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Congressman wants suspect of 44-year-old hijacking brought to justice


STOCKTON – The details of a hijacked flight 44 years ago are being brought up due to the United States' thawing relationship with Cuba.

Congressman Jerry McNerney was on that flight, which was planned to travel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Chicago in 1971.

"I was going to go to the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia. We were going to take about a 10 p.m. flight to Chicago and then over to Philadelphia," McNerney recalled.

That's when three suspects forced a change in plans.

While McNerney was boarding, he heard a commotion behind him.

"I look back and there was somebody with a gun and I thought 'oh, doesn't look like I'll be going to the game tonight,'" McNerney recalled.

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Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Charter Schools Gain Momentum in San Joaquin County

Year after year, we see more parents demanding high quality school choice options for their children. Current enrollment numbers tell us that an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2014-15 school year. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 33,525 increase this year. This growth pattern isn’t limited to student enrollment in existing charter schools, in fact there are 87 new charter schools that opened their doors this year, bringing the total number of charters in California to 1,184.  Despite the growth and momentum, charter school students only represent about 7% of California’s student population.  Yet according to a number of polls and studies conducted in recent years a majority of parents feel charter schools do a better job than traditional public schools. 

Galgiani and Geragos take on San Joaquin County in federal court


A federal judge in Sacramento heard arguments Friday morning on a motion to open 2,600 pages of documents from the investigation into bodies found east of Stockton in 2012.

The mother of one of the victims is suing San Joaquin County over how the county handled the removal of remains from a well near Linden.

"I think they made a big mess. I feel like my daughter was murdered all over," said JoAnn Hobson's mother Shelley.

Because some victims taken from the well still haven't been identified, county officials called this case an open investigation and that's why records are sealed.

"We want to make sure those investigations aren't compromised," said Mark Berry, representing San Joaquin County.

Sheriff: Teen burned during suspected honey oil extraction


A Stockton teenager remains hospitalized after being burned in what a sheriff's spokesperson says was a fire started by what appeared to be an attempt to extract THC - "honey oil."

Honey or hash oil is a concentrated or resin form of marijuana.

San Joaquin County sheriff Deputy Les Garcia said deputies on patrol in east Stockton about 5:35 p.m. Thursday reported seeing black smoke come from a home in the 800 block of South Hinkley Avenue. Additional deputies and Stockton fire crews also arrived to find the teen, who was bare-chested and wearing shorts, struck in his back by a power line that had been connected to the residence but had broken free. The force of the power line knock the boy to the ground into a fence on the east side of the street.

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Celebrate The Earth

Celebrate The Earth

For eight years Disneynature has created films released for Earth Day.  Seeing these films has become a favorite tradition for my husband and I.  This year’s movie opens on Friday, April 17 and is called Monkey Kingdom.  Part of the proceeds from attending opening week goes to protecting monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  Watching Monkey Kingdom this week is something simple and enjoyable you can do while helping our endangered friends.

U..S. Marshals bust 99 suspects in Stockton and Lodi


STOCKTON - The U.S. Marshal's Service office in Sacramento held a news conference in Stockton Thursday to announce good success with a recent round-up of suspects.

"You look at the pictures on the poster boards, and each person has a story behind it. Each suspect has victimized people in this community, and those people are resting much better," U.S. Marshal and former Sacramento police chief Albert Najera said.

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

Pacific business student wins Entrepreneur Challenge

STOCKTON — A business student from the University of the Pacific and his plan to sell naturally raised rabbit meat was the winner of the sixth San Joaquin County Entrepreneur Challenge.

Frankie Arburua III placed first during the second round of competition, beating out 15 other business ideas.  He will receive $10,000 toward his business as well as an additional $10,000 in professional services.

Arburua and his family have a 50-acre ranch in Tracy on which he plans to run the operation. Unlike a cage-based system, the rabbits would have twice the room to roam and would be raised on dirt instead of wire... Read More