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.
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
Safewise.com, a blog that focuses on home and community safety, featured Stockton and the efforts of its police department today, citing a dramatic decline in violent crime in 2013.
The hard work of the SPD is improving the streets of Stockton
Police arrested Ryan Christopher Morales, 28, today on suspicion of murder and other crimes in connection with a deadly collision that killed six people, authorities said. According to Lt. Sierra Brucia, a spokesman for the Lodi Police Department, Morales was taken into custody at a Sacramento-area hospital, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the Oct. 22 crash. Morales was moved to a local hospital to continue his recovery. He will be booked into San Joaquin County Jail when he receives medical clearance from doctors, police said. He will remain under 24-hour guard until the time of his booking. Morales is facing six counts of second-degree murder and six counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, authorities said. Additional charges may be filed by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office after a review of the investigation is conducted, police said.
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.
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 www.facebook.com/californiaOTS.
* 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.
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.
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.