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Stockton's mayor: Fed agents took my electronics at airport

Stockton's mayor was "briefly detained" by federal agents after his return from China this week. On Monday, Mayor Anthony Silva arrived at San Francisco International Airport and says he was detained by agents with the Department of Homeland Security.

According to a release from Silva, the agents searched his belongings and took his electronic devices, including his personal cell phone. He says the agents were "persistent" about requiring his passwords for all the devices. The agents told him this was routine, and promised to return Mayor Silva's belongings within a few days. 

Silva was returning from a "good will" trip sponsored by China Silicon Valley. In a Facebook post before he left, Silva said his goal was to recruit new business opportunities and bring back jobs.

Gifts to help University of the Pacific expand gardens

Gifts to help University of the Pacific expand gardens

STOCKTON – Whole Foods Co. CEO Walter Robb has given the University of the Pacific a $400,000 gift to increase the on-campus garden he established in 2012. The new gift will triple the footprint of the Ted and Chris Robb Garden, named after his sons, and create the Abigail Robb Plaza in honor of his daughter.

A separate gift from the Bon Appétit Management Company, which operates more than 650 cafés in 33 states, including at University of the Pacific will help create an accompanying native garden.

The Robb and Bon Appétit Native Gardens will help educate students and the community about locally grown produce and sustainable practices. The gardens will also teach lifelong wellness skills... Read More

Man's decomposed body found in Stockton

The body of a man was found in Stockton by police on Monday.

Officers responded to a call in the 300 block of Coventry Drive after the body of 68-year-old Ron Wesley Sprague was found.

According to the medical examiner, the man had been dead for some time, and determined his death to be a homicide.

Police are investigating man's death. Anyone with any information are encouraged to call the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377.

Stockton Heat to host first fan fest

Stockton Heat to host first fan fest

STOCKTON – The Stockton Heat hockey team will host a fan fest from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. at the Stockton Arena.

Fans will get the chance to meet players, get autographs, tour the renovated dressing room and training facility and question the Heat coaching staff. The team will also open its newly redecorated Stockton Fan Attic with new merchandise. Season ticket owners can also pick up their book of tickets.

The Heat is replacing the Stockton Thunder as the city’s hockey team and will play in the AHL, the highest level of minor league hockey. The Heat will serve as the minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames which also owns the team.


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Legal Expert Reviews Viral Videos, Says Excessive Police Force Diminishes Public Trust

In less than a week, 2 videos involving Stockton police officers making forceful arrests of African Americans have surfaced. The first video depicts an arrest of 16 year old Emelio Mayfield, accused of jaywalking at a busstop. The other, Danielle Harris, 35, facing a complaint for loud music.

"When you look at the tapes, you see an awful lot of violence and an awful lot of use of police force for very minor offenses," said Michael Vitiello, a Professor at McGeorge School of Law and a leading expert in Criminal Law.

Local immigrants and advocates respond to Pope's speech

At Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, executive director Elvira Ramirez tears up seeing Pope Francis's visit Washington DC.

"I'm so proud to be a part of Catholic Charities. And know that he's highlighting the needs of the poor and vulnerable," said Elvira Ramirez of Catholic Charities.

Pope Francis spoke to a joint meeting of Congress. He asked lawmakers to follow the Golden Rule as they deal with immigration and Europe's ongoing refugee crisis.

"Our response is of hope and healing," said Pope Francis.

For Ramirez, the pope's words ring true.

"My hope is they will hear the pope. We're talking about human dignity and human beings," said Ramirez.

On this Thursday, Jacqueline Cadelinia of Stockton is petitioning for her daughter to come to the U-S from the Philippines.

Video shows conflict between Stockton police and woman

For the second time this week, a Stockton police officer has been photographed during an arrest using force to get a person down to the ground.

Both times, the arrests were widely viewed online, and both time the person arrested complained the forced used was excessive.

According to arrest records, police responded to a noise complaint at the 600 block of MacDuff Avenue. The resident, Danielle Harris, 35, refused to turn down her music.

The report says the officer made several attempts to get the Harris to turn down the music. When officers attempted to detain Harris, she pulled away from the police and tried to swing at the officer. The report states that is when Harris was taken down to the ground, handcuffed and put into a patrol car.