Missing person update

Edward Johnson, 79, has been found safe. His friends just brought him to the police department, authorities said.

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Man caught trying to steal $4.10 from vehicles at fire station


On November 6, 2014, at 2:47 am, the suspect climbed a fence at the fire department in the 100 block of W. Sonora Street and stole cash from two personal vehicles totaling $4.10. Personnel detained the subject until police arrived. Arrested was Dwayne Butler, a 23 year old man, for possession of stolen property, petty theft, and trespassing.

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Woman who died on Highway 26 Saturday identified

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RANCHO CALAVERAS — The Calaveras County Coroner’s Office identified a 24-year-old Valley Springs woman who died Saturday morning on Highway 26 as Alicia Duncan of Valley Springs.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Duncan, for unknown reasons, came out of a pickup while it was traveling at an undetermined speed along Highway 26 just west of Heinemann Drive in the Rancho Calaveras area about 2:10 a.m. Saturday.

Duncan was a passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet pickup driven by Richard Adams, 36, of Valley Springs. The impact of hitting the ground caused her to suffer fatal injuries, according to the CHP.

Adams was determined by responding officers to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the CHP reported.

Anyone with information on this incident is being asked to contact the San Andreas CHP office at (209) 754-3541.


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Stockton PD is hiring

The Stockton Police Department is hiring. Interested? Visit joinspd.com. ?type=1&theater

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Stockton PD names Chaplain of the Year

Jesse Kenyon named Stockton Police Department Chaplain of the Year. uKLdzmHxC

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Stockton PD advises taking photos or video of your belongings in case of burglary


To protect the value of your possessions, take the time to compile a meticulous inventory that will provide all you need to file an insurance claim in case of a loss or a burglary report to law enforcement.

Digital technology makes it easy!!!!!

Preparing an inventory before a disaster occurs can provide a more thorough list, as well as more precise values. It will also simplify the task of meeting insurance requirements during a time when you may be stressed. The key to being organized is having a system that is easy to create and maintain. Digital tools such as camera can simplify the process and make additions or changes easy to input during periodic updates. Digital files are easy to access, move and store.

To begin your inventory, select a method to list your belongings. For ease, you can use free home inventory software, which may be offered by your insurance company or an online app. Other options include a purchased program or creating your own spreadsheet that has columns to record the following:

• Item name, description and condition
• Number of items (e.g. 12 pewter forks)
• Model and serial number, if applicable
• Purchase information: where and when you bought it, how much you paid, an estimate of its current value and a column to indicate if you have the receipt (which can also be scanned into a digital file)
• Photo data, such as a file name or number or how it is tagged in your photo files

Check with your insurance company to see if they offer advice about documenting your belongings. Many offer inventory spreadsheets and storage capabilities so your file will not be lost in a home disaster (more about storage is below).

Taking better photos for inventory purposes!!!!

Next you will need to photograph or create videos of your belongings. Use your inventory to guide the qualities you want to emphasize in the photos, such as brands or quantities. Neaten and de-clutter the areas you will photograph so the item stands out clearly. Here are some tips to get photos or a video that will support your inventory:

• Go room by room. Photograph each room (using a flash) by standing in each corner and photographing the area across from you. This will show all the large items in the room.
• Photograph everything. Take individual photos of the small items in each room; these items add up when you have to replace them.
• Open cabinets, drawers and closets. Get close-up photos of these areas for an overview of the items they contain.
• Photograph high value items separately.

Detailed photos can help assess the value of an item. Here are a few tips:

* Set the item near the natural light coming in a window on a background that enhances the item’s details.
* Try a light or dark tablecloth to see what works for each item.
* Photograph all sides to show condition and include brand names. If the item has an identifying mark, zoom in to capture it.
* For serial numbers, write the number on an index card and prop it next to the item before you photograph it.
* Photograph the outside of the house. Shoot every side of the home and include landscaping.
* Don’t forget the garage. Photograph the garage, then separate out large items (like lawnmowers) from the clutter to photograph them individually.
* Narrate video to provide details. Partner with a narrator who can add details while you are zooming in to highlight specific qualities of items. It may help to make notes ahead of time about what details to include in your narration.

Once you have a good digital inventory, you can easily insert data when you acquire a valuable item or delete items you no longer own. Be sure to review your inventory at least once a year.

Store it in a safe place!!!!

If you store your inventory at home, you run the risk of losing it if you experience a home disaster or burglary, so it is important to store a copy in a safe place. This might be in a bank safe deposit box, or you might consider giving a copy to a relative to store. Your insurance company may provide a way for you to store an inventory electronically or you can use an online service or app. Whichever storage methods you choose, you will have to remember to update all versions when you add or delete valuable items from your inventory. By creating and updating a home inventory, you’ll be able to document the value of your belongings. You’ll also make the task of insurance paperwork much easier to face should you experience a disaster.

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Stockton PD shares Halloween safety tips


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Stockton Police Department swears in three new officers

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones swore in three new officers Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total number of officers in his department to 373. The new officers were introduced as Alexandro Campos, Shayler McCarthy and Jay Xiong. Campos and Xiong graduated from the San Joaquin Delta College Basic Police Academy in August. McCarthy graduated from the Fullerton College Police Academy in May. All three will report to Capt. Scott Meadors in the Field Operation Division.

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San Joaquin County ranks third in California in youth homicides

An annual study that ranks counties by youth homicide rates shows San Joaquin County is third in California in homicide victims between the ages of 10 and 24. Study analyzes data from 2012, the most recent year for which data was available. Lost Youth: A county-by-county analysis of 2012

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Stockton PD planning DUI checkpoint tonight

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