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Local tribe and Yolo Food Bank partner to offer Thanksgiving meals

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The Yolo Food Bank (with support from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation) will distribute 1,500 meals this Thanksgiving. Yolo households needing help may receive a package including a turkey, fresh produce and non-perishable goods.

The Food Bank will partner with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance to distribute the food boxes in West Sacramento – call (530) 668-0690 for information.

Distribution in Woodland will take place 8 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 23, at 233 Harter Avenue, and will continue until supplies are gone.

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Special DUI-prosecuting unit to continue

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 20130 —

The state’s Office of Traffic Safety will continue to fund a special DUI enforcement unit in Yolo County, reports the Yolo District Attorney’s office.

The state has awarded Yolo $233,295 for the prosecution of “driving under the influence” cases, said a press statement from Chief Deputy D.A. Jonathan Raven.

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident. Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident.
Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

“As a result of the (Office of Traffic Safety) funding, a highly trained staff can focus attention and resources on repeat offenders and drivers who cause collisions where there is an injury or fatality,” said Raven. “The grant will continue to fund the District Attorney’s Vertical Prosecution Unit, allowing one prosecutor to handle a case through all stages of the criminal process, from the time of arrest through sentencing. The funding also allows the team to assist law enforcement in the investigation of fatal and major injury collisions.”

The office prosecutes “thousands” of DUI cases annually, said Raven. Most of those are alcohol-related, but prosecutors are seeing more cases of drivers under the influence of marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine or a combination of alcohol and drugs.

The Yolo prosecution team includes Deputy D.A. Matt De Moura, investigator John Shugart (a retired CHP sergeant) and legal secretary Lori Castaneda. Last month, the team joined Deputy D.A. Martha Holzaphel in gaining the conviction of Reyes Barajas of Redwood City on two counts of second degree murder. Barajas killed his wife and teenage son in an accident while he was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent. A level of 0.08 percent is “presumed guilty” for DUI.

Barajas had three prior DUI convictions. He faces 30 years to life in state prison.

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Mike McGowan to step down as supervisor, accept governor’s appointment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Michael McGowan, one of West Sacramento’s preeminent ‘pols’ since becoming the city’s first mayor in 1987, will leave elected office next month.

He has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the state department of motor vehicles.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento's first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento’s first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

“My last board of supervisors meeting is December third and my first day at the new job is the fourth,” McGowan told the News-Ledger.

After serving on West Sacramento’s first city council starting in 1987, McGowan was elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1993. He has served the 1st District (Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento) since.

He believes the county to be in “sound” shape with a great staff.

What will he do at the new job?

“My role is probably more akin to being a special assistant to the director,” he told the News-Ledger. “One of the things I know I’ll be doing right away involves the ‘undocumented drivers’ legislation that the governor approved into law. That will undoubtedly require some programming challenges. How is it going to work in different parts of the state, or with local sheriff’s departments?”

The new post pays about $125,000 annually. The remainder of McGowan’s board term (which ends in January, 2017) will be filled by an appointment by the governor.

McGowan told the News-Ledger he does not yet know if Governor Brown will seek his input on filling the new vacancy on the board of supervisors.

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Pair arrested at I-5 rest stop in Yolo with 30 pounds of pot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two out-of-town men found with a large amount of marijuana.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons reports a deputy contacted the pair at about 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 30, while they were parked in the southbound lot at an I-5 rest stop in the north-Yolo town of Dunnigan.

“During contact, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior and rear bed of the vehicle,” reported Persons. “A search of the vehicle revealed several large duffle bags containing 30 one-pound bags of individually packaged marijuana, and 21 non-prescribed Vicodin tablets.”

Arrested were 22-year old Eric Martin Scott of San Jose and 26-year old Adam Gabriel Barrett of Lancaster. They were charged with possession of marijuana and offering to sell or furnish the drug. Scott was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

They were jailed before being released on $50,000 bail, and will be arraigned Nov. 27.

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