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Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2001 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:19 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

Auto burglary, drug suspect faces future court appearances

A Lodi man facing felony auto burglary and drug charges had future court appearances scheduled Wednesday.

Robert Kurtis Ray Wiles, 24, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; auto burglary and resisting arrest stemming from his Jan. 29 arrest.

He faces a pre-trial conference at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 15 and a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, both in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Free diversity training workshop Saturday

The Breakthrough Project will sponsor a free diversity training workshop at the United Congregational Christian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17.

The church is located at 701 S. Hutchins St. in Lodi.

The diversity training workshop will be facilitated by Sharon Firooz, the owner and consultant of A New Human Race based in San Diego. Topics will include valuing ethnic diversity, overcoming deep-seated prejudice, understanding the science of race, the dynamics and history of racism, enhancing skills for better race relations, acquiring multiple perspectives and improving cross-cultural communications.

The groups' "Season of Unity" will continue with a Tribute to Black History through Literature and Poetry on Feb. 20, an inter-cultural discussion on the Hmong community scheduled for March 12 and a Unity March and Community Picnic on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31.

For more information, contact James R. "Bo" Crowe at (209) 368-1955 or Patty Radotic at (209) 334-3450.

Auto burglary suspects arrested

Three Stockton residents were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of burglarizing two vehicles in the Northeast area of Galt, police said.

Lamar Duane Smith, 18, and two males, 16 and 17, were arrested at 11:25 p.m. in the area of Colmore and Arnett ways, police said. The arrests took place 40 minutes after police learned of an auto burglary on Steep Rock Court, just west of River Oaks Elementary School.

The suspects were later linked to a second auto burglary on Cobble Hill Way, which is near Steep Rock Court, police said. The second burglary was reported to police at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday.

The three suspects were linked to both burglaries because officers found several items from the burglaries inside the suspects' car, police said. Officers found a car stereo, speakers, several face plates from car stereos, compact discs and in-line skates, police said.

Man arrested for burglary

A Galt man was arrested last week on a burglary warrant after allegedly using stolen checks to buy pizza, Galt police said.

John Kincaid, 22, was arrested after attempting to use a stolen check at Round Table Pizza in Galt Plaza, police said. Pizza was delivered to a house on E Street on Jan. 30, when Kincaid allegedly tried to use a check stolen from a car, Lt. Jim Uptegrove said.

Round Table employees suspected the check was stolen because a previous purchase was made by a stolen check, police said. When Kincaid called for another delivery, a Round Table employee called the police.

Tiffany Cole, 18, who was present at the house, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, police said.

City salary survey planned

The Galt City Council allocated $44,710 to Koff & Associates on Tuesday to survey the salaries of municipal employees in other cities and compare them to Galt's.

The consulting firm will recommend a salary plan to identify ranges and classification for Galt city employees.

Mayor Dan Pillsbury appointed himself and Vice Mayor Bob Kraude to work with the consulting firm.

Liberty Fire to meet tonight

Projects for 2001 and an automatic aid agreement with the neighboring Woodbridge fire district will be discussed tonight by Liberty Rural County Fire Protection District directors. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Liberty fire station, 24124 N. Bruella Road.

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