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2-year-old girl in critical after ingesting marijuana; Father arrested

STOCKTON - A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition after ingesting marijuana when left unsupervised by her father Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. at a home on the 2300 block of Budiselich Road, said San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia. The girl was rushed to a local hospital after she became lethargic and began having seizures. The toddler tested positive for THC, a chemical compound found in marijuana, said Garcia.

Investigators determined the child was left unsupervised for about 15 minutes by her father, identified as Alfonso Correa, and his acquaintance Juan Zambrano, who was also at the home at the time of the incident. During that time period, the girl was able to access a jar lid that had resim from several marijuana cigarettes on it. Garcia said she somehow ingested some it, causing an overdose.

Detectives served a search warrant around 3:30 a.m.

Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library receives $35,000 donation

STOCKTON - The Library & Literacy Foundation generously donated two contributions totaling $35,000 to the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library system. The library received $33,000 to purchase reading materials and $2,000 for the popular Summer Reading Club.

"This is such great news," said Community Services Director Pamela Sloan. "It couldn't have come at a better time, when our collections and programs need the most support."

The funds will allow the library to purchase approximately 1,3000 copies of high-demand adult reading material, which will reduce the time customers have typically had to wait for popular titles to become available.

Just in time for summer planning, the $2,000 grant will be used to supplement the library's 2011 Summer Reading Club program, which serves about 2,3000 children, teens and adults throughout the county.

"The foundation has been a tremendous partner throughout the years," continued Sloan.

State approves funding for Sperry Road extension

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton has been notified that the State of California approved $30 million in funding for the extension of Sperry Road, a project that will create a connection between State Route 99 and Interstate 5 (I-5). The city is the lead agency on this critical project which will begin construction in July 2011 and expected to be complete in December 2013.

City of Stockton Deputy City Manager Mike Locke has been a proponent of the project for over a decade as the former President and CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership.

"This connection is vital to the movement of goods and jobs creation for the entire region," said Locke. "It will provide direct access to the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and businesses in the area, which will increase safety and significantly improve freight movements to and from this logistical hub of south Stockton, enhancing the opportunity for the retention, expansion and attraction of new industries.

Doug Wilhoit reappointed as president of Valley CAN

Doug Wilhoit reappointed as president of Valley CAN

STOCKTON - The Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN) Board has reappointed Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr., CEO of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, for a third term as president of the 2011 Board of Directors, as the organization looks forward to an active year in the San Joaquin Valley.

“As we enter our ninth year of operation, Valley CAN board members and staff remain enthusiastic in our commitment to addressing air quality programming,” said Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr., president of the Valley CAN board of directors.

Stockton officials warn of fire inspection fraud

STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Fire Department issued a warning to city businesses that fraudulent fire inspectors have been strong-arming and threatening stores with closures and license expirations if company managers don't sign up for hundreds of dollars worth of services. In most cases, the servicing doesn't get done.

"We call it rag and tag. The fake inspectors will wipe down a fire extinguisher, tag it, and say it's serviced," said Stockton Fire Marshal Matthew Duaime. "The business owners are mislead to think that extinguisher will work properly in an emergency."

Duaime said the proper inspection of a fire extinguisher requires it to be completely taken apart.

Adults with developmental disabilities in Stockton enjoy unique prom hosted by Alan Short Center

Adults with developmental disabilities in Stockton enjoy unique prom hosted by Alan Short Center

STOCKTON – On Friday, January 28, 2011, a “Winter Wonderland” formal prom was hosted by DDSO’s Alan Short Center (ASC) at the Bertha Knowles Auditorium. Adults across Stockton and Sacramento joined in the festivities, experiencing the wonder of a formal event that they may have missed out on in high school.  Complete with prom royalty, Ana Martinez was selected as prom queen, and Justin Wren prom king. Formal attire was donated by “Marissa’s Closet.”

“I am just so happy to be here.  I’m enjoying myself today,” said Diane, a guest of the prom while enjoying a lunch donated by the Olive Garden. 

Across the dance floor over one hundred guests could be seen dancing, laughing, and experiencing a carefree day, life’s challenges checked at the door. Margartia Garcia, program director at ASC, watched on with awe saying, “This event is truly a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for them.”

Event proceeds benefitted the ASC non-prof

Stockton girl, 3, drowns in shower

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police were investigating how a 3-year-old girl drowned in a shower Thursday night.

Stockton Police Department officer Pete Smith said family found the child face down in the shower at approximately 8:30 p.m. The incident happened on the 100 block of Gateway Court.

Smith says the drowning appears to be an accident but was still being investigated. He said investigators were looking into any issues of neglect.