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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 10:00 pm

A man was critically injured at about 7 p.m. Saturday, when he crashed his small motorcycle into a parked car in the 1400 block of Ayers Avenue, according to Lodi police.

The man, whose name and age were unavailable Sunday, was unconscious at the scene, Lodi police Detective Sierra Brucia said. He was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital and was airlifted to a trauma center, Brucia said.

- Ross Farrow.

Man arrested after allegedly hitting wife

A Lodi man was arrested early Friday evening after allegedly hitting his wife with a metal pipe, burning her with a methamphetamine pipe and not allowing her to leave home, according to Lodi police.

Gregory Payne, 42, who lives in the 400 block of Pioneer Drive in Lodi, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, terrorist threats, torture, false imprisonment and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Payne's wife was not hospitalized, police said. Officers continue to investigate what police described as an ongoing problem for the past several months.

- Ross Farrow.

Infant suffers fractured skull, possible broken leg

An infant about 6 months old suffered a skull fracture and possible broken leg on Friday in a potential child abuse case that Lodi police are investigating, according to Detective Sierra Brucia.

There have been no arrests in connection with the incident, which took place in the 400 block of East Oak Street, Brucia said.

The child was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital and airlifted to Oakland Children's Hospital.

Police are investigating whether the infant was injured by accident or by child abuse, Brucia said.

- Ross Farrow.

Interview process for superintendent begins

Four candidates vying for the Galt Joint Union High School superintendent position will begin interviews today.

Each will have 45 minutes before two panels consisting of 13 community and staff representatives, as well as the school board members, according to board president Terry Parker-Owning.

The district is on track to replace Tom Gemma by month's end. He resigned from the position, and his last day was June 30.

The board has adopted a stringent time line to have a new superintendent in place weeks before school starts.

Applications were due June 26 with paper screening of each commencing days later. Candidate site visits are scheduled for next week, and the board plans to vote on a new superintendent at its July 27 meeting.

- Jennifer Bonnett.

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  • posted at 3:51 am on Mon, Jul 13, 2009.


    That was my same thought pooreastside. This child is 6 months, probably barely crawling. To suffer a fractured skull and break a leg even if the baby fell it would have to be a very long fall.

  • posted at 3:04 am on Mon, Jul 13, 2009.


    Infant suffers fractured skull and possible broken leg? That would have to be some accident!! Hopefully investigators will stay on this one. That poor baby. Even if can't be proven child abuse, at least it should be considered child neglect. How in the world would the child sustain such injuries if someone was watching her?



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