Pombo named 'business champion'
Congressman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, has been named a "Champion of Small Business" by the Small Business Survival Committee, one of the nation's leading small-business advocacy organizations.
The award is given to Members of Congress who voted in support of small businesses on at least 80 percent of the key small-business votes cast last year.
Included among the key votes scored by SBSC were votes to lower taxes, end the death tax, expand U.S. markets overseas, reduce regulations and lower the cost of health care.
Pombo received a perfect score for voting in favor of small businesses on 100 percent of the key votes in 2001.
To view the full report, visit the Small Business Survival Committee Web site.
Parole agent sentenced to two years in prison
Larry Ervin Brown, 45, of Lodi, the state parole agent arrested Dec. 4 after he held two of his colleagues against their will for a short period of time in his West Elm Street apartment, was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison and 10 years of probation, according to court records.
Brown pleaded no contest to exhibiting a firearm to a peace officer and criminal threats, court records say.
Man pleads no contest to intent to make drugs
Wayne Edward Williams, 34, of Lodi, pleaded no contest Monday to possession of materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, court records show.
Williams was arrested Aug. 2 after Lodi police and fire departments responded to Star Building Systems on Brandt Road near Lockeford, police said.
Substances used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in a vehicle, police said.
Williams was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, records show. He was credited with 333 days for time served.
Two plead guilty for operating drug lab
Two men, arrested in October by Lodi police on suspicion of having a working drug lab at their residence in the 8600 block of East Jahant Road, pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced to county jail, according to court records.
William Vernon Lincomfelt Jr., 42, pleaded guilty to renting a storage space for the sale of a controlled substance, records show. He was sentenced to 240 days in jail with three days of credit for time served. He was also placed on five years of formal probation, records show.
Richard Craig Clemons, 32, pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled substance, records show. He was sentenced to 300 days in jail with three days of credit for time served, records show. He was also placed on five years of formal probation.
Officers said they found drug-making paraphernalia, finished product, dissolved cold pills, several shotguns and rifles at the Jahant Road address.
Park site, old school to be discussed tonight
Lockeford Community Services District directors will discuss a possible topographic survey along with maintenance and access issues for its park site off Tully Road at tonight's board meeting.
The board will also consider a new architectural contract to rehabilitate the old Lockeford School site on Jack Tone Road and an aeration upgrade of the district's wastewater treatment plant.
Today's board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
Mokelumne fire district directors to discuss budget cuts
Mokelumne Rural Fire District directors will discuss potential cuts to the district budget at a special meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Lockeford fire station, 13157 E. Brandt Road.
Budget cuts are being considered in light of the apparent defeat of the Measure M parcel tax increase in the March 5 election.
A final decision is scheduled for a special meeting March 27.
Golf club burglarized
The Woodbridge Golf and Country Club pro shop, 800 E. Woodbridge Road, was burglarized early Tuesday morning.
San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene at about 1:30 a.m. after an alarm went off.
An estimated $8,400 worth of clubs were stolen from a display. There have been no arrests and there are no suspect vehicles, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nellie Stone said.
Sheriff's graduates STARS students
A handful of area residents have recently graduated from the 45th Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors Academy.
The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Scottish Rite Temple, 33 W. Alpine Ave., in Stockton.
At that time, Sheriff Baxter Dunn will be presenting certificates of completion to the following graduates: Frank Desborough and Bernard P. Nielsen, both of Acampo, and Michael J. Bliesener of Lodi.
The STARS program trains residents, often senior citizens, to help with crowd control, traffic accidents and other sheriff's investigations.
Modesto priest pleads innocent to molestation
A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting a teen-age Turlock boy has pleaded innocent to the charges.
Oscar Pelaez, 35, is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bail.
Pelaez, who faces 13 felony charges, will be back in court March 28 for a preliminary hearing, where his lawyer will ask for a bail reduction.
Pelaez, 35, and Jose Luis Perez, 43, a former youth minister at the Sacred Heart Church in Turlock, are accused of molesting the same teen-age boy at different times three years ago.
Group in Angels Camp want pesticide watch
Some area environmental groups are calling for closer scrutiny of chemical pesticide usage by Sierra Pacific Industries after a report showed the logging company applied more than 2.5 tons of herbicide last year in its Calaveras and Tuolumne county properties
The Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center published results of a study that showed Sierra Pacific applied 5,139 pounds and more than 2,800 gallons of herbicides in the two counties during 2001.
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