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2021

JAN 8
**UPDATE** ARREST MADE IN NOVEMBER 2020 HOMICIDE

On Monday, November 16, 2020, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the 1600 block of Lander Avenue after receiving multiple calls of a shooting that had occurred. The victim, Joel Lopez Guzman, a 39 year-old male from Turlock, had been shot multiple times and later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local area hospital.

JAN 8
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AFTER CAUSING GREAT BODILY INJURY

On Friday, January 1, 2021, at approximately 1:23 a.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the Venice Motel in the 1100 block of North Golden State Boulevard for a report of an aggravated assault.

JAN 7
SUSPECT WANTED FOR SHOOTING AT DEPUTY DURING PURSUIT

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at approximately 8:44 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to assist the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department on a Be On The Look-Out (BOL) for occupants in a white sedan who were seen shooting outside city limits, in the area of Berkeley Road and Alderson Road.

JAN 7
**UPDATE** HOMICIDE SUSPECTS ARRESTED

On May 20, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received a call reporting that someone had been shot in the 4300 block of Cherry Blossom Lane. Officers responded and discovered a deceased male at the scene.

JAN 7
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AT DEPUTY DURING PURSUIT

**UPDATE** At approximately 3:20 p.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit (SIU) located Ernesto Covarrubias, Jr. in the area of Mitchell Avenue and East Hawkeye Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident and turned over to Turlock Police Department Detectives.


2020

DEC 15
Be Safe, Be Sober This Holiday Season - National Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Begins Dec. 14

Turlock, CA – This holiday season, the Turlock Police Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving.

DEC 2
SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER: DRIVE SOBER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Turlock, California – The holidays will feel a bit different this year but one thing that has not changed is choosing a sober way to go.

DEC 1
FATAL VEHICLE VS. PEDESTRIAN COLLISION

On Monday, November 30, 2020, at approximately 5:21 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to a call of an injury collision in the 1100 block of North Golden State Boulevard.

NOV 24
OTS LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-SPEEDING CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING DRIVERS TO “SLOW THE FAST DOWN”

Turlock, California. – The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is launching a new education campaign encouraging drivers to drive at a safe, legal speed.

NOV 17
HOMICIDE

On Monday, November 16, 2020, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the 1600 block of Lander Avenue after receiving multiple calls of a shooting that had occurred. The victim, Joel Lopez Guzman, a 39 year-old male from Turlock, had been shot multiple times and later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local area hospital.

NOV 9
FATAL HIT AND RUN COLLISION

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, at approximately 5:22 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to a call of an injury collision in the intersection of Lander Ave. and Linwood Ave. between a silver Ford SUV and a red Honda Civic. Officers arrived on scene and discovered an 11-year old female patient from the Honda Civic had suffered major injuries, as a result of the crash, and was immediately transported to a local area hospital where she tragically succumbed to her injuries.

NOV 5
DUAL SEARCH WARRANTS LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY AND CONFISCATION OF OVER 1,000 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA VALUED AT AN ESTIMATED $250,000

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, acting on a tip received from the Turlock Police Departments Drug Hotline, Detectives from the Turlock Police Department served a search warrant in the 1000 block of S. Tegner Rd. That search warrant resulted in the discovery of nearly 300 individually packaged and processed one-pound bags of marijuana and 17 marijuana plants.

OCT 22
SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARRESTS AND CONFISCATION OF PROHIBITED FIREARMS

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Detectives from the Turlock Police Department served a search warrant in the 3000 block of Village Park Ct. The investigation began back in July of 2020 when Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) received an anonymous tip regarding criminal activity and a possible illegal marijuana cultivation at a residence.

OCT 22
SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARRESTS AND CONFISCATION OF PROHIBITED FIREARMS
OCT 13
EVERYONE IS A PEDESTRIAN: OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MONTH

Turlock, California – October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and the Turlock Police Department encourages the public to remember that everyone is a pedestrian.

OCT 8
PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND JUST DRIVE: OCTOBER 5TH THROUGH THE 12TH IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS WEEK

Turlock, California – Despite the risks of phone use while driving, many California drivers continue to violate California’s hands-free cell phone law.

OCT 6
THE TURLOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AWARDED A $60,500 GRANT FROM THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY

Turlock, California – The safety of everyone traveling is the focus of a grant awarded to the Turlock Police Department. The $60,500 dollar grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will assist in the Turlock Police Department’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on City of Turlock roads.

SEP 25
HATE CRIME AND SUSPICIOUS FIRES

On Friday, September 25, 2020, at approximately 2:23 a.m., the Turlock Fire Department responded to the 1000 block of N. Olive Ave. for a possible structure fire. Fire crews arrived on scene and discovered a portion of the fence and a tree were on fire in the alley at the 1000 block of Kenwood Ave. The fence was located on west side of the alley, which is within the jurisdiction of Stanislaus County. The fire was extinguished and fire crews cleared the scene. According to a representative with the Turlock Fire Department, the fire began as a debris fire in the alley which spread to the fence and trees.

