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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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Property value again over $20 billion: click on link to find a house value

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Yolo County’s property tax roll was valued at over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, reports Assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and changes of ownership (which trigger reappraisal) increased this year’s roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value – a 4.16 percent increase over the prior year,” said a statement from Butler’s office.

“All areas of the county experienced increases in assessed value,” added the tax assessor’s statement. “Davis had the largest increase for a city at 5.75 percent; Woodland had the least, at 1.88 percent; with Winters at 3.85 percent and West Sacramento at 3.83 percent. The unincorporated areas of Yolo County grew by 4.58 percent, reflecting the strength of rural and agricultural properties.”

Recently assessed property values will be available for public view by July 12 at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. To find your property value, have your Assessor Parcel Number or street address available. If you don’t have computer access, you can phone for your valuation at (530) 666-8135 (the assessor’s office is closed Friday’s for budget reasons).

There is a process available for those who believe their property is over-valued for tax reasons.

 

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MADD honors prosecutor, local cop

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving.' (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney's office)

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by ‘Mothers Against Drunk Driving.’ (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney’s office)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given its “Prosecutor of the Year” award in California to Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County. The award “is presented to one prosecutor who has made a significant impact in one or multiple cases and worked closely with MADD,” reports the office of District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

Judy Utter, a senior victim services specialist for MADD, said she saw Raven make a difference in a local case in which a family lost their daughter in a DUI accident.

“The judge was ready to let the defendant out of custody when Jonathan stood up and cited a new constitutional amendment giving victims the right to speak out at bail hearings,” said Utter, quoted by the D.A.’s office. “Jonathan spoke with me and the mom outside and the mom made a passionate statement to the judge in open court. The judge did not let the defendant out of custody.”

At the same recent award ceremony, several regional police officers were honored by MADD for fighting impaired driving. They included West Sacramento officer Matt Boudinot.

 

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West Sacramentans participate in mail carriers’ food drive, help out local food bank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

The annual food drive collected by the area’s mail carriers was called a success by the Yolo County Food Bank, which benefited from the drive.

Residents were asked to leave their bagged food donations outside for mail carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 11. The “Stamp Out Hunger” operation was the 21st annual such drive.

“The grand total of donations received by (the food bank) on behalf of the food drive is 16,525, with 6,720 from West Sacramento residents and 9,805 from Woodland residents,” reported Amanda McCarthy of the Food Bank of Yolo County. “This sets a new record for donations through ‘Stamp Out Hunger’!”

The drive takes place across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Donations from West Sacramento and Woodland were earmarked for the Food Bank and its nonprofit partners. Donations made in Davis went to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (S.T.E.A.C.). Donations in Winters went to the food closet at the Winters Baptist Church.

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Yolo jail inmate dies in custody

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE  — MAY 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an inmate died on Saturday while in custody at the county jail in Woodland.

The man, 29-year old Todd Alexander Phillips, was in custody since April 12 “for various felony and misdemeanor offenses,” said a statement from Lieutenant Dale Johnson of the sheriff’s office.

A correctional officer noticed Phillips was “agitated and upset” at about 12:49 p.m. that afternoon.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” according to Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and responded and they immediately notified emergency medical 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.”

The sheriff’s office will further investigate, reported Johnson.

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