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First Rocklin murder in 6 years may have been self-defense

Zachary Raymond Kachmar  Rocklin PD

Zachary Raymond Kachmar
Rocklin PD

ROCKLIN, CA – The 19-year-old man arrested last weekend in connection with an argument gone bad has been released from custody.

The case is currently under review by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the Rocklin Police Department. They are working closely together to determine if any charges will be brought against the Zachmar.

Prosecutors believe that Kachmar may have acted in self-defense without criminal intent.

The Rocklin Police Department received a call just after 10 p.m. Saturday about a man being stabbed. When officers arrived they found 51-year-old Robert Earl Vickney, Jr. inside a home on Swan Court bleeding from a stab wound to the chest.

Medics transported him to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Detectives were able to determine that an argument broke out between the victim and 20-year-old Zachary Raymond Kachmar of Rocklin. The argument started during a party at the home and when the argument turned ugly, Kachmar stabbed the victim in the chest with a pocket knife.

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Home of stabbing
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Kachmar was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. According to the District Attorney, the arraignment has been continued to July 29.

On Sunday morning authorities had said Kachmar would be facing a murder charge in Vickney’s death.

Kachmar knew Vickney and was friends with his son.

Turlock couple arrested for Roseville thefts

Cynthia Patrias Roseville PD

Cynthia Patrias
Roseville PD

Robert Jesse Miller Roseville PD

Robert Jesse Miller
Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – The Bonnie and Clyde of Laundromats and car washes were arrested last week for a string of coin-operated machine thefts in Roseville and throughout the region.

According to the Roseville Police Department, detectives arrested Cynthia J. Patrias and Robert J. Miller, both 49 of Turlock, on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy and other related charges.

There are two other suspects that are pending charges.

Read: Man suspected in car wash thefts

Between June 14 and 21 in the early morning hours, the couple went into at least four businesses and drilled the locks to the coin boxes. The thefts occurred at a Laundromat on Folsom Road and coin-operated car washes on Eureka Road, Taylor Road and Pleasant Grove Boulevard.

Roseville detectives were able to identify a group of thieves that were linked to the thefts in Roseville after interviewing witnesses, reviewing video surveillance and gathering information from other area law enforcement agencies. There were at least 14 similar thefts between February and June in the counties of Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yuba and San Joaquin.

The total loss to the victims, including repair costs, is in excess of $21,000.

Crew finds white powder on JetBlue flight

Credit: JetBlue

Credit: JetBlue

HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut State Police are investigating the discovery of a “white substance” in the bathroom of a JetBlue plane.

On Monday, flight attendants on a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, discovered a mysterious white powder in the bathroom of the jet.

Airport spokesman John Wallace said the powder was discovered in a bathroom shortly before JetBlue Flight 460 was scheduled to land Monday night.

The flight landed without incident and passengers were allowed to deplane.

According to the airline, the plane had 135 passengers and five crew members onboard. As a precautionary measure, two flight attendants were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

JetBlue flights were delayed because of the incident. No other airlines were impacted.

State police are investigating, and the Transportation Security Administration is assisting.

Homes threatened in Roseville fire

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Area where homes are threatened
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ROSEVILLE, CA – A fast moving grass fire is threatening homes in the Woodcreek Oaks area of Roseville.

On Tuesday Roseville Fire found themselves fighting another fire that is threatening homes in area of Woodcreek Oaks. Fire has deployed a number of engines to protect structures in the area. One area in particular is Jelly Bean and Cedar Springs courts.

UPDATED (12:10 a.m.) – The fire damaged close to 4 acres. Thirty-five fire fighters were able to bring the blaze under control and successfully protect several homes that were threatened.

The fire started  near the Woodcreek golf course. An off duty fireman saw smoke in the area and called it in. The circumstances around the fire are considered suspicious and cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Roseville has been plagued with a number of fires since June, including a fire at Maido Park that burned 30 acres and damaged four homes and a structure. That fire took over 180 fire fighters and assistance from Sac Metro Fire, Cal Fire, Rocklin, South Placer, Loomis and Penryn Fire.

Earlier this morning, Placer County Fire responded to the area of Walerga and PFE Roads where neighbors were able to keep a grass fire from spreading, original reports were that a structure was involved, but that’s unclear at this time. The fire is currently under investigation.

Read: Roseville Maidu fire

Read: Roseville battles several fires

A 17-year-old Roseville teen was arrested for lighting one of three grass fires that started on July 9. Police said they are investigating a possible connection between the teen and the Maidu fire as well as other recent fires in the area.

Rocklin’s first murder victim in 6 years identified

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Home of stabbing
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ROCKLIN, CA – The man killed in Rocklin’s first murder in six years has been identified.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, 51-year-old Robert Earl Vickney, Jr. was the victim of a fatal stabbing at his residence Saturday night.

Read: Rocklin has first homicide in over 5 years

Zachary Raymond Kachmar  Rocklin PD

Zachary Raymond Kachmar
Rocklin PD

The Rocklin Police Department received a call just after 10 p.m. that a man had been stabbed. When officers arrived they found Vickney in the home bleeding from the chest. Medics transported him to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Detectives were able to determine that an argument broke out between the victim and 20-year-old Zachary Raymond Kachmar of Rocklin. The argument started during a party at the home and when the argument turned ugly, Kachmar stabbed the victim in the chest with a pocket knife.

