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Second hit-and-run suspect turns herself in

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 8, 2013 —

“Person of interest” Pamela McKee turned herself in to police late last night, reports the West Sacramento Police Department.

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

McKee was believed to be in the RV that struck and killed 55-year old Michael Ray Anderson at a Sacramento Avenue shopping center on Tuesday evening.

She was booked into Yolo County Jail on one count of murder.

The other suspect in the case, Joshua Neil Anthon (a 31-year old from Rio Linda) turned himself in to police earlier yesterday evening, and also faces one count of murder.

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Do you know these men? Hawaii woman seeks photos of six West Sac Vietnam casualties

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Hawaii woman is on a mission to help us remember “the boys.”

Her mission is to help those trying “to put a face with every name” etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.. They’re trying to collect a photo of every American who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

Her effort has put Janna Hoehn in touch first with media in Maui County, then with her hometown in California, and now with other California newspapers.  Hoehn has a list of soldiers for whom she’d like to find photographs, and six of those fallen vets were from West Sacramento.

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

How did Hoehn get started?

“Five years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C.,” she explained in an email. “Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone in Vietnam, I wanted an etching.”

Using a piece of paper held over the engraved stone wall of the memorial, Hoehn traced the name of a fallen soldier at random. It was Gregory John Crossman, MIA (missing in action). She tried to locate his family to send them the etching, but couldn’t find them. Later, though, she found a photo of Crossman and then heard about a “call for photos” by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. After she sent it into the memorial fund, she was asked to track down photos of the other 42 Maui County soldiers who died in Vietnam.

“I started by combing the phone books, calling every ‘like’ name of each soldier,” said Hoehn. “I found about ten of them this way, then (went) off to the archived yearbooks for every high school in Maui. I found a few more.”

She also looked through newspaper obituaries at the library, and got publicity in the Maui News and its website. Photos started coming in, and she got all 42.

Hoehn then moved on to finding photos for the six soldiers from her hometown area (San Jacinto and Hemet, California) who were killed in Vietnam. Now she’s expanded her search to the whole state, making it her mission to find a photo of every California native who died in that war.

“All of these photos will be submitted to the ‘Wall of Faces’ online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as the future Education Center adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.,” said Hoehn. “Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall. It keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

On her list right now are four fallen soldiers listed from West Sacramento:

Richard Arias (who lived from 1944 to his Vietnam War death in 1969); Thomas E. Bumgarner (1933-1969); Dickie D. Koell, Jr. (1950-1969); and Franklin R. White (1938-1963).

She’s also seeking photos from two men listed as living in Broderick (now part of West Sacramento): Charles A. Coats (1950-1968) and John W. Tiderencel (1947-1969).

“If anyone (reading this) is related – a friend or a classmate to any of these Yolo County boys, I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” said Hoehn. “Even if you don’t have a photo, but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single soldier whose name is etched on the wall – all 58,286 of them. To date, we have 32,000 photos.”

Hoehn is also looking for anyone who can help with local “legwork” on the project.

You may reach her at mauifloralelegance@gmail.com.

Anyone who finds a picture of one of these fallen West Sacramentans is also invited to send a copy of the photo, and any pertinent details, to the News-Ledger at steve@news-ledger.com.

For more information on the memorial wall, visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.

 

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Can you clean up a criminal record? New Yolo County program helps some who can

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.

TRACIE OLSON Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy  photo)

TRACIE OLSON
Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy photo)

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson in a press release.  “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles.  Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”

California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records.  Because the law requires that the petition be filed in the county of conviction, the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic is only able to assist individuals who were convicted in Yolo County.  If granted, post-conviction orders mitigate the negative impact of felony and misdemeanor convictions, increasing an individual’s chance to build a productive and stable life.

Working out of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, the clinic will also seek to connect ex-offenders with needed civil legal services such as employment or public benefits specialists.

To find out if you qualify for record mitigation services, call Hannah Labaree at (530) 666-8165.

