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Beware of fake text message offers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 –

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig says it has received complaints about some text message scams making the rounds.

One in particular starts with “Dear Walmart Shopper,” and promises a $1,000 gift card. Another says “Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3!” Both ask you to click on a link or go to a website.

  They amount to a trick trying to get personal information from victims.

“We strongly encourage you to delete the text message,” said a D.A.’s office representative.

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Brothers finish Eagle Scout projects

JOEL and DARREN KERSEY, West Sacramento boys who have completed the culminating event in earning ‘Eagle Scout’ status

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

Two West Sacramento brothers completed their Eagle Scout community service projects this month. Joel and Darren Kersey each assembled a group of volunteers and planned and directed a work project at a park in Sacramento.

Joel is a sophomore at River City High School, and Darren is a student at Southport Elementary. Both are “Life Scouts” and members of Boy Scout Troop 43 of the Golden Empire Council in West Sacramento.

Joel organized and supervised volunteers in repairing and rehabbing several tables in the park.

Darren planned and directed the pouring of a new concrete pad, construction of a masonry hot ash box, and installation of a new grill at the park.

  Besides the volunteers, the projects received support from a number of sponsors who provided materials.

The projects are a requirement for the boys to earn the rank of Eagle Scout – highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.

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A ship in the fields of Southport

‘SHIP IN THE FIELDS’: The 500-foot Golden Bear, training ship for the California Maritime Academy, cut through a West Sacramento canal on Sunday on its way to make a call at the Port of West Sacramento (From the May 2 News-Ledger/photo by PETER FOLKS)

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Fight cancer — and bring your dog

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Join the “Bark for Life” event, with your dog, and walk to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Affiliated with the American Cancer Society and its “Relay for Life” event, the “Bark for Life” walk will include vendors, food, raffle and dog events. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 Burrows Road in Southport, West Sacramento.

For info, visit www.RelayForLife.org or email Bark@CreationNonstop.com.

West Sac soldier dies in Afghanistan

SPC Manuel Vasquez (courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

A 22-year old who grew up in West Sacramento and enlisted in the Army  died on April 24 while serving in Afghanistan.

Specialist Manuel J. Vasquez was on his first deployment to the region, serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Blackhawk in Paktika Province.

The Defense Department declined to provide details of Vasquez’s death, which is still under investigation.

Vasquez was raised in West Sacramento before attending Mira Loma High School. He joined the Army in 2010. He is survived by his parents, Violet Castro of West Sacramento and Raymond J. Vasquez, of Citrus Heights, and by siblings and other relatives.

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‘Guilty’ in 2011 West Sac murder

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

A Yolo County jury convicted 22-year old Charles Cameron Quillin guilty of first degree murder earlier this month, in the killing of Mathew Aleksander Smith in West Sacramento in 2011. The jury also convicted Quillin of discharging a firearm causing death.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the two men were joined by Smith’s girlfriend and two other friends in Quillin’s trailer for a social gathering on August 27, 2011.

The gathering took place in a trailer on the 600-block of West Capitol Avenue.

After midnight, Quillin wanted one of the women to leave the trailer, and this led to an argument with Smith’s girlfriend. Smith intervened.

Smith asked his girlfriend to wait outside.

“As Quillin and Smith were a few feet apart, arguing in the kitchen, Quillin pulled out a revolver from his pants pocket,” said a press release from the D.A. “Quillin shot Smith in the head five times before leaving the trailer, placing the revolver in a bush 160 feet from the trailer, and calling his dad.”

Quillin surrendered to police.

He will be sentenced by Judge Stephen Mock on May 18. He faces 50 years to life in state prison.

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‘Peter Pan’ show to benefit local girl

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 25, 2012 —

The Palamidessi family, owners of Club Pheasant restaurant in Southport, will host a poker fundraiser to benefit Virginia Mochel, a second-grader at Our Lady of Grace School who has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. The event is tentatively planned for early June; watch for details.

The school also plans a “Peter Pan” show and pasta dinner (courtesy of Knights of Columbus) from 6 p.m. on Sat., May 12, at Our Lady of Grace School. $20/adults, $10/kids, with proceeds to help Virginia’s family. For information, call 371-9416 or email olgplay-houseperformers@yahoo.com.

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