Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Power outage and explosion rocks UC Berkeley

Sacramento News

BERKELEY, CA – The University of California at Berkley has been evacuated after a power outage and subsequent explosion rocked the campus Monday evening.

According to authorities a power outage hit the campus early Monday evening, causing classes to be canceled. Students were told to suspend activities and leave the campus. About a half-hour later there was an apparent ammonia leak in a room at Latimer Hall.

Then just before 7 p.m. there was an underground explosion and fire near California Hall, forcing a total evacuation.

A number of ambulances responded to the scene, but there was very little information available. There were several people who suffered minor injuries and one person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Fire crews were trying to free people trapped after the initial power outage. There were an estimated 20 people in dormitory elevators on the west side of the campus.

Vandals are being blamed for the blast after stealing copper grounding wire from an underground vault.

Officials are still trying to determine if the theft of copper is responsible for the other incidents. Protection Status

Roseville shooting leaves 1 dead

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – One person has been shot and killed at a Roseville home this afternoon.

The Roseville Police Department received a call around 3:15 p.m. on Monday regarding a man with a gun inside a home in the 100 block of Hickory Street. Shortly after the initial call dispatch started getting calls of shots fired.

Officers responded and discovered a 54-year-old victim dead on the scene in front of the home. A few minutes later officers took the victim’s roommate, a 48-year-old man, into custody at the scene without incident.

The initial investigation revealed a long-standing feud between the roommates may have led to the fatal shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

The name of the victim and suspect has not been released.

Bear sighted in Roseville

Bear sighting Credit: Sgt. Karl Dyer

Bear sighting
Credit: Sgt. Karl Dyer

ROSEVILLE, CA – A bear was sighted in the city of Roseville on Sunday morning, with a number of residents contacting police.

According to the Roseville Police Department the bear was sighted near South Cirby Way and Old Auburn road, with calls going into dispatch at around 7:30 a.m.

The bear appeared to be moving in a northerly direction near the Linda Creek corridor.  The last sighting was at 10 p.m. Sunday evening and it is believed the bear is no longer within the city limits.

Roseville Police Department Sgt. Karl Dyer recorded a video of the bear in the backyard of a Ridgeview Drive home at around 11:20 a.m.

Area of bear sighting Google maps

Area of bear sighting
Google maps

If you encounter a bear in your yard, slowly back away.  DO NOT approach the bear.  Allow the bear plenty of room to pass or withdraw.  Once you are a safe distance away, encourage the bear to leave by banging pots and pans or making loud noises.

Bear encounters are quite rare in Roseville. If you hear that a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, bring your pets and pet food inside, and lock your garbage can in your garage until the bear has left the area.  For both public safety and the bear’s safety, the City of Roseville wants to keep it wild and not encourage it to stay in a populated area.

Man shot and killed outside gas station on El Camino Ave

Gas Station at 2101 El Camino Ave Google Maps

Gas Station at 2101 El Camino Ave
Google Maps

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot and killed outside of a gas station in the Del Paso area of Sacramento County on Saturday night.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a gas station in the 2100 block of El Camino Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of shots fired.

Deputies responded and discovered a man in his 30’s, later identified as 33-year-old Jesus Antonio Macias of Sacramento, lying on the ground outside the Beacons gas station.

Macias had suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body and was unresponsive. Deputies attempted to resuscitate Macias, but he succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead by Fire Department personnel.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau 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 (8477).

When Bad Company is good

Paul Rodgers Click for more images

Paul Rodgers
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LINCOLN, CA – English rock group Bad Company took to the stage at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater, as a sold-out crowd was on their feet their entire performance.

Earlier this year Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint 40th Anniversary Tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of Skynyrd’s first album release and Bad Company’s formation. While Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn’t on-hand, original members of Bad Company Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums) were. The pair was joined by Todd Ronning (bass), from Rodgers’ solo band and Howard Leese (guitar and former member of Heart) who has been with the band for 8 years.

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company has a long list of hits from the ‘70s with four platinum albums during that time. The band broke up in ’82 and reformed a few years later, churning out another platinum album and two additional gold records.

As the show got underway, a number of CO2 cannons shot smoke into the air, with Rodgers coming out in a lime green shirt and black vest, twirling the microphone stand in the air, singing “Rock and Roll Fantasy” followed by “Live For The Music.” The 63-year-old Rodgers continued to throw and twirl the microphone stand for most of the set.

For “Run with the Pack,” Rodgers took to a black piano with the crowd showing their approval.

Bad Company

Bad Company

“Burnin Sky” had the stage shrouded in smoke with the lights flickering to simulate lightning, complete with the sound of thunder.

The band left the stage early for their first encore and came back to play “Bad Company” and “Rock Steady,” after which they left the stage a second time, only to return to play “Seagull” ending their set. Fans were surprised by the short set and continued to wait for the band to come out and play more hits, but when the house lights came on people reluctantly headed for the gates.

Bad Company put on an excellent performance with Rodgers vocals sounding better than ever. The band was tight and sounded great, with the exception of a slight mix-up just before “Moving On,” when the band struck up two separate songs Rodgers said, “Well, can we all do the same song.” The length of the show was disappointing and could have continued for at least another 30 minutes.

