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Public Defender’s Office & UCD Law School Partner to Help Rehabilitated Offenders Clean Up Records

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. 

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson.  “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.”

Reporting fraud in West Sac

Reporting fraud in West Sac

Yolo County has a newly established toll free fraud reporting Hot Line: (855)-4-YOLO DA, said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release.

July is Fraud Awareness Month, he said, but year 'round, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office investigates and prosecutes fraudulent activity.

Units within the DA's Office dedicated to the pursuit of con artist include the Workers Compensation Unit, Reisig said. "Together with the State Department of Insurance, the unit protects honest businesses against unscrupulous individuals as well as businesses who either do not have the needed insurance to protect
their workers or who submit false claims for services," he explained.

Another example is the Consumer Fraud Unit, a part of the Consumer Fraud and Environmental Crimes Division, Reisig said. The unit tries to level the playing field for all businesses by ensuring that Yolo County consumers get the goods and services that they've paid for.

DUI July 5-6 checkpoint results

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5 and ending at 3 a.m. Saturday, July 6, the West Sacramento Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at Jefferson and Stone Boulevards, said police department spokesman Lieutenant Tod Sockman in a press release.

Sockman said results of the latest West Sac checkpoint are as follows:

Three from West Sac complete Citizens Academy

Three from West Sac complete Citizens Academy

The Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy graduated its latest class on June 13 in Woodland, said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release. Those graduating from West Sacramento were Charles Kelley, Iris Newton and Jane Teete.

The eight week course is 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, Reisig said.
“The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” he explained.

The District Attorney’s Office sponsored the Academy in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department, the Probation Department, Police Departments from Davis, UCD, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland, and the California Highway Patrol.

Weekly sessions included:

Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd

Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd

Despite the heat, more than 1,000 spectators turned out June 15 to watch West Sac Police Department K9s and others from throughout the region participate in a SWAT demonstration as part of Law Dogs Challenge 2013.

The Challenge, staged on the softball fields at West Sac's River City High School, is both a training exercise and fundraiser, said West Sac PD K9 Officer Roger Kinney. The nearly $4,000 raised by this year's event helps pay medical expenses for retired dogs, he said, as well as the costs of training and equipment not in the police department's budget.

The first day of the two day Challenge, June 14, demonstrated dogs' ability to sniff out narcotics. (Some police K9s are trained to sniff out bombs and are called in to 'sweep' buildings in Sacramento when dignitaries visit.)

Former West Sac officer pleads not guilty to sex charges

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A West Sacramento police officer charged with kidnapping and raping six women while on patrol pleaded not guilty in Yolo County Superior Court Thursday morning.

Officer Sergio Alvarez, 37, was arrested Feb. 26 following allegations that he targeted women aged 20 to 47 who frequented the West Capitol Avenue area, according to Lt. Tod Sockman with the West Sacramento Police Department.

STORY: Police officer accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting 6 women

Alvarez, who was fired from the police department, remains in custody. His next scheduled court appearance is March 22.

UPDATE: Man killed by Amtrak train identified

WEST SACRAMENTO - A man West Sacramento police say was walking on the tracks, was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday afternoon.

The train conductor said he saw a man walking along the tracks about 300 yards east of Harbor Blvd. near Rice Ave. shortly before 4 p.m. The conductor sounded the horn multiple times and attempted to bring the train to a stop, but could not do so in time to avoid hitting the man, police said.

The man, identified on Monday as Mitchell Lee Yarrington, 52, of West Sacramento, was thrown from the tracks and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not speculate on why Yarrington was walking on the tracks.

The passenger train remained on the tracks for about two-and-a--half hours as officials investigated the collision.

Around 5:30 p.m., people got off the train, switched to another, and continued onto San Jose.