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Free food in West Sacramento, Clarksburg


The Food Bank of Yolo County will give away free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Distribution times include 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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West Sac breaks ground for apartments near Tower Bridge and Raley Field

Pictured at the groundbreaking, left to right: City Manager Martin Tuttle; Community Development Director Charline Hamilton; The Wolff Company’s Development Team Manager Dan Nethercott; The River Cats’ Dinger; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; and David Mogavero, Principal Architect, Mogavero Notestine Associates. (Information & photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

Pictured at the groundbreaking, left to right: City Manager Martin Tuttle; Community Development Director Charline Hamilton; The Wolff Company’s Development Team Manager Dan Nethercott; The River Cats’ Dinger; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; and David Mogavero, Principal Architect, Mogavero Notestine Associates.
(Information & photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)


The Wolff Company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 8, at the West Sacramento location of their new development, The Capitol Yards. The new apartment project represents an important piece of the City of West Sacramento’s plan for a redeveloped riverfront.

The project is located at 777  5th St., near Raley Field, the Tower Bridge and the ziggurat building. The first phase, with 270 apartment units, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

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Police log: weekly round-up of crime calls includes wild marijuana plants


  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. This feature appears every week in the West Sacramento News-Ledger newspaper — to subscribe, see the special offer at bottom.

Aug. 7, 10:29 a.m.
A religious facility on Glide Avenue reported it would be holding a celebration for the end of Ramadan, and asked for police help with security for the event.

Aug. 7, 10:47 a.m.
A caller reported that there was a “heavy growth” of marijuana plants along Jefferson Boulevard between a bar and a convenience market, and in a vacant lot along the busy street.

Aug. 7, 1:07 p.m.
A Carolina Avenue resident reported “continuing to receive calls and texts from a person saying she is being held for ransom.”

Aug. 7, 8:21 p.m.
An injured raccoon had been caught in a trap by a resident of the 2800-block of Summerfield Drive. The trap had been dropped off by animal control officers, as the raccoon had been a problem “for quite a while.”

Aug. 8, 5:30 a.m.
Burglars got into an F Street home “and took laptops and ate food.”

Aug. 9, 5 a.m.
The copper drain pipes were found stolen from about 45 HVAC units at the Westmore Oaks Elementary School campus.

Aug. 9, 8:49 a.m.
A taco restaurant on Harbor said there were about 10-12 “very intimidating” subjects who had been parked in the parking lot since the day before. “Subjects have been coming into the business and using the restroom and taking drinks without paying.”

Aug. 9, 10:41 a.m.
Military police and their K9s were planning to use the K9 training course on Oak Street, and “may be firing blanks.”

Aug. 9, 11:51 a.m.
A drug store on the 1200-block of West Capitol said there was a woman on scene who had been “taking pictures of employees.” The woman told staff she was part of a “social media gang.”
After the confrontation, the store asked for an officer to respond. So did the woman with the camera.

Aug. 9, 12 p.m.
A Southport parent reported that, according to a daughter’s Twitter account, a “big bonfire” was planned at the end of Linden Road at night.

Aug. 9, 12:58 p.m.
Two women with “platinum hair extensions” had taken some wigs from an Ikea Court store and were now getting into a brown car outside.

Aug. 9, 3:05 p.m.
A Town Center Plaza department store said a man had been using a knife or box cutter to open some packages and steal perfume. The store did not stop him because he had the weapon.
The man was now outside with a woman, standing near a red Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Aug. 9, 6:52 p.m.
A citizen said there were some suspicious people at the site of a structure that had just been demolished near Golden Gate Drive and Marshall Road, and the people “seemed to be loading up wires and metal items.” They had arrived in a couple of vehicles.

Aug. 9, 9:34 p.m.
A woman on Delaware Avenue reported that a man had come into her yard and “said he just wanted to pet her cat.”
She said “no” to the man (who had a golden retriever), and the man then “got upset and started yelling profanities” before walking away.

Aug. 9, 5:38 p.m.
A 46-year old homeless man was arrested after a citizen saw him defecate on the sidewalk in front of a Merkley flower business. The citizen signed a citizen’s arrest after police detained the man.

Aug. 9, 3:12 p.m.
“Multiple” animals were found inside an abandoned 7th Street apartment, in inhumane conditions. The suspect was a 43-year old woman, address unknown.

Aug. 9, 1:17 p.m.
Police responded to the 2700-block of West Capitol, where a woman said she was assaulted under “vague” circumstances. Her husband was on searchable probation.
Their room was searched – resulting in the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, baggies, a glass pipe, and several large resealable bags “marked with previous amounts of marijuana (and) located in the top dresser drawer.”
Also found in the drawer, a trash can, a backpack and elsewhere were at least five cell phones, more baggies, a cup with $23 in cash, a digital scale and four more bags of marijuana that added up to about 45 grams. The pair went to jail.

Aug. 9, 8:46 a.m.
The air conditioner was stolen from a Milano Drive condo. Someone “sheared it off and cut all the large wires, (and) debolted the entire unit.”

Aug. 10, 2:47 a.m.
Staff at Raley Field detained three juveniles trespassing on the field. One was 10 years old. Police were requested to respond.

Aug. 10, 11:17 a.m.
A witness said a man and woman on Evergreen Circle were arguing about a child.
“Both were pulling and grabbing the child.”
The woman then left with the child.

