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April 16, 2011 | 102 Comments

Scott Heinig, 22, died Sunday afternoon from injuries suffered in a fall at a post-Picnic Day party, according to family members.

The Davis High School and UC Davis graduate hit his head Saturday evening after apparently stumbling or falling during friendly horseplay at a gathering of eight to 10 people at the home of friends in the 1000 block of Fifth Street.

Heinig was a Davis High, Cosumnes River College and UC Davis baseball standout and was serving as a volunteer pitching coach for his alma mater Blue Devils.

“We’re not sure of the circumstances,” Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said Saturday night. “We’re still investigating, but we do believe alcohol was a factor.”

Speaking by phone from the hospital, one friend said she knew only that Heinig had been outside just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when someone rushed in and said, “Scott fell and hit his head,” at which time she phoned 911.

Earlier in the day, according to another person at the scene, Heinig attended the Aggies’ baseball game against visiting Cal State Bakersfield at Dobbins Stadium.

A 2006 Davis High graduate, Heinig was a personable young man who had “tons of friends … so many people whose lives he impacted,” DHS baseball coach Dan Ariola said Sunday afternoon.

Ariola and dozens of coaches, parents, friends and teammates created a steady stream of folks paying respects to Heinig at the Davis High baseball stadium Sunday.

At one point, Heinig’s mother Jane and sister Adrienne briefly came to the ballpark, having heard of the outpouring of affection for Scott.

A commemorative bonfire is planned for later Sunday at Explorit Science Center, 3141 Fifth St., and Davis High baseball players will meet Monday morning with district grievance counselors.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to make a trip to the Fresno Easter Classic Monday through Wednesday. Ariola says that trip is still up in the air.

“We’ll know tomorrow, for sure, if we’re going,” the 16-year varsity mentor told The Enterprise.

Family members say plans are in the works for a memorial service.

Doroshov said that as of about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, citations at other house parties looked to be down from last year’s Picnic Day. Bars downtown ran largely at capacity, with long lines snaking outside most of them.

That drinking fueled ample trouble.

“We had a number of fights and a number of public intoxications, ” Doroshov said. “We ran probably two vans back and forth to the jail all night long. We’ll have to calculate the numbers, but we’ve had a lot of disorderly behavior.

“We had a lot more officers this year, though, so any disturbance or fight that started up, we were on it pretty quick.”

Davis and UCD police received help from seven other agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, which lent 10 officers, and even the Department of Fish and Game.

“If it wasn’t for the outside agencies, I don’t know what we would have done,” Doroshov said.

Beyond Heinig’s injury, Doroshov said he was not aware of anyone else being seriously injured.

Today’s Davis police log shows officers received a steady stream of calls for service throughout the day, many of them involving noisy parties, drunken revelers, verbal disturbances and a few physical fights.

There were no indications of violent party scenes that marred Picnic Day festivities in years past, though UC Davis police did request assistance in clearing out a gathering of 200-plus people on First Street at around 2:45 p.m. Later that day, someone on Stanford Drive reported seeing drunk partiers on a rooftop and “girls with no underwear,” according to the police log.

Moments earlier, a resident of Harvard Drive summoned police to remove a couple having sex in the caller’s garage.

There were some violent moments, however, including an 18-year-old man who arrived at the Sutter Davis Hospital emergency room shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday after being assaulted in the face by a known suspect, though he refused to press charges.

At about 7:30 p.m., police were called to handle a woman who had punched another woman in the face at a G Street establishment, then refused to leave the business. On Russell Boulevard, a man riding a bike stopped long enough to hit another man in the face shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, but the victim refused medical aid or any further police action.

The police log listed 26 arrests made or citations issued — a fraction of the 20-plus arrests and 65 to 75 citations city police said they had recorded as of Saturday evening. Most involved public intoxication, drunken driving or noise violations, while several others were for misdemeanor battery, fighting in public and petty theft.

Both Davis and UC Davis police said they planned to release their final Picnic Day statistics early this week.

