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The News-Ledger’s ‘Police Log’

  The ‘Police Log appears weekly in the News-Ledger. Here’s a sample, from the News-Ledger, Sept. 28, 2011.

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.  

Sept. 21, 5:40 a.m.
An Almond Street man said that a coyote lives in the field behind his house. But last night, he heard a single gunshot – after which, the coyote stopped howling and barking. He feared someone had shot it, and “was just concerned about someone shooting a gun.” He did not phone earlier because he had been unable.

Sept. 21, 6:30 a.m.
250 feet of copper wire valued at $2,000 were stolen from a bus on the 1200-block of South River Road.

Sept. 21, 1:40 a.m.
A witness said there was a naked man near some trees in a parking lot at a motel on the 1200-block of West Capitol.

Sept. 21, 3:16 a.m.
A man reported that he had been on a bicycle near South River Road and 15th Street when a vehicle pulled up behind him, and someone threw a beer bottle at his face and then ran over his bike. He wasn’t injured. The suspect vehicle was a white Acura.

    Sept. 21, 4:49 p.m.
An Essex Avenue resident reported that the residents of a next-door home had been evicted and the home was condemned. But people were “squatting” in the house, and were stealing electrical power from the caller’s property.

Sept. 21, 6:53 p.m.
An “uncooperative” shoplifting suspect was in custody at a West Capitol Avenue supermarket, after trying to run with $70 worth of food items. He had no ID.

Sept. 9:05 p.m.
A carjacking was reported at Evergreen and Sycamore avenues. An unknown man with a handgun approached the victims’ vehicle, held the driver at gunpoint, and took the car, leaving the scene with two other suspects.

Sept. 22, 7:37 a.m.
An estranged father broke into a north-area house, taking the family Chihuahua and leaving on foot.

Sept. 22, 8:06 a.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she had been jogging the prior Friday at about 10 a.m. near Southport Parkway and Ramco Street, when a man came up from behind and stole her Blackberry “smart phone” and headphones from her hands, and ran off. She had filed a report online with Sacramento police earlier, and they had just contacted her and referred her to West Sacramento police.

Sept. 22, 10 a.m.
Copper wiring was reportedly stolen from a business complex on South River Road.

Sept. 22, 12 p.m.
A vandalism victim told police there was surveillance video of a neighbor woman “popping the tire” of the victim’s vehicle on F Street.

Sept. 22, 12:47 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store reported that a woman was trying to pick up merchandise ordered online, and the woman was using a fake ID. The items were worth about $1,000.

Sept. 22, 12:52 p.m.
A caller said there was a registered child molester living on San Carlos Street, too close to area schools.

Sept. 22, 2:38 p.m.
A theft was reported next to a fast food restaurant on Harbor Boulevard. A male suspect took an elderly woman’s purse from the trunk lid of a parked car, and fled on foot towards West Capitol.

Sept. 22, 3:04 p.m.
A Sacramento hospital reported a claim from a woman that she had been raped “a few weeks ago” by three men at a West Sacramento convalescent facility.

Sept. 22, 4:36 p.m.
A caller told police he or she was now following a suspect on West Capitol, after seeing the suspect steal a shopping cart from a nearby store.

Sept. 22, 6:49 a.m.
An officer saw a “realistic looking” pellet gun in the road at 5th and C, and “due to its appearance and close location to several school stops, the item was collected for destruction.”

Sept. 23, 6:11 a.m.
A Seaport Boulevard food distribution company reported that eight batteries had been stolen from the truck fleet. They were valued at about $1,000.

Sept. 23, 7:27 a.m.
A caller said there was a woman sitting at the corner of Clarendon Street and Meadow Road, with a sign advertising tutoring services. The caller asked that “she be checked out.”

Sept. 23, 8:10 a.m.
A Redwood Avenue resident said there was a brown sports car with front-end damage parked nearby. A neighbor had said that the driver parked the car an hour earlier and ran off into a nearby field.

