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‘HEART OF THE CITY’: West Sac’s youth

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL —

Congratulations to  Stonegate Elementary, the local 2012 boys scholastic basketball champions!

Stonegate was crowned the Washington Unified School District 2012 boys basketball champs after a 47-38 win over Westmore Oaks. As usual, the road wasn’t easy!

Stonegate had an overall record of 6-1. Starting players for Stonegate were Richard Horn, Franklin Stowers,  Kalvin Chavez, Daylen Carter and Adal Rasaphangthong. Alex Yang was the coach.

For Westmore Oaks, Nate Barrett had 15 points, Brian Saeteang 12 points, Savion Washington 10 rebounds and 3 points.

For Westmore Oaks, the road was tough just to get to the championship game. Against Southport, Westmore trailed for three quarters but pulled it out in the fourth quarter for a 33-31 win. Westmore standouts included. Nate Barrett 9 points Jesse Zalasky 15 rebounds. Coaches were Ron Ruaro and  Willow Daykin

Congratulations on another great season.

Something new has been added!

[adrotate group=”9″]   Well, not brand-new, but United States Youth Volleyball League is up and spiking, thanks to Tammy and Steve Bacon, the River City volleyball coaches.

They run a great program while recognizing that their girls and their league coaches have not had as much volleyball experience as they’ve had in other sports. Each girl gets her own volleyball and a T shirt uniform. Heck, even us coaches get a shirt!

They have a preseason coaches clinic, and once a week for an hour practice is another coached clinic, with each practice scripted as to what basic skills will be taught that day. Then, Tammy and Steve walk around and help the coaches and players learn the basics. After an hour of practice it is not unusual for the players to comment, “Wow that was fast – we’re done already?”

The league has four age groups and game days against Folsom and Elk Grove are on the way/  You can see the teams at River City High School on Saturday mornings, over by the tennis courts, spiking and  serving away.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Heck, when a challenger for the state championship , Union Mine High School, is in your high school’s league, why not start a youth program and catch up? Way to go Tammy and Steve!

Noting, quoting and emoting:

Congratulations to  District  6 Little League for submitting a proposal to O.C. Jones Company TLC program and receiving  a grant chosen from hundreds of proposals. The grant will help the City and West Sacramento Little League make improvements at Memorial Park, home of West Sacramento Little League.

Congrats to Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento and member Tony Schwall for coordinating and  sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student from West Sacramento to Chile and hosting a student from Japan. Now, Uvaldo Perez of West Sacramento will be sponsored to go to Austria! Wow, Austria for a year! Cool.

Finally hats off to the  River City  Girls J.V. and  varsity soccer teams. We are all familiar with the extreme cold and rain this past month but these girls are out there in it, practicing every day and play.

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Free tours of training ship at port

The Golden Bear, training ship of the California Maritime Academy (from the ship's website)

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

Visitors will be welcome on the Golden Bear – the 500-foot teaching ship of the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo – when the ship visits the Port of West Sacramento on Sunday, April 29.

The vessel will arrive around 1:30 p.m., and free tours will be offered from 2-4 p.m.

Other agencies and community groups will be on hand, including the West Sacramento Fire Department Prevention Trailer, the local police, chamber of commerce, River City Rowing Club, Washington Outboard Club, and the local chapter of the Sea Scouts.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults must have government photo identification (driver’s license/veteran ID, city badge, university card, etc.). A bus will take visitors from the port parking lot to the ship.

The port is located at 2895 Industrial Boulevard at Harbor Boulevard. For more information, call Amy Cameron at the port, 617-4733.

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Shooting, carjacking suspect ID’d

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 21, 2012 —

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has released the identity of the suspect shot and killed after a crime spree that started in West Sacramento Friday morning and led to the closure of I-80 on the Yolo Causeway (see earlier posts on this site).

JIMMY LEE GRAVES: dead after crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway

He was 38-year old Jimmy Lee Graves, of Sacramento.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department described what happened to bring the pursuit to a conclusion, after what he described an “exhaustive investigation” involving many surrounding law enforcement agencies:

“While attempting to secure the scene in the 1900 block of Ethan Way a suspect fled from Sacramento County Deputies, barricaded himself and started a fire in the apartment,” reported Steele in a press release. “After a standoff in which the suspect was repeatedly ordered to surrender the suspect was shot by Sacramento County Deputies to allow for emergency personnel to extinguish the rapidly growing fire.”

