San Joaquin County

Another San Joaquin Makes A Run From The Honor Farm

Sources close to the San Joaquin County Jail Honor Farm have confirmed yet another inmate has tried to escape from its walls.

The now fugitive is 19 year-old Pedro Arquiaga, who was last seen just before noon on Saturday.  When officers did the 12 o'clock count, he was gone.  Jail officials say the defendant was booked into the facility on Nov. 1 and was reportedly charged with vehicle theft, hit and run, burglary, obstructing a police officer and receiving stolen property.

It's not immediately clear if he was still eligible to post bail bonds at the time of his escape or …

By |December 31st, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Another San Joaquin Makes A Run From The Honor Farm

Godzilla Arrested Nearly 60 Times In Past Two Years

A man who prefers to go by the moniker "Godzilla" has once again been booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Authorities say the habitual defendant is formally named Scott Swafford, and he's been arrested nearly 60 times in the past 24 months.

Most of his run ins with the law are for being drunk in public, according to jail staff, and in most cases, police bring him in so he can sober up.

At one point, he'd even been arrested three times in just four days.  In another instance he was arrested five times in less than two weeks.  Jail staff …

By |August 8th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Godzilla Arrested Nearly 60 Times In Past Two Years

Grand Theft Cheese Bus? It Happened In NorCal

Authorities in Northern California have said they've arrested two men who literally made off with the cheddar.

Suspects Ryan Monaco and Brian Lancaster are believed to be connected to a crime that took place last weekend.  Basically, the pair is accused of commandeering Tillamook cheese vehicles from an area parking lot.

And once the thefts took place, the media, and social media fans of the beloved brand, made sure the news went viral.

Authorities think the suspects stole a pick up truck and a trailer that contained three microbuses, all of which were part of a cheese transport caravan.  The vehicles stopped …

By |July 18th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Grand Theft Cheese Bus? It Happened In NorCal
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    “Handsome Mugshot” Wife Is Fuming, Says He’s Not A Bad Guy

“Handsome Mugshot” Wife Is Fuming, Says He’s Not A Bad Guy

If you've spent any time on Facebook in the past few days you've likely seen a handful of posts relating to San Joaquin County Jail inmate Jeremy Meeks.

The defendant, whose rap sheet includes a stint in state prison and convictions for robbery, corporal injury and is alleged to have ties to an area street gang, was thrust into the media spotlight after the sheriff's department posted his mugshot online.

Since that time, this "hot inmate" has had dozens of news stories written about him and his name is appearing in headlines on websites spanning TMZ to Fox News to US …

By |June 23rd, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on “Handsome Mugshot” Wife Is Fuming, Says He’s Not A Bad Guy

San Joaquin Sheriff’s Replace 300 Faulty Guns

A glitch in nearly 300 handguns caused quite a stir at the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department after they needed to call in aid from other local agencies while they sorted the issue out.

Representatives from the sheriff's department confirmed a recent purchase of about 300 handguns, all of which turned out to be defective.  It wasn't until they started testing them out at a local firing range, that deputies learned there was a problem.

Ultimately, a glitch in their design meant the firing mechanism turned out to be faulty.

Although it was determined that none of the deputies were in danger …

By |May 13th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on San Joaquin Sheriff’s Replace 300 Faulty Guns

Two San Joaquin County Jail Inmates Escape In Two Days

A spokesperson for the San Joaquin County Jail Honor Farm has confirmed that two inmates have escaped in as many days.

It all started last weekend when inmate Melvin Rasberry managed to escape the French Camp Jail.  Corrections officials said they counted him in the morning, but when they did rounds later that night, he was nowhere to be found.

A second inmate escaped the following day.

Representatives from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said they searched the area extensively, but turned up empty handed.

The first inmate is reportedly a "known associate" of Matthew Cook, otherwise known as escapee number two. …

By |May 4th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Two San Joaquin County Jail Inmates Escape In Two Days

Stockton Police Square Off With NFL Players In Charity Game

Pro football players from the San Francisco 49'ers and the Oakland Raiders traveled to the Delta College Gym last weekend to shoot some hoops with members of the Stockton Police Department.

It was all in the name of charity, they said, and all the funds raised that night will benefit the Stockton PD Youth  Activities League.  The nonprofit group is run by volunteer police officers and it helps sponsor programs aimed toward providing local youth with valuable life skills.

The organization was founded in the mid 1970s, they said, and donations make up a large chunk of their budget.

An anonymous donor …

By |March 20th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Stockton Police Square Off With NFL Players In Charity Game

Thor Takes Down An Armed Stockton PD Suspect

Stockton PD K-9 Lives Up To His Superhero Name
A police dog at the Stockton Police Department got an extra special treat this week after helping his human counterparts take down a suspected bad guy.

Officers received a call earlier this week about a man who was violating a domestic violence restraining order.

The caller said the man in question, 34 year-old Juan Hernandez, had assaulter her previously and was trying to break into her home.

When officers arrived at the scene they not only found Hernandez, they saw he was holding a hammer.  Although he was ordered to drop the weapon and …

By |February 7th, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Thor Takes Down An Armed Stockton PD Suspect

Nutty But True: Grand Theft Walnut

San Joaquin Police Arrest Two For Stealing $400,000 in Walnuts
It seems a little nutty at first, but it's true.

San Joaquin Sheriff's Department officials have confirmed that two area residents have been arrested and booked for grand theft walnut.

A judge issued arrest warrant for Pedro Becerra and Mario Oheda after an investigation showed they may be responsible for pilfering more than $400,000 of the hard-shelled snacks from a local orchard.

Police further believe one of the now defendants is responsible for the theft of two tankers from the city of Modesto.

So how did they pull off the crime to begin with?  …

By |January 21st, 2014|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Nutty But True: Grand Theft Walnut
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    Can You Spare $40 Million? San Joaquin County Seeks Funding For New Jail

Can You Spare $40 Million? San Joaquin County Seeks Funding For New Jail

San Joaquin officials have asked the state if it can spare $40 million in grant funding so the county can build a new jail.

The reason for the pitch relates to the ever-aging Honor Farm facility, which is antiquated and out of date.   If construction does move forward the new jail will also provide programs geared toward helping inmates reintegrate into society.

These programs, according to those close to the project, are designed to reduce recidivism rates and keep former offenders on the straight and narrow.

California has reportedly pledged to grant $500 million to counties to help upgrade, expand and/or build …

By |December 6th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Can You Spare $40 Million? San Joaquin County Seeks Funding For New Jail