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Vehicle in repair shop starts fire

NEWS-LEDGER STAFF — NOV 21, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s fire department reports that firefighters were able to contain a fire in a Houston Street auto repair shop last Wednesday.

They responded to the shop at 620 Houston Street at about 9:25 a.m., finding “smoke coming out of one of the roll-up doors at the business.”

  Crews forced entry and used a hose to extinguish the fire. Flames never spread to adjoining businesses.

Firefighters believe the fire was accidental, and started in a vehicle inside the shop somehow.

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A thousand West Sac residents helped

One-year old Neaveh looks snug alongside her mother, Amber Moses, after the pair received some donated items.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

About 250 families totaling about 1,000 West Sacramento residents turned up Saturday for the annual “Community  Giveaway Day” held on Saturday at the Westfield Village Elementary School campus.

The event started at 8 a.m. — but people started lining up on the drizzly day as early as 2:30 a.m., reports spokesperson Lori Aldrete.

About 150 volunteers came from organizations such as River City and Christian Brothers high schools, Our Lady of Grace, Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

The local Grocery Outlet provided food for 500 family meal bags, each with a ham. Sutter Health donated $6,000, and was joined by a number of other sponsors.

Guests look through bins of donated clothes (info and photos from Lori Aldrete, Aldrete Communications)

Organizers gave away $3,000 worth of toys, 300 new coats, and 150 used coats.

“Each year, thanks to our generous sponsors, dedicated and cheerful volunteers, and the wonderful and grateful families coming to the event, we end the day exhausted but grateful to be a part of such a heartwarming event to support our community,” said Katie Villegas of the Children’s Alliance in a press statement.

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Free Thanksgiving lunch at church

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

Anyone needing a free Thanksgiving meal is invited to First Southern Baptist Church, 2124 Michigan Ave., from noon-1:30 on Thursday (Thanksgiving day).

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Tree lighting & visit from Santa soon

Santa arrives in front of city hall for the 2010 lighting of the Christmas tree. The popular event draws hundreds, and offers music and refreshments (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual West Sacramento Tree Lighting is on the schedule for 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in front of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

Kids can get a picture with Santa at this popular event between 6:30-8 p.m. Entertainment will include the River City High School Choir, West Sacramento Community Singers and Russian Baptist Church Dawn Choir. The event is free, hosted by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. There will be refreshments. “Mooie’s After Party” will follow, across the street at the community center. For more information, visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call 371-7042.

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West Sac vet rides in parade

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 14, 2012 —

Former sergeant Eli Plaugher of West Sacramento (waving) served in the Korean War in 1951 -1952. Sunday, he rode in the downtown Sacramento Veteran’s Day parade. With him (at left) is family friend Sgt. Tommy Wang who served  two tours in Iraq.

West Sacramento did not hold a Veterans Day parade this year.

(photo courtesy of Gail Stone)

Ballots counted, Westin loses seat

BREAKING NEWS — NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — Nov 19, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Elections Department has made it through the final 3,000-or-so West Sacramento ballots cast in the November 6 election. The count left local results little changed from the early totals released last week.

As elections officials began counting these absentee and provisional ballots, school board member David Westin was 88 votes short of the winners’ circle last week. The additional ballots didn’t help him.

“The final count has David Westin 108 votes back,” said Tom Stanionis, chief of staff of the elections department.

The new count leaves the winners in the Washington Unified School District race unchanged. Challenger Katie Villegas is at the top of the chart with 7,658 votes (24.7%), challenger Alicia Cruz has 6,086 votes (19.6%) and incumbent Mary Leland holds onto the third slot with 5,671 votes (18.3%).

Falling short were Westin (5,563 votes, or 18.0%), Coby Pizotti (2,413 votes, 7.8%), Roy Sianez (1,844 votes, 6.0%) and Walt R. Bowman (1,739 votes, 5.6%).

In the fight for two seats on the West Sacramento City Council, William “Bill” Kristoff ended up with 10,114 votes (45.4%) and Oscar Villegas took the second spot with 9,987 votes (44.8%).

City council challenger Oleg Maskaev fell short, with 2,168 votes, or 9.7%.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was unopposed, drawing 12,766 votes.

Total turnout was 15,719 (67.8%) of 23,168 registered voters, reports the elections office. These results, while complete, are unofficial.

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Guilty of hammer attack at park

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 19, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on Friday, a Yolo County jury convicted 21-year old Christopher Lee Castillo of West Sacramento for his participation in a gang assault of two juvenile victims in the Memorial Park area of West Sacramento on March 19, 2010.

The two victims and their family had been harassed by the gang members during the two months before the assault, said the D.A.’s office.

“When the two victims, who were brothers, went to confront members of the gang, they were ambushed by numerous gang members armed with weapons, and a pit bull,” according to the D.A.’s statement. “Defendant Castillo struck one of the victims in the head with a hammer, creating a deep gash.  After the assault the gang members continued to threaten and harass the family causing the family to move twice. Since the incident nine other defendants had entered pleas to various charges.”

  The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts, including conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.  The defendant will be sentenced on December 14, before Judge Stephen L. Mock.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig credited the efforts of Officer Labin Wilson and the West Sacramento Police Department in investigating the case.  “The juveniles in this case were victimized for standing up to a gang of bullies,” commented Reisig in a press statement.

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