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Rolling gunfight in Park Blvd. area

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 16, 2012 —

Yesterday evening, two vehicles were in a car chase and gunfight in West Sacramento. A bystander on the property of Trinity Presbyterian Church was injured with a gunshot wound to the face.

The News-Ledger’s Daryl Fisher saw the two suspect vehicles turn north on Park Boulevard from Stone (possibly coming from Jeffers0n Blvd.) and reports they chased each other at high speed onto Deerwood.

Shortly after, he saw them speed back southbound on Park, and turn right on Stone toward Harbor Boulevard, with police in pursuit.

Following is the West Sacramento Police Department press release about the incident:

“On 3-15-12 at approximately 1857 hours the West Sacramento Police Department responded to the area of Westacre Road and Park Avenue for reports of shots fired.  Officers arrived on scene and located an uninvolved victim who sustained a gunshot wound to the face.  The victim a male in his 40’s was transported and is in serious but stable condition at a local hospital.

[adrotate group=”7”] “Numerous witnesses reported that two vehicle were seen in the area chasing each other and firing several shots.  The first vehicle was described as white lowered pickup (possibly a Nissan) with silver rims.  The second vehicle was described as a dark grey SUV similar to a Dodge Durango.  The suspects were described as African American males believed to be in their 20’s.

” The West Sacramento Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public from anyone who witnessed this incident or may have information.  Those with information can contact West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474 or Detective Eric Palmer at 916-617-4935.”

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LETTERS: Fashion show, RCHS kids

[adrotate group=”7″] LETTERS TO THE EDITOR —

March 7, 2012 — NEWS-LEDGER

Fashion show

Everyone is invited to join the fun when Yolo County celebrities “strut their stuff” Thursday night, March 29th at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria.  Tickets for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council annual celebrity fund raiser are $45 each and the proceeds will go to support the work of YCCA, including our child abuse prevention programs.

The 3rd Annual Yolo County “Celebrity Fashion Show” will feature many Yolo County elected officials, business community leaders while showcasing local boutiques and clothiers.  In past years, more than 200 government, community and business leaders have attended the popular event.  Of special note this year, Scott Moak, “Voice of the Sacramento Kings” will be the emcee, and special appearances are planned by the River Cats’ “Dinger,”; the Kings’ “Slamson,” and West Sacramento’s own “Mooie!”

Critical YCCA and child abuse prevention programs supported through this annual fund raiser include counseling support to pregnant women and families with newborns, Baby Steps, home visits through the Step-by-Step / Paso a Paso program; free food distribution of fresh produce, the Community Health Initiative, and Foster Parent Recruitment.  We also distribute free clothing, diapers, shoes and jackets to keep children adequately dressed and warm.

We live in stressful times, and stress, combined with substance abuse, often leads to a dangerous home environment for children.  We remind everyone who has the opportunity to influence the life of a child, that “It Only Takes a Minute” to have a positive effect on a child by showing him/her that you care and that they are important to you.

Celebrity Fashion Show tickets are available online at www.yolokids.org or by calling the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council at 530-757-5558.

KATIE VILLEGAS
Executive Director
Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council

RCHS Interact members Dennison Ocampo, Terry Vang and Christine Maltez presenting carnations to RCHS counselor Catherine Grisaffi. (from Charyl Silva, Rotary)

Student volunteers

The River City High School Interact Club is a community service club sponsored by the two Rotary clubs of West Sacramento. This club has been successful since its inception three years ago. Each year the students must complete two community service projects and one International project.

This year the students will have been involved in at least nine community service projects.

The club must earn money for their international project. This year, Forever Yours Flowers on Merkley Avenue kindly donated carnations to the RCHS Interact Club to sell for Valentine’s Day. Christine Maltez, chairperson for this event, said this fundraiser was, “fantastic.” The students had fun delivering the carnations to students and staff at RCHS.

CHARYL SILVA,
Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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Go underground in Old Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Popular Old Sacramento underground tours will resume on March 31st and continue through the fall.

Old Sacramento streets were raised in the 1860s to protect the city from floods and tour participants can explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while listening to a tour guide explain how the raising was done.

[adrotate group=”9″] The tours will depart every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 3 pm, leaving from the Sacramento History Museum, 101 “I” Street in Old Sacramento. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information on how to purchase online tickets go to www.historicoldsac.org.

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Free kids’ play date at Raley Field

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Raley Field has announced the first of three “Mommy & Me” play dates at Raley Field stadium.

This free event is open to kids six and under and their parents, from 10 a.m. to noon on March 14, weather permitting. Kids can run the bases, play catch, play in a bounce house or run an obstacle course. Free parking, drinks and snacks for the first 1,500 kids. Other food will be available for purchase.

Register at raleyfield.com or rivercats. com, or register at the event beginning at 9 a.m.

Future “Mommy and Me” events are scheduled for May 23 & July 18. In case of bad weather, check www.raleyfield.com for updates.

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West Sac news nuggets: Part II

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

“Mayors for Meals” day is coming up on March 21 and other days in March, says the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County.
Mayors and city council members from throughout Yolo County will volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors (in the “Meals on Wheels” service) and will help staff community kitchens and dining rooms run by the Elderly Nutrition Program.
A “Meals on Wheels” operation helps bring hot lunches to West Sacramento shut-ins.

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The West Sacramento Elks Lodge is giving away about 600 Webster dictionaries to third graders in the Washington Unified School District. The program is in its fifth year, attempting to help kids become good readers.

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[adrotate group=”9″]   The West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency – like other such agencies in California – is being shut down by state law. This “winding down” will be managed by local “successor agencies,” whose oversight boards have room for citizen volunteers.
The successor agencies will help dispose of redevelopment assets and take other needed actions to close the local redevelopment agency. For information about serving on the oversight board, call (530) 666-8195 or visit www.yolocounty.org (go to “government,” then “board of supervisors,” and then “advisory bodies”).

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West Sacramento’s school board members last month talked about recent poll results and expressed an interest in pursuing a new bond measure or parcel tax for the November local ballot. If they succeed, they hope to use funds for projects such as school repairs or a new career/technical education center.
More on that topic in next week’s News-Ledger.

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RCHS students to compete in speech

Jacob Andrus, RCHS Speech Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, RCHS sophomore

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

For the first time in school history, RCHS will be represented at the California State High School Speech Association Championships.  Jacob Andrus, Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, a sophomore, will be competing against the top  56 teams in California in the Duo Interpretation event.

Their performance of “Doubt: A Parable,” was one of only four interpretations to qualify from the entire greater Sacramento area.  Jacob was instrumental in starting a team at RCHS after moving to West Sacramento two years ago.

The RCHS Speech and Debate Team is in its second year and is coached by Jared Andrus at the school. The state tournament will be held from April 27-29 at San Francisco’s Lowell High School.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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