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West Sacramento neighbors host ‘National Night Out’ block parties

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party -- a rally to network against crime. (News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party — a rally to network against crime.
(News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

By Daryl Fisher
Features Editor

Tuesday before last was National Night Out in West Sacramento with local organizers at 15 different sights participating in the annual event sponsored by the West Sacramento Police Department. National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held every year on the first Tuesday of August with the goal being to increase citizen awareness about the many different anti-crime efforts going on in each community. Block watchers encourage their neighbors to get out of their homes and spend an evening together on their own street interacting with each other so that they can better protect their neighborhood from crime.

One of the local organizers was longtime West Sacramento resident Robin Courtright, who along with her friend Debra Abraham encouraged all of their neighbors on Redding Road to participate. Robin had helped organize a similar evening five years ago and with so many new neighbors on her street, she decided it was time to do it again.

“We had more than 75 people turn out on our block,” said Robin, “and everyone had a really good time. We closed off our street so that all the kids could safely ride their bicycles and then we set up lots of games for the children to play, not to mention bingo for the adults. We also had a Slushie machine and a putting green and of course all kinds of wonderful things to eat. Plus McGruff the Crime Dog showed up along with eight firefighters on a very big fire engine.  Mayor Cabaldon also dropped by for a visit as did lots of very friendly police officers. Best of all, my neighbors really got to know each other better and I think that truly is the best way to prevent neighborhood crime. When everyone knows and cares about each other they look out for one another and that makes all of us feel safer.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport  (courtesy of Robin Courtright)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport. Click to enlarge.
(courtesy of Robin Courtright)

In addition to Redding Road, the other West Sacramento streets that held National Night Out block parties on August 6th were 7th Street, Lighthouse Drive, Madrone Avenue, West Capitol Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Meadow Road, 19th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Aster and Manchester Streets, Mandeville Way, Barona Court, Sumatra and Mandura Streets, Antigua Place, and Elsinore Court.

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Anti-crime block parties in WS tonight

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual block party and anti-crime rally is planned for tonight, Aug. 6. Local residents are encouraged to leave their outdoor lights on, go outside and network with their neighbors in this local edition of the “National Night Out” event. West Sacramento police, costumed mascots, members of the military and others will visit many of the parties — especially the “featured” block party at 1016 Meadow Road.

    Fifteen West Sacramento blocks will hold events this year from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They are:

  Washington Courtyard Apartments (500 7th St.);

  Las Casitas Apartments (685 Lighthouse Dr.);

  Sunset Village Apartments (1611 Madrone Ave.);

  West Capitol Courtyard (2455 West Capitol Ave.);

  3429 Evergreen Ave.;

  1016 Meadow Rd.;

  1613 19th St.;

  19th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.;

  Aster and Manchester Streets;

  2692 Mandeville Way;

  Barona Court;

  Sumatra and Mandura Streets;

  3590 Antigua Pl.;

  1527 Redding Rd.;

  and 3733 Elsinore Ct.

  For questions, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, (916) 617-4937.

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15 block parties planned for ‘National Night Out’ in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 24, 2013 —

The annual “National Night Out” block party and anti-crime rally is planned for Aug. 6 this year. Fifteen West Sacramento blocks will hold events this year from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They are:

Washington Courtyard Apartments (500 7th St.);
Las Casitas Apartments (685 Lighthouse Dr.);
Sunset Village Apartments (1611 Madrone Ave.);
West Capitol Courtyard (2455 West Capitol Ave.);
3429 Evergreen Ave.;
1016 Meadow Rd.;
1613 19th St.;
19th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.;
Aster and Manchester Streets;
2692 Mandeville Way;
Barona Court;
Sumatra and Mandura Streets;
3590 Antigua Pl.;
1527 Redding Rd.;
and 3733 Elsinore Ct.

For questions, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, (916) 617-4937.

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Target of search now in jail

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 24, 2013 —

Last week, the News-Ledger reported on an incident that brought the SWAT team and residential evacuations to an area of Holly Street in West Sacramento. Police were looking for 30-year old William John Ybarra, an ex-felon wanted for allegedly making “criminal threats.”

They didn’t find him during that July 15 event.

