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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2001 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:21 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

Trust fund set for New York survivors, families

A trust fund to benefit survivors and family members of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy has been set up at Mokelumne Federal Credit Union.

Donations may be sent to either credit union location, 531 N. Mills Ave., and 2310 Tienda Drive, both in Lodi.

The account number is 601054.

The trust fund was established by the Geweke Auto & RV Group, G-Rem, Wine Country Station and Holiday Inn Express.

For more information, call Tammie Rivera at the credit union, (209) 333-5424.

Three injured in crash south of Lodi

Three Stockton residents were injured in a single-car accident Saturday south of Lodi.

Rosalva Cruz, 25, was driving a Jeep Cherokee at 6:42 p.m. south on West Lane, south of Armstrong Road, when she swerved to the left, hit the center divider guardrail and turned onto its side in a vineyard west of the road, California Highway Patrol spokesman Derek Brackett said.

Cruz and a passenger, Sandra Cruz, 6, were ejected from the car, Woodbridge Assistant Fire Chief Jim Martinez said. Another passenger, Juan Chavez, 32, was pinned in the vehicle, Martinez said.

Rosalva Cruz, who complained of back pain, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton.

Sandra Cruz was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after complaining of pain to her back and abdomen.

Chavez was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for observation, Martinez said.

Sandra Cruz was not listed in U.C. Davis' medical records, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Two arrested on gun, meth allegations

Two men were arrested Saturday night on suspicion of possessing a loaded, concealed handgun and a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, Lodi police said.

Rick Jerome Myers, 31, of Lodi entered the Big 5 Sporting Goods store at 2411 W. Kettleman Lane at 7:26 p.m. and pulled the loaded gun out of his waistband while trying to buy a new magazine for the weapon, police said.

Myers was caught by police a short time later.

The gun, methamphetamine, $1,200 cash, scales and ammunition were found in Myers' car, police said.

Myers and a passenger, Travis Donald Felix, 22, of Lodi, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a loaded weapon, possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance for sale, police said.

Juveniles arrested after fight behind Walgreen's

Two juveniles were arrested during a disturbance involving several people shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday behind Walgreen's on Ham Lane in Lodi, Lodi police said.

No other information was available.

Special education meeting scheduled

Supplementary Security Income will be the featured topic at a meeting of the Lodi Area Special Education Region's Community Advisory Committee at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lodi.

A representative from the Lodi Social Security Administration Office will speak at the meeting.

The CAC meets regularly to discuss issues related to special-education students.

The meeting will be held at Lodi Unified School District's office, 1305 E. Vine St.

Childcare will be available. For more information, call (209) 331-7061.

Man on bicycle hit by car

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after hitting a 36-year-old man riding a bicycle Sunday night on South Lincoln Way at Ranch Road, Galt police said.

The victim, Daniel Angulo, 36, was taken to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento because he was "confused" and didn't respond properly to commands, a Galt Fire Protection District report says. Angulo suffered bruises and contusions to his left leg, had a nose bleed and cuts to the left side of his forehead, Galt Fire Chief Jim Templeton said.

Angulo was not listed in medical records at UC Davis, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Arrested was Feliciano Reynoso, 41, whose address was not available.

Galt City Council to discuss police station financing

The Galt City Council, at a special meeting at 7 p.m. today, will discuss whether there can be enough homes built within the city limits to finance bonding of the city's new police station.

The meeting will attempt to answer concerns by the Galt District Chamber of Commerce that there may not be enough space to provide sufficient housing to finance the police station, Finance Director Inez Kiriu said.

The 2,457 homes remaining to be built within the city limits would produce $2.3 million, Kiriu said. With an extra $2 million coming from the recently adopted state budget, the city would have to finance the remaining $1.8 million from either the city's general fund or the redevelopment agency budget.

In other action tonight, the City Council will consider exchanging five acres designated as park land with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District at the site of the future McCaffrey Middle School west of Marengo Road. The council meeting will be held at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.

Woodbridge office complex catches fire

An office complex behind the Arco gas station on Lower Sacramento Road was severely damaged by fire at 2:55 a.m. Sunday.

The fire started outside the north side of the Riverside Professional Office Complex, worked its way into the walls and up to the second floors, Woodbridge Fire Chief Mike Kirkle said.

The building also received water and smoke damage.

Investigators initially suspected arson because of some empty cardboard boxes were located against the building, but the fire is now being investigated as an accidental blaze, Kirkle said.

Street fight results in arrest

A Manteca man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of vandalism and being drunk in public after kicking out a window to a patrol car, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded to a report of several males fighting in the street at 3:15 a.m. in the 500 block of East La Salle Drive in Woodbridge, a sheriff's report says.

Leanard Steven Garcia, 37, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, the report says. While in the back seat of the patrol car, he allegedly kicked at the rear passenger window, popping it about two inches out of the frame, the report says. He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

Boy arrested for alleged threat

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Thursday at Morada Middle School after allegedly threatening to kill another student and his family, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

The boy had been suspended Sept. 11 after allegedly stabbing a boy 50 to 100 times with a pencil, the report said. He was cited at the time on suspicion of battery and terrorist threats and suspended from school, the report says.

While still on suspension, the boy returned to campus Thursday, confronted the victim's brother, stabbed him once in the arm with a pencil and said, "I know where you live, and I will kill you and you family," according to the report.

The boy admitted making the statement and was not remorseful, the report says. He was taken to San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of battery, committing terrorist threats, dissuading a witness and being on campus while suspended, the report says.

Civil rights leader to speak in Stockton

Morris Dees, author and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mobile, Ala., will discuss racism and discrimination at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

The event is part of a series of academic symposium celebrating the college's 150th anniversary.

Dees is chief trial counsel for the law center, which specializes in civil rights violations and racially motivated crimes.

His presentation was rescheduled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The symposium will be held at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall and is open to the public. Admission is free. UOP is located at 3601 Pacific Ave.

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