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Tony Stewart undergoes surgery after sprint car crash

134_0501_tonyw_1_zOSKALOOSA, IA – NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart undergoes surgery after his sprint car crashed Monday night.

According to a spokesman for Stewart, the 3-time NASCAR Champion will miss this weekend’s road course race at Watkins Glen.

The 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula, undergoing  surgery after being transported to a local hospital. An update was expected Tuesday afternoon, and so far Stewart-Haas Racing has not announced a replacement driver for the No. 14 car at Watkins Glen.

Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps remaining when a car spun in Turn 4 causing a chain-reaction crash that included Stewart.

The winner Brian Brown told The Des Moines Register that he saw the accident in front of him, turned left, hit an infield tire and kept going.

“It looked like he got into a lapped car,” Brown told the Register. “When I got close, he was flipping cage down. I didn’t really have time to watch and see what was going on.

On Sunday Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He’s currently 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the Cup field is set. Missing the Watkins Glen race will more than likely mean that Stewart will miss the Chase.

Official Statement:

“KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Aug. 6, 2013) – Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a broken right tibia and fibula in a Sprint Car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Stewart was transported to a local hospital immediately following the accident and underwent surgery. An injury update will be provided later this afternoon.

A scheduled test for today at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been canceled. A replacement driver for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International has not been determined. Information regarding the No. 14 team’s driver status at Watkins Glen will be provided once it is known.”

Mother child murdered amber alert issued

Ethan and Hannah Anderson Credit: San Diego County Sheriff

Ethan and Hannah Anderson
Credit: San Diego County Sheriff

James DiMaggio

James DiMaggio

CAMPO, CA – An Amber alert was issued on Monday afternoon for two children Hannah and Ethan Anderson who police believe were abducted by 40-year-old James Lee Dimagio.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.

Eight-year-old Ethan Anderson is described as white, 4 feet 11 inches tall with sandy blond hair and blue eyes.

The suspected kidnapper is 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

DiMaggio is believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with a California license plate that reads 6WCU986.558513_557674850947053_1460201076_n

The abduction took place Saturday in the city of Boulevard in San Diego County at around 5 p.m.

Anyone who has seen the Anderson girl or boy or the blue Nissan Versa was urged to call 911 or the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

On Monday night the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, that the body of the mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and the body of a child were found Sunday in a home that was torched. The home was owned by DiMaggio. It’s believed DiMaggio was in a platonic relationship with Anderson.

Authorities have not released the identity of the child and it is unknown if the child is one of the two missing children.

A dog was also found dead inside the house.

2-year-old burned by drug lab explosion

Police-lightsEUREKA, CA – A 2-year-old boy was badly burned Friday night after an explosion in an apartment where his parents were manufacturing hash.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that Eureka officers discovered equipment in the apartment that is used to extract hash from marijuana plants. The apartment was heavily damaged but fire fighters were able to contain the fire to the one apartment.

The toddler was airlifted to a Sacramento hospital suffering first and second degree burns on his face, front, back arms and legs.

Eureka Police said that parents, 21-year-old Logan Danny O’Neal Hughes and 19-year-old Andrea Marie Ruiz-Guerrero, suffered less serious burns. They were treated at a local hospital and arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and taken to county jail.

Woman’s ex-boyfriend rams car with children inside

Edgar Castillo Credit: Sacramento PD

Edgar Castillo
Credit: Sacramento PD


SACRAMENTO, CA – An ex-boyfriend decided to go after his ex by ramming his vehicle into her vehicle while her children were in the car.

Saturday just after 2 p.m. 24-year-old Edgar Castillo rammed his ex-girlfriends vehicle while her children were in the vehicle. It happened in the area of Florin Road and Indian Lane.

Officers responded and were able to locate Castillo. He was promptly arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, violation of probation, child endangerment, violation of a court order and domestic violence.

No injuries were reported.

Father son run across I5 father arrested

Jeffrey Kuykendall Credit: Sacramento PD

Jeffrey Kuykendall
Credit: Sacramento PD


SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Police arrested the father of a 7-year-old boy after he ran across Interstate 5 with his son.

According to the Sacramento Police Department officers responded just before 9 a.m. Saturday to reports of a man running across I5 with a small boy in the downtown area of Sacramento.

When officers arrived they were able to locate 43-year-old Jeffrey Kuykendall and his 7-year-old son, who officers say ran across I-5 to the center divider, waited for a break in traffic and then they both ran across to the other side.

Officers arrested Kuykendall for felony child endangerment and he was booked into Sacramento County Jail. The boy was taken into protective custody.

It’s unknown why they were running across the busy interstate.


Snowboarders body found at Mt. Hood

Ice Tunnel where accident occurred Credit: Hood River County Sheriff

Ice Tunnel where accident occurred
Credit: Hood River County Sheriff

PORTLAND, OR – Rescue crews on Mount Hood found the body of a snowboarder that was killed on Saturday after a tunnel he was snowboarding through collapsed.

