SACRAMENTO, CA – The man who died yesterday after attempting to rob the El Dorado Savings bank on J Street in Sacramento has been identified.
According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s officer the man has been identified as 45-year-old Michael Parker of Sacramento.
According to Sacramento Police, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of an attempted bank robbery at the El Dorado Savings Bank in the 4700 block of J Street.
According to witnesses the suspect, later identified as Parker, entered the bank and passed a note to one of the tellers demanding cash and threatening to take hostages. Moments after handing over the note, and prior to taking any money, Parker fled the bank and drove off in a 4-door grey sedan parked just outside.
Officers rushed to the area, and with the help of witness descriptions including the vehicle license plate, were able to spot Parker’s car as it was entering onto westbound Highway 50 from Stockton Boulevard.
Parker led officers on a pursuit from Highway 50 to eastbound Interstate Business 80 and ultimately northbound on 30th Street when, for unknown reasons, Parker’s vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a large tree on the east side of the street.
Paramedics were summoned and Parker was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
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 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.
The Coast Guard received a radio beacon distress signal Monday at 4:20 a.m. from a 30-foot sailboat named “Alma.”
Rescue crews began their search in the waters near the Golden Gate Bridge. U.S. Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire Protection District crews discovered Ewing’s sailboat partially submerged near the rocks in the Yellow Bluff area. The boat later sank and rescue crews continued searching for the missing sailor.
Just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Ewing’s body on the southwest portion of Angel Island, This according to assistant Chief Deputy Coroner of Marin County, Lt. Keith Boyd.
Ewing had reportedly set sail from Alameda at approximately 6:10 p.m. Sunday heading for the Philippines.
Ewing appears to have been the only occupant of the boat at the time of the accident. The coroner’s office does not suspect foul play.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The man struck and killed yesterday by a Sacramento Regional Transit light rail train has been identified.
According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 42-year-old Benjamin Lee Smith, was the victim hit by a train Tuesday morning just after 7.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, Smith was struck by the train at the Zinfandel station in Rancho Cordova just after 7 Tuesday morning.
Smith was extricated from under the train and rushed to a local hospital where he later died.
Officials are trying to determine if Smith saw the train coming and why he didn’t get out of the way.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was killed after being hit and then pinned underneath a Sacramento Regional Transit light rail train on Tuesday.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the man, believed to be in his 40s, was struck by the train at the Zinfandel station in Rancho Cordova just after 7 Tuesday morning.
The man was extricated from under the train and rushed to a local hospital where he later died.
Officials are trying to determine if the man saw the train coming and why he didn’t get out of the way.
The victim’s identity has not released.
ACAMPO, CA – Two parachutists collided in midair after jumping out of a plan in Lodi yesterday afternoon.
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, they received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, at the Parachute Center located at 23500 N. Highway 99.
According to the owner of the facility, Bill Dause, two men jumped from a plane and, within 30 seconds, collided in mid-air. One of the men, later identified as Squaw Valley resident, Timy Dutton, was knocked unconscious by the impact and never had the opportunity to deploy his chute.
The second man suffered a broken leg and was able to parachute to safety.
Both men were from the Lake Tahoe area.
According to one man, the pair did not have an Automatic Activation Device which would have deployed the reserve chute at a set altitude and speed if the diver had not done it himself. Both Skydivers had on a regular parachute and a reserve chute.
It was also reported the two were wearing wingsuit’s, allowing them to glide horizontally at up to speeds of 100 MPH.
Both men were experienced jumpers and had completed 400 to 500 jumps prior to Tuesdays fatal jump.
KENWOOD, CA- A wanted man is dead after a 20 hour standoff with law enforcement officials who were trying to serve a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, their department received a request from members of the Napa County Major Crimes Task Force to assist them in the service of a felony arrest warrant.
The subject listed in the warrant was wanted in connection with felony firearm, narcotic, and child endangerment charges and was believed to be armed. The subject was believed to be staying in a trailer at a residence in the 200 block of Hoff Road in the Sonoma Valley. A search warrant was obtained for the property.
At approximately 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Unit attempted to serve the warrant. Upon arrival, an adult male, later determined to be the owner, immediately exited the trailer and surrendered. He confirmed the wanted subject was inside the trailer with a female, whom was believed to be a hostage. The owner confirmed the suspect was armed with a rifle, handgun, and had body armor.
Over the course of the night, members of the Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team attempted to convince the suspect to release the female hostage and surrender. At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the female hostage was released. She also confirmed the suspect was armed with a rifle.
The Santa Rosa Police Department’s SWAT team relieved the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit and continued negotiations throughout the morning and afternoon. During this time, the suspect confessed to a number of violent crimes, including a murder.
After his confessions the suspect became less communicative and threatened to kill himself, or force law enforcement officers to kill him, in what is known as “Suicide by cop.”
At approximately 5:00 p.m., the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit resumed control of the scene.
The Sheriff’s SWAT team shot tear gas into the trailer. The suspect responded by shooting indiscriminately out of the trailer at SWAT personnel on-scene. No one was injured during the shooting.
After a second volley of tear gas, the suspect appeared at the door to the trailer where the SWAT team, fearing for their safety, opened fire on the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, but it remains unclear if he died from a self-inflicted wound, or was shot by officers.
In accordance with the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association’s Fatal Incident Protocol, the investigation will be conducted by the Petaluma Police Department with assistance from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.
Kindergarten classes were just getting out around noon when the boy was struck by the bus.
The California Highway Patrol says they will be investigating the incident for several hours.
WOODLAND, CA – The man stabbed to death Tuesday night, in what was Woodland’s first homicide of the year, has been identified.
According to the Yolo County Coroner’s office, 33-year-old Scott Michael Zumbrum was the victim in Tuesday’s fatal stabbing that occurred in the 600 block of Elm Street. Dingle Elementary School is located on the same block.
Woodland Police say they responded to the area at approximately 10:30 pm. Tuesday, after receiving calls of a physical altercation.
When officers arrived, they discovered Zumbrum lying on the ground with a stab wound. Officers summoned medical aid and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators from the Woodland Police Department and the Yolo County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7800 or 530-666-2411. Callers may remain anonymous.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called to the scene just after 9 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a man brandishing a knife and threatening to kill himself.
When officers boarded the train at R and 13th street, they initially used a tazer on the suspect who was combative with police. Despite being hit with the tazer, the suspect lunged at officers, forcing an officer to shoot.
The train remained on the tracks between Q and R streets late into Saturday night as investigators interviewed witnesses on the train.
The man was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead.
Other passengers on the train were not injured during the incident.
SACRAMENTO, CA – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of 19-year-old Juwan Howard that occurred in December of last year.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detectives arrested 19-year-old Taejuan Jackson yesterday in connection with the murder of Howard outside of a convenience store in the 8000 block of Florin Road.
On December 21, 2013, Deputies responded to the convenience store on Florin Road after receiving calls that a man had been shot near the intersection.
When deputies arrived they discovered the teenager, later identified as Howard, with a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.
Detectives were able to determine that Howard was with some friends at the convenience store, when a group of males got into a confrontation with the victim and his friends. Shots were fired and Howard was struck in the upper body. He then drove a short distance to the intersection of Florin Road and Franklin Blvd where someone called 911 to request assistance.
Both Jackson and Howard were known to each other.
Taejuan Jackson has been charged with murder and is currently being held without the possibility of bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail.