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West Sac man dies in Yolo County jail

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – March 20, 2014 –

A West Sacramento man died in jail custody yesterday, apparently of suicide.

Captain Larry Cecchetini of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department said 33-year old inmate Nitesh Raj Singh had been in custody at the Woodland facility since March 6 on domestic violence charges. Singh was found in distress at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Singh was housed in a single cell at the time of the incident,” reported Cecchetini. “The inmate was observed by correctional staff only 25 minutes earlier and he appeared well and was not displaying any signs of distress.”

Later, he said, “a correctional officer was conducting routine cell checks when he found an inmate apparently trying to commit suicide. The officer called for assistance and entered the cell, where he observed the inmate with a sheet wrapped around his neck and the other end tied to a light fixture in the cell. Correctional and medical staff at the jail immediately began CPR and called for fire department and ambulance to respond. The inmate was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.”

The sheriff’s department and its coroner’s office are investigating.

Singh’s next of kin were notified of the death last night, said Cecchetini.

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Days are numbered for I Street Bridge

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It's at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento's "Washington" area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It’s at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento’s “Washington” area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

Plans to replace the 103-year old I Street Bridge continue to march forward.

West Sacramento’s city council voted March 5  to approve an agreement with Sacramento to move forward with preliminary engineering on a new bridge to be sited just a little to the north of the skinny old “swing” bridge.

The existing bridge lands at I Street in Sacramento and on C Street in West Sacramento With a single lane in each direction, the steel bridge often feels to motorists like it’s dangerously narrow. More than once, cars and trucks have scraped as they passed in opposite directions over the Sacramento River.

The planned new bridge site is planned to better synchronize with Sacramento’s “Railyards” project and West Sacramento’s plans for its “Washington” area. It would be a movable span with more lanes for traffic, bikes and pedestrians, and possibly a streetcar.

Sacramento and West Sacramento have agreed to contribute $350,000 each towards a preliminary engineering and environmental review. The cities have selected Mark Thomas and Company as consultant.

The cities expect federal sources to pick up most of the eventual costs of the new bridge. Earlier estimates pegged that cost at around $86 million.

“The current schedule, depending upon funding availability through Caltrans, forecasts the construction of the bridge to occur in 2019-2020,” said a recent West Sacramento city staff report.

 

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Raider girls win their home tourney

River City High School's girls varsity soccer team after their home tournament victory (courtesy photo)

River City High School’s girls varsity soccer team after their home tournament victory (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

River City High School’s girls soccer team won its “Raider Cup Classic” tournament held Feb. 28 and March 1.

The rainy-weekend victory came over 11 visiting varsity teams from Summerville to Nevada Union.

The Raiders faced Armijo High in the finals on Saturday. It was a game of “continuous action,” reports RCHS coach Kamal Singh, with River City prevailing 2-0.

The Raider varsity was anchored on the offense by Jaylem Crim and Keionna Claypoole; in the midfield by Andrea Salcedo, Taylor Martin and Crystal Carroll; and on defense by Annie Wampler, Valeria Salcedo, Marinna Vigil, Melissa Whitesell, Dianerick Ramirez and goalkeeper Erin Delany.

The Raiders defense yielded zero goals during the whole tournament, helping to win its preliminary tournament matches 5-0, 7-0 and 1-0.
The team lost sophomore starting center Hildelice Medina to a season-ending knee injury in the second game.

“You learn to make adjustments,” said Coach Kamal Singh later. “Soccer is a team sport, and I told the girls they had to step up to fill the void of not having Hildelice. (Winning) this tournament was no accident. These girls have been training hard and wanted to win this tournament and make River City Girls Soccer history.”

The team is off to a 7-0 start to its season.

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Bridge and water plant get new names: local civic leaders are honored

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

A couple of key pieces of West Sacramento infrastructure were officially named after local leaders last week. The names were approved by the West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday for:

—  “The George Kristoff Water Plant,” formerly known as the Bryte Bend Water Treatment plant. This facility sits on the city’s northern riverbank and has served as the city’s drinking water plant in 1988.

It has been named after the late George Kristoff, who helped govern the region before cityhood by serving on the East Yolo Community Services District Board. Kristoff was also a member of “People for Better Water,” which succeeded in “wresting the water system from a private purveyor that was more interested in making a profit than providing high quality water to the residents,” according to a city staff report.

Kristoff and his group helped pass a bond measure to build the plant, and helped secure rights to the use of river water to supply the town. He is the father of current city councilman Bill Kristoff.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac's new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac’s new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

—  “The Michael McGowan Bridge” will be the name for the new crossing now under construction at South River Road and the barge canal. The bridge is expected to be finished in November, and will help better connect Southport, the “Pioneer Bluffs” area and the freeway.

It is named after current (and longtime) West Sacramentan Mike McGowan, who recently left a post on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in order to accept a governor’s appointment with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

McGowan has also been a member of the West Sacramento City Council (where he served as the city’s first mayor) and on the commission that governs the local port.

“Naming a crossing after Mike commemorates Mike’s unique ability to provide solid connections and cross over obstacles,” said a city report advocating for the bridge naming.

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road -- which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road — which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

The two naming proposals were approved by a 4-0 vote by the council.

 

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