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Are absentee landlords part of Stockton's crime problem?

STOCKTON, CA - City council member Paul Canepa owns a business so close to one of Stockton's most violent neighborhoods, he and his employees can hear the gunfire.  

Monday morning, just a few blocks from the location of the latest homicide, Canepa was quick to suggest absentee landlords as part of the problem

"When you have people who don't care about neighborhoods, they're renting to people and they don't see what's going on, it's the main root of the problem," said Canepa.

He said more than half of the rental properties in the city are owned by people who don't live in Stockton.

"It's quality of life issues.  When people don't care about their environments, they don't care about other people's lives," said Canepa.

VIDEO: Car of interest in Stockton drive-by shooting

STOCKTON, CA - A man who died after being wounded in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning in central Stockton was identified as 21-year-old Eric Madison.

Madison was shot as he walked on E. Oak Street near N. American Street around 10:15 a.m., said Stockton police Joe Silva.

Detectives have released video they obtained of the area that shows a car they want to find in possible connection to the shooting. The car is a white, possibly 1990s Ford Thunderbird coupe or similar car with tinted windows. On tape the car is seen driving slowly in the area of the victim and then speeding up as it traveled east on Oak Street, Silva said.

The actual time of the car passing through was approximately one hour earlier than what the time stamp on the video (11:01:31 a.m. to 11:01:41 a.m.) shows, Silva said.

Police: Fleeing carjackers crash into Stockton home

STOCKTON, CA - Two 16 year olds who allegedly carjacked a car Monday evening lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a house, injuring two people inside.

Stockton police say the occupants of the home on the 3800 block of Red Oak Lane had superficial injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers with a regional auto theft task force were in the area looking for the stolen vehicle when they came upon the crash scene at 6:29 p.m.

After a brief search, the carjacking suspects were captured and arrested not far from the home.

PHOTOS: Police find 20 lbs. of pot at Edison student's home

STOCKTON, CA - An Edison High School student pulled over a few blocks from the school Saturday night for driving with his headlights off led school police to quite a marijuana stash.

Not only did the 17 year old not have a driver's license, said Stockton Unified School District Police Chief Jim West, but officers noted a strong smell of marijuana.

Upon questioning the teen, West said officers suspected he had marijuana at his home. When they went to the home, the teen's parents gave permission to search, West said. What officers found was 20 pounds of pot in a locked shed in the backyard, they reported.

West said the teen admitted selling the marijuana at Edison. His father denied knowing that.

Officers also recovered an illegal, homemade medical marijuana card the father had, West added.

It wasn't clear what charges the teen and his father might face.

Suspect in Stockton double slaying arrested

STOCKTON, CA - An 18-year-old man has been taken into custody for a double murder at the Village East Apartments on E. Marsh Street near Burkett Avenue Oct. 22, say police.

U.S. Marshalls located suspect Ramiro Terrazas on the 4900 block of Kentfield Road Wednesday and was turned over to detectives investigating the fatal shootings of Marcos Garcia, 23, and Terri McCoy, 31, said Stockton police Officer Joe Silva.

Terrazas was found to have a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his possession, Silva said.

Both Garcia and Terrazas were described as gang members, Silva said. McCoy was a parolee. Why Garcia and McCOy were shot wasn't clear.

Terrazas faces murder, weapon and gang charges, according to Silva.







2 injured in Stockton drive-by shooting

STOCKTON, CA - Two people were wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday night in a south Stockton neighborhood.

The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. on the 400 block of West 3rd Street, near Edison High School, Stockton police Lt. Michael Howard said.

The male and female victim were were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Officer Joe Silva said the male victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

People reported seeing a a dark colored vehicle drive through the area during the time of the shooting.

In mid-September, another drive-by shooting near the high school injured three people.

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San Joaquin County Probation Department to keep tight rein on high-risk DUI offenders

San Joaquin County Probation Department to keep tight rein on high-risk DUI offenders

Felony and repeat misdemeanor DUI offenders are over represented in traffic crashes involving alcohol or other drugs, often with tragic results.  The San Joaquin County Probation Department will be making sure that these worst-of-the-worst offenders are complying with all court orders by means of a new traffic safety grant.  The $130,000 grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.