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October 30, 2013
UPDATE: Body found in Nevada County search for missing miner

stever.jpgSearch crews looking for a missing miner in Nevada County's Yuba River Canyon area have found a body, but a sheriff's spokeswoman said an official identification has not been made.

She said the body was found about midday in the general area of Owl Creek Road and the South Yuba River, where 65-year-old Walter Steever's vehicle was found.

Steever left his San Jose home to work his Nevada County mining claim on Oct. 23. He failed to return home and his wife contacted authorities Monday.

Several agencies, including some from the Bay Area joined today in the ground and air search for Steever, according to a Nevada County sheriff's deputy.

Bee reporter Cathy Locke contributed to this report.



September 16, 2013
Placer County Sheriff display of capabilities set for Saturday

A showing of the Placer County Sheriff's Department's different public safety enhancing capabilities is planned for Saturday.

The annual "Day With a Deputy" event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Granite Bay.

The public is invited to the free event. On hand will be the department's Special Enforcement Team, honor guard, bomb squad, police dogs, helicopter, dive team, 911 dispatchers, search and rescue teams and others.

The event is put on by the Placer County Sheriff's Council, local business leaders who raise money for equipment such as Tasers and honor guard uniforms.

There will also be a bounce house, face painting and food available for purchase.

September 8, 2013
Carmichael firefighters save kittens stuck underground

Fox40 has the story of how firefighters in Carmichael saved a family of kittens that were stuck under a tree.

August 15, 2013
Update: Police say body found in American River not suspicious

A boater discovered a floating male body in the American River Thursday morning.

Fire crews went to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. to retrieve the body, which was found near the end of North Fifth Street.

Circumstances surrounding the death do not appear to be suspicious, according to police. The body will be turned over to the coroner for further investigation.

August 8, 2013
Cats rescued from burning Fair Oaks home

Firefighters saved five cats caught in a house fire in Fair Oaks on Wednesday.

Crews responded to a call about smoke coming from a house on Kifisia Way, near Greenback Lane, shortly after noon. While the house appeared to be vacant, neighbors told firefighters there were cats inside.

Not only were the felines rescued, but according to Sacramento Metro Fire, $300,000 in potential damage was averted. Firefighters believe something cooking that was left unattended caused the fire.

July 3, 2013
Citrus Heights woman brings home dog rescued from storm drain

dog.JPGA dog abandoned in a storm drain late last month is adjusting nicely to her new home in Citrus Heights.

After the story of the dog was publicized there were plenty of people interested in adopting the little mutt. People were drawn to the plight of the dog who had to be extracted from deep in a storm drain by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters.

A bicycle cable lock wrapped around her hind legs restricted the dog's movement. The woman who adopted the dog this week can't believe that such a nice dog was treated in such a callous way.

July 2, 2013
Crying children in Meadowview prompts police visit

The cries of three small children who couldn't get inside their home brought Sacramento police to a notoriously crime-plagued pocket of Meadowview.

Sacramento police reported that they were called about 9 a.m. Sunday to Nedra Court, near Meadowview and 24th Street, where at the front door of one of the homes, children were crying and knocking in an apparent effort to get inside.

When police arrived, they found the three children, all under five years old, in the front yard. A police activity log said the children's father, Demetrius T. McFarland, 27, was inside asleep.

Child Protective Services responded to take custody of the children. McFarland was booked into jail on suspicion of child endangerment, police said.

June 24, 2013
Dog down drain rescued by Sac Metro firefighters

photo (26).JPGA little dog found deep in a storm drain with a cable lock strapped around him was rescued by Sac Metro firefighters on Sunday.

The small dog was apparently forced down the storm drain, a witness told first-responders. Sacramento police gathered information regarding the incident.

Firefighters responded to a field at Power Inn and Calvine roads about 5:45 p.m. Sunday where the dog was trapped 25 feet into the drain.

June 21, 2013
Ripon police officers rescue dogs from drowning

RiponDog.JPGTwo dogs treading water and obviously in distress in a fast-moving canal were pulled to safety by police officers this morning in Ripon, San Joaquin County.

A Ripon Public works employee, James Morad, had called police about 8 a.m. to report that the dogs were trapped in the canal. The dogs were pinned against a metal grate by the swift-moving water.

Officers Mindy Morris and Mario Ysit immediately responded to the canal north of Vermeulen Park where the St. Bernard and German Shepherd were near drowning.

Morris and Ysit were shortly joined by two colleagues who arrived with rescue poles. Morris and Ysit quickly rescued the tired dogs, who were reunited with their happy, grateful owner at the scene, according to a police press release.

June 18, 2013
Sacramento kayaker rescued from remote Madera County site

A kayaker from Sacramento has been rescued after he was injured on the San Joaquin River in a remote area of Madera County this afternoon.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced that Michael Tate, 33, was hoisted out of the high country at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet.

Tate was kayaking down the San Joaquin River late this afternoon when he reportedly went over a 10- foot waterfall and hit bottom, injuring himself, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

June 17, 2013
Baby was left alone in car in south Sacramento, police say

By Jack Newsham
jnewsham@sacbee.com

A baby was rescued after being left for more than an hour in an idling vehicle in a Taco Bell parking lot in Oak Park, Sacramento police said.

Shortly before noon Monday, police were called to the parking lot of a Taco Bell at 5550 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. where they learned that a 4- to 5-month-old baby had been left alone in a car, said Officer Michele Gigante, Sacramento police spokeswoman.

Police said that the child was safe and unhurt, but that the baby's apparently intoxicated mother was found about 20 feet away.

The infant was brought to UC Davis Medical Center and placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. The mother was being treated at the medical center.

Gigante said police are seeking a warrant for the mother's arrest, pending her release from the hospital.

June 10, 2013
Sand Cove Park drowning victim is Sacramento teen

A teenager who drowned more than a week ago in the Sacramento River along Sand Cove Park has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Coroner's deputies identified the teen as Johnny Reed, 17, of Sacramento. He had earlier been identified by officials as 16 years old.