Sept. 23, 8:56 a.m.
An auto parts store on Harbor Boulevard said there was a man of about 24 years old who appeared disoriented and was “wandering through” and “not stealing items, but taking items and putting them in his pockets, then putting the items back on the shelf.” The man apparently didn’t know his name or where he was.

Sept. 23, 11:25 a.m.
Somebody “threw paint” on a blue Saturn parked on Reuter Drive.

Sept. 23, 1:28 p.m.
A Honda Accord hit a fence and tree at a Harbor Boulevard car wash, also breaking a water line. The caller had shut off water at the site.

Sept. 23, 2:29 p.m.
A silver Honda Insight and another car were involved in a collision at a stop sign in a Riverpoint Court business area. The Insight’s driver refused to provide information or move her car until police arrived.

Sept. 23, 4:11 p.m.
A bicyclist reported that somebody in a green Subaru had thrown a Coke bottle at him, in an incident near the I Street Bridge.

Sept. 23, 4:39 p.m.
A citizen reported that a possibly-known suspect had written profanities on a parked car, using marking pens. The car had been parked at Todhunter Avenue apartments.

Sept. 23, 5:34 p.m.
A witness said a black Mustang and dark blue Mitsubishi had been racing near Linden and Jefferson “over 70 miles per hour.”

Sept. 24, 8:39 a.m.
A merchant at 1300 West Capitol said a female transient was harassing customers in the parking lot, and asked that she be “moved along.”

Sept. 24, 8:48 a.m.
An Elder Drive resident said that there was an ongoing problem with an unhitched trailer parked on the street “every day.” The woman checked with code enforcement officers, who said it couldn’t legally be parked there unless it was connected to a vehicle. She had been advised to call police.

Sept. 24, 9:16 a.m.
An unlocked vehicle was found burglarized on Highland Drive. Its registration paperwork was gone. Police collected surveillance camera footage and fingerprints.

Sept. 24, 9:36 a.m.
A restaurant on the 1500-block of West Capitol reported that someone had again cut the lock off a gate to the back of the property. It was unknown if anything had been taken. A similar incident had occurred two days earlier.

Sept. 24, 10:35 a.m.
A witness said there was a “transient sleeping in a clump of bamboo” behind Watercourse Lane, possibly setting up a camp.

Sept. 24, 10:51 a.m.
A home on Essex Avenue was reported burglarized. Gone were a table and small fridge.

Sept. 24, 11:04 a.m.
An Alabama Avenue resident reported someone’s Cadillac SUV was blocking the driveway.

Sept. 24, 11:06 a.m.
A Bridge Place resident said someone else’s unknown gray sedan was parked in the resident’s driveway.

Sept. 24, 12:16 p.m.
Several cars were found burglarized in the morning on Drever Street. Damage and loss wasn’t yet known.

Sept. 24, 2:33 p.m.
A merchant at 5th and C streets reported having asked an intoxicated woman to leave the store. The woman was now “stumbling into traffic and mooning passersby.”

Sept. 24, 5:24 p.m.
A witness said a reckless driver in a Dodge 4X4 had sped through the Southport Town Center Plaza, and then left. The suspect was a man about 40 years old, with a beard and shaved head.

Sept. 24, 10:30 p.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Seaport Boulevard. Gone were an iPod music player worth $250 and other items.

Sept. 25, 9:39 a.m.
An Inglewood Drive resident reported that several vehicles on the street had been found burglarized after the night. One was missing a $100 CD player and a $300 iPod.

Sept. 25, 10:25 a.m.
A woman on Greenwood Avenue said someone had “dumped trash into the bed of her truck sometime last week.” But she might have the suspect’s supermarket club membership card.

Sept. 25, 12:18 p.m.
A small sedan and a truck collided on I80 near Harbor, and a person was reported to be trapped in the sedan. Injuries were unknown.

Sept. 25, 8:16 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in the north city.

Sept. 25, 9:58 p.m.
A 2012 VW Jetta was found burglarized in a motel parking lot on Stillwater Road. Missing was an $80 radar detector.

