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Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2000 10:00 pm | Updated: 3:54 pm, Mon Sep 5, 2011.


Car catches fire in shop

A car being serviced at Automax caught fire Monday afternoon.

Employees pushed the car outside the shop to keep flames from spreading to flammable liquids and tires, Lodi Fire Capt. Ken Mackey said.

"It probably saved the shop," he said.

An employee was treated for smoke inhalation at Lodi Memorial Hospital, but he wasn't seriously injured, Mackey said.

The back seat and trunk were charred by the fire, which took place at 1:45 p.m. at the auto repair shop at the southwest corner of Cherokee Lane and Lodi Avenue.

Man pleads guilty to forgery

A Lodi man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of forgery and using someone else's credit card.

Darrell Dwayne Edgar, 28, was sentenced to six months in jail (with six days of credit for time served), a $200 fine and ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the county Probation Department, Judge Robert Baysinger ruled.

Edgar was also placed on five years of formal probation and may be searched for fraudulent and embezzled documents, court records show.

Charges of possessing stolen property and drug paraphernalia were dropped.

Edgar and Traci Rae Belding, 30, also from Lodi, were arrested June 19 after allegedly stealing a Lodi man's wallet and using his credit card to check into the Comfort Inn on East Budweiser Court in Stockton, Lodi police said.

Edgar registered into the motel under the victim's name, police said. Officers said they found Edgar and Belding in a motel room with 13 of the victim's credit cards, an ATM card, two phone calling cards, a discount store membership card and three blank checks.

Edgar had also cut out the photograph on his driver's license and was ready to place it on the victim's license, police said.

Belding's preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday, but she didn't show up, court records show. A warrant for her arrest has been issued.


Man robbed, cut on arm

A 24-year-old man told Galt police he was robbed at 10:51 a.m. Sunday. The victim had money taken and received cuts to his arm, police said. He was treated at Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento.

Police had no information Monday about how or where the robbery took place.

Teens cited for fighting

Two youths, ages 16 and 17, were cited and released to their parents Friday night after a possibly gang-related fight on the Galt Festival grounds, police said.

The youths were cited at 9:31 p.m. on suspicion of challenging each other to a fight and possession of marijuana, police said.


Longer library hours slated

The Thornton and Linden branches of the county library will be open longer hours, thanks to the county giving them more money in the recently approved budget. Starting Tuesday, the branches will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. All branchess of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library will be closed Wednesday, July 12 so that the staff can train and take workshops. There won't be any bookmobile service that day either. For more information, call your local library or 937-8384. Comments about this story? Send mail to the News-Sentinel newsroom.

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