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Attorney and victim's family speak out on shootout


STOCKTON - An attorney for the family of Misty and Paul Singh said Thursday that standard police practices were not used by Stockton police during a bank robbery, hostage-taking, police chase, and deadly shootout three months ago. Misty Singh was one of three hostages abducted during the robbery. She and two suspects were killed.

"Indiscriminate police gunfire was directed at the vehicle after the pursuit, knowing full well Misty was inside the vehicle. Standard practice dictates when there's a hostage inside, secure the area, hunker down and wait it out," attorney Greg Bentley said.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Chamber honors memory of Stockton Artist Antonio DeZuniga

Nearly 100 people attended the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce mixer Sept. 25 at the Red Orchids restaurant in downtown Stockton. But it was much more than a monthly mixer. Red Orchids is home to the Antonio DeZuniga Tribute Gallery and features some of his most well-remembered artwork. There was an emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony with Zuniga's family members, including his widow and daughter.

Delta Professor Cirian Villavicencio Appointed to State Commission by Governor Brown

Delta Professor Cirian Villavicencio Appointed to State Commission by Governor Brown

Delta College political science professor, Cirian Villavicencio, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  Villavicencio, 34, has been an associate professor at San Joaquin Delta College since 2012, and previously an adjunct professor at American River College and Folsom Lake College. He received his BA in history and political science (with honors) from UC Davis, his master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing his doctorate from the University of Wyoming in Adult Post-Secondary Education.

West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Man killed, 2 wounded in Stockton shooting

Man killed, 2 wounded in Stockton shooting


A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in a North Stockton neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Stockton police said two others, a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were wounded in the shooting near Princess Lane and Duke Drive around 2:15 a.m.

All three victims were taken to the hospital to get treatment for their injuries. Police said about three hours later, the 27 year old died of his injuries. The two other victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. No other information about victims was available.

Police said a preliminary investigation showed there was some type of disturbance before the shooting. Officers continue to investigate.


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.