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Fake debt collection scams reported

From the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office

Several alert older adults in Yolo County recently contacted the Yolo County District Attorney’s Elder Protection Unit to report phone calls from people pretending to be from a collection agency. In one instance the caller claimed to be an attorney and that over $800 dollars was owed for magazine subscriptions. Crooks can disguise the numbers they are really calling from using computers.

The scammers are hoping that you may be intimidated into providing personal information like a Social Security or Credit Card number to take care of the outstanding bill.  They then can use this information to commit Identity Theft and purchase items with your card.

  The District Attorney’s Office suggests that you always be suspicious when a call comes out of the blue asking for any of your personal information.  If someone claims to be calling from a collection agency about an old unpaid bill ask that they send you written confirmation with a copy of the original invoice for you to review and check against your records.  If it turns out to be a legitimate debt follow up to resolve the matter.

One of the main reasons to be alert when you receive a call from a debt collector is that it may be an indication that your identity was already stolen.  Scammers sometimes purchase items using your stolen account information.

For more information, contact Dave Edwards at (530) 666-8416.

Former Alaskan crab boat finds home with Sea Scouts in West Sacramento

The ‘Emerald Sea’ heads upriver (photo courtesy of Barbara Smith)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 1, 2012 —

 By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The local chapter of the Sea Scouts believes it has found its new flagship vessel.
The young mariners have shuffled around some of their donations, unloaded a “Forrest Gump”-style shrimp trawler, and took possession of a 95-foot, former Alaskan crab boat more along the lines of the TV show “Deadliest Catch.”

The crab boat “Emerald Sea” had been anchored in Sausalito for several years, disused. The Sea Scouts brought her home to their headquarters in West Sacramento recently on a leisurely voyage.

“Just two weeks ago, she cruised up river on her own power from Sausalito,” said Nate Eckler, “skipper” of the Sea Scout troop. “It was roughly a 14-hour trip – we were just taking it slow.”

The boat – soon to be renamed “Neptune,” in honor of the chapter’s identity – is now docked near the old Cemex cement plant towers, along South River Road at 15th Street. Nearby both  in the water and sitting on blocks above are several other boats in various states of repair, belonging to the Scouts.

Some of the Sea Scouts on hand for a work crew Sunday gather in the bow of the boat. Behind are the Pioneer bridge and downtown Sacramento. Pictured are (standing) Boatswain Ian O’Bryan; Steven Hobbs; Daniel Thweatt; Sam Hobbs; Skipper Nate Eckler; Jr. Officer Robert Turner; and (kneeling) Regatta Cox’n Ryan DeWeese and Storekeeper Kitty Dawson (News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento site provides storage and a work area for the group’s many projects.

“We worked out a deal with a few different entities” to get use of the property, Eckler explained. “This was the old Cemex cement plant. We got permission from them to use it, but they had also assigned it to the city, and we also had to get permission from the city. Also, at the front of the property is the utility yard for Ramos Oil. Ramos Oil and Bill Ramos have been a huge supporter of our projects, so they agreed, too. The docks were a donation from the Sacramento Yacht Club.”

The old cement plant has vacated the site, relocating to a new location at the Port of West Sacramento.

Just astern of the Emerald Sea lies a vintage Coast Guard surf rescue boat, a bullet-shaped vessel of 23-foot in length that’s capable of righting itself if capsized. On blocks above them is a “motor whaleboat” that the group plans to fix up and then suspend above deck on the Emerald Sea, to be lowered when necessary to serve as a “shore boat” or tender for the bigger vessel.

That’s Nate Eckler, tucked behind the 850-horsepower engine. The 95-foot vessel was built in 1966 in Wisconsin (News-Ledger photo)

Some of the crab boat’s fittings and equipment won’t be needed by the Sea Scouts, since they don’t plan on doing any large-scale crabbing. The excess equipment will be sold off, when possible, to help pay for modifications and repairs.

“We’ll take the old holds – the ‘live well’ for the crabs – and convert them into bunk areas for the crew,” said Eckler. The old “live well” is underneath the deck.

Even now, though, the boat has bunk space for eight crew, a couple of single cabins, a laundry room and galley area. It has a single 850 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine, a pair of 60 kilowatt generators, and ample systems for navigation in the wheelhouse – all of which offer ample opportunities to train young people in the fine arts of seamanship, mechanics and electronics.

“There are a lot of individual systems on board,” said Eckler, “and we need to learn them and create repeatable procedures for the kids to use each one.”