His death occurred shortly after noon June 1 near the 2000 block of Garden Highway. Fire officials said numerous eyewitnesses saw the boy swimming with a 13-year-old friend in comparatively deeper water yards from the shoreline.

June 5, 2013
CHP helicopter to the rescue when woman and grandsons go missing in Placer forest

grandmarescued.JPGchopper.JPGA CHP helicopter crew made quick work in finding a lost grandmother in the woods of Placer County on Tuesday.

Dorothy Klishevich and her two grandsons, ages 12 and 13 years old, went hiking Tuesday in Lake Valley, about 20 miles west of Truckee. She parked her pickup truck at the trailhead and the three began their hike through the mountainous area of small lakes, granite boulders and trees.

The boys got out ahead of Klishevich, eventually becoming separated from their grandmother, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. The woman used her cell phone to call 911 to report she was lost and could not find the children, the CHP said.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department at 4:12 p.m. requested help from the CHP helicopter crew. Pilot Mark Uhlenburg and flight officer-paramedic David White took off from the Auburn Airport and arrived at Lake Valley in 25 minutes.

The officers used the helicopter's loudspeaker to call for the grandmother, instructing her to call 911. Klishevich heard their request and called 911 again.

With the help of a Placer County Sheriff's dispatcher, the helicopter crew found her next to a small lake. The helicopter landed on a granite slab and hiked a quarter mile to Klishevich.

She and a dog named Pluto that she had brought with her on the eventful hike were airlifted to a landing area on the west side of the Lake Valley Reservoir. She was turned over there to Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Walton.

The helicopter crew learned that the boys had found their way back to their grandmother's pickup and were waiting for her to return. The group was reunited and went on their way, according to the CHP.

PHOTO CAPTION: Right, a CHP crew landed on a granite slab and hiked a quarter mile to rescue lost grandmother Dorothy Klishevich on Tuesday, Left, back at Lake Valley Reservior, safe and sound, Klishevich relaxes with CHP helicopter pilot Mark Uhlenburg and flight officer/paramedic David White, and also with her dog Pluto. CHP

Video provided by California Highway Patrol

April 24, 2013
Elk Grove police and fire team up to rescue dog from storm drain

Elk Grove police and fire personnel pulled a small dog from a storm drain this morning using an air hose to move the little pooch along.

Emergency officials were called to the area of Bond and Brandshaw roads where the dog had somehow gotten into an underground storm drain and then apparently couldn't figure how to get out.

Pressurized air was sprayed into the pipe where the dog was located, which caused the dog to walk underground to a spot where rescue crew members above ground had taken off a storm drain grate.

April 4, 2013
Sac Metro rescues dog along American River

Dog01.JPGSacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters rescued a dog that fell down a steep hillside on Wednesday along the American River.

Twelve-year-old Bandit was out for a morning stroll with his owner in the Gristmill Park area of Rancho Cordova. Part of the trail gave out, sending Bandit down the hillside into some thick bushes, said Capt. Jon Rudnicki.

His owner realized he could not get to Bandit so firefighters arrived to execute a rescue. Firefighters carefully made their way to the dog and placed him in a basket.

The frightened pooch snapped at the firefighters, so a towel was placed over his head to protect them from a bite, according to Rudnicki. The basket was slid up the hill and then Bandit was carried to the owner's car.

March 29, 2013
Sacramento CHP officer uses life-saving skills to aid toddler, woman

In the past two months, California Highway Patrol Officer Rick Murray has done more than keep the speeds down on Sacramento freeways: He has used life-saving skills to restore breathing to both a toddler and a woman.

In the first incident, on Feb. 13, Murray, a motorcycle officer, was on patrol when he rolled up to three stopped vehicles in the center median of Highway 50, east of Highway 99. As he arrived, Cassie Moore showed Murray her 18-month-old daughter.

Moore's child had stopped breathing.

"The baby was absolutely blue," said Murray, a 17-year CHP veteran.

March 13, 2013
UPDATE: Woman found dead in car that went into Sacramento River

divers.jpgThe body of 58-year-old West Sacramento woman has been found inside a vehicle that went into the Sacramento River this morning.

Officer Cindy Leal, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said a CHP 911 dispatcher spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the woman who called to report that she was inside a vehicle that had gone into the river off Old River Road.

Leal said the woman worked at Cache Creek Casino and is believed to have been on her way home to West Sacramento when she phoned her daughter and said she didn't think the brakes on her car were working. At 8:11 a.m., the CHP dispatch center received a call from the woman, who said she was inside the car in the river. Leal said there was some difficulty in communicating because the woman spoke Punjabi and it took a few minutes to find someone who spoke the language. Leal said the connection was lost after about 10 minutes.

March 12, 2013
Deputies rescue man from ledge of hospital parking structure

A man who threatened to jump from the top of a parking structure at Mercy San Juan Medical Center early Monday was rescued by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies.

The incident began at 1:30 a.m. when the sheriff's communication center received a call from a man who expressed suicidal thoughts, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The man said that he was sitting atop the parking structure at the hospital at 6500 Coyle Ave. in Carmichael and wanted to jump off of it.

Deputies arrived at the scene while communications center personnel kept the man on the phone. In a rescue that was captured on video, several deputies went to the top of the structure, where the man was seen sitting on the upper-most ledge, with his feet dangling over the side.


March 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Are public safety workers legally obligated to render aid?

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

QUESTION: Several years back, two CHP officers were accused of letting a kid die, from his fall from a bridge, by never calling for medical help for him. They did, however, call for a tow truck to tow his car away. Last I heard, this was still in the court system. Can you tell me what eventually happened?
Submitted by: Tom, Folsom

ANSWER: Although unable find information on the case described, there are similar cases in which the courts have ruled that public safety officers have no legal obligation to render assistance to citizens in distress.

