Extra officers will be patrolling Lodi's bars tonight, ready for crowds of college students who come home for the Thanksgiving weekend and go out with old friends.
Ten officers and a supervisor will be stationed Downtown and two more officers will patrol other Lodi bars, said Lodi Police Lt. Tod Patterson.
Additionally, four motor officers will patrol for drunken drivers, two officers will drive a van to transport arrested people and four volunteer cadets will help tow cars. The extra officers will work from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., unless they are needed later, Patterson said.
Those officers are in addition to the six to eight officers who usually work a Wednesday night shift, Patterson said.
"There is zero tolerance for any alcohol-related offenses, whether it be drunken in public or drunk driving," Patterson said, adding that public urination is also punishable by a hefty fine.
In recent years Lodi police have increased their presence around the bars, after young people swarmed the bars and surrounding streets, sometimes leading to fights brought on by alcohol consumption.
The night before Thanksgiving has come to be known as "college night," because so many college students come back to visit Lodi, then stay out late because they don't have to get up early the next day.
Second police jewelry show leads to 3 IDs
Three more burglary victims found some of their stolen jewelry Tuesday during a second public viewing at the Lodi police station.
Two other victims tentatively identified stolen property, but were going to try to find more photos and matching jewelry to confirm it, said Lodi Police Detective Eric Bradley.
The jewelry display was the second of its kind, with 31 victims looking at the goods during two hours Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Last week 49 victims viewed the jewelry during a three-hour span, with four victims finding their stolen items. Another man, whose case initially led officers to find the jewelry, found his wife's ashes, which were in a small vial the thieves had swiped from his house.
Most of the jewelry didn't hold a lot of value, and police believe most had already been sold to shops that pay for gold. However, police hoped to link more victims to suspects, in order to file more criminal charges and to possibly find the valuable goods.
The jewelry was found during a search at a Lodi home where three brothers lived, according to police. The eldest, 20-year-old Phillip Peraza, was arrested after Bradley was having lunch and overheard him talking on a phone about selling jewelry.
City offices closed today; buses not running Friday
The city of Lodi offices will be closed today because it is the city's furlough day for the month. The city will also be closed Thursday and Friday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The city's bus service will operate today, but buses will not run on Thursday and Friday.
City offices that will be closed this week include the Lodi Public Library, the Finance Department, City Hall, Parks and Recreation, the Lodi Animal Shelter, code enforcement, police records and property divisions.
Candlelight vigil tonight for Acampo victim
Friends and family members of Britani Coberly will hold a candlelight vigil tonight, one week after the young woman was gunned down at her Acampo home.
Coberly, 20, and her boyfriend were both shot shortly after arriving home to the 22400 block of North Highway 99 East Frontage Road. Coberly died at a hospital, while her boyfriend was treated and released.
San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials have released very little information, and on Tuesday a spokesman had no updates. No motive or suspects have been revealed.
The vigil will start at 8:15 p.m., shortly after viewing ends at Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home. It will be held outside Coberly's home, which was attached to her parents' house.
The home is located just south of Peltier Road, along the frontage road east of Highway 99.
A family friend said the public is welcome, and asked that those attending bring a candle.
Coberly's death motivated friends and co-workers to start fundraisers to help pay for funeral expenses. Her boss at Havatan, where Coberly worked for two years, helped set up the "Britani Coberly Memorial Fund" at Farmers and Merchants Bank, where donations may still be contributed.
Elementary district details budget info on Web site
The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District has posted on its Web site public feedback received in dealing with the current budget shortfall.
The school district needs to cut a projected $1.4 million from next year's budget, and an additional $1.4 million for the year after that.
Administrators have been asking for suggestions from parents, staff and community members. In addition, they have asked for ideas regarding the school district's Web site improvement and future use of the Fairsite location.
Information about the feedback received so far and a frequently-asked-questions document are available on the school district Web site at www.galt.k12.ca.us. Parents or community members may also request hard copy information by contacting any school or the district office.
Public invited to county spelling bee
Ninety-two student spellers from public or private schools throughout the county, in grades 4 through 6 (elementary division) and grades 7 through 9 (junior high division), will compete next month in the 13th annual San Joaquin County Spelling Championship. It is sponsored by San Joaquin County Office of Education and the SJCOE Educational Foundation.
The top two winners in each division earn a plaque, receive U.S. Savings Bonds, and have the opportunity to attend the state competition. All participants are awarded medals and certificates.
The mandatory elimination round for the elementary division will be held on from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 with the final round for both divisions slated for Dec. 9 with registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. The public is welcomed to attend both days.
The spelling bee will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Education Services Center, Burwood 1 and 2, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton.
Pacific students to get real 'Hit of Reality'
With only a cardboard box and the generosity of others, the members of Pi Kappa Alpha at Pacific University in Stockton will hold their 13th annual fundraiser beginning Tuesday. "Hit of Reality" is to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger in San Joaquin County while raising funds for Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca.
During the fundraiser, the students will live in cardboard boxes, cannot use their own homes and must rely on donations from other students in order to find food. The event is held right after Thanksgiving, giving fraternity members enough time to find materials for their cardboard homes.
For every dollar that Pi Kappa Alpha receives as a donation, Second Harvest Food Bank is able to deliver approximately $25 in food to those in need. Last year, the fraternity raised more than $3,000 in donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. This year, their goal is to raise $5,000 in donations.
All members of Pi Kappa Alpha will participate, starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday and continuing for 50 hours, ending Dec. 4.
Members will live outside the McCaffrey Center, located in the center of Pacific's campus. While participating in the event, members will still attend class and study at the Stockton campus library. Food that is consumed during the 50 hours will have to be donated by other students. They also will not be allowed to use cars, except for public transit, and the funds must be donated to the members during the event.
For more information about Hit of Reality, contact Frank Parish at (707) 592-6529.
— News-Sentinel staff