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November 10, 2013
Two men arrested in alleged "bait bike" thefts

By Tillie Fong
tfong@sacbee.com

Two men were arrested for suspicion of stealing bait bikes in midtown Sacramento last week.

At 10:14 p.m. last Wednesday, a bait bike parked near 20th and J streets was moved, activating its tracking sensor, police said. The signal led officers to 8th and K streets and from there to a light rail train.

Police officers stopped the train, boarded and confronted a passenger holding the bait bike. Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Gordon, 31, (pictured) for investigation of possessing stolen property. Gordon released from Sacramento County jail on Saturday.

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The next day, at 10:46 p.m., police officers were alerted to another bait bike parked in the 1000 block of Alhambra Boulevard. They found a suspect a short distance away who allegedly was in the process of dismantling the bike.

The suspect was identified as Raul Esteban Lujan, 47, (pictured below). He was taken into custody for investigation of possessing stolen property. He remained in Sacramento County Jail Sunday on $40,000 bond.

Police said arrests were indications that the bait bike program in midtown is working.

The program began earlier this year after a rash of bicycle thefts from the downtown area from 18th to 19th streets and L Street to Capitol Mall.

Two bicycles purchased by the business district in July were equipped with tracking sensors and parked in various locales in the area. The bicycles' sensors are activated when the bikes are moved.

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November 10, 2013
Suspect arrested for stealing street sweeper from Natomas parking lot

A Sacramento man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly stole a street sweeper from a grocery store parking lot in the Natomas area and crashed into several parked cars while fleeing police.

Lavonn Dill, 18, (pictured) was being held on $30,000 bail at the Sacramento County Jail. He is facing felony charges of motor vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a police officer, hit and run property damage, and driving without a license.

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Shortly before 11:51 p.m. Saturday, police officers spotted a white street sweeper truck pull out quickly from the parking lot of the Bel Air market, 1540 W. El Camino Avenue.

It did not have its headlights on and ran a red traffic light before heading north on Truxel Road. When officers attempted to pull over the truck for a traffic stop, the driver apparently lost control, and hit three parked cars on Truxel Road.

The suspect then abandoned the vehicle, and a foot chase began near Truxel Road and Brewerton Drive. A perimeter was set up in the area, and a police helicopter found Dill hiding in a backyard garbage container. He surrendered without incident to a K-9 officer.


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November 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was outcome of investigation targeting Sacramento tax attorney?

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

QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court order by shredding documents that were ordered to be turned over to the court. What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Just Wondering, Sacramento

ANSWER: A civil lawsuit filed against former Sacramento tax attorney Roni Lynn Deutch in August 2010 by the California Attorney General's Office has not been resolved, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

The lawsuit alleges that Deutch swindled clients, charging individual clients up to $4,700 for tax help but delivering little or no results. As part of the lawsuit, she was ordered to pay $435,000 in refunds to dissatisfied clients, according to stories in The Bee.

While maintaining that she is innocent, Deutch closed her offices and surrendered her law license in May 2011, saying she was broke and unable to continue operate her business.

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November 8, 2013
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies search for wanted felon

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies are searching for a parolee who ran away when officers confronted him Friday morning.

About 20 officers have set up a perimeter in the Edison Avenue area to search for the man, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, sheriff's spokeswoman. Dyer-Kelly Elementary School is currently on lockdown.

Officers attempted to pickup the parolee at 9:14 a.m., but "as soon as he saw the officers, he started running," Bowman said.

Authorities do not know whether the suspect is armed. Bowman didn't know what charges the suspect was facing, but called him a "wanted felon."

November 7, 2013
Woman sentenced for role in Sacramento-area healthcare scam

A Glendale woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Sacramento-area healthcare fraud.

Shushanik Martirosyan, 47, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. for conspiring to commit healthcare fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. She pleaded guilty on March 31, 2011, and testified in the May 2011 trial of three doctors involved in the scam. Judge England also ordered Martirosyan to pay $1,558,620 in restitution.

According to testimony presented at the trial of Martirosyan's codefendants, Doctors Ramanathan Prakash, Alexander Popov and Lana Le Chabrier, and Vardges Egiazarian owned and controlled three healthcare clinics in Sacramento, Richmond and Carmichael from February 2006 through August 2008. Egiazarian and others recruited doctors to submit applications to Medicare for billing numbers.

November 7, 2013
UPDATE: Coroner says Arden Arcade toddler died of abdominal injury

The death of a 2-year-old boy at an Arden Arcade apartment Tuesday was caused by "blunt abdominal injury," according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

The Coroner's Office has classified that death of William Philyaw as a homicide, or "death at the hands of another." In a news release issued late this afternoon, the Coroner's Office stated that the ruling of homicide is for the purposes of death certification and "neither indicates nor implies criminal intent." Officials said it is up to Sacramento County sheriff's investigators to determine whether the injury resulted from a criminal act.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt Lisa Bowman said an investigation is underway.

November 6, 2013
Man convicted of murder in 2012 shooting at Arden Way motel

A Sacramento County jury today convicted Michael Nunally of first-degree murder in the shooting of 29-year-old Kaster Tezino behind an Arden Way motel.

The shooting occurred Sept. 25, 2012, behind the Motel 6 at 2030 Arden Way. According to evidence presented at trial, Nunally believed Tezino had assaulted a prostitute who worked for him.

With the aid of the prostitute, Nunally lured Tezino to a room at the back of the motel by leading him to believe that he was going to meet the woman there for a date, according to a Sacramento County District Attoney's Office news release. Instead, Nunally and his accomplice waited for Tezino and shot him in the back.

November 6, 2013
Foothill Farms man convicted of murder in wife's death

A Foothill Farms man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of his wife during an argument at their home in which his daughter also was shot.

In addition, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette convicted 39-year-old John Murdock Pierce of personal use of a firearm as well as felony assault with a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury. Pierce also was found to be sane at the time of the crime, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Feb. 13, 2011, Pierce summoned his wife, 37-year-old Tiffany Marie O'Hanlon, along with their 11-year-old daughter and two young sons, to the living room of the home in the 5200 block of Valparaiso Circle, authorities said. Pierce and his wife began to argue, and he attempted to tie her up. As she resisted, Pierce struck her in the head with a pistol and accused her of plotting to kill him.

November 6, 2013
Coroner: Man who died in Sacramento police custody suffered 'excited delirium'

The man who died in Sacramento police custody in May following a violent struggle with officers died of methamphetamine-induced excited delirium, according to the county Coroner's Office.

John Nat Torretti Jr., 42, died May 24 shortly after being handcuffed by officers outside the Metro PCS store on the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard. The arrest followed a brutal fight with officers, police said.

That week, coroner's officials released a statement that Torretti's autopsy revealed no obvious signs of trauma to the body - an effort to assuage concerns among some members of the public who questioned whether the man had died as the result of excessive force by officers.

November 5, 2013
Attic fire damages Carmichael day care center

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Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded shortly after 2 p.m. to a report of a structure fire at Wee Tymes Playschool in the 2900 block of Root Avenue.

Ten children were napping when staff members were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors, according to a district news release. The building was evacuated without injuries.

November 5, 2013
1 killed, 3 injured in Sacramento crash involving hit-and-run driver

One person was killed and three others injured in a two-car crash on Auburn Boulevard, near the Interstate 80 off-ramp late Monday night.

Cherion Robinson, 23, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two men, one in his 20s and another who is 33, were injured and taken to area hospitals. A woman, 41, was also hurt and taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

One of the injured men - the one in his 20s - has been arrested for drunken driving and may face vehicular manslaughter charges, according to police. His name was not released by police Tuesday.

The incident started sometime before 10:55 p.m. Monday, when Sacramento responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital, 4250 Auburn Boulevard.

A Dodge Neon, carrying three people, had crashed into a tree after careening off of a Toyota Camry.

"The suspect vehicle jumped the center median and came to rest on the eastbound shoulder of Auburn Boulevard," said Officer Michele Gigante, spokeswoman for Sacramento police.

Robinson, who was the front passenger in the Dodge Neon, was killed. The driver, a man in his 20s, and a back passenger, the 33-year-old man, were injured.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, the 41-year-old woman, was also hurt.

Investigators learned that prior to the crash, the Dodge Neon had been involved in an hit-and-run accident on Madison Avenue and Date Avenue.

The people in the unidentified car that was hit were not injured.

"The suspect vehicle took off and the victim vehicle was following the suspect vehicle to get a license plate," said Gigante.

The two vehicles were traveling on the Capitol Highway when the Dodge Neon took the Auburn Avenue exit.

"It went through a red light at a high rate of speed and t-boned another vehicle coming into the intersection," said Gigante.

The collision with the Toyota Camry sent the Dodge Neon careening across the center median, and into a tree in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital.


November 5, 2013
Silver Alert issued for missing Curtis Park woman

A "Silver Alert" has been activated for a woman missing from her Curtis Park home since Saturday, according to authorities.

macdonald.jpgPatricia MacDonald was last heard from Nov. 2. Her family and friends say she normally checks in regularly so they are concerned she hasn't been seen or heard from, said Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante.

Her car also is gone from her house, Gigante said.

MacDonald is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds. She has gray hair with green eyes. She drives a gray 2000 Toyota Camry with four doors and a license plate of 4JRE510.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sacramento police at (916) 264-5471.

November 4, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in shooting deaths of father, son at North Highlands home?

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

QUESTION: What happened in the case of the father and son -- "Crisp" was the last name -- in North Highlands that were shot in their home back in October in the 1980s?
Submitted by: Patricia, Sacramento

ANSWER: Fifteen-year-old Aaron Michael Crisp and his 48-year-old father, Michael Gregory Crisp, were found dead in their home on Bismarck Drive in North Highlands the night of Oct. 31, 2007.

November 4, 2013
Sacramento woman arrested for Rancho Cordova homicide

Sacramento County Sheriff's department arrested a Sacramento woman early Monday for allegedly beating a 78-year-old Rancho Cordova man to death and critically injuring his wife Sunday.

Shauna Burton, 36, (pictured) was held without bond at the Sacramento County Jail. She is facing charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, motor vehicle theft and probation violation.

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Early Sunday morning, police found a 78-year-old man had been beaten to death and his wife critically injured in their home in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park, located at Routier Road near Folsom Boulevard.

The victim was identified by neighbors and relatives as Mel Bain, a former Aerojet employee who later worked as a security guard, and his wife as Jean Bain, who had suffered recently from dementia. Authorities said Jean Bain was in critical condition at a local hospital Monday.

Burton apparently knew the couple, although it was not known exactly what the relationship was.

"She knows them somehow," said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. "Neighbors have seen her and call her by name."


November 3, 2013
Man killed, wife injured at Rancho Cordova home

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com.

A 78-year-old man was beaten to death and his wife was critically injured in an apparent attack today at their Rancho Cordova home.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to a call from a neighbor who checked on the couple around 11 a.m. Sunday in their mobile home in the 2900 block of Routier Road, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the woman, who has Alzheimer's disease, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Bowman, a sheriff's spokeswoman, did not say if the attack was the result of a break-in.

