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Sheriff's office: Woman carried unloaded gun into courthouse

Sheriff's office: Woman carried unloaded gun into courthouse


A woman was arrested Friday afternoon when she brought a handgun into a courthouse in Manteca.

Lan Chen, 43, is facing firearms-related charges, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office said Chen had an unloaded Beretta 9mm pistol in a satchel when she went through the security screening process at about 2:20 p.m. Friday at the San Joaquin County Superior Court's Manteca Branch. A magazine loaded with four bullets was next to the gun.

Chen also was carrying $10,583 in cash in her purse, the sheriff's office said.

Security guards called San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies, who took Chen into custody without incident.


Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.


SACRAMENTO - Another day of wind kept firefighters on the run across Northern California, battling grass and brush fires.

A fire alongside Sacramento's old dump beside the Capitol City Freeway sent city fire crews on the offensive shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The windswept blaze burned 8 acres before it was contained. Arson is suspected and police have detained a suspect for questioning.

A fire that broke out in Elk Grove along Civic Drive was contained to about 1 acre. The blaze was caused by someone mowing the grass in the middle of a windy day.

"This week is a classic example of when you should not be doing defensible space," Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. "In the hot temperatures, dry conditions and a little bit of wind, that's gonna allow a fire to quickly spark and ignite and spread very, very quickly."

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season


The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Alejandro Gomez was selected Delta College’s new Student Trustee

Alejandro Gomez was selected Delta College’s new Student Trustee

Alejandro Gomez was sworn in as Delta’s new Student Trustee at last night’s district board meeting. Board President Taj Kahn administered the oath. Alejandro replaces Tareka McClellan, who completed her one year term. Alejandro, a history major, has been active in Delta’s student government for the last year. He was most recently Senator of Legislative Affairs. Congratulations Alejandro Gomez. Should be an exciting year!

Explosion damages Stockton apartment complex


Several units were damaged when an explosion at a Stockton apartment complex caused a 2-alarm fire Wednesday night.

The Stockton Fire Department said a butane tank exploded in the apartment complex at 4444 Feather River Drive around 9:20 p.m.

One person was hurt with non-life threatening injuries, the fire department said.

Fire crews were able to contain the flames within 20 minutes.


2 more selected from local NFL Draft crop

2 more selected from local NFL Draft crop


Northern California was a hot bed for talent in this weekend's NFL Draft.

Six local athletes were selected by NFL teams, two of them on Saturday, joining three others that went in the first round on Thursday.

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders, born in Stockton, but now from Elk Grove, where he attended Pleasant Grove High School, was selected with the 104th overall selection by the New York Jets, in the fourth round.

Eric Pinkins of Sacramento, a defensive back who played at Inderkum high school in Natomas, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round, No. 208 overall. He recorded 75 tackles last fall and is primed to play cornerback with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Besides Fix 50, more Sacramento street closures for Amgen race


The Sacramento Police Department sent the following information regarding road closures and expected traffic delays due to the opening leg of AMGEN Tour of California bike race beginning this Sunday, May 11.

The race begins at the California State Capitol at 10:50 a.m., heads north out of the city limits and ends at the capitol at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Downtown street closure from Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, May 11, at 11 p.m.:

· 10th Street from N to L streets.

Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m.:

·Traffic will be limited on L Street from 9th to 15th streets.

·12th Street from J Street to L Street will be closed with exception for Hyatt traffic/patrons only.

Sunday, May 11, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.:

· L Street closed from 9th to 15th streets.