Cal football player, 21, dies after workout

Cal-HelmetBERKELEY, CA – Cal defensive lineman 21-year-old Ted Agu died Friday morning after collapsing during a conditioning workout.

Details about what happened are unclear, but there are several reports that Agu collapsed during a conditioning workout and died shortly after.

In a statement from the school, coach Sonny Dykes said, “This is a very difficult time for our football family. Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”

Agu was a public heath major and would have been a senior next season. In 2013 he made six tackles in seven games.

Erik Bunte, the freshman offensive lineman, tweeted that Agu was the “best example of a true Cal football player.”

Freshman defensive back Cameron Walker also tweeted his condolences, “You were a blessing to all of us and it hurts so bad to know that I’ll never walk next to ur locker again and hear your voice speaking to me. You left too soon. But ur in a better place now & we all have another guardian angel watching over us. I love you, Ted. I miss you already. I’ll never forget you, Pre-Med Ted. You and your family are in my prayers.”

Teen dies at Heavenly Lake Tahoe

18034332SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA – A man died yesterday after a ski patrol, from Heavenly Lake Tahoe, came upon the skier lying in the snow and having a difficult time breathing.

The ski patrol stumbled upon the teen just before noon on Tuesday. When they discovered the man lying in the snow, and barely breathing, they rushed him down the hill to waiting paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The skier was identified as Wyatt James Colvard of Fountain Valley.

The Douglas County Coroner’s office has said their preliminary findings are that he died from injuries sustained from blunt force trauma.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.

According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle  in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.

The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.

Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.

In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.

Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).

He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.

Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).

In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.

Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).


Grandmother killed by DUI driver in Placer County

CHPPLACER COUNTY, CA – A woman was killed and her granddaughter injured after a head-on collision with a DUI driver.

According to the California Highway Patrol, just after 7 a.m. Saturday, a 58-year-old woman was driving eastbound on Foresthill Road, near Upper Lake Clementine Road in a Chevy Malibu with her 10-year-old granddaughter.

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A Dodge pick-up truck, driven by 35-year-old Eugene Mitchell, was traveling westbound and drifted into the woman’s lane hitting the Malibu head-on. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl, who was sitting in the backseat when their car was hit, suffered major injuries and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Her condition is not known.

Mitchell suffered major injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. As soon as he is released from jail he will be taken into custody for a felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Body found near Twin Cities Road

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy discovered the body Thursday morning just off of a levy road near Snodgrass Slough.

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According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, the deputy was on routine patrol in the south area on a dirt levy road just off Twin Cities Road, when he found the body, approximately 20 feet from the levy road.

Homicide Detectives were called to the scene to determine the circumstances surrounding the death. Detectives believe the death to be suspicious in nature.

Officials are holding off on releasing details about the scene where the body was discovered.

Man shot and killed in Carmichael

Police-lightsCARMICHAEL, CA – A man was shot and killed at the Marconi Garden apartment complex in Carmichael Saturday night.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department started receiving calls at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a man being shot in the courtyard area of the complex, located in the 4700 block of Marconi Avenue.

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When deputies arrived on scene, they found a man shot and immediately started performing CPR on the victim. Medical personnel arrived and declared the man dead at the scene.

It’s unknown if the victim was from the apartment complex.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are investigating and are looking for information on the motive of this shooting and identity of the subject(s) involved.  Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Motorcyclist in fatal accident on Watt Avenue

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A motorcyclist is dead after hitting a pickup truck on Watt Avenue Sunday evening.

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According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident happened on Watt Avenue near Hurley Way just after 5:30 p.m.

The motorcyclist hit a truck and died at the scene. Southbound traffic was closed down for several hours following the accident.

Investigators are looking into the cause.

Pedestrian killed on Hwy 50 identified

Police-lightsWEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The man who was struck and killed by at least three vehicles on Highway 50, just east of Interstate 80, has been identified.

According to the Yolo County Coroner’s Office the victim was 25-year-old Bryson Rush Labourdette of Davis.

The California Highway Patrol received numerous calls at approximately 6:02 a.m. Tuesday about a man in dark clothes walking on the right hand shoulder of Highway 50. A few minutes later someone called to say the man was running and may have been hit.

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Yolo County Fire and the CHP responded to the area and discovered Labourdette in the middle of the westbound fast lane on HWY 50.

Labourdette attempted to run across the roadway when he was struck by several vehicles. All three drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

A white vehicle with paper dealer plates was found disabled in the center median. It appeared the vehicle had been in an accident. Investigators believe the vehicle belonged to Labourdette.

Intruder shot on Monday identified

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – The man who was shot at the Carmel Point apartment complex early Monday morning has been identified.

According to the Coroner’s website, the victim was 23-year-old Alphonse Tholmer.

Sacramento Police responded to the apartment complex located in the 7800 block of Center Parkway at around 3:40 a.m. Monday and found Tholmer outside of an apartment with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the occupants of one of the apartments Tholmer allegedly tried to break into their apartment when he accidentally shot himself multiple times.

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Tholmer was rushed to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds where he was pronounced dead.

According to a statement released today by the Sacramento Police Department, it appears an unknown number of subjects forced their way into an apartment resulting in the shooting. Tholmer did not live at the apartment where the break-in occurred.

The motive for the shooting is still under 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.

Pedestrian hit and killed on HWY 50 near Causeway

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 50 just east of Interstate 80 approaching the Yolo Causeway Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: Pedestrian killed on Hwy 50 identified

The California Highway Patrol received numerous calls at approximately 6:02 a.m. Tuesday about a man in dark clothes walking on the right hand shoulder of Highway 50. A few minutes later someone called to say the man was running and may have been hit.

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Yolo County Fire and the CHP responded to the area and discovered a body in the middle of the fast lane heading westbound on HWY 50.

A SIG Alert has been issued and traffic is currently backed up for miles into Sacramento.

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