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Learn volleyball skills at West Sac camp

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome. $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8. Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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Help equip local kids for school

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

  IKEA West Sacramento is asking the community to help low-income kids start the school year loaded with new backpacks and classroom supplies.  The “Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School” collection drive is underway through July 29.

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Childrens Alliance (News-Ledger/2011)

  The school supply drive will gather essential school items for children grades kindergarten through high school, reports the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.  All donations made at the IKEA store will be delivered to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance for distribution.

  A donation bin will be located at the store’s entrance at 700 IKEA Court, West Sacramento. Donors are invited to bring some school materials to drop off or buy some in the store for donation.

  “IKEA is committed to working within the communities where both our customers and co-workers live and work, and we’re excited to host our first ever school supply drive for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance,” said Heine Roikjer, West Sacramento IKEA store manager, an a press release from the alliance.  “Together, we hope to improve the lives of children within Yolo County and help them start the new school year on the right foot with much needed school supplies.”

   “We really need general school supplies and backpacks,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. “Last year hundreds of Yolo County children received new backpacks and school necessities through the generosity of businesses and individuals in our communities.  We hope to be able to provide even more children with the materials they need for a successful school year this year through the donation center at IKEA.”

  Solid colored backpacks are preferred, but not in red since many schools prohibit red backpacks (for gang-related reasons).

  Other needed items include single subject spiral notebooks; packs of pencils, pens, crayons, and washable markers; large pink erasers, 9 x 12 sturdy two-pocket folders; college-ruled loose-leaf paper; 3-inch binders; pencil cases/pouches; children’s safety scissors;  colored pencils; glue sticks; hi-liter pens; binder diver sheets; graph paper; and index cards.

  For more information about the IKEA West Sacramento Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School campaign, contact the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558 or 916-572-0560.

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‘POLICE LOG’: West Sac crime, etc.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  ‘Police Log’ appears nearly every week in the West Sacramento News-Ledger newspaper. To see it weekly, make sure to subscribe (there’s a special offer at bottom). The incidents below come from initial police calls and arrest reports — facts have not been verified through investigation or trial.

June 28, 2:29 a.m.

  A witness reported that a yellow pickup truck on Limewood Road “parked on the lawn and revved the engine, putting holes in the lawn” before escaping on Redwood toward Lake Washington Boulevard.

June 28, 5:12 a.m.

  A taxi driver reported that a man “bailed out” of the car without paying near Teal Drive and Higgins Road, after being taken there from his girlfriend’s place on Glide Avenue.

June 28, 5:58 p.m.

  At the Palamidessi Bridge near the levee and dirt road: “a man spraypainting a haystack on the dirt road.”

June 28, 6:40 p.m.

A vehicle was burglarized in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center plaza. Its stereo was taken. A witness said a man and woman seen committing the crime left in a blue Mitsubishi Montero.

June 28, 7:19 p.m.

  A witness reported four “dirty” male subjects loitering near Maple Street, and “it looks like they are stealing the fence.”

June 29, 6:54 a.m.

  A Meadow Road resident reported that a surveillance camera caught images of someone vandalizing a flag holder and a van.

June 29, 11:10 a.m.

  A house fire was reported on the 2400-block of West Capitol Avenue, where manufactured homes are sold. Arson was suspected.

June 29, 12:24 p.m.

  Two cars collided in the parking lot of a burger restaurant on Ikea Court. “Both parties refused to exchange information since they didn’t feel they were at fault.”

June 29, 1:22 p.m.

   Two vehicles were burglarized during the night on Spalding Court.

June 29, 2:01 p.m.

  A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

June 29, 3 p.m.

  Two vehicles were found “ransacked” on Evergreen Avenue.

June 29, 3:16 p.m.

  A “subject just stole a security camera from the facility” on Walnut Street.

June 12:07 p.m.

  An officer saw a car with expired registration tags near 6th and Andrew Streets. The officer did a U-turn to catch up with the vehicle, and watched as the driver parked and “exited the vehicle quickly.” The officer asked him if he was on probation or parole, and the man said “no.”

  The man put his hands in his pockets a couple of times, and the officer, concerned about what might be in the pockets, ordered him to keep his hands out and then handcuffed the man “for officer safety.”

