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Mail thefts rising in Ripon

Mail thefts rising in Ripon

Ripon, CA –The Ripon Police Department has recently received a number of mail theft reports regarding theft from mailboxes both in and around the city. 

Thieves are breaking into community mailboxes during the night. 

Citizens are being asked to collect mail from community mailboxes on a daily basis. Mail from singular mailboxes should also be collected on a daily basis. 

Outgoing mail that contains checks, currency, or other valuables should be taken directly to the post office for delivery. Citizens are being asked to immediately report suspicious activity near community mailboxes.

Source: Ripon Police Department

Witness discredited in 8-year-old girl's murder case

VALLEY SPRINGS, CA - The second witness in the investigation into the murder of an 8-year-old girl was deemed not credible by Calaveras County sheriff's detectives.

Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her family's Rippon Road home by her 12-year-old brother Saturday afternoon. The brother told deputies he called his parents after someone broke into the home. His parents called 911. The boy said after he called his parents he ran into another room where he found his sister Leila with severe injuries.

Leila was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died, the sheriff's department said. Her brother was not injured.

The boy vaguely described the intruder as white or Hispanic and said that he may have long, gray hair and a large frame. A second witness came forward and collaborated the brother's description on two separate occasions.

2 sought in Tracy McDonald's robbery

TRACY, Calif. - Police are looking for two people suspected of robbing a McDonald's restaurant at gunpoint early Monday morning.

According to a Tracy police sergeant, the two individuals robbed the McDonalds' on Clover Rd. in Tracy, and then fled on foot.

Officers are reviewing surveillance footage to obtain further evidence.

Reward offered in Tracy cemetery vandalism

Reward offered in Tracy cemetery vandalism

TRACY, CA - It's been nearly three months and Tracy police still don't know who vandalized the Tracy Cemetery, causing damage and grief for families.

Police do know someone or more than one person went to the cemetery at 501 E. Schulte Road early the morning of Jan. 16 (a Wednesday) and knocked over a headstone and broke off more than two dozen marble vases permanently mounted on settings, according to Det. Steve Flores. He said at least 23 families are facing the cost of repairing or replacing the vases at a cost of $150 to $300 apiece.

The Tracy Police Department is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals. Tips can be made anonymously by phone (209) 831-4847 anytime (se habla espanol); text: TIPTPD plus your message to 274637 or on the Tracy Crime Stoppers website.

Tracy's Kimball High evacuated due to bomb threat

TRACY, Calif. - Kimball High School in Tracy was evacuated at 8:55 a.m. on Monday due to a bomb threat.

According to Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cordoza, the bomb threat was discovered on the wall of the boys locker room. Students were quickly evacuated from classrooms to the stadium following the discovery.

Tracy police were notified and responded to investigate and provide traffic control in the area.

Students whose parents showed up to pick them up were allowed to leave. All other students were being held at the stadium until the end of the school day, said Cordoza.

It was frustrating for parents. Some questioned the evacuation procedure and the time it took to get their kids.

"If there's a threat in this school ... see how many people are in the radius of the threat?" said parent Jim Vierra. "No planning whatsoever."

Woman shot, killed; boyfriend arrested for homicide

FRENCH CAMP, CA - A woman was shot and killed in a south French Camp neighborhood Friday evening.

The shooting happened at a home on the 10,200 block of South Janet Road, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jim Cannon said.

When deputies got to the home, they found a 40-year-old woman with a gunshot wound; Cannon said the woman died at the scene.

Deputies detained two men and interviewed them at the scene. One of the men was the victim's long-time boyfriend and the other man was the boyfriend's relative.

After questioning the two men, deputies arrested the victim's boyfriend, 37-year-old Juan Naveratte Valdez, Cannon said. He was arrested for homicide.

Cannons said the victim's children were home when the shooting happened, but did not witness the crime.

The motive behind the shooting is unclear at this time.

Tracy police urge end to school threat hoaxes

TRACY, CA - A fed-up-sounding Tracy Police Department has issued a no-nonsense appeal to students to halt the numerous threats to local high schools.

In the last three days, the department says there have been several such hoaxes, including one at Tracy High school on Wednesday. There, two graffiti messages saying a bomb would go off on campus Thursday were found in two boys' restrooms. The school was evacuated and police and K9s spent the afternoon searching the campus. No bomb materials were found.

Authorities suspect the threats this week were an effort to disrupt standardized testing.