Although officials did not immediately release the couple's names, a relative at the scene identified the couple as Mel and Jean Bain.

November 3, 2013
CHP issues 45 citations in Sacramento auto-pedestrian decoy operation after several recent fatalities

The California Highway Patrol issued 45 citations during a decoy operation in Sacramento Saturday to enforce right-of-way laws. The purpose was to catch motorists not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk and jaywalkers.

"I think it was a huge success,' said Adrian Quintero, CHP Valley Division spokesman. "Even for our officers, just by being out there as pedestrians and seeing motorists not yielding to them- it was eye opener for all of us."

The CHP undertook the project after a slew of auto-pedestrian accidents occurred in Sacramento in recent months. From Aug. 1 to October 31 this year, a total of 10 pedestrians were killed and 15 were injured in crashes in east, north and south Sacramento.

November 1, 2013
Two juries report guilty verdicts in fatal shooting of Wilton man

Two men have been convicted of the 2012 shooting death of a Wilton man in a case involving marijuana theft.

Kailan James, 23, and Daniel Valine, 45, were convicted by separate juries in the death of 60-year-old Kelly McClurg. James today was found guilty of first-degree murder with a felony murder special circumstance and first-degree robbery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's office news release. Valine was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder with arming enhancements.

McClurg, a mechanic and electrician, was shot and killed Oct. 26, 2012, at his Dillard Road home in rural Wilton, where he lived as a caretaker. Family members said he had a medical marijuana certificate due to a muscular medical issue in his arms.

November 1, 2013
Sheriff's detectives arrest man in connection with rape, kidnap outside Orangevale Wal-Mart

A 34-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a woman from the parking lot of an Orangevale Wal-Mart and then raping her might have harassed other women the night of the attack, according to authorities.

BONDERERx-3676492.jpgJoseph Lee Bonderer, of Orangevale, was booked Thursday into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of rape, sodomy, penetration by a foreign object and kidnapping - all felonies - in connection with the Wednesday night assault, according to jail booking records. He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Detectives believe he had been thrown out of a local business that night for harassing women there, and might have been the subject of a complaint to a Wal-Mart manager that a man in the parking lot was chasing women, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The victim, a woman in her early 40s, was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot, located on the 8900 block of Greenback Lane, about 10:50 p.m. when a man jumped into her car, claimed he had a gun and ordered her to drive out of the parking lot, Bowman said.

The victim did not know the man, Bowman said.

Fearing her life was at risk, the woman followed the man's orders and drove to a nearby location, where the man sexually assaulted her, Bowman said. The man then ordered the victim to return to Wal-Mart, where he got out of the car and ran.

Despite the threat, no gun was ever seen, Bowman said.

Detectives zeroed in on Bonderer after deputies visited a local business while looking for leads. An employee at the business said a man had been thrown out earlier in the evening because of the way he was "degrading" women there, Bowman said. Deputies found Bonderer's name because he had swiped his driver's license to purchase alcohol there, Bowman said.

Deputies arrested Bonderer early Thursday morning and booked him into jail that afternoon.

Authorities said the incident is a reminder to be aware of personal safety, even "while performing everyday functions."

Bonderer has no criminal history in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records available online. Orange County Superior Court online records show he was charged with using a cell phone while driving in 2011, though the outcome of that case was not immediately clear Friday.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.

November 1, 2013
Cause of death of Davis woman's daughter: drowning

Talamantes6831.JPGThe little girl who died after being found in her mother's car trunk at an apartment building along Pocket Road died from drowning.

That was the finding of the Sacramento County Coroner's office released on Friday. A press release from the county also classifies the manner of death "homicide."

No further information was provided concerning the cause of death of 5-year-old Tatiana Alexia Rose Garcia.

November 1, 2013
Woman sentenced in Sacramento court to 25 years to life in death of her baby

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kminugh@sacbee.com

Courtney Kathleen Addington was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the first-degree murder of her newborn baby girl.

During the sentencing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Lueras called the acts of Addington "unconscionable" and "haunting."

She acknowledged that Addington, now 25, is by all accounts a caring person who has shown a passion in the past for children - a profile at odds with the facts of the case. She said she wished she could recommend probation and counseling, but she could not.

"I have to stand here for baby Hayden and let her know her life mattered, and her mother must (be held accountable) for ending her life in a cruel and callous way," Lueras said.

Addington stuffed the baby into a plastic garbage bag after giving birth earlier this year in her Rosemont home.

November 1, 2013
Coroner identifies Power Inn Road fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man hit and killed by a vehicle Thursday on Power Inn Road.

He was identified as Mark Schwabe, 54, of Sacramento.

Schwabe was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive around 5 a.m. Thursday. The driver tried to avoid hitting Schwabe, who appeared to be crawling or lying on the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He may have also been hit by a second vehicle. Schwabe died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

November 1, 2013
Film features Sacramento officer-led youth bike team

An upcoming showing of a film that features participants in the Sacramento Police Activities League bike program for youth is also a fundraiser for the local effort to acquaint at-risk young people with the merits of mountain bike cycling.

The documentary, Singletrack High, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, 6715 Gloria Drive. The film follows high school students through the 2012 mountain bike racing season in the NorCal High School Cycling League.

The Sacramento PAL program team is featured in the film. The team is coached by police officer volunteers and works primarily with at-risk youth.

Filmmaker Jacob Seigel-Boettner, who produced the film with his brother Isaac, said the Sacramento Police Activities League High School Mountain Biking Program was an inspiration to the filmmakers.

"The officers and student-athletes in this program are a testament to the huge positive impact that exploring outdoors via pedal-power can have, regardless of one's socio-economic background,' said Jacob Seigel-Boettner.

Tickets are available at singletracksacramento.eventbrite.com

October 31, 2013
Update: Citrus Heights police identify suspect shot by officers

Citrus Heights police have identified the suspect shot by officers this morning as Panogiotis Eliopoulos, and said he is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Citrus Heights police said the shooting followed reports that Eliopoulos, 29, had threatened people with a knife and then charged officers. They said he was found with two knives.

Police said the incident began about 9:15 a.m. when the department received multiple calls about a man armed with knife inside a home on the 7900 block of Oak Avenue.

The man was said to be threatening people with the weapon, said Lt. Ryan Kinnan. While officers were heading to the scene, police got follow-up calls to say the man had fled the first home and forced his way into a second occupied residence.

October 31, 2013
Update: Power Inn traffic fatality was down on roadway when hit

The California Highway Patrol reports that a man who appeared to by lying or crawling in the roadway was hit and killed by a vehicle this morning in southern Sacramento County.

At about 5 a.m. today, the man was observed to be down in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive. The driver tried to avoid hitting the man but could not.

A second vehicle, possibly a red or brown pickup truck, also stopped at the scene and may have also hit the man, according to the CHP. The driver of the pickup briefly stopped but then drove away. The CHP wants to speak with the pickup driver.

The driver who initially struck the man was interviewed at the scene and released. No charges are pending against that motorist.

The man who was hit was either dragged or propelled about 75 feet north of the intersection. He died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

October 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1990s slaying of social worker at her Orangevale home?

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

QUESTION: Back in the mid '90s, my good friend Carol Blake was killed when she opened her front door in her house in Orangevale. I have not been able to find anything in the last 10 years about the case and whether it was solved.
Submitted by: Tish, Orangevale

ANSWER: The May 20, 1996, slaying of 45-year old Carol Blake at her home on Wild Horse Court in Orangevale remains unsolved.

October 30, 2013
Motorcyclist dies on transition curve from Highway 50

A motorcyclist died from his injuries suffered when his vehicle hit a highway guardrail Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the motorcyclist as William Maxwell Puckett, 31, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that at about 11 a.m. Tuesday Puckett was traveling from eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Capital City Freeway when his motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve and hit a guardrail, according to a preliminary investigation.

He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

October 30, 2013
Coroner identifies South Sacramento auto-pedestrian fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car Monday in the Parkway neighborhood.

She was identified as Rita Ann Moye, 47, of Sacramento. Moye was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

She died at the scene. The motorist, who was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when Moye was struck, waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

October 30, 2013
Big Ben gives grant to Sacramento PD for police dog

Ben Roethlisberger has given money to the Sacramento Police Department for the purchase and training of a new police dog, according to the NFL player's foundation website.

The grant to the Sacramento department mirrors other donations the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has made to police and fire department canine units in cities near where the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback plays away games. Last Sunday the Steelers played the Raiders in Oakland.

The foundation said that Sacramento will use the grant to purchase and train Rex, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois. Rex will be teamed with Officer Aaron Thompson.

"We are extremely appreciative that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation chose to honor our K-9 Unit with a grant toward the purchase and training of the newest member of our department, K-9 Rex," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Steve Oliveira.

The foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit grant requests.

It is the seventh season that Roehlisberger's foundation has bestowed grants to police and fire departments to acquire and train dogs. The foundation distributed $135,000 in grants around the country last season to canine units.

October 29, 2013
Police need help finding killer of Citrus Heights man

Citrus Heights police are asking for the public's assistance in finding a man who struck and killed Christopher Sorgani.

Sorgani, 49, of Citrus Heights, died from injuries suffered in an attack last week. Police were called to the 7700 block of Greenback Lane at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found Sorgani on the sidewalk with serious head injuries.

A witness told police they saw Sorgani being struck by another man. The motive for the assault is not known.

Sorgani died from his injuires on Sunday. Anyone who has information about Sorgani's death may call police at (916) 727-5500.

October 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What led to fatal shooting of deputy in 1979?

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

QUESTION: What are the details of the shooting death of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Boone on Oct. 25, 1979? DetectiveBoone was posthumously awarded for the Sheriff's Deprtment Medal of Valor and the Sheriff' Department Facebook page has a post memorializing him.
Submitted by: Jerry K., Sacramento

ANSWER: Detective Christopher W. Boone, 31, was shot and killed while on a surveillancae assignment at the residence of a woman who had been the victim of a series of obscene and threatening phone calls.

October 28, 2013
Another pedestrian hit and killed on Sacramento street

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car this morning in the Parkway neighborhood of South Sacramento.

The 48-year-old woman was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

Her name has not been released, pending notification of family. She died at the scene.

The motorist was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when the woman as struck. The driver waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

Several pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed in crashes in the past week on Sacramento streets.

October 28, 2013
Bicyclist in fatal Carmichael crash is identified

The name of the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle last week in Carmichael has been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Richard Aaron Leeper, 21, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at 8:05 p.m. Thursday on El Camino Avenue, near Laurence Avenue.

Leeper was traveling in the wrong direction on El Camino Avenue when he was hit by the oncoming SUV, said Officer Lizz Dutton, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

Leeper didn't have a headlight on his bicycle and wasn't wearing a helmet, according to Dutton.

October 28, 2013
Fairfield man identified as North Sacramento homicide victim

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the Fairfield man shot to death at a Halloween party early Sunday in Sacramento.

The murder victim was identified as 29-year-old Keylen Jeff Ellis.

Ellis was shot to death and six others were injured in a drive-by shooting at the party in North Sacramento, police said.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene in front of a business in the 1800 block of Del Paso Boulevard. Five others -- men and women in their 20s and 30s -- were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life threatening injuries. They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals.

