Local/Breaking News

1 2 3 135

Have you seen these two?

suspect2suspect1SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying two suspects related to a robbery that took place downtown.

On Saturday, July 05, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the two suspects seen in the video approached two female victims in the area of 22nd Street and G Street. The two victims put up a struggle, but the suspects were able to successfully steal two purses from the victims. The pair fled the area on foot.

At 58 seconds into the video the first suspect can be seen, followed by the second suspect.

Both of the suspects were described as males in their 20s. Minutes after the incident, the suspects were captured on video. One suspect is wearing a grey t-shirt and the other a white t-shirt.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this homicide to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text 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.

Man arrested in 24th Street stabbing death

Michael Williams Credit: Sacramento PD

Michael Williams
Credit: Sacramento PD

Tanganyika Williams Facebook

Tanganyika Williams

SACRAMENTO, CA – The man believed to be responsible for the stabbing death of his wife is in police custody today after receiving a tip from a citizen.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, 51-year-old Michael Williams was arrested after a citizen contacted police. At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Williams was located near Darla Way and Hemingway Drive in the Sacramento area by a Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy.

Williams was wanted for the murder of his wife, Tanganyika Williams.

On Tuesday, July 8, Sacramento police responded to what was originally reported to be a shooting in the area of 24th Street and Meadowview Road. When officers arrived they discovered a woman lying on the sidewalk suffering from stab wounds to her upper body.

The woman, later identified by family as Tanganyika Williams, was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes had asked for the public’s help to track down Williams. Tanganyika Williams is the aunt of Barnes.

VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ thrashes Thunder Valley Casino

Hosts of That Metal Show with Anthrax

Hosts of That Metal Show with Anthrax
Click for more photos

LINCOLN, CA – VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ paid a visit to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine emceeing the most headbanging event in the history of Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series.

James Hart of Burn Halo

James Hart of Burn Halo
Click for more photos

Headlining the show was legendary heavy metal band Anthrax. They were joined by Living Colour, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Sacramento’s own Burn Halo.

It was an epic beginning with Burn Halo taking front and center stage as the temperature hovered at the 110 degree mark.

Leading the charge were founding members James Hart (vocals) and Joey Roxx (guitar), with newest members Ryan Frost (guitar), Chris Bishop (bass), Johnny Badbones (drums).

Burn Halo tore it up for about 30 minutes as Hart flexed his guttural death growl and performed their latest single “Wolves of War.” For those that missed Burn Halo’s performance you’ll get a chance to see them as they perform at this year’s Monster Energy’s Aftershock in Sacramento’s Discovery Park in September.

Joey Roxx of Burn Halo

Joey Roxx of Burn Halo
Click for more photos

Following Burn Halo was the multi-talented Corey Taylor who has fronted not one, but two bands, written a couple of books and has a fantasy comic book series entitled “House of Gold & Bones,” titled after Stone Sour’s albums ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 1’ and ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 2.’

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
Click for more photos

Taylor was joined on stage by – nobody. Armed with a guitar and his smooth vocals Taylor showed fans what heavy metal was like unplugged, as he kicked off his acoustical set with Stone Sour’s “Bother.” He followed up with a haunting cover of Chris Isaaks “Wicked Games,” with many of the women cheering him on.

It was obvious at the onset why fans refer to Taylor as “The Great Big Mouth,” as he mesmerized the crowd with his guttural sound one minute, and his smokey smooth vocals the next.

Taylor ended his performance with a medley of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and the Misfits explaining to the audience, “Somebody told me you can’t go from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to the Misfits and I said, ‘F#ck you, I’ll make it work’.” He started off with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” followed by Elvis Presley’s “Mystery Train,” finishing off with the Misfit’s “American Nightmare,” leaving the audience on their feet. Talyor definitely garnered some new fans and, according to some, won the night with his performance – Just don’t let any Anthrax fans hear you say that!

Vernon Reid (L) and Dough Wimbish of Living Colour

Vernon Reid (L) and Dough Wimbish of Living Colour
Click for more photos

Living Colour followed with their fusion of jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock, and heavy metal. Lead singer Corey Glover was joined by Vernon Reid (guitar), Will Calhoun (drums) and Doug Wimbish (bass).

Glover was exceptional as the group weaved through their various hits throughout the years including a few covers.

Joey Belladonna of Anthrax

Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
Click for more photos

Living Colour mixed it up as they performed everything from a funky tune like “Type,” to heavy metal with the likes of “Go Away,” and then on to a more traditional rock song with “Ignorance is bliss.” They ended their set with a blistering rendition of James Browns “Sex Machine.”

As the stage grew dark and the fog moved in on the stage, red lights flickered on, lighting the way for Anthrax to take the stage as the crowd roared in anticipation of the legendary band.

Lead singer Joey Belladonna was joined by Scott Ian (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums) and the newest addition Jonathan Donais (guitar).


Click for more photos

Anthrax, one of the pioneers of Thrash Metal, started their set appropriately with “Caught in a Mosh,” as head-bangers united, bobbing their heads and shaking their fists. They followed up with “Got the Time.”