But a West Sacramento police arrest report indicates Ybarra was picked up during a local traffic stop two days later, and “booked into Yolo County Jail for his outstanding warrant.”

The arrest report also added a little more detail to the earlier incident in which police unsuccessfully searched Ybarra’s home at 2250 Holly Street:

“During a search of the residence, the sounds of a ‘shotgun racking’ came from the basement area,” reported an officer. “Additionally, one shotgun round was located within the residence.”

As a felon, Ybarra was not allowed to possess guns or ammunition, noted the officer.

 

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Fugitive search shuts Holly Street

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A northern West Sacramento neighborhood was disrupted for several hours on Monday afternoon as local police unsuccessfully searched for a wanted man.

SWAT teams and a bomb squad responded to a home on the 2200-block of Holly Street where police believed William Yberra, age 30, was holed up.

“We were looking for a subject that had a felony warrant – a gang member and an ex-felon,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “The cops saw him and he took off running.”

Yberra eluded officers on the first try, but police later received a tip that he was back at the house.

Police evacuated a neighboring apartment complex and some homes, said Sockman.

Eventually – by one citizen’s report, aided by the bomb squad’s robot – police made their entry into the suspect’s residence.  They didn’t find him, said Sockman.

A witness told the News-Ledger that the house was filled with dozens of tear gas shell casings after police left, and some other property inside the home was damaged.

Yberra was wanted for felony “criminal threats” said Sockman.

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‘POLICE LOG’: crime calls from West Sacramento police blotter

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

  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. To see the ‘Police Log’ every week, make sure to subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. There’s a special offer at bottom.

June 12, 12:22 a.m.
A citizen just left a fast-food restaurant on Harbor Pointe Place. The individual “just ordered a hamburger and found a large amount of spit on the burger, and wants to file a report for food tampering.”

June 12, 2:47 a.m.
A man being treated in a Sacramento hospital “says he was stabbed somewhere in the Broderick area off of Jefferson” in West Sacramento.

June 12, 1:46 p.m.
A Kegle Drive man reported that his girlfriend “tried to hit (him) with a frying pan, but missed.”

June 12, 4:52 p.m.
An Evergreen Avenue storage unit was found burglarized: “everything was taken.”

June 12, 5:21 p.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she and her boyfriend had stayed at a Halyard Drive motel overnight.
“She had him hold all her money, $7,000, and (her) credit cards in his wallet. He left at 10 a.m. and never returned.” The woman was “hysterical and being difficult,” reported the calltaker.

June 12, 6:43 p.m.
A woman walking her dog on Yolo Street reported that a neighbor’s German shepherd mix got loose and bit her. The attacking dog was now back in its yard, but could get out under the fence again. She didn’t need medical aid, and said the neighbor said he or she would call the county animal services department.

June 12, 7:01 p.m.
A Venice Street resident reported that a “unique-looking bird” had crashed into the home earlier. It was unknown if the bird was injured, but it appeared “dazed, and hasn’t moved in a few hours.

June 13, 1:34 a.m.
An 18-year old Elk Grove woman gave this account to a West Sacramento police officer, after she emerged from a Riverpoint Court store’s restroom asking someone to call 911:
She had entered the minivan of an unknown man in Sacramento, along with a friend named Jessica. Once they were in the van, Jessica told her “she just got into the car with a pimp.”
The trio went into the West Sacramento store where “the man made her try on clothes. She went into the women’s bathroom and went into one of the stalls. She said that the man (tried) to get into the stall, so she ran out of the bathroom and yelled for someone to call 911.”
The victim didn’t see where the man and her friend went after that. She reported that the man didn’t touch her.
“When I asked her what he wanted,” reported the officer, “she said that he wanted to pimp her out and brought her here to buy her some ‘hoe clothes.’”

June 13, 5:36 a.m.
Somebody “tore out the six-foot sign regarding the solar contractor (at a school campus) and drug the sign onto the street” on Maui Street.

June 13, 6:43 a.m.
Someone – possibly an employee – stole a $3,000 plasma cutter from an Enterprise Boulevard business.

June 13, 7:49 a.m.
A witness reported that some people in an older pickup truck were taking a mattress into an area near the Stone Lock Bridge, and the witness “does not think they are dumping it, but rather taking it to a homeless camp.”

