Police look at putting more officers on patrol
After having the same number of patrol officers on the streets for a decade, the Lodi Police Department is considering changes to meet the growing population.
Rather than separating the city into four districts with beat officers working in each one, officials are considering a split that would result in five areas, Capt. David Main said.
The idea will be discussed at the City Council's Tuesday shirtsleeve session.
Police officials will also discuss a "Safe House" idea suggested by the Eastside Improvement Committee. Specific houses would have orange signs in the windows, and children would know they were "safe" places to go to if in trouble, Chief Jerry Adams said.
He will suggest that the city not begin such a program, because people move and the city would run the risk of not having current information on residents, Adams said.
The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7 a.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
Buses will run on holiday schedule next week
In recognition of Thanksgiving, Lodi's GrapeLine and Dial-A-Ride service will end early next Wednesday with the last fixed-route run departing the station at 6:15 p.m. Dial-A-Ride will be available until 7:15 p.m.
Service will resume Friday with early bird service beginning at 5 a.m. on both Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route.
For more information, call the bus station at 333-6806.
Lodi mayor appointed to LAFCO
Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen was chosen Friday as the local representation on the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission.
Known as LAFCO, the commission oversees annexations and other boundary changes throughout the county. Hansen's term ends in May.
He replaces outgoing Councilman Keith Land, who had already stepped down from the position on LAFCO since his tenure on council ends Dec. 1.
Newlywed's Jeep with wedding presents stolen
A couple who recently got married had their vehicle with wedding presents in them stolen early Thursday morning, according to Galt police. Information from police was sketchy Friday, but someone stole a Jeep Grand Cherokee filled with wedding gifts from the 800 block of Ayers Lane.
The theft was reported at 8:44 a.m. Thursday, but the Jeep was found the same afternoon on Boessow Road, east of Cherokee Lane, police said.
No other information was available.
Suspect, police dog crash through ceiling
A Galt man arrested Friday morning crashed through the ceiling of his residence into a bedroom as a police dog had a firm grip on his knee, according to Galt police.
Brian McDaniel, 23, hid in the attic of his home in the 100 block of New Hope Road when he was greeted by Frenchy, a Galt police dog owned by Officer Brian Winsor.
As Frenchy clamped his jaws on McDaniel's knee, both fell through the ceiling into the bedroom, where McDaniel landed on the edge of a bed, Galt police Lt. Ken Erickson said.
Frenchy landed on top of McDaniel, never letting go of McDaniel's knee while falling, Erickson said.
McDaniel was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento to have his knee examined, police said. He will be transferred to Sacramento County Jail upon his release from the hospital.
He was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
Police were called to the McDaniel house at 10:45 a.m. Friday to tow away a car parked in front of the house. Although the car was not registered to McDaniel, his father insisted it was McDaniel's car, Erickson said.
When officers asked to speak to McDaniel, the father said, "My son's inside, but he's refusing to come out," Erickson said.
Officers, who had a search warrant, entered the house to look for McDaniel, who was wanted on a warrant for possessing a sawed-off shotgun, according to police reports.
Supervisors to receive hospital report on indigent care
San Joaquin County supervisors are expected to receive an update report on indigent care at San Joaquin General Hospital on Tuesday. Supervisors asked for the report after health care services director Ken Cohen gave supervisors a list of services for indigents he wanted trimmed in order to cut health care costs at the hospital.
But supervisors were reluctant to cut all services, including ones for hepatitis C, a joint disorder with symptoms similar to tetanus, and pre-employment physicals.
According to a hospital staff recommendation, hepatitis C cases will be treated at the hospital under National Institute of Health procedures. The exceptions will be for a patient needing organ transplants or antiviral treatments.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m.. Tuesday at the San Joaquin County Courthouse, 222 E. Weber Ave., seventh floor, in Stockton.