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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 10:00 pm

Devon Derrel Goodlow of Acampo pleaded guilty Tuesday of attempting to register a fictitious voter and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of formal probation, according to a news release from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office.

Goodlow was being paid to collect signatures for a petition for the Clean Water Act in 2006, said Austin Erdman, San Joaquin County's interim registrar of voters.

Workers at the registrar's office noticed that several signatures with different names had the same handwriting, Erdman said Tuesday.

Bowen's office reported that Goodlow produced four registration cards for people who do not exist. Erdman added that several others complained to his office that their signatures were falsified, but they did not result in a conviction.

"I applaud San Joaquin County Registrar Austin Erdman's staff for their professional diligence and attention to detail," Bowen said in a prepared statement.

"This case reinforces the fact that those who attempt to alter or pad the voter rolls with fictitious names will be caught, and they will be punished," Bowen said.

Two cars hit by BB gun on Highway 99

One driver was injured and another had vehicle damage Monday night when someone apparently fired a BB gun at Highway 99, Lodi Police said.

The incidents were reported around 8:20 p.m. when two vehicles were struck while traveling in the southbound lanes between the Lodi Avenue and Kettleman Lane exits, Lt. Steve Carillo said.

The shots appeared to have been fired from east of the freeway, near Woodrow Street, Carillo said. Police found nobody with a BB gun.

One driver had minor cuts from the broken passenger window, Carillo said.

Council gets update on Lodi Avenue redesign

The Lodi City Council Tuesday morning discussed some major changes to Lodi Avenue, including just how pedestrian-friendly to make the east-west connector.

The council in June is expected to select one of two redesign plans for the eastern stretch of the avenue, from Cherokee Lane to Sacramento Street.

The first would maintain the avenue's four traffic lanes, but widen its sidewalks with "bulbouts" near major intersections and eventually add a center median.

The second would cut the avenue to two traffic lanes, with a much wider median. It would create 12 foot sidewalks from Cherokee Lane to Stockton Street. Left-turn lanes would remain at key intersections.

Councilman Bob Johnson and Mayor JoAnne Mounce each expressed concern about trimming the avenue to two traffic lanes.

"It just doesn't make sense to me going down from two lanes to one," Mounce said, noting drivers would avoid the avenue, adding more traffic to nearby residential streets.

Once the council chooses a plan in June, further redesign plans would be created by city staff.

Construction bids would go out by spring 2009, and construction could start by summer

2009, according to a city report.

Much of the work, including ripping up the railroad tracks that run along Lodi Avenue and reconstructing the road, will be funded by $1.9 million in state transportation bonds, the result of Proposition 1B.

Park master plan to be discussed

The Lockeford Community Services District board will consider a contract with an engineering form to develop a park master plan at Thursday's board meeting.

The master plan will detail possible uses for the park, just south and east of the Lockeford Community Center on Jack Tone Road.

The board will also consider a "will serve" letter to provide water and sewer service for a development proposal on Highway 88 by John Anderson and Diede Construction. Directors will also hear an update on the restoration of the district's 19th-century schoolhouse.

Thursday's board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.

Fish screen, another project to be reviewed

The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will hear a report on the construction of the new fish screen to divert salmon from the irrigation canal at the Mokelumne River at Thursday's board meeting.

The board will also be updated on the replacement of an air bladder at Woodbridge Dam and hear a hydrology report.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.

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