Just prior to starting up “Indian,” Belladonna started telling the crowd to get up and dance, as he yelled, “Can we get a f#cking war dance in this sh*t.” Telling fans to move the chairs out of the way, which has got to be the first time Thunder Valley Casino has experienced a mosh pit at one of their outdoor concerts. I was expecting to see some crowd surfing, but the chairs prevented fans from getting close enough together to successfully pull it off – that was probably a good thing.

A few guards moved in to remove some discarded chairs and then stood at the ready to breakup any potential fights as fans started slamming into each other in the front row.

The 53-year-old Belladonna’s vocals were spot on as he thrashed about the stage with the entire group putting on a high-energy show for fans, ending their set with “I Am the Law” and “Antisocial.”

Many fans were disappointed with the short amount of time Anthrax spent onstage and would have like to have heard some of their early music. Regardless fans loved the show and left wanting more.


Sacramento serial rapist arrested

Robert Hill Credit: Sacramento Sheriff

Robert Hill
Credit: Sacramento Sheriff


SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday morning the arrest of a man they believe is linked to at least three cases of sexual assaults in Sacramento.

Sacramento County Sheriff Sexual Assault Detectives arrested 20-year-old Robert Derrick Hill at his place of work and he is currently being held at Sacramento County Jail on multiple felony charges. His bail has been set at $2,000,000.

Hill is believed to be responsible for sexually violating women in three separate cases between April 2013 and July 2014. These incidents are not related to the Madison/80 serial rapist series.

Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this arrest, to contact the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5070. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com by entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Parents arrested in death of 3-month-old

Ashleigh Smith Credit: Sacramento PD

Ashleigh Smith
Credit: Sacramento PD

Terry Scott Credit: Sacramento PD

Terry Scott
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Saturday, the parents of a 3-month-old boy who was rushed to UC Medical Center, where he later died, were both arrested for possible child neglect and abuse.

On Thursday the Sacramento Fire Department responded to the Florin Meadows apartment complex, located on North Meadows Place, for a medical-aid call for a 3-month-old boy, later identified as Tyrese Smith. He was transported to a local hospital. However, due to the infant’s critical condition, he was redirected and taken via ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis officials contacted police Thursday evening to report possible child abuse.

Detectives arrived at the hospital and began their investigation which included contacting and interviewing the infant’s parents. After the 27-year-old mother, Ashleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., the Baby Smith succumbed to his injuries.

The Sacramento Police Department is working collectively with the Sacramento County District’s Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento County’s Coroner’s Office. Further charges may be amended or considered pending further investigation and autopsy results. Child Protective Services is also involved in the case and there are no other children in the home.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text 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.

Suspect in custody for stabbing elderly man

Police-lightsELK GROVE, CA – The man found on Thursday afternoon in an Elk Grove field has been identified and police believe they have the killer in custody.

According to Elk Grove Police, Thursday, just after 1 p.m., officers responded to the area of Whitelock Parkway and Bellaterra Drive regarding an unidentified male who was found and not breathing.

When officers arrived, they discovered a 75-year-old man, later identified as Xihao Huang, who had been stabbed to death lying in a field.

Investigators were able to identify a person of interest who is already in custody on an unrelated charge.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, the person of interest is not being identified at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (443-4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip 732 (agency identification number) and the message.

Pedestrian dies after being dragged 8 blocks


Area of accident Google Maps

Area of accident
Google Maps

SACRAMENTO, CA – An elderly man was struck and killed after being hit by at least two vehicles late Wednesday night.

According to officials, at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, an elderly man was in the middle of the road when he was hit by a car in the area of Meadowview Road and 21st Street. A second vehicle, a Honda CRV, then struck the victim and dragged him for at least 8 blocks before the driver realized what had happened.

The victim has been identified by the Sacramento Coroner as 90-year-old Russell Victor Johnson of Sacramento. According to the coroners website the incident is classified as a hit and run.

Johnson was declared dead at the scene.

Meadowview was closed all night and reopened at 5 a.m.

Both drivers cooperated with police and no charges have been filed at this time. It’s unknown why the man was in the middle of the road.




Fresno Women arrested for credit card fraud

Porcha Bush Credit: Turlock PD

Porcha Bush
Credit: Turlock PD

Ashley Fambrough Credit: Turlock PD

Ashley Fambrough
Credit: Turlock PD

TURLOCK, CA – Two women were arrested in Turlock on Monday after attempting to withdraw funds with a fraudulent debit card and fake ID.

According to police, 26-year-old Porcha Bush and 18-year-old Ashley Fambrough, both from Fresno, were arrested on Tuesday outside of a Wells Fargo Bank with more than 30 fake credit cards in their possession.

Apparently Bush had entered the Wells Fargo Bank and produced a fake ID and fraudulent debit card in an attempt to make a withdrawal. When the teller attempted the transaction the card was declined and a “fraud alert” notification immediately followed.

Responding officers located Bush and Fambrough in a vehicle outside the bank.

Bush was booked for commercial burglary, attempting to pass a counterfeit credit card with intent to defraud and conspiracy, and Fambrough was booked for possession of account information for another’s credit card with intent to commit fraud and conspiracy.

