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‘Horror Campout’ irks some Southport residents

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 17, 2014 —

Not all neighbors of the “Great Horror Campout” in rural Southport this week are happy.

The horror-themed event is selling tickets for people to camp on Burrows Road (the property includes a popular annual pumpkin patch and farm) and experience ghoulish frights on Friday and Saturday.

Some locals protested at last night’s city council meeting.

More in next week’s News-Ledger.

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Over half a million to West Sac grads

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

The counseling department at River City High School reports that generous donors passed out a total of $565,100 in scholarship money to deserving local grads this year. The awards were announced at a May 28 school ceremony.

A single winner, Sufia Mehmood, received at least $40,000 in scholarships – as well as a direct full-ride acceptance to Harvard University. She had a 4.0+ grade point average, a strong background in math and science and a history of volunteer work.

Scholarship money came from a couple dozen sources as diverse as the Marines, the local teachers’ union, the Kiwanis, Rotary, Soroptimist and Elks organizations, and a fund set up by volunteers who recycle cans and bottles at the RCHS campus and convert them to scholarship cash.

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POLICE LOG: West Sac crime calls

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 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.  ‘Police Log’ appears every week in the News-Ledger, West Sacramento’s local paper. There’s a special subscription offer at the bottom of this page.

July 4, 12:03 a.m.
Officers responded to the report that a man was sitting on someone else’s Watercolor Lane porch, refusing to leave. They found the homeless man apparently drunk, with slurred speech and no idea where he was. The trespasser went to jail.

July 4, 12:08 a.m.
Police received a fireworks complaint on Hobson Avenue.

July 4, 12:20 a.m.
On the 1100-block of Virginia Street: “unknown suspects threw several bottle bombs.”

July 4, 4:28 a.m.
A stolen vehicle was recovered on the 1900-block of West Capitol Avenue:
“Fingerprint evidence collected & possible suspect info” obtained, reported an officer.

July 4, 8:29 a.m.
Police received a call regarding someone “tampering with vehicles” on F Street. An officer contacted a 42-year old homeless man nearby. The man turned out to be on parole from Sacramento, and after being read his Miranda rights, he “confessed to tampering with vehicles at the location of incident and stated he was out of compliance as a sex registrant.” His parole officers approved a “hold,” and the man was picked up and jailed.

July 4, 9:45 a.m.
A woman reported that her niece “threw a glass alcohol bottle through the rear window of her vehicle” in an incident on Kegle Drive.

July 4, 10:52 a.m.
Someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota 4-Runner parked on Andrus Island Court.

July 4, 12:30 p.m.
A police officer in a patrol car saw a vehicle following a woman who was walking southbound on Jefferson Boulevard.
“Driver appeared to be harassing the female and possibly attempting to solicit her for prostitution,” noted the officer. “Female confirmed the driver was bothering her. Driver found to have a suspended/revoked driver’s license. Driver cited and vehicle towed.”
The suspect was a 49-year old Elk Grove man.

July 4, 12:50 p.m.
An officer driving near 900 West Capitol Avenue saw a 32-year old Sacramento man riding a bike in the wrong direction against traffic. The officer turned on his lights to conduct a stop, but the cyclist began “pedaling faster.”
After three blocks, the cyclist jumped off the bike and got into a “prone position” at the Tower Bridge Gateway.
He turned out to be on probation from Sacramento. During a search, the officer found several contraband items wrapped in toilet paper in the man’s backpack: two packaged bags of a crystal substance that later turned out to be 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, a sandwich bag with two packages of a “green, leafy substance” that later tested as 2.2 grams of marijuana, and a drug pipe. The man went to jail.

July 4, 6:01 p.m.
A catalytic converter theft was reported from a vehicle parked on Pender Island Court.

July 4, 8:43 p.m.
Police began receiving a string of fireworks complaints from all over town. Between 8:43 p.m. and midnight, there were about 28 separate calls.

July 4, 10:22 p.m.
A father and his 24-year old son got into a fight on Citrus Street. Reported an officer:
“During the altercation, the (father) was kicked in the face and head area, losing consciousness.”
The son was arrested.

July 4, 11 p.m.
A woman at a West Capitol Avenue trailer park reported that someone had come in through a window and stolen cash and other items from her purse. The loss was about $903.

July 5
On Merkley Avenue:
“Three suspects assaulted the victim. One suspect tried to strike the victim with her vehicle.”
The victim was a 22-year old Sacramento man. One of the suspects was a Merkley Avenue woman.

July 5, 12:25 am.
An officer took a report from a woman on Fremont Street:
“Unknown suspect placed a firework inside victim’s vehicle. Major damage was caused to the vehicle.”

July 5, 12:40 a.m.
An officer contacted a 43-year old man being treated at a Sacramento hospital. He reported he had been assaulted in West Sacramento by a man and a woman with a purse. His shoulder was dislocated in the attack.

July 5, 1:45 a.m.
A man and woman got into an F Street storage center to remove some things from their storage unit — while the storage complex was closed. An officer cited them for trespassing, and released them.

July 5, 9 a.m.
A woman on Independence Avenue discovered her door had been vandalized.

July 5, 2:38 p.m.
A stolen vehicle was reported on Allan Avenue.

