Three people who were arrested at the Lodi Rite Aid on Monday after one allegedly tried to buy Sudafed without identification will not face conspiracy and drug charges.
San Joaquin County prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file the charges against Maurice Reed, 18, Cassandra Williams, 18, and Kenneth Owens, 22. The evidence against them was not sufficient to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, said Deputy District Attorney Paul Christiensen.
The three, along with a 15-year-old girl, were arrested after the store manager called police when a man, later identified as Reed, refused to show identification, Lodi police said Tuesday. Cold medication containing pseudoephedrine is now kept behind store counters and may only be purchased in limited amounts because the drug is a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine.
At the same time the next day, the same officer arrested several more people at the same store under similar circumstances. Those people, all of Stockton, do not appear to be connected to the previous day's arrests, Officer Erika Urrea said.
Those arrested Tuesday are scheduled to appear in court today; it is not yet know if they will face any charges.
Woman admits she stabbed another woman
A Lodi woman accused of stabbing another woman who was dancing with her boyfriend pleaded guilty last week to assault.
Erin Crumpley, 32, will be sentenced Feb. 27, according to San Joaquin County court records. She pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to assault causing great bodily injury.
Crumpley was arrested Sept. 15, 2007, after stabbing a woman, then 24, in the 1400 block of Holly Drive, Lodi police said at the time. The victim was dancing with Crumpley's boyfriend at a party, so Crumpley went to her boyfriend's home, got a knife and returned to the party.
The victim was hospitalized with several stab wounds.
Crumpley was subsequently charged with attempted murder and has remained in the county jail on $250,000 bail. The attempted murder charge was dropped in the plea deal.
Pointing gun at burglary victim gets man prison
A Lodi man who pointed a gun at a vehicle burglary victim is now serving a six-year sentence in state prison.
Sajid Aziz, 24, was sentenced last month after pleading no contest to assault with a firearm. There were also allegations that he had a prior felony conviction and committed the crime while out on bail in a pending case, according to San Joaquin County court records.
On May 23 a man saw someone breaking into his vehicle in the 400 block of Chestnut Street, Lodi police said at the time. The suspect fled and dropped the items he'd stolen from the vehicle, but not before pointing a handgun at the victim's face.
The victim got part of the license plate number and gave police a detailed description of the vehicle and suspect. Officers checked the number against vehicles, which led them to an East Oak Street home.
The SWAT team was ultimately called in and Joe Serna Charter School went into lock-down for an hour, until officers found Aziz lying in a yard.
At the time, he was on probation for first-degree residential burglary and drug possession, and was facing pending charges of possessing stolen property and drugs.
At his Jan. 21 sentencing, Aziz was given 276 days' worth of credit for the time he spent in jail. He was also fined $240, according to court records.
Vote for the best sidewalk mosaics
Project Lodi Art presents The People's Choice Awards! Cast your vote for the best Sidewalk Mosaic Medallion for Lodi Avenue. This voting event will be held in conjunction with March's First Friday Art Hop on March 6 at Hutchins Street Square. Voting begins at 6 p.m. and will close at 8:30. This event is free to everyone.
Project Lodi Art is recruiting people to construct the winning mosaics. Workshops will be held on March 14th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the arts classroom at Hutchins Street Square. This is a free class, but reservations are required.
Council will postpone raising utility rates
The Galt City Council decided Tuesday night to postpone voting on utility rate increases until city staff could come back with other suggestions and more detailed information.
"It's just so difficult right now with the economy the way it is to put an increase on the citizens," Vice Mayor Barbara Payne said.
She said the whole council agreed it was worthwhile to look for other alternatives. The council will tentatively discuss the increases again on March 17.
If passed, the increase will total about $3 for residential customers. It will increase the wastewater, water and solid waste rates. Tier 2 customers would also see an increase to the storm drainage rate. The increases were scheduled to start in March.
School measure placed on Thornton ballot
Voters will decide on May 5 whether to reduce the number of trustees in the New Hope School District from five to three due to a difficulty in getting five people to serve on the board.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday authorizing the election, which will be conducted by mail.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education recommended the change for several reasons. They include:
- That the district has fewer than 250 districts.
- The majority of board members hold their seats by appointment. There is currently one vacancy with no viable candidate for that appointment.
Pacific president to receive national award
Donald DeRosa, president of University of the Pacific in Stockton, will receive the highest award by a national organization for administrative leaders in higher education next month.
DeRosa will receive the educational award alongside another award being presented to Sen. Ted Kennedy, it was announced Tuesday.
The recognition is being bestowed upon DeRosa for his service to students, campus life and higher education, according to a press release issued by the university.
"I am honored to have been selected for this prestigious award," DeRosa said in a statement.
DeRosa was nominated for his long-running commitment to developing student leadership as well as his many initiatives that challenged students to think about how they will impact the world after graduation, according to the press release.
Softball coach arrested for possessing child porn
A Tracy man who worked with children and coached a girls youth softball team was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography.
James Spencer Hagelston, 41, was taken from his home at 745 Tom Fowler Court while packing his bags and trying to escape, according to Tracy police detective Nate Cogburn.
Cogburn said that Hagelston's computer was confiscated and sent to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force lab, where it was forensically analyzed. Police say they found pornographic movies depicting girls younger than 10 years old having sex with adult men.
Editor's Note:The brief on the city of Galt's proposed utility rate increase was updated at 9:48 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 to correct the date of the upcoming City Council meeting to discuss the rates. The brief on the drug arrests was updated at 2:17 p.m. to correct the spelling of Deputy District Attorney Paul Christensen's last name.