Lodi man dies of gunshot wounds
A Lodi man who was shot June 7 at the Tower Park Village Marina Mobile Home Park died from his wounds Monday.
Jose Gonzales, 44, who lived west of Lodi, was shot twice near the home of Jose Santana, 65, who was also shot.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department had been investigating the case, which has now become a murder investigation Spokeswoman Nellie Stone said.
Gonzales was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, and later to Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, where he died, Stone said.
The shooting occurred around 8 p.m. June 7 at 12 W. Blackberry Court.
Investigators have no motive for the shooting. Detectives have been following leads but have made no arrests, Stone said.
Council approves campaign sign rules
Lodi City Council members approved an ordinance Wednesday requiring the city to collect a $100 deposit from each political candidate for the posting of temporary political signs.
The ordinance also sets guidelines on the size of signs and where the signs can be erected.
A similar item was on the July 3 council agenda, but no action was taken. Instead, council members directed staff to reword portions of amendments to the proposed ordinance.
Drug lab seized, three arrested
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department SWAT team raided a Lodi house Tuesday morning and arrested three residents on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
After a month-long investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the home in the 16000 block of East Brandt Road, according to officials. They seized drug manufacturing equipment and approximately five grams of methamphetamine, worth about $200, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nellie Stone said.
Three Lodi residents were taken into custody and charged with possession and intent to sell methamphetamine and cruelty to a child, in addition to previous offenses.
Kevin Jackson Sr., 36, is being held on $716,666 bail, Sharon Milojevich, 51, is being held on $853,333 bail and Tracy Anne Jackson, 31, is being held on $708,333 bail, according to court officials.
Tracy Anne Jackson's 8-year-old son was taken into protective custody.
All three suspects are being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp and are scheduled to be arraigned in court in Lodi today.
Tokay student chosen as 'Teen of the Month'
The Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission, in conjunction with the Lodi Sunrise Rotary Club, Holiday Inn Express and Central Valley Waste Services, has named Adriene Flores as July's Teen of the Month.
Flores, a Tokay High School student, has had perfect attendance in school from first through 12th grades, all within Lodi Unified School District.
She was honored at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
A teen is chosen each month by the Youth Commission from applications submitted by the general public, and various school and church groups.
Drug lab equipment found in storage unit
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department detectives and members of the Metro Narcotics Task Force confiscated equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine Wednesday afternoon.
The lease on a storage unit at Eight Mile Road Self-Storage, 10910 N. Highway 99, had ended, and the manager could not contact the owner. He cut the lock and saw what he thought could be a drug lab, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nellie Stone said.
"Officers responded, and they determined it was an ephedrine extraction lab," Stone said.
Cooking pots, funnels, filters and a homemade press were among the items confiscated, Stone said. The equipment is frequently used to extract ephedrine from over-the-counter pills, she said.
The ephedrine is then used to manufacture methamphetamine.
"The lab we found there would make approximately 40 pounds of methamphetamine at a time," Stone said.
No arrests had yet been made.
Library selects new officers
The Lodi Public Library has elected officers for its new board of trustees for 2002-03. They include President Tom Goad, Vice President Millard Fore and Secretary Marjorie Paulsen.
The officers were elected at the board's regular meeting Monday.
The group meets at the library, 201 W. Locust St., at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The meetings are open to the public.
For more information, contact the library at 333-5566.
Rock quarry project to be discussed at meeting
Three Clements-area residents hope to use an unrelated request by a neighboring rock quarry as a vehicle to complain about the quarry's operations at tonight's San Joaquin County Planning Commission meeting.
Fred Roes, Judith Shaeffer and Ed Steffani, who live near the Brandt-Clements road intersection, will ask the Planning Commission to schedule a public hearing to address truck traffic and other concerns, primarily along Brandt Road.
Tonight's Planning Commission hearing is for KRC's request to allow holes containing rock and dirt to be only 2 feet deep instead of 3 feet deep, comparable to what other quarries are allowed to do.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the county's Public Health/Planning Auditorium, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
Whooping cough cases increase in San Joaquin Valley
So far this year, 43 cases of the respiratory infection, also called pertussis, have been reported to the Fresno County Health Department, compared with 17 cases in 2001.
Six cases have been reported in neighboring Tulare County since January, a slight rise from four reported in 2001. The county typically sees fewer than 10 cases a year.
Children's hospital officials said they have diagnosed an average of nine pertussis cases a month since January. They normally see about one or two a month.
The illness is more common during the first half of the year, said Dr. Harsh Saigal, a Fresno pediatrician.
Whooping cough symptoms are similar to the common cold, runny nose, sneezing, mild fever and a dry cough, but include severe coughing spells that can last for more than a minute.
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