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What do you do with an old courthouse?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

News-Ledger Staff

What would you do with this landmark courthouse building erected in 1917? Would you convert it to office space? A museum? A school? Some sort of public market?

Now that Yolo County is constructing a replacement court, the old structure in Woodland will lose its original purpose. So county officials are looking to “consider alternative and innovative approaches to the reuse of the facility,” reports spokesperson Beth Gabor.

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

So, just what will you have to work with?

You get a building on the National Registry of Historic Places that was designed with Greek and Roman influences, encompasses 50,000 square feet and sits on 2.75 acres along Court Street, a block away from Woodland’s main drag.

“Yolo County’s objective is to consider this property in its suburban context as a fully utilized and valued asset that invites innovative design,” said Gabor. “Potential use could involve a lease of the property from the county. Any future use would need to take into account historic preservation restrictions and environmental conditions.”

Gabor quotes Mindi Nunez, deputy county administrator:

“We intend to use the ideas received from citizens, developers and others for planning purposes to make strategic decisions regarding future use of this property.”

Interested parties can arrange a tour by calling (530) 666-8426.

Ideas may be submitted by email (mindi.nunes@yolocounty.org) or mail (Office of the Yolo County Administrator, Attn: Mindi Nunes, 625 Court St., Suite 202, Woodland CA 95695).

For more information on submitting ideas, visit www.yolocounty.org.

Ideas are due by November 25.

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Man in custody for hit-and run death; woman still sought as ‘person of interest’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – NOV 7, 2013 –

 West Sacramento police say the male suspect in Tuesday night’s hit-and-run killing on Sacramento Avenue turned himself in to police at about 5 p.m. today.

Joshua Neil Anthon: police believe he killed a 55-year old West Sacramento man in a hit-and-run following an argument in a shopping center

Joshua Neil Anthon: police believe he killed a 55-year old West Sacramento man in a hit-and-run following an argument in a shopping center

He is identified as Joshua Neil Anthon, 31, of Rio Linda.  Anthon has been booked into Yolo County Jail on one count of murder. Police believe his motorhome struck and killed Michael Ray Anderson in the parking lot of a liquor store and shopping center on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue. Anderson, age 55, was a West Sacramento resident.

 Detectives are still looking for the woman believed to be with Anthon in the RV.

 West Sacramento police have identified her as 33-year old Pamela Nicole McKee, of Sacramento, considered a “person of interest” in the case. Anyone with information on McKee’s whereabouts is asked to call W.S.P.D. at (916) 372-3375.

 Police believe there was some sort of dispute involving the suspects and the victim before the RV hit Anderson.

 After Tuesday night’s incident, police released surveillance video stills of the suspects and the motorhome to the media. The exposure helped, said Lieutenant Tod Sockman.

PAMELA NICOLE McKEE: a 'person of interest' West Sacramento detectives would like to find

PAMELA NICOLE McKEE: a ‘person of interest’ West Sacramento detectives would like to find

 “The dedicated detectives of the West Sacramento Police Department worked around the clock since Tuesday night to identify and bring this person into custody,” said Sockman in a press release. “The West Sacramento Police Department is grateful to the media and the citizens for their assistance in this investigation.  The broadcast of Anthon’s and McKee’s photographs via media and social media networks resulted in a significant amount of tips from the community which led to their identification.”

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Can you clean up a criminal record? New Yolo County program helps some who can

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.

TRACIE OLSON Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy  photo)

TRACIE OLSON
Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy photo)

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson in a press release.  “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles.  Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”

California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records.  Because the law requires that the petition be filed in the county of conviction, the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic is only able to assist individuals who were convicted in Yolo County.  If granted, post-conviction orders mitigate the negative impact of felony and misdemeanor convictions, increasing an individual’s chance to build a productive and stable life.

Working out of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, the clinic will also seek to connect ex-offenders with needed civil legal services such as employment or public benefits specialists.

To find out if you qualify for record mitigation services, call Hannah Labaree at (530) 666-8165.

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Local police join Yolo County bomb squad and SWAT team for training at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 23, 2013 —

West Sacramento police will join the Yolo County Bomb Squad and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team for a “tactical training” session this evening from about 4 to 9 p.m. at River City High School.

WSPD’s Lieutenant Tod Sockman said there is no anticipated disruption to the public from the Southport exercises.

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