Category Archives: Stockton Police Department

So much for dinner

Even the dinner breaks are intense on this beat! I was headed to El Grullence for a chicken burrito shortly afer 8 p.m. when we received word that a police officer and a parolee had been hit by a car while fighting in the middle of Miner Avenue near North San Joaquin Street. Fortunately, I [...]

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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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Buy a pizza, support a family

If you’re hungry, don’t feel like cooking or just want to help a family in need, then stop by the Domino’s Pizza located at 402 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard any time before midnight tonight and place an order. Thirty percent of the day’s sales will go to benefit the family of Micky Xiong, [...]

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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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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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The Stockton Police Officers Homeowners Association

The police union’s offer on a home next door to City Manager Bob Deis has been accepted. Officer Steve Leonesio, the union’s president, said papers were signed Tuesday night, and that he expects escrow to close in about 15 days. The union’s offer met the asking price of $126,000. He said that once renovations have [...]

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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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