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Bustamante turns himself in, denies charges


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Arturo Bustamante, a teacher and football coach on the River City High School campus, turned himself in to the West Sacramento Police Department Friday for arrest, in the company of his attorney. He was booked into jail.

ARTURO BUSTAMANTE: RCHS teacher/coach denies allegations made by several female students

Bustamante, 42, has been charged with a number of misdemeanor and felony charges related to molestation and lewd conduct with minors.

He had been on paid leave from his RCHS duties after a female student alleged in October that Bustamante had “inappropriately touched” her earlier this year.

According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, Bustamante now stands accused of  several felony and misdemeanor counts of “lewd and lascivious acts” and “child molestation” involving four students, age about 15-16, during 2010-2011.

“His range of sentence if convicted is probation with up to one year in county jail to 4 years 4 months in prison,” said Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney, in an emailed statement.

Raven declined to discuss the allegations in detail.

The Washington Unified School District reports that Bustamante is now on “compulsory leave of absence pending the outcome of the matter.”

Bustamante voluntarily turned himself after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

FIDEL MARTINEZ, attorney for Bustamante

His attorney, West Sacramento’s Fidel Martinez, told the News-Ledger yesterday he had not yet seen the charged filed against his client.

“He, of course, denies all the charges absolutely,” said Martinez. “I have many emails and letters of support from West Sacramento residents on behalf of Mr. Bustamante. He’s been a teacher for 15 years.”

Martinez said bail has been set at $150,000. Bustamante was still in jail on Tuesday, with arraignment scheduled for that afternoon. Martinez said he would seek to have Bustamante allowed to be released on his own recognizance while awaiting trial.

It’s not the first time Bustamante has faced an accusation of inappropriate conduct. In April, 2010, police received a complaint from a teenage woman who was a guest at his house, accusing him of setting up a video camera in the home for inappropriate purposes.

About that incident, Martinez responded to the News-Ledger:

“The police officers confiscated his computer and his videotapes, and they found absolutely nothing incriminating.”

No charges were filed in that incident.

  Arturo Bustamante (“Art,” or “Coach Busta”) is a graduate of River City High. He has been a social studies teacher at the school as well as second-year head coach for football, until he was placed on leave after the allegation was made in October.

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Safely get rid of ‘hazardous’ stuff


The Yolo County Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management holds weekly collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) at the Yolo County Central Landfill (44090 County Road 28H).  The HHW facility is open every Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The landfill also accepts hazardous waste from businesses in Yolo County that have products which are corrosive, reactive, toxic or ignitable.  Businesses in the areas of construction, printing, equipment or vehicle maintenance, furniture refinishing and farms/ranches that create hazardous waste are encouraged to utilize this program.  Business hazardous waste is accepted by appointment only and there is a fee for disposal.  For more information about this program or to schedule an appointment, call (866) 714-8470.

   Materials that will be accepted from the public and businesses include: batteries; fluorescent bulbs or tubes; used motor oil and filters; cleaning supplies; lighter fluid; antifreeze; aerosols; garden pesticides and herbicides; latex or oil based paints; solvents; poisons; electrical switches/relays; pilot light sensors; mercury thermostats and containerized syringes.

Yolo County also provides a reuse program which is open to the public during the same hours as the HHW collection program.  The reuse program makes household cleaning supplies, lawn, garden and automotive products, and household paint available to residents at no charge. Often, products are dropped off at the HHW facility simply because they are no longer needed.  These products have original labels and are nearly full.

HHW events are sponsored by the Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management.  For more information on proper disposal of HHW, call (530) 666-8856 or visit: www.yolocounty.org.

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Raider girls beat El Dorado, take record to 19-1

The Raider girls basketball team met league rival El Dorado last night at the RCHS gym. Entering the game, both were undefeated in league play.
The Raiders earned a 41-32 victory, going to 5-0 in league play and taking their record to 19-1 overall. More in Wednesday’s News-Ledger.

