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October 22, 2013
Update: Five dead, others critical in Lodi crash


By Sam Stanton, Tillie Fong and Richard Chang

Police say the death toll from a multiple vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Lodi is at five, with two other victims in critical condition.

Authorities have not officially released the names of the dead, but they appear to be from one family that was in a Ford pickup truck involved in the crash before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The dead include a man in his 30s who was driving the truck, a woman seven months pregnant, a 12-year-old boy, 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl. A 9-year-old boy who is a sibling of the dead children is in critical condition.

October 1, 2013
Sacramento County man accused of Lodi carjacking

A Sacramento County man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 2 kidnapping and carjacking in Lodi.

Richard Harvey, 51, was taken into custody without incident at his home in the 7700 block of Kalwani Circle. He was booked into the Lodi Police Department jail on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy, a Lodi Police Department news release states.

On Sept. 2, officers responded to a report of a kidnapping and carjacking in the 700 block of South Stockton Street in Lodi. Police met with family members of the victim, who said they had been in contact with the victim by cell phone and determined that he had been released in Galt.

September 12, 2013
Lodi school secretary suspected of embezzlement

A Lodi school secretary is suspected of embezzling parent club funds, police said.

Lodi police on Tuesday arrested Susan Taylor, a 58-year-old secretary at Millswood Middle School, on two counts of embezzlement and one count of filing a false police report.

Taylor, who has access to Parent Club funds, filed a police report in April that indicated $1,000 was stolen from the club. Taylor told police that a woman had come to the school and picked up the money for the club treasurer.

September 3, 2013
Lodi police would like to speak with boy who pulled trigger on officer's gun

Lodi police would like to speak with a child who they said came up behind an officer at a public event and pulled the trigger on his service weapon.

The SWAT officer involved in the accidental firing of the handgun suffered a grazing injury and was treated and released from a hospital. The boy who pulled the trigger left and has not been seen since.

Police also have not been able to identify the boy.

December 20, 2012
School police sergeant dies in Highway 99 crash

A Stockton Unified School District police sergeant died after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle on southbound Highway 99 about 5:45 a.m. today, according to law enforcement and school district officials.

The driver of the second vehicle, a Dodge, apparently tried to take evasive action to avoid a collision. He was not injured, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The San Joaquin County Coroner's office could not be reached immediately. But the Stockton Unified School District issued a press release mourning the loss of their officer in the crash and identifying her as 39-year-old Kimberly Pinto.

December 20, 2012
Detectives shut down alleged Lodi gambling operation

Detectives arrested 10 people on various charges at a business in Lodi where police suspect illegal gambling was taking place.

A warrant was served at the Web Stop, 920 South Cherokee Lane in Lodi, on Tuesday. Police allege that gambling was conducted on 42 computers within the business.

Patrons would wager on electronic "slot machine style" computer programs, according to police. The computers and several printers were seized in the raid on Web Stop.

November 23, 2012
Death of prisoner in Lodi jail is under investigation

By Melody Gutierrez

An in-custody death is being investigated in Lodi, where officers found an inmate unresponsive during a jail check Thursday, according to the Lodi Police Department.

Police arrested 43-year-old James Romero around 5 p.m. Thursday after he was found trespassing in a Lodi residence. Romero had an active warrant for violation of his parole and was booked into the Lodi city jail.

Officers later found Romero unresponsive and began resuscitation efforts. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A task force from the Lodi Police Department, San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office and San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner's Office will investigate the death, as with any in-custody death.

June 26, 2012
Overturned pickup causes traffic slowdown on southbound I5, north of Lodi

An pickup truck overturned around 6:30 this morning and landed in the center divide on southbound I5, just north of state route 12 and Lodi, according to California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Jason Gonzalez said the driver was still in the truck when the incident happened, but the report did not identify any serious injuries.

The crash is causing a slowdown since it's in the center divide and two units are still responding, Gonzalez said.

June 13, 2012
Lodi DUI checkpoint planned for this weekend

A DUI and Driver's License checkpoint will be in an undisclosed Lodi location June 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The Lodi Police Department reported they will check for signs of alcohol impairment, drug impairment and proper licensing. Drivers who appear to be under the influence will be subjected to a field sobriety test.

