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Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 10:00 pm

Indecent exposure suspect facing trial

A convicted Lodi sex offender was ordered Monday to stand trial on new charges of indecent exposure.

David Edward Schmidt, 35, remains jailed on $410,000 and will be arraigned May 10, according San Joaquin County court records.

The Lodi man was arrested March 3, when a 17-year-old Lodi girl came home and allegedly found Schmidt nude in her house. He left the scene and was arrested that night in Angels Camp.

After a preliminary hearing Monday, a judge ruled that there was enough evidence for Schmidt to stand trial on indecent exposure and burglary charges.

Schmidt was previously convicted in October, when he pleaded guilty to charges that he broke into a garage and exposed himself to the resident.

Open auditions for Changing Faces Theater Company

Changing Faces Theater Company, a nonprofit group for youth, is having open auditions for students ages 8 to 18 at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kiley's Dinner Theatre, 1030 S. Hutchins St.

The production is an original musical-comedy, "A Pirate's Tale," which will be held July 20, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30 at Jessie's Grove Winery in Lodi.

Students should prepare a fun song to sing a capella. No other preparation is necessary. For more information, call director Mike Bartram at 747-8043.

Home and garden show, hoedown set for Saturday

Real lawn furniture made of sod, exotic birds and a real live hoedown are scheduled Saturday in Galt as a benefit for the Galt Community Concilio.

The spring home and garden show, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fourth Street between B and C streets, will include craft booths, home demonstrations and a kids corner with a bounce house, face painting and seed planting.

The 17-member Galt High School jazz band will perform along with a "singers group" of about 20 elementary school students.

The hoedown, featuring bluegrass, rock, blues, swing and country music, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Estrellita Ballroom, 415 C St. Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for seniors.

Both events will benefit medical transportation and companionship for senior shut-ins operated by the concilio. For more information, call 745-4339.

Several cars stolen in past week

Five people have reported their cars being stolen between Saturday and Tuesday, according to Galt police.

Residents reported a stolen 1988 Honda CRX at 2:34 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Elk Hills Drive, a 1992 Ford Taurus at 9:30 a.m., Sunday in the 100 block of Quail Hollow Drive, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado at 7:21 a.m. Monday on Piermont Court, a 1992 Toyota Camry at 8:04 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of Bridal Path and a 2005 Dodge Caravan at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Fernando Way.

Strawberry Festival tickets now on sale

Tickets are available for three days of events at the 10th-annual Galt Strawberry Festival in May.

The festival itself is set for May 21-22, but two special events will be held before that.

On May 14, Brews, Berries and Blasts featuring beer tasting, food, fireworks and live dance music by the Beer Dawgs will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Littleton Community Center, 420 Civic Dr. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Galt Area Crime Stoppers and Galt Firefighters Association.

On May 20, a special event called "Wine, Berries and Jazz" will be held at Veterans Field, Caroline and Chabolla avenues. The event will feature local wines, live jazz music and a celebrity chef, Capt. Barbecue.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Galt District Chamber of Commerce's Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 745-2529.

Wilderness area, Neighborhood Watch to be discussed

The community is invited to discuss the idea of creating a Friends of the Woodbridge Wilderness Area and hear more about community safety at Thursday's meeting of the Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lodi Elks Lodge, 10071 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.

'Spring Fling' event postponed

The "Spring Fling" scheduled for May by the Woodbridge Neighborhood Watch group has been postponed until the fall, when San Joaquin County completes improvements to the Woodbridge Community Park on Mokelumne and Augusta streets.

A second picnic table has already been installed, and a third table will be installed in late May, said Neighborhood Watch leader Mary Avanti. A new piece of playground equipment called Pirouette is in the planning stage, Avanti said.

Names released in major injury crash on I-5

The names of the parties involved in a major injury vehicle accident Monday have been released.

The 4:55 a.m. accident that snarled the morning commute happened when a vehicle driven by Matthew Norman Powers drifted to the right and struck a big rig just south of Peltier Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Powers, 20, was orginally identified as a resident of Ryde; he lives in Walnut Grove.

He struck a Chevy driven by 48-year-old Peder Erling Lerud.

Powers was taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition Tuesday, a hospital spokeswman said.

Lerud was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital where he was listed in critical condition today.

This item was updated at 3 p.m. April 27, 2005, to correct the hospital to which Lerud was taken and to update his condition.

DA won't seek death penalty for Stockton man

STOCKTON -- The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office will not seek the death penalty for a Stockton man accused of bludgeoning to death his father and stepbrother.

Quincy Green, 34, goes on trial Oct. 25. He faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole if convicted in the double slaying, Deputy District Attorney Charles Schultz said.

Green is accused of fatally beating his father, Willie Green, 54, and his stepbrother, Nicholas Spivey, 30. Both men were found dead Oct. 6 in their Stockton apartment.

Green has pleaded innocent.

His stepmother, Mary Green, also was badly beaten but survived.

Schultz said his office decided not to pursue the death penalty because of possible abuse that Quincy Green and other relatives suffered from Green's late father.

Elderly Mariposa man remains missing in foothills

MARIPOSA -- Authorities continue to search for an 84-year-old man missing in the foothills of Mariposa County since last week.

About 70 searchers, including San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies, used tracking dogs Monday in an unsuccessful effort to find Doug Pearse. Known as "Grandpa Doug," Pearse is a volunteer youth tutor in this community just south of Yosemite National Park.

His car was found Thursday stuck in mud and burned on Chowchilla Mountain Road above Ponderosa Basin.

Mariposa County Undersheriff Brian Muller said it appeared Pearse's car caught fire accidentally but said that until the missing man is found, "We are exploring all possibilities."

Pearse is described as white, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with gray hair. He might be wearing a white cowboy hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department at 966-3615.

Student raped at gunpoint in college parking lot

SACRAMENTO -- A 25-year-old woman student was raped at gunpoint in a parking lot at American River College, the Sacramento sheriff's spokesman said.

The mother of three told authorities that four men in a dark green sport-utility vehicle asked for directions on campus Monday morning. She said the men forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her, investigators said.

"She fought and screamed, which stopped them, and then they threatened her," said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. R.L. Davis. The men told her they knew where she lived and threatened to kill her if she told anyone, he said.

American River College is one of the state's largest community colleges, with 32,000 students and more than 350 faculty members.

The attack took place during a busy hour on campus.

Man accused of setting house on fire to stand trial for arson

OROVILLE -- An Oroville man accused of setting his house on fire to cover the theft of valuable baseball cards and sports memorabilia from his roommate was ordered to stand trial for arson and grand theft.

Dale Edwards, 38, was ordered held in lieu of $260,000 bail Monday in Butte County Superior Court on charges of arson and grand theft.

Edwards sold some of the memorabilia to an Oroville sports collectible store, investigator said Monday at a preliminary hearing.

The stolen items included Mark McGwire rookie baseball cards and a baseball autographed by several 1950- and 1960-era sluggers, including Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Harmon Killebrew and Johnny Mize.

A shop owner said he only gave Edwards a few dollars because he didn't think the signatures were real.

Edwards has denied torching the house he lived in, but investigators said he admitted selling some of his roommate's memorabilia. The early morning fire on March 9 heavily damaged the house.

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