  The man then admitted “OK, officer, I have a little bit of meth on me.”

  The officer found a baggie with 0.3 grams of methamphetamine in one pocket. While he was searching, the man told him “I’m on probation, too.”

  In the vehicle were found 83 .22 caliber rounds of ammunition — which a felon like this suspect was not allowed to possess. The man also had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested.

June 29, 9:33 p.m.

  An Ikea Court restaurant reported that “a man keeps going in and out of the bathroom and asking employees where his pocket knife is.” One employee said she saw him burning the back of the knife with a flame in the restroom.

June 29, 11:58 p.m.

  An officer contacted a 53-year old West Sacramento man on bicycle. Performing a probation search, the officer found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine in one of the suspect’s pockets, and arrested him.

June 29, 8:45 p.m.

  An officer responded to a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol after receiving a report that a guy was kicking in doors looking for his dog. The officer spoke to five tenants who reported the issue, and saw visible damage on four doors. Another officer spotted someone matching the description of the suspect nearby, and brought him for a “field lineup” in front of the witnesses.

  They ID’d him. After being read his Miranda rights, the man said “I kicked in the doors looking for my pitbull.”

June 30, 11:57 a.m.

  A dog house was reported in the number-three lane of US 50 near Harbor Boulevard.

June 30, 4:45 p.m.

  A Riverbank Road man reported an ex-girlfriend was possibly stalking him.

June 30, 7:07 p.m.

  A parent told dispatchers that a son had been detained for suspected shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store, “for stealing a shirt that he was wearing when he entered the store.”

June 30, 9 p.m.

  Dispatchers received several calls about fireworks being used (illegally) in areas near Hobson Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Michigan Blvd. and elsewhere in town through the evening.

July 1, 10:12 p.m.

  A citizen said some people were “yelling and imitating animals very loudly” at Whitey’s Park on Lake Washington Blvd.

July 1, 11:52 p.m.

  A man reported being robbed by five suspects at a gas station market on the 1400-block of West Capitol. Weapons used included a gun and a sword.

June 30, 10:49 p.m.

  A caller who was house-sitting at a Diablo Street residence said someone threw a rock through its front window. A neighbor reported seeing a man in a white minivan park nearby, walk in front of the house, and throw the rock.

  June 30, 5:40 p.m.

  Officers conducted a “welfare check” after a neighbor reported hearing the children at a Southport home screaming in their backyard. The male resident was a sex offender registrant on probation. A woman answered the door, saying the man was in the shower. But when officers entered, a son corrected her, saying the man had run and hid in a closet.

  They called for him to come out of the closet several times, but he didn’t. He was eventually located “in a hidden compartment behind the closet sheetrock, which was completely sealed off. . . except for a hole in the sheetrock at the back of the closet.”

  He resisted arrest and was handcuffed. The offender had not registered that he was living at this address.

July 1, 12:26 a.m.

  “Large aerial fireworks” were reported near Bryte and Hobson avenues.

July 1, 8:24 a.m.

  A blue Honda Civic was stolen during the night from Anna Street.

July 1, 9:01 a.m.

  Someone broke into a vehicle on Highland Drive. They took some glasses, and left behind a hat.

July 1, 9:15 a.m.

  A citizen reported that someone stole mail — including bills and magazines — from a mailbox on the 4500-block of South River Road.

July 1, 9:31 a.m.

  A vehicle was found burglarized on Swift Street.

July 1, 12:18 p.m.

  A 23-year old West Capitol Avenue man brought some receipts into a Riverpoint Court store, then picked some items off the shelves and tried to return them using the receipts. He was detained, but “keeps trying to run out,” reported loss prevention personnel.

July 1, 1:11 p.m.

  A man who had been warned against trespassing was now “dumpster diving” at a store on the 800-block of Harbor Blvd. and was refusing to leave.

July 1, 4:12 p.m.

  A caller found a bike in the backyard “that was not here yesterday.” The caller was “concerned someone might be hiding in the yard.”

July 1, 7:56 p.m.

  A citizen reported hearing fireworks coming from the grounds of a Fallbrook school campus.

July 1, 9:01 p.m.

