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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

  Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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‘Brewfest’ tonight at Raley Field


Dozens of brewing houses will be on hand for the sixth annual “Brewfest” at Raley Field tonight from 7-10 p.m. (VIP event 6-7 p.m.)

Beer vendors will set up a perimeter around the field and will be on stage near second base.

Raley Field partners with the Northern California Brewers Guild for the event. There will be live music from “The Remedies” and food for sale. $35 for tickets bought the day of the event. For more information and a list of participating breweries, click here.

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Gang members sentenced for attack near Lowe’s


The following is from a May 17 press release from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office:

“District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock concluded sentencing on three gang members convicted by jury for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

“Twenty-year olds Jose Antonio Duran and Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr., and 21-year-old Joseph Vincent Sisneros, saw a victim who was a Starbucks employee and UC Davis Student eating in his car in the Lowe’s parking lot just after 10 p.m.  The three Sacramento men, all of whom a jury found to be active Norteño gang members, took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys.  The men then did what Judge Mock described as a “senseless beating” of the victim, causing two facial fractures, while he begged them to stop.

  “The men were laughing and shouting ‘Norte,’ the name of their gang, which caught the attention of four Lowe’s employees as they exited the store.  One employee, a U.S. Army Reservist, approached the assault and attempted to call the police.  According to Judge Mock, the men then ‘targeted [him] because he was calling the police,’ threatened to shoot him, and chased him away.

“The men caught the second Lowe’s employee, who was UC Davis physical therapy student.  Although the student immediately raised his hands in surrender, defendants Duran and Sisneros repeatedly kicked the victim in the face, breaking his nose, while defendant Vasquez threatened to shoot him.  Later, the defendants were pulled over by police as they left the area in Duran’s car.  After a two week trial, a YoloCounty jury convicted all three defendants on February 27, 2012.

“Judge Mock concluded that the defendants had ‘terrorized’ the three victims and demonstrated the threat posed by criminal street gangs.  He sentenced Sisneros to state prison for 15 years, Vasquez for 18 years and four months and Duran for 21 years and four months.  For the gang-related witness intimidation, Judge Mock imposed the statutory term of 7-years-to-life on all three defendants.

  “Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens prosecuted the case.  ‘Street gangs succeed as an enterprise because they routinely threaten and intimidate witnesses of their crimes,’ explained Couzens.  ‘The ‘life’ commitment lets witnesses of gang violence know that the justice system wants to protect them and deters gang members from interfering with investigations.’

“Prior to trial, the prosecution offered each defendant a non-life prison term.  All three defendants rejected that offer.”

Summer acting school for youths


The West Sacramento Community Theater group will hold a workshop for young actors running Mondays through Thursdays, July 16 to Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The workshop will instill basic acting skills to students, regardless of skill level. The workshop finishes with a performance on Aug. 11. Open to kids age 10-18. Cost is $90, with scholarships available. Visit or call 617-4620.

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Hostage incident on Marston Street


A nine-hour standoff on Marston Street ended early this morning with a 38-year old West Sacramento woman in jail.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, the incident started with a medical call to the 1000-block of Marston at about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday. While a male family member was being removed by ambulance for a medical problem, 38-year old Melissa Dodd ran into the house, locking herself in and locking her mother out.

Police tried to get Dodd to let her mother in.

  “A few moments later, while officers and the mother were separated, Melissa Dodd pulled her mother into the house by force,” said a press statement from Lt. Sockman. “Yelling from inside the residence was heard. Officers were unable to make entry into the residence. It was believed that (the) mother was being held against her will.”

Dodd had felony warrants for domestic violence and possession of stolen property, said Sockman, and also had access to guns in the house. Yolo County hostage negotiators and a West Sacramento/Davis SWAT team were called to the scene.

“Throughout the nine hour standoff, Dodd was in possession of a handgun,” said Sockman. “Despite all efforts to have her release her mother and exit the house, Dodd refused. At approximately 4:15 a.m., Dodd cut her wrists, believed to be an attempt to commit suicide. At that time, the SWAT team made entry into the residence and took Dodd into custody.”

Aside from Dodd’s self-inflicted injuries, said Sockman, there were no further injuries to Dodd or her mother. Dodd was treated and booked.

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West Sac Farmers Market opens today

Shopping for cherries on opening day of the market last year (News-Ledger photo)


New for 2012 is a beer garden by ‘Swabbie’s On the River.’ Returning this year is the market’s low-trash ethic

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

You won’t have to wait much longer.

After a successful inaugural season last year, the West Sacramento Farmers Market opens up again on tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The market will continue Thursday evenings until dusk through mid-September, at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (across from city hall).

  The market is organized by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

Is anything special planned for opening day?

“There will be a band brought by Swabbie’s catering truck, and a beer garden set up by Swabbie’s,” said Lun So, director of marketing and communications for the chamber. The restaurant and its catering truck are famous for their seafood tacos.

“We’ll try to have entertainment every week,” he added. “Swabbie’s will be out there the third Thursday of every month.”

“We’ll have a full market pad,” So said.. Aside from regional growers of produce, meats and baked goods, the market will have a bunch of ready-to-eat food on hand:

 “We’ll have Wicked West Pizza & BBQ, the Eatery, Gold Rush Popcorn, and Addy’s Paella,” said So. A couple of other restaurants may be there as well.

Like last year, the market will aim for zero-waste – with eating utensils and other supplies either recyclable or compostable.

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Missing woman found, returned home


Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department reported that 82-year old Georgina Crespo, reported missing last night after a walk in Southport, was located at about 10:45 this morning in good condition and returned home.

No further details were given.

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