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Man found on Sacramento sidewalk identified

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man found on a Sacramento sidewalk with obvious trauma to his upper body has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, the man was 20-year-old Joseph Lee Thomas, of Sacramento.

On Sunday, just after 9 p.m., The Sacramento Fire Department was called out for a medical aid call for a male subject down in the area of Franklin Boulevard near Whisper Wood Way. When crews arrived they discovered Thomas on the east sidewalk of Franklin Blvd suffering from upper body trauma. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire crews contacted Sacramento Police and Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the motive for the assault in not known at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

2 arrested for birthday party shooting

Kelly Thomas Credit: Sacramento PD

Kelly Thomas
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department has arrested two men for the shooting at Peregrine Park that left one man dead and a 7-year-old girl injured.

At a news conference today, the Sacramento Police Department announced the arrest of 22-year-old Kelly Thomas and 28-year-old Orlando Rhinehart for the murder of Jacoby James and other related charges.

Orlando Rhinehart Credit: Sacramento PD

Orlando Rhinehart
Credit: Sacramento PD

Investigators were able to use surveillance photographs of the suspects’ vehicle to help identify the two men. The photographs were critical in ultimately locating the suspects.

Thomas was located and arrested in New York City on Friday, August 15 and Rinehart was arrested today in Sacramento in the area of San Juan and Truxel Roads.

Manteca police located the gold Ford Taurus used by the suspects. Investigators are crediting law enforcement agencies in Nevada and Arizona for their extensive investigative assistance.

Due to the ongoing investigation, some specific details regarding the shooting are not yet available. However, investigators said additional arrests are anticipated. Officials did say there were multiple motives in play including gang related activities and retaliation.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, officers responded to a shooting that occurred in the 3000 block of Guadalajara Way at approximately 5 p.m. involving “multiple people.” The shooting occurred during a 1-year-old’s birthday party.

Officers arrived on scene and determined that multiple people had been struck by gunfire. Some victims had already been transported to area hospitals by family and friends. Victims at the scene were transported by medical personnel.

One of the victims, a Black male in his twenties, later identified as James, was pronounced dead at the scene. Among the seven victims a 7-year-old girl was shot and is expected to recover.

A nurse, who was at the scene during the shooting performed CPR on James, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

Detectives believe that group of people approached the child’s birthday party in the park and fired several shots towards the group. Some witnesses said they heard 20 – 25 shots fired and at least one witness said they saw someone firing back from the party. It’s believed the suspects then fled the area in one or more vehicles.

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.

I Street Bridge shutdown in both directions

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – The I Street Bridge is closed this morning due to police activity in the area.

According to police, there is no threat to the public. The bridge, which connects Sacramento to West Sacramento, was shut down earlier this morning after it was discovered that someone was threatening to jump off the bridge. Trains are still running through the area.

Negotiators are talking to the suspect and boats have been launched into the waters of the Sacramento River as a precaution.

Man arrested in 24th Street stabbing death

Michael Williams Credit: Sacramento PD

Michael Williams
Credit: Sacramento PD

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Tanganyika Williams
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man believed to be responsible for the stabbing death of his wife is in police custody today after receiving a tip from a citizen.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, 51-year-old Michael Williams was arrested after a citizen contacted police. At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Williams was located near Darla Way and Hemingway Drive in the Sacramento area by a Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy.

Williams was wanted for the murder of his wife, Tanganyika Williams.

On Tuesday, July 8, Sacramento police responded to what was originally reported to be a shooting in the area of 24th Street and Meadowview Road. When officers arrived they discovered a woman lying on the sidewalk suffering from stab wounds to her upper body.

The woman, later identified by family as Tanganyika Williams, was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes had asked for the public’s help to track down Williams. Tanganyika Williams is the aunt of Barnes.

Parents arrested in death of 3-month-old

Ashleigh Smith Credit: Sacramento PD

Ashleigh Smith
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Terry Scott Credit: Sacramento PD

Terry Scott
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SACRAMENTO, CA – On Saturday, the parents of a 3-month-old boy who was rushed to UC Medical Center, where he later died, were both arrested for possible child neglect and abuse.

On Thursday the Sacramento Fire Department responded to the Florin Meadows apartment complex, located on North Meadows Place, for a medical-aid call for a 3-month-old boy, later identified as Tyrese Smith. He was transported to a local hospital. However, due to the infant’s critical condition, he was redirected and taken via ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.

UC Davis officials contacted police Thursday evening to report possible child abuse.

Detectives arrived at the hospital and began their investigation which included contacting and interviewing the infant’s parents. After the 27-year-old mother, Ashleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., the Baby Smith succumbed to his injuries.

The Sacramento Police Department is working collectively with the Sacramento County District’s Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento County’s Coroner’s Office. Further charges may be amended or considered pending further investigation and autopsy results. Child Protective Services is also involved in the case and there are no other children in the home.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this incident to contact 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.

