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Police seek suspect in strong armed robberies

Two strong armed robberies were reported in Turlock over the last few days and police believe the same suspect carried off both heists.

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Anthrax hoax costly for Sacramento man

A Sacramento man has been ordered to pay nearly $7,000 for an anthrax hoax that targeted several businesses, media outlets and Congressman George Radanovich's Modesto office.A federal judge ruled Marc M. Keyser, 68, will have to pay the victims and emergency personnel who responded to his hoax. Earlier this year Keyser was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.Keyser admitted to mailing over 100 packages containing fake anthrax to media outlets and politicians throughout the country and to Starbucks and McDonalds in Sacramento. Keyser was convicted by a jury on ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Toddler allegedly abused at hands of Gustine mother

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Gustine mother on abuse charges after it was discovered her 11-month-old daughter had multiple fractures.Maria Galicia, 26, was booked into the Merced County Jail on Monday on charges of child endangerment likely to produce great bodily harm or death, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. She was released on bail, but was arrested again on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. She is being held at the jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.

The case was first brought to the attention of the sheriff's department by Children ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Guilty verdict for heroin dealer

A Stanislaus County Superior Court jury convicted a Turlock man of drug charges following a four-day long trial.Alen Youkhahna was found guilty of possession of heroin for sales and possession of concentrated cannabis, according to the district attorney's office.Youkhahna was arrested on Feb. 6, 2009, after a citizen called the Turlock Police Department to report a suspicious vehicle parked outside a business with multiple people getting in and out of it. A patrol officer was sent to the area and made contact with Youkhahna, the driver of the vehicle. Youkhahna was found to be in possession of ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Thefts net prison term

A Turlock man was sentenced to six years in prison for several thefts.Daniel Allen Coats, 28, was convicted of auto theft and residential burglary on July 21, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reported.On May 8, 2009, Coats broke into a Cadillac Escalade that was parked at the El Rosal restaurant in Turlock. He stole a purse that was left inside and took the victim's house key and driver's license from inside the purse to discover her address. He drove to the Denair home and burglarized it while the victim was still eating inside the ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbers make off with cash, merchandise

An electronics store in Turlock was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon and the two suspects remain at large.The robbery was reported around 1 p.m. at the Radio Shack at 2201 Fulkerth Rd.Turlock Police Capt. Mike Langston said the two men selected some home surveillance equipment and waited in line until the sole customer left the store. At that point, one of the men pulled a gun from his waistband and ordered all the employees down on the ground.The second suspect jumped over the counter and emptied out the register, Langston said.The pair took the merchandise ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Escape plan foiled by friends

A thief got the cold shoulder from his friends when he tried to involve them in his getaway plan.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Theft similar to past burglaries

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a burglary at Target that resembles two other thefts at retail stores.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Copper theft at Foster Farms plant

The theft of copper wire spools from a Foster Farms facility in Delhi has led to the arrest of a Modesto man by the Merced County Sheriff's Department.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Agents seize narcotics at two Delhi homes

An ongoing investigation into the suspected drug sales in Delhi culminated in the arrest of several individuals and the seizure of methamphetamine and cocaine, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Fair sees fewer problems with crime, safety

As the Stanislaus County Fair moves toward the final days of their 10-day run, law enforcement officials are reporting a sizeable decrease in the number of crimes reported and arrests. "We've been very, very fortunate this year in that we are seeing less altercations and less problems even though the attendance numbers have been about the same," said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Radford, who oversees the sheriff department's presence at the fairgrounds. "It's truly been a collaborative effort and everyone has been working very hard to keep it a family-oriented event." The Stanislaus County Sheriff ...

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Child endangerment charges for reckless driver

A man caught speeding and weaving down a busy Turlock street was arrested for child endangerment after officers found eight children in his truck.Just before midnight on Sunday Doroteo Gonzales, 40, was spotted by officers driving a Chevy pickup in the area of East Avenue and Center Street. According to the police report Gonzales was driving at a high rate of speed and was skidding around, making the vehicle slide sideways erratically.Once the vehicle was stopped, Gonzales was said to be uncooperative with the officers and was taken into custody. In the bed of the pickup were three ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Officer attacked by drunken suspect

A man who had been taken into custody for public intoxication is now facing assault charges after he attacked a Turlock Police officer while en route to jail.Adam Vasconcellos was picked up around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of E. Main Street after he was found to be stumbling around and obviously intoxicated, according to the police report.While being transported to the county jail Vasconcellos slipped his cuffs and began kicking the doors and windows from the back of the patrol car.The officers pulled over to stop Vasconcellos and when they opened the ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Meth found in home with baby

An infant was taken into protective custody and a Turlock man and woman were placed under arrest after a search revealed sizeable amounts of methamphetamine in their home.Both the man and the woman are facing multiple charges, including child endangerment said Turlock Police Sgt. Nino Amirfar.An investigation by the Turlock Police Department's Narcotics Enforcement Team led to a search warrant being served at a home in the 1300 block of Myrtle Street on Friday.As officers were knocking on the front door of the residence a man could be seen running from the back of the home ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Conviction for drive-by

Five Turlock men believed to be part of a Norteno street gang were convicted Friday of charges related to a drive-by shooting incident, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office reported.Raymond Vance, 18, and Jorge Espindola, 22, were found guilty of discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and Angel Hernandez, 20, Eddie Huesca, 19, and Juan Zapat, 18, were convicted of being gang members in possession of a loaded gun.The five men were arrested on May 3 after a shooting was reported in the 1300 block of Lambert Way in Turlock. According to the district attorney's ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Driver nabbed with cocaine

A Turlock man involved in a minor traffic accident was arrested Wednesday for hit and run and cocaine possession.

August 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Authorities look to put the brakes on unsafe habits around trains

When the railroad crossing arms at Monte Vista Avenue and Golden State Boulevard started to lower Wednesday afternoon most of the vehicles began to slow down, but there is always that one exception.

August 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


One killed in Turlock collision

An 82-year-old man was killed in a traffic collision Tuesday night in Turlock.

August 28, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect found with drugs, weapons, ammo

A man reportedly creating a disturbance at a Turlock restaurant was arrested by Turlock police officers on a variety of drug and weapon charges.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Prowler on the loose

An unknown individual attempted to break into a residence on Linwood Avenue but was thwarted when the resident awoke to the noise.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Burglary suspect nabbed

A woman is facing a charge of commercial burglary after taking bags of purloined merchandise from a Turlock store Friday.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Indecent exposure reported near school

A man seen exposing himself near a Turlock school was taken into police custody after being placed under citizen's arrest.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock railroad tracks site of suicide

For the third time in little more than a month's time span a Turlock man has died on the railroad tracks running through town.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Boyfriend accused of murder in toddler’s death

The Delhi couple accused of causing the death of a 2-year-old child are awaiting arraignment in Merced County, but only one of them will be facing a murder charge.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Shooting leaves teen injured

A 14-year-old was injured in what the Turlock Police Department is describing as a drive-by shooting.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Wanted Turlock man caught by U.S. Marshals

A Turlock man wanted in connection with a Modesto home invasion robbery was apprehended Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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