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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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New specialized units to help crime fighting in Turlock

With the staffing level at the Turlock Police Department returning to the set standard and the budget no longer in reduction mode, Turlock Police Chief ...

November 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Plea deal reached for fatal Turlock hit and run

The Turlock man arrested for a hit and run that struck a couple out for a walk and resulted in the death of a woman ...

November 23, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Thefts rise on university campus

The past month has ushered in a rash of petty thefts on the California State University, Stanislaus campus.

November 20, 2015 | | Crime

Home invasion robbery reported in Turlock

A man was the victim of a home invasion robbery Tuesday night after two men forced their way into his Turlock residence.

November 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Pair robs Turlock tire store

The Turlock Police Department is seeking information on the man and woman who robbed a Turlock tire shop and injured the store owner.

November 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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