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Courts evacuated after bomb threat


All Yolo County court facilities  in Woodland were evacuated after a bomb threat received at the Superior Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. today.

West Sacramento police and CHP officers helped the sheriff’s department and Woodland police look for a bomb. None was found, and the courts were re-opened at 10:30 a.m.

Investigators have “several credible leads” as to the suspect, said a court press release.

A court spokesperson said the last time the courts received a bomb threat was in 2005, and that suspect was arrested and charged for the crime.

As for today:

“Court operations were delayed, but judges and court staff are working hard to ensure that there will be only minimal disruption,” reports the office of Court Executive Officer James B. Perry.

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Port gets $5 million crane for containers

The superstructure of the ‘Ocean Titan’ cargo ship is visible as the ship glides behind a Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood on the shipping canal on Jan. 2, on its way to the Port of West Sacramento. The crane is visible right of center (it’s mostly orange in color). News-Ledger photo.

From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento received a new, $5 million crane on Jan. 3. The crane is meant to help the port in its new foray into container-handling — its traditional mission has involved bulk cargoes such as grain, rice, fertilizer and wood chips. The port is part of a new “Northern California Marine Highway container barging operation, along with the ports of Oakland and Stockton. The new service is set to launch in late 2012.

The orange-and-green base of the Port’s new crane sits on deck before unloading yesterday. When assembled, the crane will be over 100 feet tall and will lift up to 273,000 pounds. It was built in Austria and shipped from Germany, through the Panama Canal. (News-Ledger photo)


The Ocean Titan's crane drops the new piece of equipment onto the wharf at the Port of West Sacramento (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of W.S.)


The new crane's massive base, delivered (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of West Sacramento)

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Girls’ volleyball standouts

Varsity award winners: Jaliyah Dramera, Brianna Mondia, Kendra Thomas and Desiree Carbullido


River City High School’s volleyball celebrated its team awards in November after the end of their season. Honorees were:

Varsity and Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) Awards
Most Inspirational Player – Junior, Jaliyah Dramera
Most Valuable Player and SVC All League – Sophomore, Brianna Mondia

SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Kendra Thomas
SVC Honorable Mention – Junior, Desiree J. Carbullido
Most Improved Player – Junior, Arielle Pascua (not pictured)

JV Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Julie Staffler
Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Ashlend Rodriguez
Coach’s Award – Sophomore, Gaocheng Yang (not pictured)

Freshman Awards:
Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Player – Freshman, Jenna Martinez
Most Valuable Player – Freshman, Caroline Murzin

Head coach is Tammy Bacon.

Junior varsity award winners: Julie Staffler and Ashlend Rodriguez


Jenna Martinez and Caroline Murzin, RCHS frosh volleyball honorees (photos courtesy of RCHS volleyball)











An education in extrication —

All three shifts of West Sacramento firefighters had a chance last month to practice on “multiple scenarios” to “effect rescue of a trapped person.” The crews used hydraulic tools to free up hypothetical crash victims. The training was conducted at Dollar Tow -- which donated the cars (courtesy of W.S.F.D.)

 From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012

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Nugget concert ends singers’ season

The West Sacramento Community Singers, in tune at a concert in December at Nugget Market in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2011 —

The West Sacramento Community Singers(WSCS) completed their fall season with a finale performance at the Nugget Market on Dec 23.

Other performances in West Sacramento were held at the local library, Grand River Villa and River Bend adult care facilities, and at the West Sac Christmas Tree Lighting event.  The Spring season begins March 4 and continues through June.  New members are welcome!  If interested, email westsacsingers@gmail.com or visit the group web site at http://www.meetup.com/West-Sacramento-Community-Singers/

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Latest robbery victim is 7-11


The 7-11 convenience market at 1552 Jefferson Boulevard was robbed Thursday night, and the suspect is still at large.

“A white male adult robbed the clerk, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing on foot,” Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today. The store is located in central West Sacramento on Jefferson close to 15th Street and Stone Boulevard.

The suspect was armed, although Steele declined to discuss further details due to the ongoing investigation.  No one was hurt during the robbery. When the crime was reported at about 9:50 p.m., there was a “pretty extensive search,” said Steele. Joining local police officers in the chase were a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Sacramento police K-9 team.

Steele said that there have been a string of robberies in West Sacramento targeting “liquor stores and gas stations.”

“Over the last two days, we’ve had five,” he reported.

So far, police don’t believe the 7-11 robbery was linked to the others, but they’re continuing to investigate all the crimes.

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Old dock retired; new one planned for public use

A contractor heads down the ramp to the old dock at Raley’s Landing, now being disassembled after being labeled a safety hazard. Pieces of the dock lay at right. In the background is Old Sacramento; this photo was taken behind the ‘ziggurat’ building on West Sacramento’s northern riverfront. In the background on the other side of the river are the Delta King steamboat, Old Sacramento and downtown Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)



By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

The City of West Sacramento has hired a contractor to dismantle the old dock at Raley’s Landing – formerly home to the Elizabeth Louise paddlewheeler and to the now-defunct River Otter Taxi Service. The dock has been disused for several years, and has been deemed a safety hazard.

    West Sacramento officials hope to replace the dock with one that will become a “public asset.” In that role, it may aid in the city’s transportation plan by providing a landing for a future Sacramento River ferry service and could be used by fishermen and sightseers, said City Councilman Mark Johannessen.

“I don’t know if we’ve seen the design yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some type of public access,” Johannessen told the News-Ledger.

The dock is located along the River Walk Parkway, just north of the Tower Bridge and behind the “ziggurat” building that now houses state offices. The replacement dock will probably be built in 2013, said a statement on the city’s website.

“Raley’s has been working with the City of West Sacramento to make the waterfront more accessible to the public and expand the River Walk amenities,” said Ashley Zepernick, a Raley’s corporate spokesperson, in the city’s statement. “In doing so, Raley’s has agreed to allow the City of West Sacramento to take control of the Raley’s Landing dock on the Sacramento River and allow it to be replaced by a new public facility that will be built by the City of West Sacramento.”

A state agency has ordered the old floating dock removed, fearing it could break up and float away, causing a river hazard. Work was already underway when a News-Ledger reporter visited this week.

The City has applied to the State Lands Commission for a new dock lease.

Nearby on the river, West Sacramento has been trying to attract financing to build a publicly-owned hotel with banquet and conference facilities. The dock was seen as a complementary amenity for the planned hotel, which Marriott had negotiated to manage. But financing has fallen through.

MARK JOHANNESSEN, West Sacramento City Council Member (News-Ledger file photo)

“The hotel project is still percolating – it’s not dead,” Johannessen told the News-Ledger. “I don’t think (the dock and hotel) are dependant on each other. As far as I know, the dock is going to be a public amenity on the river regardless of whether the hotel goes through or not.”

“This is one more step toward the City’s vision of making the riverfront an accessible and active destination for the public,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in the City’s public statement.

Demolition work is being done by PBM Construction.

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