Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am
Richard Welker, who is accused of killing a man in Lodi last week, was arraigned on several charges including voluntary manslaughter on Monday.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted in connection with Lodi’s first homicide of the year.
Monday, January 7, 2013 2:49 pm
The FBI on Monday began the excavation of an abandoned well in Central California in a renewed search for possible victims of two men known as the “Speed Freak Killers.”
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:00 am
Perhaps the waiting game is finally over. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow convicted killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims, Brown's office announced Tuesday.
Friday, July 6, 2012 6:57 am
A convicted serial killer could be temporarily freed from death row to help search for the remains of long-dead victims under a bill state lawmakers approved Thursday.
The measure is aimed at getting direct help from Wesley Shermantine, who is awaiting execution for four murders. The bill proposes temporarily releasing him into investigators' custody under heavy guard.
Authorities say Shermantine and his childhood buddy, Loren Herzog, engaged in a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and 90s.
Monday, February 27, 2012 12:00 am
Convicted California serial killer Wesley Shermantine Jr. says he knows where additional victims are buried, while also apologizing for taking years to reveal where he disposed of the bodies of two of his victims.
During an interview at San Quentin State Prison's death row with a reporter for the Stockton Record, Shermantine said Saturday that he was sorry it took so long for authorities to find the remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden, 25, and Chevelle Wheeler, 16, but denied that he had killed them.
Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 pm
A meeting Friday morning between local, state and national law
enforcement resulted in an unprecedented move in San Joaquin County
— to allow a convicted killer on death row to return to the area
and point out the locations of the bodies of his victims that he
buried over a decade ago.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:42 pm
More details are emerging surrounding the death of convicted
killer Loren Herzog, including the discovery of a note he
apparently left behind for family members.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am
Cyndi Vanderheiden's remains are likely located in Calaveras
County, said nationally known bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who
added that he's willing to pay convicted killer Wesley Shermantine
Jr. $15,000 to show where her body is located.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:37 am
Loren Herzog, convicted in the killing of Cyndi Vanderheiden of
Clements, committed suicide by hanging Monday night, according to
Friday, August 26, 2011 4:09 pm
The woman accused of poisoning her Woodbridge boss a decade ago
was released early Friday morning from the Central California
Women's Facility in Chowchilla.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:11 am
A former Sacramento legal secretary convicted of poisoning her
boss in 2001 in a case that grabbed headlines and inspired two
true-crime books is set to be released from prison after serving
most of her sentence.
Friday, December 10, 2010 6:08 am
North State Assembly members Dan Logue, R-Linda, and Cathleen
Galgiani, D-Livingston, have introduced a bill that would protect
counties from the sudden release of convicted felons into their
Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:00 am
San Joaquin County didn’t want him. Tehama County didn’t want
him. Now Lassen County doesn’t want him either. Earlier this week,
about 500 people crowded a Lassen County community center to
protest the parole of convicted killer Loren Herzog into their
Friday, September 10, 2010 5:40 pm
Convicted killer Loren Herzog is set to be released from prison
Sept. 17 and paroled to Lassen County. Herzog, 44, was first set to
be paroled to Tehama County, but parole officials determined in
July the former Linden resident could return to San Joaquin County
after his release. That decision set off a firestorm as local
lawmakers, law enforcement officers and citizens rallied against
Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:00 am
Loren Herzog's new parole date is in mid-September, after state
parole officials recalculated a clerical error and his public
defender had no objections Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:00 am
How many people may have died at the hands of convicted
multi-murderer Wesley Shermantine? Did his lifelong friend Loren
Herzog play roles in other deaths, in addition to the ones to which
he pleaded guilty of manslaughter or accessory?
Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:00 am
Loren Herzog will not be released from prison Sunday, due to a
clerical error in calculating the convicted killer's sentence.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 7:30 pm
Due to fears regarding the safety of citizens, San Joaquin
County Sheriff Steve Moore publicly called upon lawmakers and
concerned residents Thursday to help ensure convicted killer Loren
Herzog doesn’t return to the county.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:16 am
Convicted killer Loren Herzog is coming home to San Joaquin
County, after all, when he is paroled Sunday.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 5:59 pm
After less than 12 years behind bars, one of the men convicted
of killing Cyndi Vanderheiden of Clements is about to be released
from state prison.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:00 am
A Lodi woman accused of stabbing a man to death last summer
pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:00 am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the death penalty
for a man who killed a 19-year-old Lodi woman for her $100
Friday, August 21, 2009 10:00 pm
Services for a man killed in Lodi's first homicide in more than
a year will be held Monday.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:00 pm
A Lodi woman accused in the stabbing death of a fellow transient
was arraigned in court Tuesday on a charge of voluntary