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Stockton IT tech sentenced for using personal client info

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton information technology technician was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for illegally accessing computer files for the personal information of more than 1,450 people.

Prosecutors charged 39-year-old Michael Garcia with using that information to make counterfeit driver's licenses to open bank accounts, obtain loans, and make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals.

Garcia was employed by a company that provided IT services to a law firm and an accountant firm. The victims were clients and employees of the two companies.

According to federal court records, when arrested, Garcia had fake California licenses in his possession, one of which had his photo but with the name of a victim.

Garcia was found guilty of fraud.

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UOP enrollment up despite Stockton's problems

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton's 24 murders this year to date are triple the homicide rate last year. The city is also dealing with a July 1 deadline to reach on a balanced budget or a bankruptcy filing.

Still, despite Stockton's bad press, the University of the Pacific is growing.

"We have record enrollment again this year," said UOP Associate Provost Dr. Rob Alexander. "Our new student enrollment is 3,750 students. That's up 200 from last year."

The university said it saw an increase in transfer students after many public colleges cut funding for programs. Transfer students from community colleges or public universities are enrolling in UOP to take classes no longer offered in their schools.

UOP also has three highly acclaimed academic schools: dentistry, law and pharmacy. Current UOP students said they don't see Stockton's problems as UOP's problems.

Valley authorities seize $500K in counterfeit goods

SACRAMENTO, CA - Valley authorities have broken up a major crime ring dealing in counterfeit sports apparel and luxury fashion accessories imported from China, News10 has learned.

The Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, operating under a federal grant targeting intellectual property crimes, raided a home in an upscale north Stockton neighborhood May 21.

Task force members said the home belongs to a key player in the counterfeit ring.  News10 is not naming the man because he hasn't been formally charged with a crime.

On Tuesday, task force members showed off some of the $500,000 worth of counterfeit products seized in the raid at the Stockton home and several other locations.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the products seized represent just a fraction of the total amount of counterfeit goods that had been sold by the organization.

2 accused of Stockton early morning rape

STOCKTON, CA - An early morning call for help resulted in the arrest of two Stockton men on sexual assault charges.

Stockton Police Department Officer Joseph Silva said officers were sent to the area of Dave Bruback Way and Kensington Way at 3:57 .am. for a report of a sexual assault. There a woman told them she had been raped in an apartment on the 500 block of Dave Brubeck Way.

Officers located and arrested Conner Gritsch, 22, and Brit Smith, 23, on suspicion of sexual assault, said Silva.

The pair were booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

Detectives continue to investigate.

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Stockton police: Mail carrier accosted, 3,500 pieces of mail stolen

STOCKTON, CA - Thieves assaulted a postal carrier in Stockton Thursday afternoon and stole 3,500 pieces of mail, according to police.

The hold-up at gunpoint took place at Cabana Way and Continental Way. The mail carrier told officers he was adjusting the mail in his delivery truck when a man came up behind him and pushed his head down into the back of the truck. A second man pointed a large caliber handgun at him while a third man served as look-out.

According to Stockton police one of the thieves used duct tape to tie the postal worker's hands behind his back.

The trio then stole the mail, leaving the victim in his truck.

"Robberies do happen. They are rare, but they are serious. It's a federal offense. We have a standing $50,000 reward," said postal inspector Jeff Fitch.

PHOTOS: $2,500 reward offered in Stockton dog cruelty case

STOCKTON, CA - A Sacramento-based animal protection group is offering a $2,500 reward to catch the people who attached an explosive device to the neck of a small spaniel mix dog.

The resulting blast on Wednesday created a deep gash roughly 10 inches long and may leave the dog with permanent hearing loss.

PHOTOS: 'Rocket' recuperating after deep gash caused by explosive

Veterinary staff caring for the dog said the outcome could have been much worse considering the power of the explosion.

"It's quite a miracle that he's still alive right now," said Madi Fawn, a veterinary technician at the Family Pet Hospital in Stockton.  "He's quite a trooper."

The dog was originally described as a dacshund, but Fawn said it was actually a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix.

Stockton judge denies TB patient's release request

STOCKTON, CA (AP) - A California judge has refused to release a tuberculosis patient who was jailed and charged after allegedly refusing to take medication to keep his disease from becoming contagious.

San Joaquin County Judge Brett Morgan on Wednesday denied 34-year-old Armando Rodriguez's request for release.

The Record of Stockton reports the judge said he was uncomfortable releasing Rodriguez because of his methamphetamine and alcohol use and past behavior.

Health officials say Rodriguez failed to take the medication on his own, once telling a nurse he had gone on an alcohol binge and taken methamphetamine and didn't want to hurt his liver.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of refusing to comply with a tuberculosis order.

His public defender, Timothy Garrigan, says health officials have not looked at alternatives to jailing Rodriguez.