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Serving Senate District 6: Dr. Richard Pan discusses controversy and current legislation

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Suspect simply walks out of police HQ

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento police suffered the indignity of having a suspect in custody simply walk out the door of the local police station on May 17.

The incident was of a kind that “has never happened before and will likely never happen again,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele.

38-year old Melissa Dodd had been arrested early that morning after an all-night hostage situation on Marston Street, in which police believed she was holding her mother against her will. The situation was resolved when SWAT team members entered the house – although Dodd apparently cut her wrists at about the time they broke in, creating minor injuries.

“The day she was arrested, she was brought back to the Police Department (whose headquarters are on Triangle Court at Jefferson Boulevard), after receiving medical treatment, for questioning,” said Sgt. Steele.

“An interviewer left her in an interview room for a short period of time, believing the room was secure. She was able to open one of the doors, and left the P.D.”

Dodd’s liberty didn’t last long.

“We located her within a few minutes and peacefully took her into custody,” said Steele. Police picked her up a few blocks away from the police station, near E and 7th streets.

How did she get out of the interview room?

“We think at this time that the door wasn’t locked,” said Steele.

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W.S. Sea Scouts get 125-foot flagship

Crewed by local Sea Scouts, the 'Morris' docks in Isleton on her way to her new West Sacramento home on Monday (photo by Keith Pronske)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The new training vessel for the West Sacramento Sea Scouts is the 125-foot, former Coast Guard cutter ‘Morris.’

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Morris was built in 1927 as a “rum-chaser” to catch offshore liquor smugglers during prohibition, said Nate Eckler, skipper of the youth maritime program.

The News-Ledger last reported on the Sea Scouts and their previous flagship here.

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Biting dog may have been found

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 1, 2012 —

 

A few minutes ago, Vicky Fletcher of the animal services division (Yolo Sheriff’s Department) gave us an update on the dogs being sought after one of them bit a teen in Southport on May 24 near Shasta Way. The 15-year old victim approached the two small white dogs, thinking they looked “lost,” and one of them bit the youth.

 

The biting dog needs to be found and cleared of rabies or the victim will have to undergo rabies exposure treatment.

 

[adrotate group=”7″] “We may have found the two white dogs with one involved in the recent bite,” said Fletcher in an email shortly after 4 p.m. today.   “The dogs are coming in from West Sacramento (with) of our officers.  A citizen found them wandering around the River City High School and took them home, and her parent remembered seeing the story in the paper and called us.  Since one of the dogs is wearing the blue collar we are pretty sure they are the right dogs.  However, we will be having the victim come in to ID the animals.”

 

You can see the story from Wednesday’s News-Ledger by clicking here.

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Man shot, seriously injured

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 1, 2012 —

West Sacramento police are looking for help from the public in solving a shooting that occurred late last night on the 1100-block of Hobson Avenue.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Police responded to a report of a shooting at about 11:40 p.m., said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. They found a 25-year old man with “numerous” gunshot wounds. He was taken to an area hospital and is reported to be in serious condition.

The suspect vehicle is a white sedan last seen going westbound on Hobson.

Anyone with possible information on the incident is asked to call Detective Michelle Tate, (916) 617-4958, or police dispatch at 375-6474.

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Search for dog after teen bitten in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section is asking the public’s help in attempting to locate a biting dog involved in an incident in West Sacramento.

The incident occurred on Thursday at about 4:00 p.m., reports Vicky Fletcher of the Animal Services division. A 15-year old was walking on on a path parallel to Shasta Way, between Trinity Way and Colusa Road. The teen saw  “two small white dogs that looked lost and tired.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   The youth approached what appeared to be the older of the two dogs, and was bitten. The dogs ran off, but animal services officers haven’t been able to find or identify them.

The biting dog was described as small, approximately 7 to 12 pounds, with white medium long hair with a dirty muzzle, wearing a blue collar with a dog-bone shaped tag attached to the collar.  The other dog was about the same size, also  white, with curlier hair.

If the biting dog can’t be located and cleared of having rabies, the victim will have to receive post-exposure rabies treatment.

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Section also said that California law states anyone having knowledge of the location or ownership a biting dog and conceals that information is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Anyone having any information may contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section 24 hours a day at (530) 668-5287, or by email at animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

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New West Sac contest: make a video

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012

From Art Schroeder
City of West Sacramento

In celebration of its 25th year, the City of West Sacramento presents a new video-only contest open to residents and businesses. The City is asking for short videos about your favorite stories or memories of West Sacramento during the past 25 years, or you may want to look ahead to the next 25 years. Enter the “West Sacramento Video Contest: Celebrating 25 Years of Living, Working, and Playing in West Sacramento.” The grand prize is an iPad 2, with contest winners also receiving $300 gift cards from participating West Sacramento retail businesses.

[adrotate group=”7″]  What’s your memory or story about West Sacramento? The subject can be about either living, working or playing in the city. Perhaps you’d like to think ahead to West Sacramento’s next 25 years. The contest has categories for either idea.

Amateur “videographers” can record up to 3-minute length videos about a memorable time or experience, on the subject of “living, working, or playing in West Sacramento.” Or contestants can record video messages about what they see ahead about “living, working or playing” during West Sacramento’s next 25 years. You have the option of appearing in the video or just adding your voice only. If you’d like, add music to the background, like a music video. Or maybe you wish to interview someone, like a family member, about their West Sacramento memories. It’s OK, the possibilities are endless.

Contest participants may enter more than once, but each winner can only win one time in the contest. Exception: the grand prize iPad 2 winner will be selected from the contest’s winning entries. The contest entry deadline is July 6, 2012. The contest is open to amateur-level participants of all ages.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You may remember the city’s popular annual photo contest, which awarded prizes for winners in different categories for photographs taken around town. While that contest has disappeared recently during the economic downturn, city spokesperson Art Schroeder has told the News-Ledger that it may come back this fall in the form of a special contest to help honor the 25th year of the City of  West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″]   There is no fee to enter the West Sacramento Video Contest.

For more information about entries, go to www.cityofwestsacramento.org/videocontest or call (916) 617-4535.

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Arrest for lighting cat on fire

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Police Department has just announced that it has arrested a 17-year old local boy for “felony cruelty to animals,” after a cat was set on fire on May 2.

The police did not identify the juvenile.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Witness saw a “ball of fire” moving near Circle Park in West Sacramento the night of May 2 — and it turned out that someone had used an accelerant to set a friendly local stray cat on fire. The cat was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment, but was euthanized.

“A detective from the West Sacramento police was assigned the case and was able to establish leads which led to the arrest this morning,” said Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department in a press release today.

The News-Ledger’s original report, with a photo of the cat, is here.

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