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Burglary spree reported in Tracy

TRACY, CA - Six Tracy homes were targeted by burglars Wednesday and Thursday, police say.

The crimes were committed in the northwest and southwest areas of the city. They were on 2900 block of Reyes Lane, 800 block of Windsong Drive, the 400 block of Arezzo Way, twice in the 1300 block of Merced Way, and the 1900 block of Pheasant Run Court.

Police Sgt. David Sasser said witnesses reported seeing two to four men knocking on the front doors of residences, possibly to determine if anyone was home. The burglars gained entrance to the homes in each case by forcing open the doors.

The men at the doors were described as black, between 20 and 30 years old and wearing blue beanie hats. Witnesses saw the men in a blue or teal blue, four-door car that may have been an early 2000s model Saturn or a Honda.

Employee claims he was fired for reporting racism

LATHROP, Calif. - Allegations of rampant racism at Diamond Pet Foods in Lathrop sparked a federal lawsuit by three African American workers who claim they were fired for trying to report the problem.

Ronberto Collins says his supervisor and co-workers used the N-word on the job and specifically targeted the three employees.

"It was bad, I mean like daily, almost daily in the breakroom, changing room," said Collins.

Collins said the problem was so bad, he secretly tape recorded it to prove his point.

One of the recordings apparently captures a fellow employee saying: "I'm a mother f---- leader, n-----, not a f----- follower!"

Collins is now part of a federal lawsuit against the San Joaquin County pet food manufacturing company and Volt Temp Agency.

He says he tried to report the racial comments multiple times--both verbally and in writing.

Man in Manteca propane truck standoff arrested

MANTECA, CA - A man who was taken into custody after a nearly five hour standoff with police inside a propane tank truck Wednesday night was arrested and booked into jail Thursday.

Jason Stowers, 32, was arrested after he was released for Doctor's Hospital in Modesto on Thursday, Manteca police Lt. Tony Souza said.

RELATED STORY: Manteca standoff ends after suspect taken into custody

Stowers is accused of driving his car into a propane tank - which caught fire- shooting a man, exchanging gunfire with police and then barricading himself inside the cab of propane tank truck for hours. Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said Stowers was forced out of truck after SWAT threw gas into cab.

Salida home burglary caught on camera

SALIDA, CA - The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has posted a video on its Facebook page of a recent home burglary.  Detectives need help identifying the man who stole jewelry, electronics and a safe so heavy it had to be dragged down the stairs.

"It's a great picture and we're hoping with your help, and the community's help, we can identify the suspect in this case," said Sheriff Adam Christianson.

VIDEO: Salida burglary

The burglary happened about 10 days ago while Maria Godina was out of the house taking her son to school.  She was shocked when she got home about an hour later.

Manteca standoff ends after suspect taken into custody

Manteca standoff ends after suspect taken into custody

MANTECA, CA - A man who crashed into a propane tank and then barricaded himself inside a propane tank truck in Manteca was taken into custody Wednesday night.

Manteca police officer Jodie Estarziau said the man drove his car into a propane tank on Austin Road and 99 Frontage Road around 6:30 p.m. which exploded.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers then confronted the suspected gunman. The suspect exchanged fire with officers and got away from authorities. Estarziau said officers were not hurt by the gunfire.

The man ended up barricading himself inside of a Van Unen Propane truck, which is parked Austin Road and Highway 99, Estarziau said.

Multiple agencies responded to the incident. SWAT set up a staging area at the Crossroads Church at 1505 Moffat Boulevard and a helicopter circled over the area.

Manteca streetlights loved, loathed

MANTECA, CA - New, energy-efficient streetlights have some fuming and others enthralled in the Central Valley city of Manteca.

"I like them. They just seem a lot brighter. I don't know, I just like them," laughed Manteca resident Netty Perez, as she surveyed a street filled with bright, new white street lights.

The new lights will save the city over $150,000 a year in energy costs by using less electricity and in rebates from Pacific Gas and Electric.

"We've heard complaints from people who say they're too bright. We've heard complaints from people who think they're not bright enough," Manteca Deputy Public Works Director Jim Stone said.

The city got a grant from the Federal Department of Energy to help defray the cost, meaning the city had to stick with federal efficiency guidelines and other mandates.

Was fire at Big Bear cabin intentional?

STOCKTON, CA - Police radio traffic from Southern California where Christopher Dorner was barricaded in a Big Bear cabin has some believing the fire at the cabin was set intentionally.

"Go ahead with the plan with the burners," said one officer working the incident Tuesday on police radio. 

By Tuesday night, the cabin eventually burned to the ground.

Manteca police hostage negotiator Rex Osborn disputed the possibility that fire was intentional.

"Never have I been to a training where they say fires is an option to force them out," Osborn said. "We can control how we place tactical people, and how we handle negotiations. You start a fire, you have no control."