Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Couple arrested for starting over 30 fires

SolidRedGlobeCOARSEGOLD, CA – On Tuesday Cal Fire arrested a couple believed to be responsible for setting over 30 fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park community in Madera county.

According to Cal Fire, Coarsegold residents, 40-year-old Kenneth Alan Jackson and 46-year-old Allison Marie Waterman, were arrested Tuesday night. Jackson was arrested on 31 counts of arson, resisting arrest and attempted battery on a peace officer, Waterman was arrested on one count of arson.

According to the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Cal Fire Unit Chief, Nancy Koerperich, “The Yosemite Lakes Park community has been threatened by countless wildfires over the past several months that we believe were a result of arson.” Thanking the community she continued, “We appreciate the community’s support and assistance as we worked to track down these suspects.”

Numerous agencies assisted in the investigation and ultimate arrest of the duo, including the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Madera County District Attorney’s Office and the Yosemite Lakes Park security staff.

Cal Fire warns of the extreme fire danger across California and wants to remind people to be vigilant in their preparedness and aware of suspicious persons when a fire does start. If you witness someone suspicious make note of the time, his or her physical description, as well as any vehicle description, including the license plate number. Always contact law enforcement, never approach a suspicious person. Anyone with information about arson is urged to contact the Cal Fire arson hotline at 1-800-468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

Yosemite Lakes Park is a community of approximately 1,900 homes in Madera County located between Yosemite National Park and Fresno, near the town of Coarsegold. Protection Status

Update: Search on for man after avalanche in Fair Oaks

Area of slide Credit: Google Maps

Area of slide
Credit: Google Maps

FAIR OAKS, CA – UPDATE: The search for a man believe to have been a victim of a landslide and falling into the American River has been called off. Authorities now believe the original reports were false.

Original story:
Rescue crews are searching for a man who fell into the American River after a section of the cliff he was standing on gave way.

Numerous agencies are working to locate a man who fell into the American River Saturday at around 7:30 p.m. Rescue crews were searching in the area of Sunrise Blvd and Fair Oaks bridge, north of Highway 50.

The man is believed to be buried under a large pile of dirt.

According to Sacramento Metro Fire Department, two separate witnesses say they saw a man fall into the river after a portion of the cliff he was standing on crumbled beneath his feet.

The steep terrain is causing the dirt to continue to crumble even as crews try to dig away the dirt in search of the man.

The avalanche resulted in a pile of dirt over 25 feet wide and about 6 feet deep.

Air units, boats and ground crews were on the scene.

Updated – Missing 8-year-old found

Joseph Naugle Credit: Roseville PD

Joseph Naugle
Credit: Roseville PD


ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville Police and Roseville Fire units and neighboring law enforcement aircraft were looking for an 8-year-old Roseville boy who was last seen at about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon in the area of Grider Drive and Hanisch Drive, in the Diamond Oaks area of Roseville.

Joseph Naugle, age 8, was at a swim party when he became upset and ran away from his mother.  Joseph is a white male, 4’8″ tall and 70 pounds, with buzz-cut blond hair and blue eyes.  He was wearing green camouflage swim trunks, with no shirt or shoes.   He has some medical issues and walks with a limp when he gets tired. He’s not familiar with the Diamond Oaks neighborhood.

Place County Sheriff’s were flying their helicopter over the neighborhood broadcasting Naugle’s description on their public announcement system.

An alert neighbor on Diamond Oaks Blvd, saw a young boy hiding underneath their boat and notified Roseville Police. Officers found the boy with the neighbor awaiting their arrival.

The Roseville Police Department wants to thank everyone for their invaluable assistance.


Man arrested for June 12 killing

Dominique Nelson Credit: Sacramento PD

Dominique Nelson
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man has been arrested in the June 12 shooting death of 26-year-old Vincent Vigil.

The Sacramento Police Department arrested 30-year-old Dominique Nelson Saturday in the area of West Elkhorn Boulevard and East Commerce Way during a traffic stop.

The Sacramento Police Department responded to the 500 block of Bankside Way after reports of a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered Vigil shot and on the ground in the parking lot of the Westview Ranch apartment complex. He died at the scene.