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Results from Jefferson Blvd. DUI checkpoint

NEWS-LEDGER – SEPT. 7, 2011 –

The News-Ledger has obtained the results of a “DUI checkpoint” staged by the West Sacramento Police Department on Saturday, Aug. 27, as part of a statewide crackdown on drunk drivers through the Labor Day holiday travel period.

The checkpoint ran from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on the 3200-block of Jefferson Boulevard in Southport, reports Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D.

Although there were no drunk driving arrests, six people were cited for unlicensed driving.

The police department announced in advance that there would be a DUI checkpoint that night somewhere in the city, but did not announce its location. The policy is meant to deter drinking and driving.

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Automatic weapon likely used on Proctor Avenue home


  Editor’s note: This article is an updated and corrected version of an article published in our print edition on Aug. 31.

  We received new information after going to press. Unlike the shooting on West Capitol Avenue on Aug. 27 that left a man dead, there was no press release (and little or know attention in the regional media) about the following incident on Proctor Avenue the same week. It took a little longer for the News-Ledger to get the basic information.

Somebody shot up an occupied house on Proctor Avenue and then got away at about 10 p.m. on Thursday night. No one was hurt.

“Basically, a person walked up to the house and fired off a high powered weapon,” said Lieutenant Scott McCartney of the West Sacramento Police Department.

The shooting may have been connected to arguments that the resident had had earlier with another person, who is a suspect, McCartney told the News-Ledger. As of yesterday, no arrests had been reported.

The shooting occurred  on the 1800-block of Proctor.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger that the shooting happened after three male suspects arrived in a vehicle.

“The resident of the home was in the front yard on the porch, and saw three people sneaking up on the house. One person popped up behind the vehicle and shot at him with dozens of rounds. Based on the volume of rounds fired on this house, it was likely an automatic weekend. We found dozens of shell casings.”

That would explain why at least one witness reported that it sounded like “machine gun” fire.

“There were at least three people in the house,” Sockman added, “and this included a baby. No one was hit.”

Sockman said that police were on the scene within “about 30 seconds,” but the suspects had left in the vehicle.

The investigation is continuing.

One dead after shooting on West Capitol


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A man has died of his injuries after being shot in the head at about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Welcome Grove Trailer Park.

West Sacramento Police Department answered a call that a man had been shot in space 50 at the complex. They found Matthew Smith lying injured inside that unit.

While police were setting up a perimeter, suspect Charles Quillin, age 21, walked up to them in front space 50 and was taken into custody without incident.

Police said they recovered the .32 caliber handgun used in the shooting – and firefighters who treated Smith found a .32 caliber handgun on Smith as well.

Smith was transported to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

“Initial indications are that the suspect, Charles Quillin, and the victim, Matthew Smith, knew each other and were together at this location partying with three other subjects,” said a press release from W.S.P.D.’s Lieutenant Scott McCartney. “During the party, both Smith and Quillin began to argue with each other. Sometime during the argument, Quillin shot Smith multiple times with a .32 caliber handgun. Quillin nthen left the residence.
The police interviewed several witnesses after the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. McCartney at (916) 267-0710.

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POLICE LOG (weekly in the News-Ledger print edition)

 FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER – Aug 17, 2011 –

Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

  This edition of POLICE LOG comes from the Aug. 17, 2011 edition of the News-Ledger. Make sure to become a subscriber to the News-Ledger to get the Police Log virtually every week! 

Aug. 6, 6 a.m.

A 44-year old Southport man reported that someone disengaged the parking brake of his vehicle while it was parked on Channel Drive – causing it to roll into another parked vehicle.


Aug. 7, 4 p.m.

A man reported that he “drank a drink at (a local veterans’ hall) and shortly after that, he did not feel well.”


Aug. 10, 9 a.m.

A manufactured home center on the 2500-block of West Capitol reported that a 23-year old Maple Street man had stolen the powder-coated aluminum railings from a model home at the site, and then sold them at a recycling center the next day. The loss was valued at $10,000.


Aug. 10, 10:26 a.m.

A Willow Avenue resident reported that a home was egged during the night. It was part of an ongoing problem.


