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Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 10:00 pm

Teen leads police on wild chase

A 17-year-old boy reported to be acting suspiciously Wednesday afternoon was almost hit by a car while crossing Cherokee Lane as he ran away from Lodi police officers, Lodi police Sgt. Bill Barry said.

The suspect, whose name was not disclosed because he is a juvenile, was taken into custody in an alley north of the 400 block of East Locust Street, Barry said.

Police were called to a suspicious vehicle with a male and female in a parking lot on the east side of Cherokee Lane at Elm Street at 4 p.m., Barry said.

The suspect, who police said lives in the vehicle, ripped an officer's shirt as he ran away from officers who tried to question him, Barry said. A perimeter was set at Elm Street, he said, but it was moved to Locust Street when the suspect ran in that direction.

The youth was being held on suspicion of evading officers and minor assault on an officer, but he refused to give his name. Fingerprints were taken to determine the suspect's identity, Barry said.

Elk Grove youth stabbed in chest

A 16-year-old Elk Grove youth was stabbed in the chest at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Fifth Street in Galt's Oldtown, Galt police said.

The boy, whose identity police did not disclose because he is a juvenile, was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, Galt police Sgt. Joe Blair said. The youth was taken by Life Flight helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center after being stabbed in the upper right chest, police said.

Blair said he didn't know what led to the stabbing because victim and witness statements were inconsistent.

Police had leads on possible suspects late Wednesday afternoon, Blair said.

Calaveras supervisors deny complaint about PAWS

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors denied an appeal filed by Arnold resident Roger Stevenson, who claimed that the county has failed to enforce the conditions it imposed for the construction of ARK 2000, the newly opened sanctuary operated by the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which houses five elephants and nine tigers.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Tuesday to deny an appeal filed by Arnold resident Roger Stevenson, who alleged that the Galt-based nonprofit organization has failed to comply with development conditions imposed by Calaveras County, Supervisor Lucy Thein said.

The board's action opens the door for a potential lawsuit by dissatisfied residents.

Stevenson filed a complaint about fences and other issues related to ARK 2000 to the county Planning Commission a few months ago, but commissioners threw the complaint out after several county administrators inspected the PAWS property and found no wrongdoing, Thein said.

Stevenson then appealed the Planning Commission's decision to the Board of Supervisors. All four of the supervisors currently in office have visited the PAWS property at different times to see for themselves whether conditions have been violated, Thein said.

After the matter was appealed to the Board of Supervisors, board chairman Tom Tryon visited the PAWS property with county staffers, Thein said. Tryon was not available for comment Wednesday.

"You've got 40,000 people who are happy with it and four men who aren't," Thein said.

PAWS co-founder Pat Derby said, "I have no comment."

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