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October 21, 2013
Sacramento cyclist killed after swerving in front of SUV

A Sacramento cyclist was killed early Monday morning after he apparently swerved in front of a SUV in South Sacramento.

The 59-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His identity is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the SUV, Ma Lendy Ortiguesa, 39, of Elk Grove, will not be facing any charges.

August 25, 2013
Missing woman's body found in San Joaquin River

By Janelle Bitker

Susan Green, the woman missing from Isleton since Aug. 11, was found dead today.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department conducted a search for Green, also known as Susan Hernandez, today and pulled her car out of the San Joaquin River near the 600 block of West Brannan Island Road. Green was inside the car.

No foul play is expected, according to an announcement from Sgt. Jason Ramos.

August 14, 2013
Big rig crash slows traffic on Highway 99

Two big rigs crashed on Highway 99 this morning, blocking two lanes of traffic near Mack Road.

According to California Highway Patrol, the crash was reported at 7:58 a.m., northbound on the way from Elk Grove to Sacramento. Traffic is moving on the shoulder and no detours have been set up yet.

It is unclear whether there are any serious injuries, but ambulances are responding, CHP officials said.

August 2, 2013
Suspected accidental shooting leads Butte County detectives to stolen weapons

A man suspected of accidentally shooting a girl in the back was arrested after Butte County sheriff's deputies determined that he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The Sheriff's Office received a call Sunday from a staff member at Oroville Medical Center, who reported that a female juvenile with a gunshot wound to the back had just arrived in the emergency room.

Deputies went to the medical center and learned that the girl likely had been accidentally shot by an acquaintance, 26-year-old Donald Patrick Browning. Although statements from witnesses and physical evidence indicated that the shooting was an accident, it also was determined that Browning was prohibited from having guns and ammunition, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

July 22, 2013
Six-year-old Latrobe boy drowns in El Dorado County lake

A 6-year-old Latrobe boy drowned Sunday at Jenkinson Lake in El Dorado County's Sly Park area.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies, along with sheriff's marine units, U.S. Forest rangers, a Forest Service canine unit, fire department personnel and a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded about 4 p.m. to a report that the boy was missing along the shore of the lake in the Bumpy Meadows picnic area, a Sheriff's Department news release states. El Dorado Irrigation District personnel and visitors to the lake already were searching for the child.

The youngster, identified as Trip Demetri, was located about 5:20 p.m. underwater about 10 feet from the shore. He died at the scene.

Sheriff's officials said the boy was visiting the lake with his father and sister and had last been seen playing in the water with his sister.

July 2, 2013
Coroner identifies Roseville man as Lake Natoma drowning victim

A man whose body was recovered from Lake Natoma early Saturday has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 19-year-old Guillermo Fabian Contreras of Roseville.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews and members of the Drowning and Accident Rescue Team responded to the lake about 8:10 p.m. Friday. Capt. Bryan Thomson said a group of young men were at the lake when Contreras swam out to retrieve a ball in the channel.

He began having difficulties and another member of the group tried to come to his aid as he went under water, but was unable to rescue him.

June 11, 2013
Pilot escapes injury in crash landing at Truckee Airport

A 62-year-old pilot walked away uninjured when his plane crashed this afternoon at the Truckee Airport.

The single prop plane left John Wayne Airport in Orange County about 11:45 a.m. with filed instrument plans to land at the Truckee Airport, according to a Nevada County Sheriff's Office news release. About 1:25 p.m., the pilot crashed approximately 40 feet off the Truckee Airport runway into the brush.

Although the plane, described as a Cirrus SR22, was heavily damaged, the pilot walked away from the aircraft without injuries, officials said. The pilot was the only person on board.

June 6, 2013
Video report: Boy killed by falling iron gate

Police are investigating how an iron gate fell on top of and killed a 5-year-old boy. The boy's uncle talks about the child. Fox40 reports.

May 29, 2013
Accident on southbound Highway 99 sends six to hospital

Six people were transported to the hospital after a traffic accident this afternoon on southbound Highway 99 at 12th Avenue in Sacramento, the Sacramento Fire Department reports.

