VALLEJO, CA – A disabled Vallejo resident was struck by a car Tuesday evening and dragged nearly a mile before the driver stopped. He did not survive.
The 41-year-old Vallejo man, who was disabled, was first hit at Broadway and Hogan and then dragged nearly a mile to the intersection of Mini and Stanford Drive.
Police initially received a call around 6 p.m. regarding an accident between a vehicle and a man in the area of Broadway and Lewis Brown Road.
Shortly after the initial call, dispatch received other reports with the same descriptions in the area of Stanford and Mini drives.
Vallejo Police said the accident occurred at Broadway and Lewis Brown Road, where a disabled man was crossing the street and was struck by a vehicle. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision.
The victim was knocked to the ground and rolled into a different lane, where an 89-year-old man driving a Mercedes Benz, hit and dragged the victim to the Mini Drive location, which is about a mile down the road.
Arriving paramedics and firefighters had to dislodge the man from under the vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both drivers were being questioned, but at this stage in the investigation officers do not believe there was anything criminal in what happened.
This year there have been two other fatal traffic-related accidents at the Broadway location, both involved people crossing the street.
ALPINE, UTAH – The Raider Nation is mourning the loss of five-time pro-bowler Todd Christensen who died Wednesday morning of complications following surgery. He was 57.
Christensen died this morning at Intermountain Medical Center, this according to his son Toby Christensen. He had been battling liver disease in recent years.
Christensen’s 12 year career in the NFL was spent mostly with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders. He recorded 461 receptions and 41 touchdowns during his stellar career, and helped lead the Raiders to two Super Bowl championships in the ‘80s.
Christensen retired in 1987 and started working as an NFL analyst for NBC. According to BYU’s website, the football great was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
BYU posted on twitter, “Former #BYU TE Todd Christensen passed away this morning due to complications from surgery. Our love & prayers are w/the Christensen family.”
The Raiders were saddened to learn of the passing of Todd Christensen and offer condolences to his family. http://t.co/3dBjFwt1Qz
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 13, 2013
R.I.P Todd Christensen my fellow T.E . He once told me if I wanted to be famous catch the FB. Catching is an art an Tms pay for that.Thanks
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 13, 2013
ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old John Alpert.
On May 15, someone fishing in Dry Creek near Atkinson Street found the body of Alpert near the creek bed. Roseville Police detectives and crime scene investigators examined the scene and collected the remains. It appeared that the person had been dead for a few months.
By all accounts Alpert was a responsible man who had never been in trouble with the law. He lived at home with his parents and was attending community college. In March of this year, he left Palmdale to travel north with a group of illegal freight train riders.
Alpert had never illegally ridden the rails before and soon after his departure he stopped communicating with his family. Concerned for his safety, his family reported him missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on March 25.
On March 10 Alpert posted on his Facebook page, “im at the crossroads and for the first time, im scared.”
Detectives believe that Alpert arrived in Roseville on a freight train between March 16 and 17, where he met his death. His body had unexplained injuries consistent with blunt force trauma, and detectives have classified his death as a homicide.
Anyone who has any information about Alpert’s death, or who saw Alpert in Roseville in mid-March, or had any contact with freight train riders in Roseville around that time is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP (783-7867). Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s website, http://www.roseville.ca.us/police, and clicking on “Submit a Tip”, or by texting 274637 (start your text with the word “ROSEVILLE”).Tipsters can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday afternoon hundreds of friends and family descended on Auburn’s Pioneer United Methodist Church to honor 31-year-old Max Puckett, who died while riding his motorcycle on October 29.
As everyone was paying tribute to the man, some family members were still searching for answers.
It happened on a clear day at approximately 11 a.m. when, according to the California Highway Patrol, Puckett appeared to have lost control of his motorcycle around a curve connecting eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Interstate 80.
Puckett’s sister, Amy Savacool, told CelebrityExaminer that her brother lived near the area and had driven the ramp thousands of times, which is why the family believes a vehicle may have unknowingly cut her brother off.
Savacool spoke to one driver who came upon the accident soon after it happened. She told Savacool that she saw a black, late model Jetta or Passat slow down and then speed off. There was also, a white semi-truck at the scene before her.
Savacool believes someone out there knows what happened to her brother and the family would like to talk to anyone with information as to how this tragic accident occurred.
Puckett was a journalist having interned at the Auburn Journal in 2010. He went on to write crime stories freelancing for United Reporting in Sacramento, Rocklin and Roseville.
An article in the Auburn Journal about Puckett’s life quotes close friend Jim Kwiatkowski , “He was a hell of a nice guy. He was always there for people.” Kwiatkowski also recalled how the two of them, “used to go motorcycle riding all the time.”
Savacool told the Auburn Journal that Max was “an incredibly loyal friend and person, and compassionate. He helped a lot of people, and hundreds of people that we didn’t even know about that are coming out.”
Hundreds of people attended the services yesterday at the United Methodist Church and even more have responded with letters, emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and personal visits.
