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Parole denied in 1983 killing


District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced last month that convicted murderer Kevin Bruce was denied parole for a period of three years at California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville, California.

According to the D.A.:

Bruce is serving 15 years to life for second degree murder for the 1983 fatal strangulation of 67 year old Marion Cantor in a West Sacramento motel room.  Cantor was lured to a motel in West Sacramento by a female known to both him and Bruce. When Cantor arrived, he was assaulted and robbed. During the attack, Bruce and Keith Chandler used the cord from an electric clock to strangle Cantor to death.  Bruce has been in state prison for about 28 years.

After deliberating for about ten minutes, Commissioner Mike Prizmich returned with the panel’s decision.  In denying the request by Bruce to be paroled, he noted that Bruce had not done enough to help himself get prepared for a release from prison.

Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton attended the hearing on behalf the County of Yolo.  Said Hamilton in a press release:

“It is clear that Mr. Bruce is not ready to be out of prison, since he continues to deny any responsibility for the killing and has no meaningful plans for what he would do if he were to be released. Even Mr. Bruce acknowledged that his plans upon release are lacking.”

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Teens caught in Southport after chase


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Seven juveniles believed to have jumped out of a stolen car in Southport were taken into custody Sunday night after an intense search that included a helicopter and K-9 dog teams.

Things started at 11:43 p.m. when a call came in from the Ramada Inn on Halyard Drive in West Sacramento, reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.

“They had a concert at Ramada Inn with over 500 attending,” said Steele. “A fight broke out. Our officers responded to assist security (personnel). One of our officers arrived, and saw a vehicle leave at a high speed. He got behind it, and ran the plates, and it came back stolen.”

  Police chased the Ford Explorer to Southport, where it crashed and lost a wheel near Southport Parkway, Otis Avenue and Turlock Street.

“The occupants fled. Numerous outside agencies assisted, including Sacramento P.D., the CHP, and our agency.”

Police dog teams from both Sacramento and West Sacramento came to the scene, as did a Sacramento police helicopter, said Steele.

Three suspects – a 17-year old girl and two 15-year old boys – turned themselves in fairly quickly. Others “were in fields and backyards,” said Steele.

After being warned, police turned loose police dogs to find the other fleeing teens, and took custody of four more – all aged between 15-17, with addresses in Sacramento and Elk Grove. At least two of the hiding suspects were apparently bit by police dogs sent in to get them, said Steele.

“It is believed they are all in custody,” said Steele. “They were taken into custody for possession of stolen property (the car) and resisting arrest.”

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Sewage district sues over upgrades


The sewage district that serves much of the region – including West Sacramento – has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento’s superior court asking for relief from new regulations that it says would force ratepayers to foot the bill for $2 billion in sewage plant improvements.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has required the district to better filter and disinfect its discharges and remove more ammonia from waste in order to protect water quality in the Delta and Bay.

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) appealed the order, but without success.
The district argues that the new measures aren’t necessary or are “not scientifically justified” by the benefits they would produce to the Delta ecosystem.

It has also said that ratepayers will see huge increases in their sewage bills if the order isn’t overturned. Connection fees for new development will also go up if the district has to upgrade its facilities, said SRCSD.

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Food bank to distribute free food


The Food Bank of Yolo County will give away food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The schedule will be: 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd., West Sacramento; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., West Sacramento; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse in Clarksburg.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Fredericksen is now a fire chief

GARY FREDERICKSEN, new chief for Wintun fire station in western Yolo


Gary Fredericksen has been named the chief of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department in western Yolo County. The department is operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which runs the Cache Creek Casino Resort next door to the fire department. It has about 35 employees.

Fredericksen, 49,  was until this month a division chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department. He’s a lifelong West Sacramento resident.

“Gary Fredericksen is professionally well-rounded, (with) more than 25 years of line, administrative and leadership experience in fire and emergency services,” said a press statement from the Wintun Nation. “Plus, he understands the unique challenges of fire and emergency services in our region.”

Fredericksen takes over from former chief Michael Chandler, who is retiring.

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Bustamante arrested on molestation charges


Arturo Bustamante, a teacher and football coach on the River City High School campus, turned himself in to the West Sacramento Police Department today for arrest, in the company of his attorney. He was booked into jail.

Bustamante, 42, was arrested for “three counts of ‘felony lewd or lascivious conduct on a child 14 or 15 years old,’ and six counts of misdemeanor ‘annoying and/or molesting a child under 18 years of age,'” according to a press statement from the West Sacramento Police Department.

He had been on paid leave from his duties after a female student alleged he had “inappropriately touched” her earlier this year.

For more information, see the recent article online article here.

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Johannessen: ‘office hours’ at the Eagle

MARK JOHANNESSEN, West Sacramento City Council Member (News-Ledger photo)

City council member Mark Johannessen will greet constituents over coffee from 9-11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 14, at the Eagle Café in Southport (3150 Jefferson Blvd.). You’re invited to stop by.