Trust account set up for drive-by shooting victim
Co-workers of an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the face two weeks ago have set up a public bank account to help pay for her medical expenses.
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department officials said Corina Canepa, of Acampo, was an innocent victim in a Harney Lane drive-by shooting June 7.
Two suspects have been charged in the case and are being held in jail, while Canepa remains hospitalized.
Her co-workers at Delta Radiology in Lodi donated vacation and sick hours, and they also set up a bank account at Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Donations may be sent to the Corina Canepa Expense Donation Account at the bank, P.O. Box 3000, Lodi, CA 95241-1902.
Lodi police officers win medals in games
Five Lodi police officers participated in the California Police and Fire Games this week, and two of them brought back gold medals.
The 37th annual games, held this year in Sacramento, attracted about 6,000 athletes from police and fire departments in seven states.
Lodi officers who participated and placed:
- Sgt. Lance Hayden, gold and bronze medals in equestrian events.
- Officer K.C. Schlader, gold and bronze medals in men's golf.
- Officer Steve Nelson, bronze medal in angling.
- Officer Nick Welton, bronze medal in angling.
- Sgt. Chris Piombo, fifth place in cross country.
Next year's games will be held in Stockton, and some of the events will likely be held in Lodi, Piombo said.
The officers attended the games on their own time, and Piombo expected more local officers to compete next year because of the location.
Skate park topic of Tuesday meeting
Lodi City Council members will receive an update on the city skate park at an informational meeting Tuesday.
Council members meet informally every Tuesday at 7 a.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.
The meeting is open to the public.
San Joaquin judge appointed to state judicial council
San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge William J. Murray Jr. was appointed to the Judicial Council of California.
The 27-member judicial council played a leadership role in unifying the state's municipal and superior courts, state funding for courts, legislation that will result in state ownership of trial court facilities, jury system reform and initiatives to make the courts more open to the public.
Chaired by California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, the judicial council consists of 14 members appointed by George, four attorneys appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors, one member from each house of the Legislature and six advisory members.
Appointed a Superior Court judge in 1995, Murray has served on numerous committees and serves on the board of directors for the Stockton Boys and Girls Club and Humphreys College. In 2002, Murray served on the Stockton Mayor's Task Force on Racial Harmony and Fairness.
Machado announces health care forum
On Wednesday, state Sen. Michael Machado, D-Linden, will host a forum on two legislative proposals addressing the problem of the uninsured: Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 971.
"Today, more than 7 million people in this state lack health insurance," Sen. Machado said in a press release.
"But lack of insurance is more than a cost issue, it is a public health and quality of life issue affecting all Californians."
With reduced access to medical care, uninsured individuals are more likely to delay necessary medical care. This not only results in a greater number of sicker Californians, but also increased medical costs, which are ultimately absorbed by the entire health care system.
The costs of uncompensated care are borne by the hospitals that provide treatment, totaling $3.6 billion in 2002. These costs were in turn ultimately absorbed by the insured and taxpayers.
The two bills take very different tracks to providing health care, according to Machado. SB 2 would require all employers provide health insurance or contribute to a state-held insurance pool. SB 921 would establish a state-run single-payer health care system.
Representatives from the offices of Sens. John Burton and Sheila Kuehl will be available to discuss each measure, as well as answer questions and address any community concerns.
The forum begins at 6 p.m. and is being held at the Fairfield Community Center, Studio D, 1000 Kentucky St. in Fairfield. RSVP to (916) 323-4306.
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