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‘Police Log’: West Sac crime calls

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 17, 2014 —

  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.

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Nov. 30, 5:50 p.m.
A police officer noted seeing a Glide Avenue man “wearing motorcycle cuts associated” with a biker gang, while the man (name withheld by police) was getting gas at a West Capitol Station. The “cuts” identified the man as a prospect with a club. This sighting was in March.
Then on Nov. 30, an officer saw the man wearing a hat with the gang’s name on it. He said he lived in West Sacramento but belonged to the “Sin City” branch of the gang. The information was recorded by police.

Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
A Sacramento woman lost her wallet at a store on the 800-block of Harbor Blvd., and “later she discovered that unknown subjects are now using her info to make purchases.”

Dec. 10, 8 a.m.
A woman reported her wallet had been stolen from a car parked on Merced Way during the night. The wallet contained ID, credit cards and a $50 gift card.

Dec. 10, 10 a.m.
A man reported a briefcase stolen from a car he parked at a Rogue River Court address.
In the case were paperwork and the man’s notary stamp and book.

Dec. 10, 10:08 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a disturbance on the 800-block of Delta Lane. The victim, who worked at a vehicle repair shop there, reported he had been assaulted by a customer who “wanted to know if he had removed parts from his truck.”
The victim had told the man to speak with the business owner, but the suspect than became angry. Before the victim could phone police, the customer “grabbed him around the neck, choking him with his hands, and forced him to the ground.” The angry man had a knife as well.
The employee got up and grabbed a nearby board to “scare away” the customer. The suspect also plicked up a board before going back to his truck in the parking lot. The suspect went to jail. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Dec. 10, 4:55 p.m.
On Coronado Street:
A woman reported that “she accidentally gave her SSN over to an unknown company not associated with her bank.”

Dec. 10, 7:10 p.m.
A 50-year old West Capitol Avenue man was cited for trying to shoplift a bottle of wine from a Riverpoint Court store. A glass drug pipe was found on his person.

Dec. 11, 12:38 p.m.
A woman called police from an 8th Street home to say there was a man on the property harassing her and her mother. The man was “in the backyard yelling, and the (caller) was hiding in a shed waiting for police to arrive.”
The man went to jail for public intoxication.

Dec. 12, 7:46 a.m.
A woman living on the 1400-block of West Capitol reported that a man had kicked in her door, breaking the chain latch. Police contacted the suspect nearby, and arrested the parolee.
The victim wished to press charges for vandalism.

Dec. 12, 2:20 p.m.
A Maryland Avenue resident reported that an unidentified male and female had stolen a package of the porch. The package contained a $25 sweatshirt, in medium, delivered by an online retailer.

Dec. 12, 2:14 p.m.
A police officer records that a 23-year old woman was involved in a hit-and-run accident at 19th and Jefferson, but fled the scene in her car.
Then, she “was involved in an other hit and run, with a residence.”
She fled the car-versus-house crash on foot, and a different officer found her on 15th Street. There was a misdemeanor warrant out for the arrest of the Waterman Square Road resident, and she went to jail.

Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
An officer contacted a Taber Street man riding a bike near Joan and Kegle for a vehicle code violation. The 30-year old was found to be in possession of Vicodin and a methamphetamine pipe. He was cited and given a notice to appear in court.

Dec. 13, 12:06 a.m.
An officer stopped a car for a vehicle code violation at Kegle and Fremont. A warrant check showed that a 17-year old male passenger was wanted on a felony juvenile warrant out of Sacramento. He was booked into Sacramento’s juvenile hall.

Dec. 13, 12:40 a.m.
A woman reported that her locked car was burglarized while she was in a Harbor Boulevard diner. The thief made off with a backpack containing schoolbooks and paperwork, for a loss of about $400. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Dec. 13, 2 a.m.
A woman reported her car was burglarized while on the 2400-block of West Capitol. Gone were a backpack, laptop and cell phone, worth around $1380.

