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‘Yolo Idol’ contest still open; West Sac native setting the stage at fair

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG. 7, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Fair starts Aug. 14, and West Sacramento native Marty DeAnda is on a mission. The sometime music-promoter and artist manager wants to upgrade the fair’s entertainment quotient, and he wants more West Sacramento musicians upon the fair’s various stages.

Those goals may take more than one year to complete, DeAnda told the News-Ledger.

MARTY DEANDA: If you're a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for 'Yolo Idol.' (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

MARTY DEANDA: If you’re a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for ‘Yolo Idol.’ (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

“They brought me in to change things up a bit, and bring in some higher level bands,” said DeAnda, 60. “I would also like to see more people competing in ‘Yolo Idol’ (the local talent competition). Last year, there were a thousand people watching. And I want to bring more bands to the forefront.”

Yolo Idol is, of course, modeled a bit upon the “American Idol” TV show.

“It’s all singing, all karaoke, to whatever music you choose,” he said. “It’s all over the board – we see everything from Jim Croce (songs) to real rock and roll for the younger kids.”

The cash prizes this year aren’t astronomical. Winners will vie for awards of $250, $100 and $50.

“We made steps to upgrade it this year so maybe next year, we can take it to a higher level.”

That higher level could include sending local champions on to compete in regional “Idol” challenges.

DeAnda says he is aiming to bring in better known bands to play on the fair’s stages.

“This year, our big band is Mumbo Gumbo,” he reports. “They play at 9 p.m. on Thursday night, the 15th.”

That puts Mumbo Gumbo right after “Yolo Idol,” in which local amateurs sing off from 6-8 p.m. the same evening.

And the “Idol” contest isn’t filled up, by the way. Interested singers can enter by contacting DeAnda at digmusic@sbcglobal.net.

The promoter points out that the competition isn’t about money and bragging rights. It could be a good place to get “discovered.”

“You never know who’s listening,” said DeAnda.

Case in point: some years ago, DeAnda was pulling down six figures a year as an insurance executive. One night, he went to a Sacramento club.

“I was at an ‘open mike’ event,” he recalls. “I have always been involved in the music scene. I was sitting at my table and the fellow running the open mike said ‘This next fellow is terrific, you should stick around.’ I still had a half a glass of wine, so I stayed. The kid came up to the mike – he looked like Bob Dylan at Newport. He was really something. And he just exploded.”

“I called him and we became friends. I quit my job – I just knew I had to represent him.”

The “kid” was Jackie Greene, who turned into one of the biggest singers to come out of Sacramento in the recent past.

So if you enter Yolo Idol, who knows who might be listening?

The free-admission Yolo County Fair runs from August 14-18 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. You can get information at www.yolocountyfair.net or (530) 402-2222.

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Eight from West Sac on grand jury

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

Eight West Sacramento residents are among the 43 empaneled for duty on the 2013-2014 Yolo County Grand Jury, which began service this month.

Included from West Sacramento are Jeanne Binns, Margie Campbell, Albert Freitas, Sara Noceto, Chalon Rogers, Belinda Shaw, Robert Stoinoff and David Valverde.

Also hailing from East Yolo is fellow juror Diane Hoschler of Clarksburg. Remaining jurors are from Davis, Woodland and Dunnigan.

A total of 43 people were named to this year’s jury after volunteering and being selected.

The grand jury is empowered to indict criminal suspects and to investigate citizen complaints about government agencies.

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Jail inmate: drank too much water?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office hasn’t finished its investigation into the May 18 death of a jail inmate. But the sheriff’s department has released a “cause of death” finding that appears somewhat unusual.

Todd Alexander Phillips, a 29-year old from West Sacramento, died of acute cerebral edema, reported sheriff’s spokesperson Mark Persons. This swelling of the brain was itself due to acute hyponatremia (low blood sodium) and to water intoxication, added Persons.

In other words, Phillips may have consumed an unusually high amount of water.
Persons said the coroner’s department may soon release its findings on the “manner of death” for Phillips, which may explain more about the circumstances behind the incident.

According to the sheriff’s department, Phillips had been in custody for “various felony and misdemeanor offenses” since April 12. At about 12:49 p.m. on May 18, a correctional officer found Phillips “agitated and upset.”

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” said a statement released May 20 by Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dale Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and they immediately notified emergency personnel from outside the facility. Phillips was transported to the Woodland Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, efforts to revive Phillips failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

UPDATE: On August 2, sheriff/coroner spokesman Mark Person provided an update:

  “The investigation is closed,” said Persons. “The manner of death fot Todd Alexander Phillips has been determined as ‘undetermined.’

  Persons said that the various possibilities — homicide, suicide, natural causes or accidental — had been ruled out, and the exact “manner of death” for Phillips was not clear. 

 

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Yolo: ‘compliance check’ for sex offenders

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —

Law enforcement agents throughout the county conducted a compliance sweep of over 110 registered sex offenders — arresting ten of them for  violations such as possession of pornography, possessing children’s clothing,  or failing to register at a current address.   Investigators seized 22 computers and other “smart” devices used by the registered offenders, taking them for further study of their contents.

Overall, 86 percent of the offenders were found in compliance with their requirements.

Fifteen agencies participated — including the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Task Force, along with the FBI.

“The fact that nearly nine out of ten of our sex offenders were in compliance shows that collectively we have been successful on a daily basis of supervising sex offenders in the county,” said D.A. Jeff Reisig in a press release. “But each year during ‘Operation Vigilance,’ we catch a number of these offenders through face to face contacts and because of the efforts of  our highly trained computer forensic experts.”

At least five of those arrested in the sweep were West Sacramento residents.

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