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Large marijuana bust made at abandoned Manteca building

MANTECA, CA - Manteca police made a large marijuana bust Friday, netting about 2,000 plants from an abandoned warehouse. SLIDESHOW: Manteca pot-growing operation

Police said a sergeant was in the area following up on a stolen materials tip unrelated to this case. The officer reported he could smell marijuana nearby. That prompted police to get search warrants for the buildings in the 500 block of Industrial Park.

The former granite company looked abandoned, but police inside was a very large marijuana distribution center. The plants were located in two different rooms.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

Civil complaint to be filed in case of abused Tracy teen

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Now that the four adults who inflicted more than a year of beatings on a Tracy teen have been convicted, lawyers for the boy known as Kyle Doe plan to take on a system that should have protected him.

Details of a civil complaint will be announced Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Sacramento on behalf of the teen, who escaped from a home in Tracy where he had been held captive, beaten and starved.

Kyle's aunt and uncle, Sydney and Ralph Perry, plan to attend the news conference with attorney John Demas.

The complaint alleges Kyle endured years of abuse while living with Caren Ramirez in Sacramento County, who had been his guardian. According to a release from Kyle's legal team, Child Protective Services in Sacramento County "ignored and mishandled substantial evidence of abuse and neglect by Ramirez over a period of six years."

Manteca man gets 68 years for stabbing wife

MANTECA, CA (AP) - A Manteca man who stabbed his wife to death as she held their 3-year-old son in her arms has been sentenced to 68 years in prison.

The Stockton Record says Jesse Tellez was sentenced Monday for first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he stabbed his wife, Tevanie Tellez, in front of their 12-year-old daughter in July of 2009. His wife was holding their son when she was attacked.

In court, Tellez wept as his daughter, now 13, told him that she still loves him but feels as if both her parents are dead.

Stockton police officer busted on steroid charges

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton police officer has been arrested on charges of possession of steroids for sale.

According to Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Pete Smith, Darrin Fagundes, 26, was arrested Thursday in the parking lot of a Tracy shopping center. 

Smith says Fagundes was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation.  A second man, Anthony Kubena, 38, of Brentwood, was also taken into custody.

Both men quickly bailed out of jail, and were due in a Stockton court for arraignments next week.

Fagundes has been with the Stockton Police Department since June 2007, and works in the patrol division.  Smith said Fagundes is on paid administrative leave pending further investigation.

Smith also said the department wasn't pleased to see one of its own facing a felony charge.

Three men arrested for Tracy armed robbery

TRACY, CA - Tracy Police officers arrested three men Friday night for the armed robbery of an auto parts store.

Police said the men entered the O'Reilly's Auto Parts Store on the 3300 Block of North Tracy Boulevard around 8 p.m. and held the employees at gun point.

The suspects then fled towards the Orchard Park Estates, a nearby mobile home park.

Anthony Ballard, 25, of Modesto was captured immediately, but the other two suspects hid in the mobile home park.

Police said they surrounded the park while the SWAT team conducted a house to house search. Units from Tracy, Livermore, Modesto and Manteca were called in to assist.

Michael Morris, 24, of Oakland was found hiding in a side yard at 11:30 p.m.

The third suspect, Terrence Savoy, 23, of Modesto, was apprehended a little over two hours later. He was found hiding in an occupied trailer.

Three arrested in Tracy shooting

TRACY, CA - Tracy police announced Thursday morning they have arrested three men in connection to a shooting Wednesday night.

In a news release, Sgt. Tony Sheneman said Luis Hernandez, 18; Uriel Valencia, 18; and Richard Flores, 18, were all arrested in connection with a shooting near 9th Street and Tracy Boulevard. 

Sheneman said a call came out around 11:30 p.m. for shots fired. Witnesses told police two individuals were heard yelling "Southside Riders," which police said is the name of a Sureno gang, as they ran away.

A car matching a description that police were given by a witness was then stopped at the corner of Cypress and Alden Glen, Sheneman said. He said a gun was also found close to where the shooting took place.