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Bicyclist arrested for DUI after critically injuring man

Police-lightsTRUCKEE, CA – A woman is behind bars on charges for driving under the influence after crashing her bike into a man at a July 4th celebration in Truckee, leaving him in critical condition.

According to the Truckee Police Department, they received a call just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday 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 an adult male 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 Reno area hospital, where he remains in critical condition with major trauma to the head area.

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.

The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time. Witnesses reported the pedestrian may have 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.

The collision remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or the events prior to it is asked to contact Sergeant Robert Womack of the Truckee Police Department at 530.550.2335 or at rwomack@townoftruckee.com.

Woman dead in Modesto drive-by shooting

Police-lightsMODESTO, CA – A drive-by shooting in Modesto has left one woman dead.

According to the Modesto Police Department, just before midnight Thursday dispatchers received numerous calls of shots fired in the area of Colorado and Pelton Avenue.

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Area of shooting
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When officers arrived they found 21 year-old Teresa Provencio of Modesto with a fatal gunshot wound.

According to witnesses, a light colored, 90’s model compact vehicle drove by and started firing a weapon from inside the car.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this murder to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with the tip.

Argument leads to hit and run death of 17-year-old girl

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

According to the California Highway Patrol, the 17-year-old girl 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 the girl jumped out of the car and started running north in the lanes of traffic. That’s when an unknown vehicle struck and killed the girl. The driver did not stop.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Woodland CHP at 530-662-4685.

2 Texas women sue over cavity search

Brandy Hamilton (R) and Alexandria Randle Credit: KHOU 11

Brandy Hamilton (R) and Alexandria Randle
Credit: KHOU 11

BRAZORIA COUNTY, TX – Two women underwent body cavity searches after being pulled over by state troopers on the side of a Highway in Texas – the pair is now suing the officers involved.

According to Houston’s KHOU 11, Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle were driving back from Surfside beach when a state trooper stopped the two for speeding.

Thanks to the great state of Texas, the entire episode was recorded on the trooper’s dash camera.

The trooper, Nathaniel Turner, asks the two bikini-clad women if there is anything illegal in the car after claiming to smell marijuana.

Hamilton answered no and then Turner pulls Randle from the car and contacts dispatch to have a female officer head out to the scene.

“Can I put my dress on,” Hamilton asked the officer. “Don’t worry about it,” he told her. “Come out here.”

When female officer Jennie Bui  arrived to perform the cavity search, you can hear Hamilton’s reaction.

“Are you serious,” she asked the trooper.

Bui responded, “If you hid something in there, we’re going to find it.”

“You’re going to go up my private parts,” Hamilton said.

“Yes ma’am,” Bui said.

Nothing was found on either woman and, according to the women, Bui never changed out gloves between searches.

Turner reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Allie Booker, the attorney for the women, is perplexed as to why a cavity search was needed, let alone completed on the women. “If you claim they were in the car doing something they had no business doing, and you claim you had the butt end of what they were doing, why do you need to do a cavity search,” Booker said.

One of the women is still dealing with a marijuana charge. Both have filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved.

Since the incident Bui has been fired and Turner has been suspended as an internal investigation is ongoing.

“The department does not and will not tolerate any conduct that violates the U.S. and Texas constitutions, or DPS training or policy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.


Dozens injured in fireworks mishap


From a distance fireworks can be seen going off on the ground.
Credit: KCBS in Los Angeles

SIMI VALLEY, CA – Dozens of people were injured Thursday as close to 10,000 people showed up for Fourth of July festivities in Simi Valley, Calif., when the fireworks display went horribly wrong.

Spectators gathered at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley for the Rotary’s annual fireworks celebration when, just before the show, a platform holding some of the ordinances appeared to fall over, causing fireworks to burst towards the crowd.

Updated: According to officials, 39 people were injured with their ages ranging from 17 months to 78 years old. Most of the injuries were shrapnel and projectile type injuries.

Several people were transported to the hospital in serious condition and another sixteen people were taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, the remainder were treated at the park.


2-year-old hit and killed in Woodland parking lot

Police-lightsWOODLAND, CA – A 2-year-old boy was killed today after being struck by a car in a shopping center parking lot.