Read more: 1 killed, 6 hurt in Halloween party shooting in North Sacramento

The incident occurred shortly before 1:37 a.m. Sunday. Police said somebody driving by in a sedan shot at partygoers as they exited the front door of the business.

It was not known if Ellis was targeted, police said. Police are investigating the circumstances of the party, which may have been held at the business illegally.

October 28, 2013
Carmichael pizza place suffers fire damage

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were busy overnight putting out fires at a Carmichael pizza parlor and southern Sacramento County mobile home.

At 12:10 a.m. today firefighters were called to Mark and Monica's Family Pizza Restaurant, 4751 Manzanita Ave., where fire in brush in front of the business had "extended into part of the structure," according to a fire district press release.

Crews limited the growth of the fire by quickly pouring water on the flames. Most of the building was spared from fire damage as 40 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within 45 minutes of arrival.

Damage was estimated at $50,000. The cause is under investigation.

Then, just after 2 a.m., Sac Metro fire crews in the south end of the sprawling district were called to a mobile home fire at 6435 Orange Ave., which is near Stockton Boulevard and Florin Road. Arriving crews conducted a search of the blazing mobile home to confirm everyone was out of residence.

Firefighting limited damage to the kitchen. An estimated $20,000 in damage was reported.

October 27, 2013
1 killed, 6 injured in drive-by shooting at north Sacramento Halloween party

By Tillie Fong
tfong@sacbee.com

One person was killed and six injured in a drive-by shooting at a Halloween party in north Sacramento early Sunday, police said.

A man in his late 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five others - a mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s - were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life threatening injuries They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals.


October 25, 2013
Man suspected of Rio Linda residential arson arrested

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with an Oct. 19 residential structure fire in Rio Linda.

Arturo Leal-Avalos, 33, was arrested Oct. 22 on suspicion of arson, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

He is accused of starting a fire that engulfed a residential structure in the 7500 block of Second Street.

Leal-Avalos is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

October 24, 2013
Bicyclist killed in collision with SUV in Carmichael

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle Thursday night in Carmichael, police said.

The incident occurred at 8:05 p.m. on El Camino Avenue, near Laurence Avenue. The cyclist, a male in his 20s, was traveling in the wrong direction on El Camino Avenue when he was hit by an oncoming SUV, said Officer Lizz Dutton, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

"The cyclist was on the same road, but he was facing traffic. The rider didn't have a headlight and wasn't wearing a helmet," Dutton said.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities are still interviewing the driver of the SUV to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, Dutton said.

October 24, 2013
No gun found at Barrett Middle School, lock down lifted

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies investigated a report of a possible gun at John Barrett Middle School in Carmichael on Thursday afternoon, but no weapon was found, according to authorities.

A campus lock down was lifted and students were released at 1:08 p.m. according to the normal Thursday schedule, said Trent Allen, spokesman for San Juan Unified School District.

About 12:30 p.m., a student at Barrett told a staff member he thought he saw another student carrying a gun. School officials contacted the Sheriff's Department and deputies responded to investigate.

The campus initially was placed on lock down, which transitioned into a "shelter in place" order, Allen said. That means instruction is continuing but students and staff members must stay in their classrooms.

When deputies found nothing to confirm the report, students were released from the school day as normal, Allen said.

A message was sent home to parents notifying them of the incident.

October 23, 2013
Woman lying on track struck and killed by RT train

A woman was struck and killed by a Regional Transit train Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. between the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and Globe stations. An RT train heading from downtown toward Watt/I-80 struck a woman lying on the track, said Alane Masui, RT spokeswoman.

"Because the woman was wearing dark clothing and laying across the dark asphalt, the operator was unable to avoid striking the woman," Masui said, noting that the individual was not in a "pedestrian walkway."

Authorities have not released the identity of the woman.

October 23, 2013
Sacramento sheriff's detectives seek more possible victims of abusive masseur

Detectives are trying to identify any further victims of a Sacramento-area masseur who is alleged to have inappropriately touched female clients during massages.

ACEVEDO.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives arrested Jeremy Acevedo, who also goes by the name Jeremiah, in August after an investigation into the allegations, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

At least two victims have been identified by investigators, Bowman said, but detectives suspect there are more. They are asking those women to come forward.

Acevedo began working in the Sacramento area at the start of the year, Bowman said. He primarily worked in the north area.

In August, prosecutors charged Acevedo with four felony counts of penetration by a foreign object and six misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He is no longer in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call sexual assaults Detective Brendan McAtee at (916) 874-5070.

October 23, 2013
Employee at Starr King K-8 after-school program accused of sex acts with two minor students

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A "team leader" in an after-school program at Starr King K-8 School has been arrested after being accused of committing sex acts with two students off campus, according to authorities.

LAGOSx3062128.jpgOn Tuesday, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Julia Nicole Lagos, 19, on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman. Lagos was released from jail the same day after posting $50,000 bond, Bowman said.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on three felony counts Tuesday, according to Superior Court records available online.

Lagos is employed by the Mission Oaks Parks and Recreation District, which contracts with the San Juan Unified School District to run the Bridges after-school program at Starr King, Bowman said.

Lagos is no longer employed by Mission Oaks Parks and Rec, according to a district official.

At the time of the alleged assaults, worked as a "team leader," or classroom monitor, for a group of third and fourth graders, Bowman said.

Although the two victims are students who attend the Bridges after-school program, the two boys were not under Lagos' supervision, the sergeant said. At the request of detectives, she did not release the ages of the two victims.

The sex acts are alleged to have occurred at a local park after the Bridges program had concluded on those days, Bowman said. Detectives believe Lagos had inappropriate conduct on multiple occasions with one victim and once with the other.

Trent Allen, spokesman for San Juan Unified, said the allegations were brought earlier this month to Starr King's principal, who notified the Sheriff's Department. Lagos was "removed from the school environment" and has not been back.

Bowman said detectives do not believe there were any other victims.

Barry Ross, director of recreation and marketing for Mission Oaks Parks and Rec, said Lagos was hired in August. She recently was "released of her duties," he said, though he declined to say when.

"We are in cooperation with law enforcement and the San Juan Unified School District," Ross said. "Of course we want this resolved."

Lagos had no previous criminal record in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records. Efforts to reach her have been unsuccessful.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

October 23, 2013
Midtown Sacramento cyclist seriously injured in collision with city garbage truck

A cyclist riding in midtown Sacramento this morning was seriously injured after colliding with a city garbage truck, according to police.

The cyclist, an adult man, was transported to the hospital but is expected to survive, said police Officer Doug Morse.

No crime is suspected in the collision, which Morse described as a "tragic accident."

The collision occurred before 9 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Capitol Avenue, Morse said. The cyclist and the garbage truck were both travelling northbound on 21st Street when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Capitol Boulevard. The truck and the cyclist then collided.

The cause of the investigation is still under investigation, Morse said.

October 23, 2013
Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento identified

A man who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento early Tuesday has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him Wednesday as Jeffery Allen Ritz, 33. No city was given as his residence.

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Ritz was apparently walking north across Arden Way, near Empress Street, when an eastbound vehicle on Arden Way struck him.

Ritz was pronounced dead at the scene, which the coroner's office had indicated was in front of a Shell gas station, 860 Arden Way.

The motorist, who was not identified, had remained on the scene. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which occurred near an uncontrolled intersection.

October 23, 2013
Woman killed in Elk Grove hit and run accident identified

The woman who was killed in a hit and run accident in Elk Grove early Tuesday morning has been identified.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified her as Ann Babetta Vavrick, 62, of Elk Grove.

At 2:09 a.m. Tuesday, Elk Grove police had received a call of a woman sitting on different sides of the road of Stockton Boulevard, north of Sheldon Road.

When officers arrived, they found Vavrick lying on the ground in the middle of a northbound lane of Stockton Boulevard. She had apparently been hit by a vehicle which had left the scene. She was pronounced dead onsite.

Elk Grove police are still searching for the hit and run vehicle and are asking for the public's help in locating it. It was not known what type of vehicle it was, but it would have damage to the undercarriage.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Elk Grove police's traffic division at (916) 478-8148.

October 22, 2013
Cyclist killed in Monday accident in south Sacramento identified

The cyclist who was killed early Monday during a traffic accident in south Sacramento has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the victim as James Combis, 59, of Sacramento.

Combis was struck by a sport utility vehicle after he apparently swerved in front of the vehicle at 6:25 a.m. on Stockton Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

For more information, read the original post here.

October 22, 2013
Girl struck by car while walking to school in south Sacramento

A 14-year-old girl was hurt when she was hit by a vehicle as she was walking to school Tuesday morning.

The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The accident occurred at 7:35 a.m. in the 5200 block of Valley Hi Drive.

October 22, 2013
Elderly Sacramento woman killed in auto-pedestrian accident

An elderly Sacramento woman was killed Monday night when she was hit by a car as she was walking on a dark street in the Arden Arcade area.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified the woman as Rosemarie Jitner, 75.

At 7 p.m., Monday, a Toyota Camry was traveling north on the far right lane of Eastern Avenue, just south of Fitch Way, when it hit an elderly woman walking on the right side of the road. The vehicle was going 40 mph at the time.

October 22, 2013
Woman killed in hit and run accident in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police are asking for the public's help in locating the driver involved in a fatal hit and run accident on Stockton Boulevard near Sheldon Road early Tuesday.

A 62-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this point, we do not have any idea of what type of vehicle struck her, and we don't have any eye witnesses to the actual collision," said Officer Chris Trim, spokesman for Elk Grove police.

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.

October 19, 2013
Man who led police on high speed chase identified

The man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase from Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove Friday night has been identified as Kevin Allen Metcalf, 26, authorities said.

The episode started in Rancho Cordova when Allen, driving a blue Prius, pointed a handgun at motorists he had engaged in a verbal argument, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Allen is being charged multiple felony and misdemeanor counts that include reckless driving and evading police.

October 18, 2013
High-speed chase ends with suspect in custody in Elk Grove

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

A high-speed chase Friday night that stretched from Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove ended with the suspect in custody, authorities said.

The chase reached speeds of 100 mph, according to scanner traffic reported on Twitter. The episode started in Rancho Cordova with a man in a blue Prius pointing a handgun at motorists the male suspect had engaged in a verbal argument, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

Scanner traffic and Twitter posts put the start of the incident at 7 p.m. When deputies arrived, the man fled. The pursuit involved several jurisdictions before coming to an end in Elk Grove about 8 p.m., when officers used spike strips to disable the Prius. The driver showed signs of being under the influence of some substance, Bowman said.

No one was injured in the incident, she said.

October 18, 2013
Man suspected of shooting police dog taken to hospital with self-inflicted wound

photo.PNGA Sacramento County Sheriff's Department police dog, shot by a fleeing suspect who fired at officers, is doing well after being treated at a veterinary hospital.

