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Manteca car dealer won't be charged in sale to dementia patient

MANTECA, CA - "The holidays were really hard," said Janet Davis as she recalls her husband, Donald. "He tried to find the humor in life. Everyday he tried to say something to make me laugh."

Donald Davis died last October following what police called a questionable car deal with Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge. 

According to his wife, Donald had dementia and had been declared incompetent. She said, "I still have to work so that's why I had to put him in a care home."

Apparently, Davis had been living at the Manteca Care Center for a week when an employee from the car dealership picked him up and took him to the dealership. Janet said Donald was in a wheelchair wearing pajamas and slippers and even fell down while the worker was trying to transport him.

Manteca gangster shot, then chatty

MANTECA, CA - Two young people were shot early Friday afternoon in Manteca in a gang-related driveby shooting.

One of the youths was happy to talk about the incident and gang lifestyle.

Jared Smith, 18, was shot near the shoulder and although Manteca police were on the scene quickly to offer assistance, Smith turned down medical care.

He said he was uncomfortable going to the hospital with his mother nearby. Then he opened up about his gang life.

"I'm a Northerner.  (Why?)  Because it's the thing to do.  It sounded good at the moment," said Smith.

He described the shooting on a quiet street just a block from the busiest part of downtown Manteca.

"As I was coming this way, the car pulled up and a gun was pulled out, and they shot me," said Smith.

Tracy police investigate 3 gang attacks

TRACY, CA - Tracy's police chief has served notice that three recent, believed related gang incidents won't be tolerated.

The first incident involved an argument between two North Side Nortenos and a South Side Rider Sureno at Big Lots on Tracy Boulevard Dec. 12 that resulted in the Sureno being shot several blocks away, according to police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman.

Ten days later, Dec. 22, one of the two Nortenos in the Dec. 12 was shot on Holly Drive.

Then most recently, on Dec. 29, also on Holly Drive, Sheneman said three individuals believed to be Surenos attacked and stabbed an Hispanic male. He is in critical condition.

Tracy detectives are working to identify those responsible for the Dec. 29 attack, Sheneman said.

Tracy Police Chief Janet Thiessen said the culprits will be arrested and put in the hands of the criminal court system.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

Tracy toy donations pour in after hundreds stolen

TRACY, CA - Anthony Gordon wasn't certain he could make needy families in Tracy feel much Christmas spirit this year, not after hundreds of toys were stolen from his garage in Mountain House.

But when word got out that Gordon's toy donation effort was seriously damaged, donations poured in to make this years giveaway the best ever.

"What they took the first time, we've been blessed three times more. We have a thousand toys instead of 300 toys," said Gordon.

Gordon, his wife, children and other relatives, needed a rental truck to complete their rounds Thursday. Extra toys will be handed out Friday morning starting at 8:30 at the park next to the Tracy library.

Any holiday disappointment he'd been feeling, has more than disappeared.

"We will continue to make this a family tradition, and we'll continue to do this for years to come," said Gordon.

Tracy volunteers give 900 families brighter Christmas

TRACY, CA - The local organization Brighter Christmas has done just that again, 900 families with 2,000 children.

Wednesday was distribution day at Williams Middle School for the group that gives food to families and toys to children.

Brighter Christmas first started the holiday help effort more than 30 years ago. Lori Sparger was working at a bank when a young child noticed a Christmas tree in the business.

"I was in my early 20's. This little boy saw presents under the tree and asked what they were for. I told him they're for families that don't have Christmas. He said 'maybe I'll get one, because we don' t have Christmas either.' It just really touched my heart," said Sparger who added, "I'll always remember the face of that little boy."

Brighter Christmas takes applications for assistance during the year and performs follow up work to make sure each applicant is truly in need.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.