SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time, as this incident is actively being investigated. The information contained in the press release is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, agents from the FBI Office in Atlanta, Georgia and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department arrested 59-year-old Mark Manteuffel on multiple charges related to three separate incidents that occurred between 1992 and 1994 in the City of Davis, the County of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento.

The arrest came after a collaborative and extensive investigation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Davis Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, FBI – Sacramento Field Office, and the Sacramento Police Department.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this investigation to contact the Sacramento Police Investigations unit at (916) 808-0650 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.

 

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The Child Abuse Prevention Center and Bikers Against Child Abuse Put Safety First

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-07-11

Arwa Al-Rakabi – Presley Vasquez – Yesenia Mendoza present Safe Sleep Baby tips.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Children’s safety was the focus at this month’s Folsom Cordova Community Partnership’s Connections Café with presentations by Tim Libey of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) and Arwa Al-Rakabi, AmeriCorps Health Educator from The Child Abuse Prevention Center (The Cap Center).

Libey commanded the floor with his smile and stories. Retired from the Air Force, Libey works, he says, to pay the bills so he can do what he loves, what he is passionate about – being involved with B.A.C.A. and empowering children who have been abused.

Child abuse may be physical, sexual, or emotional. It is also neglect. According to statistics listed on The Child Abuse Prevention Center’s website, “half a million children are reported abused in California each year.”

B.A.C.A. “exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.” The group makes itself available to children in several ways and works “in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children.”

The 5000 members of the international organization are volunteers and include men and women from all professions, including CEOs and moms. They are motorcycle enthusiasts who care deeply about children. Founded 25 years ago in Provo, Utah by a licensed child therapist, the organization has chapters throughout the United States, in Australia, Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Canada, Greece, and other countries.

Libey shared the founder’s story of bringing friends from his local motorcycle club to meet with a child after obtaining permission from the guardian and the child. They simply hung out with the child, gave rides on the bikes, and let the child know they were there. Prior to the meeting, the child feared going out. After the meeting, the child was able to venture into the world and hang out with friends.

The organization was born when the founder saw that abused children could be empowered by knowing they had people there for them. There is never a cost to the family, and each child receives a backpack with some tangible items to connect to the group. These items include a teddy bear, special nightlight, vest, and fleece blanket and are presented by the group.

Before a local chapter can respond, Libey explained that the abuse must have been reported to a mandated reporter.

Mandated reporters, established under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) passed in 1980, are required to report suspected abuse or neglect and normally have regular contact with children. These include child care workers, teachers, firefighters, clergy, public health employees, and a long list of others mandated in California. The list also includes psychological assistants; unlicensed marriage, family, and child therapist interns; and commercial film and photo processors.

If the legal guardian of the child has reported the abuse to a mandated reporter, B.A.C.A. will arrange, with the permission of both guardian and child, to meet the child. If no report was made, the guardian is advised to file one.

Children between three and eighteen are eligible, but they are part of B.A.C.A. for life. Libey shared that a young woman contacted them after she had finished college and met the man she would marry. She did not have anyone to walk her down the aisle. B.A.C.A. responded. They walked her down the aisle and filled her side of the church. She was part of their family.

B.A.C.A. will also, if necessary, escort the child to school or court and will, with the judge’s permission, sit in the court gallery in an effort to empower the child who must face the abuser.

Abuse, said Libey, steals two things from a child – power and choice. Both are given to the child by B.A.C.A., which is on call for the child around the clock, including Christmas mornings.

“These children have the strength in them,” said Libey. “We help them find it.”

He shared an informational video and passed out a copy of a study that had evaluated B.A.C.A.’s services. He also handed out a brochure and explained the symbols. White represents children’s innocence, and the fist represents B.A.C.A.’s commitment to stop child abuse.

Al-Rakabi’s organization also works to protect children. She presented information about a pilot program promoting dental hygiene which includes dental products packets and assistance to Medical recipients to access their Denti-Cal benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations for hygiene for infants, children, and pregnant women and suggests visiting a dentist by the child’s first birthday.

She also discussed The Cap Center’s Safe Sleep Baby program. From birth to one year, babies should sleep alone, in a crib, and on their backs. Toys and other items should be removed, smoking should never take place around the baby, and the baby should not be overdressed.

Home visits, workshops, and partnering with other agencies like Birth & Beyond are some of the myriad ways they reach families. According to the organization’s website, a baby dies while sleeping every other week in Sacramento County. Half of those babies are African American.

“We try to fight infant sleep related disorders,” said Al-Rakabi.

