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Stockton police union leader criticized for running for Congress

STOCKTON - The Vice President of the Stockton Police Officer's Association is questioning President Kathryn Nance's commitment to the union after Nance announced that she will be running for Congress.

In a letter to other union members, Bill Hutto raised the issue of conflict.

"When [Nance] speaks to the public, is she speaking on behalf of the SPOA or as a candidate? When she makes decisions about support of other elected officials, is she thinking of the SPOA or her political campaign?" wrote Hutto.

Hutto also questioned a number of financial decisions by the current board. He said since the letter was intended for union membership, he wouldn't answer questions.

Nance is in Washington this week for police memorial functions and said by phone she "welcomes anyone" to follow her during a typical day to see how much time she spends on police issues.

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Stockton mayor presents policy, defends himself, in online videos

STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has been especially busy lately -- he posted two self-produced videos on the Internet: one video presents a solution to Stockton's crime situation; the other video is titled "Limogate, Silva uncensored."

That title refers to Silva's role in a limo incident last December in which a night of heavy partying led to thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle, while one of Silva's friends was arrested for battery and vandalism.

Not surprising, Silva denied having anything to do with the damage to the limo.

Celebrate Women's Health in Modesto and Stockton

Celebrate Women's Health in Modesto and Stockton

WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT: Empowering women to think and feel great

The public is invited to the 7th annual Women’s Night Out, a free program to celebrate and enhance women’s health. Come meet with Kaiser Permanente experts who will discuss a variety of compelling topics for women including how to lower the risk of cancer, the benefits of plant-based diets, improving skin and eye care, and more.

The first presentation will be Thursday, May 14, from 5:30–8 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center, 4601 Dale Road, Modesto, Conference Rooms 1A92–4. The second presentation the following week will be Thursday, May 21, from 5:30–8 pm. at Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Offices, 7373 West Lane, Stockton, Conference Rooms A–I.

For more information and to RSVP, call 209-464-8707, ext. 101 or email judith@buethecommunications.com. Also, www.kp.org/centralvalley

San Joaquin County job growth part of positive outlook at Central Valley Community Bank update

San Joaquin County job growth part of positive outlook at Central Valley Community Bank update

Central Valley Community Bank (CVCB) prides itself on being a diverse community-based bank serving family-owned businesses for the past 35 years in the Central Valley. "We are sticking to our plan of being the best community bank in the Valley, from Sacramento to Fresno," said CEO Jim Ford (pictured right) yesterday to about 75 people attending a Stockton luncheon. Ford had just completed an update of first quarter assets and trends for the bank, which has 21 branches in seven contiguous counties. He said loans are up for the institution that is unique in its percentage of servicing owner-occupied loans. Ford's comments came after a brief forecast by Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. Michael said San Joaquin County is surpassing job forecasts in the first quarter for 2015. "I'm pretty excited about 2015," said Michael. "This is the 6th year of expansion nationally and California is the hot spot of the U.S.

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Pedestrian killed after being hit by train in Stockton

A 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in Stockton Monday evening, Stockton police officer Joe Silva said.

The accident happened on the tracks near March Lane and Montauban Avenue. Silva said that, according to witnesses, the man was wearing headphones while walking his bicycle across the tracks before he was hit.

The police log from the Stockton Police Department said the man was located half a mile south of March Lane along the tracks and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stockton music teacher arrested

A Stockton man who taught music classes at several locations, including private piano lessons, is now facing accusations of having inappropriate conversations with a minor.

Stockton police arrested Dr. Keyes Kelly last week after a two-month-long investigation. They are accusing the 70-year-old man with soliciting sexual acts from a minor via the internet.

Anyone with information about Dr. Kelly is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-7224.

4-year-old kidnapped in stolen car in Stockton

A Stockton mother had quite a scare on Mother's Day when her 4-year-old son was kidnapped as a carjacker sped off in her car.

The young boy was sitting in his mother's car as she ran inside a home to say bye to relatives. An unknown man jumped behind the wheel and drove off down Lindsay Street.

The 4-year-old boy was able to jump out of the moving car at the end of the block, suffering cuts and scrapes to his feet and legs.

Stockton police officers say the man continued driving in the stolen car. The car is described as a 2001 silver Honda Civic, license plate #7EDX752.