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Sheriff deputy's loaded service weapon stolen


A loaded service firearm was stolen from an off-duty sheriff's deputy in north Stockton Wednesday morning.

The San Joaquin County sheriff's deputy had stopped at a Quik Stop convenience story on the 3500 block of West Hammer Lane about 6:30 a.m., according to Stockton police. Police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said the deputy left the weapon in a backpack in his unlocked vehicle. The deputy saw a man and a woman take the backpack and ran out of the store to confront them. The pair were in their vehicle at that point and starting to drive off when the deputy saw one of the thieves reach into the backpack.

Silva said the deputy thought the thief was possibly reaching for the loaded gun so he backed off.

Tracy Mayor Completes Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Other Local Officials

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UOP questioned on water use during serious drought


STOCKTON, Calif. - A Stockton woman whose son attended and graduated from the University of the Pacific, asked News10 to look into the school's water use, considering how green and lush the campus looks.

She's let her front yard turn brown while trying to save water.

"I just drove by and thought, wow, what a beautiful lawn. I do laundry once a week and use my dog's water in the house to water plants in the house," Kathy said. She didn't provide a last name.

At UOP, Support Services Director Scott Heaton offered several examples of the university using less water than in years past.

Delta College employee sought for embezzlement


There's an arrest warrant for a Delta College employee wanted on allegations of grand theft and embezzlement from the college.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office is accusing McKinzie Heavenly Harrison, who is also known as McKinzie Croney, with illegally using a credit card terminal at the college food court where she works to falsely "refund" funds from VISA and prepaid VISA cards onto her personal ATM and debit cards.

The district attorney's office claims Harrison stole a total of $4555.33 in that manner in nine transactions between May 3 and June 4 this year.

Investigators think the suspect has fled the Stockton area and may be visiting relatives in Alabama. Anyone with information on Harrison's whereabouts was asked to contact the Delta College Police Department at (209) 954-5000.

Family of Manteca man killed in Gaza strike

Family of Manteca man killed in Gaza strike


Even as the violence escalates following the breakdown of Friday's ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, some Palestinian-Americans are slowly learning about family members affected by earlier incidents.

Like many Palestinian-Americans, Manteca's Mohammad Elfarra has been watching the news from Gaza closely, but the worst report came in the form of a phone call from a friend in the West Bank.

"He said, 'hey give me a call back. We just saw something on the news that reported a family of eight from the Elfarra family in the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, which is our home town, that they were killed in one air strike,'" Elfarra recalled.

Soon other family members began confirming the reports.

"There's no words for it until you experience it," Elfarra said. "You have nothing that can describe that pain and that hurt."

home invasion victim fights back, gets shot


STOCKTON, Calif. - Twenty-four-year-old Carlos Soto didn't hesitate a second when it was clear his Morada home was being broken into at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning.

"I had no other reaction than to go over there, hit the first guy and he fell. The other guy, the bigger guy, grabbed me from behind and tried to take me down. I wrestled in college, and when he grabbed me I threw him against the wall," Soto said.

What Soto didn't anticipate was getting shot and that's what happened as the robbers were trying to leave the home in the community just northeast of Stockton.

"I went to chase him and got to the door and felt my leg go numb. There was blood everywhere, got shot in the leg," Soto said.

Robber's father says police acted appropriately

Robber's father says police acted appropriately


STOCKTON (AP) - The father of a slain bank robbery suspect says Stockton police acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.

The father of robbery suspect Alex Gregory Martinez, Greg Martinez, said Friday that he believes police's use of lethal force was justifiable. The suspect's girlfriend Monica Lam echoed Greg Martinez's sentiment.

"I don't condone what happened. I'm just as mad as everybody else, you know," Lam said. "We're all hurt and are still in shock."

Hostage Misty Holt-Singh was killed during the shootout. Greg Martinez expressed his condolences for her family.

"We'd like to send our condolences to the victim's family. We feel for them," Greg Martinez said.