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Sacramento inmate dies while in custody

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – An inmate was transported to a hospital earlier today, where she later died.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, a 39 year-old female died early Tuesday morning after complaining that she was feeling ill.

The woman was taken into custody the night before and booked on possessing a controlled substance. She was in a holding tank in the female intake area and then at around 2:20 a.m. she notified deputies that she wasn’t feeling good. She was rushed to a local hospital where she became unresponsive and ultimately was declared dead at 3:18 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation into the death in accordance with department procedures and state laws.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to her next of kin.

Girl killed in hit and run identified

Police-lightsWOODLAND, CA – A teenage girl that was struck and killed early Friday morning during an argument along Interstate 5 near Woodland has been identified.

The girl has been identified as 17-year-old Claudia Reyes-Gonzalez. She was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Impala that had been driving northbound on Interstate 5 near Woodland at approximately 12:30 a.m. Friday, when she and the driver started arguing.

The driver pulled to the side of the road and Gonzalez jumped out of the car and started running north in the lanes of traffic. That’s when another vehicle struck and killed Gonzalez. The driver did not stop.

On Monday, the California Highway Patrol received an anonymous tip about the car that may have been responsible for the collision. It was described as a brownish 1998 Buick Park Avenue with California license plate number 6VIM118. It’s believed to have been recently sold to a salvage company.

The car was registered to Camron Ervin out of Elk Grove. The CHP has questioned him and are referring to him as a “person of interest.”

According to CBS10 Gonzalez was supposed to have been with family watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, but chose to go to a party with friends in Sacramento. Her friends claimed she had been raped at the party, but the coroner’s office has discounted that claim.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Woodland CHP at 530-662-4685. New details have surfaced about the Woodland teenage girl killed in a hit and run last Friday. Authorities are questioning a man and calling him a “person of interest.”

Man hit by DUI bicyclist dies

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Leonard Whitlow
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TRUCKEE, CA – The man hit by a woman riding a bicycle last Thursday at a 4th of July celebration has died.

The tragic accident happened at Donner Lake just prior to the fireworks display, when a woman, who had been drinking, crashed the bicycle she was riding into 46-year-old Leonard Richard Whitlow out of Sparks Nevada. Whitlow was initally taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital and later transferred to Renown Hospital in Reno.

The woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after crashing her bike into Whitlow, leaving him in critical condition.

According to the Truckee Police Department, they received a call just before 9:30 p.m. on the fourth about a collision between a pedestrian and bicyclist in the area of Donner Pass Road and Donner Lake.

When officers arrived, they found bystanders performing CPR on Whitlow, who had been struck by the bicyclist. Emergency responders took over lifesaving efforts and transported the man to Tahoe Forest Hospital. The victim was eventually flown to a Renown Hospital in Reno, where he later died.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Petra Bakker-Borhani of Truckee for operating the bicycle while under the influence of alcohol. Bakker-Borhani remained at the scene and was not injured in the collision.

Witnesses reported that Whitlow may have also been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, but that has not been confirmed.

July 4th celebrations had been going on all day in the area with the fireworks show about to start. The fireworks show was not interrupted and went off as planned.

Man wanted for killing worker in watermelon field

Eduardo Favian Maldonado Stanislaus County Sheriff

Eduardo Favian Maldonado
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MODESTO, CA – A man was shot and killed after another man started shooting at a group of workers as they were leaving a watermelon field near Turlock.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department received a call just after 3 p.m. Sunday, about a man being shot in a field near Simmons and Washington Road in the unincorporated area of Turlock.

A woman walking next to the victim immediately recognized the driver of the car as her husband, 42-year-old Eduardo Favian Maldonado. Maldonado was driving a red Mercury towards the group and started firing in the direction of his wife, striking a man and just missing his wife.

The victim was transported by Medi-Flight to Memorial Hospital in Modesto, where he died this morning.

Maldonado was last seen fleeing the area, driving a dark red or maroon 1999 four door Mercury Mystique, California license plate number 5FLX194.

Sheriff’s believe that Maldonado may be attempting to flee to Mexico, where he is originally from.

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He is wanted for Murder, Attempted Murder and Attempted Corporal Injury on a Spouse.

It is unknown at this time the reason Maldonado was shooting at his wife and her co-workers. The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown 209-567-4485. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704″ plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

Body of newborn found in Roseville park

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ROSEVILLE, CA – The body of a newborn has been found at a park in Roseville today.

According to the Roseville Police Department, the body of a newborn baby was discovered Monday morning just before 8 o’clock at Saugstad Park. The grisly discovery was made by a work crew from the City of Roseville Parks and Recreation department.

The body of the full-term baby was wrapped in plastic bags and stuffed into a diaper box, then hidden in some bushes along a bike trail. Police did make note that the diaper box was not a box for newborn diapers, but a box for older toddlers.

The gender of the baby and cause of death were not immediately known.

Detective Darin DeFreece did say that it appears the body had been there for several days.

Man shot killed at apartment complex identified

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man shot and killed over the weekend at a Sacramento apartment complex has been identified.

