A Lodi man who police shot with a beanbag and then was allegedly found to have a handgun and methamphetamine in his car was sentenced last week to more than seven years in federal prison.
Gino Giorgi, 21, was arrested May 28, 2006, after police were called to a gas station at Kettleman and Cherokee lanes on a report of an armed man who was looking for someone he was mad at, Lodi police said at the time.
When Giorgi refused to obey officers' orders and began reaching into his waistband, they fired a beanbag round at him. Officers then found a stolen .40-caliber handgun, three ounces of methamphetamine and $3,700 in cash in his car. He was on parole at the time of the arrest.
Giorgi was charged in San Joaquin County Superior Court, but then federal prosecutors took over the case a month later. On June 19, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
A judge on Oct. 9 sentenced him to 90 months in federal prison, recommending that he complete a 500-hour drug program at a prison in Lompoc, according to federal court records. When he is released from prison, Giorgi will be placed on five years of supervised release.
Wal-Mart EIR on Web
The supplemental environmental impact report for a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter is available for viewing on the city of Lodi's Web site, http://www.lodi.gov.
The document, which today begins its 45-day review and comment period, was required after a judge found the original EIR inadequate.
In 2005, Stockton lawyer Steve Herum representing a group called Lodi First, successfully sued to halt plans for a proposed 226,000 square-foot Wal-Mart at Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road.
One of the judge's findings was that the original EIR did not account for the cumulative effect on Lodi from two other Wal-Mart Supercenters in Stockton.
Stockon's controversial speaker program nixed
STOCKTON - The Stockton Unified School District has put off hosting motivational speakers following allegations that a district official considered tying the school program to political fund-raisers.
Last week, San Joaquin County prosecutors forwarded claims to federal auditors alleging that Director of Athletics Joe Martin sent e-mails discussing how to bring former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to schools in conjunction with a fund-raiser for the local Republican Party.
A former party chairwoman told Martin the GOP would consider sharing the costs to bring them to the Central Valley, said Eliyahu Rabin, executive director of the Stockton Teachers Association.
Martin then asked a district trustee active in the local Democratic Party whether Sen. Hillary Clinton would travel to the area in conjunction with a fund-raiser for the party and school district, Rabin said.
Superintendent Jack McLaughlin said the union's claims were baseless and that no money had been spent. The e-mail exchanges were a joke, and were sent after a committee had already decided to invite different speakers, McLaughlin said.
The program was suspended Monday while the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General reviews the allegations.