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Stockton firefighters battle house fire in north Stockton

ID=29297893Stockton firefighters battled a house fire Thursday afternoon in the 8300 block of Don Avenue according to Stockton Police.

Witnesses and the Stockton Fire Department on the scene said that a car was going west on Segarini Way before it ran a stop sign, hit a utility box then smashed into a duplex, causing the duplex to catch on fire.

The garage burned up in the fire but no one was seriously injured according to Stockton police

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Stockton blitz team's work leads to legal claims

STOCKTON - The city of Stockton is facing two legal claims after work done by it's Neighborhood Blitz Teams last January.

Blitz teams are comprised of police and code enforcement workers, who focus on troubled neighborhoods for criminal activity and code violations. Last January's effort was on Gateway Court and extensive work was done at the Adobe Hacienda apartment complex.

"The code enforcers came with police, and bullied these tenants, and threatened them," said Leora Perkowsk, who's representing the owners of the apartments.

She said tenants were so alarmed, many have moved out and the owner has suffered $300,000 in damages.

Residents have a separate claim against the city, filed by a Bay Area attorney.

Stockton officials said they could not comment on the Blitz Team claims, since there is now litigation.

Fewer homeowners underwater in mortgages

Fewer homeowners underwater in mortgages

The housing market continued its recovery as CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, released a new analysis showing 254,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2015.

Nationwide, nearly 90 percent of mortgaged residential properties, approximately 44.9 million, now have positive equity. Just over 5.1 million properties, approximately 10.2 percent, still have negative equity meaning owners are upside down or underwater in their mortgages.

Locally the numbers aren’t quite as good. The company’s statistics indicate that 15.3 percent of homeowners in the Stockton-Lodi area ... Read More

Police looking for City of Stockton employee impersonator

He walked into the bar, apparently dressed from work, said he was a City of Stockton employee and had a beer. But when the bartender stepped outside, the suspect ran behind the counter, took money from the register and ran.

The Stockton Police Department is now asking for help in finding this suspect, who police describe is a 40 to 50-year-old black man, 6 feet tall and weighing around 240 pounds.

The suspect was last seen at Davoli's Bar in the 200 block of N. Hunter Street, wearing a blue dress shirt with a grey tie, worn under a high-visibility reflective vest. He also had on grey slacks and dress shoes, and on the right side of his hip he wore an unknown type of badge.

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Door-to-door salesmen take down armed robber

Two door-to-door salesmen took down, and helped Stockton police arrest, a suspect who attempted to rob them while they were on the job.

The failed attempt at armed robbery happened in the 3100 block of Grange Avenue, according to police. The suspect, 20-year-old Gabriel Armenta, pointed a black handgun at the victims, who were out making sales for work. But police said the victims refused to be robbed.

Police said the two salesmen struggled with Armenta and eventually managed to take his gun away. The suspect then pulled out a knife and tried to stab the victims, but again they disarmed Armenta and were able to restrain him until police arrived.

Armenta is being held by authorities on robbery and weapons charges.

The Campus nearly ready to open

The Campus nearly ready to open

STOCKTON — Stockton’s new childcare center, The Campus, is close to opening in downtown Stockton. The community was invited to tour the center Monday evening.

When The Campus opens Aug. 12, it will be equipped to serve 65 children between the ages of 18 months to 4 years.

The Campus is the brainchild of Megan Cort, wife of developer Zac Cort, who is seeking to breathe new life into downtown Stockton with housing and commercial development. The Campus is located in the renovated Newberry Building at 123 North Sutter St... Read More

Delta College Citizens’ Oversight Committee 2013/14 Annual Report

Delta College Citizens’ Oversight Committee 2013/14 Annual Report

Delta College’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) has released its Measure L Bond 2013/14 Annual Report. The COC is responsible for reviewing expenditures related to the College’s
$250-million Measure L general obligation bond, which was approved by voters on March 2, 2004.

The Citizens’ Oversight Committee consists of at least nine members. Committee members must reside in the San Joaquin Delta Community College District, be 18 years or older, and may not be an employee, vendor, contractor or consultant for the District.

Committee responsibilities include: reviewing quarterly expenditure reports produced by the District; informing the public concerning the District’s expenditure of bond proceeds, and presenting an annual report to the Board of Trustees.