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Woman punches officer

Three women engaged in a scuffle outside a Turlock restaurant and bar ended their night in handcuffs after one of them punched a Turlock Police officer in the face.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Carjacking suspect apprehended near scene of robbery

A Turlock woman who allegedly stole a man's vehicle at gunpoint and then parked it outside a house less than a block away was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of carjacking.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police find phony money during traffic stops

A traffic stop Monday morning led to the discovery of more than $7,000 in counterfeit money, two arrests and opened up the possibility that hundreds of phony bills could be circulating at Turlock businesses.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hit and run driver injures motorcyclist

An observant witness helped Turlock police officers find and arrest a suspected hit and run driver who injured a motorcyclist Tuesday morning.

November 13, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Farmer dies trying to stop trash dump

Authorities have arrested the man they say ran a truck into a Keyes area farmer during a pursuit and possible confrontation over the illegal dumping of trash on a rural Keyes Road property last week.

November 13, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


Police seek driver in fatal crash; family looks for answers about what really happened that night

Police investigators are still seeking the driver of a car that crashed into a house killing 18-year-old Taylor Vessel, and Vessel's family is looking for answers on what really happened that night.

November 09, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Burglar found in closet

Turlock Police officers arrested a suspected burglar after finding him hiding in a closet holding stolen property and hiding a hammer in his pants.

November 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspected thief caught after crash

A man who allegedly stole a motorcycle from a Turlock neighborhood, but left his backpack at the scene, was arrested Friday morning in Denair after crashing the motorcycle.

November 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Armed man toting toy gun, real drugs

What was initially reported as a man walking alongside a Turlock road armed with a rifle, turned out to be a man carrying a large, plastic Nerf gun.

November 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Intruder shot by homeowner

A 69-year resident of Millcreek Drive in Ceres shot an intruder in a suspected home invasion robbery Monday afternoon.

November 06, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


Police seek gunman in restaurant shooting

An argument between a man and two brothers escalated into gun violence Sunday night when the man opened fire inside a Turlock restaurant, injuring one brother and shooting at the other while chasing him into a parking lot.

November 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Huerta-Viera facing manslaughter charge for vehicular death of Dale Gumm

A 25-year-old Waterford man who was behind the wheel in a collision that killed a Hilmar man out for a morning ride on his motorcycle, will stand trial for the man's death, a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

November 02, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Family files wrongful death claim after deputy kills mentally ill son

On April 16, the Ramirez family placed a 911 call with the hopes that law enforcement might assist them in placing their mentally ill son into a treatment center. Instead they were witnesses to their son's death when a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department deputy fired three shots into him.

November 01, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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


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StanCATT nabs pair for multiple stolen vehicles

A follow-up investigation into a stolen flatbed truck by the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of seven stolen vehicles worth an estimated $250,000.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sentencing delayed in Turlock murder

A sentencing hearing for a Turlock man convicted of murder in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old man, has been delayed to December.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Murder charge lodged against Delhi mother

The Merced County District Attorney's Office has filed new charges against a Delhi mother, accusing her of homicide for the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

October 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Declaration sheds light on pizzeria sexual assault allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a former Oakdale pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | BY RICHARD PALOMA Turlock Journal | Crime


Fourth suspect arrested for double homicide

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested a fourth man for the murder of two men found inside a charred car in an orchard outside of Denair.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Stolen motorcycle involved in two hit and runs

Turlock Police officers are on the hunt for a man who stole a motorcycle and then proceeded to crash it - twice.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Chop shop found in Turlock

The theft of a stolen all-terrain vehicle led authorities to a chop shop operating in Turlock, as well as the seizure of an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Woman, teens charged with theft

A woman was arrested Thursday night on allegations she used two teenagers to help her steal from a Turlock store.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect caught burglarizing laundry facility

A Turlock man is facing burglary charges after he was seen breaking into the coin boxes at an apartment complex laundry room.

October 24, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Three arrested for murder

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested three men for the murder of two men, whose remains were found in a charred car in an orchard outside Denair.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pitman student hit by car

A 16-year-old boy walking to Pitman High School was struck by a car Thursday morning.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fruit cup used in Turlock robbery

A man's attempt at shoplifting items from a Turlock grocery store became a robbery after he hurled a fruit cup at a loss prevention agent in his escape.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Motorcyclist killed in Turlock collision

A Turlock neighborhood already rocked by the death of three family members has once again witnessed a fatality on their streets.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man found asleep at intersection charged with DUI

A man found asleep behind the wheel of his car at a Turlock intersection was arrested for driving under the influence when he was unable to complete a field sobriety test.

October 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Remains found in burned car

The remains of two people were discovered inside a burned car Monday morning in an orchard located east of Denair.

October 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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