February 20, 2013
UPDATE: Missing Arden Arcade woman hit by light-rail train

A woman who had been reported missing from her Arden Arcade residence since Tuesday night was injured when she reportedly walked into the path of a light-rail train this evening.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department identified Alice Alspektor, 66, as the woman struck by a train at the Watt/I-80 station about 6:40 p.m. She had last been seen in the 3900 block of Edison Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

RT spokeswoman Alane Masui said witnesses reported that the woman intentionally walked into the path of an oncoming train, which was coming from downtown Sacramento, and became trapped beneath the train.

December 24, 2012
Sacramento Metro Fire rescues deer trapped in canal

Sacramento Metro Fire Department personnel rescued a deer caught in the Folsom South Canal at Sunrise Boulevard and Sun Center Drive in Rancho Cordova on Monday.

Sacramento Metro firefighters were able to help the deer out of the canal and were evaluating the condition of the animal.

"We're not sure how long the deer was in the water," said Capt. Chris Quinn.

Fire officials asked the Department of Fish and Game to respond.

November 5, 2012
Seven aboard overturned boat owned by Elk Grove resident rescued from Tomales Bay

Seven people were rescued Sunday afternoon from a boat owned by an Elk Grove resident after it overturned in Tomales Bay, trapping two children inside the small cabin.

Sgt. Ed Hoener of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Helicopter Unit said the air unit along with the sheriff's Marine Unit responded at 1:28 p.m. to a report of an overturned boat in the surf at the mouth of Tomales Bay, just south of Bodega Bay. The units were patrolling the area because it was the opening weekend of the recreational crab season.

The helicopter unit arrived in less the two minutes and found four people clinging to an overturned boat. One was holding a 3-year-old child, and none was wearing a life jacket, Hoener said.

September 18, 2012
Update: Authorities say Foresthill bridge jumper is veteran daredevil

mug.jpgA man who had to be rescued from a perilously bending branch of a tall pine tree after parachuting from the Foresthill Bridge claims to be a veteran BASE jumper, authorities said today.

Rescuers early this morning were able to free Raymond Arrieta (left), 26, who became stuck in the tree below the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn. He was cited for being in the park after hours and participating in an unsafe activity, both misdemeanors.

The BASE jumper leapt from the bridge just before 9 p.m. but became caught in a Ponderosa Pine tree on his way down. The jumper was stuck in the tree about 100 feet above ground.

CalFire, Placer County Sheriff's deputies and California State Parks crews responded to the scene and figured how best to bring the base jumper to safety.

Responders called upon a Pacific Gas & Electric boom truck to pluck the jumper from the tree about 2:15 a.m. Arrieta was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

September 17, 2012
Foresthill Bridge jumper injured, stuck in tree

By Darrell Smith
dvsmsith@sacbee.com

Rescuers are working tonight to free an injured base jumper stuck in a tree under the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn.

The base jumper leapt from the bridge just before 9 p.m. but became caught in a tree on his way down, said CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant. The jumper remains about 100 feet above ground, Berlant said.

CalFire, Placer County and California State Parks crews have converged on the scene and are figuring how best to bring the base jumper to safety.

August 30, 2012
Police seek information about dog found stranded near Lake Natoma

Cattle dog.jpgFolsom police are seeking information regarding a dog (pictured) that was rescued Sunday night after it was found stranded on a ledge at the bottom of cliffs at Lake Natoma.

A sergeant with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation noticed the dog, and Folsom Fire Department crews responded about 7 p.m. Sunday, deploying a boat to rescue the animal.

Officials believe the dog, a female Queensland Heeler mix, may have fallen into the water upstream from the Folsom Lake Crossing. She was very weak when rescued but is recovering at the Folsom Animal Shelter, according to a Police Department news release.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Folsom Police Animal Control Officer Cindy Walden at (916) 439-2268.

July 30, 2012
Jeep Jamboree accident leaves woman in critical condition

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

An El Dorado Hills woman remains in critical condition after her vehicle rolled off the Rubicon Trail, causing a 2-acre forest fire and stranding as many as 300 other Jeeps participating in the Jeepers Jamboree.

Rachel Anne Gray, 21, was part of a large caravan of off-road enthusiasts driving northbound on an El Dorado County road early Saturday evening when the 1961 Jeep Willy she was driving careened off an embankment near Cadillac Hill, said officer Dan Stark, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle overturned several times, ejecting Gray and a 34-year-old male passenger from Pilot Hill before catching fire, Stark said.

Both Gray and the passenger were transported to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, he said.

July 26, 2012
Mother arrested after 2-year-old nearly drowns in Garden Highway pool

Choonhwa Lee-43.JPGA mother has been arrested for child neglect after her two year old nearly drowned Wednesday in a Garden Highway apartment complex pool.

Choonhwa Lee, 43, was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of endangering the life of a child.

The little boy, who was administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation by a neighbor, was initially listed in critical condition. However, police said Thursday that the boy had recovered enough to be released from the hospital.

July 24, 2012
Man pinned by water against Watt Avenue bridge rescued

Fire officials are warning that the American River is running swiftly and cold after they rescued a man pinned by rushing water against an abutment of the Watt Avenue Bridge.

Sacramento fire and Metro fire personnel responded about 4:30 p.m. Monday to the river at Watt Avenue. There, they set about to help a rafter who had fallen into the water and become pinned against the bridge abutment.

The rafter, whose head and chest were above water level, could not move in the strong current, according to a Metropolitan Fire District press release.

Firefighters first got a life vest and rope line to the man. A crew in a Metro fire boat rescued the rafter and brought him to shore.

He was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.

July 23, 2012
Update: California's Amber Alert credited with recovering 234 children safely

Officials today touted the success of the Amber Alert program, which this month marks its tenth year of operation statewide.

The program began in Texas in 1996 after the abduction and killing of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. The program was enacted regionally in California in 1999 and on July 31, 2002 was adopted statewide.

"The State of California needed a system to assist in recovering our children safe and sound," said former state Sen. George Runner, who wrote the original bill to create the state's system.

July 9, 2012
Man missing in mountains found safe but unable to walk

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

A volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service was found late Sunday after going missing for over 24 hours.

