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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005 10:00 pm

Bear Creek teacher accused of giving explicit material to student

A Lodi Unified School District teacher accused of giving sexually explicit material to a student is scheduled to be arraigned in court Wednesday.

Janet Kim Alexander-Low

Janet Kim Alexander-Low, 39, of Stockton, is a teacher at Bear Creek High School. She was arrested Friday on suspicion of furnishing harmful material for the purpose of seduction, a felony, and annoying a child under the age of 18, a misdemeanor, Stockton police spokesman Sean Fenner said.

Alexander-Low, who also goes by the name of Kim Alexander, was jailed on $78,000 and released after posting bond the same day, according to San Joaquin County Jail records.

Police were first called Thursday night, when a 15-year-old boy's mother went into her son's room and saw the explicit material, said Fenner, who declined to say what the material was.

After detectives interviewed the boy, Alexander-Low, a 10th-grade English teacher, was arrested.

As of Monday, Fenner said no other alleged victims had been identified.

Alexander-Low was a new, temporary teacher and is now on administrative leave, Lodi Unified School District Superintendent Bill Huyett said Monday. She is still being paid, but that could change after the District Attorney's Office files charges, Huyett said.

Charges had not yet been filed with the court Monday but are expected to be filed by Wednesday afternoon's arraignment in Stockton court.

'Operation Thumbprint' meeting Wednesday

Business owners and managers hoping to cut down on check fraud are invited to a Wednesday meeting about the Lodi Police Department's "Operation Thumbprint" program.

In an attempt to battle an increasing number of fraud and forgery cases, the Police Department and Crime Stoppers are offering inkless thumbprint pads to local businesses.

When taking a check, the cashier will have the customer place a fingerprint on the check and the clerk will initial it. If the check is a fraud, the thumbprint will both identify the suspect and prove who wrote the check, police said.

Last year, officers handled an average of slightly more than one fraud or forgery case every day.

Wednesday's meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Andrea Patterson at 333-6863.

Farm Safety Day kicks off Thursday

Lodi's agricultural community can learn the latest do's and don'ts of pesticide application at the Farm Safety Day event at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds on Thursday.

The annual event, co-sponsored by the University of California, Davis Integrated Pest Management project and the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, features mandatory classes for pesticide distribution and cleanup. Among the topics:

• Pesticide application and personal protective equipment

• First aid and health effects of pesticide exposure

• Mixing and loading

• Leaks and spills

• Environmental protection

• Calibration of application equipment

The day long event costs $15 a person and includes lunch. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Lodi Chamber of Commerce at 367-7840.

Tonight's greenbelt meeting canceled

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Lodi Greenbelt Task Force was canceled this week so landowners in the greenbelt study area can continue work on a separate plan.

The task force unveiled a plan last year that uses a combination of density credits and easements to preserve a 2,000-acre strip along Armstrong Road as a community separator. Landowners since then have been working on a separate plan that would focus on providing greater compensation for the land, which some expect will eventually fetch nearly $300,000 an acre from developers.

Tonight's meeting is the sixth that the city has canceled since December. Community Development Director Konradt Bartlam said there are no plans for the task force to meet until the landowners group is ready to present its proposal.

LUSD looks at effects of dwindling state budget

Lodi Unified officials will consider proposed state budget cuts tonight when they hear a presentation on the district's finances for the 2005-06 fiscal year.

Douglas Barge, Lodi Unified's chief business officer, is expected to report to the Board of trustees exactly how much money will have to be cut from the district's budget, which last year ran at $211 million.

Officials have not yet decided where the cuts will be made, but must make the decisions when they adopt a new budget this summer.

Trustees will also vote on whether to purchase two land lots for the future site of an elementary school south of Eight Mile Road and west of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the James Areida Education Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St.

LUSD to give State of District address at Tokay High

Lodi Unified School Board president Richard Jones and district Superintendent Bill Huyett will present the annual State of the District address Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Tokay High School Theatre, 1111 Century Blvd.

Information given by the district that listed the meeting at Millswood Middle School was incorrect.

The address, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, was postponed after rumors spread that district employees would protest a stalled contract by not showing up to work that same morning.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Lodi Council PTA President Kathy Cassebarth at 368-6401.

Family Resource Center at Blakely Park?

The Lodi Parks and Recreation Commission will consider a request for a family resource center at Blakely Park during its monthly meeting tonight at 7 at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

The Community Partnership for Families, which was founded in 1998, has developed resource centers -- ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet -- at five neighborhoods in Stockton and Lodi.

The proposed center would be located adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club at Poplar and Washington Street. The 5,600-square-foot center would also be staffed by Community Partnership for Families.

Other action items include a memorial bench plaque and donation as well as donations from various community groups.

Local Red Cross, graffiti to be discussed

John Moran, who heads a group of 12 Red Cross volunteers from the Galt area, is scheduled to give an update on the fledgling group at Wednesday's meeting of Galt's Public Safety Advisory Committee.

Galt volunteers have had two training sessions this year to help out in case of a major disaster in the city.

In other action, the safety committee will review the city's graffiti ordinance.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Anthony Pescetti Community Room at the Galt police station, 455 Industrial Drive.

Mokelumne Fire to receive audit report

Mokelumne Rural Fire District directors will receive the district's draft financial audit for the 2003-04 fiscal year at tonight's fire board meeting.

The board will also consider retrofitting its extrication tool to conform with an extrication tool of a different brand.

Today's board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lockeford fire station, 13157 E. Brandt Road.

Tigers transferred to new home

COLTON -- The last seven tigers rescued from horrific conditions at a San Bernardino County sanctuary have been moved to their new home in Northern California.

The big cats were loaded onto three trailers Saturday for the long drive to San Andreas.

Thirty-two other tigers have already made the journey to the spacious 10-acre sanctuary, operated by the Performing Animal Welfare Society and built with $250,000 raised by the Fund for Animals. PAWS also has a site near Galt.

The felines will spend the rest of their lives among the San Andreas compound's hills, trees, dens and swimming holes.

The animals were found in April 2003 when authorities shut down Tiger Rescue. The Colton facility, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, took in unwanted tigers, leopards and lions that had appeared in movies and TV commercials.

The closure came after state officials raided the home of owner John Weinhart in nearby Glen Avon and discovered 58 dead tiger cubs stuffed into freezers, 30 dead adult tigers, several malnourished tiger and leopard cubs and two alligators in a bathtub.

Weinhart, 62, was found guilty this month of animal cruelty and other charges.

He faces a maximum of 14 years and six months in prison when he is sentenced in March.

Man held in scalding incident

FRENCH CAMP -- A San Joaquin County man is being held on charges of child-endangerment and cruelty to a child after he punished a 2-year-old boy in his care by putting him in a scalding hot shower, police said.

French Camp firefighters responded Saturday after the boy's mother returned home and called paramedics.

Charles Lyle Kundert Jr., 20, was caring for his girlfriend's son when he became angry the child soiled his pants twice that day, authorities said.

Kundert allegedly told San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies that he put the boy in a hot shower to punish him. Paramedics said the boy suffered firstand second-degree burns.

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