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Silva denied bail reduction, pleads not guilty to embezzlement-related charges

 

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Mayor Anthony Silva delivers 2013 State of the City address

STOCKTON — Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva pleaded not guilty to six felony charges in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Judge Ron Northup turned down a request to reduce Silva’s bail, which was set at $1 million.

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Silva arrested, set to appear Monday

 

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Mayor Anthony Silva delivers 2013 State of the City address

STOCKTON — Former Stockton mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Sunday afternoon as he returned from a trip to South America.

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Brookside Country Club embezzler gets four years in prison

STOCKTON — The former controller for Brookside Country Club, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday.

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Bookkeeper faces prison for $277,000 theft

STOCKTON — A San Joaquin County bookkeeper is in jail after pleading guilty to charges related to embezzlement from Zuckerman Farms, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.

Yesenia Ramos, 40, pled guilty to felony grand theft and misdemeanor identity theft on Jan. 12. She is awaiting sentencing.

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McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Turlock woman, man accused of torture

TURLOCK, CA - A Turlock woman and man have been arrested on suspicion of torture.

Martha Ferguson, 35, and Salvador Rendon, 42, allegedly tortured their victim April 17 and the person reported it to police two days later, said Mayra Lewis, spokesperson for the Turlock Police Department.

Ferguson and Rendon were arrested Thursday morning following the police investigation and execution of a search warrant. She was booked into custody on suspicion of torture while Rendon was booked for torture, assault with a deadly weapon and a federal immigration hold.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, Lewis said, adding  she was not at liberty to divulge specifics of the alleged torture because the case was still being investigated.