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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2006 10:00 pm

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.

Please send notices of service information to Religion Editor Ross Farrow by sending a fax to 369-6706, an e-mail to rossf@lodinews.com or by phoning 369-7035.

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