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Central Valley dentists continue history of treating those in need

Central Valley dentists continue history of treating those in need

The prolonged recession hasn’t just clobbered the Central Valley’s financial well-being. The decaying economy has also had a rotten effect on the teeth of area residents. 

“A loss of jobs has resulted in a loss of dental insurance for many,” said Deborah Horlak, dental hygiene director at University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in Stockton.

“People have greater dental needs now than ever before, but if the choice is between buying food and paying bills or receiving dental care, many will forego treatment until they are in pain.” Budget cuts have aggravated the situation. In 2009, 3 million adults were left without dental care when the state eliminated most Denti-Cal services. All $3 million in funding for the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program also was cut, removing school access to dental care for low-income children.

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Changes to make for ‘interesting tax season’

Changes to make for ‘interesting tax season’

Laura Strombom’s business seems, well, not quite by the numbers.

Oh, sure, All About Numbers Inc. offers a variety of personal finance and business services – income tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, accounting, accounting software support, business consulting.

But her business philosophy – or, perhaps more accurately, her life philosophy – seems a bit more personal than columns of ledger entries.

“A lot of it is taking the time to see the client as a person and not just a dollar figure,” Strombom said from her Feather River Drive office not far from the drone of Interstate 5. Her office has a cluttered, but organized look – neat stacks of papers and binders – with statuettes and images of horses on the shelves and hung on the wall, and a friendly 18-month-old Rottweiler named Berry Pie eager to lick a stranger’s hand when she is not bedded down behind Strombom’s desk.

Stockton woman wanted for parental abduction

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton woman is wanted for felony spousal abuse, parental abduction and auto theft.

According to Stockton Police Officer Pete Smith, Roshanda Hamilton and her live-in boyfriend got into an argument Friday night,which reportedly included Hamilton assaulting her boyfriend.

Then, while her boyfriend was sleeping, she took their two children and fled in the now stolen car.

Hamilton is a 32 year old black woman, who's five foot eight inches tall and 180 pounds.

Her two children are Deneer Hernandez, 4, and Patricia Hernandez, 1.

The car is a 2005 Black Honda Element with California license plate 5LEV991.

Smith added that Hamilton is believed to be traveling to the Fresno area.

Officers arrest intruder who stabbed small dog

STOCKTON - A dog is recovering after being stabbed by an intruder on Saturday morning.

Around 7:30 this morning the Stockton Police received a call from a woman reporting that a man had attempted to enter her home located at the 2300 block of Long Island Dr.

Lt. Tina Zachary with the Stockton Police Department explains that the man, identified as Christopher Day, knocked on the victim's door and attempted to make entry into the home but was not allowed. Day then went into the backyard of the home and attempted entry into the home again.

Zachary says that the victim's dog, a chihuahua, began barking at Day. It was then that Day took a knife from a BBQ in the backyard and used it to stab the dog one time in the chest.

Officers arrived to the scene and took Day into custody without incident.

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Arraignment in Stockton pit bull attack postponed

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton man accused of commanding his pit bull to attack his next-door neighbor was scheduled to be arraigned in San Joaquin County Court Friday but was ordered out of the courtroom because the judge did not like his behavior.

Isaiah Howard is facing charges of terrorist threats and using a deadly weapon, his pitbull.

"I am scared, really scared," said victim Brittany Evans.

It began with a heated argument Wednesday over noise. Howard complained about noisy children and neighbor Sydney Fernandez complained about Howard's dog. Witnesses say Howard then ordered his dog to attack Fernandez. Fernandez's girlfriend Evans ran out of the house with a knife and stabbed the dog, killing it.

"I didn't know what to do but grab a knife. The dog was eating my boyfriend. He was going to kill him," said Evans.

Thieves shoot at security guard at Stockton bingo hall

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police responded to a call of shots fired at the parking lot of the West Lane Bingo Hall in Stockton around 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to Stockton Police Sgt. Ivan Rose, an unspecified number of men trying to break into cars in the parking lot were overheard by a bingo hall security guard. When the guard went to investigate, he heard one man tell another to "hurry up".

Rose said one of the suspects spotted the security guard, and reached into his waistband. The security guard ran back inside the building and two shots were fired through the door.

The suspects fled in an older model white van with a lift on the back.

Nobody was hit by gunfire, but two elderly individuals were hospitalized with anxiety related ailments, said Rose.

One vehicle in the parking lot was burglarized.

Elderly Stockton man still missing after 4 days

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police and loved ones continued the search Thursday for 78-year-old Enrique Gomez, who has been missing since Sunday morning.

Gomez suffers from dementia and failed to come back home after his morning walk to nearby stores in East Stockton.

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"Sometimes he's good for days, sometimes we have to remind him of his wife," niece Vida Aceves said. "Names always bring him back."

The family was east of Stockton at a busy intersection distributing flyers with information about Gomez. They're desperate to get the word out, as his absence stretches.

"If they can check storage barns, abandoned cars, any way he'd be trying to get warmth," Aceves said.