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Victim's father seeks closure after Calaveras Co. remains discovery

STOCKTON, CA - The searches started immediately after Cyndi Vanderheiden went missing in 1998.

Her family always suspected Cyndi's friends, Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog, who were the last two people to see her before she disappeared.

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Vanderheiden's father kept her case active in the media and with law enforcement by conducting searches. Shermantine and Herzog were eventually convicted for Cyndi's murder, but her body was never found.

"Fourteen years of doing this. It's quite devastating," Cydi's father John Vanderheiden said. "I wouldn't want it to be done to anybody else."

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Stockton youth boxer ranked best in country

STOCKTON, CA - A middle school student from Stockton is currently the number one ranked boxer for his age in the country with his win at the Silver Gloves National Championships in Independence, MO on February 5.

"You have to be smart in the ring. You can't just throw punches. If you throw, you'll get caught."

Eleven year-old Gabriel Flores Jr. speaks like an old pro, and in a way, he is - he first got into the ring at seven years-old when he went down to an LA gym to see his older brother box.

"He gloved up and he was really good," said his father, Gabriel Flores Sr.

Flores Jr. won the first tournament he ever entered at eight years-old and has not stopped winning. Now as a national champion, he said his next move is to go up a weight class to compete in the Golden Gloves tournament.

"It feels like I'm on top of the world. I trained hard for this. I was prepared for this. I'm prepared for anything."

Gun battle erupts near 2 Stockton schools

STOCKTON, CA - One man was injured, and another being detained, after a gun battle between two groups of people at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Harding Way in Stockton.

The violence broke out at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when one car pulled up on a parked SUV.  Police weren't clear exactly what happened next, but it was clear a lot of rounds were fired, with bullet casings found through out that area.

PHOTOS: Gun fight locks down two Stockton schools

El Dorado Elementary School, and the Stockton School for Adults, both located across the street, went into lockdown while police searched for suspects.

Police had little information on the suspects, only that they left in a western direction from the shooting scene.

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San Joaquin jury: 3 whistle blowers were fired in retaliation

STOCKTON, CA - A San Joaquin County jury has agreed that three people let go from the local transit district were fired out of retaliation.

Bobby Kuhn, Kari Wilson and Stacy Douglas are owed $1.1 million in totaled lost wages, after their firings in 2008. They worked either in the business or maintenance departments at San Joaquin Regional Transit.

The trio claimed San Joaquin RTD had overspent on consultants, meeting space, meals for employees and the new downtown Stockton transit center. 

Kuhn spoke to the grand jury about the claim; the two women gave Kuhn information about the spending.

"The grand jury process is there for a reason, to protect taxpayers, and make sure companies like this don't go off on their own," Kuhn said.

At the time they were let go, RTD General Manager Donna DeMartino claimed it was because fuel prices had gone too high.

Stockton police: Man killed on I-5 running from officers

STOCKTON, CA - A man was hit and killed by a vehicle while running from police on Interstate 5 near March Lane Monday morning, according to Stockton police spokesman Pete Smith.

Smith said officers pulled 46-year-old John Quincy Ellis over while driving northbound on I-5 around 8:22 a.m.  Ellis had been under surveillance by Santa Rosa police in connection with the murder of Carole Marie Brooks, said Smith.

When the man left a location in Stockton this morning, Santa Rosa police requested Stockton officers pull him over and detain him, Smith said.

State facility to provide jobs, massive economic benefit

State facility to provide jobs, massive economic benefit

Earth movers have been digging trenches and leveling grade, cranes are hoisting walls into place, and riding trowels are hovering over freshly poured cement to form more walls for more buildings.

And men and women are being put to work on perhaps the largest construction project in California in a decade – the 1,722-bed California Health Care Facility, Stockton just southeast of the intersection of Arch Road and Logistics Drive east of state Highway 99.

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