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Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:00 am

A week after he allegedly tried to kidnap and rob a Lodi woman at gunpoint because she owed him money, police arrested a Stockton man Wednesday.

Gregory Scott Barnett Jr., 28, was arrested around 11 a.m. after Lodi police conducted surveillance at his home in Stockton, said Lodi Police Sgt. Bill Alexander.

Barnett is accused of going to the victim's home in the 300 block of East Lodi Avenue on March 10 to collect a debt. He approached her car, knocked on the window and brandished a gun, Alexander said.

He allegedly began forcing the woman down an alleyway until a friend intervened and Barnett left the scene. Police later identified Barnett as a suspect, got an arrest warrant and took him into custody Wednesday.

Barnett was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail, where is being held on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Layla Bohm

Two appointed to Community Center board

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors appointed Sharon Stokes and Marlene Corbitt to the Thornton Community Center Advisory Board on Tuesday.

The board evaluates services for low-income people in the Thornton and western Acampo areas.

There are four other openings that will be readvertised due to a lack of applicants.

Ross Farrow

Supervisors approve settlements

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved two legal settlements on Tuesday.

A $135,000 settlement was awarded to Susan Lynn Adams, who claimed she was injured, her civil rights were violated and weapons were seized after sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call. A $162,000 settlement was awarded to the family of a minor, who claimed that the San Joaquin General Hospital engaged in malpractice in treating the minor's ear.

The county counsel's office recommended the settlements because they are in the county's best economic interest.

Ross Farrow

Judge: State's 'water bank' is illegal

FRESNO — An Alameda County judge has ruled that California water managers violated state environmental laws when they set up a water bank to store up supplies during last year's drought.

The California Department of Water Resources set up the bank intending to ship water from farms north of Sacramento to growers in drought-stricken areas including the San Joaquin Valley.

Environmental and sportfishing groups sued, saying even though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a drought emergency, the state still had to comply with provisions in the California Environmental Quality Act.

Superior Court Judge Alice Vilardi ruled Monday that Schwarzenegger and DWR illegally approved the bank by exempting its water transfers from state environmental review. The department did not immediately provide comment.

— Associated Press

New candidates file for sheriff, assessor

Galt residents will have a choice in who their next county sheriff and assessor will be.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Jones and former deputy and Bret Daniels have filed for county sheriff. Capt. Jim Cooper had filed earlier, making it a three-man race to succeed the retiring John McGinness.

Cooper and Daniels have both been mayors of the cities in which they live, Cooper in Elk Grove and Daniels in Citrus Heights.

In the Sacramento County Assessor's race, Margaret Pennington, from the Elk Grove area, will challenge David Benson for the seat being vacated by Ken Stieger, who is retiring.

Filing for sheriff and assessor in Sacramento County was extended until Wednesday because the respective incumbents didn't file for re-election.

Ross Farrow

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