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Prosthetic limb stolen from admitted gang member

STOCKTON, CA - A 50-year-old Stockton man who said an artificial limb was ripped from his body by thieves earlier this week, said the likely motive was his gang involvement.

STORY: Robbers steal Stockton man's prosthetic leg

"They come out of the bushes.  One grabbed me from behind and they popped my leg," said Jacky Copeland.  "If they take my leg, they harm me, and stop me, but it'll never happen."

Copeland has an artificial left leg because of a gang shooting nearly five years ago.  He said he served a prison sentence of more than 30 years for murder.  On one hand, he says the right thing.

"Trying to better my life.  I got a granddaughter and gotta take care of her.   Got to go to church and get right," said Copeland.

FBI ends search for 'Speed Freak Killers' victims

FBI ends search for 'Speed Freak Killers' victims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The search for missing victims of the so-called "Speed Freak Killers" has ended without success at the bottom of abandoned well in Linden in the Central Valley.  

The FBI announced Thursday it had finished a weeks-long excavation of the well outside Stockton without finding human remains. The well is 200 yards from another site where investigators last year found the remains of three women and a fetus thought to be the victims of Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. 

The two men were convicted of multiple murders after their 1999 arrests. 

In August, Shermantine was briefly removed from his death row cell and led investigators to several sites in San Joaquin County where he said victims were buried. He has since told several media outlets that investigators were digging up the wrong well.

1 killed in multi-car pileup on Hwy 26 in Stockton

1 killed in multi-car pileup on Hwy 26 in Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. - Highway26 was closed in both directions near Kastell Road for nearly three hours Tuesday morning following a fatal car crash involving four vehicles.

Officer Rich Wetzel of the California Highway Patrol said officers were dispatched to the crash around 5:24 a.m.  Officers discovered two cars, a pickup truck and a semi truck involved.

One of the individuals pinned as a result of the wreck was pronounced deceased a short while later, said Wetzel.

No information was provided on the condition of other involved individuals.

Highway 26 was reopened as of 8:24 a.m., per Wetzel.

Man apparently drowns at Stockton waterfront

STOCKTON, CA - Despite their efforts, police and fire department personnel couldn't save a man who walked into the water at the downtown Stockton waterfront Thursday afternoon and apparently drowned.

According to the Stockton police report, officers were sent to the area to check on a man acting suspiciously. However, when the patrol unit arrived, the man ran off. Officers found him again as he went into and started swimming away.

An officer dove into the water to go after the man but couldn't find him.

Fire water rescue personnel also arrived and entered the water to find the man unresponsive 20 minutes later.

The man was later pronounced dead. His name wasn't going to be released until family was notified.

Pacific in running for country’s most environmentally conscious university

Pacific in running for country’s most environmentally conscious university

The University of the Pacific this week was named one of the “Sustainable 16” for its “excellence in environmental academics and sustainability practices.”

Pacific and the other 15 colleges and universities now are in contention to be named “National Champion” in the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament, sponsored by Enviance Inc., in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics.

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Stockton park's amenities removed to curb crime

STOCKTON, CA - Bathrooms are locked and benches and tables have been removed from a Stockton park that attracted all sorts of criminal activity.

"Gambling, drinking, drug use and sales.  With the combination of that comes gun violence," said Stockton police Officer Joe Silva.

Fremont Plaza is located just north of downtown and adjacent to the Bank of Stockton main office. The bank helped the city fund the work to remove the tables and benches.

"That business district knows we have limited resources.  That's why they brought this to the police department.  It's what we've been preaching for the last six months.   We want the community more involved," said Silva.

Trees at Fremont Plaza have also been trimmed to allow more sunlight and parking hours at the park will also be reduced.

The park has also been the location of several shootings over the last year.

Sluggish growth continues, but momentum just over horizon

Sluggish growth continues, but momentum just over horizon

The state economy will continue sluggish recover in 2013, but is expected to gain momentum the following two years, according to the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center.

Real gross state product is expected to grow 2.2 percent in 2013, a similar pace to the previous three years, according to the Business Forecasting Center in a report released this morning. That growth will improve to 3 percent in 2014 and near 4 percent in 2015.

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