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Stockton hopes violence prevention office makes a difference

STOCKTON - After his department responded to five people murdered in three separate incidents late Saturday night, Stockton Chief of Police Eric Jones is anxious to see the city's new Office of Violence Prevention get staffing.

"Instead of changing strategies constantly, a community like Stockton needs that keen focus on violent crime," Jones said.

The Office of Violence Prevention is being funded through the recently passed Measure A, which also paid for 120 additional officers. Jessica Glynn was named by the Marshall Plan stakeholders group to head up the office. She starts later this week.

"It's continuing to coordinate all the efforts, so we don't have non profits and clergy going in different directions. It's keeping everyone focused on the problems and focused on what the data is telling us," Jones said.

5 killed in 3 different Stockton shootings


A string of shootings Saturday night and early Sunday in Stockton left five people dead. Stockton police investigators do not believe the three separate incidents are connected.

The first shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Bordeaux Avenue. Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said a 28-year-old man was found shot in the front yard of a home. The victim was transported to a local hospital but later died from his injuries.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

Detectives investigate shooting turned fatal at Stockton park

A 24-year-old man was transported to the hospital after being shot at a Stockton park Friday morning, according to police.

The individual was wounded at Louis Park which is west of Interstate 5 at Occidental and Monte Diablo avenues. Stockton Police Department spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said the victim died of his injuries at the hospital.

A handgun was located near the victim, Silva said. It wasn't known if it was used in the shooting.

Investigators learned there was a confrontation between two groups of people at the park prior to the shooting. After the gunfire, several individuals ran into the nearby neighborhood on foot.

No one is in custody. Silva said detectives didn't know if the incident is connected to gangs.

The shooting call came in to dispatchers at 10:17 a.m.

Stockton police: Man died after fight

Stockton police are investigating the murder of a man who died Thursday from injuries he sustained in a fight.

The name of the victim has not been released. Police said they found him at about 5:50 a.m. after they received a call about a dead man at a residence in the 1500 block of East Sixth Street.

Investigators determined that the victim had been in a fight with several other men Wednesday night outside his home, and that he died as a result of injuries he suffered in that fight.

Stockton police seek information in sexual assault

A 63-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her apartment Wednesday morning, according to Stockton police.

The attack was on the 5600 block of Stratford Circle. Officers were called to the woman's apartment at 4:29 a.m., police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said.

The assailant left in an unknown direction. He was described as a dark-skinned man with a medium build. He wore an Oakland A's baseball cap and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

The Stockton Police Department urged citizens to call if they have information about this investigation. Callers can contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Nearly 100 people attended the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce mixer Sept. 25 at the Red Orchids restaurant in downtown Stockton. But it was much more than a monthly mixer. Red Orchids is home to the Antonio DeZuniga Tribute Gallery and features some of his most well-remembered artwork. There was an emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony with Zuniga's family members, including his widow and daughter.