Convicted child molester gets 3 years
A Lodi man who pleaded guilty to child molestation was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison.
After his release from prison, Dwayne Pekarek, 39, will have to register for life as a sex offender, according to court records.
Pekarek was charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl, and he pleaded guilty last month to one count of lewd acts on a child. In exchange for his plea, San Joaquin County prosecutors dropped two other charges. Pekarek received credit for 178 days in jail and was fined $220, though the fine will be suspended unless he violates the terms of his parole, according to court records.
Two Lodi men arrested for allegedly stealing entire coffee cart in Stockton
Two Lodi men were arrested Friday in connection with the theft of an entire coffee cart.
Mark Jeffrey Davis, 55, and David Barberis, 52, allegedly made off with a drive-up coffee shed that had been parked on Cherokee Road in Stockton, where it was set to open in two weeks.
Gina Neal, a Stockton mother of four, hoped Espresso a la Cart would specialize in selling coffee to commuters. But sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the shed disappeared.
The building was found at Harding Way and Filbert Street and, while San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies were on scene, the two suspects arrived, deputies said.
Someone had apparently tried to take the shed during the weekend. A waitress at a nearby cafe confronted the men and called the sheriff's department, scaring off the would-be thieves, deputies said.
Investigators hope to soon return the building to Neal.
Holiday bus service offered next week
The city's GrapeLine and Dial-A-Ride service will end early on Christmas Eve next Friday. The last fixed-route run will depart the Lodi station at 3:45 p.m., while Dial-A-Ride will only be available until 5 p.m. There will be no service on Dec. 25, Christmas Day. Service will resume Dec. 26 with a special early bird service beginning at 6 a.m. on both GrapeLine and Dial-A-Ride. Buses will run according to the system's normal Sunday schedule.
No council study session Tuesday
The Lodi City Council has canceled its regular Tuesday morning study session next week to hold a special closed session meeting in its place.
Regular sessions should resume Dec. 28 at 7 a.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.
Library board meeting set for Monday
The public is invited to Monday's Library Board of Trustees meeting where members will approve their bylaws and a trustee job description. There will also be update on the library's upgrade project. In closed session, the board plans to review its 2004-05 goals and perform an evaluation of Library Services Director Nancy Martinez.
The public portion of the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the library's C.M. Sullivan Community Room, 201 W. Locust St. For more information, call 333-5566.
City Council eyes 15 sewer solutions
The Galt City Council examined 15 ways to solve their immediate sewage disposal problems during a workshop Thursday night. The council narrowed its options to five.
The council, trying to comply with new Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board regulations, will focus on options ranging from not discharging any treated wastewater into any waterway to discharge into the Sacramento River. The council chose to not discharge wastewater into the Mokelumne River.
Cost estimates range from $4.6 million to $7 million per year, according to a preliminary feasibility study by West Yost Associates, a Roseville firm. The council rejected hooking its sewer system to the Sacramento Regional Sanitation District, operated by a consortium of cities and county government in Sacramento County. Cost would range from $10.5 million to $14 million per year, the report says.
Men arraigned in Galt man's beating death
Three men accused of beating a Galt man to death have been arraigned on murder charges in a Shasta County court.
Robert Lee Stayer and Kevin Charles Skelton, both 25, and 19-year-old Daniel Patrick Coyne are charged with the Nov. 21 murder of 23-year-old Christopher Robert Hoff-McAuliffe. A fourth suspect, Timothy Stayer, 26, remains at large.
Additionally, Catherine Elaine Tuschen, 46, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. She is the mother of Robert and Timothy Stayer. Hoff-McAuliffe was beaten and left lying on a boat ramp at Anderson River Park.
The three men remained were being held at the Shasta County jail on $1 million bail.
Man found dead in orchard identified
A body found in a Stockton walnut orchard has been identified as Mario Dimas Garcia, 27. San Joaquin County Sheriff's detectives have ruled the case a homicide.
Deputies were called Thursday morning to the orchard in the 10000 block of South Austin Road, where a farm employee had found Garcia's body.
Investigators believe Garcia had died no more than 24 hours before his body was found, Sheriff's spokesman Carey Pehl said.
Garcia's residence was not immediately known, but officials were asking for the public's help in solving the case.
He was 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighed 144 pounds, and had brown hair and brown eyes.
When his body was found, Garcia was wearing a white T-shirt with an Oakland Raiders football team logo on the back, dark blue nylon athletic pants with a light blue vertical stripe on the legs and "Nike" brand athletic shoes that are white with a blue stripe.
Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the victim or information regarding the circumstances in this case are asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 468-4400.
The California Department of Corrections collects about $1 million a month in restitution from inmates. When inmates leave prison, they typically have paid only about 15 percent of what they owe to victims. The information was contained in a story Friday.