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Hoping it sticks: teens at RCHS get a lesson on safe driving

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

By Sarina Phoung and Tommy Rickard
River City High School Journalism Class

National Teen Driver Safety Week kicked off at River City High School last week with a visit from the Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) program, which is an educational program that travels to schools across the nation informing students about safe driving and the consequences of being a distracted driver.

River City’s driver education teacher, Shannon Woods, and her students worked with staff from ITD to host an event to raise awareness about distracted driving.

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students. Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students.
Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Students who attended the event learned that over 4,000 teens die and half a million injured every year in car accidents. Many of these accidents are caused when the driver is distracted. A cell phone, a passenger, loud music – anything that takes your focus off the road – can be detrimental to your well-being.

In order to enlighten underage drivers on how to avoid possible dangers, ITD encouraged students to be aware of the rules and regulations of the Graduated Driver Licensing program (GDL), which is a three-stage licensing system for future drivers who are under the age of 18. The logic behind the GDL is to allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before they get full driving privileges.

In California, new drivers under the age of 18 have certain restrictions under the GDL that include being allowed no passengers in their car for the first 12 months.

According to ITD, each passenger in a car increases the risk of an accident by 100 percent. They feel that if more teens knew the dangers of distracted driving, fatalities could possibly decrease.

The RCHS event included  a short film and five stations that involved students interacting with possible threats while driving.

The short film at the beginning of the event detailed the life of 8th grader Hunter Clegg, whose life was cut short after a car accident that led to his death.

The collision occurred when Hunter and friends were distracting their seventeen year old driver, who only had his GDL and was illegally driving with passengers.

One of the speakers who made an appearance at the event was Hunter Clegg’s mother, Leeana Clegg. She spoke about her son’s death and told students, “His death was 100 percent preventable.”

“Simple decisions you make inside a car can change your life forever,” said Clegg.

 

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‘Fairytale Theater’ series begins today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Fairytale Theater comes to the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue) through the holidays.

Watch “Holka Polka” and journey through a land where witches, wizards and royalty come together to find out who cast the sleeping spell on the prince. Saturdays at noon, Nov. 2 & 16, Dec. 7 & 21, and Jan. 11.

View “Peggy the Pint-Size Pirate” and see if the pirates can keep Peggy from becoming one of them because she’s too small, and see how she fairs against the evil sea monster. Saturdays at noon on Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 4 & 18.

Tickets are $5 from www.westsacfun.org, or from the community center in advance. Tickets will be available at the door if they’re still available.

 

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Write that novel: support group forms this month at West Sac library

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“National Novel Writing Month” (NaNoWriMo) starts Saturday, Nov. 2 in West Sac.

The West Sacramento library branch at 1212 Merkley Avenue will offer dedicated space to writers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you’re invited to a kickoff event from 2 to 4:30: meet other writers, play storytelling games, participate in a character development workshop.

The library will continue to offer dedicated space to writers 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in November.

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Cycling group honors West Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER -OCT 23, 2013 —

From the City of West Sacramento

The League of American Bicyclists has awarded the City of West Sacramento the “Bronze” level of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC), making West Sacramento the latest city to join a list of 291 BFCs in the U.S.

The Bronze BFC award recognizes West Sacramento’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, educations programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

“West Sacramento has rapidly emerged as one of the region’s top five cities for biking, and this Bicycle Friendly Community Designation shows our commitment to create a city that makes cycling an even safer, quicker and more convenient way to get around town and throughout the region’s urban core,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a press release.

Earlier this year, the City of West Sacramento became the first city in the region  to support development of a “low stress” bike network, following the city council’s approval of a new Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan. The city’s “low stress” bike network encourages residents to use bikes for local trips, recreation and commuting. West Sacramento has 44 miles of bikeways and trails, with an eventual goal of creating 102 miles of bikeways and trails.

  (In May, the News-Ledger wrote about the city’s ‘Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan’ and included a graphic of the trail map online. You can find that article and zoomable map online here.)

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