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Stockton man arrested for string of bank robberies

Stockton man arrested for string of bank robberies

Stockton police officers were able to locate and arrest a suspect after a bank robbery on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Police said the suspect, Alan Dean Staples Jr., 30, robbed the Bank of the West at the 1400 block of East Hammer Lane at around 11:25 a.m. on Sept. 20. Witnesses said Staples entered the bank and handed the teller a demand note and left the bank with an unknown amount of money. A good enough description of the suspect was made for officers to locate and arrest Staples.

Detectives said they were also able to link Staples to a string of eight bank robberies in Stockton and Lathrop.

Stockton residents mourn for murder victim at Victory Park

Stockton residents mourn for murder victim at Victory Park

STOCKTON, CA - The murder of 60-year-old Armando Pina Monday startled people who use Victory Park for their exercise and relaxation.

Pina was shot and killed at the popular Stockton park after having a gold chain stolen from him during an afternoon walk.

PHOTOS: Residents mourn murder victim

"I was born and raised in this town, which has a history of violence," Pina's friend Leo Juarez said. "It was nowhere near what it is now."

While Pina's family held a vigil late Tuesday night at the spot of the shooting, people who didn't know him were shaking their heads in disappointment at the latest Stockton violence.

Stockton Town Hall to unite civilians, city officials in search for solutions

Stockton Town Hall to unite civilians, city officials in search for solutions

STOCKTON, CA - Disheartening topics about Stockton run as regular headlines on the morning and evening news. It is therefore a common belief that there are limited solutions to the city's problems. Many Stockton residents have questions they want answered and are seeking solutions to the challenges facing their city.

Stockton Islamic leader to fight deportation with store receipts

SACRAMENTO, CA - The spiritual leader of Stockton's largest mosque will offer receipts from Lowe's and Home Depot in his fight to avoid deportation over fraudulent tax returns.

Saeed Ur Rahman, imam of the Islamic Center of Stockton, was convicted last year of filing false federal tax returns in 2005 and 2006.

The US Attorney's office is recommending a 15-month prison term based on a loss to the IRS of $47,000.

Tax evasion with a loss to the government exceeding $10,000 or resulting in a prison sentence of one year or longer is considered an aggravated felony for immigration purposes.

The penalty would automatically trigger expulsion from the United States because Ur Rahman, 45, is not a US citizen.

A pre-sentence hearing in Sacramento federal court Sept. 27 will formally establish the treasury's dollar loss, which was not considered by the jury that convicted Ur Rahman last October.

Child killed in 4-car crash on Stockton highway

STOCKTON, CA - A child was killed in a 4-car pileup on eastbound Highway 4 in Stockton Friday afternoon.

As traffic slowed down on the highway around 3 p.m., the driver of a tow truck in the right lane did not notice that traffic slowed down in time to brake, California Highway Patrol Officer Angel Arceo said.

The driver of the tow truck, going 50 mph, failed to stop and hit a silver Ford Fusion, which got wedged to the front of the truck. The Ford had five occupants inside - two children and three adults.

Arceo said the Ford was pushed into a gold Lexus, which was pushed into the center lane and hit a Dodge Charger. The tow truck and the Ford veered off the road and onto the right shoulder.

Stockton Police Department Working To Improve Motorcycle Safety

Stockton Police Department Working To Improve Motorcycle Safety

Police to increase enforcement aimed at dangerous riders and careless motorists

The Stockton Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, August 25th, in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by regular vehicle drivers as well as motorcyclists that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

2nd teen in family shot in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton family has gone through the experience of having two teenage boys shot just a couple months apart.

The most recent shooting came at about 11 Tuesday morning when 16-year-old Deandrew Jordan was shot multiple times.  He was hit by gunfire from a car being driven south on Cherbourg Way.

Family members arrived quickly and said this was not the first experience of this kind.  A 14-year-old brother was also shot in the area recently. He survived the head wound.

Their stepmother admitted gang involvement for one of the boys, and urged other parents to do what they can to keep their children from dangerous settings.

"They have each other's backs.  If one has enemies, the other has enemies.  Focus on the things your kids are doing.  Get them into sports so they're not on the streets or at the mall.  Parents need to get more involved," said Shonika Gress.