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Sac Metro has busy Saturday morning

sac-metro-fireSACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA –  Sacramento fire crews were kept busy Saturday morning after three blazes were reported within six hours of each other.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department said, that just after 4 a.m. Saturday, the first of three fires was reported in Citrus Heights. The fire was located at a closed-down mini mart at Auburn Blvd. and Sandalwood Drive.

Fire crews were told that transients frequently inhabited the building, so crews searched the building for potential victims, while putting out the fire. The interior was completely filled with smoke and crews were able to find the source of the fire in the rear storage area. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The second fire was reported just after 5:30 a.m. and was located in a mobile home park on the 9100 block of Greenback Lane in Orangevale. Sac Metro crews arrived to find two adult residents standing outside a trailer that was completely involved with fire.

The two residents were burned and transported to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. Crews were unable to save the couples dog.

The trailer was a total loss, but crews were able to protect adjacent units from any damage. The trailer did not have any working smoke alarms.

The third fire occurred just before 10am on the 5700 block of Eastridge Drive in North Highlands. An alert neighbor contacted 911 after noticing smoke coming from the vents of a home.

Crews quickly made entry into the residence and were able to contain the fire to the bathroom. The residents were not home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No firefighters suffered injuries in any of these fires.

Sac Metro wants to remind everyone that smoke alarms do save lives! According to Sac Metro, almost 2 out of 3 deaths in home fires 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.

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Escaped convicts captured near Plymouth

Johnny Maciel

Johnny Maciel

IONE, CA – The two inmates who escaped from Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County earlier this week were found by a rancher on Saturday morning.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the pair was taken into custody at about 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, after a rancher spotted the two sitting near the intersection of Willow Creek and Highway 16 in Plymouth. The same area authorities believed them to be hiding.

On Wednesday April 16, 21-year-old Patrick Raines and 37-year-old Johnny Maciel, escaped fomr Mule Creek State Prison at around 7:30 a.m. Officials discovered they were missing just before 11 a.m. and neglected to notify local law enforcement until after noon.

Two blue denim prison shirts were discovered near a creek bed near the minimum security facility. Officials say neither man is believed to be armed.

Patrick Raines

Patrick Raines

According to officials, minimum security prisoners are the groundskeepers, cooks and warehouse workers for the facility.

One witness reported to the Amador Ledger Dispatch, that they saw two shirtless men at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, near the Ione water treatment plant and questioned why the Ione Police Department was not notified sooner.

When they were arrested, they were wearing plaid shirts and gray sweatpants when officers arrest them without incident.

The CDCR said, since 1977, 99.1 percent of all offenders who have walked away or escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program have been apprehended.

Raines is originally from San Diego and was serving a 6-year sentence for carjacking. He was due to be paroled in early 2016.

Maciel is serving a 15-year sentence for a burglary he committed in Placer County. His parole date was scheduled for mid-2016.

Body found in Fairfield canal identified


Area where body was found
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FAIRFIELD, CA – Fairfield Police have released the identity of the body discovered in the Putah South Cana on April 10.

With the assistance of the Solano County Fingerprint Analysis Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, police say the body has been identified as 41-year-old Delicia Wilkerson-Smith of Fairfield.

The cause of death is undetermined and this continues to be an on-going investigation.

Just before 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, someone stumbled upon the body of Wilkerson in the 3200 block of North Texas Street.

Investigators from both the Fairfield Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations were called to the scene. The FBI is involved since the property is owned by the US Government.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes 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.

Coachella concertgoer dies

concertINDIO, CA – A concertgoer from Oakland has died from an apparent overdose while attending the wildly popular Coachella Valley Music Festival in Southern California.

According to the Riverside County Coroner, 24-year-old Kimchi Truong of Oakland was at the festival on Saturday when she collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital and died yesterday.

Officials are working with the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death, but concert promoter Goldenvoice issued a statement claiming Truong died of “an apparent overdose.”

The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology test results.

Strong quake hits Mexico

Area of Quake USGS

Area of Quake

GUERRERO, MEXICO – An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale has struck near Petatlan, in Guerrero, Mexico, this according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was was felt strongly in Mexico City and was centered 22mi NNW of Tecpan de Galeana.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says that no tsunami alerts have been issued at this time.

Mexico City reported a rolling series of quakes lasting almost one minute. Enough to rattle but not break dishes.

Another resident of Mexico City said, “Long shaking, felt dizzy, no damage to our house. Dogs barking, birds flying from perches. House made cracking sound . Did not lose electrical power.”

Nearby Cities
36km (22mi) NNW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
48km (30mi) E of Petatlan, Mexico
56km (35mi) NW of Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico
78km (48mi) E of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
273km (170mi) SW of Mexico City, Mexico

Woman and child identified in deadly I80 crash

Tricia Sears Eubanks FaceBook

Carrie Tricia Sears

SACRAMENTO, CA – The woman and child killed in Thursday afternoon’s horrific single-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office identified the victims as 40-year-old Carrie Tricia Sears (Tricia Sears Eubanks) and her son 4-year-old Skylar Eubanks, from southern California.