Officers warned that if people fail their field sobriety tests, they should be prepared to face jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspensions, insurance rate increases, fines, fees and DUI classes. The total cost could exceed $10,000.

May 25, 2012
Elk Grove couple arrested in connection with Lodi arson

Three people, including and a husband and wife from Elk Grove, have been arrested in connection with arson at a Lodi market in October.

Following a joint investigation by the Lodi Police and Fire departments, arrest warrants were issued for Prem Basuta, 47, and his wife, Kulwinder "Kelly" Basuta, 48, of Elk Grove, and brother Gurmail "Gary" Singh, 55, of Lodi. They are suspected of being responsible for a fire that damaged Salisbury's Market at 2401 W.Turner Road on Oct. 15, 2011, according to a Lodi Police Department news release.

The Basutas and Singh turned themselves in to the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Wednesday, officials said. They are to appear in court June 12 to answer to charges that include insurance fraud, attempted grand theft and arson.

May 4, 2012
Lodi fire captain dies in motorcycle accident

A Lodi fire captain died in a motorcycle crash early this morning in Amador County near the town of Pioneer, according to the fire department.

Joe Hansen, 50, served the Lodi Fire Department for 25 years. The fire department said a passenger motorist found Hansen and notified emergency services.

The California Highway Patrol said that Hansen was westbound on Highway 88 near Foster Meadow Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his motorcycle to go off the north side of the road where it hit a snow marker.

The motorcycle overturned and he was ejected. Hansen died at the scene.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie, and son, Alex.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our lost colleague," said a press release from the fire department.

April 6, 2012
Man in fatal Lodi skydiving incident identified

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's office has released the name of the skydiver who died Thursday during a jump in Lodi.

He was identified as William L. Calhoun, 72, of Novato.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration told the Associated Press the agency was notified of the death of the skydiver Thursday afternoon by officials at Lodi-based The Parachute Center.

Few details of the incident have been released, but witnesses reported to firefighters that the skydiver's parachute had become tangled.

Authorities said Calhoun came down in a vineyard around 1:30 p.m., about one mile away from Lodi Airport, where the parachute center operates.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency will have an investigator at the skydiving facility today to make sure the parachute was properly packed and to review the parachute log and parachute packing card.

March 19, 2012
Lodi police said nurse imposters took credit card from man

Two women were arrested by Lodi police on suspicion of stealing from an elderly man while they posed as medical workers.

Christina Amaya, 29, and Elizabeth Marks, 46, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, forgery and felonious use of a credit card.

Police said the pair claimed they were nurses from "the hospital" checking on the older man's well-being when they arrived at the elderly man's home. Wearing surgical scrubs, they were invited inside.

March 1, 2012
Gang sweep ends with vehicle hitting brick wall in Lodi

A police sweep of suspected gang members in Lodi ended with a pursuit and a crash.

The sweep on Wednesday consisted of police checking to see if suspected gang members were violating parole or probation.

About 30 searches resulted in five arrests, including one for possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the waning hours of the sweep Wednesday night, police tried to stop a vehicle in a known gang area, according to a press release. A short pursuit at high speeds ended when the fleeing vehicle hit a brick wall along Cherokee Lane near Century Boulevard.

As officers approached the vehicle, one of the occupants threw down what turned out to be a replica of a handgun. The three in the vehicle were taken to the hospital.

Police said the driver will be booked on evasion of a police officer. Police suspect alcohol might have had something to do with why the driver fled from officers. An investigation is on-going.

September 20, 2011
Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Lodi

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man in Lodi at around noon Tuesday who is suspected of robbing 11 banks in the Stockton and San Joaquin County Area since June.

Robert Davis, 54, was hiding in a house on the 2300 block of West Highway 12 when the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force along with the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked him down.

When police arrived at the location where they suspected Davis to be hiding, they surrounded the house and called Davis out of the residence. He surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Davis is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Davis allegedly entered the banks and slipped the tellers a note demanding cash. He is suspected of having stolen more than $15,000 while using different aliases to evade the police.

A woman who was in the house at the time of Davis' arrest was also taken into custody for outstanding warrants.

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