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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007 10:00 pm

A Lodi High School resource officer performed CPR and helped a student start breathing again after the female student had a seizure, lost consciousness and turned blue.

Shad Canestrino, a sworn police officer, happened to be on the scene when the girl had a seizure. She has had previous medical problems that school officials were aware of, he said, but she had not previously lost consciousness.

After she stopped breathing and began turning blue, Canestrino performed CPR. He gave her a couple breaths and she then gasped and began breathing again, he said.

He brushed it off as "no big deal," though another officer said Canestrino likely saved the girl's life. It took paramedics and firefighters several minutes to arrive at the South Pacific Avenue school.

Canestrino kept the girl conscious until an ambulance arrived, and she was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital.

It was the first time Canestrino had performed CPR in an emergency situation and he quickly added: "I hope this is the last time I have to do it."

Volunteers will be in the dog house for fund-raiser

In an effort to raise $6,000 for a dog run at the Lodi animal shelter, volunteers will sit in a "dog house" today and ask for donations and pledges.

The volunteers include Councilman Larry Hansen and Police Capt. David Main, said Nancy Alumbaugh, treasurer of People Assisting Lodi Shelter (PALS).

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, 1405 W. Kettleman Lane, and includes free tours of both the PALS center and the shelter.

All proceeds will go toward building a dog run for animals at the shelter.

I-5 backed up as police search for jail escapee

STOCKTON - Traffic was backed up for miles Thursday on Interstate 5 as police searched for an escaped inmate who was reportedly spotted near Stockton.

Police were searching for Eric Hu, 32, since he escaped from the San Joaquin County Jail on April 9. While in a courthouse holding cell, he switched clothes with a friend and fellow inmate, went to the jail's honor farm, rather than the main jail.

Hu's girlfriend, Erica Munoz, met him at the jail and the two fled, Sheriff's officials said at the time. She was the victim in Hu's attempted murder charge, which had initially sent him to jail.

On Thursday, Hu was riding in a vehicle when an officer tried to stop it on Interstate 5. He fled across the freeway and officials later found a loaded shotgun in the vehicle, according to initial Sheriff's reports.

Stockton Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and spent hours combing it in search of Hu. Traffic on Interstate 5 was slowed and escorted by Stockton police and California Highway Patrol officers.

Munoz was found unharmed and detained on suspicion of aiding and abetting Hu, investigators said.

Man shoots self, crashes into big rig

LATHROP - A Manteca man died Wednesday evening after intentionally shooting himself and crashing into a big rig on Interstate 5 in Lathrop, authorities said.

Bruce Frost, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene and there were no immediate indications of previous medical problems, according to the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office.

The salesman was traveling north in the slow lane at Lathrop Road around 5:30 p.m. in a gray Lexus when he shot himself in the head, according to coroner and California Highway Patrol reports. His car rear-ended a semi-truck carrying oil, but no fuel spilled in the process and the truck driver was not hurt.

The CHP said Thursday they were still investigating whether Frost pulled the trigger before, during or after the collision, but because he was already dead, they were treating it as a property-damage-only collision. The rest of the case is being handled by the Sheriff/Coroner's office, which investigates suicides.

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