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Police screen over 800 drivers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

West Sacramento police staged a “DUI” and driver’s license check Friday night.

The checkpoint was scheduled to run from about 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., with officers screening drivers for symptoms of being under the influence, and officers checking drivers’ licenses.

The checkpoint was announced in advance through the media as a drunk-driving deterrent. But the exact location was not pre-announced.

Unusually, no arrests resulted from this checkpoint, said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. He told the News-Ledger that the checkpoint was set up at Jefferson Blvd. and 15th Street.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “There were 856 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint,” he said in a press release. “Of that, four drivers were checked for sobriety, eight drivers’ license status were checked. The end result – there was no arrest and no vehicles were towed.”

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River Cats hiring for 2013 season

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 3, 2013 —

The Sacramento River Cats, who report that the employ more than 400 seasonal workers at Raley Field, are looking to fill approximately 150 positions for the 2013 baseball season, which begins on Thursday, April 4.

The River Cats are seeking applicants for the following positions:

  • Guest Services
  • Crowd Control
  • Parking Attendants
  • Promotions Crew
  • Clean Team
  • Grounds Crew

[adrotate group=”9″]  Applicants can view and apply for all available jobs with the Sacramento River Cats online at bit.ly/rcjob.

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Carjacking & robbery: one arrest

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A pair of gunmen created a commotion in central West Sacramento early Saturday morning, pistol-whipping one victim and stealing a car from another.

At roughly 4 a.m., the first of the two crimes was reported.

“Basically, we had a victim saying someone pulled a gun on him and pistol-whipped him,” Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger. “He had some injuries, and was treated at the scene.”

The same two suspects appear to have then committed a second crime nearby – somewhere in the area of Proctor Avenue, said Sockman.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A short time later, (police) heard of a car-jacking, just a couple blocks away,” he said. “The car was found a couple blocks away from where it was carjacked.”

Officers responded, looking for the two men who were now on foot again.

“The sergeant saw one of the suspects walking over near Proctor, and chased him and arrested him,” said Sockman. “The other kept fleeing.”

One citizen on Longcroft Street said police knocked on his door at about 4:30 a.m. and searched his backyard with a police dog. The second suspect wasn’t located.

“It’s the same guys who did the pistol-whipping and the carjacking,” Sockman said.

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Chandra graduates basic training

Airman Vipul Chandra -- River City High School Class of '09

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 26, 2012 —

Air Force Airman Vipul P. Chandra graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Chandra is the son of Prakash and Kusum Chandra of Coyote Road, West Sacramento.

He is a 2009 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento.

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650 families get a Christmas dinner

Volunteers -- at least some of them -- working at the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project distribution point on Saturday. Helena Helmold, longtime organizer of the charity, is second from left. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 26, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Friday afternoon found several dozen people huddled out of the way of the drizzle, under the eaves of Community Lutheran Church on Drever Street. They were clients waiting in line for an annual West Sacramento tradition.

It was time for the holiday food and toy distribution by the “West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project,” a longtime local charity that specializes in putting together a Christmas meal box for the needy. The Christmas Basket Project had borrowed the church to assemble the boxes and pass them out to locals who signed up to get them.

How many people took advantage of the offer this year?

“I’m not really positive, but I think it is about 650 families right now,” said the project’s chairman, Helena Helmold. “That’s considerably lower than what we’ve had in the past.”

Helmold said some confusion with a Yolo County Food Bank project may have prevented some people from signing up for her program in 2012.

The program also collects and distributes Christmas toys for the needy.

[adrotate group=”7″] What’s in the food box depends a little bit about the size of the family that signs up.

“There’s poultry, vegetables, fruit, soup, potatoes, bread, rice, beans and pasta,” said Helmold. Families of one or two people receive a big Foster Farms roasting chicken; larger families get a holiday turkey. They received a voucher to redeem for their bird at Safeway.

The project had a lot of time finding a space to use for assembling and passing out the gift boxes. But Friday and Saturday found a jovial bunch of volunteers working away at Community Lutheran Church.

“Without the generosity of the church, I don’t know where we’d be,” said Helmold.

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How to recycle that Christmas tree

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

There are several ways for West Sacramento residents to recycle their stripped-down Christmas tree. Remove all tinsel, flocking, etc. Cut the tree into small enough sections that it can fit into a yard waste cart, and either put it into the cart or else bundle it next to the cart on your next service day. Or take the tree to the county landfill, 44090 C.R. 28H for free drop-off Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday 9-2 (closed New Year’s Day).

[adrotate group=”7″]   Or take your tree to the collection event hosted by Cub Scout Pack 49 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 5, at Whitey’s Jolly Kone, 1300 Jefferson Blvd. The pack will accept donations.

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Rotary chips in for youth boxing

Don Schatzel of the Centennial Rotary Club in West Sacramento (one of two local Rotary chapters) presents a check for $200 to Louie Campos, for use in the city’s summer youth boxing program. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 19, 2012 —

The boxing program is organized in collaboration with the City of West Sacramento and the Broderick and Bryte Main Event Coalition, with Tony “The Tiger” Lopez and other boxing luminaries helping out.

Upcoming is the program’s third summer.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “We had about 60 last year, including about 17 girls,” reported Campos. “They all want to be champions!”

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