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Stockton residents gather to take back park

STOCKTON, CA - Gathered in Victory Park, about 250 Stockton residents listened to city leaders and learned about ways they can fight back against crime in what some call the city's "family room."

The Wednesday evening meeting had to be moved outside to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.

"I'm just looking out here and this crowd is way beyond expectations of who would show up tonight," Stockton police Chief Eric Jones said.

The meeting was called after two especially violent crimes in recent days that took one man's life and left a disabled man badly beaten.

Armando Pina was shot to death during a robbery over a gold chain he was wearing.

The meeting opened with a prayer for Pina and then Stockton City Council member Susan Eggman began with an appeal to fight back against crime.

Vote for your MAMA (Stockton well represented)

Vote for your MAMA (Stockton well represented)

I am quite suprised and a little humbled to be nominated again this year for Rock Promoter in the Modesto Area Muisc Awards, more so to also have The Plea for Peace Center nominated for Venue. I am quite pleased to see so many other locals and events nominated and I encourage you all to take a moment to vote for all of them.

The hard part is chosing in the Metal Category where 3 Stockton bands are nominated Bloodpig, California Medication and Symbolik(you can only choose one.) Last year there were 9 nominees from Stockton this year up to 13 in 10 categories.This year is the first year that a venue(Plea for Peace) and Large Event(Asparagus Festival) from Stockton are in the running.

It is quick and easy to Vote and would be great to have some positive light shined on our fair city. Voting runs until October 21st at Midnight.

Delta College Recognized as "2013 Military Friendly School"

Delta College Recognized as "2013 Military Friendly School"

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named San Joaquin Delta College to the coveted 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the country’s top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as they work toward academic and career success. Delta College was also selected to the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list.

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned

Stockton, CA – Stockton Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Stockton police get help from firefighters

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton firefighters helped out Stockton police Friday afternoon by detaining a carjacking suspect.

The suspect, identified as Ellis Billsberry, 39, allegedly stole a vehicle and then carjacked another person near San Joaquin Street and Vine Street around 12:06 p.m.

Stockton Fire Department Capt. Javier Martinez said firefighters got a call about a man passed out in a vehicle. When they arrived and tried to help Billsberry, he jumped out of the vehicle and into another moving vehicle through the passenger side window. Martinez said Billsberry threatened to stab the driver if he didn't continue to drive.

The firefighters then found a backpack with a gun in the stolen vehicle.

About two hours later, firefighters got another call of a man passed out near the first incident. When they arrived, they found Billsberry unresponsive at the corner, Martinez said.

Stockton man arrested for string of bank robberies

Stockton man arrested for string of bank robberies

Stockton police officers were able to locate and arrest a suspect after a bank robbery on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Police said the suspect, Alan Dean Staples Jr., 30, robbed the Bank of the West at the 1400 block of East Hammer Lane at around 11:25 a.m. on Sept. 20. Witnesses said Staples entered the bank and handed the teller a demand note and left the bank with an unknown amount of money. A good enough description of the suspect was made for officers to locate and arrest Staples.

Detectives said they were also able to link Staples to a string of eight bank robberies in Stockton and Lathrop.