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Turlock man convicted of robbery, assault

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that 28-year-old Kenneth Allen Davis, of Turlock, was convicted on Jan. 24, 2011 of robbery in the first degree and assault.

On March 27, 2010 around midnight, the male victim received a phone call in which Davis and his co-defendant apologized for an ongoing dispute regarding money that Davis and the co-defendant owed to the victim. Davis then invited the victim over to share a few beers together and repay him. The man then drove to the co-defendant’s house in the area of Ray Court and Hartvickson Drive in Turlock. As soon as he walked into the house, Davis and the co-defendant started to hit and kick him, breaking his nose and causing severe cuts to his head.

Davis then took the man’s wallet before dragging him outside and placing him in the trunk of his own car. While still in the trunk, the victim called 911 because he felt he was going to be killed.

Register for Transition from Student to Teacher conference at CSU Stanislaus

TURLOCK - On Saturday, Feb. 26, California State University, Stanislaus and its educational partners will present the 15th annual Transition from Student to Teacher Conference. In the past five years alone, more than 400 future and prospective teachers have attended the conference, which has become the largest and most-attended Teacher Conference at CSU Stanislaus.

The conference, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on real issues that confront and affect new teachers. Guest presenters and conference facilitators include CSU Stanislaus faculty, staff, education specialists, and regional educators.

To register, contact CSU Stanislaus Student Support Services at (209) 667-3220 or download a registration form online. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb, 18.

Man arrested for shooting at Ceres police officer

Man arrested for shooting at Ceres police officer

TURLOCK - A man wanted for shooting a Ceres police officer Wednesday morning, surrendered to authorities Friday after a brief shooutout during a standoff situation.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy Royjindar Singh said Jorge Mendoza, 25, was identified as the person responsible for shooting at police in Ceres Wednesday and fleeing the scene, leading police on an all-day manhunt.

On Friday, investigators went to Mendoza's house in the 5500 block of Geer Road in nearby Keyes, where they believed he was hiding. When officers approached the home, Mendoza came out shooting at officers. Multiple officers from different agencies returned gunfire, hitting Mendoza an unknown number of times, said Singh. Mendoza retreated back into the house then a short time later, called 911 to say he wanted to surrender to officers. Singh said after he surrendered, Mendoza was transported to a local hospital in Modesto for treatment.

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: