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Officials: Don't fall for scam artists posing as arborists

Officials: Don't fall for scam artists posing as arborists

Communities and homeowners throughout California have experienced serious damage to trees due to harsh winter weather and very heavy snow fall. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be "tree specialists" to show up at residents’ front doors offering their services to remove or repair damaged trees.

Contractors seem to come out of the woodwork after a storm and are often inexperienced and not qualified to properly care for trees and their damage following a storm. They are often people who are unlicensed to do the work. Unfortunately, many such individuals have little or no training, and sometimes have little interest in removing anything but money from the pocketbooks of unsuspecting residents.

CAL FIRE and the Arbor Day Foundation are urging homeowners not be a victim.

Turlock, CSU police to offer 'Rape Aggression Defense' classes for women in May

TURLOCK - The Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State University Police are proud to be working together to provide Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training to women in the Turlock community. The training is offered at no cost to the public. The 12-hour course is broken up into two sessions over a period of two weeks.

The next R.A.D. course will be held May 7 and May 14. The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense is a program designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching assertiveness, awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, avoidance and physical defense strategies. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program; it's designed to be offered as a single-sex educational program which creates opportunities for women to grow holistically, emotionally, and physically.

If you are interested in registering, please contact Turlock Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Taryn Weatherford at (209) 656-3153.

Extremely rainy March sees end of drought

Extremely rainy March sees end of drought

Extremely rainy March sees end of drought
The Turlock Journal
Much of that rain fell from March 18 to March 26, where there was not a single day that Turlock did not see some precipitation. On March 24 alone, Modesto saw .76 inches of rain. All of that rain gave way to sunny skies on March 27, and many Turlock ...

One dead, four injured in Turlock crash

TURLOCK, CA - One woman is dead after the van she was riding in was hit by another car.

It happened just before six a.m. on West Main near Jennings between Patterson and Turlock. California Highway Patrol said the driver of a black Mercedes was headed west bound on West Main when he crossed over to the east bound lane, hitting the silver van with a family in it head on. The woman, a mother of two, was in the passenger seat of the van and was pinned by the car and declared dead at the scene. The driver of the van, who CHP thinks was the woman's husband, suffered moderate injuries while two children in the back seat, a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old, suffered non-life threatening injuries. All three were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the Mercedes was also taken to the hospital with with major injuries, but it is expected to survive. He was pulled out of his car by near by witnesses before his car caught fire. No word on whether he will face any charges.

Police arrest robbery suspects

Police arrest robbery suspects

Police Arrest Robbery Suspects
Oakdale Leader
Police recently arrested three Oakdale men suspected of robbing the Costless Market at 800 N. Yosemite Ave. in Oakdale on Jan. 30. Previously, The Oakdale Leader had reported that two men walked into Costless Market wearing ski masks ...

Turlock woman arrested for mail, workers' comp fraud

Turlock woman arrested for mail, workers' comp fraud

TURLOCK - U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Karina Beard, 44, of Turlock, was arrested Friday after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging her with 30 counts of mail fraud and two counts of federal workers’ compensation fraud.

The indictment alleges that from October 2006 through January 2009, Beard received federal workers’ compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury she sustained in 2000 while working for the Postal Service. Because of her claimed injuries, restrictions were placed on Beard’s physical activities. Over a period of time, as alleged in the indictment, Beard performed various physical tasks, such as horseback riding, using the purportedly injured part of her body. Because of claims provided in Beard’s questionnaire, she continued to receive workers’ compensation benefits, all while not entitled to such benefits.

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Relay for LIfe - April 9

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of CSU Stanislaus Fights Back Against Cancer!

Relay For Life is a fun and unique 24-hour event to increase cancer awareness in CSU Stanislaus while raising much-needed funds for the American Cancer Society's programs and services. Teams composed of up to 12 people formed by students, family members and faculty/staff raise funds prior to the event. At the Relay, team members take turns walking or running around a track, relay-style and enjoy fun activities and entertainment off the track.

Saturday, April 9, 2011 9 AM  
California State University Stanislaus, Turlock

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event, held in more than 4,800 communities across the country. In California, more than 300 communities will host Relay For Life events. At CSU Stanislaus 300 community members on 24 teams are expected to participate this year.

Turlock police search for WestAmerica Bank robber

Turlock police search for WestAmerica Bank robber

TURLOCK - Police are on the lookout for a man who walked into a bank on Main Street Wednesday morning, stole an undisclosed amount of money, left what he called an explosive device inside the bank, and fled.

The robbery happened around 9:21 a.m. at WestAmerica Bank at 241 West Main Street. Turlock Police Lt. Steven Williams said someone inside the bank called 911 informing dispatch the robber had fled the building. When officers arrived, witnesses said the robber claimed he had left an explosive device inside. Officers found a suspicious package on a bank teller's counter and evacuated the building as a precaution.

The Stanislaus County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and later determined the package did not contain an explosive device. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect was described as a white or hispanic man about 40-45 years old, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 160-180 pounds.

River levels in Newman force evacuations

NEWMAN, CA - Rising river levels have forced some residents in western Stanislaus County to evacuate near the town of Newman.

Officials said San Joaquin River levels has risen faster than expected and that has affected septic systems, drinking water and electrical systems in the area.

Stanislaus County officials asked residents of Fisherman's Bin, Thomas' Resort, Martin Trailer Park and Catfish Camp mobile home parks to leave their homes as waters continue to rise. A shelter has been set up for those residents in Patterson.

The rising waters also caused the Patterson Fire Department to perform a water for rescue for three trapped horses in a Newman mobile home park. Two horses were rescued, the third was a young horse that was not broken in and couldn't be rescued by workers Tuesday night. That horse is safe on an elevated island and should be rescued sometime Wednesday.

Horse saved from river floodwaters

NEWMAN, CA - Rescuers captured a horse stranded in a flooded field east of Newman Wednesday.

The field is next to Martin Trailer Park, one of four trailer parks near Crows Landing in San Joaquin County where the San Joaquin River has overflowed its banks.

It took  Patterson firefighters around an hour to reach the horse which was knee-deep in water. Adding to the difficulty was the horse untrained and naturally leery of efforts to catch it.

Firefighters rescued two other horses from the water Tuesday.

Stanislaus County officials have asked residents of Martin Trailer Park, Fisherman's Bin, Thomas' Resort, and Catfish Camp mobile home parks to leave their homes as waters continue to rise. A shelter has been set up for those residents in Patterson.