June 13, 8:40 a.m.
A shed was reported on fire on the 1100-block of Park Boulevard.

June 13, 9:12 a.m.
On Pine Street, a woman reportedly on drugs was “being belligerent and scaring other residents. . . (and) yelling for people to call 911 because she is going to hurt someone.”

June 13, 9:47 a.m.
A West Capitol resident reported that a brother – kicked out about a month ago – was refusing to leave the property and was “knocking on the door repeatedly.”

June 13, 9:53 a.m.
Abandoned 911 call: “Oops, wrong number.”

June 13, 9:57 a.m.
A citizen reported a woman in a green Toyota was speeding and driving recklessly near Randolph Road and Marina Greens Drive.

June 13, 10:19 a.m.
Someone tried to break into a model home on Silverado Street during the night. But the “alarm scared them off and (they) left behind break-in tools.”

June 13, 11:04 a.m.
There was a trespasser in the parking lot of a West Capitol Avenue supermarket. Currently, he was “right near the ‘no loitering’ sign.’”

June 13, 11:27 a.m.
A Palomar Avenue man believed a burglar was in his home. He “found the TV was just turned off, and (he) doesn’t want to stay inside.” The man was waiting outside by his car for police.

June 13, 12:41 p.m.
A north-city woman reported her boyfriend “had become abusive.” She kicked him out, but he stole her keys.

June 13, 12:46 p.m.
During the night, on Watercourse Lane, an “unknown suspect pried open the communal mailbox with a crowbar. . . all mail missing.”

June 13, 1:22 p.m.
A Swan Island Street resident said there was a possibly-abandoned, detached boat parked there. The resident asked police to check it out.

June 13, 1:24 p.m.
Near the Tower Bridge, a citizen reported being “almost attacked by three large pit bulls” belonging to several homeless people at a nearby camp.

June 13, 2:13 p.m.
A witness on the 1500-block of Parkway Boulevard reported seeing “a construction crew dumping concrete in the street drains. . . They were tapped into the fire hydrant.” The subjects, who had a white truck with turquoise lettering, had apparently been doing this over several days, and there was “visible concrete debris” at the site.

June 13, 3:47 p.m.
A citizen complained that someone had blocked the walkway to Linden Road from Claudia Court with a parked, primer-black 1980s Mercedes.

June 13, 4:44 p.m.
A staffer at Yolo High School said a couple of transients were camped under a tree. The caller was concerned they might vandalize the place after school staff went home.

June 13, 5:10 p.m.
“Two horses and a donkey are loose on Gregory Avenue.”

June 13, 6:36 p.m.
Abandoned 911 call from an alarm system at a Del Monte Street business. It was one of dozens of such calls from the business over the past few weeks.

June 13, 6:51 p.m.
At a chicken restaurant on Westacre Road: four juveniles, “all about 14 years old, have a grocery-size bag full of marijuana on the table and are rolling joints. . . (They were) asked to leave, and they refused.”

June 13, 7:14 p.m.
A citizen reported that a goat in a Chaparral Way backyard might be in distress “because it is making a lot of noise, possibly like somebody is hurting it.”

June 13, 8:15 p.m.
A communal mailbox on Iris Place was found pried open.

June 13, 9:06 p.m.
A woman reported that a female neighbor in a Madrone Avenue apartment complex “was following (the caller’s) 13-year old daughter around the complex and videotaping her. . . (The caller had) no idea who the female is, or why she is doing it.”

June 13, 9:47 p.m.
A Southport family reported that a 36-year old son was “out of control,” threatening harm to both his mother and himself.

June 13, 9:56 p.m.
At a trailer park on the 3200-block of West Capitol, a man and woman were in a fight, “throwing bottles at each other.”

June 13, 10:39 p.m.
“Two males (are) dumping couches between North Linden and South Linden” on Jefferson Boulevard.

June 13, 11:02 p.m.
A north-city woman said she had been arguing with both her husband and her 29-year old stepson after the stepson brought home a 23-year old pregnant woman and was “having her sleep outside on the side of the residence.”
“Some threats were made.”

