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West Sac schools may receive grants for kids to create ‘edible gardens’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

The Yolo Farm to Fork (YF2F) organization plans to award $10,000 in grants to Yolo County elementary schools that participate in its “Taste Our Garden” initiative.

To encourage kids to eat fresh produce, YF2F wants more schools to involve students in creating edible gardens. With sponsorship from Sutter Davis Hosplital, the program will award up to ten grants of $1,000.

More than 43 percent of children under 18 in Woodland and West Sacramento are obese, reports the group. The gardening effort is intended to help steer such youth into healthier eating habits.

The deadline for schools to apply for a grant is January 15. The YF2F website is located at http://bit.ly/JINYNa. Email info@yolofarmtofork.org.

 

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POLICE LOG: West Sac crime roundup

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

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Dec. 20, 5:11 a.m.
Someone reportedly attempted to break into a vehicle parked on Michigan Blvd.

Dec. 20
From Maple Court:
“The inside of the victim’s car caught fire and burned during the night. There were no signs of a crime.”

Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
On Alabama Avenue: “Unknown suspect wrote ‘G Street’ on the victim’s truck with an unknown substance.”

Dec. 21, 8:30 a.m.
A smog business on West Capitol Avenue reported a burglary.

Dec. 21, 2:53 p.m.
A gas station on Harbor Pointe Place reported someone had committed “grand theft,” stealing $3,500.

Dec. 21, 5:54 p.m.
Staff at a Riverpoint Court store stopped a 28-year old West Capitol Avenue woman trying to make off with about $45 worth of shoplifted goods.
Security staff said she had been caught stealing at the store at least seven times, and had been warned not to return. Police conducted a records check and learned there was a felony warrant for her arrest, plus at least three prior convictions for petty theft. She went to jail.

Dec. 21, 11:50 p.m.
Police responded to the location of a parked vehicle that matched a citizen’s description of a vehicle involved in a DUI. The car was found at Lake Washington Boulevard and Silverado Street. The man who had been driving it told an officer that he and his girlfriend left the car in different directions after they got into an argument.
He said she kicked and broke the windshield, and jerked the steering wheel while he was driving.
The officer noted that the windshield was broken (with an apparent footprint still  on it) and the passenger’s side window was broken.
The man said that after he pulled over and they both got out, the woman had punched him a couple times and kicked him in the leg. The officer noted that the man had an abrasion on the leg.
He led police to the place she was staying. The officer reported that the woman appeared drunk and “spontaneously stated that the victim hit her,” but declined to provide further details.
She was arrested for domestic violence. At the police station, she said her neck had been broken in a recent car crash, so she was taken for medical clearance before going to jail.

Dec. 22
A Manzanita Way man reported someone had fraudulently use dhis debit card in Antioch and Brentwood.

Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m.
From a report given on the 800-block of West Capitol by a 37-year old Sacramento woman:
“An unknown female grabbed victim’s purse off her shoulder, and stole items from inside. Suspect threw the purse & wallet when she was done.”

Dec. 23, 12:00 am.
Somebody stole a saw worth around $1,500 from an Evergreen Avenue home.

Dec. 23, 3:33 a.m.
Security staff at a Riverpoint Court store told police there were three men inside shoplifting. Staff watched one of the men attempt to walk out of the store with about $500 worth of merchandise n his court.
They detained him.
After the man received his “Miranda” warning, he told a responding officer that “he had entered the store to get warm clothing because it was cold out. (He) had intended on paying with $40 in cash, but he had spent the $40 prior to entering.”
The man had no other money or means of paying for the goods.
He did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest, and he went to jail.

Dec. 23, 4 a.m.
Also at a Riverpoint court store, a woman “filled a grocery cart with merchandise and walked past all points of sale without paying. (She) had no money and admitted to having no means of payment.”
The woman was arrested.

