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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


Inmate found dead at county jail

An inmate housed at the Stanislaus County Jail was found dead inside his cell Wednesday morning.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Armed robber hits wireless store

A masked gunman robbed a Turlock store Wednesday and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Turlock Police Department.The suspect entered the KB Communications store at 753 N. Golden State Blvd. at 4:47 p.m. He had a cloth over his mouth and brandished a handgun.The robber took the cash and left without anyone being injured.The suspect was described as a man in his mid 20s. He is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a stock build, between 160 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a beanie, a long-sleeved shirt, sweat ...

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Open House and Safety Fair

The Turlock Police Department is inviting the public down to the station for the 5th Annual Open House and Safety Fair.The fair starts at 10 a.m. and will run through 2 p.m. today at 900 N. Palm St.There will be canine and SWAT demonstrations, safety information, hot dogs and refreshments and a dunk tank. Goodie bags will be given out to children.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teen driver in collision with big rig

A vehicle driven by a 13-year-old boy was broadsided by a big rig when he tried to cross in front of it, resulting in serious injuries for himself and another teen.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Cash register bandit rings up arrest

The man suspected of stealing cash registers from several businesses in Turlock and Merced County was apprehended Friday night in Turlock.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Aircraft spurs emergency calls in Turlock

Around 9:20 p.m. Friday night the Turlock Police Department received a string of calls to 911 in regards to a low-flying airplane spraying ...

August 01, 2015 | | Crime


Turlock Police seek help in identifying deceased man

The Turlock Police Department is investigating the death of a man who was found dead by the railroad tracks and is asking for the public ...

August 01, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Driver arrested for DUI after crash

The Turlock Police Department's search for a reported dangerous driver came to an end when they found the driver and his vehicle crashed into ...

July 31, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Kick to the groin leads to robbery charge for 19-year old

A shoplifting attempt at a Turlock grocery store turned into a robbery after the 19-year-old suspect kicked a security guard in the groin.

July 31, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock missing person case linked to Florida homicide

A missing person investigation that was initiated in Turlock has finally come to a conclusion with the identification of human remains that were found in ...

July 31, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect caught with stolen chainsaw

A report of a chainsaw stolen from a backyard in Turlock was found shortly thereafter the report was made when a man was seen walking ...

July 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man pepper sprayed, friend arrested

Two men ejected from a Turlock bar Saturday night were taken into custody by Turlock Police officers after fighting with the bar's security guards ...

July 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teenager threatens older woman with knife in Turlock park

A 13-year-old Turlock boy was arrested Saturday after he threatened a senior citizen with a knife because the woman was eating lunch at a table ...

July 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man killed at Atwater party

A birthday celebration in Atwater that had gone on for about 12 hours ended tragically when a Turlock man was stabbed to death Thursday night ...

July 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


AG partners with Department of Labor to combat wage theft

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division have signed a cooperative agreement to crack down ...

July 29, 2015 | | Crime


Theft suspect spotted leaving store

A man attempting to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from a Turlock store ended up under arrest when a police officer saw him ...

July 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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