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’07 grad from RCHS joins Air Force

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012 —

  Air Force Airman April M. Rink recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas.

  She completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  She also received four credits toward an associate of applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  Rink is the daughter of William and Tammy Rink of West Sacramento and a 2007 graduate of River City High School.

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‘No contest’ to molesting eight-year old

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 26, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced yesterday that on July 24, Dmitry Dudkin, a 27-year old West Sacramento resident, was convicted of two counts of child molestation after pleading no contest.

Reports the D.A.’s office:

“Dudkin, molested an 8-year old girl from 2009 to 2011. The crimes were discovered when the victim went to school with a hickey on her neck. The victim told the police that Dudkin showed her pornography and asked her to perform various sexual acts on him. The victim also disclosed that Dudkin took pictures of her with his cell phone. The Yolo County High-Tech Crimes Taskforce analyzed Dudkin’s computers and cell phones taken and found provocative photos of the victim.

   “Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case and stated ‘With the assistance of the High-Tech Task Force we were able to locate evidence that supported the victim’s statements and obtain a plea from the Defendant. This plea ensures that justice has been served not only by taking a child molester out of our community but also by protecting the victim from the trauma of having to testify in court. In addition, the sentence he will receive will ensure that he will not harm another child.’

“Dudkin faces life in state prison and will be sentenced on August 24, 2012 by the Honorable Judge Stephen Mock.”

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Yolo Fair booth: baseball, wine & more

Silver medal winner: Yolo County's booth at the state fair advertised quality-of-life issues like bikes & baseball (courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012 —

From the County of Yolo

   This year, Yolo County took home a silver medal for its California State Fair booth in the counties’ exhibit competition. Yolo’s theme was “Yolo: You Only Live Once.”  there were 29 participating counties.

  Yolo County’s unique exhibit evidently impressed the judges with its “bucket list” of great things to see and do in Yolo County.

  This year’s display was made possible by donations from Cache Creek Casino Resort; Fred C. Heidrick Museum; Clarksburg Wine Company – Old Sugarmill; PreStar, Inc.; Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain; Yolo County Visitors Bureau; YoloArts; Yolo Solano Cooperative Extension.

  The display offered the following Yolo County highlights:

“Surprisingly diverse and engaging, Yolo County offers its own “bucket list” of great things to see and do.  Savor the flavors of farmers markets, award-winning local wines and crazy-good cuisine from American to Thai.  Thrill to the rush of skydiving or river rafting, pro baseball, festivals, parades and world-class performing arts.  Hike or bike the verdant countryside, explore one-of-a-kind museums, dive in to charming small downtowns, and unwind at a soothing spa.  Whatever the season, you’ll find a reason—so come experience the fullness of life in Yolo County.  After all, you only live once!”

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Guest comments: utility scammers

GUEST OPINION FROM PG&E —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of an ongoing scam that has impacted other utility customers especially as high temperatures persist across much of the country. The scam targets customers through social media, posted fliers, text messages and phone calls claiming that President Barack Obama is providing a credit or directly paying utility bills. In some cases, customers have been asked for social security numbers to apply payments to customers’ utility bills, presenting an identity theft risk.

PG&E wants to remind customers that PG&E representatives would not ask for personal or banking information over the phone.

PG&E offers the following tips to help protect customers from scams:

• Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you.

• If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community. If you feel threatened in any way, you should notify local law enforcement immediately.

• Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or they will receive a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.

• PG&E’s Credit Department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

• Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, a service request or a request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

PG&E takes security seriously and will actively work with law enforcement to help stop any scam impacting customers. Anyone who has received a call or visit similar to the one described above can report it immediately by calling PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

If you need assistance with paying your bill, please visit www.pge.com/financialassistance.In addition to pay plans, we have numerous programs to assist our customers with their bills, such as CARE, REACH, LIHEAP, Medical Baseline and the Energy Savings Assistance Program.

