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Christian Burkin

Christian Burkin writes about Stockton area crime and public safety. Born in Los Angeles, he moved to Stockton as a teenager, briefly attended Bear Creek High School, joined the U.S. Army, served four years on active duty and then was honorably discharged. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he studied political science, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Stockton, near American Legion Park.

Stockton’s Diaz brothers fighting for more cops downtown

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Nick and Nate Diaz have signed on to help raise money to pay for police patrols in downtown Stockton. The brothers are to appear Aug. 27 at Waterfront Warehouse to sign autographs and take photos between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission to the event is $10, and includes an autograph […]

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A benefit for John Joseph Lewis

The 26-year-old man stabbed to death outside Waterfront Warehouse on Saturday morning was John Joseph Lewis, once an all-star quarterback for Edison High School. In 2003, he was called up to play in 30th Lions Central California All-Star Game. A knee injury and the death of his grandfather had forced him to miss half the […]

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Party Fouls

There’s nothing new or particularly Stocktonian about people getting killed at parties. If William Crichton had been strapped the Black Dinner would have been a party shooting, rather than a party serial decapitation. Why do many acts of violence occur at parties? Simple: Opportunity. 1. Clan Douglas throws a party at Balvenie, but there are […]

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36 Stockton firefighters were laid off Friday, some of them having finished their final shift that same day, at 8 a.m. The layoffs were by seniority; last in, first out. 36 is enough to gouge from an academy class that graduated in 2005, meaning some of those sent packing on Friday had been working here […]

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Live Chat, Thursday at 12 p.m.

You can chat with me on the phone, on Twitter, at my neighborhood cafe, through email, and for one hour on Thursday, live online. There’s to be a prominent link at our main page. The live chat consists of me acting all faux-hardboiled about crime in Fat City, and whispering to Dan for answers to […]

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15. Robert Waugh, 20

Police responding to a call of gunshots in the 500 block of North American Street found Waugh lying on a sidewalk. He had been shot, and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Waugh is the 15th homicide victim  in San Joaquin County this year, the ninth in Stockton.

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14. Gerardo Ramirez Garcia, 83

The victim of the 14th homicide in San Joaquin County this year, Garcia was found on April 24 in a home in the 4200 block of Carpenter Road. A family member of Garcia’s had come to his home and found a door wide open. The family member called 911, reporting a possible burglary.When deputies arrived […]

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13. Marvin Woo, 35

Woo was killed March 26, in the 500 block of West 9th Street. He was Stockton’s eight and San Joaquin County’s 13th homicide victim this year.

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Consider the Source

In a piece of link bait about metropolitan crime rates in the U.S. last year is this howler about Stockton: “Last year, recognizing the crime problems in the city, the state temporarily diverted hundreds of California Highway Patrol officers to aid the city’s overwhelmed police department.” There are not “hundreds” of officers in the CHP’s […]

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Crime in Stockton in 2010, Standings and Ups and Downs

Last year, Stockton was one of about two dozen cities (of 100,000+) in California where crime didn’t fall. Instead, violent crime rose 8.9 percent. Property crime rose 6.4 percent. The violent crime we track most closely, homicide, rose to 49 in 2010 from 33 in 2009. This week, the FBI released preliminary figures for crime […]

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