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Man killed making U-turn on 99 identified

CHPSACRAMENTO, CA – The man who was killed after making an illegal U-turn on Highway 99 near Natomas Monday morning has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 62-year-old Chattar Dhari Singh was the victim in yesterday’s deadly accident on Hwy. 99 just past Elverta Road.

The accident took place at around 5:30 a.m. Monday when, for unknown reasons, Singh made a U-turn across the center median into the fast lane of southbound traffic at a very slow rate of speed. At least one vehicle was able to avoid plowing into Singh’s vehicle, but a Ford F250 was unable to avoid a collision and slammed into his car at a high rate of speed, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Singh was killed instantly. The driver of the Ford truck was not injured.

Axe wielding man arrested

Jamaal Ringgold Credit: Sacramento PD

Jamaal Ringgold
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was arrested this morning after he attacked a woman with an axe, leaving her with significant injuries.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called out to the 7800 block of Center Parkway just after 6 a.m. Monday morning after receiving a call from a woman in need of help.

When officers arrived, they found the woman suffering from major injuries caused by an axe. Officers searched the immediate area and, after a brief foot pursuit and struggle, arrested 25-year-old Jamaal Ringgold.

Ringgold was arrested for attempted homicide, domestic violence, and resisting arrest.

 

Organized crime bust in Contra Costa County

Attorney General Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a statement today, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the takedown of a transnational criminal organization based in Contra Costa County, including the arrest of 22 individuals and the seizure of 500 pounds of methamphetamine and over $700,000 in U.S. Currency.

According to the statement, the takedown was named Operation Road Trip and represented the culmination of several related investigations targeting California-based Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa Federation drug cartel. These investigations, which were led by California Department of Justice task forces that include federal, state and local law enforcement partners, have to date, resulted in 67 arrests and the seizure of $40 million of methamphetamine and $1.82 million in U.S. Currency over the past six years.

“This operation demonstrates our continuing commitment to focus on the connection between transnational criminal organizations and organized street gangs in California,” Attorney General Harris said. “We will do whatever is necessary with our federal and local partners to dismantle these violent, insidious organizations.”

The statement continued:

Operation Road Trip is the merger of two long-term investigations led by the West Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team (“West-NET”) Task Force, the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (“LA IMPACT”), and associated local, state, and federal partners. During the Operation Road Trip investigation, the task forces revealed that methamphetamine from Mexico was being delivered to the Nitro gang, a DTO based in Southern California. The Nitro gang would make regular “road trips” to Contra Costa County in order to distribute to other DTOs, including the Urtiz gang based in Northern California. Over the past year, Operation Road Trip resulted in the service of 16 search warrants, the seizure of 500 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 firearm, 4 vehicles, $723,635 in U.S. Currency, and the arrests of 22 individuals for drug and firearms related violations.

In May of 2011, Attorney General Harris along with the FBI and other law enforcement partners announced the conclusion of the first of the two long-term investigations, named Operation Red Reach. This operation, a two-year coordinated sweep led by West-NET, shut down a network of local and transnational gangs, including a Nortenos gang in western Contra Costa County. The case resulted in the seizure of 135 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 illegal firearms, approximately $150,000 in U.S. Currency and federal and state convictions of 26 individuals. Information and intelligence gained from this operation led to the identification of the Urtiz DTO.

West-NET’s subsequent investigation, named Operation Crystal Lens, revealed that the Urtiz DTO’s methamphetamine was being supplied by the Southern California-based Nitro DTO, which was also separately under investigation by LA IMPACT.

In total, the three linked investigations, Operation Red Reach, Crystal Lens and Road Trip, have resulted in the total seizure of 1109 pounds of methamphetamine, for a street value of $40,242,504, the seizure of 48 firearms, 10 vehicles, $1.82 million in U.S. Currency and the total arrests of 67 individuals for drug, and firearms related violations.

In March, Attorney General Harris called the trafficking of methamphetamine a growing threat to the state and a top priority for law enforcement in a report, Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime, which is the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California.

Transnational criminal organizations have made California the single biggest point of entry for methamphetamine into the United States, with 70% entering through the San Diego Port of Entry. The report also outlined recommendations to address this problem, which include increased funding for state anti-narcotics trafficking task forces and additional coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in combatting transnational criminal organizations. The report is available here: https://oag.ca.gov/transnational-organized-crime.