Dec. 23, 4 p.m.
Police were dispatched to the 1500-block of Merkley Avenue “for a male throwing rocks at vehicles.”
An officer contacted a 42-year old homeless man, who “admitted to throwing rocks at vehicles as they drove by. (He) had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” and other signs of intoxication. The man was arrested.

Dec. 23, 5 p.m.
Somebody broke into a business on Seaport Boulevard and stole some recyclable material.

Dec. 23, 9 p.m.
A Delaware Avenue man reported he had suffered “identity theft through Target.”
(Editor’s note: during the holiday season, the Target store chain reported many customers’ credit card and debit card accounts had been compromised by data thieves. Customers who shopped there using cards during a specified period were potentially at risk. Go to Target.com for more information.)

Dec. 23, 10:30 p.m.
A department store in Southport’s Town Center Plaza detained a 50-year old Rancho Cordova woman for shoplifting.

Dec. 24, 4:30 p.m.
From a Rice Avenue business: “Former driver for company seen entering business and taking items.”

Dec. 24, 10:03 p.m.
Someone forced entry into a 15th Street home, stealing cash.

Dec. 25, 12 a.m.
A 29-year old homeless man was arrested on Crystal Court for drug charges.

Dec. 25, 9:09 a.m.
Police responded to a domestic dispute in the north area.
They found a parked vehicle in front with a broken rear window that had blood on it. There was blood on the front door of the apartment as well
They contacted a man and woman at the apartment, and checked the rest of the apartment for possible “individuals in need of aid.”
The man had an injury to his forehead, and said he had been in a fight the night before. The woman did not appear injured and did not immediately report a crime.
Later, she told an officer that her husband had been arrested recently on a domestic violence charge, and “that he has been dissuading her against testifying,” and “has offered to give her his vehicle and offered to pay her rent in return for (her) not testifying against him in court.”
The victim requested an emergency protection order. The man was arrested and booked.

Dec. 25, 8:21 p.m.
A 59-year old Henshaw Road man was arrested for child endangerment.

Dec. 25, 10:37 p.m.
An officer watched a North Highlands woman bring her car to a stop between two lanes on West Capitol.
“After she turned right,” reported the officer, she “drove up on a curb for approximately 30 feet.”
The officer pulled her over. She admitted having had some beer, and went to jail for DUI.

Dec. 26, 3:22 a.m.
On the 2400-block of West Capitol, police responded to a call for service. They found a 22-year old man too intoxicated to care for himself, and arrested him.

Dec. 26, 10:37 a.m.
A West Capitol man reported that a known female suspect stole cash and a handgun.

Dec. 26, 3:24 p.m.
Police responded to a report of a “subject with a gun inside the business” at the 2700-block of West Capitol.
“Arriving units located the suspect and he was detained. It was then determined that there was no crime and the involved parties were released.”

Dec. 26, 5:40 p.m.
Police responded to a “family disturbance” on Franklin Way.
They found a 27-year old man drunk and causing a disturbance. Dispatch reported that he had been punching and kicking the walls at the location.
Talking to the man in the driveway, officers “observed objective signs of heavy intoxication.” They said he was “uncooperative and arguing with family members (and) unable to care for his own safety.” They jailed him.

Dec. 26, 7:35 p.m.
A 56-year old man locked his $900 bike outside a supermarket on West Capitol.
When he came back out after shopping, the bike was gone. The lock cable had been cut.

Dec. 26, 3:14 p.m.
Police responded to a Tobago Street all, arresting a woman for violating a protective order.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Sacramento Police Department is undergoing a transition in its data management. Because of this, we currently have access to many of the department’s arrest reports, but not to the logs of calls for service and reports of crime.
 Responding to an inquiry from the News-Ledger, a spokesman said the department hopes for a fix soon.

