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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 man killed outside home used for growing marijuana

The Turlock Police Department is investigating the death of a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a marijuana grow house.

July 03, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Probationer found with drugs, gun

A Turlock man who tried to avoid a search based on his probation status by running from officers, ended up in custody for drug, weapon and resisting charges.

July 02, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock murder suspect caught in Modesto

A man wanted in connection with the killing of a 38-year-old Turlock man was apprehended in Modesto during a traffic stop.

June 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock men accused of robbing pharmacies

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested three Turlock men in connection with armed robberies at two pharmacies.

June 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Seven indicted for mortgage fraud conspiracy

A federal grand jury returned a 15-count indictment on Thursday against seven individuals, charging them with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud, mail fraud and aiding and abetting, and making false statements to a bank in a mortgage fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

June 26, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Charges filed against officer who took teen from Turlock

The Oklahoma police officer accused of taking a 15-year-old girl from the Turlock home of her grandparents has been fired from his job and is facing a kidnapping charge in Stanislaus County.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stanislaus County sees drop in auto thefts

The rate of vehicle thefts in Stanislaus County saw a decline for a second year, according to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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