Citizen Police Academy accepting applications
Residents are invited to learn more about the police department by attending a free Citizen Police Academy that begins in September. The deadline to apply is Aug. 25.
The 10-week course meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and features a variety of classes on topics including gangs, domestic violence, internal affairs, the SWAT team and patrol procedures.
The program is free of charge and is open to those who live or work in Lodi, are over the age of 21 and have no felony convictions.
Once the program is completed, participants will be invited to ride along one time with a police officer.
Applications for the academy are available at the police department, 230 W. Elm St., and must be received by Aug. 25.
For more information, call Crime Prevention Officer Carla Cole at 333-6863.
Murder suspect faces preliminary hearing
The 25-year-old man charged with murdering his grandmother and dumping her body in the Galt area faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 24, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records.
Anthony Louis Fong, who lived with his grandmother, Mary Fong, in the Pocket area of South Sacramento, was arrested April 2 after his 69-year-old grandmother's body was found on the south shoulder of Twin Cities Road near Bruceville Road between Galt and Thornton, according to a sheriff's report.
Fong is charged with murder with an enhancement of using a deadly and dangerous weapon (a meat fork), and robbery, listed as a special circumstance, court records show.
Two doctors determined recently that the younger Fong is mentally competent to face his charges, records show. Fong has been appointed a public defender, Donald Manning.
Woman sentenced to six months in jail
An 18-year-old Galt woman is serving a 180-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to evading a police officer, according to Sacramento County court records.
Natasha Batts will be eligible to serve the final 90 days of her sentence in the sheriff's work project, records show.
As Galt police officers saw a suspected stolen car at First Street and Downing Drive on May 22, Batts and a 17-year-old girl were in a car that sped away from officers about 8 miles into Thornton where they were arrested, police said. The 17-year-old's identity was not disclosed because she is a juvenile.
Batts was also sentenced to three years probation, records show.
Group to raise money for veterans' memorial
A spaghetti dinner to raise money to erect a veterans memorial at Galt Cemetery will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chabolla Community Center, 630 Chabolla Ave., Galt.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 9.
To help finance the project, the Veterans Memorial Foundation is selling bricks to be inscribed with local veterans' names and years of service. Bricks may be acquired for $50.
The memorial will be constructed at Galt Cemetery by the Galt-Arno Cemetery District and the Galt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9888.
For more information, call Marilyn Blansett at 745-2581, Al Luna at 745-7877, Leonard Podbilski at 745-5691 or Sue Dean at 745-2232.
Man serving jail term for vehicle theft
Halley Rice is serving a 180-day sentence in Sacramento County Jail after pleading no contest to vehicle theft, according to county court records.
Rice, 33, was arrested on April 28 after Galt police officers said they saw him driving a stolen vehicle at Elm Avenue and Sunset Drive. The vehicle was reported stolen the previous day from Julian's Service, 520 N. Lincoln Way, police said.
Requests for subdivision maps to be considered
The Galt Planning Commission, meeting tonight, will consider authorizing requests to extend the deadline to submit tentative subdivision maps on to proposals east of Highway 99.
Lodi-based Meadows Investment proposes 18 homes on 10 acres adjacent to East Stockton Boulevard north of Walnut Avenue. The other development request calls for a subdivision on 7.3 acres on East Stockton Boulevard between Winn Drive and Ashboro Lane.
Today's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.
Stockton man enters plea over stolen property
Lafayette Devette Carls Mims III, 18, has been sentenced to 80 days in county jail after pleading no contest to possessing stolen property and evading an officer in Galt, according to Sacramento County court records.
Mims was arrested April 14 on suspicion of auto theft and evading arrest after Galt officers found him driving northbound on Highway 99 at Twin
Cities Road, police said.
A motion has been made to reduce his sentence, court records show. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for Aug. 25.
Lockeford board to hear landscape plans for new park
Callander Associates, a landscape architectural firm, will give a presentation on what Lockeford Memorial Park will someday look like at tonight's meeting of the Lockeford Community Services District.
The 10.21-acre park site is located west of Tully Road south of Lockeford Elementary School.
In other action, the district board will hear an update to restore the old Lockeford School building on Jack Tone Road and hear a request for water and sewer permits from Lockeford Bluffs developer Pablo Zieter, who wants to add a few homes to the existing subdivision in eastern Lockeford.
The board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. today in the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
Counties want to make own air pollution rules
Several counties in the north San Joaquin Valley want to split from their more polluted southern counterparts to set their own rules and regulations for reducing air pollution.
Merced County voted Tuesday to join Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties in devising their own regional air quality plan for the north Valley. The three counties have now each approved resolutions that support creating a separate planning area within the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Officials believe a new northern planning area could save them from costly fines if federal clean air standards aren't met by 2005.
A report published last October by the Sierra Nevada Air Quality Group found that if the three northern counties formed a planning area within the existing Valley district, that area "would likely have an easier time attaining the state standards" for air pollution.