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Detectives seek information about east Stockton murder

Monday night, Aug. 11, at 10:44 p.m., Jose Diaz was found fatally shot on the 1900 block of E. Mariposa Road in Stockton, police say.

Detectives don't have a motive or suspect in the killing of the 21-year-old man.

Any witnesses or anyone with information on Diaz's murder was urged to call 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 leading to an arrest.

Additionally, tipsters can text information from cellphones to 'Crimes' (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip, or log on to the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page and click 'Submit A Tip'. Tipsters may also send tips on the Stockton PD Mobile Phone App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Stockton police chief talks transparency, handling protests

STOCKTON - As the nation reacts to how police and protesters are behaving in Missouri, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones could have been facing a similar scenario, but isn't.

Jones said Monday police gunfire killed hostage Misty Singh during a bank robbery, kidnapping and shootout incident on July 16.

Jones has been open about the incident since the beginning and has earned community support for his willingness to talk about the shooting.

"Why not for the community and the family, put it out as soon as possible?" Jones said. "We definitely understood the gravity and the need to be as open and transparent as possible."

Stockton police have also dealt with several protests the last few years, following other fatal shootings involving police officers. Jones said it's the department's policy to allow protests, as long as they remain peaceful and lawful.

Woman sentenced for embezzling more than $1.1 million from 2 employers

"Shanika Brewer embezzled from two employers, including a health care program, to fund a lavish lifestyle well beyond her means," is how U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner described a Tracy woman he sentenced Thursday for wire fraud and embezzlement.

Brewer, 35, must report to serve her 30-month sentence in federal prison on Oct. 23 and pay $1,248,770 in restitution to her victims, a U.S. Attorney spokesperson said.

According to court records, from 2008 to 2011, Brewer was found to have falsified information as an account payable employee for Agilent Technologies. The information she made up caused other Agilent departments to issue checks to vendors who provided personal goods and services to Brewer. The defendant took and used the fraudulently -obtained checks to make mortgage payments, home improvements, pay her children's school tuition, her student loans and as deposits into her personal bank account.

1st Tee program for kids offers more than golf

STOCKTON - When 12-year-old Anitra Khoth and 18-year-old Anthony Madrid visit the driving range in north Stockton, it's one perfect shot after another.

Both are participants in the San Joaquin chapter of 1st Tee -- a program that teaches golf and nine core values.

"Through out my high school years, I've used 1st Tee techniques -- like goal setting, staying motivated -- that kept me on track," Madrid said.

Now, Madrid is headed to the University of the Pacific in the fall on a golf scholarship, while Khoth is hoping to be a professional one day.

"I want to get into the LPGA," she said. "When you play golf, it teaches you about patience and not to get angry."

1st Tee has chapters throughout the country. In Stockton, fees are waived for families that can't afford the $60 fee for nine weeks instruction.

2 Stockton homicides happen 20 minutes, 3 miles apart

Stockton Police officers are investigating two homicides Tuesday morning that occurred 20 minutes and just over three miles away from each other Monday night.

The first homicide, which involved a 38-year-old man, happened Monday at 10:22 p.m. in a parking lot on the 600 block of S. Lincoln Street.

Stockton runaway found at Oregon hotel

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - Police detectives in Beaverton, Oregon, found a 17-year-old runaway from California while investigating a sex-trafficking operation.

Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway said Monday that detectives found the girl at a hotel with two women and a man who were involved in sex trafficking along the West Coast. The four are all from Stockton, California.

Police arrested 19-year-old Tyrell Armstrong Jr. on charges of compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Washington County Jail. An 18-year-old woman was cited for promoting prostitution and released.

Shumway says the runaway will be reunited with her family in Stockton.

San Joaquin deputy involved in fatal crash with pedestrian Monday morning

SAN JOAQUIN - A San Joaquin County sheriffs' deputy was involved in a fatal accident with a pedestrian in north Stockton Monday morning.

Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia confirmed the deputy was on a "special assignment" and was driving an unmarked car when he hit a pedestrian near the intersection of Siskiyou lane and A G Spanos Boulevard at 5:50 a.m.

The names of the pedestrian and deputy were not released.