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Suspect arrested in former Stockton officer's hit-and-run death


A man was arrested late Thursday night in connection to the hit-and-run death of a retired Stockton police detective.

Sergio Chavira, 57, was detained after he was found sleeping in his van outside a homeless shelter around 11:15 p.m. on Sonora and Harrison streets, Lt. Toby Will said. Chavira's van, a green Dodge Grand Caravan, matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run death of 70-year-old Jimmy Pendergrass, police said.

Police were called to the scene by the shelter's security officers. After questioning Chavira, he was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for felony hit and run, Will said.

Police said Chavira is believed to be homeless and was living out of his van.


Stockton mayor sings on Facebook alongside new council member


STOCKTON - Two things become clear looking at Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's Facebook page: He's in the holiday spirit, and he appears to be friendly with newly elected council member Christina Fugazi.

In a video post Wednesday afternoon, Silva sings a couple of songs while sitting next to Fugazi, who appears to be having a good time.

In any other city this might not seem like news, but there have been questions if Fugazi would stray from Silva when it comes time for tough decisions after the mayor enthusiastically campaigned for her election.

"I'm responsible for working with whoever is on the council, the mayor and other council members," Fugazi said. "They have to earn my vote, nobody has it."

Leading watchdog of the Stockton City Council Gary Malloy said he's confident Fugzai can keep her distance from the mayor.

Stockton police spread cheer to families in need of smiles


They didn't have an easy year, but 27 Stockton families got a little surprise Christmas morning thanks to the Stockton Police Department.

For the last 14 years, the department has been delivering Christmas presents to families who were impacted by crime. Throughout the year, officers who had to investigate the unfortunate incidents that affected the community kept track of the families impacted by the violence.

Then on Christmas Day …

A car blasting Christmas music drove down their street and out stepped "Homie Claus" and Stockton police officers carrying presents.

The families were given food baskets and presents provided by donations and community leaders.

But they weren't the only ones who got a treat. The police officers came prepared with extra gifts for the neighborhood kids that were drawn out of their homes by Homie Claus' entourage.

Stockton police investigator dies after hit and run


A part-time investigator with the Stockton Police Department has died after he was struck in a hit and run collision Tuesday morning, tweeted the department.

The victim was identified as 70-year-old Jimmy Pendergrass.

The collision was at El Dorado and Washington streets at 7:04 a.m. as Pendergrass was walking to work. The suspect vehicle was described as a late 1980s to early '90s dark green or dark-colored van that may have been a Dodge Caravan. The driver didn't stop, continuing on westbound Washington Street.

(Video of suspect van from Stockton Police Department )

Stockton police arrest 4th suspect in bank robbery and shootout


ID=20788355STOCKTON - Stockton police have arrested a 21-year-old man who is suspected of driving the vehicle that dropped off three bank robbers at a north Stockton bank in mid July.

That bank robbery led to three hostages being taken, an hour-long police chase and shootout, and the eventual shooting deaths of two suspects, and one of the hostages.

Pablo Ruvalcaba was charged with murder for his alleged part in the crime spree. He was arraigned in Stockton Monday afternoon alongside the surviving bank robbery suspect, Jaime Ramos.

Alleged package thief arrested by Stockton Police


Stockton Police arrested a woman accused of stealing packages in North Stockton Sunday night, according to Stockton Police Department's instagram page.

Kimberley Bird was arrested on outstanding warrants. Investigators are following up on the YouTube video that allegedly showed Bird stealing a package off a resident's doorstep in December.

The victim had a security camera mounted on the front of his home and as video from it on Thursday, Dec. 11, shows, a woman in an older model white Nissan pickup truck pulled up to the house, picked up the brown box and hurries back to the truck.

Police: Stockton woman found safe and was not kidnapped


Stockton police found a 32-year-old woman unharmed after she was allegedly kidnapped outside a Stockton business Thursday night.

According to Stockton police, Lindsay Jenkins was found at a local hospital Friday evening and appeared to be okay. Initial reports that claimed Jenkins was kidnapped were unfounded.

When Jenkins' disappearance was first reported, police said employees at a Radio Shack in the 5900 block of Pacific Avenue reported seeing Jenkins forced into a vehicle at gunpoint around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

Employees told police that Jenkins asked to use the phone Thursday night. They reported she was arguing with a person on the other end of the line about drugs and became emotional and irrational.