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Tracy Homicide Suspects Charged With Hate Crime

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STOCKTON – Two suspects appearing in court Friday afternoon in relation to this week’s homicide in Tracy were also charged with the special circumstance of hate crime, officials said.

Co-defendants Christina Lyn Garner and Jeremy Wayne Jones were arraigned in San Joaquin Superior Court on murder charges with the special circumstance alleging the victim was intentionally killed because of his race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, according to a press release from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. A third defendant, 58 year old Christopher Dimenco, was arraigned on an accessory charge.

On Tuesday night police were called to the Chevron gas station on North Tracy Boulevard for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers found the victim, identified as 30 year old Justin Peoples of Stockton, suffering from a gunshot wound and multiple stab wounds. The investigation led Tracy Police Special Investigations and Special Enforcement teams to Garner and Jones who were taken into custody the following morning on De Ovan Avenue in Stockton.

“There is no room for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion” said Tori Verber Salazar, San Joaquin County District Attorney.

“These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetuate hate accountable,” she said in a press release.

“There is no room for hate for Tracy or anywhere,” said Chief Sekou Millington of the Tracy Police Department.

“When community members are victims of crimes related to hate, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”

The defendants are expected to appear in court before Judge Ronald Northrup on April 4th for further arraignment.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Several Detained Near Homicide Scene

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STOCKTON – Police have detained several persons of interest in connection to Sunday’s homicide.

Shortly before 5:00pm officers with the Stockton Police Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the area of West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive. The area is near where a 20 year old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon.

Officials said they had detained several persons of interest in relation to the case.

The shopping center where Sunday’s homicide took place has been the location of previous shootings and at least one more homicide this year.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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First lunar eclipse of the year visible across the valley

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RIPON – The lunar eclipse takes place only during a full moon when Earth is in between the sun and moon, casting a shadow on the surface of the moon. The bright colored moon which attracts spectators is only seen once every 1.5 years, estimated by NASA.

The lunar eclipse was estimated to begin its deep penumbral stage at 7:15pm on May 15, 2022. By 7:59pm it should have reached the 50% partial stage. Totality began at 8:29pm and the full color everyone was waiting to see occurred at around 9:11pm. That rare sight began to end by 9:54pm. It was 50% partial by 10:23pm and reached its deep penumbral stage by 11:10pm where it ended.

Weather for the total lunar eclipse in some areas caused some to miss out on the rare occurrence. In Ripon and Stockton light cloud coverage crossed the mid stages of the eclipse. Meanwhile in some Modesto areas it was visible. National Weather Service estimated the temperature to be in the mid 60s to upper 70s for the valley.

Although a total lunar eclipse occurs only around every 1.5 years, your next opportunity to see it again will be November 7th 2022 going on to the eighth.

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Stockton Police Investigate Homicide

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Officers investigate a homicide Sunday afternoon near West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive.

STOCKTON – Police investigated the fatal shooting of a 20 year old man Sunday afternoon.

Shortly before 5:00pm, authorities responded to the area of West Lane and Knickerbocker drive for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers located a 20 year old man who had suffered at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives responded to the scene to investigate the shooting, however no suspect information or motive was available.

The area has been the scene of at least two other shootings this year, one of them fatal. At least one business in the shopping center appears to have since closed after the shootings.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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