Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am
The Lodi Police Department has been marked by frequent change and turnover in recent weeks. Decades more experience is leaving the department as its second-in-command, Capt. J.P. Badel, retires after 29 years in law enforcement.
Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am
Obaid Rehman is a soft-spoken young man with a bright future ahead of him. Independence High School’s graduation ceremony is no sweat compared to the news he is waiting for.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am
Mike Pontius knew it was coming. Still, the transition has taken some getting used to. A five-run lead in the second inning? Nine runs scored in all? That was a sure-fire recipe for dominant wins by his small-school softball powerhouse at Elliot Christian High School.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 am
San Joaquin County Superior Court is seeking applicants to serve on the 2013-14 civil grand jury. The grand jury is comprised of 19 residents whose names are randomly selected from applicants nominated by Superior Court judges. They serve for one year, beginning July 1.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 am
Thanksgiving Day marked the movie classic "Casablanca's" 70th anniversary. The film is high on critics and fans list of favorites. "Casablanca's" dialogue includes the most heavily quoted movie lines of all time; example: "We'll always have Paris." The theme song, "As Time Goes By," has also endured.
Friday, October 12, 2012 6:21 pm
Four candidates battle for two seats on Woodbridge’s sewer board. Long-time Woodbridge Sanitary District board member Harold Rohrbach seeks re-election to the district’s board of directors, which oversees sewer service and sets garbage rates. Along with Rohrbach, we asked appointed incumbent Willie Nelson and challengers Mary Avanti, Charles Stocker the same question:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:00 am
It's not everyday someone gets excited to catch up on the household chores. But Patti Crawford of Lodi can't get enough of it.
Friday, March 16, 2012 12:00 am
The historic numbers speak volumes for Elliot Christian’s softball program: Seven section championships, second most in the Sac-Joaquin Section for all divisions. Eight consecutive section title game appearances, currently the longest streak in section history.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am
Property Officer Teri King starts her day a bit differently than
most. While the police department moves rapidly around her, Teri
spends her day methodically inventorying and processing thousands
of pieces of evidence and property stored at the Lodi Police
Thursday, December 29, 2011 12:00 am
During the past year, fireworks were sold for the first time in
Lodi, gang violence became a growing concern, local residents
demanded more access to the Mokelumne River and school officials
were accused of changing grades to get students into a local
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 3:35 pm
After months of controversy surrounding his alleged involvement
in a grade-changing scandal that rocked Lodi Unified School
District, longtime board trustee Ken Davis announced Tuesday he
will resign effective Nov. 3.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:00 am
When former Liberty High School principal Robert Rivas
reportedly changed pass/fail marks to letter grades, he only made
one mistake: He did not get teacher approval.
Under policies in place at the time, Lodi Unified School
District allowed the switching of pass/fail to letter grades and
granted broad latitude to principals in determining what procedures
and practices they wished to follow. According to an informal
survey of other districts by the News-Sentinel, such flexibility —
and the ability to change pass/fail to letter grades — is quite
Friday, September 23, 2011 12:00 am
Thomas Duane Hagel, 82, of Lodi, died Sept. 15. He was born on
July 18, 1929 in Stockton.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District Trustee Ken Davis has attempted to
shoot the messengers — the News-Sentinel and investigator Donna
Matties — instead of informing the public of details of the
relationship between his foundation, Liberty High School and
Friday, August 26, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District officials have refused to release
an unedited version of the report on former Liberty High School
principal Robert Rivas because they claim doing so would be
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:29 pm
Lodi Unified School District Trustee Ken Davis spoke out about
the Liberty High School grade-doctoring scandal Tuesday night,
denying any involvement and saying he will not seek another term on
Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am
A controversial program at the center of a grade-doctoring
scandal will no longer be offered to Lodi Unified School District
students, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:00 am
The Lodi Unified School District needs to get to the bottom of
the grade-changing scandal at Liberty High School.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:00 am
Do you know anyone who participated in the Humphreys College
after-school program in the Lodi Unified School District? Do you or
did you go to Liberty High School? We’re seeking sources for
coverage of the ongoing story of grade-tampering within the
Humphreys College in Stockton on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A report
by Sacramento lawyer Donna M. Matties confirms that former Liberty
High School principal Robert Rivas changed student transcripts to
help students gain admission to Humphreys.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 1:58 pm
A report by an outside attorney confirms that former Liberty
High School Principal Robert Rivas doctored student grades —
possibly at the behest of Lodi Unified School District trustee Ken
Davis, who may have wanted to boost enrollment in a program he's
championed through Humphreys College.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am
Bud Sullivan had a problem saying no, whether it was
volunteering for a local organization or taking his daughter for a
late-night ice cream run.
"He was a really generous, nice man and always willing to get
involved. He's an extremely high achiever, and looking back I'm
just now realizing all of his accomplishments. I'm so proud of
him," said his daughter, Stacey Heminger.
Sullivan died from a heart attack on July 3 at the age of
Friday, April 22, 2011 12:00 am
Mia Brown hasn't always had a love affair with tomatoes.
Until five years ago, she hated the texture and taste of those
mass-produced and packed tomatoes she found in the store. But it
was all she knew — until she took a bite of her first heirloom
tomato at a Sacramento restaurant.
"I changed my mind and became a total zealot," said Brown, 36, a
Friday, April 1, 2011 6:27 am
St. Mary’s Rams junior pitcher Michael Rishwain, a Lodi
resident, pitched a three-hit shutout against the Notre Dame
College Prep baseball team, visiting from Chicago, on Wednesday.
Rishwain recorded eight strikeouts in a seven-inning, 86-pitch
Friday, March 11, 2011 12:00 am
At Elliot Christian, the numbers speak for themselves.
The Lady Eagles have won section championships in six of the
past seven seasons, including the last three.
Only a 3-1 loss to Brookside Christian in the 2007 Division VII
championship game spoiled what would have been a run of seven
straight section titles and counting for head coach Mike