Lodi police are looking for a man who was captured on video surveillance as he robbed a Subway restaurant in December.
On Dec. 20 the man entered the 420 E. Kettleman Lane eatery at 8:42 p.m. He implied that he had a gun and demanded all the money from the register, said Lodi Police Detective Leo Ramirez.
The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and nobody was injured in the process.
The man was described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a shaved head, dark brown eyes and a dimple or mole on an upper cheek, Ramirez said. The man appears to be white in images from the video.
Anyone with information may contact Lodi police at 333-6727. Anonymous callers, who could be eligible for a cash reward, may contact Lodi-Area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.
After miles of weaving, driver stopped, arrested
A driver was allegedly weaving all over the road Tuesday from at least Lockeford to Lodi before law enforcement caught up and arrested her for driving under the influence, after a minor crash.
Roberta Oberle, 44, of Valley Springs, finally came to a stop at Lockeford and Church streets, after she rear-ended a truck, Lodi police said.
Nobody was injured, though Oberle's gold Pontiac Grand Prix had front-end damage and the truck also hit a car in front of it. Oberle noticeably failed field sobriety tests at the scene, walking very unsteadily and misspelling her own last name.
Police found two bottles of prescription medication in the car and suspected that could be the cause of Oberle's erratic driving.
Her driving was first reported in Lockeford by a citizen who called the California Highway Patrol. They had no cars in the area but happened to have a plane patrolling, and it soon found the car, watching as it drifted onto the shoulder and into oncoming traffic.
The car managed to avoid crashes for at least seven miles before reaching Lodi's busier streets. After some near-misses with cars and pedestrians, officers finally caught up.
The incident tied up traffic for a time, with half a dozen Lodi patrol cars that had converged to block-in the errant car. It was eventually towed from the scene, while Oberle was booked at the city jail.
Van Ruiten Ranch expansion approved
The San Joaquin County Planning Commission approved a use permit recently for Van Ruiten Ranch to construct a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and expand its tasting room and multipurpose room at its winery on the south side of Highway 12, west of Lower Sacramento Road. The winery currently consists of a 1,200-square-foot tasting room and a 4,800-square-foot processing building. The first phase will consist of the new warehouse with a two-bay truck dock. The second phase will add a 5,500-square-foot multipurpose room for wine tasting and marketing events, with the existing wine-tasting room and offices.
The third phase will expand the new warehouse by an additional 10,000 square feet.
Man arrested for biting off tip of finger
An Acampo man is set to be arraigned in court today after allegedly biting off the tip of another man's finger last weekend.
Jose Luis Villegos Sanchez, 28, allegedly bit off the fingertip of a 29-year-old man who was trying to keep Sanchez from fighting another man, according to a report by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies initially responded to Lodi Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning after being contacted about a man who said his finger had been bitten off during a fight.
The victim claimed that he and Sanchez had been drinking at his house before leaving for Sanchez's home located in the 24600 block of North Tully Road. While there, Sanchez reportedly got into a confrontation with another man and "when the victim tried to separate the two, the suspect grabbed his right hand and bit off about a quarter of an inch from the top of the right middle finger," according to the report.
Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of mayhem and booked into the county jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.
Aghazarian appointed to state board
Greg Aghazarian, 44, of Stockton, has been appointed to the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board.
According to a statement from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office, Aghazarian represented the 26th District in the state Assembly from 2002 to 2008. The 26th District includes Victor, Lockeford, Clements, Morada and Acampo east of Bruella Road.
The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board is a seven-member, judicial group that reviews workers' compensation decisions as well as regulates the claim adjudication process.
Prior to his time in the Assembly, Aghazarian owned the Law Offices of Gregory G. Aghazarian from 1997 to 2002 and worked for the law offices of David R. LeBeouf from 1993 to 1996, according to a statement by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in business administration for the University of Southern California in 1986. This position requires Senate confirmation and the salary is $128,109. Aghazarian is a Republican.
Flooding, San Joaquin River to be discussed
An update on flood-management activities and flood insurance will be reviewed today by the San Joaquin County Advisory Water Commission.
The commission, consisting of water purveyors throughout the county, will also review Rep. Jerry McNerney's opposition to a peripheral canal to divert more Delta waters to the southern San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles basin, a proposal to divert San Joaquin River water into Old River and the possible consolidation of the Stockton East Water District and Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District.
Today's meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the county Public Health conference room, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.