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Got leftover prescription drugs?


The West Sacramento Police Department will take part in the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can drop off your expired or unwanted prescription medications at the police department, 550 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento. (From Jefferson Blvd., go west on Triangle and turn left into the police parking lot).

The service is anonymous and free. Staff will accept your drop-offs and will see that the drugs are safely disposed of.

“Since most people who abuse prescription drugs say that they get them from family members or friends, it is imperative that we all take steps to dispose of unwanted drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner in a press release.

The national “take-back” day includes a number of California locations. For other drop-off spots, go to www.dea.gov and click on “Got Drugs?”

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‘Celebrity Fashion Show’ returns to WS

ABOVE: West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas takes a bike onto the fashion runway at a prior “Celebrity Fashion Show” (courtesy photo)

ABOVE: West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas takes a bike onto the fashion runway at a prior “Celebrity Fashion Show” (courtesy photo)


  The Yolo County Children’s Alliance & Child Abuse Prevention Council are sponsoring their annual Celebrity Fashion Show at 6 p.m. this Friday, at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

For information, call (530) 757-5558 or visit www.yolokids.org To sponsor this event benefiting local children with a donation of money or prizes for the silent auction, email jbeckner@yolocounty.org.


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2011 RCHS grad now in the Navy


Navy Seaman Recruit Stephanie Voroukoumanh, daughter of Mary Voroukoumanh of West Sacramento, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercised to designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment, reports the Navy.

Voroukoumanh is a 2011 graduate of River City High School.

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Robbery during marijuana deal: West Sac man convicted for 2011 crime


  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm.  The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.  

  According to the D.A.’s office:

  On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.

  Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene.  Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.


  Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office.  She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release.  “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”

  Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial.  He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.

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