Christopher Chaloupka, 65, of Shingle Springs was conducting maintenance work on trails in a mountainous region east of Placerville, when he was reported missing by his fellow volunteers Saturday evening. Various search and rescue personnel from local, state and federal agencies were involved in the search for the missing man.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, Chaloupka was found "exhausted, dehydrated, and unable to walk" by a mutual aid search team at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday. Sgt. James Byers, with the sheriff's office, said that Chaloupka was transported by air to a forest service ranger station before being driven to the Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, which reported that Chaloupka had been treated and released.

June 25, 2012
Six children rescued from prostitution in Sacramento area

Six children who had been victimized as prostitutes were rescued as part of an FBI and local law enforcement investigation in Sacramento, Chico, Redding and Vallejo that ran through last week.

The number of children recovered is one of the highest in the nation, according to an FBI news release. The investigation also resulted in police arresting six pimps.

Since 2008, teams in the Sacramento Division have recovered 23 children and arrested 18 pimps.

June 17, 2012
Teen pulled from Sacramento River, taken to hospital

By Debbie Arrington
darrington@sacbee.com

A 14-year-old girl was pulled from the Sacramento River this afternoon and rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, according to the Sacramento Metro Fire Department. Her condition was unknown.

Firefighters received a 911 call at 3:07 p.m. from Miller Park Marina reporting that the teen had possibly been underwater for several minutes.

By the time a water rescue crew, engine company and paramedics had reached the scene, the teen had been pulled from the water by bystanders who were celebrating Father's Day at the river. Emergency personnel administered CPR, then transported her to the hospital.

The incident was a reminder of the river's inherent danger, said rescue crews. On hot days, the cold water is inviting, but swimmers and boaters of all ages should wear life jackets.

June 6, 2012
Elk Grove infant taken to hospital after nearly drowning in bathtub

A 9-month-old girl has been taken to Kaiser South Medical Center after she was found submerged in bathtub.

Deputy Chief John Michelni of the Cosumnes Fire Department said crews were called to a home on Springhurst Drive in Elk Grove about 6:10 p.m. and found the child, who was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing.

He said the youngster was in the bathtub when the mother stepped away for a couple of minutes and returned to find the child submerged in the water.

Michelini said this is the second infant drowning or near drowning incident in the Cosumnes district and the fifth reported countywide within a week.

May 22, 2012
Skydiver dies, two others rescued after landing in Lake Tahoe

The body of a skydiver has been recovered from the waters of Lake Tahoe.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Robert Ranieri of South Lake Tahoe. He was one of three skydivers who landed in the lake. The other two were rescued, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The Sheriff's Office began receiving calls about 8:45 a.m. regarding a skydiving accident near Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe. The callers reported that three skydivers had landed in the lake and all appeared to be in distress.

May 15, 2012
Community event Saturday in Rancho Cordova to stress safety

A free community safety event in Rancho Cordova on Saturday will bring together first responders and others.
The "Proven Insurance Services Community Safety Saturday" occurs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Proven Insurance headquarters, 2721 Citrus Road. Among the activities scheduled at the event sponsored by Capital Insurance Group:
- KlassKids Foundation will provide digital photo ID and fingerprint kits for children.
- The California Highway Patrol will operate a child safety/booster seat inspection station.
- Sacramento Police Department volunteers will provide safety information.
- Sacramento Metro Fire Department will bring along a fire engine.
- The California Department of Boating and Waterways will be encouraging safe boating practices with educational materials and by raffling off 30 life jackets.
- The American Red Cross will provide information on flood and earthquake preparedness and other information.
A raffle will be conducted at the end of the event with prizes such as a solar flashlight, emergency radio and a roadside emergency kit. In addition, four grand prize winners will be chosen to receive a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch.

May 11, 2012
Sacramento firefighter missing in Yuba County lake identified

Sacramento fire officials have released the name of the firefighter who may be drowned at a Yuba County lake.

He was identified as William Porter, 58, a firefighter at Oak Park's Station 6. Porter joined the department in 2002 and his current job at the Oak Park station, one of the department's busiest firehouses, is driving the fire engine.

Porter also played a role with an urban search and rescue team as a logistics manager and transportation specialist. Previously, he was deployed to help out in the wake of Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav, both in 2008.

Porter was reported missing when he didn't return from a fishing trip at Camp Far West Reservoir in Yuba County on Wednesday night. Yuba County and Placer County sheriff's personnel performed a land search.

A search on the water was conducted on Thursday. The search resumed today.

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April 3, 2012
Weekend rescues prompt warning to back-country trekkers

Citing two incidents that occurred last weekend, El Dorado County Sheriff's search and rescue officials urge people venturing into the back country to carefully prepare and plan for their travels.

On Satruday, Robert Barber of San Diego had gone for a walk in the woods off Kiowa Street in South Lake Tahoe when a fast-moving weather front moved into the Tahoe area, creating blizzard-like conditions. About 2 p.m., Barber became disoriented because of almost zero visibility caused by the heavy snowfall, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

When he could not find his bearings, Barber called 911. Global positioning system technology was used to narrow down Barber's location, and search and rescue personnel, along with a search and rescue dog, located him about three-quarters of a mile from area residences.

April 3, 2012
Council to honor man who placed himself in danger to save others at SMUD

A hobby club president who placed himself in danger to save others will be honored tonight by the Sacramento City Council.

John Bigwood, the head of the Sacramento Area Modelers, will be given the honor at tonight's council meeting. The honor was prompted by Sacramento Police Sgt. Mark Chapman who contacted Councilman Steve Cohn to say that Bigwood was deserving of recognition.

It was Bigwood who intervened Feb. 21 to calm a man who had already shot to death one person.

March 28, 2012
Horse rescued after fall down embankment in El Dorado County

rescuedhorse.jpgA veterinarian said she is optimistic that a horse (pictured) will make a full recovery after being rescued this afternoon by firefighters from Sacramento and El Dorado county.