Pedestrian dies after being dragged 8 blocks

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SACRAMENTO, CA – An elderly man was struck and killed after being hit by at least two vehicles late Wednesday night.

According to officials, at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, an elderly man was in the middle of the road when he was hit by a car in the area of Meadowview Road and 21st Street. A second vehicle, a Honda CRV, then struck the victim and dragged him for at least 8 blocks before the driver realized what had happened.

The victim has been identified by the Sacramento Coroner as 90-year-old Russell Victor Johnson of Sacramento. According to the coroners website the incident is classified as a hit and run.

Johnson was declared dead at the scene.

Meadowview was closed all night and reopened at 5 a.m.

Both drivers cooperated with police and no charges have been filed at this time. It’s unknown why the man was in the middle of the road.

 

 

 

2nd body found in Sacramento River

waterSACRAMENTO, CA – A body was discovered Monday morning near the I Street Bridge in the Sacramento river and now a second body has been discovered near Garden Highway.

The two incidents do not appear to be connected.

According to Fox40, the second body was found in the Sacramento River Monday around 5:30 p.m. near an area popular with the homeless.

Recovery crews had to use special equipment to pull the body out of the water due to the steep terrain.

The coroner has not released the identities of either body.

The first body is believed to belong to a white male in his 30s and the condition of the second body was too far decomposed to determine any identifying characteristics.

Body found in Sacramento River

waterSACRAMENTO, CA – The body of a man was discovered in the Sacramento River Monday morning by a passerby.

According to Police, the body was found near some abandoned dock supports near the I Street Bridge by a person walking in the area.

Police said the victim is a white male believed to be in his 30s or 40s.

“Bully” fire claims victim

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SHASTA COUNTY, CA – A body has been found in the area of the Bully fire in Shasta County.

According to authorities, there have been 13 injuries and now one death attributed to the now 11,000 acre blaze. The body was discovered yesterday near a home north of Platina Road. Officials believe the victim was killed Friday trying to flee the area.

The fire started Friday, July 11, and quickly spread due to the dry conditions in the area.

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Area of fire
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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arrested 37-year-old Freddie Alexander Smoke III late Friday for allegedly starting the Bully fire.

Investigators believe the fire started when Smoke drove a large rental truck off-road and into an illegal marijuana grow site near Roaring Creek and Sargent roads. It appears the truck’s exhaust ignited the extremely dry grass.

As of this morning the fire had consumed close to 11,000 acres and destroyed 18 structures. There are currently 68 structures being threatened.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have brought some relief to firefighting efforts who have estimated the fire to be close to 50 percent contained.

 

Sacramento man arrested for Shasta County fire

old Freddie Alexander Smoke III

Freddie Alexander Smoke III

ONO, CA – A Sacramento man has been arrested for starting the Shasta County fire, now known as the “Bully” fire.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection arrested 37-year-old Freddie Alexander Smoke III late Friday for allegedly starting Bully fire that has burned over 2,900 acres and destroyed six buildings thus far.

According to Cal Fire Spokesman, Daniel Berlant, Smoke was arrested where the fire started. The fire has caused the evacuations of at least 50 homes in Ono, which is located just southwest of Redding.

Investigators believe the fire started when Smoke drove a large rental truck off-road and into an illegal marijuana grow site near Roaring Creek and Sargent roads. It appears the truck’s exhaust ignited the extremely dry grass.

Investigators found and detained Smoke near the site at approximately 10 p.m. Friday.

According to Berlant, the Shasta County Marijuana Eradication Team seized more than 180 plants and found that the truck contained soil meant for the grow site.

Bully Fire

Bully Fire

Smoke was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, throwing burning materials and starting the fire. He was booked into Shasta County jail.

As of Saturday night, over 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze that is only 10 percent contained.

Many of the evacuated residents have returned home. So far there have been no injuries reported.

Berlant warns people against driving vehicles in dry grass, “It doesn’t take much for a fire to spark when you’re being negligent,” he said.

Marijuana grow sites pose a number of hazards in the rugged countryside and state parks. Earlier this year the Oroville Mercury Register reported the devastation left behind a year after several illegal marijuana grow sites were shutdown in the Butte County foothills.

“We’re trying to let people know there’s another aspect to what’s going on in these gardens,” state Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Mark Imsdahl told the Oroville MR.

According to Imsdahl, many pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer and other chemicals are left behind at the grow sites, with some chemicals being poured into the water supply.

Growers tap into creeks or streams using plastic pipe and some growers will dam creeks and create their own little reservoir of water.

Imsdahl said they collected over 2 tons of garbage and plastic pipe, and 100 pounds of hazardous waste from those sites.

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