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Postal worker pleads guilty to mail fraud, workers’ compensation fraud

Karina S. Beard, 44, of Turlock, pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud and two counts of federal Workers' Compensation fraud.

October 18, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Turlock man pleads guilty to disability benefits fraud

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that James Alva Kirkpatrick, 59, of Turlock, pleaded guilty today to theft of Social Security disability insurance benefits.

October 18, 2011 | | Crime


Turlock Police Department promotes two officers

Two officers of the Turlock Police Department were promoted this week: Nino Amirfar to lieutenant and Carl Nielsen to captain.

October 18, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Homicide suspect surrenders

The suspect wanted for a fatal stabbing in Waterford surrendered to authorities Thursday.

October 14, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Jury: Merenda guilty of first-degree murder

After several hours of deliberation spread over two days, a Stanislaus County jury filed into a courtroom Tuesday and returned a guilty verdict for a Turlock man accused of stabbing to death his romantic rival.

October 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Arson suspected in early morning blaze

A fire at a vacant Turlock home is being investigated by the Turlock Fire Department as a possible arson.

October 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hilmar man assaulted

A Hilmar man is recovering from a blow to the head with a baseball bat and law enforcement is searching for his attackers.

October 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police seek witnesses of off-duty officer shooting

The Turlock Police Department's investigation into a shooting involving an off-duty officer continues as detectives seek a few outstanding witnesses, Lt. Ron Reid said.

October 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Merenda claims he attempted suicide after stabbing man to death

The fate of a Turlock man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Hughson father and youth football coach, now rests with 12 jurors.

October 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Second victim identified in Hughson homicide; questions remain

The second man found inside a burned vehicle in Hughson has been identified, but little information about the double homicide has been released.

October 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


U.S. Army refuses to produce ‘key’ witness in Merenda murder trial

As the trial of a Turlock man accused of killing his romantic rival moves closer to finishing, the likelihood that a key witness will be taking the stand seems to be vanishing.

October 04, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Burglars alert sheriff of child pornography stash

Two burglars who thought they had stolen blank CDs to record music on, instead found multiple child pornographic images on the discs and helped the Merced County Sheriff's Department investigators find the man believed to have downloaded the images.

October 04, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Murder trial underway; defense argues death was fight gone wrong

The trial of a Turlock man accused of stabbing to death a romantic rival began Wednesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court with a key witness in the wind.

September 30, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Off-duty police officer shoots at truck

An off-duty law enforcement officer was involved in a shooting early Friday morning, but there were no injuries, reported the Turlock Police Department.

September 30, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Road rage defendant back in jail

What was intended to be a simple arraignment hearing for a Turlock man accused of a fatal road rage beating, ended with the defendant in handcuffs when a bondsman requested he be surrendered into custody.

September 27, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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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


Turlock men included in drug indictment

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against four Central Valley men, including two from Turlock, on drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

June 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teen reported missing from Turlock found in Las Vegas

The 15-year-old girl reported missing by her grandparents in Turlock was found Thursday morning in a Las Vegas hotel room and the Oklahoma police officer she was with has been taken into custody on an arrest warrant for kidnapping.

June 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock teen found safe

A Turlock teen taken by an Oklahoma police officer in his 30s was found safe in Las Vegas.

June 25, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Turlock police investigate child abduction

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a child abduction case in which a teenage girl was taken by a man in his 30s.

June 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sheriff’s deputy charged with theft of inmates’ funds

A nine-year veteran with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is facing allegations of stealing thousands of dollars from the accounts of inmates, according to the sheriff's department.

June 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock duo guilty of forgery scheme in Nevada

A Turlock couple is bound for a pair of Nevada jail cells after being convicted of running a counterfeit money-making scheme out of a casino hotel room.

June 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspicious device leads to call for bomb squad

Turlock Police were called out Monday morning to a Turlock neighborhood after a possible pipe bomb was discovered.

June 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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