Woodland Police, along with fire and ambulance personnel, responded to the Bel Air Shopping Center at 1885 E. Gibson Road in Woodland on Thursday, after receiving a call about a vehicle hitting a small child.

When officers arrived they found a 2-year-old boy lying next to a Red 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the west entrance of the Bel Air Shopping Center. The child was transported to the U.C. Davis Medical Center where he later died.

The driver of the  vehicle was identified as 67-year-old Kathleen Parker from Woodland.

According to Woodland police it appears to be an ‘unfortunate unintentional’ traffic accident.

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Area of tragic accident.

The case is being investigated by the Woodland Police Department’s Traffic Division.

The identity of the child was not be released due to his age.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident in encouraged to contact the Woodland Police Department Traffic Division at 530-661-7880

Woodland hit and run victim dies

Valarie Alisa Horner (L) and her daughter Veronika Flores Facebook

Valarie Alisa Horner (L) and her daughter Veronika Flores

WOODLAND, CA – A woman hit in a 7-11 parking lot on Sunday, by a hit and run driver, has died.

According to the Woodland Police Department, a woman was struck by a car in the parking lot of the 7-11 convenience store at 1229 E. Main St. on Sunday and rushed to a hospital. The victim, 58-year-old Valerie Alisa Horner, died from her injuries on Tuesday.

Officers arrived on the scene and found Horner unconscious with life-threatening injuries in the parking lot of the 7-11. Horner was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.

Witnesses told police that the suspect drove over the victim in the parking lot and fled the area. Officers were able to obtain a description of the suspect and her vehicle, including the license plate number.

Woodland Police Officers tracked down 28-year-old Kristal Sutton at 1245 Alice Street in an apartment complex. There they found the suspect vehicle with matching plates. Sutton was taken into custody and charged with a felony hit and run.



Roseville party leads to numerous arrests

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – A late night party that went into the early hours of Sunday morning brought Roseville Police to the area of 100 Elefa Street at just after 2 a.m. as fights were breaking out and cars were racing around the neighborhood.

Two people were sent to the hospital with injuries related to the fight and were released.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Reese Alan Major from Roseville on assault charges, and 32-year-old Benjamin Kirk Rodriguez from Rocklin was arrested for DUI and assault.

The investigation led officers to conduct a probation search on an apartment in the 1000 block of Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard, where they found children sleeping near prescription narcotics and a marijuana plants. Officers found evidence of marijuana sales, resulting in the arrest of 25-year-old Travis Harley Cooper and 28-year-old Kristina Marie Albering, both from Roseville. They were arrested on child endangerment and drug-related charges.

Teacher gives birth to students child

Laura Whitehurst Credit: Myspace

Laura Whitehurst

REDLANDS, CA – A high school teacher has been arrested after she gave birth to a baby fathered by one of her 10th grade students.

According to the Redlands Police Department, 28-year-old Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, after giving birth to a child on June 18.

Officers arrested Whitehurst at her Redlands home.

Whitehurst was a 10th-grade English teacher at Citrus Valley High School. The school district has since suspended her.

The boy Whitehurst was involved with was 16-years-old at the time of their year-long relationship, he has since turned 17. The boy’s mother found out about the relationship and contacted authorities.

Whitehurst was booked and released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Assistant School Superintendent Sabine Robertson-Phillips told the Redlands Daily Facts: “We are fully cooperating with police in their investigation of this matter.”

Placer County Sheriff’s – Have you seen these women

3-womenPLACER COUNTY, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help in identifying several women wanted for using stolen credit cards.

On the morning of June 19, the three women on the right were seen using credit cards in Tahoe City and Truckee. The cards were stolen out of a vehicle.993903_516648768389625_861756512_n

They were last seen in a silver 4-door sedan.

Please contact Det. John Riella at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office with any information regarding this crime at (530) 581-6325.


1016382_516653231722512_1285683927_nIn a separate case, a woman associated with several vehicle burglaries since May 20 in Auburn and Colfax was seen on surveillance video using stolen credit cards at local Target and Safeway stores.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward for info leading to an arrest is asked to contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191. All calls to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous. You can also report anonymous tips on their website, http://www.placercrimestoppers.com

Anyone who may know the identity of this woman is urged to call Det. Greg McKenzie at (530) 889-7844.

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