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Robbery during marijuana deal: West Sac man convicted for 2011 crime


  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm.  The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.  

  According to the D.A.’s office:

  On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.

  Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene.  Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.


  Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office.  She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release.  “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”

  Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial.  He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.

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WS manufacturing firm to lay off 320


A Reed Avenue-area tech plant will lay off 320 people this year.

Xyratex International, Inc., is a data management company with a manufacturing and assembly plant on Embarcadero Drive, West Sacramento. The company is downsizing and moving some operations to Mexico, to save costs and in response to the loss of a major client, say local media reports.

According to one such report, the company has been downsizing for five years since peaking at 600 employees at the site.

County employment officials are contacting workers who wll be laid off this year. Some Xyratex staff will remain in West Sacramento after the manufacturing jobs move to Guadalajara.

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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal


A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

  The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Fight child abuse: upcoming fashion show & fun run both offer you a chance

By Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance
and Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Child abuse is a national tragedy.  An estimated 3 million children are the victims of substantiated abuse or neglect each year in the United States.  In California during 2012, nearly 500,000 children were referred to Child Welfare Services for investigation of abuse and/or neglect.

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children's Alliance (courtesy photo)

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (courtesy photo)

In our own county, during fiscal year 2011-12, the Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services, received 1,398 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.   Resulting investigations led to 251 children in child-welfare supervised placements.

During the same time period, approximately 95 children each month continued living with their families while the families received ongoing support services and supervision through the Yolo County Child Welfare Services Family Maintenance Program. In addition, 96 children each month received Family Reunification services aimed at returning them to their homes of origin.

On the good news front, in Yolo County we have numerous public agencies and community organizations, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating to eliminate child abuse through the Yolo Family Strengthening Network.

The Yolo Family Strengthening Network offers parents the education, support, and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.  Resource materials can be downloaded from www.yolokids.org/community.  Our local program is based on the national Strengthening Families Program; an evidence-based family skills training program.  Mistreatment of children decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills, and the program has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.  It also improves social competencies and school performance.

Another program aimed at strengthening families, The Yolo Family Meals Campaign, invites the community at large to post photos on the Yolo County Children’s Alliance web site of their family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and conversation topics that get your children talking at the table.

We hope hundreds of Yolo County residents will get involved in child abuse prevention.

Two ways that are fun include the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th in West Sacramento and the annual Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run on April 28th in Davis. For tickets go to www.yolokids.org or call 530-757-5558.

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