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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:00 pm

Firm sending four to Louisiana

A Lodi company is sending a crew of four to Slidell, La., on Christmas Eve to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The crew, from TelNet Communications, will run telephone and network cables, set up wireless Internet access and assist in warehousing products to be distributed to residents who need them.

TelNet is looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of tools, supplies and other items. For more information, call company President Kevin Stevens at 712-3809 or send an e-mail to PhoneGuy@TelNetCom.US.

Planning commission meeting canceled

The city of Lodi Planning Commission will not hold its regular meeting Wednesday because of a lack of matters to discuss.

The next scheduled meeting is Jan. 11.

Conference and Visitors Bureau gets new Web site

The Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau has uploaded a new Web site, www.visitlodi.com.

Developed by iselect of Lodi, the site now features mouse-over directories, an arts and culture page, a page dedicated to transportation, a listing of event/meeting facilities and a page dedicated to tour operators.

In addition, the site has a new events calendar, where residents can post their events for free.

Wal-Mart backs off plan to build in Elk Grove

Wal-Mart has apparently bowed to public pressure and withdrawn its application to build a Supercenter at Sheldon and Power Inn roads in Elk Grove, the Sacramento Bee has reported.

Wal-Mart, headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., has 1.6 million employees and 6,100 stores worldwide, including 1,700 U.S. Supercenters.

The first Supercenter in California was built in La Quinta last year. The same year, one opened in Stockton on Hammer Lane.

Man arrested for threatening deputies

A man who allegedly threatened sheriff's deputies after they fatally shot a man Tuesday has been arrested on charges related to those alleged threats and weapons charges. Gerardo Padila, 33, was allegedly carrying a loaded gun and a throwing star.

Padila was at the scene of Tuesday's shooting at the Red Sea Market on B Street in Stockton, and he allegedly called sheriff's dispatchers and told them, "You shot my friend right here, you shot him, he had no gun," authorities said Thursday.

Padila then allegedly called back and said, "You all a bunch of cowards, the whole Sheriff's Department is out here, I could just take 'em all out with an AK," a sheriff's report said.

The Tuesday afternoon shooting happened when Deputy John Palmer, a 27-year law enforcement officer, fired four times, killing a man. Beside the man, investigators found a pellet gun resembling a real handgun, deputies said.

Padila, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, had entered the crime scene and refused to leave, according to a report by Sheriff's spokesman Dave Konecny. Deputies detained Padila and soon found a loaded gun and a throwing star in his pockets, Konecny said.

Padila had a felony conviction in 1995, which would bar him from having any guns. Deputies confiscated the loaded .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, Konecny said.

Padila was booked into the county jail in French Camp.

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