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Water hyacinth replaces algae along Stockton waterfront


STOCKTON - The Stockton waterfront is finally relieved of smelly green algae now that the hot weather is gone.

However, it comes with a caveat: one green mess replaces another.

Delta waterways are now filled with a plant called water hyacinth. It makes boating practically impossible because the plants get sucked into the engines.

The state said it has been spraying water hyacinth in the delta since last march.

They are still trying to figure out what to do with the lingering problem that makes waterways tough to navigate.


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Stockton shootout suspect in court, still no plea


STOCKTON - The surviving suspect in July's bank robbery and shootout with police was back in court this morning, but Jaime Ramos still hasn't entered a plea on the dozens of charges.

3 people died in that crime spree including the other two suspects and hostage Misty Singh.

Ramos was in and out of court quickly, but Deputy District Attorney Mark Ott said his office will likely seek an indictment through the secret grand jury process, as opposed to a public preliminary hearing.

Ott said his office is so opposed to a change of venue for Ramos, his office would likely choose the grand jury process to evidence on the case isn't released to the public.

It's believed defense attorneys for Ramos would seek a change of venue, based on media coverage.

Ramos returns to court in Stockton next month.


Stockton councilman arrested for DUI with .137 alcohol level


STOCKTON – The youngest person to sit on Stockton's City Council sat in the San Joaquin County Jail for a part of the weekend.

Michael Tubbs was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

California Highway Patrol Officer James Smith said officers pulled Tubbs over for speeding near Highway 99 and Hammer Lane in Stockton. According to the CHP, Tubbs was slurring his speech and his car had a strong smell of alcohol.

Officer Smith said the field breathalyzer test showed Tubbs' alcohol level of .137, almost twice the legal limit of .08.

Tubbs is denying interviews, but released a statement. In it, he said, "On Friday evening I made a poor decision to drive when I should not have. While I thought I was within the legal limits to drive, I should have been more careful and made a different decision.

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

The reconstruction of one of San Joaquin USA's major traffic impediments is over and was celebrated this afternoon as completion of a key component in improving the south Stockton circulation network. Groundwork for the I-5/French Camp interchange began in the early 1990's but after much habitat mitigation, the groundbreaking took place only two years ago. The project widened French Camp road to six lanes, and constructed new loop on-ramps and auxiliary lanes on I-5 between French Camp and Downing Avenue. It also included extending Sperry Road to Arch-Airport road and realigning Manthey Road. Today is the completion of the I-5/ State Route 99 connection. City of Stockton Public Works Director Gordon MacKay said this project is expected to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton and facilitate the movement of goods and services.

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Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, is that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.,San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.

“This unfortunate death reminds us of the potential danger from mosquito bites and West Nile virus,” says Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. As of October 17, 2014, there have been 8 human cases of WNV reported in San Joaquin County, so far this year. Last year, San Joaquin County reported 8 human cases with one (1) death.

Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

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Fire at historic Jack Tone Ranch


Firefighters were called to a blaze Friday at a historic ranch near Stockton.

An unoccupied Victorian Style-home at the Jack Tone Ranch was fully engulfed in flames when emergency personnel arrived at about 5 p.m. Friday, according to American Medical Response of San Joaquin County. The home was undergoing renovations; it was located near North Jack Tone and Eight Miles roads.

The Linden, Waterloo-Morada, Coloma, Montezuma and Liberty fire departments responded to the blaze. Firefighters were still on the scene at 9:20 p.m.

The Jack Tone Ranch Historical Foundation calls the ranch the "oldest family-owned horse ranch in continuous continuous operation in the State of California." It states that the ranch's history dates to 1849.