Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Zeta-Jones enters facility for bipolar

Catherine-Zeta-Jones-Covers-InStyle-December-2012Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is still struggling with bipolar disorder as she checks herself into a healthcare facility for further treatment.

On Monday Zeta-Jones’ publicist Cece Yorke said in a statement, “Catherine has pro-actively checked into a healthcare facility. Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.”

This will be the second time the 43-year-old has entered a healthcare facility to combat the disorder. People Magazine first reported her battle with bipolar II disorder in 2011.

Bipolar II is a milder form of the illness with symptoms running the gambit from disorganized thoughts, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. It is said that people with bipolar II are believed to be at a higher risk of suicide.Michael-Douglas-Smoking

In 2004 the “Chicago” actress was brought to the brink of a nervous breakdown after convicted stalker Dawnette Knight called and wrote letters threatening Zeta-jones. The letters were graphic in nature stating that she would, “slice you up like Sharon Tate.” Knight’s lawyer claimed his client had a crush on Zeta-Jones’ husband Michael Douglas, becoming upset when rumors started that Zeta-Jones was having an affair with a fellow actor during the filming of ‘Ocean’s 11.’

In 2005 Knight plead guilty to stalking and making threats and received 3 years in prison.

In 2010 Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer, which some believe was Zeta-Jones’ breaking point since both her and Douglas were smokers. She struggled to quit smoking during that time, turning to electronic cigarettes. In 2011 Douglas appeared in photographs published in “Star Magazine,” where he appeared to be smoking. Protection Status

Sacramento River claims fishermans life

Sacramento NewsThe West Sacramento County Fire Department was called out to the Babel Slough area of the Sacramento River Sunday afternoon after someone reported a man missing.

Joua Kao Lor and his wife were fishing in a boat when their engine died. According to Lor’s wife he attempted to throw a rope around a tree branch when he fell into the river. Lor was not wearing a life vest at the time.

West Sacramento Battalion Chief Steve Bins said they searched by helicopter, water and land looking for the 55-year-old. At around 7 p.m. the Drowning Accident and Rescue Team located Lor’s body.

Officials warn boaters and swimmers alike to use extreme caution when on the river this time of year. The river may look calm but it’s an extremely swift current and can pull the strongest of swimmers under.

South Placer Transit: $10 summer youth passes

2013_SYBP_ThumbnailSummer’s right around the corner and South Placer Transit is offering youths a $10 bus pass.

South Placer Transit, which includes Roseville, Rocklin, and Lincoln transit systems, announced today that there will be a $10 pass available for kids in the elementary and high school age levels.

The summer pass will be good for unlimited local services starting on June 1 for Roseville Transit, Placer County Transit, Auburn Transit, and Lincoln Transit. The passes will be good through August 31.

Buses travel to many area malls, movie theaters, restaurants, parks, neighborhoods, and more. You can call 745-7560 or e-mail South Placer Transit for assistance with planning your trip.

On the back of each card will be discounts for popular area restaurants and stores including Cool River Pizza, Baskin Robbins, Roller King, McDonald’s, Ground Zero Clothing & Board Shop, Dimple Records, Sky Zone, and more!

Youth passes can be purchased at the below locations starting May 1.

Please note the following two locations are pass sale outlets only. Staff at these locations cannot answer Roseville Transit questions.

Need to know how to ride the bus with a bike? Check out the below video provided by Roseville Transit.


Eddie Money drummer hospitalized


Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Longtime drummer for Eddie Money and solo artist Glenn Symmonds was hospitalized Monday morning for the removal of a tumor.

Symmonds’ personal assistant and love interest, Tami Landrum, posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, “We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done.”

According to Tami’s post, Symmonds was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week and remains optimistic, since CAT scans indicate his kidneys are in good shape.

Read: Eddie Money concert review

After high school, Symmonds headed to California from Spokane where he met Eddie Money. It all happened in Oakland when Money’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. Money had heard Symmonds playing drums next door, so he asked him if he could fill in. Symmonds has been performing with Money off and on for over 39 years and tours regularly with Money and his band.glenn-symmonds-early-calif

Symmonds was scheduled to appear this Friday with Eddie Money at the Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair in Thibodaus Louisiana.

