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Jason Gilley back in court

STOCKTON, CA - At another arraignment court appearance for Jason Gilley, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau made it clear this is a potential death penalty case.

Although the actual decision on whether to pursue the death penalty against Gilley won't come for several, if not many weeks, Himelblau said various court rules come into play, and this case falls into that category.

Gilley is accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 23-year-old Dalene Carlson after they were seen leaving a bar together in early August.  Carlson's body was found in a cornfield near Escalon in October.

Carlson's aunt, Margaret Baker, attended Monday's hearing, and afterwards said she favors the death penalty.

"It's hard to say he doesn't deserve anything less.  He said he didn't have anything to do with her, but he lied and lied and lied.  He does deserve the death penalty," said Baker.

Nick Diaz sends BJ Penn into retirement, earns UFC title shot

LAS VEGAS -- Nick Diaz punched BJ Penn straight out of mixed martial arts competition and followed it up minutes later by talking his way into a immediate title fight.

Diaz won a unanimous decision against Penn by keeping the fight standing to batter him with punches for the last two rounds of the main event of UFC 137 in Las Vegas. After the fight, Penn announced that it would be his last MMA bout.

"I have a daughter and another on the way," said Penn, whose left-eye area was bloody was swelled shut. "I don't want her to see me like this."

Compustrike counted 239 punches landed for Diaz, compared to 76 for Penn. Diaz, the former Strikeforce champion and the No. 5 welterweight in the USA TODAY/MMA Nation consensus rankings. Penn is the consensus No. 8 at 170 pounds.

The last two rounds saw Diaz especially effective, as he seemed to hit Penn at will while stalking him around the ring. But first he had to survive early danger.

WEEK 9: St. Mary's 47, McNair 0

STOCKTON - The St. Mary's Rams improved to 7-and-2 with a 47-0 shutout win over the McNair Eagles.

Next Friday, West will host McNair. Tokay will host St. Mary's.

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Stockton Hmong New Year Festival

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Stockton Hmong New Year Press Release

 

The 2012 Stockton Hmong New Year will be held on Friday November 11th through Sunday November 13th, 2011 from 8am to 4pm at the San Joaquin County Fairground, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.  This cultural festival will be featuring dance contests, singing contests, sport tournaments, live band and music, cultural performances, ball tossing, ethnic food, guest speakers, and many other activities.  It is a learning opportunity for individuals who have limited exposure to the Hmong culture to explore the authentic traditional performances, food, arts, etc. 

 

Man, 18, shot, killed outside Stockton apt. building

STOCKTON, CA - An altercation between an 18-year-old man and 26-year-old man in Stockton led to the shooting death of the younger on Monday night.

According to Lt. Scott Votino of the Stockton Police Department, the shooting took place around 9:15 p.m. Monday in front of an apartment complex on the 8600 block of Santa Paula Way in which both men lived.

The 18-year-old died at the scene and the 26-year-old was taken to an area hospital for treatment, said Votino.

Nobody was arrested, and Votino said the shooting could be ruled a justifiable homicide. There was no indication the shooting was drug or gang related, Votino said.

The case is still under investigation.