Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Once again it’s the time of year when fresh tomatoes are center stage, sparking a new energy throughout Yolo County. Monster machines bounce through dusty fields heaping 25-ton capacity trailers with another More »

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn kicked off its weekly Friday night Off the Grid food truck and music event with large crowds on Friday, Aug. 5. Located at 985 Riverfront Street, the Barn is a More »

Quilts for Community Service

Quilts for Community Service

The Delta Piecemakers Quilt Guild has donated handmade quilts to the West Sacramento Police and Fire Departments to be given out to those in need of comfort during police or fire calls. More »

 

W.S.P.D. police involved in shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — July 10, 2012 —

A man was shot by police last night as offices responded to a  “domestic assault” report on the 800 block of Platinum Lane — part of the Ironworks subdivision near Raley Field. The initial call came in at 10:41 p.m.

According to a press release from Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department:

[adrotate group=”10″] “As officers arrived on scene to check on the welfare of the victim, a subject rushed at an officer and attempted to grab the officer’s handgun. The officer fired his duty weapon, striking the subject one time. Paramedics transported the subject to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Steele told the News-Ledger on Tuesday morning that the victim was a 42-year old West Sacramento man who was in “non-life threatening condition.”

Steele did not identify the injured subject or the officer. But he added that the officer has three years experience and is being placed on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated by several divisions of W.S.P.D.  Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s investigations division, 617-4900.

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Citizens learn about local justice system

Graduates of the 2012 “Citizens Academy,” with Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig at right. (Courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig has announced that 23 county residents graduated from the inaugural session of the Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

[adrotate group=”10″]  The graduation ceremony was held June 21. The Academy was sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and police departments from Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

  The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course “designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system, diversity, and racial issues within the framework of our system of justice.  The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” reported the D.A.’s office.

  Weekly sessions included: The Role of the District Attorney; The Role of Law Enforcement, including Internal Affairs and Review Boards; Special Challenges of Prosecution, including Three Strikes and Domestic Violence; Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System; the FBI and US Attorney’s Office; and Gangs.

  “Based on the feedback received from class participants, the first Academy was a huge success,” Reisig said in a press release. “I think participants learned about the challenges of law enforcement in our diverse communities throughout Yolo County and what its public servants here accomplish.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   One student was quoted, “This academy has changed my perspective on law enforcement and with the knowledge I have gained here I will definitely share it with others in my community.”

  Another offered, “It was great to put the faces with the departments and see what the different community challenges are.”

  The Academy will be offered again in the spring of 2013.  For more information, log on to http://www.yoloda.org.

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Life in prison for abusing daughter

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 9, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on July 6, Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard sentenced West Sacramento’s Michael Martinez to 335 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor.

[adrotate group=”7″] The jury found Martinez guilty in May of abusing his seven-year old daughter — committing child molestation and recording video evidence of the acts on a cell phone.

The girl testified in the trial. According to the D.A.’s office,Martinez initially confessed his guilt and then reversed himself in trial.

The D.A.’s office said that according to a probation report ,Martinez did not apologize to the victim, and that he claimed,“There is a lot about this that has been misunderstood by everyone” and he “can’t be responsible for something he had no control over.”

Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. She said in a press release: “This sentence ensures the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison and will never have the chance to victimize another child.”

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The gang that couldn’t shoot straight

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Columnist

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Monday before last started out just like every other Monday morning. I got out of bed around 7:30, shaved and showered, made myself some breakfast, read quite a bit of the Sacramento Bee, and then started my leisurely walk over to the News-Ledger. It was an especially pretty morning, with temperatures destined to reach only into the 80s, and I remember thinking to myself that everyone should be so lucky to have his or her office within strolling distance on a gorgeous Monday morning.

  When I reached the News-Ledger at about 8:30, I took out my office key, inserted it into the door, and pushed it open like I have done a thousand times before. But when I stepped inside, nothing was like it had been a thousand times before. To begin with, all our computers and monitors were gone, and the first thought that ran through my head was, ‘how in the world are we going to get the News-Ledger out to our subscribers this week without our computers?’ Then, as I glanced around the room, I could see that papers and office supplies were scattered everywhere and that our window-mounted air conditioner had been knocked to the floor, leaving the front window slightly jarred open.

  “So, that’s how they got in?” I whispered to myself as the fact that the News-Ledger had been robbed finally sunk into my disbelieving head.

  On closer examination, much more than our computers had been stolen. Our microwave, radio and fan were also gone, and it was obvious that every drawer in our desks had been ransacked in a fevered search for any valuables the thieves could find. Our change drawer had been emptied of all our  quarters, dimes and nickels, and most alarming of all, our News-Ledger checkbook with dozens of company checks in it was nowhere to be found.

  As I continued to look around, it appeared that our phones had been stolen, too, so I went next door to Armando Omega’s chiropractor’s office and he kindly let me put a call into Steve Marschke, the editor of the News-Ledger. I was only able to get his answering machine and left him a quick message about what had happened and suggested that he stop by our bank on his way into the office to make sure the thieves couldn’t write themselves any checks on our account. When I gave Armando back his phone, he said he would go ahead and call the West Sacramento police and he also kindly said to let him know if there was anything else he could do to help.

