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NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

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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.  

March 9, 1:58 p.m.
A Michigan Boulevard man reported selling his iPad tablet computer – and then finding out that the $400 payment he received was counterfeit.

March 9, 4:17 p.m.
A caller reported a “road rage” incident earlier at Stonegate Boulevard, where in the victim “was chased by a man in an. . . exterminator van.”

[adrotate group=”10″] March 9, 5:21 p.m.
A man on Westacre Road found that someone had taken the distributor cap and wires from his parked car.

March 9, 5:22 p.m.
A woman was detained for trying to cash a stolen check at a market on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue.

March 9, 6:34 p.m.
A man called from a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol Avenue. He said he had been called to the establishment to give a massage, then found out the call was a hoax, and “now the front office is holding his essential oils, worth about $3,000.”

March 9, 9:12 p.m.
A woman said she had been accosted by another woman on the 4700-block of West Capitol. The suspect was in a small, blue truck with a camper shell, and had displayed a small black handgun while making threats and instructing the victim to “stop seeing her husband,” an Elk Grove man.

March 10, 11:01 a.m.
A person working with Girls Scouts selling cookies in front of a Riverpoint Court store said there was a GMC Yukon with tinted windows and a car full of teen males. The males kept driving past, staring at the group. One of them got out and bought some cookies, but the subjects were continuing to circle.

March 10, 2:02 p.m.
A FedEx package was reported stolen from a Valley Oak Lane residence’s front door.

March 10, 3:21 p.m.
A property owner said four subjects riding quads were using the owner’s empty lots at a 6th Street restaurant site, and were refusing to leave.

March 10, 4:04 p.m.
At a Maple Street boat storage yard: someone “broke into the locked storage yard, killed the yard owner’s dog and broke into several vessels.” It was not yet known what was stolen. The burglar was sought for both burglary and cruelty to animals.

March 10, 6:52 p.m.
A tree was reported to be on fire in the backyard of a home near Letterman Street and Union Square Road.

March 10, 7:13 p.m.
“Dine and dash”: A woman tried to use a debit card that was apparently not hers to pay a $4.30 bill at a Harbor Boulevard diner. It didn’t work. She left on foot without paying.

March 10, 7:37 p.m.
From a Riverpoint Court store: A man “stole $200 worth of merchandise and is fleeing on a bike, going toward Reed.” The man was wearing a windbreaker and a backpack.

March 10, 9:17 p.m.
A caller from an Ikea Court retail store said a group of drivers with about 30-40 Ford Mustangs was gathering in a corner of the parking lot. The caller was unaware of any authorized car shows, and asked police to move the group along.

March 10, 9:46 p.m.
On Nichols Court: A “group of about 25 peole is inside the garage at this location singing loudly.”

March 10, 10:03 p.m.
A woman at a mobilehome park on West Capitol said she overheard a neighbor “talking about testing her security system by shooting a BB gun at the residence and throwing firecrackers on the roof.”

March 10, 9:18 a.m.
A man on B Street said he had been vacuuming his residence when a female roommate told him to stop. The pair argued, and she tried to use a Taser on him. No one was hurt and the parties were now separated.

March 11, 12:49 a.m.
A neighbor complained that there was a party near Anna Street with loud music, lights and a disco ball.

March 11, 3:25 a.m.
At a fast food restaurant on Harbor: a silver pickup truck backed into someone’s car in the parking lot. The victim said the driver appeared to be under the influence of something, and refused to give his name. The suspect gave the victim a cell phone number “to take care of it in the morning,” and drove away.

March 11, 3:57 a.m.
Through a Russian translator, a man on Water Street said his Toyota 4-Runner had just been stolen.

March 11, 4:17 a.m.
Four males were seen setting of fireworks in the street on 4th Street.

[adrotate group=”9″] March 11, 10:48 a.m.
A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen on Willow Avenue. The keys may have been left in it.

March 11, 11:12 a.m.
A possible domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento. A witness said a man assaulted a woman. They both left on bike, and the victim was bleeding from the face.

March 11, 12:21 p.m.
Someone broke into a vacant Oakmont Way apartment and flooded it.

March 11, 1:56 p.m.
About $8,000 worth of electronics equipment was reported stolen from Raley Field during the night. There was possible surveillance video of the crime.

March 11, 2:23 p.m.
Security cameras were reported stolen from a Glide Avenue location during the night.

March 11, 2:53 p.m.
A man at a Sacramento Avenue mobilehome park told a dispatcher his social security check had been stolen on Sutter Buttes Street in Sacramento. The dispatcher referred him to Sacramento police. Then, “he changed his story” to say the theft happened in West Sacramento.

March 11, 5:46 p.m.
A witness reported a white Land Rover and white Acura were “doing donuts” behind a Riverpoint Court retail store.

March 11, 7:25 p.m.
A woman on the 1700-block of West Capitol said that about 15-20 minutes ago, she “stepped out for a minute, and now her purse and $300 in rent (are) missing.” She suspected a female roommate, who had denied being responsible for the theft.

March 11, 9:28 p.m.
A woman on Teal Drive said she was home alone with two children, and there was an unknown person in her backyard.

March 11, 10:07 p.m.
A witness said there were two men and two women near the witness’s 7th Street house, drinking vodka in a car. “They set a piece of garbage on fire (it is out) and drove away” in a Red Ford Focus with broken taillights.

March 11, 11:09 p.m.
A “wrong way” driver hit a center divider and railroad crossing arms while going northbound on Jefferson near Triangle Court. An officer contacted the 21-year old Sacramento man in his Toyota Corolla, and determined he had bee driving drunk. The man was arrested and released to be transported by ambulance for medical treatment after the accident.

March 11, 5 p.m.
A woman in the “state street” area found a “Sten/Mk II” assault rifle while cleaning out the closet of her deceased husband. She said she had no knowledge of the weapon, and asked police to destroy it.

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Food giveaway this Tuesday


The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on March 20.

[adrotate group=”9″] The schedule includes the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson, from 9:00 – 10:00 am; Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.; the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Drive, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Please bring a bag, and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Pedestrian critically hurt on West Capitol


At about 5:30 a.m. today, a man in his 20s was hit by a car on the 4200-block of West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

He was taken to a trauma center by ambulance and is reportedly in critical condition after receiving life-threatening injuries.

[adrotate group=”9″] According to the West Sacramento Police Department, witnesses report the man had been “waking in and out of traffic” before he was hit, and the driver showed “no signs of impairment.” The investigation is continuing.

Any witnesses are asked to call the W.S.P.D. at (916) 375-6474.

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Rolling gunfight in Park Blvd. area


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 or by calling the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council at 530-757-5558.

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.

Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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Go underground in Old Sac


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

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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 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 for updates.

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