Following the release of the report, Attorney General Harris led a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico to strengthen working relationships between the governments of both countries and enhance efforts to combat transnational crime. The delegation met with Mexican state attorneys general and federal officials to discuss the issues of drug, human and firearms trafficking, money laundering and high-tech crime.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Harris announced that the California Department of Justice will create a new anti-methamphetamine team of Special Agents based in Los Angeles funded by a $1 million federal grant. The team will be comprised of six Special Agents assigned to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in California and will work in a coordinated effort with the other 18 existing California Department of Justice task forces.

The noted investigative accomplishments would not have come to a successful conclusion without the assistance and support of the following law enforcement partners: Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, Antioch Police Department, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Special Service Unit, California Highway Patrol, Concord Police Department, Contra Costa County Animal Services Department, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, Contra Costa County Probation Department*, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office*, El Cerrito Police Department*, Fairfield Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation*, Hercules Police Department*, Kensington Police Department*, Los Angeles Interagency, Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Pinole Police Department, Pittsburg Police Depart ment, Richmond Police Department*, San Francisco Police Department, San Pablo Police Department, Solano County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service, Vacaville Police Department, Western States Information Network, Yolo County Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Pedestrian killed in Pocket area

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A woman was struck and killed Sunday night after parking her car and walking into traffic on Florin Road.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, the woman, later identified by the Coroner’s office as 61-year-old Alice Chiu, had been driving southbound on Gloria Drive when she stopped her vehicle at the limit line near the intersection of Florin Road and Gloria Drive at around 9 p.m.

For unknown reasons, Chiu got out of her vehicle and walked into the street where she was struck and killed. The driver of the other vehicle was driving westbound and attempted to swerve in hopes of avoiding Chiu.

Chiu was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.

Major Collision Investigators responded to the scene and do not believe that speed or DUI was a factor in the accident. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with deputies.

Family identifies Rancho Cordova shooting victim

Marquail Hayes Facebook

Marquail Hayes
Facebook

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Family and friends came out in droves to pay their respects to the young man shot and killed Saturday night in Rancho Cordova.

The vigil was held for 25-year-old Marquail Hayes who was shot by a group of 3 suspects at the Riverview STEM Academy School.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Rancho Cordova Police Officers responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired in the 10700 block of Ambassador Drive.

Arriving officers discovered a 25-year-old male, later identified as Hayes, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Sacramento Sheriff Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and were able to determine that the victim and his friend encountered three black male adults at the school. For unknown reasons an argument broke out between the two groups leading to the fatal shooting. The suspects fled the scene on foot.

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Homicide Detectives believe the suspects were not known to the victim when they encountered each other and they believe there is still one outstanding suspect in the case.

Hayes’ sister told Fox40 News that he has, “three kids. It’s not right. He’s supposed to watch his kids grow up, watch his sisters grow up. He said he was never going to leave his family, he’s going to be there for his kids.” She went on to say that, “He’s going to get justice.”

Yesterday Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 18-year-old Kavon William Cry and 19-year-old Omar Lee Talley. According to officials they are still looking for one remaining suspect.

Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at <a href=”http://www.sacsheriff.com” target=”_blank”>www.sacsheriff.com</a>, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

2 arrested in fatal Rancho Cordova shooting

Police-lightsRANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested two men in connection to the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man at Riverview STEM Academy School in Rancho Cordova.

Arrested on murder charges were 18-year-old Kavon William Cry and 19-year-old Omar Lee Talley.

Read: 2 arrested for fatal Rancho Cordova shooting

Homicide Detectives believe the suspects were not known to the victim when they encountered each other on Ambassador Drive at approximately 10:45 p.m. last night. Detectives believe there is still one outstanding suspect in the case.

Rancho Cordova Police Officers responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired in the 10700 block of Ambassador Drive Saturday night.

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Area of shooting
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Arriving officers discovered a 25-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Sacramento Sheriff Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and were able to determine that the victim and his friend encountered three black male adults at the school. For unknown reasons an argument broke out between the two groups leading to the fatal shooting. The suspects fled the scene on foot.

