faced fraud charges in 2005

The owner of the Turlock recreational vehicle store currently under investigation by the Department of Motor Vehicles is no stranger to criminal probes.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


City truck stolen, used in chase

A Turlock woman is facing felony charges after taking a city truck on a joy ride.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Keyes man gets 15 years for child pornography

A Keyes man who was caught with hundreds of child pornography images was sentenced Friday to federal prison.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DMV raids Turlock RV center

A Turlock RV shop is under investigation by the Department of Motor Vehicles on the suspicion they were charging customers a bogus inspection fee.

July 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Juvenile hall teacher accused of misconduct

A woman working as an educator at the Merced County juvenile hall was arrested Tuesday on allegations of misconduct with the inmates, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

January 29, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Collision caused by drunk driver

A 54-year-old man is facing drunken driving charges after causing a crash that injured his passenger Saturday in Turlock.

January 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two men dead, one woman injured in murder-suicide

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that left two men dead and a Turlock woman critically injured with a gunshot wound.

January 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sentence handed down for 2008 murder

The man previously convicted of stabbing to death a 25-year-old Turlock resident and setting his car on fire was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday.

January 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Trucker killed in collision with Hilmar school bus

An early morning collision on Highway 165 in Hilmar between a school bus and a semi truck left one man dead and one woman with moderate injuries Thursday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

January 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Email scam making waves at universities

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has issued a warning about scams targeting university students and employees.

January 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


GPS used to capture theft suspect

A Turlock man was taken into custody on theft and weapon charges after the victims of his alleged theft led the police to his location with the use of the GPS in their stolen items.

January 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Elderly woman beaten inside Turlock home

An 80-year-old woman was hospitalized after being severely beaten by an unknown woman who forced her way into the victim's home Sunday morning.

January 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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