According to the coroner’s office, 49-year-old Domenic David Lafazia was identified as the man shot and killed after an early morning argument Sunday.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, the Sacramento Police Department responded to a call of someone being shot in the parking lot of Stonegate Apartments in the 5100 block of Mack Road.

When police arrived, they discovered a white male in his late 40’s, now known to be Lafazia, at the bottom of some stairs. He had been shot in the upper body and was not breathing. Officers performed CPR until Sacramento fire arrived, relieving the officers.

Lafazia died at the scene.

Witnesses told officers that the victim had been arguing with a black adult male just before shots rang out.
According to police there are no apparent ties to the apartment complex and Lafazia. There currently is no known motive at this time and Homicide Detectives are actively working the case.

If anyone has any information about this shooting please call the Sacramento Police Department at (916)-264-5471.

Alaskan air taxi crashes 10 dead

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SOLDOTNA, AK -  Ten people have died after an air taxi crashed at a small airport in Alaska.

A De Havilland DHC3 Otter air taxi crashed at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday at Soldotna’s airport, a small town on the Kenai Peninsula, southwest of Anchorage.

Initial reports are the plane had taken off from the airport when the crash occurred, but that has not been confirmed. The plane was engulfed in flames on impact.

This is the latest in a number of plane crashes this year in Alaska. Just recently a crash claimed the lives of a pilot and two passengers who were touring the Alaskan Range. The crash comes only a day after the Asiana crash in San Francisco, leaving two teenagers dead.

“We do have 10 fatalities, unfortunately, nine passengers, one pilot,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson told The Associated Press.

The Otter was operated by Rediske Air, out of Nikiski, AK.

One witness told the Peninsula Clarion that the aircraft was flown by Nikiski pilot and company owner Willy Rediske with nine passengers onboard.

According to authorities all bodies have been recovered and have been sent to the medical examiners for autopsies and positive identifications.

The weather at the time of the crash was cloudy with a light wind.

An investigative team from the National Transportation and Safety Board is headed to the Alaskan town to assist in the investigation. Brice Banning an investigator based in Alaska is headed back to his home state after being called out to assist in the Asiana crash in San Francisco.

Early morning argument leads to man dead in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, CA – An early morning argument Sunday, led to a man being shot and killed at a Sacramento apartment complex.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, the Sacramento Police Department responded to a call of someone being shot in the parking lot of Stonegate Apartments in the 5100 block of Mack Road.

When police arrived, they discovered a white male in his late 40’s at the bottom of some stairs. He had been shot in the upper body and was not breathing. Officers performed CPR until Sacramento fire arrived, relieving the officers.

The victim died at the scene.

Witnesses told officers that the victim had been arguing with a black adult male just before shots rang out.

According to police there are no apparent ties to the apartment complex and the victim. There currently is no known motive at this time and Homicide Detectives are actively working the case.

If anyone has any information about this shooting please call the Sacramento Police Department at (916)-264-5471.

Wholefoods recalls tainted cheese

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NEW YORK – Whole Foods Market Inc. has recalled Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese after an outbreak of bacterial infections, sickening people in several states and killing at least one person.

On Friday Whole Foods said the cheese may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It was sold in 30 states under Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres. The cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market labels.

The company is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall.

Officials have confirmed that cases have been identified in at least three states. Illinois Public health officials said one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May. Minnesota officials said Thursday that one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized in June, after becoming ill due to the cheese.

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Les Freres Cheese

Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems. In healthy individuals, it can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crave Brothers is based in Waterloo, Wis. The company announced a voluntary recall of Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles cheese made on July 1 or earlier. It said the cheeses were distributed around the country through retail and food service outlets and mail order.

Whole Foods said customers should throw the cheese away and bring in their receipts for a full refund.

2 confirmed dead 230 injured in 777 crash

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Asiana flight 277
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A Boeing 777 crashed as it was attempting to land Saturday at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The crash happened just before 11:30 a.m., involving Asiana flight No. 214,  a passenger jet that was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members from South Korea.

UPDATED: There has been 2 confirmed deaths with 182 injured taken to local hospitals. At least 49 passengers were in critical condition and the remaining 133 had minor to moderate injuries and were not transported to hospitals, but were treated on scene.

Initial reports from officials were there were 60 people unaccounted for, that number has since been revised to only 1.

There were initially conflicting reports that the 777 may have been a cargo plane, but it has been confirmed that this was a passenger plane.

The plane from South Korea was scheduled to land on runway 28 left at approximately 11:38 a.m. PST. It appears the plane landed and then crashed.

We are getting reports that there were 291 passengers on board.

The planes tail section was broken off. The wings look like they are intact, but the top of the plane is completely gone. It’s unknown if it was burned off, or blown off from the initial explosion, or impact. It appears the tail section may have hit first, breaking off, with the rest of the plane continuing down the runway.

KCBS has spoken to a man who was to meet a group of Korean school children who were on the plane that crashed. He is desperately trying to find out what has happened.

One witness told KCBS that he saw the chutes deploy with numerous passengers coming out of the plane.

Witnesses have described the plane coming in at an odd angle and the made a hard landing followed by a loud boom as it began to break apart.

SFO is currently closed for at least the next two hours and planes are being diverted.

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