At a late-afternoon press conference on Saturday, when the on-campus event was wrapping up, UCD police and students struck an upbeat chord. They said that they were pleased with what at that point seemed like a much calmer, more responsible crowd this year.

Following last spring’s record number of citations, arrests, police calls and violent incidents — most alcohol-related — the goal this year was to put an end to the drunken debauchery and reinforce the event’s original family-friendly purpose.

UCD Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Fred Wood credited the Associated Students of UC Davis for conducting an extensive outreach and education campaign telling students to behave or risk losing Picnic Day for good.

The fraternities and sororities also agreed to act responsibly, taking parties inside and in back yards, which made them more controllable, Wood said.

As for the out-of-towners, whom many in Davis blamed for last year’s madness, ASUCD Picnic Day Chairman Charlie Colato speculated that UCD students probably were more conservative about using social media to spread news of parties.

Event organizers also opted not to seek radio station sponsors, Colato said.

Additionally, there was stricter enforcement and greater police presence on campus and in the city, which issued doubled fines for citations in the “safety zone” — downtown and along Russell Boulevard — where the greatest number of incidents occurred last year.

Early estimates showed 20 arrests and 65 to 75 citations, Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said around 7 p.m. Saturday. Accurate numbers will be available Monday or Tuesday, he said.

On campus, 77 citations were issued and six arrests made, UCD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said at around the same time.

While the numbers were about as high as last year’s, both Glasgow and Spicuzza said that through early evening it was because of the greater police presence and strict enforcement.

The majority of arrests in the city to that point were for public intoxication, while last year’s arrests were for more serious crimes, Glasgow said.

Spicuzza said there were 19 calls for medical assistance on campus this year, compared to last year’s 11.

“There were a lot more officers out there. A lot of them on bikes, a lot of them walking, so they’re seeing more,” Spicuzza said. “I also think there was an education that was done successfully. … Students know that if your friends aren’t waking up or getting up or can’t walk, make a phone call.”

Wood admitted there were still many hours left in the day and crowds might get rowdy at bars downtown or various house parties throughout town.

“Picnic Day on the campus has gone extremely well. I don’t know if I’ve seen it go this well in many years — really terrifically well,” Wood said. “What we do now is we see how the evening goes, and then we’ll take stock of what happens and we take it from there. We are very hopeful; communication so far has been good.”

Many businesses throughout town had signed an agreement to, among other things, not sell alcohol before 11 a.m., not peddle drink specials, hold off on changing their normal seating before 10 p.m., add extra staff and halt advertising tying Picnic Day to drinking.

Some made dramatic changes, such as banning alcohol sales completely. Other businesses, like larger supermarkets, did not sign the agreement.

In downtown Davis, at around 8 p.m., there seemed to be as many people ordering food as there were ordering pints.

Katelyn Gallagher, 24, who was saying goodbye to friends after dinner at Sophia’s Thai Bar and Kitchen, said her group of friends had a few drinks. They went to a few Greek parties, she said, but they weren’t interested in getting trashed.

“Everyone was under control,” Gallagher said. “I think everyone’s kind of just like, ‘We’re not 18 anymore.’ We have to be responsible now.”

Gallagher is from New York and heard about Picnic Day through friends who go to school at UCD. She said she saw a few overly intoxicated people, but it was to be expected and she didn’t feel threatened.

Before news of the tragedy, J.A. Angel, from San Francisco, said he had not seen any hostility or fights break out. He said he thought the elevated safety measures “ruined Picnic Day.”

“Honestly, it’s been nothing but love out here — people I don’t even know coming up and hugging me,” Angel said, while standing out in front of Froggy’s at Second and G streets.

Angel, who has attended the event for years and graduated from UCD in 2003, said he probably will skip Picnic Day next year.

— Enterprise staff writers Bruce Gallaudet, Cory Golden and Lauren Keene contributed to this report. Reach Crystal Lee at clee@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8057.

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  • casperApril 17, 2011 - 5:19 am

    eh. why end the article with 'cops ruined picnic day'? i saw students having lawn parties at 830am. if picnic day is canceled, it is their fault entirely, not the police's for keeping order. pray for Scott.

