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Convicted killer gets 25 to life

Almost 10 months after being convicted of first-degree murder for the death of a Hughson man, 33-year-old Turlock resident Darren Merenda was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

August 28, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Parolee caught burglarizing home

An armed Turlock man was arrested for burglary after he was caught with his arms full of stolen property inside a residence Monday morning.

August 28, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man nabbed in unemployment fraud investigation

A Turlock man is among six defendants arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on allegations of an unemployment and disability scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $5 million for the Employment Development Department.

August 28, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hilmar man robbed of pot plants by fake DEA agents

Four men claiming to be agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency robbed a Hilmar man at gunpoint of his marijuana plants, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

August 24, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sex offender sweep nets three

The Turlock Police Department conducted a compliance sweep of registered sex offenders in Turlock, resulting in the arrest of three individuals.

August 23, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DUI arrests down

The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 12 DUI deployments in Stanislaus County.

August 21, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


One arrested after Molotov cocktail damages vacant business

Police arrested a Turlock man after witnesses saw him throw something at a vacant building, setting it ablaze.

August 21, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Car misses three inside Keyes home

Two Keyes women and a baby barely escaped serious injuries late Friday when a car driven by a drunken driver lost control and crashed into their house.

August 21, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Former deputy’s trial postponed

The jury trial for former Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detective Kari Abbey has been postponed because the defense needs more time to examine the multitude of documents obtained from the prosecution during the discovery period.

August 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man involved in fatal crash

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a Turlock man for his role in a collision that claimed the life of a Patterson man Thursday night.

August 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Anti-DUI efforts underway in county

A summer mobilization effort aimed at catching drunken drivers during the unofficial final days of summer began Friday.

August 17, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Agents seize huge haul of methamphetamine

In what is believed to the be the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Central Valley history, agents from the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force arrested 11 men over the past few days and confiscated more than 330 pounds of methamphetamine.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Armed robbers shoot at jewelry store owner

Three masked men, who robbed the Universal Jewelers in downtown Turlock Thursday night, left the store amidst gunfire.

August 10, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Crime


Woman shot in home invasion robbery

A 45-year-old woman is recovering from two gunshot wounds she suffered in a home-invasion robbery that occurred just west of Turlock Saturday night.

August 07, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Ex-TYF president headed to jail for theft of funds

The former president of the Turlock Youth Football league has been sentenced to jail time and probation for embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization.

August 07, 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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