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POSTED January 14, 2014 8:49 p.m.

ROBBERS IN STOCKTON GOING AFTER COUGH SYRUP:  STOCKTON   (AP) — Stockton police say thieves are targeting pharmacies to get their hands on a codeine-based cough syrup used to make a potentially deadly party drink.

There have been seven pharmacy holdups or burglaries in the city since May, five of those in the past two months. One of the main targets has been promethazine with codeine, a syrup used to treat cold or allergy symptoms.

Authorities say it is also used in "Purple Drank," a cocktail with Sprite or Mountain Dew, ice and Jolly Ranchers candy that causes a euphoric sensation.

The syrup commands a street price of anywhere from $200 to $1,200 a pint.

Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva says investigators do not have any good leads. Nobody has been injured in the robberies.

 

FORMER STOCKTON PRIEST CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE: SAN ANDREAS  (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who spent 39 years at parishes within the Diocese of Stockton has been indicted on criminal child molestation charges.

A Calaveras County grand jury indicted the Rev. Michael Kelly on Monday on three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and one count of oral copulation.

Prosecutors allege the abuse started when the victim was 10 years old and a parishioner at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in San Andreas.

District Attorney Barbara Yook says her office will work to have Kelly extradited from Ireland, where he fled in 2012 after a civil jury found him liable for raping a former altar boy at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford during the 1980s.

The Stockton Diocese paid $3.5 million in damages in that case and is planning to file for bankruptcy this week.

 

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