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Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in methamphetamine seized in Lodi


A meth lab and nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs were found by law enforcement Wednesday in Lodi.

According to the Lodi Police Department, while assisting the Napa County Narcotics Task Force with multiple search warrants in the city, they discovered a methamphetamine conversion lab inside a building located at 27 Maxwell Street. Multiple firearms were also seized.

ID=28488123The task force was investigating Jose Vasquez Bautista, 40, of Lodi when they contacted local authorities about four search warrants. Bautista is currently in custody in Napa.

Suspect in custody for Stockton Subway shooting


UPDATE 1:44 p.m.: Stockton police said the suspect has been taken into custody. Details to come.

ORIGINAL POST: Officers are at a home in Lodi along East Kettleman Lane and Alpine Road Wednesday morning. They believe a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting is inside.

Late Tuesday night, Jerry Lucero was shot and killed during an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant along East Hammer Lane.

Tokay High School student has active TB


A student at Lodi's Tokay High School tested positive for active tuberculosis (TB), San Joaquin County Public Health Services reported Monday.

The student is receiving medical care and the public health department says there is no longer any risk of exposure to other students and staff.

Still, public health staff has scheduled TB screening tests for students and staff who shared a classroom with the affected student.

The school sent letters to the parents of all students.

TB is a contagious bacterium that is transmitted through the air. Droplets with TB bacteria can become airborne when a person with TB disease coughs, talks, or sings. These droplets are inhaled by other people and infection usually requires significant (many hours), not casual, contact when the person is infectious, according to public health services.


Train derails in Lodi


A freight train engine derailed in Lodi on Monday, according to the Lodi Police Department.

The derailment closed Turner Road near Mills Avenue for about an hour until several railroad ties could be repaired and the engine moved back onto the track.

There were no injuries.


Lodi residents say new track forces them to trespass


Hopping over the fence has been a common practice as of late at Lodi High School. The gates to the campus track get locked after school hours -- keeping nearby residents out.

"It's kind of a hassle, you got to hop the fence," Lodi resident and coach Tim Fua said.

Fua has trained local shot put and discus throwers on the track field for years. But, access became an issue a few months ago. When the new track was installed in November, a new fence went up with it – fully enclosing the facility.

"We're avid throwers, and I train a ton of kids throughout the year, so it's either this or I have to drive to Brentwood," Fua said.

While the fence has kept some out, others are opting to trespass to get in their workout.

Deadly accident closes Highway 12 in Lodi area


A deadly accident closed Highway 12 in the Lodi area for several hours Friday morning. Around 6:30 a.m., a Toyota car was driving westbound when investigators say it crossed the center divide into the eastbound lanes.

Along Highway 12, near Peatland Road, west of I-5, the Toyota collided with another car. The male driver of the car that drifted lanes died in the accident. The other driver, also a man, was injured, and should be OK, according to CHP.

The identity of the people involved in the accident have not been released at this time. The highway reopened around 10 a.m.


Burglary suspects attempt to rob Lodi house with pellet guns


A home-invasion style robbery in Lodi went awry when the victims realized the suspects' weapons were just pellet guns.

One person was arrested Thursday morning while several suspects were on the loose, according to the Lodi Police Department.

Officers responded to a robbery in the 500 block of Sonora Avenue. Several individuals entered a home with rifles, according to the victims. The robbers demanded money and drugs, the victims told police.

When one of the robbers accidentally fired one of their rifles, the victims realized the rifles were, in fact, pellet guns.

They decided to fight off the robbers.

Rohit Manocha, 21, from Beverly Hills was captured and booked into jail on multiple charges, including robbery and burglary, police said.