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VIDEO: Man dragged by car in Stockton survives

STOCKTON, CA - Just before 11 Friday morning, a man was spotted clinging to a car being driven quickly, westbound,  on Washington Street.  A few seconds of that incident was captured by a News10 camera.

Photographer Mark Pepper saw the car coming his direction while preparing for a live shot in News10 Midday.

The footage shows a man clinging to the open window frame on the passenger side.  His feet were skimming along the street as the car sped by at about 35 miles per hour.  Just before the vehicle went out of view, the man appeared to be successfully climbing in.

Pepper then located the car and the men involved about a mile away.  Police were on the scene as well after a witness called them to report the Hollywood stunt-like event.

Officers said it appeared the man being dragged was convinced a friend's stolen purse was inside the car.  That's why he was trying to stay with the vehicle.

Teen in critical condition after Stockton house fire

STOCKTON, CA - An early morning bedroom fire has left a Stockton teenage girl in critical condition with burns and smoke inhalation.

According to Stockton Fire Department spokesman Matt Duaime, when firefighters responded to the blaze on Rayanna Drive in northeast Stockton at 3:41 a.m., they found flames coming out of three upstairs windows.

Duaime said the fire started in the teen's bedroom. Her father was able to get her out of the home and the rest of the family made it out safely. Smoke detectors alerted the residents. The father had some minor burns and smoke inhalation but didn't require hospitalization.

Fire investigators were working to determine what caused the fire. Duaime said two rooms burned and there was smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $75,000.

Matt O'Dette named Bakersfield head coach

Matt O'Dette named Bakersfield head coach

STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder announced Matt O’Dette, who served as an assistant coach for the Thunder for the past two seasons (2009-11), has been named head coach of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.

"Matt's contributions to the Thunder over the past few years have been very integral in our success and we wish him nothing but the best in his new career as a head coach in professional hockey," said Thunder President Dan Chapman. 

O’Dette, 35, succeeds Marty Raymond by earning the first head coaching position in his career after spending three seasons with the Thunder – the final two in an assistant coach role to Thunder head coach Matt Thomas.

New campaign takes on an action hero look for Thunder's 7th season

New campaign takes on an action hero look for Thunder's 7th season

STOCKTON - The Stockton Thunder announced its 2011-12 hockey season, the seventh in the Central Valley, will be themed “Get In On The Action,” inviting fans to experience the thrills and suspense that Thunder hockey has become synonymous for through a unique presentation style.

The new season’s marketing campaign will take on the look of an “action” comic book. Throughout the year, it will spotlight the season’s overall hockey and entertainment experience, presented to fans through game night promotions, special events, community activities and charitable efforts.

Nearly capturing its first division banner last season, the Thunder has averaged over 6,000 fans per home game at Stockton Arena for six consecutive seasons.

City accepting applications for 2 commission vacancies

City accepting applications for 2 commission vacancies

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton is currently accepting applications for two vacancies on the Stockton Parks and Recreation Commission. These vacancies are due to the resignations of two City of Stockton appointed members in June. Both terms expire December 31, 2014; a full term is four years. The application deadline is August 10, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.

The commission is comprised of ten members: A city councilmember, three at-large members, a Youth Advisory Commission appointee, and one member appointed by San Joaquin County and each school district. Commissioners represent the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County and Lincoln, Lodi, Manteca and Stockton Unified School Districts. The appointment of these at-large positions will be made by the Stockton City Council.

The Parks and Recreation Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the governing boards of its constituents. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Stockton police to patrol rural areas along Calaveras River

Stockton police to patrol rural areas along Calaveras River

STOCKTON - The Stockton Police Department will deploy two off-road motorcycles to patrol rural areas in the city, including the Mormon Slough in south Stockton and the Calaveras River in central Stockton.

Stockton Police spokesman Pete Smith said the area of the Calaveras behind the University of the Pacific and in front of Stagg High School, would be patrolled beginning Tuesday.

The increased attention to these specific areas come in anticipation of the start of the upcoming school year. Smith said these areas are impacted with a large amount of pedestrian traffic from students. Officers want to make sure students are victimized by prowlers as they walk along the levee path.

Smith said the off-road motorycles will help police provide a more active presence in the remote portions of these areas, that otherwise might remained unchecked.

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

The self-proclaimed nut of Vacaville has a big job. Vacaville’s Public Information Officer Mark Mazzaferro manages the city’s website, Twitter account, Facebook page, creates YouTube videos, sends out press releases, manages the government TV station, overlooks Vacaville’s emergency radio and a lot more.

Mazzaferro has been with the city of Vacaville for five years, but has worked as a PIO for 12.