[adrotate group=”7″]  When the police arrived, Community Service Officer Prasad did a thorough investigation of what was now a crime scene, including dusting for fingerprints on a Diet Coke bottle left behind by one of the thieves, making me think that robbing people must make a person work up quite a thirst. He also took down a detailed list of everything that was missing and assured me that his fellow officers would try their best to find our much-needed computers.

  When Steve arrived at the office, he had already been to US Bank and made sure that the News-Ledger bank account was secure. But as Steve and I were just starting to get over the shock of having been robbed and trying to figure out how we were going to deal with all the problems it had created, the real fun and games began.

  We had been able to locate one of our phones, which had been tossed under my desk, and when it rang, it was the bank calling to alert us that two people, a black male and a white female, were trying to cash one of our checks. Like a shot, Steve raced out the door, jumped into his truck, and headed for the bank. I later learned that when he got there, both of the suspects were still in the bank, with the man nervously waiting to get his ID back, since the bad check had been written to him and the bank personnel were trying to keep him there until the police they had called arrived. He was also complaining loudly about the lousy service the bank was giving him.

    Both the man and the woman had apparently arrived at the bank on bicycles, and when the woman got suspicious that the bank had no intention of cashing the stolen check, she took off on hers, although Steve got a good look at her, which would come in very handy only a short time later. Anyway, when the police arrived at the bank, they arrested the man who had been trying to cash a forged $200 News-Ledger check and also found a bunch of stolen News-Ledger items in his bike basket.

  Less than an hour later, with Steve back at the News-Ledger and at least one of the thieves in police custody, we were beginning the cleanup of the office when Steve suddenly looked out the front window and saw someone he was pretty sure was the female suspect in the robbery, riding around on her bicycle.

[adrotate group=”10″]  “You’re kidding?” I said, thinking that no thief comes back to the scene of the crime that quickly.

  “I’m sure it’s her,” Steve insisted with emphasis.

  “Then let’s go get her!” I suggested, thinking back to that old Andy Griffith TV episode where Gomer had ran after Barney (who had made an illegal U-turn on Mayberry’s Main Street) yelling `citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest!’

  “I tell you what,” said Steve as we watched the female suspect turn her bike onto West Capitol Avenue and disappear from sight, “you chase after her in your truck, and I’ll try to track her down on foot as soon as I’ve called the police.”

  That sounded like a pretty good idea to me, especially since it was now my turn to race out the door and jump into my truck, only to quickly discover that the woman on the bike had somehow vanished into thin air. When I caught back up with Steve again, we both agreed that she could have only ducked into one place, the nearby West Capitol Avenue hotel right behind the News-Ledger office.

  So, with Steve standing guard at the hotel entrance, I got back into my truck and headed back down West Capitol Avenue just in case the lady on the bike had somehow managed to get further than we thought. And within minutes, I was side-by-side with a police car responding to Steve’s call, so I began yelling and waving at him to follow me, hoping that he didn’t notice that in all the excitement, I had forgotten to put on my seatbelt. Anyway, when we arrived at the hotel entrance, Steve pointed out to the police officer the bike he thought the woman had been riding, and within minutes, backup police officers had arrived and she was in custody. And in searching the room where she lived, the police also found all the missing News-Ledger checks.

  So, with both the robbery suspects safely in custody, and with the hope that we might even get our computers back in the not too distant future, one of the police officers walked over to me with a smile and asked, “So, tell me, just how were you and your buddy able to figure this all out and locate that female suspect?”

  “Well,” I said proudly, “the best-read part of the News-Ledger has always been the Police Log, so Steve and I take this police stuff pretty serious.”

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Q&A with West Sac police on Tuesday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) will host the public and members of the West Sacramento Police Department at 6 p.m. on July 10 at the River Bend Manor, 664 Cummins Way.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Police will provide updates and answer questions on topics such as code enforcement, neighborhood watch, traffic, and “Problem Oriented Policing” (POP). Refreshments. For more information, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org.

The public is welcome to this event on Tuesday.

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Child abduction report ‘unfounded’

[adrotate group=”9″] NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 7, 2012 —

A child’s story about being abducted earlier today on Maple Street has been discounted by West Sacramento police.

“It ended up being unfounded,” Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger.

“An investigation by West Sacramento Police Department patrol personnel and detectives determined that the abduction did not occur and the incident was fabricated by the juvenile,” Steele added in a press release.

The seven-year old girl said a man got her into his vehicle, but she escaped nearby and went home. The suspect had been described as a black man in a dark SUV.

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Possible child abduction attempt

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 7, 2012 —

West Sacramento police this afternoon are investigating a possible child abduction attempt that may have taken place outside a home on the 500-block of Maple Street.

SERGEANT NATHAN STEELE of the W.S.P.D. addresses reporters concerning a possible child abduction attempt on the 500-block of Maple Street in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

“(The investigation) is ongoing, and we’re not quite sure what happened,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “Today at approximately 3:13 in the afternoon, West Sacramento Police Department received a phone call about a possible abduction attempt.”

[adrotate group=”9″] A couple of girls were outside on the block, when a suspect drove up in a dark SUV. The man is so far described only as a black male of average height and build, age 30-40. He may have temporarily kidnapped one of the girls, a seven-year old.

“Apparently, he got her into a vehicle and left the area with her,” said Steele. “The information we’ve got is that the juvenile was able to get away.”

The girl made it the short distance home and reported the incident. Witness accounts aren’t entirely consistent, said Steele.

“Our officers are canvassing the area and outside agencies have been notified.”

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