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Volunteers needed for Grand Jury

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

News-Ledger Staff

Would you like to serve on the next Yolo County Grand Jury?

Each July 1, the local court empowers a panel of 19 people to serve on this independent arm of the local judicial system.

“The primary civil function of the grand jury is to review the operations of city and county government as well as other tax-supported agencies and special districts,” reports the office of Court Executive Officer Shawn Landry. “Based on these reviews, the grand jury publishes its findings and may recommend constructive action to improve the quality and effectiveness of local government.”

The grand jury also listens to evidence and considers criminal indictments, and follows up on complaints from citizens, government employees and others.

Jurors serve for one year, meeting twice a month and spending about 25-40 hours per month on the job. They receive a small stipend and travel allowance.

Among the qualifications: you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, you must have been a Yolo County resident for at least one year before selection, and you may not have been convicted of a felony.

Visit www.yolo.courts.ca.gov or contact the Yolo Superior Court, Jury Services, 725 Court Street, Room 303, Woodland, CA 95695, (530) 406-6828.

Applications are due by Feb. 27.

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Want to stand up for kids? Yolo CASA needs volunteers


Yolo CASA, a nonprofit that specializes in advocating for children as they spend time in the foster care system, needs new volunteers. Training provided. Successful volunteers will spend time with the child they’re paired with, talk to professionals and caregivers in that child’s life, and advocate in the court system for the child’s best interests.

Call (530) 661-4200 or email volunteer@yolocasa.org. Next training session is in the evenings, Feb. 2. Orientation is noon on Thursdays at 724 Main Street, Ste. 102 in Woodland.

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Yolo ‘comfort dog’ gets $500 support

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ -- a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ — a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)


The Davis Rebekah Lodge has donated $500 to help care for “Aloha,” a comfort dog working with the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

Aloha often visits with adults and children as they participate, under stress, in court. And she visits kids and parents in family law court.

“Aloha seems to know who needs her most, and heads straight for that person and sits calmly next to them,” said Yolo Judge Kathleen White, herself a member of Rebekah Lodge.

(Info courtesy of the Yolo County D.A.’s office)

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Former W.S.P.D. officer’s fate now in the hands of a jury


The fate of disgraced former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez went into the hands of 12 jurors on Friday.

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

Alvarez was arrested a year ago and charged with sexually assaulting five women “under color of authority” while on patrol in the city. The alleged victims tended to be people in marginal situations – prostitutes or those with drug or alcohol problems.

Prosecutors say Alvarez detained women he found while patrolling the West Capitol Avenue area during the graveyard shift, pressuring them for sex in exchange for not arresting them.

Defense attorney J. Toney has conceded misdoings by the officer – including “consensual” sex while on duty with three of the alleged victims – but has argued that the charges of rape and sexual assault are made up by unreliable witnesses hoping to cash in on a civil lawsuit against the department.

As the News-Ledger went to press, a verdict on the 27 felony charges had not yet been announced.


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