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Stockton algae problem grows worse with no solution


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STOCKTON - The algae situation on Stockton's waterfront is so unpleasant, people walking by talk of literally getting sick.

"(It smells like) sewer water, it's horrible, it makes me want to throw up half the time," said Samantha Myles, who walks near the water to reach school.

Each summer in Stockton, algae blooms along the waterfront, but this year's crop is worse than anyone can remember.

"It's frustrating and embarrassing, as we try to re-brand the city," Mayor Anthony Silva said.

Update: Delta College approves new stadium after field mistake


UPDATE at 11:45 p.m.

Delta College trustees approved a new soccer field by a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, paving the way for a new field to be in place possibly as soon as August 2015.

"Some mistakes were made on that practice field and so we're kind of trying to rectify some of those mistakes and finally get the field that was in the original plans out there for our soccer teams to play on," Delta College Athletic Director Dr. Daryl Arroyo said.

The new field will integrate the soccer program into the existing facilities for football and baseball.

"We have a field house out there. We have bathrooms, we have a concession stand," Arroyo said. "Only soccer doesn't use it."

"This is a facility that we absolutely need," Delta Board of Trustees President Taj Kahn said. "Soccer is growing in the United States tremendously."

I-5 south through Stockton a challenge


STOCKTON - Drivers already frustrated by never-ending construction on Interstate 5 in Stockton have a new challenge to face. South of March Lane, the southbound traffic is separated, with the far right lane taking cars away from the middle and left lanes.

Two exits in that area aren't accessible if drivers make the mistake of staying to the left and not moving into that right lane.

The southbound lane separation is expected to last for about six months. The freeway construction projects on I-5 in Stockton won't be completed until 2016.


Fire devours Clements restaurant


CLEMENTS, Calif. - Firefighters switched from offense to defense while battling a fire that destroyed a restaurant in Clements Monday night.

The fire was first reported at 11:30 p.m. near state Route 12 near Mackville Road, according to the battalion chief on scene.

Crews were on the roof of the building fighting the fire for 45 minutes until it got out of control, forcing them to move everyone off the building, the battalion chief said.

Two warehouses were also in the complex where the restaurant was located but they were saved.

No injuries were reported according to the battalion chief.

Seven different fire departments responded to the fire.


courthouse construction crew uses drone for video


STOCKTON - Turner Construction, which is building Stockton's new courthouse, flies a camera-equipped drone over the worksite every several days. The idea is to document the work for marketing and historical purposes. The video is also used to help improve building techniques.

"We get better the next time, with lessons learned. We like to demonstrate we're a pretty good construction company," engineer Adam Della Monica said.

Turner has flown a plane over construction sites for these kinds of photos in the past. A drone and camera make it easier and less expensive.

"We're going with this for a fraction of the price. We have more control of what we're taking pictures of," said Della Monica.

When the courthouse is finished, it will have 13 floors, making it Stockton's tallest building. Two large cranes were recently constructed by Turner to assist with the project.

Police seeking missing at-risk Stockton man


The Stockton Police Department are seeking the public's help locating a missing 57-year-old man from Stockton.

David Berry, who also goes by the nickname Jack, left his North Stockton home Monday at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to a Stockton police report.

Berry was described as a white man, 5'10" tall, 160 pounds with white hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance but he regularly wears a Vietnam veteran baseball cap.

He has a medical condition which can cause him to become lost, the report detailed.

Anyone with information on Berry's whereabouts was asked to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-7911.


Shooting victim runs through Stockton business, collapses in street


A man shot in Stockton Wednesday morning died after running through a business and collapsing in the street.

Witnesses told Stockton police the man was shot near Knickerbocker Dr.and Bordeaux Ave. He then ran through a nearby business and out the back door before running onto Bordeaux where he collapsed.

Responding emergency personnel transported the man to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man's identity was withheld pending notification of family.

The suspected shooter was described as a black man with dreadlocks and a green, hooded sweatshirt.