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Lodi man arrested in 1989 cold case murder


A Lodi man has been arrested for the murder of Santa Ana woman in June 1989.

Douglas Gregory Gutridge, 63, was questioned about 35-year-old Carla Salazar's death in the initial murder investigation but Santa Ana police detectives did not have sufficient information to make an arrest, according to the Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force.

In 2008, Santa Ana cold case investigators submitted forensic evidence from the crime to the county crime lab and male DNA evidence was identified. Later that year, the detectives obtained DNA evidence form Gutridge.

This past July, the unsolved murder was taken over by the Orange County task force. The task force re-interviewed witnesses and Santa Ana detectives from 1989 and re-examined the evidence. From that, they obtained a murder charge for Gutridge.

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SactoMoFo Food Truck Mania Coming to Elk Grove's Morse Park

SactoMoFo Food Truck Mania Coming to Elk Grove's Morse Park

In the mood to get your grub on at a food truck gathering?

If so, you are in luck. This Saturday don't miss a gathering of SactoMoFo food trucks at Elk Grove's Morse Park at 5540 Bellaterra Drive. This chow fest, complete with Santa Claus, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m... Read More

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

Unemployment ticked up slightly in November in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Both counties reported a 10.7 percent unemployment rate, up from revised October rates of 9.9 for San Joaquin and 10.0 for Stanislaus County.

The counties’ rates remain higher than the state’s overall 7.2 percent rate and significantly higher than the national average of 5.8 percent... Read More

Lodi Memorial Hospital members approve Adventist Health affiliation

Lodi Memorial Hospital members approve Adventist Health affiliation

LODI — Members of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association voted Monday night to move forward with plans to affiliate with Adventist Health.

The membership voted 189-14. The affiliation still needs to be approved by the California Attorney General’s Office. If that happens, the transaction could become official as early as next spring.

The affiliation would mean Adventist Health will operate Lodi Memorial Hospital and all other Lodi Health services for the benefit of the Lodi community... Read More

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Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton. 

Match made for December: Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

Match made for December:  Twisted Roots Petite Sirah & rosemary lamb shanks

You can look at the increasingly short, dark, dreary days of December in two different ways: as a doggoned shame, or as the perfect excuse to enjoy the type of wines and foods that these days call for.

Mike Hodge, co-owner of Twisted Roots Vineyard & Winery, has the perfect prescription for those who choose the positive course: the 2011 Twisted Roots Lodi Petite Sirah ($25) with rosemary lamb shanks. (Twisted Roots multi-award winning wines are available locally at Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush)... Read More