First dentist of West Sacramento passes away at age 96

First dentist of West Sacramento passes away at age 96

By Daniel Wilson dwilson@dwilsononline.com The first dentist to ever practice in the West Sacramento region Dr. Oliver E. Quam died on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Auburn. He was 96 years old. More »

Delta winery, Bogle Vineyards, planted vines inside Raley Field

Delta winery, Bogle Vineyards, planted vines inside Raley Field

By Monica Stark The Sacramento River Cats and Bogle Vineyards have teamed up to install the country’s first-ever wine grape vineyard inside a professional sports stadium on Thursday, May 25. A special More »

Earth Day celebrated in West Sacramento with fifth annual festival

Earth Day celebrated in West Sacramento with fifth annual festival

Photo courtesy Neighbors and friends gathered at city hall on Sunday, April 23 for the Fifth Annual West Sacramento Earth Day Festival. Treated to vendors offering information on resource and money saving More »

 

2011 RCHS grad now in the Navy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

Navy Seaman Recruit Stephanie Voroukoumanh, daughter of Mary Voroukoumanh of West Sacramento, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercised to designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment, reports the Navy.

Voroukoumanh is a 2011 graduate of River City High School.

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Robbery during marijuana deal: West Sac man convicted for 2011 crime

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 24, 2013 —

  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm.  The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.  

  According to the D.A.’s office:

  On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene.  Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.

 

  Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office.  She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release.  “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”

  Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial.  He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.

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WS manufacturing firm to lay off 320

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A Reed Avenue-area tech plant will lay off 320 people this year.

Xyratex International, Inc., is a data management company with a manufacturing and assembly plant on Embarcadero Drive, West Sacramento. The company is downsizing and moving some operations to Mexico, to save costs and in response to the loss of a major client, say local media reports.

According to one such report, the company has been downsizing for five years since peaking at 600 employees at the site.

County employment officials are contacting workers who wll be laid off this year. Some Xyratex staff will remain in West Sacramento after the manufacturing jobs move to Guadalajara.

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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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