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Big West: Pacific Tigers 70, UC Davis Aggies 66

STOCKTON, CA - Sam Willard had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Pacific to a 70-66 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night.

Pacific rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the second half and sealed the win by making 8 of 8 free throws in the final minute, with Willard making the final two with 2 seconds remaining.

Willard recorded his 15th double-double of the season. He entered the night ranked eighth nationally both in double-doubles and rebounding (10.9 per game).

Allen Huddleston added 13 points for Pacific (14-10, 6-5 Big West) and Nyika Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Joe Harden and Josh Ritchart each scored 17 points to lead UC Davis (8-16, 3-9). Mark Payne added 10 points and five rebounds.

Eddie Miller made a 3-pointer and then a driving dunk as the

Aggies tied it for the sixth and final time with 1:21 left.




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Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

Stockton Ports to hold national anthem auditions Feb. 15

STOCKTON - The Stockton Ports are holding national anthem auditions to find local talent for all home games during the 2011 season. The Ports auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Sherwood Mall, located at 5308 Pacific Avenue.

The auditions will be in an American Idol-like style in their search for the best national anthem singers in the San Joaquin County area. There is no age limit and all hopeful singers will be required to complete a contact sheet before performing. All potential singers should come prepared to sing the national anthem.

For more information contact Allison Mandel at (209) 644-1900 or visit www.stocktonports.com.

Sexual assault victim's tax refund seized by Sac State

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton mother, who wants to be identified as Jessica, was counting on her tax refund so she can support her young daughter.   

She was surprised to learn her state tax refund for about $400 was electronically intercepted recently by Sacramento State University.

"I don't know why they took the money even after what I've been through," said Jessica.

Jessica was sexually assaulted in her dorm room in 2007. The suspect was a man she barely knew. He was questioned by campus police and suspended by the university.  Jessica left school for good a short time later.

Jessica has tried to contact financial services at Sacramento State to find out why her refund check was taken. Although she has left messages, she said her calls have not been returned.

Officials at Sacramento State could not comment about Jessica's case but said its staff would investigate.

Teen, 17, to be charged as adult in infant murder case

Teen, 17, to be charged as adult in infant murder case

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old girl arrested for murder after her infant was found dead and buried in a West Stockton field, will be tried as an adult in court, according to the San Joaquin District's Attorney Office.

The girl, identified as Patricia Lopez, was arraigned in a Stockton courtroom Thursday for murder charges. She was arrested Wednesday and held in the county's juvenile hall.

Her 22-26-week-old baby was discovered Wednesday buried in a hole in a rural area off of Highway 4 at 1425 South Holt Road. Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said investigators determined Lopez had given birth to a premature baby inside a bathroom at her home. She then allegedly killed the baby before dumping the body in the field, said Garcia.

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Friends, family search for missing teen

Friends, family search for missing teen

STOCKTON - Friends and family of 15-year-old Evangelina "Eva" Mercado are asking for the community's help in finding her. She was last seen on Tuesday, Feb. 8 around 2:40 p.m. at Lincoln High School in Stockton.

Since then, she has not been seen or heard from since. Family members have reported her missing to police but no leads have been developed, they say.

Mercado is described as hispanic, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 115 pounds with dark brown hair and light brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black coat over a white t-shirt with a Bob Marley photo on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone who has seen Mercado or knows where she might be, should contact Julio Mercado at (209) 242-3663 or the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

Central Valley Association of Realtors honors Stocktonian of the year

STOCKTON - Central Valley Association of REALTORS (CVAR) Stockton Council together with Greater Chamber of Commerce, are proud to present the 57th Annual Stocktonian of the YEAR. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Stockton Golf and Country Club, located at 3800 Country Club Boulevard. This event honors outstanding people in our community that support civic organizations and charitable causes.

Stockton resident John Quinn is this year's award recipient. Quinn is credited with a lot of charitable work including, helping Transitional Learning Center for the homeless children get money to move to a new school, gave a fire truck, worked with Hospice of San Joaquin, Asparagus festival and more. Quinn is also the president and CEO of Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Stores in Stockton.

For more information, please contact Byron Bogaard, Association Executive for CVAR at (209) 479-1854.

Stockton seniors opposed to proposed cuts to services program

STOCKTON, CA - Proposed budget cuts by Gov. Jerry Brown will actually cost the state money, rather than help save funds, said officials from Catholic Charities in Stockton on Tuesday.

The group is upset that Brown's proposed budget would cut the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP).

MSSP allows seniors to continue living in their homes. The state spends just under $20 million assisting about 13,000 elderly people with medical, food and transportation issues. 

At a Stockton news conference, officials said the state would actually end up spending far more money, assisting those elderly people when they relocated to nursing facilities.

"If this program were to be eliminated, the cost would double if not more than that, to care for an elderly person if they go into a care facility," said Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire.

Teen arrested for murder after dead baby found in field

Teen arrested for murder after dead baby found in field

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for murder charges after her 22-26-week-old baby was found dead and buried in a field in a rural area off of Highway 4.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said a local hospital notified authorities they were treating a teen who had given birth to a premature baby. Detectives responded and learned the girl had given birth at her home and allegedly killed the child in a bathroom. She then reportedly disposed of the body in the field at 1425 South Holt Road, said Garcia.

The girl lived with her parents and hid her pregnancy from them, according to Garcia. Deputies have identified the child's father and will continue investigating the incident.

The teen, whose name was not released, was booked in San Joaquin County juvenile hall. The county District Attorney will determine whether or not she will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.


City's annual water system flushing begins Feb. 13

City's annual water system flushing begins Feb. 13

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department will conduct annual flushing of the city's water systems from Feb. 13, 2011 through mid-March.

Water distribution systems require regular flushing to remove sand and mineral deposits that accumulate in pipelines over time. During the course of flushing, customers may experience slight discoloration of water if a faucet is turned on during or shortly after the pipelines are flushed. If this occurs, customers are asked to leave the faucet on for a few minutes until the water clears. Flushing activities will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Flushing in the areas of Arch Road, Sperry Road, Mathews Road, French Camp Road and Weston Ranch will take place Feb. 13 - Feb. 18; areas south of Eight Mile Road, west of the Union Pacific Railroad, and north of the Calaveras River will be flushed, Feb.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to host Ask a Doctor Lecture Series

STOCKTON - Join Gould Medical Group physician Dr. Priya Swamy for a lecture on "How to Eat Healthy - Making Smart Choices to Improve Your Health."

The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Classroom of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation's Stockton Medical Plaza, located at 2545 West Hammer Lane.

Call (209) 548-7860 to register. Please press option #2. Seating is limited, so register early!