Symmonds has performed with a host of other greats including The Cult, Etta James George Benson and  many more. When Symmonds isn’t touring with Money he’s touring on his own.

As a singer songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Symmonds has recorded two solo albums ‘Southern Poets, Trains and Troubadours, and his latest album ‘Early California.”

The single “Railroad Man,” off of his first album is a tribute to his father, Robert “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds, an old-time, train-hopping hobo. Symmonds told his hometown newspaper the Spokesman Review, that his father rode the rails before settling down to start a family. When his children grew up and went their separate ways, Guitar Whitey walked to the intersection of Trent and Fancher and hopped the first train out of town.


Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds

According to Symmonds he’s out on the road at least 160 days out of the year as he continues to tour with Money and also as a solo act.

Here’s Tami’s post in full:

“For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life :) Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news. Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”

Tami uploaded this photo prior to Glenn’s surgery with the caption ” ’bout ready to kick some cancer ass!”

UPDATE: Monday afternoon Symmonds was release from the hospital with doctors remaining optimistic. The tumor was removed and he was given a round of chemo directly to the affected area.

According to Tami she’s, “reading him all your comments & posts… all the love, prayers & support have really touched him. Thank you all – much appreciated from me. ~tam”

Man killed several injured in collision

Sacramento NewsRancho Cordova, Calif. – According to Sacramento Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sergeant Jason Ramos, a vehicle accident at the intersection of Folsom and Sunrise Boulevard resulted in a 51-year-old man dead and a number of people injured, including a 4-year-old boy, who was originally thought to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

At approximated 11:15 p.m. Friday night a Volvo, driven by 51-year-old Ivan Calvin, entered the intersection at an extremely high rate of speed, where it collided with a Range Rover.

Because of the high rate of speed the two vehicles then struck three other vehicles, with the occupants of those vehicles being taken to local hospitals for treatment. The 4-year-old boy was reported to be in good condition and did not suffer major injuries as first believed.

Calvin was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department is investigating. Anyone having information pertinent to this accident is asked to contact the department at (916) 875-9600

1 dead 2 injured in crash

Vincent Rapolla Screen grab - Facebook

Vincent Rapolla
Screen grab – Facebook

El Dorado County, Calif. – An 18-year-old man is dead and two women injured after a solo-vehicle accident on Friday morning on Highway 50 just east of Red Hawk Parkway.

According Officer Dan Stark of the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 11 a.m. Friday when a Toyota Corolla, being driven by Diamond Springs resident 25-year-old Laura Duggin, lost control. Apparently Duggin over corrected after colliding with the center divide, causing the car to roll over.

Nineteen-year-old Vincent Rapolla, was riding in the backseat and was thrown from the vehicle. According to the CHP he was not wearing a seatbelt. Rapolla was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eighteen-year-old Ashley Valdez, was riding in the front seat and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses say Duggin suffered major injuries to her face and was conscious immediately following the accident.

The CHP is still investigating the cause of the accident, but they did say drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Michael Bublé entertains commuters

Singer Michael Bublé entertained a crowd of commuters in an acapella performance this morning in New York City’s subway.

Bublé posted the video on his website and Facebook page as he took to the streets to introduce his eighth studio album ‘To Be Loved,’ Bublé performed “Who’s Lovin’ You” off the new album at the NYC subway stop at West 67th Street and Lincoln Center.

As commuters gathered round, Bublé started singing with the group Naturally 7, while onlookers were grabbing for their camera phones. In the video passengers could be seen off-loading from the subway trains trying to figure out what all the commotion was about.

After the performance Bublé exclaimed, “That is the coolest thing ever man!” He went on to say, “Singing in the New York subway is something that’s been done for years, and years, and years, and ah I feel like it’s the most authentic, organic way to make music.” Looking forward to playing in the subway he said, “Out of all the press I had to do, out of Europe and America, this was the thing I was most excited about.”