For additional information, visit www.TheFCCP.org. For additional information about Child Abuse Prevention Council, visit http://www.thecapcenter.org/who/agencies/child-abuse-prevention-council-of-sacramento. For additional information about Bikers Against Child Abuse, visit https://bacaworld.org/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuF3WqJUMKc.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - VSP Global® announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks, subject to completion of regulatory approval. With a footprint of more than 700 stores in nearly 40 states, the Visionworks acquisition will be the single largest VSP network investment in the company's 65-year history.

“This transaction is highly complementary to our business and marks a significant leap forward in continuing to fulfill our vision to provide access to affordable, high-quality eye care and eyewear to more people,” said Michael Guyette, President and CEO of VSP Global. “With expanded nationwide access, we'll provide our clients and members with an option for a more substantial, consistent and sustainable retail experience, further enhanced by the professional care of VSP network doctors.”

“We are aligned with VSP's values and our shared commitment to help people see,” said Visionworks CEO, Pete Bridgman.” Grounded in our passion to deliver affordable quality eye care in a simple way, and strengthened by our new partnership with VSP, we will focus on advancing patient care and accessibility.”

“The Visionworks acquisition, once closed, will position VSP to meet expectations of our clients and to grow membership,” said Gordon Jennings, O.D., VSP Global Board Chair. “Together, we will be able to provide greater access for our members.”

The transaction will close as soon as the necessary regulatory approvals are obtained.

VSP Global is a doctor-governed company that exists to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors. Our industry-leading businesses include VSP® Vision Care, the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, which provides access to eye care for nearly 90 million members through a network of over 40,000 doctors worldwide; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world's largest designers, manufacturers and distributors of high-quality eyewear and sunwear; VSP Optics, industry leaders in ophthalmic technology and lab services, providing custom lens solutions for the vision and lifestyle needs of patients; Eyefinity®, the industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software; VSP Retail, which focuses on increasing access to eye care and eyewear through multiple channels, and VSP® Ventures, which offers care-focused, customized choices for doctors looking to transition their practice.


 

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Central Valley Community Bank Expands Into Gold River and Roseville

Megan Washington, Cohen Communications  |  2019-07-11

Jeff Garcia, Vice President and Community Relationship Officer in Gold River of Central Valley Community Bank. Courtesy of Cohen Communications

FRESNO, CA (MPG) - James M. Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Valley Community Bank (Bank), the sole subsidiary of Central Valley Community Bancorp (Company) (NASDAQ: CVCY), is pleased to announce expanded branch leadership in Greater Sacramento and the opening of a new full-service business banking office in Gold River located at 11230 Gold Express Drive, Suite 311. The Gold River Grand Opening celebrates local business with Sweet Fridays through July 19.

Nathan Ruiz, Vice President, Deposit Relationship Manager joins the Bank with over 24 years of financial experience and a strong background in business banking and branch operations. He is responsible for expanding the Bank’s business banking presence in Roseville and the surrounding communities. Ruiz is located at the Roseville office at 2999 Douglas Blvd., Suite 160, and can be reached directly at (916) 859- 2550.

Jeff Garcia, Vice President, Community Relationship Officer joins the Bank’s new Gold River office with over 11 years of branch management experience and a proven passion for identifying and developing new business opportunities. Garcia is responsible for expanding new business relationships in the Gold River, Rancho Cordova and Fair Oaks communities. Garcia can be reached directly at (916) 235- 4588.

The new Gold River business banking office offers numerous customer conveniences, including a newly constructed office in the Village Marketing shopping center, a 24-hour ATM and a depository night drop. Banking hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Gold River direct phone number is (916) 235-4588.

The Gold River Grand Opening includes a month long celebration of local businesses with Sweet Fridays, where clients and the community can enjoy complimentary bakery confections by Pastry Heaven European Bakery, BJ Cinnamon, Julian’s Patisserie & Café, and Howard’s Donuts in the branch on Fridays. Garcia invites the local community to meet his professional team, enjoy a sweet treat and enter-to-win a chance for a $100 gift card to local eatery, IL Forno Classico.

“We are thankful for the many business referrals that have fueled our recent growth in Greater Sacramento, stated James M. Ford, President and CEO of Central Valley Community Bancorp and Central Valley Community Bank. “The addition of our new Gold River branch and experienced leadership in this market as well as Roseville, will help us further meet the needs of existing clients and will allow us to expand our unique brand of business and community banking service to others in the area. Both Nathan and Jeff are dedicated bankers whose passion for service to clients and the community mirrors that of our nearly forty-year-old community business bank.”

More information about Central Valley Community Bancorp and Central Valley Community Bank can be found at www.cvcb.com. Also, visit Central Valley Community Bank on Twitter and Facebook.

