Police are seeking a Lodi man in connection with at least one of the recent armed robberies at a local gas station.
Albert Molina Jr., 47, was named Tuesday as a suspect, Detective Leo Ramirez said. He declined to give specific information about what led police to the man, but said he has been identified as a suspect related to USA Gas, 35 N. Cherokee Lane.
The gas station has been robbed four times since mid-November, most recently on Jan. 28. Each time an armed man entered the store and demanded cash, then quickly left. All happened late between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Molina has not been tied to all of the robberies, Ramirez said.
The man, whose first name is recorded as Alberto in San Joaquin County court records, most recently appeared in Lodi court in July.
Nine years earlier he had pleaded guilty to possessing a narcotic, but he has returned to court several times since then when he violated the terms of his probation. He was sentenced to another 45 days in custody on July 7, according to court records.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts may contact Lodi police at 333-6727. Anonymous callers, who may be eligible for a cash reward, may contact Lodi-Area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.
Thornton crime, flood drains to be discussed
Crime, flood drains and whether the fire hydrants can handle enough water pressure are among the topics to be discussed at Thursday's Thornton Municipal Advisory Council.
The council will also review agenda, meeting and attendance procedures.
The council meeting, open to the community, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Thornton Community Center next to New Hope School, 26675 N. Sacramento Blvd., Thornton.
County wants local control over Delta
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors strongly urges that any statewide commission governing the future of the Delta include the five counties within the Delta.
At Tuesday's meeting, the board approved sending a letter to State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, urging that any governing board consist of one member froom each of the Boards of Supervisors in San Joaquin, Sacramento, Contra Costa, Solano and Yolo counties, and that those five supervisors comprise a voting majority.
The letter states that San Joaquin County objects to a peripheral canal that would deprive the Delta of needed fresh water. Supervisors said a detailed evaluation should be made of Delta recirculation to benefit Delta water quality, fish protection and allow for exporting water to other regions.
Supervisors approve inmate death settlement
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a $430,000 settlement on Tuesday to Soy Phoun, whose son, inmate Narin Yang, died in the county jail almost two years ago.
Phoun claimed in a legal action against the county, filed in U.S. District Court, that correctional officers used excessive force that led to Yang's death, according to Kristen Hegge, the county's chief deputy county counsel. The county coroner's office attributed the death to heart trouble.