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Campaign puts distracted drivers on notice

The California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting a crackdown on those drivers talking, texting or browsing on a cell phone in April for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

April 04, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teen pepper sprays officer

A 16-year-old boy is facing battery charges for allegedly spraying a Turlock Police officer in the face with pepper spray.

April 04, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hospitalized after swallowing bag of meth

A Turlock man nabbed for trespassing on Monday was in handcuffs again on Wednesday for multiple charges, including fighting with Turlock Police officers.

April 04, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man slashes two in bar fight

Two men were cut with a box cutter when a man attacked them inside a Turlock bar.

April 04, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


FBI searching for child predator

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is seeking the public's assistance in locating a child predator who has been assaulting children since November 2012.

April 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dangerous inmate escapes Merced facility

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is searching for an inmate who escaped from jail early Thursday morning.

April 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police release sketches of groping suspect

The Turlock Police Department has released a series of sketches of a suspect believed to be the man responsible for inappropriately touching three young Turlock girls.

April 02, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two charged with Stevinson murder

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested two men for the murder of a Stevinson man, in what authorities described as a drug robbery.

April 01, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock sees slightly more crime in 2013; all violent crimes down

The crime rate in Turlock rose by just the slightest margin in 2013, even though the year saw drops in all types of violent crimes.

March 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Jail cook arrested for contraband

A man working as a cook at the Merced County correctional facility was arrested Thursday on allegations he was smuggling in contraband.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Toddler hospitalized with life-threatening injuries

A young Turlock child is fighting for his life in a Madera hospital, while the man suspected of putting him there has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Winton homicide victims identified

The names of the two men shot to death in a Winton garage have been identified as Juan Jose Cruz Luna, 37, and Helder Manera Mauleon, 31, according to the Merced County Coroner's Office.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man robbed across from fire station

A Turlock man was robbed Tuesday afternoon by two men, one armed with a knife, across the street from the Turlock Rural Fire Department.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Search for groping suspect continues

The Turlock Police Department continues their search for the man wanted for assaulting three teenage girls walking to and from their school campuses Monday and Tuesday.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Bearded bandit nabbed by FBI

A man suspected of committing several bank robberies, including one in Turlock and dubbed the "Bad Beard Bandit" was arrested by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Turlock Police captain takes chief position in Washington

After nearly eight years of service to the community of Turlock, Capt. Carl Nielsen is packing up his bags and heading to Centralia, Washington, where he will take the helm as the Centralia Police Department's Chief of Police.

April 17, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One arrest made in gun store break-in

The investigation into the burglary of a Turlock gun store has resulted in the arrest of one suspect, but the cache of guns remains missing, the Turlock Police Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock gun store robbed of ammo, firearms

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a break-in at Alquist Arms in which one or more thieves made off with ammunition and "numerous weapons," said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

April 16, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Call leads to weapon recovery, arrest

A person suspicious about a car without license plates made a call to the Turlock Police Department that led to the arrest of a couple for drug possession and the seizure of a shotgun.

April 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect tries to lure teen into vehicle

A 15-year-old girl walking to school Tuesday was accosted by a man who repeatedly tried to get her into his vehicle. The girl avoided any potential harm by running from the man and reporting the incident to school officials.

April 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Burglary attempt leads to pursuit, crash

A Turlock Police officer spotted an attempted burglary at a smoke shop, which led to the arrest of three suspects, one of whom was wanted for attempted murder.

April 09, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock experiences multiple robberies

Turlock was plagued by several armed robberies over the past few days, with the Turlock Police Department seeking several suspects.

April 07, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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