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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


Case of burned woman rests in jury’s hands

The prosecution says he is a coldblooded killer who maliciously burned a woman alive.

September 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drunk driving crackdown showing results

The anti-drunk driving campaign leading up to the Labor Day holiday has resulted in a number of arrests by local law enforcement agencies.

August 31, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drive-by shooting wounds one

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that injured one man.

August 31, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Valencia showed ‘no remorse’ for burning woman alive, says jailhouse informant

On the third day in the trial of a man accused of kidnapping a woman and burning her to death, jurors learned of the physical evidence investigators gathered in the days following the homicide and heard from a jailhouse informant who said the defendant bragged about his role in the slaying.

August 28, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Robbery goes awry for Turlock woman

A botched theft at a discount store led to robbery and hit and run charges for a Turlock woman on Wednesday.

August 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Bachelor party fatality

A 23-year-old man lost his life after partying too hard at a Ballico bachelor party.

August 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two convictions, one acquittal for final Road Dog cases

The final three trials in the federal racketeering and conspiracy case revolving around the Road Dog Cycle shop in Denair concluded with two convictions and one acquittal.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Four local men face fraud charges for nut scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted four Stanislaus County men on charges they carried out a scheme that cheated local almond growers and processors out of millions of dollars.Randal Alfred Burtis, 49, of Patterson; Ronald John Salado, 58, of Modesto; Robert Morris Adams, 44, of Turlock; and Jason M. Espinola, 29, of Hughson were indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 6. Burtis, Salado, and Adams are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud. The indictment also charges Burtis and Salado with money laundering. Espinola is charged with bank fraud.Burtis was the general manager of ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Police seek information on rape suspect

A 44-year-old woman reported to the Turlock Police Department that she was snatched at knifepoint from Donnelly Park and sexually assaulted in a nearby alley by an unknown assailant Sunday.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hit with axe handle

The Turlock Police Department is seeking a man wanted for hitting another man with an axe handle.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Police nab suspected purse snatcher

The Turlock Police Department has taken a woman into custody on the allegations she injured an elderly woman during a robbery outside a Turlock restaurant.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Vandalism leads to drug charges

The Turlock Police Department arrested two men on vandalism and drug possession charges after an officer saw one of the suspects spray painting a downtown building.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect robs Turlock bank

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a Turlock bank Thursday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


DA wants more time to investigate sexual assault allegations against restaurateur

The arraignment for a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizza restaurant was postponed because the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has not filed any criminal charges against him.

November 20, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man hits woman with car on purpose

A Turlock man is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon after using his car to hit a woman he was arguing with, the Turlock Police Department reported.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drive-by shooting in Turlock neighborhood

A drive-by shooting was reported late Friday evening.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man uses drive-through for robbery

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a robbery at a Turlock fast food restaurant that happened early Sunday.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Reckless driver facing possible child endangerment charges

A 36-year-old Turlock woman had her car impounded in Ceres over the weekend after she was seen driving recklessly down Hatch Road with three minors aboard.

November 17, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Crime


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