According to Riverview STEM Academy’s online school calendar there were no school events going on at the time of the shooting.

Riverview STEM Academy is a comprehensive K-5th grade school with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and use the scientific method with a dynamic science curriculum.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the third suspect is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. 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).

Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. 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).

Fatal shooting at Rancho Cordova school

Police-lightsRANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A man was shot and killed late Saturday night at the Riverview STEM Academy School in Rancho Cordova.

According to police, at approximately 10:45 p.m. last night, Rancho Cordova Police Officers responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired in the 10700 block of Ambassador Drive.

Read: Rancho Cordova shooting victim identified

Read: 2 arrested in fatal Rancho Cordova shooting

Area of shooting Google Maps

Area of shooting
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Arriving officers discovered a male in his mid-20’s suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Sacramento Sheriff Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and were able to determine that the victim and his friend encountered three black male adults at the school. For unknown reasons an argument broke out between the two groups leading to the fatal shooting. The suspects fled the scene on foot.

According to Riverview STEM Academy’s online school calendar there were no school events going on at the time of the shooting.

Riverview STEM Academy is a comprehensive K-5th grade school with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and use the scientific method with a dynamic science curriculum.

Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. 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).

CHP Sergeant arrested on child pornography

CHPVACAVILLE, CA – A California Highway Patrol sergeant has been arrested after investigators discovered child pornography in the officer’s personal vehicle.

The Vacaville Police Department began their investigation back in August after an unknown person was believed to be downloading child pornography in Vacaville and the neighboring cities of Suisan and Fairfield.

The investigation led to a search of 49-year-old Eric Lund’s vehicle. Police found an external hard drive containing multiple child pornography videos believed to have been downloaded from the internet.

Lund was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail Thursday night on charges of possessing obscene matter, a minor in sexual acts and sending or selling obscene matter depicting a minor.

Lund is a veteran officer with 26 years on the force. The CHP is cooperating with investigators.

Possible gas leak shuts down Rancho Cordova school

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File Photo

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Williamson Elementary School in Rancho Cordova has cancelled classes Friday after a strong odor of gas was detected in the area. This has been confirmed by Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson Brandi Ehlers.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and PG&E responded just after 11 a.m. Students were already evacuated from the building by the time fire crews arrived.

It all started at around 10:15 a.m. after the power went out at the school, this according to the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District. Staff at the school smelled a strong gas odor shortly after the power outtage.

According to fire officials, there appears to be a natural gas leak behind the school.

School officials are asking parents to pick their children up at Grace Lutheran Church at 2201 Benita Drive.

 

2 arrested in large scale marijuana operation

reimer, timothy conway

Timothy Reimer
Credit: Roseville PD

Brian Getz Credit: Roseville PD

Brian Getz
Credit: Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Late last week Roseville detectives arrested two men in connection to a “large-scale” marijuana shipping operation.

According to the Roseville Police Department, Roseville detectives worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigation’s Customs and Border Protection Air Unit, leading to the arrest of two men suspected of shipping large amounts of marijuana and cash from Roseville and other local communities to the east coast.

Detectives confiscated approximately 141 pounds of packaged marijuana and $221,000 in cash.

The investigation began approximately a month ago when Roseville Vice and Narcotics Enforcement (VNET) detectives started investigating a shipment of marijuana from Roseville. They were able to determine that the suspects acquired marijuana from the local region, and then proceeded to process and package it, before shipping it from post office facilities in Roseville and other local communities to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

One of the suspects flew to the east coast to receive the packages, and presumably sold them. The cash received from the sale of the drugs was then shipped back to the suspects.

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Confiscated marijuana

Investigators served search warrants on two properties in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area, where they found marijuana processing facilities, a butane-fueled hashish-manufacturing lab, vacuum-sealed packages of processed marijuana, large amounts of currency, a handgun, and approximately two pounds of psilocybin mushrooms.

On Friday VNET detetectives arrested 36-year-old Brian Lee Feld Getz, of Grass Valley and 33-year-old Timothy Conway Reimer. Getz was arrested at a local post office in Folsom and Reimer was arrested at one of the properties where the search warrants were issues.

Roseville Police said the investigation is ongoing and they expect to make more arrests.

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