No charges in fatal car accident
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office will not press charges against a Lodi woman who hit a couple at Turner Road and Sacramento Street last year, said Lt. Frank Grenko of the Lodi Police Department.
Leo and Elsie Neveu, of Stockton, were killed Sept. 4 when their Chevrolet Corisca was broadsided by a late-model Ford Expedition pulling an empty horse trailer.
Police believe the Expedition was heading east on Turner when Leo Neveu pulled out to make a left onto Turner Road. Leo Neveu, 71, died at the scene. His wife, 81, died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Upon review of the case, the DA determined the collision was caused by the victims, Grenko said.
Mower rebate event set for this weekend
Residents are invited to the Temple Baptist Church parking lot, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, on Saturday for the city's "Green Mower Rebate Project."
The event is to promote electric rechargeable lawn mowers, and dispose of aging, polluting, gas-powered mowers.
On Saturday, residents will have the opportunity to purchase a new electric, fast-starting mower which costs approximately $5 per year to operate. By trading in a gas mower - with all oil and gasoline drained - and purchasing a new electric one, residents will receive an automatic $200 rebate.
To participate in the project, residents are required to show a valid California driver's license and a current city of Lodi utility bill.
The event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon. However, the event will end earlier if all 200 electric mowers are purchased.
For more information, call Rob Lechner, manager of customer service programs, at 333-6800, extension 2583.
Galt Planning Commission to discuss overhead sprinklers
City Councilman Tim Raboy and representatives from the Galt Fire Protection District will discuss Raboy's quest to require future homes to be equipped with overhead sprinkler systems at tonight's Galt Planning Commission meeting.
Raboy said at last week's City Council meeting he supports the requirement because it would save lives. He also presented his proposal at Monday's meeting of the city's Public Safety Advisory Committee.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to recommend whether the City Council should adopt an ordinance requiring sprinklers.
In other action tonight, the Planning Commission will review an application by Four Seasons General Contractors to rezone 12.33 acres to construct 56 residential lots in Galt's Northeast area.
The applicant is asking to increase the density on its property, with lots ranging from 6,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet. The parcel is located in a crooked "L" shape south of Lake Park Avenue, east of Bay Shore Drive and north of Lake Canyon Avenue. Today's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.
Accident victim airlifted to hospital
At least one person was taken to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento by helicopter after being involved in a two-vehicle accident at North Bruella and East Orchard roads.
The accident, which blocked all lanes, occurred at about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Both vehicles had to be towed.
Injuries were reported to be major. Additional details were unavailable.
Bear Creek High takes medals at Decathlon
At the recent California Academic Decathlon in Modesto, Bear Creek High's Joseph King was the team's highest scorer, with 7,049 points.
In the scholastic division, Brandon Hollenbeck took the bronze medal in mathematics, and Joseph King took the bronze in social science. In the honors division, Sharon Bhalaru took the bronze medal in speech.
Senator hosts workshop in Elk Grove
Sen. Rico Oller, R-San Andreas, will host a public meeting on worker's compensation in Elk Grove on Tuesday.
The hearing is in response to rising worker's compensation insurance rates. California businesses pay the highest premiums in the nation, according to Oller.
Several business owners, locally elected officials, insurance industry representatives and other interested community members are expected to speak at the event. Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, will also attend the hearing.
It will take place from 2-4 p.m. at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. For more information, call Oller's Capitol office at (916) 445-5788.
Soldiers could be heading to war
Soldiers from Stockton's Company G, 140th Aviation Regiment departed early Wednesday to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit flies CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Their wartime mission is to transport troops and equipment in theaters of operation.
The 90 soldiers said goodbye to their families at the California Army National Guard armory in Stockton before boarding on a bus to Travis Air Force Base. They airlifted later in the morning to the Middle East.
Most of the soldiers were civilians recalled to active duty in the past few months. They range from teachers and mechanics to fire fighters and police officers. While the soldiers drill in Stockton, many of them live outside of San Joaquin County.
During peacetime, the unit helps the California Forestry Service combat fires.
It's not known how long the aviation unit will serve in the operation, said Lt. Col. Terry Knight, spokesman for the Guard.
Poochigian seeks audit on education funding
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved a request on Wednesday by State Senator Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, to audit three state agencies over the expenditure of $11 billion for school categorical funding.
State Auditor Elaine Howle will audit the California Department of Education, Controller's Office and Department of Finance, according to a news release from Poochigian's office.
Categorical programs are provided specific appropriation to address various education problems. There are more than 80 categorical programs.
Poochigian, whose district includes the Lodi area, requested that the state auditor focus on identifying all categorical programs and their statutory authority, evaluating the formulas used to develop how funds are allocated, identifying all monies transferred from each categorical fund to each individual school district and reviewing and assessing the state's oversight of the categorical funding programs.
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