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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:00 pm

Nobody was injured when a bullet was fired into a Lodi apartment late Sunday night, but police are looking for anyone with information on the matter.

Around 11:30 p.m., several shots were fired toward an apartment complex in the 500 block of Murray Street, said Lodi Police Sgt. Bill Alexander. Officers recovered a bullet from inside a car and an apartment, where people were home at the time.

Police said there were no immediate witnesses or suspects. Alexander said it could be connected to "another case we're investigating," but declined to give further details.

He asked anyone with information to call police at 333-6727. Anonymous calls may be made to Lodi-Area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.

- Layla Bohm

Man pleads no contest to evading police

A man who picked the wrong place and time to flee from Lodi police - near the July 4 fireworks show with extra officers on duty - has admitted to evading police.

Daniel Conroy, 24, of Stockton, pleaded no contest last week to evading police, driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.2 percent, and driving on a license that was previously suspended due to drunken driving.

Conroy was arrested shortly before the fireworks show started at Lodi Lake, after an officer tried to pull him over for speeding on Lodi Avenue. He fled, winding up in the Park West area of Lower Sacramento Road.

He soon abandoned the vehicle, ran through an acquaintance's house and leaped over a brick wall to Turner Road. Officers were about a mile east, monitoring crowds and a road closure, and a motor officer soon caught Conroy.

At the Aug. 3 court appearance, Conroy was sentenced to 90 days in jail, fined $2,453 and placed on five years of formal probation, according to San Joaquin County court records.

- Layla Bohm

Woodbridge Irrigation District board to discuss Lodi water line

The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will discuss the city of Lodi's water line to the Lodi Lake area and Lower Sacramento Road street improvements during Thursday's board meeting.

The board will also consider a no-drainage policy and possibly change individual board divisions due to changes in population and size. Russ Taylor of the East Bay Municipal Utility District will give a hydrology report of the Mokelumne River.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.

- Ross Farrow

Lockeford Community Services District board to review groundwater charge

The Lockeford Community Services District board will discuss whether to change its position on paying an $11,000 groundwater charge to the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District on Thursday.

The Lockeford board will also discuss a pending transfer of four acres on Jack Tone Road from San Joaquin County to the Community Services District, consider awarding a contract to Callander & Associates to prepare architectural drawings for a community park, and discuss whether to replace one of the district's wells.

Thursday's meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Old Lockeford Schoolhouse, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.

- Ross Farrow

'Where the Wind Blows' launch party

Celebrate with Lockeford author Caroline Fyffe tonight as she marks the release of her first novel, "Where the Wind Blows." The launch party will be tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery, located at 203 S. School St. Barnes and Noble will be on site selling autographed copies of the book.

"Where the Wind Blows" is a historical romance, and won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award for excellence in the romance genre. It tells the story of Chase Logan, a character who is described as a loner as free and clear as a mountain stream, and his relationship with a blue-eyed woman named Jessie Strong.

Fyffe's second novel, "The McCutcheons" is slated to be published by Dorchester Publishing for an August 2010 release.

- Lauren Nelson

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