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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Braden’s incident report

Today’s Record article on Dallas Braden has been getting a lot of interest.

Here is a copy of the officer’s incident report from that evening. Portions of the expletives have been redacted, as well as Braden’s personal information.

My previous blog entry also covers what I saw of the incident that evening.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle’s website has posted a blog about a misdemeanor charge Braden pleaded no contest to earlier this year.

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Celebrity sighting

You never know where the job will take you or what you will see, and Thursday evening served as an example of that when Dallas Braden showed up at the scene of a car crash.

A call for a fatal collision at Country Club Boulevard and Pershing Avenue came over the scanner after 6 p.m. and I bolted to the scene. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

Sometimes what is communicated over the scanner and what actually happened are two entirely different things. This was one of those cases.

I was about to wrap it up and head back to the office when I noticed the local celebrity at the scene.

It was Braden, who graduated from Stagg High School and pitched for the Oakland Athletics before a series of shoulder injuries sidelined him. He’s currently rehabbing but may not be back on his mound for quite some time. Rotator cuff injuries are potential career-enders and his future is in jeopardy.

However, even if he never throws another pitch, his perfect game ensures his place in baseball history.

He appeared irate because of damage to his Cadillac CTS. The driver’s side door had a sizable dent in it and Braden could be heard telling authorities someone had recently kicked it.

Apparently he was trying to follow that person and flagged down officers responding to the crash at Pershing Avenue and Country Club Boulevard in an effort to get their help.

He seemed unsettled that more couldn’t be done for him. He left the area before I could talk to him.

About 8:30 p.m., Braden tweeted his displeasure with the Stockton Police Department.

“Stockton PD,today U make me ashamed 4 the 1st time in my life to be a stocktonian. It’s the wildwest out here & the boys N blue R outgunned”

I’m not sure what sparked the damage to Braden’s car but I understand his frustration with the situation. However, the crime committed against him is something Stockton police have publicly said they don’t have the resources to make a priority at this time. 

They, along with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol, were checking on a potentially serious accident.

Exceptions can’t and shouldn’t be made for people just because they are in the spotlight.

It is just the situation the city is in right now. No one is happy about it. I see it on a daily basis.

He’s going to have to file a report online and pay his deductible for repairs, just like if it happened to one of us.

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Good, clean fun…I wish I’d thought of that

Part of my job involves reading the daily summaries from University of the Pacific’s Public Safety Media Log. It’s often dry and/or unsubstantial; the stuff you’d expect to see on a college campus. Many of the incidents revolve around parties, vehicle break-ins and vagrants going Dumpster diving.

At times there are more serious offenses. Thankfully, the report sent Friday (which details items from Thurs., Aug. 2) was not one of those days.

Instead, it offered a lighthearted gem I get to share with you. I wouldn’t call whomever did this a “comedic genius” but I would say their mind is delightfully twisted.

Below, word for word, is the excerpt from that report which caught my attention.

Location : Grace Covell Hall

Time: 10:42 p.m.

“RP (Caller) stated that she spotted a male subject inside the kiosk who appeared to be urinating …officers responded and checked the area…It turned out to be a prank involving a pair of pants and a set of shoes over a puddle of water.”

I have to imagine the responding officer even laughed a bit and shook his/her  head after arriving on scene. I’ve always applauded pranks offering an element of creativity and originality, and this one definitely fits into that category.

If only there was a photo.

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Endorsing HOPE

The California Correctional Peace Officer’s Association reached out to Helping Other People Expand (H.O.P.E.) Friday afternoon at the Stockton Boys & Girls Club.

The CCPOA, which represents about 30,000 employees working in state prisons and youth facilities, gave the Stockton-based community group its stamp of approval.

The endorsement should help H.O.P.E. in its mission to assist those on probation and parole by increasing its visibility among the law enforcement community, said Glenn Jose, co-founder of the non-profit organization.

H.O.P.E. offers parolees guidance as they transition back into society. It’s hard enough to get a job out here without a record, said Jose, so those looking for a second or third chance need people to look out for them.

The organization hosts classes on how to build credit, write resumes and perform in job interviews.

Read more on H.O.P.E.

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