Meanwhile, the man who shot the dog, was found hours later with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and has been taken to a hospital, according to Sheriff's department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The incident began around 5:30 a.m. when Sacramento police began the pursuit of a driver in a stolen vehicle. Police were assisted in the chase by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

October 18, 2013
Downtown Sacramento shooter was Mendocino deputy DA, his boss says

Authorities say that it was a Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney who shot and wounded another man on a downtown Sacramento street early Thursday morning.

Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster confirmed in a press release that one of his deputy district attorneys, Damon Gardner, shot and wounded another man during a "physical confrontation" outside a hotel near the Capitol.

Sacramento police said that officers were initially summoned at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a knifing near 15th and L streets. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had actually been shot in his upper body.

October 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Were charges filed against wrong-way driver in fatal I-5 crash?

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

QUESTION: What was the name of the wrong-way driver in the fatal collision June 20 on Interstate 5, and have charges been filed?
Submitted by: L. Gibson, Sacramento

ANSWER: Jefferson Cortez was identified as the driver of a vehicle that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Del Paso Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when his car struck two other vehicles, according to California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton.

October 17, 2013
Ex-motorcycle gang member convicted of gun possession

A former outlaw motorcycle gang member from Philadelphia has been convicted in Sacramento of being an ex-felon in possession of a .22 pistol.

A Superior Court jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Sherone Bradley, who used to ride with an outfit called "Wheels of Soul."

Bradley, 32, flashed the gun July 22, 2011, at a barbecue in the Sacramento area to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ad Explosives. He had the gun with him again when he was stopped by Walnut Creek police on Oct. 18, 2011.

Bradley claimed he needed the gun for protection because he was subjected to death threats after he dropped out of the gang.

Judge Peter Mering scheduled Bradley's sentencing for Nov. 15.

October 17, 2013
Fire sweeps through Rancho Cordova home but adjacent homes spared

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews had to move fast to prevent fire spreading to adjacent residences when fire swept through a Rancho Cordova home today filled with debris and personal items.

When firefighters arrived at the blaze in the two-story home in the 2800 block of Hyannis Way at about 9:30 a.m., the residence was fully involved in fire.

Upon arrival, crews sprayed water on fire inside the home and began a search for possible residents. Nobody was found in the house, which had boarded up windows.

Neighboring homes were just a few feet from the structure. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze.

While the interior of the home and contents were destroyed by fire, the house still stands and neighboring homes were spared. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 17, 2013
Downtown Sacramento shooting leaves one man injured

A fight turned into a shooting early this morning at 15th and L streets in Sacramento.

Police were initially summoned at about 12:30 a.m. to a report of a knifing at the corner near the Capitol and late night-operating bars and restaurants. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had actually been shot in his upper body.

A Sacramento police activity report said that two people passed two others when an argument began between the two groups. Words escalated into a fight -- and the fight into a shot being fired.

All parties to the incident were contacted by officers and an investigation is ongoing police said today. No arrests have been made.

The wounded man was transported to the hospital. Information on the severity of his injury was not available.

October 16, 2013
Update: Missing Rancho Cordova man returns home safely

The Rancho Cordova man who was missing after he failed to return home from a camping trip has been found safe.

Douglas Reeves told his wife he was going to the Plumas National Forest or the Lake Tahoe National Forest to camp and hike, according to the Police Department. He was expected home Oct. 10, but had not been seen or heard from since he left his home.

However, he returned home Wednesday night, according to Rancho cordova police.

October 16, 2013
Rio Linda building heavily damaged by fire

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were able to save half of a building in Rio Linda hit hard by fire last night.

The fire was reported about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at a construction company building in the 2400 block of Elkhorn Boulevard. First-arriving crews found flames at the front of the structure.

Crews immediately worked to extinguish the fire at the single-story building, limiting damage to half of the structure, according to a fire district press release. About 40 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control about 35 minutes after arrival.

A portion of the roof collapsed. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 16, 2013
Man killed when trying to retrieve belongings on freeway is identified

A man who was killed when struck by a car while he was trying to retrieve his dropped belongings on Highway 99 has been identified by the coroner's office.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office website listed the motorist as Hien Van Tran, 45, of Elk Grove.

Tran's death occurred at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to the website.

October 16, 2013
Update: Coroner identifies Orangevale shooting victim

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man killed Tuesday morning in Orangevale.

He was identified as Steven Lester Fish, 32, of Orangevale.

Sacramento County sheriff's authorities say Fish, who was fatally shot while reportedly walking his dog in Orangevale about 4 a.m. Tuesday, likely knew his assailant and that the shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence -- nor does it appear, they said, that he was actually walking a dog.

October 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in 1997 slaying of teen in Rosemont?

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

QUESTION: What was the outcome of a killing in the Rosemont area? The year was '97, at a dead end. The victim's name was Oscar.
Submitted by: Michael, Sacramento

ANSWER: Oscar De Herrera, 16, was killed and his older brother was critically injured in December 1997 when they were shot at Huntsman and Parfait drives, near the playing fields of Albert Einstein Middle School.

October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Sacramento police arrest suspect in stabbing of midtown Safeway security officer

Sacramento police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a loss prevention officer at the midtown Safeway.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 6 p.m. The suspect, who fled and was the subject of a police search, was taken into custody this evening by a police K 9 unit. No other details about the arrest were released Tuesday night.

The loss prevention officer was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.

Police responded to the area of the store, at 19th and S streets, after reports of a stabbing. The loss prevention officer had attempted to stop a man who the officer suspected of shoplifting, Gigante said.

The suspect then ran from the scene.

October 15, 2013
Man pleads no contest to burglary, sexual battery

A man accused of sexually assaulting one woman and attempting to assault another after forcing his way into their apartments has pleaded no contest to charges.

William Russell, 22, today entered the no contest plea to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The burglary offenses are strikes under California law, officials said.

Russell, who did not know the victims, complimented both on their toes and feet and asked if he could touch them. Both women declined and tried to ignore him. Russell, however, followed them to their apartments and forced his way inside. He sexually assaulted one of the women and tried to sexually assault the other, but she was able to push him out of her apartment, officials said.

Under the plea agreement, Russell will be sentenced to a stipulated six years and 10 months in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. Once he is released on parole, he will be required to register as a convicted sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12. in Sacramento Superior Court.

October 15, 2013
Update: Sheriff's officials say Orangevale victim was not randomly attacked; was not walking dog

Sacramento County sheriff's authorities say the man fatally shot while reportedly walking his dog in Orangevale early this morning likely knew his assailant and that the shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence - nor does it appear, they said, that he was actually walking a dog.

Detectives also have determined that the story the surviving victim told investigators - that he and his friend were walking a dog when they were assaulted about 4 a.m. on Central Avenue - was a lie, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The victim, in his 30s, has not yet been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Deputies responded to the 9000 block of Central Avenue after callers reported being awakened by gunshots. They found the two victims, one of whom had been fatally shot. The other suffered a graze wound to his ear, Bowman said.

Detectives interviewed the surviving victim as well the other residents of the Central Avenue home where the deceased victim lived. Bowman said this afternoon that it appears the deceased victim likely knew his assailant or at least had some previous association with the suspect.

No suspect description has been released.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or leave a tip at www.sacsheriff.com.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 15, 2013
Man killed on Highway 99 trying to retrieve items from roadway

A man was killed and another motorist was injured on Highway 99 in south Sacramento County this morning as the man tried to retrieve items that had fallen from his vehicle.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said a man in a pickup truck was northbound on Highway 99 south of Dillard Road when some of his belongings fell out of the truck onto the roadway. The man pulled to the median and got out of the truck to try to retrieve the items.

Bradley said traffic was slowing, either to avoid the man or items in the lanes, when a woman driving a Volkswagen swerved into the median, striking the man.

October 15, 2013
Metro Fire notes when being pinned in a crashed car is a good thing

Metro Fire reports that it was lucky that a woman was trapped inside her crashed car because exiting the vehicle might have led to electrocution.

Fire crews were dispatched to Sunrise Boulevard and Grant Line Road about 7 p.m. Monday where a driver crashed into a power pole, her car landing on it side in the ditch.

The driver's problems didn't end there: Power lines touched her car and also started a grass fire. Still, it was good, fire officials said, that she was pinned inside, according to a fire district press release.

October 14, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to culprit in 2008 slaying on Salmon Falls Drive?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the person who shot Edward Chaney on Salmon Falls Drive in Rancho Cordova in 2008 or 2009?
Submitted by: Diana, Fair Oaks

ANSWER: The slaying of Edward Chaney in November 2008 remains unsolved.

October 14, 2013
Child reunited with mother after carjacking in Arden Arcade

A 5-year-old boy has been reunited with his mother after someone drove off in her car with the youngster in the back seat.

The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m.outside a Merryhill School in 2800 block of Eastern Avenue. A woman called 911 to report that her car had been stolen with her son inside the vehicle.

She told deputies that she had gone to the school to pick up an older child. She went inside, leaving the younger child in the vehicle with the doors unlocked and the engine running, according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

October 14, 2013
Fraud Awareness Fair set for Wednesday in West Sacramento

Individuals interested in learning how to avoid becoming victims of scams are invited to attend the sixth annual Yolo-Sacramento Fraud Awareness Fair on Wednesday in West Sacramento.

The event is offered free of charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento.

Representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will discuss how to recognize, report and avoid the latest financial scams. Topics will include how to safely hire a contractor, purchase an annuity and obtain a free credit report, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

October 14, 2013
Coroner identifies teen killed in S. Sacramento shooting

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a teenager killed by gunfire in broad daylight on Saturday.

The dead teen has been identified as Javillion Ward, 15, of Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, the shooting was reported at 1:58 p.m. Saturday at a shopping center parking lot in the 4500 block of Mack Road near Franklin Boulevard. The incident started when a fight broke out between two groups. The fight escalated into a shooting when one person began firing, said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento Police spokesman.

October 14, 2013
Prescribed burn with American Indian input today in S. Sacramento County

A prescribed burn at the Cosumnes River Preserve scheduled for today is being carried out by firefighters, academic officials and American Indians.

The project focuses on Plains Miwok burning traditions to achieve ecosystem restoration at the preserve in southern Sacramento County, and is a small part of a larger initiative involving indigenous stewardship practices, according to Don Hankins, field director, California State University, Chico Ecological Reserves.

The burn will be conducted east of Highway 99 between Cosumnes River and Dillard Road within the Costello forest.

Among those involved in the burn are the Plains Miwok, the California Indian Water Commission, CSU, Chico, preserve managers and the Cosumnes Fire Department.

October 14, 2013
Short voyage lands two in Sacramento brig

Two men were arrested on suspicion of sailing a stolen dinghy to West Sacramento.

When the owner of the sailboat saw his boat drifting in the river in the Sacramento Marina not far from Miller Park on Saturday afternoon he called police.

Two men, Kirk Sharrah, 49, and Max Wilson, 41, were met by police on the West Sacramento side of the river and placed under arrest.

Sharrah was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He was also booked on outstanding warrants, including evasion of paying transportation fares and unlawful camping.

Wilson was also booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He had outstanding warrants for unlawful camping and solicitation at a freeway on- or off-ramp.