The Canadian singer, songwriter and actor has won several Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. He’s been in a number of movies including ‘Duets’ and ‘Totally Blonde.’

Check it out.


Woman arrested for shooting death of roommate


Linda Gabaldon
Photo: Sacramento Sheriff

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has arrested 45-year-old Linda Gabaldon today for the shooting death of her roommate.

Earlier this week deputies were called to a home in the 5900 block of Mascot Avenue, where they found 53-year-old Rebecca H. Brau dead with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper torso.

Gabaldon called Sheriff’s on Wednesday claiming that she had come home to find her roommate shot to death. After arriving on scene, officers found Gabaldon in violation of parole and took her into custody, and later booked her on the murder charge.

Detectives believe Gabaldon and the victim got into an altercation, resulting in Gabaldon fatally shooting the victim. The weapon has not been recovered.

Anyone having information pertinent to this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS.

Country legend George Jones dead at 81


George Jones (1931 – 2013)

According to George Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, the legendary country music star died today (Friday) at the age of 81.

Jones was forced to postpone two shows after he was hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure, this according to Webster. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Friends and fans took to Twitter to offer their condolences.

Blake Shelton tweeted, “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

The Oakridge Boys tweeted, “It’s sad day. George Jones will not be forgotten & we will never stop loving him. Prayers with the family. @gjpossum

Keith Urban tweeted, “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!! -KU”

1992 Country Music Hall of Famer led a wild and turbulent life which led to him not showing up to many of his concerts, earning him the nickname ‘No Show Jones.’

His hits included “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” “The Race is On,” “White Lightning” and “Still Doing Time.” He recorded a number of songs with his then wife Tammy Wynette and paired up with country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Jones was married four times with his first three marriages ending in divorce. He had a Daughter with his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950, two sons with his second wife Shirley Ann Corley who he married in 1954, one daughter with his third wife Tammy Wynette who he married in 1969.

In 1983, Jones married Nancy Ford Sepulvado. Jones insisted that his marriage to Nancy brought about his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol, prolonging his life.

Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

‘Operation Gideon’ takes a bite out of crime

Sacramento NewsAt a recent press conference in Stockton, the results of a long-term investigation performed by various branches of law enforcement, including Stockton’s own Police Department, announced the results from what is known as ‘Operation Gideon.’

‘Operation Gideon IV’ deployed ATF special agents, along with local law enforcement officers, in undercover roles throughout the U.S. and Stockton, conducting covert investigations into some of the most violent criminals in Stockton and surrounding areas.

Read about ‘Operation Gideon’

The ATF, together with prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, have charged 44 defendants with a variety of federal firearms, narcotics and robbery offenses, and 11 more have been charged with various state offenses. Many of the defendants have lengthy criminal records and more arrests are imminent.

Stockton Police said to expect more arrests in the coming days and weeks, and they’re making good on that promise.

On Wednesday the Highway Patrol arrested Harry Hawkins III following a high-speed chase through downtown Stockton. Hawkins lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Attempting to flee the scene officers shot him with a taser. Officers quickly learned that Hawkins had a federal warrant for his arrest, a direct result of ‘Operation Gideon IV.’ He was taken into custody and now has an added count of driving under the influence.

Below is a partial listing of the suspects and their crimes. This information was gathered from various court documents provided to CelebrityExaminer by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Arrested January 25,  2013 (Home invasion)
Undercover agents met with Omar Vera and Jose Morales Castellon requesting them to have their crew perform a home invasion. After several meeting the group was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a robbery and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine.

Omar Vera, 36, residence Unknown
Jose Anaya, 30, residence Unknown
Jose “Chema” Morales Castellon, 30, residence Unknown
Eduardo Reyes, 25, residence Unknown

Arrested February 1, 2013 – (Home invasion)
An undercover officer made arrangement for Kireston Harper and his home-invasion crew to rob a house in the North Stockton area. After several meets and the arrangements complete officers arrested the K-Stack as Harper is known and the following individuals for conspiracy to commit a robbery and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute at least five ounces of cocaine.

