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POLL: Which chocolate is most popular for Valentine's Day?

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we want to know which chocolate you think is most popular for the romantic holiday?

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West Sacramento Valentine's Dance

Dancing, friends, light refreshments, music, fun and more.

Who: All 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders
When: Friday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m. & close at 7:30 p.m.)
Where: West Sacramento Civic Center, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Information: Club West 373-5877 or Parks and Recreation 617-4620

Students must adhere to the Washington Unified School District dress code and have a Club West or school Student ID card to enter.

West Sacramento organizations offer free parenting workshops

West Sacramento organizations offer free parenting workshops

VICTOR Community Support Services and the City of West Sacramento UP4WS and ITOP present: A Series of Parenting Workshops

The first workshop will address the topic of avoiding arguments and power struggles with your children and will focus on positive and effective solutions when you and your children experience conflict.

Co-presenters David Hafter, MFT, and Marcia Davis bring an array of experience and knowledge to the field of parenting and creating harmony in families. The evening will follow a set agenda, but communication and all questions are welcome and encouraged!

Who: All West Sacramento parents, teachers, and administrators 
When:  Thursday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wes Sac's Treasure Box and Holy Cross School help you save on grocery dollars

Great news for anyone who wants to save money on their groceries.  Yolo County Children’s Alliance is teaming up with The Treasure Box and Holy Cross School in West Sacramento to bring down your food bill. Each month you can purchase a box of groceries online for $30 that would normally cost you $75-$100 in local retail stores.  

Anyone can order these boxes and save money. There is no limitation on income or the number of boxes that can be ordered at one time.

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Two Sacramento teens pled no contest in drive-by shooting

WOODLAND, CA - Two Sacramento teens pled no contest Friday to a drive-by shooting on March 6, 2010.

Monte Nunn, 17 and Michael Esterline, 19, pled no contest to attempted murder of two teens. Nunn admitted to personal use of a firearm and Esterline pled no contest to weapon charges, said Yolo County District Attorney Jonathan Raven.

Nunn and Esterline spotted the victims at the Wal-Mart Superstore in West Sacramento and started to follow the victims as they drove through the streets. The victims went to high school with Esterline.

When the victims slowed down to let Esterline pass, Esterline drove up next to the car and Nunn shot at the car six times, and then sped off, said Raven.

Police found an assault rifle, handguns and ammunition in Esterline's room.

Nunn faces up to 15 years in state prison. Esterline faces up to eight years and four months in state prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2011.

Tomato defendant seeks $1.3M from overseas account

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A former California food company owner indicted in a tomato price-fixing plot is seeking to tap a million-dollar overseas bank account to help pay for his defense.

A motion filed by Frederick Scott Salyer's attorney in federal court last week requests permission to transfer $1.3 million from an account in the European principality of Andorra.

A U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento postponed a Wednesday hearing on the motion and asked for a response from prosecutors.

The Monterey Herald reports that Andorran authorities won't release the money because of the criminal case.

Salyer was charged last year with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice in an alleged scheme to bribe purchasing managers to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods.

Salyer has pleaded not guilty.





State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Woodland police arrest man suspected of inappropriately touching child

WOODLAND, CA - Woodland Police Department arrested a man for inappropriately touching a child around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Juan Vuittonet-Hernandez Jr., 36, was arrested after being interviewed by police, said Woodland police Sgt. Brett Hancock.

The incident happened in the latter part of 2010 at a residence in Woodland and was reported two weeks ago, said Hancock.

Detectives conducted interviews and forensic interviews before they arrested Vuittonet-Hernandez.

Vuittonet-Hernandez was booked for committing lewd and lascivious acts on child under 14 years old at the Yolo County Jail.

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.