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Husband of hostage killed describes feelings, is anxious for answers


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STOCKTON, Calif.- The husband of Misty Holt-Singh, the woman killed July 16 during a crime spree that included a bank robbery, kidnapping and a shootout with police, says he still talks to his wife.

"I talk to her, I'll sit in the car and talk, or be laying in bed, and talk to her, of course," said Paul Singh. He talked with News10 about how his family is doing after the tragic outcome of those crimes. Two of three suspects were also killed.

Union: California prison staff told to fake checks


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A union says California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide watch records at the state's Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating court-mandated standards.

The union representing psychiatric technicians at the facility tells The Associated Press that employees were instructed to certify that they checked on inmates in the mental health crisis unit every 12 to 15 minutes when they had not done so because they were too busy with other work.

Two workers were disciplined when video surveillance showed they lied. But the union says they had been forced to lie.

A spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed receiver who controls prison medical care says officials will meet Monday to discuss policies at the unit. The facility treats sick and mentally ill inmates.

College kids come to Stockton for summer cleanup work


STOCKTON, Calif. - It's not how you picture college kids spending their summer vacation. Instead of backpacking in Europe, hitting the beach, or hanging out poolside with friends, about 50 young adults are in Stockton this summer volunteering for important projects like cleaning up Mormon Slough.

The students are working through the Sierra Service Project, an organization based in Sacramento and affiliated with the Methodist church.

Stockton was selected as a summer work site because of situations like Mormon Slough, a dry creek bed where garbage piles up alongside homeless camp areas.

"I'm here because Stockton needs people to care. Instead of talking, do something," said 18-year-old Kori James, one of the few participants from Stockton. Others are from San Diego, Los Angeles, Roseville and Portland.

Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston receives 2013 National Medal of Arts


SACRAMENTO - Writer and Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a ceremony Monday at the White House.

Kingston was born in 1940 to parents who were Chinese immigrants living in Stockton. She is known for her books detailing the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the United States, and her other honors include a 1997 National Humanities Medal that was awarded to her by President Bill Clinton.

Kingston is a professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.

Stockton man claims he is being fined for brown grass


Stockton property owner Martin Padilla said he was trying to conserve water, but that has led to a hefty fine.

Padilla now has to water his lawn, turning it from brown to green after he received a $429 fine from Stockton Code Enforcement officers.

About a thousand attend funeral for shootout victim


STOCKTON, Calif. - Approximately 1,000 people attended the funeral service for Misty Holt-Singh, a 41-year-old mother of two shot to death during a bank robbery, kidnapping and police gun battle on July 16.

Holt-Singh's service was at Bear Creek Community Church just north of Stockton. A few hundred mourners watched on monitors in an overflow area.

Holt-Singh was a customer at the Bank of the West on Thornton Avenue that was robbed. She was one of three hostages taken by three bank robbers. The other two hostages were injured either from jumping from the getaway car or from being pushed.

Holt-Singh's husband and 12-year-old daughter both spoke at the service as did other family members, long-time friends, and her employer, Stockton dentist Lester Low.

Dozens of tips phoned in on 4th suspect in Stockton shootout


STOCKTON, Calif. - Two different agencies in Stockton are reporting a significant number of tips coming in as police search for the fourth suspect in a July 16 bank robbery, kidnapping and shootout that turned deadly.

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The reward for information leading to the fourth suspect had reached $50,000, it was announced Thursday. Almost immediately, Stockton police and Stockton Crime Stoppers reported a big response.