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Train to help in emergencies

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Fire Department is looking for volunteers to serve on its Certified Emergency Response Team, or CERT. Citizens are trained to assist in a disaster, learning skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations.

The next round of training begins Jan. 15. For information, call 617-4600 or www.wscert.org.

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‘Santa Run’: soon on a street near you

Santa atop a red "sleigh" in West Sacramento last year (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  Additionally, Santa will have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting any canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who come out to make canned food donations, as well as to Fire Chief Al Terrell and City Manager Martin Tuttle, for permitting the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 3rd: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the  following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon,North Hobson, and Fourness.

  Tuesday, December 4th: North Business 80 on some of the  following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 5th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 6th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 7th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 10th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

  Please understand that Santa cannot get to every street.  Santa’s route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.  For further information call (916) 617- 4721.

Please do not call 9-1-1; they have no information about this event.

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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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Robber shoots at guard and flees after trying to steal Christmas tree from church lot

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A man allegedly trying to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at the Russian Church of Evangelic Christian Baptists shot at a security guard before fleeing.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officer responded to the church at Jefferson Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue just after midnight this morning. They talked to a security guard.

“The security guard reported that he confronted a white male adult suspect described as having long hair, attempting to steal a Christmas tree from the lot,” said Steele in a press release. “When confronted by the security officer the male suspect made threats and fired several shots at the security officer.  The suspect then fled from the scene on foot.  Officers established a perimeter and conducted an extensive search for the suspect but were unable to locate him.”

Steele said that local detectives are currently following leads. He asked anyone with possible information to call Detective Ken Fellows at 916-617-4955.

“Please do not attempt to contact any potential suspect as he is considered armed and dangerous,” added Steele.

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Storm troubles reported around town

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012 —

Art Schroeder, spokesman for the City of West Sacramento, reports the following list of storm-related problems around the city as of about 12:30 p.m. With more rain and wind on the way, no doubt there will be even more issues as the weekend progresses:

·         An early morning vehicle collision causing one fatality at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard and Southport Parkway damaged the traffic light at the intersection—the repair is expected to be completed by late Friday morning;

·         A light signal at Lighthouse Drive and Fountain Drive was damaged Thursday evening and is scheduled for repair today, with minimal impact on traffic flow;

·         Significant flooding on Deerwood Avenue caused by plugged storm drains early Friday morning has been rectified;

·         Significant flooding on Deerwood Avenue caused by plugged storm drains early Friday morning has been rectified;

·         Reports of minor flooding in the “state” streets, Riverpoint and Broderick areas have been receiving attention from City crews;

·         Prior to Friday’s storm, the City cleaned piping and debris from storm drain stations in the areas of Allen Road, Gregory Road, and other areas; and

·         A sand bag distribution center is available to West Sacramento residents at the City Public Works Corp Yard, 1951 South River Rd. during daytime hours.

   “As the City continues to keep its eye on storm emergencies this weekend, the public is advised to stay safe and to drive carefully. Be prepared for signs of caution,” said Schroeder in a press statement.

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Christmas tree lighting canceled

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce has just announced that it will cancel the annual tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for tonight in front of city hall.

The decision was made “in the interest of public safety,” said a message from the chamber as this week’s rain and wind storm continues. There was no immediate word on whether there would be an attempt to reschedule.

The ceremony annually includes a throw of the light switch for the tall tree now standing decorated and ready at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, a visit from Santa, and music and hot chocolate.

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PG&E driver killed in Southport crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012 —

A PG&E employee was killed in a traffic accident early this morning in West Sacramento.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said police responded to the collision at about 1:52 a.m. at Lake Washington Boulevard and Southport Parkway in West Sacramento.

“Officers arrived on scene and located a solo vehicle into a traffic control pole,” said Steele in a press statement.  “The sole male occupant of the vehicle was an on duty PG&E worker who was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Steele asked residents to avoid the area while police finish up their on-site investigation.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

(UPDATE, 11:33 a.m. on Nov. 30: The intersection is now open to traffic again. Said Sgt. Steele:

“There is a temporary light control for traffic traveling eastbound/southbound on Lake Washington Boulevard.  Please pay close attention as you drive through this intersection.”

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