Sacramento man arrested in Rocklin burglary

Donald McGuckin Courtesy Rocklin PD

Donald McGuckin
Courtesy Rocklin PD

ROCKLIN, CA – Early Tuesday morning Rocklin police arrested a man in connection to a commercial burglary in the 4000 block of Granite Drive.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, officers observed a vehicle, driven by 46-yer-old Donald McGuckin of Sacramento, entering an alley behind a business at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

When officers approached McGuckin he took off on foot. Officers established a perimeter in the area and eventually apprehended McGuckin in a nearby business complex.

Officers returned to the area where initial contact was made with McGuckin and discovered a front window to a business had been broken.  It did not appear that the suspect was able to make entry into the business due to the officer’s intervention.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle turned up burglary tools and narcotics paraphernalia.

McGuckin was arrested for attempted commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Rocklin Police Detectives are continuing to work on the investigation.

Power outage and explosion rocks UC Berkeley

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BERKELEY, CA – The University of California at Berkley has been evacuated after a power outage and subsequent explosion rocked the campus Monday evening.

According to authorities a power outage hit the campus early Monday evening, causing classes to be canceled. Students were told to suspend activities and leave the campus. About a half-hour later there was an apparent ammonia leak in a room at Latimer Hall.

Then just before 7 p.m. there was an underground explosion and fire near California Hall, forcing a total evacuation.

A number of ambulances responded to the scene, but there was very little information available. There were several people who suffered minor injuries and one person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Fire crews were trying to free people trapped after the initial power outage. There were an estimated 20 people in dormitory elevators on the west side of the campus.

Vandals are being blamed for the blast after stealing copper grounding wire from an underground vault.

Officials are still trying to determine if the theft of copper is responsible for the other incidents.


Forklift operator dies in Elk Grove

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ELK GROVE, CA – A man was killed when the forklift he was operating rolled over and crushed him on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning just before 3, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire responded to the Milling Company on Eschinger Road in Elk Grove after receiving a call about a man being trapped underneath a forklift that had rolled over.

When Sac Metro crews arrived they found 42-year-old Armando Estrada pinned under a forklift. He died at the scene.

Investigators are still trying to determine what went wrong.

Mariah Carey rushed to hospital after fall

mariah-miguel-beautifulNEW YORK, NY – Mariah Carey was hospitalized Sunday after taking a spill while filming a new music video.

While the aging pop-singer didn’t break a hip, she did dislocate her shoulder.

According to Carey’s reps, the singer was admitted to a hospital in New York after she injured her shoulder during the making of a new music video with rapper Young Jeezy.

Her shoulder was “reset” at the hospital and she is currently doing just fine, her rep said in a statement.

The 43-year-old singer was filming a remix version of “#Beautiful” when the mishap occurred. The video was being directed by her husband Nick Cannon.

While on the Today show Tuesday morning, Cannon said, “It was pretty serious. Not only did she dislocate her shoulder, she actually cracked a rib and … she chipped her shoulder bone.”nick-cannon

“She was in this nice, beautiful gown, heels on and everything, and was kind of on this platform and reached and slipped and fell on her whole side,” he explained.

Cannon went on to explain why he didn’t go to the hospital. According to Cannon, Carey insisted that he, “get back in there and finish that video!”

Carey returned to the taping after they bandaged her up, so they could finish the shoot.

The singer is still scheduled to perform Saturday with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert, benefiting Superstorm Sandy victims.

Carey plans on releasing a new album later this year.

As for Cannon, he’s always got something going on over and above his hosting gig on America’s Got Talent. He will be returning to his improve comedy show, ‘Whild ‘n Out.’

Heat can kill – be prepared


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With temperatures heading north of 100 degrees and sticking with us for the better part of a week, it’s a good idea to get prepared and stay cool.

Read: Under the Dome of heat

Heat can make you sick and worse – kill.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat exposure killed over 8,000 people in the United States from 1979 to 2003.

Beware of humidity – When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.

Other factors that will affect a persons ability to weather the heat include, age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol.

According to the CDC, people who are at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases.

Young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Here is a list of things the CDC suggests to beat the heat.

Get inside
Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.

- Drink plenty of fluids.

- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.

- Schedule outdoor activities around the hottest parts of the day.

- Pace yourself.

- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.

- Do not leave children in cars.

- Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Body found at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights

Area where body was found Credit: Google Maps

Area where body was found
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – A body was discovered early Sunday morning at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights.

According to Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Ken Lewis, officers were dispatched to the area after receiving a report from a passerby that spotted what appeared to be a dead body in the creek located in Rusch Park near Antelope Road.

Officers found a dead male in the creek. There was no indication of foul play.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department’s tip line at (916) 727-5524.