According to family members, Puckett was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 3 and faced a number of health issues throughout his life as a result of brain surgery and the return of cancer several years later.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A 78-year-old man and his wife were brutally beaten in their Rancho Cordova mobile home on Sunday morning.
The Rancho Cordova Police Department received a call at approximately 11:40 a.m. Sunday regarding an unresponsive elderly man lying inside his mobile home in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park located in the 2900 block of Routier Road.
When officers arrived they discovered 78-year-old Mel Bain dead with blunt force trauma to his upper body and his 78-year old wife Jean Bain beaten and in critical condition. Jean was rushed to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.
According to neighbors, Mel is a former Aerojet employee and his wife was suffering from dementia.
Investigators are still trying to determine why the elderly couple was attacked in their home of 30 years. It’s uncertain if it was a forced entry into the home or a burglary.
Investigators were looking for a 1991, two-door Cadillac Eldorado, maroon with a white top, California license plate number 2XMF374, that was stolen later in the day. It’s unknown if the vehicle was used during the incident.
Investigators ultimately located the vehicle unoccupied.
According to one witness, a neighbor discovered the door to the Bain’s home ajar and when he went to investigate he discovered Mel lying in the doorway.
Another neighbor told reporters that Mel had problems with his wife’s dementia, but he did his best to take care of her. He would rarely take her outside the home due to her wild outbursts of yelling at Mel. The neighbor did say he would take her out every Wednesday to Wendy’s.
Neighbors also said whenever Mel would leave the home to run errands Jean would leave the home and wander the streets of the mobile home park.
The neighborhood was a-buzz in recent days when the Bains were visited by a young woman who was accompanied by a man who stayed in their car while she went inside. Investigators were quick to point out that the investigation is in its early stages and it was too soon to say if mystery woman figured into the slaying.
Investigators are asking that anybody with information on the case call either ( 916) 874-5115 or (916) 874-TIPS or email www.sacsheriff.com and enter the keyword “SSD.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Coroner’s office has released the cause of death of the baby that was found in the trunk of her mother’s car on September 26.
According to the coroner’s office 5-year-old Tatiana Garcia died from drowning.
Sacramento Police arrested 29-year-old Aquelin Talamantes, after finding her daughter locked inside the trunk of her car. The daughter later died on her way to the hospital.
The Sacramento Police responded to the Shore Park Apartments, on the 7900 block of Pocket Road, for a welfare check of the daughter. Family members became concerned after Talamantes showed up at a relative’s apartment in the complex without her daughter.
When officers located the girl inside the trunk of a car, she was unresponsive. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe the initial scene of the homicide was at Talamantes’ Davis home on the 5100 block of Glide Drive. Davis and Sacramento police converged on the home searching for evidence.
SACRAMENTO , CA – The man who was hit by at least two vehicles at the intersection of Power Inn Road and Scottsdale Drive has been identified.
According to the Sacramento Coroner’s office, 34-year-old Mark Schwabe was killed at around 5 a.m. Thursday morning after being struck by two vehicles.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a woman who was driving northbound on Power Inn Rd, said she saw the man in the roadway, but was unable to avoid hitting him.
A truck traveling in the same direction hit Schwabe a second time. The driver of the truck stopped, but then left the scene. Schwabe was dragged approximately 75 feet north of the intersection where he was originally hit.
CHP officers are looking for the driver of the truck for questioning.
Anyone with information on the incident was urged to contact the CHP at (916)681-2300 or the CHP Communications Center at (916)861-1300.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The motorcyclist in yesterday’s fatal accident has been identified as 31-year-old Sacramento resident William Maxwell Puckett (Max Pucket).
Portions of eastbound Highway 50 were closed Tuesday morning after Puckett lost control of his motorcycle, causing him to hit a guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The tragic accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Puckett appeared to have been traveling too fast to negotiate a curve connecting eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Interstate 80.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Portions of eastbound Highway 50 were closed this morning after a motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail, killing the rider.
The tragic accident happened just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The man died at the scene.
The California Highway Patrol said the rider was a 31-year-old Sacramento man. According to witnesses the man appeared to have been traveling too fast to negotiate a curve connecting eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Interstate 80.
The rider’s name has not been released.
LOS ANGELES, CA – A shootout with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s has left one suspect dead and two deputies wounded.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are currently on the scene in the 3900 block of West Century Boulevard in Inglewood, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting which occurred at approximately 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities taped off an area in front of a Rodeway Inn motel.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, two deputies were wounded by gunfire. The deputies suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One deputy was transported to a local hospital and the other was treated at the scene by paramedics.
The deputies were conducting a traffic stop involving a Mercedes Benz without any license plates. A deputy was patting down one of the subjects when she noticed a gun in the man’s waistband. As another deputy attempted to restrain the gunman, the subject opened fire.
The female deputy was struck in the hip by the bullet, but escaped serious injury when the bullet struck a cell phone charger she was carrying before striking her in the hip.
One male suspect was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead and two other suspects (a male and a female) have been detained. A handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene.
Due to the officer involved shooting, multiple independent investigations by the Offices of the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Los Angeles County Coroner, in addition to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, have already started. Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also responded to the scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org