Man arrested for alleged stabbing, hit-and-runs
A Lodi man suspected in a Monday night stabbing and two hit-and-run accidents as he fled the scene was arrested early Tuesday.
Leopoldo Castro, 32, was allegedly listening to a loud car stereo in the 400 block of Hilborn Street when a resident asked him to turn the music down, Lodi police Sgt. Doug Chinn said.
Castro then allegedly pulled out a knife, stabbed Ron Walter and fled, hitting a parked vehicle as he sped away, police said.
Walter was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, Chinn said.
Meanwhile, Castro had apparently hit a parked big rig in Lockeford. The California Highway Patrol towed his vehicle, but Castro had since left the scene, Chinn said.
Castro then made it back to Lodi, where officers placed him under arrest for being drunk in public, Chinn said. It was only then that officers realized they had arrested the stabbing suspect.
Castro was booked into the Lodi jail and is expected to face charges of assault and hit-and-run.
Greenbelt Task Force cancels meeting
The Lodi Greenbelt Task Force's first meeting in nearly three months was canceled Tuesday after the majority of its members said they wouldn't attend.
Community Development Director Konradt Bartlam, the city's liaison to the task force, canceled the meeting after 11 of its 19 members confirmed they wouldn't be able to make the 7 p.m. meeting. Under state law, a public board must have at least half its membership present for an official meeting.
The task force took August and September off so its grower members could focus on the harvest. It barely reached a quorum at its last meeting in July.
Some of the task force's members believe that there isn't a need to meet until after the November election, when the future for the land north of Eight Mile Road will be more clear.
Another meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19. Bartlam said that if it appears the group won't have a quorum for that meeting, it too could be canceled.
Man in critical condition after being hit by car
Victor Gallegos, who was hit by a car on Twin Cities Road on Monday while running from a Galt police officer, was in critical condition Tuesday evening at UC Davis Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Gallegos, 42, a longtime Galt resident, ran north onto Twin Cities Road near Marengo Road at about 2:30 p.m. when an eastbound car on Twin Cities hit him, Galt police Sgt. Bob Whittington said.
Officers were called to the scene after someone allegedly saw Gallegos and his wife arguing, Whittington said. Because Gallegos wasn't cooperative during questioning, an officer tried to handcuff him after discovering possible drug paraphernalia in his possession, Whittington said.
Gallegos, who is on parole, then escaped from the officer and ran in front of the oncoming car on Twin Cities Road, Whittington said.
A helicopter, landing a quarter-mile away on a field at the southwest corner of Twin Cities Road and Carillion Boulevard, transported Gallegos to UC Davis Medical Center.
Whittington would not release the name of the driver who hit Gallegos.
Galt Planning Commission to vote on map deadline
The Galt Planning Commission will hear a request Thursday by Emerald Park Co. for a time extension to submit a tentative subdivision map for a 7.3-acre development east of Highway 99 between Winn Drive and Ashboro Lane.
Thursday's meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.
Lodi businesses express support for Measure R
More than 20 local businesses endorsed Measure R in a joint statement released Tuesday.
The majority of the businesses are from either Downtown or Lakewood Mall, two areas critics of the initiative say will be negatively affected by the proposed 226,868-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Measure R, which calls for an election before retail stores larger than 125,000 square feet can be built, was placed on the ballot as a foil to the Supercenter project.
Among the businesses included in the statement: Lakewood Liquors, Lakewood Meats & Sausage, Sheri's Sonshine Nutrition Center, Lodi Cooks and Weigum Lodi Nursery.
Twenty-two Lodi businesses are named on the endorsement.
This item was updated at 9:40 a.m. Oct. 9, 2004, to correct the list of names of businesses among those who support Measure R.
New 'No on Measure R' mailer hits mailboxes
Prominent Lodi car dealership owners have signed their names to a new mailer sent to Lodi voters.
The names of Dennis Plummer, president/owner of Plummer in Lodi; R.E. "Dick" Sanborn, president/owner of Sanborn Chevrolet; and Daryl Geweke, president/owner of Geweke, are laid out under the quote, "The way Measure R is written, Lodi loses."
A letter encouraging residents to cast a dissenting vote and offering reasons such as lost sales tax revenue is on the back.
The citizen's initiative will ask voters in November to approve a measure that would require developers to take any project larger than 125,000 square feet before voters.
Like previous mailers, the latest is paid for by Citizens Against Measure R with major funding provided by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Sieglock endorses Flynn for council
San Joaquin County Supervisor Jack Sieglock has endorsed Lodi City Council candidate Dixon Flynn.
Flynn, Lodi's former city manager, is running against four other candidates for one of two council seats.
Sieglock is a former Lodi councilman, and his district includes Lodi.
Flynn has also been endorsed by the Lodi Professional Firefighters Association, the Lodi Police Officers Association, the Lodi Police Mid-Management Organization, former assemblyman Anthony Pescetti, Councilman Keith Land and Councilwoman Emily Howard.
Neither Land nor Howard are seeking re-election.
Levee cleanup taking longer than expected
The sunken island in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta that flooded in June should be pumped dry by early November, local officials said.
Jones Tract was expected to be cleared by mid-October, but officials said on Monday that they have pushed off the completion date because of new leaks and rain.
The 12,000-acre low-lying island was used mostly for agriculture. It flooded when a levee broke on June 3, letting in delta water.
The San Joaquin Office of Emergency Services estimated the repairs and damage costs to top $93 million. Local officials hope that the Federal Emergency Management Administration will help cover most of the expenses. The federal agency is still surveying the area.
State and local officials overseeing the pumping said there are still about 40,000 acre-feet of water to be drained. About 300 farmers, residents and farmworkers were displaced by the water.
County's Web site riddled with errors
If you perused the county's official Web site Monday morning, you would have found Roger Speed listed as the director of health care services, even though he retired in April 2003.
And if you looked a little more, you would have found Steve Ebert - who died last year - still listed as the director of San Joaquin General Hospital.
Although San Joaquin County updated its Web site in late July or August, some things just weren't changed, said Jerry Becker, assistant director of information systems.
Blame it all on the switchover from the old pages to the new. All the information was just brought over from the old Web site, he said.
It's not only Speed's and Ebert's names and positions that were wrong; the other errors include the listing of Nancy Bischoff as director of Revenue and Recovery. Bischoff also retired last year, and the Revenue and Recovery Department has been merged with the Treasury-Tax Collector.
And Dan Bava was listed as the head of the Office of Substance Abuse, even though he was removed earlier this year and OSA was blended in with the county's mental health services, overseen by Bruce Hopperstad.
If you were looking for Wayne Heine, labor relations director, good luck. He and his department weren't listed.
"It appears we missed some things," Becker said. "We need to go back and fix those things."
The responsibility falls to one person, he said.