When others run away from danger, they run toward it.

Top law enforcement officers were honored last week by the Italian Athletic Club.

They included members of the California Highway Patrol, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the Stockton Police Department.

“I guarantee your county law enforcement do that (run toward danger), I’ve seen it, and I’m very proud of them,” Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said.



Excessive vandalism

$180,000 is a lot of damage. That’s the cost of the vandalism two Manteca teenage boys are accused of committing at four unoccupied homes southeast of Woodward Community Park.

Three of the homes were completed and ready for residents to move in within weeks. The vandals forced their way into the homes and caused major damage to the interiors of all three houses, police reported.

Officers found evidence at the scenes that assisted them in identifying and arresting the two teenagers.



The drought is on — maybe

There have been storms the past week, but don’t be fooled: The state isn’t flush with water and drought looms on the horizon.

The winter has been dry.

Statewide snowpack levels are just 37 percent of average, compared with 180 percent this time last year.

About four to six more storms are needed by April 1 for the state to reach average conditions.

The Sierra Nevada provides about one-third of the state’s water supply.

Take encouragement in a week that may have made a difference, but the state is far from out of the woods on this one.



Bringing down the curtain on sideshows

Nearly two dozen arrests, an injury and 10 cars impounded were the lowlights of a weekend sideshow in Stockton.

This event didn’t involve carnival attractions, but people who decided that performing tricks such as donuts and figure eights with their cars was a proper form of entertainment.

These illegal activities put participants and observers at risk and damage streets where they are held.

“This type of illegal behavior is extremely dangerous because participants have no regard for the safety of others and some are armed with firearms,” Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said Monday in a statement.

Police encourage people to call if they have information pertaining to illegal sideshows. Call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

“We will not tolerate sideshow activity in our community,” Silva said.

Well said, indeed.



Get out the vote

Oak Park Ice Arena is among the five finalists to get a $50,000 LED lighting system makeover. The online contest is being held at through March 18.

The roughly 48-year-old facility is used by youth hockey teams, local figure skaters and recreational ice skaters. It also is the practice facility of the American Hockey League Stockton Heat. The Heat play home games at Stockton Arena.

The winner, to be announced March 20, will receive a lighting system courtesy of the AHL and Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting.

Oak Park Ice Arena is in third place. To vote go to