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Teen shot dead at North Highlands apartment complex

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NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA – A young man believed to be in his late teens was shot and killed last night at an apartment complex located on Galbrath Drive in Sacramento County.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 4300 block of Galbrath Avenue late Saturday evening after receiving a call reporting there was a male who had been shot at the location.

When deputies arrived they found the shooting victim located in the courtyard of the apartment complex. The victim is described as a black male adult in his late teens. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide Detectives responded and were able to determine that the shooting took place inside an apartment at the complex. There currently is no known motive for the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477). Protection Status

2 construction workers killed in Winters


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WINTERS, CA – Two workers fell approximately 100 feet to their death while working on a crane during bridge construction in Winters today.

The tragic accident happened Friday morning at a construction site near Railroad and Wolfskill street in Winters, this according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.

No other information was available.

Man killed in Arden Arcade area identified

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – The man shot and killed in the Arden Arcade area on Sunday has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Ray Johnson of Sacramento.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Johnson was gunned down at approximately 10 pm Sunday at the intersection of Edison Avenue and Bell Street.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found Johnson suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

There has been no witnesses that have come forward. Witnesses, or anyone with information that may help can call the Tip line anonymously at (916) 874-8477.

Women killed in fire died from gunshot wounds

firePLACERVILLE, CA – The two women who died last week in a house fire died from gunshot wounds and not the fire.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, both victims were shot, but investigators are still trying to determine how the pair received the gunshot wounds.

The two victims were 58-year-old Crystal Ann Ward and 62-year-old Carol Hague.

The fire destroyed the home located in the 1600 block of Rose Lane. The fire was reported about 5:45 a.m. Friday and by the time crews arrived the home was fully involved.

Teen dies after being hit by train on Friday

Police-lightsGALT, CA – A 15-year-old teen who was hit by a train Friday night in Galt has died from his injuries.

According to the Galt Police Department, emergency crews were summoned to the area of C and 4th Streets just before 8:30 p.m., after receiving reports of someone being hit by a train.

Emergency responders located the victim, later identified as Kyle Guenther of Galt, and rushed him to a local hospital. He was conscious and talking at the time.

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On Saturday Galt Police that the teen had died.

Guenther was near the tracks with several friends at the time of the incident. There are reports the group may have been playing a game of chicken.

According to Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt, Guenther attempted to race the train and cross the tracks when he was hit. The train was traveling approximately 30 mph at the time and the conductor was sounding the horn.

In a statement, Galt High School Principal Maria Orr, said counselors would be available on Monday for students and staff.

Orr wrote, “As a small school in a close knit community, we are in shock and devastated by the loss of our student. Kyle was a member of our JV football team. His teammates are most affected by his passing,” continuing she wrote, “Our hearts go out to Kyle’s friends and family.”

Woman struck and killed by Light Rail

Sacramento Regional TransitRANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A woman was hit and killed Friday night by a Light Rail train near the Cordova Town Center station.

According to a Sacramento Regional Transit spokesperson, the woman walked into the path of an oncoming train around 5:30 Friday evening.

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The conductor said the woman, later identified as 56-year-old Yong S. Day, appeared to be distracted as she was struggling to keep her hood on, which may be attributed to the wind and rain at the time of the tragic accident.

The conductor immediately hit the brakes upon seeing the woman, but was unable to stop the train in time.

Teen shot and killed on Christmas identified

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – The teenager who was shot and killed Christmas night has been identified.

According to the Sacramento Coroner, the victim was 15-year-old Brayan Castanon of Sacramento.

The Sacramento Police Department was called to the 7400 block of 29th Street around 9:44 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived they found Castanon suffering from a gunshot wound and he was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

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As officers continued their investigation it was discovered that there were multiple victims struck by gunfire.

Medical staff at a local hospital notified police of a teenage victim with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. It was later determined to be related to the incident on 29th Street.

A short time later, a third teenaged shooting victim was found in the area of the scene and taken to the hospital by police and treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

According to witnesses, the victims were with a group of teens who were approached by two suspects on foot. A verbal argument ensued and both suspects pulled guns and started firing at the group. The suspects are believed to be adults.

No arrests have been made and Sacramento Police Homicide Detectives and Crimes Scene Investigators are actively working the case.

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.A teenager who was shot on Christmas day in a south Sacramento neighborhood died Saturday.

Roseville teen stabbed to death in Citrus Heights

Police-lightsCITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – A Roseville teen has been identified as the victim of a deadly stabbing that occurred on Tuesday night in Citrus Heights.

According to Citrus Heights police, the stabbing occurred around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 7500 block of Auburn Blvd, near Old Auburn Blvd. Officers were called to the scene about a fight, but friends transported the victim to another location.

Emergency personnel located 18-year-old Wade Isaiah Shingu suffering from a major stab wound. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

Shingu was with friends at the home when the fight broke out.

Detectives are still trying to determine who was responsible for the stabbing and why the fight broke out.

Woman killed by train identified

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Andrea Laurette Mrotz

DAVIS, CA – A woman who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at the Davis station on Sunday has been identified as a Vallejo Resident.

On Sunday evening 29-year-old Andrea Laurette Mrotz was struck by an Amtrak train. Mrotz was a UC Davis graduate and the leader of the Vallejo Benicia arm of the Label GMOs organization.

Mrotz graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.

According to Amtrak officials, the accident occurred just after 7 p.m. Sunday when a Capitol Corridor train carrying 314 passengers and crew was pulling into the Davis station.

Mrotz was crossing from one side of the station platform to the other when she was hit by the train. The investigation is being conducted by Union Pacific Railroad.

Bicyclist killed in Carmichael identified

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The bicyclist that was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night in Carmichael has been identified.

According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website, the man killed Thursday night while riding his bike along El Camino Avenue was 21-year-old Richard Aaron Leeper.

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The California Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle that struck Leeper was heading east on El Camino Avenue near Laurence Avenue around 8 p.m., when the vehicle hit the cyclist.  Leeper was heading in the same direction near the shoulder of the road when the accident occurred.

It was dark at the time of the collision and Leeper was not equipped with any lights, or wearing a helmet.

The driver said they swerved to try and avoid the rider, but didn’t see Leeper until it was too late. The driver crashed into a light pole, but no one was injured in the vehicle.


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