Video by Sacramento Fire Department

May 23, 2013
Pilot rescued after reporting crash near Truckee Airport

A pilot was rescued this afternoon after reporting an airplane crash in the Truckee area.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Department received a report about 3 p.m. of a downed aircraft in the area of the Truckee Airport. The reporting party was the lone occupant of the single-engine aircraft that had crashed about 7 miles east of the airport, near the California-Nevada border, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The victim contacted the sheriff's dispatch center via cell phone.

Helicopter rescue crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention and the California Highway Patrol assisted in airlifting the victim from the crash site. The victim's name and condition were not released

Sheriff's officials said the cause of crash is not known. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are being notified and will handle the investigation.

May 5, 2013
Divers recover Rancho Cordova swimmer's body from American River

A 23-year-old Rancho Cordova man apparently drowned while swimming in the American River near Lake Natoma on Saturday evening, officials said.

Christopher Harris went into the water without a life jacket about 5:25 p.m., attempting to swim across an inlet to a Willow Creek recreation area beach, according to a Channel 3 news report. Officials said he got about halfway, when he started having difficulty and went under in 50-degree waters. He did not resurface.

Divers recovered his body about 9:30 p.m.

March 19, 2013
Cause of deaths in Marysville raceway crash released

marysville.jpgA 68-year-old man and 14-year-old boy died of blunt-force trauma when a car at the Marysville Raceway Park crashed into the pit area Saturday afternoon.

Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner Steve Durfor released the cause of death following autopsies performed today.

Marcus Johnson, 14, died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head, chest and abdomen, and Dale Wondergem Jr. died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and chest, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

March 17, 2013
Victims identified in fatal Marysville race track crash

The two victims struck and killed by a race car at Marysville Speedway on Saturday evening have been identified as Dale Richard Wondergem Jr., 68, of Grass Valley, and Marcus Joseph Johnson, 14, of Santa Rosa. authorities said.

Both were standing near each other in the pit area of the racetrack when a car doing warmup laps careened off the track and hit them about 6 p.m., said Yuba County sheriff's deputies.

The driver of the car, Chase Domonic Johnson, 17, of Penngrove, was not injured. The younger victim was the driver's cousin and not an official member of the pit crew. His admittance to the pit area is being investigated, Yuba County sheriff's officials said.

March 6, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of case involving death of girlfriend mistaken for intruder?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What is the status of the October 2012 shooting in Natomas in which a boyfriend shot his girlfriend?
Submitted by: Vickieg5, Antioch

ANSWER: Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the case was presented to the district attorney and the death was determined to be accidental.

March 6, 2013
Elderly driver pins three men against wall

Three men were struck and pinned by a van in front of a restaurant on Broadway, Sacramento Police said.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. in front of a Chinese restaurant at the 1400 block of Broadway. The driver of the vehicle, a female in her early 70s, "mistakenly took the accelerator as a brake" and ran into the three men, according to police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.

The men, in their 50s, were pinned against the wall of the restaurant, before the driver quickly backed up. They were taken to an area hospital with "substantive injuries," Gigante said. There was also structural damage to the restaurant.

Police are not releasing the name of the drive at this time, but Gigante said "alcohol does not appear to be a factor."

February 14, 2013
Pilot who died after plane lost wing and crashed near Winters is identified

Staff and wire reports

WINTERS - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker says witnesses told authorities that after the single-engine plane lost the wing, the rest of the plane went into a spiral.

Parker says the plane crashed about 30 feet off the side of Interstate 505, while the wing of the plane landed in the center divider of the freeway.

The pilot - the only person on board - was killed in the crash. The pilot was identified today as Jeffrey Sharman, 68, of Vacaville.
There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

The crash took place around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Winters, a rural community on the Solano County-Yolo County line, about 30 miles west of Sacramento.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane was an experimental Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper T-66.

Staff writer Bill Lindelof contributed to this AP report.

