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Skydiving accident at Yolo airport kills jumper from Lodi

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 26, 2013 —

A skydiving accident near Davis on Saturday killed an experienced, 23-year old skydiver.

Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies responded at about 6 p.m. on August 24 to the Sky Dance facility at the Yolo County Airport.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver approximately one mile southeast of the Sky Dance drop zone,” reported Persons in a press statement. “His canopy and harness were also located, one mile northeast of the drop zone. At this point in the investigation, it is unknown how the victim became detached from his skydiving gear.”

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department released the identity of the victim: Andrew Todd Cofer, of Lodi. (An earlier report that Cofer was from San Jose was based on an address on Cofer’s driver’s license). Witnesses said Cofer was an experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

An autopsy performed Monday showed that Cofer died from “multiple blunt force trauma, with fractures,” Persons told the News-Ledger. The manner of death — how Cofer came to be completely separated from his harness and chute — is still under investigation.

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West Sacramento couple weds at the ballpark — between innings

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 21, 2013 —

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night (photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night
(photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

“Dinger” gave away the bride.

That was just one unique thing about the marriage of West Sacramento natives Jalena Rusaw and Alan Slape, who made their vows during a 60-second ceremony between innings at Saturday’s River Cats game.

“Alan and I were engaged in June, 2013,” the bride told the News-Ledger. “I told him we could get married sometime next year as I was too busy working a full-time job, attending grad school, and completing my practicum as a marriage family therapist-trainee.”

The couple are season ticket holders to the minor league River Cats, who play at Raley Field in their hometown.

And so:

“Later that week we attended a ‘Cats game and he had the thought of having our wedding during a game,” added Rusaw. “I gave him only three requests – I wanted to wear a dress, my girls and mom needed to attend, and more importantly, it had to be memorable. The rest was in his hands.”

“Needless to say, we had a beautiful wedding,” she said. “The River Cats’ ‘groove crew’ dressed up in tuxes and red dresses for the occasion.”

Newlyweds Jalena  Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field  (Photo by Ric Shaw)

Newlyweds Jalena
Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field
(Photo by Ric Shaw)

Wedding-related events popped up between innings, as the ‘Cats dealt with the visiting Tucson Padres.

“We had a cupcake give-away as we cut our cake, tossed the bouquet from the (balcony) suite, rode in the hot dog cart with a ‘just married’ sign, and danced our first dance on the field after the game.”

The wedding party wore red tennis-style shoes – a nice contrast with the lush green turf at Raley Field.

“It was a very memorable evening,” summed up the bride with some understatement.

As for the River Cats? They beat Tucson, 11-5.

 

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Heading to the river? West Sac fire stations will lend you a kids’ life jacket

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Heading to the river? Taking kids? State law requires every child younger than 13 on a boat, and everybody on a personal watercraft or a towed craft, be wearing a life jacket. Authorities also strongly recommend a life jacket for kids and others playing in or near local rivers. You can borrow life jackets for the day at West Sacramento’s fire stations:

Station 41, 132 15th Street, 617-4741.
Station 42, 3585 Jefferson Blvd., 617-4742.
Station 43, 1561 Harbor Blvd., 617-4743.
Station 44, 905 Fremont St., 617-4744.
Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Blvd., 617-4600.

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Puzzled by ‘Obamacare?’ Workshops scheduled for individuals, businesses

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

Learn more about the new health care laws and how they affect you as an individual or your small business. Attend a workshop about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (called “Obamacare” by many) at one of four scheduled workshops held at the local library, 1212 Merkley Avenue: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept 4; or 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept 17, Oct. 3 or Oct. 15. Free. Sponsored the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

For info on “Covered California,” see www.CoveredCA.com or call (888) 975-1142.

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Japanese food plant opens in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 22, 2013 —

The Japanese food product company Nippon Shokken is celebrating the opening of its first American plant on Monday with a tour of the facility.

The company produces blended Japanese seasonings and food products. It began construction on the 70,000-square foot plant in February, 2012, at 2970 Ramco Street in West Sacramento. The plant in the Southport Business Park is capable of employing up to 400 people at full capacity, reports Art Schroeder of the City of West Sacramento.

Last year, company officials said they expect to begin with a hundred employees and a production capacity of 2,400 tons per year.

Kazuhiko Ozawa, Chairman of Nippon Shokken, with West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon as they exchange official gifts at the plant's groundbreaking last year (News-Ledger photo)

Kazuhiko Ozawa, Chairman of Nippon Shokken, with West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon as they exchange official gifts at the plant’s groundbreaking last year (News-Ledger photo)

Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa said at the time that the Japanese company chose West Sacramento in part because of the “bounty of quality water, which is essential for production of seasonings, and to have the utmost land of well-built infrastructure.”