About 1:30 p.m., the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received a request from the UC Davis Veterinarian Emergency Response Team asking for assistance rescuing a horse that had fallen down an embankment and into a small creek near the southern El Dorado County community of Somerset. The horse had been at the bottom of the embankment for four hours and was on its side, unable to stand, according to a fire district news release.

Veterinarian Cheyl Ellis of the UC Davis response team reported that the horse was unable to make it up the embankment under its own power, but she thought the animal could survive with firefighters' help.

March 28, 2012
Man arrested, woman sent to hospital after rescue from water tank at Sacramento treatment plant

Eric+Sleeman+21.jpgA man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and a woman sent to the hospital after the pair were rescued by firefighters from a water holding unit at a city water treatment plant near Sacramento State.

The man was identified today by police as 21-year-old Eric Sleeman (pictured). He was arrested and then released from jail.

A warrant request for trespassing was submitted for the woman's arrest, according to a police activity log. She was not identified.

March 27, 2012
Update: Woman hospitalized, man in police custody after rescue at water treatment plant

One person has been taken to the hospital and another is in police custody after they entered a Sacramento water treatment plant and became trapped.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said firefighters were called to the Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant on the American River at 8:08 p.m., after a passerby on the levee reported hearing someone yelling near the plant's pumphouse. Firefigters initially thought someone was in the river and were preparing for a water rescue. They discovered, however, that the cries were coming from inside the five- or six-story concrete building, which sits in the river and is accessed from the levee via a footbridge.

Inside, firefighters found a man and woman, who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s. King said he did not know how the two, who were not authorized to be on the property, entered the site. They told firefighters that they had walked down several stories when the woman accidentally fell into a pool of water. The man jumped in to try to help her climb out.

March 20, 2012
Man rescued after being partially buried in grain silo near Dunnigan

A man was reported in fair condition after being buried up to his chest in a grain elevator in Colusa County for nearly four hours today.

Chief Jeff Gilbert of the Williams Fire Protection Authority said the Dunnigan Fire Department received a call from the Adams Grain Co. on County Road 89 about 9:20 a.m. Dunnigan firefighters called for assistance from the Colusa County Confined Space Rescue Team, made up of rescue personnel from seven fire agencies.

The team arrived about 9:40 a.m. and found a man trapped in a 80-foot-tall grain silo with about 25 tons of wheat in the bottom, Gilbert said. Employees had been working to empty the silo when the man got sucked down into the wheat. Fortunately, Gilbert said, the man hit either the bottom of the silo or a tube that carries wheat into a chute.

March 2, 2012
Skier caught in Placer County avalanche dies

A skier injured in an avalanche in Placer County on Thursday had died, according to the Nevada County Sheriff's Department.

The 29-year-old skier, whose name was not immediately available, was taken Thursday to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee in critical condition. He later died at the Nevada County hospital.

A Placer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said the avalanche occurred in Ward Valley off Highway 89. The skier was located by search and rescue teams about 500 vertical feet below Stanford Rock, off the backside of the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, but not at the resort itself.

The report of the injury was received about 2:50 p.m. The unidentified male skier was near two or three other skiers when an avalanche occurred, and one of the group was able to ski out of the area and notify authorities, according to a Placer Sheriff's Office news release.

The skier was in rugged terrain in an area that was difficult to reach, according to rescuers on the scene. A snowcat, two snowmobiles and a team of skiers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team were involved in the rescue.

March 1, 2012
Injured skier reported rescued in remote area of Placer County

A skier injured in an avalanche in Placer County this afternoon is reported in critical condition and en route Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

A Placer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said the avalanche occurred in Ward Valley off Highway 89. The the skier was located by search and rescue teams about 500 vertical feet below Stanford Rock, off the backside of the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, but not at the resort itself. She said the skier likely will be taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

The report of the injury was received about 2:50 p.m. The unidentified male skier was near two or three other skiers when an avalanche occurred, and one of the group was able to ski out of the area and notify authorities, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The skier was in rugged terrain in an area that is difficult to reach, according to rescuers on the scene. A snowcat, two snowmobiles and a team of skiers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team were involved in the rescue.

February 16, 2012
Rescued Sacramento couple happy to be back home after three-day ordeal

found_safe_1B.jpgBy Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

A Sacramento couple who were trapped for days in a snowed-in car in remote Placer County were happy and relieved today, a day after they were rescued.

Mark Schroeder and Janette DeGrace met with members of the media at Schroeder's home to talk about their ordeal, which went from a fun Sunday outing to a terrifying situation that had them fearing for their lives.

The two had gone to a remote mountain bar called Uncle Tom's Cabin on Sunday. On the way home, Schroeder's Porsche 911 got stuck in the snow and the couple spent three nights in the car near the Hellhole and French Meadows reservoirs.

December 20, 2011
Boy dies of injuries suffered in fall from Sierra chairlift

A 7-year-old boy who fell from a chairlift at Sugar Bowl Resort on Sunday has died of his injuries.

Officials of the Donner Summit-area resort announced the youngster's death in a news release this afternoon. They have not identified the boy.

About 11:15 a.m. Sunday, the boy, a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, fell from the Mount Lincoln Express Chairlift. He was riding on the lift with two other ski team members.

December 20, 2011
Investigation begun into boy's fall from Sierra chairlift

State regulators and Sugar Bowl ski resort operators are investigating the fall of a boy from a chairlift on Sunday.

The 7-year-old boy, who was not identified by officials of the Donner Summit-area resort, fell from the Mt. Lincoln Express chairlift about 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The boy, a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, was riding with two other ski team members on the lift.

The resort ski patrol immediately responded to the scene and the boy was transported Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter.

"The entire Sugar Bowl community sends its thoughts and prayers to the injured boy and his family," stated a press release from the resort.

No other information was available this morning.

October 20, 2011
Search on-going in Nevada County after cries for help

The reported cries of a man and a child have prompted a search in Nevada County.

A search and rescue mission began after 8 p.m. Wednesday when a citizen reported hearing a male and a small child calling from help near the Deer Creek Tribute trail, off Champion Road, west of Nevada City. Volunteers searching the area on foot have not been able to find anyone.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew has also been helping in the search.

