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Two West Sac reunions planned:

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

The James Marshall High Class of 1977 will celebrate its 35-year reunion on Sept. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in West Sacramento. $45 before Aug. 31. Visit www.jmhsclassof77.net or call (916) 912-3688.

The James Marshall High School Class of1972 will celebrate its 40-year reunion on Sept. 7 at the VFW Hall, 905 Drever Street. Other classes are welcome. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. No-host bar begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Contact Don Mitchell, (619) 244-8481 or damrce@yahoo.com, or look for the reunion group on Facebook.

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Over a thousand take the oath

Some of the hundreds of new U.S. citizens who raised their right hands and swore allegiance to the U.S. Constitution at Raley Field in West Sacramento on Tuesday (photo by PETER FOLKS)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

  Hundreds of immigrants took the oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States yesterday morning at Raley Field — the last step in what for many was a deeply meaningful commitment to become U.S. citizens.

K. Maurice Johannessen: himself an immigrant who became a U.S. citizen and was elected to local office before becoming a California State Senator. He's now retired. (photo by PETER FOLKS)

  Over 1,300 people were expected for the mass naturalization ceremony in West Sacramento. Featured speakers included Michael Biggs, field office director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Sacramento, and featured speaker K. Maurice Johannessen.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Johannessen is a retired state senator who himself came to the U.S. from Norway. He’s the father of Mark Johannessen, a West Sacramento City Council member.

  Where did all these new immigrants come from?

  According to the Citizenship and Immigration Office, 235 of the new citizens came from Mexico, 226 from the Phillipines and 129 from India. Twenty-two of the participants were the sole representatives of their respective former nations.

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Help equip local kids for school

[adrotate group=”9″] NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

  IKEA West Sacramento is asking the community to help low-income kids start the school year loaded with new backpacks and classroom supplies.  The “Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School” collection drive is underway through July 29.

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Childrens Alliance (News-Ledger/2011)

  The school supply drive will gather essential school items for children grades kindergarten through high school, reports the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.  All donations made at the IKEA store will be delivered to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance for distribution.

  A donation bin will be located at the store’s entrance at 700 IKEA Court, West Sacramento. Donors are invited to bring some school materials to drop off or buy some in the store for donation.

  “IKEA is committed to working within the communities where both our customers and co-workers live and work, and we’re excited to host our first ever school supply drive for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance,” said Heine Roikjer, West Sacramento IKEA store manager, an a press release from the alliance.  “Together, we hope to improve the lives of children within Yolo County and help them start the new school year on the right foot with much needed school supplies.”

   “We really need general school supplies and backpacks,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. “Last year hundreds of Yolo County children received new backpacks and school necessities through the generosity of businesses and individuals in our communities.  We hope to be able to provide even more children with the materials they need for a successful school year this year through the donation center at IKEA.”

  Solid colored backpacks are preferred, but not in red since many schools prohibit red backpacks (for gang-related reasons).

  Other needed items include single subject spiral notebooks; packs of pencils, pens, crayons, and washable markers; large pink erasers, 9 x 12 sturdy two-pocket folders; college-ruled loose-leaf paper; 3-inch binders; pencil cases/pouches; children’s safety scissors;  colored pencils; glue sticks; hi-liter pens; binder diver sheets; graph paper; and index cards.

[adrotate group=”7″]  For more information about the IKEA West Sacramento Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School campaign, contact the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558 or 916-572-0560.

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‘POLICE LOG’: West Sac crime, etc.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  ‘Police Log’ appears nearly every week in the West Sacramento News-Ledger newspaper. To see it weekly, make sure to subscribe (there’s a special offer at bottom). The incidents below come from initial police calls and arrest reports — facts have not been verified through investigation or trial.

June 28, 2:29 a.m.

  A witness reported that a yellow pickup truck on Limewood Road “parked on the lawn and revved the engine, putting holes in the lawn” before escaping on Redwood toward Lake Washington Boulevard.

June 28, 5:12 a.m.

  A taxi driver reported that a man “bailed out” of the car without paying near Teal Drive and Higgins Road, after being taken there from his girlfriend’s place on Glide Avenue.

[adrotate group=”10″] June 28, 5:58 p.m.

  At the Palamidessi Bridge near the levee and dirt road: “a man spraypainting a haystack on the dirt road.”

June 28, 6:40 p.m.

