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Former resident person of interest in toddler’s death

A former Turlock resident implicated in the death of a 3-year-old Exeter girl could be facing possible arrest in the days ahead as law enforcement continues their probe into the toddler's violent death.

May 27, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DUI crackdown for holiday weekend

The Avoid the 12 DUI Campaign will be deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers.

The Memorial Day weekend is witness to the kick off of summertime recreation and holiday travel, along with many college and high school graduations seeing thousands celebrate their accomplishments. The next 100 days will also see a rise in deaths and injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 27, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Crime


Air Support Unit back on patrol

A unique funding source and a renewed partnership are clearing the path for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department helicopters to take to the skies again.

May 27, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Homicide rate in California drops to 44-year low

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released updated figures showing that the homicide rate in California continued to fall during 2010, reaching the lowest level since 1966.

Preliminary figures gathered by the Department of Justice from the state's largest jurisdictions show that the number of homicides reported in 2010 declined by 9.6 percent from the year before.

May 24, 2011 | | Crime


International murder suspect caught in Hughson

A Mexican national wanted for a Mother's Day murder nine years ago was apprehended in Hughson in March and turned over to Mexican authorities Friday.

May 20, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teen suspect denies murder charge

In a courtroom filled with family, friends, media and general onlookers, 17-year-old Shanna Wills entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to the charges she murdered her father and attacked her mother.

May 20, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Coercing teen into taking explicit photos nets prison term for Turlock man

A Turlock man who posed as a teenage girl on a social networking site has been sentenced to prison for trying to lure a young girl into a sexual relation.

May 17, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Ten years for Denair drug dealer

A Denair man convicted of drug trafficking was sentenced to 10 years in prison in federal court on Monday.

May 13, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Family devastated after fatal attack, arrest of daughter

Nearly one week after an attack inside a Denair home left a father dead and a mother hospitalized with severe injuries, family members are just beginning to grapple with their loss and the question of how the couple's 17-year-old daughter became a murder suspect.

May 13, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hoyt to stand trial for murder

A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that there was sufficient evidence to hold a Turlock man over on a murder charge for the beating death of an elderly man in what authorities say was a suspected incident of road rage.

May 13, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suicide by train reported

Investigators with the Turlock Police Department are trying to determine the identity of a man who stepped into the path of an oncoming train Sunday.

May 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man found dead at camp site

The Turlock Police Department is looking into the death of a man out at the Moose Lodge RV camping site.

May 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Collision with big-rig injures one

A Hughson woman was severely injured in a crash Monday night involving a tractor-trailer.

May 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hoyt tells detective fatal beating of Hilmar man was self-defense

New details emerged Tuesday at a preliminary hearing about the traffic incident that allegedly sparked a case of road rage that resulted in the death of a Hilmar man, as well as the defendant's history of anger management.

May 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Mother’s Day ends with deadly violence inside Denair home

A Denair teenager has been arrested for the death and injury of two family members Sunday night.

May 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Pursuit ends with two arrests

Two teens suspected of being involved in a residential burglary were arrested Tuesday after a high speed pursuit.

April 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect punches man for cell phone

A man walking along a Turlock neighborhood Tuesday afternoon was approached by a stranger who punched him and then took his cell phone, the Turlock Police Department reported.

April 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Assault with car lands woman in jail

A 45-year-old woman was arrested Monday on allegations she intentionally swerved the vehicle she was driving in an attempt to hit a man crossing the street.

April 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Good Samaritan beaten, carjacked

A man stopping to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist became the victim of a carjacking when the motorist and two other men attacked him and stole his car Tuesday night.

April 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Child falls from moving vehicle

The Turlock Police Department is investigating an accident in which a young girl was seriously injured from falling out of a moving vehicle.

April 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police use multiple less than lethal methods to subdue man at City Hall

Turlock Police officers used pepper spray and a Taser in an attempt to subdue a man who was cutting himself in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.

April 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Hilmar dairy worker beaten, robbed at gunpoint

A milker working at a Hilmar dairy was robbed and beaten by an armed assailant early Sunday morning, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

April 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock Police captain takes chief position in Washington

After nearly eight years of service to the community of Turlock, Capt. Carl Nielsen is packing up his bags and heading to Centralia, Washington, where he will take the helm as the Centralia Police Department's Chief of Police.

April 17, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One arrest made in gun store break-in

The investigation into the burglary of a Turlock gun store has resulted in the arrest of one suspect, but the cache of guns remains missing, the Turlock Police Department reported Friday.

April 17, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock gun store robbed of ammo, firearms

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a break-in at Alquist Arms in which one or more thieves made off with ammunition and "numerous weapons," said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

April 16, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Call leads to weapon recovery, arrest

A person suspicious about a car without license plates made a call to the Turlock Police Department that led to the arrest of a couple for drug possession and the seizure of a shotgun.

April 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect tries to lure teen into vehicle

A 15-year-old girl walking to school Tuesday was accosted by a man who repeatedly tried to get her into his vehicle. The girl avoided any potential harm by running from the man and reporting the incident to school officials.

April 14, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Burglary attempt leads to pursuit, crash

A Turlock Police officer spotted an attempted burglary at a smoke shop, which led to the arrest of three suspects, one of whom was wanted for attempted murder.

April 09, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock experiences multiple robberies

Turlock was plagued by several armed robberies over the past few days, with the Turlock Police Department seeking several suspects.

April 07, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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