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Navy veteran: A lesson to those who still drive and talk

STOCKTON, CA - A distracted driver nearly killed a Navy veteran who wants people to join News10's Great Hang-Up.

That February day in 2005 is still a vivid memory for Retired Navy vet, Michael Chin.

"It was 11:30pm when it actually happened. There was a full size blazer sitting at the corner, with a guy sitting on his cell phone. Next thing I know his car was meeting mine, right there at the other end of the intersection," said Chin.

Chin continued, "The airbags had blown and there was gun smoke in the air from the charges in the airbags. When he hit, he actually shifted the front end 6 inches to the left."

Luckily, Chin walked away from the accident with only minor bumps and bruises. After $12 thousand in repairs, he said his car was drivable again.

Chin said he wants his experience to be a lesson to those who still drive and talk.

Stockton bankruptcy mediation extended

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton's mediation process, required by AB 506 before a city files for bankruptcy, was extended another 30 days.

City spokesperson Connie Cochran said mediation participants, the city's creditors, agreed to extend negotiations through June 25.

"This is a good sign," Mayor Ann Johnston said. "It means that our creditors understand our fiscal circumstances and it indicates that they believe that it is worth the investment of time and resources to work toward a solution."

In late February, the Stockton City Council approved moving forward with the process to file for bankruptcy. Under AB 506, cities are required to meet with creditors in order to develop a repayment plan in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy. If a deal cannot be met, the city can then move ahead to file for bankruptcy.

Stockton police searching for missing at-risk man

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton Police are looking for a missing 78-year-old man who went missing Thursday morning.

Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Dept. said Thomas Sanchez disappeared from 2155 California St. on Thursday at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Sanchez was described as an Hispanic man, 5'4" tall, weighing 120 pounds with brown eyes, gray hair and medium complexion.

Sanchez is considered at risk due to the fact he suffers from dementia, said Silva.

Anyone with information on Sanchez' whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Dept. at (209) 937-8323 or after hours (209)937-8245.

Police search for semi-truck homicide suspect

STOCKTON, CA -  Stockton police are looking for a semi truck driver who ran over and killed a man at the 3700 block of east Hammer Lane early Friday morning.

According to Stockton police, a city traffic camera at Hammer Lane and Holmes caught video of the semi-truck getting away.

Police said the driver was speeding with a man hanging from the truck's side, before the man fell off and the truck ran him over. The semi-truck driver then continued to flee the scene.

Detectives found a 28-year-old male victim with life-threatening injuries outside of the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

"A witness was able to tell our investigators that the driver of the semi-truck was actually stealing gas from the victim's pick up truck," Det. Joe Silva said.

Moviegoers stuck in Stockton parking garage for hours

STOCKTON, CA - The highly-anticipated movie The Avengers opened at midnight Thursday, bringing in $18.7 million across the U.S.

Moviegoers stayed up late on a school and work night to catch the midnight showing in downtown Stockton. But after watching superheroes save the world, the fans were held captive by their parking garage.

Talk about a plot twist.

"The Avengers was good, but other than that, it was sitting in a parking garage for three hours," said Stockton resident Tyler Dugoni, who had appointments scheduled to repair computers Friday morning.

The movie got out after 2 a.m., but a combination of errors led to a real-life drama. Most of the people in the Coy Parking Garage couldn't leave until 5:30 a.m.

"We were at a crawl and my friend yelled 'We're on the second floor!'" Dugoni said. "Um, no. We're on the second and a half."

Police ID Stockton woman found dead outside apartments

STOCKTON, CA - The woman whose body was found outside a Stockton apartment complex on Tuesday was identified by the Stockton Police Dept. on Wednesday.

Valida Raynette Irvin, 46, of Stockton, was found near a dumpster at her apartment complex on Rosemarie Ln. by a fellow resident early Tuesday morning.

Story: Womans body found at Stockton apt. complex

Officer Joe Silva said Irvin's car is missing and are hoping to obtain more information on her death upon discovery of her vehicle.

Road rage escalates into shooting in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - An incident of road rage escalated into a shooting Thursday night.

A man cut off a woman at the intersection of Thornton Road and MacDuff Avenue around 8:40 p.m., Stockton police Lt. Michael Reynoso said.

In response, the woman rolled down her window and yelled "Hey!"

Reynoso said the man then shot the woman through her car door, hitting her in the arm and then fled the scene.

The gunman is still at large.