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April 01, 2016

STOCKTON — Several constituents in the Central Valley are faced with mounting mortgage debt, and San Joaquin County’s State Senate representative is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that will relieve them of that burden.

Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, was at the Housing Authority of San Joaquin on Friday to discuss SB 907, a bill she co-authored that would extend the tax relief on mortgage forgiveness debt by conforming to the Federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

September 04, 2015

Ten months after California voters passed a ballot measure reducing several drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, Gov. Jerry Brown will be asked to consider a bill intended to soften one impact of Proposition 47.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Senate Bill 333, which would create a new felony for the possession of date-rape drugs with the intent to commit a sexual assault, sending it to Brown’s desk for a signature.

March 11, 2015

The San Joaquin Sheriff's Office has been accused by a state senator of deleting or canceling missing person files for at least five cases.

The cases have possible connections to the so-called Speed Freak Killers.

Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog's 15 year killing spree ended when they were arrested in 1999.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani says the department deleted files after she reached out to them in 2010 regarding a letter detailing possible locations of other bodies.

March 11, 2015

A state senator and family members of alleged victims of the so-called "speed freak killers" are accusing the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office of destroying evidence in the case.

Hayward's Michaela Garecht disappeared in 1988 and her mother is among those concerned that authorities deleted missing persons files.

Marie Gillit is among those making the claims, as well. She believes her father was murdered by convicted killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog. The two men suspected of killing as many as 72 people.

March 10, 2015

As they investigated the infamous Speed Freak Killers, The San Joaquin County sheriff’s office refused to help Hayward police determine whether the 1988 kidnapping of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was linked to the duo, a new court filing alleges.

March 10, 2015
STOCKTON — Sen. Cathleen Galgiani said Monday that the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office had improperly deleted records from the national database of missing persons, including suspected victims of the serial killer duo Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, before the victims’ bodies could be recovered.
Sheriff Steve Moore refutes the allegations, but Galgiani says she has emails that prove it.
“It’s disgusting,” Galgiani said in a Monday phone interview. “It shocks the conscience.”
March 10, 2015

Certain records and evidence linked to one of the state’s largest mass murders have apparently gone missing from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and now a state senator and the mother of one the victims want to know why.

 

March 10, 2015

A state senator, detectives and parents of missing children -- including the mother of missing Hayward 9-year-old Michaela Garecht -- lambasted the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office on Monday amid allegations that the Central Valley department destroyed missing persons records and stonewalled other police agencies during its investigation of the infamous "Speed Freak Killers" case.

March 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTVU) -- When State Senator Cathleen Galgiani filed a federal court motion to unseal missing persons records and accused the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office of deleting files related to the so-called "Speed Freak Killers," she wasn't the only person questioning the Sheriff's handling of the case.

Declarations by investigators from two other agencies also describe meeting resistance from San Joaquin County.

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