Oakdale po­lice host a Hal­loween do-over

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local - BY MAR­IJKE ROWLAND mrow­land@mod­bee.com

Grate­ful fam­i­lies, and their candy-hun­gry kid­dies, stopped at the Oakdale Po­lice De­part­ment for a Hal­loween do-over Satur­day morn­ing.

Af­ter tainted candy with metal pieces in it was turned over to po­lice on Wed­nes­day, some fam­i­lies in the city threw out all of their chil­dren’s trick-or-treat­ing haul as a pre­cau­tion. So the Oakdale po­lice set up Op­er­a­tion Happy Hal­loween 2.0 to help re­coup their losses.

Fam­i­lies dropped by the Oakdale Po­lice De­part­ment on North Sec­ond Av­enue to pick up bags filled with an as­sort­ment of sweet treats. Of­fi­cers, staff and more were on hand to greet the trick-or- treaters. They could also climb in­side the de­part­ment’s armed re­sponse ve­hi­cle and pa­trol cars and high-five McGruff the Crime Dog.

Oakdale po­lice Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Ja- neen Yates said about five pieces of candy with “metal pieces” in­side them were turned over by one fam­ily. No one was hurt and no ad­di­tional tainted candy has been turned over to the de­part­ment. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into its source is on­go­ing, Yates said.

The Fabian fam­ily had gone trick-or-treat­ing in the Burchell Hill Drive area, where the tam­pered candy al­legedly came from. The next day at school 13-year-old Jo­hanna Fabian heard all kinds of ru­mors about what was found in the candy, from nee­dles to drugs. She and her 7-year-old sis­ter threw out their candy to be safe.

“I was ex­cited and glad they did this for us,” said Jo­hanna Fabian as she ush­ered her sis­ter, who wore her Min­nie Mouse cos­tume, to the candy ta­ble.

Oakdale po­lice Chief Scott Heller said the de­part­ment pur­chased more than 200 pounds of candy, to make sure

ev­ery­one could get re­place­ment treats. Yates es­ti­mated un­der 100 fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pated, but peo­ple came in small streams through­out the three-hour morn­ing win­dow. The Bur­ket fam­ily brought their two chil­dren, Daniel Jr. and Brian, to get candy.

Mother Brit­tneay Bur- ket said they threw out the boys’ trick-or-treat­ing bounty af­ter hear­ing about the bad candy.

“We felt bad be­cause they kept ask­ing for their candy,” she said. “So this is re­ally great.”

Ru­mors about pins, ra­zors and other for­eign ob­jects found in Hal­loween candy have been around for decades. Ac­cord­ing to the ur­ban leg­end fact-check­ing site Snopes.com, some re­ports about tam­per­ing have proved true in largely iso­lated cased. Most ended up be­ing pranks gone wrong.

In re­sponse, some hos­pi­tals and po­lice de­part­ments around the na­tion, in­clud­ing in Modesto and Stanis­laus County, be­gan of­fer­ing free X-ray ser­vices for Hal­loween loot.

ANDY AL­FARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Oakdale po­lice Chief Scott Heller gives out candy to Willy Martinez, 8, dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Happy Hal­loween 2.0 in Oakdale on Satur­day.

ANDY AL­FARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Ja­neen Yates of the Oakdale Po­lice De­part­ment high-fives 3-year-old Daniel Bur­ket Jr. dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Happy Hal­loween 2.0, where po­lice gave chil­dren candy to re­place their candy that might be un­safe to eat.

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