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  • nonApril 17, 2011 - 9:49 am

    How dare someone say the cops ruined picnic day! The cops were there for a young man that might not make it!! Sending the best of wishes and prayers for Scott!

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  • CatApril 17, 2011 - 6:26 am

    So, it's not the out-of-towners after all....gee I'm shocked. Especially since 8:00 a.m. saw drunk kids in front yards yelling epithets at pedestrians, largely elderly taking morning strolls. Didn't see a cop anywhere, love to know what this increased presence was about. Keep it on a closed campus or get rid of it. And to the idiot peeing on the bus stop sign on E street -- you missed.

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  • crisApril 17, 2011 - 8:19 am

    Good coverage. I agree with casper, it was just a bit of an odd way to end the story. However, what's the history with Picnic Day? Do people even actually 'picnic' anymore? It just sounds like a full day to get trashed from the article.

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  • SarahApril 17, 2011 - 8:39 am

    It's definitely NOT just a full day to get trashed. I've been to Picnic Day since I was little, and back then it was a huge holiday in Davis--bigger than 4th of July by far. It's supposed to be a place for students, their families, and the families that live in Davis to enjoy the campus and all the great things we have here (science departments put on demonstrations, the food science and viticulture research institute sells the things it produces, kids come milk cows, the marching band battles with visiting bands for hours that night, etc.) As a UCD student myself, I know that it isn't just about getting trashed. It's about enjoying spring weather, good food, cool music, etc. with friends and family. I hate that immature drunk students (locals and out-of-towners) scream swear words when kids in strollers are 10 feet away. Have a party if you want, but don't act like an idiot and bring your stupid friends from other schools to ruin what's become a really meaningful event for Davis students and residents over the past 97 years. And yes, please pray for Scott.

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  • EllieApril 17, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Thank you for voicing the cumulative attitude of all the moderate students (which I do believe constitutes the majority of us). And to the upstanding members of the Davis community - please don't group us together with the noisy alcohol-addicted pothead exhibitionists. Thank you.

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  • Your judgements do little except to prove your ignoranceApril 20, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    While I agree with the comment regarding alcohol-fueled antics, why group "potheads" in with the rest of the trouble-makers? Cannabis smokers are not the ones spouting explicatives, urinating in public, or starting fights....if you need proof, compare the Picnic Day atmosphere (and police activity) to Whole Earth Festival atmosphere. No, the debauchery can be firmly pinned on alcohol-binging activities. Note, I am not trying to elicit a discussion about the legality of different substances in our society here (although I believe Picnic Day's events are a sign of our desperate need for one); I just want to keep the blame confined to where it truly belongs!!

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  • MikeApril 17, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Scott Heinig was a great leader on and off the baseball field. I am terribly saddened by his passing. I know the loss will be felt by not only by his family but also the community at large as Scott was well liked by anyone he met and gave back to the community at his young age. Rest in peace Scott.

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  • Carrie ShawApril 17, 2011 - 9:41 am

    This is terribly tragic, sad news. Scott has been coaching my son on the DHS baseball team and he was respected and much loved by the players. Our hearts and condolences go out to Scott's parents and family.

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  • I hope he's okApril 17, 2011 - 9:45 am

    But everyone has to take responsibility for the accidents that drinking alcohol cause. Maybe if he hadn't been drinking, this would not have happened.

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  • Ethan GuevinApril 17, 2011 - 10:17 am

    You would be hard pressed to find a better person or friend than Scott Heinig. You should be embarrassed to make anonymous comments passing judgment in a time like this. I would say more but don't want to take away from the important issue- that one of the best people you could ever meet is fighting for their life. Love you Scott.

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  • Aaron WhiteApril 17, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Very well said, I hope people listen. My thoughts are all positive, and directed at Scott and the people close to him.

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  • cApril 17, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Please stop the rumors! Out of respect for Scott and the Heining family, please stop the unconfirmed posts of Scott Heining's medical condition until authorities from hospital, police or Heining family confirm his medical status.

