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Police: Man busted in college restroom lewd behavior case


A man authorities say has admitted to San Joaquin Delta College police he was hanging around Stockton campus restrooms with the intent of committing lewd or lascivious activities has been arrested.

Robert Heckard, Jr., 18, from Stockton, was arrested on suspicion of loitering in or about a public restroom and lying to a police officer, the college news release stated.

The first reports of Heckard's alleged activities were in late February. Police posted a video of an individual, later identified as Heckard by tips, prior to going into a restroom and allegedly engaging in lewd behavior.

Heckard was taken into custody Thursday morning while loitering around a restroom in DeRicco Student Services building. The release said a campus officer recognized him from the video.

San Joaquin Co. sheriff responds to charge his office deleted files


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STOCKTON - San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore is insisting he and his office did nothing wrong when it came to the handling of missing persons files.

Earlier this week state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-5th District, accused Moore's office of deleting files years ago when search crews were looking for victims of serial killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

"Someone at the sheriff's office ordered the record be deleted," Galgiani said in a federal court motion connected to a case in which Moore is a defendant. Galgiani won't offer a possible motive for why Moore would have made that move.

Pot grow houses found next door to each other in Stockton


STOCKTON - Drug agents in San Joaquin County discovered two marijuana grow houses, next door to each other, on Tuesday morning.

Agents from the regional drug task force were alerted to the first house because of its extremely high electricity usage. While the home on Universal Drive in Stockton's Weston Ranch neighborhood was empty, agents did find about 250 plants.

A short time later, they realized the home next door was also using unusually high amounts of electricity. After obtaining a search warrant, agents discovered approximately 1,000 plants being grown or processed in that home.

"It's easy money," county prosecutor Todd Turner said in regard to the high number of pot houses being discovered around Stockton.

Missing person files go missing in San Joaquin Sheriff's Office


The San Joaquin Sheriff's Office has been accused by relatives of deleting or canceling missing person files for at least five cases. The cases have possible connections to the so-called Speed Freak Killers, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. Shermantine and Herzog were convicted of four murders, but are believed to be responsible for many more.

Marie Gillit said her father, Phillip Cabot Martin used to work construction with Shermantine.

"He [her father] is not a man that would abandon his children," she said.

Her father disappeared in 1993. She said his burned car was found in the construction impound, but there was no sign of him. Gillit said she checked in with San Joaquin investigators regularly for the last 22 years, but no one told her that her father's case had been deleted.

Two people dead in I-5 collision south of Stockton


A fiery collision on Interstate 5 south of Stockton Monday night has left two people dead, the California highawy Patrol confirmed.

Officer James Smith said a disabled vehicle was on the roadside of southbound I-5 just north of Lathrop Road when a semi struck it.

The big rig traveled off the shoulder and overturned and the vehicle caught on fire, Smith said.

It wasn't immediately clear if the victims were in the vehicle and/or the semi.

The number three lane of I-5 was expected to be closed for at least four hours for the investigation and clearing from the crash which was first reported at 8:21 p.m.


Stockton PD sergeant ready for move to congress


STOCKTON - Though she said the official announcement of her candidacy won't come until later this month, it's clear Stockton police Sgt. Kathryn Nance is running for Congress.

Nance, a Republican, hopes to unseat 5-time Rep. Jerry McNerney, claiming the incumbent has under served Stockton and San Joaquin County during his time in Congress.

"If I thought everything was great, and the representative was doing everything he could, why would I change that?" Nance said. "I think there's a lack of involvement and you see it in several areas. You see it with water issues, you see it with crime rates, and you see it with economics."

Nance is married to a cop and the mother of four. She's also the head of the Stockton Police Union. Nance said working for the union elevated her interest in politics.

Grieving Stockton family thanks man who helped catch suspect


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A Stockton family whose father was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Wednesday is thanking the man who helped stop the fleeing suspect.

Sol Eichner, 29, of Stockton, led the California Highway Patrol and police office on a nearly 40-mile chase before he was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, evading a peace officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, according to Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva.

Eichner had managed to evade officers when he slammed into a car driven by 59-year-old Ricardo Estrada, who later died of his injuries.