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Stockton police lieutenant blasts same-sex marriage in newspaper editorial letter


A Stockton police lieutenant has written a sharply-worded letter to the local newspaper condemning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Lt. Toby Will, a former Marine and 25-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, wrote a 282-word letter to the editor of the Stockton Record which was published in Wednesday's edition under the heading "Marriage ruling shuns God."

The letter claims those who live according to "vile and sinful passions" will be met with the wrath of God.

"...when the highest office in the land publicly declares the legitimizing of homosexuality to be a great victory for the nation, you can be sure that God is giving that nation over to its own destruction," Will wrote.

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Stockton man turns losing lotto ticket into more than $1M


A Stockton man turned a losing lottery ticket into more than $1 million – and he's not the first winner in his family.

For those who do not believe in second changes, you may want to meet Bruce Seitz.

The 53-year-old mortgage banker considers himself extremely lucky. It was about a year ago when he bought a California Lotto Scratcher. He didn't win but entered his losing ticket into the 2nd Chance Program.

"A week ago, I signed into the account for non-winning tickets and a big ticket popped up on the screen saying, 'Congratulations, you're a winner,'" Seitz said.

His losing ticket was drawn to win the top prize and now finds himself $1.3 million richer.

At first, he thought it was all a joke.

"I wasn't sure if it was real or not. That's when you kind of start pinching yourself," Seitz said.

Stockton finally evicts squatters from home


STOCKTON - Stockton city code workers thought they solved a problem three weeks ago when evicting squatters from a home on West Poplar. The problem simply returned.

"They never left, there's always people going in and out," said neighbor Pete DaValle.

"They were given adequate time to vacate and they left and we verified they were gone, but then returned and caused danger to children and the community," said Stockton code enforcement official Pete Lemos.

The home was vacant after an elderly couple living there passed away. Neighbors began a campaign of alerting city officials through Facebook when people and children, who weren't renters, moved in. Lemos said the group had rigged wiring to bypass meters, creating a fire danger at the home.

RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

RTD wins $6.8 million grant for new routes

STOCKTON — San Joaquin Regional Transit will receive a $6.8 million grant for two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Corridor and Crosstown Miner Corridor in Stockton, RTD announced Tuesday.

“This project will build upon RTD’s existing and highly successful BRT network of three routes that serve the Pacific, Airport, and Hammer corridors,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Donna DeMartino. “The project is a product of RTD’s mission to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.”

RTD’s project was one of just 14 selected in the competitive grant process. In all, Caltrans awarded $224 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which uses proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade auctions... Read More

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Stockton gang associate arrested after hitting 15 cars


A known gang associate was arrested Monday after crashing into 15 cars in Stockton.

Police said Jorge Romero, 42, was driving a white Yukon SUV when he hit cars at three different locations, failing to pull over for police.

Three victims and Romero were taken the hospital with minor injuries.

According to police, Romero is a parolee, had a history of PCP use and is known to be violent. He has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, felony hit and run, felony evading the police and several other charges.


Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

Drought works in new kayak store’s favor

STOCKTON — It took 10 years, but the Haussmann brothers finally achieved their long-held goal of expanding their kayak and paddle board business to Stockton.

“I’ve looked at Stockton for a long time, for 10 years or more,” said Eric Haussmann, co-owner of Kayak City-Adventure Sports. “We started looking for a building and this place came together.”

What came together was a deal on a 6,000-square-foot showroom at 1818 W. Fremont St. The location gave the brothers’ new store the visibility and parking that other sites in the city lacked... Read More

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

Health Plan of San Joaquin wins NCQA accreditation

FRENCH CAMP – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) a three-Year Health Plan accreditation for its Medicaid/HMO line of business (Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal in California)... Read More