Check-in for the tour is at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.

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Free family movie Sunday in West Sac

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A free presentation of the movie “The Avengers” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 (doors open at 1:30) at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Families welcome. Concessions will be sold at “affordable” prices. Dress up as a super hero and receive a special treat.

 

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Mom fights back after loss of daughter to drinking driver in West Sac

JESSICA FRAIRE (right) with her mother SONIA RODRIGUEZ. Jessica was cut down by a hit-and-run driver on Sacramento Avenue in 2008 (courtesy photo)

JESSICA FRAIRE (right) with her mother SONIA RODRIGUEZ. Jessica was cut down by a hit-and-run driver on Sacramento Avenue in 2008 (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sonia Rodriguez can’t undo what happened to her 17-year old daughter five years ago on a dark and drizzly West Sacramento street. But she is trying to keep the same thing from happening to somebody else’s daughter.

“Halloween, 2008, started out just like any other,” Rodriguez reported to friends in a recent email. “We were all getting ready to go trick-or-treating. We were excited that year because our youngest, two-year old Carmen, was finally old enough.”

“On the way home, Jessica’s friend, Rosa, called to see if she wanted to walk around for a little while. Who knew that would be the last time I would speak with my daughter? Two hours later, an officer came to our door and told us Jessica had been in a car crash.”

Jessica Fraire had been walking with Rosa Zaragoza (then 18, and also a River City High School student) on Sacramento Avenue near Douglas Avenue. They were probably walking eastbound, on the side of the street without a sidewalk, when a pickup truck swerved onto the paved shoulder and cut them down from behind.

Rosa Zaragoza was seriously injured.

Jessica died several days later of her own injuries.

The pickup fled the scene – followed by a witness who lost sight of it on the other side of the I Street Bridge.

After massive regional publicity, the next morning 34-year old Jennifer Moran of West Sacramento turned herself in.

“The lady admitted she had been drinking,” police lieutenant Tod Sockman told the News-Ledger in 2008. “She said she realized she had hit something, but was unsure what she hit. She drove around, and talked to a friend during the night, and then turned herself in.”

Moran is now free after serving time for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run, said Rodriguez. Even during sentencing at the court, said Jessica’s mother, Moran never apologized for the accident.

“I was shocked and outraged that she was released,” Rodriguez told the News-Ledger. “I felt victimized all over again. I was told she would serve at least half her time (a nine-year sentence) and to serve less than three years was unthinkable.”

[adrotate group=”9″] In court, reports Rodriguez, Moran didn’t show any contrition:

“She said, ‘no, I don’t have a drinking problem, I just shouldn’t have given my friend a ride that night.’”

Because police didn’t have contact with Moran until the morning after the accident, they did not have direct evidence that Moran had been driving with too much alcohol in her blood. But they did a thorough job coming up with circumstantial evidence of DUI, said Rodriguez.

They talked to staff at the drinking establishments Moran and her friends had visited on that dismal night, counting the drinks served to her party. They noted that at one point, a server had declined to serve Moran because she appeared too intoxicated.

Rodriguez and husband Carlos have three other children, ranging from age 7 to 21. They miss their oldest girl.

“She was the eldest,” said Rodriguez. “She was the responsible one. I never had to ask her about her homework or tell her not to stay out after curfew. When it was someone’s birthday, she was the first one to send you a text in the morning wishing you a happy birthday. She would get you a gift that was something special.  She would do things without being asked. . . She was not only my daughter, but my best friend and my biggest cheerleader.”

Rodriguez has become active in MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“I go to panels and tell my story to offenders,” she reports. “I volunteer (for MADD) whenever they ask me to, and I’ve spoken at dinners.”

What she finds especially frustrating is that there is no good reason for her daughter to have died in an apparent drunk driving accident:

“This is 100 percent preventable,” she said. “You can make better choices to make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else or to you. There are taxi services that will take you. Some are even free.”

Coming up next in Rodriguez’s fight against drunk driving is a fundraising walk for MADD. She’ll be part of team “MADD About Jess” in the “Walk Like MADD” event, October in Sacramento. She’ll help raise money for the anti-drunk driving organization.     Anyone who wants to donate to the effort, or form their own walking team, may visit www.WalkLikeMADD.org.

Marking the spot where Jessica was killed and Rosa was hurt now is a sign that urges people not to drink and drive.

Has all this work prevented someone else from getting killed by a drunk driver?

“I hope so,” answered Rodriguez.

 

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