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Promising start for West Sac brewpub

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.  That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right  (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.
That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right
(News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s new mini-brewpub opened on Friday (Oct. 11)  just hours after flying past the final bureaucratic hurdles. Visitors seemed to enjoy the place’s vibe, which might be described as “having a beer in the garage of some friends who love to brew.”

On Saturday, the crowd quickly swelled to several dozen people shortly after opening at 2 p.m. Guests included Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who pedaled in after participating in a bicycle ride fundraiser, and mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who was not wearing lycra.

The little brewery resides in an industrial suite with a roll-up door, at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110.

Co-owner A.J. Tendick said Friday’s opening was frantic but pretty smooth.

“Given that we were able to get our certificate of occupancy from the City at about 4 p.m. (they were incredibly helpful in making that happen), we were thrilled by the response we got both Friday and Saturday,” he said by email. The crowd highlighted the urgency to install the additional seating that we have planned.”

Saturday, Tendick and fellow co-owner Sage Smith were pouring from two taps: an India Pale Ale style and a wheat beer. How much beer did they sell?

“In terms of 12-ounce beers (our pints are European imperial pints that measure 20 ounces), we sold about 700 beers over Friday and Saturday.”

The brewpub was started by a bunch of work friends who hold day jobs. Hours “for the foreseeable future” will be Fridays 5-9:30 and Saturdays 2-9:30, said Tendick.

Interested in more? The News-Ledger wrote about the creation of this brewery and a second planned local minipub here.

 

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West Sacramento police get funding for more drivers’ sobriety checkpoints

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 9, 2013 —

West Sacramento police announced this week they have received a new traffic safety grant to fight drunk driving.

The $19,750 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety, will support the department’s occasional sobriety checkpoints, reported Lieutenant David Delaini.

“The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints,” he said in a press statement. “When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”

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Safety workshop for parents, teen drivers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

River City High School will kick off its annual National Teen Safe Driving Week observance with a teen driver safety fair and parent/teen workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the campus. The parent/teen workshop will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the career center; parents and teens are invited.

Groups participating in the fair include Impact Teen Drivers, the Safety Center and CHP, with advice about keeping a teen safe on the road, and information about the “graduated driver’s license.”

 

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Better than a bank: where to stash cash

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 9, 2013 —

  Editor’s note: Daryl is off this week. Below is one of his favorite columns from the past.

On days when I have nothing constructive to do at work, I sometimes go on the Internet just to browse around with the hope that I might stumble across a good idea for a future column. For instance, the other day I ran across a story entitled “Scientific study finds that drinking three cups of coffee a day can shrink a woman’s breasts,” which of course sounded like a pretty darn good column idea to me.

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

“Keep looking,” said the owner/editor of the News-Ledger, Steve Marschke, when I told him about the new column idea I had just run across on the Internet.

“Why?”

“Well, other than all the obvious reasons, it also breaks the first rule of column writing.”

“Which is?”

“That you should always try to write about a subject that most of our readers can identify with, something common to most everyone’s experience, and since not every woman in West Sacramento is interested in having smaller breasts, it’s my opinion that you’ve got yourself a pretty lousy column idea there.”

“But most every woman in West Sacramento drinks coffee,” I quickly reminded Steve, looking for an angle to salvage my new column idea.

“Keep looking!”

So, having struck out in the health news area, I turned my attention to what the Internet had to say about personal finance, figuring that everyone would be especially interested in that subject with all the thievery that has been going on back on Wall Street lately, and I quickly came across something which I was absolutely sure would make for a great column.

“Hey, Steve,” I yelled out through the open door which separates our two offices, “how about this for a good column idea – the crazy places where people like to hide their money?”

“Hey, now that’s not bad,” answered Steve. “With people everywhere currently worried about their own banks going out of business, I bet more people than ever are just keeping their hard-earned money at home and hiding it under a mattress or something.”

“That’s exactly what this article says, and you wouldn’t believe some of the places people use for hiding their money.”

“Like what?”

“Well, this one lady hides her extra money in a tampon box, figuring that would be the last place her husband would ever look for his beer money. And here’s another really good one – some guy puts dozens of hundred-dollar bills in a plastic bag and then hides it under the gravel of his big fish aquarium, which is home to a half-dozen or so piranha fish, figuring that a thief wouldn’t want anything to do with all those sharp piranha teeth.”

