Marijuana trial postponed
The trial of former Lodi resident Brian Bader on marijuana possession and cultivation charges was delayed at least a week Monday.
The defense needed more time to schedule an expert witness for trial, so attorneys will return to court next Monday to set a new trial date, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Phil Urie said.
Bader, 47, was arrested in 2001 when Lodi police detectives allegedly found 147 plants growing in his home. A year later, Bader, who has a medical marijuana prescription from a Bay Area doctor, was convicted of cultivating marijuana and possession with intent to sell.
But, citing a jury instruction, an appeals court overturned the verdict. Prosecutors are now taking the case back to trial.
Electronic waste cleanup day scheduled
Lodi residents are invited to bring computer hardware, computer monitors and TV sets to the city's second-annual Electronic Waste Clean-up Day on Saturday for proper disposal and recycling. Customers are limited to three computers and two TV sets.
The project, sponsored by the city-owned Electric Utility, promotes energy conservation, and the appropriate disposal and recycling of hazardous electronic equipment.
To confirm eligibility, residents must present a valid driver's license as well as a copy of a current City of Lodi utility bill.
The event will run from 7-10 a.m. at the Kofu Park tennis courts on Ham Lane. Public parking is available in at the municipal service center.
For more information, contact Rob Lechner at 333-6800, ext. 2583.
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Parks and Recreation Commission meeting tonight
The Lodi Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to vote on a possible recommendation to the City Council for a ZinFest at Lodi Lake on May 13 during its monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
The commission will also accept a donation of three Japanese lanterns for Lodi Lake and a donation for a memorial plaque.
Man dies following single-vehicle accident
A 31-year-old Lodi man died from injuries suffered in a solo-vehicle accident Saturday night.
The accident occurred around 8 p.m. when the victim, identified as Armando Saldana, was driving south on the highway frontage road at a high rate of speed, the California Highway Patrol said.
However, he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway north of Acampo Road, left the paved surface, collided with a tree and was partially ejected. The vehicle's passenger side of the Chevrolet suffered major damage.
Saldana, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported by medical helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he died from severe head injuries, the CHP said.
Additional information was unavailable. However, alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, the CHP said.
Galt man gets six months
Brian McDaniel, 23, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading no contest to possessing a sawed-off shotgun in connection with a Nov. 19 arrest in Galt, according to Sacramento County court records.
McDaniel, who was also placed on five years of formal probation, was arrested after hiding from Galt police officers in an attic in the 100 block of New Hope Road, court and police records show. Frenchy, a police dog, captured McDaniel from the attic, and they both fell through the ceiling into a bedroom, police said.
Man pleads no contest to assault
Samuel Clifton Little, 19, who was initially charged with a hate crime after assaulting a man Dec. 9 in the parking lot at Galt Plaza shopping center, pleaded no contest to a single count of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records.
Little, who remains in custody at Sacramento County Jail, was promised no state prison time, records show. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22 after a probation report is completed, records show.
Little was arrested on a warrant Jan. 15 in connection with the December incident, in which he hit a 41-year-old black man behind the ear, which required stitches. Little also allegedly used racial slurs during the attack, police said.
Businesses sought for college fair
Galt High School is looking for local businesses to participate in the schools "career college fair" scheduled for April 15 at Warrior Gym. For information, call Francisco Tostado at 745-3083, extension 2024.
Of about 30,000 people living with the Vagus Nerve Stimulator, about 20 percent are children under age 12. The percentage was incorrectly given in a Page One story in Saturday's News-Sentinel.
Thursday's special Lodi City Council begins at 6 p.m. The information was inaccurate in a Page One article Monday regarding the city manager's authority.
Also, former City Manager Dixon Flynn discussed raises for department heads in June, a month before he formally announced his resignation. The city manager is authorized to give out raises based on a pre-determined pay table set out in 5 percent increments, not in $5,000 increments, as reported in the same article.