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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
Credit: Sacramento PD

Terry Scott Credit: Sacramento PD

Terry Scott
Credit: Sacramento PD

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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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

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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.

2nd suspect arrested for fight at AT&T Park

San_francisco_giants__logoSACRAMENTO, CA – Another Sacramento man has been arrested in connection to the fight outside AT&T Park that left a woman unconscious following a baseball game between the Giants and Oakland A’s on Thursday evening.

A warrant was issued by the San Francisco Police Department for a second suspect, identified as 42-year-old Anthony Rucker, of Sacramento.

Sacramento Police arrested Rucker on Friday and he was booked at the Sacramento County Jail and will be extradited to San Francisco where he will face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious injury, challenging to a fight/fighting in public, and conspiracy.

Arrested on Thursday night was 32-year-old Francisco Lopez, of Sacramento, for his involvement in the altercation.

According to San Francisco police, the two apparently got into a fight at 5:50 p.m. on Second and King streets after the game on Thursday.

A 27-year-old woman, who attempted to break up the fight, was punched by one of the suspects and fell to the ground where she hit her head and was knocked unconscious. She was released from the hospital on Friday.

Investigators said the suspects and victim did not know each other, and they did not believe the argument was about the game or team rivalries.

Boyfriend arrested in infant’s death

Guyland Washington Sacramento PD

Guyland Washington
Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento police have arrested the boyfriend of the mother whose 14-month-old daughter died under suspicious circumstances Friday evening.

The mother of the infant brought her to Sacramento Fire Station #17 on Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. Fire personnel transported the infant to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Sacramento police were contacted due to unexplained trauma to the infant. Sacramento Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to U.C. Davis and to the infant’s home on Andy Court to assist in the investigation.

According to investigators, the infant was in the care of her mother’s boyfriend, identified as 19-year-old Guyland Washington, while the mother was at work. She returned from work and saw that her daughter was in need of immediate medical attention. The infant’s mother and Washington went to a nearby fire station for help.

Washington was arrested this morning in connection to the death.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this break in 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.

 

Suspicious circumstances in infant death

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 14-month-old infant after the mother brought the infant to a fire station for medical help.

The mother of the infant brought the child to Sacramento Fire Station #17 on Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. Fire personnel transported the infant to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Sacramento police were contacted due to unexplained trauma to the infant, Sacramento Police Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to U.C. Davis and to the infant’s home on Andy Court to assist in the investigation.

According to investigators, the infant was in the care of her mother’s boyfriend while the mother was at work. She returned from work and saw that her daughter was in need of immediate medical attention. The infant’s mother and boyfriend went to a nearby local fire station for help.

Investigators have interviewed the boyfriend at police headquarters and do not believe there are any other outstanding suspects. The Sacramento County Coroner’s office is involved in the investigation.

 

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