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Rash of Sacramento shootings claims fourth victim

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A woman died Monday after she was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Sacramento Police responded to the 7200 block of Gloria Drive at approximately 12:30 Sunday morning after reports of a female bleeding and seriously injured.

The victim’s neighbor called police after she knocked on her door for help.

When officers arrived they discovered a 19-year-old female with a gunshot wound. The woman was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

This is the fourth victim that has died from gunshot wounds over the weekend.

No arrests have been made.

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Officer shot and killed after pursuit in Fort Bragg

Police-lightsFORT BRAGG, CA – An officer was shot after a vehicle pursuit that started on Highway 101 in the Leggett area and ended on Highway 1 in the small community of Cleone just north of Fort Bragg.

UPDATE (5:15 pm) Sheriff Tom Allman has confirmed that Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was killed in Cleone today. The lone suspect appears to have committed suicide.

Two men are still at large and one officer has been shot. The condition of the deputy is not known at this time. A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. this afternoon.

Multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the area of MacKerricher State Park in search of the suspects. On hand for the search is the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Unit consisting of over 20 deputies with specialized armored vehicles.

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The Cleone Store is currently being used as a command post. Highway 1 is currently closed between Inglenook and Odom Lane.

There are two men who are considered armed and dangerous in the area and have abandoned their black BMW.

UPDATE (3:07 pm): According to scanner reports one suspect was taken into custody just after 3 pm, and some firearms were confiscated. The suspect was dressed in camo gear.

Officials have issued a reverse 911 call to area residents to shelter in place. The campground was evacuated and the Fort Bragg Unified School District was holding all students who live in the North Fort Bragg area of Odom Lane and Cleone area at the school.

Man stabbed to death in Woodland

Police-lightsWOODLAND, CA – A man was stabbed to death last night in Woodland after an apparent altercation.

Woodland Police are reporting the stabbing death of a man that occurred in the 600 block of Elm Street on Tuesday night at approximately 10:40.

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Officers responded to the area after receiving calls of a physical altercation and a victim with a stab wound.

When officers arrived, they discovered a victim lying on the ground with a stab wound. Officers summoned medical aid and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the Woodland Police Department and the Yolo County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7800 or 530-666-2411.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Woman found in Manteca dumpster identified

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Kelly Marelich

MANTECA, CA – The body of a woman found Saturday night in a large trash bin has been identified as 22-year-old Kelly Darlene Marelich of Manteca.

Manteca Police said they were contacted around 10:30 pm on Saturday after someone discovered a body in a trash bin in the back of a business on the 1100 block of South Main Street.

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On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office released Marelich’s name, but did not disclose the cause of death. However, police have said she appears to have been a victim of a homicide.

Anyone who may have information on the circumstances of Marelich’s death is urged to contact Detective Stephen Schluer at (209) 456-8210 or by calling Crime Stoppers at (209)823-4636.

Fire guts Rio Linda home

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RIO LINDA, CA – A late morning fire gutted a home in the 8200 block of Manhart Way in Rio Linda on Tuesday.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department the blaze was reported just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived to find a bedroom and attic of the residence fully involved.

The residents safely escaped the blaze, but a team was sent into the home to search for any possible victims that may have been left behind.

A total of four engines responded to the fire and crews were able to save the exterior of the home and approximately $100,000 in personal property.

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Courtesy Sac Metro

Metro Fire paramedics on scene evaluated one person with a medical complaint, but he declined transport to a hospital. No firefighters were injured in the fire. The cause is undetermined, though it was found to have started in a bedroom.

According to Sac Metro, since 2008 Metro Fire has been forced to close six stations to address a significant loss of property tax revenues.

“The station closest to this home was not one of the closed stations, so the engine was available in quarters. Fire crews were able to arrive quickly and knock down the fire before more damage could occur, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case,” said Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson, “When the emergency is yours, especially with a fire like this, response time is all that really matters.”


Placer County nets 17 arrests in ABC sting

ABCPLACER COUNTY, CA – On Saturday, 17 people were arrested in Placer County in a statewide sting aimed at adults who were willing to purchase alcohol for minors. One person was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Roseville and Auburn police departments and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), joined forces with law enforcement agencies throughout California.

According to a statement released by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and the ABC, there were a total of 544 arrests made statewide.

Most individuals were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors, however, there were some cited for open containers and false identification. In addition, 60 individuals were arrested for crimes such as driving under the influence, illegal drugs, public drunkenness, parole violations, resisting arrest and outstanding warrants

In what is called a “decoy/shoulder tap,” a minor, who is under the direct supervision of a peace officer, stands outside of a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol.  The minor must indicate in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.  The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death.

Four arrested for fatal stabbing of father

Sebastian Flores Torres  Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

Sebastian Flores Torres
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SACRAMENTO, CA – Four people have been arrested in the stabbing death of a father who came to the rescue of his daughter and her friends last Wednesday.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department 21-year-old Sebastian Flores Torres was one of the four arrested and has been identified as the suspect in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Shannon Gregg.

Last Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the area of 2300 Wyda Way in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento.

When deputies arrived they discovered Gregg, a 29-year-old male and a juvenile with stab wounds. All three were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Gregg died later at the hospital from his wounds.

Investigators believe the four targeted the group and followed them to the residence on Wyda Way, where a fight broke out.

In a heroic effort Gregg and an unidentified 29-year-old male attempted to intervene. Both men were stabbed along with a teenage boy. The 29-year-old and teenage boy were listed in stable condition.

Torres is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail without the possibility of bail and the three male juvenile suspects were booked into Juvenile Hall.

Earthquake rattles Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, CA – An earthquake shook residents awake this morning in the wider Los Angeles area.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake struck just before 6 a.m. Monday morning and was a magnitude 4.4, centered 15 miles west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Residents felt it throughout the Los Angeles basin Monday morning, shaking residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

Officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS reported the epicenter was 6 miles from Beverly Hills, 7 miles from Universal City and 7 miles from Santa Monica.

Home Depot shooting leaves one dead

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A shooting in a Home Depot parking lot has left one man dead.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 7:40 pm Sunday they received multiple 911 calls reporting a man had been shot at the Home Depot parking lot located in the 4600 block of Florin Road.

When Deputies arrived they discovered a man, later identified as 46-year-old Hassan H. Alawsi, with a fatal gunshot wound. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.florin road

According to witnesses a vehicle drove up to Alawsi in the parking lot and fired at least one shot at him, and then fled the scene.

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

Man gunned down in South Sacramento identified

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Isac Vang

SACRAMENTO, CA – The man who was shot and killed at a South Sacramento home on Friday night has been identified.

According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website, 24-year-old Isac Vang of Sacramento was the victim shot and killed in the 7000 block of Rock Creek Way at approximately 11:19 p.m. Friday.

Police responded to the home after receiving reports of a shooting with multiple victims injured.

When officers arrived at the home they discovered two male adults with gunshot wounds inside the residence, both suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A third male victim, later identified as Vang, was found in the backyard of the home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to police a male suspect arrived in a vehicle and got out of the car and began shooting into a partially opened garage door. The shooting victims were among a group of people who were celebrating a family event.

The suspect is believed to have jumped back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Currently there is no known motive and homicide and gang detectives were investigating.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip 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.

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