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Drug task force searches Lodi home

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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:00 am

An Amador County drug task force team spent hours at a Lodi home Tuesday, seizing components of what police said had once been a methamphetamine lab.

Lodi resident Shawn Tegen, 49, was arrested on a drug charge in Amador County, and that led to a search of his home, said Lodi Police Detective Sgt. Doug Chinn.

Investigators found chemicals used to make methamphetamine, and they called hazardous materials crews to the home in the 500 block of Falls Avenue, south of Turner Road.

The lab was not currently active, but police believe it had once produced the drug, Chinn said.

Lodi detectives were waiting for the hazmat crew to finish so they could serve their own search warrant at the home. They saw large numbers of tools there, and wanted to see if any had been stolen, Chinn said.

None of the property had been confirmed stolen by late Tuesday afternoon.

Layla Bohm

New fire hydrants coming to Micke Grove Park

Micke Grove Park in south Lodi, which received some new fire hydrants to comply with fire code requirements, will have its system expanded to the park's maintenance yard, amusement rides and golf course.

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved plans for the project on Tuesday. Cost estimate is $134,115.

Ross Farrow

Winery wants to expand hours

A winery at the southwest corner of Bender and Taddei roads in Acampo has applied with San Joaquin County to expand its hours.

Applicant Kent Raverty is asking the county Planning Commission to allow for Friday operation in addition to the previously approved Saturday and Sunday schedule. Raverty also wants capacity to be increased from 150 people to 370.

The Planning Commission will consider the request at Thursday's meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the county Public Health/Planning Auditorium, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.

In a separate item, commissioners will consider removing 1.2 acres of the 22.6-acre parcel from the Williamson Act, which would lead to an application to convert a house into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Ross Farrow

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to spend more to fight peripheral canal

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a $287,000 loan on Tuesday to fight the proposed peripheral canal that would transport water from the Delta to Southern California and the southern San Joaquin Valley.

The money, from the county's general fund, was originally a loan for a groundwater recharge project at Micke Grove Park.

County officials have been meeting with officials from four other Delta counties, and attended state legislative hearings and plan a trip this month to Washington, D.C., to lobby for federal legislation and secure federal funding against the peripheral canal.

Ross Farrow

How seniors can avoid being scammed

Seniors are invited to a workshop on how to avoid being scammed from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Episcopal Church of St. Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.

For more information, call Assemblywoman Alyson Huber's office at 333-5330 or 916-319-2010.

Ross Farrow

Tom Berryhill gets new endorsement

Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale, who is running for the 14th Senate District seat being vacated this year by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, announced that he has been endorsed by Mariposa County Sheriff Brian Muller.

Muller joins Mariposa County Supervisors Jim Allen and Lyle Turpin, as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters in their support for Berryhill.

The 14th Senate District includes the entire Lodi area. Berryhill's brother, Bill Berryhill, is an assemblyman whose district includes Victor, Lockeford, Clements and Morada.

Ross Farrow

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