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Man in custody for hit-and run death; woman still sought as ‘person of interest’
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – NOV 7, 2013 –
West Sacramento police say the male suspect in Tuesday night’s hit-and-run killing on Sacramento Avenue turned himself in to police at about 5 p.m. today.
He is identified as Joshua Neil Anthon, 31, of Rio Linda. Anthon has been booked into Yolo County Jail on one count of murder. Police believe his motorhome struck and killed Michael Ray Anderson in the parking lot of a liquor store and shopping center on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue. Anderson, age 55, was a West Sacramento resident.
Detectives are still looking for the woman believed to be with Anthon in the RV.
West Sacramento police have identified her as 33-year old Pamela Nicole McKee, of Sacramento, considered a “person of interest” in the case. Anyone with information on McKee’s whereabouts is asked to call W.S.P.D. at (916) 372-3375.
Police believe there was some sort of dispute involving the suspects and the victim before the RV hit Anderson.
After Tuesday night’s incident, police released surveillance video stills of the suspects and the motorhome to the media. The exposure helped, said Lieutenant Tod Sockman.
“The dedicated detectives of the West Sacramento Police Department worked around the clock since Tuesday night to identify and bring this person into custody,” said Sockman in a press release. “The West Sacramento Police Department is grateful to the media and the citizens for their assistance in this investigation. The broadcast of Anthon’s and McKee’s photographs via media and social media networks resulted in a significant amount of tips from the community which led to their identification.”
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Do you know these men? Hawaii woman seeks photos of six West Sac Vietnam casualties
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —
By Steve Marschke
A Hawaii woman is on a mission to help us remember “the boys.”
Her mission is to help those trying “to put a face with every name” etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.. They’re trying to collect a photo of every American who lost his life in the Vietnam War.
Her effort has put Janna Hoehn in touch first with media in Maui County, then with her hometown in California, and now with other California newspapers. Hoehn has a list of soldiers for whom she’d like to find photographs, and six of those fallen vets were from West Sacramento.
How did Hoehn get started?
“Five years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C.,” she explained in an email. “Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone in Vietnam, I wanted an etching.”
Using a piece of paper held over the engraved stone wall of the memorial, Hoehn traced the name of a fallen soldier at random. It was Gregory John Crossman, MIA (missing in action). She tried to locate his family to send them the etching, but couldn’t find them. Later, though, she found a photo of Crossman and then heard about a “call for photos” by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. After she sent it into the memorial fund, she was asked to track down photos of the other 42 Maui County soldiers who died in Vietnam.
“I started by combing the phone books, calling every ‘like’ name of each soldier,” said Hoehn. “I found about ten of them this way, then (went) off to the archived yearbooks for every high school in Maui. I found a few more.”
She also looked through newspaper obituaries at the library, and got publicity in the Maui News and its website. Photos started coming in, and she got all 42.
Hoehn then moved on to finding photos for the six soldiers from her hometown area (San Jacinto and Hemet, California) who were killed in Vietnam. Now she’s expanded her search to the whole state, making it her mission to find a photo of every California native who died in that war.
“All of these photos will be submitted to the ‘Wall of Faces’ online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as the future Education Center adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.,” said Hoehn. “Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall. It keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
On her list right now are four fallen soldiers listed from West Sacramento:
Richard Arias (who lived from 1944 to his Vietnam War death in 1969); Thomas E. Bumgarner (1933-1969); Dickie D. Koell, Jr. (1950-1969); and Franklin R. White (1938-1963).
She’s also seeking photos from two men listed as living in Broderick (now part of West Sacramento): Charles A. Coats (1950-1968) and John W. Tiderencel (1947-1969).
“If anyone (reading this) is related – a friend or a classmate to any of these Yolo County boys, I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” said Hoehn. “Even if you don’t have a photo, but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single soldier whose name is etched on the wall – all 58,286 of them. To date, we have 32,000 photos.”
Hoehn is also looking for anyone who can help with local “legwork” on the project.
You may reach her at email@example.com.
Anyone who finds a picture of one of these fallen West Sacramentans is also invited to send a copy of the photo, and any pertinent details, to the News-Ledger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the memorial wall, visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.
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Pair in motorhome sought after hit-and-run killing on Sacramento Avenue
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – NOV 6, 2013 –
West Sacramento police are looking for help from the public after a man was struck and killed by an RV in a Sacramento Avenue shopping center parking lot last night.
Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. reports that police responded to 960 Sacramento Avenue – a liquor store near Arteaga’s Market – at about 9:40 last night (Oct. 5). They found a deceased man in the parking lot. He had been killed, apparently, after being struck by an RV that fled the scene eastbound on Sacramento Avenue.
Officers believe the killing occurred after the occupants of the motor home had been in an argument with the victim and other people before the killing.
The victim was Michael Ray Anderson, a 55-year old resident of West Sacramento, according to Mark Persons of the Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner’s office.
The motor home is tentatively described as a 1999 Tiffin Allegro, 28 to 30 feet in length. It is off-white with a blue or turquoise “rocker” on the bottom.
The suspects were picked up on video from one of the businesses in the complex. They are described as a white male man and woman, both in their early 30s.
See the photos with this article.
Police consider this to be a “homicide” investigation. If you have any information about the suspects or the vehicle, you’re asked to phone the West Sacramento police at (916) 372-3375.
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Can you clean up a criminal record? New Yolo County program helps some who can
NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —
From the County of Yolo
Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic. The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.
“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson in a press release. “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles. Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”
California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records. Because the law requires that the petition be filed in the county of conviction, the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic is only able to assist individuals who were convicted in Yolo County. If granted, post-conviction orders mitigate the negative impact of felony and misdemeanor convictions, increasing an individual’s chance to build a productive and stable life.
Working out of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, the clinic will also seek to connect ex-offenders with needed civil legal services such as employment or public benefits specialists.
To find out if you qualify for record mitigation services, call Hannah Labaree at (530) 666-8165.
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