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Port gets $5 million crane for containers

The superstructure of the ‘Ocean Titan’ cargo ship is visible as the ship glides behind a Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood on the shipping canal on Jan. 2, on its way to the Port of West Sacramento. The crane is visible right of center (it’s mostly orange in color). News-Ledger photo.

From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento received a new, $5 million crane on Jan. 3. The crane is meant to help the port in its new foray into container-handling — its traditional mission has involved bulk cargoes such as grain, rice, fertilizer and wood chips. The port is part of a new “Northern California Marine Highway container barging operation, along with the ports of Oakland and Stockton. The new service is set to launch in late 2012.

The orange-and-green base of the Port’s new crane sits on deck before unloading yesterday. When assembled, the crane will be over 100 feet tall and will lift up to 273,000 pounds. It was built in Austria and shipped from Germany, through the Panama Canal. (News-Ledger photo)


The Ocean Titan's crane drops the new piece of equipment onto the wharf at the Port of West Sacramento (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of W.S.)


The new crane's massive base, delivered (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of West Sacramento)

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An education in extrication —

All three shifts of West Sacramento firefighters had a chance last month to practice on “multiple scenarios” to “effect rescue of a trapped person.” The crews used hydraulic tools to free up hypothetical crash victims. The training was conducted at Dollar Tow -- which donated the cars (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

 From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012

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Nugget concert ends singers’ season

The West Sacramento Community Singers, in tune at a concert in December at Nugget Market in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2011 —

The West Sacramento Community Singers(WSCS) completed their fall season with a finale performance at the Nugget Market on Dec 23.

Other performances in West Sacramento were held at the local library, Grand River Villa and River Bend adult care facilities, and at the West Sac Christmas Tree Lighting event.  The Spring season begins March 4 and continues through June.  New members are welcome!  If interested, email or visit the group web site at

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Latest robbery victim is 7-11


The 7-11 convenience market at 1552 Jefferson Boulevard was robbed Thursday night, and the suspect is still at large.

“A white male adult robbed the clerk, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing on foot,” Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today. The store is located in central West Sacramento on Jefferson close to 15th Street and Stone Boulevard.

The suspect was armed, although Steele declined to discuss further details due to the ongoing investigation.  No one was hurt during the robbery. When the crime was reported at about 9:50 p.m., there was a “pretty extensive search,” said Steele. Joining local police officers in the chase were a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Sacramento police K-9 team.

Steele said that there have been a string of robberies in West Sacramento targeting “liquor stores and gas stations.”

“Over the last two days, we’ve had five,” he reported.

So far, police don’t believe the 7-11 robbery was linked to the others, but they’re continuing to investigate all the crimes.

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Old dock retired; new one planned for public use

A contractor heads down the ramp to the old dock at Raley’s Landing, now being disassembled after being labeled a safety hazard. Pieces of the dock lay at right. In the background is Old Sacramento; this photo was taken behind the ‘ziggurat’ building on West Sacramento’s northern riverfront. In the background on the other side of the river are the Delta King steamboat, Old Sacramento and downtown Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)



By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

The City of West Sacramento has hired a contractor to dismantle the old dock at Raley’s Landing – formerly home to the Elizabeth Louise paddlewheeler and to the now-defunct River Otter Taxi Service. The dock has been disused for several years, and has been deemed a safety hazard.

    West Sacramento officials hope to replace the dock with one that will become a “public asset.” In that role, it may aid in the city’s transportation plan by providing a landing for a future Sacramento River ferry service and could be used by fishermen and sightseers, said City Councilman Mark Johannessen.

“I don’t know if we’ve seen the design yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some type of public access,” Johannessen told the News-Ledger.

The dock is located along the River Walk Parkway, just north of the Tower Bridge and behind the “ziggurat” building that now houses state offices. The replacement dock will probably be built in 2013, said a statement on the city’s website.

