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Stockton business owners frustrated by thefts


STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton business owners are frustrated by an increase in metal thefts and a lack of response from police.

At St. Mark's Plaza along March Lane, pipes and valves have been removed in several spots. So have the metal cages that were installed to prevent those thefts.

"They probably get $20 and it costs us 6,000. It's frustrating. We're trying to keep jobs here and support families," Kelley Bestolarides with Bestolarides CPA said.

At one spot in the plaza, the locks have been taken but the cage is still there. Business people fully expect the cage and pipes underneath to be gone soon.

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Stockton woman sentenced identity theft and credit application fraud


A Stockton woman accused of stealing identity and credit information in the mail to apply for unauthorized credit was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison on Thursday.

Alisha Terese Rodriguez, 36, was convicted of credit application fraud, aggravated identity theft and being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Rodriguez charged more than $60,000 on the fraudulently-obtained credit lines and was ordered to pay $60,010 in restitution, U.S. Attormey spokesperson Lauren Horwood said.

Court records stated during warranted searches, investigators found evidence of Rodriguez's misdeeds for more than 300 victims. She was found to have paid monthly bills she racked up with the fraudulently-obtained credit lines with funds from the bank accounts of other victims.


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Man found shot at Stockton gas station dies at hospital


Stockton homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a man found at a gas station Wednesday morning.

A release from the Stockton Police Department stated officers responded to the Valero gas station at Fresno Ave. and Charter Way around 1:54 a.m. and found a Hispanic man shot in the parking lot.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No information was provided on a possible suspect or motive for the shooting.


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Holt of California, Verve Networks honored by Veterans Program

Holt of California, Verve Networks honored by Veterans Program

The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) along with the Employment Development Department (EDD) annually honors employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. veterans and go the extra mile to hire, retain, and promote them providing training and benefits. Holt of California and Verve Networks along with US Foods, ASCO and Lowes received certificates of recognition from EDD & CEAC for outstanding service in the employment of veterans for the year 2014 at the August 14th Veterans Orientation workshop. Verve Networks participated in The Veterans' Program at the Stockton EDD office in San Joaquin County. Holt of California provided a valuable perspective to the veterans during the Veteran Network (VET NET) workshops.