Lodi police Tasered a man who was wielding a large knife in a parking lot on South Cherokee Lane early Monday morning.
Officers were initially called at 12:02 a.m. to a fight involving two men.
The man refused to drop the 12-inch knife, so Officer Paul Blandford Tasered the man rather than shooting him. The man was treated for facial injuries due to falling after the Taser struck him, then booked into jail, police said.
Lodi officers have carried Tasers for about four years. Had the incident occurred a decade ago, Lt. Bill Barry said, police would have shot the man when he refused to put down the large knife.
O'Grady documentary to be available on DVD
"Deliver Us From Evil," the film documenting the sexual abuse of former St. Anne's Catholic Church Priest Oliver O'Grady, will be available on DVD on May 8.
O'Grady was a priest in Lodi from 1971 to 1978. He later served at parishes in Stockton, Turlock, Hughson and San Andreas until he was arrested in 1993. He pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse with children under 14 in San Andreas.
O'Grady was paroled from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione in late 2000 and deported to his native Ireland a short time later.
In "Deliver Us From Evil," director Amy Berg interviewed O'Grady in Ireland. Former Lodi resident Ann Jyono tells of O'Grady sexually abusing her as a child at St. Anne's. Her parents, Bob and Maria Jyono, who still live in Lodi, are interviewed extensively in the film.
The movie debuted in Lodi on Nov. 3 and was shown for three weeks at the Lodi Stadium 12.
San Joaquin River restoration would cost $500 million
FRESNO - It would cost the federal government $500 million to restore the San Joaquin River once costs not figured into bill language are added, a new report said.
The study by the Congressional Budget Office doubles the $250 million written into a bill to restore the waterway. It adds required environmental spending, as well as the loss of federal tax revenue from California bonds that would be sold to help pay for the project as part of the state's share of funding.
A bill to restore river flows and its salmon population was introduced in the House by Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced an identical bill in the Senate.
Opponents may use the higher figure to derail the bill.
"I think the costs are a lot higher than have been advertised, and that's a considerable problem for the bill," said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia. He has been critical of the restoration plan's possible effect on farmers, who fear the bill could cost them valuable irrigation water.
The river legislation would help settle a 1988 lawsuit in which environmentalists charged that the building of Friant Dam had dried up the river.