Another delay in Hamid Hayat's case
Hamid Hayat will wait at least an extra month to learn whether he will be granted a new trial on terrorism charges or will be sentenced to as much as 39 years in prison.
A federal judge on Monday granted prosecutors' request to give them an extra month to file a brief in the case; the judge granted a similar defense request earlier this year.
The Lodi man remains in jail after a federal jury in April convicted him of providing material support to terrorists and lying to FBI agents. His sentencing has been delayed while U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. considers a defense request for a new trial on allegations of jury bias and new witnesses.
Burrell agreed to give the government more time after prosecutors pointed out that the defense motion was 106 pages long. The government's deadline had been Friday, but under a new scheduled they have until Jan. 19.
The defense may then file a response, which is due Feb. 2. Burrell is scheduled to hear the matter in his Sacramento courtroom Feb. 16.
Hayat, 24, was arrested along with his father, Umer Hayat, in June 2005 during a large terror investigation in Lodi. After two months of trial testimony, Hamid Hayat's jury convicted him of all charges.
A separate jury deadlocked on the elder Hayat's charges, and he later pleaded guilty to a charge of lying about the amount of money his family was taking on a trip to Pakistan. The charge did not include terrorism, and he was sentenced to time already served in jail before and during trial.
Hamid Hayat remains without bail in the Sacramento County Jail. In the lengthy brief his attorneys filed to request a new trial, they accused the jury foreman of being biased, said a defense witness should have been allowed to testify and said one of Hamid Hayat's cousins can testify that he never attended a terror training camp in Pakistan.
Case continues of man for looking at young girls
A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a man who in a videotaped interview told Lodi police that he looked at girls in a bathroom because he wanted a relationship.
Rocky Critser, now 25, has been jailed since Oct. 18, 2005, when two girls, ages 3 and 8, saw a man looking under a stall in the women's bathroom at Lodi Lake.
He has since spent time in a mental hospital until found competent to stand trial, and a Lodi judge in September ruled there was enough evidence to warrant a trial on charges including attempted child molestation. A Stockton judge last Tuesday denied a defense request to dismiss the case, according to San Joaquin County court records.
In his interview, Critser told Detective Mike Kermgard that he had previously exposed himself to young girls in Ohio, where he lived until taking a bus to Lodi a few weeks before his arrest.
On the tape, Critser said he wanted a relationship with a girl around 10 or 12 years old and would like to move in with her family while she grew up.
He is being held in the county jail on $100,000 jail and will return to court Jan. 8 for trial scheduling.
County to close Armstrong Road
San Joaquin County Public Works will close Armstrong Road from Lower Sacramento Road to West Lane to construct a double-box culvert and a pipe culvert within two Woodbridge Irrigation District Channels.
Armstrong Road will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 13 until Jan. 12. The road will be closed to thru traffic but open to local traffic.
According to a statement released by the county, the project will cost $1.1 million paid for in Measure K funds. In addition to the culverts, the county will also resurface and widen the road and add paved shoulders. The entire project is scheduled to be done in April 2007.
The closure will require the following detours:
• Westbound traffic on Armstrong Road will be detoured north on West Lane to Harney Lane and south on Lower Sacramento Road.
• Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Lower Sacramento Road to Harney Lane and south on West Lane.
Lodi Unified trustees to hold organizing meeting
The Lodi Unified School District board will swear in its new trustees at its meeting tonight.
Bonnie Cassel, Richard Jones, Calvin Young and Jeff Thompson will receive the oath of office.
The board is expected to approve contracts at Lawrence Elementary School to demolish and reconstruct areas affected by mold spores. Mold was discovered in several classrooms and administration offices in September.
Restroom surfaces and fixtures and classroom and office interior and exterior walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors and lighting will be removed and rebuilt. Work was budgeted at about $2.9 million, but final costs are unknown.
The reorganization meeting will be held at the James Areida Educational Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St., at 7 p.m.
Irrigation board to discuss financing
The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will discuss ways to finance a new fish screen to be built upstream from Woodbridge Dam at its meeting today.
The board meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.
Elementary school board to choose officers
Tina Skinner, Bob Ellis and Donna Fluty will be reaffirmed as Galt Joint Elementary district trustees at the board's next meeting. The board is expected to choose officers and representatives to various committees.
An election among voters wasn't held due to a lack of challengers to the three incumbents.
Trustees will hear reports about an after-school program coordinated with the city of Galt; tech upgrades for the district office; and notes from administrators' recent trip to the California School Boards Association conference, held in San Francisco Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
The meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at Greer Middle School at 7 p.m.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus will be accompanied by Woodbridge firefighters this week throughout the fire district.
Children can see St. Nick after 6:30 p.m. today in Woodbridge neighborhoods between Woodbridge Road and the south bank of the Mokelumne River.
Wednesday night, he will appear in the Wine Country subdivision and the older neighborhoods of Woodbridge. On Thursday, Santa will be at Tower Park Marina, and on Friday, he will be west of Chestnut Street and south of Woodbridge Road. For more information, call 369-1945.
Send Christmas service information
The News-Sentinel would like to publish information about Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve services in its Religion section the next two Saturdays.
First published: Tuesday, December 12, 2006