Charges against one of three assault suspects dropped
Charges against one of three assault suspects were dropped Tuesday, though the man was ordered to appear next week at the preliminary hearing of two other suspects.
Jacob Eugene Timmerman, of Lodi, will not face charges in the March 23 stabbing of Norman Guillot, according to court records.
A week after the Garfield Street stabbing, Guillot, 56, was in good condition Tuesday night, according to a Lodi Memorial Hospital nursing supervisor.
The two other suspects, Dennis Lee Martens, 29, of Lodi, and Mathew Turner, 26, of Lockeford, will appear again in court next Tuesday.
Teen stabbing suspect's case dismissed for insufficient proof
The case against a Lodi teen charged in a March 13 stabbing was dismissed Monday due to insufficient evidence, according to court records.
Daniel Avalos, 18, had been scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing, but the case was instead dropped.
Avalos was arrested March 13 after allegedly stabbing a Lodi man who required 19 staples at the hospital to close a shoulder wound.
The victim had allegedly confronted two people he thought were burglarizing a vehicle in the 600 block of Hale Road, and Avalos was arrested soon after, police said at the time.
Stockton looking at turning Sikh Temple into historic landmark
The Stockton Sikh Temple - the first in the nation - has been a gathering place for California's Sikh population for 90 years. Now the city is considering recognizing the temple's role by designating it a historic landmark.
The society that oversees temple functions asked the city council to consider during a meeting this week a request that the site be considered a historic landmark.
Since its establishment, the temple has played a pivotal role in the life of the county's 10,000 Sikhs as well as Sikhs throughout the state and nation. Sikh migration into the United States from India's Punjab region began in 1899.
The Pacific Coast Khalsa Diwan Society has also asked the state to add the site to the National Register of Historic Places.
There are 500,000 Sikhs nationwide, and they're proud of their heritage and contributions, said Amrik Singh Dhaliwal, society president.
"That is why we want to be included as a Stockton (landmark) and on the National Register of Historic Places," said Dhaliwal, a grape farmer from Lodi. "So future generations can come and see what their forefathers did."
Judge approves for projects to reshape Yosemite Valley
FRESNO - Several projects meant to reshape Yosemite National Park's valley will go ahead after a federal judge waved away a suit by environmentalists who sought to stop the refurbishing effort.
Judge Anthony Ishii in Fresno said Monday that arguments from Friends of Yosemite Valley and Mariposans for Environmentally Responsible Growth asking for a delay were unconvincing.
The two groups had challenged the projects, which park service officials said will modernize visitor services while trying to ease the burden on the environment. The groups argued that park officials had not taken adequate measures to ensure that the onslaught of visitors did not harm the valley, and the scenic Merced River that runs through it.
Joyce Eden of Friends of Yosemite Valley said she is "greatly disappointed" and feels the ruling amounts to "a double whammy" - increasing river degradation while boosting development in the valley.
National Park Service representatives said the projects are necessary, and a benefit to the area.
Among the projects that will go ahead now are the reconstruction of Yosemite Lodge, a redevelopment project in Wawona, new employee housing to replace dorms washed away during a 1997 flood and an effort to improve the valley's aging system of utility pipes.
Ishii also ordered Yosemite National Park to decide how many people could visit the Merced River at one time.