Davis man sentenced to prison
Yolo County Superior Court Judge Kathleen White sentenced Tracy Justin Cooke, 28, to two years and eight months in state prison for assaulting Davis police officers, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced.
On Feb. 5, a jury found the Davis resident guilty of two felony counts of resisting an officer.
The incident occurred on Apr. 13, 2009 when Cooke, intoxicated, kicked his neighbor’s door on Olive Drive. While the door was broken when Davis Police arrived, Cooke was still banging on it. He was aggressive and was using abusive language. The officers tried to arrest him for drunk and disorderly behavior, but he violently resisted. During the altercation, he severely injured one of the officers, according to a press release.
The officer’s arm was injured during the struggle, and it is still unknown if she will fully recover, said assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven.
“Police officers have a dangerous job,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a written statement. “The judge’s decision today sends a strong message that our community will not tolerate those who attack our protectors.”
In the probation department’s interview with Cooke, the assessment determined Cooke would not conform to certain probation rules successfully.
“He basically told them, ‘I’m not going to do it,'” Raven said.
California lawmakers fail to disclose gifts, pay fines
Thirty-one California lawmakers agreed to pay $9,400 in fines for failure to disclose gifts from interest groups. The campaign watchdog agency Fair Political Practices Commission approved these fines that the legislators agreed upon with the commission’s staff yesterday.
The $5,400 total in undisclosed gifts included Sacramento Kings tickets, golfing fees, hotel accommodations, meals and concert tickets to see comedian George Lopez and country singers George Strait and Keith Urban, according to a Sacramento Bee article.
Sacramento-area legislators who have agreed to pay fines are Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks), $400, Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), $400 and Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Penn Valley), $200.
FPPC agreed to accept the fines from 22 Assemblymembers, nine senators and the commission’s executive staff for 46 reporting violations of $5,400.
Wolk failed to report a hotel accommodation for $151.51 from the Consumer Attorneys of California and another for the same amount from the Northern California Regional Council Small Contributor Committee. She will receive a $400 fine for failing to disclose these gifts on her 2008 annual Statement of Economic Interests.
State law imposes annual gift limits and requires elected officials, certain board members and government employees and consultant employed by governmental entities who receive gifts to report gifts received from reportable source in a statement, according to FPPC.
Free dental screenings
Yolo County children ages 0 to 5 can get a free dental screening and fluoride treatment in Davis.
The Davis CommuniCare Health Center is working with Yolo County Children’s Health Initiative and First 5 Yolo to host the Saturday clinic on March 13 among others aiming to increase access to oral healthcare for children.
Tooth decay is prevalent in childhood; one-third of Californian preschool children have untreated tooth decay by the third grade. Early dental care can prevent pain and infection and associated problems such as nutrition, growth, school preparation and speech.
Spanish language translators will be available. The clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CommuniCare Health Center at 2051 John Jones Road, Davis, CA.
Parents can call 757-4667 for an appointment.
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