Briefs: Gleaners change food distribution dates
Food distribution days this month in the Yuba-Sutter Gleaners Food Bank program have been moved back a week from the regular schedule.
Locations and dates are:
Marysville — Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Sampson Street and Rideout Way.
Linda — Wednesday at the American Legion Hall, 5477 Feather River Blvd.
Olivehurst — Jan. 31 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 4956 Powerline Road.
Distribution starts at 8:30 a.m. at all three locations. Call 673-3834 for more information.
College offers dance classes
Dances classes in salsa, tango, waltz and East Coast swing are among the various courses offered through the Community Education program at the Yuba College Sutter County Center in Yuba City.
Scheduled one-hour classes, at 6 p.m., are:
Salsa — Tuesdays Feb. 5 to 26.
East Coast swing — Tuesdays March 5 to 26.
Tango — Tuesday April 9 to 30.
Waltz — Tuesday May 7 to 28.
The classes are $49 each, at 3301 E. Onstott Road, room 111.
For more information, visit yc.yccd.edu or call 741-6825.
Cook-off benefits Relay for Life
Hot dogs, hamburgers and nachos will be part of the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Yuba City Moose Lodge to benefit the 2013 Relay for Life in Yuba City.
The fundraiser is from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Moose Lodge, 205 S. Walton Ave. in Yuba City.
Entry tickets are $5 per person, with children 8 years and younger admitted free.
For information about becoming a sponsor or a contestant in the cook-off, call Tara Pittman at 632-1460.
Free health screenings at mall
Live music and a variety of free health screenings are part of the 10th Annual Bless Your Heart Walk at the Yuba Sutter Mall, hosted by Rideout Health Foundation.
The event is at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2, with registration at 7:30 a.m., inside the mall at the corner of Highways 99 and 20 in Yuba City.
Advance registration, due by Wednesday, is $15 person 18 years and over and free for children accompanied by a registered adult.
Registration is $20 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Rideout Heart Center's cardiac care program and services.
To register, visit frhg.org or call 751-4247 for more information.
Hospice offers volunteer training
Volunteer training classes are scheduled for Rideout Health Hospice, a part of a program of health care for the terminally ill.
The free course is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Monday Feb. 4 to March 25 at the Rideout Hospice Conference Center, 939 Live Oak Blvd., Yuba City.
Applicants are required to complete an application for volunteer services and an investigative consumer report release.
To register, call Mary Lynn Maslan at 790-3006.
Mental health evaluation ordered
A mental health evaluation is in the works for a Marysville man accused of robbing thousands in cash from two women in November.
Roman Zarate, 24, appeared briefly on Tuesday in Yuba County Superior Court and is set to appear again Jan. 30 for the competency review, authorities said.
He was arrested Dec. 13 on Palora Avenue in Yuba City after more than two weeks on the run.
Yuba City police chased Zarate down after they said he swiped a bottle of wine from the Winco grocery store on Franklin Road. He was arrested after vomiting and crying for several minutes. He suffered minor cuts on his legs from the wine bottle, which broke in his pants during the chase, police said.
Marysville police identified Zarate as the prime suspect in a residential robbery on Nov. 30 on H Street. Police said Zarate entered the home, forced two women to the floor and stole $3,270 in cash, a cellphone, a bank card and a driver's license and left. Nobody was injured.
No-contest plea in robbery case
A Linda woman pleaded no contest on Wednesday in Yuba County Superior Court to robbing the Super X Market in Linda during an incident in which she bit the store clerk in the ribs.
Michelle D. Rodriguez snatched packages of Nutter Butters and Oreo cookies, as well as two cans of Budweiser on Dec. 13 from the market at in the 1400 block of North Beale Road.
Rodriguez, 31, bit clerk Keyeng Xiong in the ribs and on his hand when he tried to prevent her from leaving, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department reported.
Rodriguez is also facing several unrelated criminal charges including allegations of welfare fraud, authorities said.
She faces up to two years in prison on the robbery conviction. She is due back in court on March 4 for sentencing. Rodriguez remains in custody at the Yuba County Jail.
Board approves land acquisition
Land for a new elementary school near Plumas Arboga Road was approved by Marysville Joint Unified School District board members on Tuesday.
The 11.7-acre site known as Wheeler Ranch will be sold for $410,000 to the school district by LLM Investments Inc., pending a signature from the Delaware-based company, according to district documents.
Board members voted unanimously to move forward with the purchase, which would be turned into an elementary school to help Arboga Elementary School deal with expected grown, said Mark Allgire, assistant superintendent of business services at MJUSD.
"No definite plans as to when that would happen," he said. "This is for future growth."
Enrollment issues will arrive after new homes are built just north of Wheeler Ranch, Allgire said.