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Tesla opening plant in Lathrop


LATHROP, Calif. - Tesla, the prestige maker of high-performance electric cars, is opening a plant in Lathrop, bringing dozens of jobs and a coup for local economic development.

"We think that just the name recognition alone is very valuable to us," Lathrop City Manager Stephen Salvatore said.

The city worked tirelessly to bring the car maker to town, Salvatore said. The plant will occupy 430,000 square feet in a building along Interstate 5, which was once owned by Chrysler to make auto parts.

"(The jobs) are manufacturing in nature," Salvatore said. "They've pulled building permits and they're over there working now."

At the future plant site, workers said they've known Tesla was coming in for at least two weeks, but the secret did not get out of the bag.

sheriff explains swat tactic of removing home's wall


STOCKTON - San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore said a rarely-used SWAT tactic led to the capture of a murder suspect last Friday.


During a 15-hour standoff with Joseph DiBartolomeo that started late Thursday night
, SWAT officers used a vehicle to break into the front of the home, creating a large opening. Moore said it's called controlled deconstruction.

"The advantage is the suspect knows we have vision into the home. We've now eliminated places he can hide," Moore said.

3-year-old crash victim leaves mark on Samaritan

3-year-old crash victim leaves mark on Samaritan


SACRAMENTO - When a 3-year-old girl was killed during a two-car crash in Stockton, it left a mark on a stranger who pulled over to save her.

"I really want this girl to live. I just really want her to live," Mark Harrell of Modesto recalls thinking. The image of the girl taking her last breath is an image he will never forget.

It was Friday afternoon when he came across the tragic accident in Stockton, on Northbound Highway 99 and Hammer Lane. He saw an overturned SUV and pulled over. As he approached the vehicle, he saw a small body on the ground.

"The little girl, she was laying on her side. She looked like she was taking a nap so I just went right over to her. I knelt down next to her and I got right into her ear and just spoke quietly, 'honey, are you okay?'" said Harrell.

Viviana Guerrero, 3, of Atwater was ejected from the SUV after it collided with another car.

Stockton foster father charged with child abuse


A foster father suspected of physically abusing his foster daughter has been charged.

Paul Teldeschi, 37, of Stockton was arraigned on four counts of corporal injury to a child in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday.

The 10-month-old girl is in a coma.

Stockton police said the child was taken to a nearby hospital March 30. She was then transported by air ambulance to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined she had severe injuries from physical abuse. Doctors say they do not expect her to survive.

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Baby in coma; Stockton foster father accused of child abuse

CHP: 3-year-old not in car seat dies in Stockton crash

CHP: 3-year-old not in car seat dies in Stockton crash


SACRAMENTO - A 3-year-old girl died from injuries she suffered when she was ejected in a vehicle collision in Stockton Friday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol says.

The San Joaquin County coroner identified the child as Viviana Guerrero of Atwater.

The crash was on northbound Highway 99 and Hammer Lane at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The girl was not in a car seat, according to CHP Officer James Smith said. However, at the scene, officers said they didn't know for sure if the child was correctly restrained in a car seat or not.

According to Smith, for some reason the 2000 Isuzu the girl was in and a 2012 Toyota also traveling in the northbound lanes collided. Both vehicles went onto the shoulder and the Isuzu overturned.

Murder suspect in standoff with deputies in Stockton


San Joaquin County sheriff''s deputies have arrested a murder suspect after a standoff that lasted more than 15 hours near Victory Park in Stockton.

Joseph DiBartolomeo was wanted for an October 2013 homicide at a marijuana grow house in Acampo. Three other people were arrested previously in connection with the murder.

Deputies went into the front of the home Picardy Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Friday and found DiBartolomeo in a crawlspace. He resisted arrest before being removed from the home.

Calif. water managers open the floodgates a little


SACRAMENTO - It's not a lot but it is something.

State water managers announced Friday they would increase water deliveries from State Water Project facilities to customers from 0 to 5 percent.

Additionally, rock barriers planned for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to prevent the intrusion of saltwater will not be necessary at this time.

The California Department of Water Resources made the determination based on rain and snow amounts from February and March storms.

Water officials are asking Californians to remember that drought conditions persist and the need to conserve water remains.