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A friend of reading for 32 years

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER -- AUG 29, 2012 --West Sacramento’s Margaret Crawford (center) was honored for her volunteer service to the Yolo County Library system and local library branch last week, with a celebration at the Merkley Avenue branch. Gathered with her above are (left to right) Katie Villegas, Cindy Tuttle, Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan and City Councilman Oscar Villegas. Crawford has finished 32 years of service on the county advisory board. Among the issues she pushed was the planning of the current version of the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library at 1212 Merkley Avenue. She’s also been an active member of the West Sacramento Friends of the Library, volunteering to organize fundraising book sales, annual dinners and the Friends’ newsletter. (courtesy photo)

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Old Sac returns to old times:

[adrotate group=”10″] WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 30, 2012 —

Organizers will heap more than 200 tons of decomposed granite onto the streets of Old Sacramento this weekend for the annual “Gold Rush days” celebration. The event celebrates life in the 1850s.

There will be dancers, street dramas, wagon rides, gold panning, storytelling, craft making, a tent city, musicians, horse-drawn carriages and more

Admission is free. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10-7, and Monday 10-5.

For more information and event schedule, call (916) 808-7777 or visit http://www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com/

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$4,200 reward in cruelty-to-dog case


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Donors have come up with $4,200 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever bound and killed a small dog in West Sacramento last month.

A probation officer working with a yard maintenance crew found the dog on the afternoon of July 26 at 1720 Merkley Avenue, near Westacre Road.

“The dog’s legs were bound together and its mouth was tied shut,” according to the Animal Services Division of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. “During the veterinarian’s preliminary examination and X-ray, it was determined the dog’s neck had been broken.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   The dog was reportedly a stray male known as “B.J.” to locals. It was 3-5 years old, small, with tan and white coloring.

Contributions have come in for the reward fund from Red Rover, an animal advocacy group ($3,500), Heller Racing ($500) and others, reaching a $4,200 total.

Meanwhile, a cat found dead and mangled in a West Sacramento gutter on Aug. 17 is apparently not the result of another incident of animal cruelty. A citizen found the animal shortly after midnight near the intersection of Westacre Road and Laurel Lane. (That incident was reported in the News-Ledger’s “Police Log” last week).

“It was confirmed by our vet that the injuries were consistent to being hit by a car,” said Vicky Fletcher of Yolo County’s Animal Services Division.

Anyone with information on the dog’s death is asked to help solve this “extreme case of animal cruelty,” said the Animal Services department. If you have information, please call the department at (530) 668-5287 or call West Sacramento Police at (916) 617-4900.

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CB nips Raiders in football opener


Christian Brothers nipped River City High School’s varsity football team 23-20 in the Raider season opener on the home field on Friday.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The River City junior varsity team lost its match, 27-12.

This Friday, the Raiders host Yuba City at home. Varsity game time is 7:30 p.m.

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‘POLICE LOG’ from the News-Ledger


  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, subscribe to the News-Ledger ($20/year in West Sacramento) by call (916) 371-8030.

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Aug. 16, 7:06 a.m.
A motel on Stillwater Road called, saying a guest reported that a man “just went into her room with a gun and took her property.”

Aug. 16, 7:45 a.m.
A car was burglarized on Prosser Street. Gone were a purse, laptop computer, CDs and textbooks.

Aug. 16, 7:55 a.m.
A Portsmouth Avenue resident reported an incident of ID theft.

[adrotate group=”9″] Aug. 16, 8:34 a.m.
At 5th and D streets, a witness reported there was “a male sitting on the switch which is a point on the railroad tracks where, if it is tampered with, it will make the trains go off track.”

Aug. 16, 8:57 a.m.
An outboard motor valued at about $3,000 was discovered stolen from the stern of a boat parked on San Salvador Street.

Aug. 16, 9:34 a.m.
The catalytic converter was reported stolen from a 2006 Toyota Tundra on St. Croix Road.

Aug. 16, 10:01 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

Aug. 16, 12:46 p.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Stillwater Road.

Aug. 16, 3:13 p.m.
A gas station on the 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue reported that a “customer took $22 worth of gasoline and left in a white pickup.”

