A Lodi appliance store owner was jailed Friday on a $100,000 arrest warrant, alleging that he took money from customers and never gave them their merchandise.
David Westerback, 43, faces three counts of grand theft, and investigators believe there is at least one more victim, said Lodi Police Detective Lee Patterson.
Customers would order ovens, washers and dryers from Anderson Maytag, 608 S. Central Ave. Westerback only took cash, and then never delivered the items, Patterson said.
Instead, Westerback allegedly made excuses for the weeks-long delays, saying the appliances were held up on the East Coast, or the wrong ones had been shipped, Patterson said.
When customers got tired of waiting and asked for their cash back, Westerback allegedly refused and said they could take him to small claims court.
Customers did so, and got judgments - which haven't been paid, Patterson said.
Police began pursuing it when the reports kept trickling in for several months starting in April.
"He knows he's in trouble in April but he continues to sell these items," Patterson said. "That's theft by false pretenses - selling the items when you know you're not going to come through."
Train victim transferred to trauma hospital
A man who was hospitalized after being hit by a train in Downtown Lodi has taken a turn for the worse, police said Friday.
The 58-year-old man apparently tried to commit suicide Wednesday afternoon, when he laid down on the tracks after seeing a train approaching, Lodi police said at the time. He was conscious and moaning at the scene, and was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital.
The man has since been transferred to Stanford Medical Center, and hospital officials asked Lodi police to try finding the man's family members, Sgt. Fernando Martinez said.
Officers had contacted a distant relative, but were trying to find the man's next of kin. The man apparently rented a room in Lodi, Martinez said.
Police declined to release the man's name until they notified family members.
Man accused of looking at women in bathroom
A parolee was arrested at the Lodi Grape Festival after allegedly looking under stalls in a women's bathroom Thursday night.
David Anthony Zavala, 40, of Stockton, was jailed on suspicion of loitering in a public bathroom, as well as a parole violation, according to Lodi police.
At 9:33 p.m., a woman contacted police about the man, saying he was in the handicapped stall and had looked under the partition into the stall she was using. When police arrived, a second woman told them the same thing had happened to her.
Police entered and found Zavala in a shower area, though he had no towel or other shower accessories with him, said Detective Tim Fritz.
Zavala made several excuses - "that he was intoxicated, that he thought the fair was over, that he was waiting for his girlfriend to take a shower," Fritz said.
However, police saw no indications of intoxication, the festival was still in full swing and Zavala's girlfriend was not in the bathroom, Fritz said.
Zavala's girlfriend was working at the carnival, but he was not employed at the festival, Fritz added.
Police said Zavala did not solicit the women for any kind of sex acts, and that he did not attempt to touch them.
Congressman Dan Lungren to hold town hall meeting today
Congressman Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, will hold a town hall meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon today in the Galt High School gymnasium at 145 N. Lincoln way.
He will focus on health care reform legislation he is co- sponsoring with other House colleagues, but he will also answer questions on any other issue.
He is working on two main pieces of legislation: the Patients Choice Act and the Health Care Choice Act.
The bills would "provide portable, quality coverage for those without employer-based coverage and allow Americans to keep the plan they like. All of this without involving the federal government and with no increase in the federal deficit," according to the news release he sent out on the event.
This is his fifth town hall meeting in the past 30 days, and the first since Congress reconvened to work on health care.
For details visit Lungren's Web site.
Delta dedicating student services building
San Joaquin Delta College will officially open its doors to the new Lawrence A. DeRicco Student Services Building on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Cunningham 1 parking lot. The 50,000-square-foot building is almost four years in the making. It will consolidate all non-instructional student services into one location and serve as a gateway to the campus.