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Cockfighting melee leaves two dead, two jailed

The violence of a cockfight spilled out of the ring Sunday when one man fatally shot another over a $10 discrepancy in a wager made between the two men.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


New court hours

Starting Monday the Stanislaus County Superior Court clerk's office will be operating under extended hours.The clerk's office will now be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is an extension of one hour from the previous operating hours. The change will be in affect at the main courthouse at 800 11th St. and 801 10th St., both in Modesto.This change comes a year after the court was forced to reduce public access hours to the clerk's offices in response to state imposed budget reductions. With approval of a new budget ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police seek suspect in strong armed robberies

Two strong armed robberies were reported in Turlock over the last few days and police believe the same suspect carried off both heists.

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Anthrax hoax costly for Sacramento man

A Sacramento man has been ordered to pay nearly $7,000 for an anthrax hoax that targeted several businesses, media outlets and Congressman George Radanovich's Modesto office.A federal judge ruled Marc M. Keyser, 68, will have to pay the victims and emergency personnel who responded to his hoax. Earlier this year Keyser was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.Keyser admitted to mailing over 100 packages containing fake anthrax to media outlets and politicians throughout the country and to Starbucks and McDonalds in Sacramento. Keyser was convicted by a jury on ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Toddler allegedly abused at hands of Gustine mother

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Gustine mother on abuse charges after it was discovered her 11-month-old daughter had multiple fractures.Maria Galicia, 26, was booked into the Merced County Jail on Monday on charges of child endangerment likely to produce great bodily harm or death, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. She was released on bail, but was arrested again on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. She is being held at the jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.

The case was first brought to the attention of the sheriff's department by Children ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Guilty verdict for heroin dealer

A Stanislaus County Superior Court jury convicted a Turlock man of drug charges following a four-day long trial.Alen Youkhahna was found guilty of possession of heroin for sales and possession of concentrated cannabis, according to the district attorney's office.Youkhahna was arrested on Feb. 6, 2009, after a citizen called the Turlock Police Department to report a suspicious vehicle parked outside a business with multiple people getting in and out of it. A patrol officer was sent to the area and made contact with Youkhahna, the driver of the vehicle. Youkhahna was found to be in possession of ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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


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Duo nabbed for auto theft

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce and the Turlock Police Department arrested two women on auto theft charges after they were apprehended driving a stolen vehicle.

May 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DA rejects sexual assault case against restaurateur

The Turlock man who said there was no truth to a claim that he sexually assaulted one of his female employees at his Oakdale eatery has been vindicated.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man identified as suspect in shooting

A 38-year-old Turlock man is being sought on attempted murder charges after shooting a man multiple times, leaving him with serious injuries.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect’s identity sought

The Turlock Police Department is looking for the man captured on video surveillance trying to cash a counterfeit check at a Turlock bank.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fifth suspect jailed for double homicide

The discovery last year of two deceased men inside a charred vehicle in an orchard on the outskirts of Denair has now resulted in the arrest of a fifth man on murder charges.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One injured in suspected gang shooting

Turlock Police detectives continue to seek information on the shooting of an 18-year-old man on a Turlock street Thursday afternoon.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Disrobing man arrested at Laundromat

Turlock police officers arrested a man Monday on drug charges after he was found undressing in the Laundromat of an apartment complex.

May 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man arrested for trespassing at police department

A man who jumped over a fence into a secured area of the Turlock Public Safety Facility was apprehended by several off-duty officers after making his way into the building.

May 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Red light violation leads to gun, drug arrest

A vehicle stop for a red light violation resulted in the arrest of two men after officers found several pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, along with a loaded handgun.

May 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Denair student hit by car

A student headed to school in Denair on a bike was hit by a vehicle Thursday morning.

May 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Shooting injures one in Turlock

An 18-year-old male victim was shot once outside a Turlock apartment complex Thursday afternoon.

May 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man’s body found in canal

Authorities recovered the body of a 72-year-old Turlock man from the Delta-Mendota canal Monday morning.

May 13, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police arrest suspected bike thief

Turlock police officers investigating a disturbance at a fast food restaurant arrested a suspected bike thief after the stolen bike was placed right next to the officers.

May 12, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Thief steals lottery tickets

A thief broke into a Turlock liquor store Friday night and made off with a lottery ticket dispenser full of Scratchers.

May 12, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Gas leak forces lockdown

A natural gas leak in a neighborhood off of Hawkeye Avenue prompted Turlock Unified School District officials to order the lockdowns of two Turlock schools Monday afternoon.

May 12, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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