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Stockton man sentenced for embezzlement of Lodi company

STOCKTON – In another case of identity theft and embezzlement, a Stockton man was sentenced for crimes against a Lodi-based company and ex-employees.

Juan Antonio Contreras of Stockton, pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and three counts of misdemeanor identity theft on May 3 in Stockton Superior Court.

 

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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.

Search continues for suspect wanted in connection to child's murder

Search continues for suspect wanted in connection to child's murder

VALLEY SPRINGS, CA - Authorities search for a man wanted in connection to the death of a 9-year-old girl.

A homicide investigation is underway by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office after a young girl was killed at a home on Rippon Road, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff deputies responded to the home after a 12-year-old boy called his parents saying there was an intruder in the home. The parents called 911 and deputies responded to the call.

The boy, who was home alone with his 9-year-old sister, tells investigators that he then went into another room in the home where he discovered his sister with severe injuries.

The girl was transported to a hospital where she later died.  The boy was not injured.

Investigators have not released the type of injuries the girl sustained, but do say that it does not appear that she was shot.

Turlock man arrested in molestation case

TURLOCK, CA - A Turlock man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of child molestation.

Turlock police Sgt. Stephen Webb said the suspect, Sadik Algharazi, is accused of preying on a child over several months. Webb did not provide the age of the child nor how the police department was made aware of the alleged crimes.

Det. Timothy Redd is investigating the case and urged anyone else who may have been victimized by the suspect to contact him at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6625.

8 Norteño gang members accused of drug trafficking

FRESNO, CA - A two-day operation with federal, state and local authorities led to the arrest of eight Nuestra Familia gang members on drug related charges.

"This Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force operation exemplifies how multi-jurisdictional, collaborative FBI Safe Streets Task Forces successfully investigate and disrupt violent criminal gang activity in our communities," Sacramento FBI Special Agent in Charge Herbert M. Brown said. "Takedowns such as the effort in Modesto and Turlock today demonstrate the commitment of the FBI and its task force partners to improving of the quality of life in our communities by removing individuals who traffic dangerous drugs and commit violent crimes from our streets."

The eight suspects were arrested after a federal grand jury charged them with intent to distribute meth and various drug trafficking charges on March 7: