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Jury: Hoyt not guilty of murder in roadside beating

At 2:30 p.m. Friday Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Wendell Emerson delivered the unwelcome news to the family and friends of Kenneth Winter that a conviction of second-degree murder for the defendant Michael Hoyt was looking less and less likely and a hung jury was a very real possibility.

May 10, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


University officer receives statewide, local honors

CSU Stanislaus police officer Aimee Powers will be honored by two organizations in the coming months for her efforts in battling drunk driving and her overall performance and integrity.

May 07, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Witness helps catch purse thief

A helpful citizen aided the Turlock Police Department in catching a suspected purse thief Thursday afternoon.

May 07, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Large haul of marijuana found in Hilmar

Investigators with the Merced County Sheriff's Department confiscated more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana in Hilmar on Friday.

May 07, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police arrest two on torture charges

A Turlock couple has been booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on allegations they tortured a 24-year-old man.

May 03, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hoyt murder trial in hands of jury

At one end of the courtroom hallway stood the friends and family of Kenneth Winter. At the other end was Michael Hoyt surrounded by his loved ones. And nestled in between in a small room were seven women and five men tasked with determining justice.

May 03, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Car crashes into eatery

Panda Express patrons were startled on Monday afternoon when a car drove into the restaurant, injuring two.

April 30, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Hoyt recounts details of fatal fight

In an effort to disprove the murder charge looming over him, Michael Hoyt took the stand Tuesday to tell the jury his recollection of the altercation on a rural Turlock road on Feb. 1, 2010, that ultimately ended in the death of Kenneth Winter.

April 30, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Bomb scares prompt school lockdown, road closure

Two suspicious devices found Morning morning on Lander Avenue prompted a school lock down and a road closure as the county bomb squad investigated.

April 30, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


THS fire causes $4k in damages

A fire in a small bathroom next to the Turlock High School library caused approximately $4,000 in damages, according to the Turlock Fire Department report.

April 26, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


DA questions credibility of only witness to fatal roadside beating

After more than a week's worth of testimony that sought to lay out point by point the evidence that led investigators to arrest Michael Hoyt for murder in the death of Kenneth Winter and discredit the defense's theories, the prosecution brought their case to a close Friday.

April 26, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock business owner tracks stolen truck; fights armed thief

When Dale Falkenberg, owner of Dale's Guitar, discovered that his truck was stolen in the early morning hours on Monday, he immediately started a Valley wide search.

April 25, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Blood evidence presented at murder trial

The murder trial for the Turlock man accused of beating a man to death over a traffic incident continued Tuesday with a series of law enforcement witnesses testifying to the forensic evidence collected during the investigation.

April 23, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man dies in Modesto crash

A two vehicle collision in east Modesto Monday morning resulted in the death of a 43-year-old Turlock man.

April 23, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dispute erupts into gunfire

A verbal argument between two Turlock men Saturday night devolved into gun violence that left one man with a head wound and another facing a charge of attempted murder.

April 23, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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No charges filed against restaurateur accused of sexual assault

For the second time the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has asked the court to grant them more time to decide if they will pursue criminal charges against a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizzeria.

January 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Repossession leads to assault, arrest

A man getting his vehicle repossessed attacked a tow truck driver, leading to his arrest, the Turlock Police Department reported.

January 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hit and run injures one

A bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening that then drove away from the scene.

January 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Juvenile hall teacher accused of misconduct

A woman working as an educator at the Merced County juvenile hall was arrested Tuesday on allegations of misconduct with the inmates, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

January 29, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Collision caused by drunk driver

A 54-year-old man is facing drunken driving charges after causing a crash that injured his passenger Saturday in Turlock.

January 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two men dead, one woman injured in murder-suicide

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that left two men dead and a Turlock woman critically injured with a gunshot wound.

January 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sentence handed down for 2008 murder

The man previously convicted of stabbing to death a 25-year-old Turlock resident and setting his car on fire was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday.

January 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Trucker killed in collision with Hilmar school bus

An early morning collision on Highway 165 in Hilmar between a school bus and a semi truck left one man dead and one woman with moderate injuries Thursday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

January 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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