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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2002 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:24 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

Man drowns in swimming pool

The body of an 88-year-old man was found Wednesday morning in the swimming pool at his residence in the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle, Lodi police said.

James Spreafico apparently drowned sometime during the night, police said.

Spreafico, who lived with other family members, is believed to have walked into the back yard carrying a flashlight, police said. He could only walk with the help of a walker, police said.

Woman arrested for attempted murder

A 20-year-old Lodi woman was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a woman several times, Lodi police said.

Debra Contreras, a Lodi resident whose age was not known, was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital after being stabbed during an argument at the home of Annie Montes in the 200 block of East Vine Street, police said. They had been arguing earlier in the day, Officer Sierra Brucia said.

The wounds are not life-threatening and Contreras is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days, Lt. Virgil Monroe said. Her most serious wound was to the back, which caused a lung to collapse, Monroe said. A nursing supervisor at Lodi Memorial refused to disclose Contreras' condition Wednesday evening.

Montes remained in custody in Lodi Jail late Wednesday in lieu of $25,000 bail, police said.

Charter school to enroll new students

SunWest Academy, the San Joaquin County Office of Education's charter school, will be accepting enrollment for the new Lodi independent study charter school next week.

Parents interested can enroll their children for the 2002-03 school year from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the one.Program site, 601 W. Kettleman Lane in Lodi.

The county is opening a satellite campus of its independent study program which will serve kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Information about summer science camps will also be available.

For more information, call 468-9530.

Man arrested over stealing coins

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department arrested a Stockton man Tuesday on charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property after he allegedly stole coins from laundry machines at the Flying J Travel Plaza in Flag City west of Lodi.

Bunnsoeun Tommy Morn, 22, was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, police said.

Morn allegedly told deputies he had taken money out of the coin-operated machines located inside the business where he worked several times each week.

Delta trustees approve new president's contract

San Joaquin Delta College trustees approved a contract Tuesday that will pay the college's new president and superintendent, Raul Rodriguez, $170,000 a year.

The four-year contract is more than what former college president Ed Gould earned at $141,000 yearly.

The college bumped up the president's salary to make it comparable to similar-sized community colleges in the state, said Connie Cochran, Delta's public information officer.

Officials also wanted to entice Rodriguez to stay longer than Gould, who worked two years in Delta's top post before leaving the college for an Internet firm in January.

Rodriguez's contract takes effect Aug. 1. He's expected to begin his new job by mid-August.

Rodriguez left the top post at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg to become Delta's first Latino president.

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