July 5, 6:19 p.m.
Two officers in a patrol car saw a 34-year old homeless man who “appeared lost” in an industrial area. As they drew to a stop, the man waved them down.
The man “apologized for being in the area (and) said he was looking for a friend. He consented to a pat-search, and said he was on parole.
An officer cuffed him and searched him, finding a glass pipe in one pocket of his jeans and a baggie with 0.79 grams of methamphetamine in another. The man’s parole office placed a “hold” on him, and he went to jail.

July 5, 9:02 p.m.
Police received several fireworks complaints beginning at this time, including calls from Olive Court, Sherman Island Road and Perkins Road.

July 5, 8:05 p.m.
A patrolling officer saw illegal “aerial fireworks” going off on the 500-block of North Harbor Blvd. He contacted an apartment, where “they provided me with four small bottle rockets.” The officer did not see who shot off the fireworks, and no arrest was made.

July 5, 8:30 p.m.
Police responded to a Riverpoint Court retail store where an 18-year old man from Douglas Street was being detained. A loss prevention officer at the store told a police officer that the man and three accomplices had tried to steal $1013 worth of items. The other three got away.
“I advised (the suspect) of his Miranda rights,” reported an officer, “which he told me he understood. (He) then told me he had been drinking alcohol with friends at the river when he came up with a ‘stupid idea’ to go to WalMart and steal merchandise that he could later sell to buy more alcohol.”

July 5, 1:57 p.m.
A north-city woman reported that her boyfriend had “used a sharpened piece of plastic that he obtained from a broken container to cut her several times on her right forearm” during an argument.  A responding officer noted several visible cuts on the arm, as well as some scratches on her chest that she attributed to the man “swinging his hands at her.”
The man went to jail.

July 6, 2:25 p.m.
Police responded to another north-area domestic violence incident and spotted a man “matching the suspect’s description” leaving the scene. The 30-year old ran several blocks before he was located hiding in a backyard.
The suspect turned out not to be the same one involved in the domestic violence call. But he was on parole, and the parole office asked for him to be jailed.

July 6, 8:30 p.m.
Police responded to a call at a Lake Washington Boulevard shopping center, finding a 34-year old man from Santa Lucia Place sitting in the driver’s seat of a running car. The man failed a field sobriety test, admitting to recently having some “oysters and beer.”
He went to jail on drunk driving charges.

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Raley’s explains changes at local store

New administrative offices at south side of West Sac’s Raley’s. This photo is taken along the store's Merkley Avenue border; the supermarket is bounded to the north by West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

New administrative offices at south side of West Sac’s Raley’s. This photo is taken along the store’s Merkley Avenue border; the supermarket is bounded to the north by West Capitol Avenue.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A couple of readers asked the News-Ledger what’s behind the recent changes to the Raley’s supermarket in downtown West Sacramento. The store recently reduced its retail space.

Corporate spokeswoman Nicole Townsend explained in an email that the supermarket  at 1601 West Capitol avenue has gone from 33,704 square feet of display space to 24,343 square feet. Meanwhile, the supermarket acquired 12,400 square feet of administrative offices that had been housed down the street near corporate headquarters.

Can the supermarket remain competitive with less shelf space?
“Yes,” answered Townsend. “We only reduced space after first considering our customers and their needs. The reduction actually makes the store more ‘shoppable,’ by optimizing space and integrating products to provide customers with the products they want and more.”

The chain is headquartered in West Sacramento at 500 West Capitol Avenue, and it includes Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores as well as Raley’s. The corporate offices now at the supermarket site came from an annex near the headquarters. The lease was ending at that “Raley’s West” building, said Townsend.

While creating the new offices at the south end of the market, the store didn’t expand its footprint, according to Townsend.

The store’s retail employees are union members, Townsend said.

Also in West Sacramento are a Safeway supermarket, Nugget supermarket and a Wal-Mart “superstore” whose merchandise includes groceries, as well as several smaller markets.

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Free food in West Sac on Tuesday

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The Yolo Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, July 15.

Distributions will be held 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. Info: (530) 668-0690.

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West Sac and the Yolo County region see property values rebound

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 2014 —

(Editor’s note: several additional pieces of information have been added to this article taken from the News-Ledger’s print edition)

Yolo County’s property assessment roll has topped $21 billion for the first time, reports county assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and (reassessment due to) changes in ownership” are responsible for lifting the value 6.56 percent this year, to $21.8 billion, he said.

City by city:

Woodland’s assessed values increased by 9.47 percent, West Sacramento’s by 7.14 percent, Winters by 6.15 percent and Davis by 4.49 percent. The unincorporated parts of Yolo County grew in value by 6.11 percent.

Davis has a total (secured and unsecured) property value of about $6.92 billion, followed by West Sacramento with $5.65 billion, Woodland at $4.74 billion,  and Winters at $455 million. Unincorporated areas of the county add another $4.05 billion worth of value to the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Individual property values are now available at the Yolo County website at www.yolocounty.org/assessor. Make sure to have your street address or Assessor Parcel Number handy to look up your value. If you don’t have computer access, you may call (530) 666-8135 to get your property value information.

Do you think your property is valued — and therefore taxed — too high? You’ll find information on “assessment appeals” at the same website, www.yolocounty.org/assessor.

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Cheap books! Friends of the library host summer book sale July 19-20

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The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will hold a summer book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., July 19, and from 10-3 on Sunday, July 20, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Hardback books for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, kids’ books for 10-25 cents, along with special-priced books, CDs, movies and puzzles. On Sunday, prices drop to $3 per bag.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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