The fatal accident occurred along westbound Interstate 80 in Sacramento leaving the two dead and another child in critical condition.

Area of accident Bing Maps

Area of accident
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According to the California Highway Patrol, Sears was driving a red Nissan Pathfinder westbound on Interstate 80. She had been observed speeding and driving erratically at the time and lost control of the Pathfinder near Madison Ave, going off the roadway and hitting a tree at a high rate of speed.

Both Sears and Eubanks were declared dead at the scene. A second child, who was riding in the front seat, was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.


Roseville helps reunite owners with stolen property



ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department has made it easier for victims of crime to recover their stolen property today by launching an online property room.

As the Roseville Police point out, it would be great if everyone kept track of their valuables by recording their serial numbers. That way, if they’re stolen, they can be entered into state and national stolen property databases. This allows law enforcement to quickly identify such items as stolen property, and get them back to their rightful owners.

If you’re like the majority of us, you have no idea what the serial number is on that brand spanking new 100 inch LED TV you just purchased. And what about the stuff they took without serial numbers like all that jewelry?

When officers recover such items, they don’t have any way of tracing those items back to their owners, so the unclaimed items are stored in the police department’s property room.  If they’re not claimed, eventually property room staff has to auction them off in order to make room for new items.

In an effort to get more of these unclaimed found items back to their owners, the RPD’s property clerks have started an online property room here:

http://www.roseville.ca.us/police/recovered_property/default.asp .  The website includes small pictures and brief descriptions of unclaimed property.

If you’ve lost something or been the victim of a theft, and never got your property back, please browse through the pictures in our online property room.  If you think an item might be yours, click on “claim this item” and fill out the form, including as much descriptive information about your stolen item as possible, and our staff will contact you for follow up.

Woman and child killed in solo I-80 crash

Cal Trans

Cal Trans

SACRAMENTO, CA – A fatal accident along Interstate 80 in Sacramento has left a woman and child dead, and another child in critical condition.

READ UPDATE: Woman and Child identified

According to the California Highway Patrol, the woman was driving a red Nissan Pathfinder westbound on Interstate 80. She had been observed speeding and driving erratically at the time and lost control of the Pathfinder near Madison Ave, going off the roadway and hitting a tree at a high rate of speed.

The woman and child were declared dead at the scene. A second child, who was riding in the front seat, was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center and is currently listed in critical condition.

The three right lanes of westbound I-80 at Madison Avenue are blocked because of the crash.

Three lanes remain blocked and the CHP is expecting to open all lanes at approximately 5 p.m.

2 men arrested after shooting at women

Phillip Brown Courtesy Elk Grove PD

Phillip Brown
Courtesy Elk Grove PD

Johnathan Carter Courtesy Elk Grove PD

Johnathan Carter
Courtesy Elk Grove PD

ELK GROVE, CA – Two men were arrested Wednesday after firing shots at two women parked in an Elk Grove neighborhood.

According to Elk Grove police, 26-year-old Tawny Babb and 24-year-old Natasha Perkins, were sitting in their vehicle on Heather Gate Way and Rose Point Court at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, when a man approached their vehicle and started firing shots.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Phillip Brown and 25-year-old Johnathan Conner for the shooting.

Investigators said, Perkins was dropping off her friend at home and parked on the side of the road, when a vehicle, driven by Conner, pulled up and Brown got out and ran toward the victims and started shooting.

The two women were not hit, but the car sustained damage from the gunshots. The two men fled the scene and were arrested later in Sacramento.

Officer involved shooting in Ceres

Talwinder Bains Courtesy Ceres Police

Talwinder Bains
Courtesy Ceres Police

CERES, CA – A Ceres elementary school was placed under lock down after an officer involved shooting involving a man with a golf club on Thursday morning.

According to Ceres Police, a student reported seeing a man in a field at Neel Park. When officers arrived and confronted the man he started screaming and swinging the golf club. One of the officers fired at the man, but did not hit him.

UPDATE: Sam Vaughn Elementary school, which is located near Neel Park, was placed on “lock down” during the incident as a precautionary measure. The school resumed normal activities after the suspect was successfully apprehended, which was just seconds after the shots were fired at park. Ceres Police Department applauds Ceres Unified School District’s commitment to keeping our students safe by practicing these types of emergency drills regularly and always working cooperatively with law enforcement officials.

The man officers confronted has been identified as 29-year-old Talwinder Bains. He was transported to the Ceres Police Department for questioning and evaluation by department Drug Recognition Experts. He was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for being under the influence of drugs, possession of methamphetamine, violating probation, and resisting arrest.

The officer who discharged his firearm during the incident was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice for officer-involved shootings. The name of the officer will not be released at this time.

Anyone with information that may be helpful in this case is encouraged to contact Detective Darren Venn: (209) 538-5135, Darren.venn@ci.ceres.ca.us. Anonymous tips can also be reported to:

Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers.
Phone number: 1-866-60-CRIME
Text Tips: “274637” TIP704 in the wording
Website: www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers


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