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.
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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.