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Lodi thrift store burglary caught on camera

LODI, CA - A Lodi thrift store that serves the needy was broken into very early Saturday morning and victimized by thieves who stole $1,200.

The Community Project Thrift Store has been in business for about a year and a half, and according to its manager, barely breaks even.

"I make my partners nervous.  I give more away than we sell," said Dan Randall.

So it wasn't a bit helpful that one man entered the front of the store, went to the back and allowed two more men to enter.  Much of their activity was captured on the store's security cameras.

"This (the theft) is a whole week.  We average $1,200 a week, just enough to keep operating.  On Friday, they got a complete week," said Randall.

Because the thieves knew exactly where to go to find the store's safe, and then disable the camera system, Randall has a good idea who's responsible.  He wants the money back, but doesn't feel the need for revenge.

Galt policers recognized for their fight against drunk driving

GALT - Two Galt Police Officers were recognized for their efforts in combating the problem of drunk driving today in Rancho Cordova, at a luncheon sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Officers Keith Russell and Kevin Tonn were among the many Officers from the region honored at today’s awards luncheon. The two Galt Officers arrested a total of 52 drunk drivers during 2010 and were given special recognition for their outstanding accomplishment. Chief Loren Cattolico attended the awards luncheon to support the hard work of his two Officers. Cattolico is certain that his officers saved an injury if not a life because of their arrests.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, one in three of us will be affected in some way by a drunk driver.

Sun setting near Woodbridge

Sun setting near Woodbridge

News10 viewer Rene Miller took this snapshot of a beautiful sunset in the Woodbridge area.

Lodi police plan DUI checkpoint this weekend

Lodi police plan DUI checkpoint this weekend

LODI - Police will conduct a DUI/Driver's licence chekpoint this weekend on Saturday, Feb. 19 at an undisclosed location within the city, between 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairments. They will also check for proper licensing.

If officers suspect a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will conduct a field sobriety test. If you fail, expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, as well as heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 52 injury crashes harming 61 of our friends and neighbors," said Lodi Police Sgt.

Lodi's Dream Room Interior Design contest a hit

Lodi's Dream Room Interior Design contest a hit

LODI - The first Dream Room Interior Design competition at the Lodi Home & Garden Show was a big success!

Super Bowl weekend in Lodi was special for a number of reasons this year. Besides the show and the always popular football game, this year the Home & Garden Show had a “Dream Room” competition featuring local interior designers.

Three designers were given a 10-foot by 20-foot booth with plain sheet rock walls to decorate. The results dazzled show goers. Each booth was very stylishly decorated and looked like you were walking into a high-end home. Show visitors were commenting on how the booths had given them ideas for their own homes.

Designs With You In Mind created an ultra modern bathroom with a marble and glass shower enclosure, tub and vanity area. The overall design gave a sense of luxury that anyone would be happy to have in their home.

Classic Design Floor to Ceiling created two “rooms” in their booth.

Valley Oaks School to present first Black History Month event

Valley Oaks School to present first Black History Month event

GALT - Valley Oaks School in Galt, will hold its very first Black History Month Program on Monday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. The program, titled "Did You Know," will feature song performances and a play about African American inventions.

A special education teacher at Valley Oaks wrote the play, and a diverse group of students will sing "Let My People Go," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," and "O Beautiful."

The event will take place in the multipurpose building at the school, located at 21 C Street.

Bollywood and Wine in Lodi Feb. 18

Bollywood and Wine in Lodi Feb. 18

LODI - The Lodi International Film Festival and Film Night at the Square will host a true cultural event of wine sampling, exotic flavors, film and Bollywood dancers, on Friday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at 125 South Hutchins Street.

Come watch a screening of the Bollywood film "Fall in Love With Bicycle Bride," a romantic comedy about intercultural relationships. The cost is $20 which includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, film, performance and raffle.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lodifilm.com.

Lodi March Madness basketball tournament looking for teams

Lodi March Madness basketball tournament looking for teams

Teams are being sought for the Lodi March Madness Basketball Tournament, March 5 & 6 at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds in the Grape Pavilion. 

The tournament is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and boys teams.  Coast is $200 per team with three games guaranteed.  The courts are located in a great facility, there is a full snack bar, great officials, awards and more. 

For more information or to register for the tournament please visit www.grapefestival.com or call (209) 369-2771.

St. Joseph's brings mobile mammograms to Lodi

St. Joseph's brings mobile mammograms to Lodi

LODI - St. Joseph's Medical Center will offer mobile mammograms at the Safeway store located at 2449 West Kettleman Lane, on Friday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The mammograms are provided through an innovative program that brings mammography services to patients who may not otherwise have access to these resources.

Low-cost mammograms will be available for only $80.00. Women enrolled in certain medical programs may be eligible for a mammogram at no cost. The screenings are available by appointment to women of all ages, with a physician’s referral. To make an appointment, call 1-866-430-8222.

The full-service mammography clinic, housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, is licensed by the state of California and accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration. It meets all requirements for performing screening mammography.

First Friday Art Hop features sculpturist Karin Faringer

First Friday Art Hop features sculpturist Karin Faringer

Don't miss Lodi's First Friday on Feb. 4.

The Art Hop takes place at McKinleys Frame Shop and is FREE event that features an evening of viewing art and talking to the artists, while being part of a fun, social event including the sampling of delicious appetizers, local wines, and other beverages.

Each location displays the work of a local or Northern California artist (or artists) for at least a month. Pick up an Art Hop Map at McKinleys Frame Shop and start hop'in! For those who cannot attend on the First Friday of each month, artwork will remain on display in McKinleys Frame Shop for the entire month.

McKinleys Frame Shop  is located at 11 W. Pine St. in Lodi. The event begins at 6 p.m.

For more information contact Julie at 209-224-1225.