“Raley’s has been working with the City of West Sacramento to make the waterfront more accessible to the public and expand the River Walk amenities,” said Ashley Zepernick, a Raley’s corporate spokesperson, in the city’s statement. “In doing so, Raley’s has agreed to allow the City of West Sacramento to take control of the Raley’s Landing dock on the Sacramento River and allow it to be replaced by a new public facility that will be built by the City of West Sacramento.”

A state agency has ordered the old floating dock removed, fearing it could break up and float away, causing a river hazard. Work was already underway when a News-Ledger reporter visited this week.

The City has applied to the State Lands Commission for a new dock lease.

Nearby on the river, West Sacramento has been trying to attract financing to build a publicly-owned hotel with banquet and conference facilities. The dock was seen as a complementary amenity for the planned hotel, which Marriott had negotiated to manage. But financing has fallen through.

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

“The hotel project is still percolating – it’s not dead,” Johannessen told the News-Ledger. “I don’t think (the dock and hotel) are dependant on each other. As far as I know, the dock is going to be a public amenity on the river regardless of whether the hotel goes through or not.”

“This is one more step toward the City’s vision of making the riverfront an accessible and active destination for the public,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in the City’s public statement.

Demolition work is being done by PBM Construction.

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Seasonal jobs for River Cats


The Sacramento River Cats have announced their seasonal job openings, which are available at under “the “Ballpark Info & Contacts” tab. Between the River Cats and Ovations Food Services, there are more than 200 seasonal positions available at Raley Field.  All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and should be prepared to undergo a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Raley Field, home to the River Cats minor league baseball team will not be hosting a 2012 job fair. All applicants must apply through the team’s website,

The following is a list of positions available at Raley Field:

  • Concession Workers
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Kid’s Corner Attendants
  • Crowd Managers
  • On Deck Shop (Team Store) Sales
  • Parking Attendants
  • Grounds Crew
  • Ticket Sales Associates
  • In-Game Promotions Crew
  • Guest Service Attendants


NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 28, 2011 —

‘POLICE LOG’ is a feature that appears exclusively in the News-Ledger every week. To see it regularly, make sure to become a News-Ledger subscriber. Here’s last week’s police log report:

Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

Dec. 20, 7:23 a.m.
A green 1999 Saturn was reported stolen from a Maple Street apartment complex. Later that day, the husband of the owner reported the car was seen parked in a business parking lot on the 3000-block of West Capitol. No one was in or near it. The husband was nearby, waiting for an officer.

Dec. 20, 8:30 a.m.
The non-resident owner of a house on Sumatra Street reported that someone had entered the home’s backyard and made off with an air conditioner and a basketball hoop. The appliance alone was valued at close to $10,000. The theft occurred within the past two weeks.

Dec. 20, 9:32 a.m.
A citizen reported a vehicle burglary on Canvasback Way. Someone broke a window and made off with a backpack and Christmas presents.

Dec. 20, 10:15 a.m.
A thief broke the driver’s side window of a parked car on Pitzer Circle, and stole an iPhone valued at $500.

Dec. 20, 11:26 a.m.
A woman on the 1800-block of Park Boulevard said someone had entered her home while she was sleeping, and stolen some bank statements.

Dec. 20, 2:24 p.m.
A caller said there were three men wearing dark clothes and fur hats, carrying at least two rifles, in an area near Southport Parkway and Jefferson Boulevard. The citizen was concerned that they might be hunting or shooting near houses.

Dec. 20, 5:35 p.m.
Someobody used metal shears to cut off the “year/month” part of a license plate from a parked car on Merkley Avenue.

Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
A man on Fiji Island Road reported his home burglarized. Missing items included a video camera, two laptop computers, jewelry and a bicycle. The loss was valued at $4850. The man suspected a friend of a partner, who had borrowed a car and possibly used borrowed keys to get into the house.

Dec. 21, 12:58 a.m.
The CHP received a 911 call from a cell phone, and could hear a man saying “you’re really going to call the police” and could hear a woman crying. The cell phone was traced to a woman at an address in West Sacramento’s north.

Dec. 21, 3:47 a.m.
A man on the 600-block of West Capitol Avenue said he heard shots fired outside, and went out to find three windows broken on a vehicle, apparently by a BB or pellet gun.

