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Unexpected flash mob dance draws attention to library's Summer Reading

STOCKTON - Last Sunday May 22, moviegoers and lunch diners in the downtown Stockton Plaza were treated to a flash mob dance performance by over 30 staff and volunteers of Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library (SSJCPL) as well as dance students of Unique Visions Dance Company in Stockton.

This is believed to be the first spontaneously performed dance event by any City of Stockton department. The dance was choreographed by Unique Visions Dance Company instructor Chelsea Hill.

Stockton Chamber launches 'Try It Local' discount program

Stockton Chamber launches 'Try It Local' discount program

STOCKTON - The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce launched a new program called Try It Local, an electronic discount program featuring local retailers, restaurants, service providers and more. New deals are offered once a week at a deep discount of 40-90 percent off regular price (i.e., $20 of food and drink at a restaurant for $10). The offers are delivered to Try It Local subscribers via email, social media, and TryItLocal.com. There is no cost to sign up for Try It Local – visit www.tryitlocal.com/Stockton to receive deal alerts. There is also no cost for companies to offer a deal; businesses interested being featured can visit www.TryItLocal.com for details.

“Try It Local is an exciting way for citizens to explore new businesses and experiences in Stockton, while at the same time supporting the local economy and area companies,” said Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr., CEO.

Stockton police arrest 2 for fake abduction report

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police arrested two people after they told police two children were kidnapped Saturday.

Rockell Moore, 30, and Beatrice Rollins, 33, were arrested Saturday night for filing a false police report, said a Stockton police officer.

RELATED STORY: Amber Alert cancelled after father makes up abduction

The two suspects told police Moore's two children, 6-year-old Aileen Moore and 3-year-old Rochelle Moore, were kidnapped when two people stole Moore's car.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued to search for the children.

RELATED STORY: Kidnapping may be connected to car theft

2 Stockton teens die in high speed crash

STOCKTON, CA - Two teens died in a single car crash Friday night after the car spun out of control while going 100 mph.

Amanda Schieber, 17, the driver and ShaMar Charlie Barbary, 15, the passenger were in a BMW driving southbound on West Lane between 8 Mile Road and Morada Lane, said California Highway Patrol spokesman, Angel Arceo.

Arceo said Schieber was switching from the right lane to the left lane when the car spun out of control and hit the concrete median.

The car was airborne, flew over another vehicle on the northbound lane, and crashed over the guardrail and into the creek.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

CHP is still investigating the crash.

Friends of the victims gathered at the crash site this morning.

"This was the last place she was so I wanted to be here too," said Schieber's best friend, Giselle Predo.

Stockton's fiscal emergency raises questions

Stockton's fiscal emergency raises questions

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton's city council declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday evening for the second time.

In the same meeting, it approved hiring a San Francisco lawyer for close to $900 an hour.

The Stockton Police Officer's Association said it's frustrated that officers have made salary and benefit concessions, along with job cuts, but the administration still hires high-priced, and out-of-town consultants.

City Hall defended its decision to hire John Knox of Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe law firm, the same firm that handled Vallejo's 2008 bankruptcy, to help the city correctly report its fiscal emergency status to the financial markets.

"We have a very active period where we need bond and finance expertise. This contract is for those two areas and is temporary," city spokeswoman Connie Cochran said.

Cochran compared Knox's hiring to a heart specialist doctor.

Stockton official accuses police union of intimidation

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton City Manager Bob Deis considers it intimidation that the police union in Stockton is trying to purchase the home next to his.

Deis lives in central Stockton, not far from the University of the Pacific.  The home next door has been in foreclosure and with an asking price of under $130,000, the union hopes to become the next owner.

"It just makes good sense for us to purchase a building with that potential for profit later on when the economy turns around," said union spokesman Sean Fenner.

Fenner said the union is looking at buying four properties, commercial and residential, with the idea of increasing their value and turning a profit.  He said the union hopes to generate enough money to purchase its own building.

But Deis said in a city with thousands of homes for sale, it's no coincidence the union wants the property next to his.

Brian McKnight May 21 concert postponed

Brian McKnight May 21 concert postponed

STOCKTON - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Brian McKnight Show that was scheduled at the Bob Hope Theatre this Saturday, May 21, has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly. Please visit www.bobhopetheatre.com for updates on the event.

All tickets for the May 21 show, can be exchanged for the new date at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office, once a new date is announced. For further information regarding the postponement, please call the Stockton Arena at (209) 373-1400.