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Church volunteers combat sex trafficking in Stockton


STOCKTON - People in a Stockton community are trying to tackle a growing problem -- prostitution, a form of human sex trafficking.

Members of the Lifesong Church of Stockton walked the streets Wednesday evening hoping to help young women escape prostitution. Volunteers searched along Wilson Way, stopped by a number of motels and ended up on Sonora Street.

As part of an effort with International Justice Mission, an international non-profit organization that aims to protect the poor from violence, volunteers put together care packages that included toiletries and other supplies.

"We are giving them to lots of the girls who work the streets tonight and the reason why, a lot of them are being sold for sex," Lifesong Church Pastor Melanie Romero said. "We have a misconception: they are there because they want to be."

12 arrested in Stockton gang, crime sweep


SACRAMENTO - Raids at four Stockton locations Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of 12 individuals the Stockton Police Department says are tied to the Sutter Street Crips gang and criminal activity.

The suspects' "criminal activity focused in the surrounding neighborhoods around California Street and Park Street, in particular 219 E. Park Street," police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said.

Police Gang Violence Suppression Unit officers recorded recovering ammunition, narcotics and stolen property during the searches.

In connection to the Operation Ceasefire enforcement raids, California Department of Corrections officers searched inmate cells at San Quentin State Prison, Solano State Prison, and a home in the Los Angeles, Silva said.

Free Health Fair in Modesto on Saturday April 12

Free Health Fair in Modesto on Saturday April 12

Modesto-area residents invited to free community health fair on April 12 
 

“Neighbors in Health,” an annual free health fair hosted by Kaiser Permanente, Tzu Chi Foundation, and their community partners will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday April 12 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center in Modesto.

 

The health fair will offer free preventive health screenings and health education for adults and children, including:

 

  • Dental services (provided by Tzu Chi)
  • Blood pressure checks
  • BMI/body fat tests
  • Cholesterol-glucose screenings
  • Scheduling of mammogram appointments
  • Eyeglasses adjustments
  • School and sports physicals
  • Skin solar damage screenings
  • Vision screenings

 

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Police investigating suspicious death of Stockton 2 year old


SACRAMENTO - Stockton police and Child Protective Services are investigating the suspicious death of a 2-year-old girl.

The girl was found dead at her home in the 1600 block of East Eleventh Street in Stockton on Sunday. Investigators still don't have a cause of death but neighbors say the toddler was tortured.

"She looked miserable, like a child that hated their life," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

People who knew the child say she was named Tafarie and was being raised by her father and his girlfriend. Several neighbors said they wouldn't see the girl play outside often because her parents would always keep her locked inside. But the last time they caught a glimpse of her, they said she looked emaciated. "All her ribs, spine, showing she had bruises from head to toe. Her hair was falling out," said one nearby resident.

Houseboats from New Melones landing in Stockton


STOCKTON - The Stockton waterfront is becoming a busier spot because of California's drought and the low water level at New Melones Reservoir.

The U.S Bureau of Reclamation has told boat owners they need to remove their boats from the reservoir. They have until the end of June to do that. So some boat owners, like Art Gardner of Pleasanton, are choosing the Stockton waterfront.

"This is our first day here and we'll make the best of it and hopefully, it equals to the lake," Gardner said.

Even Gardner is happy with the rates he's paying to dock in Stockton, $400 a month, he's not happy what it cost to transport his houseboat from New Melones to Stockton. That cost about $4,000.


2014 warm winter brings early mosquito season and West Nile Virus to the area

2014 warm winter brings early mosquito season and West Nile Virus to the area

The recent finding of a dead bird that tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) is an indication that the WNV season is starting earlier than usual in San Joaquin County. “It is time for everyone to take precautions against the dangers of West Nile Virus (WNV),” urges Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer.  
 
Warm and wet weather promotes the breeding of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they feed on birds that harbor the virus. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. No cases of human WNV illness have been reported in California to date.