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One DUI arrest at West Sac checkpoint


West Sacramento police checked driver’s licenses and looked for signs of inebriation behind the wheel of each car passing through a checkpoint Friday night, April 26, at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. They announced the planned checkpoint in advance – the News-Ledger published an announcement on its website – but kept the location secret until near the 7 p.m. start time.

Officers staffed the checkpoint for several hours, counting 522 vehicles passing through.

The tally of citations, according to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of W.S.P.D.:

Four people were cited for driving without a license, four others were given field sobriety tests and one was arrested for driving under the influence. One car was towed from the scene.

Supported by a state grant, the checkpoint operation was part of a project to deter drunk driving.

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Drowned boater ID’d by coroner


  A man drowned after falling off his boat into the Sacramento River on April 28.

[adrotate group=”9″]   West Sacramento firefighters received a call that the victim fell overboard at about 3:48 p.m. He had apparently been trying to tie his boat up to a downed tree limb when he fell into the water.

  The man was not wearing a life jacket, according to the West Sacramento Fire Department.

  Agencies joining the search included the Clarksburg Fire Department, Yolo County Sheriff, a CalStar helicopter, C.H.P. and DART (Diving Accident Rescue Team.)

  After an “exhaustive” rescue attempt, reports the W.S.F.D, searchers went into “recovery mode.”

  The body was eventually found at about 7 p.m. near South River Road and Babel Slough Road.

  Mark Persons of the Yolo County Coroner’s Division told the News-Ledger that the victim was later identified as 55-year old Joua Kao Lor of Sacramento. The cause of death was determined to be drowning.

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Eat well, for YoloArts


Submitted by YoloArts

The 9th annual  “Artistic Sensations” will be held at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis on Friday, May 10 from  6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including Artists in Schools, throughout Yolo County.

The evening’s featured artist will be Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and resident of Northern California, where he is gaining recognition for his oil paintings.

Dinner at Artistic Sensations will be catered by Dos Coyotes, accompanied by wines from Yolo County,  entertainment by trick roper James Barrera and music by the trio El Rado Scufflers.  Special performing guests will be the junior high student musical group from Davis known as Mariachi Puente, under the direction of Hiram Jackson.  The fundraising silent auction will feature paintings by Rubio, a week in Puerto Vallarta, student art work from schools around the county, and original artwork from county artists.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for keeping arts education going in our partner schools around the county,” said Elysa Hillis,  co-chairperson of this year’s event, and a member of the YoloArts board of directors.

Last year, YoloArts art education programs offered ceramics, dance, drawing and painting, and the Blues in the Schools program to 2,304 students around the county. Art programs at Einstein Education Center, Dan Jacobs School (at the county’s juvenile hall, Midtown and Greengate; Gibson, Beamer and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland; Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in Davis; Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools in Clarksburg and Esparto K-8 and High Schools all receive support from this fundraiser.

Tickets for Artistic Sensations are $50 and can be purchased online at, or by calling YoloArts at 530-406-4844. YoloArts supports the arts by working with artists, education, business and government.

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Memorial for fallen Yolo officers


A new peace officers memorial at the old courthouse building, 725 Court Street in Woodland, will honor all those officers who fell in the line of duty while working for law enforcement agencies in Yolo County, including the sheriff’s department and West Sacramento Police Department.

West Sacramento has lost one officer, James McKnight, for whom the local police station is named. McKnight was shot while working with the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team, serving a search warrant in Esparto in 1990.

The memorial will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Funds were raised by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers.


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