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Donnelly Park shooter sentenced to 32 years to life in prison

The Waterford man who shot his estranged girlfriend in Turlock's Donnelly Park and sparked a five-hour standoff with law enforcement in 2007, was sentenced Thursday to prison.

September 28, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Parolee sparks standoff in Keyes

A Turlock fugitive wanted by the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force barricaded himself inside a Keyes mobile home and kicked off a standoff with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's SWAT team that ended with his surrender when tear gas was lobbed into the trailer.

September 24, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police seek bank robber

An armed gunman robbed the Turlock Rabobank on Monte Vista Avenue escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.

September 24, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Three rob beer from store

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a beer run that took a violent turn and could lead to robbery charges for three men if apprehended.

September 21, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspected gold thief arrested in Delhi

The Merced County Sheriff's Department arrested a Modesto man in Delhi on Friday in connection to a theft of gold.William Foster, 39, was wanted by the sheriff's department on a felony warrant for stealing gold. Investigators had developed information that he was staying at a home in the 16000 block of Harmony Ranch Avenue in Delhi and made contact with him on Friday, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.Located at the house was approximately $10,000 worth of gold and gold dust and several items that appeared to have been stolen from a gold processing plant ...

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Three arrested for theft of TID property

A report of suspicious activity near a power plant in Snelling led to the arrest of three Modesto individuals on theft charges and the recovery of a stolen air compressor.Around noon Sunday, Merced County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the 18000 block of Highway 59 for a possible theft. While en route the deputies learned that two California Department of Fish and Game officers had a vehicle stopped matching the description of the suspect vehicle involved in the case, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.When the deputies arrived, they found the three occupants, Patrick Moffre,48, of ...

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


U.S. Labor Department sues Turlock company

A Turlock heating and air conditioning company is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor on allegations they failed to pay employees pension and health benefits.

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two stabbed at Hilmar Quinceañera

A Quinceañera celebration in Hilmar came to a violent end Saturday night when two individuals were stabbed during a fight, including a 14-year-old boy.

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Road Dog Cycle owner gets four years for racketeering

An exhaustive and joint investigation by federal and local law enforcement agencies has resulted in a four year prison sentence for the motorcycle shop owner that was the main target of the investigation.

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Teens wanted for shooting found in Redding

The two teenagers wanted for the shooting death of a 21-year-old Riverbank man were apprehended Monday in Redding after a Shasta County Sheriff's deputy recognized one of the teens as a suspect from an assault in Redding.

September 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Sawed off shotgun lands two in jail

Two repudiated gang members were taken into custody Monday after they were caught in possession of a sawed off shotgun in Delhi, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.Joel Navarro, 18, and Lorenzo Gonzalez, 20, were both arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon, removing the serial number from a firearm, possession of a firearm by a street gang member, and gang enhancements. Gonzalez was also booked on violation of probation charges and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.Around 10:30 a.m. Monday the sheriff's department received a report of two ...

September 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drunk driver faces ‘Three Strikes’ law

A Ceres woman who has had two prior arrests for driving under the influence, including one with a fatal outcome, is headed back to prison for another DUI.

September 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DUI arrests surpass 150

The anti-drunk driving crackdown leading up to the Labor Day holiday resulted in the arrests of 172 individuals.

September 07, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Guilty verdict handed down for Valencia

A Merced County jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts for Luis Valencia for his role in the 2007 burning death of Rosa Avina.

September 07, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Band-Aid Bandit awaits sentencing

The case of the "Band-Aid Bandit" came to an abrupt ending Friday when Andrew Gonzalez pled no contest to multiple robbery charges, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.

September 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Woman starts fire, tries to prevent firefighters from putting it out

A Turlock woman was arrested Friday on criminal charges after she allegedly tried to stop fire fighters from putting out a fire in her home.

September 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock sex offender found dead

A Turlock man who had pled guilty to sexually abusing a young girl and was awaiting sentencing was found dead at a Ceres church.

September 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Former Turlock restaurant owner guilty of arson

The one-time owner of the Red Steer in Turlock has been convicted of arson for the fire that destroyed the popular eatery five years ago.

September 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock woman turns the table on robber

A would-be robber was scared away from a residence when the homeowner pulled a gun on him, the Turlock Police Department reported.

September 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Flames once again visit vacant Turlock home

An abandoned Turlock home that has thrice been set ablaze was once again set on fire Tuesday night.

September 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Denair murder suspect still at large

Investigators with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department continue to seek clues as to the identity of the killer who stabbed a Denair man to death at a birthday party.

September 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect grabs young girls

The Turlock Police Department is seeking a man who grabbed two young girls out for a bike ride Friday night.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Animal cruelty hearing for Turlock poultry farmers postponed till next year

A scheduling conflict among the defense attorneys has postponed a preliminary hearing in the animal cruelty case against two Turlock poultry farmers.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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