Attempted murder suspect arrested
A man wanted on a Lodi attempted murder charge was arrested halfway across the country Thursday, five days after he allegedly used a baseball bat to beat a man unconscious.
Pharaoh Brooks, 26, of Stockton, was arrested around 1 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo., on a Greyhound bus, according to Lodi Police.
The victim, 28-year-old Mychal Angelo Lewis, of Stockton, remains in critical condition at an area hospital, police said.
Lewis was talking with two females in a residence at 2:13 a.m. Saturday when Brooks allegedly entered the home in the 700 block of North Church Street. After beating Lewis in the head and torso, he fled the home and one of the unharmed females dialed 9-1-1, according to police.
Originally from Chicago, Brooks allegedly fled there after Saturday morning's beating, then boarded a Greyhound bus.
Members of the St. Louis Police Department arrested him Thursday, and authorities expect him to be extradited to California on charges of attempted murder and burglary.
Woman to compete in Miss California pageant
Noelle Hallberg, 20, of Lodi, will be competing in the Miss California pageant this weekend in Fresno.
She was crowned Miss San Joaquin County in March and received a $4,000 scholarship. She graduated from Tokay High School and is a vocal performance major at San Joaquin Delta College.
She will compete along with 53 other women. Contestants are judged on impromptu questions, swimsuits, evening wear and talent; Hallberg will be singing Patsy Cline's "Crazy."
Hallberg plans on majoring in music at the University of the Pacific or the University of Southern California.
Galt Fire votes to merge with Elk Grove
Galt Fire Protection District directors voted on Wednesday to pursue a merger with the Elk Grove Community Services District. The Elk Grove board took the same action last week.
The Galt board voted 4-0 with board member Dale Templeton abstaining to submit an application to Sacramento County's Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on proposed boundary changes and mergers.
Both districts are developing a management agreement for both districts to operate together, which will go into effect before LAFCO hears the merger proposal.
The Galt Fire board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. July 12 to review the draft agreement and recommend any changes it seems fit, said board President Guy Rutter.
Galt man robbed, stung by stun gun in Marysville
Galt resident Louis Morales, 40, was robbed of a pack of cigarettes by three teenagers, one of whom stung him with a stun gun in Marysville, police said.
Morales, who had just visited a friend, was walking west on Fifth Street when the teens approached him from behind at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, said Detective Sgt. Mark Cummings. One teen ordered Morales to take everything out of his pockets, Cummings said. When Morales pulled out a pack of cigarettes, one of the teens jabbed him in the side with a stun gun, police said.
The weapon was an old-fashioned stun gun where one shoves it into the victim's body and creates an electrical shock, Cummings said.
The teen who allegedly took the cigarettes and assaulted Morales was arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into Bi-County Juvenile Hall, Cummings said. The other two suspects were at large Thursday afternoon, he said.
First published: Friday, June 30, 2006