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High-tech holdups: the rising threat of ransomware

STOCKTON — When it comes to ransomware, one of the most insidious cybersecurity threats out there, Verve Networks CEO Jeff Gilbert says two things are true: most small businesses think they won’t be a target, and all of them are vulnerable.

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San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft

San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft

Tracy, Calif. - The Tracy Police Department in collaboration with the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team is hoping to raise awareness and prevent auto theft throughout the City by offering steering wheel locking devices free of charge to city residents on a first-come basis. This is due to a recent increase in auto thefts within the City of Tracy.

In addition to the ongoing suppression efforts, such as arresting thieves, recovering stolen vehicles, and prosecuting auto theft offenders, local police agencies will focus on prevention efforts by giving away free anti-theft steering wheel locking devices to owners of the top nine most stolen cars in San Joaquin County.

Investigators have identified the top nine most stolen vehicles in San Joaquin County as:
1. 1989 to 1997 Honda Accord
2. 1988 to 2000 Honda Civic
3. 1987 to 1996 Toyota Camry
4. 1990 to 1998 Acura Integra
5. 1993 to 1998 Saturn SL
6. 1992 to 1994 Nissan Sentra

McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

Man dies in Stockton movie theater shooting

Man dies in Stockton movie theater shooting

A man who was shot outside of a Stockton movie theater died Friday night.

Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said the man was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at the City Centre Theaters on 222 N. El Dorado Street. Silva said the victim got into argument with someone, which escalated to a fight. Then, another person pulled out a gun and shot the victim. No other people were injured.

The suspects then fled from the scene. No arrests have been made yet. Silva said investigators don't have descriptions of the suspects.

The victim and the suspects were not patrons of the movie theater, Silva said.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Forensic accountants dig up the dirt in embezzlement cases

Forensic accountants dig up the dirt in embezzlement cases

Richard Gordon is an expert in forensics. No, not the kind you might expect to see on an episode of C.S.I.

Instead of blood and fingerprints, this Lodi accountant specializes in numbers and paper trails.

Gordon is a forensic accountant.

Police release photos of man wanted in Stockton armed bank robbery

STOCKTON, CA - Bank security cameras captured four images of a man who held up the Rabobank on the 1800 block of W. March Lane just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Stockton Police Department Officer Joe Silva said the man came into the bank, started filling out an employment application and then pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at employees.

The robber ordered employees to turn over money, which they did, and then he ran out of the bank, Silva said.

The man was described as black, 27 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds. He had a teardrop-shaped tattoo below his eye. He wore a beige, multi-colored sweatshirt, teal green shirt and a black baseball cap with the letters "FFF" embroidered in white thread.