SEP 18
HOMICIDE **SECOND UPDATE**

On Monday, September 7, 2020, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the 200 block of N. Tully Road and discovered a shooting had occurred. The victim, Mario Meza, 26 year-old male from Modesto, had been shot and later succumbed to his injuries while in surgery at an area hospital.

SEP 11
GO SAFELY, CALIFORNIA: SEPTEMBER IS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MONTH

Turlock, California. – September is Pedestrian Safety Month and the Turlock Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the state to educate the public on how to be safe when walking or driving.

SEP 10
HOMICIDE **UPDATE**

On Monday, September 7, 2020, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the 200 block of N. Tully Road and discovered a shooting had occurred. The victim, Mario Meza, 26 year-old male from Modesto, had been shot and later succumbed to his injuries while in surgery at an area hospital.

SEP 7
Homicide

On Monday, September 7, 2020, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received multiple calls reporting gunfire at a hotel in the 200 block of N. Tully Rd. Officers responded to the scene and located a Hispanic male who had suffered a single gunshot wound. That male was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during surgery.

AUG 24
Suspect Arrested for Attempt Homicide

Turlock Police Detectives arrested Richard Merrill, a 25 year old male from Turlock, for attempt homicide in the 3400 block of Rochester Court in Turlock.

AUG 19
The Turlock Police Department Focuses on Distracted Driving Enforcement

Turlock, California – On August 24, 2020, the Turlock Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers that are violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

AUG 13
INJURY COLLISION

On August 13, 2020, at approximately 7:53 a.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received a call of an injury collision that involved several vehicles in the area of Highway 99 and West Canal Drive.

AUG 12
The Turlock Police Department is working to keep the public safe from suspected impaired drivers

Turlock, California – While many of us have been staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turlock Police Department is reminding everyone who does need to drive to do so while sober.

AUG 4
UPDATE: HOMICIDE

On August 4, 2020, at approximately 1:03 a.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received a call of an aggravated assault in progress in the 500 block of Twentieth Century Boulevard.

AUG 4
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

On August 4, 2020, at approximately 1:03 a.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received a call of an aggravated assault in progress in the 500 block of Twentieth Century Boulevard.

JUL 6
Outside Debris Fire Threatening Structures
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a debris fire in a backyard of a residence in the 800 block of Fifth Street on July 5, 2020 at approximately 4:51 p.m.
JUL 1
Your Actions Save Lives: Celebrate 4th of July Holiday Responsibly

Turlock, California. – As we approach the 4th of July holiday, the Turlock Police Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe over the Independence Day Weekend by not driving impaired.

JUN 30
Homicide 300 Block W. Linwood

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, at approximately 8:55 P.M., Turlock Police Department received a 9-1-1 phone call advising of a drive by shooting that had just occurred in the 300 block of W. Linwood Avenue. The caller stated that two people had been shot. Multiple police officers responded to the scene and arrived within minutes of the initial 9-1-1 phone call. Upon arrival, officers located a young adult male who had sustained at least one gunshot wound. No other injured persons were located. Paramedics, who had been parked nearby when the shooting occurred, quickly arrived on scene, however, the victim had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The victim has been identified as Johnny Wilson (18yr from Turlock).

JUN 30
Double Homicide 2600 Block Fulkerth Rd.

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at approximately 2:13 A.M., Turlock Police Department received several phone calls advising of a vehicle found stopped near the intersection of Fulkerth Road and Highway 99. The vehicle had obvious signs of having been shot at multiple times. Inside the vehicle, callers located two victims; the apparent driver and his occupant, who were deceased. Multiple police officers responded to the scene and located the victims, both of whom had been shot. Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

MAY 15
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #15
Here is what is Next...
MAY 5
ALL ROAD USERS ARE ESSENTIAL: MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
Turlock, California — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Turlock Police Department encourages the community to think about the safety of riders on two wheels and look twice for motorcycles.
APR 30
Structure Fire at an Apartment Complex with Rescues
Turlock Fire Department responded to the report of a working structure fire on the 300 block of East Monte Vista Avenue at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
APR 24
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #13 Stanislaus County Issues Update Health Order
APR 18
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a working residential structure fire on the 2100 block of Mayfaire Drive at approximately 5:00 AM on April 18, 2020.
APR 16
Coronavirus Update #12
The Two Best Ways to be Patriotic During COVID-19 For Immediate Release American needs us! Our community needs us! Fly Your Flag!
APR 10
Calling All Turlock Community Members!!
City of Turlock is Hosting a Mask Making Contest
APR 9
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #9
Stay Tuned and get up to the minute information!
APR 9
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #9
Stay Tuned and get up to the minute information!
APR 2
City provides free rides on fixed route buses for all riders
Responding to the COVID pandemic
MAR 30
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #8
A Message from Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak
MAR 27
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #7
Turlock Reinforces Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order!
MAR 27
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #7
Turlock Reinforces Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order!
MAR 20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #6
Turlock Transit to Reduce Fixed Route Service, City Parks and Public Restrooms to Close
MAR 18
COVID-19 Update #5
Turlock to Open Emergency Operations Center
MAR 18
COVID-19 Update #5
Turlock to Open Emergency Operations Center
MAR 17
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #4 Turlock Declares Local Emergency
MAR 15
Coronavirus Update #2
Updating City operations
MAR 14
Coronavirus Update #1
City Addressing the Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic
FEB 19
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED
PRESS RELEASE
FEB 10
Social Media Post of Assault
PRESS RELEASE
JAN 31
Don’t Get Flagged This Super Bowl Season, Designate a Sober Driver
Turlock, California – The Turlock Police Department is reminding fans attending Super Bowl watch parties to get a safe ride home after the game.
JAN 30
HOMICIDE
On January 29, 2020, at approximately 10:06 p.m., Turlock Police Dispatch received calls reporting that someone had just been shot in the 1100 block of N. Golden State Blvd.
JAN 9
Pedestrian Fatality
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Turlock Police Department received calls of a pedestrian down in the roadway in the 1200 block of East Avenue that had just been struck by a vehicle. Bystanders began life saving measures until police officers and medical aid arrived and took over. Unfortunately, the victim, a 78 year old woman, succumbed to her injuries on scene. The driver remained on scene and is being cooperative with this investigation. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this incident.

