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Zar’s last shift: News-Ledger rides along

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

By News-Ledger Staff

One of the most popular members of West Sacramento’s police department has put in his last shift.

After over six years of service, police dog “Zar” has gone home to become a family dog in the home of his former handler, Sergeant Roger Kinney. Kinney was recently promoted from “Officer” to “Sergeant,” and he will now move into a role supervising the W.S.P.D.’s supervisory unit.

Zar is a Dutch shepherd. He’s a former rescue dog – unusual in his line of work – and  has participated in around 200 searches and succeeded in finding drugs about 50 times, reports Kinney.  When he “has a good day” by finding drugs during a search, Zar been rewarded with a “Six Dollar Burger” from Carl’s Junior.

The News-Ledger’s Eric Harding rode along with Kinney and Zar on their last shift together on West Sacramento’s streets on Friday night.

 

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

Kinney and Zar have been through a lot together. Remember that one-man crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway for several hours in April, 2012? The gunman put a bullet hole in their car – but the shot missed Zar and Kinney.

And Zar is also popular on the school circuit: he’s won a legion of young fans by visiting local schools and interacting with local kids.

Zar's Last shift  The News-Ledger has reported on Zar several times in recent years.  There’s a very brief video of the dog in a training exercise on WestSac.com, at http://www.westsac.com/blog/2011/12/06/video-west-sac-police-dog-zar-in-action/

 

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Johannessen to run for state assembly

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 13, 2013 —

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official today: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fell0w Democrat Roger Dickinson. Dickinson plans to run for the State Senate seat now held by Darrell Steinberg, who will step down due to term limits.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since my election to the West Sacramento City Council in 2006. By bringing together businesses and the community, we have created a culture of governmental efficiency that is widely respected throughout the region. Together, we have promoted economic growth, improved local schools, reduced crime, and focused on senior health and transportation issues,” said Johannessen in an emailed statement.

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

“Even though my campaign for Assembly is just beginning,” he added, “I have already received the support of state and local leaders including (state board of education member)Betty Yee, (Yolo) County Supervisors Mike McGowan, Jim Provenza, and Don Saylor, West Sacramento City Councilmember Bill Kristoff, as well as business leaders like Mark Friedman and Jeff Savage and the support of many labor organizations and neighborhood leaders. ”

Johannessen’s current city council term ends in 2014.

He is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen.

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Gov. reverses parole for West Sac man

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Sept. 21 that Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. has reversed a parole board decision to grant parole to West Sacramento convicted murderer Roger Moore.

In March, 1981, Roger Moore and Charles Williams robbed and beat to death Paul Ward, a 68-year-old amputee confined to a wheelchair. Ward’s half naked body was later found in a West Sacramento parking lot.

After a jury trial, a Yolo County Superior Court judge sentenced Moore to life in prison for murder and robbery.  This April, the Board of Parole Hearings found Moore suitable for parole, and scheduled a tentative release date from state prison.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office challenged the Board’s decision to release him, arguing that Moore had shown lack of insight into why he committed the crime, he had a mental illness, and he had no good plans for a post-parole life.

The governor issued his decision on September 14.   In reversing the Parole Board, Governor Brown stated, “When considered as a whole, I find the evidence I have discussed shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison.”

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised Governor Brown’s decision.

“We are pleased that Governor Brown agrees that Moore’s release at this time would be irresponsible,” said Reisig in a press release.  “We just can’t release vicious killers like this into our society under these circumstances.”

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McGowan reelected; other faces will change

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

The state primary election on June 5 was a quiet ballot for local West Sacramento elections. There were no local measures on the ballot, and voters won’t choose new city council or school board members until November.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sacramento's first mayor, who was first elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 (courtesy photo)

Mike McGowan ran unopposed for another term as Yolo County Supervisor for District 1, which includes West Sacramento and Clarksburg. Turnout in District 1 was 25.3% (5,315 of 21,010 registered voters) and 4,205 of those voters checked the box for McGowan, granting him another term.

Elsewhere in Yolo County, Jim Provenza ran unopposed in the 4th District (with 38.5% turnout) and incumbent Duane Chamberlain defeated Art Pimental for the 5th District supervisor’s seat, 53.3% to 46.7% (with 30.3% turnout).

Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire fended off a challenge from Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish, 77.2% to 22.8%, to retain his seat on the bench. Maguire won all precincts in that hotly-contested race.

Redistricting will help shuffle West Sacramento’s representation in Congress, the State Assembly and State Senate next year.

Democrat Roger Dickinson won the “top two” primary in the newly redrawn 7th District of the State Assembly, which will include West Sacramento in 2013. In Yolo, he came in ahead of Republican Jonathan Zachariou 64.5% to 36.5%, and he now faces a November general election for the new seat. Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (also facing re-election) is the city’s current assembly member, but her 8th district will no longer serve West Sacramento beginning in January.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Congresswoman Doris Matsui (a Democrat) came out on top with 63.5% of Yolo County’s votes in the “top two” primary for the 6th District, House of Representatives. She was ahead of Republicans Joseph McCray, Sr., and Erik Smitt.  The 6th District will include West Sacramento starting next year; the city is currently served by 1st District Congressman Mike Thompson. Matsui will face McCray in the November general election for the 6th District.

West Sacramento will join the 6th District of the State Senate next year, with Democrat Darrell Steinberg continuing his current term as state senator. The city is currently served by the 5th District’s Lois Wolk. She’s not up for re-election this year.

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