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Stockton mayor releases tax plan to hire more cops

Stockton mayor releases tax plan to hire more cops

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva unveiled his sales tax increase idea to fund 100 additional police officers. 

"A half cent sales tax, that will generate $18 million a year," Silva said. "This money can only be used for safety; no marinas or city funded restaurants."

Silva announced his plan with former Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton at his side. Bratton has been hired as a consultant to assist Silva, but declined to say what he's being paid. Silva said Stockton business people are picking up the tab for Bratton's work.

Silva charged ahead with his plan even though he's been told by City Manager Bob Deis it's a bad idea because the city is currently in bankruptcy court trying to prove to a judge the city is broke. 

Police continue to investigate Stockton shooting after suspect cleared

STOCKTON, Calif. - A man identified as a possible suspect in a Stockton shooting Sunday night, which left two dead and three people injured, has been cleared by police.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said Sergio Hernandez was identified as a possible suspect during the investigation. However, Thursday afternoon, Hernandez turned himself into police.

Silva said Hernandez was questioned and then released. He is no longer considered a suspect in the case.  

The apparent drive-by shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at a home on the 1800 block of E. Sonora St. at which a party was happening.

STORY: 2 dead, 3 wounded in Stockton shooting

New info released on deadly 'walk-up' shooting in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton Police Department has released a drawing of one of several gunmen who took aim at a gathering in front of a home Sunday night, killing two people and wounding three others.

Killed were Juanita Julia Maldonado, 36, and Juan "Junior" Sarrarez , 21.

STORY: 2 dead in Stockton shooting identified 

Police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said detectives have learned that three or four individuals, described as Hispanic males, walked up to the group on the 1800 block of E. Sonora Street at 8:10 p.m. and began shooting. Witnesses described one of the individuals as in his 20s, light-skinned, and of average height and weight. He had a thin moustache and wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt.

2006 murder of young Stockton woman still unsolved

2006 murder of young Stockton woman still unsolved

STOCKTON, CA - There is a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of an 18-year-old teen shot to death six and a half years ago.  

According to media reports, TaNasha Caldwell, was shot in a car as she was arriving at a party in the area of E. Sandalwood Drive and Crestwood Circle in east Stockton on Sept. 15, 2006.

Caldwell had just turned 18 the day before.

The killing remains unsolved.

Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers is offering the reward. Otherwise, information can be directed to Stockton police detectives at (209) 937-8323.

Man beaten with gun in north Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - A man was beaten with a gun and robbed early Saturday morning.

The 28-year-old man was listening to his MP3 player and walking on the 9300 block of Thornton Road around 12:30 a.m. when he was approached by two suspects, Stockton police said.

One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and beat the man several times with it. The suspects then stole the man's property and walked away from the scene, heading west on Wagner Heights Road.

Police said the man suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The man was able to give police a description of the suspects:

Stockton woman injured trying to prevent car theft

STOCKTON, Calif. - A woman was injured while trying to stop a man from stealing her car from in front of her Stockton apartment Friday morning.

Pete Gomez, the manager of the gated complex in which the victim lived, said the woman turned her car on to warm it up and went back inside her apartment. When she came back out, she found a man inside her vehicle.

In an attempt to prevent the theft, the woman jumped on the hood of the car but rolled off as the man drove away, said Gomez.

Emergency personnel responded at about 6:30 a.m. and transported the woman to a nearby hospital. Her condition was not revealed, but Gomez said she was conscious when taken from the scene.

Police officers located the stolen vehicle and suspect Rhyan Mitchell, 18, at approximately 9:01 a.m.. The police report said Mitchell was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and for several warrants.

Stockton police arrest 3 on separate weapons charges in 7 hours

Stockton police arrest 3 on separate weapons charges in 7 hours

STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton police officers continued their strong efforts to fighting crime in 2013, arresting three individuals on weapons charges within a seven-hour span on Thursday.

According to Stockton Police Department reports, the first arrest came at 2:28 p.m. at Ralph Avenue and Airport Way.  Officers conducted a traffic stop, and after gaining consent to search, located a loaded weapon on Manuel Martinez, 27. Martinez also had an additional loaded magazine in his pocket, said police.

Martinez was arrested on weapons charges.

Less than three hours later at 5:19 p.m., Community Response Team officers and officers from the San Joaquin County Wide Multi-Agency Gang Taskforce conducted a traffic stop at Bianchi Rd. and Hillsborough Wy. During the stop, a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and a loaded handgun were found in the car. Antonio Shannon, 32, was arrested at the scene on weapons and drug charges.