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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.

Fire crews fight grass fire north of Stockton near Trinity Parkway

Stockton firefighters fought a 300-acre grass fire near Trinity Parkway and Atherton Road according to the Stockton Fire Department's spokesperson Arthur Ray.

About 20 firefighters were on scene to battle the blaze, which burned up a hay field. Fire crews planned to be out until 8 p.m. then leave two crews to fight the fire overnight according to Ray.

No details were given on how the grass fire started.

Baby falls from second-story apartment in Stockton


A 2-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Friday afternoon after falling from a second-story window at the Polo Run Apartments. The apartments were off East Hammer Lane in Stockton, according to police on scene.

After the fall, the child was taken to McNair High School where the child was flown to a hospital. The child was conscious and alert when she was taken to the hospital, according to police on scene.

At this point, the father of the girl is not being charged, but it will be up to the District Attorney to see if any neglect charges will be filed at a later point according to police.

Stockton steel company providing support to Kings arena

STOCKTON - A Stockton steel firm is providing huge pieces of steel to the downtown Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex, which is now under construction.

Schuff Steel is building the two trusses that will support the roof. The trusses are each 320 feet long and weigh about 300,000 pounds. They'll be driven to Sacramento, very slowly, in six different sections.

"They can only travel at night or early in the mornings. They have to plan specific routes away from bridges, power lines and things like that. It takes two days to reach the site -- 50 miles," Schuff Steel spokesperson Eddie Jones explained.

It's the largest project done at the Schuff Steel plant in Stockton since it began work six years ago.

Girls bring cookies to police after K9 death

Stockton police officers got a small ray of sunshine on Wednesday when two girls delivered cookies to the station after one of their K9's, Nitro, died from a heat related issue.

Maggie Miller, 11 and Carly Monroe, 8, said they were heartbroken when they heard of the police dogs death.

"I saw it on the news that Nitro died and it broke our hearts," said Maggie Miller. "Nitro always helped the police department, now it was our turn to help the police."

Both girls said they felt better they were able to help bring a small amount of happiness into the station.

"They smiled and laughed," Miller said. "It really made their day."

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Stockton police: Faulty air conditioning caused K9 death

STOCKTON - Police said Wednesday it was faulty air conditioning equipment in a patrol car that contributed to the death of K9 officer Nitro Tuesday afternoon.

The dogs handler was assisting with an arrest and crowd control in temperatures well past 100. Nitro was left in the police vehicle by his handler.

"He came back within 15 minutes and saw his dog in distress. He immediately went to a nearby vet clinic where Nitro died from his injuries," Officer Joe Silva said.

Silva explained there are safety measures in place to prevent such accidents.