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Police: Suspect in screwdriver attack returns, is arrested


A man who allegedly attacked his victim with a screwdriver was caught when he returned to collect his bike left at the scene, police say.

The assault took place on the 300 block of South Union Street just before 8:30 Monday morning, according to the Stockton police report. A woman was asleep when a man she didn't know knocked on her front door and then forced his way in through a window next to the door.

The woman told police there was a struggle and the intruder used a screwdriver to attack her. The man then tried to flee on his bike but the victim prevented him so he ran off on foot. She reported the assault.

Three and a half hours later, the victim contacted police again to report the assailant had come back for his bike. Responding officers found suspect Luis Mendez Enriquez, 30, walking away from the scene.

Company apologizes for 'misunderstanding' in Stockton animal shelter food crisis


The pet food company that abruptly cut off the Delta Humane Society no-kill shelter in Stockton from its source of free food has apologized for what it calls a "misunderstanding."

Big Heart Pet Brands notified the shelter last week that it would stop donating pallets of dog and cat food in bags that were torn, had misprinted labels or other blemishes not affecting the quality of the food.

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Stockton police investigate homicide in Civic District


Stockton police are investigating a homicide from late Wednesday night in the Civic District.

Officers were in the area of Poplar Street and Madison Street shortly before 10 p.m. when they heard several gunshots. While looking for the source of the gunfire, they reported finding a vehicle that had crashed into a tree. Inside the car, police said they found a 39-year-old man with at least one gunshot wound.

Police said the victim had a criminal history and was on parole at the time of his death. Currently, investigators do not have any suspect information or a motive.


Former prisoners find work removing water hyacinth


STOCKTON - When the water hyacinth is finally removed from the Stockton waterfront, it will be largely due to the hard work of a few men -- who are leaving negative lifestyles behind for positive ones.

Aquatic Harvesting, the Bay Area company contracted to do the removal, hired former prisoners to do much of the work. For those men, they finally found employment when other companies turned them down.

Rich Hatton, who hired the men, said the arrangement makes good sense.

"What I want is good workers, not some kid off Craigslist with a bad attitude," Hatton said. "They're dedicated, on time and reliable. It's a good deal for an employer."

John Cachu and Manuel Sanchez were among the prisoners hired by Hatton. They said it's not easy to return to a productive lifestyle after a prison sentence.

Stockton police search for missing man


Stockton police are looking for a man who has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Edward Warren Johnson, 79, walked away from his care home at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. Johnson has medical issues and may be confused, according to a news release.

Johnson is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, has blue eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a light brown jacket and blue jeans. If you see him, police ask you to call them at (209) 937-8323 or after hours at (209) 937-8245.


Neighborhood watch helps bust Stockton ID theft ring


Four people were arrested Tuesday afternoon after getting a call from an active neighborhood watch member.

The member called Stockton police around 3:50 p.m. about seeing people inside home in the 10600 block of Rivermont Drive, Officer Joseph Silva said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found four people inside. While searching the home, police also found evidence that the suspects were stealing people's identities. Silva said officers found people's ID cards, credit cards, social security information and gift cards.

The officers arrested Amber Collins, 29; Jendy Kham, 26, a documented gang member who was on parole; Xochil Martinez, 35, who was on probation; and Hoanh Thach, 29, for numerous felony theft-related charges.

New Stockton City Council lineup takes shape


STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva got half the results he wanted from Tuesdays city council elections.

While incumbent Dyane Burgos Medina was defeated, fellow-incumbent Elbert Holman survived to serve another term. Silva had actively campaigned against the incumbents, claiming he'll have more success as mayor with new council members.

"At one time, I put up signs for Holman, but he's not the person I thought he was when I was young and naive," Silva said. "The bottom line, the voters had spoken and I have to live with that," Silva said.

Holman was equally unimpressed with having to keep working with the mayor.

"I'm confident we can get along, but we don't go to dinner together," Holman said. "Doing the business of the city we have to work together."