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Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 10:00 pm

Council candidate backs out

The first City Council candidate to officially announce he will run in November has pulled out.

Even before he filed his nomination papers with the City Clerk's Office, Don Lindsay, who ran unsuccessfully in 2002, has decided not to run because he feels he can affect the city in other ways. He announced May 3 he would again seek election.

There will be two vacant seats come November. Councilwoman Emily Howard has already announced she will not seek re-election, while Councilman Keith Land remains undecided.

The official filing period begins next month and runs through Aug. 6. If an incumbent fails to file, the period is extended a week.

Skatepark resolution possible

The City Council is expected to hear a proposal at tonight's meeting that could possibly affect the skate park, which closed earlier this year.

Council members are scheduled to vote on a plan that would allow for a free, skate-at-your-own-risk park located next to Kofu Park on Ham Lane.

Four arrested after BB gun-shooting spree

Two adults and two juveniles were arrested Tuesday night after they allegedly shot two people, two residential windows and several car windows throughout southeastern Lodi, according to Lodi police.

Moamer Rashid and Mandeep Ghuane, both 18-year-olds from Lodi, and two juveniles whose ages were not available were arrested on multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, said Sgt. Lance Hayden.

The shooting spree stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two groups of teens and young adults, Hayden said.

No other information was available.

No arrest in armed robbery

George's Mini Mart, 18662 N. Highway 12, was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday.

The thief got away with approximately $350 from the cash register, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department said.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5 feet 6 inches and 140 pounds with "spikey" brown hair. He was last seen wearing white coveralls and a gray handkerchief over his face, running through the mini mart's parking lot.

He was carrying a shotgun, the sheriff's report said.

Man suspected of smashing windows, burglarizing home

A Lodi man on parole for burglary was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a gate and destroying several pieces of property on a ranchette in northern Acampo on Monday night, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said.

Stephen Earl Wise, 44, drove his pick-up truck through an electric metal gate to a driveway on Forest Lake Road at about 7 p.m. Monday, the sheriff's report says.

After losing control of the truck and rolling it onto the front lawn, Wise tried unsuccessfully to kick in the front door to the house, the report says. He then got into an unlocked Ford Expedition parked in an open garage.

After the vehicle wouldn't start, Wise grabbed a golf club from the victim's car and broke a large window and several glass doors to the residence with the club, the report says. He broke another large window by throwing a patio chair through it, the report says.

Wise then went inside and took several items before deputies found him hiding underneath a deck, but he resisted several deputies' attempts to handcuff him, the report says. A patrol dog finally subdued Wise.

Wise was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, felony vandalism over $1,000, resisting arrest and parole violation, the report says. All are felonies except for resisting arrest, which is a misdemeanor.

Six vehicle burglaries reported

Six vehicles were reported burglarized in a little more than an hour Friday in the C Street area in Galt, Galt police said.

A vehicle was reported burglarized at 10:06 a.m. at the Galt Plaza Shopping Center, 1059 C St. Two minutes later, a car was reportedly burglarized across the street at the Valley Oaks Shopping

Center, 1067 C St., police said.

And between 11:08 and 11:21 a.m., four vehicles were reported to be burglarized in the parking lot at the Galt Boys and Girls Club, 905 Caroline Ave., police said.

Emergency drill to be critiqued

Galt's Public Safety Advisory Committee will evaluate the city's recent test of a new proposed emergency operations system. The plan, to be sent to the City Council in the near future, will detail what steps will be taken during an emergency, such as a fire, flood or terrorist activities.

The committee meeting, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Galt Police Station's Anthony Pescetti Community Room, 455 Industrial Drive.

Grass fire threatens property, kills bees

Clements firefighters spent about six hours fighting a 12-acre grass fire Monday north of the Mokelumne River.

Firefighters saved some old cars and a modular residence, Fire Chief Dave Ingrum said.

The fire, believed to have been started by a tractor, began shortly after 3 p.m. on Memorial Day and crossed over five pieces of property on Watkinson Road between Jahant and Collier roads,

Ingrum said.

Firefighters from Clements, Liberty and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were hindered by fences separating the property lines and by 20 to 30 hives owned by a beekeeper, Ingrum said.

"It was kind of funny seeing a firefighter with 50 to 100 bees on his back," Ingrum said. "We didn't tell him."

The firefighter wasn't hurt, however.

"The bees weren't really in a stinging mood," Ingrum said. "They're disoriented from the smoke."

Many of the bees were killed during the blaze, but many others survived, Ingrum said.

Firefighters returned to quarters at about 9 p.m.

No fatal accidents over Memorial Day weekend

The Stockton-area California Highway Patrol reported that there were no fatal vehicle accidents over the three-day holiday weekend.

Last year, two people were killed in accidents during the Memorial Day holiday.

Local arrests for driving under the influence were not available.

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