Help sought finding teen last seen on American River Drive

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in finding a teenage girl who has been missing since Thursday morning. The family of 15-year-old Daria Clarke – the Rio Americano High School freshman known as "Dasha" who was last seen near the school about 10 a.m. Thursday – thinks she may have been lured away by someone she met online, her mother, Margie Clarke, said. On Sunday, friends and family members gathered at the Clarke home in a show of support. On Thursday, Daria Clarke went to algebra class and was also seen on campus about 10 a.m. But when her mother arrived back at school to pick her up at 12:30 p.m., she was nowhere to be found, her mother said. The 15-year-old does not carry a cellphone. Supporters have distributed leaflets in the American River Drive area near the school. Daria Clarke, 15, was last seen in the 4500 block of American River Drive about 10 a.m. She is considered at risk because of mental health issues and because she may be in the company of people who could endanger her welfare, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Clarke is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and gray leggings. Anyone […]

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New films: Broken City and The Last Stand

New film releases – the good-bad and the ugly January can be an odd time at the movies, with some of the most varied releases showing up. On the one hand you have the serious award contenders slowly rolling out across the country, having had Christmas releases in Los Angeles and New York City in order to qualify for various competition deadlines. While on the other hand you tend to see the flotsam and jetsam of projects with low expectations and those that haven’t lived up to studio hopes for release at busier times of the year. Looking at two of this week’s new releases shows us more about the latter categories than the former. Broken City Directed by Allen Hughes On paper, a film about corruption in a New York mayoral race, with a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, and Barry Pepper probably had a lot of people pretty excited. Somehow it managed to incorporate a list of producers that’s longer than some cast lists, with 21 people cited and 10 listed as Executive Producers (typically the folks writing the checks). It has a script that’s full of corruption, scandal, real estate deals, conflicts of interest, and good old fashioned private investigation work. It also has up to the moment touches like a Mayor’s wife (Zeta-Jones) attending a […]

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What happens when Sheriff K9′s retire?

The Sacramento Sheriff’s K9 Association held a fundraiser and demonstration Sunday at Pet Food Express on Fair Oaks Blvd. Along with meeting the K9′s, getting to rub a K9 belly and meet their handlers, goers had the opportunity to purchase the new 2012 SSDK9 calendar loaded with dynamic images of the dogs and their handlers by XSiGHT Photography and Video. Ike, one of twelve active K9’s in the unit, has seen his fair share of rough and tumble, part of the job as a K9. Deputy Pomerson, Ike’s partner and handler, related how Ike went over a fence after a bad guy and punctured a lung. With the punctured lung, Ike still latched on to the bad guy until deputies apprehended the perp. Ike’s chest swelled to almost twice his normal size and he was rushed to medical care and saved. After a two week recovery, Pomerson related, Ike eagerly went back to work. Pomerson shared tales of his partner, such as how he slides back and forth in the back seat responding to calls. “It seems the more he (Ike) is tossed around in the back, [the] more he’s excited and ready to get the bad guy when we arrive at the scene.” Pomerson also explained the toll the tossing around takes on the K9’s, giving them an average of five to seven workable […]

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Preventative measures in gang violence discussed a year after barbershop shooting

Additional efforts will be made by the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department to prevent youth involvement in gangs by promoting interactions between police officers and the youth. The mayor is calling this approach a paradigm shift, and it will be part of Sacramento’s first comprehensive plan for gang prevention, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club on Lemon Hill Avenue. The emphasis of the program will be heavy on prevention and intervention instead of just enforcement and incarceration, according to the mayor. Johnson said the program will focus on school literacy enrichment, strengthening the relationship between the Sacramento community and law enforcement, supporting workforce readiness programs and job training, and promoting regional collaboration. The COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program provided funding for additional deputies in taking on this task. Undersheriff Mark Iwasa said that community interaction and youth level intervention is important in solving the gang problem. Deputy Chief Dan Schiele said that every contact law enforcers have with the public is an opportunity to be a role model and that youth interaction is one of the priorities. "I grew up in Oak Park, and anytime we saw a police officer, we ran, because we always thought we were in trouble, even though we’re not in trouble," Johnson said. "You don’t want a community living in fear." He […]

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Faith, business groups to advise sheriff

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Monday that he will ask faith and business groups to advise him on public safety issues. At a briefing with reporters at the Sheriff’s Department building downtown, Jones said he will create two new advisory boards with representatives from religious, community and business groups within the next three months. Jones had pitched his plan to establish the two new advisory groups during his political campaign for sheriff last fall. These groups will help the department connect with youth and improve the county’s business climate, he said. Jones has not yet named anyone to the new advisory groups, according to the Sheriff’s Department press office. The department already receives feedback from one group, the Sheriff’s Outreach Community Advisory Board. The faith and community-based board will be “a mechanism to recruit and retain good, quality volunteers,” he said. “But also to reach the young people, which we have to do a better job of.” Mindi Russell, executive director of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Sacramento, said a faith-based group advising the Sheriff’s Department would help combat gangs and drug use because faith leaders deal with those problems “within their own house of worship,” she said. Sacramento Metro Chamber President Matthew Mahood praised Jones on the idea of a business advisory group. “It is something we applaud, and we appreciate his outreach […]

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District 7: Chin weighs conceding