 

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Longstanding group passes out free Christmas meals to hundreds

Helena Helmold (right) accepts a $2,600 donatoin from Tim Carnahan of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento. The donation helped provide holiday meals for those in need. (Photo by David Kamminga/Rotary)

Helena Helmold (right) accepts a $2,600 donatoin from Tim Carnahan of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento. The donation helped provide holiday meals for those in need. (Photo by David Kamminga/Rotary)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

From the Rotary Club of West Sacramento

For decades, a volunteer organization called the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project has provided fixings for a Christmas meal to locals who need that kind of help.

The tradition continued this Dec. 21-22, when the group passed out canned goods; pastas; vegetables; fruit; soup; potatoes; bread; rice or beans plus a voucher for a free chicken or turkey.

Long-time organizer Helena Helmold started with the project at least 35 years ago. She said that cash donations, such as this year’s $2,600 check from The Rotary Club of West Sacramento, are a big part of making the project a success. Rotary’s donation paid for the vouchers families have been exchanging for their Christmas turkey or a chicken.

The Christmas Basket Project also distributed free toys this year.

The Yolo Food Bank this year contributed baskets to the Christmas Food Basket and also to Holy Cross and New Discovery Churches, Helmold said. She describes the well-intentioned help as “an experiment” that led to confusion for volunteers at the three sites due to “triple-dipping” by some recipients. “It meant a lot more work for us (to try to match a person waiting for a box to names of those who’d pre-registered),” she said.

Next year, Helmold said, the West Sacramento Christmas Food Basket project will go back to partnering with only Holy Cross.

This has been a tough year personally for Helmold, who is 78. Her youngest, a son, age 37, had a seizure and died eight months ago. She also lost her home of 25 years to foreclosure. The home was paid in full but not insured, she said, because her two Chow dogs – a ‘high risk breed’ – made the house uninsurable. A fire in 2006 caused by a problem with her stove meant she had to get a loan to repair the damage. Ultimately, she lost the house. But, she said, her current housing, a small temporary apartment in Bryte, “let me bring my cats.” Some days, she admits, it’s tempting to move cats and self to Honolulu for the balmy weather and to be near her grandchildren.

Work helps keep her here. This year, for example, 450 families received ingredients for their Christmas meal from the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project.

The Food Bank of Yolo County also took 250 baskets each to Holy Cross and New Discovery, Helmold said. Helmold’s volunteers delivered boxes and vouchers to elderly and disabled residents in West Sacramento and Clarksburg, as well as to residents in local low-income housing.

Helmold expressed her gratitude to the West Sacramento Rotary Club:

“I can’t begin to tell you enough about those guys. These guys have been our life saver, they really have.”

Local businessman Frank Ramos (whose son, Dan, belongs to The Rotary Club of West Sacramento), stepped up on Dec. 20 to provide a last-minute warehouse from which the group could distribute the food boxes.

Rotary’s goal this year was to match last year’s $2,200 donation to the effort, an all time high, said Rotarian and volunteer club photographer David Kamminga. Club members exceeded that target this year by $400.

Tim Carnahan, Rotary’s 2013 Christmas Basket Project chairman, said, “No one is quite sure how long we’ve been (contributing to the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project), but when I joined 20 years ago it was already a long-standing project for our club.”

Back then, he said, “We used to ask our members to just bring one or two cans of food to each meeting for four straight weeks leading up to Christmas. Over time it became clear that our random food purchases were hard to coordinate into the food baskets and so we began collecting cash instead. For many years (Rotarian) Dick Uno headed up this project and he still helps collect the dough when we pass the hat.”

  For more information about the West Sacramento Christmas Food Basket project, contact Helena Helmold on Facebook at http://tiny.cc/jXHaK or call (916) 804-3168. For more information about The Rotary Club of West Sacramento, e-mail Rotarian Tim Carnahan at tlcarna@pacbell.net or call (916) 997-9180.