Aug. 10, 11:05 a.m.

A Greenwood Avenue resident heard a noise out front during the night, and then found a spent ammo cartridge outside in the morning. The resident believed some friends of a neighbor had shot at the house.


Aug. 10, 2:58 p.m.

A woman reported that her 11-year old daughter had been “blackballed” by the vice president of a local youth sports league, as part of a harassment campaign conducted by the woman’s brother.


Aug. 10, 9 p.m.

A 33-year old man on Manzanita Way reported that somebody had broken the padlock off of a storage unit and taken four 36-packs of Budweiser.


Aug. 12, 12:35 a.m.

Police detained several subjects at 8th and California streets regarding a series of robberies. An 18-year old male subject appeared intoxicated and was detained in handcuffs. “While leaning against the hood of a patrol vehicle, (he) intentionally scratched the paint with the handcuffs.” The subject was then arrested.


Aug. 12, 1:20 a.m.

A 19-year old Mikon Street and second suspect were both accused of using Mace (tear gas) in an assault on a male transient on Waterfront Street. They also punched him in the face.


Aug. 12, 6:21 p.m.

A witness reported there was a woman laying down in front of a Westacre Road fast food restaurant “with her pants down and shirt up.”


Aug. 13, 8:44 a.m.

A caller reported that the license plate had been stolen from a vehicle on Walnut Street during a recent night. The vehicle belonged to a woman who had died.


Aug. 13, 12:57 p.m.

A witness said that some youths conducting a car wash near Sacramento Avenue and Douglas were “jumping into traffic to get drivers’ attention.”


Aug. 13, 3:02 p.m.

A resident near 3rd and B streets said somebody had parked an “older” RV nearby and had been running its engine for 45 minutes, “making the neighborhood stink from the old engine smell.”


Aug. 13, 8:04 p.m.

A woman reported an incident at Merkley and West Capitol. She said two subjects had held something to her neck and said “give me your money.” She gave it to them, but “the subjects gave the money back after being seen by another citizen, and said ‘we were just joking.’” The woman, though, thinks they had truly intended to rob her.


Aug. 13, 4:03 a.m.

A 40-year old man was arrested after a domestic violence incident in the north area. The man used a knife to cut his live-in girlfriend on the face, neck and chest, and punched her. He fled but was located later and arrested.


Aug. 13, 4:03 a.m.

A 40-year old man was arrested after a domestic violence incident in the north area. The man used a knife to cut his live-in girlfriend on the face, neck and chest, and punched her. He fled but was located later and arrested.


Aug. 13, 5:46 p.m.

On Sacramento Avenue, woman said her daughter and a friend had stolen and fraudulently cashed two of the woman’s checks, for $400 each. They drafted the checks and used a fake “permission note” to cash them.


Aug. 13, 8:46 p.m.

Police responded to an altercation at Pecan Street, and detained four people. One had lacerations to his brow and a “disfigured” lacerated ear, and ID’d a 23-year old local resident as the person who hit him several times in the face with a glass vase. The victim said the pair had argued over a $50 loan. The suspect was arrested.


Aug. 13, 10:16 p.m.

Officers contacted a 20-year old woman on the 900-block of West Capitol after she made repeated 911 calls. They found her under the influence of methamphetamine, and she admitted having used the drug five hours earlier. She was jailed.


Aug. 13, 11:38 p.m.

A woman reported that her friend’s vehicle had been shot, with three bullet holes, while parked on Maple Street. The woman and friend were inside a residence at the time and were unhurt.


Aug. 14, 8:45 a.m.

A vehicle was reported to have been burglarized during the night at apartments on Touchstone Place. Gone were a remote gate control, iPod charger, GPS unit, a case of CDs, and other items. The suspect possibly used a crowbar.


Aug. 14, 8:54 a.m.

A citizen on Kathy Circle reported a “loose aggressive dog tried to attack.” The dog was described as large and tan.


Aug. 14, 9:42 a.m.