Dec. 13, 5:41 a.m.
Police responded to a 13th Street disturbance, and an officer contacted a 36-year old man at the scene. When asked if he had any weapons, the man admitted he had a knife. The officer removed the knife from one of the man’s pockets, and did a pat-down search:
“In his lower left jacket pocket,” reported the officer, “I felt a large baggie of a crystal-like substance.” The man was placed under arrest for suspected possession of methamphetamine.
There was a second baggie inside the first, and the second one contained a “brown crystal.”
In the man’s wallet was found a “pay/owe sheet” – a simple accounting ledger that the officer believed was “consistent with selling narcotics.”
The drugs seized from the Circle Street suspect included 61.5 grams of methamphetamine and 8.8 grams of heroin.

Dec. 13, 12 p.m.
A garage on the 1800-block of Merkley was found burglarized. Someone made off with about $500 worth of property, including a car battery charger, other tools and a house key.

Dec. 13, 12 p.m.
A 21-year old theft victim on Sands Court told police that someone had broken a window and stolen an X-box video game system and other items worth a total of about $370.

Dec. 13, 3:19 p.m.
A Rancho Cordova man reported that someone broke into his storage unit on Evergreen Avenue. Thieves took about $6,000 worth of property, including a washer, dryer, refrigerator, a couple of dining tables, clothes, bikes and a crib.

Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
A woman reported someone took her $550 bike from outside a motel on West Capitol.

Dec. 13, 10 p.m.
A police officer ran a license check on a red Chevy Malibu at the intersection of Harbor and Beacon boulevards. Dispatchers told the officer the car was stolen. The officer called for backup and pulled the car over on US 50 east of 15th Street.
The 25-year old man behind the wheel was then arrested and read his Miranda rights.
He told an officer that “a female he ‘hooked up’ with allowed him to borrow the car,” which “belonged to the unknown female’s baby dad.”
He couldn’t come up with the woman’s name.
The suspect had a previous conviction on a stolen vehicle charge, and he was jailed.

Dec. 14, 2:50 p.m.
During an incident “100 yards west of Jefferson”:
“An aggressive dog charged officers at a transient camp and it was shot.”

Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
A Madrone Avenue woman reported that known suspects assaulted in her apartment and took $300 worth of items, including two mobile phones and some food.

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Changes coming to ‘senior shuttle’ in West Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 10, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky

West Sac’s Senior Shuttle passengers are anticipating changes to the service, with the changes scheduled for review and approval at the Dec. 17 West Sacramento Council meeting.

Senior Shuttle rider Evelyn Vannoy is helped onto the United Christian Center paratransit van by driver Jonathan Bosco. The Center does not plan to renew its contract to continue the service. (Photo by Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger)

Senior Shuttle rider Evelyn Vannoy is helped onto the United Christian Center paratransit van by driver Jonathan Bosco. The Center does not plan to renew its contract to continue the service. (Photo by Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger)

Currently, West Sac and the United Christian Center partner to provide door-to-door shuttle service for seniors and disabled to the Recreation Center on Wednesdays for  knitting and crocheting, and on Thursdays for Bingo; for two monthly shopping trips, and to the ‘Commission on Agin’g meetings. The round trip fare’s normal price of $3.00 costs qualified riders $1.50, with the additional $1.50 subsidized by the city of West Sacramento.

West Sac’s contract with the United Christian Center is ending, with the Center indicating that they do not plan to renew; and further, plan to withdraw from their transit operations.

On Dec. 3, members of the existing ridership attended a meeting at the Recreation Center sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.

At the meeting, Erik Reitz, Associate Transportation Planner for Yolo County Transportation District said that existing riders of the current Senior Shuttle can use the existing Yolo Bus scheduled and Special Paratransit Service in the city of West Sacramento.

It has been proposed that the fares for qualified riders remain the same when they do this, with the City of West Sacramento continuing to contribute $1.50 for the paratransit service.

The city council will take up the matter on its Dec. 17 agenda.

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Hanging out in a cemetery can be fun

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 10, 2014 —

I have a strange little confession to make. When I need to get away from everything and everyone for a few days, I often jump in my little truck and head down into Southern California, often ending up somewhere out in the desert, although usually near wonderfully civilized places like Palm Springs. And on the way, especially while I am in and around the Los Angeles area, I have been known to stop off at some of the more famous cemeteries down there that are the final resting places for many of the television and movie stars of my youth. Anyway, I happened to mention this to a friend of mine the other day and I could see by the expression on his face that he was a little worried about me.

