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Judge: man who killed wife, self, should have been in jail


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STOCKTON - The presiding judge in San Joaquin County said a substitute judge was wrong to release a man in early December while he faced three different legal issues. That man, 46-year-old Roberto Ceja-Martinez, killed his wife and himself Sunday afternoon.

Ceja-Martinez was arrested Nov. 26 for being a felon with a gun, growing marijuana, and violating a restraining order, according to jail records. He was only in jail for a week. A retired and substitute judge released Ceja-Martinez on his own recognizance Dec. 2.

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Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton. 

Stockton domestic violence turns murder suicide by fire


Stockton police say a domestic disturbance turned deadly Sunday afternoon when a man set his wife on fire.

Neighbors on W. Sonora Street in downtown Stockton reported hearing screaming about 4:45 p.m. and called 911, according to police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva.

When authorities reached the scene, they found two burned bodies in the backyard of the home.

Family members identified the couple as Norma Moreno, 63, and Roberto Ceja, 46.

"My dad broke into the property and he got a hold of her," Kat Ceja, the couple's daughter, said.

A handful of relatives gathered on the street corner near the home after hearing the news.

Authorities said Ceja took his own life after killing Moreno.

Police say 2 dead in Stockton murder-suicide


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What Stockton police said was a domestic disturbance turned deadly late Sunday afternoon when a man set his wife on fire.

Family members identified the couple as Norma Moreno, 63, and Roberto Ceja, 46. Officers and fire department personnel arrived to determine the woman and a man had been set on fire. Neither survived.

Neighbors on W. Sonora Street near Center Street in downtown Stockton reported hearing screaming about 4:45 p.m. and called 911, according to police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva.

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San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

STOCKTON – San Joaquin County has received more than $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12, the California Transportation Commission announced Thursday.

The money will pay to replace pavement on Highway 12 from east of Interstate 5 to the Potato Slough Bridge with rubberized asphalt concrete... Read More

Restaurant Week to spotlight local eateries

Restaurant Week to spotlight local eateries

STOCKTON — Stockton and Manteca will celebrate Restaurant Week in January as part of  California Restaurant Month. It’s a chance to showcase the area’s agricultural diversity and highlight tourism.

Manteca’s Restaurant Week is Jan. 11-17. Stockton’s is Jan. 16-25. Restaurants will offer special discounts and promotions... Read More

M & C Association Management Services taking toy donations

M & C Association Management Services taking toy donations

STOCKTON– M & C Association Management Services, Inc is taking donations for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

Until Dec. 12, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at local M & C Association Management branches.

“This is the third year we have hosted this event and we always have a remarkable turnout, not only from communities that we manage, but from the surrounding areas as well,” says M & C President Greg Smith. “The community management industry is in the business of helping improve the lives of others. This effort holds true to that belief in the most generous of ways and we are proud to be involved.”

Donations can be made at the following M & C Association Management branches:... Read More