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Thieves hit West Sac rowing club, local store makes donation


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The River City Rowing Club was hit by burglars two weeks ago.

On Nov. 11, reports club president Bill Naddy, members discovered somebody had taken some equipment stored outside the boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento. The loss included a pair of motors used to drive boats for coaches.

“They took our older two-stroke outboards and three batteries,” said Naddy. “Since our newer electric-start motors are locked and bolted to the launches, they couldn’t get those, and they just cut the battery wires and took the batteries.”

The loss was about $2,000, said Naddy. But the blow was softened by help from a Harbor Boulevard auto parts store.

“The local NAPA store donated new batteries to us,” said Naddy.

The club has diverted some of its fundraising proceeds to replace the stolen, older motors with newer ones. The club needs a lot of coaches’ launches – and motors – because of the numbers of people it puts on the water. River City Rowing Club currently has about 120 members on its high school team (they come from various schools in the region) and about 170 adult members.

At about the same time as the boat club theft, the nearby training facility for the West Sacramento Fire Department also experienced a theft, said Naddy. Taken were some roll-up doors used for firefighter training.


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Man critically injured after chase: possible self-inflicted gunshot wound


West Sacramento police report that a local man may have shot himself in the head after a police pursuit yesterday morning. Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said the incident started when an officer tried to pull over a 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck for a vehicle code violation at about 10:15 p.m. on Sunday.

“The driver fled and a pursuit ensued lasting under three minutes,” said Sockman in a press statement. “The pickup stopped in the 800-block of Beardsley (Drive) and the driver, later identified as Justin Farley, 35 year old, from West Sacramento, ran into a residence with a possible gun in his hand.  The residence turned out to be Farley’s home.  A short time later another resident ran out of the house and stated Farley had shot himself.  Officers entered the residence to find Farley with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Farley underwent surgery for “life-threatening” injuries, Sockman said.

“A semi-auto handgun was recovered from the scene,” he added. “Investigators from the West Sacramento Police Department and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office responded to conduct the investigation. ”

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Driver killed in West Sacramento accident


A 63-year old man from Mountain View was killed this morning in a single-vehicle accident in West Sacramento. Reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“Today, November 30, 2013, at approximately 10:50 a.m, officers responded to eastbound Tower Bridge Gateway and the Railroad overcrossing (near 5th Street) for an accident with injuries.  Officers arrived to find a single vehicle into the overpass pillar. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.  West Sacramento Fire Department had to use cutting and prying tools to remove the driver.”

The driver was taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  The investigation of the accident is in its early stages, said Sockman in a press release.

“The driver’s identity is being withheld until family members can be notified,” he added.

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Pair arrested at I-5 rest stop in Yolo with 30 pounds of pot


Yolo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two out-of-town men found with a large amount of marijuana.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons reports a deputy contacted the pair at about 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 30, while they were parked in the southbound lot at an I-5 rest stop in the north-Yolo town of Dunnigan.

“During contact, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior and rear bed of the vehicle,” reported Persons. “A search of the vehicle revealed several large duffle bags containing 30 one-pound bags of individually packaged marijuana, and 21 non-prescribed Vicodin tablets.”

Arrested were 22-year old Eric Martin Scott of San Jose and 26-year old Adam Gabriel Barrett of Lancaster. They were charged with possession of marijuana and offering to sell or furnish the drug. Scott was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

They were jailed before being released on $50,000 bail, and will be arraigned Nov. 27.

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