February 4, 2013
Six teens in fatal crash that kills two near Auburn

By Bill Lindelof

Six teens were in an SUV at the time the vehicle overturned last night, killing two girls just outside of Auburn, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The girls, ages 13 and 17, died when they were partially ejected from the sport utility vehicle at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The California Highway Patrol does not believe they were wearing seatbelts.

The teens were traveling southbound on Auburn Folsom Road just north of Less Lane when their sport-utility vehicle flipped, said CHP spokesman David Martinez.

December 31, 2012
Fire-damanged Mikuni restaurant stays closed for repairs

A spokeswoman for a popular sushi restaurant closed after a weekend fire says the eatery plans to reopen at its Hazel Avenue location as soon as possible.

An fire early Saturday at Mikuni Sushi in Fair Oaks, where the restaurant chain began, was doused by the building's sprinkler system, but not before causing in excess of $50,000 in damages. The restaurant has been closed since.

"Our intent is to get everybody working as soon as we can," said Jeanne Mabry, a spokeswoman for the restaurant. She said the damage assessment has been slowed by the holidays, but that restaurant could be open in three weeks.

Mabry said the fire department pegged the damage at $50,000, but that the damage figure was likely higher.

December 15, 2012
Off-duty CHP officer killed in motorcycle accident

By Matt Weiser

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed Friday night in a dramatic vehicle accident that closed Highway 12 in Solano County for most of the evening.

The officer's name has not been released, but he worked in Solano County, said Officer Chris Parker, a CHP spokesman.

The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Friday on a notoriously dangerous stretch of Highway 12. An eastbound Toyota pickup truck had entered a turn lane and was making a left turn across the two westbound lanes in order to enter a driveway, just west of Red Top Road.

November 17, 2012
Woman struck by light-rail train in Midtown identified

By Richard Chang and Bill Lindelof

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a light-rail train early Friday morning.

Regional Transit officials said a review of video images of a light-rail accident this morning shows that the victim, 65-year-old Veronica Brown of Sacramento, was pushing a man in a wheelchair just before she was struck by the train.

An RT spokeswoman said the 5:30 a.m. collision at 19th and R streets killed the woman pedestrian who was pushing a man in a wheelchair where tracks cross over the sidewalk on the west side of 19th Street. For an unknown reason, the man fell from the wheelchair, clear of the tracks and the oncoming train.

The woman did not avoid the train headed downtown from South Sacramento. She was hit and ended up beneath the light-rail train.

Brown died on the scene, while the man was taken to a hospital. The train was stopped on 19th Street for several hours for an investigation.

October 16, 2012
Man shot during pig slaughter dies from wound

A 28-year-old Elk Grove man who was accidentally shot in the face during the slaughter of a pig for a family celebration has died, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

He was identified Koua Vang. Vang had been on life support at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital

The shooting happened at 6:25 a.m. Saturday at Vang's residence in the 8400 block of Kinder Lane, a rural area near Calvine and Grant Line roads, said Christopher Trim, an Elk Grove police spokesman.

October 15, 2012
UPDATE: Boyfriend tells police he fatally shot girlfriend after mistaking her for intruder

A man who told police that he fatally shot his girlfriend this morning after mistaking her for an intruder has been released following interviews with police, but authorities say the investigation is continuing.

The man telephoned authorities about 5:30 a.m. to report that he had accidentally shot his girlfriend, police said. Officers immediately responded to the home on Battlecreek Circle in Natomas where police began an investigation.

The man "called in, saying he had accidentally shot his girlfriend, believing her to be an intruder," said police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante. "She was transported to the hospital and has succumbed to her injuries."

October 14, 2012
Elk Grove man, 28, critical after brother accidentally shoots him in the face

By Anne Gonzales

A 28-year-old Elk Grove man is on life support after being accidentally shot in the face by his brother Saturday while slaughtering a pig for a family celebration, authorities said.

Elk Grove police identified the victim as Koua Vang. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital Sunday afternoon.

The shooting happened at 6:25 a.m. at Vang's residence, in the 8400 block of Kinder Lane, a rural area near Calvine and Grant Line roads, said Christopher Trim, an Elk Grove Police spokesman.

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