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Stockton police seek information in sexual assault

A 63-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her apartment Wednesday morning, according to Stockton police.

The attack was on the 5600 block of Stratford Circle. Officers were called to the woman's apartment at 4:29 a.m., police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said.

The assailant left in an unknown direction. He was described as a dark-skinned man with a medium build. He wore an Oakland A's baseball cap and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

The Stockton Police Department urged citizens to call if they have information about this investigation. Callers can contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Nearly 100 people attended the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce mixer Sept. 25 at the Red Orchids restaurant in downtown Stockton. But it was much more than a monthly mixer. Red Orchids is home to the Antonio DeZuniga Tribute Gallery and features some of his most well-remembered artwork. There was an emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony with Zuniga's family members, including his widow and daughter.

Stockton animal shelter recipient of $100,000

STOCKTON - There haven't been many days like this for the staff at the Stockton Animal Shelter.

First, they learned they'd finished second in a national competition on reducing kill rates at shelters, and that earned the organization $30,000. Then an anonymous donor pledged another $70,000, for a grand total of $100,000.

"We are believers in the no-kill equation. Life saves are more important than doing it the old way. We have changed our philosophy, the way we do things," shelter director Tammie Murrell said.

This past summer, as part of that competition sponsored by the ASPCA, Stockton found homes for more than 2,500 pets, a dramatic increase from the year before.

Murrell said waiving adoption fees was a key reason for being able to find good homes for so many cats and dogs.

pit bull breeder accused of stealing puppies

STOCKTON - A Stockton man with a business that breeds put bulls for profit is suspected of home invasion robbery after allegedly taking three pit bull puppies Monday afternoon.

Stockton police said 43-year-old Ovonji Powell, and another man armed with a gun, entered the home of someone with whom they had a business relationship. Their adult dogs had recently produced four puppies. Powell is accused of taking three puppies, even though he reportedly only had rights to one of them.

The man with Powell has not been found, and police said the three puppies haven't been recovered. The victim in this incident, who had the adult female dog, insisted the dogs weren't being raised for violence.

"These are not fighters. They're humongous show dogs. People use them for shows," Monica D'ambrosio said.

Armed thieves steal pit bull puppies from home

Three pit bull puppies were stolen Monday from a Stockton residence, Stockton police said.

The victim told police that at about 5 p.m. two men walked into his home in the 1900 block of Gordon Verner Circle, grabbed his pit bull puppies and tried to leave. When confronted, one of the thieves pointed a handgun at the victim.

The thieves fled with the puppies and drove away in a late-model green four-door Honda, police said.

The first suspect is described as African-American who is about 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and who weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, white hat and blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as African-American who is about 28 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and who weighs about 210 pounds. He was wearing a red tank top and blue jeans and armed with a black handgun.

The robbery is under investigation.

Book on Stockton government handed out in schools


STOCKTON - A 14-page booklet on how the government of Stockton functions is being distributed to schools in the Stockton Unified School District.

The author is Stockton Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald, who hopes to make Stockton young people more aware of how local government works and encourage better participation.

"We vote at a lower rate than the state average. Many don't have basic civic literacy. They don't know who their councilperson is, if they're doing a good job or bad job," Fitzgerald said.

Gun battle in flea market parking lot leads to man's death

A 22-year-old man died Sunday as a result of wounds he suffered during a gun battle in a Stockton flea market parking lot, Stockton police said.

The man's name has not been released.

Police said the man was walking through a flea market parking lot in the 2500 block of South El Dorado Street at about 2:47 p.m. when he made comments to three people walking in front of him. A Stockton police press release did not describe the nature of the comments.

The man then pulled out a gun and shot at the three people in front of him. One of the three people returned fire and shot the man, who later died at the hospital.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, Stockton police said.