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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2004 10:00 pm

August trial set for double homicide suspects

Two Lodi men will stand trial Aug. 23 for murder in the shooting death of a Lodi couple.

Attorneys for Joel Angel Magana, 20, and Christopher Howard Jones, 19, had sought to have separate trials or juries for the two, but both will face one joint trial, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Mayo said.

The two defendants appeared in court Monday and are scheduled to return to court July 12 to prepare for trial.

Each is charged with two counts of murder in the death of Kevin Dahnke, 23, and his wife, 24-year-old Sabrina Dahnke, who were found on their living room floor March 10, 2003.

Both were shot to death at close range, according to evidence presented at a preliminary hearing last fall.

If convicted of the charges, Magana and Jones could face life in prison without parole. They remain in jail without bail.

Oooh Ahhh Festival singer announced

Nine singers performed the national anthem for the Lodi Tokay Rotary Club recently in the hopes of winning a coveted spot as the anthem singer at the Oooh Ahhh Festival this fourth of July.

April Morse was announced this year's winner, and Adrienne Reynolds was named runner up.

"The decision to select a winner was very difficult," said Lodi Tokay Rotary member Steve Whyte. "It was an honor to listen to each one of the singers at the audition. They are all fantastic."

Both Morse and Reynolds will receive tickets to the event, special parking and dinner at the Firecracker BBQ for their immediate family.

The national anthem will be performed at 9:15 p.m. on July 4 at Lodi Lake, followed by the aerial fireworks show at 9:20 p.m.

Assemblyman to speak at chamber luncheon

Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-Livermore will be the guest speaker for Thursday's Galt District Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The luncheon, open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Galt fire station, 229 Fifth St.

Lunch will be served for $10. Reservation deadline is 5 p.m. today. To make a reservation, call 745-2529 or send an e-mail to gchamber@softcom.net.

Galt sues state agencies

The city of Galt has filed a lawsuit against two state agencies, asking the court to prevent the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board from enforcing its waste discharge requirements against the city until an appeal hearing is conducted.

Galt appealed the water quality board's requirements as part of the city's sewer permit renewal with the state to the California Water Resources Control Board on March 1.

"The issuance of a stay is necessary to avoid substantial harm to Galt and would not result in harm to interested persons or the public," the lawsuit says.

Eight Mile Road closure set for Wednesday

The San Joaquin County Public Works department will close Eight Mile road to all traffic between Lower Sacramento and Davis roads on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. due to repair work being done on the railroad crossing.

Traffic will be rerouted to Armstrong Road north of Eight Mile Road.

On Thursday and Friday, the crossing will be paved, but the roadway will remain open to traffic with flag control delays only.

The cooperative project between the county and Union Pacific Railroad will improve the ride quality of the railroad crossing and allow pavement repairs to the roadway approaches, county public works officials said.

For additional information, contact San Joaquin County Public Works, Road Maintenance Division at 468-3074.

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