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San Joaquin Co. probation officer accused of attempted murder

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA - A San Joaquin County Probation Department employee was arrested Wednesday while off duty.

According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, Larry Alan King, was arrested on four felony charges of false bomb report, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle, child abuse or endangerment, and attempted willful murder.

According to Stephanie L. James with San Joaquin County probation,  King has been employed by the probation department for 12 years and is an assistant deputy chief probation dfficer.

James said the probation department will be launching a full investigation into King's arrest. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Stockton police arrest man in toddler's death

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl early Wednesday morning.

Demetrius Anderson, 23, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of homicide and child abuse following the death of Renee Potter. 

Stockton police spokesman Pete Smith said obvious injuries to the child led to the arrest.

Detectives secured the unit in the Elmwood Garden Apartments on Elmwood Ave. until a search warrant arrived in the early afternoon.

The toddler's mother, identified by neighbors as Tangier Arias, 23, is Anderson's girlfriend.

The couple and the child had recently moved in with Anderson's father, Horace, according to neighbors.

Horace Anderson said he was unaware of any trouble until he was awakened by the emergency response.

Truck driver killed in horrific accident on I-5 S near Galt

GALT, CA - Cleanup crews worked through the early morning hours to clear groceries and debris from a fatal big rig crash on I-5.

The crash happened around 1:15am when a truck driver was heading northbound on I-5. CHP officers say for unknown reasons, the driver veered across the median, crossed over the southbound lanes, and slammed into the Dierssen Road bridge overpass. The upper half of the truck was sheered in half. The 51-year-old driver, from Lodi, was killed instantly.

The driver was hauling groceries to Redding. The impact of the crash sent groceries flying all over the freeway and onto the bridge overhead.

A 15 year veteran of California Highway Patrol says the impact of the crash is unlike anything he has ever seen.

The crash left one lane of I-5 closed for hours Thursday. 

Stockton woman stabs attacker, leads to 6 arrests

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton woman was assaulted by six men at her apartment complex in the Village Oak District Tuesday night, but police say it was her attackers who ended up worse for wear following the confrontation.

Stockton police said the 34-year-old woman was in the courtyard of her complex when she noticed a man trying to get into the building's locked gate. The lady recognized the man as a possible suspect in a prior area burglary and confronted him.

The man called over his five associates who joined in attacking the woman, said police. According to reports, one of the men hit the woman in the head with a large object, causing a cut. She was also punched multiple times.

Police said the woman then stabbed one of the men in the chest and arm in self defense.

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Body of missing Stockton man found

STOCKTON, CA - Family members say a 79-year-old man who went for his daily walk to a store Jan. 8 and didn't return home has been found dead.

Vida Aceves said the body of her uncle, Enrique Gomez, was discovered in an orchard in east Stockton on Tuesday.

Gomez had the beginning stages of dementia, according to relatives. They combed neighborhoods, put up flyers and pleaded for information on any sighting of their uncle, grandfather and husband.

Stockton police said the death did not appear suspicious.

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Stockton boy, 8, beaten for cellphone by teen girls

STOCKTON, CA - An 8-year-old boy was beaten on Sunday night in Stockton after refusing to give his cellphone to two teenage girls.

Stockton police said the boy was playing with the phone in his front yard when one of the teens jumped the fence and let the other in through the gate.  Both girls then demanded the boy's phone. When he refused, the girls kicked and punched the young boy. The girls then fled the scene.

No information was provided on the boy's condition.

One of the girls was described as black, 5 feet tall, 12 to 14 years old and weighing about 100 pounds.

The other attacker was described as a 13 to 15-year-old black girl, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing approximately 100 pounds.

Anyone who has information on the attempted robbery, or who knows the girls, was asked to contact the Stockton Police Department.

Central Valley dentists continue history of treating those in need

Central Valley dentists continue history of treating those in need

The prolonged recession hasn’t just clobbered the Central Valley’s financial well-being. The decaying economy has also had a rotten effect on the teeth of area residents. 

“A loss of jobs has resulted in a loss of dental insurance for many,” said Deborah Horlak, dental hygiene director at University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in Stockton.

“People have greater dental needs now than ever before, but if the choice is between buying food and paying bills or receiving dental care, many will forego treatment until they are in pain.” Budget cuts have aggravated the situation. In 2009, 3 million adults were left without dental care when the state eliminated most Denti-Cal services. All $3 million in funding for the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program also was cut, removing school access to dental care for low-income children.