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San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft

San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft

Tracy, Calif. - The Tracy Police Department in collaboration with the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team is hoping to raise awareness and prevent auto theft throughout the City by offering steering wheel locking devices free of charge to city residents on a first-come basis. This is due to a recent increase in auto thefts within the City of Tracy.

In addition to the ongoing suppression efforts, such as arresting thieves, recovering stolen vehicles, and prosecuting auto theft offenders, local police agencies will focus on prevention efforts by giving away free anti-theft steering wheel locking devices to owners of the top nine most stolen cars in San Joaquin County.

Investigators have identified the top nine most stolen vehicles in San Joaquin County as:
1. 1989 to 1997 Honda Accord
2. 1988 to 2000 Honda Civic
3. 1987 to 1996 Toyota Camry
4. 1990 to 1998 Acura Integra
5. 1993 to 1998 Saturn SL
6. 1992 to 1994 Nissan Sentra

McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

Man dies in Stockton movie theater shooting

Man dies in Stockton movie theater shooting

A man who was shot outside of a Stockton movie theater died Friday night.

Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said the man was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at the City Centre Theaters on 222 N. El Dorado Street. Silva said the victim got into argument with someone, which escalated to a fight. Then, another person pulled out a gun and shot the victim. No other people were injured.

The suspects then fled from the scene. No arrests have been made yet. Silva said investigators don't have descriptions of the suspects.

The victim and the suspects were not patrons of the movie theater, Silva said.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Police release photos of man wanted in Stockton armed bank robbery

STOCKTON, CA - Bank security cameras captured four images of a man who held up the Rabobank on the 1800 block of W. March Lane just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Stockton Police Department Officer Joe Silva said the man came into the bank, started filling out an employment application and then pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at employees.

The robber ordered employees to turn over money, which they did, and then he ran out of the bank, Silva said.

The man was described as black, 27 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds. He had a teardrop-shaped tattoo below his eye. He wore a beige, multi-colored sweatshirt, teal green shirt and a black baseball cap with the letters "FFF" embroidered in white thread.

CHP: Arrest made in Stockton drive-by shooting

STOCKTON, CA - California Highway Patrol officers made a quick stop of a man believed involved in a drive-by shooting in Stockton just minutes earlier late Sunday night.

The gunfire was reported on Bianchi Road at approximately 10:10 p.m., according to CHP spokesperson Officer James Smith. Officers responding to the area found a blue van matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the area of Bianchi and Townehome Drive.

Smith said officers reported seeing the van failing to stop at a stop sign and something tossed from the driver's side window onto the ground.

Officers pulled over the van and detained the driver, identified as Ho Long Tran, 38. They also located the item thrown from the van, a silver 5-shot .22 revolver handgun.

Stockton police officers were contacted and took over the investigation, arresting Tran on numerous felony weapon charges, Smith said.

Grandfather: Slain granddaughter loved musical instruments

STOCKTON, CA - The grandfather of Leila Fowler said Tuesday his granddaughter loved visiting his Stockton home, for all his musical instruments.

"As soon as she comes over, she runs into the back room, and says, 'grandpa, grandpa.' And I get [ the guitar] hooked up for her. She plays it without any encouragement. She wants to do it on her own," Dennis Fowler said.

On Saturday, Leila, 8, and her 12-year-old brother were home alone when someone broke into their home on Rippon Road, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said. The boy called his parents, who then called 911. The boy then ran into another room where he found his sister with severe injuries.

Leila was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died, the sheriff's department said; her brother was not injured.

Fowler said his family is struggling to understand how deadly violence could take such a young and innocent life, in a town that's seemingly safe.