Lodi officers cite 60 motorists in speed sting
Lodi police officers conducting a speed sting on the city's most heavily traveled roads issued 60 tickets Wednesday, including at least two for drivers suspected of going more than 30 miles over the speed limit.
Traffic officers clocked a Honda traveling at 71 mph on a portion of Kettleman Lane where the limit is 35. To add to matters, the driver had a suspended license, so the car was towed and impounded for 30 days, Motor Officer Larry Vietz said.
Another driver was cited for driving 69 mph in a 35 mph zone on Turner Road, Vietz said.
The operation, which lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., was held mainly on Kettleman Lane and Turner Road, and on Ham Lane near Lodi Middle School. Most of the vehicles stopped there were not traveling 25 mph in the school zone, where children were present, Vietz said.
One motorist had been ticketed last Aug. 17 for following another vehicle too closely on Ham Lane, and one day short of a year later she was cited for speeding in the same area, Vietz said.
City Council filing period closes with large field
Eight candidates will vie for three seats on the Lodi City Council in the November election.
The nomination period closed Wednesday, with Phil Katzakian and Kevin Stevens returning nomination papers and qualifying shortly before the deadline fell.
Incumbents Mayor Susan Hitchcock and Councilman Larry Hansen, and challengers Steve Jarret, Jane Lea, John Johnson and Roger Khan have all qualified. Voters head to the polls Nov. 7.
Sheriff offers citizens academy
Area residents who want to learn more about the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office may apply to attend the department's citizen's academy, which will be held weekly for 10 weeks in the fall.
The academy has sessions including history of the department, jail operations, domestic violence investigations, SWAT operations, firearms, gangs, crime scene procedures and crime prevention.
The class costs $30 and is open to a maximum of 25 people who pass a background check. Those who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list for next spring's academy.
Those interested in attending must live or work in San Joaquin County, be 18 or older, have a valid California driver's license, have no pending criminal cases or warrants, have no felony convictions and have no misdemeanor arrests within the past 12 months.
Classes will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. between Oct. 4 and Dec. 6. For more information, go online to http://www.sjgov.org/sheriff or call 468-4414.
Sanitary board hires sewer plant manager
The Woodbridge Sanitary District has hired Ed Schmidt as the district's first plant manager. He is due to start on Oct. 4.
Schmidt was hired on a 3-0 vote by the district board last week. Board member Harold Rohrbach abstained from voting, and Dwight Langhoff was absent.
Schmidt has 30 years experience in the water and wastewater business, said Woodbridge board member Glenda Wall. He will work an estimated 10 to 15 hours per week at a $3,000 monthly salary, Wall said.
Schmidt, who lives in Santa Rosa, is general manager of the Coastside County Water District in Half Moon Bay.
"He has a lot of experience we don't have," Wall said.
Brett Moroz will continue as treatment plant operator.
New candidates file for school, fire races
Cher Mabrey has filed for a seat in the Oak View Union School District, and Robert Buchwalter Jr. will seek a seat on the Clements Rural Fire Protection District board, according to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters.
The filing period for the local offices in the November election ended Friday, but the deadline was extended five calendar days in districts where an incumbent did not seek re-election.
Mabrey will compete against incumbents Mark Huff and Jeanne Pearson, and challengers Deborah Choate and Carol Pehl for three available seats in the Oak View district.
Buchwalter was the only Clements Fire candidate to file for three available seats.
The filing period in five other northern San Joaquin County districts was extended until Wednesday, but no one filed during the extended period. Those districts were Lodi Unified School Districts, Areas 4 and 5, Lockeford Community Services District, Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council, Woodbridge Sanitary District and Mokelumne Rural Fire Protection District.
Recycle electronic items at Stockton fairgrounds
People who want to get rid of their old TVs, cell phones, computers and other electronic equipment may dispose of them this weekend at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds in Stockton.
Other items that may be recycled include fax machines, printers, copy machines, video game systems and household batteries.
Microwave ovens, household appliances, car batteries and smoke detectors will not be accepted.
Items may be delivered to the fairgrounds' main parking lot from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The parking lot is at 1658 S. Airport Way.
The recycling event, free of charge, is being conducted by Electronic Waste Management, a San Leandro firm. For more information, call (866) 335-3373 or see the Web site, http://www.noewaste.com.
First published: Thursday, August 17, 2006