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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:00 pm

Police and Tokay High School officials are looking for suspects who spray-painted gang graffiti all over the school.

The vandalism was discovered around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when a janitor arrived at the 1111 W. Century Blvd. campus. The large, crude, spray-painted letters and gang symbols covered most buildings.

Painters don't start work until 7 a.m., which meant the damage was still visible when school started at 7:20, Vice Principal Martha Dent said. It took about an hour for painters to cover the vandalism.

Nobody was arrested, but police said they are following leads.

Those responsible will have to pay the cleanup costs, Dent said, just as culprits pay in other incidents. A 2006 senior prank, in which classroom door locks were filled with silicon, cost $10,000 in repairs and the culprit is still paying for the damage, Dent said.

She didn't yet have a damage estimate for Wednesday's vandalism.

Woman arrested, man escapes in burglary

A woman was arrested and a man escaped during an extensive search Wednesday after they allegedly broke into a Lodi home and stole $12,000 worth of property.

Around 1:15 p.m. a man went to the home in the 7900 block of East Highway 12, where he is taking care of the residence. When he arrived, he saw a man flee out of the house through a broken window, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

The caretaker called deputies and blocked the driveway, then punctured a tire of the suspect's vehicle to disable it.

Deputies arrived and searched the house, arresting a woman identified as Rochell Lynn Mastro, 44. They searched the nearby vineyard, near Alpine Road east of Highway 99, with deputies, a canine unit and a helicopter but did not find the other suspect.

The man was described as white, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with dark hair. He wore a white tank top and blue jeans, according to a Sheriff's report.

Deputies recovered $12,225 worth of property the suspects were apparently stealing.

Police looking for credit card fraud suspect

Lodi police are looking for a man who was captured on video using a credit card shortly after it was stolen from a car.

Around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, the suspect drove a green car, apparently an Oldsmobile Alero, into the Chevron station at Ham Lane and Lockeford Street, Detective Nick Rafiq said.

The man filled his car with $50 worth of gas, then went into the store to pay for the gas and get a pack of Camel filtered cigarettes. He told the clerk that the Discover card belonged to a roommate who gave him permission, and the clerk accepted the explanation.

But the card had actually just been stolen from inside a car parked at Rick's Pizza across the street, Rafiq said. The victim canceled the card as soon as she realized her car had been burglarized, but not before it had been used.

The card was found the next day, tossed on the ground near Hutchins and Oak streets, where a citizen found it and called police.

The suspect was described as a white man with red hair, a goatee and a mustache. He is in his early 20s, 5-feet-11-inches to 6-feet-2-inches tall and between 170 and 190 pounds.

At the time of the crime, he wore a gray shirt with the word "Rusty" on the back, red patterned knee-length shorts, sandals, sunglasses and a black lanyard around his neck.

Anyone with information may contact Rafiq at 333-6747, or police at 333-6727.

Library closed today

The Lodi Public Library will be closed all day today while library staff participate in a one-day "in service."

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Lodi Police survey available online

If you want to let Lodi police know how they're doing, an online survey is now available.

The anonymous 27-question survey will be available until Sept. 18, Lodi Police Capt. J.P. Badel said Thursday. It will be used by police management during a September workshop, when they will develop a two-year plan and decide the department's priorities.

The survey was created by city staff and may be accessed at www.lodi.gov/CitySurveys/PublicSurvey0808.asp. Links are provided on the city's main Web page, as well as the police department's site.

City hires Bartlam as interim development chief

Rad Bartlam will serve as Lodi's interim community development director following a 4-to-1 vote by the City Council Wednesday night.

Bartlam is now paid $150 per hour for his one-day-per week work on Lodi's General Plan update. He'll be paid $80 per hour under a separate contract as interim director. He'll work a minimum of 24 hours per week on that job, according to his contract.

Bartlam will start the director's job Aug. 25.

He will not receive city benefits for his work as interim director.

Bartlam previously served as Lodi's development chief from 1996 to 2005.

The position has been vacant since Randy Hatch parted ways with the city in late May.

Mayor JoAnne Mounce voted against Bartlam's new contract. She explained Thursday she'd rather see Bartlam given one contract, as a way to encourage him to join the city on a permanent basis.

"I really, really think we should encourage him to apply (for the permanent director position)," Mounce said. "He was a very, very good community development director."

Sieglock to kicks off campaign on Saturday

10th Assembly District candidate Jack Sieglock will officially kick off his campaign for State Assembly this weekend with a rally and precinct walk Saturday morning in Lodi.

Volunteers will gather at 9:30 a.m., at the campaign headquarters located at 1812 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 1 for a rally and then disperse throughout the city of Lodi, going door to door.

Sieglock is launching his campaign in the same place his public service career began 16 years ago, when he was first elected to the Lodi City Council. Sieglock served as mayor twice and also served two terms on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

For more information on Sieglock, visit www.sieglockforassembly.com.