Cal Expo shuts down ATM – Man arrested for fraud

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – An ATM machine that was being used to steal unsuspecting consumer’s credit card information has been shut down at Cal Expo.

According to Cal Expo police, 21-year-old Darius Deangelo Evans was arrested on a felony warrant issued by the San Francisco Police Department. Evans used the stolen information to make purchases at the Bloomingdale store in San Francisco.

Evans stands accused of creating credit cards in his name using stolen account numbers he retrieved from an ATM machine setup at Cal Expo, spending thousands of dollars on electronics, clothes and jewelry.

According to police, one victim was notified while he was at the opening day of the state fair, this after using an ATM machine. The victim started getting calls from his bank informing him that his account was being drained while he was still at the fair. The victim contacted Cal Expo Police who were able to identify the ATM used.

Investigators were able to link some of the activity from the victim`s card to purchases made in south Sacramento. Police contacted the merchants who provided police with a name and surveillance video of the suspect.

On Tuesday morning, 10 days after the initial fraud took place, investigators went to an apartment in the 7200 block of Greenhaven Drive, where Evans was renting an apartment.

Officers seized over a thousand dollars in cash, loaded weapons, marijuana, high-end athletic shoes, along with hundreds of dollar’s worth of Prada and Louis Vuitton belts.

Evans is being held at the Sacramento County Jail on $500,000 bond.

The Go Go’s take on Thunder Valley

The Go Go's Perform at Thunder Valley Casino

The Go Go’s Perform at Thunder Valley Casino

LINCOLN, CA – The 80s were back at Thunder Valley Casino Resort as the Replay America tour arrived featuring the Go Go’s, Patty Smyth of Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne.

Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes

Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes

The show kicked off at 6:30 p.m., a full half hour later than planned. Originally Cutting Crew was to be on the tour, but they had problems getting Visas issued in time to make the tour.

Opening the evening was Naked Eyes with founding member Pete Byrne. Fellow founding member Rob Fisher passed away in the late 90s.

Byrne started his three song set with “In the Name of Love,” followed by “Promises Promises.” When he announced that the next song would be his last, there were some boos from the crowd. Fans were rewarded with Naked Eyes biggest hit “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

Martha Davis of The Motels

Martha Davis of The Motels

During Byrne’s set there were times when you could hear the young voice belting out the lyrics, but for the most part, his vocals were spotty. The crowd didn’t seem to mind as Byrne’s onstage antics brought the crowd to life, despite the hot and humid weather.

Patty Smyth

Patty Smyth

Martha Davis and the Motels were up next, starting with “Suddenly Last Summer.” Sax man Marty Jourard joined Davis onstage for “Remember the Nights.” Davis and Jourard did a superb job, but the audience seemed to lose interest. It’s difficult to pull out the sax when the sun is still blazing in the sky. The song is better suited for those intimate, dimly lit, moments.

Davis turned it around as she continued with “Take the L” and finished off her set with “Only The Lonely.”

Patty Smyth (L) and Kieth Mack take a selfie

Patty Smyth (L) and Kieth Mack take a selfie

Patty Smyth took the stage and kicked her set off with “Hands Tied.” Smyth immediately introduced guitarist Keith Mack and then proceeded to take selfies with Mack and the audience as a backdrop.

Smyth continued interacting with fans throughout her set. After her finale “Goodbye to You,” Smyth thanked everyone for being there and said, “Lincoln, California! We love your asses!”

Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go's

Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go’s

The Go Go’s took the stage as Pink’s “Get the Party Started” was playing in the background. Leading the pack was Belinda Carlisle (vocals), followed by Charlotte Caffey (guitar), Jane Wiedlin (guitar) and Gina Schock (drums) and Abby Davis (bass). Davis replaced original member Kathy Valentine. Valentine recently split from the band after an argument over royalties.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go Go’s

When the Go Go’s hit the stage singing “Vacation,” the audience came to their feet and most fans remained standing throughout their performance.

They followed up with several hits from their album “Beauty and the Beast,” with Wiedlin complaining about Taylor Swift having the market on songs about past boyfriends, when the Go Go’s have been doing it for decades.

Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go's

Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go’s

Carlisle was able to squeeze one of her solos into the mix singing her 1986 hit “Mad About You.”

The Go Go’s kept the audience fully engaged and at one point Schock left her post behind the drums to invite a number of audience members up onstage as the band performed their cover of the 1960’s hit “Cool Jerk.”

Gina Schock of The Go Go's

Gina Schock of The Go Go’s

Pandemonium broke out as the band started up “Our Lips are Sealed,” with many audience members believing this was their closing song.

For their encore the Go Go’s played “Johnny are You Queer” and “Head Over Heels.”





Audience members onstage with The Go Go's

Audience members onstage with The Go Go’s



Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series is in full swing. This Friday That Metal Show, featuring Anthrax, thrashes its way to Thunder Valley and on Saturday George Benson and Chris Botti quiet things down a bit with little bit of jazz.

1 2 3 135

Free counters!