RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A 16-year-old teenager has been identified as the person struck and killed by a Regional Transit train on Tuesday in Rancho Cordova.
According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website, the body has been identified as 16-year-old Craig Austin Taylor, of Sacramento.
Taylor was the second person in less than a week who was struck and killed by a light-rail train in the area.
According to Regional Transit authorities, video surveillance footage showed the teen lying down on the tracks just east of the Mather Field Station before the collision.
Last Thursday, 15-year-old Mariah Burgess was killed near Coloma Road and Folsom Boulevard, about 200 yards away from today’s tragic accident.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Two teenagers, ages 15 and 19, were arrested early this morning after attempting to rob a home with over 20 people inside.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, just after 4 a.m. Saturday, two armed men entered a home in the 6800 block of 27th Street. The complainant and approximately 20 of her friends were in the home at the time of the invasion.
When officers arrived the two men were still inside and, upon learning of the officer’s arrival, immediately fled out the back door.
One of the suspects was quickly taken into custody as the pair tried to flee officers by hopping over neighboring fences. A perimeter was quickly established and a search was conducted with the assistance of an outside agency’s K9 officer.
The second suspect was found hiding nearby thanks to the K9 unit. Two loaded handguns were located, in the area and are believed to have been used and then discarded by the fleeing suspects.
Both suspects were positively identified as the robbery suspects and booked on multiple charges to include home invasion, false imprisonment, conspiracy, resisting arrest and possession of firearm charges. No injuries were reported.
The 19-year-old suspect was identified as Ricky Lor. Police are not releasing the name of the 15-year-old suspect.
ROCKLIN, CA – A missing 88-year-old man was found Thursday after a volunteer search party discovered the man hidden off a walking trail in Rocklin.
According to the Rocklin Police Department, authorities and volunteers began searching for Dennis Knibbs at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, after he was reported missing the night before.
Joining in the search was the Rocklin Fire Department, fire and police volunteers, motorcycle officers, detectives, Placer County Sheriff’s and Placer County Mountain Rescue volunteers. There were sporadic sighting of Knibbs, but nothing materialized.
After hours of searching on Thursday at around 5:40 p.m., a volunteer from Placer County Mountain Rescue Team discovered Knibbs a few hundred feet away from a walking trail, in a thick, wooded portion of a greenbelt area. Apparently Knibbs had slipped and fell and was lying down, out of view.
Police officers and a Rocklin Fire engine company responded to the scene with emergency equipment to extract Knibbs from the area and transport him to a local hospital. Emergency crews had to use a chainsaw to clear a pathway through the trees for emergency equipment and additional personnel to reach him.
The Rocklin Police and Fire Departments wish to express our thanks to the dedicated volunteers of Placer County Mountain Rescue Team for their relentless efforts in locating and aiding in the rescuing of Knibbs, as well as those from our community who were very engaged on social media to help spread the word in our search efforts.
Rocklin Chief of Police said in a statement, “We are fortunate to have had the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team, as well as their Air Operations Unit. I also want to thank all of the people from our community who remained engaged on social media to help spread the word and locate Mr. Knibbs. Placer County really is an amazing place!”
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.
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.
“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.’
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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 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.