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Injured man faces felony charges

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

  An investigation into a police shooting on July 9 is still underway, reports Sergeant Nathan Steele, spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department.

   Steele told the News-Ledger last week that officers responded to a domestic call on Platinum Lane (in the Ironworks subdivision near Raley Field) when a man at the scene made a grab for an officer’s gun and was shot.

  The man is recovering from his injury — but he has been charged with “numerous felony violations,” reports Steele.

  The department hasn’t released the name of the injured man or the officer. The officer was placed on routine administrative leave following the incident.

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Host a foreign student for a while

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  Consider hosting a visiting student from another country this year, as West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon did last year. AFS (formerly American Field Service) is looking for families to host high school students for five months or an academic year. For information, call 1-800-876-2377 or visit www.afsusa.org.

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Partners rehab Little League park

Volunteers celebrate their efforts to improve Memorial Park in the ‘state street’ neighborhood near Park Blvd. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012

   The non-profit organization “TLC for Kids Sports” and engineering contractor O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. partnered with PG&E to host a special volunteer day to rehabilitate Memorial Park in West Sacramento. The park is home to local Little League games and other activities.  Along with O.C. Jones staff and volunteers, PG&E’s West Sacramento office provided volunteers to make improvements to the park.

   In addition to work performed by O.C. Jones leading up to the event, over 100 volunteers came down to lend a helping hand for the day.  In addition to the multiple dugout, backstop and scorebooth reconstruction, the crews completed painting, electrical and landscaping renovations.  Repairs were also made at the playground, basketball half-court, snack bar, fences, and horseshoe pits, as well as planting and sod placement at the park, new tanbark at the playground, resurfacing walkways, and tree trimming.

  West Sacramento Centennial Rotary Club pitched in by building two shade structures over the T-Ball field dugouts.

“Most people don’t know this, but major construction has already occurred prior to Volunteer Day,” said Darren Hiatt, Construction Lead, in a press release from TLC forKids. “Then, dozens of community volunteers come out to lend a helping hand on Volunteer Day and that’s like the icing on the cake.  So, from start to finish these projects involve a ton of work and commitment from our team of skilled professionals, corporate sponsors, and helpful volunteers.  The result is a beautifully renovated park or field to be enjoyed by local neighborhoods.”

  Angie Logsdon, staffer at the West Sacramento Police Department, conveyed her feelings about the positive impact of the project.  “Thank you for all the work that was done,” told TLC for Kids.  “It looks good and we cannot express how wonderful it was to have some much needed work on the fields that are used by the children of our community.  We have definitely been putting the fields to use.”

  Other sponsors for the rehab were Kelly-Moore Paints, Kodiak Roofing, Pisor Fence, Forest Lumber, Teichart Aggregates, Valley Crest Landscape, Home Depot, Striping Graphics, and Sports Field Specialties, Inc.

  “Sponsoring the TLC for Kids Sports program has been a way for all of us at O.C. Jones to give back to our communities and our youth,” said Kelly Kolander, President and CEO of O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. “We especially want to thank our many great sponsors and volunteers that helped make this project a reality.”

   This project is one of several that have been completed in the last few years throughout Northern California.  O.C. Jones, KNBR 680 AM, and TLC for Kids Sports created a contest where local youth ball parks could win the opportunity to be selected for a full makeover.  To date, many baseball and softball facilities have been renovated.  The Tahoe Tallac, Eastridge and Antioch Little Leagues have all recently benefited from the efforts the TLC for Kids Program.

  In addition, TLC for Kids Sports recently finished spearheading the construction of the Las Lomas Memorial Outdoor Classroom in Walnut Creek.  It was the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign and school activities in honor of Gavin Powell and Matt Miller, two students who died while rafting in a storm-swollen local creek.  150 student volunteers were mobilized to assist in landscaping the new Outdoor Classroom, which was designed based on sketches that Miller did for a school assignment.

  O.C. Jones, KNBR, and TLC will review park proposals and select new winners in the months ahead, reports TLC for Kids.

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