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North Highlands school locked down after shots fired


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NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA – Two schools in North Highlands were locked down Friday morning after reports of shots being fired in a nearby neighborhood.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, several residents reported hearing gunshots in an area near the school.

Arriving deputies saw someone running on Dundee Drive and Scotia Way.

Investigators were able to locate a shell casing towards the back of Larchmont Elementary school grounds in the 4200 block of Don Julio Boulevard.

Both Larchmont and Kohler Elementary were placed in lock down.

The lock down was lifted just after noon. No injuries have been reported.

6 indicted for drug trafficking

US-Department-Of-Justice-SealSACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday a federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against six Sacramento residents, charging them with drug trafficking throughout the Sacramento region.

According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 53-year-old Kenneth Tam, 56-year-old Gerald Osborne, 52-year-old Sherlynn Charles, 38-year-old Marco Antonio Borja, 30-year-old Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, and 26-year-old Nelson Gutierrez were indicted on 17 counts and charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.

According to court documents, in January 2014, a seven-month investigation began after law enforcement received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties. Tam acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz, and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute those drugs on his behalf. Through controlled purchases, searches, and other law enforcement activity, investigators seized over nine pounds of methamphetamine and nearly two pounds of heroin.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

If convicted, Kenneth Tam and Gerald Osborne face sentences of 20 years to life in prison and a $20 million fine. The four remaining defendants each face 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

5th suspect arrested in fatal hookah lounge shooting

Detectives are look for this man

Detectives are look for this man

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Detectives are looking for this man

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento County Sheriff Detectives have arrested a fifth suspect in the fatal shooting that occurred in July outside of a Fulton Avenue Hookah bar.

On July 13, 2014, 20-year-old Tyrell Hall was shot and killed in the parking lot of a hookah lounge within the 1900 block of Fulton Avenue.

Read: 3rd suspect arrested

Sheriff Homicide Detectives previously released photographs asking for the public’s assistance in identifying individuals they believe had significant information related to the events that occurred. With the assistance of phone calls, emails and tips from the Community, Detectives arrested 28-year-old Frederick Lamont Davis, of Sacramento yesterday. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon charge related to the deadly shooting.

Homicide Detectives are still looking for help in identifying one individual. He is described as a black male adult with collar length dreadlocks and goatee-style facial hair. He appears to have a tattoo on his left bicep and is seen wearing a reddish colored shirt, denim pants and red colored shoes.

Previously arrested were 28-year-old James Wallace on a charge of attempted murder, 23-year-old Tana Dania and 19-year-old Frank Eugene Jackson.

The shooting took place at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday outside of a packed hookah lounge and nearby liquor store on Fulton Avenue, where over 60 people had gathered.

Witnesses said Hall was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet and, according to deputies, at least five others were injured during the shooting.

Several callers contacted 911 to report gunfire at the strip mall that includes several other businesses. When deputies arrived they discovered Hall shot dead in the parking lot.

The owner of Blow and Tell smoke shop, Elie Habibeh, told the Sacramento Bee that an argument involving around 50 or 60 kids ranging from 19 years of age and up were in front of the Hookah Lounge and a nearby liquor store, One Stop Liquor and Wine, when the shooting started.

According to Habibeh, the parking lot generally draws a large crowd of young people. He told the Bee that too many people hang out in the parking lot and they are loud and argue frequently.

Anyone having information regarding the identity of this remaining subject is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Joan Rivers resting comfortably

jkb_joan_rivers_bio_460x460NEW YORK, NY – Comedian Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” in a New York hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a procedure to remove a lump in her throat at a medical clinic on Thursday.

In a statement, the 81-year-old’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said she was resting comfortably at a New York hospital Thursday night. Melissa had to catch a flight from Los Angeles to be with her mother.

“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” she said in the statement.

Rivers had stopped breathing during throat surgery after she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was rushed by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay said in a statement Thursday, “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”

Rivers had been scheduled to perform her comedy act at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, Friday night.

Roseville woman killed taking bike out of SUV

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File Photo

ROSEVILLE, CA – A woman was attempting to remove her bicycle from the rear of an SUV when the vehicle started rolling backwards.

According to police, 54-year-old Bernadette Ann Richardson, parked her Ford Explorer on Rosemary Court in the Highland Reserve neighborhood last Friday. She left the engine running and got out of the vehicle to remove her bike from the rear compartment of the SUV.

For unknown reasons the vehicle started to roll backwards pinning Richardson underneath the vehicle.

Richardson was rushed to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died on Wednesday.


Do you know this man?

Suspect as seen in surveillance video

Suspect as seen in surveillance video
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ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed responsible for stealing items out of at least five vehicles Thursday morning.

According to the Roseville Police Department, the suspect broke into a number of vehicles in the Cirby Ranch neighborhood on this morning and he was observed on surveillance video (click the photo to the right).

