A bathroom fan apparently caused a fire that damaged a Lodi home's attic Monday.
The fire broke out just before noon in the 2000 block of Yosemite Drive and blocked all traffic for about an hour.
The vacant home was recently purchased and is being remodeled, so nobody was living there at the time. Joshua Taylor said he was doing some landscaping in the backyard when he smelled smoke and looked up. Before long, the whole neighborhood was filled with smoke.
A preliminary investigation determined that a bathroom fan had been left on and then overheated, said Lodi Fire Battalion Chief Ron Heberle.
Such fans should not be left on for long periods of time, Heberle said, adding he's seen a number of fires caused by bathroom fans.
Lodi High School debate team takes second place
Lodi High School had a strong showing at the University of the Pacific Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament held in Stockton over the weekend.
Ten students competed in 12 events in both open and novice divisions, and five went to final rounds, according to speech and debate team adviser Cathryn Geyer.
Here are the results: Michelle Valdivia, first place in Novice Dramatic Interpretation; Mack Norton, first place in Novice Original Prose and Poetry; Chelsea Kalend-O'Leary, fourth place Novice Original Prose and Poetry; Mitch Thomas, octofinalist Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate; John McCallie, semifinalist Open Lincoln Douglas Debate; and Jacob Adams, finalist in Open Original Interpretation.
The school's speech and debate team won second place in the small schools sweepstakes for the tournament.
From Bear Creek High School, Joe Mangosing and Miranda Roth took second place in Open Duo, while Will Nobriga took second in Open Lincoln Douglas Debate, according to the school's coach, Karen Minick.
Local FFA chapter earns national ranking
The National FFA Organization recently selected from a pool of more than 600 candidates nationwide the Lodi High School FFA Chapter as a three-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program.
The chapter members were honored at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24.
The award program is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities. Each activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: Student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, twoor three-star rating on their application. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve.
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber writes to Caltrans about I-5 expansion
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber wrote a letter to California Department of Transportation Director Randell Iwasaki to express concerns about the potential widening of Interstate 5 and the possible construction of a freeway interchange between Highway 12 and Eight Mile Road.
Huber is concerned that the Environmental Impact Report for the project does not consider Lodi's water treatment plant.
"Any future residential development in the area, which the City of Stockton considers within its sphere of influence, would be very close to White Slough, literally in Lodi's backyard," Huber said in the letter.
Huber is concerned that Lodi would be financially responsible for odors emanating from the plant if residential developments were built near White Slough.
She wants the EIR to include mitigation requirements and to address the 58 acres of agricultural land that would be lost due to the project.
In the letter, Huber requests that Caltrans informs her office of any solutions.
San Joaquin County gets more H1N1 vaccines
San Joaquin County Public Health Services announced Monday it has received 3,500 additional doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine and plans to give priority to those residents without health insurance.
The county department is currently offering vaccinations to people in the following three groups:
- Children and young adults from six months to 18 years of age.
- Caregivers/household members of infants younger than six months.
- Pregnant women, at any stage of their pregnancy.
Both the nasal mist and injectable vaccine are currently available, according to a press release issued by the county department. Public Health's priority is to vaccinate high-risk individuals who don't have health insurance or a regular medical provider.
Vaccinations will be available at the Lodi public health clinic on Fridays, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The clinic is located at 300 W. Oak St. Call 331-7303 for more information.
It is expected that private medical providers will begin to receive the vaccine for their eligible patients in the next two to three weeks. If individuals have a regular medical provider, they should contact that office to see if they currently have the H1N1 influenza vaccine or plan to offer it.
Meanwhile, Sacramento County Public Health is currently offering free H1N1 vaccination clinics.
McNair High School student injured in accident dies
The McNair High School sophomore hit by a car while crossing West Lane on her way to the North Stockton campus Friday morning has died.
Ebonee Smith, 15, was reportedly not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.
Afterward, she was flown from St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton to University of California, Davis, but died over the weekend.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," Principal James Davis wrote in an e-mail to school staff Monday morning. "I talked with her mother a few short moments ago, and they are having a difficult time. Please keep an eye on our students and send them to the counseling office if they are having difficulty."
On Friday, the school sent out a districtwide telephone message informing parents of the accident and reminding them that students crossing any busy street should use a crosswalk, according to Bill Atterberry, the district's assistant superintendent of secondary education.
The accident is being investigated by the Stockton Police Department.
It is the first fatal crash involving a McNair student since the school opened three years ago, and the first of the school year for the district.
In August, Sara Marie Smith died in a single-vehicle accident on Lower Sacramento Road. She graduated from Lodi High School just months earlier.