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Cheap books& movies this weekend

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

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will host a book sale on Sat., Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10-3 at the Arthur F. Turner Library Branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

The sale will start with hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, children’s books for 10 to 25 cents, and VHS movies, audio books and special-priced books. On Sunday, items will go for $2 per bagful.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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9/11 memorial flag display returns

JOHN VINSON at an earlier edition of his annual flag memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 5, 2012 –

Former West Sacramento resident John Vinson reports that he will shortly begin installing hundreds of American flags at the corner of South River Road and Jefferson Boulevard in Southport.

Vinson creates the annual flag display as a remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The flags will go up beginning Friday, Sept. 7, and will come down at sundown on Sept. 11, said Vinson.

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College info for RCHS seniors

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

River City High School seniors and their parents are invited to attend an information session at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Sept. 6) in the F common room. The topic will be college info and admissions requirements.

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Pedestrian killed by police car

WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 5, 2012 —

A police chase resulted in a patrol car striking and killing a pedestrian in West Sacramento last night.

According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On September 04, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM an officer was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Another officer activated his emergency lights and siren to respond and assist. While en route to assist, that officer struck a pedestrian near West Capitol Avenue and Pine Street who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.”

[adrotate group=”9″]”California Highway Patrol investigated the fatal accident,” Sockman continued. “The suspect in the pursuit, a 17 year old male juvenile from West Sacramento, collided with a parked vehicle near the 1900 block of Maryland Avenue and fled on foot. He was detained by a citizen until officers arrived on scene and arrested him. The driver of the stolen vehicle will be booked at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on felony stolen vehicle charges and murder resulting from the death of the pedestrian.”

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‘Third strike’ conviction upheld for fake bomb

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

The state supreme court has reinstated the conviction of a man found guilty of leaving a fake bomb at the Yolo County Communications Center in 2006.

66-year old Barry Turnage of Woodland was sentenced to life in prison under the “three strikes law,” after prior convictions for armed robbery and for shooting a rifle into a City of Berkeley fire truck.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Turnage’s conviction for the Woodland “fake bomb” offense was overturned by an appeals court. That court ruled that the “equal protection” clause of the Constitution was violated because the fake bomb statute did not compare well with other laws in the state.

[adrotate group=”9″]   But the California Supreme Court disagreed, unanimously voting to reinstate the conviction.

In a press release, D.A. Reisig praised the work of California Deputy Attorney General Rachelle Newcomb, saying “Yolo County is now safer thanks to her work.”

The Yolo Emergency Communications center, where Turnage left the fake bomb, is a 911 call-handling and dispatch center, and houses the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

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Central West Sac area sees roadwork

Contractors working for the City of West Sacramento are working on streets, sidewalks and gutters in a neighborhood near Meadow Road. The project is funded by local sales tax dollars and federal money (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Residents of the Westmore Oaks area will see some digging, scraping and pouring happening on their local streets for a couple more months. Streets such as Meadow Road, Westacre Road and Fernwood Street are seeing their streets and sidewalks fixed, and their sidwalks brought into compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA).

It’s part of the “Westmore Oaks Street Rehabilitation Project,” said Vin Cay, the project manager for the work in the West Sacramento Public Works Department.

“Basically, we’re resurfacting the roads,” Cay told the News-Ledger. “Primarily, it’s slurry seal, but we have to do certain ADA concrete work, installing access ramps at all intersections and curb returns. On the bigger streets, like Westacre from US 50 to Park Boulebvard, we’re going to repair two inches of the AC (asphalt/concrete).”

“If there are any sunken curbs and gutters, or sidewalks raised by trees, we will try to hit those first.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  “In some instances, you may see curbs and sidewalks that don’t meet ADA standards, and we’re going to have to replace them,” added Cay. “If you’re rolling (a wheelchair) and it’s to steep on the sideways grade, it’s hard to roll.”

“We hope to finish in early November,” he said.

The project has been publicized on the city website and the contractor is expected to keep passing out flyers along affected streets as work continues. The project is funded by a federal grant and by Measure K, a local measure in which West Sacramento residents agreed to pay a sales tax surcharge to fund local projects.

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Locals in uniform: Pruitt, Saefong

[adrotate group=”10″]  FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

Army Specialist Joshua M. Pruitt has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pruitt is a military policeman with the 164th Military Police Company based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He is the son of Leslie and Michael Pruitt of West Sacramento and a 2000 graduate of River City High school.

Army Reserve Pvt. Laifeuy Saefong has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

During nine weeks of training, Saefong studied the Army mission, history, and core values, along with receiving instruction in such things as physical fitness, military weapons, drill and ceremony, map reading, first aid and the military justice system.

Saefong is a 2011 graduate of West Sacramento’s River City High school.

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