“Maybe you have just reached that age where death is becoming a little more real to you,” he suggested.

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

“No, I have always liked cemeteries, even when I was young, especially historic ones. And the one we have right over the bridge in Sacramento is a great place to hang out. All kinds of interesting people are buried there, including a bunch of California governors, Civil War veterans, quite a few of the famous Crocker family, and even Alexander Hamilton’s son, who died in one of those cholera epidemics that used to be really common in this area back in the 1840s and 1850s. And if you go down to Southern California there are a bunch of Forest Lawn cemeteries that are the final resting place of lots of famous people like Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Ricky Nelson, Steve Allen, Charles Laughton, Michael Jackson, and the list goes on and on. Oh, and another really interesting cemetery down there is Los Angeles Cemetery. That’s where Marilyn Monroe is buried. Did you know that the bid on e-Bay for the empty crypt just above hers has now reached $4.6 million dollars?”
“Really?” said my friend, not knowing how to change the subject. “Well, I guess since most of the old movie stars lived and worked in the Los Angeles area, it’s only natural that they died and were buried there, too.”
“One of the most interesting cemeteries I ever visited was a place called Desert Memorial Park,” I continued, “which is down around Palm Springs. I stopped by there once to check out William Powell’s grave – you know, the guy who starred in all of those great old `Thin Man’ movies – and guess who I stumbled across in the process?”
“Who?” asked my friend very reluctantly.
“Frank Sinatra – Old Blue Eyes himself! And I was surprised by what an unpretentious gravesite he had, just a flat marker on the ground with his name, the dates of his birth and death, and an old song lyric of his — `The best is yet to come’ – chiseled into the stone. And did you know that he was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes?”
“No, I didn’t know that.”
“But the one grave I’ve always wanted to visit was Charlie Chaplin’s, and you know what happened to him, don’t you?”
“No, what?”
“Well, Charlie died on Christmas Day in 1977 at the age of 88, and his family buried him in a really nice cemetery in Switzerland, not far from where he had lived for many years after America wouldn’t let  him back into the country because of his politics. But a couple of months later his body was dug up and stolen from the graveyard and the thieves wanted $600,000 from his grieving wife before they would give it back.”
“Really?” asked my friend, suddenly interested in our conversation for the first time. “So what did his wife do?”
“Well, she told them that she wouldn’t pay the ransom, because Charlie would have considered the whole thing ridiculous and even humorous, so the thieves then threatened the lives of some of their eight children, all of whom Charlie had fathered after his 54th birthday, which was his age when they got married.”
“But the family did get poor Charlie’s body back, didn’t they?” asked my friend with interest.
“Yes, but only after a five or six week investigation by the local police who finally found out that a couple of out-of-work auto mechanics from Bulgaria of all places had dug up Charlie and re-buried him in an old cornfield about a mile from his home. So the authorities arrested the thieves and went out and got Charlie back and returned him to his original resting place. But this time they buried him in a very heavy cement grave to prevent any future theft attempts.”

“Wow, that’s quite a story,” said my friend. “And I guess that’s probably at the heart of why you like to visit graveyards, isn’t it? You know, the fact that every life has its own story, and you can stand there and think about the great life that someone you really admired has lived.”
“Well,” I admitted, “I usually just like to stand there and whisper to myself something like, `Even though you got to be rich and famous and I didn’t, you are gone, and I’m still here’!”

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West Sac celebrates tree-lighting

(Courtesy of Meaghan Pierelli, West Sac. Chamber of Commerce)

(Courtesy of Meaghan Pierelli, West Sac. Chamber of Commerce)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 10, 2014

Among the entertainers at Friday evening’s Holiday Tree Lighting party were members of River City High School’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble, shown here at the railings above the crowd.
Hundreds of citizens gathered to meet ceremony and watch the lights go on at the tree outside city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.
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West Sac woman is champion for California’s senior citizens

CHARLOTTE DORSEY By Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger

By Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 3, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
News-Ledger Correspondent

For three days in October, 120 members of the California Senior Legislature met in the State Capitol building to propose legislation regarding senior citizens at both state and federal levels. Charlotte Dorsey of West Sacramento attended as an Assembly Member representing Yolo County.

