Indecent exposure suspect jailed on $410,000 bail
A convicted Lodi sex offender was jailed on $410,000 bail Monday after his arraignment, during which he did not enter a plea to indecent exposure and burglary charges.
David Edward Schmidt, 35, was arrested Thursday, hours after he allegedly broke into a Cochran Road home and exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl when she arrived home. Schmidt left the scene and was arrested on a $100,000 warrant that night in Angels Camp.
In addition to his new felony charges, Schmidt was charged Monday with four probation violations, according to court records. He was on probation for a similar incident in which he exposed himself to a resident who found him in her garage.
Schmidt was appointed a public defender at Monday's court appearance and will return to court March 21, records show.
Marijuana suspect will represent himself at trial
Brian Bader will be his own attorney at his upcoming trial for possession and cultivation of marijuana -- a ruling that pleased him, he said Monday after a court appearance.
The former Lodi man's second trial could start as early as the end of March, and he will no longer be represented by the San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office, he said.
Bader, 47, was arrested in May 2001 when Lodi police allegedly found 147 marijuana plants growing at his home. He was convicted of cultivation and possession for sale, but an appeals court overturned the conviction due to a jury instruction.
Bader, now of Clements, has a Berkeley doctor's prescription for marijuana. Even before Monday's ruling, he had been filing his own motions.
In a motion that was heard Monday, Bader wrote that his public defender was not doing enough work and that he had told Bader that no public defender had a lot of knowledge about marijuana laws.
One injured in shooting
A Lodi resident was shot in the leg Friday night in what police believe was a gang-related shooting.
The male victim was near a taco truck at Lodi and Central avenues when he was assaulted at 10:10 p.m., Lodi police said. He has since been released from the hospital.
The suspect allegedly left the scene in a gold Honda or Hyundai. There had been no arrests by Monday evening, Lt. Virgil Monroe said.
Residents file suit over subdivision proposal
The newly named Mokelumne Habitat Protection Group has sued the Woodbridge Sanitary District over the district's recent legal settlement with the Nordman Family Trust that could pave the way for a 30-home subdivision to be built.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in San Joaquin County Superior court. The sanitary district was served with the suit the same day, said Doug Field, chairman of the Mokelumne Habitat Protection Group.
The plaintiffs, a group of residents in the Windwood subdivision in the western end of Woodbridge, are asking the court to declare the legal settlement invalid and prevent the sanitary district from selling the Nordman family 30 sewer hookups.
The settlement ended a lengthy legal process in which the Woodbridge district condemned 7.8 acres of Nordman's property to install three sewer ponds. The ponds are intended to make sure that treated sewage doesn't flow into the Mokelumne River, as it did during the 1997 flood.
On March 29, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will consider rezoning the remaining 11 acres of Nordman's property from agriculture urban reserve to low-density residential so that Tokay Development can build the luxury-home subdivision.
The sanitary district board will discuss the lawsuit in closed session at Wednesday's board meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the portable building behind the main Woodbridge fire station, 400 E. Augusta St.
Students net $2,669 in two weeks to battle Leukemia
Students of Mokelumne River School collected $2,669 in 10 days for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers, and helping patients and their families.
The school collected spare change from friends, relatives, pockets and couch cushions from Jan. 24 through last Friday to give to the local chapter of the organization.
The local chapter area also includes Sacramento, Modesto, Redding, Chico and Reno. Funds will be used toward programs of research and patient aid.
Galt High board makes strides toward new high school
Galt High School board members will focus their attention on the planning and construction of a new high school at their regular meeting tonight.
Members from the New High School/Estrellita High School Steering Committee will give a progress report to trustees on the planning that's been done.
Included in the group are Orvell Fletcher, committee chairman, co-chairman Leo Van Warmerdam and a representative from a consulting firm hired to lead a bond campaign.
Board members will also vote to approve contracts with architects Heiser and Associates and Kelling, Northcross and Nobriga, who will provide obligation bond services.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Galt City Council chambers, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
Districts want more water from Mokelumne River watershed
Water districts in part of the San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada are joining in an attempt to get more water out of the Mokelumne River watershed.
Officials with 16 water districts and various government agencies believe they have a good chance of building new water storage and delivery systems, although there have been a number of past failures.
Local districts participating include the cities of Lodi and Stockton, Woodbridge Irrigation District, North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, Stockton East Water District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation and San Joaquin County.
The new project would build water systems capable of sending tens of thousands of additional acre-feet of water each year to users. It also would help recharge the aquifer under the eastern part of San Joaquin County.
The California Department of Water Resources will pay for a professional organization to conduct meetings of the Mokelumne River Forum group, said Ed Steffani, manager of the North San Joaquin district.
Water districts and other agencies from San Joaquin, Calaveras, Amador and Alpine counties are expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the department within the next few weeks, officials said.
The North San Joaquin board will consider approving the memorandum at 8:30 a.m. March 15 at the Lodi News-Sentinel office, 125 N. Church St.
"I really think this is a significant step," Mel Lytle, water resources coordinator for San Joaquin County, said of plans to create the Mokelumne River Forum.
Health Plan of San Joaquin represented at conference
Health Plan of San Joaquin Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Chet Uma will be a featured speaker at an annual conference being held in Washington, D.C.
The National Managed Health Care Congress, to be held through Wednesday, brings together executives from health plans, hospitals and health systems to discuss health care business.
Uma has been with the Health Plan of San Joaquin since 1995, and oversees the finances at Health Plan.
"The opportunity to speak at such a widely recognized national event is an honor," Uma said in a press release.
In addition to the state subsidized Medi-Cal program, Health Plan of San Joaquin provides coverage to children in the county and medical coverage to in-home service support workers.