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Locals in uniform: Pruitt, Saefong

[adrotate group=”10″]  FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

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.

[adrotate group=”7″]  — 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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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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