“I think the California Senior Legislature is extremely important,” Dorsey said. “I heard a quote the other day, It was by a radio personality, he said, ‘Discrimination against seniors is the only remaining acceptable discrimination.’ I believe that is true.”

“Until you become of that age, you do not realize how differently seniors are treated many times,” she continued, “and how the existing services are not necessarily geared for seniors.”

“There are a lot of ways this happens. From the way that people communicate with seniors to the kinds of laws that are put in place that may or may not include support for seniors.”

“Everything from putting in sidewalks and making sure that the handicap ramps are kept in working order—so that when people go from a sidewalk to a street, there isn’t a pothole in the bottom of a ramp.”

The California Senior Legislature was established by state law to help preserve and enhance the quality of life for older Californians and their families, and is primarily funded by the Code 402 checkoff on the California State Income Tax form.

Forty Senior Senators and eighty Senior Assembly members are selected in elections in 33 planning service areas as established by the federal Older Americans Act of 1965. Area 4/Yolo County, is represented by Senior Senators: Gloria Plasencia – Foresthill, and Lola Young – Sacramento; and Senior Assembly Members: Seth Brunner – Davis, Charlotte Dorsey – West Sacramento, Pam Epley – Arcata, and Lynne Farrell – Lincoln.

Dorsey first became acquainted with the CSL early last year through her involvement with the Area 4 Agency on Aging Advisory Council. She and fellow Assembly Member Seth Brunner were appointed to represent Yolo County currently on the Council. The Council elected Dorsey as a CSL Senior Assembly Member.

“The California Senior Legislature was proposed in 1979, and its first session was convened in 1981,” Dorsey explained. “You have to be over 60, and be elected by your peers.”

“There are limited voices for seniors in the state and in the country,” she noted. “There are not many like the CSL—and it’s all volunteers.”

“Without the CSL, there would be fewer voices for seniors,” Dorsey concluded. “They would be forgotten.”

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Storm info: where to get sandbags, how to prevent local flooding


From the City of West Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento is taking steps in advance of the heavy storm expected to strike the area, beginning Dec. 10. Incidents of flooding caused by fallen leaves and clogged drains are anticipated. The City will respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. The Fire, Police and Public Works departments request the public’s assistance, as follows:

  • Before the storm arrives, keep drain inlets clear by placing leaves and debris in the green waste containers. If full, use plastic bags to bag excess leaves. Do not sweep leaves into the street.
  • The City has dedicated two street sweepers to picking up fallen leaves.
  • Public Works has crews ready to assist for overnight duty.
  • Sandbags are available at the City of West Sacramento Corporation Yard, 1951 South River Rd., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents are allowed up to 10 bags per address. Sand is also available at the Corporation Yard, but residents need to fill their own bags.
  • A limited number of sandbags are available after 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
  • Residents are recommended to use plastic or visqueen sheeting as a water barrier with sandbags used to hold the sheeting in place.
  • Sandbags and sand will also be in supply at Fire Station 42, 3585 Jefferson Blvd.
  • For additional questions about sandbags, local flooding and clogged storm drains, call Public Works, (916) 617-4850.

City staff thank the public for its cooperation. As the City checks storm emergencies, residents are urged to stay safe and drive safely. Be prepared for street signs advising caution. The City will continue responding to storm issues as quickly as possible.

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Breakfast with Santa on Saturday


Bring the kids for breakfast with Santa on Sat., Dec. 13, at the community center (1075 West Capitol Ave.). There will be brunch, pancake decorating and Christmas-themed activities such as mailing a letter to the North Pole and pictures with Santa. Pre-sale prices: $12 for those 13 and up, $10 for kids 12 and under or $6 for children under two.  All tickets $15 at the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Choose first seating from 8:30-10 a.m. or second seating 10:30-noon.

Sponsored by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; 371-7042 or www.WestSacramentoChamber.com.

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