Central Valley Community Bancorp trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol CVCY. Central Valley Community Bank, headquartered in Fresno, California, was founded in 1979 and is the sole subsidiary of Central Valley Community Bancorp. Central Valley Community Bank operates full-service offices throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento regions. Additionally, the Bank operates Commercial Real Estate Lending, SBA Lending and Agribusiness Lending Departments. Central Valley Investment Services are provided by Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Members of Central Valley Community Bancorp’s and the Bank’s Board of Directors are: Daniel J. Doyle (Independent Director), Daniel N. Cunningham (Vice Chairman), Edwin S. Darden, Jr., F. T. “Tommy” Elliott, IV, Robert J. Flautt, James M. Ford, Gary D. Gall, Steven D. McDonald, Louis C. McMurray, Karen Musson, and William S. Smittcamp. Sidney B. Cox is Director Emeritus.

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Costumed Relay Race and Open House Raises Awareness about Lung Health

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-07-11

The Super Girls team hopes to win the relay race.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Students from the Rancho Cordova campus of San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) hosted a Costumed 5K Ventilator Relay Race, Open House, and BBQ on June 28. The campus (located at 11000 Olson Dr., #100, Rancho Cordova) offers accelerated healthcare career training in respiratory therapy and surgical technology.

Six teams (five respiratory therapy cohorts and one surgical technology cohort) chose their themes, decorated Mark 7 Ventilators from their labs, and attached the ventilators to various non-motorized wheeled carts. Members of each team dressed in costumes matching their themes (Zombie Hospital, Disney’s Up, Hawaii, Coachella, Super Girls, and Toy Story 4) and took turns pushing their entries around the campus parking lot — racing toward the finish line while a crowd of onlookers cheered them on.

The students set up booths with food and activities, and gave out raffle prizes. Last year they donated the raffle proceeds to the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership, and this year the proceeds will go into a fund for their practice exams.

Campus president Jeff Rutherford said they’ve been hosting the event since 2011: “We wanted to create a little bit of camaraderie and open it up to the community to come out and see exactly what it is we do here. It’s a fun event for the students.”

Surgical technology program director Josephine Williams Cody said the purpose of the event is to educate people about lung health and to create “community awareness of the multitude of lung diseases affecting our community.”

The open house portion of the event helped “to bring awareness to not only what a respiratory therapist does and how we facilitate lung health, but to bring awareness to the community on how we can improve lung health by not smoking/vaping, and limiting exposure to harmful behaviors that compromise lung health,” said Williams Cody. “[And] we are proud to introduce our newest program — surgical technology — to the community and continue the tradition of excellence in education to that program.”

Respiratory therapists (RTs) and surgical technologists (STs) have vital roles in the healthcare field. RTs evaluate, treat, and manage patients with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. STs are responsible for maintaining sterile instruments, equipment, and areas for surgical procedures — in addition to assisting surgeons with patient care.

If you are interested in starting a career in surgical technology or respiratory therapy, visit www.sjvc.edu/campuses/northern-california/rancho-cordova.

 

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The Joy of Independence

By Paul Scholl  |  2019-07-11

Local Cub Scouts celebrate our nation

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Rancho Cordova put on another first class party for our nation. From the down home style parade to all the festivities at the park, a great time was had by the thousands of attendees at the 4th of July two-day bash.

Every year organizations from Rancho Cordova come together, volunteering countless hours to deliver a fun-filled party. Every year they deserve a big “Thank You” for their support of the city they love.  Many sponsors also come together to provide the services, events and entertainment that makes this a must see annual event.

Check out all the photos on our back page. Thanks Rick for catching the spirit of the day!

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On July 1, 2019 at approximately 0450 hours, CHP received a call of a 4 to 5 vehicle traffic collision involving a motorcycle on I-80 westbound west of the I-80/SR-51 split. Numerous North Sacramento Units responded to the scene. CHP was first on scene and located a male unconscious in the #5 lane of I-80 westbound. All lanes of traffic were blocked due to vehicles and debris from the collision. Officers initiated CPR until they were relieved by Sacramento Metro Fire. Upon the arrival of Sacramento Metro Fire Department, they pronounced the male motorcycle rider deceased at 0501 hours.

The motorcyclist was riding his motorcycle on I-80 westbound at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The motorcycle collided with the right front of a Ford-F250. This collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected from his motorcycle onto the roadway and the motorcycle continued without a rider on I-80 westbound. 2-3 other vehicles were involved in this collision after the initial impact between the motorcycle and Ford-F250.

All lanes except for the #1 lane remained closed until the coroner arrived on scene. Cal-Trans responded with a cone truck for a hard closure and a sweeper to clean debris from the traffic lanes. At 0804 hours, all lanes were open.

Any persons who may have witnessed this collision or who can provide any additional information regarding this collision should call Officer Amy Walker at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 348-2300 or cell phone at (916) 798-0975. Follow us on Twitter @chpnsac or like us on Facebook.com/chpnorthsac

 

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