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Stockton hit-and-run victim's family speaks out

The family of a retired Stockton police officer who was killed in a hit-and-run crash said they were relieved that the suspect was caught, but as still in pain.

Jimmy Pendergrass, 70, was killed Tuesday morning while he was on his way to the Stockton Police Department, where he worked part-time.

"We are broken; there is no other way to describe it," Pendergrass's daughter-in-law Kristina Pendergrass cried. "He was the heart of our family. We are just going through the motions."

Kristina Pendergrass fought back tears during a news conference at the Stockton Police Department Saturday morning. Faith, one of Pendergrass' two granddaughters, was by her side.

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Man arrested in Stockton for attempted murder

A man was arrested Friday for allegedly strangling his girlfriend last week.

George Wheeler, 43, was taken into custody around 5:50 p.m. on the 1000 block of North Center Street for attempted murder, felony battery on a spouse, false imprisonment and threatening phone call, Stockton police said.

Police said Wheeler got into an argument with his girlfriend on Sunday. During the fight, Wheeler strangled and beat his girlfriend, police said.

The woman was taken to the hospital due to the severity of her injuries.

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

In the final calculations for fiscal year 2014, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) finished number one among regional agencies in the state as to percentage of federal obligations. This means the SJCOG is getting its available funding out to work at a greater rate than the 28 other regional agencies in California. "Our mission is to get transportation dollars out there to work for the traveling public as quickly as possible" says SJCOG Executive Director Andy Chesly. As a result, the region will receive, in fiscal year 2015, an additional $1.7 million! Finishing just behind the SJOCG were the Bay Area (MTC) , the San Diego Association of Governments, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

Suspect arrested in former Stockton officer's hit-and-run death

A man was arrested late Thursday night in connection to the hit-and-run death of a retired Stockton police detective.

Sergio Chavira, 57, was detained after he was found sleeping in his van outside a homeless shelter around 11:15 p.m. on Sonora and Harrison streets, Lt. Toby Will said. Chavira's van, a green Dodge Grand Caravan, matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run death of 70-year-old Jimmy Pendergrass, police said.

Police were called to the scene by the shelter's security officers. After questioning Chavira, he was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for felony hit and run, Will said.

Police said Chavira is believed to be homeless and was living out of his van.

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Stockton mayor sings on Facebook alongside new council member

STOCKTON - Two things become clear looking at Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's Facebook page: He's in the holiday spirit, and he appears to be friendly with newly elected council member Christina Fugazi.

In a video post Wednesday afternoon, Silva sings a couple of songs while sitting next to Fugazi, who appears to be having a good time.

In any other city this might not seem like news, but there have been questions if Fugazi would stray from Silva when it comes time for tough decisions after the mayor enthusiastically campaigned for her election.

"I'm responsible for working with whoever is on the council, the mayor and other council members," Fugazi said. "They have to earn my vote, nobody has it."

Leading watchdog of the Stockton City Council Gary Malloy said he's confident Fugzai can keep her distance from the mayor.

University of the Pacific launches Northern California’s first audiology doctoral program

University of the Pacific launches Northern California’s first audiology doctoral program

Californians who may have lost some hearing listening to the Grateful Dead at The Fillmore have new assurance that they'll be able to see an audiologist when they need one.

University of the Pacific is launching the first audiology doctorate program in Northern California, one that is expected to educate nearly half of the estimated 55 new audiologists who will be needed each year to keep pace with anticipated statewide demand.

The program will be offered at Pacific's new downtown San Francisco campus at 155 Fifth Street, where the university is also opening new audiology patient clinics. When fully staffed, the state-of-the-art clinics will offer comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation services to some 3,500 adults and children each year.

California now has only one other program that grants a doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) degree, a joint program of San Diego State and UC San Diego that turns out about 10 audiologists a year.

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