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Man arrested after using samurai-like sword during Stockton robbery

A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after using what Stockton police described as a "large knife similar to a samurai sword" while he tried to rob another man.

Lymon Melton was booked for attempted robbery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, the Stockton Police Department said in a Facebook post.

The robbery happened at 2:30 a.m. as a 38-year-old man was walking home in the area of El Dorado and Jefferson Streets, before he was confronted by Melton.

Melton demanded money and brandished his knife, then hit the victim over the head when the victim refused to give him anything. The victim fought back using his belt according to the department.

Stockton water customers confused over billing glitch

Stockton water customers confused over billing glitch

STOCKTON — The city of Stockton has been flooded with calls from confused residents who received bills that incorrectly showed their accounts were past due.

The city said the mistake happened when nearly 38,000 customers, who previously received a combined (unified) bill from Cal Water, received their first bill from the city of Stockton for sewer, stormwater, garbage and recycling services.

According to the city, about a third of the city of Stockton accounts in the Cal Water service area were posted late because of a “technical issue.”... Read More

Stockton to develop new 'brand' campaign to attract visitors

The Stockton tourism agency titled 'Visit Stockton' is spending 80 thousand dollars to have a new city brand developed.

"(Cities need a brand?) I think they do. We're not trying to change the image and become the tourism capital of California. Just looking to get our piece of the pie," said Wes Rhea of Visit Stockton.

The agency has hired a Nashville company to research Stockton and develop a strategy to attract more tourists, and more tourist dollars.

Unfortunately, the city has a rocky history with similar campaigns. Stockton Forward, Celebrate Stockton and Pride of the Valley are a few of the attempts to alter Stockton's image and attract more visitors to the area.

Rhea said the most recent effort kicked off just as the economy crashed and Stockton was closing in on bankruptcy. He hopes the next campaign has more success.

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. ... Read More

Bomb squad responds to explosive device in Stockton neighborhood

The Stockton bomb squad responded to an explosive device discovered after an attempted home burglary early Friday morning, according to the Stockton Police Department.

At 11:28 a.m. the department announced the street, West Creek Drive, was secured and had reopened.

Officer Joe Silva with the department said at 5:45 a.m. officers responded to a burglary call in progress in the area of Hammer Lane and Kelly Drive.

The burglary suspect, age 40, tried to run away from officers, according to Silva, but officers were able to catch up to him, tase him and released a canine unit to subdue the suspect.

Throughout this effort Silva said the suspect was attempting to light a pipe bomb in order to somehow avoid going back to jail.

Silva said the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries caused by the tasing and canine unit.

Stockton cop discusses his role in bank robbery, deadly shootout

STOCKTON - One year after the violent crime spree in Stockton that killed an innocent hostage and two of the suspects, a retired police officer is talking about his role during the day's events.

Capt. Doug Anderson was doing office work when the Bank of the West was robbed, leading to the taking of hostages, and then an hour long shootout with police. Anderson was assigned to the bank to handle matters there.

However, Anderson went to a Highway 99 off ramp instead after hearing on his radio the suspects were headed south on the freeway. He positioned himself at the Morada Lane exit, and within a minute, the suspects and their two hostages arrived and then parked.

Anderson was certain the suspects were planning to ambush the officers chasing them.

Sacramento Needs to Address Its Lack of Technical Training

Sacramento Needs to Address Its Lack of Technical Training

By Roger Speer

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers.

Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly-skilled baby boomers that are entering retirement.

So where will we find these workers? There are many young adults in the 18- to 24-year-old age bracket that possess no post-high school education. Many of these individuals are either unemployed or have low-paying jobs that offer limited career paths.

While the national unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent to 5.5 percent since the country entered recession in 2008, youth unemployment has remained stubbornly high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.