October 13, 2011
Neighbor finds missing Nevada Co. boy wet and hungry, but OK

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By Carlos Alcalá and Bill Lindelof
calcala@sacbee.com

Searchers in Nevada County wrapped up the hunt for 3-year-old Davyn Wilkison about mid-morning Thursday when a neighbor heard the boy crying on a hill about 70 feet above the little town of Washington.

Barry Seiler found Davyn around 10 a.m., about 20 hours after he was last seen at his home in the community of fewer than 200, according to Nevada County Sheriff Detective Jesse King.

October 11, 2011
Helicopter crew from Mather joins search for missing hunter

The California National Guard this morning launched a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Mather Army Aviation Support Facility to assist the Trinity County Sheriff's Department in the search for a 66-year-old hunter who has been missing near the Eel River since Saturday.

The helicopter is equipped with a hoist designed to lift people from the ground to the aircraft in hard-to-reach areas and is regularly used in the state's more mountainous and heavily wooded regions, according to a National Guard news release.

The hunter, Joe Quen Sr., was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by family members who called the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, according to a story posted this morning on the Redding Record Searchlight's website. Quen was hunting in the Hopkins Camp area of southern Trinity County, southeast of Ruth Lake in the Yolla Bolly Wildnerness, according to the account. He had parked his truck in the Hopkins Camp.

The search began Sunday and continues today with teams from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and National Guard.

October 10, 2011
South Lake Tahoe police dog finds suicidal man in field

A South Lake Tahoe police dog successfully tracked a suicidal man to a forested field, finding him on the ground with slit wrists.

The rescue occurred Friday when police responded to the area of Markoffer Way and Pioneer Trail on a report of a man 34-year-old man who had been depressed and drinking heavily. His family also said that he had cut his wrists.

Officer Mark Hounsell, the handler of police dog Argo, responded to the scene to track the man. Argo led officers to a field with tall pines near the intersection of Keller Road and Markoffer Way, not far from the original call.

There on the ground, along a line of trees, the dog found the man. Paramedics were summoned, treated the man for his self-inflicted injuries and took him to the hospital.

September 27, 2011
Father honored as late son given Carnegie medal for heroism

It was with mixed feelings of pride and loss that George Smith learned that his son was awarded a Carnegie medal for extraordinary heroism.

It became official Tuesday that his son Nathan was the recipient of the honor. He was one of two residents of the Sacramento region who were awarded Carnegie medals for extraordinary acts of heroism.

One award went to Cameron C. Gilbert, a resident of Cool, for pushing away an attacker who stabbed another student at Sierra College. The other medal was awarded posthumously to Nathan N. Smith of Citrus Heights, who died trying to save his brother, Noel B. Smith, who also died, after falling through an ice-covered lake in Shasta County.

September 21, 2011
Airplane crashes at Truckee airport

Tahoe Plane Crash.JPEG-0435.JPGAn airplane crashed on departure from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport this morning.

The twin-engine Piper Aztec aircraft crashed about 9:20 a.m. and burned on the airport grounds, according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash occurred under "unknown circumstances," according to Gregor.

The pilot, the only person on board, was airlifted to a Reno hospital, according to the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. The registered owner of the aircraft is a Bakersfield man, according to an FAA registry.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. NTSB is the lead investigative agency.

PHOTO: Firefighters rush to the scene of a small airplane that crashed shortly after takeoff in Truckee today.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Tahoe Quarterly, Matt Palmer

August 31, 2011
Crane company in amusement park accident had good safety record

Cal-OSHA said today the company that supplied the big crane that collapsed at an amusement center on Tuesday has a good inspection record.

Officials for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration have looked at the history inspections for Maxim Crane Works, the owner of the crane that was performing the heavy lifting at Scandia Family Fun Center along Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue Tuesday.

"They have a pretty clean history," said Dean Fryer, Cal-OSHA public information officer.

August 30, 2011
Crane collapse at Scandia sends two to hospital

By Cathy Locke and Matt Kawahara
clocke@sacbee.com

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A crane collapsed Tuesday afternoon at the Scandia Fun Family Fun Center off Interstate 80 in North Highlands, sending two workers to the hospital.

The collapse brought down the park's landmark ride, the 165-foot-tall Scandia Screamer, which gives people a bird's eye view of the area and flips riders as it spins around.

The ride was not in operation. There was a maintenance project under way.

August 29, 2011
Man dies after being found unresponsive along river Friday

A man who was found unresponsive Friday on the bank of the American River downstream from Sunrise Boulevard died at a hospital later that day.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office website identified him as Frank Clifford Gould, 50, of Rancho Cordova. The website lists the cause of death as undetermined but rules out homicide.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters received a report about 1:30 p.m. of a body floating in the river. A rescue boat crew and helicopter located the man, who was partially on shore. Rescue crews administered CPR and transported him to Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

August 26, 2011
Firefighters rescue individual from American River

An individual has been taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center after being pulled from the American River about a mile downstream from the Sunrise Bridge.

Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said firefighters received a report about 1:30 this afternoon that an individual had been seen floating face down in the river. He said rescue crews located a person, pulled the individual from the water and administered CPR.

Cockrum said little information was immediately available regarding the identity or condition of the victim.

A fisherman had been reported missing on the American, but Cockrum said that individual was reported to have been farther downstream, near River Bend Park.

August 15, 2011
New Natomas fire station opens, responds to near-drowning

Personnel from the Sacramento Fire Department's newest station responded to the near-drowning of a 50-year-old woman at a Natomas apartment complex Monday afternoon -- two hours after the station was put into service.

Fire Station 43, in the 4200 block of El Centro Road, just north of Arena Boulevard, began responding to calls at 2 p.m., according to a fire department news release.

The second call it ran was a reported drowning in a swimming pool at the Hurley Creek Apartments, less than a mile from the station, fire department Asst. Chief Niko King wrote in an email.

