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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:00 pm

A defendant tripped while suffering a seizure in Lodi court on Wednesday afternoon, striking his head on a wooden bar, falling on some chairs and then convulsing on the floor.

Donovan Herd, 41, was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital. A friend told bailiffs that Herd had a history of seizures.

Herd's case had just been called around 1:40 p.m., and bailiffs ushered the shackled man into court. He stepped up one step into the jury box, where defendants sit while being arraigned.

Herd then either tripped and began to seize, or the seizure caused him to trip. His head hit the solid wood bar in front of the jury chairs, causing him to start bleeding.

Several bailiffs surrounded him, with another calling for an ambulance and paramedics. Another bailiff soon removed a man charged with attempted murder to a more secure holding area.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived, ultimately wheeling Herd out on a gurney, an oxygen mask strapped to his face.

Herd had been in custody since Saturday, when Sheriff's deputies arrested him.

Court records show he is facing felony charges of domestic violence, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, driving under the influence and driving without a license, with eight previous convictions of driving without a license.

Court proceedings resumed 20 minutes later.

Lodi Lake boathouse dedication tonight

People will be able to take a tour of the new Lodi Lake boathouse at 5:15 p.m. today.

City spokesman Jeff Hood said the boathouse features a wheelchair-accessible boat launch. The wheelchair lift assist may also receive a solar-powered motor.

The boathouse will store all of the Lodi Lake rental boats and three city boats in the metal structure. At night, the boats will be floated into the boathouse, which will be closed with a locking garage door. To prevent vandalism, the boathouse even has an alarm system.

Meehleis Modular Buildings and the Lodi Centennial Group donated the boathouse to the city.

Refreshments will be available.

Most city offices closed Friday for furloughs

Those who need to start or restart utility service or pay a bill should do it today, because most city of Lodi offices will be closed on Friday for a staff furlough day.

The two exceptions are all emergency services and Hutchins Street Square.

City offices that will be closed include the Finance Department, City Hall, Lodi Public Library, Parks and Recreation, Lodi Animal Shelter, code enforcement, police records and property divisions.

Court proceedings at the Lodi branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court will continue to take place because the county operates the court. The next scheduled furlough day is June 26.

Boy reports possible attempted abduction

A Lodi boy who thought he recognized his father's van arriving to pick him up after school Tuesday instead ran when two strangers told him to get in the vehicle, police said.

The 10-year-old Lawrence Elementary School student ran to a nearby relative's house, and his family then contacted police. Half an hour later, he was still upset.

The boy left the school, located at 721 Calaveras St., and began walking through nearby Lawrence Park, Lodi Police Officer Ryan LaRue said Wednesday. The boy thought he saw his father's van, so he began walking toward it.

The van pulled up, the door opened and the boy realized it wasn't his father's vehicle. One of the two men inside called in Spanish, telling the boy to get in the van, LaRue said.

The driver said something the boy didn't understand, then got out of the van and began to walk around it, possibly toward the boy, who fled.

LaRue said the boy did the right thing, and that all officers have been notified about the blue van.

Lodi doctor's license suspended

A Lodi doctor's medical license is currently suspended, while driving under the influence charges are pending.

Dr. Kyle Krueger was suspended May 5 by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, pending an administrative hearing. He has had multiple convictions of driving under the influence.

Krueger is now charged with another DUI, as well as charges of hit-and-run and driving without a license - which was suspended due to a previous DUI conviction.

His Lodi business, The Krueger Clinic, is currently closed.

Galt teen accused of hitting another with bat

A Galt teenager was hospitalized Tuesday evening after being hit in the head by a baseball bat.

A second teen, age 17, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, said Galt Police Sgt. Chuck Dedriksen. Neither boy's name was released because they were juveniles.

Police were called around 5:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Lake Park Avenue, where several people were fighting with bats. Officers found the injured teen when they arrived.

The extent of the victim's injuries were not known Wednesday, but he was awake and able to talk to officers at the scene, Dedriksen said.

Police found a broken baseball bat in a nearby trash bin, but it had not yet been determined if that was the weapon, and when it had been broken.

The incident did not appear to be gang-related, Dedriksen said.

Historic Gold Rush hotel to close

The Columbia Hotel in Tuolumne County will close within 30 days, State Sen. Dave Cogdill's office said.

"The closure of the Columbia Hotel is heartrending not only from an economic standpoint but also because of the rich Gold Rush history associated with the hotel and the Columbia State Park," Cogdill, R-Modesto, said in a written statement. "From family vacations to joyous weddings, this hotel has been the home to countless happy memories for visitors. Ironically, in 30 days, this great facility may only be a memory itself."

Cogdill, who also represents the Lodi area, extended his sympathy to workers who will lose their jobs.

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  • posted at 6:12 am on Thu, May 28, 2009.


    I say to print the name of the parents since these are juveniles and their parents are responsible for them.Example:The child of John and Jane Smith of Galt was arrested for fighting. Their child is a known gang member.Lets see what if this will bring down juvenile crime. I, for one, dont want my name in the paper unless I hit the lottery and would be embarrassed if it was my child.

  • posted at 12:52 am on Thu, May 28, 2009.


    What happend to plain old fashion fist fights? these kids names should be released to the public, they should face the same embarrassment as adults who commit same crimes. their parents should be more involved, look for the warning signs, I know the police do not think it is gang related, but I know the two kids who were in the altercation and one of them is a known gang member. I think the laws need to be changed and kids from 14 up should be charged as adults, names placed in the local paper, and feel the shame knowing their business was displayed in black and white. regardless how the figt started I hope that the kid hit is ok.



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