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Violence on the Rise in Stockton

Stockton broke its homicide record in 2011 with 58 murders. As of November, the number of homicides in 2012 stands at 65.

Guardian Angels continue to patrol the streets, helping out authorities whenever they can. They are always looking for new volunteers to help.

Stockton Police continue to face cuts.

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The number one priority in 2013: “Crime, we have 71 murders as of this week and that’s just not acceptable.” says Stockton’s Mayor Elect, Anthony Silva.

Hours before the New Year, the city of Stockton is ready for change. “It’s been a downward spiral” says one resident.

The police department tells us 50 of their officers resigned this year, and now, they need to hire 17 more before they can get what’s called a ‘Federal Cops
Grant’, which will pay for even more officers.  “Little by little, it’s getting better” once resident says. And statistically, it is. Earlier in 2012, Stockton
averaged about 10 homicides a month but since the California Highway Patrol joined forces with the police department this fall, that number has gone down. In December, the city  had 4 homicides. “I’ve seen a lot more cop cars that I usually do” another resident told us.

Still, Forbes.com ranked Stockton the 8th most dangerous city in America back in November. One idea the new Mayor has: higher sales tax. “In June, maybe
November, I’m going to ask the residents of Stockton if they are willing to pay more to put officers on the street.” A half of a percent increase could add
up to 200 officers to the police department.

Anthony Silva encourages residents to reach out to him with any tips, suggestions or comments. His e-mail address is coachsilva@aol.com

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12/28/12

Modesto Man Shot Dead in Stockton

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A Modesto man was shot dead in Stockton Thursday night.

Around 11 p.m., Stockton Police responded to shots fired along Audrey Drive on the north side of the city.

The victim, 25-year-old Anthony Gutierrez was taken to the hospital, but died from his injuries.

Investigators have not released any information about possible suspects at this time.

Stockton has already had more homicides in 2012 than last year, Gutierrez’s death is number 71 for the year. There were 58 homicides in 2011.

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An early morning stabbing has left a 39-year-old man dead. A suspect is already in custody.

The stabbing was reported around 2:40 a.m. near Lan Ark Drive and Prado Way. Once police got the scene, they found a man, Joseph Tucker, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Tucker was transported to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

During their investigation, homicide detectives were able to identify the suspect as 40-year-old Fred Bonner.

Bonner was apparently an acquaintance of Tucker. Detectives note that some sort of fight inside an apartment led to the stabbing.

After issuing and arrest warrant for Bonner, U.S. Marshals and County Wide Gang Task Force officers were able to catch up to and arrest him near Etna Street and San Carlos Way.

Detectives will interview Bonner before booking him into San Joaquin County Jail.

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After Bernardo Gutierrez was shot and killed last night in front of his home neighbors who knew him well remain in shock.

“I just saw him. It was like someone you see on an everyday basis and he is gone,” said childhood friend Yazmin Chavez

The 18 year old had just come home with a Christmas tree right before the shooting.

“He would always smile and say hi to everybody,” said Chavez. “We all grew up together. It is just hard.”

Gutierrez was the baby of four brothers and sisters and leaves behind a daughter.

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Authorities are investigating Stockton’s 69th homicide after a drive-by shooting left an 18-year-old dead.

Police got a call at 5:12 p.m. reporting a drive-by shooting near S Lincoln Street and Mosswood Avenue. Once at the scene, they found the teen shot dead.

The teen had just got home with his family and was pulling a Christmas tree down from the roof of the car just before the shooting.

Investigators have said that they do not believe this shooting is gang-related at this time, with the teen not having any gang ties. Homicide detectives note that it may just be a case of mistaken identity.

Witnesses have given varying descriptions of the possible car the suspects were driving, so police will not release any suspect information at this time.

 

Rowena Shaddox contributed to this report.

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A young man was shot and killed in a Stockton drive-by around 10:15 this morning.

Stockton PD confirmed the shooting happened at E. Oak and N. American streets. The man was in critical condition and taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Police later identified the man as 22-year-old Eric Madison.

At this time there are no suspects.  The shooting is currently under investigation.  This is the 68th homicide this year in Stockton.

Report filed by Meghan Flohr

Thanks to AB 109, more felons have been released on early parole and are re-offending. Stockton PD has gotten $500,000 from the state to pay for a Felon Task Force Program. Sabrina Rodriguez gets the scoop in her Formula 209 segment.

Thanks to AB 109, more felons have been released on early parole and are re-offending. Stockton PD has gotten $500,000 from the state to pay for a Felon Task Force Program. Sabrina Rodriguez gets the scoop in her Formula 209 segment.

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Dozens gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in Stockton Saturday to pray for the city that is now reaching its 66th murder.

Bernice Bass and Anita Moore called on pastors and residents to take up their Bibles and turn to the Lord for guidance, wisdom and supernatural change.

“I believe praying out loud is to loose the devil. He has to flee from Stockton. He has no victory here,” said Bass. “I am tired of the violence. I’m tired of the crime. I’m tired of seeing these kids go to prison.”

“We’re praying for everything in Stockton like the finances. We are praying for the leaders that just got sworn in,” said Moore.

It started with two people. But, by noon dozens were praying and walking.

Some, like Tyra Vickers, spoke to the crowd. She lost her brother in Stockton last  year.

“Every time I  read about it in the paper or hear about it on Facebook I immediately stop what I am doing and start praying,” Vickers said of other families who have lost loved ones to the violence.

Even Lars Knutsen of Elk Grove came, sounding his horn to join the group.

“The spirit of God told me to come and support these women. I call them the Esther’s of God,” said Knutsen.

For most, seeing change leads to believing. But for this group, you believe before you see.

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