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Car crashes into West Sac home

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Park Boulevard house had an unwelcome intruder on Friday night – a Toyota Rav4, to be specific.

Just after 11 p.m., West Sacramento police responded to the home on the 1800-block of Park for the report of a traffic collision.

“A vehicle had struck a parked car and then a residence,” said Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “It struck the laundry room, breaking through the exterior wall and hitting a washer and dryer. It apparently caused a gas leak.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Two people were in the house, he added, but neither was hurt.

The driver of the Toyota, 21-year old Mahlon Pick of West Sacramento, was arrested for suspected DUI and for driving with a suspended license. He and a female passenger mentioned they felt some pain after the collisions, but neither asked to be taken to the hospital.

“Witnesses reported the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed prior to the collision,” Steele told the News-Ledger. “The suspect was traveling southbound on Park, crossed to one side of the roadway and almost hit a tree, then counter-steered to the other side and collided with the rear of the vehicle and struck the house.”

[adrotate group=”10″]    The vehicle that was struck, a Honda belonging to the same victims, suffered major damage like the house, said Steele.

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Ramirez gone from ‘Cats & A’s

MANNY RAMIREZ: superstar slugger played with River Cats while attempting to return to majors (courtesy of Oakland A's)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

The Oakland A’s organization granted outfielder Manny Ramirez his release the organization last week.

Ramirez, a former star player, with  returned from his suspension from major league baseball to play 17 games with the triple-A River Cats minor league team based in West Sacramento. After a slow start, he brought his batting average to .302 with three doubles, 14 RBI, 17 stikeouts, five walks and no home runs.

But the A’s did not open a spot in their major league outfield for him.

Ramirez is now a free agent who says he hopes to play in the major leagues again if there’s an opportunity.

Meanwhile, the A’s came off a couple of high-scoring losses to the Tacoma Rainiers over the weekend. On Saturday at Raley Field, the Rainiers prevailed 11-5, led by a 3-for-4 night at the plate by Chris Carter that included Carter’s 11th home run of the season.

[adrotate group=”7″]   On Saturday, The Rainers won 12-10 in a season-record four hour, seven minute game.

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Railroad buys port land for new loop

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

Sierra Northern Railroad has purchased 18.82 acres of land from the Port of West Sacramento to support a new rail track loop and the planned SacPort BioFuels facility.

Purchase price was about $1.5 million, port director Mike Luken told the News-Ledger.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The port and Sierra Northern will jointly develop the new rail loop, with help from a $960,000 grant from the Federal Rail Administration to the port.

“The new loop track is a huge advance for the Port,” said Mike McGowan, a port commission chairman and county supervisor, in a press release. “We’ll be able to unload rail cars more quickly and efficiently, and reduce rail impacts in West Sacramento.”

The proposed SacPort BioFuels facility aims to show how locally generated, non-recyclable waste can be converted into locally made, locally used renewable fuels, said a port press release.

It will employ about 60 people at build-out.

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Support your local theater group

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The West Sacramento Theater Company needs volunteer ticket sellers, ushers, crew members or walk-on actors (to play police officers) for its upcoming July production of “Four Pennies,” which will play Fridays-Sundays from July 6 to July 29.

Email wsct@hotmail.com if you can help on any of these dates.

Visit the theater troop at www.westsactheater.com.

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Popular ‘Police Log’ feature from June 13

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  

  Subscribers to the News-Ledger get to see the ‘Police Log’ just about every week. Look for a special, easy subscription offer at the bottom of this article.

June 6, 4:42 a.m.
Employees at a not-yet-open supermarket on West Capitol said there was a man outside “scratching and knocking on the front windows and looking through the windows at the girls working, in a creepy way.”

[adrotate group=”9″] June 6, 9:49 a.m.
A Rockrose Road resident reported the home had been burglarized the day before. The caller’s nephew had walked in on the crime, scaring off three suspects. The nephew recognized one of the thieves. Gone were an iPod Touch music player, a cell phone and other items.

