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Party at rowing club boathouse


The River City Rowing Club plans a fundraiser with a BBQ, beer garden and live music from 4-8 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, at the boathouse on the Port of West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″]   There will also be a boat dedication ceremony: at 5:30 p.m., when the club will dedicate a boat in the name of the late Rex Babin, a former club member and editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $40/couple and $12 for minors. Free for kids under 12. At the door, it’s cash only, $30/adults, $50/couple or $12 for minors. Tickets are available at

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Free flu clinic coming on Oct 13; community service volunteers are needed

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012

Information is from the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Department will be holding five free seasonal influenza vaccination clinics throughout Yolo County this fall.  Besides providing flu vaccine to the community, the clinics also test the county’s mass vaccination response.  To assist in both efforts, volunteers with a variety of skills are needed to staff four of the clinics.  Volunteer opportunities include:

•    Runners – assist all staff by helping clients, getting/delivering supplies, providing breaks for staff
•    Traffic Control & Interior Security – work with uniformed officers to provide security services at each site
•    Inventory Control – keep track of all vaccines, supplies, etc. on site
•    Paperwork Collection – work with clients to ensure that all medical records are collected and information materials are given
•    Translation – assist clients with alternate language needs
•    Greeting/Triage – meet clients and provide information
•    Medical Screening – assist clients by identifying the vaccine they are eligible for at the site

The mass flu vaccination clinics will be held as follows (more information to follow at a later date — watch the News-Ledger newspaper):

•    Saturday, October 13, Westmore Oaks Elementary Schoolin West Sacramento
•    Wednesday, October 17, Winters Community Center
•    Saturday, October 27, Esparto Fire Department
•    Saturday, November 17, Douglass Middle School in Woodland

In addition to the above, a small flu vaccination clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Davis Senior Center.  Volunteers will not be needed for this clinic.

Volunteering to help at mass vaccination clinics can count towards high school community service hours.  For more information, or to sign up, e-mail:

Note: the Yolo County Health Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for $10.00 as part of the regularly scheduled public health immunization clinic held every Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Health Department, located at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  Note: those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away.

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West Sac local candidates’ forum


The local chamber of commerce will host a forum for city council and school board candidates on Thursday, October 4.

[adrotate group=”9″] The public forum will take place from 6-9 p.m. at CSA Event Center, 1275  Starboard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

“In many ways, this is a crucial election for our community,” said Denise Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber, in a press release. “The pressing issues of flood control, economic development, school district stability, transportation, community planning and public safety are vital to our city’s future.”

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Free document shredding Thursday


Got a stash of documents with sensitive personal or business information on them?

Cintas and the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free document shredding day from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the farmers market site, 1271 West Capitol Avenue. Other materials accepted for destruction include CDs, diskettes and other media. No need to remove staples, rubber bands or binder clips from your documents. Materials will be recycled.

For information, call Aubrey McKay at Cintas, 434-2734.

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Mike Carr: fighting cancer


By Daryl Fisher
Features Editor

In May of this year, lifelong West Sacramento resident Mike Carr was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia (Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm). At the time of the diagnosis, doctors told Mike he only had a few months to live if he did not start treatment immediately, which he did. But even with three rounds of chemotherapy now behind him, Mike’s prognosis is still uncertain and he will need a bone marrow transplant in the immediate future.

MIKE CARR: Longtime West Sacramento resident and local firefighter will undergo a bone marrow transplant.

During the lengthy bone marrow transplant process, which will be performed at the University of California at San Francisco and may take up to four months, Mike will be required to stay in San Francisco to undergo daily treatments. Since this will be an out-patient procedure, Mike and his wife, Betty, will be incurring unplanned housing and living expenses and his many West Sacramento friends want to help. To do that, they will be hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser on October 26th at VFW Hall #8762, 905 Drever Street in West Sacramento. The event will start at 6 pm and tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 each. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. A trust fund in Mike’s name is also being set up at West Sacramento’s US Bank.

As many of you know, Mike is a 1964 graduate of West Sacramento’s James Marshall High School where he was a gifted athlete in both football and track. He was named the best looking boy in his senior class, and soon married his high school sweetheart, Betty Klink, who had been named the best looking girl. They have been happily married for 46 years and have two great children, Ryan and Kerri, both of whom attended and graduated from local schools. Mike and Betty are also the proud and devoted grandparents of two, with another one on the way.

