Lodi man arrested for assault, battery
Lodi police arrested a man late Wednesday after they had to go into a local veterinary hospital he had barricaded himself in.
Preston Reid, 56, of Lodi, waived a .22-calibre rifle at his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend in a disagreement, police said.
An officer responding to the call saw the suspect at Lockeford Street and Pleasant Avenue. police said. The suspect started to run and a foot chase began, police said. Lodi police set up a perimeter in an attempt to apprehend the suspect.
The suspect was found at Lodi Veterinary Hospital, where he had barricaded himself inside. Hostage negotiators were called in, but dialogue with the suspect was unsuccessful. Police then entered the building, using shield and canine tactics to apprehend the suspect.
Reid was booked on assault with a firearm, terrorist threats, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm, parole violation and domestic battery, police said.
Planning Commission meeting canceled
The Lodi Planning Commission did not meet Wednesday because of lack of a quorum.
The commission was scheduled to discuss a permit requested by Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist to inter in a memorial vault and scatter cremated human remains on an on-site garden.
Several residents showed up ready to speak against the proposal. The church is currently under construction at 1055 South Lower Sacramento Road.
The commission was also set to approve the use permit for a BMX race track off Century Boulevard.
Both subjects will most likely be heard at the next Planning Commission meeting July 11, though a date has not yet been set.
Woodbridge school, Highway 12 annexations on agenda
A public hearing on the proposed annexation of Woodbridge Middle School into the city of Lodi will be held Friday by San Joaquin County's Local Agency Formation Commission.
LAFCO, a county planning agency, will also hear a request to annex 15.6 acres of land just south of Kettleman Lane and west of Lower Sacramento Road to the city of Lodi.
The proposed annexation is for the city's Westside Facility Master Plan, a proposal to develop the area and perhaps add a shopping center.
The Lodi Unified School District has asked that Woodbridge Middle School be annexed into the city of Lodi so that the school can receive city police, fire, sewer and other services. The school is currently served by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, Woodbridge Rural Fire Protection District and Woodbridge Sanitary District.
Some Woodbridge residents have objected to the annexation proposal, saying it would harm the community's identity.
In other action Friday, LAFCO will consider adopting its preliminary budget for the 2001-02 fiscal year.
Friday's meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers on the seventh floor of the county courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave., Stockton.
Parents sought for seats on school council
Galt High School's Site Council is looking for parents to fill two positions on the board. Termsrun through June 2003.
Officials are seeking nominations for the two-year positions.
The council helps to create spending plans for school money.
The deadline for nominations is July 31, and the council will vote on candidates in August. To nominate a parent, call Laurie George at (209) 745-3081 or Shirley Dimas at (209) 745-7866.
High school trustees approve summer school pay increase
Galt high school district trustees on Tuesday approved raising pay for summer school teachers by almost 24 percent.
The summer school teachers had not received a pay increase in the last three years, district officials said.
Officials requested the raise out of fairness to the teachers, Business Manager Darlene Waddle said.
The district has raised salaries of teachers who work during the school year by the same percentage.
The district also needed to increase pay to stay competitive with other school districts, officials said.
The rate increased to $26 per hour from from $21 per hour.
Displays being sought for Galt Festival
Children and adults are invited to display their artwork, clothing, flower arrangements, woodwork, cooking, quilting and other skills at this year's Galt Festival from July 6 to 8.
Prizes will be awarded in 14 categories.
Individuals and organizations must complete an application listing name, address, phone number, type of display and if they need a table and electricity.
Registration may be mailed to Galt Festival, in care of Melvin Warner, 660 Chabolla Ave., Galt CA 95632. Deadline is July 3. For more information or an application form, call Warner at (209) 745-9174.
Liberty, Clements firefighters respond to Amador County wildfire
Firefighters from Liberty and Clements were called to help fight a wildfire burning in Amador County on Wednesday.
Ten California Department of Forestry engines were already on scene.
By 7 p.m., the wildfire had consumed more than 1,200 acres of dry grass just east of Ione along Highway 88, the CDF reported.
The fire started at about 11:40 a.m.
At least two structures were destroyed and spot evacuations were reported as the blaze spread closer toward Lake Camanche and threatened other rural homes. It eventually spread into Calaveras County on Wednesday evening.
Horses were also threatened, and volunteers with trailers helped move them, the California Highway Patrol said.
The fire's cause has not yet been determined.
Delta firefighters battle grass fire
Delta firefighters were called to help fight a grass fire burning in Vacaville along Interstate 80 on Wednesday,
The smoke was blamed for at least two multi-vehicle accidents and the closure of the interstate for more than two hours, the California Highway Patrol said.
The fire started at about 1:30 p.m.
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