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NY passenger train derails killing at least 4

trainNEW YORK, NY – A passenger train derailed in New York Sunday morning killing at least four people and injuring 40 others.

According to the New York Fire Department, the Metro-North train derailed as it was going around a sharp curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Five passenger cars jumped the tracks ejecting at least two of the passengers, which were among the dead. The train stopped short of plunging into the Harlem River.

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There were approximately 100 firefighters on scene.

In July a freight train derailed in the same area, this according to a report from WCBS.

Service was been suspended on part of the Hudson Line, Metro-North said on Twitter.

A passenger, Frank Tatulli, told WABC he thought the train was traveling faster than usual. Tatulli suffered head and neck injuries.

The train was the 5:54 a.m. out of Poughkeepsie and was due to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m.

The Amtrak Empire Line Service is currently being held between New York City and Albany due to the derailment.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington is not affected.

Woman shot and killed in North Sacramento

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A woman was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day after a possible argument turned deadly at an apartment complex in North Sacramento.

The Sacramento Police Department responded to the 3700 block of Balsam Street at approximately 2:53 p.m., after receiving reports of a shooting.

Arriving officers discovered a black female in her 30s that had been shot. The victim was later identified as 31-year-old Tiffany Silva of Sacramento.

Sacramento Fire crews arrived on the scene and determined Silva had been fatally injured. Officers quickly put up a perimeter in the area and conducted a search for the shooter and witnesses.

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According to police, there was a brief disturbance between a group of people just prior to the shooting. A number of subjects involved in the incident fled the scene in either a 2-door white vehicle or possibly a Saturn, gold in color.

Sacramento Police Homicide Detectives and Crimes Scene Investigators were called to the scene to assist with the ongoing 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.

 

Woman hit by car identified

Police-lightsFAIR OAKS, CA – The woman who was struck and killed by a car on Wednesday afternoon has been identified.

According to the Sacramento Coroners website, 55-year-old Julie Ann Newton was killed on Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol said a green 2004 Ford Taurus veered off the roadway and hit Newton. She had been walking on the shoulder with her father.

The tragic accident occurred just after noon on Wednesday on Winding Way near Montcurve Blvd in Fair Oaks.

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Newton was walking along Winding Way with her 78-year-old father, when the 53-year-old driver veered across westbound lanes and onto the shoulder striking Newton and narrowly missing her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

After hitting the victim, the truck jumped a curb and headed down a steep embankment, hitting a tree.

Newton was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident.

Woman hit and killed in Fair Oaks

Police-lightsFAIR OAKS, CA – A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wednesday afternoon when a driver veered off the roadway and hit the woman who was walking on the shoulder with her father.

According to the California Highway Patrol the tragic accident occurred just after noon on Wednesday. A 78-year-old father with Alzheimer’s was walking with his daughter westbound on Winding Way, when a green 2004 Ford Taurus veered across westbound lanes and onto the shoulder striking the woman, before heading down an embankment and hitting a tree.

The daughter, who was in her 50s, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The 53-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident.

Man beaten to death near Crocker Art Museum

Arthur Bird Courtesy Sacramento PD

Arthur Bird
Courtesy Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was beaten to death near the Crocker Art Museum on Wednesday evening.

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, who was beaten to death at approximate 6:30 p.m. yesterday in the center of Crocker Park.

An eyewitness contacted police to notify them of a fight between two male subjects. When police arrived they found one man on the ground suffering from injuries, and another man, later identified as 40-year-old Arthur Bird, who was in close proximity to the victim.

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Crocker Art Center
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The victim was rushed to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead.

Bird was detained for questioning and later arrested on murder charges.

Investigators are combing through a sleeping bag, backpack and other items that may have belonged to the victim, who is believed to have been a transient.

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.

 

Elk Grove coach arrested for sexting

Anthony Mosley Courtesy Elk Grove PD

Anthony Mosley
Courtesy Elk Grove PD

ELK GROVE, CA. – An Elk Grove youth coach has been arrested for sending inappropriate text messages to a 16-year-old girl.

According to the Elk Grove Police Department, 48-year-old Anthony Mosley was arrested on Tuesday for “sexting” a teenage girl, including sending a photo that was sexual in nature.

Detectives confirmed that Mosley was actively training and coaching youth at Bartholomew Sports Park. It’s unknown at this time if there are any additional victims.

Mosley is currently in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is being held on a bail of $150,000.00 for Penal Code Sections 288.2(a) Distribution or Exhibition of Lewd Material to Minor and 288.3 Communicate with a Minor with Intent to Commit Sex Offense.

