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Woman shot in Stockton purse snatching; suspects at large

A woman was shot during a purse snatching in a Stockton Costco parking lot Tuesday night, Stockton police said.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was taken to the hospital to get treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said two men tried to steal the woman's purse around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot on the 1600 block of E. Hammer Lane. The woman held onto her purse and one of the suspects shot her, police said.

The suspects then drove away from the scene, headed northbound on Montauban Avenue.

The gunman was described as a light-skinned black man in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a mustache and curly hair. He was last seen wearing a button up long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

There was no description for the second suspect.

The vehicle the suspects drove away in was described a 2006 sliver 2-door Toyota.

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Judge allows Stockton to exit from bankruptcy

STOCKTON - A federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento ruled Tuesday that the City of Stockton can finally leave bankruptcy, instead of having to wait for an appeal to be resolved before fixing it's financial status.

Judge Christopher Klein said it was in the best interest for Stockton to move forward, and it was unlikely an appeal of his earlier decision to let Stockton exit bankruptcy would be successful.

Outside court, bankruptcy attorney Marc Levinson said the ruling would allow Stockton to be more secure.

"We can go forward on a much more solid financial footing," Levinson explained. "The goal is we can hire and train more police officers, encourage businesses to move to the city, and encourage businesses to expand, all of whom have been waiting."

Stockton approved to move forward with bankruptcy plans

The city of Stockton has succeeded in convincing a federal judge that it has put together a successful plan of exiting bankruptcy

Judge Christopher Kline Tuesday denied an attempt by Franklin Templeton Investment to prolong the process while an appeal is heard.

Judge Kline said he is confident that he has made the correct decision and if an appeal is successful several years from now, adjustments could be made in how Stockton would pay its bills.

Judge Kline said it would do too much harm to the city of Stockton and its retirees to not move forward.

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced Saturday they had reached a tentative nurses’ contract with Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will cover their 18,000 California RNs. The deal will give the RNs increased pay, a stronger voice on patient care and improve workplace protections according to the union.

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the RNs, also provides significant raises and adds to their retirement package... Read More

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Changes coming to San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division

Changes coming to San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division

San Joaquin Superior Court’s Civil Division is undergoing a number of comings and goings.

Judge Barbara Kronlund is now the Supervising Judge for the Civil Division, and on Tuesday, Feb. 17, she will move from Department 11 to Department 42.

Judge Bob McNatt is retiring soon. His caseload will be divided among Judge Kronlund, Judge Roger Ross, Judge Linda Lofthus and Judge Carter Holly, the court said... Read More

Stockton Symphony to perform music written by kids

STOCKTON - Professional musicians teamed up with school children from Stockton and Lodi in October to teach them the art of writing music.

The kids came up with titles like "Another Country Love Song," "End of the Rainbow," and "What's up With That." This weekend in Stockton those songs will get the full orchestral treatment from the Stockton Symphony.

The project comes from former performer and current teacher Paul Reisler. His Grammy-nominated Kid Pan Alley project has resulted in over 2,500 compositions by 35,000 children from across the country.

San Joaquin entrepreneur challenge open for business

It's like "Shark Tank" but for San Joaquin County area businesses.

The 6th Annual San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge is a multi-round competition designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners take their ideas to the next level. The winner and one runner up will spilt $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in professional services.

Challenge founder Mark Plovnick said the competition generally attracts between 50 and 70 applicants, who are asked to submit their business plans online. The top 20 ideas move on to the second round of competition: a 2-minute "elevator pitch" in front of a panel of judges.

"The judges select eight, who become semi-finalists, and then those [people] have five minutes for a PowerPoint competition," Plovnick said.