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Girls D-II Nor Cal Title: Archbishop Mitty 53, St. Mary's 51

SACRAMENTO - Kelli Hayes scored 23 points and hit the game-winning basket with 25.9 seconds left as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose came back to beat St. Mary's of Stockton, 53-51, in the Division II girls NorCal championship Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion.

Amanda Lovely had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Mitty (23-5), which outrebounded St. Mary's (30-4) 51-32.

After Hayes put Mitty ahead, Courtney Range, who struggled most of the game, hit a left-handed hook with 2:05 remaining to make it 51-50, but the Rams would not score again. Lively made the second of two free throws to tie it with 1:03 left, and then Hayes converted a perfect pass from Courtney Lisowski for the final points of the game.

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Two killed in Stockton drive-by shooting

STOCKTON - The Stockton Police Department are investigating a drive-by shooting that left two men dead on Saturday afternoon.

The shooting occured just after 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Don Carlos Avenue said Lt. Keith Rocha.

Officers arrived to the scene to find two victims with critical injuries from gunshot wounds.

The two men, who have only been identified as a 20-year-old and a 26-year-old, were transported to a local hospital where they subsequently died from their wounds, said Rocha.

The police department, at this time, was not releasing information on suspects as this is an active investigation.

Stockton PD uses new staffing technique

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police watch commanders have been using new staffing strategies in response to continued violent crime on the city's streets.

New police Chief Eric Jones calls it "real-time policing," which involves putting more officers at the scene of a crime than in the past.  It also lets watch commanders make those staffing decisions immediately without needing approval from supervisors.

"Instead of waiting for a staff meeting the next week, we go off real data and intelligence and deploy in an area that might be subject to retaliation," said Jones.

The police chief said that strategy was successful last weekend following three separate shootings of teenagers in two days. 

"We pulled in some detectives and gang officers, put them together in a task force and deployed right away for a high visible police presence," said Jones.

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San Joaquin Co. Regional Science Fair Results


    Sierra Middle blue team and Tokay High purple team take first-place

Over 600 San Joaquin County students participated in the 26th annual San Joaquin County Office of Education Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (middle school) and Division C (high school) at the University of the Pacific Saturday, March 10. The awards ceremony immediately followed at Blanchard Gym at San Joaquin Delta College.

Court: Herzog parole to Lassen County was legal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California appeals court has ruled that corrections officials had a right to send convicted killer Loren Herzog to remote Lassen County when he was paroled in 2010.

Herzog's release had drawn heated opposition from authorities and residents who believed he was responsible for a killing spree in the 1970s and 80s.

He and childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, a pair dubbed the Speed Freak Killers, were convicted of multiple murders. But Herzog's conviction later was overturned because of an illegally obtained confession.

He instead pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was paroled to a trailer outside the gates of Susanville's prison. The city and county sued to get rid of him.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that corrections officials have exclusive discretion to place parolees.

Herzog committed suicide in January.

Stockton begins mediation process to avoid bankruptcy

STOCKTON, CA - The City of Stockton is in a 60-day mediation process with creditors to find ways to avoid bankruptcy, which is outlined in Assembly Bill 506.

Several citizens at the city council meeting on Feb. 28, however, voiced concern and questioned the financial analysis City Manager Bob Deis provided in slides.

One of the most vocal critics of Deis is the Stockton Police Officers Association, which is involved in on-going litigation with the city over a fiscal emergency that broke union contracts.

"The information that's needed is the 2011 CAFR," SPOA attorney David E. Mastagni of Mastagni & Associates said. "For those who don't understand what that is, it's an audited financial statement that demonstrates what the city's financial situation actually looks like and where the money actually is going."