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Who: Grandparents Dennis and Joanne Seibel of Lodi. Son Brandon Seibel and wife Tricia, with children Lauren and Jeffrey, all of Lodi. Son Dustin Seibel and wife Mattie of Concord. Son Ryan Seibel of Los Angeles.

Posted: August 01, 2014
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Thursday 08/14/2014
3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, including Web-based email, apps and cloud storage, and to reduce the risk of criminal activity.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
River cruising news: Room innovations and hot itineraries from the 'World's Best River Cruise Line'
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - For decades – and thanks in no small part to the success of the TV show “The Love Boat” – it seemed that in the minds of most travelers, a cruise vacation automatically implied a languid ocean voyage aboard an oversized ship shared with hundreds, if not thousands, of other passengers.

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Monday 08/11/2014
A different kind of godmother: River cruise godmothers stay with ships, cruise line
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Throughout the history of cruising, cruise lines have traditionally called upon celebrities, royalty, heads of state, or others with little or no ties to the cruise industry to serve as godmothers to their ships.  For most cruise ship godmothers, the role is thus largely ceremonial – their involvement with the ship and cruise line ends when the bubbly is cleaned off the bow.

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Sunday 08/03/2014
Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a teen must have access to a car.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Providing national defense from the air and the sea: An exciting opportunity from America's Navy
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 1:38 am

(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.

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Deal Month In Orlando
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 1:40 am

(NAPSI)—If making nearly half the cost of your vacation disappear sounds like magic, then Orlando just might cast a spell on you this September.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Little known facts about vacation time
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 1:40 am

(BPT) - While many Americans are enjoying or planning their last big hurrah for the summer – the beach, music festivals, campfires and time with family and friends – some may not be quite so lucky. Here are some facts you should know about your prized vacation time.

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Monday 07/28/2014
5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausting and overwhelming.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Home on the road: Insight and advice about America's driving habits
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 1:40 am

(BPT) - Our homes may be our castles, but as we do more and spend more time in our vehicles, our four-wheeled chariots are not too far behind.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Religious guidance, moral support and more roles filled by Navy Chaplain Corps
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 1:36 am

(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are critical services provided by the Navy to help Sailors through the challenges of the job while maintaining relationships with family and fellow military members.

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STOCKTON — A Stockton woman who was accused of embezzling more than $65,000 last year from Lodi Physical Therapy pleaded guilty to all charges in court Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said.

Felecia Wendy Caulfield, 49, worked as a bookkeeper for six years with Lodi Physical Therapy. She was arrested on July 31, 2013 on suspicion of falsifying corporate books and grand theft, but was released two days later after her arraignment on her own recognizance.

According to Taylor, Caulfield faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail, and a possible consecutive year for the “more than $65,000” enhancement.

“In view of the partial restitution made pre-plea, she is likely to receive a lesser term in (San Joaquin) County Jail with five years of probation,” Taylor wrote in an email. “The exact term to be imposed is at the discretion of the sentencing judge and remains to be set.”

Caulfield paid the victims, Lauri and Monty Merrills, $39,936 in pre-plea restitution, Taylor said. She now works for a different medical business in Stockton, he said.

But Caulfield’s lawyer, Doug Goss, said he doesn’t expect his client to serve a full sentence, as she doesn’t have a criminal history.

The Lodi Police Department opened an investigation on Feb. 13, 2013 when Lodi Physical Therapy reported that two cash payments for $1,500 and $440 were never deposited into the company’s bank account, according to an arrest warrant.

The Merrills told police they believed Caulfield, their billing manager who was on disability leave at the time, was responsible.

It was Caulfield’s responsibility to compile receipts and deposit funds into a box containing cash. However, since 2007, several transactions were never reported, according to the arrest warrant.

A further investigation revealed that more than $60,000 was missing between 2008 and 2013, including $9,179 in 2010 and $22,154 in 2012.

Caulfield’s sentencing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 in Courtroom 35.

Contact reporter James Striplin at jamess@lodinews.com

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