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Pedestrian hit on Valentine’s Day in Citrus Heights dies

Areolle Starr GiveForward.com

Areolle Starr
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – The woman struck and critically injured in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day has succumbed to her injuries.

According to Citrus Heights police the collision took place at approximately 1:20 a.m., February 14, 2015, on Auburn Blvd, just south of Kanai Avenue.

The pedestrian, later identified as 26-year-old Areolle Starr, was sent to the hospital in critical condition.

At the time of the initial report, officers reported that speed was not a factor in the collision and the driver did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol. Starr had just left Rocky’s 7440 Club just prior to the fatal collision. Starr succumbed to her injuries on Friday, February 21.

Friends had rallied behind the Roseville resident, holding fundraisers to help her family. You can still make donations at GiveForward.com.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, February 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Rocky’s 7440 Club in Citrus Heights.

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Arsonist out for revenge ignites wrong house

Christopher James Robinson  Roseville Police

Christopher James Robinson
Roseville Police

ROSEVILLE, CA – A man was arrested Wednesday night after he set fire to a home in Roseville, but it turns out, the home he targeted was the wrong home.

According to Roseville Police, at approximately 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Roseville Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 1300 block of Champagne Circle.

A woman was home when the fire started, but her 18-year-old son helped her and the family dog escape safely. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

When fire crews arrived they found that the fire had spread to the roof and attic, and was threatening adjacent homes. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other homes.

Crews remained on scene throughout the night to ensure the fire didn’t reignite. The house suffered extensive damage.

Asron investigators were able to determine that the fire was an act of arson.

About a half-hour after the fire was reported, the Sacramento Police Department got a call from a man who wanted to talk to them about the fire in Roseville. After talking to him, they notified Roseville Police.

Roseville Police officers met Sacramento police officers in the Natomas area and arrested 20-year-old Christopher James Robinson of Elk Grove. Based on their preliminary investigation, it appears that Robinson had gone to Roseville to contact someone he had a grievance with, but he went to the wrong house, a home where he did not know any of the occupants, and allegedly started the fire.

Robinson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson-related charges. He’s being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Wrong-way driver kills 3 in Sacramento

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Three people are dead today, including 2 teenagers, after a man hit the car they were in head-on on Interstate 80 in Sacramento.

According to the California Highway Patrol, just after 2 a.m. Saturday, 24-year-old Aaron Jordan Caudillo, of Roseville, was driving a Chrysler 300 the wrong way on eastbound I80, just west of Madison Avenue, when he slammed into a Buick Regal that was carrying three people in the number 1 lane.

All three people in the Buick were killed on impact. According to the CHP, two of the victims were in their teens, a 19-year-old driver from Roseville and an 18-year-old girl from Granite Bay and another unidentified man

Caudillo survived the crash and he was taken to Mercy San Juan.

Investigators believe drugs or alcohol played a part in the tragic accident.

Three lanes were closed for several hours and reopened at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Woman arrested for stealing from elderly

Haleigh Ann Carrigan Credit: Roseville PD

Haleigh Ann Carrigan
Credit: Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – A woman has been arrested in connection to a string of burglaries that has plagued a senior citizens’ apartment complex in Roseville.

Today, the Roseville Police Department announced the arrest of 21-year-old Haleigh Ann Carrigan, of Sacramento, in connection to a number of burglaries that occurred at the Sierra Regency retirement community center on Madden Lane.

Roseville police worked with management, after apartment complex staff discovered that an unidentified young woman was going into apartments in the middle of the night while elderly residents were home asleep. She stole cash, bank cards, jewelry and prescription medication. At least one resident’s stolen bank card was used to make fraudulent purchases.

Investigators were able to identify Carrigan as the burglar and was also a relative of one of the residents of the complex.

On December 30, officers served a search warrant at the Carrigan’s south Sacramento home and discovered stolen property and other evidence connecting her to several of the sixteen burglaries that have been reported at the complex. The earliest known burglary happened in early July, and the latest in late December.

