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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:00 pm

Lodi residents, beware: If you get a call from someone selling a Lodi police and fire yearbook, it's a scam, Detective Eric Bradley said Wednesday.

Bradley, who is president of the Lodi Police Officers Association, said a woman contacted him after a man called and told her that, "for as low as $95," her name could be listed as a sponsor in the yearbook.

Prices reached as high as $300, the solicitor told the woman, and payments could be made by check when the yearbook arrives or by an automatic bank account withdrawal over the phone. The woman declined to give out her personal information.

Bradley contacted unions in the police and fire departments, and said there is no such yearbook being offered. He encouraged citizens to contact the police and fire departments to verify any such calls before paying any money.

New train trestle opens after massive fire

SACRAMENTO - Freight trains are rumbling across a new railroad trestle, just 12 days after a spectacular fire destroyed the section of a key east-west link through the capital.

A Union Pacific crew of 135 workers worked 12-hour shifts to rebuild the trestle and restore train service by Tuesday.

The company received compliments from local officials, but company spokesman Mark Davis said the quick turnaround time was standard practice.

"I've seen (UP) put together trestles over the years in remarkable time," Davis said.

The line connects the Port of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay area with the rest of the U.S. and typically handles as many as 50 trains a day. A second track is expected to open April 3, about a month ahead of schedule.

Officials have not yet determined a cause of the March 15 fire but have said it's suspicious.

A section of the American River Parkway, a popular bike trail that runs underneath the span, is likely to remain closed for some time while the area is cleaned up.

Initial sampling of the riverbank below the railroad bridge and the area around it found some cancer-causing contaminants present at more than seven times the federal limit, said Duncan Austin, a spokesman for the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

"There's a potential for groundwater contamination," he said.

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Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

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