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Stockton Police Department unveils new crime tracker tool

Stockton Police Department unveils new crime tracker tool

STOCKTON - The Stockton Police Department rolled out a new online public crime information tool, CrimeMapping.com, to provide current data about crime activity throughout the city.

The website enables community members to track crime incidents in a map view on their person computer or cell phone, with data updating every 24 hours to reflect the most recently reported incidents.

This newest tool was part of the department's continuous efforts to enhance its partnership with community members and neighborhood groups to prevent and reduce crime. Community members will find the summary reports and charts to be highly informative yet easy to understand, according to police Sgt.

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McNerney accepting internship applications for Stockton office

McNerney accepting internship applications for Stockton office
STOCKTON - Congressman Jerry McNerney, CA-11, Thursday announced he is accepting applications for internship positions available in his Stockton office. These internships are designed to engage students who are interested in civics and government and want hands-on experience in a congressional office.

"I encourage students who are interested in public service and learning about a congressional office to apply for an internship in one of my offices," said McNerney. "It is an excellent way to gain professional experience and to service our community."

College and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for internships in McNerney's office and applications from high school students are considered on a case-by-case basis. All internship positions are unpaid and serve to provide professional and educational value to participants.

Stockton Unified gets funding for teen dating violence prevention

Stockton Unified gets funding for teen dating violence prevention

STOCKTON - The Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) was awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount of funding from the Office on Women's Health (OWH) to hold a symposium for high school females on the dangers of teen dating violence.

The symposium, entitled "Lovestruck," partners SUSD with the Women's Center of San Joaquin County. The local nonprofit will visit the afterschool programs at each of SUSD's four comprehensive high schools, reaching as many as 3,300 girls and discussing dating violence including how to identify the problem even if the control and abuse are disguised as love. Youth will also be presented with available options for support.

"Our health services department sees firsthand the medical and emotional ramifications that can occur as a result of teen dating violence," said Deanna Staggs, SUSD's integrated community resource specialist.

Did you say free tune-up?

Did you say free tune-up?

STOCKTON - Local environmental organization "Valley CAN" is proud to sponsor a car clean up outreach effort dubbed "Tune in and Tune Up," to help eliminate mobile source polutants generated by older vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley.

The free event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at San Joaquin Delta College at 5151 Pacific Avenue. Drivers should go to the S1 and S2 parking lots near Pershing Avenue and Burke Bradley Road.

Vehicles will be tested using a handheld device and if your car is a high-polluter or needs to be smog checked, Valley CAN will give you a $500 coupon to repair your vehicle. No paperwork, no reporting, no government entities will be involved or contacted.

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Congressman urges Stockton community input in postal service proposal

Congressman urges Stockton community input in postal service proposal
STOCKTON - Congressman Jerry McNerney, CA-11, Tuesday encouraged community members to offer input regarding the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) proposal to transfer mail processing from the Stockton Processing and Distribution Center to a Sacramento location, by attending a public meeting on Friday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m.

The meeting, organized by the Postal Service, will be held at the Oak Park Senior Center located at 730 East Fulton Street in Stockton.

"I encourage members of our community to participate in this upcoming meeting and offer input regarding the Post Office's proposal," said McNerney.

Stockton neighborhood sprayed with gunfire

STOCKTON, CA - A north Stockton neighborhood was sprayed with gunfire Monday afternoon, leaving bullet holes in homes and cars.

The violence took place on Pawnee Way, just east of Thornton Road and north of Hammer Lane.

Witnesses told police there were more than a dozen rounds fired from a passing car. Stockton police and San Joaquin County sheriff's investigators were on the scene, looking at the damage and conducting interviews. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.

Anita Gray came to the scene after hearing her parents' home was one of those hit by gunfire.

Her parents weren't home at the time but Moore was upset at what could have happened.

"I'm very shook up. Those are my parents.  They're older people and retired, trying to live a good life. At what point do you say I'm tired of this?" questioned Gray.

Mexican Heritage Center presents Jorge Elizalde exhibit

STOCKTON - The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery presents award winning artist Jorge Elizalde's "Imagenes Vivas" (Live Images), in which rich colors and technique depict the Mexican culture. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 14 - Feb. 25 at the gallery located at 30 East Acacia Street. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Imagenes Vivas represent a selection of Elizalde's recent works. "This exhibit is a small representation of the cultural traditions of Mexico," said Elizalde. "You will find my interpretations of known expressions."

His pieces of art include traditions such as Day of the Dead, natural healing and popular traditions such as the Loteria game (Mexican Bingo).

Japanese 'sho' musician to perform at UOP

Japanese 'sho' musician to perform at UOP

STOCKTON - Acclaimed Japanese sho master Ko Ishikawa from Tokyo will perform traditional and new music on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at University of the Pacific in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on campus.

The sho is a traditional Japanese Woodwind instrument and described as incredibly expressive since it allows for the production of both single notes and full chords. Sometimes referred to as a mouth organ, it is as magical to hear the sho as it is to see it, since it almost looks like the back of miniature organ.

"Ko Ishikawa is considered to be one of the most accomploshed sho players in the world," said Francois Rose, a professor with UOP's Conservatory of Music. "He's an active member of the world-renowned Reigakusha orchestra and has performed both Japanese and Western music in concert around the world."

Tickets cost $8 per person ($7.20 online), $5 for seniors and free to UOP students with an ID.

Country music star Josh Turner to visit Stockton

Country music star Josh Turner to visit Stockton

STOCKTON - Multi-platinum country star Josh Turner and special guest Easton Corbin will perform at the Bob Hope Theatre on April 29 at 8 p.m. Doors open at the theatre, loated at 242 East Main Street, at 7 p.m.

Turner has sold more than 4 million albums and garnered two multi-week #1 hits. His debut album was certified platinum with more than 1 million copies sold and his sophomore album was one of only four country albums to reach double-platinum.

Corbin, one of country music's brightest young talents, credits his musical influences to include George Jones, Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley.

Tickets for the concert, priced at $44.50 and $55.50 each, go on sale at the Bob Hope Theatre and Stockton Arena ticket offices on Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. They can also be purchased online at www.stocktontickets.com.

Red Cross to open new Stockton office

Red Cross to open new Stockton office

 

STOCKTON - The American Red Cross will celebrate the opening of its new Stockton office located at 2453 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 5, on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Capital Region Chapter of the Red Cross will host the ribbon cutting and open house. Stockton mayor Ann Johnston has been invited to attend.

"This is an exciting time to be at the American Red Cross and in this community," said Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the Capital Region Chapter.