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Grandfather: Slain granddaughter loved musical instruments

STOCKTON, CA - The grandfather of Leila Fowler said Tuesday his granddaughter loved visiting his Stockton home, for all his musical instruments.

"As soon as she comes over, she runs into the back room, and says, 'grandpa, grandpa.' And I get [ the guitar] hooked up for her. She plays it without any encouragement. She wants to do it on her own," Dennis Fowler said.

On Saturday, Leila, 8, and her 12-year-old brother were home alone when someone broke into their home on Rippon Road, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said. The boy called his parents, who then called 911. The boy then ran into another room where he found his sister with severe injuries.

Leila was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died, the sheriff's department said; her brother was not injured.

Fowler said his family is struggling to understand how deadly violence could take such a young and innocent life, in a town that's seemingly safe.

Group suspected in 3 Stockton beatings in 1 night

STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton police believe a group of men are responsible for several attacks that happened around Delta College Friday night.

Police said the first male victim was beaten unconscious by a large group of men after accidentally bumping into a woman at a Pacific Avenue and W. Yokuts bus stop. 

"All of us at one point or another have bumped into someone on accident, but what the suspects did after that and the chain of events that occurred afterwards, was totally unacceptable," Officer Joe Silva said.

A short time later, the same group of men attacked a bicyclist near Robinhood Drive before running onto the Delta College Campus and attacking another person, said police.

The group fled the area before police arrived at the scene.

Search continues for suspect wanted in connection to child's murder

Search continues for suspect wanted in connection to child's murder

VALLEY SPRINGS, CA - Authorities search for a man wanted in connection to the death of a 9-year-old girl.

A homicide investigation is underway by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office after a young girl was killed at a home on Rippon Road, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff deputies responded to the home after a 12-year-old boy called his parents saying there was an intruder in the home. The parents called 911 and deputies responded to the call.

The boy, who was home alone with his 9-year-old sister, tells investigators that he then went into another room in the home where he discovered his sister with severe injuries.

The girl was transported to a hospital where she later died.  The boy was not injured.

Investigators have not released the type of injuries the girl sustained, but do say that it does not appear that she was shot.

Fight between Stockton high school teacher, student under investigation

STOCKTON, CA - A wild fight that erupted between a freshman student and her teacher at Stockton's Cesar Chavez High School has left the student facing an assault charge and the teacher facing an investigation of her actions.

The fight broke out Monday at 12:30 p.m. when Marlina Martinez, 15, began applying makeup at the end of her math class.

Martinez said her female teacher, who is not being identified because she is not yet facing any charges, confiscated her makeup. Martinez then called her mother on her cellphone to have her demand that her teacher give her back the makeup.

When Martinez gave her teacher the phone to talk to her mother, the teacher confiscated the phone.

Alcohol suspected in fatal San Joaquin Co. wreck

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - An alleged DUI driver is said to be responsible for colliding with two cars, which killed another driver, early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP says that Phi Nguyen of Stockton was driving his 2002 Toyota eastbound on State Route 12 near Peatland Rd around 1:30 a.m. when he veered into oncoming traffic due to his intoxication.

The Toyota collided head-on with a Cadillac, then continued driving eastbound where he then collided with a Volkswagen before rolling over.

The driver of the Cadillac, a 61-year-old man from Antioch, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Volkswagon sustained major injuries and he was transported to a local hospital.

According to a CHP press release, Nguyen suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. He has been placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol which caused the collision.

Triple shooting leaves 1 dead in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - One person is dead and two others injured after a shooting in a north Stockton neighborhood.

Stockton police responded to the area near Dijon Street and Knickerbocker Drive around 11:40 p.m. after getting a call of shots fired.

Police said when officers arrived at the scene, they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one of the victims died because of the injuries.

No other information was released about the case. Detectives continue to investigate the shooting.