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Former Stockton city council member says he is black


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STOCKTON - More than 30 years before a Spokane woman's racial identity claims became the lead story, Mark Stebbins was experiencing practically the same thing in Stockton.

Stebbins told people he was black when running for the Stockton City Council in the mid-80s. But Stebbins looked (and still looks) white -- and his parents were white. The man he defeated, Ralph White, said back then, "if your mother's an elephant and your father's an elephant, you can't be a lion."

12 armed robberies in Stockton in five days


Police are investigating a rash of violent armed robberies along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in south Stockton.

The most recent incidents include two armed robberies that happened Monday afternoon. During one of the robberies, a car wash employee was held up at gunpoint.

Investigators said it's still unclear if Monday's robberies are connected to the other 10 that Stockton has seen since Thursday. But, what is clear is the suspects behind them are bold, demanding and seem to be operating with a nothing to lose mentality.

The robberies are happening both day and night. The suspects approach their victims with guns in hand, demanding cash, sometimes leaving on foot, while other times jumping into a getaway vehicle.

Sometimes, the suspects target store employees, and other times they go after a person walking down the street.

Suspect killed in officer involved shooting in Stockton


A man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday night in Stockton after police witnessed the man attacking a woman inside a white vehicle, Stockton's police chief Eric Jones said.

Tracy science teacher named San Joaquin County’s teacher of the year

Tracy science teacher named San Joaquin County’s teacher of the year

Middle school science teacher, Cassandra deWood, of Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy, has been named the 2015-16 San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year, according to the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE).

She received her award at Thursday night’s Fifth Annual San Joaquin County Classified Employee and Teacher of the  Year Awards Celebration Dinner.

DeWood also received $1,000 from Premier Community Credit Union.

SJCOE said in a press release that deWood received the award because she “sets a high bar for her students and does everything she can to make sure they have what they need to reach those lofty educational goals.”

“Ms. deWood is synonymous with excellence in science education,” said Tom Hawkins Elementary School Principal Christina Orsi.

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2 lives claimed in 4 Stockton shootings Thursday


It was a violent Thursday in Stockton. Police are now investigating four shootings, two of which were fatal, that happened late in the afternoon and in the evening; it's unclear whether they are related.

South Grant Street, Seaport District

The first shooting happened in the 1500 block of South Grant Street around 3:20 p.m. The suspect attempted to steal a cell phone from the victim, age 23, while he was walking down the street. When the victim refused to give up the cell phone, the suspect shot him. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and police have not issued an update on his condition.

Stockton area housing market enters top 20


STOCKTON - Stockton and towns nearby were once described as ground zero for the foreclosure crisis. Seven years later, the Stockton area is the 20th hottest real estate market, according to Realtor.com.

Nowhere is the change more evident than in Lathrop. West of Interstate 5, the River Islands development includes a few hundred new homes, and 11,000 homes are planned for that spot during the next 25 years.

Once again, as in the 90s, it's former Bay Area residents driving the San Joaquin housing trend.

"Our (Fremont) condo, about 900 square feet, sold for $470,000. We bought this house (3 times the size) and had change left over," Marcella Welsh said.

"We wanted a new area and a new home, and we'll travel. Seems to be a nice area, and secure," said Jack Wentz, who moved to Lathrop from Pleasanton.

84-year-old man dies after crashing into four vehicles in Stockton


An 84-year-old man died unexpectedly Wednesday night after he crashed into four vehicles and was later brought into a Stockton hospital.

Stockton police posted on their Facebook page that at 5:21 p.m. the man collided his vehicle with four other vehicles at the intersection of Pershing and Alpine Avenues, causing his vehicle to overturn.

At the time, police didn't think the man had serious injuries, but he unexpectedly died at a nearby hospital, police said. Investigators are now following up to find the cause of the collisions.