Carrigan was arrested without incident at her home on suspicion of first degree burglary, elder abuse (targeting elderly victims for burglaries, depriving them of their essential medications and other property, and financial fraud), and possession of stolen property.

Officers believe she familiarized herself with the complex during daytime hours and stole residents’ keys, and then returned at night and burglarized their apartments while they were sleeping.

Officials said the arrest would not have been possible without the outstanding cooperation of management.

Officers are looking into similar incidents at other senior living facilities in Roseville. Any residents of senior living complexes who are missing property are asked to file a report with the Roseville Police Department.

Carjacking, kidnapping and mayhem in Antelope

Strathmore Way Google maps

Strathmore Way
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ANTELOPE, CA – One man is safe and several suspects remain outstanding, after a carjacking/kidnapping leads to an officer involved shooting on the streets of Antelope.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 12:30 Saturday morning, patrol deputies responded to a suspicious circumstance call within the 4100 block of Strathmore Way in Antelope. The caller reported hearing a loud noise outside of the residence, and then looked out to observe two suspicious boxes resting on the ground in the street.

When two patrol deputies arrived on scene, they were approaching the residence when a vehicle suddenly accelerated toward the deputies at a high rate of speed. Both Deputies fired on the vehicle, which sent the car crashing into a neighboring fence a short distance away.

Several occupants of the vehicle fled on foot immediately following the collision, leaving behind the victim inside of the disabled vehicle. The man inside the vehicle was reportedly the victim of a string of crimes including robbery, carjacking and kidnapping by the suspects just prior to the deputies arrival.

It’s unknown if the outstanding suspects obtained injuries from the collision or shooting, as they are not yet identified or in custody. The victim of the incident suffered minor injuries.

Sheriff’s People Crime Detectives responded to the scene to begin the investigation into the robbery, carjacking and kidnapping of the victim.

The investigation into the officer involved shooting incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the two deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. One deputy is a ten year veteran of the Department, the other an eleven year veteran of the Department. Both are currently assigned to Field and Investigative Services.

Roseville PD arrests 3 for selling “date rape” drug

David Culfa Credit: Roseville PD

David Culfa
Credit: Roseville PD

Corrina Day Credit: Roseville PD

Corrina Day
Credit: Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville Detectives from Roseville’s Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET) have arrested 3 Rancho Cordova residents for selling a “date-rape drug” In the Roseville area.

According to the Roseville Police Department, VNET started investigating regional sales of a synthetic narcotic drug similar to GHB, better known as the “date-rape drug”. GHB and its analogs (meaning chemically similar concoctions that produce the same effects) are often used in sexual assaults, DUIs and overdose cases.

VNET detectives had long heard rumors about a house in Rancho Cordova being a major source of GHB in Roseville and the rest of the Sacramento metropolitan area.

On December 9, Roseville officers served a search warrant at the home in Rancho Cordova. The house had a fortified security door and was protected with numerous surveillance cameras. Inside the house, officers found a large quantity of a GHB substitute drug disguised as, and sold under the guise of a massage oil.   They also found more than $20,000 in cash, firearms, methamphetamine packaged for sale, and other evidence of illegal drug trafficking. Detectives also seized a large quantity of the drug at another related location.

Arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale and other related charges were 74-year-old Michael Manoff, 42-year-old Corrina Day, and 40-year-old David Culfa, all of Rancho Cordova.

Roseville’s Crime Suppression Unit and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations assisted Roseville’s VNET with the operation.

 

Michael Manoff Credit: Roseville PD

Michael Manoff
Credit: Roseville PD

Teen identified in Rancho Cordova train collision

Sacramento Regional TransitRANCHO 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.

Teens arrested after home invasion

Ricky Lor Credit: Sacramento PD

Ricky Lor
Credit: Sacramento PD

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.

Missing 88-year-old Rocklin man found

Dennis Knibbs Family photo

Dennis Knibbs
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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!”

Power outage and explosion rocks UC Berkeley

Sacramento News

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.

 

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