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Five local men indicted for funneling meth into Central Valley and Hawaii

Local and federal drug agents busted up an alleged methamphetamine ring that was distributing the narcotic from the Central Valley to Honolulu, Hawaii.

October 30, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspects searching for marijuana rob Hilmar couple

A Hilmar couple were tied up Monday night and had their house ransacked by suspects searching for their supply of medical marijuana - a supply that had been seized weeks earlier by a narcotics task force, according to the Merced County Sheriff's Department.

October 30, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man sought for Delhi shooting

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is searching for a Turlock man in connection with a shooting that injured a Delhi man Thursday night.

October 26, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teacher arrested for lewd behavior with student

A Ceres Unified School District teacher living in Turlock was removed from his job after being arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a female student. Matthew Beale, 24, had been employed as a math teacher at Whitmore Charter High School since August but was terminated this week.

October 26, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


Two homes target of drive-by shootings

The Turlock Police Department is investigating two drive-by shootings reported over the weekend that appear to be unrelated to one another.

October 23, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man kidnapped and beaten

A man said he was kidnapped outside a Turlock bar, beaten and left alongside a freeway on-ramp Friday morning.

October 19, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Tractor pull accident victim files suit against fair board

A man injured during a tractor pull at the Stanislaus County Fair last year has filed a lawsuit claiming the fair board and others were responsible for his injuries because the event was "improperly managed."

October 19, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Five men attack Livingston couple

A Livingston woman was beaten Wednesday night outside her home by a group of men, one of whom was wearing a law enforcement uniform, in what the Merced County Sheriff's Department is calling an attempted robbery.

October 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two inmates escape from honor farm

Local law enforcement is on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from the Stanislaus County Honor Farm.

October 16, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock women robbed at gunpoint

Two women walking home from a high school football game were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in Turlock.

October 16, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pursuit ends with crash

A woman suspected of stealing a vehicle was apprehended Tuesday night after leading officers on a short pursuit and crashing the stolen vehicle.

October 12, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Soldier wanted for Texas killing found in Turlock

A soldier suspected in the murder of a Texas woman was captured Thursday at a Turlock motel after spending almost two months on the run.

October 12, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Guilty verdict returned in ‘07 shooting

After three days of deliberations a Stanislaus County jury returned guilty verdicts for a 22-year-old man charged with shooting a Turlock teenager because of the color of his shirt.

October 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Shooting case rests with jury

The fate of a 22-year-old man facing a possible life time spent behind prison walls is now being weighed by 12 strangers.

October 05, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Four arrested in marijuana busts in Turlock, Hilmar

Two separate investigations into marijuana cultivation operations led to two drug busts and the seizure of more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

October 05, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Home repair scams on the rise

A rash of complaints regarding home improvement projects has prompted the California Contractors State Licensing Board to issue a warning about deceptive practices.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dispute over cab fare leads to three arrests

Three women had the right idea in taking a taxi home after a night of drinking, but the wrong idea when they decided to not pay the driver.

July 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fraud charges mount for two women

Two Fresno women are facing a long list of criminal charges after they were caught in Turlock with more than 30 fraudulent credit cards.

July 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police arrest knife-wielding robbery suspect

A Turlock man could be facing multiple counts of robbery after allegedly robbing a homeless man at knifepoint twice.

July 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Questions still remain a year after fatal shooting

On July 23, 2013, the family of Brandon Pacheco learned the devastating news that the 25-year-old resident had been shot and killed.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pursuit ends with Turlock man’s arrest

A Turlock man was arrested on multiple criminal charges after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a dangerous high speed chase around Merced County Thursday afternoon.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Young siblings nabbed for theft

A brother and sister found themselves in trouble with law enforcement after stealing a wallet from a woman at a play area.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Couple charged with fraud

A Turlock man and woman found themselves under arrest after a scheme to cash a stolen check went awry.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspected drug smuggler caught in Turlock

A suspect wanted by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department on multiple drug charges, was apprehended Wednesday morning in Turlock.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Delhi man will stand trial for father’s murder

A Delhi man standing accused of killing his father on New Year's Day 2013, had his formal arraignment postponed for two weeks.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Death penalty option dropped for Turlock defendant

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office will not seek the death penalty against a Turlock man charged with murdering a 26-year-old man two years ago.

July 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Cause of death known, but unreleased for two people found at Turlock murder-suicide scene

The Turlock Police Department, in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, officially released the names of the four individuals found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a Turlock home.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Attorney changes course and decides to continue representing Turlock defendant

The second phase of the murder trial for Turlock resident Nicholas Harris, in which jurors will decide if he was sane or not when he stabbed to death a 25-year-old man, will begin in about a month's time with his defense attorney continuing to helm his case.

July 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police search for suspect

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man believed to have committed a fraud.

July 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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