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Suspect dead in Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 21, 2012 —

The suspect in yesterday’s carjackings that shut down I-80 at the Yolo Causeway is dead after a shooting involving Sacramento sheriff’s deputies at an apartment complex. Following is the entire set of press releases summarizing the incident from the West Sacramento Police Department:

PRESS RELEASE  April 20

“On 4-20-12 at approximately 0557 hours the West Sacramento Police Department responded to 407 Harbor Boulevard, West Sacramento (B&R Head and Block) for a report that employees at this location had been shot at when they arrived at work.  Initial reports stated there were possibly two suspects involved.  West Sacramento Police Officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter.

“At approximately 0640 hours the West Sacramento Police Department received a report of a carjacking in the area of Poplar and West Capitol Avenue.  Officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle a brown Ford Focus.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which fled from police at a high rate of speed.  The suspect then exited the vehicle on foot in the area of 2919 West Capitol Avenue.  Officers began chasing the suspect who carjacked a second vehicle at gunpoint.  Officers confronted the suspect ordering him to surrender and were fired upon by the suspect.  An officer returned fire and the suspect fled the scene in the stolen white Ford F-150 truck ramming a police vehicle.

[adrotate group=”7”]   “The suspect then began traveling westbound on West Capitol Avenue at a high rate of speed fleeing from pursuing officers.  The suspect again fired on a West Sacramento Police Officer striking a patrol car and causing the officer to loss control of his vehicle.

“The suspect vehicle began traveling westbound on Interstate 80 losing control and striking the center divider on Interstate 80 east of Enterprise Avenue.  A perimeter was established at both the 407 Harbor Boulevard location and Interstate 80 on the causeway.  Vehicle traffic across the causeway was shut down to ensure public safety.  Numerous SWAT teams, K-9 teams, helicopters and other resources responded to assist with these scenes.

“While working both of these active crime scenes at approximately 1000 hrs. a report was received of another carjacking that occurred in the area of County Road 127 and River Road in Yolo County.  Yolo County Sheriff’s Department personnel and assisting agencies responded to this scene.  At this scene it was determined that a suspect driving a tractor (believed to have been stolen) approached a male victim and struck the victim over the head.

[adrotate group=”9”]   “That victim’s vehicle a 2008 Ford F150 truck with a California license plate of 8N44911 was taken by the suspect.   This vehicle was later located abandoned in the area of Lerwick and Morse Ave. in Sacramento County.

“Through an on-going investigation potential suspect information and numerous potential suspect locations were obtained.  At approximately 1855 hours the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SED personnel responded to investigate a potential lead of a suspect at 1968 Ethan Way, Sacramento, Ca.

“After a confrontation with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department personnel the suspect was shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.  Identification of the suspect is pending by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

“While this is an ongoing investigation it appears that the suspect is in fact the individual involved in the numerous carjackings and who twice fired upon West Sacramento Police Officers earlier in the day.  The investigation continues at this time.

“The West Sacramento Police Department would like to thank the more than 12 law enforcement agencies and numerous officers who assisted in this investigation.  We would also like to thank the community for its understanding of any inconvenience as we worked to safeguard the public.”

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Fireworks sellers picked by lottery

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

Eight local churches and charities were chosen from among 41 applicants by lottery for a permit to operate a fireworks booth in West Sacramento during this year’s Fourth of July season.

For the first time, the city legalized use of “safe and sane” fireworks last year for a limited time during the Independence Day holiday, and authorized eight charities to run booths. The booths earned an average of $12,000 last year, reports the city clerk.

[adrotate group=”10″]   This year’s vendors will be Campus Life Connection/Collings Teen Center, American Legion Baseball, Knights of Columbus (Our Lady of Grace), Southport Community Church, Our Lady of Grace School, West Sacramento Historical Society, Youth for Christ Ministries and the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition.

Applicants were selected from categories – “youth,” “service,” “arts, culture & education” or “at large.”

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A lopsided soccer win for Gold

ABOVE: JASON JONES of the Sacramento Gold (right) goes over the head of a visiting San Francisco player. Jones scored four of the Gold’s nine goals for the night. (Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

The Gold won Sunday’s home opener at River City High School Field, beating the San Francisco Stompers 9-0.

The semi-pro Gold soccer team plays next at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 22 at RCHS, hosting the Bay Area Ambassadors. $5 (No charge for kids under six or youth soccer players in uniform).

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Manolo Pina (who scored 2 of the 9 goals) coming from behind at the right to get the ball (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

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Causeway reopened after ‘shots fired’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE —

A few minutes ago, authorities reopened the Yolo Causeway connecting West Sacramento and points west. Traffic has been backed up for over six hours as the freeway was closed for the search for a fugitive (see prior post).