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Stockton man fined $100,000 for unlawful refilling and transporting of compressed natural gas

Stockton man fined $100,000 for unlawful refilling and transporting of compressed natural gas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, United States District Judge John Mendez sentenced James Richard Giles, 59, of Stockton, to a $100,000 fine and five years of supervised release for willful and unlawful refilling of a compressed natural gas cylinder that was overdue for its five-year requalification and then offering it for transportation, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced

Teens pulled over and arrested after police find gun, drugs and cash in car

Teens pulled over and arrested after police find gun, drugs and cash in car

Stockton police said they arrested two teens on Tuesday, Oct. 2, after finding a loaded handgun, 15 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and cash after pulling the pair over.

The teens were pulled over after police noticed them driving around and pointing their hands out of the window, acting like they were shooting at people. Officers discovered the illegal items after pulling the pair over.

Documented gang member Jason Prom , 18, and his 17-year-old male passenger were both arrested for weapon, narcotic, gang charges and a warrant.

Stockton residents gather to take back park

STOCKTON, CA - Gathered in Victory Park, about 250 Stockton residents listened to city leaders and learned about ways they can fight back against crime in what some call the city's "family room."

The Wednesday evening meeting had to be moved outside to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.

"I'm just looking out here and this crowd is way beyond expectations of who would show up tonight," Stockton police Chief Eric Jones said.

The meeting was called after two especially violent crimes in recent days that took one man's life and left a disabled man badly beaten.

Armando Pina was shot to death during a robbery over a gold chain he was wearing.

The meeting opened with a prayer for Pina and then Stockton City Council member Susan Eggman began with an appeal to fight back against crime.

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.