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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:00 pm

Lodi police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of exposing himself to a woman, and believe there are other victims.

Police are investigating several reports on Sylvan Way, said Detective Leo Ramirez. He declined to release specific information because he wanted to talk to other potential victims.

Ramirez said the man is in his early 30s and was driving a silver pick-up truck. The man has since been bailed out of jail and prosecutors have not filed formal charges.

Anyone with information may contact Ramirez at 333-6872.

Jury still deliberating in Timon Pool case

Jurors went home Thursday without reaching a verdict in the case of an Acampo man charged with murder in the strangling of his pregnant girlfriend.

The twelve San Joaquin County jurors began deliberating the charges against Timon Pool, 29, on Wednesday afternoon and then spent Thursday in further deliberations.

Pool is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Lillian Best, 20, and her unborn child. Prosecutors filed a special circumstances allegation of multiple murders, which could send Pool to prison for life without the possibility of parole if convicted of the maximum charges.

He was arrested in July 2006 after telling his step-mother and a 911 dispatcher that he strangled Best in the home they shared, and he also admitted it during a videotaped interview with Sheriff's detectives.

Jurors on Thursday watched part of that interview again and asked to have Pool's testimony read back to them. They will continue deliberating today.

Sewer plant manager contract offered

The Woodbridge Sanitary District has made an offer for the newly created position of part-time plant manager.

The district board voted 4-0 to offer the contract, but the applicant has yet to indicate whether he will accept the position, according to board member Glenda Wall.

The applicant, who was interviewed at a special board meeting Wednesday night, would work an average of 10 hours per week. His salary will be negotiated upon his acceptance of the job, Wall said. No other applicants were interviewed.

Lodi Unified starts construction on school

Work began on Lodi Unified School District's latest elementary school Thursday in Stockton.

Lodi Unified expects Podesta Ranch Elementary School, which will open for the 2008-09 school year, to cost $14 million - $7 million coming from Measure L funds and $7 million coming from the state.

Plans for the school, located on Lower Sacramento Road, include 22 classrooms, a computer lab and two special education classrooms.

It will house 822 students and encompass more than 58,400 square feet.

The school takes its name from Emile and Mary Podesta, who bought the land in 1929, before eventually passing it down to their daughters - Edna and Bernice Podesta-Foppiano - in 1964.

EPA worried about S.J. pollution cleanup plan

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has expressed concerns about a plan to allow a group of San Joaquin Valley farmers to fix a drainage problem involving toxic farm water.

Carolyn Yale, a regional administrator for the EPA, said in an Aug. 21 memo that government oversight is needed to ensure that farmers properly manage, treat and dispose of the contaminants.

The memo was released Thursday by the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. It was addressed to Frederico Barajas, regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The controversy centers on how to clean up pollution created two decades ago when naturally occurring salt and selenium drained off irrigated farmland.

The Westlands Water District, a group of agriculture businesses in the San Joaquin Valley, is working on a deal to clean up the pollution in exchange for a contract that would ensure water rights for landowners within that district for 60 years, more than double the length of a normal water contract.

The water agency and its farmers also are asking the federal government to forgive nearly $500 million in debt.

The government lent them the money in the 1930s to build a massive water distribution system that pumps water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and into cities and farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

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