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Teacher arrested, accused of inappropriate relationship with student

A teacher is under arrest and facing accusations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student at a Manteca school.

School resource officers were called to East Union High School earlier this month on the first day of school after reports of an ongoing sexual relationship involving a teacher and student. An investigation led to the arrest of Kevin Patrick Holeman, who lives in Sacramento. 

Holeman was booked into jail, accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, contact with minor with sexual intent, and other charges.

The investigation is ongoing. Holeman has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.

Man killed in vehicle on Stockton street

Man killed in vehicle on Stockton street

A man was shot and killed while driving in Stockton Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The 19-year-old man was found in a vehicle around 3:30 p.m. at Hammer Lane and Tam O'Shanter Drive with gunshot wounds, according to Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva. The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died. No other information about the victim was available.

Silva said the vehicle was shot multiple times near Hammer Lane and Lan Ark Drive. After the shooting, the driver continued eastbound on Hammer Lane and hit several other vehicles on the street. The victim was the only occupant in the vehicle.

No suspects have been identified at this time. Silva said investigators believe the shooting was gang-related.

Police: 4 bank robberies within one week are connected

Police: 4 bank robberies within one week are connected

Four bank robberies across three cities are believed to be connected, Stockton police said. Two of the bank robberies happened Tuesday morning, while the other two happened within the past week.

Investigators believe the same suspect, or suspects, robbed the following banks:

Around 10:53 a.m., a suspect walked into the Chase Bank in the 2400 block of W. Kettleman Lane in Lodi and handed a demand note to a teller.

Around 10:24 a.m., a suspect walked into the Chase Bank in the 5700 block of Pacific Avenue in Stockton, handed the teller a demand note and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then jumped into a white 4-door sedan with another suspect and drove away from the scene.

Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen

Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen

The community of Lodi is rallying behind a local A&W restaurant after a thief stole donations they'd been collecting for the Wounded Warrior Project. Staff believe the suspect is a repeat customer.

"The guy came in, ordered ice cream, and as soon as she turned around to make it for him, he grabbed it and ran out the door," Petter Knight of A&W said. "It's terrible. We were pretty sad."

The theft absolutely crushed employees. The thief made off with about $50 in Wounded Warrior donations.

"The Lodi police responded quickly," Knight said. "They were looking at our video within an hour."

And they weren't the only ones. Knight uploaded the security video to Facebook, reaching 20,000 people by Saturday morning.

"I think it's horrible and I hope they catch the guy," one customer responded.

Feds join probe into Manteca backyard party explosion

MANTECA - The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has joined the investigation into a backyard blast on the Fourth of July weekend that sent six teens to the hospital.

On Friday, July 3, someone threw an explosive device over the back wall of a house on Santiago Way where roughly 60 teens were attending a party organized to give them a safe place to go on the eve of Independence Day, Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion said.

Obligacion and the ATF announced Wednesday a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person who threw the device.

The explosive device has been tentatively identified as being similar to what's commonly known as an M-80.

"One of the things we're asking is that you not refer to it as fireworks or firecrackers. This is an illegal explosive device," ATF Explosives Officer Michael Morgan said.

Grass fire concerns grow in Tracy as grass, weeds go unattended

STOCKTON - The city of Tracy has a program to deal with property owners who let dry grass grow tall on vacant lots. Residents said Monday the program isn't efficient.

"I love Tracy, I love my home, but this stuff is really frustrating. Really frustrating," said Margaret Briones who live on Cose Lane in Tracy.

Tracy's answer for those lots is notifying owners by mail there's a problem, then scheduling a public hearing before the city council if the problem isn't dealt with. The next hearing date for these issues is in September.

"Here it is July, and you'll have a hearing in September? We have this (all grass). Nothing's going to happen," Briones said.

Fire official David Bramell said the department is currently handling 27 properties where the vegetation is out of control. He said typically up to 90 percent of the property owners they contact take care of the problem.

Manteca 15 Year Old Killed, Family Wants Answers

Manteca police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy, found shot in the 2100 block of Yosemite Avenue Saturday morning. However, details of Dylan Antonio Brown's death are still few, far and between.

"He was happy. He was so happy," said his grandmother, Debra Brown.

Brown says her grandson, who went by his middle name, came to live with her a few years ago to be closer to his father. She says he had big plans; first to get his learner's permit, then add track to the list of sports he would participate in this upcoming school year. In the long run, he planned to become a surgeon.

"That would have been his future,' Brown cried. "He would have been good at it," she said.

The honor roll student at Manteca's East Union High wouldn't get to save lives, not after his was cut short early Saturday morning.