  A Southport fire station reported that there were low-flying aircraft around Southport and Land Park, and asked dispatchers to notify the FAA. The “Sacramento Tower” also saw the aircraft, and asked witnesses to get the planes’ tail numbers and call in the morning. They speculated that the aircraft might be spraying to prevent West Nile Virus.

July 1, 9:42 p.m.

  A man and his fiancee said they were walking on the 1200-block of West Capitol when a woman asked to borrow a cell phone. She then took the phone and ran off with it.

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W.S.P.D. police involved in shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — July 10, 2012 —

A man was shot by police last night as offices responded to a  “domestic assault” report on the 800 block of Platinum Lane — part of the Ironworks subdivision near Raley Field. The initial call came in at 10:41 p.m.

According to a press release from Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“As officers arrived on scene to check on the welfare of the victim, a subject rushed at an officer and attempted to grab the officer’s handgun. The officer fired his duty weapon, striking the subject one time. Paramedics transported the subject to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Steele told the News-Ledger on Tuesday morning that the victim was a 42-year old West Sacramento man who was in “non-life threatening condition.”

Steele did not identify the injured subject or the officer. But he added that the officer has three years experience and is being placed on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated by several divisions of W.S.P.D.  Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s investigations division, 617-4900.

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Citizens learn about local justice system

Graduates of the 2012 “Citizens Academy,” with Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig at right. (Courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig has announced that 23 county residents graduated from the inaugural session of the Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

  The graduation ceremony was held June 21. The Academy was sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and police departments from Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

  The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course “designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system, diversity, and racial issues within the framework of our system of justice.  The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” reported the D.A.’s office.

  Weekly sessions included: The Role of the District Attorney; The Role of Law Enforcement, including Internal Affairs and Review Boards; Special Challenges of Prosecution, including Three Strikes and Domestic Violence; Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System; the FBI and US Attorney’s Office; and Gangs.

  “Based on the feedback received from class participants, the first Academy was a huge success,” Reisig said in a press release. “I think participants learned about the challenges of law enforcement in our diverse communities throughout Yolo County and what its public servants here accomplish.”

  One student was quoted, “This academy has changed my perspective on law enforcement and with the knowledge I have gained here I will definitely share it with others in my community.”

  Another offered, “It was great to put the faces with the departments and see what the different community challenges are.”

  The Academy will be offered again in the spring of 2013.  For more information, log on to http://www.yoloda.org.

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Life in prison for abusing daughter

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 9, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on July 6, Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard sentenced West Sacramento’s Michael Martinez to 335 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor.

The jury found Martinez guilty in May of abusing his seven-year old daughter — committing child molestation and recording video evidence of the acts on a cell phone.

The girl testified in the trial. According to the D.A.’s office,Martinez initially confessed his guilt and then reversed himself in trial.

The D.A.’s office said that according to a probation report ,Martinez did not apologize to the victim, and that he claimed,“There is a lot about this that has been misunderstood by everyone” and he “can’t be responsible for something he had no control over.”

Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. She said in a press release: “This sentence ensures the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison and will never have the chance to victimize another child.”

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The gang that couldn’t shoot straight

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Columnist

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Monday before last started out just like every other Monday morning. I got out of bed around 7:30, shaved and showered, made myself some breakfast, read quite a bit of the Sacramento Bee, and then started my leisurely walk over to the News-Ledger. It was an especially pretty morning, with temperatures destined to reach only into the 80s, and I remember thinking to myself that everyone should be so lucky to have his or her office within strolling distance on a gorgeous Monday morning.

  When I reached the News-Ledger at about 8:30, I took out my office key, inserted it into the door, and pushed it open like I have done a thousand times before. But when I stepped inside, nothing was like it had been a thousand times before. To begin with, all our computers and monitors were gone, and the first thought that ran through my head was, ‘how in the world are we going to get the News-Ledger out to our subscribers this week without our computers?’ Then, as I glanced around the room, I could see that papers and office supplies were scattered everywhere and that our window-mounted air conditioner had been knocked to the floor, leaving the front window slightly jarred open.

  “So, that’s how they got in?” I whispered to myself as the fact that the News-Ledger had been robbed finally sunk into my disbelieving head.