October 11, 2013
Woman stabbed to death in Rancho Cordova; detectives to interview husband

Rancho Cordova police who responded to a call of domestic disturbance late Thursday night found a woman dead and her husband injured.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are investigating circumstances surrounding the 27-year-old woman's death. She and her 32-year-old husband were found inside a home in the 3500 block of Granby Drive.

Officers rendered aid to the woman but she died from stab wounds. The husband, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The husband's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Detectives have yet to interview the man as of 11 a.m. due his medical treatment.

The dead woman's name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

October 10, 2013
Sacramento DA charges both midtown homicide suspects with murder

The woman accused of imprisoning and torturing a business client before he was fatally shot in her midtown Sacramento apartment has been charged with murder, authorities say.

Okumura.jpgMichelle Okumura, 23, also is accused of using a "heated metal implement" to inflict great bodily injury on the victim, the criminal complaint against her and her boyfriend shows.

Late Tuesday, Sacramento police arrested Okumura on suspicion of torture and false imprisonment in connection with the fatal shooting of Eric Jackson early that morning in Okumura's 17th Street apartment.

Officers also arrested Okumura's boyfriend, 31-year-old Jeremy McMahon, on suspicion of murder.

But when they appeared for their arraignments in Sacramento Superior Court today, both suspects were charged with murder, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office.

The DA's criminal complaint alleges McMahon fatally shot Jackson, 22, with a .45 caliber handgun. Okumura also was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the complaint alleges, but did not fire it.

McMahon.jpgShe did, however, use a "heated metal implement" to torture the victim, the complaint alleges.

Both suspects were charged with torture and false imprisonment. McMahon also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sacramento police have said Jackson and Okumura were in a "business relationship" that had soured. The attack occurred after the victim arrived at Okumura's apartment, north of O Street, sometime over the weekend and then was held against his will. They declined to elaborate on the nature of the business relationship.

Officers arrived to find Jackson's body about 3 a.m., after callers reported gunfire and the sound of breaking glass.

October 10, 2013
Elderly pedestrian dies in collision on Carmichael street

The California Highway Patrol said that a man from a retirement home was hit and killed by a vehicle Wednesday night when walking on Carmichael street.

John J. Maykovich, 82, was reported dead at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office website.

CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said today that at about 8:30 p.m. Maykovich was walking eastbound on Cypress Avenue, west of Walnut Avenue, not far from the Eskaton Village retirement community where he resided.

Dutton said that Maykovich was walking a few feet into the lane when a vehicle traveling eastbound saw him at the last minute. The driver tried to maneuver around Maykovich, but there was another vehicle approaching westbound and a collision could not be avoided, said Dutton.

Dutton said that Maykovich suffered from dementia and personnel from Eskaton had been searching for him.

"He may have been making his way back to where he lived, but unfortunately he didn't make it," said Dutton.

October 10, 2013
Kitchen fire displaces Arden Arcade family

While a family was away at a park, a kitchen fire erupted Wednesday afternoon in a Arden Arcade home, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Arriving crews to the fire in the 2200 block of Shaw Street began searching the home to make sure nobody was inside. Other firefighters extinguished the blaze, limiting the spread of fire.

The cause of the fire is believed to be cooking-related, according to a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District press release.

The American Red Cross provided housing for two adults and a child displaced by the fire.

October 9, 2013
Update: More details in death of man in midtown Sacramento

Sacramento police provided a few more details about the shooting death of a 22-year-old man at a midtown apartment that resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman on torture charges.

Police late Tuesday arrested Jeremy Daniel McMahon, 31, on suspicion of homicide, torture with intent to cause cruel and extreme pain, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon. Michelle Kiyomi Okumura, 23, was arrested on suspicion of torture with intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and false imprisonment.

The pair was detained Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 1700 block of O Streets where police were called around 3 a.m. A citizen heard loud bangs, glass breaking and possibly gunshots.

When officers arrived at the apartment house, they found Eric Solen Jackson of Sacramento with a gunshot wound in his upper body. McMahon and Okumura were detained because officers suspected they were involved.

October 9, 2013
Update: CHP identifies man accused of trying to flee officer in Rio Linda

A man arrested today after he allegedly tried to run over a California Highway Patrol officer, prompting her to fire her service weapon to stop him, has been identified by the CHP as Joshua Timmerman, 32, of Rio Linda.

At 11:40 a.m. the CHP officer tried to make a stop on a car in the Rio Linda area, but the driver failed to pull over. The car ran stop signs before eventually coming to a halt.

When it looked like the driver was going to get out and run, the officer got out of her squad car. However, the driver accelerated in reverse, heading toward the officer.

October 8, 2013
Man injured when shots fired into south Sacramento County home

One man was injured this afternoon after someone fired numerous shots into a south Sacramento County duplex with a family inside.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the family, including an 18-month-old child, was in the living room of the residence in the 4700 block of 50th Avenue at 2:12 p.m. when an individual drove up in a dark-colored SUV. The individual got out of the vehicle, approached the front living room window and fired at least eight rounds into the residence. The shooter then went to the dining room window and fired more rounds into the home.

A man in the living room suffered a wound to the bottom of his foot but refused medical treatment, Bowman said.

October 8, 2013
Sacramento police say fatal shooting in midtown not random

Sacramento police say the fatal shooting of a man in midtown early this morning does not appear to be a random attack.

A man and a woman were detained after officers discovered the victim's body in an apartment on 17th Street north of O street. They continue to be questioned by homicide detectives but as of this evening, have not been arrested, said police Officer Michele Gigante.

She said there are no suspects are believed to be at large.

Callers reported a loud disturbance, breaking glass and the sound of gunfire about 3 a.m. When police arrived they found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. Paramedics rendered aid but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown, Gigante said. She said the two people who were detained and the victim all knew each other, police said. All three had ties to the apartment unit where the victim was found.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators continue to piece together what led up to the shooting and are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 8, 2013
Coroner releases name of woman run over by RT bus

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of a woman who died Monday evening when she was thrown from her bike and run over by a bus.

Rachel M. Martinez, 59, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene after her bicycle collided with a Regional Transit bus at Florin Road and East Parkway in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the accident occurred about 6 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Florin Road at East Parkway.

He said Martinez was at the southeast corner of East Parkway as the bus was pulling up to a bus stop just east of her. The bicycle and bus collided, and the woman was propelled off the bike onto the ground. Bradley said she was run over by the right rear wheel of the bus.

Bradley said CHP investigators hope video from a nearby gas station and possibly from a red-light camera at the intersection will help provide more details about how the crash occurred.

Sacramento Regional Transit officials said they have launched an investigation, but said preliminary information suggests the woman's bike hit the bus.

October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Woman dies after bike hit by Regional Transit bus

A woman died this evening after her bicycle was struck by a Regional Transit bus at Florin Road and East Parkway in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the accident occurred about 6:10 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Florin Road at East Parkway.

He said the bicyclist, a 51-year-old woman, was at the southeast corner of East Parkway as the bus was pulling up to a bus stop just east of her. The bicycle tire was struck by the bus and the woman was propelled off the bike onto the ground. Bradley said she was run over by the right rear wheel of the bus.

The woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified.

Bradley said about 15 people were on the bus at the time.

He said CHP investigators hope video from a nearby gas station and possibly from a red-light camera at the intersection will help determine how the crash occurred.

October 7, 2013
Sacramento County sheriff to offer collection sites during Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will join with the Drug Enforcement Agency in the seventh nationwide Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected at four sites in the Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction:

• Sheriff's Garfield Station, 5510 Garfield Ave., in the Foothill Farms area.

October 6, 2013
Update: Missing at-risk Citrus Heights man has been found

A 67-year-old man earlier reported missing has been found, the Citrus Heights Police Department reports.

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James Taylor (pictured) was found at 7:30 a.m. today and is in good health, officials said. He had last been seen at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at his home on Sylvan Road in Citrus Heights.

Officials said he was considered an at-risk adult because he is non-verbal due to a mental disorder.

October 5, 2013
Update: Woman arrested after allegedly ramming car into home after domestic dispute

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old woman today after she allegedly drove her car into a Florin-area home after a fight with her husband.

DYEx4897450.jpgBrittney Lawren Dye was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism related to domestic violence, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters initially responded to the collision, which occurred this afternoon on the 8300 block of Middle River Court. A nearby sheriff's deputy also responded, and took over the investigation after officers began to suspect the act was intentional, stemming from an argument between Dye and her husband, Bowman said.

The husband was inside the home at the time of the collision, but was not injured.

October 5, 2013
Sacramento deputies arrest three, discover marijuana grow after shoplifting incident

NIK.YAKIMENKOx2976153 (1).jpgSacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 40-year-old man today following a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart in which a suspect brandished a Taser at a loss prevention officer, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested Nikolayevi Yakimenko on suspicion of robbery as well as an unrelated charge of cultivation of marijuana after a grow was found at his home, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said in a news release. Both are felonies.

The incident began about 6 a.m., when a loss prevention officer at a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road attempted to detain two people suspected of shoplifting, Bowman said.

The suspects resisted, and one brandished a Taser at the officer, threatening to hurt him if he followed, Bowman said.

NAT.YAKIMENKOx3180555.jpgThe loss prevention officer wrote down the license plate of the vehicle the suspects used to get away and contacted the Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived at the registered owner's home, the suspect vehicle was parked nearby, Bowman said.

Deputies were trying to make contact at the home when four people ran from the home. Three were caught; one was Yakimenko, Bowman said.

Deputies also arrested Igor Ivanov, 29, in connection with outstanding warrants and Natalya Yakimenko, 40. She was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony cultivation of marijuana.

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October 5, 2013
Interstate 5, near Garden Hwy, to reopen after accident involving big rig

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5, near Garden Highway, are set to reopen after an accident involving a big rig and three vehicles snarled traffic for about two hours.

The incident was sparked when a Nissan sedan lost control at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and hit a big rig, triggering a chain reaction, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said.

October 5, 2013
Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies make arrests in week-old homicide

Gilberto Esteban Cardona.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested two suspects late Friday in connection with a week-old fatal shooting at a north area gas station.

Gilberto Esteban Cardona, 18, (pictured at left) and a 17-year-old male juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, were taken into custody on suspicion of murder, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. to the Beacon Gas Station in the 2100 block of El Camino Avenue after shots were fired. When authorities arrived, they found Jesus Antonio Macias, 33, of Sacramento with wounds to the upper body. Macias was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Bowman said that detectives believe the shooting followed a verbal confrontation that spilled out of the gas station into the parking lot.

The shooting is not believed to be gang-related; however, detectives are investigating whether the suspects have ties to gangs, she said.

See the original article here.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 4, 2013
Update: Missing Sacramento man, 73. found in veterans hospital

A Sacramento man, 73, reported missing since Wednesday, was found at the veterans hospital at Travis Air Force Base Sunday, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Bell, Donald.jpgDonald Bell, 73, was last seen about 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Capitol Freewill Baptist Church in the 6200 block of Watt Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Authorities had deemed him to be "at-risk" because he suffers from throat cancer and can eat only through a stomach tube, officials said. He also takes several life-sustaining medications, which were found at this home.