Kireston “K-Stack” Harper, 23, of Stockton
Alexander Campbell, 24, of Stockton
Joe Frank, Jr., 24, of Stockton
Jvon Mathis, 27, of Stockton
Christopher Navarro, 22, of Oakland
Montrell Roy, 24, residence Unknown
Daniel Tello, 21, of Oakland
Tommie Ware, 25, of Oakland
Marlon Washington, 20, of Stockton

Arrest warrant issued February 13, 2013 (Firearms)
A warrant was issued for known felon Stockton resident 39-year-old Robert Lee Perry for three counts of a felon being in possession of firearms.

Perry has quite a rap sheet including:
1992: Evading police, carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
2003: Parole violation, transporting controlled substances
2009: Parole violation
2010: Parole violation, Felon in possession of firearm

Indictment and Arrest warrant issued February 14, 2013 (Firearms)
Warrant issued for Modesto resident 27-year-old Martin Romero for felon in possession of firearm.

Arrest warrant issued on February 14, 2013 (Drugs)
An arrest warrant was issued for a subject only known as El Alacran for two counts for the distribution of methamphetamines in the Stockton area. It was later determined that El Alacran was Stockton resident 48-year-old Bulmaro Lua-Cervantes.

Arrested February 21, 2013 – (Home invasion)
Members of the Stockton Asian street gang known as the Loc Town Crips sold numerous firearms, including an AK-47 style rifle and a .40 caliber Glock, to undercover agents. Agents arranged to have the Loc town Crips perform a home invasion. After the final arrangements were made and the crew ready ATF agents arrested the four members listed below.

Rathanak “Looney” Van, 27, of Stockton
Littanavone “Little Ranny” Keopadubsy, 33, of Stockton
Ho Ly, 26, of Stockton
Snangehk Peou, 24, of Stockton

Indictment issued on February 28, 2013 (Drugs)
Indictments and arrest warrants were issued for the below individuals for three counts each for the distribution of methamphetamines.

Robert Martinez, 51, of Lindsay
Fernando Rubalcava, 30, of Porterville
Isamael Rubalcava, 39, of Porterville
Rogelio Gonsales Rubalcava, 56, of Porterville

Arrested March 2013 (Drugs)
Stockton resident 37-year-old John Hendrix was arrested on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

Arrested March 13, 2013 (Home invasion)
Undercover agents met with Carlos Vizcaino and Tomas Mendoza regarding a home invasion robbery. It was discovered that Vizcaino was on the run from law enforcement after cutting off his GPS ankle bracelet. After several meeting the pair was arrested for conspiracy to commit a robbery and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Carlos Vizcaino, 21, of Acampo
Tomas Mendoza, 19, of Lockeford

Arrested March 31, 2013 (Drugs)
Ripon resident 21-year-old Daniel Covarrubias was arrested for selling crystal meth to undercover officers on several occasions. In one instance Danny Boy, as Covarrubias is known, delivered two pounds of the substance to undercover officers.

Ripon resident 25-year-old Jaime Rangel was arrested in connection with Covarrubias and was allegedly providing the crystal meth. Rangel appeared to be distributing the drugs from a home located in the 1500 block of Fourth Street in Ripon.

Arrest warrant issued on April 4, 2013 (Drugs)
An arrest warrant was issued for Stockton resident 27-year-old Mathew Ronald Jimeniz on two counts for the distribution of methamphetamines in the Stockton area.

Arrest warrant issued on April 12, 2013 (Drugs)

An Arrest warrant was issued for San Joaquin resident 30-year-old Jorge Hidalgo on two counts for the distribution of methamphetamines in the Stockton area.

Arrest warrant issued on April 16, 2013 (Firearms)
On April 16 an arrest warrant was issued for Stockton resident 33-year-old Rafael Madriz for possession and distribution of firearms.

Arrest warrant issued on April 16, 2013 (Firearms/drugs)
An arrest warrant was issued for Stockton resident 19-year-old Luis Magana for four counts of distribution of methamphetamines and four counts of distribution of firearms.


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