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Man shot and killed in Foothill Farms area

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot last night after two men stormed into an apartment in the Foothill Farms area, and confronted the victim.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, calls started coming in at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding shots fired in the 4900 block of Little Oak Lane.

When deputies arrived at the scene they were directed to an apartment where they discovered a 30-year old man, who had been shot and killed. Witnesses reported two men forced their way into the residence, confronted then shot the victim. The two men also removed items from within the residence and fled the scene.

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Both suspects are described as black male adults; one possibly light skinned, within the age range of 25-40 years old, and are still outstanding.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are currently seeking information on the identity of the suspects involved.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115.  Tip information may also be left anonymously at http://www.sacsheriff.com/, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

 

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Merced Runner lost near Foresthill located

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Robert Root (middle)
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FORESTHILL, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has just announced that 55-year-old Robert Root, who was reported missing on Sunday, has been found alive.

At around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, searchers found Root. He was alert, walking and talking after being found about 2 ½ miles from the Michigan Bluff trail-head of the Western States Trail.

Root was evaluated at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and appears to have no injuries. He was in great spirits and hoping to be released from the hospital tonight.

“The searchers were all awesome,” he said from his hospital bed. “I’m so thankful for all the people in my life.”

Root told Placer County Sheriff’s, he was trying to catch up with a group of runners ahead of the group he was in, when he took a wrong turn on the trail. He ended up on a cliff overlooking the American River, where he scooted into some shrubbery for warmth and slept off and on throughout the night.

The next morning Root tried to find his way out, but ended up back at the same spot. He spent the second night in the same area.

According to Root, he survived on a small amount of water he had with him, plus some supplements that runners typically carry for energy. He said he couldn’t stop shaking and compressed and released his muscles over and over to stay warm.

Today, Root decided to head “up and west,”  and when he got to the El Dorado Bridge, he saw searchers in their bright-colored uniforms.

Root was originally separated from a group of runners on Sunday and over 60 people joined the search on Monday and Tuesday, in the Western States trail area just outside of Foresthill.

Root was last seen around 9:30 Sunday morning, just before he apparently got separated from the group of runners.

Runners realized Root was missing when they returned to the starting point of the run. The group ran back into the rugged canyon area to look for him, but were unsuccessful.

There were hikers, search dogs, motorcycles, 4×4’s, and horse teams in the canyon. Teams from Nevada and El Dorado counties joined the search, plus the CHP and Placer County Sheriff’s helicopters. Most of the searchers are volunteers who’ve gone through hundreds of hours of training.

UPDATE: Sac Metro battling morning house fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters battled a fully involved home this morning just after 6 at 6843 Brookhaven Way in Citrus Heights.

According to Sac Metro, a Citrus Heights Police officer discovered a “fully engulfed structure” and quickly requested fire assistance from Sac Metro.

When fire crews arrived on scene they discovered a well-involved attic fire with significant extension into the living quarters. There were initial reports that people were trapped inside the home.

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Courtesy Metro Fire

Due to the extent of the fire and large accumulation of “stuff” inside the home, crews had a difficult time searching for occupants. Crews made several passes through the home trying to locate anyone trapped inside. It was later learned that all occupants had safely escaped the building.

Four dogs were rescued from the fire and all appear to be doing well.

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Courtesy Metro Fire

The fire spread to a neighbor’s home and downed some power lines. SMUD was contacted to shutdown power to the area and additional fire hoses were brought in to protect neighboring homes.

It took twenty-four firefighters to extinguish the fire, rescue the dogs, search for victims, and protect the neighbor’s house. Arson investigators at the scene discovered a Duraflame log next to the fireplace, which has not been ruled out as the cause. The investigation is ongoing.

Metro Fire wants to remind everyone that smoke alarms save lives! Almost 2/3 of home fire deaths are in homes with no working smoke alarms. Protect your family: test your smoke alarms every month, and change the batteries when you change your clocks.

Snowboarder missing near Boreal

Abraham Finkelstein

Abraham Finkelstein

NEVADA COUNTY, CA – A late season snow storm has left one snowboarder missing in the Sierra backcountry near Boreal ski resort.

Rescue crews are continuing their search for 26-year-old Abraham Finkelstein who went missing Monday while snowboarding with his father.

Four search teams on skis and snowshoes have been looking throughout the night in the area around Castle Peak, along the north side of Interstate 80, across the freeway from Boreal Mountain Resort.

The father told authorities he became tired and returned to their car, but his son wanted to make one more run down the slope, but never made it back to the car.

Searchers are looking for any signs of Finkelstein in the waist-deep snow. Officials believe he became disoriented in the snow storm. According to his father his son is in good physical shape and has experience in the backcountry. Officials have said the overnight conditions last night were definitely survivable for someone with experience.

Searchers will be bringing in a snow cat on Tuesday morning, with the father, in an attempt to pinpoint the area where his son went missing.

Earlier in the evening on Monday, two snowmobile riders became stranded after one of them had a mechanical breakdown and another ran out of gas.