A vehicle was burglarized in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center plaza. Its stereo was taken. A witness said a man and woman seen committing the crime left in a blue Mitsubishi Montero.

June 28, 7:19 p.m.

  A witness reported four “dirty” male subjects loitering near Maple Street, and “it looks like they are stealing the fence.”

June 29, 6:54 a.m.

  A Meadow Road resident reported that a surveillance camera caught images of someone vandalizing a flag holder and a van.

June 29, 11:10 a.m.

  A house fire was reported on the 2400-block of West Capitol Avenue, where manufactured homes are sold. Arson was suspected.

June 29, 12:24 p.m.

  Two cars collided in the parking lot of a burger restaurant on Ikea Court. “Both parties refused to exchange information since they didn’t feel they were at fault.”

June 29, 1:22 p.m.

   Two vehicles were burglarized during the night on Spalding Court.

June 29, 2:01 p.m.

  A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

June 29, 3 p.m.

  Two vehicles were found “ransacked” on Evergreen Avenue.

June 29, 3:16 p.m.

  A “subject just stole a security camera from the facility” on Walnut Street.

June 12:07 p.m.

  An officer saw a car with expired registration tags near 6th and Andrew Streets. The officer did a U-turn to catch up with the vehicle, and watched as the driver parked and “exited the vehicle quickly.” The officer asked him if he was on probation or parole, and the man said “no.”

  The man put his hands in his pockets a couple of times, and the officer, concerned about what might be in the pockets, ordered him to keep his hands out and then handcuffed the man “for officer safety.”

  The man then admitted “OK, officer, I have a little bit of meth on me.”

  The officer found a baggie with 0.3 grams of methamphetamine in one pocket. While he was searching, the man told him “I’m on probation, too.”

  In the vehicle were found 83 .22 caliber rounds of ammunition — which a felon like this suspect was not allowed to possess. The man also had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested.

[adrotate group=”7″] June 29, 9:33 p.m.

  An Ikea Court restaurant reported that “a man keeps going in and out of the bathroom and asking employees where his pocket knife is.” One employee said she saw him burning the back of the knife with a flame in the restroom.

June 29, 11:58 p.m.

  An officer contacted a 53-year old West Sacramento man on bicycle. Performing a probation search, the officer found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine in one of the suspect’s pockets, and arrested him.

June 29, 8:45 p.m.

  An officer responded to a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol after receiving a report that a guy was kicking in doors looking for his dog. The officer spoke to five tenants who reported the issue, and saw visible damage on four doors. Another officer spotted someone matching the description of the suspect nearby, and brought him for a “field lineup” in front of the witnesses.

  They ID’d him. After being read his Miranda rights, the man said “I kicked in the doors looking for my pitbull.”

June 30, 11:57 a.m.

  A dog house was reported in the number-three lane of US 50 near Harbor Boulevard.

June 30, 4:45 p.m.

  A Riverbank Road man reported an ex-girlfriend was possibly stalking him.

June 30, 7:07 p.m.

  A parent told dispatchers that a son had been detained for suspected shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store, “for stealing a shirt that he was wearing when he entered the store.”

June 30, 9 p.m.

  Dispatchers received several calls about fireworks being used (illegally) in areas near Hobson Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Michigan Blvd. and elsewhere in town through the evening.

July 1, 10:12 p.m.

  A citizen said some people were “yelling and imitating animals very loudly” at Whitey’s Park on Lake Washington Blvd.

July 1, 11:52 p.m.

  A man reported being robbed by five suspects at a gas station market on the 1400-block of West Capitol. Weapons used included a gun and a sword.

June 30, 10:49 p.m.

  A caller who was house-sitting at a Diablo Street residence said someone threw a rock through its front window. A neighbor reported seeing a man in a white minivan park nearby, walk in front of the house, and throw the rock.

[adrotate group=”9″]  June 30, 5:40 p.m.

  Officers conducted a “welfare check” after a neighbor reported hearing the children at a Southport home screaming in their backyard. The male resident was a sex offender registrant on probation. A woman answered the door, saying the man was in the shower. But when officers entered, a son corrected her, saying the man had run and hid in a closet.

  They called for him to come out of the closet several times, but he didn’t. He was eventually located “in a hidden compartment behind the closet sheetrock, which was completely sealed off. . . except for a hole in the sheetrock at the back of the closet.”

  He resisted arrest and was handcuffed. The offender had not registered that he was living at this address.

July 1, 12:26 a.m.

