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Heated argument in Stockton leads to homicide

SACRAMENTO -- San Joaquin County Sheriff deputies learned that a heated argument between neighbors may have possibly lead to a man's death in Stockton Saturday night, according to San Joaquin spokesman Steve Moore.

At around 9:00 p.m. deputies arrived to the 900 block of S. Olive Ave in Stockton, after they received several calls about a shooting in front of a home in the area.

When deputies arrived they found one man outside a home with a gunshot wound to his upper body. When paramedics arrived they pronounced him dead.

While at the scene deputies learned that a heated argument between neighbors may have lead both sides to produce guns before the shooting happened. One subject is currently detained while another is wanted for questioning according to Moore.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office at (209) 468-4400

Photos, cellphone video of Stockton truck blaze


Stockton firefighters quickly extinguished a truck blaze Friday morning on Monte Diablo Avenue near Interstate 5.

The truck was empty and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 5:45 a.m.

The four-minute video below shows firefighters responding to and extinguishing the flames.

Husband of hostage killed describes feelings, is anxious for answers


STOCKTON, Calif.- The husband of Misty Holt-Singh, the woman killed July 16 during a crime spree that included a bank robbery, kidnapping and a shootout with police, says he still talks to his wife.

"I talk to her, I'll sit in the car and talk, or be laying in bed, and talk to her, of course," said Paul Singh. He talked with News10 about how his family is doing after the tragic outcome of those crimes. Two of three suspects were also killed.

Union: California prison staff told to fake checks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A union says California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide watch records at the state's Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating court-mandated standards.

The union representing psychiatric technicians at the facility tells The Associated Press that employees were instructed to certify that they checked on inmates in the mental health crisis unit every 12 to 15 minutes when they had not done so because they were too busy with other work.

Two workers were disciplined when video surveillance showed they lied. But the union says they had been forced to lie.

A spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed receiver who controls prison medical care says officials will meet Monday to discuss policies at the unit. The facility treats sick and mentally ill inmates.

College kids come to Stockton for summer cleanup work

STOCKTON, Calif. - It's not how you picture college kids spending their summer vacation. Instead of backpacking in Europe, hitting the beach, or hanging out poolside with friends, about 50 young adults are in Stockton this summer volunteering for important projects like cleaning up Mormon Slough.

The students are working through the Sierra Service Project, an organization based in Sacramento and affiliated with the Methodist church.

Stockton was selected as a summer work site because of situations like Mormon Slough, a dry creek bed where garbage piles up alongside homeless camp areas.

"I'm here because Stockton needs people to care. Instead of talking, do something," said 18-year-old Kori James, one of the few participants from Stockton. Others are from San Diego, Los Angeles, Roseville and Portland.

Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston receives 2013 National Medal of Arts

SACRAMENTO - Writer and Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a ceremony Monday at the White House.

Kingston was born in 1940 to parents who were Chinese immigrants living in Stockton. She is known for her books detailing the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the United States, and her other honors include a 1997 National Humanities Medal that was awarded to her by President Bill Clinton.

Kingston is a professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.

Stockton man claims he is being fined for brown grass

Stockton property owner Martin Padilla said he was trying to conserve water, but that has led to a hefty fine.

Padilla now has to water his lawn, turning it from brown to green after he received a $429 fine from Stockton Code Enforcement officers.