Stockton PD segment from upcoming season of COPS

The “Cops” crew had its cameras rolling as Officer Thomas Heslin of the Stockton Police Department located a loaded and concealed firearm during a vehicle stop. Click on the link below to see the segment, which will air on an upcoming episode of “Cops” on Spike TV.

COPS segment


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Memorial Day Weekend DUI enforcement

Local law enforcement agencies are launching Memorial Day Weekend DUI campaigns to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The Avoid the 10: San Joaquin County DUI Campaign will conduct DUI saturation patrols from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday in Stockton; from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday in Lodi; from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday in Manteca; and from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday in Lodi. There will also be a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday in Manteca.

Authorities offer the following tips for revelers:

* Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, coworkers and yourself before drinking.

* Those hosting celebrations and servers should limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

*Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to designated sober drivers. For tasty drink recipes, visit the DDrink Mixology Center at

* Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party and provide plenty of food.

* Report drunk drivers by calling 911.

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Stockton PD investigating two more murders

Homicide detectives are investigating two more murders after two people were mortally wounded in separate shootings over the past 12 hours in Stockton.

A 37-year-old store clerk at Paisano Market in the 2400 block of East Main Street was shot and killed shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Four people were shot shortly before 4 a.m. near Acapulco Way and Ponce De Leon Avenue early this morning. One of those individuals, a 35-year-old man, has died, and another is in critical condition, police said. These are the 64th and 65th homicides Stockton police have investigated this year.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377.

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4 a.m. update on drive-by shooting victims

A man is fighting for his life at San Joaquin General Hospital at this hour after being shot in the head in a south Stockton neighborhood Friday night.

Two people, an unidentified man and woman, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the 400 block of West Third Street about 8:39 p.m. The man remains in critical condition at San Joaquin General Hospital, a hospital official said less than an hour ago. A supervisor at St. Joseph’s Medical Center could not provide information on the woman’s condition when asked for an update shortly after 3:30 a.m.

Numerous police cruisers were seen combing the streets just south of Edison High School in the moments after the shooting occurred. Officers at the scene used flashlights to search for evidence as the last of two ambulances pulled away and rain began to fall over a city where the murder rate has soared over the past two years.

There were indications police were searching for a black or dark-colored Ford Expedition in connection with the shooting, but Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, could not confirm that when I spoke to him late last night.

Two people have been murdered in Stockton this week, brining the city’s record homicide total to 63. King Vang, a 21-year-old Elk Grove man, was killed in Stockton on Sunday. Ounheuane Chantrirock, 34, was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Tuesday.

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Two shot in south Stockton, one in critical condition

Two people were shot and at least one sustained life-threatening injuries Friday night during a drive-by shooting in south Stockton.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at 8:39 p.m. and located two victims, one male and one female. The man was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He was listed in critical condition. The woman was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Police were unable to provide information on her condition.

Police were still interviewing witnesses when I left the scene. They were unable to provide a motive for the attacks or a description of the assailant’s vehicle. There were initial indications authorities were searching for a black Ford Expedition, but police were unable to confirm that.

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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 was only a few blocks away and there was still time to get the story in the paper. Never did make it to El Grullence, though. Police identified the officer as Houston Sensabaugh, a member of the department’s community response team. The suspect, 35-year-old Jessie Coley, was arrested on suspicion of battery, resisting arrest and violating his parole, authorities said. You can read more about it here.

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First week on the crime beat

Some of the guns and drugs seized during Operation Family Feud.

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 the crime beat. Within the hour, we received word of an apparent murder-suicide at the Red Roof Inn on West Fremont Street. Police believe 35-year-old Montin Phiphatsirikajorn shot 34-year-old Ounheuane Chantrirock before killing himself in the back of a Mitsubishi Montero. You can read about them here.

Day 2 offered a cool opportunity to accompany law-enforcement officials as they carried out a series of raids targeting members of Norteño street gangs. The Record arranged the ride-along after my predecessor, Jordan Guinn, started asking questions about a series of arrests police made earlier this month. It was then that authorities informed us of Operation Family Feud, a five-month investigation that has resulted in 39 arrests, including 29 documented gang members. Police asked us not to connect certain dots publicly because they feared it could compromise their investigation. In exchange, they offered us exclusive access to Wednesday’s sweep, which included raids at 10 locations in San Joaquin County. You can read more about the raids here. The Stockton Police Department held a press conference today to announce the arrests. You can read a little bit about that here and more in Friday’s edition of The Record.

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Not thinking ahead

From the lighthearted file, courtesy of the Stockton Fire Department:

A young man studying to become a correctional officer handcuffed his friend Tuesday afternoon and then needed firefighters’ help upon realizing he didn’t have the key.

Crews responded to the 1900 block of Hickok Court about 4 p.m. and used a pair of bolt cutters to free the young man, said Matt Harris, chief’s operator for the Stockton Fire Department.

When I heard the call over the scanner for a man in handcuffs, my mind flashed to the Seinfeld episode where George Costanza is seduced on the subway by a woman and promptly robbed in a hotel room.

Glad this wasn’t perverse; just stupid.  


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Sights around town

Stops signs scarred by bullets have been mentioned by hip-hop artists like Ludacris and Dr. Dre in their rhymes over the years. The practice of pumping a few rounds into a red octagon posted at the street corner is nothing new.

I see so many around town they’ve become part of the scenery.  However, this gem caught my eye near University of the Pacific Thursday afternoon. Photographer Mike McCollum snapped a few images of this stop sign near Pacific Avenue and the Calaveras River that was absolutely battered by someone firing off a shotgun.

This one stands out to me because of the sheer firepower of the weapon used. The damage below the “S” is so significant I was able to fit four fingers through it. It’s as if I could’ve picked up the sign and used it as an artist’s pallet if it weren’t attached to the steel post.

The individual holes by the buckshot are large enough to fit the tip of my pinky in.

I have no idea when this sign was shot up, but my guess is it’s farily recent because the metal isn’t rusted and paint chips haven’t flaked off significantly.

Any guesses on what gauge shotgun was used?



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Making better witnesses

The Stockton Police Department recently issued a release on their facebook page about things to observe when reporting a crime.

Phone numbers for various divisions within the department are also included so witnesses can ideally get to the person they need to speak with sooner.

Here is the link.

Hopefully you never need to use it.

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