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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


One teen caught, two sought for Riverbank killing

One of the teenagers wanted for the killing of a Riverbank man has been apprehended, while the other two remain at large.Jah-Kari Phyall, 15, of Turlock was captured around 2 p.m. Thursday in Modesto by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Phyall was arrested without incident, said sheriff spokesman Andrew Winter. Phyall was booked into the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall and is being held on charges of murder, carjacking, and gang-related enhancements.The sheriff's department released no other details regarding the arrest of Phyall.The two other suspects, Turlock Diaz, 14, of Turlock and Daniel Pantoja, 18 ...

August 13, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Dare gone awry leads to chase, arrest for teen

The charges were mounting up for a teenager who stole a vehicle on a dare and led law enforcement on a multi county pursuit.No one was injured during the pursuit, despite the teen ramming a Merced County Sheriff deputy's patrol car twice.The incident began around 6 p.m. Sunday when the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was taking a report of a stolen 2010 Chevrolet Traverse SUV from the Excell Center at 2513 Youngstown Rd. in Turlock. The suspect was a 15-year-old boy staying at the group home and had last been seen heading towards Hilmar.The ...

August 10, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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Man reported missing returns home

The Turlock man that the Turlock Police Department issued a silver alert for is back home safe and sound.

March 04, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Alert issued for missing adult

The Turlock Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing adult.

March 03, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Defiant stroll down road gets man arrested

A man's decision to impede traffic after being asked by Turlock Police officers to leave a home earned him an arrest on resisting charges.

March 03, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Drug ring arrests include Hughson woman

A Hughson woman was among four individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to acquire and sell prescription drugs.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


26 pounds of heroin seized in bust near Keyes

The Modesto Police Department arrested a husband and wife with 26 pounds of heroin hidden in a diaper bag during a drug bust near Keyes on Wednesday.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Two charged for Turlock rest stop death

A year after a 41-year-old woman was found dead at a Turlock rest stop, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has arrested two Modesto individuals in connection to the homicide.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Tripped up suspect apprehended by police

A man's attempt to run from a collision in Turlock came to an end when an involved citizen tripped him up.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Turlock man suspected of molesting minors

After a two month investigation, the Turlock Police Department has arrested a 61-year-old man on allegations he sexually assaulted minors.

February 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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