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Health Plan of San Joaquin hires customer service director

Health Plan of San Joaquin hires customer service director

FRENCH CAMP —  Mike McCarns has been appointed director of customer service for Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ), the organization announced Wednesday.

McCarns’ appointment follows a nationwide search.  He comes to the Central Valley from Nashville where he was executive director at health care technology company, Cognosante... Read More

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Stockton police search for man suspected of beating his mother

Stockton police are searching for a man accused of severely beating his elderly mother Saturday afternoon.

Randy Francis, 55, is considered armed and dangerous, Stockton police said. He may be driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup truck with California license plate 7N29539.

Police said Francis went to his mother's apartment complex in the 7300 block of North Pacific Avenue around 2:15 p.m. and asked to be let into her apartment. A man with the complex led Francis to his mother's unit. Police said as they entered the unit, Francis attacked the man, tied him up and took the man's truck keys.

Francis then went to his 86-year-old mother's room and "violently attacked" her, police said. He then drove away from the scene in the man's truck.

Police said Francis' mother suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Shooting in Stockton leaves man in hospital

A man was shot in the stomach Saturday around 10 a.m. in Stockton, police said.

The victim who is believed to be in his 40s was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Stockton Police Lt. Scott Botino, a black 4-door Lexus pulled up to the victim on Shimizu Drive, near Ryde Avenue. The driver and the victim had a conversation before shots were fired, Botino said. The suspect then drove away.

While there is no description of the suspect at this time, police don't believe the shooting to be gang related.

Another twist in sheriff and senator dispute might favor sheriff

STOCKTON - The state Department of Justice has offered information that lends a little clarity to a dispute between San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-5th District.

Galgiani accused the sheriff earlier this week of deleting the files of missing persons because the word "cancel" was in email correspondence between the sheriff's office and the justice department.

On Wednesday, Moore said there may have been confusion because the word "cancel" is used when records are transferred from one department to another.

This all developed when Galgiani took part in a legal motion to have records unsealed in a lawsuit alleging the sheriff's office mishandled the remains of victims of serial killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

Friday, the justice department offered an email explanation that appeared to support Moore.

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UC Berkeley Northern California Raza Day at Delta College Saturday, March 21

UC Berkeley Northern California Raza Day at Delta College Saturday, March 21

Outreach & Community Relations has partnered with the UC Berkeley Raza Recruitment & Retention Center to host UC Berkeley Northern California Raza Day at San Joaquin Delta College, Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Danner Hall.

Delta College’s Raza Day will kick off of a week long effort of recruitment. This event is the first time the UC Berkeley’s Raza Recruitment Center will host a major Community College Outreach Program in Northern California. Target Audience includes high school seniors from our district, Delta College students, parents, and educators. Register by March 18th to be considered for $100 Delta College Scholarship, must be present to be considered. All are welcome to participate!

Stockton selected for national study on police relations

STOCKTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that Stockton is one of six cities to be included in a national program on improving relations between police and the community.

The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice will also focus on Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Birmingham, Pittsburgh, and Gary, Indiana.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said his city was included for its crime issues, but also because his department has worked hard on programs that try to build community trust.

"Each site has progressive things going on and some difficult places to police. The fact we're chosen as a pilot site validates the work we're doing," Jones said.

Police: Man busted in college restroom lewd behavior case

A man authorities say has admitted to San Joaquin Delta College police he was hanging around Stockton campus restrooms with the intent of committing lewd or lascivious activities has been arrested.

Robert Heckard, Jr., 18, from Stockton, was arrested on suspicion of loitering in or about a public restroom and lying to a police officer, the college news release stated.

The first reports of Heckard's alleged activities were in late February. Police posted a video of an individual, later identified as Heckard by tips, prior to going into a restroom and allegedly engaging in lewd behavior.

Heckard was taken into custody Thursday morning while loitering around a restroom in DeRicco Student Services building. The release said a campus officer recognized him from the video.