Dec. 21, 6:03 a.m.
A 1991 Nissan pickup truck was discovered stolen from Todhunter Avenue.

Dec. 21, 6:25 a.m.
A burglary was reported at a Park Boulevard address while a 28-year old man and at least one other person were asleep inside. After getting into the house, the thief left in a 2005 Toyota Tacoma belonging to the household.

Dec. 21, 6:49 a.m.
A fire was reported in a Beardsley Drive front yard.

Dec. 21, 10:28 a.m.
A black Toyota 4-Runner was discovered missing from a Riverside Parkway office complex, having been stolen within the past hour.

Dec. 21, 11:02 a.m.
A man told a dispatcher he was waiting near a Meadow Road address where he needed to go to pick up some personal property from his mother. He said that “because he is on parole, she is going to tell (police) that he is abusive to her.”

Dec. 21, 9 a.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident said someone had gotten into a storage shed at the home without breaking the lock. Gone were a bike and a roll-away toolbox.

Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
A city parks department storage shed on Carrie Street was burglarized. It was unknown if anything was missing.

Dec. 21
A woman in the city’s north said she had told her estranged husband, who had just been released from prison, to stop contacting her. But the man kept contacting her, leaving about 140 text messages and nine voice mails.

Dec. 21, 5:43 p.m.
The property manager of a bank-owned house on Topaz Road reported that someone had stolen the home’s air conditioning unit.

Dec. 21, 6:27 p.m.
A caller reported having just accidentally rear-ended another vehicle. The other car left the scene. The caller was unsure of any damage and admitted being at fault, and was waiting at a nearby gas station.

Dec. 22, 12:05 a.m.
An alarm went off at a corporate headquarters building on the 500-block of West Capitol, showing a breached door to a coffee shop.

Dec. 22, 4:05 a.m.
Two detectives from an outside agency notified dispatchers that they were headed to Prosser Street in unmarked vehicles, following a vehicle being tracked with a tracking device.

Dec. 22, 6:53 a.m.
An alarm was reported at a business on the 2400-block of West Capitol. A business rep was on scene but did not have the proper code.

Dec. 22, 7:41 a.m.
The windows were found shot out of a vehicle parked on C Street, apparently with a BB gun. The caller said there had been ongoing problems here for about three months.

Dec. 22, 8:19 a.m.
A citizen reported hearing a woman screaming from help at an Orchard Way apartment complex, and also heard loud banging noises. A male at the residence was believed to be on parole.

Dec. 22, 8:45 a.m.
A Shore Street shipping business asked for extra patrols over the holiday weekend.

Dec. 22, 9:40 a.m.
A woman at a seniors’ apartment complex on 6th Street asked for advice, after her apartment manager entered her residence without permission.

Dec. 22, 9:34 a.m.
A 50-year old man with a pit bull dog was reported to be “aggressively panhandling” in front of a Riverpoint Court store.

Dec. 22, 10:02 a.m.
The owner of a house on Alabama Avenue said there were probably people inside the dwelling, since two were seen inside it last night.

Dec. 22, 10:19 a.m.
Somebody egged and scratched a car parked on Starling Lane, apparently during the night.

Dec. 22
A resident complained that someone left a detached truck trailer parked on Hobson Avenue.

Dec. 22, 10:48 a.m.
A citizen reported being hired to put a home on 4th Street up for a “short sale.” The agent needed to view the home, but the owner’s roommates inside were “hostile.” The agent was parked and waiting nearby for an officer’s help.

Dec. 22, 10:51 a.m.
A caller said that a “no dumping” sign that had been installed on Southport Parkway was now sitting in a garage on Walker Road.

Dec. 22, 10:53 a.m.
A caller from Taber Street reported that a neighbor had hit the caller’s parked car, and was denying it. Both parties were on scene.

Dec. 22, 11:57 a.m.
A resident near Buckeye Drive and Hemlock Street said there were ongoing problems with some juveniles. Three of them, about age 15, were now going “up and down the street” on motorbikes and a quad.