August 4, 2011
In this weekend's Bee: How last summer's 56-hour standoff unfolded

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Last summer, authorities estimate that Anthony Alvarez took a .308 caliber round from a semi-automatic rifle to the shoulder about 9 a.m. the Thursday after he kicked off the longest hostage situation in Sacramento County history.

The round created a gaping exit wound about as big as a silver half-dollar.

And yet, the 26-year-old Alvarez would remain holed up in his cousin's Arden Way apartment for another 34 hours, occasionally firing at police and holding a 16-month-old toddler hostage. He never once complained to negotiators about the injury, nor did it appear to affect his resolve, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

That's just one example allowing some insight into Alvarez's mindset during the 56-hour standoff that ended with Alvarez's death and the toddler's safe recovery. Sheriff's officials say Alvarez was a unique and sophisticated opponent who created the most difficult hostage scenario most law enforcement officers involved had seen in their careers.

Coming in The Bee this weekend, read never-before released details about the standoff - including SWAT efforts to end the standoff peacefully and the many hurdles facing them - and reflections from sheriff's officials about how it played out.

PHOTO CREDIT: The larger of the two rounds pictured, a .308-caliber round from a semi-automatic rifle, struck suspect Anthony Alvarez in the back of his shoulder and exited in the front, leaving a wound the size of a half-dollar. Kim Minugh, Sacramento Bee

July 25, 2011
Elk Grove man found motionless in fitness center pool dies

A 45-year-old man who was found motionless in a pool at an Elk Grove fitness center Sunday afternoon has died.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him as Jesse Lee Morton, 45, of Elk Grove. The cause of death has been initially classified as undetermined.

Morton was swimming laps, and his children were at the facility when the incident occurred.

July 25, 2011
Elk Grove man found motionless in fitness center pool dies

A 45-year-old man who was found motionless in a pool at an Elk Grove fitness center Sunday afternoon has died.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him as Jesse Lee Morton, 45, of Elk Grove. The cause of death has been initially classified as undetermined.

Morton was swimming laps, and his children were at the facility when the incident occurred.

Witnesses said he had come up for breath and was continuing with his lap swimming when he failed to surface about 4 p.m., said Randy Karr president of California Family Fitness on Bond Road.

"Some of the lap swimmers thought he was doing a breath test," he said. "When he didn't come up, the person next to him grabbed him."

The center's staff responded and began CPR, Karr said.

Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Chief John Michelini told The Bee on Sunday that the man was in cardiac arrest when he was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital.

July 14, 2011
Injured kayaker rescued by sheriff's air unit in Placer County, department reports

A Placer County Sheriff's Department air support unit conducted a rescue Tuesday night of a kayaker who paddled off a 30-foot waterfall and sustained severe back injuries on landing, the department reported.

The 27-year-old man was kayaking on the north fork of the American River in a remote area of the Tahoe National Forest when he went over the waterfall, according to a department news release. Other kayakers pulled him from the water and hiked out of the canyon to call for help, the release states.

"The way he went off, his boat apparently hit flat on the water, and that's like hitting concrete," said sheriff's department Sgt. Van Bogardus, who piloted the department's air support unit rescue helicopter.

July 13, 2011
Woman pulled from Cosumnes River, airlifted to hospital

A 21-year-old woman was submerged for about a minute and suffered chest injury during an outing with friends on the Cosumnes River.

Crews from the Pioneer Fire Protection District in El Dorado County responded about 4 p.m. Tuesday to the North Fork of the Cosumnes River near the Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge.

July 6, 2011
Air National Guard rescues exhausted missing hiker on 4th

An Air National Guard helicopter crew rescued a tired missing hiker suffering from dehydration in the El Dorado National Forest.

The crew from the 129th Rescue Wing spotted, landed and hiked to rescue Lauren Ellen Delatorre. She had been without food, water and warm clothing for 32 hours when the air crew found her on the Fourth of July.

The California National Guard was told Sunday evening by the state Emergency Management Agency that Delatorre was missing. The 129th Rescue Squadron was in position to help, having participated in a Fourth of July celebration near Lake Tahoe.

June 8, 2011
Coast Guard rescues victims of crash near Klamath River

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew and the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office teamed up to rescue six people from a vehicle that ran off the road and overturned near the Klamath River this morning.

The vehicle went off the road about 7:30 a.m. and sheriff's deputies requested the Coast Guard's assistance after determining that medical evacuation was needed, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Two Coast Guard MH-65 dolphin helicopters from Air Station Humboldt Bay arrived at the scene about 9 a.m. and evacuated three people involved in the accident. Because of terrain that officials described as "nearly vertical and very challenging," two of the victims were hoisted from the embankment where they were found. The other victim was loaded onto the helicopter from a landing zone prepared by sheriff's deputies.

June 2, 2011
Dog plucked from chilly waters by Folsom police officer

A dog was recently rescued by a Folsom Police officer from the frigid, swift water below the Rainbow Bridge.

Thor, a brindle Boxer, slipped on smooth granite at the water's edge May 26. A bystander who witnessed the struggling pooch put in a call to Folsom police dispatch, which brought Officer Rob Challoner to the scene.

May 11, 2011
National Guard, fire rescue crews to train for natural disasters

With floods on the Mississippi River and wildfires in Texas in the news, California National Guard pilots Sunday will train to aid California residents in natural disasters.

Blackhawk crews from the 1-168th Aviation Regiment's Charlie Company will join with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District's rescue company to conduct overwater rescue training as part of their state emergency preparedness. The training will be held at VanVleck Ranch lakes in Rancho Murieta,

The National Guard unit will launch its activities out of the Sacramento Army Aviation Facility at Mather Air Field.

May 9, 2011
Homeless man 'compacted' in trash truck escapes serious injury

A 43-year-old homeless man who was dumped from a commercial trash bin into a garbage truck and "compacted" appears to have escaped without serious injury, authorities said.

Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum, spokesman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, said firefighters were called to 3437 Myrtle Ave. in North Highlands about 12:20 p.m. today after a man was accidentally dumped into a Waste Management garbage truck. The truck operator compacted the contents of the truck two or three times before realizing a man was inside, Cockrum said.