The Elk Grove Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this crime, or any knowledge of additional victims, to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

North Highlands teen killed on I80 in Nevada

Michalea Vines Facebook

Michalea Vines
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LOVELOCK, NV – A Sacramento area woman was killed after being struck by a truck she was trying to flag down on Interstate 80 in Nevada on Tuesday.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the tragic accident happened just after midnight on Tuesday, when 18-year-old Michalea Vines of North Highlands, was walking on the shoulder of Interstate 80 about four miles west of Lovelock, NV.

Vines had stepped into oncoming traffic as she tried to flag down a Ford F-150 pickup. The driver, who was from Winnemucca, was unable to avoid hitting the teen. The driver pulled over to try and help Vines, but she died at the scene.

Troopers believe Vines may have been drinking prior to getting hit.

Body of missing Roseville restaurant owner found

steve-peaseROSEVILLE, CA – The body of missing Roseville restaurant owner Stephen Pease was found along the Mendocino coast on Sunday.

According to a statement from family friend Chris Maudru, the body was discovered near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino County.

Pease’s body did not show any signs of trauma and is believed to have been in the ocean for more than a few days off the Northern California coast.

Recreational divers discovered the body in the ocean at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near mile-marker 3.89 along Highway 1, in Gualala,

Mendicino County Sheriff’s responded to the area along with the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden. Due to the steep cliffs, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and was able to airlift the remains to an open field.

No other details were available regarding his death.

Maudru said, “These last couple weeks have been very challenging for everyone involved in Steve’s disappearance with the uncertainty that surrounded us. We ask that in the spirit of these holidays, that you take care of one another, be gentle and be kind and compassionate.”

Pease, the co-owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville last contacted his family on Oct. 28 by cellphone and he was last seen Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg in Northern California, a four hour drive from the Roseville area.

Soon after his disappearance, a sign was posted on restaurant doors stating the bar and restaurant was temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “we’re looking forward to serving the community again soon.”

Maudru and his wife, local radio personality Kat Maudru, started distributing missing persons posters and helped organize search parties along the Mendocino coast in hopes of locating Pease.

Pease had rented a 2014 silver Chevy Captiva with Oregon license plate number 500GKN and was scheduled to return the vehicle on Nov. 5. According to Kat, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.

At the time police in Fort Bragg and Roseville both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither had discovered any evidence of foul play.

Since his disappearance, rumors were being spread of the mishandling of funds for the restaurant. The CelebrityExaminer did talk to a family friend who confirmed that Pease’s signature was required to dispense funds, forcing Sammy’s to close its doors when he went missing.

K9 finds meth in birthday present

Donald Owen Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Donald Owen
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

AUBRUN, CA – A couple was arrested last Wednesday night on several drug charges after Jet, a drug-sniffing dog, discovered a birthday present full of meth.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s department, Deputy Jet sniffed out the offending package after a routine traffic stop on Auburn Ravine Road at around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies pulled over 46-year-old Donald David Owen of Oakdale and 43-year-old Sarah Marie Bastin of Modesto for traffic violations and discovered that Owens was driving on a suspended license and was on searchable probation.

The narcotics-certified Jet was called in to “sniff” out the vehicle and quickly alerted deputies to several items that may contain drugs, including a box covered in birthday gift wrap. When deputies opened the birthday gift, they found 2.29 pounds of methamphetamine inside. The drugs were inside a large, zipped plastic bag.

Gift Wrapping from package

Gift Wrapping from package

2.29 pounds of meth Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

2.29 pounds of meth
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Owen and Bastin were booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of sales and transportation of a controlled substance, plus conspiracy. Owen is being held on $280,000 bail and Bastin’s bail is set at $250,000.

3 dead in fatal crash on 99

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Three people were killed in a single vehicle accident on Highway 99 in South Sacramento early Saturday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2010 Acura went off the roadway killing all three onboard.

The driver was later identified as 24-year-old Sean Leon Guerrero of Modesto. The two passengers were twin brothers 23-year-old Michael Anderson of Atwater and his brother Robert Anderson of Elk Grove.

Guerrero, who was intoxicated at the time, was traveling southbound on Highway 99 at around 2:30 a.m. and was going between 80 and 100 mph. He lost control of the vehicle near the Calvine Road exit. The vehicle drifted into the dirt shoulder and hit a chain-link fence and metal pole.

All three victims died at the scene of the crash.

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