  “Large aerial fireworks” were reported near Bryte and Hobson avenues.

July 1, 8:24 a.m.

  A blue Honda Civic was stolen during the night from Anna Street.

July 1, 9:01 a.m.

  Someone broke into a vehicle on Highland Drive. They took some glasses, and left behind a hat.

July 1, 9:15 a.m.

  A citizen reported that someone stole mail — including bills and magazines — from a mailbox on the 4500-block of South River Road.

July 1, 9:31 a.m.

  A vehicle was found burglarized on Swift Street.

July 1, 12:18 p.m.

  A 23-year old West Capitol Avenue man brought some receipts into a Riverpoint Court store, then picked some items off the shelves and tried to return them using the receipts. He was detained, but “keeps trying to run out,” reported loss prevention personnel.

July 1, 1:11 p.m.

  A man who had been warned against trespassing was now “dumpster diving” at a store on the 800-block of Harbor Blvd. and was refusing to leave.

July 1, 4:12 p.m.

  A caller found a bike in the backyard “that was not here yesterday.” The caller was “concerned someone might be hiding in the yard.”

July 1, 7:56 p.m.

  A citizen reported hearing fireworks coming from the grounds of a Fallbrook school campus.

July 1, 9:01 p.m.

  A Southport fire station reported that there were low-flying aircraft around Southport and Land Park, and asked dispatchers to notify the FAA. The “Sacramento Tower” also saw the aircraft, and asked witnesses to get the planes’ tail numbers and call in the morning. They speculated that the aircraft might be spraying to prevent West Nile Virus.

July 1, 9:42 p.m.

  A man and his fiancee said they were walking on the 1200-block of West Capitol when a woman asked to borrow a cell phone. She then took the phone and ran off with it.

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W.S.P.D. police involved in shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — July 10, 2012 —

A man was shot by police last night as offices responded to a  “domestic assault” report on the 800 block of Platinum Lane — part of the Ironworks subdivision near Raley Field. The initial call came in at 10:41 p.m.

According to a press release from Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department:

[adrotate group=”10″] “As officers arrived on scene to check on the welfare of the victim, a subject rushed at an officer and attempted to grab the officer’s handgun. The officer fired his duty weapon, striking the subject one time. Paramedics transported the subject to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Steele told the News-Ledger on Tuesday morning that the victim was a 42-year old West Sacramento man who was in “non-life threatening condition.”

Steele did not identify the injured subject or the officer. But he added that the officer has three years experience and is being placed on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated by several divisions of W.S.P.D.  Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s investigations division, 617-4900.

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Citizens learn about local justice system

Graduates of the 2012 “Citizens Academy,” with Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig at right. (Courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig has announced that 23 county residents graduated from the inaugural session of the Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

[adrotate group=”10″]  The graduation ceremony was held June 21. The Academy was sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and police departments from Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

  The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course “designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system, diversity, and racial issues within the framework of our system of justice.  The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” reported the D.A.’s office.

  Weekly sessions included: The Role of the District Attorney; The Role of Law Enforcement, including Internal Affairs and Review Boards; Special Challenges of Prosecution, including Three Strikes and Domestic Violence; Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System; the FBI and US Attorney’s Office; and Gangs.

  “Based on the feedback received from class participants, the first Academy was a huge success,” Reisig said in a press release. “I think participants learned about the challenges of law enforcement in our diverse communities throughout Yolo County and what its public servants here accomplish.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   One student was quoted, “This academy has changed my perspective on law enforcement and with the knowledge I have gained here I will definitely share it with others in my community.”

  Another offered, “It was great to put the faces with the departments and see what the different community challenges are.”

  The Academy will be offered again in the spring of 2013.  For more information, log on to http://www.yoloda.org.

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Life in prison for abusing daughter

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 9, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on July 6, Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard sentenced West Sacramento’s Michael Martinez to 335 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor.

[adrotate group=”7″] The jury found Martinez guilty in May of abusing his seven-year old daughter — committing child molestation and recording video evidence of the acts on a cell phone.

The girl testified in the trial. According to the D.A.’s office,Martinez initially confessed his guilt and then reversed himself in trial.

The D.A.’s office said that according to a probation report ,Martinez did not apologize to the victim, and that he claimed,“There is a lot about this that has been misunderstood by everyone” and he “can’t be responsible for something he had no control over.”

Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. She said in a press release: “This sentence ensures the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison and will never have the chance to victimize another child.”

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