Aug. 16, noon
An outside agency served a search warrant on the residence of a 21-year old man on Fremont Blvd. who was attempting to sell a stolen boat motor. A West Sacramento officer doing a “protective sweep” of the residence saw another boat motor, described as a “Honda 15 HP four-stroke motor with a tiller handle and a unique custom-made propeller guard.” The officer “knew we had a boat motor stolen overnight (in West Sacramento) and checked the description with a community services officer. The Honda appeared to match and the victim confirmed the motor was his. The 21-year old was arrested.

[adrotate group=”10″] Aug. 16
A woman on Kauai Road reported receiving a “teddy bear with its head severed,” but no specific threat was included with the delivery.

Aug. 16, 9:53 p.m.
A woman stopped at a Lake Road gas station and “her vehicle broke down after she left that location.” She reported that the station had unleaded fuel in a diesel pump, and wanted police to “insist that the station shut the pump down.”

Aug. 17, 4:05 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car on West Capitol that had a light out. The driver admitted having no driver’s license and appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

Aug. 17, 12:38 a.m.
A woman reported finding a dead, mutilated cat in the gutter of an intersection near Westacre Road and Laurel Lane. The cat had “major injuries and bleeding.”

Aug. 17, 8:10 a.m.
A bowling alley on West Capitol reported being burglarized, with a thief taking 15 bottles of “high end alcohol” worth about $1,000.

Aug. 18, 12:18 a.m.
A man called from Westacre Road. He said his wife had left him today, and she took their shared computer. He wanted it back. He refused a dispatcher’s advice to talk to a lawyer on Monday morning, and appeared very drunk.

Aug. 18, 2:59 a.m.
A woman reported interrupting a vehicle burglary at a motel on the 800-block of Stillwater, with the subjects “pointing a gun in her face.” She didn’t know if the subjects were still nearby.

Aug. 18, 3:13 a.m.
A woman on 3rd Street asked for extra patrols for the rest of the night due to noises she was hearing outside. It “sounds like someone knocking rocks together, and it keeps waking her up.”

Aug. 18, 3:35 a.m.
A woman said there was a man in her home on A Street, refusing to leave. “She brought him home from a bar, and she has now locked herself in the bathroom after (he) made a pass at her.”

Aug. 18, 7:28 a.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Touchstone Place. Gone were a stereo and speaker box.

Aug. 18, 10:22 a.m.
A company on Seaport Blvd. said one of its employees had apparently been stashing products in a 53-foot company trailer during the day, and an accomplice was coming by at night to pick up the stolen goods. The night manager found the product and removed it, and staff believed the accomplice would be coming by at night in an attempt to pick up the goods from the trailer.

Aug. 18, 12:13 p.m.
A Harbor Blvd. market reported that a customer wanted police, claiming an elderly man “touched” him in the store. The pair were in a verbal dispute.

Aug. 18, 2:10 p.m.
A vehicle was reported to have been burglarized on Norfolk Avenue.

Aug. 18, 4:02 p.m.
A vehicle spun out and hit a guard rail at I-80 and Jefferson. It was blocking the onramp, and there were unknown injuries.

Aug. 18, 4:19 p.m.
An establishment on the 1200-block of West Capitol reported there was a drunk man “stumbling in the parking lot and getting ready to drive (a) white Dodge Dakota” that had a lawn service company’s name on it and was pulling a trailer.

Aug. 18, 4:27 p.m.
A woman reported a “road rage” incident that started near Seymour Avenue and Marshall Road. A white Chevy Silverado failed to yield, and when she “said something to him, he got mad and followed her home.” He was gone now, but she wished to speak to an officer.

Aug. 18, 6:24 p.m.
A woman was “possibly setting up camp”  in a burger restaurant’s parking lot on Jefferson Blvd. She was setting out “a lot of items” near a hole in the asphalt.

Aug. 18, 6:56 p.m.
A man on Kauai Road said he had been awoken by noise, and found his backyard gate open and a gold Chevy HHR driving away. The man “thinks this might have been the Peeping Tom from Natomas.”

Aug. 18, 7:09 a.m.
On Haverhill, a man said his dog had escaped from a fenced area. A neighbor had the dog and was refusing to give it back.

Aug. 18, 7:22 p.m.
A woman in Southport said her now-adult daughter had a friendship with a pedophile as a juvenile. She wanted to know if the man could now be arrested for talking to the daughter when she was a minor.

Aug. 18, 10:25 p.m.
A resident of North Bass Island Road said a neighbor had been shooting a gun, and the caller “can see the muzzle flash at the back fence.” Three rounds were heard.

