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Teen, 16, shot in chest at skate park

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest Monday afternoon at a skate park on El Dorado Street in Stockton.

The shooting was in a parking lot at the skate park and the victim was able to get himself to a residential area about a block away where an ambulance was called, according to Stockton police.

The teen was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, police said. Monday evening, a police representative said the youth was expected to survive.

Police do not have a description of the shooter and police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said witnesses were not being cooperative.

Man arrested in connection with threat against Stockton school

The Stockton Police Department arrested a a man Friday morning in connection with threats against a Stockton high school.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said 41-year-old Orlando Johnson was arrested in Elk Grove by Elk Grove police officers after he was suspected of making threats against Bear Creek High School Thursday.

Johnson was subsequently turned over to Stockton police officers. From the San Joaquin County Jail, Johnson told News10 this is all a misunderstanding.

"I didn't do nothing! I didn't even say I had a gun! I don't even own no gun," Johnson said.

Johnson maintains he called Bear Creek High School Thursday because he was worried about his son.

"My exact words were, 'Would you want the school to be like a Columbine, and I get a phone call that my kid is dead, that's when you're going to do something about my child!'"

Delta Professor Cirian Villavicencio Appointed to State Commission by Governor Brown

Delta Professor Cirian Villavicencio Appointed to State Commission by Governor Brown

Delta College political science professor, Cirian Villavicencio, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  Villavicencio, 34, has been an associate professor at San Joaquin Delta College since 2012, and previously an adjunct professor at American River College and Folsom Lake College. He received his BA in history and political science (with honors) from UC Davis, his master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing his doctorate from the University of Wyoming in Adult Post-Secondary Education.

Police: Man survives gunshot to head in Stockton mugging

A man is lucky to be alive after he was beaten and shot during a mugging in Stockton Wednesday night.

A Stockton Police Department release stated the man was riding his bicycle in the parking lot of a 7-11 convenience store on the 2700 block of Country Club Blvd. around 9:30 p.m. when he was approached by two men.

The men asked the victim if he had a cigarette. When the man said he did not, one of the suspects began punching him and then pulled his backpack from him. Meanwhile, the second suspect pulled a handgun and shot the man in the head, the report detailed.

The bullet grazed the man's head, causing a one-inch laceration

The victim was treated at an area hospital for a non-life threatening wound, according to the report.

Stockton mayor endorses opponents of current council members

STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva isn't afraid to show his support for two city council candidates.

Silva is enthusiastically supporting Rick Grewal and Christina Fugazi; they are running against incumbents Elbert Holman and Dyane Burgos Medina, respectively.

"I'm encouraging the public to vote for new council members to take office in January," Silva said.

Silva said Holman has been on the council too long and it's time for new faces and new ideas.

As for Burgos Medina, "Council member Burgos has a great personality and makes me laugh, but she's not ready for the city council. She was appointed, not elected," Silva said.

But Burgos Medina and Silva agree on the actual reason for Silva's support for other candidates -- he wants more control of the council.

Freeway shooting, pursuit, closes part of I-5 in Stockton

A shooting and subsequent pursuit led to the closure of a section of Interstate-5 in Stockton Wednesday morning.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call of shots fired on the northbound lanes of I-5 at Mt. Diablo Rd. around 2 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a crashed car with gunshot victims inside, according to a Stockton Police Watch Commander.

An adult male in the car was flown to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Stockton police officers en route to the scene received a description of the car suspected in the shooting. Officers saw the vehicle while approaching the area and followed. The vehicle fled south on Santa Maria Way, leading officers on an eight-minute, seven-mile pursuit, during which the driver pointed a handgun out of the window, the watch commander said.

Stockton police finally hiring 'sales tax' officers

STOCKTON - When Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones announced the hiring of 10 more officers Tuesday, it was the first time officers had been hired with funding from a voter-approved sales tax hike.

Measure A sales tax revenue allowed the city to pay for another 120 officers. Jones said Tuesday that seven of the new hires are "Measure A" officers.

"Today is a big day for us," Jones said.

Even though voters approved a much larger police force, Stockton continues to lose nearly as many officers as it hires. Retirements and officers taking different jobs continues to limit hirings in Stockton.

"It's just the hiring process and recruitment process takes a lot of time. We're now seeing the dividends. We've been gearing up this hiring machine for some time and it's now beginning to pay off," the chief said.