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Stockton teacher charged, put on leave after struggle with student

Stockton teacher charged, put on leave after struggle with student

STOCKTON - A Stockton Unified School District physical education teacher is facing a charge of corporal injury to a child, and is on paid leave, after video surfaced of him trying to force a 14-year-old girl into a pool during a P.E. class.

Denny Peterson, employed by the school district for more than 10 years, is seen on video for 95 seconds using strong force to drag the girl toward the pool at Edison High School. The incident happened in late August, and much of it was captured on video by another student.

Gilbert Somera is a Stockton attorney representing the girl and her family.

"Regardless of her participation (in the class) it should disgust you how this man put his hands on a 14-year-old girl. She said multiple times, 'my top is falling down,'" Somera said. He is preparing a claim and likely a lawsuit over the struggle.

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving

'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving

STOCKTON - A movement by a Stockton neighborhood to leave the city for the county is gaining momentum after a series of recent meetings.

Richard Smith and Dale Fritchen hosted an informational gathering early Monday morning to explain the pros and cons to residents, then in the afternoon the two men met with San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones.

Smith and Fritchen, who is a former city council member, say Weston Ranch in southwest Stockton is under-served by the city.

"I believe wholeheartedly we're paying more in than what we're getting back in services. Our funds that we generate in Weston Ranch are being used to provide services elsewhere in Stockton," Fritchen said.

Man suspected of ramming vehicles arrested after Stockton police chase

Man suspected of ramming vehicles arrested after Stockton police chase

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.

Officers were dispatched Saturday night on a report of a woman following the suspect's vehicle. The suspect had allegedly rammed her, blown her a kiss and then driven off.

Police say he then deliberately hit a pedestrian, knocking her onto the hood. He struck her again when she fell off and then went into a parking lot, where he struck several parked cars.

The suspect - identified as 30-year-old Farren Deshawn Green - was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and driving under the influence at the end of an ensuing chase.

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Surviving suspect in July bank robbery and hostage death enters plea

Surviving suspect in July bank robbery and hostage death enters plea

STOCKTON, CA - The surviving suspect from July's bank robbery, police chase and police shootout incident entered a plea in the case. Jaime Ramos pleaded not guilty during a quick hearing Monday morning in Stockton.

Ramos and two other men were suspected of robbing a bank and taking three hostages during the getaway. Police and the suspects exchanged gunfire during an hour-long chase throughout parts of north Stockton and San Joaquin County. Hostage Misty Holt Singh was killed by police gunfire as were the other two suspects.

Ramos was charged with crimes that resulted from the bank robbery, including the murders of the other two suspects.

A preliminary hearing date of Jan. 8 was set in this case, and district attorney spokesman Robert Himelblau said that hearing would likely last three or four days.

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

Student won't read 'underGod' when leading school in pledge

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old student at West High School in Tracy is one of several from the speech and debate class who read the Pledge of Allegiance to the entire school during morning announcements.

Derek Giardina is now well known at West for his refusal to say the words "under God" while leading the pledge.

"As an American citizen you have the right to pledge allegiance to the country however you're comfortable," Giardina said.