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Stockton police plan DUI checkpoint Friday night

Stockton police plan DUI checkpoint Friday night

STOCKTON - The Stockton Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., on March Lane west of Hillsboro Way. The department is continuing its efforts at lowering the number of people killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes locally and through the county’s Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force Campaign with this DUI/Drivers License checkpoint. Officers will be checking drivers to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as heightening awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The holidays are a dangerous time of the year and your odds of being involved in an alcohol involved collision can be high.

A major component of the checkpoints, beyond taking dangerous drivers off the road, is to increase awareness of the consequences of impaired driving and to encourage using sober designated drivers. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal.

Stockton approves first pot dispensary

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton approved its first medical marijuana dispensary permit Thursday night, which could put the pot business and potential new jobs in town by September.

"They had all their ducks in a row," said Stockton Planning Board Chair, Samuel Fant.

"Hopefully it draws more attention to the area that's good, especially with all of the new security."

The attorney representing 209 Collective marijuana dispensary said the business promises security guards and surveillance cameras in the shopping plaza on its own dime.

"We own several dispensaries in Sacramento and I have letters from the shopping center owner and police personnel who say crime was reduced after we moved in," said Max Del Real, president of Capitol Solutions, representing the dispensary. His dispensary was approved to move into Eastland Plaza on Wilson Way.

Popular Stockton playground fire caused by arson Thursday evening

STOCKTON, CA - A popular Stockton playground was set on fire Thursday evening, according to authorities.

The structure fire was reported at Pixie Woods Park located at 3106 Schumizu Drive. A third of the wooden playground was destroyed, according to Battalion Chief Ed Rodriguez.

Rodriguez added that the fire was believed to be arson. According to witnesses the possible suspect was seen leaving on a bike.

Damage to the playground is estimated at $5000.

The fire is under investigation.

Sesame Street Live, Stockton Arena to offer 'discount for diapers'

Sesame Street Live, Stockton Arena to offer 'discount for diapers'

STOCKTON - Sesame Street Live has joined forces with the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County to offer a special ticket discount for patrons who donate a package of diapers. "Elmo's Healthy Heroes" will perform at the Stockton Arena May 31- June 1.

Bring at least one package of diapers to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office and save $3.00 per ticket to Sesame Street Live. You can also stop by the KHOP van at Lincoln Center on Saturday, May 28 between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and drop off a bag of diapers to receive a discount coupon. All diapers will be given to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County.

Discounts are not valid on previously purchased tickets, Gold Circle or Sunny Seats.

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San Joaquin County officials plan Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols

San Joaquin County officials plan Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols

The Avoid the 10 DUI Campaign will be deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers who still don’t get the message. 

The Memorial Day weekend is witness to the kick off of summertime recreation and holiday travel, along with many college and high school graduations seeing thousands celebrate their accomplishments. The next 100 days will also see a rise in deaths and injuries as far too many individuals get behind the wheel impaired.

The enforcement campaign begins Friday night with DUI/Drivers License checkpoints in the city of Stockton and Escalon with special DUI Saturation Patrols deploying in the citiy of Manteca.

Court dismisses SPOA case involving alcohol sales

Court dismisses SPOA case involving alcohol sales

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton has received notice that a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge has dismissed Stockton Police Officer’s Association (SPOA) vs. City of Stockton, a case involving the sale of alcohol for police union fundraising purposes.

The case, filed by the SPOA against the City, challenged action taken by Chief Blair Ulring, which ordered SPOA members not to operate a booth selling beer as a fundraiser during a motorcycle racing event at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds on October 16 and 17, 2010.  The chief issued a memo on October 15, 2010, advising SPOA members that the application for a Department of Alcoholic Beverage (ABC) license and participation in the sale of alcohol, even while off-duty, was in violation of Stockton Police Department General Order I-8, and could result in discipline.

Dismissal ends the case and sustains actions taken by the chief in response to beer-selling activity.