Thursday, July 23, 2009

Arsonists Hits Downtown Sacramento

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to 9 separate fires in the Downtown area since 12:40 A.M. Most of these fires have been set inside dumpsters. At least two have caused damage to buildings with the most serious damage to an apartment building at 1312 18th Street. This incident was moments away from creating a major fire. Fortunately Sacramento Firefighters were able to arrive on scene in two minutes and were able to prevent major fire damage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkPVWqnT2oU&feature=channel_page

We are asking for the publics help in identifying who may be responsible for setting these fires. Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen someone or something suspicious we are asking them to call the Sacramento Fire Department Arson Tip Line at (916) 808-8732. You can remain anonymous.

Below is a list of the locations of these fires:

15th & H
18th & J
16th & H
28th & J
15th & J
15th & I
1312 18th Street
1122 17th Street
Elvas Way & 36th Way

2 Alarm Fire Damages Three North Sacramento Homes

A two alarm fire destroyed one home and severely damaged two others in a North Sacramento neighborhood near Grant High School. The fire was reported as a grass fire at 1:51 P.M. and enroute, Fire Dispatchers received additional calls that at least one house was on fire. They dispatched a full structure fire assignment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP60rYb-jzM&feature=channel_page

Sacramento Fire Department Engine 17 arrived in 4 ½ minutes and reported heavy fire in a two story home that had spread to the two adjacent homes. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters immediately began an attack and search on all three homes. Fortunately all occupants were already outside and accounted for.

Firefighters had to evacuate the inside and the roof of the two-story home, as conditions were not safe. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from completely destroying the two next door homes, but they did have serious fire damage. One Sacramento Firefighter suffered a minor injury to his ankle after he had to run after a woman who ran back inside one of the homes looking for her mother. Her mother was already out of the home, but not before she suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. She was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to be OK.

There were a total of 6 adults and 2 children that were going to be left homeless. Firefighters from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District also responded. The fire is currently under investigation by Sacramento Fire Department Investigators.

New Digital Camera System To Be Activated

The Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Detail has placed a new digital red light photo enforcement camera system at northbound Watt Avenue at Fair Oaks Boulevard.

The new camera system is currently being tested and is scheduled to go “live” on Friday, July 24, 2009. For a period of thirty days, red light violators will be mailed a warning notice. On August 23, 2009, red light violators will begin to receive actual citations by mail from this intersection. When a citation is issued and received by the violator through the mail, they will be referred to a website where they can review the still and/or video images of their violation. The violator will be able to clearly see where their vehicle is in relationship to the intersection’s limit line, and the green, yellow and red lights. The fine is currently $421 for red light running violations.

The enforcement detail anticipates new digital camera systems will be installed at four additional intersections in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County by the end of July 2009.

Increased traffic safety is the number one priority of the county’s Red Light Photo Enforcement Program. There has been as much as a 76% reduction in red-light related crashes at the photo enforced intersections in the city and county since the implementation of the program. Furthermore, there has been a 28% reduction in red-light running related crashes at all signal-controlled intersections in the city and county of Sacramento.

Homicide Suspect Arrested

On July 22, 2009, at 1:20 p.m., Anthony William Race (20) was arrested when he turned himself in at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Race was arrested for the July 15, 2009, murder of 19-year-old Isaac Bartkovsky.

On July 15, 2009, at 2:30 p.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Communications Center received a call from a man reporting his friend was dead and he died from a gunshot wound. Deputies arrived at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Orange Grove Avenue and found an 18-year-old male victim in a second story apartment suffering from a wound to his upper body. Paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/07/suspicious-dealth-on-orange-grove.html

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrived at the scene and initiated a suspicious death investigation. According to witnesses two men were seen leaving the apartment complex at the time of the shooting. Detectives eventually located and interviewed both subjects. As a result of their investigation detectives determined Bartkovsky was the victim of homicide. On July 20, 2009, an arrest warrant was issued for Anthony Race.

Race was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charge of murder.

New Digital Camera System To Be Activated

The Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Detail has placed a new digital red light photo enforcement camera system at Arden Way and Watt Avenue.

