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Pedestrian killed by police car


A police chase resulted in a patrol car striking and killing a pedestrian in West Sacramento last night.

According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On September 04, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM an officer was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Another officer activated his emergency lights and siren to respond and assist. While en route to assist, that officer struck a pedestrian near West Capitol Avenue and Pine Street who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.”

“California Highway Patrol investigated the fatal accident,” Sockman continued. “The suspect in the pursuit, a 17 year old male juvenile from West Sacramento, collided with a parked vehicle near the 1900 block of Maryland Avenue and fled on foot. He was detained by a citizen until officers arrived on scene and arrested him. The driver of the stolen vehicle will be booked at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on felony stolen vehicle charges and murder resulting from the death of the pedestrian.”

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‘Third strike’ conviction upheld for fake bomb


The state supreme court has reinstated the conviction of a man found guilty of leaving a fake bomb at the Yolo County Communications Center in 2006.

66-year old Barry Turnage of Woodland was sentenced to life in prison under the “three strikes law,” after prior convictions for armed robbery and for shooting a rifle into a City of Berkeley fire truck.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Turnage’s conviction for the Woodland “fake bomb” offense was overturned by an appeals court. That court ruled that the “equal protection” clause of the Constitution was violated because the fake bomb statute did not compare well with other laws in the state.

  But the California Supreme Court disagreed, unanimously voting to reinstate the conviction.

In a press release, D.A. Reisig praised the work of California Deputy Attorney General Rachelle Newcomb, saying “Yolo County is now safer thanks to her work.”

The Yolo Emergency Communications center, where Turnage left the fake bomb, is a 911 call-handling and dispatch center, and houses the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

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Central West Sac area sees roadwork

Contractors working for the City of West Sacramento are working on streets, sidewalks and gutters in a neighborhood near Meadow Road. The project is funded by local sales tax dollars and federal money (News-Ledger photo)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Residents of the Westmore Oaks area will see some digging, scraping and pouring happening on their local streets for a couple more months. Streets such as Meadow Road, Westacre Road and Fernwood Street are seeing their streets and sidewalks fixed, and their sidwalks brought into compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA).

It’s part of the “Westmore Oaks Street Rehabilitation Project,” said Vin Cay, the project manager for the work in the West Sacramento Public Works Department.

“Basically, we’re resurfacting the roads,” Cay told the News-Ledger. “Primarily, it’s slurry seal, but we have to do certain ADA concrete work, installing access ramps at all intersections and curb returns. On the bigger streets, like Westacre from US 50 to Park Boulebvard, we’re going to repair two inches of the AC (asphalt/concrete).”

“If there are any sunken curbs and gutters, or sidewalks raised by trees, we will try to hit those first.”

  “In some instances, you may see curbs and sidewalks that don’t meet ADA standards, and we’re going to have to replace them,” added Cay. “If you’re rolling (a wheelchair) and it’s to steep on the sideways grade, it’s hard to roll.”

“We hope to finish in early November,” he said.

The project has been publicized on the city website and the contractor is expected to keep passing out flyers along affected streets as work continues. The project is funded by a federal grant and by Measure K, a local measure in which West Sacramento residents agreed to pay a sales tax surcharge to fund local projects.

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Locals in uniform: Pruitt, Saefong


Army Specialist Joshua M. Pruitt has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pruitt is a military policeman with the 164th Military Police Company based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He is the son of Leslie and Michael Pruitt of West Sacramento and a 2000 graduate of River City High school.

Army Reserve Pvt. Laifeuy Saefong has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

During nine weeks of training, Saefong studied the Army mission, history, and core values, along with receiving instruction in such things as physical fitness, military weapons, drill and ceremony, map reading, first aid and the military justice system.

Saefong is a 2011 graduate of West Sacramento’s River City High school.

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News from around Yolo County

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger — AUG 22, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

— This year’s “Yolo County Teacher of the Year” is Jerry Delsol, a high school teacher from the Woodland Joint Unified School district. Colleagues called him “inspiring.”
The award is given by the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools from among nominations from each district in the county. The winner is submitted to a competition to be chosen as one of California’s five “teachers of the year.”

— County offices in Woodland will get a large ceramic mural “celebrating farming and food” at their entrance.

Artist Susan Shelton of Davis won the selection process for the project at the entrance of the Erwin Meier Administration Building at 625 Court Street.

“I will create a mural that will bring beauty, color, insight and innovation in exploring the theme of agriculture and art in our county,” Shelton said in her application. “I will bear in mind that this building. . . houses government offices and meetings, and welcomes elected officials, county residents and voters, and I will create a work of art that holds to the dignity due to it, and its citizens.”

She will invite community members to paint tiles for the project, which is sponsored by YoloArts.

 — Debra Wellbrock is the new principal of the Yolo County Alternative Education Program, overseeing education at juvenile hall, the Einstein Education Center and the Midtown Program. She was formerly in charge of continuation education and other programs at Chino Valley Unified School District.

— Marlon Yarber, the former Yolo County Assistant Chief Probation Officer, was named Interim Chief Probation Officer last month.
Before joining Yolo County last year, he was deputy director of the Corrections Planning and Programs Division at the Corrections Standards Authority.
— The “pre-trial unit” at the Yolo County Probation Department was assessed and lauded by an outside expert earlier this year.

Dr. Marie VanNostrand of the National Institute of Corrections and Bureau of Justice reported “this unit is in the top three of all pre-trial service units I have ever assessed.”

The Pre-Trial Unit began in 2009 with grant funding, and supervises an average of 100 suspects who have been released from jail pending their trials, according to county spokesperson Beth Gabor.

“Of the 441 closed cases under the watchful eye of the Pre-Trial Unit in 2011, only 5.4 percent (of the subjects) were returned to custody due to committing a new offense,” said Gabor in a press release, and “93 percent of clients appeared in court for hearings through the sentencing phase.”

Grant funding is scheduled to end next month, and Yolo County officials were seeking to keep the pre-trial unit.

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Homework help sessions in West Sac


Kids in grades 3-8 can get help with their homework at the “Homework Center” of the local library at 1212 Merkley Avenue. The center is open 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pre-registration is required. Call 375-6469 or visit the library to register.

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Clarksburg wine tour benefit


A “Clarksburg Wine Country Tour” will depart from the River City High School parking lot in West Sacramento on Sept. 22.

The chartered coach will tour the Clarksburg wine country in a fundraiser for the Delta Elementary Charter School in Clarksburg. Participants will visit Miller’s Leap Winery, Bogle Vineyards and the Old Sugar Mill, with lunch catered by Mama Kim’s Food Truck. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Cost of $80 (plus any online ticket fee) includes the tour, lunch, all taxes and gratuities.

Visit http://deltacharter.eventbrite.com

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