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Posted: Monday, September 12, 2005 10:00 pm

LIC raising funds for water tower project

The Lodi Improvement Committee, along with high school student Sarah Costa, plans to begin raising funds for a facelift to the Lodi water tower.

Costa, who brought the idea about with a letter to the editor in the News-Sentinel last month, thinks it would be a great idea to have "Lodi Flames," along with a flame graphic on one side of the tower, while on the other side, the phrase, "Tokay Tigers," would be displayed with a cluster of Tokay grapes, a press release issued by LIC said.

This event is scheduled to take place as soon as the money can be raised through donations and other fund-raisers.

The committee meets at 6 p.m. today in the Adopt-A-Child building, 100 E. Pine St., and its members plan to discuss the project.

Meanwhile, Lodi Improvement Committee Member Fran Forkas has been named the chairman of this committee. Member Ed Beswick is scheduled to give the presentation at tonight's meeting.

Fingerprint forgery case postponed a month

The case against several Lodi identity theft suspects who were arrested when their fingerprints were found on forged checks was postponed a month Monday.

Adam Ezra Kiedrowski, 21, remains jailed without bail, while his co-defendant, 32-year-old Celerino Baltazar, is in the Sacramento County Jail on another case.

A third defendant, 19-year-old Terryn Williams, remains out of custody on the condition that she attend a treatment program.

Both Kiedrowski and Baltazar allegedly placed their own fingerprints on checks they cashed at Lodi Check Cashing on Turner Road, according to Lodi police. The thumbprints were part of Operation Thumbprint, a program police hope will crack down on the high number of forgery and identity theft cases.

Kiedrowski allegedly posed as a 19-year-old Galt man, then proceeded to run up thousands of dollars in credit at jewelry and department stores, police said. Some of the jewelry was allegedly found in Baltazar's possessions at the Sacramento County Jail, and his girlfriend, Williams, turned over more jewelry.

All three face 20 felony counts ranging from forgery to grand theft. They appeared in court Monday, where a preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 12 due to officer vacations and schedules, said Williams' attorney, Patrick Piggott.

Williams has cooperated with police, is attending the court-ordered program and is hoping to resolve the case soon, Piggott said.

Lodi Planning Commission to review brewery plans

A second brewery restaurant is being proposed for downtown, and the city's Planning Commission will take a look at the project at its meeting Wednesday.

The city's planning staff is recommending the commission approve a use permit for the brewery, which is planned to be called Old Arch Brewing Company.

In addition to beer and wine, the proposed restaurant would also feature a full bar and be located at 115 S. School St. about half a block away from Lodi's other brewery restaurant, Lodi Beer Company.

Commissioners also plan to review a request by Velvet Grill and Creamery Restaurant for a use permit for beer and wine sales.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

Group to house Katrina victims meets tonight

The community is invited to a meeting at 5:30 tonight to discuss plans for Lodi families to offer their homes to victims of Hurricane Katrina. City of Lodi representatives are expected to report on efforts to coordinate the effort.

The meeting, to be chaired by Lodi attorney Randy Rosá, will be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Oak St. For more information, call the church at 368-5357.

Committee to tour Lodi Unified's newest school

Members of the Lodi Unified Citizens' Oversight Committee will tour the newly constructed McNair High School in north Stockton on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before gathering to discuss bond expenditures.

The meeting is open to the public.

Lodi Unified is in the process of re-examining Measure K projects to see if any cost estimates or funding sources need to be adjusted, according to Chief Business Officer Douglas Barge.

Officials will present their recommendations for changes to board members later this month. Until then, the committee will examine the spending of the $109-million bond so far.

The Lodi Unified Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday at McNair High School, 9550 Ronald E. McNair Way (northwest corner of Morada and West lanes), Stockton.

For more information call 331-7219.

Chamber to hear about school bond, evacuation

Thomas Gemma, superintendent of the Galt Joint Union High School District, will speak about plans for a new high school and the $29 million bond on the Nov. 8 ballot at Thursday's Galt District Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The chamber will also hear reports about technology by Galt Police Officer Craig Walton that will speed up evacuations in Galt and by John Moran about local residents' in volvement with the Red Cross and hurricane relief efforts.

Walton will discuss a regional program, mostly in Sacramento County, where a computer map with every address in Galt send a pre-recorded message to selected addresses in case an evacuation is needed.

Walton said he will probably use the example of a train crash on the C Street railroad tracks with toxic materials spilled. The new system, which could be in use in two months, will call every phone in houses to be evacuated, Walton said. However, cell phones will get these calls.

The chamber luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Wholey Ravioli, 1067 C St., in the Galt Plaza shopping center. Cost is $10.

Reservations are required by today by calling 745-2529 or sending an e-mail to info@galtchamber.com.

Sanitary board to review plant manager proposal

In the first of two board meetings on consecutive nights, the Woodbridge Sanitary District board will discuss recommendations to hire a part-time plant manager to oversee day-to-day operations.

The district, which operates Woodbridge's sewer system, hasn't had an employee to manage the plant in years, if ever. Directors will review recommendations by a committee of board members Mike Devencenzi and Glenda Wall, plus plant operator Brett Moroz at 7 p.m. today at the Woodbridge Fire station's portable classroom, 400 Augusta St.

Tonight, the board will consider awarding contract for a private firm to audit its annual budget, a contract to clean sewer tanks and consider installing a control center for the lift station near Woodbridge Golf and Country Club.

At a special meeting at the same time and location on Wednesday, the board will hear a proposal on a long-range district master plan and discuss a fee for new sewer connections.

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