San Joaquin County

More Beds Needed At San Joaquin County Jail

A spokesperson for the San Joaquin County Jail has confirmed that a Grand Jury has issued a report which says the county should add bed space to the county's detention center.  They have also suggested a beefing up of law enforcement services and justice staffing.   The report was released approximately one week ago.

It was found that the county is doing what they can in order to protect the public, but additional steps need to be taken.  They have acknowledged that budget cuts and lack of funding has been a key issue.  The report was not meant to criticize, they …

By |May 30th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on More Beds Needed At San Joaquin County Jail

San Joaquin County Jail Expansion Still Being Considered

The county board of supervisors said that while they are still considering a measure which would allow for expansion of the San Joaquin County Jail a final decision has not yet been made.  The vote, they said, is expected to come in about two weeks.   The county was awarded $80 million in jail construction funds in 2008.   The plans to expand the jail, however, were on the table long before those monies were available.

The biggest concern is not construction costs, but the annual expense of running a larger facility.  It is estimated that operations costs could top $70 …

By |May 27th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on San Joaquin County Jail Expansion Still Being Considered

Former San Joaquin County Jail Inmate Praises Realignment

A former San Joaquin County Jail inmate has said he is thankful for the state's prisoner realignment program.  The man in question, Dustin Cahoon said he feels blessed to have the tools to allow him to be on the straight and narrow.

The realignment was implemented in late 2011.  It required certain populations of inmates be transferred from state prisons to county jails to serve out their sentences.  Local detention centers soon began bursting at the seams.  This has led many facilities throughout the state, including the San Joaquin County Jail to begin releasing local inmates early.  Although some of …

By |May 20th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Former San Joaquin County Jail Inmate Praises Realignment

Lingerie Thief Booked Into San Joaquin County Jail

A spokesperson for the San Joaquin County Jail has confirmed they are detaining a local lingerie thief in lieu of $100,000 bail.   The defendant was taken into custody approximately one minute after committing the crime.   The Ripon Police have been credited with their fast acting and swift response.

The incident unfolded late last week after a clerk at a local woman's clothing store placed a call to police.  The woman said a woman had come into the storefront and had swiped close to $200 worth of lingerie.   Law enforcement agents were already in the area and were able to respond …

By |May 13th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Lingerie Thief Booked Into San Joaquin County Jail

Car Thief Suspects Arrested By Lodi PD

An officer with the Lodi Police Department is credited with finding two stolen cars and arresting three believed vehicle thieves.  A department spokesperson said one of the cars was pulled from a local ditch.

The incident unfolded late last Tuesday night when the officer saw a vehicle that had been called in as stolen.  It matched the given description perfectly and officer Nick Weldon signaled the driver to pull over.  The driver did not comply and instead engaged police in a high-speed chase.   A Lodi PD spokesperson said the chase was abandoned after backup was unavailable and speeds became unsafe.

A …

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Stockton Police Participate In Large Drug Bust

Members of the Stockton Police Department have confirmed that federal agents recently infiltrated local crime circles in order to crack down on the city's illegal drug trade.  During the operation they are said to have discovered an enormous underground availability of methamphetamine.  Large quantities of the drug, as many as five pounds, can be obtained within a 24-hour period.

Earlier last week the Stockton Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and other local law enforcement agencies participated in something called Operation Gideon IV.  The operation was a joint effort in which more than 20 raids and 200 law …

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Vehicle Sniper Booked Into San Joaquin County Jail

Representatives from the San Joaquin County Jail have confirmed they are detaining a man who is accused of shooting at vehicles earlier this week.

Stockton Police said they received numerous calls that an unknown man was opening fire at cars and trucks as they drove through city streets.  The motive for the crime was not known.  No one was injured during the shooting spree.   Several days later members of the highway patrol pulled over a black sedan for failing to dim his high beams for oncoming traffic.  The patrolman did a visual sweep of the interior of the vehicle and …

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Increased Medical Costs At San Joaquin County Jail

Officials at the San Joaquin County Jail have confirmed that medical costs at county detention centers have gone up markedly due to the state's inmate realignment program.  Many doctors and nurses say they are seeing many more patients now than in years past.  Some of the inmates are chronically ill.  All of these changes have led to an increase in the county's out of pocket expenses when it comes to providing medical care.

Jail staff have pointed out that county facilities were initially designed to detain inmates for up to a year.  Under the state's prisoner realignment program, under which …

By |April 7th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on Increased Medical Costs At San Joaquin County Jail

San Joaquin Sheriffs Arrest Burglar Captured By Pastor

Representatives within the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department have confirmed that deputies arrested a burglar after he was captured by a local pastor.  The Stockton Baptist Church has been broken into numerous times in the past week, said clergymen.   The next time the alarm went off the alarm company placed a call to the Pastor to alert him of the issue.  He proceeded to travel toward the church to investigate matters for himself.

At the time he arrived he found himself face to face with the suspect.  He demanded the man stop in his tracks.  The suspect did not comply.  The …

By |April 3rd, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on San Joaquin Sheriffs Arrest Burglar Captured By Pastor

San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department Arrest Suspected Killer

A representative from the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department said that deputies have arrested and detained a French Camp man who is believed to have murdered his wife.

The incident took place last Friday night.  That is when authorities say 37-year old Juan Valdez shot and killed his wife.  The couple did have children, they said, although it is currently unclear whether any of them witnessed the crime.  A department dispatcher said a call reportedly came in late Friday afternoon regarding a potential domestic disturbance.  That is when a second call came in, indicating shots may have been fired.

Neighbors say they …

By |March 20th, 2013|San Joaquin County|Comments Off on San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department Arrest Suspected Killer