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Troubles reported at downtown bars

Turlock police officers were kept busy late Saturday night and early Sunday with a pair of arrests and several reported crimes at two downtown bars.

May 01, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Felon discovered with cache of firearms

A routine vehicle stop in Winton led to the discovery of a convicted felon in possession of a cache of weapons.

April 23, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hilmar native faces federal charges for fraud

A Hilmar native and former Modesto resident is facing federal charges that she defrauded more than $2 million out of prospective parents, surrogates and banks through her surrogate and escrow businesses.

April 20, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Legal troubles mount for restaurant owner

The ongoing legal proceedings for Red Steer owner Tracy Smith were granted another continuance as details of the latest criminal charges filed against him emerged.

April 20, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Merced sheriff’s department issues warning to medical marijuana growers

The Merced County Sheriff's Department recently announced plans to enforce the federal ban on cultivating marijuana, regardless of any cards issued through California's medical marijuana law.

April 19, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock, Modesto team up to offer Neighborhood Watch Academy

The Turlock Police Department is partnering with the Modesto Police Department to offer a Neighborhood Watch Academy on May 10.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Armed teenager killed by Turlock officer

A teenager who pointed a loaded weapon at a Turlock Police officer was shot and killed Monday morning.

April 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Gunman planned deadly assault against law enforcement

As the funeral for a slain sheriff's deputy nears, details on the plans his killer had for law enforcement are emerging.

April 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Family of Keyes man killed calls shooting ‘abuse of power’

A family's call to get help for their depressed son was met with a deadly consequence Monday in Keyes when he was shot and killed by a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy.

April 17, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Shooting suspect's house engulfed in flames

Flames erupted from the Modesto home of the person law enforcement suspects is responsible for the shooting deaths of Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Paris and an unidentified civilian.

April 12, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Information sought on fatal hit and run

The death of a Keyes man along a stretch of country road remains an open case, but investigators are hoping new details might lead to the culprit.

April 10, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Carjacking suspect surrenders self

A Delhi woman survived a surreal carjacking Sunday morning that eventually ended with the suspect contacting law enforcement and turning himself in.

April 10, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Federal gun charge lodged against Turlock man

A Turlock man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for possession of a firearm by a felon.

April 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fatal stabbing pled out to voluntary manslaughter

A Turlock man arrested for stabbing to death a man during an argument over a $100 debt, has pled guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

April 06, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Distracted drivers focus of crackdown

The Turlock Police Department is asking drivers to take notice that they'll be enforcing a zero tolerance policy for those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel.

April 03, 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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