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Woman shot in Winters has died

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Leslie Pinkston
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WINTERS, CA – The woman shot earlier this morning in downtown Winters has died.

According to the Winters Police Department, the woman, who was in her 30s, was sitting in a black BMW SUV on the 300 block of Railroad Street around 9:30 a.m., when someone fired three shots into the vehicle, hitting the woman in the head.

According to the Daily Democrat, the victim was 32-year-old Leslie Pinkston, who worked for Aleco Electric.

Pinkston was airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center, where she later died.

The shooter is believed to be Pinkston’s ex-boyfriend or husband. The shooter was seen leaving the scene in a tan vehicle. He’s described as a black man, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 pounds

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“I would definitely say he is a threat to anybody, considering a firearm was used in this situation,” Guiterrez told KCRA. “At this point he is considered a threat to the public.”

As of 1 p.m. Waggoner Elementary School remained in lockdown. According to police the victims daughter is a student at the school.

Initially all schools in the Winters Joint Unified School District were immediately placed on lockdown, including the Mariani Nut Company, which is located close to where the shooting occurred.

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Firefighter with Tahoe National Forest found dead

Mike Kelly YubaNet

Mike Kelly
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CAMPTONVILLE, CA – A firefighter who served with the Tahoe Hotshots Crew was found dead over the weekend on a road in Camptonville.

According to a statement released by the Tahoe National Forest, 32-year-old Michael Patrick Kelly II was found dead on Marysville Road in Camptonville early Saturday morning.

Kelly served as a Squad Boss on the Tahoe Hotshots Crew, headquartered in Camptonville. He joined the Forest Service as a permanent employee in 2003 and had been a Tahoe National Forest employee since 2008.MikeKelly4_thumb

Tahoe Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn said in the statement, “This is a tragic loss for Mike’s family, for Tahoe National Forest, and for the fire-fighting community.”

Kelly served as a fire fighter on fire engines, as a smoke jumper and as a Hotshot Crew Squad Boss.

Kelly’s death is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.

Cards and condolences can be sent care of the Yuba River Ranger District, 15924 Highway 49, Camptonville, CA 95922.

Woman shot in Winters prompts school lockdowns

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Leslie Pinkston
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WINTERS, CA – A woman was shot while sitting in her car Monday morning in the town of Winters, forcing schools in the area to go into lock down.

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Read UPDATE: Woman shot in Winters dies

According to the Winters Police Department, the woman, who was in her 30s, was sitting in a black BMW SUV on the 300 block of Railroad Street around 9:30 a.m., when someone fired three shots into the vehicle, hitting the woman in the head.

Winters Police Chief Sergio Guiterrez believe he knows who the shooter is.

“I would definitely say he is a threat to anybody, considering a firearm was used in this situation,” Guiterrez told KCRA. “At this point he is considered a threat to the public.”

The Daily Democrat said the victim was 32-year-old Leslie Pinkston, who worked for Aleco Electric.

Pinkston was airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center.

The shooter is believed to be Pinkston’s ex-boyfriend or husband. The shooter was seen leaving the scene in a tan vehicle. The shooter is described as a black man, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 pounds

The victim’s condition is not known at this time.

All schools in the Winters Joint Unified School District were immediately placed on lockdown, including the Mariani Nut Company, which is located close to where the shooting occurred.

Russian airliner crashes 50 dead

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MOSCOW – Russian news is reporting that a passenger airliner crashed while landing in the city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard.

According to reports, a Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed during landing at approximately 7:20 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Emergency responders are on scene. No cause for the crash has been identified.

Kazan is about 450 miles east of Moscow.

The flight originated in Moscow and according to the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius, there were no survivors.

Fire destroys Carmichael home

Courtesy Sac Metro

Courtesy Sac Metro

CARMICHAEL, CA – An early morning blaze destroyed a home in Carmichael and damaged a neighboring home on Saturday.

Sac Metro responded to a house fire on Marietta Way at approximately 5:20 a.m. Saturday. When crews arrived they discovered that the two-story home was fully involved.

The house was abandoned, but neighbors claim squatters had moved into the home recently. According to Sac Metro there was no power to the home and they believe the squatters lit a fire in an effort to stay warm.

Nobody was inside the home and no one was injured.

The fire damaged one of the homes next door, but fire crews were able to save the home from sustaining any major damage.

According to neighbors, the house has been boarded up for the past five years. The abandoned home was completely furnished, making it a prime target for squatters. Neighbors say they were calling police on a regular basis.

The Investigations Unit asks anyone with further information on this incident to contact the Arson Tip Line at (916) 859-3775.

Man arrested after robbing Sacramento bank

Jeffrey Houston Courtesy Sacramento Police

Jeffrey Houston
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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man who robbed a bank in Sacramento was arrested after officers questioned him and then found money he apparently discarded.

The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Jeffrey Houston, didn’t get very far after he robbed the Citibank branch located on the 400 block of Howe Avenue.

According to Sacramento Police, Houston entered the bank and passed a note to one of the tellers demanding money. The teller complied and Houston fled on foot.

Arriving officers discovered a shirtless subject matching the description provided by witnesses.  When officers attempted to contact Houston he made an attempt to hide near a residence in the area. While officers were detaining him, additional officers discovered cash on the ground in the area Houston had been observed trying to hide.