According to Hood River Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson, 25-year-old Collin Backowski’s body was found Sunday morning.

Backowski was with five other snowboarders at the time of the collapse and was out in front of the group when the collapse occurred. There were a couple of snowboarders hit with falling snow and ice, but they weren’t harmed and immediately contacted police for help.

There have been conflicting reports as to the number of snowboarders that were with Backowski at the time. It has been widely reported that six people were with him.

The Hood River Sheriff’s Department had an airplane survey the area, as well as dispatched crews on Saturday. As darkness descended rescuers were forced to call off the search until Sunday morning.

The collapse occurred on the White River Glacier, which begins about 6,000 feet up the south side of the mountain.

Help identify this robbery suspect in Folsom

Photo of suspect provided by witness

Photo of suspect provided by witness


FOLSOM, CA – Folsom police are asking for your help in identifying a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that occurred in late July.

Just after 5 p.m. on July 22, three men robbed several minors near the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Greenback Lane. The men punched and kicked the victims, causing minor injuries, say police.

The suspects are described as males around 18 years old. One suspect is described as white with short blonde hair, another is black with short black hair and the third is Hispanic with long brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Det. Rick Olson with the Folsom Police Department at (916) 351-3323 or rolson@folsom.ca.us.

Man named as suspect in 30 year cold case

De Anna Lynn Johnson

De Anna Lynn Johnson

VACAVILLE, CA – The Vacaville Police Department has fingered a man they believe is responsible for killing a teenage girl over 30 years ago.

31 years ago 14-year-old De Anna Lynn Johnson left her Royal Oaks Drive home in Vacaville at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 to attend a party in her neighborhood. The party was only seven houses from her home and her 17-year-old brother also attended the party. She never returned home.

According to the Vacaville Reporter the Vacaville Police Department has publicly named who they believe is responsible for the death of Johnson 31 years ago.

The suspect is 47-year-old Marvin Ray Markle and has been a person of interest from the outset of the investigation into the brutal murder of 14-year-old Johnson. Markle is currently behind bars facing murder charges in a separate case.

Last month on July 18, Markle was arrested in connection to the murder of Biggs resident Shirley Pratt who was killed in 2001. Many residents of Biggs believed Markle, who was also a resident in Biggs, had a hand in the death of Pratt as well as Johnson. Markle and a group of women who were regularly protesting against Markle had several run ins. The group even had a restraining order against Markle prior to his arrest.

Vacaville investigators had been working closely with Butte County officials in that investigation.

Vacaville police originally had three suspects in the killing of Johnson, but in the past several years, evidence and admissions by Markle to friends has singled him out as the prime suspect.

Now the hunt is on for credible witnesses who Markle may have confided in. Police feel they don’t have enough evidence to go after Markle unless they can locate someone who may have heard him discussing the murder of Johnson.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Johnson. Her friends would just be happy if the person of interest in Johnson’s case could be connected to the Pratt murder.

Lydon is asking anyone with information to call him at 1-707-449-5236.


Marijuana grow operation shutdown in Chico

Stash of pot Credit: Butte County Sheriff

Stash of pot
Credit: Butte County Sheriff

CHICO, CA – Butte County Sheriffs have scored themselves 16 pounds of marijuana and shutdown an illegal grow site.

According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Department deputies seized over 16 pounds of processed marijuana and $13,000 in greenbacks.

Investigators were alerted to the operation after they learned that someone had shipped $9,000 to a home located on the 900 block of Sheridan Avenue in Chico.

On Monday deputies served a search warrant and also found several guns, ecstasy and Oxycotin. Deputies arrested 27-year-old John Doran who now faces drug charges, including possession of marijuana for sale, sales of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (MDMA and Oxycotin), and for being armed in the commission of a felony.

The guns were discovered in Doran’s bedroom including a loaded .308 caliber gun.

Officer involved shooting leaves one injured

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot late Friday night by a Sacramento Police officer as the man attempted to run from officers.

According to the Sacramento Police Department a team of Gang Enforcement Officers attempted to speak with a large group of subjects who were in the area of 23 Arcade Blvd.

When officers approached a number of subjects took off running. A pair of officers pursued one of the subjects that appeared to be holding a short barreled shotgun. Officers attempted to command the subject to stop, but he continued on foot, still holding the shotgun.

23 Arcade Blvd Google Map

23 Arcade Blvd
Google Map

According to a statement released by the police department, one of the officers who feared for his safety and the surrounding public fired at the subject, hitting him in the leg.

The suspect continued to run, but was caught a short distance from the point of being shot. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As Gang Enforcement Officers responded to the scene they discovered several handguns and an assault weapon left behind.

The identity of the suspect who was shot and arrested is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

Due to this being an officer involved shooting, the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide, Internal Affairs and Crime Scene Investigations Units are conducting this investigation in conjunction with the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

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