It was not clear Sunday how he wound up in David Grant USAF Medical Center in Fairfield, or what his condition was when he was found. It was not known if he drove his red 1997 Ford Taurus, which was also reported missing, to the hospital, or if it was found somewhere else.

October 4, 2013
MLK Jr. Boulevard reopened after Sacramento police activity wraps up

Sacramento police have reopened Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to traffic after SWAT officers found no armed subject in an Oak Park house they surrounded earlier this afternoon.

The police activity was focused on a home in the 3700 block of 19th Avenue, said police Officer Doug Morse. Residents in the area reported hearing gunfire that they believed was coming from that home shortly after noon.

It was not known how many people were in the home or whether the person was still in the home, Morse said. Officers had not confirmed the presence of a gun in the home but were operating under that assumption, given the reports of gunfire, he said.

However, when officers searched the home shortly after 4:30 p.m. they found no one inside, Morse said.

The boulevard was closed between 16th and 20th avenues as police conducted a "controlled release" of Christian Brothers High School and Oak Ridge Elementary. The campuses were not locked down, but police were monitoring the area as parents and students move to and from the schools.

Officers broke down their perimeter and reopened the boulevard shortly before 5 p.m.

October 4, 2013
Mom suspected of taking son from guardian booked in Sacramento jail

Tina Massey.jpgAvery SPEARS.jpgA mother suspected of forcibly taking her 4-year-old son from his guardian's home has turned herself in.

Tiffany S. Massey, 23, turned herself into detectives and was booked into Sacramento County Jail early today on suspicion of burglary, concealing a minor and assault.

Sacramento County sheriff's officials said Avery Spears Jr. (right photos) was located in Southern California in the company of another family member.

The boy had been last seen at his guardian's residence on Wednesday in the 4000 block of South Watt Avenue, when Massey (left photo), entered the home and took her son, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Massey was seen fleeing with the child in a silver two-door vehicle.

October 4, 2013
All lanes open after clean up of big rig crash on I-5 near Twin Cities Road

All lanes are now open on southbound Interstate 5 near Galt where a big rig came to rest after a crash.

The big rig was traveling in the northbound direction on I-5 about 4 a.m. today when it hit one of two cars involved in an earlier non-injury collision. The big rig ended up on its side, blocking a lane of southbound I-5 south of Twin Cities Road.

The other vehicles remained on the northbound side of I-5 and no lanes were blocked on that side of the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol said a lane of southbound I-5 might have to be closed again later today so that the truck could be towed from the median.

October 4, 2013
Coroner identifies man and woman killed on Delta road

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man and woman who were hit and killed in the road near Walnut Grove Wednesday night.

They were identified as Marlene Vicente, 23, of Bellingham, Wash., and Manuel N. Cardenas, 20, of Isleton.

A CHP spokesman said a motorist driving a Ford Escape was traveling on Andrus Island Road just south of Walnut Grove when the two, who were either sitting or walking in the roadway, were hit by the vehicle.

Vicente and Cardenas died at the scene. They were pronounced dead at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver saw Vicente and Cardenas at the last second on the darkened roadway and could not stop.

October 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman who stabbed teen in apartment parking lot?

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

QUESTION: What happened with the Sept. 25, 2003 murder-homicide of Emanuel B. Stone, a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed by his ex-girlfriend at the old Marconi Palms apartments on Marconi Avenue in Sacramento? What happened to the woman?
Submitted by: Melissa, Sacramento

ANSWER: Lillian Bennett, 23, was charged with murder in the the stabbing death of Emanuel Broadway Stone at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Marconi Avenue.

October 3, 2013
Four arrested in connection with recent Rocklin burglaries

Rocklin Police announced the arrest off four people in connection with recent burglaries.

About 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Rocklin officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 6509 Winter Rush Drive where a white man had been seen entering a residence through a first-floor window. While officers and detectives were searching the area for the suspect, Sacramento County sheriff's detectives, who were also conducting a burglary investigation, povided Rocklin detectives with information about a possible subject of interest in other residential burglaries in their jurisdiction. It was later learned that a home at 6033 Equestrian Terrace in Rocklin also had been burglarized and was possibly related to the investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

Information gathered by both agencies was used to identify two suspects, Michael Scott Sommers, 22, of Orangevale, and Steven Espino, 18, of Sacramento. Both men were detained by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, and items stolen in the Equestrian Terrace burglary were recovered, police said. During a subsequent probation search of Sommers' Orangevale residence, other possibly stolen items were recovered.

October 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed wife at Arden Arcade home 20 years ago?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Ron Wayne Beard who shot his wife to death in their home near Cottage Park 20 years ago?
Submitted by: The Blogger, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ronald Wayne Beard was convicted of first-degree murder for the Nov. 2, 1990 slaying of his estranged wife, Beverly.

October 2, 2013
Coroner identifies bicyclist killed in collision with big rig

A bicyclist who died Tuesday in a collision with a big-rig truck has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 35-year-old Corey Bachman.

Bachman's city of residence was not identified.

He died after colliding with the back of a big rig on Franklin Boulevard at 52nd Avenue in south Sacramento County.

October 2, 2013
CHP arrests woman in death of motorcyclist in Orangevale

A Fair Oaks woman was arrested today on suspicion of hit and run for her alleged involvement in a crash that killed a motorcyclist.

Amanda K. Horn, 29, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers who had been looking for a driver whose actions contributed to the death of a 55-year-old motorcyclist Tuesday night in Orangevale.

CHP spokesman Officer Jasper Begay said that at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday a driver in a car traveling eastbound pulled up to the stop sign on Jonnie Way at Hazel Avenue. Hazel Avenue does not have a stop sign at the location.

Officers said the driver stopped at the sign then accelerated onto Hazel Avenue where the car was hit by a Mercedes traveling southbound on Hazel.

The motorcyclist was also traveling southbound in another lane on Hazel Avenue. The Mercedes also struck the motorcycle, knocking the rider from his vehicle.

The motorcyclist died at the scene.

The driver of the car that drove into traffic on Hazel Avenue from Jonnie Way stopped, but then drove away, said Begay. Horn was arrested Wednesday morning. The crash is under investigation.

October 2, 2013
Train strikes truck in south Sacramento: no injuries

The California Highway Patrol reported that an Amtrak train struck a pickup in South Sacramento County this morning. No injuries were reported.

The stolen pickup was left on the tracks at Gerber Road near French Road about 7 a.m. today. Nobody on the train was injured, said CHP officer Rich Wetzel.

The truck had been abandoned, Wetzel said. No information on damage was available.

October 2, 2013
Man reported missing in Rancho Cordova has been found

SHORTT.jpgAn 80-year-old man in early stage dementia, who was reported missing by Rancho Cordova police, has been found.

Richard Sydney Shortt (pictured) had last been seen Tuesday night at the Mather-Mills light rail station as he got off a train to go to his residence on nearby La Loma Drive.
Police reported this morning that he had been found and returned home.

October 1, 2013
Metro Fire begins transition to smaller, fuel-efficient ambulances

Sprinter ambulance.jpgIn a move to cut costs and improve fuel efficiency, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District today added four new, smaller ambulances to its fleet.

The Sprinter ambulances (pictured) cost less to purchase and maintain, and consume less fuel than the full-size fire medic vehicles, according to a district news release. Although the passenger compartment is smaller, patients in the back of the ambulances will be just as comfortable as in the larger vehicles, officials said, and the same medical equipment will be used.

With the launch of the Single Role Paramedic Program earlier this year, the district was able to reduce costs while enhancing its ability to respond to medical emergencies, officials said, explaining that the role of paramedics and emergency medical technicians on these ambulances will be strictly medical. Because they will not engage in firefighting, they don't need specialized firefighting gear and equipment, allowing the district to use smaller ambulances with less storage space.

Officials said the remainder of the district's ambulance fleet is expected to be replaced with the smaller ambulances in 2014.

Photo courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

October 1, 2013
Sacramento County man accused of Lodi carjacking

A Sacramento County man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 2 kidnapping and carjacking in Lodi.

Richard Harvey, 51, was taken into custody without incident at his home in the 7700 block of Kalwani Circle. He was booked into the Lodi Police Department jail on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy, a Lodi Police Department news release states.

On Sept. 2, officers responded to a report of a kidnapping and carjacking in the 700 block of South Stockton Street in Lodi. Police met with family members of the victim, who said they had been in contact with the victim by cell phone and determined that he had been released in Galt.

October 1, 2013
Bicyclist dies in crash with big rig in south Sacramento County

A bicyclist has died after colliding with the back of a big rig on Franklin Boulevard at 52nd Avenue in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the crash occurred about 3:10 p.m. as a big-rig truck was making a right turn from southbound Franklin Boulevard onto westbound 52nd Avenue. He said a bicyclist, also traveling southbound on Franklin, collided with the trailer portion of the truck and was run over by the rear axle of big rig.

Bradley said the cyclist, thought to be an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The big-rig driver stopped, and neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been factors in the collision, Bradley said.

October 1, 2013
Chickens seized from Franklin Boulevard business by animal control

Sacramento animal control officials seized a couple hundred chickens they say were being housed in unsanitary conditions at a business on Franklin Boulevard -- and cited the owners of the birds.

Sacramento police responded to the business at 5824 Franklin Blvd. on Saturday evening after citizens reported a bad odor coming from the property. In a makeshift building, animal control officers, who were called in to assist, found hens and roosters without food or water in a transport cage.

The business owners were cited in the amount of $20,000 for not providing proper care for the animals and not providing clean quarters for the birds, according to a animal control press release.

The owners were told that authorities would return the next day to see if the conditions were up to city code. When animal control officers returned on Sunday, the business was closed and access to the birds was not possible.

On Monday morning, officers found a business owner trying to remove the chickens in a rented trailer. Sacramento police detained the business owner and 235 Rhode Island Red hens and roosters were turned over to Sacramento City Animal Control.

With the additional help of Sacramento County Animal Control and the Humane Society of the United States, the chickens now are properly housed with food, water and medical care. Veterinarian Jean Rabinowitz has helped with medical assessment.

The Humane Society of the United States has pledged to cover up to $5,000 for feed, shelter and veterinary care.

"City and state laws protect the welfare of all animals, not just dogs and cats," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director with the Humane Society. "Animals raised for food deserve basic, humane treatment, and chickens certainly should not be kept unfed, without water, and crammed into dirty, barren cages where they can't stand up or move about for days."

The Humane Farming Association has agreed to take in all the hens and will be transporting them to their Northern California sanctuary. Sacramento Animal Control is seeking placement of 125 roosters at sanctuaries outside city limits.

City code does not allow ownership of roosters.

October 1, 2013
Jury convicts Rosemont woman of murdering her newborn girl

Courtney Addington mugshot.JPGA Sacramento Superior Court jury Tuesday convicted Courtney Kathleen Addington of first-degree murder in the killing of her newborn baby girl.

Addington stuffed the baby into a plastic garbage bag after giving birth earlier this year in her Rosemont home.