Mike spent 31 years as a much-respected West Sacramento fireman, rising to the rank of Fire Captain. In 1990 he was awarded the Medal of Valor by the City of West Sacramento for his heroic actions while rendering aid to a gunshot victim while he was off-duty.

“Nobody has ever had anything but good things to say about Mike,” said his longtime friend and fellow retired fireman, Bob Perry. “He’s a very caring and compassionate person, and those are great traits to have as a fireman. Plus you could always trust him to keep up his end of things on every call and all of us who worked with him over the years want to do anything we can to help him through these tough times.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   “Mike and I have been best friends since I can remember,” said Dickie Kimbrough, who played football and ran track with Mike in high school. “He’s about the nicest guy on earth, and all of his friends are so sad that he’s having to go through such a difficult time in his life. To tell you the truth, he’s taking it a lot better than we are, and the fundraiser at least gives us all something positive to do while Mike does all the real work of trying to get better. He’s a great husband, father, grandfather and friend, and I love him like a brother. And I hope anyone who can attend the fundraiser or donate to the fund will do so. Believe me, it will be greatly appreciated!”

For information about purchasing tickets for the spaghetti feed fundraiser, or if you would just like to donate to the fund being set up in Mike’s name, contact Julie and Bob Perry at 371-8839 or Dorothy and Don Logsdon at 371-5822 or Julie Coulombe at 483-8808.

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Business: intro to Bridge District


Get a view of the 188-acre Bridge District project as part of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce RECON Oktoberfest gathering, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. $25 for chamber members; $50 for non-members.

The Bridge District is the region between the US 50/Pioneer Freeway Bridge and the Tower Bridge. The project is near Raley Field.


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West Sacramento ‘Police Log’


  The ‘Police Log’ feature appears weekly exclusively in the News-Ledger. See the subscription offer at bottom to see it every week.

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

Sept. 12, 3:12 p.m.
A private investigator informed police he would be conducting surveillance on Topaz Road.

Sept. 12, 3:20 p.m.
A clinic on the 2700-block of West Capitol reported that a patient said she had been raped two weeks earlier. She said the crime was committed by a man who “said he was a massage student who made house calls.”

Sept. 13, 9:41 a.m.
A woman at a Lisbon Avenue apartment said she had been arguing with her 26-year old son, who was angry she wouldn’t let him smoke in the house. The man “aimed a BB gun at (her) face, but missed,” so he “shot clothes in the closet.” The woman was uncooperative with further information, saying she “didn’t want to get her son in trouble.”

Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.
A 4th Street resident reported that someone stole a $2,000 titanium bicycle at about 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 13, 7:17 p.m.
A supermarket on West Capitol told dispatchers that a male suspect about 20 years old just came in, stole some liquor and ran out the door. It was the second such shopping trip for this suspect on that day.

Sept. 13, 7:27 p.m.
The Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (YONET) informed police it would be conducting an operation at a motel on the 1500-block of West Capitol, and asked patrol cars to steer clear.

Sept. 14, 12:01 a.m.
A male subject knocked on the door of a Poplar Avenue resident and “yelled that he found God.” The fellow, wearing shorts and carrying a Bible, was now knocking on neighbors’ doors.

Sept. 14, 2:37 a.m.
A neighbor complained that people were swimming and being loud in the yard of an Oakland Bay Road residence.

Sept. 14, 2:56 a.m.
A man called dispatchers, requesting anonymity. He said he had received a text message from a woman saying she was being beat up. He went to the Bridge Place location and saw a pickup truck belonging to the suspect parked out front. The caller told a CHP dispatcher that if police didn’t respond, “he was going inside and it will get physical.”

Sept. 14, 10:33 a.m.
A Pennsylvania Avenue resident told police that while he was in the hospital, some friends watching his house took some of his property and sold it.

Sept. 14, 11:46 a.m.
A man reported that he was at Lake Road to help with some repairs. But when he “climbed into the back of a truck to get something, (the driver) stepped on the gas, then braked hard. Then, when (he) fell out, the suspect sped away.”

Sept. 14, 2:36 p.m.
A man from Hemlock Street called from his workplace to report having heard second-hand that his home had been burglarized. It turned out someone entered through a garage and stole the family dog.

Sept. 14, 10:54 a.m.
A Sacramento man found a box with a pair of shoes (carrying a $16.99 price tag) in West Sacramento. He turned it into police, requesting to receive the merchandise if it wasn’t claimed in 90 days.

