Stockton pair plead guilty to string of auto burglaries
Two Stockton men have pleaded guilty to a string of December auto burglaries in Lodi.
Adam Fong, 27, and Kori Carter, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of felony vehicle burglary and were each sentenced to spend eight months in jail, according to court records.
On Dec. 17, a Rutledge Drive resident called police at 4:30 a.m. after discovering a vandalized vehicle.
Twenty minutes later, Lodi Police received another vehicle burglary report from Cabrillo Circle. Officer Nick Welton arrived and spotted a car driving on the same street with its lights off. He pulled it over and found stolen property inside, Lodi Police said at the time. Items included stereos, wrapped Christmas presents and burglary tools, and also included a list of items and the dates they had been stolen, police said.
Fong and Carter were arrested, and a search warrant served at a Stockton home revealed more stolen property, according to police.
The two were sentenced to 240 days in jail and were each given a $331 fine. Upon release from jail, they will be placed on five years of formal probation, which allows officers to search them for burglary tools and does not permit them to leave California, according to court records.
Registered sex offender charged with violating probation
A convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to another sexual offense earlier this month is now being charged with violating his San Joaquin County probation.
Lee Pechin, 36, of Lodi, was arrested in August in Isleton, where he was accused of propositioning two teenage boys at Delta Boat Works on Brannan Island Road, said Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney David Brown.
"Since he has a history and is a registered sex offender, we took the case and prosecuted it," Brown said.
A registered sex offender, Pechin had been released from the San Joaquin County Jail two months earlier, after serving a yearlong sentence. In June 2001, the former church camp counselor and youth sports coach pleaded guilty to felony sexual battery.
On Jan. 6, Pechin pleaded guilty in Sacramento County court to two counts of misdemeanor child annoyance and was sentenced to 130 days in jail, with credit for time served, Brown said. Having already served that time, he was then transferred to San Joaquin County to face new charges.
As part of his original conviction, Pechin was placed on five years of probation and ordered to stay away from children. Following his Isleton arrest, a San Joaquin County judge revoked his probation Sept. 5, said San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Valli Israels, who prosecuted Pechin in 2001.
Pechin will appear in court for a probation violation hearing Feb. 6, where he could be sentenced to state prison, Israels said.
Drunk driving suspect upgraded to stable condition
A man who was allegedly drunk when he was involved in a Lodi-area accident that killed a 5-year-old Galt boy remains hospitalized, but his condition has improved.
Guadalupe Sanchez, 23, was in "guarded but stable condition" at San Joaquin County General Hospital on Tuesday, said hospital spokeswoman Troylene Sayler.
The Stockton resident was driving east on Highway 12 Sunday morning near Ray Road when he crossed the center line, colliding headlong with a van, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Luis and Patricia Bravo, both of Galt, were wearing seat belts and were not injured in the accident, but their son, Isaac Bravo, was in the cargo area of the van and not wearing a seat belt, CHP officials said. He died of asphyxiation when cargo in the van shifted as the van rolled, an autopsy revealed.
Sanchez was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in the death of a person, and not having a driver's license or insurance, according to the CHP.
Warrant issued after man fails to appear in court
A Stockton man charged with stealing coins from the Flying J Travel Plaza, 15100 Thornton Road, failed to appear in court Tuesday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Bunnsoeun Tommy Morn, 23, was arrested in June and charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property. An employee at the business, he allegedly took money from coin-operated machines several times a week, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.
He was to appear in Lodi court Tuesday for sentencing, but failed to appear, according to court records.
A $20,000 warrant was issued for his arrest, but it will be held for a week, records show. If he appears in court before then, the warrant will be canceled.
Galt mayor to serve on statewide committee
Galt Mayor Darryl Clare has been selected to represent cities from Galt to Chowchilla on a committee to lobby the state on issues of interest to cities.
Clare joins the 26-member Grassroots Network Advisory Committee, an arm of the League of California Cities. Clare and Merced City Manager James Marshall serve as the Central Valley Division representatives.
The committee is responsible for setting strategy and evaluating the effectiveness of the Grass Roots Network, said Debbie Olson, the league's field representative for the Central Valley Division. Clare will be a key participant in seeking rapid responses from elected officials and city staff, particularly on legislative issues.
Clare was elected to the Galt City Council in March and re-elected to a four-year term in November. He was elected mayor of his fellow council members in December.
Elementary trustees to hear report on state budget deficit
Galt elementary school district trustees tonight will study a report on the state budget deficit and how it affects district finances.
The district could lose up to $1 million in state funding through proposed midyear cuts and reductions for the 2003-04 school year.
District officials will also review the layoff process and deadlines for laying off certificated employees, if needed.
In other business, trustees are expected to consider:
- Approving the district's library plan.
- Hear a report on home-based independent study programs.
- Review a handful of updated district policies.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Greer Middle School, 248 W. A St. in Galt.
Delta fire merger to be discussed
Woodbridge Rural Fire District directors will discuss the district's pending merger with the Delta Fire Protection District at 10 a.m. today at the main Woodbridge fire station, 400 E. Augusta St.
The two districts will merge on March 1 provided that the public doesn't protest the merger.
In other action today, the Woodbridge board will discuss the district's participation in the Malibu wildfire on Jan. 7-8, last Saturday's testing for current Delta firefighters and volunteers, remodeling plans for its Acampo fire station and purchasing personal safety equipment and fire station furniture.
Across the region
Poochigian reappointed to economic committee
The California Senate Rules Committee today reappointed State Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, as chairman of the Select Committee on Central Valley Economic Development.
"The problem faced by workers and businesses - including high levels of unemployment - are especially acute in the Central Valley," Poochigian said in a prepared statement. "It is important to examine ways of improving the economic condition of this region."
The committee's boundaries include San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
Poochigian, who represents the Lodi area, was also appointed chairman of the Senate Constitutional Amendments Committee, which oversees legislation relating to proposed changes to the state Constitution.
"This committee will play a central role in the budget debate by hearing any constitutional amendments that could either seek to make it easier for government to increase the tax burden on working Californians or protect California's taxpayers by creating a constitutional cap on spending," Poochigian said.
Poochigian has also been reappointed as vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee and the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, which deals with legislation relating to state and local revenues and taxation.
He will also serve on the Senate Elections and Reapportionment Committee, Appropriations Committee and Select Committee on California's Wine Industry.
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