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4 arrested in homeless attack in Roseville

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – Four homeless people were arrested in Roseville today after a brutal attack on a fellow homeless man at a local park.

According to Roseville Police Spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther, officers responded to Saugstad Park just after 8 a.m. Thursday regarding a report that a group of people were beating a man.

When officers arrived, they discovered 35-year-old Josef Martin Graven, a homeless man, unconscious on the ground with severe injuries from a beating. Another homeless man was found with a stab wound in the back.

Both men were taken to a local hospital.

The people involved were among a group of homeless and needy people who were gathered at the park waiting for a regularly scheduled free breakfast, served by a local charitable organization.

Officers were able to determine that the stabbing victim had been in a dispute with Graven over the past few days over property that he believed Graven had stolen from him.  The two got into a fight and Graven allegedly stabbed the other man, causing a minor wound.  The stabbing victim and others are then suspected of attacking Graven and beating him until he lost consciousness.

Officers arrested four people, including the stabbing victim after he was treated at the hospital for superficial wounds and then released.

Graven remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.


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Man shot and killed in South Natomas neighborhood

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A 39-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday just before noon in a south Natomas neighborhood.

READ: Victim identified man arrested

According to police, at approximately 11:39 a.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Pebblewood Drive regarding a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived they discovered a 39-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Sacramento Fire Department rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he later died.

The motive the deadly shooting remains under investigation.

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 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.

850 pounds of pot hidden in walls of El Dorado home


Courtesy Cirtus Heights PD

Courtesy Cirtus Heights PD

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – Two people were arrested after investigators discovered over 800 pounds of marijuana stashed inside the walls of an El Dorado Hills home.

According to Citrus Heights Police, 31-year-old Jeremy Zahn, of Citrus Heights, and 23-year-old Lindsey Loya, of Laverne, were taken into custody on April 9, after officers pulled Zahn over while driving in the 8300 block of Oak Avenue as of an ongoing investigation.

When officers searched Zahn’s vehicle, they discovered boxes filled with approximately 48 pounds of processed marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags sitting in the backseat.

Jeremy Zahn

Jeremy Zahn


On Wednesday when investigators served a warrant at an El Dorado Hills home associated with Zahn, they discovered over $2 million worth of marijuana, plus close to $500,000 in cash.

A large amount of the marijuana was stashed behind fake walls. Officers also found two large safes in the garage containing $464,850, plus more marijuana and stolen firearms.


Lindsey Loya

Lindsey Loya

The estimated street value of the find is $2.5 million.

Zahn was arrested for the transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and violation of release conditions, police said.

Loya was taken into custody in Los Angeles County on Sacramento County warrants in connection with the incident for transportation of marijuana and possession for sales of marijuana.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

Treasurer of Rocklin school arrested for embezzlement


Fredrick Lacker  Courtesy Rocklin PD

Fredrick Lacker
Courtesy Rocklin PD

ROCKLIN, CA – Today, a former Rocklin Academy Parent School Partnership Association (PSP) Treasurer has been arrested for embezzlement.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, Fredrick Lacker was arrested earlier today for burglary and embezzlement.

On April 1 Rocklin Police received a report accusing lacker of embezzling funds that had been entrusted to him for the daily operations of the non-profit organization.

After several weeks of investigation, investigators determined that Lacker had embezzled over $37,000 from the Rocklin Academy Parent School Partnership.

At approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday, Lacker turned himself in at the Rocklin Police Department. He was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Placer County Jail in Auburn, where he was booked for burglary and embezzlement. 

Anyone with further information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the Rocklin Police Department at 916-625-5400.


Man in custody for beating woman to death


Drake Matthew Courtesy Sacramento PD

Drake Matthew
Courtesy Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – The man responsible for the beating death of a woman at a group home in Sacramento was arrested today.

According to Sacramento Police, a woman was beaten to death in a group home, located in the 2100 block of Matson Drive, Tuesday night at approximately 8:19 p.m. Today detectives arrested 28-year-old Matthew Drake on murder charges. Drake was taken into custody while riding his bicycle in the 7300 block of Winnett Way.

On Tuesday, responding officers discovered that a female resident at an adult group home had been fatally assaulted. According to investigators, the victim was struck with a blunt object, causing her fatal injuries. 

Drake is known to have been an acquaintance of the victim and he was visiting her at the home at the time of the incident. 

Police say Drake may have changed clothes following the bloody encounter and are requesting area residents to be on the lookout for potentially blood soiled clothing. The clothing is thought to have been discarded in a trash receptacle near the scene. 

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 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.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s top 10 music festival moments

rrhofCLEVELAND, OH – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the Top 10 music festival performances of all-time, as voted by fans across the globe.

