A Lodi man accused of shooting a fellow parolee in the head waived his preliminary hearing Friday, meaning that the case is heading to trial.
Stephen Schleimer, 33, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder in connection with the Jan. 27 shooting of Joshua Hattam.
Citizens called police after noticing that Hattam was bleeding on the sidewalk in front of his East Tokay Street home. He allegedly named Schleimer as the shooter and said the man had also broken into his home, Lodi police said at the time.
Hattam, 36, was arrested last month in an unrelated case when he allegedly threatened to kill a Garry's Lounge bartender. After a Wednesday preliminary hearing in Lodi, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial on charges of making criminal threats and possessing a dangerous weapon.
Hattam will be arraigned in Stockton court on April 15.
Schleimer, meanwhile, will be arraigned in a different Stockton courtroom on April 17.
Both men are being held without bail, as both are accused of violating their parole in separate previous cases.
Officer Dale Eubanks named Lodi's 2008 Employee of the Year
Police Officer Dale Eubanks has been named the city of Lodi's 2008 Employee of the Year on the heels of being named employee of the quarter.
Eubanks, a member of the police department for nearly 19 years, recently was promoted to corporal. His supervisor nominated him for the quarterly award for his role mentoring new officers, serving as the department's spokesman to the media, and finding creative ways in working with other agencies to address problems such as substandard housing for Lodi residents.
According to a statement released by the city, Eubanks' in-depth knowledge of crime patterns in Lodi has been invaluable to other officers trying to solve cases.
"Dale is a multi-talented officer who has performed exceptionally well in so many areas," Lodi Police Chief David Main said. "He is a tremendous resource. He's a team player who is always looking for ways to improve the organization."
Eubanks was named the city of Lodi's employee of the quarter during police awards ceremonies in March, and City Manager Blair King announced Eubanks had been selected Employee of the Year at the Lodi City Employees Association's annual employee recognition dinner on March 14.
Mother admits to being drunk at home with kids
A Lodi mother arrested on two consecutive Sundays on accusations that she was excessively drunk in front of her children pleaded guilty this week to child cruelty by endangering health.
Theresa Bechtold, 46, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Monday, and in exchange prosecutors dropped a second case against her.
She was fined $280; sentenced to nine days in jail, the time she had already spent behind bars; and placed on four years of formal probation, according to San Joaquin County court records. She must attend a treatment program as part of her probation.
Bechtold was first arrested March 15, when her blood-alcohol content level was measured at more than three times the legal driving limit, Lodi police said. She was not driving, but was home that afternoon with her two children, ages 8 and 12.
A week later, after she had been released from custody on that case, Bechtold was arrested March 23 when she was again intoxicated while home with her children. That time, a judge raised her bail on the two cases to $40,000.
Arbor Day party today
The city of Lodi is hosting an Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Henry Glaves Park, 2206 Oxford Way.
The event will include a "free seedling giveaway," mistletoe education, a Tree City U.S.A. dedication, tree and recycling material giveaway, and an Arbor Day Dedication with tree planting.
Wal-Mart, Lodi Unified School District, Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management also are sponsoring the event.
State Republican chief coming to Stockton
Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the San Joaquin County Republican Party.
Spence, chief of staff for Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, will speak on the future of the republican Party and the May 19th special election at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Spaghetti Factory banquet room, 2702 W. March Lane, Stockton.
A no-host social and dinner hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., and a brief business meeting of the county Republican Central Committee will begin at 7:30.
The public is invited, there is no admission charge and reservations are not required.
For more information, call 476-8683 or visit www.sjgop.com.
As the spring flowers begin to bloom, the date for the annual Asparagus Festival gets closer. Do you have favorite asparagus recipes you have to have every year? Recipes may be sent to Pam Bauserman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.