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Questions raised over Stockton drowning accident


ID=13887229A Stockton family raid questions about the death of a rising scholar.

Abdul Juana, 20, died July 30 following a drowning accident; but some family members think it was more than just an accident.

Friends and relatives of Abdul Juana said the young man did not have a bad bone in his body.

"He's a very peaceful person. He wouldn't hurt a fly," said Abdul's sister, Magdalene Juana.

Juana was attending San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton where he was pursuing his dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Homicide in Tracy a first in nearly 2 years


It had almost been two years since there was a homicide in Tracy until a man died of an alleged gun-shot wound Sunday morning according to Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Steve Beukelman.

Beukelman said Tracy police officers responded to a shooting in the 1900 block of Notre Dame Ct at 1:21 a.m. where they found a 25-year-old Filipino man with what appeared to be a gun-shot wound.

The man was unresponsive to officers and he was transported to a local hospital where he was announced dead two hours later.

According to Beukelman it had been almost two years since the last homicide in Tracy. The last one occurred in September 2012.

No arrests have been made. Tracy police officers are continuing this investigation.


Woman shot, killed near Stockton apartment complex


A woman died after being shot in the chest near a northwest Stockton apartment complex Friday afternoon, Stockton police said.

The woman was taken to the hospital to get treatment for her injuries, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. in 3200 block of Blue Ridge Circle.

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Police Officer Joe Silva said the suspects are two males in their late teens or early 20s. Silva would only say the shooting came after "some sort of dispute."

Stockton pastor organizes "lifer" video chats with at-risk kids


STOCKTON, Calif. - When Valerie Frazier retired from the prison system as a parole administrator and went to work as a pastor at HOPE ministries, she didn't leave her first career far behind.

She now oversees Youth Leadership Academies at HOPE, puts teens through eight-week programs that pay, and offers classes for nutrition and money management. Frazier also has the kids sit and talk with women serving life sentences at the prison in Chowchilla.

"I spent 25 years dealing with prisoners. My goal and hope is we can do something different. All of you are here because I want you to have a better life," She tells the teens before she dials in the video feed from the prison.

Stockton police release video of homicide suspect


SACRAMENTO - The Stockton Police Department released a video Thursday of a man suspected of fatally stabbing another man Wednesday night during a fight.

Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of S. California Street around 5:16 p.m. in response to a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a 32-year-old man who had been stabbed, Stockton police spokesperson Joe Silva said.

The victim was transported to the local hospital, where he died of his injuries Thursday morning.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspect and victim had been in a fight when the victim was stabbed according to Silva.

Silva described the suspect in the video as a bald black man with a goatee. He was in his 50s, 6-feet tall and weighed 240 pounds.

Man wounded after Craigslist deal goes bad in Stockton


A man was wounded when a Craigslist deal escalated into a shooting Wednesday evening in Stockton.

The victim, who was attempting to sell a gaming console, was shot in the stomach. He was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for critical injuries, Stockton police officer Joseph Silva said. No other information about the victim was available.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. outside of the 24 Hour Fitness near W. Benjamin Holt Drive and Interstate 5.

Silva said the suspect stole the gaming console, shot the victim and then ran away from the scene.

The victim's girlfriend was with him at the time of the shooting, Silva said. It's unclear if she was injured during the incident.

Officers continue to investigate the scene.


Teenage Stockton murder suspect surrenders to police


A teen who was named as a suspect in the shooting death of a youth pastor turned himself in to Stockton police Tuesday afternoon.

Keith Denegal, Jr., 17, was taken into custody at the Stockton police headquarters in connection to the death of Jesus Villegas Mendonza, 23, on May 6. He was booked into juvenile hall.

"He turned himself over to homicide detectives and he was with his lawyer," Officer Joe Silva said.

According to investigators, Mendoza was shot while driving home to his family after work on Main Street. A bullet went through the windshield and hit Mendoza, killing him. Detectives believe Mendoza was not the intended target.

On May 13, a no-bail felony homicide arrest warrant was issued for Denegal.