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Stockton police union helps needy school for 5th year

STOCKTON, Calif. - For the fifth year, it's seemed like Christmas in August for the kids and staff at McKinley Elementary School in Stockton.

That's after truckloads of supplies, equipment and furniture were delivered by members of the Stockton Police Officer's Association.

Monday, dozens of boxes and more than a hundred folding chairs were dropped off at the school. Students and staff showed their appreciation with applause, smiles and signs.

McKinley Principal Sonia Ambriz said the annual donation of supplies makes for a stronger community.

"It's a good way of having kids make the relationship with police, knowing they're reaching out to the community and doing wonderful things, not just on the streets where they see them, but at our schools," Ambriz said..

McKinley is located at the intersection of 9th Street and El Dorado Street in south Stockton.

Are Stockton loitering signs helping or hurting?


STOCKTON, Calif. - The city of Stockton has installed signs around the downtown off-ramps that are meant to discourage loitering and panhandling. Police can give people citations for not following the rules.

But an authority on Stockton homeless issues said the signs may be making the problem of street begging worse, not better.

"It actually perpetuates it. The poor don't have ways to pay the fine. They get fined, but there's no way to pay it. In some ways, it encourages panhandling," Edward Figueroa, the Director of St. Mary's Dining Room, said.

Stockton business owners frustrated by thefts

STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton business owners are frustrated by an increase in metal thefts and a lack of response from police.

At St. Mark's Plaza along March Lane, pipes and valves have been removed in several spots. So have the metal cages that were installed to prevent those thefts.

"They probably get $20 and it costs us 6,000. It's frustrating. We're trying to keep jobs here and support families," Kelley Bestolarides with Bestolarides CPA said.

At one spot in the plaza, the locks have been taken but the cage is still there. Business people fully expect the cage and pipes underneath to be gone soon.

Stockton woman sentenced identity theft and credit application fraud

A Stockton woman accused of stealing identity and credit information in the mail to apply for unauthorized credit was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison on Thursday.

Alisha Terese Rodriguez, 36, was convicted of credit application fraud, aggravated identity theft and being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Rodriguez charged more than $60,000 on the fraudulently-obtained credit lines and was ordered to pay $60,010 in restitution, U.S. Attormey spokesperson Lauren Horwood said.

Court records stated during warranted searches, investigators found evidence of Rodriguez's misdeeds for more than 300 victims. She was found to have paid monthly bills she racked up with the fraudulently-obtained credit lines with funds from the bank accounts of other victims.

Man found shot at Stockton gas station dies at hospital

Stockton homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a man found at a gas station Wednesday morning.

A release from the Stockton Police Department stated officers responded to the Valero gas station at Fresno Ave. and Charter Way around 1:54 a.m. and found a Hispanic man shot in the parking lot.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No information was provided on a possible suspect or motive for the shooting.

new judge to hear case involving surviving stockton robbery suspect

STOCKTON - The surviving suspect in a deadly Stockton bank robbery, kidnapping and shootout appeared before a new judge in court Monday morning.

Judge Bernard Garber is now handling the case involving suspect Jaime Ramos. Ramos is charged with dozens of crimes following the incident on July 16, in which three suspects robbed a bank, took hostages and then shot at police during an hour-long chase. The defense asked for the change in judges and that change was granted.

The other two suspects died in the shootout with police, as did hostage Misty Holt Singh. Family members of Singh witnessed Monday's court appearance but left without comment.

Ramos was in and out of court within minutes. He heard one of the charges read against him that was mistakenly left out of the previous arraignment appearance.

Ramos returns to court September 15, for further arraignment.

Detectives seek information about east Stockton murder

Monday night, Aug. 11, at 10:44 p.m., Jose Diaz was found fatally shot on the 1900 block of E. Mariposa Road in Stockton, police say.

Detectives don't have a motive or suspect in the killing of the 21-year-old man.

Any witnesses or anyone with information on Diaz's murder was urged to call 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 leading to an arrest.

Additionally, tipsters can text information from cellphones to 'Crimes' (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip, or log on to the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page and click 'Submit A Tip'. Tipsters may also send tips on the Stockton PD Mobile Phone App. Tipsters can remain anonymous.