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U..S. Marshals bust 99 suspects in Stockton and Lodi


STOCKTON - The U.S. Marshal's Service office in Sacramento held a news conference in Stockton Thursday to announce good success with a recent round-up of suspects.

"You look at the pictures on the poster boards, and each person has a story behind it. Each suspect has victimized people in this community, and those people are resting much better," U.S. Marshal and former Sacramento police chief Albert Najera said.

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Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

STOCKTON — A business student from the University of the Pacific and his plan to sell naturally raised rabbit meat was the winner of the sixth San Joaquin County Entrepreneur Challenge.

Frankie Arburua III placed first during the second round of competition, beating out 15 other business ideas.  He will receive $10,000 toward his business as well as an additional $10,000 in professional services.

Arburua and his family have a 50-acre ranch in Tracy on which he plans to run the operation. Unlike a cage-based system, the rabbits would have twice the room to roam and would be raised on dirt instead of wire... Read More

Why Stockton police allowed protest to clog busy streets


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STOCKTON - Stockton police were the hosts Tuesday during a protest aimed at them. The decision to allow a group of about 100 people have a clear path on the city's busiest streets was made considering national police and community tensions.

"It is illegal to march down the street like that unless permitted," Officer Joe Silva said. "[Tuesday] was not permitted. It's why we were there monitoring, and to balance public safety with the right to assemble and the right to freedom of speech."

Man found safe after missing for 3 days


A man who has been missing for three days was found Wednesday.

Cory Mendoza, 20, was found safe, according the California Highway Patrol.

Mendoza was last seen Sunday around 2:18 p.m. at the Stockton AMTRAK station, according to train police.

CHP deactivated the Silver Alert connected to Mendoza on Wednesday.


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Stockton attorney fights to make downtown more attractive


STOCKTON - When Stockton police released an excellent photograph of a downtown tagger this week, it was thanks to the camera system of attorney Jacob Benguerel.

"Everybody's excited, the police are excited, finally we have a clear picture," Benguerel said. "We've been trying for a year and got a couple of blurry ones, but that was the first clear shot."

His camera system has photographed a number of crimes near his downtown office. Benguerel is happy to help police with those photos, if it will help improve downtown and bring more business people.

On Tuesday, before heading to his office for legal matters, Benguerel was across the street drilling screws into plywood to block a door that had been kicked in. It was a property belonging to another Stockton building owner.

Delta College dedicates Horticulture Center

Delta College dedicates Horticulture Center

San Joaquin Delta College President Kathy Hart said it was the perfect day to dedicate the next project in a series of improvements at the college as she cut the ribbon signaling the opening of of the new state-of-the-art Horticulture Center Tuesday afternoon. Picture: And attendees agreed it was - sunny with a slight breeze- outside the two new working greenhouses and updated plant nursery, a "production classroom" according to horticulture professor Mike Toscano. He proudly showed off the updated facilities saying that all the plants had been grown from seeds, cutting or plugs. "Everything here has student value-added," said Toscano. "Each plant has been worked on by a student." The horticulture nursery is a hidden gem for plant-seekers with prices way below your average retail or big box stores. It's open to the public each Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will be open the same hours this Saturday for a "weekend sale".

Community Business Bank and ICBA Celebrate Community Banking Month

Community Business Bank and ICBA Celebrate Community Banking Month

West Sacramento, CA/ April 15, 2015 - The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Community Business Bank are recognizing Community Banking Month in April—a month dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking.

Throughout the month, Community Business Bank, with branches in West Sacramento and Lodi, will encourage consumers, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits and farmers to learn more about community banks, their role in building stronger communities and the quality products and services that they provide—all with the relationship banking experience that customers can expect from a local financial institution. 

“Community banks like ours are one-of-a-kind just like our customers,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Community Banking Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the unique and critical role we play in our hometowns.”