  On closer examination, much more than our computers had been stolen. Our microwave, radio and fan were also gone, and it was obvious that every drawer in our desks had been ransacked in a fevered search for any valuables the thieves could find. Our change drawer had been emptied of all our  quarters, dimes and nickels, and most alarming of all, our News-Ledger checkbook with dozens of company checks in it was nowhere to be found.

  As I continued to look around, it appeared that our phones had been stolen, too, so I went next door to Armando Omega’s chiropractor’s office and he kindly let me put a call into Steve Marschke, the editor of the News-Ledger. I was only able to get his answering machine and left him a quick message about what had happened and suggested that he stop by our bank on his way into the office to make sure the thieves couldn’t write themselves any checks on our account. When I gave Armando back his phone, he said he would go ahead and call the West Sacramento police and he also kindly said to let him know if there was anything else he could do to help.

  When the police arrived, Community Service Officer Prasad did a thorough investigation of what was now a crime scene, including dusting for fingerprints on a Diet Coke bottle left behind by one of the thieves, making me think that robbing people must make a person work up quite a thirst. He also took down a detailed list of everything that was missing and assured me that his fellow officers would try their best to find our much-needed computers.

  When Steve arrived at the office, he had already been to US Bank and made sure that the News-Ledger bank account was secure. But as Steve and I were just starting to get over the shock of having been robbed and trying to figure out how we were going to deal with all the problems it had created, the real fun and games began.

  We had been able to locate one of our phones, which had been tossed under my desk, and when it rang, it was the bank calling to alert us that two people, a black male and a white female, were trying to cash one of our checks. Like a shot, Steve raced out the door, jumped into his truck, and headed for the bank. I later learned that when he got there, both of the suspects were still in the bank, with the man nervously waiting to get his ID back, since the bad check had been written to him and the bank personnel were trying to keep him there until the police they had called arrived. He was also complaining loudly about the lousy service the bank was giving him.

    Both the man and the woman had apparently arrived at the bank on bicycles, and when the woman got suspicious that the bank had no intention of cashing the stolen check, she took off on hers, although Steve got a good look at her, which would come in very handy only a short time later. Anyway, when the police arrived at the bank, they arrested the man who had been trying to cash a forged $200 News-Ledger check and also found a bunch of stolen News-Ledger items in his bike basket.

  Less than an hour later, with Steve back at the News-Ledger and at least one of the thieves in police custody, we were beginning the cleanup of the office when Steve suddenly looked out the front window and saw someone he was pretty sure was the female suspect in the robbery, riding around on her bicycle.

  “You’re kidding?” I said, thinking that no thief comes back to the scene of the crime that quickly.

  “I’m sure it’s her,” Steve insisted with emphasis.

  “Then let’s go get her!” I suggested, thinking back to that old Andy Griffith TV episode where Gomer had ran after Barney (who had made an illegal U-turn on Mayberry’s Main Street) yelling `citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest!’

  “I tell you what,” said Steve as we watched the female suspect turn her bike onto West Capitol Avenue and disappear from sight, “you chase after her in your truck, and I’ll try to track her down on foot as soon as I’ve called the police.”

  That sounded like a pretty good idea to me, especially since it was now my turn to race out the door and jump into my truck, only to quickly discover that the woman on the bike had somehow vanished into thin air. When I caught back up with Steve again, we both agreed that she could have only ducked into one place, the nearby West Capitol Avenue hotel right behind the News-Ledger office.

  So, with Steve standing guard at the hotel entrance, I got back into my truck and headed back down West Capitol Avenue just in case the lady on the bike had somehow managed to get further than we thought. And within minutes, I was side-by-side with a police car responding to Steve’s call, so I began yelling and waving at him to follow me, hoping that he didn’t notice that in all the excitement, I had forgotten to put on my seatbelt. Anyway, when we arrived at the hotel entrance, Steve pointed out to the police officer the bike he thought the woman had been riding, and within minutes, backup police officers had arrived and she was in custody. And in searching the room where she lived, the police also found all the missing News-Ledger checks.

  So, with both the robbery suspects safely in custody, and with the hope that we might even get our computers back in the not too distant future, one of the police officers walked over to me with a smile and asked, “So, tell me, just how were you and your buddy able to figure this all out and locate that female suspect?”

  “Well,” I said proudly, “the best-read part of the News-Ledger has always been the Police Log, so Steve and I take this police stuff pretty serious.”

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