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New life for your old sports shoes


During April, the City of West Sacramento and the City of Elk Grove are partnering on a project to accept used athletic shoes that will be recycled by Nike shoes.

Nike recycles sneakers into three products: Nike Grind Rubber (made from the shoe’s outsole); Nike Grind Foam (made from the shoe’s midsole); and Nike Grind Fiber (made from the shoe’s fabric upper). These materials can become athletic fields, running tracks, and the cushion beneath tennis courts and basketball courts, for example.

West Sacramento offers two drop off collection locations (remember, athletic shoes only–any brand of running shoes, cross trainers, etc.):

  • City Hall on the first floor, open Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1110 West Capitol Ave.; and
  • West Sacramento Recreation Center, Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 2801 Jefferson Blvd.

Please: no shoes containing metal, no cleats, no dress shoes, no wet or damp shoes, no sandals or flip-flops.

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NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL  4, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  

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March 28, 5 a.m.
A Fremont Boulevard man woke up inside his home to find the place had been burglarized as he slept. Gone were two sets of keys, his dogs, a jar of loose change and a Ford pickup truck with a camper shell. Neighbors reported hearing the dogs bark at about 3 a.m.

March 28, 10:45 a.m.
A Sacramento woman reported that people had broken into a vacant house on Hickory Street in West Sacramento, and that the interior “was vandalized with trash and fecal matter.”

March 28, 1:03 p.m.
A caller reported possible gang-related graffiti on Lighthouse Drive.

March 28, 6 p.m.
A market on the 1600-block of West Capitol said a 31-year old man had tried to pay for some items with two counterfeit bills. The man departed before police arrived, but the two bills were left behind. No losses.

March 28, 7:02 p.m.
A domestic dispute was reported in northern West Sacramento. A woman reported “her husband is locking their bedroom door and telling her if she goes in the room, he will call the police and she will go to jail.”

March 29, 12:25 p.m.
A West Sacramento car rental agency reported repossessing a car from a Sacramento woman, and then finding a loaded Smith & Wesson .44 caliber pistol in it. There was also a bullet hole in a window. The gun turned out to have been reported stolen from Grass Valley.

March 29, 2:20 p.m.
An officer contacted a 48-year old man illegally camping near South River Road and Jefferson Boulevard. The man was found in possession of marijuana and had an open container of alcohol. He was arrested.

March 29, 8:26 a.m.
An officer pulled over a 25-year old male transient for a vehicle code violation near West Capitol and Merkley. The man had several outstanding warrants, for which he was arrested. During an inventory search of the vehicle, the officer found two small bags containing a “crystal like substance” in the center console. The officer believed it to be crystal methamphetamine. Also found in the console was a “smoking pipe made from a piece of rubber and a plastic straw. The man was jailed. The substance tested positive as crystal meth, and weighed about 0.8 grams.

March 29, 11 a.m.
Someone found a drug smoking pipe in the parking lot of the West Sacramento Recreation Center in Southport, and turned it in to staff.

March 29, 3:56 p.m.
A caller reported he had just been robbed. Through the Craigslist Internet classified ad site, he made a deal to sell an iPad tablet computer. He met the two buyers in the parking lot of a store on Ikea Court. They gave him his money in counterfeit bills and grabbed the iPad. He tried to stop them as they drove off in a black, two-door convertible BMW, and was briefly dragged by the vehicle before he let go. He wasn’t hurt.

March 29, 3:58 p.m.
Someone reported that two men threw a gun into a home’s backyard near Ikea Court – from a black BMW sedan.

March 29, 1:17 p.m.
A $700 bicycle was stolen from an open garage on Fountain Drive.

March 29, 5:08 p.m.
A man called dispatchers, saying his 19-year old girlfriend was held by her parents in a Southport house “against her will all the time,” and that the parents “follow her to work and sit in front of her work all day,…monitor all visitors and calls and won’t let (him) talk to her.”

March 30, 12:49 a.m.
A resident reported there was somebody in a “hoodie” in the resident’s backyard near a shed on Michigan Blvd.

March 30, 4:57 a.m.
A citizen reported a man with a pickup truck, going through residential recycling bins along Merced Way towards Rubicon.

March 30, 6:54 a.m.
An employee at an Ikea Court store said there was a guy outside looking at vehicles and possibly doing drugs. The employee watched this through a security camera, saying there was no security on staff and the employee was afraid to go outside.

March 30, 5:41 p.m.
A Maryland Avenue resident asked for extra police patrols. During the previous night, someone had taken a bench from the yard and “moved it to the middle of the street.”

March 30, 8:16 a.m.
An Allan Avenue resident said someone had stolen cans and cardboard from the backyard. The resident said there were some black bags in a neighbor’s front yard that could be some of the stolen trash.

March 30, 8:29 a.m.
A driver reported having accidentally damaged a city sign behind a Town Center Plaza store.

March 30
An officer took a report that someone had broken into a fire vehicle on Evergreen Avenue, taking a chainsaw, bolt cutters, keys and medical supplies.

March 30, 5 a.m.
A car – possibly left unlocked – was found burglarized on Park Boulevard. The owner reported that a car stereo was taken.

March 30, 9 a.m.
A man reported a car burglary on Stillwater Road. Gone was a prototype solar panel controller valued at $1,000.

