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Manteca shop owner: Thieves had kids with them

MANTECA, CA - Danette Jarred is mad enough that five adults came into her store last week and appeared to take everything they could get their hands on.  What really upset her though was the four small kids the thieves brought to the store with them.

"What are they showing their children ?  How are they raising those kids," wondered Jarred.

Even though Manteca police detectives said they still haven't seen the video of the incident, Jarred couldn't be more convinced that she lost thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

"I'd like to wring someone's neck," she said.

On the video, the adults take their time grabbing wallets, purses, shirts, and jewelry while the children stand nearby.  The only employee in Monogram Magic at the time was working with other customers and didn't realize what was taking place.

Jarred said if the people were taking clothing to stay warm this winter, they should have just asked.

Family of man shot dead by Manteca officer releases video of shooting

MANTECA, CA - Graphic police patrol unit camera video of a Manteca police officer confronting and fatally shooting a wanted suspect was released by the dead man's family Wednesday following a multi-agency investigation (PDF attached) concluding the officer was justified in the shooting.

The video shows Officer James Moody firing numerous shots at suspect Ernesto Duenez Jr., 34, on the 200 block of Flores Avenue on June 8, 2011. Police had been on the look-out for Duenez in connection with an earlier domestic violence incident.

In the video, the officer is heard shouting at Duenez to drop his knife or he would shoot.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police dashboard cam captures shooting death of Ernest Duenez Jr. WARNING video is unedited and very graphic

During the autopsy, the San Joaquin County coroner found 11 bullets struck Duenez.

Tracy school parent accused of making terrorist threats

TRACY, CA - A Lathrop father was arrested after allegedly making phone threats to harm a student at his child's elementary school Tuesday morning.

Wanda Hirsch Elementary School at 1280 Dove Drive was placed on lockdown status at 8:15 a.m., said Tracy Unified School District Asst. Supt. Dr. Sheila Harrison.

The father, identified by Tracy police as 37-year-old David Michelucci, is accused of calling the school at 8:08 a.m. and threatening to harm another student in retaliation for an incident involving his child Monday, said Lt. Mark Duxbury.

Officers went to Michelucci's home and took him into custody.

No one was hurt at the school. The lockdown was lifted at 9:30 a.m.

Police seek identity of Tracy bank robbery suspect

TRACY, CA - Security camera photos of a man Tracy police say robbed a local bank were released Thursday.

The bank was Chase Bank at 2620 S. Tracy Boulevard on Nov. 21 about 9:20 that Wednesday morning. Det. Timothy Bauer said a man went up to a teller, demanded money and left with an undisclosed sum.

Witnesses said the robber left in an older model green Toyota Camry.

The robber was described as light-skinned, about 6 feet 1 inches tall with an average build. He wore a black, hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, baseball cap with a white brim and sunglasses.

Bauer said the man may have been loitering in the shopping  center where the bank is located before the crime.

Tips as to the man's identify can be made to Bauer at (209) 831-6605.