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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2005 10:00 pm

Police get $77,000 grant to fight DUI

The Lodi Police Department has received a $77,000 grant to battle traffic accident caused by drunken or speeding drivers.

Through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant, extra officers will patrol Lodi streets to look specifically for drunk or drugged drivers. They'll also occasionally hold checkpoints to look for those driving under the influence or not wearing seatbelts.

Additionally, the department hopes to work with San Joaquin County's Probation Department to keep track of frequent DUI offenders, said Lt. Bill Barry.

The department will also educate high school students, sponsor awareness contests and buy two laser speed clocking devices. The laser devices are capable of pinpointing aggressive drivers even in heavy traffic, Barry said.

The grant, which is administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety, will run through this year's holiday season and all of 2006.

The grant kick-off coincides with December's "National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month." Law enforcement agencies statewide are focusing on preventing drunken and drugged driving accidents.

Seeking Christmas family traditions

Do you have a unique family tradition for Christmas? Lodi Living wants to hear from you.

For example, does your family prepare a special dish, drive somewhere together or read aloud a Christmas story? We're specifically looking for upbeat or unusual traditions. Cultural or ethnic traditions are also welcomed.

Please contact Lodi Living editor Tricia Tomiyoshi at 369-7035 or e-mail her at triciat@lodinews.com by Monday.

Lodi opening up General Plan update discussion

The Lodi City Council will open up the city's General Plan update process with a special meeting Tuesday morning.

General plans dictate the general goals of cities' growth for decades, and Lodi's plan is up for renewal.

Topics of discussion for the council on Tuesday include: The scope of the General Plan study area, anticipated timeline to complete the update, and public participation.

The meeting begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. For more information contact the City Clerk's office at 333-6762.

Local groups set to plant centennial trees

Several local service groups and organizations have signed up to plant the 100 Centennial cork oak trees to celebrate Lodi's 100th birthday.

Parks Superintendent Steve Dutra said the trees will be planted throughout 2006, starting in January with trees being planted at Carnegie Forum.

Dutra said about 48 trees have received sponsors at $25 each.

Groups that have pledged to help plant trees include:

• General Mills Employee/Management Team

• Lodi Garden Club

• Lodi Tokay Rotary

• Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission

• Tokay Future Farmers of America

• Boy Scouts

• Lodi Lions Club

• Friends of Lodi Lake

• Temple Baptist Church

• Weigum Nursery

Dutra said the city is still seeking support for its trees project.

"If anybody is interested in joining in through donations or getting their hands dirty planting trees they can give me a call," he said.

Another meeting for groups interested in planting trees will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10. For more information contact Dutra at 333-6800 ext. 2454.

Linden woman found dead, man under arrest

A 22-year-old Linden woman was found dead in her grandmother's basement Thursday, and a Linden man is now under arrest on suspicion of murder.

Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nicole Bree Etheridge, 22, told her grandmother she was going to contact a friend at a Linden pizza parlor where she works, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said.

Garrett Gallup

Etheridge's grandmother did not see her again until finding her body in the basement of her home in the 19500 block of Tobacco Road. Medical crews were called to pronounce Etheridge dead. Deputies soon determined the death was due to foul play, Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said.

Etheridge had last been seen with Garrett Gallup, 28, also of Linden, and he was arrested after arriving at the Sheriff's Office with his parents, Garcia said. He was booked into the county jail in French Camp on Thursday night.

Mosquito meeting next week

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will hold its regular meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m. The group meets in the district's Stockton office at 7759 S. Airport Way.

For more information, call 982-4675.

Pombo, Feinstein agree on transfer of USS Iowa

U.S. Representative Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have reached an agreement on language finalizing the transfer of the USS Iowa to California for permanent donation status. This will allow Stockton and other interested California communities to enter competitive bids for the battleship.

The language, which was approved by the Senate earlier this year, will be included in the Defense Authorization conference report expected to be completed in the next few days.

"I am pleased to announce that we were able to reach an agreement on the transfer of USS Iowa that will ensure that it will stay in California," Feinstein said in a press release issued by Pombo's office.

"This agreement will also ensure that the USS Iowa is disposed through the Navy's Ship Donation Program, and that the California community best prepared and suited to develop this museum will receive it.

"The USS Iowa is one of the greatest battleships in U.S. naval history and having it established as a floating museum in our State is a great honor. It is a fitting memorial to the thousands of sailors who served aboard this battleship over the past six decades."

Feinstein introduced legislation in 1998 and 1999 to assist in transporting the USS Iowa from Newport, RI, to the San Francisco Bay Area, where it now sits as part of the Navy's Reserve Fleet. She also secured $3 million in 2000's Defense Appropriations bill to move the battleship from Rhode Island to California.

The Iowa arrived in California in April 2001.

Ferrillo to lead Pacific's School of Dentistry

University of the Pacific President Donald V. DeRosa Friday announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo Jr. as dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, effective July 1, 2006.

Ferrillo, who has more than 30 years of experience as a dental educator, is currently vice provost for the Division of Health Sciences and dean of the School of Dental Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"Pat Ferrillo is a highly experienced and well-regarded leader in dental education whose career has been marked at every step by bold vision and a global perspective," DeRosa said in a press release issued by the university. "I have every confidence in his ability to lead our outstanding dental school to even greater heights."

Ferrillo's appointment comes after a national and international search to find a successor for Dugoni, who is stepping down after leading the school since 1978. The university named the dental school in his honor in August 2004.

President DeRosa said, "It was challenging to find a leader to succeed Art Dugoni, who over the last 27 years has established Pacific's School of Dentistry as one of the finest in the world. I am pleased that Dr. Dugoni will continue his association with the school on a part-time basis, assisting the new dean in raising funds and extending the School of Dentistry's influence and prominence."

Ferrillo has 30 years of experience in dental education. In addition to his current post at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, his academic experience also includes many years at Southern Illinois University, where he started as a clinical assistant professor in 1978 and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming dean of the dental school in 1987.

Ferrillo is a graduate of Georgetown University and Baylor College of Dentistry, where he received his DDS degree and specialty training in endodontics. He has taught at Baylor, Southern Illinois and St. Louis University. He is a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

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