Category Archives: Homicides

First week on the crime beat

The bodies of two adults were discovered Tuesday afternoon in the back on this Mitsubishi Montero. My first week on the crime beat has been interesting, to say the least. After 10 years in The Record’s sports department, I walked into the newsroom Tuesday wondering what would happen on my first day flying solo on [...]

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Two generous gestures

Paula Wheeler sat with me earlier today to talk about the disappearance and death of her daughter Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler, 16. This mother has been emotionally tortured beyond anything I can put into words. (For someone who makes a living based on their ability to explain, that’s saying something.) Chevelle vanished in 1985 and her remains [...]

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Killer back at county jail

A prisoner who once killed a cellmate and now stands accussed in the slaying of another has been transferred to San Joaquin County Jail. John Joseph Lydon, 38, was transferred from a prison in the Folsom area to San Joaquin County Jail Monday afternoon in order to be closer to his attorney, said Robert Himelblau, deputy [...]

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A new low

At the corner of Wilson and Harding ways, a memorial for Matthew Bosa wraps around a street signal pole. Every week since her 29-year-old son was killed by gunfire at the same intersection in mid-November, Adelaida McCarty has tended to the tribute of her only boy. Earlier this week, she was horrified to see the family photos [...]

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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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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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12. Fidel Meneses, 20

Meneses was Stockton’s seventh and the county’s 12th homicide victim this year. He was found about 10 p.m. March 25, by police responding to a reported shooting in the 1500 block of Anderson Street. There have been no arrests, and not so much as a description of a vehicle involved, if there was any.

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