He said the man was yelling and screaming when firefighters arrived. They used ladder to rescue him from inside the truck.

March 31, 2011
Fire crews rescue seven men from American River

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

Fire crews rescued seven men on the American River this afternoon after their barge hit a tree and capsized near Sunrise Boulevard in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman said.

The seven men -- all in their late teens to early 20s -- were traveling down the river on a "homemade party barge" when they hit rapids and lost control, said Sac Metro spokesman Capt. Christian Pebbles.

The barge hit a tree that had fallen in the water and capsized, throwing the men into the water, Pebbles said. All seven were able to grab hold of the tree, Pebbles said.

March 25, 2011
Body found in car pulled from Natomas creek

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blindelof@sacbee.com

A car with the body of a man inside has been pulled from a creek in Natomas where police said the vehicle ran off the road this morning.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. at Garden Highway and Truxel Road. A police spokesman said that officers got a call about a vehicle speeding southbound on Truxel Road.

Divers searched the muddy water of Steelhead Creek most of the morning before finally finding the vehicle and securing a cable to the car.

February 17, 2011
Sacramento police, firefighters rescue drunken woman impaled on fence

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

Police said a drunken woman trying to climb a south Sacramento fence ended up impaled on a steel spike.

Officers responded at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 6800 block of Woodbine Avenue where a woman was screaming.

When they arrived, police found an intoxicated 27-year-old woman impaled through a hamstring by a spike on a security fence.

January 11, 2011
Placer Co. hiker to again thank CHP air crew for rescue

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A retired state employee today will again thank the CHP helicopter crew that found him after he became lost last summer in mountainous back country of Placer County.

Jim Clevenger, former division chief in the Secretary of State's office, was hiking with friends July 3 at Sailor Bar in Placer County when he became separated from his group. Hiking alone, he became disoriented and lost.

With a bum leg and dehydrated, he was unable to continue. He was stuck in a remote part of New York Canyon.

December 3, 2010
Stranded fisherman cell phones Sac Metro Fire for rescue

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters rescued a man today who fell into the American River while fishing, then dragged himself out and used his cell phone to call for help.

The man was fishing at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova sometime before noon when he slipped into the river, where the water was cold and the current strong, said Sac Metro spokesman Assistant Chief Brian Rice.

Unable to get back to shore, the man got himself to an island on the river, used his still-working cell phone to call for help and waited on the island until fire crews responded, Rice said.

Rice said firefighters responded with two boats, a medic unit and an engine company.

The man was "obviously very cold and wet," but he was released by firefighters and returned home, Rice said.

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

November 23, 2010
Placer County sheriff seeking suspect in female band of burglars

By Bee Staff

jojo amanda m.jpgThe Placer County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in finding a 5th suspect in a female band of burglars led by a male.

Three women and one man have been arrested in the case, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Detectives are seeking Amanda Jojo, 21 (left), who is wanted on suspicion of burglary charges. All of the suspects are from Placer County.

Over the past several months, Stephanie Cooke-Perez, 27, Jayme L. Salcedo, 33, Karissa D. Yeager, 27, and Joseph W. Einspahr, 30, were arrested, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. (Below, from left to right, top to bottom.)

They are suspected of breaking into cars in the sheriff's jurisdiction, as well as State Parks' jurisdiction in Placer County, the spokeswoman said.

The group has been identified in 10 residential and vehicle burglaries, she said.

Detectives are still sorting through a large amount of stolen property found on the group and attempting to identify more burglaries.

Salcedo and Yeager have posted bail, the spokeswoman said.

Cooke-Perez is being held without bail on suspicion of a parole violation as well as charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and committing a felony while out on bail, the spokeswoman said.

Einspahr remains in custody at the Placer County Jail with bail set at $115,000, she said. He is charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, committing a felony while out on bail and a $25,000 warrant from Nevada County, she said.

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August 25, 2010
Worker rescued at West Sacramento construction site

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

The West Sacramento Fire Department responded to a rescue at a construction site this morning where a worker fell.

Initial reports indicate that the worker at a construction site had been taken away in an ambulance and was not seriously hurt. The rescue occurred in the 5000 block of Jefferson Boulevard about 7:30 a.m.

A worker at the construction site fell from a ladder into a small pit. Firefighters got the injured worker onto a litter and he was lifted from a pit by a construction crane.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. The Bee's Randy Pench contributed to this report.

June 30, 2010
Firefighters rescue man who tried to climb bluff in Fair Oaks

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A man who tried to climb up a Fair Oaks river bluff last night only made it half way and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were called about midnight to assist Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies in rescuing the man who attempted to climb from the water up the bluff near the old Fair Oaks bridge.

The 40-year-old man had been stuck for about eight hours about 100 feet up from the American River. It is not known why he tried to climb the cliff.

Firefighters lowered from the top of the cliff with ropes, hooked the man into a safety line and lowered him into an awaiting Sac Metro boat.

Sac Metro Assistant Chief Brian Rice said that the man was dehydrated and had suffered some scrapes, but was otherwise uninjured.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

June 23, 2010
Galt police rescue woman after pursuit

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A woman who fled from police was rescued by two Galt Police officers after her vehicle ran off the road into a ravine and caught fire.

The officers went to the 800 block of Lake Canyon Avenue shortly after 11 this morning after receiving a report of a physical fight between a mother and daughter. When police arrived, the 18-year-old daughter fled in a vehicle, striking her mother's house in the process and causing moderate damage, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers pursued the vehicle, which turned onto Carillion Boulevard, then careened into a ravine at the corner of Simmerhorn Road and Carillion Boulevard. The driver's airbag deployed and the woman lost consciousness.

Officers arrived, saw flames coming from the driver's side of the vehicle and yelled at the woman to get out of the locked vehicle. When they realized she was unconscious, Sgt. Ed Arlt broke the passenger window to unlock the vehicle. He and Officer Steve Denier pulled the woman out through the passenger side door as she was regaining consciousness, the news release said.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said no criminal charges will be filed.



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