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  • don't like your writingApril 17, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Way to STICK the ending, Crystal Lee! Clearly we know your slant regarding the cops. It's back to journalism class for you, baby.

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  • Your judgements do little except to prove your ignoranceApril 20, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    And clearly we know you are a judgmental prick. Just because you don't like her writing does not give you reason to belittle her writing skills/education.

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  • tApril 17, 2011 - 10:32 am

    What a thing to say... accidents happen, while drinking AND while sober. No one deserves this. He needs prayers right now, not criticisms. Sending prayers his way and to family and friends.

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  • SarahApril 17, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    I absolutely agree. This accident is a tragic shame, but I think even more so because it happened on Picnic Day. I sincerely hope the public doesn't simply reduce it to Picnic Day idiocy, when accidents can happen ANY time to ANYONE. My earlier comments about stupid people reflects more the mess that gets made of downtown and the way UC Davis students all become characterized as rude, loud, and intoxicated to all the families that visit on this day. That debauchery is a CONSCIOUS choice, not an accident.

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  • hmmmApril 17, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    seems that what he needs now is a highly trained and educated team of doctors and nurses and not a bunch of praying.

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  • Not embarassedApril 17, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Sorry, if you drink, stuff like this happens.

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  • JVApril 17, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    could you be a little more insensitive?! RIP Coach Heinig, The rest of the season is for you!

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  • SMApril 17, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    He is not dead, he is injured.

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  • ActuallyApril 17, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    He is dead now....

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  • Brandi FosterApril 18, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all. Drinking or not we have lost an amazing person and friend. We don't need your selfless anonymous comments. Scott has left a wonderful and positive legacy behind and has many friends including myself to carry it forth. Also, I agree that Scott should have had his own article, separate from the comments about the picnic day arrests. I think it would have prevented some of the comments like the one of above.

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Sadly I don't believe so. Trolls are everywhere when they can remain anonymous. Better the Enterprise to install Facebook comments which would remove faceless trolls altogether.

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  • LizApril 18, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    That's a real jerk off comment. "Not Embarassed", I'm embarassed that you decided to post that when a community is in mourning. What a disgusting creature. You didn't even know Scott so back off.

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  • ForeignerApril 17, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Lot of student and young people rather have fun with drinking and having parties than being sober and happy on the campus. It is their message and you should understand it. I mean UCD should ask them like, hey guys what do you miss? Why is it more fun to get trashed than to join to the Picnic Day programs? If you understand them you can solve a lot of problem.

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  • casperApril 17, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Exactly. UCD missed the message: don't roam the campus buzzed or drunk. Have an afternoon BBQ with friends, but use sense: keep the noise down, use restraint, and don't drive.

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  • ForeignerApril 17, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Casper you don`t get the point. These guys don`t want to be "normal". Don`t want to be "upstanding kid of the true Davis mold". Why? With regulations and restriction this problem cannot be solved. I think the best would be to talk to them and find out what is behind their motivations.

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  • casperApril 17, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    Its mob mentality and peer pressure. No need for survey. Hope young men and women have more backbone than to be so desperate and abandon their given senses. I had plenty of parties at 22 but would never have roamed my college town totally smashed. There are thousands of sensible young people acting responsibly. Wish the Enterprise would put them on the cover as positive examples.

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  • Brian BistolfoApril 17, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Those of us who have met Scott (or followed him through the years in the Enterprise) know he is an upstanding kid of the true Davis mold. He is of outstanding character and is known by his peers as an exceptionally loyal friend. We are all imperfect and accidents happen to all of us--let's stop passing uninformed judgment and focus instead on sending our best wishes and prayers to Scott. This is a young man that any of us would be proud to count as a family member or friend, and deserves the support of his community.

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  • ApparentlyApril 17, 2011 - 11:01 am

    You didn't read. The post started with, hope he's ok. Doesn't hurt to point out that better decisions could have been made. Young people in this town think getting trashed is cool, and it just isn't.

