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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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Seven indicted for mortgage fraud conspiracy

A federal grand jury returned a 15-count indictment on Thursday against seven individuals, charging them with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud, mail fraud and aiding and abetting, and making false statements to a bank in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

June 26, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Charges filed against officer who took teen from Turlock

The Oklahoma police officer accused of taking a 15-year-old girl from the Turlock home of her grandparents has been fired from his job and is facing a kidnapping charge in Stanislaus County.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stanislaus County sees drop in auto thefts

The rate of vehicle thefts in Stanislaus County saw a decline for a second year, according to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock men included in drug indictment

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against four Central Valley men, including two from Turlock, on drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

June 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teen reported missing from Turlock found in Las Vegas

The 15-year-old girl reported missing by her grandparents in Turlock was found Thursday morning in a Las Vegas hotel room and the Oklahoma police officer she was with has been taken into custody on an arrest warrant for kidnapping.

June 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock teen found safe

A Turlock teen taken by an Oklahoma police officer in his 30s was found safe in Las Vegas.

June 25, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Turlock police investigate child abduction

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a child abduction case in which a teenage girl was taken by a man in his 30s.

June 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sheriff’s deputy charged with theft of inmates’ funds

A nine-year veteran with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is facing allegations of stealing thousands of dollars from the accounts of inmates, according to the sheriff's department.

June 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock duo guilty of forgery scheme in Nevada

A Turlock couple is bound for a pair of Nevada jail cells after being convicted of running a counterfeit money-making scheme out of a casino hotel room.

June 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspicious device leads to call for bomb squad

Turlock Police were called out Monday morning to a Turlock neighborhood after a possible pipe bomb was discovered.

June 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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