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lodi waitresses tired of tip jar thefts


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LODI, Calif. - Waitresses and baristas in Lodi who depend on tips to supplement their incomes aren't happy someone keeps stealing tip jars from their businesses.

The thefts have been at Java Stop, the Avenue Grill and the Butcher Shoppe.

Video from the Java Stop shows a man in red, on a bike, riding past a drive-through window until he finally reaches in and takes the jar.

The thefts are costly for employees.

Dog disappears in the wake of Facebook posts critical of its care


ID=16473505ACAMPO - The owner and caretakers of a missing dog are claiming that the pooch was stolen after the dog's care was criticized on Facebook.

"We came this morning and JoJo was gone. And he was stolen," said Mary Arnaiz, who helped care for the half-pit bull, half-Queensland heeler at her boyfriend's property on Woodson Road in Acampo.

JoJo was kept on a chain attached to a 120-foot tether that leads from a dog house to the eastern edge of the property, which is the site of a home that has been vacant for the past two years.

UPDATE: Police take Lodi bank robbery suspect into custody


Lodi police tweeted Monday evening they had taken 34-year-old Jerome White into custody on suspicion of robbing the Compass Bank at 200 N. Church St. Friday evening.

A release issued by the Lodi Police Department said the man pictured in the photograph walked into the bank around 5:17 p.m., handed the teller a note, brandished a handgun and was given an undisclosed amount of money. The man then fled the building southbound through the bank's east parking lot.


Woman found covered in blood on Lodi street


A woman was found bleeding from puncture wounds in a white SUV in a Lodi intersection Friday morning.

According to Lodi police, the 33-year-old woman was covered in blood. She was transported to an area hospital but did not survive.

Investigators do not know if the victim got into the older model Ford Explorer by herself, if she drove it, or if someone put her in it to get help.

Detectives are looking for a maroon or burgundy 1995 Honda Accord witnessed leaving the scene at Vine Street and Central Avenue at around 5:45 a.m. Corp. Eric Bradley said the California license plate is 7CCZ084.

Early in the investigation, detectives think the homicide stems from a domestic violence incident, Bradley said.

UPDATE: Former fire chief found shot in Lodi park


The Lodi Police Department reports it has new information on what investigators initially termed as the suspicious fatal shooting of a former Lodi fire battalion chief in Roget Park on Sept. 6.

Detectives and a forensic expert investigating the death of Gary Duck. 70, determined he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the department announced Friday.

No gun was found at the scene. Investigators surmise someone came by before Duck's body was discovered and took the firearm.

West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Police: UFC's Nick Diaz arrested for suspected DUI, destruction of evidence


A well-known UFC fighter was arrested in Lodi on suspicion of driving under the influence and other allegations Saturday morning, police said.

Nick Diaz, 31, was pulled over in his vehicle on the 600 block of E. Pine Street just before 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 6. The officer who made the traffic stop gave Diaz the choice of a breath or blood alcohol test, according to police Lt. Steve Maynard.

Diaz chose the breath test. Maynard said Diaz said he needed to use the city jail restroom before being tested. When in the restroom, Maynard said Diaz tried to vomit in an attempt to get rid of the "evidence."

Diaz is also facing attempted destruction of evidence, obstructing a police investigation and driving on a suspended license.

He was released later from jail. It wasn't clear when he would be formally charged.