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  • Debbie DavisApril 17, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    I apologize for the insensitive ending to the story. That quote was there before news of Scott Heinig's accident broke, and I failed to edit it to put it in proper context. That editing has been added. -- Debbie Davis, editor/assistant publisher

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  • Shelly CollinsApril 18, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    Thank you Debbie for your apology. The article should have ended with "plans are in the works for a memorial service". It was very insensitive to Scott's family and friends who know him well to finish the article by changing the subject to cops, arrests and drinking!

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  • bruceApril 17, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Debbie, I do not think you should apologize. I feel that the attitude of some students is that alcohol is just part of being in college. For those, maybe they will learn that actions have consequences, some tragic.

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  • Carrie SparrevohnApril 17, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    The tragic passing of this young man has touched me to the core. The number of baseball games I watched him play with my son is beyond memory. The details and cause of his mortal injury are unimportant in the grand scheme of things. My heart goes out to his family and to his community of friends who I know are hurting, my own son being one of them. Scott was an outstanding team member, a good friend, and I know a joy to his parents. He will be greatly missed.

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  • cbillwillApril 17, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    He is still alive, though he is in critical condition.

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  • ActuallyApril 17, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    He is dead. His gf posted on facebook with a photo that said "RIP". Very sad.

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  • Tommy PavesiApril 17, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    My name is Tommy, I played and lived with scot for a summer in Humboldt. He is one of the best kids i have ever been friends with If anyone can give me a number to call, that was close to him and his family. i would like to be invovled and see him if i still have the chance. 707 239 8484

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  • Picnic DayApril 17, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    This town has a lot of stuff backwards. Davis is a PRIME example of a college town. Without the college there would be no Davis. Every resident here loves having a 700k house while simultaneously despising students. Guess what the only reason your house is worth that much because of the school. Take away the school and Davis is Woodland in more ways than just home prices. The students forking over 10k a year in tuition are what drives this town. If the residents of Davis got what seems to be their wish and the students disappeared then the jobs that are paying people 100-200k a year also disappear. Allowing college kids to act like college kids ONE DAY A YEAR is in my estimation a small price to pay for the relatively nice lifestyle residents enjoy in large part due to students.

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  • casperApril 17, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    Grow up. How many arrests were made yesterday? And in 2010? This is a city. Your campus is a campus. Your dorm is your dorm. The bar is a bar. Get the picture Einstein? No one despises college students. You have the wrong idea of what being a college kid is. If your old enough to drink, your NOT A KID.

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  • Well thenApril 17, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Keep your city off of the campus. Keep the two entirely separate. Is that your point?

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  • EddyApril 18, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    I agree with "Picnic Day" about the fat cat Davis residents. Without UCD Davis would be another Woodland or Dixon with major crime rates to match. Yes, college students are despised by the permanent residents because they attract petty crimes (my car was vandalized and damage was about $1500 worth), loud parties till wee hours in the morning, shouting, riding bicycles with no regards for rules, drinking, etc. But the bottom line is Davis is what it is because of the college students, and there is nothing that is going to change that very soon.

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  • boomApril 20, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Davis is such a great college town! Go Ags!

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  • Horsesh*tApril 17, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    There are plenty of college towns that have HALF the house values as Davis. Check your facts.

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  • show meApril 17, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Show me these towns and I will delete my comment

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  • show meApril 17, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    The average home price in California right now is 249k. The average in Davis right now is 410k. Winters 146k. Woodland 229k. The University employs 30k people in Davis. Get rid of the University and Davis would no longer be a town.

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  • ChicoApril 17, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    Is but one closeby example. Get off your inflated high horse.

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  • windex66April 17, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    I think a separate article about this sad and untimely accident would have been a better approach, instead of updating this article two or three times. Further, all of the details of how Picnic Day went last year, and the improvement year, would also be better handled in a separate story. Condolences and prayers to the Heinig family for their loss. From what I saw in five-plus hours on campus, the students were overwhelmingly well behaved, and there seemed to be broad and well-thought safety and prevention programs in place.

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  • CoryApril 17, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    There will be a separate story.

