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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:50 am, Tue Jan 3, 2012.

The New Year's weekend produced a flurry of calls to the Lodi Police Department, while Galt police reported a very quiet holiday weekend.

Lodi Police Sgt. Mike Oden said there were 130 calls for service between 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 4 a.m. on Sunday. Most of the calls were for loud parties, fights and people who were drunk in public in Downtown Lodi, Oden said. There were also 12 auto burglaries reported throughout Lodi on Sunday, an unusually high number, Oden said. Usually, Lodi has one or two a day.

Several gunshots were fired Friday night at Hale Park, but the suspects remain at large after witnesses refused to cooperate with police.

At approximately 9:27 p.m., Lodi police officers responded to Hale Park, where they encountered a husband and wife who had allegedly been shot at multiple times, Lt. Tod Patterson said.

Though no one was injured, Patterson said the pair refused to cooperate with police and would not assist in attempting to identify those individuals who shot at them.

As a result, the investigation could go no further, Patterson said.

Anyone with information on Friday night's shooting is urged to call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.

Other major calls, according to Oden:

  • A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend, a 51-year-old Thornton resident, raped her, forced her into his truck and drove her throughout the county on Sunday.

Because the suspect had a GPS tracker on his ankle, police officers, with the help of the San Joaquin County Parole Division, located him at the Denny's restaurant in Flag City at 9 or 9:30 Sunday night, Oden said. He was then arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment, Oden said.

  • Tami Mobley, 58, was arrested at about 1:20 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of DUI after running into the side of a sheriff's patrol car with her bicycle on Pine Street near Main Street. Lodi police officers stated that Mobley was at fault.

Contact reporters Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com and Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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