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Parking meters going digital in Stockton

From the City of Stockton.

The City of Stockton is upgrading all parking meters in downtown Stockton.  Beginning in January 2012, the Central Parking District will begin converting older mechanical models with new digital internal mechanisms and displays.  With the new installment, parking meter rates will increase.  Current parking meter rates range from .25 cents to .50 cents per hour.  Rates will increase to $1.00 per hour for all parking meters when the meters are upgraded.

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Stockton car crash leaves 12,300 without power

STOCKTON, CA - More than 12,300 people were without power in Stockton Monday morning after a car crashed into a power pole at Lower Sacramento Road and Hammer Lane.

Officer Pete Smith of the Stockton Police Department said the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. A woman driver somehow ended up on a sidewalk and struck a transmission pole. She had minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Stockton residents and workers, as well as students at University of the Pacific reported being  without electricity, heat, and hot water for an extended period of time.

UPDATE: PG&E reported around 12:30 p.m. that all power had been restored to the affected areas. 

Police said the intersection was expected to reopen about 4:30 p.m.

Stockton man shot trying to recover stolen stereo

Stockton, Ca- A man was shot five times Friday night after police say he and his family members set up a meeting with someone who may have stolen their car stereo. 

According to a Stockton Police Department news release the man was helping a female relative who had found her stolen stereo listed for sale on the internet. 

The man and some family members contacted the seller and arranged a meeting in a parking lot in the 2700 block of Country Club Boulevard Friday evening.

When the two parties met, the man and his family members confronted the seller.  At that point the seller began firing a gun and hit the man five times in the torso. 

"I was here in the store and I hear gun shots going off and people running everywhere," said The Cigarette Store employee, Kevin Treb, who was working feet away from where the shooting took place.

U.S. marshals arrest Stockton murder suspect

Sacramento, Ca- US Marshals from Sacramento arrested a man in connection with a July murder in Stockton. 

Eric Mathew Tabin was taken into custody Friday afternoon when a sting was set up after they learned he would attempt to buy a handgun from a local dealer.

Tabin was approaching a gun dealership on Fruitridge Road to make the purchase but was taken into custody as he was walking to the door.  The release says he was surrounded by law enforcement and taken into custody without incident. 

The Marshal's office says they were contacted by the Stockton Police Department to help locate Tabin because he was believed to be involved in an ambush style shooting that claimed the life of one man and left another critically injured back in July. 

The man believed to be the shooter had already been arrested.

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Highway 4 at S. Tracy Blvd. reopens after fatal crash

STOCKTON, CA - Traffic was diverted from Highway 4 in the area of S. Tracy Boulevard and Discovery Bay for nearly four hours Thursday because of a deadly collision involving a big rig and a pick-up truck.

According to the CHP on scene, the big rig and pick-up went into an irrigation ditch that runs alongside eastbound Highway 4 in the area. The two vehicles apparently sideswiped each other when the driver of the pick-up  tried to pass a line of tractor-trailer trucks on the roadway, causing the pick-up truck to land on its roof off the roadway.

Tracy police confirmed two people in the pick-up died. The CHP said they were men in their 20s.

The driver of the big rig had minor injuries.

Westbound Highway 4 was closed at the San Joaquin and Contra Costa county line and eastbound Highway 4 at S. Tracy Boulevard was  off-limits to traffic.

The incident was first reported at 12:07 p.m.

Lanes clear after fatal accident I-5 south in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - Interstate 5 in Stockton has reopened after a fatality accident in the fog Tuesday morning.

Southbound lanes were closed between March Lane and Benjamin Holt Drive on Tuesday morning due to two accidents, one of which was a fatality.

The California Highway Patrol said one of the crashes involved a big rig. The CHP reports indicated the second, and fatal accident, appears to have occurred when somebody was pushing a vehicle off the freeway and was possibly struck when the driver did not see the person in the dense fog.

Stockton police union to "open house"

STOCKTON, CA - Several months after buying a home near the University of the Pacific and next door to City Manager Bob Deis, Stockton's police union is showing the house to neighbors.

Deis called it "old school intimidation" when the union announced its plans because the union and Deis were and continue to be engaged in a bitter fight over city finances.

Monday's open house was scheduled to take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The home has been painted and completely remodeled. Although the police union said it intended to fix the house for resale, current plans are for renting the home.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net