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  • ChicoApril 17, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    Here's one stupid. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-Detail/25-Abbott-Cir_Chico_CA_95973_M10658-07410

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  • show meApril 17, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Haha. Chico is a party school exactly what residents of Davis DESPISE about picnic day. Secondly, Chico state is Chico state. UC Davis is a research institution with a medical and veterinary school. Thirdly Chico's home prices would not be even as close to effected if the school left as if UCD left this area. CSU is not even the biggest employer in the town. Find me a town with an internationally recognized research institution. And an average would be nice a link to one home is not all that helpful

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  • MApril 17, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of Scott Heinig. My condolences to his friends and family. We lost my brother-in-law at 22, and watching my in-laws bury their son was devastating. Scott's loved ones face rebuilding their lives without the young man whose life was really just beginning. It sounds as if his family will be surrounded by support, which is a blessing in this time.

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  • James GojkovichApril 17, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Scott was as good as they get, as a person and athlete. He will never be forgotten.

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  • A Sad ParentApril 17, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Our son played baseball with Scott at Davis and we had the opportunity and privilege to get to know him and his family. You will never meet a nicer "kid" and family. What a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that knows him and especially his family.

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  • Bob FryApril 17, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Do not understand why our cowardly City Council won't shut down the bars and booze sales this day. Do they all get their campaign funds from drunks or something?

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  • no goodApril 17, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    Kids will simply buy booze beforehand

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  • brianApril 17, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    Why is it the duty of the City Council to control the sale of alcohol. Does anyone take responsibility for their own actions anymore. David Thornton, 4/04/2000, Sandra Garcia Velasquez, 1/09/2011, and now Scott Heinig. While they are all tragic they all made choices. The first two, alcohol was a major factor.

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  • katieApril 17, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    God Bless Scott, his family, his friends, and everyone affected by this loss. I feel like someone has taken a hammer to my chest, and again, he and I were never more than people who said "hi" every now and then, even after knowing each other for 17 years. Peace be with you, Scott, as you rest now. And I pray too, that people will stop using this as a message board for gossip and disputing whether or not the davis police ruined picnic day, or if drinking is a sin, but rather, a place where we pay respect to Scott and to his family, who needs all the support they can get during this time.

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  • Janna OstoyaApril 17, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    As a baseball fan, I'm very sorry to hear that a young man for whom I have cheered is gone. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  • jimmy mortonApril 17, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    scott was one of the best guys ill ever have had the chance of knowing, on and off the field he was a hell of a guy... rest in peace man

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  • Sheila AllenApril 17, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    Debbie or other Enterprise staff- can you please create a new separate story for this tragic event so that those trying to get information about Scott or give their condolences can do so in an appropriate on-line discussion thread. Thank you.

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  • Sylvia WrightApril 17, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Parents, fyi -- Tim and I went to the gathering at Explorit briefly. It's an over-21 group of Scott's friends.

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  • NatalieApril 17, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    I didn't know Scott, but he went to my high school. I'm so very sorry to hear of this tragedy, and am praying for his family and friends. I can't imagine how difficult this time must be for them. He certainly seems like he was a well-liked man who touched many lives.

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  • too badApril 17, 2011 - 10:34 pm

    Some guys just cant handle drinking

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  • JanetApril 18, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    You're an 4$$hole.

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  • Connor ReedApril 18, 2011 - 12:08 am

    I had the privilege of knowing Scott from a young age, as he was one of my brother's best friends growing up. The news has come tough to me and even tougher to my family and the fact that you dismiss this tragedy as a result of stupid behavior hurts me a lot. I guess it goes to show that although there's an overwhelming number of mourners who are trying to come to terms with what's happened to a good friend and great person there's still people out there willing to make a ridiculous and quite frankly insulting statement about moral character at the expense of those who loved him. What's even worse is you didn't even have the guts to post your name, obviously you're a coward who shouldn't be allowed to voice his opinion. All of that aside I will miss my friend dearly and give my condolences to his family and friends. Scott was truly a great person, who touched many peoples lives and will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

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  • no nameApril 18, 2011 - 9:36 am

    maybe you should grow up and realize that everyone is allowed to voice opinions

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  • Cate WatsonApril 18, 2011 - 11:16 am

    You just proved Connor's point, COWARD! Rest in peace Scott.

