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Witness to stockton bank robbery offers new details


STOCKTON, Calif. - A Stockton man who was in a Bank of the West when it was robbed three weeks ago, setting up a deadly gun battle, offers an inside look at how the robbery unfolded.

The man isn't revealing his last name but Mike said he was leaving the bank as the robbers arrived.

"The youngest stepped in front of the guard and put a gun under my chin and said, 'we're robbing the bank, don't be a hero, the money isn't yours,'" Mike said, who was pushed back into the bank by the suspects.

"They pushed us over, laid face down, they said 'don't look, look away, look into the carpet,'" he said.

Mike recalled there was a great deal of confusion in the bank when the robbers demanded a key to unlock secure areas. Employees weren't certain which of them had the key the robbers were demanding.

Stockton mother arrested after toddler's fall from third-story window


SACRAMENTO – A Stockton woman was arrested Sunday for child endangerment after her 2-year-old daughter fell from the third floor window of a residential motel and she failed to call for help.

Stockton police said the person who reported the incident at the Knights Inn on N. El Dorado Street at 11:17 p.m. told them the mother came downstairs, picked up the toddler then went back up to her motel room.

Police identified the mother as Deonna Wooldridge, 29, who was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Van driver crashes into 3 people at Stockton Flea Market


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STOCKTON- A driver of a van hit three people at a Stockton Flea Market on Wilson Way late Sunday afternoon according to the California Highway Patrol.

Then, according to one witness, the driver took off "like a bat out of hell."

CHP believed the driver of a blue and white van had mechanical problems with vehicle.

Just after 5p.m. the driver hit several stands inside the Wilson Way Flea Market and crashed into a fence. In the process, the driver also hit two youngsters and an older man.

The driver didn't stop though.

Van driver crashes into 3 people at Stockton Flea Market


STOCKTON- A driver of a van hit three people at a Stockton Flea Market Sunday on Wilson Way late Sunday afternoon according to the CHP.

Then, according to one witness the driver took off "like a bat out of hell."

The CHP believed the driver of a blue and white van had mechanical problems with vehicle.

Just after 5p.m. the driver hit several stands inside the Wilson Way Flea Market and crashed into a fence. In the process, the driver also hit two youngsters and an older man.

The driver didn't stop though.

"I think accidently, he didn't see the children; he got nervous and took off," said vendor Ivan Gutierrez.

"He took off this way like a bat out of hell and 2 cars chased him," said shopper Abraham Rodriguez.

1 killed by Stockton CHP officer


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A person was shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer in Stockton Saturday afternoon.

CHP responded to a reckless driver call east of Highway 99 in north Stockton, Officer James Smith said. When officers found the driver near E. Foppiano Lane and Oneto Road, the truck had crashed into some brush.

Officers approached the driver, who then presented a weapon at the officers, Smith said. The officers then fired at the driver and fatally wounded the subject. Smith said the officers performed life saving measures, but when medics arrived at the scene, the driver was pronounced dead.

Family of Manteca man killed in Gaza strike

Family of Manteca man killed in Gaza strike


Even as the violence escalates following the breakdown of Friday's ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, some Palestinian-Americans are slowly learning about family members affected by earlier incidents.

Like many Palestinian-Americans, Manteca's Mohammad Elfarra has been watching the news from Gaza closely, but the worst report came in the form of a phone call from a friend in the West Bank.

"He said, 'hey give me a call back. We just saw something on the news that reported a family of eight from the Elfarra family in the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, which is our home town, that they were killed in one air strike,'" Elfarra recalled.

Soon other family members began confirming the reports.

"There's no words for it until you experience it," Elfarra said. "You have nothing that can describe that pain and that hurt."

Heated argument in Stockton leads to homicide


SACRAMENTO -- San Joaquin County Sheriff deputies learned that a heated argument between neighbors may have possibly lead to a man's death in Stockton Saturday night, according to San Joaquin spokesman Steve Moore.

At around 9:00 p.m. deputies arrived to the 900 block of S. Olive Ave in Stockton, after they received several calls about a shooting in front of a home in the area.

When deputies arrived they found one man outside a home with a gunshot wound to his upper body. When paramedics arrived they pronounced him dead.

While at the scene deputies learned that a heated argument between neighbors may have lead both sides to produce guns before the shooting happened. One subject is currently detained while another is wanted for questioning according to Moore.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office at (209) 468-4400