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Oakdale shelter adoption event Feb. 12

Oakdale shelter adoption event Feb. 12

OAKDALE - On Saturday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., come to Oakdale Walgreens, located at 444 West F Street, and meet some of the lovable dogs from the City of Oakdale Animal Shelter. Lovable canine companions in all colors and sizes will be waiting to meet you and be adopted into a new, forever home.

If you have already adopted a new pet into your family, bring them to Walgreens and receive a free 5x7 photo of your new family. Sponsors of the event are Big Basin Dog Training and Boarding, Oakdale Pet Station, and Pet Perfection.

Would you like to help the homeless animals at the Oakdale Shelter? Make an online donation at www.shelterpetalliance.com.

Turlock man indicted for disability benefits fraud

TURLOCK - United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Thursday that a federal grand jury in Fresno returned a one-count indictment charging James Alva Kirkpatrick, 59, of Turlock, with theft of more than $174,000 in disability funds.

The indictment alleges that Kirkpatrick began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in 1992 for a back injury. As a recipient of disablity insurance benefits, Kirkpatrick was required to report any change in his employment status. According to the indictment, beginning in 2000, Kirkpatrick had been working approximately 40 hours per week for North Valley Appraisal, a company owned by the defendant and his wife. He did not report his employment and continued to receive disability benefits, based on his false representations that he was unable to work because of his injury.

Kirkpatrick is scheduled to appear in court on March 2 at 1:30 p.m. for his initial appearance before a judge.

Country singer Clint Black to perform at Stanislaus County Fair

Country singer Clint Black to perform at Stanislaus County Fair

TURLOCK - Country crooner Clint Black will be "Killin’ Time" this summer at the 2011 Stanislaus County Fair. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter will perform on Friday, July 15, 2011, at the Stanislaus County Fair. He will appear on the Budweiser Variety Free Stage at 8:30 p.m. The concert is hosted by KAT COUNTRY 103.3 and is free with the price of Fair admission.

"Clint Black is an impressive country music classic," said Chris Borovansky, chief executive officer for the Stanislaus County Fair. "We anticipate that his fans will come from far and near to hear Clint’s pure and amazing voice live in concert."

Black has long been celebrated as one of country music’s brightest stars. Black is multi-talented as singer-songwriter, musician and actor.

Stanislaus County Fair safe from proposed budget cuts

Stanislaus County Fair safe from proposed budget cuts

TURLOCK - Gov. Jerry Brown’s department of finance has recommended that all $32 million of all the California county fairs funding be eliminated.

The proposed elimination of funding will reduce the income stream and job creation by an estimated 30 percent, resulting in a net loss to the state. This puts 29 California fairs at risk of closure.

However, the Stanislaus County Fair is not one of the 29 fairs at risk and will continue operating its fairgrounds as well as the Fair’s 10-day run event.

"This will have an impact on the Stanislaus County Fair, but our Fair has worked for many years to be a stable and fiscally established business," said Chris Borovansky, chief executive officer for the Stanislaus County Fair.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' Super Bowl weekend

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' Super Bowl weekend

This Sunday, AAA is asking all drivers to leave the penalties to the players on the field. If you’ve been drinking during the Super Bowl, AAA Northern California will take you and your car home for free.

AAA’s Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service to the community.
The service will be offered to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6 to 6 a.m. Feb. 7 in Northern California. Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Just tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home.

Turlock PD plans Super Bowl weekend DUI crackdown

TURLOCK - The Turlock Police Department is reminding football fans that if your Super Bowl celebration includes alcohol, make the right decision before kickoff and always have a designated sober driver. This local message to Super Bowl fans joins with the national "Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk" message from the National Football League (NFL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the HERO Campaign and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition.

The Stanislaus County Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force will be deploying special roving DUI patrols in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired. These DUI patrols are in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tale-tell signs of an intoxicated driver behind the wheel.

Sheriff: Body found matches Juliani's description

STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA - The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday afternoon the child's body found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near Gustine matches the description of Juliani Cardenas, but will wait for DNA results to make a final identification.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said the body was found around 7:30 Tuesday morning by maintenance crews. While Christianson would not give absolute confirmation that the body is Juliani's, he did acknowledge the loss for Juliani's family.

"At this point we want to offer our deepest condolences to the Cardenas family in this very tragic case," Christianson said. 

There has been no formal comment from the Cardenas family regarding the discovery Tuesday. The boy's mother, Tabitha Cardenas posted the following comments on her Facebook page a little before noon:

Valentine's Day 5-course dinner for 2 in Oakdale

Valentine's Day 5-course dinner for 2 in Oakdale

OAKDALE - Treat your special someone to a romantic dinner for two at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Monday, Feb. 14. Reservations are from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the restaurant located at 243 North Stearns Road.

Chef Dan will prepare delicious five-course entrees for two, including a sampler platter for two, salad, entree, intermezzo and dessert. Dinners will feature:

- Chateaubriand -- Flame broiled and roasted filet mignon, sliced and servied with bearnaise and bordelaise sauces, surrounded with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Cost is $85 per couple.

- Canadian Lobster -- Twin lobster tails butter roated and served with drawn butter, risotto and an array of fresh seasonal vegetables. Cost is $120 per couple.

The menu will also include single item entrees including:
- Alaskan spot prawns stuffed with lobster and Dungeness Crab $28
- Live main lobsters (limited quantity) 1 3/4 lb.

Report: Immigration law not enforced consistently

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new report says illegal immigrants who commit even minor offenses are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation by local law enforcement. However, other agencies are focused on deporting more violent criminals.

The report by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank, was released Monday. It focused on a federal-local partnership program called the 287(g) program.

The study is based on visits and interviews in seven jurisdictions participating in the program, along with federal data.

The report, examined jurisdictions in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada, California and Colorado.

It says political pressure and conflicting messages from the federal government may account for the discrepancy.

Veterans torn over new flag proposal

DENVER (AP) -- It's a simple banner designed to honor those who served and died in the military. But a national campaign to add the red-and-white "Honor and Remember" flag to official U.S. flag displays is creating painful divisions among veterans and the relatives of loved ones killed in action.

For lawmakers nationwide, the debate forces an uncomfortable question: Who can say what should be done to honor people who died for the country?

The banner consists of a red-and-white background with a star, an eternal flame and the words "HONOR AND REMEMBER." It was conceived by a Virginia man, George Lutz, who lost his son in Iraq in 2005.