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  • james madisonApril 18, 2011 - 11:22 am

    happy? The fact that you and connor think that people shouldnt be allowed to voice opinions that differ from your own shows that you are ignorant

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    mr james 'rocks in my head' madison - you really do not go onto a public forum on a tragic accident and make insensitive comments. that is just a "no, no". Sorry if you weren't taught how to be a decent fellow, so we'll school you here and now. Different opinions, if insensitive do not belong. period.

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  • Connor ReedApril 18, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    I guess James has never lost anyone he cares about unexpectedly, and for that he's blessed. I don't think that anyone who knows how this feels would voice such an insensitive comment on a public forum. It's true he has the freedom of speech, unfortunately he lacks a little common sense when dealing with other people. Go ahead James and keep voicing your opinion on matters that don't really concern you. Just because it's your right doesn't make you right. I hope you understand where I'm coming from and if you don't then I'm sorry.

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Please point out to me my insensitive comments. And as far as you "schooling" me please continue to do so. As for Connor, I have lost loved ones tragically and unexpectedly. Again what insensitive comments have i made?

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  • Connor ReedApril 18, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    This will be my last comment on this blog, because I feel like we're going in circles and am afraid that by furthering the conversation I would be acting disrespectful to my late friend. Congratulations on voicing your first amendment rights when people are most vulnerable, it shows real character. Way to follow in the footsteps of our forefathers Mr. Madison or is it Mr. Jefferson or is it Mr. Washington... they would be proud of you.

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    the only reason that is your last comment is because you have failed to find my insensitivity

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Madison - you appear to use my name now? That's so lame. You would not say these things in a public place, so I am sure you have some serious issues and are here essentially as a cry for help. But I and others are not interested in your childish tantrums.

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  • I simplyApril 18, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    used your name to get your attention. and again you have ignored my request to point out my insensitive comments. And based on how long this particular subject is, it looks like my "tantrums" and my "cry for help" have fully engaged you and others

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  • Cameron CecilApril 18, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Scotty was a competitor on and off the field. He brought excellence to whatever he did and pushed those around him to do the same. He was quick with a smile and a hand shake. We'll miss you buddy.

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  • Catherine PolandApril 18, 2011 - 7:09 am

    My prayers go out to all who knew Scott, both his family and his friends, as well as to the young man who was having fun in the horseplay that turned tragic. It's hard for us at times like this to understand why it seems the good die young. I just tell myself God has called Scott home earlier than we expected. May all that knew him and those that didn't simply be reminded that life is precious, and we are vulnerable, not invincible, so to be wise in our daily life's decisions. May this tragic event bring our community together in a meaningful way. No need to argue about opinions at a time like this. Praying for the families and friends that are suffering right now...and God Bless you, Scott.

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  • Matt CastlesApril 18, 2011 - 8:04 am

    First of all, Scott's passing had absolutely nothing to do with alcohol. More details will emerge in the coming days about the exact cause of Scott's death and those of you bashing him because you think his death was "preventable" will have your foot slammed hard down your throat. With that being said, it was an absolute joy to have coached Scott and an even bigger honor to have been one of his friends. Scott is definitely one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

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  • what we haveApril 18, 2011 - 9:40 am

    based on the info that the paper and police are giving out (which is what most of us are basing anything we say on) this sounds like a highly preventable accident. Maybe you would be willing to enlighten the rest of us

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  • Matt CastlesApril 18, 2011 - 9:57 am

    Out of respect for Scott's family, I'm not willing to do that at this point.

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  • what we haveApril 18, 2011 - 10:11 am

    well then dont criticize others who are making their opinions based on the info that is available

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  • Matt CastlesApril 18, 2011 - 10:18 am

    I'm sorry if you felt like I was criticizing you. What I was saying is that those of you slamming Scott will feel like absolute idiots when you find out how Scott actually passed. If you didn't know Scott, don't comment.

