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Tracy Homicide Suspect Tied to White Supremacy

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STOCKTON – Jeremy Wayne Jones, the defendant in the Tracy Chevron homicide who is facing charges in the killing of 30-year-old Justin Peoples, has indications of ties to white supremacist groups, officials said Friday.

Tattoos on Jones’ arms read the words “white pride,” while another tattoo displays a swastika behind a winged skeleton.

Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington described the attack on Peoples as heinous and unprovoked. The interaction between the two parties was very brief, he said. Peoples was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and shot. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Millington said detectives were able to identify Jones and the getaway vehicle during the investigation. When asked to elaborate on what led to the filing of hate crime charges, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar declined to provide specific details, however said that she wouldn’t have charged the crime unless she had evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was hate-based.

“It is clear by the actions of the defendants,” she said. “It is on video because it is at a convenience store, so we do have that information. Based on what we observed, based on the past history of the involved parties we believe we can make this a special circumstance of a hate crime.”

Verber Salazar went on to comment that Jones’ tattoos are commonly associated with white supremacist groups, particularly in the prison system.

Peoples’ aunt said he walked into a convenience store and was gunned down because of the color of his skin.

“Today is the day we fight for justice for Justin,” she said shortly after the court hearing.

Documents filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court indicate that Christina Garner of Manteca was the shooter in the case. Jones is said to have used a knife during the attack, according to the complaint. He was recently released from prison on March 1st.

A third defendant, Christopher Dimenco, was charged as an accessory in the case. All were held without bail and expected to return to court on April 4th.

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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