March 30, 4:58 p.m.
Witnesses reported that a car hit a bicyclist or pedestrian at the corner of West Capitol and Jefferson. One said the injured person was in the street “not moving.”

March 30, 8:46 a.m.
A 1989 Chevrolet Blazer was burglarized during the night. Gone were stereo amps and a woofer.

March 30, 8:56 a.m.
A Fountain Drive witness said there was a man standing by the gate, yelling at passersby and causing a disturbance. The man then went to a tent on the levee.

March 31, 9:29 a.m.
A caller reported someone had scratched or keyed a car on the 2100-block of West Capitol.

March 31, 11:13 a.m.
A 2001 Corvette was reported stolen from a driveway on Alder Way, sometime since December.

March 31, 11:39 a.m.
Near Jefferson and Gateway, a Toyota Sienna was rear-ended by a Ford F-250 pickup.

March 31, 6:37 a.m.
A mobilehome on Glide Avenue was reported to have been burglarized within the last 90 minutes. Gone were a TV, money, jewelry, an iPod, a Blu-Ray player and other items.

April 1, 12:09 a.m.
A mobile home resident on the 2000-block of West Capitol said (s)he could hear neighbors’ voices outside and “they sound like they are laughing at (the caller) and flashing lights into the home. This kind of thing was an ongoing problem.

April 1, 3:51 a.m.
An outside law enforcement agency notified W.S.P.D. it would be near some Maple Street apartments in an unmarked van.

April 1, 5:06 a.m.
A Madrone Avenue resident said a male neighbor had recently been released from jail. There was a party at the neighbor’s house, and it was now turning into a fight.

April 1, 7:31 p.m.
A citizen reported a ripoff. He had just bought an iPad from two subjects for $200. But “the iPad was just a piece of cardboard and Styrofoam,” and the sellers left in a Jeep Cherokee southbound on Jefferson while the buyer was opening the iPad box.

April 1, 8:08 p.m.
A motorcyclist was reported “down” at Gregory Avenue and South River Road.

April 1, 9:19 p.m.
A caller said that about 45 minutes earlier, the caller’s daughter had been walking with a male friend and a dog near Glide Avenue and Franklyn. A known female driver then tried to hit the dog and friend, then got out of her car and tried to assault the male. She was on meth.

April 1, 10:14 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in the northern part of the city.

April 1, 10:44 p.m.
A man said his ex-wife had come to his north-area residence, kicked the door, and attacked and scratched him. She left when he called police. He didn’t need medical aid.

April 1, 10:48 p.m.
A staff member at a motel on the 4700-block of West Capitol said a female tenant in a pink jogging suit was “banging on the glass and threatening” the employee, refusing to leave the office.

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Chamber party: beer, sauerkraut, music


The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate spring with a “Bavarian May Fest” from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the farmers market site, 1271 West Capitol Avenue. Beer, brats, sauerkraut, live music, dancing and contests. $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Call Meaghan at the chamber, 371-7042, or visit

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Kids: ‘read off’ your book fines


Yolo library card holders age 5-18 who have overdue book fines are invited to “read off your fines” between April 6-14. The library will give $1 credit against these fines for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice at the library. Available hours vary; visit

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Body from river is identified


The harbormaster of a small marina near Clarksburg found a body in the Sacramento River on March 26.

  Robert LaBrash, Chief Deputy Coroner of Yolo County, told the News-Ledger Tuesday that the body has been identified as that of Kaeo Alexander, age 36, of Sacramento. He said that the body appears to have been in the water for two or three weeks, and has no obvious signs of trauma. The cause of death is still being investigated.

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Southport: cell phone ‘water tower’?

Planned Southport cell phone tower was approved by a narrow margin by the West Sacramento Planning Commission, with a condition that the developer offer some design choices. Above, a computer rendering shows the proposed “water tower” version of the communications facility (all graphics here are from a City of West Sacramento staff report)


An 80-foot cell phone tower near Tower Mart in Southport may be approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The tower could be in the shape of a faux water tower instead of a faux tree.

  The Vista Towers facility proposes to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearwire (wireless Internet) at 3200 Jefferson Blvd., on the west side of the street south of Linden Road. The tower would go 156 feet from a nearby residential property line and some homes.

The city planning commission approved the project in December by a 4-3 vote, requiring the proponents to return to the commission with some design alternatives to the original “monopole pine” design for the tower.

City staff believes the 80-foot “pine” would look better than the older-generation tree-style cell tower already on Linden Road, but that it would not blend well with surrounding shorter trees and structures.

They recommend the water tower design because it would conceal the antennas and “has the best chance (of the proposed designs) of becoming an icon in the community.”

A “windmill” design was also offered.

The commission will discuss the tower as part of its meeting April 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.


Another simulated view of the proposed 'water tower' option near Southport homes


Simulated view of the cell phone tower as a 'tree' (it's the tall one, center-left). This option is not preferred by city staff.

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Employers: interested in job fair?


Will your business be hiring between May and August?

If so, you may be interested in participating in a city job fair tentatively planned for mid-May in West Sacramento. It’s free to both businesses and prospective employees. Interested businesses may contact Steve Roberts at or Ernesto Lucero at

Job seekers should watch the News-Ledger for more information about the event as it approaches.

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