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Agents hope San Joaquin County killer will still reveal graves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was dubbed Operation Closure in hopes that a serial killer on Death Row would finally lead authorities to where at least a dozen bodies were buried decades ago, ending the torment of families who still wonder about their missing loved ones.

Prison officials had mapped out a route from San Quentin State Prison to the Central Valley and assigned a well-armed security detail to travel with Wesley Shermantine, one half of the notorious "Speed Freak Killers" who terrorized the region in the 1980s and 90s. An FBI forensics unit was prepared to excavate the graves after the clandestine search planned for Wednesday in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties.

Then, San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore brought the operation to a screeching halt, complaining he was left out of the planning and that he had concerns with the security measures and Shermantine's credibility.

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Mayor unveils details on Stockton's Marshall Plan

STOCKTON, CA - About eight months after first announcing the city's Marshall Plan to fight crime, Mayor Ann Johnston is releasing some details of what that plan involves.

The first visible step will be five federal marshals joining Stockton police on the street as soon as next week. The extra bodies will allow police to specifically seek the city's worst offenders.

"They are going to be taking out the worst criminals first. They identify the top 10 bad boys or girls in the city, start with them and go after them," Johnston said. "As they're removed from the city, they keep working down the list and adding to the list."

Another element involves combining Stockton and San Joaquin County gang officers into one coordinated unit. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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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