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Gas station robbed at gunpoint

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Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 12:00 am

A Lodi gas station was robbed at gunpoint Monday night, the second such robbery in less than four days.

Nobody was injured, and police did not say if they suspected the robberies were connected.

Monday's robbery happened around 8:20 p.m. when a man entered the gas station at 20 W. Turner Road, said Lodi Police Lt. Tod Patterson.

The man pointed a black handgun at the female clerk and demanded cash, and she complied. The suspect then ran south on Sacramento Street.

Police did not disclose the amount of cash that was taken.

Patterson said the suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 190 to 200 pounds.

He wore a blue zip-up sweatshirt that had white sleeves and writing across the front, including the number "27." He wore blue jeans, white shoes and pulled a stocking over his face.

A little more than three days earlier, an armed gunman robbed a clerk at USA Gas, at the corner of Lower Sacramento Road and Lodi Avenue. That robbery happened around 2:20 a.m. Thursday.

Anyone with information may call Lodi police at 333-6727 or Lodi-area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.

Layla Bohm

NaNoWriMo, anyone?

Are you one of 119,000 people in America who will participate in NaNoWriMo this year?

For the month of November, people across the United States will celebrate National Novel Writing Month. Are you one of them? If so, we want to talk to you.

NaNoWriMo participants will chain themselves to their keyboards as they strive to write 50,000 words in the form of a fiction or non-fiction novel by the end of the month. Last year, there were 119,000 participants around the U.S. The competition meant to get writers writing kicks off Nov. 1. The prize is possibly getting published, or at least having a good start on a potential novel.

If you plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month, contact Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com or 369-7035 to be part of an upcoming Lodi Living story.

Lauren Nelson

Swine flu shots discontinued

Due to depleted supply, San Joaquin County Public Health Services will discontinue giving swine flu shots until further notice.

County officials expect to receive additional vaccine supplies for swine flu, also known as H1N1, within two weeks, according to a news release from county Public Health Officer Karen Furst.

A sufficient supply is expected for all five "target groups" considered high priority for initial doses. They are:

  • People 6 months through 24 years old.
  • People in close contact with infants younger than 6 months.
  • People ages 25-64 with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Health care and emergency medical workers.

For more information, call 468-3862.

Ross Farrow

Rep. Jerry McNerney advocates local input for Delta's future

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has sent letters to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger requesting for residents of the Delta region to be given a voice in the management of their water supply.

"Too often, proposed solutions to California's water challenges — such as an alternative conveyance system — are considered without recognition of the likely consequences for families and small businesses in the Delta counties," McNerney's letter to Salazar states.

McNerney is concerned that the initiatives lay the groundwork for a canal that would divert fresh water away from the Delta.

— News-Sentinel staff

Waste Management urges 'green' Halloween

Waste Management is encouraging residents to "Go Green" this Halloween season to help save money and curb extra waste. They suggest the following tips to help protect the environment and improve quality of life:

  • Instead of throwing the pumpkin away after Halloween, use the whole pumpkin by baking the seeds with some salt and puree freshly cutout pieces for recipes that call for fresh pumpkin. Toss all other parts in a compost pile.
  • Skip expensive plastic costumes. Opt for costumes with reusable or recycled materials. Visit www.treehugger.com for some instructional videos.
  • Use recyclable bags for trick-or-treaters and avoid the plastic Jack-O-Lantern type containers.
  • When shopping for Halloween candy, purchase candy brands that donate some of their profits to environmental causes.
  • Make your own decorations. Must-haves like plastic spiders, witches and ghosts can be a one-time purchase and used year after year. For items such as streamers and paper plates, look for brands that are both recycled and recyclable.

For more information, visit www.sanjoaquinvalley.wm.com.

Pam Bauserman

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