A swastika was painted on the street in front of a black family's home Wednesday, triggering a police report but no suspects.
The racist symbol appeared to be painted in black spray paint in the middle of the 900 block of Lloyd Street, east of Cherokee Lane.
The symbol was in front of a home where a male resident arrived home from work at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, to find the graffiti. Because the family is black, Lodi police were investigating whether they were targeted, but the family said they had no reason to suspect anyone, Sgt. Fernando Martinez said.
A woman in the home said Thursday that they know their neighbors and have no problems. She declined to give her name but said she thought it may have been painted by someone who was drunk or didn't know better.
Police notified the Breakthrough Project, which addresses racism incidents and offers support to victims, and member Rev. David Hill contacted the family when he got the message Thursday morning.
The group's monthly meeting is next Monday, and Hill said he's had no racism-related incidents to report there for several months.
"It just reveals that we still have stuff like that around," he said.
- Layla Bohm.
Teens cited for setting shorts on fire at school
Two teenagers were cited for arson Wednesday after setting a pair of shorts on fire and damaging playground equipment at Lois Borchardt School.
Lodi Police were called at 1:06 p.m. to the 375 Culbertson Drive school, where someone saw juveniles playing with fire on the slide.
Officers learned that the youths had tied the shorts to a piece of playground equipment, then lit the clothing on fire, Sgt. Fernando Martinez said. A playground walkway was damaged, and paint was singed on a railing. No damage estimate was available.
Police cited a boy and a girl, both 14, and released them to their parents, Martinez said.
- Layla Bohm.