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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

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



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



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.

Man in Stockton gunfight arrested for July 5 murder

Juan Barnes Stockton PD

Juan Barnes
Stockton PD

STOCKTON, CA – A man involved in a shootout with Stockton Police and San Joaquin Deputies has been arrested for the murder of a man that was killed on July 5.

According to the Stockton Police Department, 19-year-old Juan Barnes was arrested in connection with the murder of 22-year-old John Newton, who was shot and killed on July 5.

John Newton California Obituaries

John Newton
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Barnes was found just after 12 p.m. Friday June 5, at the Venetian Park apartments in the area of Marco Polo Drive in Stockton.

Officials said their investigation has gathered enough evidence linking Barnes to the shooting death of Newton.

Read: Details emerge in Stockton shooting

Barnes was already behind bars after a gunfight with officers at the August Knodt Elementary School in Stockton. Barnes was taken into custody by the SWAT team after they located him on top of the school building with a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Man arrested for setting fire in North Highlands

Charles McKenzie Sacramento County Sheriff

Charles McKenzie
Sacramento County Sheriff

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA – Wednesday night as Sacramento Metro Fire battled a blaze at a North Highlands town home complex, the person responsible for setting the fire was looking on.

According to Sac Metro, the call came in at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for a structure fire in 5600 block of Hillsdale Blvd. in the North Highlands area of Sacramento County.

Metro Fire Companies immediately started fighting the structure fire involving one of the buildings that contained three units.

As firefighters were battling the blaze, witnesses informed the Arson Investigator on scene that the man responsible for the fire was watching the fire crews put out the fire.

Sacramento County Sheriff Deputies along with Metro’s Investigator interviewed and ultimately arrested Charles Hui McKenzie at the scene.

Witnesses placed McKenzie at the scene and described him throwing flammable liquids at the units causing the fire.

The investigation is ongoing and the motive is currently unknown.

There were no injuries. The Red Cross did come in and assist one family that was displaced.

Death Valley National Park: Stop getting eggsited

Frying egg demonstration Facebook

Frying egg demonstration

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CA – With temperatures in Death Valley reaching near records this summer, officials would like visitors to know that it’s ok to fry that proverbial egg in the hot hot sun. No seriously give it a try, but please use protection.

Apparently an overzealous employee at Death Valley National Park decided to post a video to demonstrate just how hot it gets in Death Valley by cooking an egg.

Obviously the employee has a lot of friends in that thing we call social networking, because park visitors are all trying to cook an egg, and her video has garnered close to 700,000 hits.

What’s the problem? Oh the eggs are cooking, but people are trying to fry the eggs directly on the pavement, leaving a complete mess behind.

What park workers are finding Facebook

What park workers are finding

If you’ve ever tried to fry an egg on the pavement then you know what I’m talking about. When I first move to Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay Area, my kids gave it a try. Okay, I gave it a try, the kids just watched. To this day I still tell my wife I have no idea what that spot is on the patio.

So what did park employees do? They counter-attacked by posting a message on Facebook, certain it would go viral. They’re suggestion for doing that nasty little thing with the egg – use protection! Tinfoil, a pan, anything, but don’t place the egg directly on the pavement.

“An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents.” Park employees wrote, “However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”

The post hasn’t eggsactly gone viral, and currently only has a measly 381 likes. So do Death Valley National Park a favor and head over to their post on Facebook and show them some social love – and above all – Use protection!

The highest recorded temperature on record was recorded in Death Valley’s Furnace Creek at a tepid 134 degrees. This summer Death Valley recorded a 130 degree temperature.

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