After witnesses positively identified Houston he was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of robbery and violation of parole.

Make-A-Wish transforms San Francisco into Gotham City for Batkid

BZIhHkqCMAEOFVt.jpg largeSAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco was turned into Gotham City today as the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfills one boys dream to work side by side with Batman.

Five-year-old Miles Scott, who is a leukemia patient from Tulelake, Calif. has been granted his wish to be Batkid for a day.

The San Francisco Chronicle, KGO-TV and thousands of volunteers have joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation along with the San Francisco Police department to bring it all together.

Damsel in distress Twitter: @pilarwish

Damsel in distress
Twitter: @pilarwish

The Chronicle distributed a special-edition newspaper with the headline, “Batkid Saves City,” in Union Square, where a flash mob gathered earlier today. A Lamborghini was donated to be the Batmobile and an acrobat is playing the role of Batman.

Scott will be rescuing a woman from cable car tracks on Nob Hill and he will also be tasked to capture the Riddler, who will be in the act of robbing a downtown bank.

A flash mob is planned to summon Batkid for another caper involving the Penguin.

Ending his heroic day Scott will receive the key to the city from the mayor around 2 p.m.

Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old and completed finished treatment in June and is currently in remission.

His father, Nick Scott told KGO TV, “All the people at Make-A-Wish they’ve gone above and beyond for us, all the doctors, nurses and all the other parents that have to deal with the same thing we’re going through. I hope they get a conclusion to their illnesses like we’re getting.”

You can track Batkid and his heroic efforts on Twitter (#SFBatkid) and KGO Live at http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/live

Children’s counselor convicted for underage sex

Theresa Gooch Credit: Sacramento PD

Theresa Gooch
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A former children’s counselor has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to charges of having sex with an underage girl.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Theresa Gooch was a counselor at the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento and she will serve one year in jail and five years of formal probation.

Gooch must register as a sex offender for her probation term.

Last June the Sacramento Police Department started an investigation into the alleged misconduct, of the then 24-year-old Gooch, with a 16-year-old female victim residing at the Children’s Receiving Home in Sacramento.

During the investigation it was determined that a relationship occurred from September 2012 and continued through February of 2013. During that time Gooch was employed as a counselor at the Children’s Receiving Home in the 3500 block of Auburn Boulevard. Gooch has since been placed on administrative leave.

Children’s Receiving Home

Children’s Receiving Home

Gooch allegedly inappropriately touched the victim as well as developed a relationship with her, which prompted the investigation.

The Sacramento Police department worked in coordination with the California Department of Social Services during the course of the investigation.

Gooch was taken into custody and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for multiple sex offenses with a person under the age of eighteen; charges to include Oral Copulation, Attempted Oral Copulation and Molestation of a Minor.

 

Comcast driver hits, kills woman in Rancho Cordova

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Tyesha Keola
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A Comcast truck driver was taken into custody last night after the truck he was driving struck and killed a woman in Rancho Cordova last night.

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According to the California Highway Patrol the woman was killed after being hit while crossing Bradshaw Road near Business Park Drive at around 8 p.m. Thursday.

The driver, identified as 53-year-old Kenneth Palmer, was taken into custody after officers suspected Palmer of being under the influence of alcohol.

According to the coroners website the woman killed was 33-year-old Tyesha Keola Shanks of Sacramento. Shanks was the mother of four boys.

There was no crosswalk in the area where Shanks was attempting to cross.

KC nominated to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

MIAMI, FL – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

According to a press release, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as ‘KC’ of KC and the Sunshine Band has just received the nomination to the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, to be awarded Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in New York, NY.

The band was founded in 1973 in Miami, Florida and charted globally with their funk, R&B, and disco songs. KC wrote some of the biggest and most enduring songs of the disco era including George McCrae’s 1974 No. 1 hit “Rock Your Baby.” He also penned songs for Betty Wright and Jimmy “Bo” Horne.  His hits for KC and the Sunshine Band include chart-toppers “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way I Like It.” Key songs in their catalog include: “Boogie Shoes”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Rock Your Baby”, “Shake Your Booty” “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep it Comin’ Love”, “Give it Up” and “Please Don’t Go.”

Performing songwriter nominees for the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame include Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, Ray Davies, Donovan, Vince Gill, Yusuf Islam p/k/a “Cat Stevens”, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Sade, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson.

Non-performer nominees include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti, Graham Gouldman, Mark James, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell, Tony Macaulay, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Linda Perry, Don Robertson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Jim Weatherly.

Voting members of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame have until December 16 to turn in their ballots with choices of three non-performer nominees and two from the performer category.

In 2014 KC and the Sunshine Band will take their dance grooves down-under as they head to Australia, visiting Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, The Palace in Melbourne, Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre and the main stage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

Peter Noble, director of Bluesfest Touring said, “this is a band who came from the era where people bought records and KC and the Sunshine Band have over 100 million record sales to prove it.” He added, “This puts them at the same level of sales as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and Stevie Wonder and three times more than Pearl Jam.”

For Australia tickets and more information go to bluesfesttouring.com.au

 

 

 

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