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Woman hit and killed in Fair Oaks

Police-lightsFAIR OAKS, CA – A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wednesday afternoon when a driver veered off the roadway and hit the woman who was walking on the shoulder with her father.

According to the California Highway Patrol the tragic accident occurred just after noon on Wednesday. A 78-year-old father with Alzheimer’s was walking with his daughter westbound on Winding Way, when a green 2004 Ford Taurus veered across westbound lanes and onto the shoulder striking the woman, before heading down an embankment and hitting a tree.

The daughter, who was in her 50s, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The 53-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident.

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Man beaten to death near Crocker Art Museum

Arthur Bird Courtesy Sacramento PD

Arthur Bird
Courtesy Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was beaten to death near the Crocker Art Museum on Wednesday evening.

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, who was beaten to death at approximate 6:30 p.m. yesterday in the center of Crocker Park.

An eyewitness contacted police to notify them of a fight between two male subjects. When police arrived they found one man on the ground suffering from injuries, and another man, later identified as 40-year-old Arthur Bird, who was in close proximity to the victim.

Crocker Art Center Google Maps

Crocker Art Center
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The victim was rushed to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead.

Bird was detained for questioning and later arrested on murder charges.

Investigators are combing through a sleeping bag, backpack and other items that may have belonged to the victim, who is believed to have been a transient.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or 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.


Elk Grove coach arrested for sexting

Anthony Mosley Courtesy Elk Grove PD

Anthony Mosley
Courtesy Elk Grove PD

ELK GROVE, CA. – An Elk Grove youth coach has been arrested for sending inappropriate text messages to a 16-year-old girl.

According to the Elk Grove Police Department, 48-year-old Anthony Mosley was arrested on Tuesday for “sexting” a teenage girl, including sending a photo that was sexual in nature.

Detectives confirmed that Mosley was actively training and coaching youth at Bartholomew Sports Park. It’s unknown at this time if there are any additional victims.

Mosley is currently in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is being held on a bail of $150,000.00 for Penal Code Sections 288.2(a) Distribution or Exhibition of Lewd Material to Minor and 288.3 Communicate with a Minor with Intent to Commit Sex Offense.

The Elk Grove Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this crime, or any knowledge of additional victims, to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

North Highlands teen killed on I80 in Nevada

Michalea Vines Facebook

Michalea Vines


LOVELOCK, NV – A Sacramento area woman was killed after being struck by a truck she was trying to flag down on Interstate 80 in Nevada on Tuesday.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the tragic accident happened just after midnight on Tuesday, when 18-year-old Michalea Vines of North Highlands, was walking on the shoulder of Interstate 80 about four miles west of Lovelock, NV.

Vines had stepped into oncoming traffic as she tried to flag down a Ford F-150 pickup. The driver, who was from Winnemucca, was unable to avoid hitting the teen. The driver pulled over to try and help Vines, but she died at the scene.

Troopers believe Vines may have been drinking prior to getting hit.

Body of missing Roseville restaurant owner found

steve-peaseROSEVILLE, CA – The body of missing Roseville restaurant owner Stephen Pease was found along the Mendocino coast on Sunday.

According to a statement from family friend Chris Maudru, the body was discovered near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino County.

Pease’s body did not show any signs of trauma and is believed to have been in the ocean for more than a few days off the Northern California coast.

Recreational divers discovered the body in the ocean at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near mile-marker 3.89 along Highway 1, in Gualala,

Mendicino County Sheriff’s responded to the area along with the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden. Due to the steep cliffs, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and was able to airlift the remains to an open field.

No other details were available regarding his death.

Maudru said, “These last couple weeks have been very challenging for everyone involved in Steve’s disappearance with the uncertainty that surrounded us. We ask that in the spirit of these holidays, that you take care of one another, be gentle and be kind and compassionate.”

Pease, the co-owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville last contacted his family on Oct. 28 by cellphone and he was last seen Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg in Northern California, a four hour drive from the Roseville area.

Soon after his disappearance, a sign was posted on restaurant doors stating the bar and restaurant was temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “we’re looking forward to serving the community again soon.”

Maudru and his wife, local radio personality Kat Maudru, started distributing missing persons posters and helped organize search parties along the Mendocino coast in hopes of locating Pease.

Pease had rented a 2014 silver Chevy Captiva with Oregon license plate number 500GKN and was scheduled to return the vehicle on Nov. 5. According to Kat, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.

At the time police in Fort Bragg and Roseville both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither had discovered any evidence of foul play.