The suspect was driving a white Chevy Astro or similar-looking van, and may be working with an accomplice.

If you know this person, or his whereabouts you can contact Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867.

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Joan Rivers hospitalized in critical condition

jkb_joan_rivers_bio_460x460NEW YORK, NY – Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

According to officials, the comedienne was having throat surgery and suddenly stopped breathing. She was transported in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Read update on River’s condition

The 81-year-old Rivers has been very open about her health issues and allowed cameras to film last year when doctors discovered a spot on her throat that was causing a persistent cough.

During the episode Rivers explained, “We’re just not going to be sad about this. We’re gonna do jokes and be up until we know. That’s how I deal with things. I’m not just gonna sit around the next couple of days and go crazy.”

Explosion rocks downtown Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A propane tank exploded this morning at a recycling center sending shock waves throughout downtown.

According Sacramento Fire Spokesman Robert Padilla, an old Regional Transit bus was being broken down and recycled at approximately 10 a.m. at the Sims Metal Management facility on N 12th Street, when the propane tank attached to the bus exploded.

The area west of 12th and North B streets were evacuated and parts of North B Street were closed down.

There was no threat to people or nearby structures. However, fire crews are monitoring the situation to ensure no other explosions occur, including checking other propane tanks located on the site to ensure those are emptied.

The resulting explosion did not cause a fire in the area and no injuries have been reported.

The explosion could be felt throughout the downtown area.

State of emergency declared after Napa quake

Buckled road in Napa Twitter: Jeff Ranieri

Buckled road in Napa
Twitter: Jeff Ranieri

SACRAMENTO, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a major earthquake struck Northern California Sunday morning.

The 6.1 magnitude quake ignited fires, damaged buildings, knocked out power for thousands, and sent scores of people to local hospitals. It was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years.

Read: 6.0 quake strikes Northern California

At least three people, two adults and one child, are listed in critical condition at Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa, this according to city officials.

Queen of the Valley has treated close to one hundred people since the quake which occurred at 3:20 Sunday morning. Many of those treated had minor cuts and bruises. A tent has been set up outside the hospital to expedite triage.

Evacuation centers have been setup at Napa High School at 2475 Jefferson Street and Grace Church at 3765 Solano Avenue.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake registered a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 and was centered about four miles northwest of American Canyon, striking at 3:20 a.m.

The temblor, which took place at a depth of about 6.7 miles, was felt widely across the San Francisco Bay Area including Santa Cruz County.

6.0 quakes strike Northern California

Downtown Napa Twitter: DJ Rotten Robbie

Downtown Napa
Twitter: DJ Rotten Robbie

AMERICAN CANYON, CA – The largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since 1989’s Loma Prieta, struck Northern California just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake registered a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 and was centered about four miles northwest of American Canyon, striking at 3:20 a.m.

The temblor, which took place at a depth of about 6.7 miles, was felt widely across the San Francisco Bay Area including Santa Cruz County.

Over 60,000 people were without power in the far reaches of Northern California, including Napa and Sonoma counties. PG&E reported 27,600 in the city of Napa and 15,400 in the city of Sonoma without power.

A fire swept through a mobile home park just northwest of Napa at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park off of Orchard Avenue. At least four homes were destroyed with eight others suffering damage. No injuries were reported as neighbors were evacuated from the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to have been caused by a ruptured pipe due to the quake.

One resident told Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat that the resulting explosion, “blew us out of bed.” He went on to explain that by the time they were able to evacuate the mobile home, they structure next door became involved. Their home was a total loss.

Kitchen photo Twitter: Half Bean

Kitchen photo
Twitter: Half Bean

Several reports both on Twitter and Facebook have reported asphalt buckling in several area in and around Napa.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting road damage in a number of areas including Highway 37, a major thoroughfare between Vallejo and Marin County. The highway was closed from Sonoma Boulevard to the fairgrounds, and the connector between westbound Interstate 80 and westbound Highway 37 was also shut down.

Highway 12-121 was damaged due to cracks and buckling at Cuttings Wharf. One report said the buckled section of the highway was 10 inches high to two feet in spots. In the same area railroad lights toppled over blocking parts of the roadway.

Officials are warning people to be careful when driving and approach all intersections, especially railroad crossings with caution. While the railroad lights may appear to be okay, there may be mechanical problems.

As thousands prepare to descend on Sonoma Raceway today, the CHP says that roads should remain open in the area.

The quake was the largest to strike Northern California since the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which measured magnitude 6.9. The quake killed 67 people and caused $6 billion in damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey had not identified the fault that caused the quake, but geologists suspected it was the Browns Valley section of the West Napa fault.

Due to the shallow depth of the quake, it was felt widely throughout the bay area. The USGS warned residents to expect 30 to 70 aftershocks over the next week. The majority of the aftershocks should be small, but there is a 54 percent chance of a magnitude 5 or larger aftershock, which could cause further damage.

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