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Stockton police union helps needy school for 5th year

STOCKTON, Calif. - For the fifth year, it's seemed like Christmas in August for the kids and staff at McKinley Elementary School in Stockton.

That's after truckloads of supplies, equipment and furniture were delivered by members of the Stockton Police Officer's Association.

Monday, dozens of boxes and more than a hundred folding chairs were dropped off at the school. Students and staff showed their appreciation with applause, smiles and signs.

McKinley Principal Sonia Ambriz said the annual donation of supplies makes for a stronger community.

"It's a good way of having kids make the relationship with police, knowing they're reaching out to the community and doing wonderful things, not just on the streets where they see them, but at our schools," Ambriz said..

McKinley is located at the intersection of 9th Street and El Dorado Street in south Stockton.

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Stockton Beer Week is back for the 3rd year and bigger than ever!

Stockton Beer Week is back for the 3rd year and bigger than ever!

All this week through Sunday, August 31st, Stockton area bars, pubs, and restaurants will be flowing over with beer-related events for Stockton Beer Week! Events revolving around craft beers will range from tastings and food pairings, to tap take-overs, and beer specials. There is also an exclusive beer festival, a beer BBQ, beer tasting and movie nights, live music events, and much more! The Miracle Mile’s popular Beer Bingo on the Mile is also back this year and set to include restaurants/bars and retailers alike.

A first for Stockton Beer Week – Dust Bowl Brewing out of Turlock, CA has created a limited release red ale called Stockton Session just for this event! Stockton Session will be available exclusively at The Abbey Trappist Pub, Centrale Kitchen & Bar, Empresso Coffeehouse, Lincoln Cellar, and Mile Wine Company during Stockton Beer Week.

The Downtown Lodi harvest menu, and becoming the 2014 SIP SAVOR Wine Tasting Champion

The Downtown Lodi harvest menu, and becoming the 2014 SIP SAVOR Wine Tasting Champion


One of the two events taking place under the SIP SAVOR LODI Grand Tasting tent at Wine & Roses Hotel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 (1-4 PM) will be a double-blind tasting to determine 2014 Lodi Wine Tasting Champion... Read More

Are Stockton loitering signs helping or hurting?


STOCKTON, Calif. - The city of Stockton has installed signs around the downtown off-ramps that are meant to discourage loitering and panhandling. Police can give people citations for not following the rules.

But an authority on Stockton homeless issues said the signs may be making the problem of street begging worse, not better.

"It actually perpetuates it. The poor don't have ways to pay the fine. They get fined, but there's no way to pay it. In some ways, it encourages panhandling," Edward Figueroa, the Director of St. Mary's Dining Room, said.

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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.

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.