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West Sac police fire shots at fleeing suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 26, 2014 —

A West Sacramento Police Officer fired shots at a suspect he believed was trying to ram the officer’s motorcycle during a carjacking and a police chase this morning. The suspect wasn’t hit by the gunfire, but was arrested.

A carjacking victim went to the hospital for treatment.

The events started to unfold at 11:33 am. at 3065 West Capitol Avenue — the site of a shopping center and parking lot, at the corner of Harbor Boulevard — when someone reported a shooting. Police received a report that an armed man was running in the area, said Lieutenant Nathan Steele  of the W.S.P.D.

Then, police received reports that the suspect was armed with a screwdriver — and was being chased by witnesses who believed he had been trying to break into a vehicle at the site.

“The suspect assaulted a citizen and carjacked his vehicle as officers were arriving at the scene,” said a statement from Steele. “Officers attempted to stop the suspect in the stolen vehicle, at which time the suspect led officers on a high-speed pursuit.”

“On several occasions during the pursuit, the suspect attempted to strike West Sacramento police officers’ patrol cars with his vehicle. The suspect then attempted to strike a West Sacramento police officer on a motorcycle. The motor officer, fearing for his safety, fired at the suspect and his vehicle. No parties were struck or injured.”

The suspect then crashed the vehicle and fled on foot, before being caught without further incident, reported Steele.  The chase concluded on Evergreen Avenue, he told the News-Ledger.

The man was identified as 37-year old Thomas Brewer of Sacramento. He faces “numerous” felony charges,” said Steele.

The motorcycle officer who fired the shots was placed on routine paid leave while the incident is investigated by the police department and Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Palmer, (916) 617-4935.

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Standoff at Bryte Avenue apartment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 14, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A north-city police standoff lasted several hours but ended peacefully Friday night.

The incident occurred at an apartment at 815 Bryte Avenue. Police responded when a woman called 911. A dispatcher noted that “banging and yelling” was heard in the background of the 911 call.

A pregnant woman at the scene told an officer that her live-in boyfriend had picked up something heavy inside the apartment, damaged some property, and told her “B—, now I’m going to have to kill you.”

A records check showed that suspect Adam Christopher Rudi, 31, was on searchable probation and was the subject of a restraining order. But “when officers tried to contact Rudi, he ran inside the apartment, barricaded the doors and windows with furniture, and refused to cooperate with lawful orders from officers for approximately four hours,” according to a police report.

The report also alleged:

“During this time, Rudi broke multiple windows, damaged walls and other property inside the residence. . . and threw several large heavy objects out of the windows in the direction of officers. Rudi also threatened to kill officers.”

Rudi was taken into custody without incident to conclude the standoff.

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Hundreds on West Capitol for Earth Day

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.  Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo)

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 23, 2014 —

By Lina Vang
& Danny Thirakul
River City High School Volunteers

The sun was shining, the band was playing, and lots of little kids were smiling as teenage volunteers from River City High School’s Interact Club painted faces and more April 19 at city hall (1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and their families enjoyed the city’s annual Earth Day event. This year, the event included the Interact Club’s annual Spring Carnival. Interact Club board member Joelle Panugaling, one of 10 who painted faces, said, “I had lots of fun at the Spring Carnival this year in comparison to last year’s Earth Day. Fellow face painter and board member Beatrice Bui agreed, saying her favorite part was the live music and performances.”

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt.  Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt. Click to enlarge.
(Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

The Interactor face painters had ‘training’ in face painting prior to the event and the 10 who volunteered to paint faces demonstrated their artistic skills on assorted faces. Interactor and 2013-14 board member Lily He graduates this year from River City and will study architecture this fall at UC Berkeley. Lily said she this year’s Spring Carnival was much bigger than years past and added, “It was a lot of fun for the volunteers and the kids.”

The event also included Earth Day-themed information, bounce houses, and a live outdoor band.

The Interact Club at River City High is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of West Sacramento and West Sacramento’s Centennial Rotary Club. The Interact Club advisers are River City High School English teacher Brandon Duff and Rotary Club of West Sacramento member Charyl Silva.

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.
(News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn . (News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn .
(News-Ledger photo)

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Life without parole for killing of janitor at West Capitol nightclub in 2006

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 4, 2014 —

  Juan Antonio Gonzales has received a sentence of “life without the possibility of parole” for the killing of a nightclub janitor in West Sacramento in 2006, reports the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

  Gonzales was convicted earlier this year after a break in the “cold case” investigation for the murder/robbery near the west end of West Capitol.

  Gonzales, a 29-year old from Sacramento, had been found guilty of first degree murder, with the “special circumstance” of killing during a robbery. He robbed and shot Alfonso Prado, a janitor at Ortega’s West bar, on June 18, 2006.

  According to the D.A.’s office, Prado was cleaning the bar at 4205 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento when “unknown intruders” robbed him and shot him in the chest, killing him.

  “Three days later, the Sacramento Police Department recovered a handgun and entered identifying information into the National Ballistics Network,” said the D.A.’s office. “Two years later, a ‘cold hit’ established that the gun, which was last in the possession of an associate of defendant Gonzalez, was the weapon used to kill Mr. Prado. A year later, the Department of Justice Criminalistics Laboratory received a ‘cold hit’ identification establishing that a small amount of blood found at the scene matched DNA from defendant Gonzales.”

  Gonzales was sentenced Monday by Judge Stephen L. Mock.

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