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Former West Sac police officer faces up to life in prison after jury finds him guilty on 18 counts

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2014 —

A Yolo County jury today announced “guilty” verdicts on 18 felony counts related to sexual assault and kidnapping, in a case involving former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez, reports the Yolo County D.A.’s office. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

The jury deadlocked on nine other counts.

Alvarez, 38,  was accused of taking advantage of five women he encountered while patrolling West Sacramento on the graveyard shift as a local officer in 2011-2012.  He was arrested a year ago, and pleaded not guilty.

His defense attorney conceded misdeeds by the officer, denying some charges and saying that other relationships involving the alleged victims and Alvarez had been consensual.

More in next week’s News-Ledger.

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New leaders for W.S. Historical Society

Meet the 2014 board members and officers of the West Sacramento Historical Society:   BACK ROW: Treasurer Billi Hanlon, Secretary Alfonso Sanchez, Vice President Jeri Hughes-Wingfield and President Thom Lewis.   FRONT ROW: Board members Roger Sornsen, Kathy Perrigo, Katherine van Diest, Lana Paulhamus and Mickey Fausett. (Photo courtesy of Katherine van Diest)

Meet the 2014 board members and officers of the West Sacramento Historical Society:
BACK ROW: Treasurer Billi Hanlon, Secretary Alfonso Sanchez, Vice President Jeri Hughes-Wingfield and President Thom Lewis.
FRONT ROW: Board members Roger Sornsen, Kathy Perrigo, Katherine van Diest, Lana Paulhamus and Mickey Fausett.
(Photo courtesy of Katherine van Diest)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 12, 2014 —

New leaders of the West Sacramento Historical Society took their posts on Sunday, after being sworn in by News-Ledger editor Steve Marschke. The society reports various activities on the calendar, including ongoing history displays at the community center and a survey of historic local houses done on behalf of the City. For more information, visit www.westsachistoricalsociety.org or call 374-1849.

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Teens invited to ‘youth symposium’ at River City High School on March 8

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

River City High School and a local chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., will present “Partners for Progress: Working To Build Bridges for Youth,” on Saturday, March 8, at the school.

The event will focus on community partnerships supporting youth. There will be “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, Zumba, “MESA” (math, engineering, science achievement) activities, and a workshop on being smart with money.

Students age 12-18 are welcome to participate. It’s free, and lunch is provided.

Contact Anna Trunnell, (916) 509-5122.

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Teen injured by gunshot in car

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB. 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Four teens face charges after an apparent accidental shooting inside a parked car on February 7.

The shooting happened at about 1 p.m. on the 2600-block of Franklyn Way in West Sacramento. A neighbor heard a gunshot and called police.

Investigators believe a handgun went off inside a car occupied by four teens age 16-17. A 16-year old male was shot in the abdomen.

The car then began driving and encountered a patrol car nearby.

“The only got to the end of the block and the cops showed up on scene,” said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “They weren’t trying to hide.”

All of the teens – including the injured victim, who is now recovering – say the shooting was an accident.

“One of the other kids had it and they were playing with it,” said Sockman. “I think they thought it was a BB gun. They were playing with it and it went off.”

The gun turned out to be reported stolen.

The teens were cited for reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a stolen firearm.

The victim was treated at UC Davis Medical Center.

 

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