It's the season for spooks and jack-o-lanterns, but a Lodi woman who called police late Tuesday night likely didn't have that in mind.
She told dispatchers that she'd found what appeared to be a heart in a field near Lower Sacramento Road and Lodi Avenue. It was the organ kind of heart, not a case of someone mistaking Valentine's Day for Halloween.
At 11:54 p.m., dispatchers sent an officer to investigate, according to Lodi police.
In the meantime they asked for the caller for some more information. She said she wasn't sure if the heart belonged to a human or an animal. She hadn't seen anything else nearby, but she said it was dark in the field so she wasn't positive.
In the end, no crime scene tape was needed: The suspicious heart was actually a rotten pumpkin.
Youth Energy Summit applications available
High school students in the Lodi Electric Utility district are invited to take part in the second-annual Youth Energy Summit early next year.
The summit, sponsored by a number of municipal utility districts, will teach students about energy issues from experts in fields ranging from wind energy to solar energy to hydrogen fuel. About 75 students will be invited.
Students will use what they learn to create a service learning project and compete for scholarship prizes ranging fro $250 to $1,250.
Those interested in applying should submit a one-page statement identifying two or three of the most important energy-related issues facing California and explain why those issues are important to the state's future. The statement and completed application can be mailed to the LegiSchool Project, 6000 J St., Sacramento, 95819.
Applications are available at www.roseville.ca.us/YES and must be postmarked by Nov. 13.
The YES event will be held Jan. 22-23 at the Sacramento SMUD headquarters.
For more information on the LegiSchool Project, call (916) 278-6906.
— News-Sentinel staff
Special financing meeting canceled
The Galt Joint Union High School District has canceled a special board meeting set for Monday to discuss financing on the yet-to-be-constructed building at Liberty Ranch High School.
The decision was made after Interim Superintendent Audrey Kilpatrick learned some of the money frozen by the state last year for the project may have been freed up by a bond sale over the weekend.
The anticipated $1.8 million in state funding had already been set aside for shop buildings at the new high school. They will house vocational- related programs, including pre-engineering.
In an e-mail sent to trustees, teachers and others Monday afternoon, Kilpatrick said the district may possibly receive funds over the next few months, but she could not get confirmation from the state. She planned to attend a state meeting Wednesday to learn more.
A state bond sale last week reportedly earned $478 million for the state School Facility Program to provide enough cash to fund all school construction projects on the waiting list, since the state treasurer temporarily froze the money last December.
The board had recently discussed borrowing the money to finish the construction project, but a decision had yet to be made.