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Police seek man wanted in Stockton bank robbery

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton bank's surveillance cameras captured several very clear images of a suspected bank robber, according to police.

Now Stockton police hope someone will recognize the man and come forward.

Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Pete Smith said a man approached a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank on the 2500 block of Pacific Avenue Monday at 12:54 p.m. and demanded money. The man threatened to have a weapon, Smith said.

After getting cash, the man rode away on a bicycle, witnesses said. He was described as black and in his late 20s to early 30s.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Stockton police at (209) 937-8377.

San Joaquin sheriff: Man arrested in estranged wife's abduction

STOCKTON, CA - The estranged husband of a Stockton woman is facing several charges after allegedly kidnapping and holding the woman against her will Monday, says a San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Det. Dave Konecny said sheriff deputies were called to the 1600 block of West Portola Avenue at 11:33 Monday morning for a report of a woman taken against her will. According to a witness, Howard Hawley III, who had been separated from his wife for approximately two years, entered her home, picked her up, put her in his car and drove off.

While Hawley III drove around Stockton, sheriff dispatchers received 911 calls from the victim, who could be heard crying and pleading for help, Konecny said.

The woman escaped when Hawley III stopped for gas at a mini mart in the area of Fremont Street and Interstate 5, Konecny said.

Stockton's Sherwood Mall retailers see more sales than returns

STOCKTON, CA - Sherwood Mall employees are seeing more ticket sales than return receipts this holiday season.

After-Christmas shoppers are taking advantage of the deep discounts and blowout sales, but appear to be keeping the gifts they received on Dec. 25, instead of returning them.

"My sister got me a shirt and tie that I really liked, but it was just the wrong size. So I got the exact same thing again, but it fits now," said JC Penney customer Paul Williams. "It's even better because with the new sale, I saved money and got $30 back."

Many shoppers at the mall said they were smart shoppers before the holidays, giving practical gifts to friends and looking for bargains. Retailers said they attribute the lack of returns to customers taking advantage of extended Black Friday sales.

"I swapped this jacket for another one. The first one I picked out, but it ripped right away," said Damian Easter, who was wearing his newly exchanged present.

Stockton college basketball game to make history

STOCKTON, CA - For the first time ever, the Spanos Center at the University of the Pacific is expected to be sold out for a women's basketball game.

The UConn Huskies play at UOP Tuesday and the building is sold out with more than 6,000 tickets spoken for.

It's no ordinary basketball team coming to Stockton. UConn has won six national championships since 2000 and the program has won 89 straight games, more than any men or women's teams.

Though her team is likely to lose by a very large margin, UOP coach Lynne Roberts is thrilled to have UConn on campus.

"There's no doubt, historically speaking, they're the best team.  Winning basketball games at this level and that many in a row, is amazing," said Roberts. "They always play hard and with intensity. That's the thing that separates them," she said.

Haggin Museum Free Admission Day - January 1

Free Admission Day at The Haggin Museum
Every Saturday
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: The Haggin Museum
1201 N. Pershing Ave
Stockton, CA 95203

Go to www.hagginmuseum.org or contact museum staff at (209) 940-6300 or info@hagginmuseum.org for more info.

Contact: (209)940-6300


Stockton homeless population on streets rises

STOCKTON, CA - Though there is room at the Stockton Homeless Shelter each night, the number of people living outside has risen. On Church Street in Stockton, several tents and other structures are the preferred choice of habitat.

"There's too many people [in the shelter].  It's way too crowded," said Michael Brown, who's been homeless for nearly 10 years.

Shelter director John Reynolds said it's not unusual for people to choose the streets, rather than stay in the shelter.

"In there it's kind of tight.  You're probably two feet from the next guy, while out here you have more room.  If you have all the comforts of home in the tent, you can't blame them," said Reynolds.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.