June 6, 10:30 a.m.
A caller from Westmore Oaks Elementary School said a cell phone had been stolen earlier that day. The phone had a GPS feature, which showed it was currently at a home on Willow Avenue.

June 6, 1:34 p.m.
A man started a grass fire on Marshall Road while mowing some brush or grass, and called 911.

June 6, 8:11 p.m.
A River Crest Drive man said a neighbor had seen three or four strangers in the man’s pool earlier that afternoon. The caller didn’t see them himself, but noted “they did move his backyard furniture around.”

June 7, 2:40 a.m.
An attempted carjacking was reported on the 1200-block of Carrie Street: Two men, one armed with a shotgun, tried to steal a car being driven by an 18-year old Jasmine Avenue man. The victim kept the car and the suspects fled before police arrived.

[adrotate group=”7″] June 7, 12:07 p.m.
A store on the 1600-block of West Capitol said there was “a male in the parking lot asking for money and growling at people when they didn’t give him anything.”

June 8, 10:40 a.m.
An adult day care center on Merkley Avenue reported that someone had set fire to a paper invoice tucked into an exterior door jamb during the night. There was minor damage to the door.

June 8, 3:08 p.m.
A big rig driver said he had just made a delivery to a Channel Drive business. But a group of 7-10 picketers was in the driveway, blocking his exit.

June 8, 5:45 p.m.
A domestic violence call was received from Southport.

June 8, 7:29 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said that two people “known to steal and run” were back in the store, and employees requested police assistance in removing them.

June 8, 7:32 p.m.
Police received a tip that a 29-year old wanted parolee was now getting into a tan Chevy pickup on Evergreen Circle. Officers responded and saw her, conducting a “high risk stop” of the pickup truck. The woman was identified and arrested without incident. In her purse was found a half gram of methamphetamine.

June 9, 12:16 a.m.
Four or five trees were reported to have been cut down or removed from a Summerfield Drive site.

June 9, 12:55 a.m.
On the 2400-block of West Capitol Avenue: A woman “says she let a male come over and now he is asleep in her chair and won’t leave.”

June 9, 9:03 a.m.
“Racial statements” were found written in ink on a fountain at a park, next to Gateway Drive and Sansome Street.

[adrotate group=”10″] June 9, 9:44 a.m.
A real estate agent said he went to a Coffeeberry Road residence to show it to a potential buyer, but found the front door kicked in and backpacks and clothes in a room on the second floor. He wasn’t sure if anything had been taken or if the trespassers were still in the home. He said he would wait outside for police.

June 9, 10:43 a.m.
Some mailboxes were found to have been pried open during the night on Independence Avenue.

June 9, 2:09 p.m.
A witness said there was a vehicle – now unoccupied – crashed in a driveway at the Industrial Boulevard postal center. Its air bags were deployed and its front axle had fallen off.

June 9, 2:46 p.m.
A caller said there was a man walking near the Merkley Avenue library and a nearby restaurant, “with his pants down around his ankles.”

June 9, 3:30 p.m.
A woman who had been assisted on a medical call earlier at a Harbor Boulevard taco restaurant now claimed that her purse was missing and she wished to file a police report. The store said the woman never had a purse with her – she paid with money pulled from her bra.

June 9, 3:34 p.m.
Two male subjects tried to steal an 18-pack of beer from a market on 3rd Street – but the store owner got the beer back.

June 9, 5:57 p.m.
A caller complained of “aggressive union members” picketing at a supermarket at Town Center Plaza.

June 9, 9:19 p.m.
Police received several reports of fireworks being used over a couple of hours near streets including Michigan Blvd., Hobson Avenue and Cummins Way.

June 9, 9:37 a.m.
A Southport woman said her daughter-in-law had pawned a 22 carat gold family necklace. The suspect told her mother-in-law that she would have to pay the pawnbroker if she wanted it back.

June 10, 12:05 a.m.
A resident near Long Island Street and Fraser Island Road complained of a loud party, saying one of the partiers had just urinated on the caller’s lawn.

June 10, 2 a.m.
An officer conducted a “business check” of a gas station on the 1000-block of Jefferson. The officer found a baggie with 0.7 grams of cocaine on the floor.

