Counterfeit ring suspect pleads guilty
A Lodi man pleaded guilty to forgery, identity theft and receiving stolen property and was sentenced to three years in prison Monday.
Shawn Porter, 34, was one of five people arrested in Jan. 23 and charged in connection with what police believed was a counterfeit ring.
In the Jan. 23 arrest that began with a minor traffic violation, police allegedly found counterfeit money, forged checks, other people's mail and an 18-inch-long machete, Lodi police Detective Ernie Nies said at the time.
On Monday, Porter pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and no contest to one count each of identity theft and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to three years in prison, with credit for 186 days, and given a $420 fine, according to court records.
Two other people arrested in the bust have since been sentenced for drug-related charges, while a warrant was issued last week when 32-year-old Susan Chapple, of Stockton, failed to appear in court, according to records.
Kristopher Althiede, 22, of Stockton, remains in the county jail on $90,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court May 19.
Theft case dismissed
The case against a Stockton man charged with grand theft from a Lodi couple and possession of a controlled substance was dismissed Wednesday.
Jesse Tomisman, 25, was arrested in January after Lodi police confiscated three truckloads of property from a Lodi home where he had been staying. At the time, police said he had spent more than $10,000 that belonged to an elderly couple.
Tomisman was jailed on $120,000 bail until Wednesday, when the case was dismissed because of insufficient evidence, according to court records.
Further details on the case were not available Wednesday evening.
Rally in support of troops to be held
Local residents are invited to show their support for the U.S. troops in Iraq at a rally Sunday.
Following the success of the rally last month, rally organizer Jennifer Lorentzen decided to continue it on the first Sunday of every month.
The rally will begin at 1 p.m. at the All Veterans Plaza on Pine Street.
For more information, call Lorentzen at 327-4522.
Galt clean-up day coming up Sunday
Residents living within the Galt city limits may get rid of their yard and garden waste, hazardous waste, furniture, tires, appliances and other items during the city's annual clean-up day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Galt Market grounds on Chabolla Avenue.
The city will accept such items as paint, batteries, TVs, fertilizer, computer monitors, household cleaners and propane tanks. Explosives, biomedical and radioactive waste will not be accepted.
Senior citizens may contact the city clerk's office at 366-7130 for someone to pick up their garbage. Items must be bagged, bundled or boxed and be placed in the driveway.
Participants must bring a city utility bill and a driver's license or state identification card to prove that they live within the Galt city limits. Unincorporated Sacramento County residents may call (916) 363-9390 for information.
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