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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2005 10:00 pm

News-Sentinel's Howell wins CNPA contest

News-Sentinel sports editor Scott Howell has earned first place in sportswriting in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association contest, the premier journalistic competition in California.

His award was announced Saturday at the annual CNPA convention in San Francisco.

Howell's winning entry explored parental over-involvement in sports. This is the second first place CNPA award for Howell in the News-Sentinel's circulation division of 10,000 to 25,000.

"Scott has done, and continues to do, a superb job in sports," News-Sentinel Editor Richard Hanner said. "The latest accolade is a tribute to his skill and artistry as a journalist."

Howell is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Spartanburg. He lives in Lodi with his wife, Jennifer, who is the News-Sentinel's chief photographer, and their two children.

Armed robbery at Tokay market

Someone carrying a shotgun committed an armed robbery about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Tokay Market, 2525 S. Hutchins St., Lodi police said.

The man, wearing a facemask, ran from the store toward McCoy Court after the clerk put money from the cash register into the suspect's backpack, police said. No gunshots were fired, and no one was injured, police said.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic man, about 22 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 200 pounds. He was wearing a gray San Francisco 49ers sweatshirt, police said.

Lanes blocked after crash

The southbound lanes of Lower Sacramento Road, south of Armstrong Road, were blocked at 1:33 p.m. Sunday afternoon after a two-car collision, according to the California Highway Patrol. There were no injuries, according to a CHP spokeswoman.

Planners to review Galt Village signage

The Galt Planning Commission will review an application to add signage at Galt Village Shopping Center on Twin Cities Road at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.

This story was updated at 2:35 p.m. July 12, 2005, to correct the day of the meeting.

Two injured in rollover accident

Someone driving west on Victor Road rolled over a GMC Yukon and broke a utility pole at Alpine Road at 1:47 p.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said.

Two people were taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for what are believed to be minor injuries, Mokelumne firefighters said.

Man killed in boating accident

A 35-year-old Elk Grove man was killed Saturday afternoon while wakeboarding in Beaver Slough, southwest of Thornton, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Michael English was holding onto a wake board tower while standing on the engine cover of his boat on Beaver Slough, according to a sheriff's report. He was watching a wake boarder behind his boat as it was about to go under a bridge at Blossom Road, according to the report.

The wake boarder attempted to alert English to lower his head, according to the report, but English was struck in the forehead by the bridge as he turned around. English was propelled into the water. Thornton firefighters recovered his body a short time later.

Reception for sheriff's candidate

A garden reception for Steve Moore will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 12017 Mundy Lane at Armstrong Road, Lodi.

Moore is a candidate for San Joaquin County sheriff. The reception will be hosted by Marc Warmerdam, Mike Devencenzi and their wives. For more information, call 367-9289.

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