The new camera system is currently being tested and is scheduled to go “live” on Wednesday, July 22, 2009. For a period of thirty days, red light violators will be mailed a warning notice. On August 21st, 2009, red light violators will begin to receive actual citations by mail from this intersection. When a citation is issued and received by the violator through the mail, they will be referred to a website where they can review the still and/or video images of their violation. The violator will be able to clearly see where their vehicle is in relationship to the intersection’s limit line, and the green, yellow and red lights. The fine is currently $421 for red light running violations.

The enforcement detail anticipates new digital camera systems will be installed at five additional intersections in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County by the end of July 2009.

Increased traffic safety is the number one priority of the county’s Red Light Photo Enforcement Program. There has been as much as a 76% reduction in red-light related crashes at the photo enforced intersections in the city and county since the implementation of the program. Furthermore, there has been a 28% reduction in red-light running related crashes at all signal-controlled intersections in the city and county of Sacramento.

All You Can Eat...Not All You Can Grab

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects. On Monday, July 13, 2009, at 9:30 p.m., two suspects entered the China Buffet Restaurant (1402 Broadway). One was armed with a gun and demanded money. They pistol whipped an employee and fled the business taking the cash register. Both suspects were seen running to an awaiting vehicle, described as a white sedan.
Suspect #1 is described as a male Black, between 20 and 30 years old. He is 6'0" in height, heavyset, with black hair and brown eyes. He is seen wearing a black T-shirt, and blue jeans.

Suspect #2 is also described as a male Black, between 20 and 30 years old. He is of average height and build. He has black hair, brown eyes, and is seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark jacket (with a stripe down the arm), blue jeans, and armed with a gun.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP 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.

Two People Shot In South Area Incident

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a late night shooting that left one person dead and another in critical condition.

On July 21, 2009, at 10:14 p.m., the Police Department responded to Seavey Circle near 5th Street on a person who had been shot. Officers arrived and found a 35-year-old male Black who was declared deceased at the scene and a 28-year-old male Black who was transported from the scene to U.C. Davis Medical Center in critical condition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_x4fpkJ5I8&feature=channel_page

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide and Crime Scene Investigators responded and took over the investigation. The investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP 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.

UPDATE - On July 22, 2009, at 3:50 a.m., the second victim, identified as 28-year-old Everett Taylor, died from his injuries at U.C. Davis Medical Center. The victim who died at the scene is being identified as 35-year-old Deshawn Holloway. The investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.

Highway 99 Closures At Sheldon Interchange

From July 26 to July 30, work on the Sheldon Interchange will require evening closures on Highway 99 from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Northbound and southbound Highway 99 will be closed nightly during this timeframe. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol will direct both northbound and southbound Highway 99 traffic.

Detour signs have been placed to notify drivers about the closure and detours.

The Sheldon Interchange reconstruction project remains on schedule, with completion expected in fall 2009.

Electrical Fire On 6th Floor Of Downtown Building

Sacramento Firefighters responded to a reported electrical fire on the 6th floor at 1127 11th Street. Firefighters arrived in 3 minutes and found smoke on the 5th floor and fire inside a mechanical room on the roof of the building.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and remove the smoke from the building. The only damage was done to the electrical equipment that caught fire.

One Sacramento Firefighter received minor injuries after he fell inside a stairwell. He was transported to a local hospital and doing well.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Officer Involved Shooting On Larry Way

On July 17, 2009, at 10:22 p.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Communications Center received a call from a subject who said their 22-year-old brother, Dmitriy Orlov, was on drugs, out of control and combative. As deputies were responding, the caller further reported their brother was chasing cars, jumping on top of cars and acting very violent. Deputies arrived and confronted Orlov in the 6100 block of Larry Way. The deputies deployed a taser when the suspect did not comply with their verbal commands. The taser had no effect on the suspect and he fled from the deputies on foot. During the foot chase, one of the deputies believed he saw the suspect point a gun at him. At that point, believing he and his partners were in imminent danger of death or great bodily injury, the deputy fired one shot at the suspect from his department-issued semi-automatic handgun. The suspect was not struck by the gunfire and fled to the area of Larry Way and Alta Lorraine Way where he surrendered to deputies a short time later. The gun the suspect was believed to have pointed at the deputy has not been recovered.

In accordance with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s policies and procedures, because this was a non-injury shooting, the Sheriff’s Chief Deputy of Field and Investigative Services will determine if it is necessary to place the involved deputy (a 37-year-old male, 10-year-veteran with the department) on administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Orlov was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with felony vandalism and resisting arrest.