Stockton woman killed in two-vehicle collision
A Stockton woman died Wednesday after she allegedly pulled out in front of a vehicle on Highway 88 at Victor Road.
The woman, whose name was not immediately available, was driving a gold 1994 Toyota Camry east on Victor Road and stopped at the Highway 88 intersection, the California Highway Patrol said.
She then allegedly pulled out in front of a southbound 2004 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Lockeford resident Manuel Alcaine, 26, the CHP said.
The vehicles collided in the intersection, blocking all traffic as rescue crews arrived and began working to extricate the Camry driver. She was flown by medical helicopter to San Joaquin General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the CHP said.
Her passenger, 60-year-old Rosalia Boots, of Stockton, was hospitalized with pain to her left wrist, and Alcaine was hospitalized with complaints of pain, the CHP said.
A 1-year-old girl riding in Alcaine's vehicle was not injured.
Kidnapping, assault suspects to stand trial
Following a preliminary hearing that lasted until 7 p.m. Tuesday, five suspects were ordered to stand trial for their alleged roles in the kidnapping and assault of a Lodi man.
A sixth suspect, Javier Rodriguez Estrada, 37, of Lodi, will return to Lodi court Tuesday due to a conflict with the Public Defender's Office, which had been appointed to represent him, according to court records.
The hearing, which involved half a dozen attorneys and interpreters, was held to determine whether there was evidence for the suspects to stand trial. They are accused of kidnapping Gustavo Martinez last month and holding him in a South School Street home for 20 hours.
Though Judge Robert Baysinger reduced bail for some and did not order them to stand trial on all charges, he increased 32-year-old Salvador Rodriguez Estrada's bail from $200,000 to $500,000, according to court records.
The Lodi man is now facing charges of kidnapping, conspiracy and false imprisonment, in addition to a firearm enhancement that carries a 10-year prison sentence.
Jessica Ramos, 24, of Lodi, faces charges of conspiracy and false imprisonment, and her bail is set at $125,000.
Jose Emilio Hernandez, 42, of Lockeford, is jailed on $100,000, facing charges of kidnapping and conspiracy, in addition to a firearm enhancement.
Bail for Benjamin Rodriguez, 21, of Galt, was reduced to $25,000 and he faces one count of false imprisonment.
All five, including 27-year-old Luis Vargas Perez, will be arraigned in Stockton on Nov. 23.
Parolee to serve 6 years for felony vandalism
A Lodi parolee was sentenced Monday to six years in state prison.
Stephen Earl Wise, 45, had pleaded guilty last month to felony vandalism.
He was arrested in May after allegedly using a truck, chair and golf club to vandalize an Acampo home.
The case was delayed while doctors evaluated his mental health, and Wise was ultimately ruled competent to stand trial.
Teens plead no contest to BB-gun assaults
Three Lodi teens accused of shooting BB-guns at several people each pleaded no contest Monday to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Mandeep Ghuane, 18, Moamer Rashid, 19, and Steven Ianni, 19, were sentenced immediately following their pleas, according to court records. In exchange for the pleas, other assault and vandalism charges were dismissed.
Each was sentenced to 120 days in jail, fined $220, placed on five years of probation and ordered to stay away from the victims.
Ghuane, who was also charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run in an unrelated case at Lodi High School, pleaded no contest to the charge. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and fined $470, according to court records.
Discounts available for acrobats show
The Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats are scheduled to perform at the Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. A special discount program for patrons of Lodi's Chinese restaurants has been added.
Eat at any Chinese restaurant in Lodi between today and Saturday and receive a $5 discount on the price of each ticket. An original, dated restaurant receipt must be brought to the Hutchins Street Square Box Office to receive the discount.
For more information or to order tickets, call 333-5550.
Parade of Lights set to march on Dec. 2
The ninth annual Parade of Lights will once again light up the streets of Downtown Lodi beginning at 6:17 p.m. Dec. 2.
More than 100 brilliantly illuminated floats, dance troops, walking groups, marching bands, equestrian units, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale's and Santa pay tribute to this year's theme of "White Christmas" while making their way up Church Street to Lodi Avenue.
The route will continue down festively decorated School Street to Elm where the parade concludes.
Numerous food, drink and craft vendors will be available along the parade route and plenty of free seating and parking is available for those who arrive early.
Parade will take place rain or shine. For more information or an application to participate in the parade, contact the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership at 369-8052.
Two different vehicle accidents snarl traffic
Traffic on Highway 12 near Terminous was slowed for hours Wednesday morning after two vehicle accidents blocked the road and sent two people to local hospitals.
At 6:24 a.m., a fully loaded big rig and at least one other vehicle collided just west of Terminous, the California Highway Patrol said.
One person was flown by medical helicopter to San Joaquin General Hospital with major injuries, the CHP reported. Further information was not immediately available.
The big rig spilled diesel fuel, and hazardous materials crews remained at the scene through the afternoon.
The second collision happened at 7:24 a.m., just east of the Sacramento County line, the CHP said.
Three vehicles were involved in that collision and one person was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, the CHP said. Traffic backed up as far as Guard Road.