Category Archives: News

Man gets 21 years in assault case

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on March 7, Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson sentenced Michael Robert Hernandez III, 33, of West Sacramento, to 21 years in state prison for attacking his girlfriend.

Hernandez pled no contest on January 24 to two strike-felonies, and multiple enhancements, including assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, infliction of great bodily injury during domestic violence, and dissuading a witness.

According to the District Attorney’s office:

[adrotate group=”7″]   On October 11, 2012, West Sacramento Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Circle Drive, for a report of a fight between Hernandez and the victim.  She and Hernandez were in a verbal argument that became physical when Hernandez pushed the victim to the floor and strangled her, causing her to nearly lose consciousness before he released his grip  Hernandez then punched and kicked the victim multiple times.  While the victim was lying on the floor Hernandez straddled the victim and strangled her again, this time to the point of unconsciousness.

When the victim regained consciousness, Hernandez was going through her cell phone and threatened to hit her with a bicycle lock to prevent her from using her phone.  The victim was ultimately able to use another phone to call a nearby family member for help.  When West Sacramento Police Officers arrived, Hernandez had already left the home.

The next day, says the D.A.’s office, Hernandez contacted the victim over the phone and asked if she was going to testify against him.  When she answered that she would, he said that he was driving around looking for her with a firearm in his lap, and threatened to shoot her in the head.

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Meet a hawk, up close & personal

Racine Barton of the CRC, with a Swainson’s Hawk named “Grasshopper.” (Courtesy photo)

Racine Barton of the CRC, with a Swainson’s Hawk named “Grasshopper.” (Courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

From the California Raptor Center
Davis, California

The public is invited to spring open house at the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 4.. Admission to the open house and “hawk walk” are free.

Donations are welcome.

The open house will last from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and there will be special presentations given at 10:00 a.m and noon. Visitors are invited to join our Hawk Walk which starts at 8 a.m. at the CRC gate (bring binoculars).

CRC cares for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Some of the birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in our education program.

The special presentations wat the open house will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors housed in display cages as well as birds out on the glove (including “Mikey,” the Red Shouldered Hawk and “Spar,” the American Kestrel, who have both been featured with the late Huell Howser on public television). The CRC’s onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other CRC souvenirs will be for sale.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Directions: From Interstate 80, take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old David Road heading away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going to the Putah Creek Bridge where there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, turn left onto the paved levee road and follow it for one block until it dips down off the levee. Then turn right into the CRC parking lot.

Parking is free. For a map visit our Web site at www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor. Do not use GPS: it directs you to the wrong place.

 

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

 

RCHS kids win regional science prize

Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

From Dax Castro

For the first time in River City High School’s history, two students have brought home the gold, winning the Sacramento Regional Science Fair competition in the “Psychology and Social Behavior” category.

Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn competed with over 100 other projects overall spread across several categories and emerged victorious. Their project dealt with the effects of social peer pressure when viewing various images and video clips. Individual test subjects were placed in a group setting and exposed to videos and still images. “Planted” members of the group expressed various facial expressions with the goal of influencing the test subject.

Heart rate and facial expressions of the test subject were monitors and the results were recorded.

science fair display  Winning the local competition qualifies them to go to Los Angeles for the two-day California State Science Fair held at the California Science Center on April 15th and 16th. There they will represent River City High and West Sacramento as they compete with over 1,000 participants from 400 schools throughout California.

[adrotate group=”7″]   A scholarship fund has been setup to help fund the trip. Visit www.gofundme.com/2coaok to donate.

 

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

 

 

You’re invited to participate in a community art project in West Sacramento

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

YoloArts is sponsoring a community art project to which all West Sacramentans can contribute.

The “Grow Yolo Mandela Community Project” will offer workshops for community involvement, featuring media such as weavings, mosaics and pictures, through May. The finished “Mandala” will be unveiled at the West Sacramento Farmers Market in May. Visit the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/YoloArts, or email the artists, Paula Wenzl Bellacera and Taylor Gutermute, at growyolomandala@yoloarts.org.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013