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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008 10:00 pm

A man arrested in Lodi on a West Virginia murder warrant agreed Monday to be extradited across the country.

Mario Creed Goodson, 19, appeared in the Lodi branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court, where Judge David Warner appointed a public defender to talk to him.

Goodson is charged in a Dec. 14 shooting at a West Virginia night club that left 28-year-old William Jerome Flack dead. Officials in West Virginia thought Goodson had fled the state within days of the shooting.

On Friday, Lodi police detectives got word that Goodson was in the area, and they arrested him at his sister's apartment in the 900 block of South Garfield Avenue.

Goodson spent the weekend in the city jail, then appeared Monday in court. West Virginia investigators will now come get Goodson, and Warner scheduled a March 17 court date to review the case and make sure they have taken custody of Goodson.

Thieves target GPS systems in new cars

Thieves caused more than $20,000 in damage to seven brand-new cars at two Lodi car dealerships this weekend.

In both cases, thieves broke into new cars and stole the Global Positioning System and stereo from the center consoles, according to Lodi police. Each system is valued at about $3,000, Sgt. Chris Jacobson said.

The culprits made their move sometime after the Cherokee Lane dealerships closed Saturday evening, and the thefts were discovered Sunday.

At 10 a.m., employees found five damaged vehicles at Sanborn Chevrolet, 1210 S. Cherokee Lane. Around noon, police were called to Geweke Ford, 1045 S. Cherokee Lane, where two cars had been vandalized.

No arrests were made.

Crockpot recipes sought

Do you cook in a Crockpot to save time? Do you cook in a Crockpot just to make delicious, homestyle meals? If so, we are interested in your recipes for an upcoming story about what can be created in them. Please send recipes to Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com or mail them to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.

Were you born on Feb. 29?

What do people do who have birthdays on Feb. 29? On Friday, we will witness a day of the year that only comes along every four years, Leap Day. Anyone who was born on Feb. 29 technically has a birthday only once every four years. Does your birthday fall on that day? How do you celebrate it? If you were born on Feb. 29, we want to hear from you for a story about Leap Day birthdays. To share your Leap Day birthday experiences, e-mail Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com or call 369-7035, ext. 211.

Sediment in Delta may increase flood risk

STOCKTON - A Delta farmer and levee authorities in San Joaquin County are suing the state, claiming California water managers are increasing flood risks by allowing sediment to collect in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Landowner Dino Cortopassi and Reclamation District 2086 say they want the Department of Water Resources to dredge sediment from channel beds so high water will run less risk of engulfing local property.

Cortopassi owns a ranch near Walnut Grove, and he says sediment is piled as much as eight feet high in some areas of the delta.

His attorneys filed the suit in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday.

The department didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Woman allowed son to be sexually abused

SACRAMENTO - Irene Hunt, the common-law wife of a self-styled religious leader, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for transporting her 7-year-old son to have sex with an adult.

Hunt's common-law husband, 60-year-old Allen Harrod of Sacramento, was found guilty earlier this month of transporting minors for sexual activity.

He was accused of engaging in ritualistic sex acts with children from two families for more than a decade as part of a religion he claimed to have started. One of his followers, 48-year-old Michael Labrecque, also was previously convicted.

Hunt, who is 53, had pleaded guilty to transporting her son to Texas to have sex with another of Harrod's followers, Juliette Labrecque, who was then 33.

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  • posted at 2:22 am on Fri, Feb 29, 2008.


    I AM crying... That makes me sick. That poor baby.

    That's serious evil!

  • posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    Four related articles above: the crackpot who's wanted for murder, the crackpot who steals GPS, the crackpot who's cultist, and the crackpot recipes... what? Oh, I'm sorry, it's crockpot :D

  • posted at 7:40 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    lodian: don't worry, i pick truth in life, remember?

    just after i read the article, my FIRST THOUGHT was that billy rubin has free reign on this one, BEFORE i even read your post. meaning this is one of those legitimate times where billy IS right. those people are sick, and obviously are NOT of God.

    i cannot wait for people like this to receive thier "just rewards"

    send them to prison and duck tape them to a shower stall with a bar of soap around thier neck.....thats a start

  • posted at 5:45 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    I agree with you, sam; the story about the child being abused is disgusting. But I sensed that this would be covered in the blogs and since the idea of a need for insurance has been pushed, I wanted to have some focus on this issue as well.

    If the sediment wasn't allowed to build up, would Woodbridge and parts of Lodi still be in a flood plain? I mentioned in the blogs relating to this a while back that FEMA should be more focused on *preventative* measures rather than sticking their hands in our pockets.

  • posted at 5:27 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    ...that poor innocent 7-year-old. :-( Makes me want to cry.

  • posted at 5:25 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    "Woman allowed son to be sexually abused"

    "...engaging in ritualistic sex acts with children from two families for more than a decade as part of a religion"

    This is evil on Earth! Now, where is "real facts" on topics like this one? Guess he's more worried about blog names. Geez, these people are freaks! What kind of monster does this, let alone a mother allow it??? I need to go vomit.

  • posted at 4:11 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    wtf, while I am concerned about the sediment, the story about the 7 year old being sexually abused in the name of religion makes me sick. Unbelievable.

  • posted at 2:32 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2008.


    I wonder if allowing the sediment to build up in the Delta has anything to do with the proposed "Flood Plain"? After all, it wasn't entirely Hurricane Katrina that did New Orleans in; a big part of the destruction came from levies that weren't kept up to date and in repair.

    If this sediment has been allowed to build up as mentioned in the article; has it been routine in the past to dredge and keep the sediment level down? If so, when and why was this procedure discontinued?



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