“That’s pretty funny.”

“Wanna hear some more?”

“Sure.”

“Okay, here goes. Inside a curtain rod; inside a roll of toilet paper hidden in the back of a bathroom cabinet; at the bottom of a dirty clothes hamper; in envelopes taped to the back of furniture; in artificial plants; in an old vacuum cleaner that is never used; at the bottom of a basket labeled `dog poo plastic bags’; under a nailed down carpet in the bedroom; in a hollowed-out Bible; inside an old pair of smelly sneakers; in the pockets of old coats hanging in a closet; inside a child’s teddy bear that can be easily opened and sewed back together again; in a mason jar buried in the backyard; under the cat-litter box; and here’s a cute one – inside a piggy bank that this lady puts in her freezer because she thinks that’s the perfect place to keep her cold, hard cash.”

“Very funny!”

“And this one guy says he just puts all of his money under the mattress because his lazy wife is always in bed and he’s pretty sure a thief wouldn’t want anything to do with her. But do you wanna hear my favorite?”

“Sure.”

“This one lady hides her money in one of the hundreds of purses she has in her big walk-in closet figuring that most criminals like to get in and out of a place they’re robbing pretty fast and that it would probably take a thief most of a day to go through all of her purses.”

Anyway, after I had finished telling Steve a dozen or so more interesting places where people like to hide their spare money, I asked him where he likes to hide his.

“Well,” said Steve, “I have on occasion left some extra money lying around in my underwear drawer. How about you?”

“I don’t have any extra money, Steve. I work for the News-Ledger!”

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A third pumpkin-paddling trophy —

Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove  (courtesy photo)

Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove
(courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

Scott Henkin has grown his own giant pumpkins before, on his Southport property.

And he has won the fun-yet-serious pumpkin paddling race in Elk Grove before, twice.

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

This year, Henkin borrowed another man’s gourd for the annual festivities on the water in Elk Grove. And he went up against a couple of other fellows who were also looking to become the first person to ever win the paddling event three times.

When the spray settled, it was Henkin’s time for a three-peat. Henkin crossed the finish line first, for his third victory at the event.

Competitors hollow out a pumpkin, don a life preserver and wield a paddle for the three-minute race.

Following his 2010 victory, the News-Ledger asked Henkin if he trained for the athletic event.

“No, that would take all the fun out of it,” he said.

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West Sacramento Police Log:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

  This police log is a regular feature in the News-Ledger newspaper of West Sacramento. To subscribe, see the special offer at bottom.

Oct. 8
Police responded to an attempted burglary to a north-city apartment computer lab. One latent fingerprint was lifted from the door.

Oct. 10, 7:38 a.m.
A Westacre Road woman called police. She discovered her 2011 Chevrolet Camaro had been stolen during the night, and her Honda Civic had been burglarized. A wallet with a driver’s license and credit cards was missing from the Honda.
“There was a lighter in the vehicle that did not belong to her.”

Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
A Kaweah Street man told police he had been swindled. He said he was selling an engine, and a buyer agreed to pay $700 for it but only after it was installed in the buyer’s vehicle and found to be working properly.
A mechanic did the work, but “at some point, (the suspect) picked up the truck and took it from the shop and has not paid. . . for the engine.”
The Southport seller said he had tried to contact the buyer several times, with no response.
An officer reached the buyer by phone. The man said he did not know the victim, he had paid $500 for the engine, and he had made a deal to sell it to someone named “Vinnie,” from whom he had already had to repossess the engine.
The officer told the pair they had a civil dispute, and they needed to settle it themselves or in civil court.

Oct. 11, 2 p.m.
Security officials at a Southport department store placed a 7th Street woman under citizen’s arrest for shoplifting.

Oct. 11, 1:04 a.m.
An unknown man reportedly stole from a West Capitol Avenue supermarket “by force and fear.”

Oct. 11, 8 a.m.
An officer contacted several people illegally camping near Jefferson Blvd. and the Tower Bridge exit. A 48-year old homeless woman gave an officer a false name, which the officer checked out, finding no warrants.
Then she consented to a search of her bag. The officer found a drug pipe and arrested her. A second pipe was found in her shoe. The woman then gave her true name, for which there was an outstanding arrest warrant. She went to jail.

Oct. 11, 3:42 p.m.
An officer contacted a 46-year old Water Street man who had made an “unfounded” medical call. The man was arrested on warrants.