Kachmar was taken into custody and booked into Placer County Jail for murder. He’s being held without bail.

Woman electrocuted while using iPhone 5

iphone-chargingHONG KONG – CNN is reporting that a woman in China has died while using an Apple iPhone when the phone was charging.

According to state-run Xinhua news agency, 23-year-old Ma Ailun was charging her iPhone 5 and was electrocuted when she went to answer a call on the phone.

According to local police, Ailun, a flight attendant for China Southern Airlines, was picking up her phone to answer a call when she was electrocuted. Police are still investigating the cause of the electrical shock and have not been able to confirm if it was due to the phone or other reason.

In a statement to CNN, Apple said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter.”

The Xinhua news agency did say that mobile phones have a low output of 3 to 5 volts, and with that low of a voltage it probably  isn’t enough to deliver any type of deadly jolt.

Sacramento man shot and killed over weekend identified

Shalvin Singh Facebook

Shalvin Singh
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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was found shot in the driveway of a South Sacramento home early Sunday morning.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers responded to 7893 Cedar Springs Way in South Sacramento just 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers arrived and discovered 21-year-old Shalvin Singh, of Sacramento, lying in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Singh was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

Investigators say an unknown male in dark clothing approached Singh and the group of people he was with, and fired into the crowd. According to witnesses, Singh and his girlfriend had been at the home to meet a friend.

Investigators are not ruling out the possibility drug or gang related activity.

The Sacramento Police Department asks anyone with information about the case to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or by text 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.

Asiana airlines to sue KTVU

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SEOUL, South Korea – On Monday Asiana announced plans to sue San Francisco TV station KTVU over the airing of racially offensive names for the four pilots on ill-fated flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International airport.

Read: KTVU TV fails to verify Asiana pilot names: Racial joke goes viral

On Friday of last week a KTVU-TV anchor read the bogus names on the air  and then apologized after a break. The television station continued their apology during their evening news and in a statement.

According to the station, they confirmed the names with the National Transportation Board, who has also apologized for confirming the false names, blaming the gaff on a “summer intern.”

Video of the report has spread widely across the Internet since it was broadcast.

According to Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin the reports seriously damaged the companies reputation and the airliner wants to, “strongly respond to its (KTVU’s) racially discriminatory report.” She went on to confirm they will be filing suit, most likely in U.S. courts.

Asiana has not decided if they will also file suit against the NTSB.

Rocklin has first homicide in over 5 years

Zachary Raymond Kachmar  Rocklin PD

Zachary Raymond Kachmar
Rocklin PD

ROCKLIN, CA – Rocklin had their first homicide since 2007 Saturday night after a man was stabbed to death at a Rocklin home.

According to Rocklin Police, officers responded to a report of a stabbing just after 10 p.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of Swan Court.

Updated: No charges filed in deadly Rocklin stabbing

Officers arrived and found a 51-year-old man located in a home, bleeding from the chest. Medics transported the victim to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Home of stabbing Google Maps

Home of stabbing
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Detectives were able to determine that an argument broke out between the victim and 20-year-old Zachary Raymond Kachmar of Rocklin. The argument started during a party at a home on Swan Court and when the argument turned ugly, Kachmar stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife.

Kachmar was taken into custody and booked into Placer County Jail for murder. He’s being held without bail.

Rocklin Police are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

KTVU TV fails to verify Asiana pilot names: Racial joke goes viral

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OAKLAND, CA – A San Francisco television station thought they were getting the jump on the competition when they posted the names of the pilots from ill-fated Asiana flight 214.

Friday, on their noon broadcast, television station KTVU-TV channel 2 announced the names of the four pilots as “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk” and “Bang Ding Ow.”

Oh yes they did – And now the video has gone viral.

It appears several mistakes were made and both KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board issued apologies for their roles in the broadcast of the racially insensitive names.

“The NTSB has confirmed these are the names of the pilots aboard Flight 214 when it crashed,” the anchor said. “We are working to determine exactly what roles each of them played during the landing on Saturday.”

In a follow-up broadcast that evening KTVU’s Frank Somerville apologized saying, “We made several mistakes when we received this information. First, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out.”

Read: Asiana Airlines to sue KTVU

Continuing Somerville added, “Then, during our phone call to the NTSB where the person confirmed the spellings of the names, we never asked that person to give us their position with the agency. We heard this person verify the information without questioning who they were and then rushed the names on our noon newscast.”

“We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites,” Tom Raponi, KTVU/KICU vice president and general manager, said in a statement Friday. “Nothing is more important to us than having the highest level of accuracy and integrity, and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.”

Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, the NTSB issued the following statement:

“The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots. A summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft.  We work hard to ensure that only appropriate factual information regarding an investigation is released and deeply regret today’s incident.  Appropriate actions will be taken to ensure that such a serious error is not repeated.”

Yeap – blame it on the intern.

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