Aug. 18, 4:57 p.m.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a playground on the 500-block of Poplar Road. They deemed the fire “suspicious” and found possible evidence of arson.

Aug. 18, 9:30 p.m.
A Sacramento man reported that someone stole an ATV out of the bed of a pickup truck parked on Madrone Avenue in West Sacramento.

Aug. 18, 7:42 p.m.
A 54-year old man called 911 to complain about his neighbors at a Walnut Street trailer park. Officers found him “wandering around the park yelling at everybody.” Witnesses said the man was trying to start fights. He was drunk. He went to jail.

Aug. 19, 12:54 a.m.
A 1997 white Ford Crown Victoria was found vandalized at a West Capitol bowling alley. Someone shattered a side-mounted spotlight, chipped a window and let the air out of a tire.

Aug. 19, 2:25 a.m.
A representative from an apartment complex at Douglas Street said that a male and female had moved out a couple weeks earlier. But a female resident in Section 8 housing at the complex was “violating her lease, letting them stay at her apartment,” and the couple were habitually in fights.

Aug. 19, 3:03 a.m.
On F Street, a thief struck within the past five minutes. The thief hit an unlocked vehicle and also stole watermelons form the yard.

Aug. 19, 4:12 a.m.
A resident of an apartment complex on Evergreen Avenue said there was a man outside another unit, “yelling for someone to let him back inside, saying he will never drink with her again.”

Aug. 19, 8:54 a.m.
A man reported an ongoing problem with another subject – who just tried to run him down while he was on bike along the 1800-block of West Capitol.

Aug. 19, 11:19 a.m.
Some subjects removed from the Honda Hills area near Jefferson and South River (a popular spot for illegal off-roading) were back, “revving engines and spinning tires.”

Aug. 19, 1:08 p.m.
A Michigan Blvd. woman reported her car and her neighbor’s worth both egged.

Aug. 19, 7:43 p.m.
A caller from a gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol said three male subjects with guns were “trying to shoot” the caller.

Aug. 19, 8:15 p.m.
A witness called 911, reporting that a woman about 25-years old had run out of a Lake Washington Boulevard home improvement store “with boxes in her arms, and jumped into. . . a red, older Honda Civic, windshield broken with duct tape across it,” while store employees were “yelling she didn’t pay for that.”

Aug. 19, 9:41 p.m.
A witness reported four gunshots heard near Touchstone Place, and a separate caller reported five shots and screaming heard near a Lake Washington Boulevard pub.

Aug. 19, 10:28 p.m.
A tenant at a motel on the 4700-block of West Capitol said a “man from upstairs” entered the room “and tried to take a beer.”

Aug. 19, 11:31 p.m.
From Bonaire Road: “Subjects have been going door-to-door, ringing doorbells and running away.”

Aug. 19, 11:54 p.m.
A grass fire was reported near West Capitol and Garnet Street.

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Parenthood, land of eternal worry —


  Editor’s note: Daryl is off this week. Below is one of his favorite columns from the past.

This past week I spent three days and nights camping in the beautiful redwoods, near the Avenue of the Giants, which is located about 100 miles south of the Oregon border near little Northern California towns with colorful names like Weott and Miranda and Myers Flat. More specifically, my brother’s family, my daughter’s family, and my wife and youngest son and I reserved two adjoining campsites in Burlington Campground, which is one of three camping areas in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It took five tents to house everyone, but once we had set up camp everything was going along swimmingly until my daughter made the mistake of reading the little flyer which our friendly forest ranger had passed out to each of us when we first entered the campground.

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Columnist

“Dad,” she informed me with emphasis, “you never said anything about bears being up here!”

“What are you talking about?” I asked her.

“It says right here in this brochure that Burlington Campground is located in bear country and that all campers are responsible for properly storing their food so that bears won’t come in here in the middle of the night and start eating everything in sight – including people!”

“Now where does it say that?” I asked, grabbing the brochure from her.

“Well,” she answered, “maybe it doesn’t exactly say that, but it does say that this is bear country and you know how I feel about bears!”

“Hey,” I said, “I’m not the one who told you to watch that movie a dozen times about that crazy guy who thought he was a bear and ended up getting himself and his girlfriend eaten by grizzly bears, am I? Plus there are no grizzly bears up here. If there are any bears at all, they’re brown or black bears and they’re usually not as aggressive as grizzly bears.”

