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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:00 pm

A Lodi man who was the shot in the head in January was charged Wednesday with making threats and possessing a weapon in an unrelated case.

Joshua Hattam, 36, pleaded not guilty to felony charges connected to his Monday arrest, according to Lodi court records. A judge set bail at $50,000, but Hattam is being held without bail due to a parole hold.

Hattam was shot Jan. 27 after a man broke into his East Tokay Street home, Lodi police said at the time. Another parolee, 33-year-old Stephen Schleimer, was arrested hours later and is charged with attempted murder.

In Hattam's new case, he was at Garry's Lounge, 13 S. School St., around 12:20 a.m. when another bar patron accused Hattam of stealing a $400 iPhone.

No proof was found that Hattam took the phone, but he took back a $100 bill he'd placed on the bar to start a tab, according to Lodi police. The bartender, a 26-year-old Lodi man, told Hattam to leave and not return.

Hattam then allegedly told the bartender he would cut his throat.

Police were called, then found Hattam outside and while searching him found a knife with a 4-inch blade in his pants pocket. He allegedly told police he kept it for protection due to the attempted murder case, according to a police report.

Hattam will return to court next Wednesday and a preliminary hearing is currently set for April 1.

Oak View Spring Fling set for Friday

The Oak View Union School District will be holding its annual Spring Fling and Fine Arts Festival Friday.

In addition to performances by the school band, students' framed art will be sold as a school fundraiser. Food will also be offered for a small fee.

The money will go toward sending students to science camp. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Oak View School's multipurpose room, 7474 E. Collier Road, Acampo, and is open to the public.

For more information, call the district office at 368-0636.

Road resurfacing to begin in April

Several streets in Woodbridge will be resurfaced in April.

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors awarded a $321,583 contract on Tuesday to Teichert Construction to add asphalt to Augusta Street, Benedict Drive, Gilbeau Court, Indiana Street, Kirst Drive and LaSalle Drive. The project also calls for sidewalk repair, reconstructing two curb ramps and retrofitting 16 others with detectable warning surfaces.

The work is to be completed within 20 working days, but the timeline may be affected because the project could affect habitat for birds like the Swainson's hawk. Therefore, a biological assessment is required by a qualified wildlife biologist prior to construction.

University of the Pacific debate team ranks first in nation

University of the Pacific's Speech and Debate Team is currently ranked first place nationwide by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, it was announced this week.

The rankings for the season will not be finalized for a few weeks, but all calculations for all the teams in the association have been calculated, putting UOP's team ahead of such debate powerhouses such as Western Kentucky, Willamette and University of California, Berkeley, according to a press release issued by the Stockton university.

The university will host the national championships next week with hundreds of students from across the country vying for the top spot.

Last year, UOP's speech and debate team finished in seventh place in the same sweepstakes. They were ranked 14 at the end of the 2006-07 school year and in sixth place the previous year.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the upcoming debate championships. To volunteer or for more information on how to help support the team, e-mail mbates@pacific.edu or call 946-3049.

Farm Bureau to produce San Joaquin County State Fair display

For the 20th consecutive year, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation will coordinate the county's exhibit at the California State Fair.

The Board of Supervisors designated the Farm Bureau on Tuesday to be the official county representative and contributed $2,500 toward the cost of building the exhibit. Farm Bureau officials say the construction cost ranges from $5,000 to $9,000.

San Joaquin County eliminates eight positions

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors eliminated eight positions from its Community Development Department on Tuesday due to the lack of housing and business construction during the recession.

The number of building permits issued through the second quarter of the current fiscal year is down by 17 percent over the second quarter in the 2007-08 fiscal year and 42 percent over the 2005-06 level, according to Community Development Director Kerry Sullivan.

Supervisors eliminated one senior building inspector, two building inspector II positions, two plan check engineer II positions, two development services technicians and one office assistant specialist.

Three of the eight positions will be eliminated by attrition. Sullivan said in a staff report that her department will work with Human Resources to identify employment opportunities for the remaining five employees who are affected.

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