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Young woman helps others escape prostitution


STOCKTON - After a life that included parental drug use, domestic violence, homelessness and even prostitution, speaking before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people was a breeze for Courtney Baldwin.

Baldwin, 20, was a featured speaker this week at the annual Women's Center Youth and Family Services luncheon where she told the story of living through and managing to escape those conditions.

Baldwin was born to drug addicts and moved to Stockton from the Bay Area when she was 4 years old to live with a foster family. She admits to being rebellious as a 15 year old and that began a series of poor decisions that eventually led her to stripping and prostitution in Stockton.

"This was to pay bills and get food. I would use men to have a place to sleep, or get food or something. Where else was I going to get it?" Baldwin said in an interview with News10.

Three teen students assaulted near Turlock schools

Three teen students assaulted near Turlock schools


SACRAMENTO - Police in Turlock are stepping up patrols around several schools after three teens were assaulted in less than 24 hours.

Police say one girl was groped as she was walking home from school Monday afternoon.

Two more students were assaulted on their way to school Tuesday morning.

The attacks put parents, students and staff at Turlock Junior High and Pitman High schools on high alert. A total of three female students were targeted in the area on three separate occasions.

The Turlock Unified School District sent out an automated phone message to all parents, warming them to take precautions.

The first incident happened Monday afternoon as a 16-year-old girl was walking home from school on Christoffersen Parkway. Police say a man grabbed her inappropriately. She was able to free herself and ran to a nearby church to ask for help.

Cameras catch crime after crime on fremont street


STOCKTON - At Jerry's Archery in Stockton, it was dejavu early Monday morning when thieves used a truck to break a hole in a wall to steal items from inside the store.

It was the third time in two months thieves broke into the archery business. The crime and many others were caught on the camera system at Collins Electric across the street.

At the archery business, thieves grabbed three bows from the store the shop owner valued at $4,000. Two of the bows were found on the ground nearby.

But many car owners who park on Fremont Street haven't been so fortunate. Video from Collins Electric shows one vehicle being broken into by one man and then ripped off a second time a few minutes later by someone else. Another clip shows one man breaking into one vehicle after another.

Stockton mayor gives up private security badges


STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has turned over to police eight badges he ordered for his private security staff.

Silva said in a written statement he's done "nothing wrong", but said the badge controversy was producing too much attention.

It was last week Silva revealed he'd bought the badges for his security people and himself. He said they were needed in some neighborhoods where he does work as mayor.

But the mayor's move brought criticism because the badges looked so much like actual police badges and because there were questions if the mayor was following city code for having private security.

The following is Silva's statement Monday regarding the badge issue.

Stockton shooting victims identified


SACRAMENTO - Three people died in shootings in Stockton since Friday evening.

They were Octavio Galavis Jr., 40, who was fatally shot on the 800 block of Yorkshire Avenue at 7:05 Friday evening, Deputy Les Garcia with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said.

Saturday night at 11:02, Milton Colmenares-Corona, 23, died after being shot on the 1700 block of South Madison Street, Garcia said.

And then Sunday morning at 7:23, Sheila Jenkins, 50, was shot dead on the 2200 block of Marsh Street.

All of the victims were from Stockton.

There has been one arrest in connection with the shootings. Stockton police officers arrested Robert Earl Thomas, 44, in connection withe the death of Jenkins. According to police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva, there had been a dispute between the suspect and victim prior to the shooting.


Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.


Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.