“Dad, a bear is a bear is a bear!”

“What are you two shouting about?” suddenly asked my wife as she strolled up to us. “Don’t you know that your voice carries for miles in a place like this?”

“Mom, did you know that this area is crawling with bears?”

“What?” asked my obviously surprised wife, quickly looking around to see if her grandchildren were safely in sight.

That’s all we need, I thought to myself, knowing that my wife (who has hated camping since her father used to drag her and her siblings to isolated areas where there were no showers and more mosquitoes than human blood to go around) was already on the lookout for potential reasons to cut our little trip short.

“Look,” I said to my wife and daughter, “according to Greg (my brother, who has camped near The Avenue of the Giants numerous times), there are indeed a few bears up here, but they’re higher up in the mountains and there hasn’t been a sighting of one in this campground for years. Plus our two campsites are near the back of the campground so if one did happen to stroll in here he’d have to eat about a hundred other campers first before he ever got to us, so let’s just all chill out about bears and have ourselves a good time.”

And so we did – until the next afternoon when my daughter and I and her three-year old son, Riley,  went for a lengthy walk all the way down to the Eel River, which meanders alongside the southern edge of much of the Avenue of the Giants. With not much rainfall anywhere in California this year, the Eel River turned out to have only about a third of its normal flow and we were able to get right down into the river bed which was covered with thousands of small rocks that Riley enjoyed picking up and tossing into what little water that was still there. I also pointed out to my daughter that there weren’t any bear tracks for as far as the eye could see.

“But did you hear that?” my daughter suddenly asked me as I was bending down to pick up a few flat rocks which looked like they would be perfect for throwing and skipping along the water.

“Hear what?” I asked matter-of-factly.

“You don’t hear that rattling noise?”


“But how can you not hear it – it’s loud!”

“A rattling noise?” I asked, straining my ears to try and hear it.

“That’s right – a rattling noise – and you gotta be deaf if you can’t hear it!”

“Sorry, but I don’t hear a thing.”

“Are there rattlesnakes hiding out here in these rocks?” my daughter demanded to know.

“I don’t think so,” I said, looking all around us.

“First bears, and now rattlesnakes!”

[adrotate group=”7″]   “But I don’t see or hear any rattlesnakes.”

“Riley, stop throwing those rocks and get back here!” shouted my daughter at her young son.

With Riley safely back at my daughter’s side, she quickly positioned me between him and where she was sure the rattlesnake sounds were coming from.

“So,” I said with a smile, “if there is a rattlesnake out here, you plan on it biting your poor father first before it can get anywhere close to Riley?”

“That’s right,” she said, returning my smile. “You’re an old man now and you’ve already lived your life.”

On our way back to the campground, no rattlesnakes – or bears – crossed our paths, but my daughter and I did have an interesting little conversation, which started with her saying, “How did you and mom ever do it?”

“Do what?”

“Raise four kids without worrying yourself sick? I mean, I wouldn’t really mind being up here with bears and rattlesnakes if I didn’t have two little boys to constantly worry about.”

“Welcome to parenthood.”

“Does it ever get any better?”

“Nope. Never.”

“Not even when your kids are all grown up?”

“Not even then. In fact, in some ways, it actually gets worse.”

“You mean you still worry about me?”

“That’s right. And like all parents, I’m sure I will until the day I die — unless of course a bear eats you in the next few days.”

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Davis to drink West Sac water?


The City of Davis is looking for a new source of drinking water to replace its problematic use of ground water. Options include forming a partnership with Woodland to build a new plant to process water from the Sacramento River or becoming a water customer of West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   A Davis city advisory committee last week recommended continuing along the road to a Woodland-Davis water project while negotiating with West Sacramento to try to lower the proposed $142 million tab of that option.

Davis is looking for a better price from West Sacramento on 12 million gallons of water a day for 30 years, with an option to renew.

Davis has estimated the cost of a partnership with Woodland at $163 million – a projection that calls for bigger residential and commercial water bills.

West Sacramento city officials have told the News-Ledger that the local treatment plant at Bryte Bend now has the capacity to fill the order from Davis, and the resulting cash flow could be used to finance future expansion of the plant.

Davis officials expect to make a final decision by October, after a further round of talks with West Sacramento.

(Editor’s note: After receiving their committee’s recommendation, the Davis City Council this week opted to continue exploring both the Woodland and West Sacramento options, while looking to reduce costs).

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