Oct. 11, 4:50 p.m.
A patrol officer stopped a 26-year old man in a 1993 Lincoln for vehicle code violations, at Sacramento Avenue and Douglas Street.
The man appeared drunk and had an open container of an alcoholic beverage.
The car was unregistered and uninsured. The man was arrested and the car was left parked and locked at the scene “per owner’s request.”
The man’s blood alcohol was tested at 0.05 and 0.06 percent (a level of 0.08 is presumed intoxicated.)

Oct. 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to a Riverpoint Circle home store.
A loss prevention officer at the store said “he observed (a suspect) selecting approximately $257 worth of store merchandise and putting this on a flat cart.”
The man then pushed the cart past a cashier on his way out the door.
“At this time, a cashier asked if he was going to pay for the merchandise, to which he stated, ‘my wife is going to make a return.’” – and continued out the door.
He was detained by staff and arrested.
The suspect was found with no cash or payment cards, and admitted he had gone in “to steal items for his family.”

Oct. 12, 5:32 p.m.
Police responded after loss prevention personnel at a different Riverpoint Circle store detained a 53-year old Sacramento man.
The personnel stopped him “after they observed him selecting items from the shelves, and attempting to return the items with an old receipt which had the same items printed on it.”
The suspect was placed under citizen’s arrest “after he received the cash from the cashier for the fraudulently returned items.” The refund was for $111.36.
After being read his rights, the man admitted “he came to the store to ‘make some money.’”
When an officer asked him if had entered the store with the intent to steal, he answered ‘Yes, I am sorry.”
The man was charged with burglary.

Oct. 13, 12:00 a.m.
An officer contacted a 22-year old West Sacramento man involved in a single-car accident on the 600-block of West Capitol. The man admitted to drinking and driving, but no sobriety test was given because the man was receiving treatment for injuries.
He was arrested and released to the medical personnel.

Oct. 13, 9:40 a.m.
Someone entered a Harbor Boulevard equipment leasing site, and stole a vehicle.

Oct. 13, 3:34 p.m.
A woman on Westacre Road reported the man she lived with had pushed her and also thrown an apple at her. No immediate arrests.

Oct. 13, 4:55 p.m.
A 25-year old known suspect “and another unidentified female conspired to steal merchandise” from a Riverpoint Court store. There was no immediate arrest.

Oct. 13, 5:29 p.m.
Police responded to a fireworks complaint on China Hat Court. One firecracker was found and booked for destruction.

Oct. 13, 8:46 p.m.
A Ventura man was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.
An Elk Grove man said he had parked his car on the 2100-block of West Capitol Avenue overnight. When he returned to his Ford Focus, he found it had been burglarized, with signs of forced entry and damage to the steering column and ignition.
“It appears that the suspect(s) tried to take the vehicle without permission,” observed an officer.
The car’s CD player was gone. No prints were found.

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A Westacre Road man found and turned in a package of marijuana. The package weighed 2.3 grams total.

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A woman reported to police that after she left for work, she spotted a possible marijuana plant in the road on the 1600-block of Fernwood Street.
An officer picked up the plant for destruction.

Oct. 14, 11:50 a.m.
An officer found a black and gold knife in the front passenger door of a patrol car.

Oct. 14, 1:27 p.m.
Police responded to a “cold burglary call” on Cummins Way.
A man told him:
“We just bought the house and I got the keys yesterday. That is the reason we don’t have any property in the house. . . My wife came over to the house at approximately 9:30-10 in the morning and saw the front door was unlocked. . . I told her I was sure that I locked the front door yesterday.”
The wife asked a neighbor to search the house and make sure it was empty. It was.
An officer noted there had been signs of damage to the door lock.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Sacramento Police Department is undergoing a transition in its data management. Because of this, we currently have access to many of the department’s arrest reports, but not to the logs of calls for service and reports of crime.

 

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Beer, food & music come to Bridge District

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Sactoberfest – a beer and food celebration patterned after Germany’s Oktoberfest – comes to West Sacramento’s “Bridge District” on Saturday, Oct. 19. Experience German beer culture under a big tent. The official “tapping of the keg” is scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

Many local breweries are participating. Tickets start at $25. The event is held near Bridge Street at 5th Street, between the freeway and Raley Field near the riverfront. The charity-supporting event is open to those 21 and over. Visit www.Sactoberfest.com.

 

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