Judge Sharon A. Lueras scheduled Addington's sentencing for Nov. 1. Addington, 25, is facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

October 1, 2013
Report: Shop owners vow to fight charges they sold livestock illegally

Feathers were scattered all over the ground and a sign read, "Live and Fresh Chickens." A south Sacramento market gave off such a foul stench that neighbors reported them to police, leading to the discovery of a large stash of live chickens, Fox40 reports. The owners of the store say they are fighting the charges that they were illegally selling the chickens, according to Fox40.

September 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who shot women who teased him about ride?

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

QUESTION: Back in the early 1990s, there was an incident whereby a young boy shot and killed two people for not giving him a ride home. I believe his name was Joshua Jones. This occurred in Sacramento. Whatever happened in that case?

Submitted by: Deejay, Sacramento

ANSWER: Joshua Mark Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder for the March 1997 shooting of two women who allegedly teased him at his sister's apartment in the 1500 block of Fulton Avenue.

September 30, 2013
Two teens killed at intersection identified by Sacramento coroner

Two teenage boys were killed in a crash at a Sacramento county intersection Saturday evening.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office listed the fatally injured teens as Yuriy Boyko, 16, and Vladislav Yaroshuk, 16, both of Sacramento.

A California Highway Patrol spokesman said a Hummer SUV was traveling northbound on Bradshaw Road approaching Vintage Park Drive about 5 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, the two teens, with Boyko at the wheel of a Honda Civic, were heading eastbound on Vintage Park at the intersection.

Boyko failed to stop at the red signal light, witnesses told the CHP. The Hummer hit the side of the Civic, according to the CHP.

Editor's note (9:10 p.m.): The spelling of Boyko's first name has been corrected.

September 30, 2013
Pedestrian dies when hit in lane on Bradshaw Road

A man died early Saturday morning when he struck by a car while walking on Bradshaw Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office listed the pedestrian killed in the crash as Dionysos Jay Lewis, 21, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that Lewis was walking northbound in a southbound lane of Bradshaw Road bout 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Kiefer Boulevard. The driver of a car heading southbound could not see Lewis, who was wearing dark clothing.

The driver applied her brakes but the car could not be stopped in time and Lewis was struck head-on. He died at the scene, according the CHP.

September 30, 2013
Carjacking leads to arrests of two men in Citrus Heights

Two stolen vehicles were recovered by Citrus Heights police with the help of an alert citizen.

Police said that at 3 p.m. Saturday, two men in an SUV cornered a man in his car after a road rage incident near Lichen and Carmelwood Drive. Police said that they intimidated the man into giving up his Honda sedan.

An alert citizen saw what was happening and got the license plate number of the sport utility vehicle and provided the information to police. The SUV was reported stolen, police said.

Police found the SUV nearby and took David Issac, 33, into custody. Officers also found stolen property in the SUV.

Police eventually found the Honda being stripped in Carmichael. Christopher Long, believed by police to be the man who drove it from the scene of the earlier car-jacking, was arrested, according to a Citrus Heights police press release.

Police lauded the eye witness who provided information leading the arrests.

"The witness in this case kept a safe distance, obtained great information and alerted police in a timely manner," stated the press release.

September 30, 2013
Antelope baseball snack shack burned by arsonist

A fire that heavily damaged a youth baseball snack shack in Antelope was set by an arsonist.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters responded to the Antelope Little League Baseball Field about 2:30 p.m. Sunday where a fire had spread from a portable restroom to the revenue-generating snack shack and an equipment building.

First-arriving crews extinguished flames in the interior of the snack shack, while other firefighters worked to put out fire on the exterior and the restroom.

September 27, 2013
Coroner identifies 5-year-old girl who was found in trunk of car

The Yolo County Coroner's Office on Friday identified the 5-year-old girl found in the trunk of her mother's car in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as Tatianna Garcia of Davis.

The girl's mother has been arrested in connection with her death and will be prosecuted in Yolo County, according to authorities.

The preliminary investigation has revealed indications the girl was injured at the home she shared with her mother, Aquelin Talamantes, in the Yolo County city of Davis. Police suspect the woman then put the girl in the trunk and brought her to Sacramento, where she was discovered clinging to life, said Sacramento police Officer Doug Morse.

The girl later died at a hospital. Police questioned Talamantes, 29, and then arrested her on suspicion of murder later that night.

September 27, 2013
Public invited to sign up for Sac Metro workshops on wildfire hazards

The public is invited to attend a series of workshops provided by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on how to prevent damage to residential property from wildfires.

Metro fire was awarded grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a community wildland protection plan. A component of the plan is to provide public education and seek feedback from the public in the fire district.

The 12 one-day courses in "Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards" and four two-day courses in "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" begin Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 7.

The one-day workshops are offered in Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda and at Fire Station 50 on Gerber Road,. The two-day courses will be held in Fair Oaks.

The workshops are designed to teach residents how to conduct an assessment of their property and suggest ways to help reduce wildland fire risk.

To register, go to http://metrofirecwpp.eventbrite.com/ For more information call (916) 859-4318.

September 26, 2013
Police arrest mom in death of daughter in Pocket area

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

Police are investigating the circumstances of a 5-year-old girl's death after the child was found barely alive in the trunk of a parked car Thursday in Sacramento's Pocket area.

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The girl's mother, Aquelin Talamantes, 29, was arrested on suspicion of homicide in connection with the case.

The episode began as a welfare check sought by concerned family members, according to police spokesman Doug Morse. When authorities arrived at 4:30 p.m. at the Shore Park Apartments in the 7900 block of Pocket Road, they found family members near a black sedan in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officers found the girl, still alive, inside the trunk.

September 26, 2013
Arraignment set for Sacramento sheriff's deputy in Nevada County molest case

blackcop.JPGThe arraignment for a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy suspected of child molestation has been set in Nevada County.

The arraignment for Donald Black (pictured), a 23-year veteran with the department, is scheduled for at 9 a.m. Nov. 4.

Nevada County authorities arrested Black, 43, while on duty on Tuesday. He was booked into Nevada County Jail on suspicion of five counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old.

Read more: Deputy has a troubled past, faced discipline, costly lawsuits

Black, who has since been released on bail, lives in Grass Valley.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, a former member of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, said he once worked with Black.

September 26, 2013
Woman found burned identified by Sacramento coroner

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has identified the woman's body found burning in a warehouse district earlier this week.

The coroner's website lists her as Sandra Joy Patterson, 51, of Sacramento.

A Sacramento police officer on patrol was first to notice a fire in the 6000 block of Warehouse Way in the southeast part of the city Monday night near Florin Perkins and Fruitridge roads.

"It is still classified in our department as a suspicious death, however detectives are not ruling out homicide at this time," said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse on Thursday.

Detectives are working all leads in the case, Morse said.

September 25, 2013
Folsom man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

A Folsom man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.

Daniel Ratner, 45, planted hidden video cameras in his house, recording minors entering the shower, changing clothes and sitting on the toilet, according to federal prosecutors. Officials found 37 movie files and approximately 100 images of child pornography during a search of Ratner's computers.

Ratner is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release.

September 24, 2013
Bicyclist dies after crash with Sacramento County garbage truck

A 22-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries suffered when he collided with a garbage truck in the predawn hours today.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a Sacramento County truck driver was traveling northbound on Roseville Road near Oakhollow Drive. Tommy Narvaez of Sacramento was riding southbound facing traffic in the bike lane on the east side of the road.

The California Highway patrol said that as the truck driver got closer Narvaez decided to cross in front of him. The driver tried to swerve away from Narvaez but was not able to avoid a crash.

Narvaez was transported to the hospital with major head injury, according to CHP Officer Lizz Dutton. He was later pronounced dead.

Bee staff writer Phillip Reese contributed to this report.

September 24, 2013
New York rapper taken into custody after Sacramento stand-off

A rapper wanted in connection with a New York homicide was taken into custody Monday night in Natomas, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Police Department said.

Responding to an anonymous tip, the department arrived at a home on the 2100 block of Raymar Way at around 7 p.m. Monday, said Officer Michele Gigante, a department spokeswoman.

A woman and child left the home and were cooperative, Gigante said. She said hostage negotiators and SWAT were called as a precaution, given the suspect's alleged violent history.

The man later surrendered Monday night without incident. Gigante identified him as Agdnan McLeod.

Nassau County police said that McLeod, a hip hop artist known as "Duffle Bag Agg," allegedly shot Rameel Blanco, 30, outside a Hempstead home on Aug. 1, 2012, according to story in The Long Island Press.

September 24, 2013
Sacramento officer's grim discovery in warehouse district

An officer patrolling in a warehouse district of Sacramento came upon a burning body Monday night.

Sacramento police said that the officer saw an object burning in the 6000 block of Warehouse Way in the southeast part the city near Florin Perkins and Fruitridge Roads.

Upon closer inspection, the burning object was determined to be a body. Police have not said if the dead person was a man or woman.

While the department tweeted Monday night that homicide detectives were responding to the scene, a police spokeswoman said today that the case is being investigated as a suspicious death

September 24, 2013
Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed near Negro Bar

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a motorcyclist killed when a car pulled in front of him on Greenback Lane near the entrance to Negro Bar State Park.

The motorcyclist was identified as 41-year-old Shane Curtis Clark. His hometown was not available.

Folsom police said that at about 2 p.m. Clark was traveling eastbound on Greenback Lane when a westbound car turned from Greenback Lane into the path of motorcycle. Clark was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a white van traveling eastbound on Greenback lane.

September 22, 2013
Pedestrian killed after hit by car in Sacramento is identified

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a car Friday night.

At 11:45 p.m. Friday, a man identified as Lonnie Bailey, 18, was walking north in a southbound lane of 24th Street, near 53rd Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver immediately stopped and went to the pedestrian's aid, but the man died later.

Police did not release information about the driver or the vehicle but are investigating why the man was in the middle of the roadway.

September 20, 2013
Apartment fire claims life of Sacramento man

A man pulled from a burned-out Sacramento apartment Friday morning by firefighters has died.

The fire in the 600 block of Bowles Street was reported about 1:40 a.m. Firefighters from a nearby station extinguished the blaze and found the man in a bedroom.

He was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead, Assistant Chief Scott Williams said.

The victim's name has not been released.

Cause of the fire near El Camino Avenue and Del Paso Boulevard is being investigated.

September 20, 2013
Gunfire ends attempted repossession of car in Elk Grove

An Elk Grove neighborhood was rattled early Friday morning when police said a man fired a shot into the air to stop the repossession of his car.

Elk Grove police were called at about 3 a.m. to the 9200 block of Maple View Way, near Laguna Boulevard and Bruceville Road, where a man with a tow truck was trying to repossess a 2013 Nissan Altima.

Elk Grove police officer Chris Trim said the owner of the car exited the residence and discharged a handgun into the air. The tow truck driver then drove away.

September 19, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of 2007 homicide?

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

QUESTION: What happened the man sought in connection with the killing of Alex Rodriguez in 2007?
Submitted by: Leti, Elk Grove

ANSWER: According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, Santino Mario Garcia is a fugitive.

September 19, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect description released in attack on woman near Watt, I-80

A woman was sexually attacked this morning near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's officials.