[adrotate group=”7″] Sept. 14, 11:40 a.m.
Police arrested a 41-year old West Capitol Avenue woman for prostitution after she agreed to perform a sex act for money with an undercover officer. She was picked up at West Capitol and Merkley.

Sept. 14, 3:11 p.m.
Be on the lookout, after this incident at a home improvement store on Lake Washington Boulevard: “A female just took off in the store’s electric wheelchair/shopping cart.” The subject was wearing a pink shirt and scootering away southbound on Jefferson.

Sept. 14, 6:06 p.m.
A caller from a boat on the river reported seeing about six male subjects near Riverbank Road. He reported hearing one gunshot, and could see through binoculars that one of the men was carrying a semi-automatic pistol in his right rear pants pocket. Officers responded. They contacted a 19-year old Bryte Avenue man, who “immediately produced a firearm and admitted to discharging a single shot.” The man was arrested.

Sept. 14, 6:23 p.m.
A witness outside a West Capitol supermarket was upset to see a man put a bottle of liquor into a stroller alongside an infant.

Sept. 14, 6:58 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store caught a woman trying to steal a lamp, bedsheets, and possibly other merchandise. The woman was “uncooperative” and refusing to give her name or other information.

Sept. 15, 1:47 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court retailer reported having a pair of female shoplifting suspects, age 29 and 28, in their loss prevention office. The pair were “cooperative.”

Sept. 15, 5:23 a.m.
Two men tried to use a credit card to buy $470 worth of electronics from a Riverpoint Court store. The card was declined. The men left, but left behind a wallet and credit card not belonging to them.

Sept. 15,4:26 p.m.
A 20-year old theft suspect fought with store personnel at a Riverpoint Court store before running off toward a nearby fast food restaurant.

Sept. 15, 4:54 p.m.
There was a “boat fire, fully involved” reported just north of the Bryte Bend Bridge. Two hours later, Fire Station 41 reported that the boat would still be “smoldering for a while.”

Sept. 15, 7:06 p.m.
A resident returned home to Merritt Island Court to find graffiti chalked in the driveway. “Last week, a gnome statue was left in the driveway.”

Sept. 15, 8:05 p.m.
A bus driver “just saw a van. . . go into the ditch on the right side of the road” at West Capitol Avenue and Garnet Street.

Sept. 16, 12:01 a.m.
A small trash can fire was reported in front of a house on Cummins Way.

Sept. 16, 12:27 a.m.
On Bali Road, there was a “social event here with excess noise.”

Sept. 16, 2 a.m.
Furniture, appliances and a TV (all worth around $2,100) were reported stolen from an Oxford Street home.

Sept. 16, 7:58 a.m.
A man said his 50-year old female roommate was “tearing up the house” at their Welland Way location. The prior night, he said, she threatened him with a knife.

[adrotate group=”10″] Sept. 16, 9:48 a.m.
Somebody stole a 1983 Volvo station wagon from Rich Street during the night. The car’s owner feared he had left the keys inside.

Sept. 16, 1:29 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

Sept. 16, 2:47 p.m.
A witness reported that three kids were “setting of strings of firecrackers” near Santa Cruz Road and San Miguel Street.

Sept. 16, 4:54 p.m.
A retail store on the 1200-block of West Capitol said a woman just walked out with a bag of merchandise, “yelling and screaming.”

Sept. 16, 7:39 p.m.
A man said he was in a vehicle near a restaurant at Harbor and West Capitol when a woman and man approached him. The woman “flashed…a badge and told (him) she was a police.” The male subject told him to get out of the vehicle, then frisked him. They took his cell phone and $500.

Sept. 16, 8:24 p.m.
Over about a ten-minute period, police received four calls from people reporting the sound of vehicles screeching their tires or “doing donuts” in Southport. Callers estimated that the sounds were coming from near Bridgeway Elementary School, near Linden Road and Allan Avenue, near Ramco Street and Summerfield Park.

Sept. 16, 9:05 a.m.
A 41-year old Madrone Avenue man was seen “running in traffic without shoes on and causing a traffic hazard. He ran into the police parking lot. He thought people were chasing him.” There was a warrant for the man’s arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
A $350 mountain bike was reported stolen from a Glide Avenue mobilehome park.

Sept. 16, 10:14 p.m.
In Southport, a man and wife argued after he found an email she had sent to a co-worker. She said he was now inside with their kids, telling her that either she had to leave or else he would leave with the kids.

Sept. 16, 11:05 p.m.
A suicide threat came in from a Clarendon Street school campus.

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