2019

DEC 16
Shooting / Robbery
DEC 16
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a working structure fire in the 2100 block of Mayfaire Drive on December 16, 2019 at 2:14 p.m.
DEC 12
Winter Mobilization
DEC 10
Suspicious Door-to-Door Incidents UPDATE
DEC 9
Suspicious Door-to-Door Incidents
DEC 5
Sinkhole Road Closure
NOV 22
Buckle Up
OCT 4
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a working residential structure fire on the 200 block of West Avenue South at 9:58 P.M. on October 3, 2019.
OCT 4
Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to reports of a working structure fire on the 300 block of Lander Avenue near Castor Street at 6:39 P.M. on October 3, 2019.
SEP 11
Search Warrant Service - Marijuana Cultivation
SEP 10
Turlock High School Lockdown
AUG 26
Community Information Meeting on Body Worn Camera Policy
AUG 26
Shots Fired in the 100 block of W. Main St.
AUG 19
Shooting in the 100 block of S. First St.
JUL 26
Vehicle Collision Results in a Fatality
JUL 25
Vehicle Accident Involving Ambulance
At approximately 9:33 p.m. on July 25, 2019 an ambulance transporting a critical patient from a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at North Olive Avenue and Hawkeye Avenue was involved in a vehicle accident at North Golden State Boulevard and West Monte Vista Avenue.
JUL 14
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a working structure fire in the 300 block of West Olive Avenue on July 14, 2019 at 1:29 a.m.
JUL 6
Fire Station Staffing
Today at 4:00 PM the Turlock Fire Department deployed its new staffing pattern. Due to a firefighter illness, Squad 32 was taken out of service and replaced with a Quick Response Vehicle which has been staffed with two firefighters instead of the normal three needed for a fire engine. All four of Turlock’s fire stations remain open at this time.
JUL 5
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to reports of a potential structure fire on the 3400 block of North Berkeley Avenue involving a burning trash can next to a residence on July 5, 2019 at approximately 2:30 a.m.
JUN 27
Fatal Collision
JUN 26
Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested
JUN 21
Domestic Violence Arrest
JUN 21
Arrest for Unlawful Sex with a Minor
JUN 20
City Launches Pilot Cannabis Program With RFQ
The City of Turlock is hosting a pre-submittal conference for those parties interested in submitting proposals from potential qualified cannabis operators to be considered for participation in the Turlock Cannabis Business Pilot Program (the “Cannabis Business Pilot Program”). Attendance is encouraged, but not required. The pre-submittal conference will be held on June 25, at Turlock City Hall, 156 South Broadway, Turlock. The meeting will convene from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
JUN 20
Attempt Homicide Arrest
JUN 7
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder
JUN 1
Residential Structure Fire
Turlock City Fire Department responded to the report of a residential structure fire at an apartment complex on the 1100 block of Pedras Road at 11:57 A.M. on June 1, 2019.
MAY 31
Residential Structure Fire with Rescue
The Turlock City Fire Department responded to a working residential structure fire on the 700 block of Montana Avenue on May 30, 2019 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
APR 17
Fourth of July Fireworks
Community Event Canceled Due to Construction and Limited Resources
MAR 20
Dutcher Middle School Student Threatened
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Turlock Police Department received a report of an incident that occurred between a juvenile student and an unknown male subject near Dutcher Middle School.
JAN 9
Municipal Code Enforcement at Broadway Park
On January 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Turlock City Fire Department’s Neighborhood Services Division conducted a Municipal Code enforcement operation at Broadway Park with the assistance of the Turlock Police Department, City of Turlock Parks & Recreation Department, and Turlock Scavenger Company.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #3
City to Declare Local Emergency Declaration Office and Counter Service Changes During Local Emergency








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