Since his disappearance, rumors were being spread of the mishandling of funds for the restaurant. The CelebrityExaminer did talk to a family friend who confirmed that Pease’s signature was required to dispense funds, forcing Sammy’s to close its doors when he went missing.

K9 finds meth in birthday present

Donald Owen Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Donald Owen
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

AUBRUN, CA – A couple was arrested last Wednesday night on several drug charges after Jet, a drug-sniffing dog, discovered a birthday present full of meth.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s department, Deputy Jet sniffed out the offending package after a routine traffic stop on Auburn Ravine Road at around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies pulled over 46-year-old Donald David Owen of Oakdale and 43-year-old Sarah Marie Bastin of Modesto for traffic violations and discovered that Owens was driving on a suspended license and was on searchable probation.

The narcotics-certified Jet was called in to “sniff” out the vehicle and quickly alerted deputies to several items that may contain drugs, including a box covered in birthday gift wrap. When deputies opened the birthday gift, they found 2.29 pounds of methamphetamine inside. The drugs were inside a large, zipped plastic bag.

Gift Wrapping from package

Gift Wrapping from package

2.29 pounds of meth Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

2.29 pounds of meth
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Owen and Bastin were booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of sales and transportation of a controlled substance, plus conspiracy. Owen is being held on $280,000 bail and Bastin’s bail is set at $250,000.

3 dead in fatal crash on 99

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Three people were killed in a single vehicle accident on Highway 99 in South Sacramento early Saturday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2010 Acura went off the roadway killing all three onboard.

The driver was later identified as 24-year-old Sean Leon Guerrero of Modesto. The two passengers were twin brothers 23-year-old Michael Anderson of Atwater and his brother Robert Anderson of Elk Grove.

Guerrero, who was intoxicated at the time, was traveling southbound on Highway 99 at around 2:30 a.m. and was going between 80 and 100 mph. He lost control of the vehicle near the Calvine Road exit. The vehicle drifted into the dirt shoulder and hit a chain-link fence and metal pole.

All three victims died at the scene of the crash.

Woodland garage explosion leads to arrest

Location of explosion Google Maps

Location of explosion
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WOODLAND, CA – A garage explosion in Woodland has led to the arrest of a woman who was attempting to process marijuana into highly concentrated cannabis, referred to as earwax.

According to the Woodland Police Department, a garage explosion at a home located at 87 Utah Avenue caused considerable damage. The concussion blew out the garage door, destroyed a large portion of the ceiling and blew the east and west walls away from the foundation and roof trusses.

As crews were headed to the scene it was reported that witnesses saw several people running from the burning home, with one of them on fire.

When fire crews and officers arrived there were no victims in the area and no reports of injuries.

First responders discovered large quantities of marijuana in the garage and inside a bedroom of the home. They also found containers of butane and traces of concentrated cannabis near the fire source.

The Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) was called out to investigate the situation and they were able to determine the occupants of the house were engaged in a chemical extraction process to manufacture concentrated cannabis at the time of the explosion.

Woodland Police arrested 22-year-old Lucinda Alvira Alarcon-Rodriguez. She faces charges of possession of marijuana for sales and manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical extraction, both felony crimes.


Granite Bay High School evacuated

Police-lightsGRANITE BAY, CA – Granite Bay High School was evacuated earlier today after a message was found on a bathroom wall stating that a bomb would detonate on campus.

Students were evacuated to the football stadium while authorities cleared the buildings. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies were onsite searching the campus and students were allowed to re-enter the school at around 1 p.m.

This is the second time this month that a threatening note has been found in the bathroom. Earlier this month the school was placed under lockdown after a similar note was found. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies searched the campus and did not find any suspicious devices.

Former Rocklin teacher get 10 years in prison

Matthew Yamamoto Credit: Rocklin Police

Matthew Yamamoto
Credit: Rocklin Police

ROCKLIN, CA – A Former Whitney High School teacher has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

On Thursday a judge announced that Matthew Yamamoto will be sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison, and must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

According to Placer County District Attorney Jeff Wilson, the court decided against probation for Yamamoto after the defendant defied a restraining order instructing the student to destroy evidence of their relationship and creating fake email accounts to avoid detection.

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Yamamoto pleaded no contest to oral copulation with a minor, attempted sexual intercourse with a minor and sexual penetration on a minor. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to obstructing justice. There were several minor counts that were dismissed.

Yamamoto was arrested on September 17 2012 on charges of molesting or annoying a minor and meeting with a minor for purposes of committing a lewd act.

According to reports, days before his arrest the district was scheduled to name him Teacher of the Year.

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