Sac Metro battling morning house fire

Sacramento NewsSACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters are currently battling a blaze in Citrus Heights at 6843 Brookhaven Way. Original reports had residents trapped inside, but fire crews have been unable to locate anyone inside the burning home.

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6843 Brookhaven Way
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According to KCRA3, fire crews have made multiple searches of the home in an attempt to locate any occupants that may have been trapped, but have yet to find any victims. Crews will be making a third attempt at locating any victims.

According to Sac Metro, the call came in at around 6 a.m. Tuesday by a neighbor, who said there were people trapped inside. When crews arrived they discovered the attic of the home fully involve, but have been unable to locate anybody trapped inside.

As of 7 this morning crews are continuing to battle the blaze.

Woman sought in string of thefts

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PLACER COUNTY, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is looking for your help in identifying a woman responsible for stealing wallets from unsuspecting victims in the Auburn area.

The woman stalks her victims in stores and when the victim is distracted, moves in to steal their wallets. The suspect then begins using the stolen credit cards to make purchases.

If you know who she is, you’re urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 889-7800 and ask for Detective Jim Hudson.

If you wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if an arrest is made, please call Placer County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-923-8191.

Search continues for missing runner

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Robert Root (middle)
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FORESTHILL, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Office continued its search today for a missing 55-year-old man, after he was reported missing on Sunday during a run with a group of people.

Over 60 people joined the search Monday for Robert Root, who went missing in the Western States trail area just outside of Foresthill.

Root was last seen around 9:30 Sunday morning, just before he apparently got separated from the group of runners.

Runners realized Root was missing when they returned to the starting point of the run. The group ran back into the rugged canyon area to look for him, but were unsuccessful.

Root was last seen wearing running shorts and a light jacket.

There were hikers, search dogs, motorcycles, 4×4’s, and horse teams in the canyon. Teams from Nevada and El Dorado counties joined the search, plus the CHP and Placer County Sheriff’s helicopters. Most of the searchers are volunteers who’ve gone through hundreds of hours of training.

If Root is not found today, the search will resume tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.

Hunt continues for Sacramento serial rapist

Suspect sketch from earlier assault

Suspect sketch from earlier assault

Latest sketch of suspect

Latest sketch of suspect

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Subway restaurant employee recently arrested for a sexual attack on a co-worker, is not connected to the serial rapes that have occurred along Madison Avenue and the Interstate 80 corridor.

Twenty-two-year-old Kenneth Anderson was thought to have been responsible for the serial sexual assaults in recent months due to the similarities to the composite sketches from those attacks.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, information obtained from the Sacramento County Crime Lab suggests Anderson, arrested on Friday, is not connected to the series of attacks.

Read: Man arrested for attack on Subway worker

sketch3Sacramento Sheriff Sexual Assault Detectives will continue to follow up on over 200 leads in the serial rape series along the Madison Avenue / Interstate 80 corridor which began in September 2013.

The suspect in the serial rape series is described as a black male adult within the age range of 20-40 years old.  He was reported to have a shaved head or short afro-style haircut, clean shaven, carries a large build and wears rectangular shaped glasses.

On the most recent assault in January of 2014, he was driving a red older model, box-type 4-door vehicle.

Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to the identity of this suspect or information related to these crimes, to please contact the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5070. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com by entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

 

Man arrested for assaulting Parking Officer

Jake Thomas Courtesy Sacramento PD

Jake Thomas
Courtesy Sacramento PD

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man found himself behind bars yesterday after assaulting a Parking Enforcement Officer in Sacramento.

The officer called for reinforcements after issuing a ticket in the area of 24th Street and 24th Avenue on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m.

According to police, 24-year-old Jake Thomas was arrested for assault, delaying and obstructing in an officers duties and violation of parole.

Thomas became verbally abusive towards the Parking Enforcement Officer after receiving a ticket. Thomas threw the ticket back at the officer and stood in front of the parking agent’s vehicle and refused to let him leave.

When police arrived Thomas was taken into custody.

Man killed after tree falls on Sunrise Blvd

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – An Elverta man was killed yesterday when a tree came crashing down onto his vehicle as he was driving along Sunrise Blvd in Citrus Heights.

According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website the man was 25-year-old Travis Chapman.

The tragic accident happened just after noon on Saturday, when a giant oak tree, planted in the center divide, came crashing down on the vehicle Chapman was driving, killing him and injuring his passenger, this according to police.

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The passenger and the driver of a minivan were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the minivan rammed into a utility pole causing the vehicle to overturn. There were a total of three vehicles involved in the incident.

One witness told KCRA3 that there was no wind at the time the tree came crashing down.

Investigators were saving a section of the tree to be analyzed by an arborist in an attempt to determine what caused the big oak to fall.

Citrus Heights police closed Sunrise Boulevard from Locher Way to Sayonara Drive for the subsequent investigation and to allow a tree trimming service time to clear scene.

The roadway reopened at approximately 8:30 Saturday night.

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