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  • what we haveApril 18, 2011 - 10:23 am

    The fact that you seem to think that this is some sort of grief counseling service is ridiculous.

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  • Matt CastlesApril 18, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Hey "What We Have" quit hidden behind that weak alias and let us know who you really are. Oh but wait, you won't do that because then everyone would know the truth about you, that you are just some piece of crap insensitive scum bag. Grow up.

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  • what we haveApril 18, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Im not being insensitive at all. I feel terrible for his family. Based on what this article says it sounds like Scotts death was related to alcohol and "horseplay". Now both of those sound like preventable circumstances. Maybe you should head over to the article that only deals with this unfortunate accident and post there?

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  • Matt CastlesApril 18, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Yeah, your comments really make it seem like you feel terrible for the family.

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  • karmaApril 18, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Hey what we have, sure you have the right to keep up the stupid comments, but remember that karma is a mf.

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  • what we haveApril 18, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Remember that believing in superstition is also "a m.f" in the end.

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  • Cate WatsonApril 18, 2011 - 11:21 am

    What we have, you are the ultimate coward.

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  • cateApril 18, 2011 - 11:23 am

    you know absolutely nothing about me or my life. Its really funny that in a series of comments aimed at asking people to not make assumptions or jump to conclusions you do just that.

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  • windex66April 18, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Dear "what we have": I have engaged in various kinds of "horseplay" my whole life, as we all have. Hundreds or thousands of times. Please reserve your snippy comments until the facts are known.

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  • I wasApril 18, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    not even going to write anything here until people started talking about facts that were not available to everyone. I was also reacting to people talking about people having their "foot slammed hard down your throat" which seems a bit more threatening and snippy than anything ive said

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  • Daisy NutterApril 18, 2011 - 8:59 am

    My name is Daisy and I am 12 years old. My dad is the coach of the Humboldt Crabs baseball team. The team plays only in the summer and that's when the amazing pitcher Scott Heinig came to play for us for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. This is the second time my dad has lost his favorite player. In 2007 Kevin Morsching played for us and right after the season in late August died of a head injury, so you can imagine the kind of pain my dad and the whole family is going through again. In the summer the Crabs have a kids baseball camp where Scott coached. Having went to the camp, I grew close to Scott as did every other person in Humboldt. The way he interacted with the kids was spectacular. He made everyone feel important in their own special ways. I will never forget the amazing person he was and miss him forever.

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  • katieApril 18, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Scott's family will be reading this, at some point. I think that it is something for people to keep in mind, especially when saying insensitive things in public spaces.

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  • casperApril 18, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Prayer to Scott and his family. * ppl: please don't feed the trolls on this comment page

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  • Mark WheelisApril 18, 2011 - 10:21 am

    As a former Davis Little League umpire, I knew Scott and his dad pretty well for a while, although we did not keep in touch when we all moved on from Little League. Scott was one of the most engaging kids I knew--humorous, respectful, humble, and talented. I really enjoyed those few years when we saw each other several time a week. His death is a loss for all of us--not just those who knew him, but all those whose lives he would otherwise have enriched and changed.

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  • Jeff GiacominiApril 18, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Hi this is Jeff Giacomini, I also played with Scott for the Humboldt Crabs. He was a great team mate, a great person to talk to and a great friend. He always would bring a great attitude to the ball field and everybody loved him. He will be missed terribly and never forgotten.

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  • CWApril 18, 2011 - 10:44 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Scott following this tragic accident. Although I did not know Scott very well, we were acquainted through baseball, school, and mutual friends for many years and I knew him to be nothing but a great guy. My heart aches for his friends and family. May he rest in peace and rest in paradise

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  • BenApril 18, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Scott was my nephew and i am shocked at his tragic loss. This is a tragedy for my brother and family as well as the many people i see that adored him. I am touched to see how much he was loved.

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  • John B.April 18, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    That's a sweet, and classy tribute, Daisy. Thanks.

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  • benApril 20, 2011 - 11:27 am

    to many un responsible people cancell the event everything is based on alchol that reality

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