Reports on the conditions at California Health Care Facility

Here is the medical receiver’s tri-annual report to the federal courts: 25th Tri-Annual Rpt – V 1-31-14 Final

Here is a report from the Prison Law Office: PrisonLawOfficeReportOnCHCF

Read our coverage of a facility tour:  

Curing ‘hiccups:’ Officials say changes under way to fix issues at prison medical facility

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Callahan Inn of Court nationally recognized

The American Inns of Court has awarded the Callahan Inn of Court the “platinum” designation as part of its “Achieving Excellence” program.

The local group received the designation at a meeting Jan. 9 at Humphreys College’s Laurence Drivon School of Law.

The honor places the Callahan Inn of Court among other elite chapters across the country and is considered its highest honor.

Recognition highlights the chapter’s practices as effective in five “core competencies” of administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach.

Members of the Callahan Inn of Court received recognition Jan. 9. Photo courtesy of Michael R. Tener.

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Knife suspect had in Sunday’s officer involved shooting

This is the knife police say Donald Haynes had when he confronted officers. Haynes, the suspected in a domestic violence incident, was shot and killed by police Sunday morning.






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Search warrant documents in Weston Ranch murder




The victim’s long-time friend Bryan Cook and the victim’s girlfriend Valentine Paz have been charged in the case. View the search warrant returns filed in court by Stockton police: CookSearch1 Cooksearch2 Cooksearch3



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Retired architect watched demolition of old court plaza fountain he designed

A construction crew began to tear down the iconic water feature at the downtown Stockton court plaza Monday

Glen Mortenzen, 90, stood on a grassy mound and looked on as a construction crew tore down the iconic water fountain he designed half a century ago.

“It’s a tearful thing,” said the retired architect. “Since 1956-57. We designed it. It’s been a long time.  The plaza. The walkway. Now it’s all gone.”

The court plaza in Stockton is under demolition, soon to be replaced by a new courthouse. The old court building is outdated and unsafe, officials say.

It was emotional and nostalgic for Mortenzen to watch the water feature be removed. “It’s something that should be preserved,” he said.

(I shared with him my experience as a child. My mother used to take us shopping downtown to Newberry’s, Rosenthal’s, Kress, etc. We bought lunch and sat by the fountain. We tossed coins in the water and made wishes. Watching the water fall down from this gigantic structure was the coolest thing to me — then about 6 years old.)

“There’s a story about somebody putting an octopus in it many years ago,” Mortenzen said.  True story, he said.

“There’s a lot of things that have happened,” he said. “It’s given a lot of people joy and happiness.

“It’s tearful. When you design something like that for the community, it tugs at the heart.”

It’s not all sad news for the fountain.

A new organization — Save Downtown Stockton Foundation — is planning to preserve the tall, copper, water-spewing sphere that used to be attached to the basin.

The organization is looking for a place in Stockton where the feature can be installed, said Christina Frankel, a board member of the foundation and a local architect.

“Hopefully, it will be re-installed someplace in the city and continue on,” Mortenzen said.




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Undocumented immigrant admitted to practice law

The California Supreme Court today announced that it granted a motion filed by the State Bar of California to admit Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to the state bar.

It was a unanimous decision that he may practice law based in part on a new statute passed by lawmakers in September 2013 that clearly authorizes the court to allow undocumented immigrants to be admitted into the bar in 2014.

Garcia, born in Mexico in 1977, immigrated to California with his parents a couple of times as a minor. His father became a permanent resident in 1994 and filed an immigration petition for Garcia the following year.

“But, under current federal law, the number of available immigration visas that may be issued each year is limited and is based upon an applicant’s country of origin,” said a statement from the courts. ” Because the backlog of persons of Mexican origin who are seeking immigrant visas is so large, as of the date of the court’s opinion — more than 19 years after Garcia’s visa petition was filed — a visa number still has not become available for Garcia and may not become available for many years.”

Garcia attended Butte College; California State University, Chico; and Cal Northern School of Law, where he received his law degree in May 2009.  He passed the bar examination the same year 2009.


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ID featured Stockton case

Investigation Discovery last night featured a Stockton case in its “A Stranger in my Home” series.  Robert Turner, Valerie Nessler and Allen Periman were all convicted in the brutal murder of Jeffrey Wheatley, who was beaten, shot, stabbed and burned alive in his Stockton home.

View the schedule of upcoming show:

Read The Record’s story of Turner and Nessler’s sentencing:


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Guerrero vs CDCR complaint

View the employment discrimination lawsuit filed by Victor Guerrero, of Stockton, against CDCR in the U.S. District Court: GutierrezLawSuit.


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San Joaquin County DAs Office benefits from $1.8 million lawsuit settlement

The Ventura County Star reported that several counties, including San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, have entered into a $1.8 million settlement with Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange in a consumer protection case. The lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court. Story:

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Victims of violence tree lighting

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Unit and the Victims of Violent Crime of San Joaquin County jointly held a tree-lighting ceremony in honor of victims of violence.

The event, held Thursday (Dec. 5) evening at Weber Point, drew about 200 to 300 people.

Families of victims were provided tree ornaments to hang on a tree in memory of their loved one.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Freitas said there was a mix of families whose cases have been adjudicated and families whose cases are still pending.

For those with pending cases, Freitas said: “I think it gave them hope that someday their loved ones killer will be brought to justice.”

The event, he said, “is a tribute to their loss. And I think it gives them hope that things will get better and our community will get better and help is on the way.

The event featured speeches from a local chaplain and from Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael Mulvihill.

Participants walked in procession around the block after the program.

The DA’s Office provided hot chocolate and cookies.

“The holidays are real tough times to be without loved ones,” Freitas said. And although, the event has a somber aspect to it, Freitas said, people were very positive about the changes to come.



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