Dec. 22, 12:03 p.m.
A woman came to the police lobby, telling a clerk that her matter “was personal and she wanted to give something to an officer.”

Dec. 22, 12:59 p.m.
A Southport woman came to the police department to report that her daughter’s child’s father had possibly violated a restraining order by showing up at her house to see the child.

Dec. 22, 1:15 p.m.
A witness at a mobilehome park on the 2000-block of West Capitol said there was a man with a knife sitting on the lawn, “yelling at the ground (and) repeatedly throwing the knife into the ground.”

Dec. 22, 1:32 p.m.
Some people on Glide Avenue were in a verbal argument “over custody of a dog.”

Dec. 22, 1:33 p.m.
A male transient with a knife chased a male victim near the 1700-block of West Capitol, accusing him of stealing a cell phone. The victim wasn’t hurt.

Dec. 22, 2:01 p.m.
A Rogers Street resident reported a mailbox had been damaged. It was unknown if any mail was missing.

Dec. 22, 2:39 p.m.
A nine-year old girl on Evergreen Avenue was reported “out of control.” She was “crying and throwing things around the house because she doesn’t want to go to the store.”

Dec. 22, 3:06 p.m.
A Meadow Road resident said he or she had inherited some guns from a brother, and wanted to know how to register them.

Dec. 22, 3:37 p.m.
A witness said several dirt bikes were being used on the levee near Bee’s Lakes (on the Sacramento riverfront in Southport). The activity was damaging the levee, and the local reclamation district had advised the witness to report it to police.

Dec. 22, 3:58 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store reported a thief had loaded a Chevy Suburban with at least five pallets stolen from behind the store, and left the scene.

Dec. 22, 4:26 p.m.
Gang graffiti was found on the side of a postal building on Sacramento Avenue.

Dec. 22, 4:57 p.m.
A man in the city’s north area said the 25-year old mother of his child, an ex-girlfriend, had been staying at his home. She “won’t leave and she steals items,” he said, and he was afraid of violence if he returned hom.

Dec. 22, 4:59 p.m.
A possible homeless camp was reported near 8th and Elizabeth Street. A woman was seen sleeping outside on a couch.

Dec. 22, 5:27 p.m.
A three-vehicle accident was reported on southbound Jefferson near Devon. Injuries were unknown.

Dec. 22, 6:13 p.m.
A hamburger place on the 1700-block of West Capitol said there was a man in the lobby, sleeping. The apparently-intoxicated fellow had been asked to leave, several times.

Dec. 22, 6:51 p.m.
A West Sacramento woman reported someone had left a bag of colored bras on her porch. She asked police to send someone to pick them up. A dispatcher noted that the bras were of “unknown sizes.”

Dec. 22, 7:05 p.m.
A woman said she had sold a TV to a tenant on the 1500-block of Merkley, but the buyer hadn’t paid as agreed. A dispatcher advised her to talk to a lawyer, saying “police would not come out and make the woman at the location pay the money.”

Dec. 22, 7:06 a.m.
A Pennsylvania Avenue resident said someone stolen an outboard engine during the night from near the front door. It was valued at $2,500.

Dec. 22, 8:53 p.m.
An Ikea Court store said someone had entered a back room and taken wallets, cell phones and other items from purses stored there.

Dec. 22, 10:41 a.m.
A Butler Court home was burglarized. Gone were Christmas presents and a computer.

Dec. 22, 11:56 p.m.
A man told police he had been under the I Street Bridge when he saw two male juveniles “running around” with “air soft guns.” They shot at him. He did not need medical aid. The youths fled across the bridge towards Sacramento.

Dec. 22, 6:39 p.m.
A citizen in a car reported a drunk driver who was “all over the road and almost hit a light pole.” A police officer responded, and pulled over the suspected drunk in his Mitsubishi near Westacre Road and Rockrose. The driver admitted having two beers, and failed a sobriety test. He was arrested.

Dec. 23, 12:59 a.m.
A 33-year old Sacramento man was detained as he tried to leave a Riverpoint Court store with a new bicycle he hadn’t paid for. The man was arrested, cited and released.

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