A sheriff's department spokesman said that the woman was walking to work about 5 a.m. when she was violently attacked. She was forced down a small embankment by her attacker out of view of passing motorists or pedestrians on Watt Avenue.

The woman was transported for medical treatment. Detectives were called in to investigate the assault.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with a dark complexion and clean-shaven. He was reported to be approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 to 200 pound and wearing a casual-sytle black leather jacket, black or dark-colored jeans, and black or dark boots.

September 19, 2013
Jessica Funk-Haslam's mother breaks silence after arrest of murder suspect

It's been a grueling 17 months for Tara Haslam, Fox40 reports. Many had given up hope that a suspect would ever be caught.

Read more: DNA match brings arrest in 2012 slaying of girl, 13

September 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to former sheriff's deputies accused of illegally selling firearms?

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

QUESTION: What happened to former Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies Thomas Lu and Ryan McGowan, who were charged with illegally selling firearms?
Submitted by: NJepsen, Sacramento

ANSWER: Sheriff's deputies Thomas Lu and Ryan McGowan were among four people indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2012 in a case involving what officials said was the illegal purchase and sale of dozens of high-powered pistols.

September 18, 2013
Fire damages two apartment units in Carmichael

Two apartment units were damaged in a fire this morning in Carmichael.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded shortly after 11:30 a.m. to reports of a structure fire on Mary Lynn Lane. They arrived to find a ground-floor apartment and the unit above it engulfed in flames, according to a Fire Department news release. A team of 31 firefighters was able to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading through the large complex.

Capt. Jon Rudnicki said the fire started in the ground-floor unit and spread to the second-story apartment. Tenants of both units were displaced. Rudnicki said one is being aided by the Red Cross and the other by family in the area.

Neither residents nor firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

September 17, 2013
Police investigate report of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park

Sacramento Police area are investigating reports of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area.

Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the department received multiple calls beginning at 8:12 p.m. reporting that 50 to 60 people were in the park when shots were heard and people began running and screaming. A caller also reported hearing a vehicle speed away.

Gigante said officers are on scene and a helicopter is patrolling the area, but she said there is no initial indication that anyone has been shot.

September 17, 2013
UPDATE: Missing Rio Linda woman found safe

janice jackson.JPGThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a Rio Linda woman missing since Monday has been found and returned to her home.

Janice Jackson, 70, (pictured) went missing from her residence in the 6100 block of Dry Creek Road on Monday afternoon. She was considered at-risk due to a medical condition.

September 16, 2013
UPDATE: Sheriff's officials report missing Arden Arcade woman located

MP Warnock.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that an Arden Arcade woman who went missing this morning has been found

Linda Warnock (pictured), 58, had last been seen in the 1900 block of Terrace Drive about 9 a.m. She was considered to be at-risk due to dementia and other medical issues, a Sheriff's Department news release states.


September 16, 2013
Carmichael standoff ends with man in custody

A three-hour stand-off in a Carmichael neighborhood ended with police taking an agitated man into custody.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called at 6:15 a.m. Monday to a home in the 3100 block of Petty Lane where a man was reported to be drunk and agitated. The family member who made the call also said weapons were in the home.

Initially, deputies could not make contact with the man, however he did come out of the house before going back inside. He was seen wearing a bullet-resistant vest and a thigh holster.

Some neighbors were evacuated and others were told to stay inside. Around 9 a.m., he left the home and was shot with less-than-lethal rubber bullets and was taken into custody.


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September 14, 2013
Fruitridge Road carjacking foiled; suspect arrested after scuffle

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

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An attempted carjacking in Sacramento was foiled Friday afternoon, and a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputy arrested the suspect.

A woman and her husband were sitting in their parked car, engine running, at 5:19 p.m. in the 5400 block of Fruitridge Road when a man walked up, reached through the open window and snatched the car keys, according to a Sacramento Police Department report.

When the husband reacted, the suspect "punched him multiple times, which resulted in minor injuries," according to the report.

The husband jumped out of the car, wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him until a sheriff's deputy arrived. Delarian Butler, 34, was arrested and arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking.

September 13, 2013
Man stabbed near midtown Sacramento grocery store

safeway.JPGA man in his 40s suffered multiple stab wounds after being assaulted near the midtown Safeway, according to Sacramento police.

The man is being treated at a local hospital, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The stabbing apparently followed a disturbance between the victim and his assailant near the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets, Morse said.

The relationship between the victim and suspect is not known.

No one is custody.

PHOTO: Workers clean up after a man was stabbed Friday afternoon at the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets in Sacramento. Mark Jobson/Special to The Sacramento Bee

September 13, 2013
Update: Coroner says 'no fatal trauma' found on man who died in Sacramento police custody

The Sacramento County Coroner's office said today that an autopsy revealed no fatal trauma on the man who died in Sacramento police custody Thursday.

The cause of death for 42-year-old Ruben Juarez remains unknown, pending toxicology results, according to a news release from the coroner's office.

Juarez, whose last address is unknown to the coroner's office, fell unconscious shortly after being handcuffed by officers who had been flagged down by witnesses reported a man acting bizarrely in the 5300 block of Franklin Boulevard, near a police substation.

The officers observed the man's strange behavior - which included him rolling around on the ground - and tried to assess whether the man needed help, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The man told officers he had used some narcotics, Morse said, before rolling under a parked car. The officers reached under the car and retrieved him, then handcuffed him. They removed the handcuffs and administered aid once they noticed he had fallen unconscious.

Morse said no force was used in the encounter. However, the incident is being investigated as an in-custody death as a matter of protocol and will be reviewed by homicide and internal affairs detectives and the city's Office of Public Safety Accountability.

September 13, 2013
Sacramento police say woman arrested in man's stabbing death knew victim

Tiana Smith-Anderson.jpgSacramento police have arrested a woman in the stabbing death of an elderly man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police booked Tiana Smith-Anderson, 27, into Sacramento County Jail late Thursday night on suspicion of murder.

Smith-Anderson was located by the police department's Career Criminal Apprehension Team. Police said she is believed to have stabbed Singh Singh, 84, multiple times, the wounds leading to his death.

September 13, 2013
Coroner releases name of American River rafter

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who died rafting on the American River Sunday.

Giao Phong Quoc Doan, 40, of Roseville, fell off a raft at the San Juan rapids on the American River in Rancho Cordova.

Doan's body was recovered about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fire department rescue crews were called to the rapids at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Doan, wearing a life vest, was rafting with his family before he fell off the watercraft.

While the life vest resurfaced, Doan's body was not recovered until many hours later.

September 13, 2013
More Sacramento County park rangers to be added to force

Four more rangers will be added to patrol Sacramento County Regional parks.

Two rangers were added in 2012 and four new positions have been approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, bringing the total number of rangers to 20, according to a county press release.

Sacramento County park rangers patrol 15,000 acres of parkland. Adding the new rangers allows for more patrols in the American River Parkway and other recreation areas, according to Jeff Leatherman, regional parks director.

September 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed woman, dumped body in Wilton-area pond?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Danny Ray Steele, who was arrested on suspicion of killing a woman and submerging her body in a pond by a rope on his father's land?
Submitted by: Glenda, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Danny Raymond Steele pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 2001 death of Phyllis Dianne Elame, 53.

September 12, 2013
Former Folsom fire chief tapped as interim chief of Sacramento Fire Department

Former Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty has been tapped to temporarily lead the Sacramento Fire Department after Chief Ray Jones announced his retirement last month, city officials say.

Haverty, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fire service, will become interim chief Oct. 1, officials said. He will remain in the position, with a salary of $181,602, until a permanent appointment is made.

Haverty retired as head of the Folsom Fire Department in 2010 and has since assisted other agencies with recruitment, assessments and evaluations, city officials said.

September 10, 2013
Three men shot following argument at North Highlands apartment

Three people are in the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries, following a shooting at a North Highlands apartment complex this afternoon.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tim Curran said a 911 call was received shortly after 3:30 p.m. regarding a shooting in the 3800 block of Madison Avenue. Deputies arrived and found two gunshot victims. One man hand been shot in the head and upper body, and the other had been wounded in the upper body. Both were transported to a local hospital.

About 30 minutes later, Curran said, a third man showed up and the hospital with gunshot wounds and indicated that he had been shot at the same location as the other two men.

September 10, 2013
Sacramento DA drops case against kidnapping suspect; charges expected in Conn.

Nathan Salas mugshot.jpgThe Sacramento County District Attorney's office has dismissed charges against a Merced man who allegedly brought a 14-year-old teen to California without her parents' permission, thereby allowing Connecticut authorities to file charges there, authorities said today.

The Connecticut State's Attorney is expected to immediately proceed with charges of kidnapping and creating a risk-of-injury to minor against 27-year-old Nathan Salas, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

The case will proceed in Connecticut because it is where the criminal conduct originated and where the victim and the majority of witnesses live, the release states.

September 10, 2013
Sacramento police targeting high collision areas

Sacramento police this month are targeting areas where statistics show the greatest number of collisions have occurred in city.

The saturation patrols will occur every day of the week. Officers will be looking for distracted drivers, hazardous driving and impaired drivers.

The areas include:

September 10, 2013
Coroner identifies homicide victim found in Oak Park home

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police said they are investigating the death of Singh Singh, 84, of Sacramento as a homicide, according to authorities.

Police Officer Michele Gigante said the coroner's preliminary investigation revealed trauma on Singh's body.

September 9, 2013
Update: North Highlands barricaded subject likely to face charges

A North Highlands man who surrendered to sheriff's deputies have a standoff earlier today likely will face charges of exhibiting a firearm at a peace officer and resisting arrest.

The 32-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, must be taken to a local hospital before he is booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail. The man must be cleared for incarceration after being hit with a rubber-bullet round, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies responded to the 3800 block of Meramonte Way after noon after reports of a man with a rifle seen in the neighborhood, Ramos said.

Deputies saw the man and ordered him to stop, but the man levelled the rifle in the direction of deputies and then ran inside the home, Ramos said.

The SWAT team was called to the scene, and some homes in the area were evacuated. The man was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m.

September 9, 2013
Update: Sacramento police now calling Oak Park death a homicide

Sacramento police said today they are investigating the death of a man found in his Oak Park home this morning as a homicide, according to authorities.

Police have not released the man's cause of death, but Officer Michele Gigante said the coroner's preliminary investigation revealed trauma on the man's body.

Paramedics summoned police to the 4400 block of 6th Avenue shortly before 8:30 a.m. after a family member had discovered the victim dead in the home.

Detectives described the death as "suspicious" after identifying possible trauma, and later determined it was a homicide after the coroner's arrival on scene.

The motive is unknown, Gigante said. However, she said detectives believe it was not a random act.

September 9, 2013
American River rafter's body is recovered

The body of a man who drowned in a rafting accident on the American River Sunday has been recovered.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel first conducted a search and rescue mission and then a recovery operation for the man who fell off a raft at the San Juan rapids on the American River in Rancho Cordova.

The body was recovered about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crews were called to the rapids at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday for a water rescue. The man, wearing a life vest, was rafting with his family before he fell off the watercraft.

While the life vest resurfaced, the man never did. He has not been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's department.