Man shot at house party identified


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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man shot outside a home in Sacramento over the weekend has been identified.

The shooting occurred at a Sacramento house party early Sunday morning leaving 19-year-old Alvin Saivon Valentine dead and three others injured.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers responded to several reports of gunshots being heard in the area of 4000 Sea Drift Way at approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

When officers arrived they discovered the shooting had occurred at a home that had hosted a party earlier Saturday night. Officers were unable to locate any victims, but did observe a few subjects in the area.

While officers were investigating the shooting, an area hospital called into dispatch to report that four victims of a shooting arrived in the emergency room. Valentine was declared dead shortly after arriving.

Three other victims, one a 15-year-year-old female, and two male victims, one 17-years-old and the other  an 18-year-old, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators were able to determine that two groups that were attending the party had some type of altercation, leading to the shooting. The shooting occurred outside the residence.

Homicide Investigators and Gang Detectives responded to both the hospital and Sea Drift Way. CSI and the Sacramento Coroner’s Office responded to assist in the investigation.

Officials believe there are other witnesses to the shooting and are urging anyone who may have seen anything, or know any other information to contact the Communications 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.

Van Halen 2012 Tour

Van Halen recently released their first new album in fifteen years, Different Kind of Truth, with front man David Lee Roth.

Their initial single from the album “Tattoo“ was met with mixed reviews:

“Crappy un-imaginative song, Crappy un-imaginative video………..This sucks! I really was hoping to like what I heard but I’m pretty let down that this is the best they could come up with. Van Halen 4?”

“it’s almost immediately forgettable regardless of a solid Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, but it’s otherwise bathroom-break material for the upcoming tour.”

When they released their new album fans started to change their tune. While the album continues to get some mixed reviews, it continues to gain ground. As of this week Different Kind of Truth is #2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, second to Black Keys.

Some of the positive feedback:

“After a couple of months since this album came out, I can’t believe how incredible it really is.”

“This album has truley (sic) come at a time in which “Rock and Roll” was really dead! As a singer in a band, trying to find modern rock n roll that could actually be sang live was almost impossible! The over processed music today is just…fake, uninspiring and talentless. “A Different Kind of Truth” is a roll down the window and turn it up kind of album.”

Putting aside all the reviews, you can judge for yourself as Van Halen kicks off their Van Halen 2012 Tour starting this month.

The original dates skipped Sacramento entirely, but they will be coming through on a later leg of their tour on August 25th at Power Balance Pavilion.

Be there – then decide.

It’ll be a trip seeing David Lee Roth bouncing around the stage regardless!

Rock Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin Paid Tribute On “Great Gypsy Soul”

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Tommy Bolin - Great Gypsy Soul

The CD and special deluxe edition double with bonus material was #1 on Amazon’s rock download last week.

An all-star Lineup contributes to all new recordings of “Teaser” Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin. Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa  and others.

In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres–rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others.   Along with a much lauded solo career that pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.

There’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on Great Gypsy Soul.  Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album “Teaser.”  Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project and who recently posted about it to his 150,000 Facebook fans), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project.

The Huffington Post and Guitar World have confirmed coverage in upcoming publications.

Great Gypsy Soul was released on 429 Records on March 26th and immediately became Amazon’s #1 Rock Download for last week!  Great Gypsy Soul is both a widely available single CD format and a double CD with 39 minutes of bonus available only at Amazon.com.

Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70′s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock and guitar legend peers.

It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.   With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.

Says Warren Haynes: “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy–all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own–well worth the travel.”

Track Listing:

Disc 1
The Grind  w/ Peter Frampton
Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline

Disc 2 Bonus CD
Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
Marching Bag-Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
Marching Bag-Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
Marching Bag-Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
Marching Bag-Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton

Longtime Drummer for Doobie Brothers Dies

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Longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers Michael “‘Big Mike’ Hossack died at his home after battling cancer in Dubois, Wyoming, on Monday at the age of 65.

Big Mike was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, during which time he played on several of the Doobie Brothers best-known hits, including “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Listen to the Music” and “China Grove.”

Returning to the band in 1987 he remained until his health took a turn for the worse in 2010

The Doobie Brothers had released a statement in January letting Hossack’s fans know that he was improving slowly.

The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston remembered Hossack, “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers; from our earliest singles, like China Grove and Blackwater to our most recent single Brighter Day.   He was an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer.  The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that.  He was a terrific dad and family man, and we will all miss him.”

The Doobie’s Pat Simmons, who was a close friend of Hossack’s, said, “When my kids were little, they used to call him Big Mike, because to them he was such a big guy.  But to me and those who knew him, he had an even a bigger heart.  We were friends for 43 years and we shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget.  Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you.”


He will be missed.


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