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Second Annual 5K Run/Walk for Wellness at St. Joseph's

STOCKTON - St. Joseph's Medical Center and In-Shape Health Clubs will host its second 5K Fun Run/Walk for Wellness on Saturday, Jan. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's University Park located at 1800 North California Street. The event encourages participants of all ages to live an active and healthy lifestyle in 2011.

"We were pleased with the turnout at our first event last January," said Michael Ricks, St. Joseph's CEO. "We're hoping we can double, or even triple, the number of participants this year."

The entry fee of $30 must be submitted by Jan. 20. Children under the age of 10 may particpate for $10 and each child will receive a medal courtesy of Fleet Feet Stockton. To register or for more information, call (209) 467-6347.

Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the St.

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UOP vs. UConn women's basketball game draws thousands of fans

STOCKTON, CA - Scoring tickets to the University of the Pacific vs. University of Connecticut women's basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 28, was a three-point shot for young female athletes.

High school girls watched the nation's number one team UConn Huskies, got a close look at Maya Moore -- the best female basketball player in the United States -- and were able to study the talented moves of college level athletes with their own teammates.

"You get to learn from them and see stuff you should work on as a team and as a player," said Candisse Griffin, a Western Ranch High School JV basketball player.

"It means a lot to us to be here, because we haven't seen a college game yet," said Lindsey Booth, attending the game with her teammates from Tokay High School.

The game also made history as the most attended basketball game at UOP, selling out all 7,000 seats.

UConn's win streak hits 90 with rout of Pacific

Stockton, CA (Sports Network) - Number 90 was never in doubt.

Maya Moore scored 17 points with eight rebounds, Kelly Paris chipped in with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Tiffany Hayes also scored 14 points, as top-ranked Connecticut pounded Pacific, 85-42.

The game served as a precursor of a bigger west coast showdown on Thursday night at Stanford. The Huskies last loss came to Stanford in the 2008 NCAA semifinals.

The Huskies (12-0) have now won 90 straight games, two more than the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's basketball squad from 1971-1974.

Jordan Rogers led Pacific (3-10) with 11 points. The Tigers made just 27.8 percent of their shots, committed 22 turnovers and were overwhelmed by a 30-2 second-half run that turned the game into a laugher.

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.

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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


Calling all actors, actresses

STOCKTON - O'deGirl Studio Productions, a new family fun entertainment group, will be hosting auditions to hire experienced actors and actresses on Jan. 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Auditions will be held at The Reserve located at 6301 West Eight Mile Road in Stockton.

High school teenagers are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected candidates can earn up to $10 an hour.

For more information, contact Freda King at (209) 337-5760.

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.