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April 27, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
There's a Creedence Clearwater Revival song about this Central Valley town. "Just about a year ago, I set out on the road, seekin' my fame and fortune, lookin' for a pot of gold," the lyrics go. "Things got bad, and things got worse, I guess you will know the tune. Oh! Lord, stuck in Lodi again." During a business trip here last summer, though, I was surprised by the town's rural charm and picturesque vineyards. My boyfriend couldn't believe the scene I described. "Lodi?" Jon asked.
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September 11, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge here Monday sentenced Hamid Hayat to 24 years in prison for attending a terrorism training camp in Pakistan, returning to the U.S. to commit violent jihad and then lying about it to the FBI. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell's ruling comes more than two years after FBI agents arrested Hayat, spawning a case prosecutors say has helped discourage would-be terrorists but that Muslim activists call a gross injustice against an innocent man.
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September 11, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge here Monday sentenced Hamid Hayat to 24 years in prison for attending a terrorism training camp in Pakistan, returning to the U.S. to commit violent jihad and then lying about it to the FBI. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell's ruling comes more than two years after FBI agents arrested Hayat, spawning a case prosecutors say has helped discourage would-be terrorists but that Muslim activists call a gross injustice against an innocent man.
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June 24, 2007 | From Associated Press
Toxic mold growing in every classroom building at Tokay High School has forced the start of school to be delayed for several weeks and may cost millions to clean up. "Every classroom building has it in one shape or form," said Lodi Unified School District Supt. Bill Huyett. Huyett said he could not estimate how much the mold eradication will cost, but it was expected to add millions of dollars to a planned $8-million modernization project that had just begun when the mold was discovered.
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June 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Lodi Muslim Mosque has fired a religious leader who has been accused by U.S. government officials of speaking out against the United States and supporting Osama bin Laden in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Shabbir Ahmed is one of two imams detained on immigration charges as part of an FBI investigation into alleged terror activities in Lodi's Islamic community. One imam's son also faces deportation to Pakistan. A father and son, both U.S.
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June 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lodi father and son charged with lying to federal agents in a terrorism investigation pleaded not guilty to all counts in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Tuesday. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Hamid Hayat, 22, on two counts of making false statements to the FBI about attending a terrorism camp in Pakistan for six months in 2003-04 and participating in weapons instruction targeting Americans.
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July 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
A father and son who are being held in a terror probe focused on the agricultural town of Lodi told the FBI that six other men from the area attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, according to classified documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee. Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father, Umer, 47, both United States citizens, are charged with two counts of lying to federal investigators about the younger man's time at an Al Qaeda-linked camp in 2003 and 2004.
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January 7, 2006 | From Associated Press
A father and son from Lodi will be tried on terrorism-related charges beginning Feb. 14. A federal judge set the date Friday over the objection of prosecutors. Assistant U.S. Atty. S. Robert Tice-Raskin argued that more time was needed because some evidence against the pair was obtained using methods so secret that they can't be disclosed in open court or to anyone without a security clearance.
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February 22, 2006 | From Associated Press
Hospitals, supermarkets and other "big buildings" in California were among the possible terrorist targets of a Lodi man charged with attending an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan, according to a videotaped interrogation played for jurors Tuesday. In snippets of Hamid Hayat's interview, he told FBI agents that he was awaiting orders to strike buildings in Los Angeles and perhaps San Francisco after he returned to the United States last year.
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June 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Monday sharply limited evidence that must be turned over to a father and son from Lodi who are being held on terrorism-related charges, ruling that they must be given only what pertains directly to the charges that they lied to investigators. Hamid Hayat, 22, is charged with two counts of lying to the FBI earlier this month when he said he did not attend a terrorism camp in Pakistan in 2003 and 2004.
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April 1, 2007 | Daniel Duane, Daniel Duane is the wine columnist for Men's Journal.
James Cameron couldn't have scripted it better, the way 76-year-old Wanda Woock, grande dame of the Lodi wine country, pointed a finger at her gold brooch and then at a photograph of the very same brooch a hundred years back, glinting like pure Hollywood magic on a young woman's lace collar. Peering out from a gilt frame on the wall of the rustic tasting room at Jessie's Grove Winery, the young woman looked familiar. So I asked: "Is that you, by any chance?"
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June 1, 2006 | Rone Tempest and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors Wednesday agreed to drop terrorism-related charges against Lodi ice cream truck driver Umer Hayat in exchange for a guilty plea in a 2003 customs case. Hayat, 48, who spent nearly a year in jail and under house arrest on the charges, was released for time served. Six weeks ago, a hopelessly split jury failed to reach a verdict in his case. "This outcome, of course, was not the one most desired by the government," said U.S. Atty. McGregor Scott.
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May 6, 2006 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they will retry a Lodi man whose first trial on charges that he lied to FBI agents during a terrorism investigation ended in a mistrial last month after half the jury voted for acquittal on one of the counts. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.
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May 1, 2006 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
The government had no direct evidence. The confession was vague and even contradictory. And the statements about attacking American targets came only after heavy prompting from FBI interrogators. But what the three federal prosecutors could -- and did -- show convincingly was that 23-year-old Hamid Hayat of Lodi, Calif., espoused strong anti-American sentiments, supported militant Muslim political parties in Pakistan and had a romantic attachment to the idea of jihad.
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April 26, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The conviction of a Lodi man on terrorism-related charges Tuesday is a much-needed victory for the Justice Department, which has stumbled recently in its pursuit of terrorism suspects in the courts. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, federal prosecutors have won cases against, among others, an Ohio truck driver accused of plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge and a man who threatened to kill President Bush. But there have also been a series of missteps and false starts.
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April 26, 2006 | Rone Tempest and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
A federal jury Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old Lodi man of attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and returning to the United States to commit violent jihad against his fellow citizens. Hamid Hayat, a Pakistani American born in Stockton, was found guilty of one count of providing material support for terrorism and three counts of lying to the FBI. He faces up to 39 years in prison at a sentencing hearing set for July 14.
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September 23, 2005 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a 23-year-old Lodi man on charges that he materially supported terrorism against the United States by attending a training camp in Pakistan in 2003 and 2004. Announced here by U.S. Atty. McGregor W.
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December 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A city fire captain who had been accused -- and then cleared -- of raping his daughter will go back to work next month, city officials said. Michael Tecklenburg had been on administrative leave since he was arrested Sept. 14 and charged on suspicion of raping his 15-year-old daughter, who had run away from home. But the girl testified that she had been pressured by investigators into making the allegations.
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April 25, 2006 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
In a possible sign of trouble for prosecutors, a federal jury reported Monday that it was unable to reach a decision in the case against Lodi ice cream truck driver Umer Hayat, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his son's attendance at a terrorism training camp in Pakistan. Earlier, a separate jury in the case against the son, Hamid Hayat, also signaled that it was having problems with at least part of the government case. Late Friday, that jury sent U.S. District Judge Garland E.
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April 14, 2006 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
The jury deliberating the case of a Lodi man accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan asked Thursday to review the five-hour videotaped interrogation by FBI agents that prosecutors call a confession and defense attorneys say is "meaningless" intimidation. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell ordered the entire videotape replayed in open court on Monday, ensuring that the jury for 23-year-old Pakistani American Hamid Hayat will not reach a verdict until later next week.
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