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Stockton 2015 homicide total ties 2014 after man found shot to death


Stockton police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead, making it the 48th homicide in Stockton in 2015, according to officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department.

Silva said officers received a called around 6:08 p.m. about a man who had been shot.

When officers arrived to the area near Knickerbocker Court and Knickerbocker Drive, they found an adult man outside who had been shot.

He was transported to the hospital but later died, according to Silva.

In 2012, Stockton set a new record in homicides with 71. In 2013, homicides dropped to 32, nearly a 55 percent decrease; but, in 2014, the homicide totals rose again to 48, according to the Stockton Police Department.

No information was given about a suspect or motive.


Students from Stockton and Mexico experiment launching a balloon into space


STOCKTON, CA - Retired astronaut Jose Hernandez has amazing stories to share after flying on a shuttle to the international space station. He sounded just as enthusiastic talking about a balloon filled with helium, lifting 100 thousand feet into space.

"I knew it was going to go up. I was nervous about taking pictures. Would it do what it's supposed to do," he said.

Discovery of invasive insect threatens Stockton agriculture


The discovery of an insect in Stockton known for destroying citrus crops has sparked a multi-jurisdictional survey to mitigate any potential for further infestation.

The San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner has teamed with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin what it calls an “extensive survey” in response to the detection of one Asian citrus psyllid within the boundaries of Stockton.

The invasive insect was detected on December 21 near N. Williamsburg Place and W. Rosecrans Way in the unincorporated Lincoln Village area near Stockton, officials report.

'Hundreds' of stolen mail recovered in Stockton home, suspects arrested


 

Cases of thieves targeting prescriptions, bills and the rest of your mail have been increasing over the past few weeks, according to Stockton police. Officers have arrested two women who police said, targeted dozens of victims from all over the area.

Stockton woman who returned $4,000 to owner receives praise from around the U.S.


STOCKTON, Calif. -- A Stockton woman is proof that kindness and honesty can pay off.

Starla Beltran found and returned a wallet filled with $4,000 in cash last week. She continues to receive messages of support, even gifts, from all over the country since our story.

"Oh my gosh. This type of happiness...it can't be bought," she said.

Memorial scheduled for Stockton real estate developer


 

Family, friends and fellow community members will meet Friday around 4:30 p.m. to memorialize a downtown Stockton developer who was found dead near his home in September.

The memorial will take place at location where Tim Egkan’s body was found, with “obvious signs of trauma,” according to Stockton Police Department officials.

Egkan, 32, was found by police around 2 a.m. on Poplar and Lincoln streets, responding to an unrelated call, police said.

A suspect has not yet been identified.