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Armed thieves steal pit bull puppies from home

Three pit bull puppies were stolen Monday from a Stockton residence, Stockton police said.

The victim told police that at about 5 p.m. two men walked into his home in the 1900 block of Gordon Verner Circle, grabbed his pit bull puppies and tried to leave. When confronted, one of the thieves pointed a handgun at the victim.

The thieves fled with the puppies and drove away in a late-model green four-door Honda, police said.

The first suspect is described as African-American who is about 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and who weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, white hat and blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as African-American who is about 28 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and who weighs about 210 pounds. He was wearing a red tank top and blue jeans and armed with a black handgun.

The robbery is under investigation.

Book on Stockton government handed out in schools


STOCKTON - A 14-page booklet on how the government of Stockton functions is being distributed to schools in the Stockton Unified School District.

The author is Stockton Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald, who hopes to make Stockton young people more aware of how local government works and encourage better participation.

"We vote at a lower rate than the state average. Many don't have basic civic literacy. They don't know who their councilperson is, if they're doing a good job or bad job," Fitzgerald said.

Gun battle in flea market parking lot leads to man's death

A 22-year-old man died Sunday as a result of wounds he suffered during a gun battle in a Stockton flea market parking lot, Stockton police said.

The man's name has not been released.

Police said the man was walking through a flea market parking lot in the 2500 block of South El Dorado Street at about 2:47 p.m. when he made comments to three people walking in front of him. A Stockton police press release did not describe the nature of the comments.

The man then pulled out a gun and shot at the three people in front of him. One of the three people returned fire and shot the man, who later died at the hospital.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, Stockton police said.

Victim found shot multiple times in Stockton

A 30-year-old man was in critical but stable condition after he was found shot multiple times Saturday night in Stockton, according to Stockton police.

The victim's name has not been released. Police said he was found at about 6:45 p.m. in the area of Glendora and Inglewood avenues, where there had been a report of a shooting.

The victim told police he had been walking in the area and heard gunshots but that he did not see who shot him. He was taken to a local hospital.

The shooting is under investigation.

2 shot, wounded after Stockton concert

Two people were shot and wounded after a concert at the Stockton Arena early Saturday morning. The shootings happened at different times and at different locations.

A 33-year-old woman was shot while walking to her vehicle around 1:15 a.m. on the 100 block of W. Fremont Street, Stockton police said. The woman heard several gunshots and realized she was hit. The woman was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the hospital.

When the shooting happened, several people ran from the area. Police said there was no witness or suspect information available.

15-year-old driver killed, passengers injured in Stockton crash

A 15-year-old teen was killed and several other passengers were injured in a solo-vehicle crash on N. Wilson Way near E. Alpine Avenue Friday morning.

A small, silver 1999 Ford was speeding in the number one lane on southbound Wilson when the driver lost control and veered to the right, traveling down an embankment and plowing into a 45 mph speed limit sign and a tree, according to California Highway Patrol Officer James Smith. The driver, later identified as Dylan James Chandler, died in the collision.

"I heard some tires screeching," witness Paul Salinas said. He was setting up at the flea market across the street and saw the crash. "I saw the car swerving to the right. I'm not sure if it was losing control or if it was burning out on purpose."

Dylan's cousin Tino Thurman spoke with the victim's girlfriend about the crash.

Nine pound of drugs seized in Stockton

Law enforcement officers arrested two people and seized nine pounds of drugs Thursday during searches conducted in Stockton as a result of a three-month investigation.

Theolis Vester Stewart, 49, and Andrea Hornbeak, 41, both of Stockton, were arrested on charges of sales of controlled substances, according to Vacaville police. Officers seized about 2.8 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.2 pounds of heroin, 2.2 pounds of powder cocaine, 2.8 pounds of crack and two handguns.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the Vacaville Police Department Narcotic Enforcement Team, the Vacaville Police Department Crime Suppression Team, the Stockton Police Department and the Antioch Police Department. The investigation targeted the "drug sales activities" of Stewart, according to a Vacaville police press release.