Detectives learned that an argument had occurred between the victim and his assailant followed by shots being fired.

It was discovered that Nelson had observed Vigil burglarizing his vehicle. Nelson confronted Vigil eventually shooting him multiple times in the upper body.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Tragedy strikes good Samaritan who saved drowning girl

Mike Patterson Credit: Facebook

Mike Patterson
Credit: Facebook

ROME, GA, – A Georgia father who was paralyzed from the chest down after jumping into a creek to save a drowning girl, has died.

Mike Patterson died on Friday, three weeks after jumping into a creek to save a stranger’s child.

Patterson noticed a 4-year-old struggling to stay afloat and immediately dove in to save the girl. Patterson suffered a severed spine and was paralyzed from the chest down after the incident.

“His life and the lives of others are forever changed by his courageous, split-second decision to save another’s life,” Patterson’s family wrote in a statement.

The girl’s mother told Fox Atlanta, “He’s a God-send basically. He was there. He was supposed to have been there.” Her daughter Javaeh Jones was not harmed during the incident, thanks in part to the quick actions of Patterson.

Anthony Angelillo helps Mike out Credit: Facebook

Anthony Angelillo helps Mike
Credit: Facebook

Patterson had no health insurance to speak of and had recently started a new job. Supporters started a trust fund to raise money for his mounting medical bills.

A Facebook page was started to help in the effort and has grown to over 72,000 followers and raised over $90,000. In the meantime Patterson was battling for his life as he started having respiratory problems, pneumonia, a blood clot and a bacterial infection.

The family posted this message on Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page:

“Mike’s spirit and selfless actions inspired tens of thousands who sent cards, letters and emails and engaged in posts at the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page ( His life and the lives of others are forever changed by his courageous, split-second decision to save another’s life. Mike’s tragic story made news headlines around the globe. His heroic act stirred an outpouring of emotion and a desire to help Mike in his time of need. His caring nature will forever be honored.”

The family is continuing to collect donations to pay for medical costs and to help the family.

The Trust will accept donations from the public at large for Mike’s benefit. 100% of the monies collected by the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust will go to benefit Mike Patterson, pay for Mike’s funeral expenses, or benefit Mike’s heirs.

Donations can be made through the below websites, or sent to the address below:

Make checks payable to “Friends of Mike Patterson Trust” and mail them to:
Friends of Mike Patterson Trust
210 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 205
Rome, Georgia 30161

I80 police pursuit ends with man shot and killed

Police-lightsDIXON, CA – Friday eastbound Interstate 80 in Dixon was shutdown after a police pursuit, shooting and crash, which resulted in the death of one of the suspects.

According to the Vacaville Police Department, the crash came after Vacaville police were in a high-speed chase and shootout with the suspects.

The suspects, 21-year-old Lonnie Taylor and 18-year-old Elizabeth Ilar, were driving a Lincoln MK 8 leaving the Vacaville Walmart, where they were reportedly stealing merchandise.

Originally it was reported that officers decided to wait for the vehicle on Interstate 80 before pulling it over, but the Vacaville Police Department is now saying the chase began on city streets leading officers onto Interstate 80, where they pulled over the Lincoln east of Leisure Town Road.

Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects hitting Taylor in the chest and Ilar in the hand. Police say Taylor then drove away and eventually collided with a van and then hit the center divider near Midway Road between Vacaville and Dixon.

Taylor was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. Ilar was taken into custody after receiving treatment.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.

Man drowns at Lake Natoma

DART working the scene Credit: Sac Metro

DART working the scene
Credit: Sac Metro

SACRAMENTO, CA – The start of a blistering weekend is off to a bad start, when early Saturday morning divers from the Drowning and Accident Rescue Team (DART) pulled a young mans body out of Lake Natoma.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, crews arrived and found a frantic, tired and exhausted male in his early 20’s on the bank of “Nimbus Flats”.  He immediately informed crews that his friend was missing and under the water after the pair attempted to swim across a channel in the lake without floatation devices.

Crews began searching the surface of the water using a Metro Fire boat and aircraft from the California Highway Patrol.