Man arrested in Colfax for outstanding warrant

Travis Middleton Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Travis Middleton
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

COLFAX, CA – A man wanted in Contra Costa County was arrested in Colfax after the Placer County Sheriff’s received a tip that the man was located in Colfax.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, they received information that 28-year old Travis Middleton was in the area of Colfax and was wanted on a warrant from Contra Costa for carrying a loaded firearm in public. He was described as armed and a flight risk from law enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit and the multi-agency Placer County Special Investigation Unit (SIU) located the suspect’s vehicle on Thursday at a rural residence on Alpine Way in Colfax. A Sheriff’s helicopter, patrol deputies and a school resource officer were all involved in containing the suspect.

As the suspect emerged from the residence and got into his vehicle, he realized he was surrounded and attempted to drive around the property to flee the area. Officers were able to disable his vehicle, at which point Middleton took off on foot, only to be captured after a brief foot chase.

Middleton received minor injuries when officers stopped his car. He never got beyond the perimeter of the property.

School resource officers were posted on school grounds during the operation. The schools were locked down even though it was after normal school hours. The high school and middle school were never in any immediate danger.

In addition to the warrant out of Contra Costa County, Middleton was arrested for felony reckless evading in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked at the Placer County Jail in Auburn.

Memorial service scheduled for Army Sgt. killed in accident

Shane Clark Facebook

Shane Clark

FOLSOM, CA – A memorial service has been scheduled for the US Army Sergeant who was killed while riding his motorcycle earlier this week.

A memorial service will be held for 41-year-old Sergeant Shane Clark on Sunday, October 6th at 3 p.m. at The Bridge Church located at 511 Sibley St. in Folsom.

Condolences have been pouring into Clark’s Facebook page ever since the tragic accident. Emotions have been running high with many people angered by the nature in which Clark died. Especially since the driver at fault was driving on a suspended license due to a past DUI.

One Facebook user wrote, “I’m nauseous from what I’m hearing. Sgt Shane Clark , influentially changed my life 4 years ago. He ministered to youth early in his career, to many men like me, and served all of us in this country through the Guard as well as hostile service in Bosnia, Somalia, and was recently home after multiple tours in Afghanistan. He survived and was learning to thrive, I can’t believe he was killed just heading to work.”

The Bridge Community Church

The Bridge Community Church

Clark, who was riding a motorcycle, was killed after 23-year-old Kaman Hobbs of Truckee made a left turn in front of Clark. The resulting collision caused Clark to be ejected into oncoming traffic.

Hobbs was arraigned on Thursday and charged with two misdemeanors; Driving under a suspended license, and vehicular manslaughter under section PC 192(C)(2) which states, “Driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony, but without gross negligence; or driving a vehicle in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, but without gross negligence.”

Hobbs was also cited for an infraction for not have a child properly secured.

Hobbs is scheduled to appear in court on October 2.

Update – Mother charged for murder after child found in trunk

Shore Park Apartments

Shore Park Apartments

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Thursday Sacramento Police arrested the mother of a 5-year-old girl, after finding the child locked inside a car trunk. The daughter later died on her way to the hospital.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 29-year-old Aquelin Talamantes has been arrested for the murder of her daughter 5-year-old Tatiana Garcia.

The Sacramento Police responded to the Shore Park Apartments, on the 7900 block of Pocket Road, Thursday afternoon for a welfare check of the daughter. Family members became concerned after Talamantes showed up at a relative’s apartment in the complex without her daughter.

When officers located the girl inside the trunk of a car, she was unresponsive. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators believe the initial scene of the homicide was at Talamantes’ Davis home on the 5100 block of Glide Drive. Davis and Sacramento police converged on the home searching for evidence.

Talamantes is being charged with murder and was booked into the Yolo County Jail.

Pair arrested for purchasing stolen catalytic converters

Erik Brown Courtesy Sacramento PD

Erik Brown
Courtesy Sacramento PD

William Lorch Courtesy Sacramento PD

William Lorch
Courtesy Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – Two men have been arrested for purchasing stolen catalytic converters out of Firehouse Mufflers in Sacramento.

The Sacramento Police Department executed a search warrant at Firehouse Mufflers located at 3190 Marysville Boulevard after completing a year-long metal theft investigation.

Read: Pair acquitted on all charges for catalytic converter thefts

In 2012, The Sacramento Police Department received information that the business was illegally purchasing catalytic converters.

Beginning in April of 2013, multiple undercover operations were performed where supposed stolen catalytic converters were purchased by the business from undercover officers.  On Thursday, the investigation led to the arrest of the store’s owner, 53-year-old Erik Brown and the shop’s manager, 50-year-old William Lorch. Both subjects have been charged with attempting to buy/receive stolen property.

During the search of the premises multiple catalytic converters were located and booked as evidence.

The Sacramento Fire Department along with the Bureau of Automotive Repair also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

In the statement, the Sacramento Police Department, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the City of Sacramento Code Compliance Division reiterated their  committment to any measures available to combat the costly and senseless theft of catalytic converters.

The Sacramento Police Department continues to partner with local businesses to host free catalytic converter etching events where vehicle license plate numbers are etched onto catalytic converters.   The etching is a way to deter the theft of a catalytic converter while the presence of license plate numbers can also provide police with the information needed to identify stolen property, contact victims, and apprehend criminals.

Child dies after being found in trunk of car

Shore Park Apartments

Shore Park Apartments

SACRAMENTO, CA – A woman has been arrested after police found a 5-year-old girl inside the trunk of her car.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers were conducting a welfare check in an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Pocket Road Thursday afternoon. The Shore Park Apartments are in the area of 7900 Pocket Road.

Update – Mother charged for murder after child found in trunk

Officers discovered the girl inside the trunk of a car and have arrested the mother, who is in her 20’s, on suspicion of homicide.

The child was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

No further details are available.

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