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Some West Sac neighborhoods take Christmas decorations seriously

TIM MUSIAL’S home on Fernwood Circle was blazing with colored lights for the Christmas season. So were the houses of his neighbors on this enthusiastic cul-de-sac, as well as many other homes in the neighborhoods of Bryte, Broderick, Southport and ‘Old West Sacramento.’ (News-Ledger photo)

TIM MUSIAL’S home on Fernwood Circle was blazing with colored lights for the Christmas season. So were the houses of his neighbors on this enthusiastic cul-de-sac, as well as many other homes in the neighborhoods of Bryte, Broderick, Southport and ‘Old West Sacramento.’
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The holiday season can be a “showy” time of year in many West Sacramento neighborhoods.

The Fernwood Circle cul-de-sac in the central part of the city, not far from Park Boulevard, offers one such example. Neighbors there join together to offer a visual feast of Christmas lights for visitors.

“Every year, we’ll close the court off to vehicle traffic and we have Santa,” reports Tim Musial of Fernwood Circle. “People can come by and take pictures with Santa.”
The neighbors did just that on December 14.

Musial said the handful of homes in his court started their tradition of enthusiastically decorating for the holidays over a decade ago.

“Loren Alexander is the one who started it, about 11 years ago,” Musial told the News-Ledger. “I moved in about five years ago and just joined in.”

 

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Recycling a Christmas tree: three choices

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER OF WEST SACRAMENTO —

There are three ways for West Sacramento residents to recycle their used, formerly-live Christmas trees. Choose from among the following options after removing all decorations from the tree:

First, you may cut it into small enough (less than three-foot) sections and fit the pieces into your yard waste cart or bundled next to it, for pickup on your regular service day.

Secondly, you may take the tree to Whitey’s Jolly Kone between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 4. If you make a donation at the dropoff, it will benefit Cub Scout Pack 49. Whitey’s is located at 1300 Jefferson Boulevard.

Third, you may recycle your Christmas tree (limit two per person) to the Yolo County Landfill between Woodland and Davis. The landfill will also recycle your old electronics, such as computers, TVs and monitors now made obsolete by your new holiday gifts.   For more information, call (530) 666-8729 or visit www.yolocounty.org.

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Andrei Nevrov graduates from US Air Force basic training

Airman Andrei Nevrov, a graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento

Airman Andrei Nevrov, a graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 18, 2013 —

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Andrei Nevrov graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Nevrov is the son of Viatcheslav Nevrov of Carmichael.

He is a 1996 graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento. He earned an associate degree in 2008 from American River College.

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Marijuana-growing restrictions in West Sacramento: follow-up

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 18, 2013 —

An online reader of the News-Ledger complained that our Dec. 4 article detailing proposed new restrictions on growers of medical marijuana lacked enough context.

The article included a reference to data collected in West Sacramento since 2008. And it included a quote from a city staff report saying, in part, that “the number of complaints that specifically identify marijuana has doubled every year to 2012.”

The reader wanted to know if all that “doubling” had added up to a significant number of complaints – or if it was just a matter, say, of doubling just from “one” to “two.”

Here’s some more information:
According to the staff report, the city received 22 “marijuana related” complaints in 2008, rising to 112 complaints in 2012 and slipping to 92 in 2013.

The city received six calls for service regarding marijuana cultivation in 2008, rising to 27  calls in 2013.

Police were not called to any crime scenes involving marijuana cultivation in 2008, but did respond to five such calls in both 2012 and 2013.

To see the full report, look for the Dec. 5 agenda of the city planning commission at the city’s website. The report is at:

http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=9922

The planning commission on Dec. 5 approved the proposed new restrictions, commission member Charlie Moore told the News-Ledger. The rules would limit the size of indoor marijuana growing, prohibit cultivation within 600 feet of a school or child care center, and impose other requirements. The City of West Sacramento already prohibits outdoor marijuana cultivation.

The proposed new restrictions will return to the city council for a final vote.

The News-Ledger’s earlier article about this proposed ordinance can be found here.

 

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