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Stockton Police Chief: This is the most difficult and challenging time for law enforcement

ID=27887401In a candid interview, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones discussed what it's like to wear a police badge in today's society and the importance of breaking down the barrier between officers and their community members.

"I will say this is probably the most difficult and challenging time of law enforcement I've seen in my over two decades," said Jones. "It just shows all the more importance why we have to really work on building and maintaining community trust."

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Woman dies after being hit by vehicle in Stockton

A woman died of her injuries Friday night after she was hit by a vehicle in Stockton,

Stockton Police Department posted on their Facebook page.

The accident happened at 6:58 p.m. near Charter Way and Argonaut Street. The woman had been taken to a local hospital, but four hours later she died, the department said.

The driver cooperated with officers and it did not appear that alcohol was a factor, the department said in the post. The victim's name was not released.

New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

STOCKTON – The unemployment rate continues to drop in the Central Valley. Merced County saw the biggest decline, dropping 1.1 percent from March to April, to 11.6 percent.

The San Joaquin County rate dropped to 8.8 percent in April from 9.4 percent in March while Stanislaus County’s rate dropped from 10.3 percent to 9.8 percent... Read More

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Donation website has new fund for Stockton mayor

STOCKTON - The website "gofundme.com" has a spot for donations that would benefit Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.

The fund was created after the Stockton City Council voted this week to approve a salary commission recommendation that the mayor's salary be cut by more than $32,000.

The couple starting the fund chooses to remain anonymous, but the leading contributor was happy to explain his participation.

"It's embarrassing to be part of a community that's bullying the mayor. I don't think anyone agrees they'd take a one-third pay cut from a job. We all complain when we get our check and the IRS has taken out a third," Ron Felton said. He's contributed $200 to the Silva fund.

Friday afternoon, the fund was still at $280 donated. The organizer stated a fund goal of $35,000.

Stockton teacher who struggled with student in viral video pleads guilty to battery

A Stockton Unified School District physical education teacher, who was caught on video trying to force a 14-year-old girl into a pool during a P.E. class, pled guilty to one count of battery, according to San Joaquin County's District Attorney Office's Facebook page.

Denny Petersen is expected to receive 10 days in jail, three years of formal probation and mandatory child abuse counseling when he is sentenced June 18, the D.A.'s office said.

In the video, Peterson is seen for 95 seconds using strong force to drag the girl toward the pool at Edison High School. The incident, which happened in late August, was recorded on another student's cell phone and went viral after initial news reports.

Drought’s impact on farm labor proving unpredicable

Drought’s impact on farm labor proving unpredicable

STOCKTON – The impact of the drought on the state’s farm workers has been smaller than expected according to the latest state and federal statistics.

California farms employed about 417,000 workers per month, in 2014. That total was up by 6,000 from 2013, state figures show. Farm employment increased by about 30,000 from 2004 to 2014.

Those farmworkers were also being paid more in 2014 than in the past. The average front-line farm worker earned $9 per hour, still among the lowest paid workers in California, but a 2 percent increase from 2013... Read More