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Cash register bandit rings up arrest

The man suspected of stealing cash registers from several businesses in Turlock and Merced County was apprehended Friday night in Turlock.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Cockfighting melee leaves two dead, two jailed

The violence of a cockfight spilled out of the ring Sunday when one man fatally shot another over a $10 discrepancy in a wager made between the two men.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


New court hours

Starting Monday the Stanislaus County Superior Court clerk's office will be operating under extended hours.The clerk's office will now be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is an extension of one hour from the previous operating hours. The change will be in affect at the main courthouse at 800 11th St. and 801 10th St., both in Modesto.This change comes a year after the court was forced to reduce public access hours to the clerk's offices in response to state imposed budget reductions. With approval of a new budget ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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


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Thief wanted for Walgreens robbery

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a strong-armed robbery after a man fought with a loss prevention agent after stealing cosmetics from a Walgreens store.

May 29, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Merced County gang sweep nets 75 arrests

A 10-hour sweep Thursday through Merced County by law enforcement resulted in the arrest of 75 suspected gang members, including those sought for violent crimes like murder and attempted murder.

May 29, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hearing in Turlock beating reset

A preliminary hearing for a father and son accused of a hate crime for beating an African-American woman outside a Turlock bar has been rescheduled for July.

May 29, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Pursuit ends with arrest, recovered merchandise

A report of three women stealing clothes at a Turlock store turned into a two-county pursuit that ended with the capture of four suspects, one of whom was a parolee at large.

May 28, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Lowe’s employee accused of embezzlement

An employee at the Lowe's store in Turlock was arrested Wednesday after it was discovered she had embezzled thousands of dollars from the company over a span of several months.

May 28, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Defense claims starving hens part of egg-laying process

Attorneys began unveiling their strategies Wednesday for defending two individuals accused of animal cruelty for abandoning 50,000 hens at an egg farm outside Turlock.

May 28, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


New details emerge in Turlock homicide

The Turlock Police Department has released new details about the shooting late Monday night that ended the life of a 38-year-old man, including that he was approached by a significant number of people moments before he was gunned down.

May 28, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Suspect in Turlock shooting caught in Oregon

A Turlock man wanted on a charge of attempted murder was captured in Oregon on Sunday.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Hearing begins in case of chickens abandoned outside Turlock

A preliminary hearing began Tuesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court for two people facing animal cruelty charges that stem from the discovery of an estimated 50,000 hens left for dead at a ranch outside Turlock.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man shot to death in Turlock

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a homicide that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man Monday night.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Man shot to death in Turlock

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a homicide that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man Monday night.

May 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Taxi driver assaulted in Turlock

A taxi driver was beaten and robbed by an 18-year-old Turlock man who mistakenly believed the driver was flirting with a woman.

May 22, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


Duo nabbed for auto theft

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce and the Turlock Police Department arrested two women on auto theft charges after they were apprehended driving a stolen vehicle.

May 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Crime


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