June 13, 8:21 a.m.
Police contacted a 47-year old man biking against traffic on the 1700-block of West Capitol. The man admitted he was on parole and, when asked, said he was not carrying any drugs.
He consented to a search, said police. An officer found several baggies in a pink coin purse in the man’s pants pocket. The baggies of a crystal-like substance contained what was later identified as 2.2 grams of methamphetamine. The cyclist went to jail.

June 13, 12:15 p.m.
An officer contacted a 50-year old West Capitol Avenue man on bike for a vehicle code infraction. He consented to a search of his backpack, and the officer found a “nunchaku” weapon in it (two sticks connected by a chain, for swinging – also called “nunchuks.”). The suspect was arrested.

June 14, 9 p.m.
A 48-year old man reported that three juveniles tried to rob him near Michigan and Westacre.

June 15, 1:42 a.m.
An 18-year old man reported he was shot by unknown suspects on the 800-block of Cummins Way.

June 15, 11:15 a.m.
Officers were dispatched to the 2000-block of West Capitol, where a resident was causing a disturbance. The 20-year old man “attacked officers and resisted officers” before being arrested and booked.

June 15, 11:38 a.m.
An officer contacted a motel manager on the 1400-block of West Capitol. The manager recounted some events during the night:
Two bald men “of very large size” arrived in an SUV and asked which room a 75-year old man was staying in. They then left.
Later, the manager learned that other tenants hears some screaming and the sound of fighting at about 1:30 am.
And yet later, at 11 a.m, a cleaning crew went to the 75-year old man’s room and found the door had been broken in. “Small drops of blood were located on the mattress of the room’s bed, and a broken bottle was located immediately in front of the entry door.”
The tenant, who had paid his rent through the end of the month, was gone.
The manager was not interested in pursuing the vandalism charge, but wished to report the chain of suspicious events.

June 15, 5:39 p.m.
An officer responded to a reported shoplifter at a West Capitol/Westacre location. The 26-year old male subject was found to be “speaking nonsensical gibberish” and apparently under the influence of drugs “to the point he could not safely care for himself or make sound judgment.” He was arrested.

June 16, 3:39 a.m.
A Cedar  Street woman reported a residential burglary.

June 16, 4:27 p.m.
A Hobson Avenue woman reported a burglary. Gone were jewelry and cash.

 

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Driver in gang killing denied parole

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 14, 2013 —

  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig reports that on Tuesday, parole commissioners denied parole to 32-year-old convicted murderer Ramiro Acevedo, Jr..  The hearing took place at the California State Prison in Soledad, California where Acevedo is serving a 15-to-life sentence in prison. 

  According to the District Attorney’s office, Acevedo was a member of West Sacramento’s “Broderick Boys” gang who participated in a 1999 killing. Said a press release from the D.A.:

   On August 26th, 1999, Acevedo and fellow Broderick Boy Manuel Trujillo went to the home of 18-year-old Julio Robledo to retaliate for a shooting where Trujillo was allegedly targeted. Acevedo sat in the car while Trujillo went up to the house with a shotgun and fatally shot Robledo in the chest. Others were seriously injured in the shooting.

  Acevedo received the 15-to-life sentence in a deal with prosecutors to testify against Trujillo, who was convicted by a jury of first degree murder as well as two counts of attempted murder. The parole commission praised recent efforts Acevedo has made in prison to focus his life in more positive directions, but were swayed by the serious circumstances of the case as well as Acevedo’s inadequate parole plans.   

  Supervising Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton represented the District Attorney’s Office at the hearing.  Victim Service’s Program Manager Laura Valdes attended the hearing with the mother of the victim Julio Robledo.  Valdes said it was an honor and humbling to assist and support Robledo’s mother at the hearing.  “This was extremely difficult for her,” said Valdes, according to the D.A.’s office.  “She told me in Spanish that being at the hearing was fulfilling and she felt her words had an impact on the decision made by the commissioners.”

  District Attorney Jeff Reisig applauded the success of the Parole Lifer Unit and praised the decision of the commissioners.  “The commissioners’ decision was thoughtful and measured,” Reisig stated in a press release.  “Also, we cannot ignore the dedicated efforts of Mr. Hamilton, who made the case on behalf of this office, and Ms. Valdes, who helped the victim through this heartwrenching experience.”

  Acevedo will not be eligible for parole again until 2016.

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