A female caller translated a call from her mother, reporting that a Nissan Maxima had been stolen sometime after noon the prior day from Touchstone Place.


Aug. 14, 9:59 a.m.

A boat tire was found slashed on Delaware Avenue. Shortly afterward, another caller reported finding car tires slashed on Vermont Avenue.


Aug. 14, 12:38 p.m.

A citizen said that a couple of boys around 17-year old were on bikes in front of a retail store on the 1200-block of West Capitol, “blasting air horns” and “yelling at customers.”


Aug. 14, 1:48 p.m.

A man said that a security guard in a drugstore on the 1200-block of West Capitol had been harassing him and had “bumped into” the man’s wife.


Aug. 14, 2:17 p.m.

  A woman reported that her boyfriend had pushed her and then ransacked her north-area apartment.


Aug. 14, 4:54 p.m.

An Alabama Avenue resident believed someone had tampered with the household’s mail. A credit card offer and other mail had been torn open.


Aug. 14, 6:49 p.m.

A woman received information from another parent that her 13-year old girl “had been intimate with an 18-year old male.”


Aug. 14, 7:51 p.m.

A caller wanted to talk to an officer to report that a child custody exchange did not happen, as required by court order, at a fast food restaurant on the 2700-block of West Capitol.


Aug. 14, 8:22 p.m.

A Southport grocery store had a “cooperative” female shoplifting suspect in custody.


Aug. 14, 9:22 p.m.

A woman reported that she had just lost her cell phone at a Riverpoint Court retail store. She then contacted her cell phone company, which said it had been able to trace the phone’s current location. The company told her to contact police and file a report.


Aug. 14, 1:55 a.m.

A 19-year old man and his girlfriend argued in their north-area home. The man jumped on the woman, and bit her on the nose, forehead and arm, leaving injuries noted by officers. He left the scene but was found at a friend’s home and arrested.


Police dogs to compete in West Sac

Sacramento police dog "Bodie" latches onto an officer's decoy training sleeve during a training exercise last week in Discovery Park. West Sacramento's two K-9 teams join other teams in the Sacramento region for regular training, both in West Sacramento and in other parts of the region. They train both outdoors and inside structures. Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com


JUNE 15, 2011

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento police dogs “Zar” and “Chance” will have a chance to show off their skills in competition on Saturday, and you’re invited to watch.

West Sacramento K-9 officer Roger Kinney (Zar’s partner) is chief organizer of the “2011 Lawdogs Challenge,” to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at River City High. Those who show up around 11-1 can check out demonstrations from local firefighters and SWAT teams (including a “Peacekeeper” armored vehicle) as well as U.S. Marine vehicles. A veterinary doctor can answer your questions about dog health. The “protection” element of the day’s dog team competition is scheduled for about 12:30-1.

Kinney and fellow West Sac K-9 officer Dave Stallions are part of the squad that is setting up the competition, so they will only enter the events unofficially. But visiting teams from all over will face a variety of challenges, beginning with a closed event on Friday evening.

The Friday night part of the competition will test the ability of trained dogs to find hidden narcotics.

“We’re going to have basically a Greyhound bus with five ‘finds’ hidden on it, and each dog will have to find all five finds within a time limit,” said Kinney.


Officer Roger Kinney with his partner Zar (at left), and Officer Dave Stallions with Chance Photo by ERIC HARDING

Saturday will find the dogs and their human partners dealing with other challenges, like obstacle courses and protection from foam-padded “bad guys.”

“There are things the dogs will have to go through and jump over,” said Kinney. “They’re judged not only on whether they do it, which they should, but whether they touch equipment they’re not supposed to.”

And there may be some intentional distractions during the competition, designed to test the dogs’ discipline and concentration.

Zar – Kinney’s canine partner – is smaller than some people would expect.

“Zar is a five-year old Dutch Shepherd,” said Kinney. “A lady in Hollywood bought him when he was three months old, and he kept nipping her. So she had him neutered, but he still nipped, and she decided she couldn’t keep him. But he passed all 13 of our tests.”