June 10, 7:51 a.m.
A Norfolk Avenue resident reported that someone had thrown oranges at the front door, damaging the screen.

June 10, 8:36 a.m.
A man at a mobilehome park on the 2000-block of West Capitol said that someone had come inside while he was out, and “put some kind of dirt” on the hallway carpet.

June 10, 11:44 a.m.
A witness reported that there were a couple of juveniles, around age 11-14, on the roof of a building at Bridgeway Lakes Community Park.

June 10, 12 p.m.
A grass fire was reported near Burrows Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, just inside the southern city limits.

June 10, 12:37 p.m.
A woman was in the lobby of a Halyard Drive hotel, causing a disturbance with employees. “Another guest paid her to stay one night,” a dispatcher was told. The woman was wearing a blonde wig and a red dress with flowers.

June 10, 1:40 p.m.
A bank on West Capitol reported that there was a woman inside, irate. The woman was trying to get money out of an account but had no ID, and she was refusing to leave. The suspect was wearing a blonde wig and a red dress with flowers.

June 10, 7:42 p.m.
A burglary was reported on Higgins Road. Gone were a $700 bike, a chain saw and a garage door opener.

June 10, 10:04 p.m.
A 1993 Buick Sentry was stolen from a 5th Street location the prior Friday.

June 10, 10:05 p.m.
A motel on the 900-block of West Capitol said that a friend of a tenant hadn’t paid for a room, was refusing to leave, and “got aggressive with the manager and went after another tenant with a stick.”

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Tuttle ‘excited’ to take West Sac’s helm

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

  EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 7, the News-Ledger published in online article announcing the appointment of Martin Tuttle to be the next city manager for West Sacramento. Following is an updated version of that story from our June 13 edition, printed after we had a chance to talk with Tuttle and Mayor Cabaldon about Tuttle’s selection.

MARTIN TUTTLE: will take over from Toby Ross as West Sacramento city manager in July (photo courtesy of Caltrans)

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday chose Martin Tuttle as the next city manager. Tuttle is currently deputy director for planning and modal systems at Caltrans, and he will take his new post here on July 10. Tuttle replaces Toby Ross, who is retiring after 10 years at West Sacramento’s helm.

“We on the council want to keep challenging ourselves to get better and take the community to the next level,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “In terms of being able to turn all the knobs and make the bureaucracy work, Marty is a great choice.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Tuttle’s resume includes six years as executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) – an alliance that includes West Sacramento. SACOG has been involved in regional planning, and  helped the city find financing for some of the its big infrastructure projects during Tuttle’s tenure at SACOG from 1999 to 2005.

But he has been crossing paths with the city and its leaders for even longer.

“I worked for 13 years for (former Assemblyman) Tom Hannigan,” said Tuttle, referring to a time when Hannigan represented the city. “Then I ran the Solano Transportation Authority for three years. After I left SACOG, I helped run a development company called New Faze for three years.”

Tuttle also worked as land use planning manager for URS before joining Caltrans.

He told the News-Ledger he expects to change his residence from Davis to West Sacramento soon.
What does he see as his strengths?

“I think they were looking for a competent manager who can get results and work well with a cohesive council and staff,” said Tuttle. “I think the city has great vision and a great location.”

“My skill set is unique,” he added. “My work throughout the region, country and state will help bring money and expertise to local projects. I’m excited.”

He praised the work of his predecessors at the city manager’s desk – Toby Ross and Joe Goeden, who between them held the job for nearly all the city’s first 25 years.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Marty Tuttle aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “Recruiting a manager of this caliber means that West Sacramento won’t miss a beat on the waterfront, neighborhoods, the port, flood protection, economic development, prudent budgeting and our other priorities.”

Tuttle is a UC Davis graduate and a fourth-generation Californian, reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.

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Free food tomorrow in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute food to eligible residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, June 19.

Hours of distribution will be: 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Drive; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag, and attend only one of the sites.

[adrotate group=”9″] For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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