A man and woman were arrested Thursday in connection with two armed robberies hours earlier, and police are following leads on a third suspect.
No shots were fired, though a male suspect brandished a gun in both incidents.
The first robbery happened near Lockeford and Church streets around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, when a car pulled up to a male pedestrian, police said. They asked for the man's camera, and when he tried to get it back, a man in the red car brandished a gun and made threats, Detective Mike Manetti said.
Then, around 1:15 a.m., a man walking in the 500 block of South Sacramento Street was robbed by suspects matching the descriptions.
That time, the victim was ordered to empty his pockets - though the suspects only got away with his cell phone, Manetti said.
Police broadcast a description of the red car, and around 1:50 a.m. Officer Matt Latino found a car matching the description at Lincoln and Louie avenues. Police arrested the driver, Michelle Knight, 27, of Lodi, and found a camera matching the one taken during the first robbery, Manetti said.
Nobody else was in the car, but mid-Thursday, detectives arrested a second suspect, Johnny Turner, 20, at his home around the corner from the place where Knight was arrested.
Both were jailed on suspicion of robbery, and detectives were following leads on the other male suspect, Manetti said. No gun was found.
New stop signs installed on Mills Avenue
If you're driving on Mills Avenue, prepare to stop at Lockeford Street.
City workers installed stop signs there Thursday morning, making it a three-way stop. Previously, the only stop sign was at Lockeford Street, which ends at Mills Avenue.
The new stop signs were approved by the City Council on July 16, and were based on the volume of traffic and the speed, said Paula Fernandez, senior traffic engineer for the city.
The intersection is directly across from First Baptist Church, which runs a school, and just north of Millswood Middle School.
Mills Avenue was just repaved and repainted as part of a large city street maintenance project, and the signs were installed when the painting was finished.
For a couple hours Thursday morning, motorists had no warning of the new stop signs, because workers apparently did not post planned warnings, Fernandez said. Now temporary orange flags are mounted on the stop sign, and warning signs are placed on the roadside.
National Night Out block parties set for Tuesday
It's time again for National Night Out - the annual event when residents gather for block parties, meet one another and promote safety in their neighborhoods.
Tuesday night will consist of countless parties around the nation, as well as more than 100 locally.
Lodi is marking 25 years of the event, and so far 78 parties are planned, including 135 neighborhoods, Crime Prevention Officer Andrea Patterson said.
The parties start at 6 and will be visited by council members, the Lodi Improvement Committee, firefighters and American Medical Response paramedics. Various police divisions, including SWAT, motorcycle and canine officers, will also visit the parties.
In the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County, Sheriff's personnel will attend 30 parties, as well as six in Lathrop, Deputy Les Garcia said. The parties include several in Woodbridge, Lodi and Lockeford, and one in Thornton.
In Galt, six neighborhoods are holding block parties rather than the practice in previous years, when the city held one party. City and police personnel will visit the parties, which are comprised of several blocks each.
For information on registering a Lodi party or forming a neighborhood watch, call Patterson at 333-6863.
For those in San Joaquin County, call Bill Hughes at 468-4796.
Two more enter crowded Galt council race
Two more residents entered Galt's crowded City Council race this week.
George Romano and Tom Santillan each picked up applications, City Clerk Liz Aguire said.
Romano works at B&W Mechanical in Lodi as a heating and cooling systems technician. In a brief interview Thursday, he said he's lived in Galt 12 years, moving there from Southern California for its "small town" feel.
He is active in the community's youth football programs.
Santillan is a project engineer in Sacramento for Indoor Environmental Services, which provides heating and cooling system design and construction services.
Santillan has run twice for a seat on the Galt Joint Union High School District board. He was not elected either time.
There are now eight people who have picked up applications to run for council. Two seats are up for election Nov. 4.
Incumbent council members Tim Raboy and Barbara Payne have pulled papers. So have Galt residents Richard Salton, Rodney Stanhope, Frederick Goethel and Randy Shelton.
Applicants must turn in their paperwork by Aug. 8.
(Editor's Note: This story was changed at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 to correct the name of the church in the brief on the new stop sign.)