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Convicted: purse snatcher who maced three Samaritans in shopping center

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 6, 2013 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on Monday, a Yolo County jury found 29-year old Thomas Jones IV guilty of robbing an elderly woman in a West Sacramento parking lot and using a can of mace on three bystanders who had attempted to intervene.

According to the D.A.’s office:

In the afternoon of October 27, the elderly, disabled victim went to the Little Ceasars Pizza near the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard.  Jones rode his bicycle up to the victim from behind and took her purse.  The commotion and the victim’s screams for help brought three employees out of a nearby business. they chased Jones as he tried to escape with the purse.

The employees chased Jones across West Capitol Avenue and cornered him in a loading dock.  When the employees attempted to detain Jones, he used a large can of pepper spray on them.  Jones escaped again, but was found minutes later in an empty parking lot with the victim’s purse.

  The jury convicted Jones after a day of deliberation.

“Thomas Jones chose his victim because she was vulnerable,” commented Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens, in a press release.  In the same release, District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised the efforts of the good Samaritans:  “The courage these three men showed was extraordinary.  They went above and beyond.”

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15 by Judge Janet Gaard of the Yolo County Superior Court.

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RCHS student volunteers help younger kids with their reading

Above, front: Lana Harman of the library with RCHS Interact Club members Lily He and Marwand Kochai, and (back row) Sara Malakzay and Jessica Ngo.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 —

River City High School’s community service club, called the ‘Interact Club,’ is now working with the local library branch on a program to help kids read.

  In the ‘Reading Buddies’ program, two Interact Club members will spend time listening to first- and second-graders practice their reading skills. Each reading session will last 15 minutes.

The program starts Feb. 15, from 4-5 p.m. at the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library in West Sacramento.

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Latino group talks about youth issues

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) invites interested people to a membership meeting on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Turner branch library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

The organization hopes to become more involved in local youth activities, particularly in Bryte and Broderick. For information, contact Sharl Castorena, 838-0531.

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False alarms are going to cost you

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 30, 2013 —

City officials announced this month that, beginning March 1, those responsible for more than two false police alarms within a year will accrue a false alarm fine.

The local police department responded to over 3,000 false alarms (over 99 percent of all alarm calls) last year, it reports.

Penalties for the third and fourth false alarms within a year are $200 each. With the fifth false alarm comes a $200 fine plus suspension of the alarm permit.

Reinstating a permit will cost $250.

If you or your alarm company cancel an alarm before a police officer arrives, the alarm won’t count.

The City of West Sacramento has contacted with “Public Safety Corporation/Cry Wolf” to administer the permits and false alarm notifications.

For more information, go to the city website at www.cityofwestsacramento.org (go to “How do I” and then “Apply for” and “Alarm permit”) or call 1-855-694-8281 to obtain an alarm permit or learn more.

Alarms without a permit may draw a $100 fine.

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Two house fires in Southport

Firefighters silhouetted against the flames from an open garage on San Vicente Road (courtesy of WSFD)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 30, 2013 —

The two-story home above caught fire on the evening of Jan. 19, on the 3300-block of San Vicente Road. The family escaped safely, and neighboring homes were protected, but the home sustained damage to both floors. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Three days earlier, local fire crews were called to the scene of an attic fore on the 3300-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport. That fire was contained to the attic, but caused around $20,000 in damage, reports the fire department.  (courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department)

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West Sac ‘Letters to the Editor’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JAN 23, 2013 —

Thanks for helping
Yolo County CASA is grateful for the community’s generous contributions during the season of giving.  Big thanks goes out to the Davis Athletic Club and their patrons for the many toys and books donated in the month of December; the Woodland Opera House and its patrons for the very successful luggage drive; and to staff and patients of Tan Orthodontics for hosting the giving tree for the foster youth served by our volunteer court appointed special advocates.  These efforts certainly brightened the holidays of our CASA kids.

Special thanks also goes out to each and every individual who responded to Yolo CASA’s annual appeal letter.  Response was especially strong this year, due to a benefactor’s special pledge to double all donations received.  This generous community support will allow us to recruit, train and support more volunteers who will advocate for youth in the foster care system.

Our CASAs make sure these children receive the services they need to be safe and to thrive.  They speak for the child’s best interests and build relationships that last a lifetime.

When our CASA children ask “does anyone care about me?”  We will tell them the truth.  You do.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for our annual dinner in March, please visit our website at www.yolocasa.org.

GINNI DAVIS & TRACY FAUVER
On behalf of the Yolo County CASA Board of Directors

  Editor’s note: ‘CASA’ stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” The Yolo CASA website describes the organization as made up of “trained and court-appointed volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused children and at-risk youth.”
  The volunteers are matched with kids who need a voice as they move through the foster care system.

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Enjoy ‘Page from the Past’
I really enjoy your News-Ledger, particularly the “Page from the Past.” I am entering my eighties and I was raised in the old Washington Township area. I knew many of the people from that time who are in the Page from the Past. That was a good time to be a kid in that little town. Everybody knew everybody else and we couldn’t get into too much trouble.

JIM DERR
PEORIA, ARIZONA

  Editor’s note: The “Page from the Past” appears occasionally in the News-Ledger. We use reproductions of pages from the old Yolo Independent newspaper, which served the part of “East Yolo” that has become West Sacramento.
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Guards for the schools
Americans use armed guards to protect our money, our politicians and even our president’s children. How could our school children be protected by armed guards?

Child-shooter Buford Furrow Jr. walked away from American Jewish University, Skirball Cultural Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center because of heavy security.

  The Pearl High School shooter surrendered to Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Veteran Myrick had run about half a mile to retrieve a pistol legally locked up outside the school zone, but the shooter still had ammunition and was bound for Pearl Junior High School. The Appalachia School of Law shooter surrendered when Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross ran back with pistols kept in their vehicles.

Roughly half of public shooters suicide when confronted with armed defenders. This was the case in Stockton (1989), Columbine (1999), and Sandy Hook.

There is evidence our children would be safer even when the shooter engaged in a gunfight with the defender. I do not recall the Diane Sawyer paintball re-enactments resulting in any students being hit. All the shooter’s bullets were aimed at the armed defender as was experienced by Ken Hammond at the Trolley Square Mall and by hero Mark Wilson at the Tyler, Texas courthouse.

The two Columbine shooters were able to drive off the first defender with rifle fire. The defender escaped to all in reinforcements and describe the shooters. The bullets fired at the defender did not kill children, nor did the defender’s.

RICHARD KESTER
WEST SACRAMENTO

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Gun scare: Raley’s closes briefly

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JAN 23, 2013

The Raley’s supermarket at 1601 West Capitol Avenue closed for about a half hour  on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, for a gun scare.

According to various media reports, at about noon that day a truck driver reported that a woman stole his gun and ran away after they had contact near Jefferson and West Capitol.

  An officer saw the suspect go inside the store. Believing she could be armed, police evacuated the market.

They found the 31-year old woman — who was ID’d by the truck driver from a photo lineup. They did not find the gun.

The woman was arrested for the alleged gun theft.

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