Girl struck by car
A 14-year-old girl was hit by a car Monday night after she reportedly darted east across Central Avenue from a Lodi GrapeLine bus stop, police said.
The girl ran in front of a blue Mercury Sable driving south on Central Avenue near Oak Street at about 5:30 p.m., Lodi police said.
She was thrown forward, hitting her head and shoulders on the car's windshield, Lodi Police Cpl. Steve Price said. The right side of the car's windshield was shattered from the impact.
The car was driven by 26-year-old Ivan Lopez of Lodi.
Witnesses said the girl was walking with several other girls and didn't look before crossing in front of the bus.
"She didn't even give me a chance to do anything," Lopez said.
Officer Adam Lockie said the driver's license had been suspended. The driver will be cited for the suspended license, but not the accident, police said.
The girl was treated at Lodi Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and later released.
Lodi school trustees approve personnel changes
Lodi Unified School District trustees approved several appointments and resignations at Tuesday's meeting.
Trustees appointed Scott McGregor, a former Lincoln Unified School District administrator, to assistant principal at Lodi High School.
Also appointed was Galen Chastain as interim assistant superintendent of business services. Chastain, previously retired, worked as an assistant superintendent in Merced Union High School District for 10 years.
Trustees approved the following resignations:
- Dawnelle Maffei, vice principal at Lodi High.
- John Miller, vice principal at Delta Sierra Middle School.
- Peggy Piccardo, vice principal at Woodbridge Middle School.
Maffei has accepted a job in Folsom-Cordova Unified School District. Miller plans to work in Ceres. Piccardo will work in San Juan Unified School District.
Trustees also extended a leave of absence for Chris Scott for another year. Scott is working for the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Man arrested for residential burglary
A Victor man was arrested Monday on suspicion of burglarizing a residence in the 300 block of Eureka Avenue, Lodi police said.
Shirwin Benitez Sison, 24, who lives in the 1700 block of North Bruella Road, allegedly took more than $8,000 worth of Nintendo and Sony Play Station games and jewelry between noon and 1 p.m. Monday, police said. The high-ticket items included a $5,000 string of pearls and rings valued at $2,000 and $1,200, police said.
In addition to burglary, Sison is charged with possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
Sison and his girlfriend, Veronica Marie Mahan, 20, of Lodi, were arrested later that day at Economy Lodge on Cherokee Lane, where they had checked into a room, police said.
Mahan was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. She was released from jail on her own recognizance, but she failed to appear in Lodi Court on Thursday, records show. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Sison pleaded innocent Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.
Native American 'Pow Wow in the Parks' begins
Parents with children interested in Native American history and culture can participate in this year's Pow Wow in the Parks which begins today. Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, the program offers storytelling, Pnaci (Native American descendants of the old ones), dancing, Pnaci drums, Indian craft making and the traditional raising of the teepee ceremony. The program provides educational information on Native American history as well as teaching and sharing the values of family, culture, traditions and nature.
Schedule for Pow Wows, which run from 3 to 6 p.m.:
- Today: Lodi Lake Park
- Aug.10 Hale Park
- Aug. 24 Blakely Park
- Sept. 7 Lodi Lake Park
- Sept. 21 Emerson Park
Free snacks and drinks will be provided for all participants.
Council approves Adopt-a-Street program
With no discussion Tuesday, the Galt City Council established an Adopt-a-Street program as recommended by the Galt Beautification Committee. Organizations, businesses and individuals may "adopt" streets about three-quarters to one mile long. Participants may clean litter from the streets, irrigate landscaped areas and remove weeds.
The City Council also appropriated $2,500 for signs, safety vests and bags. The program is modeled after Lodi and California Department of Transportation programs.
Meeting rules changed
The Galt City Council altered some of its meeting procedures Tuesday. The policy now states that meeting minutes are to be limited to reports of council action. Inclusion of council comments will only be allowed if approved by the mayor.
Also new to the policy is that no minutes or tape recordings will be taken of closed-session meetings. Mayor Tony Gora and Vice Mayor Dan Pillsbury said they are concerned that minutes or tapes could be subpoenaed.
The issue of taping closed sessions was debated a year ago when Ted Anderson was hired as city manager. Councilwoman Christina De La Cruz walked out of a closed session regarding Anderson's employment last August when her council colleagues denied her request to tape-record the meeting.
Man arrested for firing gun
An Acampo man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly firing a gun at a residence with his girlfriend inside, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.
John Manuel Sandoval, 60, who lives in the 4800 block of Harvest Road, told neighbors after an argument with his girlfriend that he would kill her, a sheriff's report says.
Sandoval reportedly drove away but returned with a rifle a few minutes later at about 7:40 p.m., the report says. He then fired the gun and threatened his girlfriend and another woman who lives on the property, the report says.
Sandoval was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm, threatening someone with a weapon, terrorist threats and negligent discharge of a firearm, the report says.
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