Fans from around the world were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite moments from a list of 20 festival moments. The fan-curated Top 10 rock festival moments will be presented in a video montage at the entrance of the museum’s featured exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, which will open on Friday, April 25, 2014.


The Top 10 music festival performances of all-time are:

1 – Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
A legendary debut as the most incendiary group in rock and roll.

2 – Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
Power, energy and an awe-struck crowd: meet Janis Joplin.

3 – Queen | Live Aid (1985)
Stealing the show at arguably the greatest live concert ever staged.

4 – Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
A singular performance that introduced a new sound to rock music.

5 – Bob Dylan | Newport Folk Festival (1965)
Three songs that changed the course of popular music forever.

6 – Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
A breakthrough performance in the truest sense.

7 – Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994)
Catapulted to mainstream with mud, industrial music and a truly mesmerizing moment.

8 – Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
Channeling the Woodstock spirit and rewriting the book on performance.

9 – U2 | Live Aid (1985)
An artist creates intimacy in the least intimate circumstances and makes an indelible connection.

10 – Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960)
How the blues was masterfully delivered to a new audience.

The exhibit will span two floors of the Museum and surround visitors with the sights and sounds of a rock festival to evoke the experience in a visceral way, utilizing video of the iconic festivals of the past (Newport, Monterey, Woodstock, Wattstax and more) and the vibrant, constantly evolving events of the present (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and more), with an emphasis on establishing a “you are there” environment.

Several floor to ceiling photographs of festival fans will invite visitors to examine and interpret the fan experience and become a part of the crowd. Ambient sounds will fill the space: weather, bands tuning up, people talking, radio ads and news reports. Visitors will connect with the intangible elements inherent in the festival experience – identifying with a community, participating in a social event and being part of the creative process.

Pair arrested in Auburn for credit card fraud

Erika Dukes Courtesy Auburn PD

Erika Dukes
Courtesy Auburn PD

Kamesha Cooper Courtesy Auburn PD

Kamesha Cooper
Courtesy Auburn PD

AUBURN, CA – Two women were arrested Monday night after using stolen credit cards at a store in Auburn.

Auburn police said, 24-year-old Kamesha Joann Cooper, of Sacramento, and 22-year-old Erica Patricelanae Dukes, of Antioch, were arrested just after 8 p.m. at a store located in the 2700 block of Bell Road on Monday.

An out-of-state caller contacted police to inform them that someone had used their credit card to make fraudulent purchases at a retail store located on the 400 block of Grass Valley Highway.

Auburn police were able to determine that the duo may be using fraudulent credit cards at the store on Bell Road.

Police arrested Dukes in the parking lot for suspicion of burglary. Cooper was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest and she had an out-of-county warrant for her arrest.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Auburn Police Department at 530-823-4237.


Update: Found – Missing Person – Have you seen Danielle

Danielle Pruden Dated photo - She now has blond hair

Danielle Pruden
Dated photo – She now has blond hair

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate 29-year-old Danielle Pruden.

UPDATE: Danielle was found to be alive and well in Calaveras County

Danielle was last seen leaving her residence in the 6000 block of Demuth Circle in Sacramento at 6:00 p.m. on April 18.  Danielle left the residence in her 2006 cream colored Chrysler PT Cruiser, which has a black top and Kentucky license plate number 147PZB.

Danielle is described as a white female adult with shoulder length blonde hair.  She has blue eyes, stands 5’5” tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a blue denim skirt and a blue denim top. danielle-circle

Danielle has not contacted family or friends and her cellular telephone is no longer active. This pattern of behavior is considered unusual and she is considered at risk.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Danielle Pruden is urged to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115.

Man shot and killed in Fairfield identified

Police-lightsFAIRFIELD, CA – The man who was shot, and later died after bringing himself to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, has been identified.

According to the Fairfield Police Department, the victim has been identified as 27-year-old Gustavo Banda.

On Saturday Gustavo and a 15-year-old boy showed up at NorthBay Medical Center just before 11 p.m. with gunshot wounds. Gustavo died at the hospital and the teenager was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and released.

Detectives from the Special Operations Team responded to the scene and the Homicide investigation is on-going. Investigators were able to determine that the shooting had occurred in the area of Union Avenue just north of Travis Boulevard.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Special Operations Unit at (707) 428-7600, the 24-hour Tip Line at (707) 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867. Callers can remain anonymous.

Pedestrian hit and killed by Capital Corridor train in Davis




DAVIS, CA – A pedestrian was struck and killed this morning by an Amtrak Capital Corridor train near the Davis station.

According to officials, the pedestrian was hit just after the Davis station at approximately 7:25 Tuesday morning. The westbound train was Capital Corridor number 527 and was traveling between Sacramento and San Jose.

Passengers were unloaded and placed on the next available train heading west.

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