District 7 City Council As election results continue to trickle in, District 7 City Council candidate Ryan Chin is feeling less confident about his prospects for a win. “It’s obviously not going in my direction,” Chin said. In the District 7 race, Fong was leading with 52 percent of the vote Thursday night. Chin followed with 47 percent. In the Nov. 3 results release, Fong had 51 percent to Chin’s 48 percent. Chin said he might “reach out” to opponent Darrell Fong. But it was unclear Friday if or when Chin will concede the race. “We’re happy that our numbers held and that our numbers went up,” Fong said Friday. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Race Both Sheriff Capt. Scott Jones and Capt. Jim Cooper, said they were feeling confident Friday. The race narrowed Thursday night, bringing Cooper closer to Jones’ lead. Results released late Thursday afternoon showed Jones with 50 percent of the vote, while Cooper had 49 percent, a slight increase for Cooper since the Nov. 3 election results update. Jones said that while his lead had slightly receded, he remained confident. “The reality is the prospects never looked better,” Jones said. Cooper, meanwhile, said he was still optimistic. “We’re still plugging along,” he said. Brad Buyse, campaign manager for the Sacramento County Elections Department, said the next batch of election results will be released […]

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Opposite takes on sheriff’s race

The two candidates for Sacramento County sheriff are reading the results of a close race in opposite ways. Sheriff Capt. Scott Jones said he is so confident with the results that he’s planning to discuss his vision soon with outgoing Sheriff John McGinness. But Jones’ opponent, Sheriff Capt. Jim Cooper, said the county has so many more ballots to count that the outcome is unknown. By the latest count, Jones leads with 50.8 percent of the vote, and Cooper follows with 48.8 percent. Sacramento County’s elections department has a total of 120,000 ballots left to count, according to the department’s website. Of the remaining ballots, 108,000 are vote-by-mail and 12,000 are provisional. Jones said Cooper is not likely to beat him, even with all the uncounted votes. “It’s a mathematical possibility, but a statistical improbability,” Jones said Wednesday afternoon. Jones said he plans to start talking to McGinness soon about the transition process, as well as his vision for the job of sheriff. Meanwhile, Cooper noted that the county has many remaining ballots to count. He said he would let the ballot-counting process take its course. “Basically, it’s just hurry up and wait,” Cooper said. It could be weeks before the sheriff’s results are final, according to Brad Buyse, the county’s campaign services manager. Buyse noted that the county’s deadline to certify the votes is […]

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Q&A with sheriff candidate Scott Jones

Two Sacramento County sheriff’s captains are in their final weekend of campaigning for sheriff. Voters will decide on Tuesday whether Sheriff Capt. Scott Jones or Sheriff Capt. Jim Cooper should replace outgoing Sheriff John McGinness. Jones sat down with The Sacramento Press on Friday morning in Carmichael to discuss his ideas and qualifications. Read The Sacramento Press’ interview with Cooper here. SP: In your view, what are a few of the most pressing public safety issues in the county? SJ: We have a lot of pressing problems. Of course, everything is overarched by the budget. It’s not just a question of what I would like to do, it’s a question of what we can do within our budgetary constraints. There are a lot of things we can do. It’s not going to involve more revenue or higher taxes. It’s going to involve becoming more efficient internally and partnering with our regional public safety partners … In fact, I went to the police chiefs first when I started this campaign 15 months ago. I said, ‘Look, my vision is for regionalization of services for this region.’ They all agreed. All the chiefs in the county have endorsed me. There’s seven cities in the county, and all the police chiefs have endorsed me, as well as the police chief from West Sacramento and the sheriff from San […]

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County leaders pass budget with at least 725 layoffs

At least 725 county employees will be laid off as a result of the county budget approved by the Board of Supervisors Thursday in a 3-2 vote.  The board has now balanced its the county’s budget, which had a $181 million gap. The total budget for the 2010/2011 fiscal year is $3.5 billion. Of that amount, $1.9 billion makes up the county’s general fund. Supervisors held lengthy meetings on the budget over the course of four days this week. Supervisors Roberta MacGlashan and Roger Dickinson voted against the budget’s general fund allocations, offering different reasons for why they disagreed with the budget. Supervisors Don Nottoli, Susan Peters and Jimmie Yee voted in support of passing the budget, which led to its approval just after 3 p.m. MacGlashan said she could not vote in favor of the budget because it did not put enough money toward public safety. “This budget tells the residents of the unincorporated area they’re on their own,” she said. Dickinson objected to the budget because he said he thought it did not make social services a higher priority. While public safety is the board’s top priority, he said, it’s not the board’s only priority. “We have an obligation, a duty, particularly as a county, to address those who are the least among us,” he said. Supervisor Don Nottoli said he felt he […]

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Local Elections 101

While the June 8 election will arrive in just six weeks, there’s no need to fret if you’re not yet familiar with all the local candidates. Two organizations are offering a full day of candidate forums so residents can learn about the candidates and issues. The forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County and the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission, will be held Saturday, May 1. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will end after 5 p.m. “It’s an educational opportunity that we like to provide to the voting public,” said Cheryll Moore, voter services director for the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County. The League and Metro Cable have invited all candidates from several local races to attend the event, according to Moore. The event covers the following races: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Sacramento City Council, District Attorney and Sheriff. At the forum, media professionals will ask the candidates questions, and nonpartisan presentations will be made on state propositions, Moore said. Metro Cable 14 will broadcast the forum live and in numerous reruns. The schedule for the May 1 forum lists the program for the May 1 event and the dates slated for reruns. The deadline for candidates to RSVP for the forum is Friday. The event will be held at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors […]

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