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West Sac picks new chief of police
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 9, 2013 —
The City of West Sacramento announced this morning that the city council has chosen a police chief to replacing retiring chief Dan Drummond.
Tom McDonald, a currently a Los Angeles Police Department captain, has been appointed to the post.
McDonald currently serves as the commanding officer for LAPD’s Bomb Squad, Bomb K-9, and Hazmat. He has also served as the patrol commanding officer in Rampart and in south central Los Angeles. McDonald will replace Drummond, who recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years.
“We are very pleased to add someone with Mr. McDonald’s leadership and background to our city’s police department and management team,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle in a press release. “His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community.”
Among his assignments during his 30-year career, McDonald served as a gang officer, SWAT element member, and training officer. McDonald specialized in crowd management during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City, McDonald developed an award winning counter-terrorism program known as Operation Archangel designed to assess and protect thekey facilities in Los Angeles.
“I am looking forward to building on Chief Drummond’s efforts and contributing to, and being part of, West Sacramento’s emergence as a great city,” said McDonald in a press statement.
[adrotate group=”9″]McDonald, who joined LAPD as a police officer in 1983, received his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management from Biola University. He will begin work in early July.
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Farmers market: changes in store
NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —
By Steve Marschke
Yes, the West Sacramento Farmers Market is coming back.
First night of the season will be Thursday, June 6, reports Denice Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. And that evening will bring some new stuff that Seals is pretty excited about. Most obvious is the location:
“The steering committee for the farmers market is really excited that the market is going to be moving onto West Capitol Avenue,” Seals told the News-Ledger. “West Capitol Avenue will be shut down around city hall.”
For the first two seasons, the local farmers market was held on a vacant lot behind Walgreens, on the other side of West Capitol. But for 2013, the market will move into the street in front of city hall at 1110 West Capitol Avenue. Drivers will be able to get into and out of the parking lot at city hall, but the boulevard will be shut down between those two driveways at city hall.
Also new to this year’s market will be dinner for a hundred:
“It will be white linen table clothes outside,” said Seals. “It will be a sit-down dinner for 100 people, prepared (the first night of the market) by city council member Chris Ledesma and Jess Milbourn, a chef at The Eatery. Everyone will be ‘miked up.’ The featured chef each time will be talking and educating folks about the produce they chose and everything.”
[adrotate group=”7″] A “foodie” favorite will be on hand:
“We’ll be having food trucks this year at the market,” she said.
Seals said the market will turn the focus of the farmers market more back to its roots.
“We are featuring some local farmers and creating the opportunity and connections between farmers and consumers,” she said.
To buy tickets for the sit-down dinner at the market, or watch for other farmers market news, you can visit www.wsfarmersmarket.com.
Or, look for the West Sacramento Farmers Market on Facebook.
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One DUI arrest at West Sac checkpoint
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —
West Sacramento police checked driver’s licenses and looked for signs of inebriation behind the wheel of each car passing through a checkpoint Friday night, April 26, at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. They announced the planned checkpoint in advance – the News-Ledger published an announcement on its website – but kept the location secret until near the 7 p.m. start time.
Officers staffed the checkpoint for several hours, counting 522 vehicles passing through.
The tally of citations, according to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of W.S.P.D.:
Four people were cited for driving without a license, four others were given field sobriety tests and one was arrested for driving under the influence. One car was towed from the scene.
Supported by a state grant, the checkpoint operation was part of a project to deter drunk driving.
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Drowned boater ID’d by coroner
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 6, 2013 —
A man drowned after falling off his boat into the Sacramento River on April 28.
[adrotate group=”9″] West Sacramento firefighters received a call that the victim fell overboard at about 3:48 p.m. He had apparently been trying to tie his boat up to a downed tree limb when he fell into the water.
The man was not wearing a life jacket, according to the West Sacramento Fire Department.
Agencies joining the search included the Clarksburg Fire Department, Yolo County Sheriff, a CalStar helicopter, C.H.P. and DART (Diving Accident Rescue Team.)
After an “exhaustive” rescue attempt, reports the W.S.F.D, searchers went into “recovery mode.”
The body was eventually found at about 7 p.m. near South River Road and Babel Slough Road.
Mark Persons of the Yolo County Coroner’s Division told the News-Ledger that the victim was later identified as 55-year old Joua Kao Lor of Sacramento. The cause of death was determined to be drowning.
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