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UoP community rallies behind UC Santa Barbara shooting victim

STOCKTON - The extended community at the University of the Pacific has shown an outpouring of support since learning that one of their own student-athletes was among the victims in the UC Santa Barbara shooting rampage.

In addition to the six people killed by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger on Friday, 13 others were wounded and are recovering from serious injuries at area hospitals.

Among them was UoP freshman and water polo player Nick Pasichuke, who was in Isla Vista to visit a friend. As the news spread to Pasichuke's friends and teammates, loved ones rallied in support.

"It's sad when you see something like this happen, but it's also really cool to see how the Stockton community and our family, we really came together as a program to support him and all the victims over there," teammate Casey Fleming said.

Man suspected of kidnapping, forcing teen into prostitution

STOCKTON - Stockton Police arrested Chester Lewellyn Brown, 20, charging him with kidnapping, various sex-related crimes, terrorist threats and outstanding warrants.

Stockton police said a
17-year-old girl claimed she had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution by Brown.

Officers found girl at Motel 6 on the 6700 block of Plymouth Road. Investigators said she met Brown several months earlier in Antioch, Calif.

The teen ran away a few days ago after arguing with her parents. Brown then picked her up and transported her to Stockton, where he forced her to create an online account on myredbook.com and engage in acts of prostitution, Investigators said.

Suspect identified in murder outside Stockton movie theater

Stockton police have released the name and description of a suspect in a murder outside the movie theater downtown.

Michael Moreno, 24, is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and he weighs about 240 pounds, according to police. He has black hair and brown eyes and he typically wears glasses.

Police cautioned that Moreno associates with known gang members and that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is the suspect in the shooting death of Francisco Sanchez April 25 outside the City Centre Theaters at 222 N. El Dorado Street. Police said that at about 10 p.m. Sanchez got into argument with someone that escalated to a fight. Another person then pulled out a gun and shot Sanchez.

The suspects fled from the scene.

Ashley Sanchez, the wife of Francisco Sanchez, spoke at a May 19 press conference to encourage witnesses to step forward.

Cops pay for political attack ad in San Joaquin County

STOCKTON - Cable TV viewers in and around Stockton will see a political attack ad until election day favoring, but not financed by, Paul Canepa.

Canepa is running against fellow Stockton City Council member Kathy Miller for a San Joaquin County supervisor seat. The ad claims Miller she doesn't care about Stockton, attacks police and hurts families. The ad ends with the line, " you just can't trust Kathy Miller."

Canepa and Miller have an agreement not to run dirty campaigns leading up to the election. Canepa said he hasn't broken that pledge because he didn't pay for the ad. It was paid for by law enforcement unions in San Joaquin County.

"I can't control what other people do," Canepa said. "I said we'd run a good campaign and I'm holding my end of the bargain."

Stockton mayor sees city as good investment

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva hammered the theme Thursday that Stockton is a good investment, like an undiscovered stock, ready to take off.

"Make your investment now, invest in Stockton, our stock is rising," said Silva during his 2nd "State of the City" address, at the Port of Stockton.

The Stockton Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event each year. This time around Silva gave up much of his speech time to others; City Manager Kurt Wilson and Police Chief Eric Jones. Each council member also was given about five minutes for a video presentation.

Silva made sure his point was made, during his much shorter presentation.

"If you already own stock in this city, I'm advising you as mayor, hold on to the stock, you'll be pleasantly surprised," Silva said.

Why teachers, principal and monsignor get pies in their faces

Students at Presentation Parish School in Stockton were excited Wednesday not just because the school year is about over.

It also meant getting to watch three teachers, their principal, and Monsignor Larry McGovern get pies in their faces as well.

The student council, under the direction of teacher Nicole Wright, challenged students to raise funds for the St. Mary's Dining Hall, which serves the homeless in Stockton.

The three teachers with the highest dollar amounts were pied. When the donation mark passed $300, Principal Maria Amen was creamed as well. With the dollar figure passing $500 that's when Monsignor McGovern was included.

The donation total reached $900 for St. Mary's, which also offers medical and dental care, clothing and education for children of the homeless.

Alejandro Gomez was selected Delta College’s new Student Trustee

Alejandro Gomez was selected Delta College’s new Student Trustee

Alejandro Gomez was sworn in as Delta’s new Student Trustee at last night’s district board meeting. Board President Taj Kahn administered the oath. Alejandro replaces Tareka McClellan, who completed her one year term. Alejandro, a history major, has been active in Delta’s student government for the last year. He was most recently Senator of Legislative Affairs. Congratulations Alejandro Gomez. Should be an exciting year!