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Stockton Police: Man found in car was shot


A man was shot and killed in Stockton Saturday afternoon.

Stockton police said the man was found in the driver's seat of a silver sedan. The car had crashed into a fence outside a home near Monroe and Jefferson streets.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other information about the victim was available.

Police received reports of the shooting just before 1 p.m. No other information about the shooting were released.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting.

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PG&E seeks to stop irrigation district from taking customers


STOCKTON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has filed a lawsuit attempting to block a small Northern California irrigation district from taking away thousands of its customers.

The Record reported Saturday that the South San Joaquin Irrigation District promises to charge 15 percent less for power to about 38,000 homes and businesses in Manteca, Escalon and Ripon.

A local board, called the Local Agency Formation Commission, says the irrigation district can move forward with its takeover plans, drawing the lawsuit.

PG&E spokeswoman Brandy Ehlers says the power company doesn't believe the irrigation district will be able to charge lower rates as promised.

She says local schools and other agencies will lose out on taxes that PG&E pays.

Stockton Arena not enough to draw outside businesses


STOCKTON - As Sacramento prepares to see dramatic growth of new business around the downtown arena that's under construction, similar development still hasn't happened in Stockton.

It's been nine years since the Stockton Arena was built, and even though the building draws large crowds for hockey, concerts and circus events, the popularity of the building hasn't led to other business growth in that part of the city.

A large area of ground between the arena and the waterfront remains dirt and weeds. A large potential office or retail space at the base of the arena garage also remains undeveloped.

Teen boxer rises above family tragedy to win in the ring


Stockton can be tough place to grow up.

The city lives in poor economic times and has earned a reputation as a tough place to survive.

"I've seen a lot of things in Stockton," 14-year old Gabriel Flores Jr. said. "I've seen people doing drugs. I've seen people with guns."

Hoping to escape the crime and bad times, Gabriel and his father Gabriel Flores Sr. turned to the sport of boxing at their family owned Los Gallos Boxing Academy.

"My goal for him is to not to get into anything like that," Flores Sr. said. "I want him to walk a straight line, do good in school and accomplish his dream of boxing."

Since the age of 7, Gabriel has had a promising amateur career. He has fought 75 times, compiling a 69-6 record, while collecting nine national titles.

13 and 15-year-old among group arrested for Stockton double shooting


Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed a man and wounded a woman Wednesday night near the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, Stockton police said.

Police said Thursday that they had arrested Derrick McDowell, 20, as well as a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy on suspicion on homicide. The three matched descriptions of the suspects and were seen walking in the neighborhood after the shooting took place.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said the two victims, a 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were in a vehicle when they were shot around 8:20 p.m. near Telegraph and Pershing avenues. After the shooting, their vehicle traveled half a block and crashed into a tree at Pershing and Princeton avenues.

Thieves try to steal lawn, Stockton homeowner says


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Crime is nothing new for residents in Stockton, but one homeowner found out that thieves were on the prowl for an unusual item – his lawn.

On Monday, Michael Padilla came home to discover his artificial front lawn in shambles. About 30 retention spikes that anchored down the turf were pulled out and scattered throughout the synthetic grass. A section of the lawn was pulled up, as if someone was trying to take it out.

At that point, Padilla knew his lawn was the target of thieves.

Restaurant shuffle at Stockton's Pacific Avenue Bowl


STOCKTON - A bowling alley may not seem the most ideal location for a restaurant, but for Chuck's Diner in Stockton, it would be the perfect spot.

"If the opportunity is given to me to move to a bigger and better location, as far as I'm concerned, I better take it," Chuck's owner Steve Grant said.

There's some controversy that the spot is soon becoming available. Victoria's Mexican restaurant is being evicted, although the owner claimed she was promised a long-term lease before moving. The lease option never came.

"We were asking every month for a long-term lease. Otherwise, we would not have come here. We go month to month and end up with nothing," Victoria Juarez said.

Owners of the bowling alley disputed there were any promises of a long-term lease, and said customer unhappiness is the reason for the eviction.