“(The kids) definitely get a lot of hands-on mechanical work. They had to a lot of engine work. We went in there and pulled the valve covers off. . . they’re also learning welding and woodworking.”

Currently, there are about 12-14 “active” members in the group, including one girl among the boys. The Sea Scouts range in age from about 13 to 21. When the News-Ledger visited on Sunday, a handful of the youths were working under supervision, hauling equipment back and forth as they start to refit the Emerald Sea.

Eckler believes the boat has the potential to be a great flagship for this little West Sac navy.

“It’s going to be a training boat, to be cruised around here or on the Delta and Bay – even offshore, eventually. The kids will be operating it with adults providing oversight.”

The group also spends time on sailboats, with a summer sailing program at the Port.

Anyone interested in the Sea Scouts can find them at www.

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Japanese factory breaks ground in Southport


A Japanese food plant breaks ground in Southport on Thursday.

Nippon Shokken is the “top producer of Japanese blend seasonings in the world,” according to a City of West Sacramento press release. Construction is expected to finish next January.
The company makes seasonings, sauces and tempura mix.

The plant would be its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company has bought 10 acres at 2970 Ramco Street for the 70,000-square foot plant, which it plans to open next year.

The factory is expected to produce 2,400 tons of product annually to begin with, and up to 5,000 tons per year maximum. It has been projected to employ over 100 people in the $16 million plant, according to reports from announcements made a year ago, when the site was selected.

The Japanese firm also expects to move its U.S.A. headquarters from Torrance to West Sacramento.

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa is expected to attend a ground-breaking at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9,  joined by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan.

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RCHS hands Vista Del Lago a league loss

RCHS sophomore Jalen Davis in j.v. play: Jalen was one of the high scorers against Vista del Lago with 12 points (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Sophomore Rene Sapiandante with the jump shot for River City JV team. Rene was one of the high scorers against Cosumnes Oaks with 13 points (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)


On Jan. 24, the River City High School boys basketball squad faced Vista del Lago.

River City’s freshman were routed by a final score of 74-32.  The Raider   JV won by a final of 57-46 (W) with Rene Sapiandante and Jalen Davis serving as the high scorers in the game for River City with 12 points each.

The River City varsity team won a 61-60 thriller against Fista Del Lago, taking their record to 8-12 overall and handing Vista del Lago its first loss in league play.  High scorers for RCHS varsity were Jose Chacon with 19 points, Malik Dumetz with 13, and Vincent Chelini with 12.

On Jan. 27, the team took on Cosumnes Oaks. The Raider freshman had the night off, while JV and Varsity played.

Both games were intense and exciting till the end – but Cosumnes Oaks took narrow victories in both the varsity and j.v. matches.

Final scores J.V.: 51-50 (L), and varsity: 52-49 (L). High scorers for the game RCHS JV: Rene Sapiandante with 13 and Mike Briscoe with 13. Varsity: Vince Chelini with 17, Mark Gidenko with 8  and Jose Chacon with 8.

Senior Mark Gidenko of the River City High School varsity team, in action against Cosumnes Oaks on Jan. 27. Mark had 8 points in the game. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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How to retire an old U.S. flag


Tattered or worn American flags will be retired with “proper pomp and ceremony” on Feb. 25 at the West Plainfield Fire Station, 24901 C.R. 95 in Davis at 9 a.m.

Drop off your old flags at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8762, 905 Drever St., West Sacramento. The public is welcome to view the retirement ceremony on Feb. 25. For information, call Billy Wagster, Yolo Co. Veterans Services, (530) 406-4850.

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Fun activities on Saturday for kids


The West Sacramento Friends of the Library plan an “Everybody has a Heritage” event beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Organizers plan a fun event with music and dancing from different cultures, centering around reading and literature. School-age children and their parents are invited.

Man critically injured by car


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

An accident in the early hours of Sunday morning left a man hospitalized.

At about 1:48 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to the report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident at Sacramento Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, with the pedestrian still down.

“A 22- or 23-year old male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle,” reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “The driver of the vehicle had no objective signs of intoxication. The victim was transported in critical condition to the local medical center. The driver was not arrested.”

  Further details, such as the identity of the victim and whether he had been trying to cross the street when struck by the woman in the vehicle, were not immediately available at press time.

Steele said police are trying to determine how the accident occurred.

He added that in the wake of a number of car-versus-pedestrian accidents, local police are planning a “pedestrian safety camp” in the near future.

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