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Arrested for vandalizing state capitol:

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

A West Sacramento man went to jail Sunday night after allegedly vandalizing California’s state capitol building, the treasurer’s office and Sacramento city hall.

  According to the San Jose Mercury News, the suspect is 21-year old Michael Dopkins, who allegedly threw rocks and concrete at several sides of the Capitol building, damaging doors and windows. He then moved on to the treasurer’s building and city hall, causing more damage.

A CHP spokesperson said Dopkins told police he was trying to get attention because “he had a lot of solutions the government needed to know about.”

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Cheap books! Sale this weekend at library

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library have scheduled a book sale for this weekend (March 3-4) at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4, and Sunday’s are 10-3. $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for paperbacks, children’s books 10-25 cents, and there will also be VHS movies and videocassette books. On Sunday, items are $2/bag.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4, or email wsfol99@yahoo.com. Sale proceeds benefit library programs.

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Southport brush fire burns bee hives

West Sacramento firefighters douse a brush fire among several dozen commercial beehives near South River Road


NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

West Sacramento firefighters last Wednesday responded to a brush fire on the 30000 block of South River Road in Southport.

They found  a half acre of vegetation burning — along with about 50 beekeepers’ bee hives.

Most of the hives were empty, but some had active colonies of honeybees, reports the department.

Using a water tender and 700 feet of hose, firefighters quenched the flames.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” reports the fire department.

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Help RCHS baseball go to Raley Field


The River City High baseball team is selling River Cats game ticket vouchers to earn a chance to play one of their own games at Raley Field this year.

Vouchers are $17.50 and can be exchanged for tickets to “Gold Rush” section seats at the field’s “will call” section for any available River Cats game. Contact baseball team parents or coach Jeff Cox, jcox@wusd.k12.ca.us or 916 752-6320.

The RCHS game scheduled for Raley Field will be held on April 21, with junior varsity playing Linden High School at 4 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. Admission to that game is free.

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West Sac man believed responsible for murder-suicide in Sacramento


Two men are dead after a shooting just before a scheduled model airplane club meeting at Sacramento Municipal Utility District headquarters on Feb. 21. The shooter in the apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been 73-year old Robert Gully of West Sacramento.

  According to various media reports, the victim was Gully’s former friend, 62-year old Jerome Votaw of Sacramento, who had been in a relationship with Gully’s estranged, 49-year old wife.

Gully and Votaw, both active in the club, argued in the parking lot on that Tuesday evening, before Gully pulled a gun and killed Votaw. The woman saw the shooting and fled toward the building, and Gully fired at her, missing but hitting SMUD’s glass doors.

Gully then went into the lobby, but the president of the Sacramento Area Modelers club calmed him down and talked him into walking back out. Gully shot himself as police were arriving.

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Foster care, & a bowl of soup

Cherie Schroeder, Humberto Izquierdo & his daughter Julieta, Sammie Corbacho with Soup’s On Host Supervisor Don Saylor, Adriana Perez, Dave Storms and his family, Mary Beth Gustafson holding daughter Olivia. Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman

 NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

From the Woodland Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

It was a recipe for success.  Begin with a great cause, mix in dozens of volunteers, over 60 delicious homemade soups and a silent auction. Next, open the doors to the public for about four hours and voila! Serve up a fabulous event to assist Yolo County’s most vulnerable children.

What started eight years ago, in Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s home with three pots of soup, burst the Davis Community Church’s capacity on January 26th as the 8th Annual Soup’s On benefit was held in support of local foster care.

  Over 350 guests enjoyed homemade soup, live music by Neon Lite and guitarist David Hafter, and a bountiful silent auction, organized by Woodland Community College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds.  A wonderful time was had and best of all – when the adding machines quieted, the tally for the evening was well over $22,000.  These funds will be used to give local foster children the opportunity to shop for new clothes and essential items when first brought into care, plus the chance to earn high school or college credits at the Woodland Community College with curriculum to “Open Doors to Success”.

“The message of this evening is that foster parents look like you and me”, said Cherie Schroeder, Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education program director and the county’s coordinator for foster care recruitment and retention.

Foster-to-adopted youth Jessica Shockey expressed her gratitude and joy saying “I love foster-care,” and proud mother, Lynne Shockey, standing by Jessica’s side, concurred and spoke about the joy of fostering and watching the miracle of positive change.

Supervisor Saylor thanked the community for their incredible support saying “These are our kids.  Together, we can transform their lives for the better.”

The organizers of the Soup’s On benefit want to thank all the individuals who volunteered their time, businesses for generous contributions, and those who gave so whole-heartedly in these tough fiscal times.   A special thank you goes out to Supervisor Saylor for his inspiration and to his amazing support team lead by Deputy Diane Parro and Assistant Deputy Emily Henderson.

For information about becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent in Yolo County, please go to www.yolofostercare.com or give Cherie Schroeder a call at (530) 574-1964.

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Court restores tobacco tax money


First 5 Yolo – a local agency funded with tobacco tax money – believes it is on track to distribute $2.5 million in additional money to Yolo organizations that support kids up to age five and their families over the next three years.

The money was held up after the passage of state legislation that attempted to shift the revenue to the state in order to help balance California’s budget. But a court decision blocked the assembly bill.

The state has until March 19 to decide whether to appeal, said a First 5 Yolo spokesperson.

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