Aug. 10, 1:52 p.m.
A 4th Street resident reported a “foul odor” over the past 24 hours. The resident then found a black bag nearby close to the railroad tracks with “something dead inside.” But the “smell was so bad, (the resident) wasn’t able to open the bag.”

Aug. 10, 3:46 p.m.
An elderly couple on Jefferson in Southport received a phone call that frightened them.
An unknown person named “Bob” phoned them, “asking how strong they were.”
The pair was now concerned someone was out to hurt them.

Aug. 10, 6:23 p.m.
There was “something on fire just outside the door” of a Carmel Bay Road home.
A resident was trying to put water on it, and everyone was now outside the house.

Aug. 10, 10:20 p.m.
Illegal fireworks were reported being used on Westacre Road, Michigan Blvd. and West Capitol Avenue.

Aug. 10, 11:48 p.m.
A man in a motel room on the 1800-block of West Capitol reported that a woman had just opened his room’s window blinds from outside “and asked him where she could get some drugs.”
He told her to leave.

Aug. 10, 10:13 a.m.
Police responded to a vehicle parked on the Broderick Boat Ramp, with one person loading stolen fencing into it and at least one more person inside. A 52-year old Perez Court woman and a 47-year old Cummins Way man were arrested. While the car was being towed, 3.9 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were found under the driver’s seat.

Aug. 10, 2:20 a.m.
At a Southport department store, there were five boys and a girl “loitering and climbing pillars.”

Aug. 11, 2:59 a.m.
At Linden Park: “Midsized pickup with its lights off was on the grass, driving around and tearing it up.”

Aug. 11, 8:07 a.m.
A woman requested an ambulance on the 800-block West Capitol. She said “she was hit by a bucket in the chest.”

Aug. 11, 12:05 p.m.
A citizen reported that a dog had been stabbed about two hours earlier, and was being taken to an after-hours veterinarian. The citizen had possible information on a suspect.

Aug. 11, 12:23 a.m.
A 61-year old Shasta Lake man was arrested for DUI on Michigan Blvd. He refused to take a field sobriety test, and blew 0.22 and 0.23 in alcohol breath tests (the “presumed intoxicated” limit is 0.08). He named the West Capitol bar he had been drinking at.

Aug. 11, 7:07 p.m.
A caller reported having left a blue FBI bag in a motel room on Stillwater Road.
He phoned back to ask about it, and a clerk reported it was no longer there.
“Inside (the bag) were two guns: a .45 auto and a Walker P3080. Both weapons were registered to Irvine police.”

Aug. 11, 7:55 p.m.
At Patwin Park, there was a man around 18 years old “riding a dirt bike in the grass, doing donuts.”

Aug. 11, 8:37 p.m.
“Cat stuck with its head under a trailer.”
The cat was unable to get out, reported a citizen, and “was in distress.” Police were asked to summon animal control services to this mobilehome park.

Aug. 11, 8:56 p.m.
A witness said there was a man standing in front of a West Capitol gas station, yelling at a woman and throwing rocks at her.
The woman wasn’t hurt, but the rocks were hitting passing cars.

Aug. 11, 3 p.m.
A citizen reported there was a subject selling “cat trees” from a pickup truck in a Riverpoint Drive parking lot. The fellow didn’t have a permit, and the citizen asked police to move him along.

Aug. 11, 4:17 p.m.
A Portola Street resident reported having lost a cell phone the prior night. A tracking device on the phone now showed the location of the phone, and the victim asked for police to help recover it.

Aug. 11, 4:17 p.m.
An “ongoing problem was reported”
A 13th Street neighbor of a fire station was hopping the station’s back fence to cut through to 15th Street.

Aug. 11, 5:58 p.m.
An Anna Street resident reported having lost a phone at a concert the prior night at a party. Today, a friend who had also been at the concert had posted an ad to sell the phone. When confronted, the friend denied having done this.

Aug. 11, 6:07 p.m.
A woman reported subjects “coming and going” from an 11th Street house, and “money and baggies being exchanged.” Some of them were also smoking marijuana in the driveway.
A dispatcher advised her to report the suspected drug activity to the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET), and the woman said she had already “called and left several messages for them.”

Aug. 12,  3 a.m.
A 29-year year old Holly Street man was arrested after an officer contacted him and found him drunk, in the driver’s seat of a car parked near Evergreen and Pecan, with the keys in the ignition. After being read his rights, the man admitted having some vodka and beer. There was an open container of beer in the center console.


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‘Fun Barn’ at fair attracts kids

LILY ANDERSEN -- then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011. (Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

LILY ANDERSEN — then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011.
(Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)


What’s not to like for kids, when the “Fun Barn” is in town at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland today through Aug.18?

Free stuff, arts and crafts, and fun science projects abound at the Family Fun Barn.  Daily themes range from “picnics” to “beaches” to “camp” and “backyard” fun. Parents like it too because its family-friendly and offers a place to relax between all the walking and other Fair activities.Always entertaining specialty crafts include “glow bugs,” “pool noodle art,” “charming necklaces,” “crab hats,” “lightning bugs” and “homemade Kaleidoscopes.”  Children delight in the hands-on science activities including “edible finger paints,” “no cook play dough,” and “moldable sand art.”

The Family Fun Barn is sponsored by Woodland Healthcare .Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts. Through the financial support of Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain volunteers are given a free parking pass for helping out.  To volunteer, go to www.yolokids.org or call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558.

For information on the fair in general, visit www.yolocountyfair.net.

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