Union Mine gets best of Raiders

RCHS sophomore Jake Pridmore with the steal, Jake also had two 3-point plays late in the game to help his j.v. team to a win (Photos by De’Onna Jack)


RCHS frosh action against Union Mine (by De'Onna Jack)


On Friday, the River City High School Boys Basketball faced the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

The River City freshman and JV teams won, while varsity dropped to Union Mine. The Raider Freshman won 50-37.

In the JV Game, RC was losing late in the game and with some 3 point plays, a steal and some good pressing defense, River City went ahead and held on to a 55-50 win. The RCHS JV high scorer was Richard Dasilva  with 20 points.

The Raider varsity team lost by a final of 63-47. RCHS varsity high scorers were Jose Chacon with 23 points and Malik Dumetz with 10. The boys will be home again Tuesday, January 24, against Vista del Lago.

The varsity is 7-11 overall.

Sophomore Malik Dumetz in action for the RCHS varsity (photo by De'Onna Jack)

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Half-off ‘amnesty’ for old traffic tickets

NEWS-LEDGER — Jan 11, 2012 —

If you have a traffic ticket debt that was due by Jan. 1, 2009, but which you still owe, you may qualify for a 50%-off “traffic amnesty” program now in effect.

  According to the Judicial Council of California, you have to meet all the following conditions:

— You either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full.

— The last date you made a payment was on or before January 1, 2009.

— You don’t owe restitution to a victim on any case in the county where the traffic case was filed.

— You who have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants in the county where the ticket was issued.

— Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county.

The California Legislature mandated (Assembly Bill 1358) that all 58 counties implement a one-time amnesty period that allows a lump sum payment of 50 percent of the outstanding balance on certain violations to fully satisfy that court ordered obligation.

Only traffic tickets that were due to be paid before January 1, 2009, are eligible. Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are NOT eligible.

The program ends on June 30.

You can find contact information and other information at the Yolo Superior Court website.

According to the judicial council, the amnesty program would provide relief to individuals who have found themselves in violation of a court-ordered obligation because they are financially unable to pay traffic bail or fines.

It would also bring in revenue at a time when revenue is scarce by encouraging payment of old fines that have remained unpaid, and would allow courts and counties to resolve older delinquent cases and focus limited resources on collecting on more recent cases.

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Pepper spray update: no charges against UC Davis protesters

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — 11:57 A.M., JAN 20, 2012

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig has just announced that there is “insufficient information contained within the police reports submitted by the UC Davis Police Department to justify the filing of criminal charges against those individuals arrested during the November 18, 2011, confrontation with UC Davis Police during the “Occupy UC Davis” protest.”

The District Attorney will not be filing charges against the protesters.

The District Attorney’s investigation of the use of pepper spray by police during the incident is still underway.

The D.A.’s office and Sheriff’s Department had asked California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to take over the investigation of the use of pepper spray by police at the campus, but Harris declined, saying there were no conflicts of interest or other factors to warrant her office taking over the investigation from the county.

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Parole denied in 1983 killing


District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced last month that convicted murderer Kevin Bruce was denied parole for a period of three years at California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville, California.

According to the D.A.:

Bruce is serving 15 years to life for second degree murder for the 1983 fatal strangulation of 67 year old Marion Cantor in a West Sacramento motel room.  Cantor was lured to a motel in West Sacramento by a female known to both him and Bruce. When Cantor arrived, he was assaulted and robbed. During the attack, Bruce and Keith Chandler used the cord from an electric clock to strangle Cantor to death.  Bruce has been in state prison for about 28 years.

After deliberating for about ten minutes, Commissioner Mike Prizmich returned with the panel’s decision.  In denying the request by Bruce to be paroled, he noted that Bruce had not done enough to help himself get prepared for a release from prison.

Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton attended the hearing on behalf the County of Yolo.  Said Hamilton in a press release:

“It is clear that Mr. Bruce is not ready to be out of prison, since he continues to deny any responsibility for the killing and has no meaningful plans for what he would do if he were to be released. Even Mr. Bruce acknowledged that his plans upon release are lacking.”

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