Internet harassment bill goes to governor

Assemblyman Guy Houston's legislation aimed at preventing online harassment passed the Assembly floor Wednesday and has been sent to the governor for his signature.

Assembly Bill 919, the Internet Stalking Bill, is designed to protect citizens from stalking, harassment and other abuse over the Internet, according to Houston's office.

The measure came about after a 17-year-old Danville girl was harassed when her picture and cell phone number was taken from her MySpace page and posted on Craigslist with a lewd advertisement. The dozens of phone calls she received were obscene and threatening, yet police were unable to prosecute because it was not against the law, according to a Houston news release.

AB 919 would make it a misdemeanor to use the Internet to intentionally incite a third person to frighten, harass or harm an individual.

Houston, R-San Ramon, represents Galt, Thornton and portions of Stockton, the Delta and East Bay.

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  • posted at 5:51 am on Sat, Aug 23, 2008.


    Start by putting the U.S. Flags on the poles downtown all year long. The flags represent a law abiding citizenry, and the Surenos and Nortenos don't follow the laws. Yes, the police said that there were now whites and blacks in these gangs but they never last long. As the gangs get bigger they get more ethnocentric. That was just all PC talk to stifle any racist profiling talk. Most gangs are racist and ethncoentric.A patriotic citizenry is a big deterrent to gangs. A citizenry that looks like it is ignoring the problem or fearful, will get more of that problem. That is always the end result.

  • posted at 5:45 am on Sat, Aug 23, 2008.


    T&C wrote on Aug 22, 2008 4:01 PM:" I wouldn't be bragging too much, dogs, although I agree with most of what you have to say.... But that same bravery could easily have gotten you targeted for retaliation. you'll see just how veangeful they can be. And that's why most of them are in a gang, because they aren't able to defend themselves and if they even try, they'll be beaten by that same gang until they're forced to join or move. Call the LPD and let them handle it and save yourself some retaliation down the road. They're all packin" nowadays, so bravery is not the solution. "the community of Lodi needs to rise up and say NO to gangs. This is why LA got taken because people were fearful. Gangs will not stay in a town that visibly says NO! It is when the people of Lodi turn Mad Dog, that they will leave. Our gang Detectives are not an experienced LA county CRASH unit. The gang program would see results in about 5 years, if accepted. There are other measures that are needed, now.

  • posted at 5:34 am on Sat, Aug 23, 2008.


    I believe the alarms are inside the buildings not outside on the walkways.

  • posted at 4:52 pm on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    What about Alamo alarm Company that LUSD pays BIG BUCKS to patrol the schools?? You cant tell me these people who damaged the school did this in a few minuites this took a looonnnnggggg time???Where was Alamo??Great job Your check is in the mail!!Really sad.

  • posted at 11:01 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    I wouldn't be bragging too much, dogs, although I agree with most of what you have to say. I was at the gang intervention meeting and I admire you for your bravery. But that same bravery could easily have gotten you targeted for retaliation. And if you thik that they have short memories, that's not good. Talk to the officers assigned to the gang unit and you'll see just how veangeful they can be. And that's why most of them are in a gang, because they aren't able to defend themselves and if they even try, they'll be beaten by that same gang until they're forced to join or move. Call the LPD and let them handle it and save yourself some retaliation down the road. They're all packin" nowadays, so bravery is not the solution.

  • posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    I saw these big brave bangers in action right in the middle of Lodi Ave. It was a real fair fight, if you call 4 on 1 fair. They knocked the poor kids down and kicked and punched the s--- out of him. Then ran away, real brave. If the bangers are going to seek revenge, it will be at least 4 on 1, in your back or in the middle of the night. Not so brave when confronted 1 on 1. Bravo to LPD for trying to keep a lid on these azz holes.

  • posted at 7:00 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    Sorry that we disagree T&C. What is lame is that people want to damage public property (private property as well) and get away with it. I have confronted a violent gang member personally. He went down and was taken to jail. Me? Not a scratch. Big mean gang members are not immune to pepper spray.

  • posted at 5:09 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    mad dog, why don't you go and spray their house with graffiti and see how many bullet holes will be in your front windows tonight? That's a pretty lame blog. Anyone that snitches on the gangbangers will pay the price through retaliation. Why do you think so few police calls to the LPD from the crime infested area? You call, you pay. Lodi is in the first stages of starting a crime intervention program for the gang youths and that will include working not only with them but the citizens of the eastside to help solve these problems.

  • posted at 1:29 am on Fri, Aug 22, 2008.


    LNS, thank you for not showing a photo of the graffiti. That is was the gang bangers want... publicity. Never give it to them and keep painting over their "ttrash".

  • posted at 10:23 pm on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    When the graffiti suspects are captured, perhaps the students of Tokay High School should be allowed to spray anything they want on the suspect's house.



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