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Ports Pink Night is set

Ports Pink Night is set

STOCKTON – The Stockton Ports annual Pink Night is set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at the Stockton Ballpark. The team will host an ice cream social for cancer survivors and fans prior to the 7 p.m. first pitch.

The team partners with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center for the yearly fundraiser that helps raise money and attention for St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services. The team will donate $1 from every ticket sold along with proceeds from the pink jersey auction, player memorabilia raffle and pink wall and rally rag sales to St. Joseph’s Festivities.

The night will include a survivor parade around the field, survivors taking the field with the team during the National Anthem and a t-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 fans, presented by St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center... Read More

Stockton Police find man, 83, dead in the street from bullet wound


The Stockton Police Department said an 83-year-old man was found dead in the street from a gunshot wound early Tuesday morning.

At 2:35 a.m. the department said they received a call of a man down in the area South Hunter and East Church Streets, south of Ort J. Lofthus Freeway and east of Gleason Park in Stockton.

The department said there is no motive or suspect information at this time.

Citizens with information pertaining to this investigation are encouraged to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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3 Stockton residents arrested in Target credit card fraud scheme


Three Stockton residents were arrested Monday in connection to Target REDcard account fraud and identity theft between March 2014 and September 2014; six other defendants in the case are still at large.

Thongchone Vongdeng, 35, and Jaffrey Brown, 31, were arrested in Stockton and Somaly Siv, 29, was arrested in Reno, Nev., for stealing personal information from at least 1,000 victims and creating unauthorized Target credit cards, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner’s Office said.

According to the indictment, the suspects used the credit cards to buy electronics, prepaid gift cards and other goods at Target stores throughout the Sacramento area and other locations in Northern California.

The suspects created more than 300 counterfeit credit card account numbers to use or sell, the indictment said.

McNerney to host drought forum

McNerney to host drought forum

STOCKTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney will host a California Drought Solutions Forum in Stockton on Aug. 25.

The forum will feature experts and voices that include farmers, water technology innovators, policy makers, federal and state government and local universities, his office said.

The forum will consist of two panels:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Water, Energy, and Technology: Partnerships and Solutions Panel

Invited panelists include: GE; California Energy Commission, Water Energy Technology Program; U.S. Department of Energy, Water Energy Technology Team; ACWA; and IBM.

11 a.m.  Noon:  Agriculture, Technology, and Water Sustainability Panel

 

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

About 200 business and community leaders from throughout the northern Central Valley turned out Friday to voice their support for improvements to passenger rail service in Northern California.

Merced’s Assemblyman Adam Gray, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, held the meeting in downtown Modesto to get public input on the expansion of Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Amtrak’s San Joaquin service in the Central Valley... Read More

Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

A dry field sits beside an orchard in Merced. The drought is expected to cost California's agricultural economy $1.84 billion and 10,100 jobs in 2015, according to a UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences report. Credit: Gregory Urquiaga

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of the drought, the report estimated, with the Central Valley hardest hit.

The analysis also forecasts how the industry will fare if the drought persists through 2017... Read More

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

STOCKTON – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave Visionary Home Builders a $90,000 grant as part of the company’s commitment to boosting home ownership.

The grant will be used to give 570 people housing counseling and help them become first-time home buyers. The money will also help 850 people get foreclosure prevention assistance and 77 united of affordable housing will be rehabilitated. Visionary Home Builders will also provide financial management and wealth building services to 1,130 people... Read More