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3 injured in Stockton drive-by shooting

STOCKTON, CA - Three people were struck in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night while attending a house party in Stockton, according to police.

Lt. Scott Meadors said police responded to the scene on Warren Ave. around 8:46 p.m. and discovered a 19-year-old man and 20-year-old woman with gunshot wounds. The other victim, a 21-year-old man showed up at the hospital later.

Meadors said the shooters, described as two Hispanic men, opened fire as they drove by the home in a dark-colored Toyota Camry.

Several people in the front yard returned fire, said Meadors.

Meadors said the scene was about seven blocks from the location of a shooting that occurred about an hour earlier on Country Club Blvd.

Meadors could not confirm whether the drive-by shooting was gang related.

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A's agree to terms on one-year deal with Stockton's Braden

OAKLAND, CA - The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms on a one- year contract with pitcher Dallas Braden on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Braden, a native of Stockton, had a rough 2011. He pitched in just three games before being placed on the disabled list on April 18 with shoulder stiffness and eventually had surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

The 2010 campaign saw him toss the 19th perfect game in MLB history. He did so against Tampa Bay on May 9, 2010.

Over five years in the majors, all with Oakland, he is 26-36 with a 4.16 earned run average over 94 games, 79 of which were starts. He has struck out 305 while walking just 141 over 491 1/3 innings.

 

5 charged in foreclosure bid rigging conspiracy

STOCKTON, CA - Five men, including a Stockton grocery store operator, are charged in connection with a federal investigation involving bid rigging of foreclosed homes at public auctions in San Joaquin County.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment on December 7th, with charges that include bid rigging and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Four of the five men made their first court appearances on Tuesday.

The names include: Wiley C. Chandler of Lodi, Andrew B. Katakis of Danville, Donald M. Parker of Valley Springs, Anthony Joachim of Stockton, and W. Theodore Longley of Roseville.

According to the indictment, Longley was an auctioneer at public real estate auctions in San Joaquin county and the other men purchased real estate at the public auctions.

Psychiatric exam ordered for murder suspect

STOCKTON, CA - Two psychiatrists will study the mental state of murder suspect Devan Epps to determine if he's capable of going on trial.

Epps is accused of murdering Veronica Jones, and then living in a downtown Stockton apartment while the body decomposed.

His behavior in court last week was so odd, the judge put the prosecution on hold, so Epps can be evaluated.

"It seems like there might be some problems (with Epps).  Sometimes people hide problems and exaggerate their problems, and use them as a shield to escape responsibility.  We'll see, we're keeping an open mind," said prosecutor Thomas Testa.

Those tests of Epps are supposed to be finished and the results brought to court by January 10.

By tdaly@news10.net

 

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Forbes: Apple stores not in dangerous cities

STOCKTON, CA - Forbes Magazine, which earlier this year marked Stockton as the most miserable city in the country, has new data to share.

Forbes reports that eight of the "Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities" in the U.S., where Stockton is ranked 8, don't have Apple stores.

"It's another example of (Forbes having) nothing else to do," Stockton Chamber of Commerce's Douglas Wilhoit said.

The Forbes story doesn't imply Apple stores lead to less crime in various cities, but reports, Apple chooses to put it's stores in safer areas.

"I think it's ridiculous," Wilhoit said. "When they do these studies, there's no credibility whatsoever."

The two cities on the top 10 list that do have Apple stores are Anchorage and Las Vegas.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

Sherwood Mall security guards are reaching new heights

STOCKTON, CA - Sherwood Mall has heightened its security surveillance, literally. The head of the security team decided to try something new this seasonal shopping season after he was inspired by police security at a San Diego Chargers game.

Guards are now taking turns going up a scissor lift to look down on the parking lot.

"It's a good crime deterrent," said John Jarrett, head of security.
"I was a little worried the first time we used it, because it was last week during the high winds. So we scrubbed that mission real quick."

Guards take two hour shifts, changing the lifts location at different times of the day. Guards say it gives them better visibility, and with binoculars they can easily spot suspicious people hanging around parked cars.

"We haven't had a car break in yet this year, but we have helped the Stockton police when we got a person for a parole violation warrant," said Jarrett.

Modesto Police look for 3 Armed Robbers

MODESTO, CA - Modesto Police are looking for three men who robbed a Burger King in Modesto Thursday night . Police are calling it a Brazen robbery.

"It was a takeover style robbery. They jumped up on the counters and took employees to the back of the restaurant", said Sgt. Partrick Kimes of the Modesto Police Department.

Police say there were two other armed robberies this week in Modesto. One at a Subway Sandwich and the other at a Shell Gas Station.

"It is crazy. It makes you worry about bringing your kids here.", said Rigo Gonzalez.

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