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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 10:00 pm

Woman was living in motel room for month

A woman lived for the past month alone in a Lodi motel until money on her credit card ran out Monday and police were called.

The 64-year-old Los Angeles resident had spent her days inside a room at Comfort Inn, 118 N. Cherokee Lane, emerging to eat at the free continental breakfast, Officer Dale Eubanks said Tuesday.

The woman only had one change of clothes and some make-up, but receipts showed she had been traveling by bus and staying in motels throughout the state since at least September, Eubanks said. Social Security checks are deposited directly into her bank account each month, and when the money runs out, she gets on a bus, Eubanks said.

She didn't answer most questions but said she took medication, so police took her to the hospital to be medically checked. She was later transferred to another hospital for a mental health evaluation.

In the meantime, Eubanks had contacted San Joaquin County's adult protective services, and they will help the woman. Employees at the service will make sure the woman is cared for and were trying to find family members, Eubanks said.

Teen girl taken into protective custody

A 16-year-old girl was taken into protective custody Monday afternoon when Lodi police learned she was pregnant by her 24-year-old boyfriend.

The girl came to Lodi from Mexico nine months ago with her family, then moved in with her boyfriend when her family returned home, police said. The family approved of her boyfriend and the sex was consensual, police said, but California law places the age of consent at 18.

Police were still looking for the boyfriend and had not arrested him by Tuesday.

Public invited to meet new Galt police chief

Galt residents are invited to meet and speak with the new police chief tonight at the police department.

Chief Loren Cattalico will talk to the public and answer questions, and refreshments will also be served.

The event, which is sponsored by the Galt Police Officers Association, runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pescetti room at the police department, 455 Industrial Drive.

Galt city offices closing

Four city offices in Galt will be closed for two hours on Friday so that employees can participate in the annual Employee Recognition Event. The administration, finance, planning and public works offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

S.J. rail committee to discuss rail corridor

The San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee is holding a public hearing to discuss its strategic business plan being developed for the San Joaquin Valley Rail Corridor.

The Thursday meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sierra Center for the Arts, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento.

Guy Houston named to Assembly committee

Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, has been appointed to the Assembly Transportation Committee, which focuses on city streets, county roads and major highways.

Houston will also be vice chairman of the Assembly Local Government Committee, which oversees special taxes, city and county organization, subdivisions and special districts. He also was reappointed to the Banking and Finance Committee, which oversees financial institutions, real property finance and corporate securities law.

Houston represents the 15th Assembly District, which includes Galt, Thornton, Flag City, Terminous, part of Stockton and East Bay communities.

First published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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