Being a K-9 officer is a responsibility that doesn’t end when the team’s shift comes to a conclusion.

“He lives at home, hangs out on my couch, plays with my kids – he’s probably the best-disposed animal of the 24 dogs we train with,” Kinney told the News-Ledger.

When triggered, he can be “leaning out the car window snarling and frothing at the mouth,” said Kinney, but when gently introduced to strangers – including classrooms full of kids – “he often rolls over on his back.”

“After meeting him, people often ask, ‘are you sure he’s a police dog?” said Kinney.

But Zar is smart and may live longer than some of his larger cousins such as German shepherds. And he has a lot of presence for a 55-pounder.

“He had one (suspect) try to crush his head and another was beating him with a stick – it tore off his dew claw and opened his head. It looked real bad, but he was all right. Afterward, the guy was saying that this must have been a 110-pound dog.”

Zar is trained to find hiding suspects, drugs,  and anything that people have recently dropped.

Once, last year, a fleeing suspect jumped into a West Sacramento waterway trying to escape, and Zar was turned loose to find the man. Zar was seen swimming with something with a “Batman” emblem in his mouth. Kinney thought the dog was shirking his duty, and told him to get back to work. Zar picked up the item again. It turned out that Zar had latched on to the Batman-style underwear worn by the deceased suspect, who was just underwater. The man had apparently broken his neck diving into shallow water.

Sacramento police officer Steve Thomsen has a word with his dog, "Crash." Police dogs are owned by the police agency, but cared for by their human partners. Some jurisdictions -- like West Sacramento -- have made it legal for an injured police dog to be transported to a veterinary facility by local ambulance. Photo by ERIC HARDING

The other local police dog, “Chance,” is specially trained to find explosives with partner Dave Stallions.

The group regularly trains with other regional K-9 teams, practicing their skills in parks and buildings around the Sacramento area.

You can find more information on the local K-9 squad at www.wsk9.org or on Facebook.

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Suspects nabbed for fuel theft

Suspects' Ford Econoline van, with fuel storage tank inside almost full of liquid (Courtesy of West Sacramento Police Department)

May 13, 2011
News-Ledger web article

  Editor’s note: Regular readers of the News-Ledger’s print edition may remember an article several weeks ago reporting that thieves were brazenly stealing hundreds of gallons of fuel at a time from parked trucks and even from closed gas stations. Sharp-eyed readers may also have noticed one particular item in our “Police Log” page of May 11, 2011, in which police responded to a witness’s report that some people in a van were running a hose to a fuel tank at a business on Cebrian Street.
  A press release from the police department today tells us how that story ended.

Press release from the West Sacramento Police Department, May 13, 2011:

West Sacramento Fuel Theft Investigation Results in Arrests  “On 5/7/2011, West Sacramento PD Officers responded to a possible fuel theft in the 1200 block of Cebrian Street, West Sacramento CA. A witness observed a van with a hose coming from the bottom at the fuel pumps. Responding officers located the vehicle leaving the location and conducted a vehicle stop. The van, a white Ford Econoline van was found to have two fuel containers totaling approximately 497 gallons of diesel and pump inside the van.  Two suspects, J-Uan Parker 18 years old of Sacramento and Raynard Dotes Jr. 19 years old of Sacramento were arrested and booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges of burglary and grand theft. Both have since been release on bail.

“On 5/12/2011, as a result of the ongoing investigation, West Sacramento Police Detectives served a search warrant at a location in the 600 Block of Galveston Street in West Sacramento CA.  The search warrant service resulted in the seizure of approximately 1800 gallons of diesel suspected of being stolen by the suspects.  The approximate total amount of fuel recovered is 2297 gallons with an approximate value of $9,900.  This investigation and arrests are the result of the team effort by the businesses in the area, the West Sacramento Police Department, the West Sacramento Fire Department and members of the fuel transportation industry.  The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information related to fuel thefts in West Sacramento or this investigation, please contact the West Sacramento Police Department Investigations Division at (916) 617-4900 or email the Crime Tip email address at crimetip@cityofwestsacramento.org.”

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