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Stockton sees homicide #47 and #48 in same day

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton saw its 47th and 48th homicides of the year in a pair of shootings on Monday.

The latest murder came in a drive-by shooting in the 1100 block of South Commerce just before 8 o'clock Monday night. A pair of teenagers were shot and rushed to a local hospital where one was declared dead and the other was moved from critical to stable condition after surgery.

Just after 10:15 pm, officers responded to another drive-by shooting on East 9th Street. A teenaged male was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not available as of midnight.

Stunned neighbors said they worry that stray bullets could hurt or kill someone.

"I was in Iraq, and literally, I was safer in Baghdad than I am here in Stockton and that is a no b.s. assessment of the situation here in Stockton," said neighbor Jose Bilyeu, who added he believes police are doing the best they can but are overwhelmed.

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Stockton Arts commission arts awards

Stockton Arts commission arts awards

The Stockton Arts Commission, the Stockton Arts Foundation, and the City of Stockton join together to present the 35th annual Stockton Arts Commission Arts Awards on October 20, 2012.

This year the event will be held at Haggin Museum.  You will have the opportunity, along with honoring some fabulous artists, patrons, and supporters of the Arts of Stockton, to also view the outstanding exhibit that will be on display, The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture.

Please join us on October 20th, 2012.   The celebration begins at 5:30p.m. with wine and hors d’ouevres, 6:30p.m. presentation and program, the cost is $35.00.  Tickets can be purchased on line through Eventbrite. If you have questions or need more information please call (209) 937-8837.

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We have a wonderful slate of awardees for this year.

CHP: Children must be in safety seats while in cars

STOCKTON, CA - California Highway Patrol reminds drivers the importance of using a child safety seat.

The message comes after a 3-year-old girl, who was buckled up, but not in a car seat, died Friday afternoon in a car crash.

"We heard the car go, 'crunch, crunch, crunch.' I heard the brakes when they hit the brakes," witness Bob Wagner recalled.

Traffic was backed for hours after a four-vehicle chain reaction crash in the eastbound lane of Highway 4, west of Filbert Street in Stockton.

CHP investigated the crash. CHP said tow truck driver Juan Hinojosa, 28, of Stockton smashed into a Ford Fusion. Diane Deal, 44, of Manteca, was driving the Ford Fusion. The impact sent both vehicles off the road, killing the 3-year-old girl inside the Ford Fusion.

Week 1: McNair 25, Bear Creek 15

STOCKTON, CA - The McNair Eagles defeated the Bear Creek Bruins, 25-15 Friday night.

Next Friday, Bear Creek will host Gregori, while Lodi will host McNair.

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Stockton standoff suspect left suicide note

STOCKTON, CA - Police said a Stockton man who was in an 8-hour standoff with officers Thursday left a suicide note, then shot and killed himself.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said the man, identified as David Earl Barnett, 46, was found inside a home on the 2300 block of Golden Bear Circle Thursday night.

It was not known how long he had been dead.

Silva said the incident began around 1:33 p.m. when Barnett sped away from officers attempting to stop him for a traffic violation.

RELATED STORY: Standoff suspect found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound

Police said Barnett fired several shots at officers before he ran and barricaded himself in his house.

Standoff suspect found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound

STOCKTON, CA - A man suspected of shooting at law enforcement after a car chase was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday night, police said.

Stockton police were in a standoff with the suspect at a home on Golden Bear Circle since 1:33 p.m.; police evacuated nearby homes and blocked off a three to four block radius, Officer Joe Silva said.

Silva said the incident began at 1:33 p.m. when members of a joint auto theft task force tried to pull over a suspect at N. Gettysburg Place and W. Ben Holt Drive.The driver of the vehicle sped off and officers pursued the vehicle.

The driver stopped the car in the driveway of a home on Golden Bear Circle and officers pulled up behind the car.

Silva said someone in the vehicle fired at least one round at the officers and a member of the task force fired shots back at the suspects.

No officers were hit in the exchange.

Police: Man uses girlfriend's picture for target practice

Police: Man uses girlfriend's picture for target practice

STOCKTON, CA - A 23-year-old Stockton man was arrested Wednesday after his neighbors complained to police of a bullet hole in the back of their house. However, when police investigated the case further, it was the reason for his shooting a gun, rather than the act itself, that made for an offbeat story.

Stockton police officers responded to the 2500 block of Pemberton Court around 10:30 a.m. in response to the report of a bullet hole in the resident' back wall. While investigating the incident, officers traced the trajectory of the bullet to the home directly behind.

A Stockton police report stated that police spoke with Levon Davis, the owner of the home from which they suspected the bullet had been fired. During their questioning, officers determined Davis had been joking with his girlfriend a couple days prior, and had posted her photo on the back fence to use as target practice with his rifle.