Divers from the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART) were called out and once on-scene began a subsurface search of the area that included the use of another boat equipped with side-scanning sonar.

The DART team spent several hours searching the mostly murky water. The body was recovered at approximately 1 a.m.

Heat can kill – be prepared


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With temperatures heading north of 100 degrees and sticking with us for the better part of a week, it’s a good idea to get prepared and stay cool.

Read: Under the Dome of heat

Heat can make you sick and worse – kill.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat exposure killed over 8,000 people in the United States from 1979 to 2003.

Beware of humidity – When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.

Other factors that will affect a persons ability to weather the heat include, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol.

According to the CDC, people who are at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases.

Young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Here is a list of things the CDC suggests to beat the heat.

Get inside
Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.

– Drink plenty of fluids.

– Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.

– Schedule outdoor activities around the hottest parts of the day.

– Pace yourself.

– Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

– Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.

– Do not leave children in cars.

– Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Under the dome of heat


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The Southwestern states, including California, are under a dome of nothing but heat and a bit of humidity, making for an extremely hot and dangerous week ahead.

Unlike the new television mini-series, “Under the Dome,” on CBS, you can leave the area. The problem is, the dome of heat is much larger than the mini-series, so you’ll have to drive quite a ways to escape the searing temperatures.

Read: How to beat the heat

Just how hot is it going to get? It depends on where you’re at.

Take for example a small town nestled in the middle of Death Valley, Calif., called Furnace Creek. Yeap, just what you’d expect – their high Saturday is expected to hit a scorching 128 degrees. That’s a healthy 12 degrees hotter than what is expected in the hottest areas of Sacramento.

The Sacramento region is expected to hit 105 to 112 degrees depending on your location, and according to forecasts, the heat is expected to continue baking the area until the 4th of July holiday, when it is expected to cool down to a more comfortable 98 degrees.

If you’re planning on attending any outdoor activities remember – heat can kill.

Friday evening, the Las Vegas Fire Department reported that 170 concert goers had to be removed from the 110 degree temperatures and taken to a shady spot to re-hydrate their bodies. Thirty others were taken to area hospitals for heat related problems. No deaths were reported. Las Vegas hit 113 degrees Friday, just missing their record of 115.

Officials are not concerned about a day or two of blistering heat, it’s the fact that a dome of heat is settling in for the better part of a week.

Excessive heat warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service, extending through Tuesday night. Northern California, including Sacramento, are currently under heat advisories.

Forecasters fear that temperatures could rival a 2005 heat wave that killed 17 people in the Las Vegas area.

Areas throughout the Southwest are expected to hit temperatures over 110 degrees with Phoenix expected to hit 119 and Palm Springs to max out at 113.

If you’re lucky, evening temperatures will drop into the 80’s. The further south you go you can expect balmy evenings in the 90’s.

The National Weather Service says the highest recorded temperature was recorded in Death Valley’s Greenland Ranch back in 1913, where it reached a whopping 134 degrees.

Update: Eastbound I80 closed after police pursuit

Police-lightsVACAVILLE, CA – Eastbound Interstate 80 in Dixon has been shutdown after a police pursuit and resulting crash.

Friday afternoon Vacaville Police were in pursuit on eastbound I-80 when there was a crash between Vacaville and Dixon, approaching Midway Road.

City of Vacaville spokesman, Mark Mazzaferro, confirmed reports of a pursuit and that there were gunshot victims.

Two suspects were injured in the pursuit. One man was shot after an officer shot into the vehicle during the chase. He was hit in the chest and a woman injured her hand, but it is unclear if it was due to the shooting or the resulting crash.

Five other people were transported to area hospitals. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was on scene, but not used as earlier reported.

According to Vacaville Police two men attempted to steal a television out of the back of a Walmart in the city of Vacaville. After running the plates of their vehicle, officers determined they were out of Sacramento and proceeded to wait for them on Interstate 80.Officers saw the vehicle and pulled it over on I80. An encounter led to one officer firing at the suspects, striking the driver.

At that point the driver attempted to drive away and crashed the vehicle.

The officer who fired the shot was placed on paid administrative leave, as is typical in this situation.

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