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Crews respond to submerged car, possible victim


Search and rescue teams are in the Mokelumne River Thursday afternoon trying to reach a person inside a submerged car. Just before noon, CHP was told about the car and the people diving in the river just south of Isleton to reach it.

It appears there is a person in the car, and officers on scene believe the person has died. However, they could not say for sure what time the car went into the water or how the person may have died. 

The car is in the water near Brannan Island Road, south of Highway 12, about ten miles west of Lodi.

Cameras catch theft of laptops from Lodi business


A Lodi computer repair company is hoping security video that shows a theft of laptops will lead to the man who so casually broke into the business Sunday morning.

Up to 11 laptops and a couple of hard drives were stolen from Computer Impressions, which is located on Kettleman Lane in Central Lodi.

On the video, the thief first tries to enter through the door, and then sits near the door for a while. Eventually, he breaks through a window located near the ground. For several minutes, the man walks around the shop before leaving with the computer equipment.

The business had plenty of security -- and may add more.

Lodi-area man accused of trying to join ISIS found competent, case to continue


The case against a Lodi-area man who was arrested and charged with trying to join an Islamic terrorist group will continue. Lauren Horwood with the U.S, Attorney's Office in Sacramento confirmed that 21-year-old Nicholas Teausant was found competent and that the case will continue ahead "as any other case would."

The attorney's office is looking towards a settlement and, if that does not happen, they will proceed toward a trial, Horwood said.

Teausant was arrested in March 2014 as he tried to take a bus into Canada. Investigators say he planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group.

Since his arrest, Teausant has tried to distance himself from the terrorist group. His lawyers say he suffers from mental illness.

Man killed when car drifts into oncoming traffic on I-5


A man was killed Monday night when his car crossed the medium on Instate 5 northwest of Lodi – the Chevy Lumina hit another car, went down an embankment, rolled over and then burst into flames. California Highway Patrol spokesperson James Smith said the victim was the only occupant in the car.

The Lumina crashed into Nissan sedan when it crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5 near Woodbridge Road. The five occupants of the Nissan were taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

Smith said it is unknown why the driver of the Lumina left the southbound lanes and drove east into oncoming traffic. No other information about the driver was released.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. 


Man killed in vehicle on Stockton street

Man killed in vehicle on Stockton street


A man was shot and killed while driving in Stockton Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The 19-year-old man was found in a vehicle around 3:30 p.m. at Hammer Lane and Tam O'Shanter Drive with gunshot wounds, according to Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva. The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died. No other information about the victim was available.

Silva said the vehicle was shot multiple times near Hammer Lane and Lan Ark Drive. After the shooting, the driver continued eastbound on Hammer Lane and hit several other vehicles on the street. The victim was the only occupant in the vehicle.

No suspects have been identified at this time. Silva said investigators believe the shooting was gang-related.


Police: 4 bank robberies within one week are connected

Police: 4 bank robberies within one week are connected


Four bank robberies across three cities are believed to be connected, Stockton police said. Two of the bank robberies happened Tuesday morning, while the other two happened within the past week.

Investigators believe the same suspect, or suspects, robbed the following banks:

Around 10:53 a.m., a suspect walked into the Chase Bank in the 2400 block of W. Kettleman Lane in Lodi and handed a demand note to a teller.

Around 10:24 a.m., a suspect walked into the Chase Bank in the 5700 block of Pacific Avenue in Stockton, handed the teller a demand note and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then jumped into a white 4-door sedan with another suspect and drove away from the scene.

Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen

Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen


The community of Lodi is rallying behind a local A&W restaurant after a thief stole donations they'd been collecting for the Wounded Warrior Project. Staff believe the suspect is a repeat customer.

"The guy came in, ordered ice cream, and as soon as she turned around to make it for him, he grabbed it and ran out the door," Petter Knight of A&W said. "It's terrible. We were pretty sad."

The theft absolutely crushed employees. The thief made off with about $50 in Wounded Warrior donations.

"The Lodi police responded quickly," Knight said. "They were looking at our video within an hour."

And they weren't the only ones. Knight uploaded the security video to Facebook, reaching 20,000 people by Saturday morning.

"I think it's horrible and I hope they catch the guy," one customer responded.