Saturday, November 29, 2008

40Th Street Homicide Victim Identified

On November 26, 2008, at 7:39 a.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on 40th Street just north of 44th Avenue. Deputies arrived and found the vehicle, a white 1994 Ford Taurus (see photo below), which had what appeared to be blood leaking from the trunk. The deputies opened the trunk and found the dead body of an adult male believed to be in his mid to late twenties. The deputies did not move the body and were unable to detect any visible signs of trauma.
The victim has now been identified, by fingerprints, as 33-year-old Vallejo resident David Joshua Barreda (see photo below) – also know as “Johnny Vidal” or “King Rizz.” Barreda was known to have had ties to San Pablo, San Jose, and East Palo Alto as well. The Sacramento County Corner’s Office has determined Barreda’s death was caused by a gunshot wound and they do not believe he was murdered at the location where the vehicle and his body were found.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are appealing for the public’s assistance in order to help them solve this murder. Residents in the neighborhood where the vehicle was found have told detectives they remember seeing the vehicle as early as 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2008.
Detectives are urging witnesses who may have seen anyone near the vehicle to call them. They are also urging anyone who may have knowledge as to the whereabouts of David Joshua Barreda during the days and hours leading up to the discovery of his body to please call them at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.




Friday, November 28, 2008

Investigation Of East Area Homicide

On Thursday, November 27, 2008, at 2:23 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 4000 block of 35th Street regarding a subject who had been shot. Officers arrived and located a man suffering from gun shot wounds. The victim was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The victim, a 32-year-old male adult, has been identified as Augusta James.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene. At this time, it appears James got into a verbal argument with two subjects. The argument escalated when one of the suspects’s shot James multiple times. The suspect’s are described as male black adults in their late 20’s.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Sacramento County Coroner Requests Public’s Help To Identify Woman

The Coroner’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying an elderly woman that collapsed on the sidewalk in front of Raley’s Supermarket on Freeport Boulevard near Potrero Way on Monday, 11/24/08 around 11:00 am. The woman died shortly after being transported by paramedics to The University of California, Davis Medical Center. No foul play is suspected at this time and the cause of death is pending further investigation and forensic testing. The woman has the following characteristics:

Age: 60-80 years

Race: Caucasian

Height: 5 feet, 3 inches

Weight: 109 lbs

Hair color: Brown with areas of gray

Eye color: Hazel

Scars: Vertical lower abdominal scar; appendectomy.

Clothing: Brown sweater and pants, striped turquoise/brown turtleneck shirt, and brown SAS brand size 8 ½ shoes

Other: Partial upper dental bridge; green Ann Klein brand round framed glasses; yellow metal earrings with hoops having three dangling white beads.

Anyone with information about the woman’s possible identity is asked to contact the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office at (916) 874-9320 and speak with a deputy coroner (Coroner case # 08-06327).

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Homicide On 40th Street

On November 26, 2008, at 7:39 a.m. Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on 40th Street. Deputies arrived and found the vehicle, a white 1996 Ford Taurus, which had what appeared to be blood leaking from the trunk. The deputies opened the trunk and found the dead body of an adult male believed to be in his mid to late twenties. The deputies did not move the body and were unable to detect any visible signs of trauma. The victim has not been identified.

Sheriff's Homicide detectives have assumed the investigation and are attempting to determine a motive for the crime. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office will determine the cause and manner of the victim's death and release his identity upon notification of his family members.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Sheriff's Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Turlock Police And Stanislaus County Superior Court Partner To Improve Services

The City of Turlock recently implemented the use of handheld electronic traffic citation writers. The citation writers print out a typed traffic citation and then download the data into the Turlock Police Department Records Management System and Stanislaus County Superior Court Traffic Management System. The electronic traffic citations provide benefits to the public, Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus County Superior Courts. The printed citations are more legible than manually written traffic citations. Electronically downloading the data saves valuable time entering data and reduces the error rate associated with manual data entry.

The Turlock Police Department has been working with Superior Court employees on implementing the technology for several years and is the first law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County to deploy the devices in the field and to download data directly to the courts. Through a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), a federally funded technology grant, all Turlock Police Officers working patrol duties will soon be outfitted with the rugged handheld computers and portable printers necessary to produce electronic traffic citations. Captain Mike Langston of the Turlock Police Department said, “Anytime, we can replace a manual process with an electronic process, the efficiencies produce cost savings that are passed on to the public.” Mike Tozzi, CEO of the Stanislaus County Courts said, “Integration with our justice partners allows all agencies involved to focus on the community instead of the process."

"Ana" The Sacramento Fire Departments Disaster Search Canine Passes Away

It is with great sadness that the Sacramento Fire Department announces the passing of Ana, the first nationally certified Fire Department Disaster Search Canine and the first dog certified by the Search Dog Foundation. Ana spent her last shift yesterday at Fire Station #56, and passed away last night from cancer. Ana was born on July 4, 1995 and had officially retired in February of this year.

Ana is best known for her work at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, and three separate building collapses here in Sacramento. Ana was not only a member of the crew of Fire Station #56, but she was a member of the Sacramento Fire Departments Urban Search & Rescue Task Force #7. Her handler is Sacramento Fire Department Captain Rick Lee. Captain Lee and Ana were inseparable. Ana spent most of her time with Captain Lee, both on and off duty. Those who knew and worked with Ana enjoyed her very much and were awe inspired by her strong work ethic.

Ana had been featured in several local and national news stories, a feature on National Geographic’s “Dogs with Jobs” show, a spot on “Animal Planet” and an interview with CNN. She is also featured in a book titled; “Dog Heroes of September 11th”. There is a large picture of Ana at 3rd & Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on a fence at the former construction site.

A memorial service will be held, date and location to be announced later. Donations can be made in memory of Ana, and much more information can be found at the Search Dog Foundation at www.searchdogfoundation.org

Verdicts To Be Read At 1:30 Today In AmTrak Attack

Verdicts against 5 West Sacramento gang members accused of stopping a Capital Corridor AmTrak and assualting the engineer will be read in department 2 of the Yolo County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rancho Cordova Motor Officer Fatally Injured

At 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, the Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call reporting a Rancho Cordova Police motorcycle officer was injured as a result of a collision on Coloma Road.

The RCPD motor unit was traveling on Coloma Road at Chardonay Drive when a vehicle collided with him. As a result of the collision, the 13-year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Mercy San Juan Hospital.

Deputy Lawrence Canfield (43), a 13 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, had been assigned as a motor officer with the contract city of Rancho Cordova. Deputy Canfield, a second generation Deputy Sheriff, is survived by his wife, two children, parents, extended family, and his law enforcement brethren.

As a result of the fatal collision, the California Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be handling this investigation.

Information about the memorial service is pending.

Deputy Lawrence Canfield, your Sheriff Departments brothers and sisters prayers and thoughts are with your family as they begin the mourning process.

Rancho Cordova Motor Officer Injured

At 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, the Communications Center received a call reporting a Rancho Cordova Police motorcycle officer was injured as a result of a collision on Coloma Road.

The RCPD motor unit was traveling on Coloma Road at Chardonay Drive when a vehicle collided with him. As a result of the collision, the officer sustained critical injuries and was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital.

The officer is 13-year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and has been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department since the 2004.

Several motorists stopped to render aid until emergency personnel arrived.

The California Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the collision.

UPDATE: Sheriff John McGinness will be conducting a press conference regarding this tragic accident at 6:00 pm. The press conference will take place at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, 711 G Street Sacramento Ca. 95814.

Haz Mat At California EPA Headquarters

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a reported Haz Mat incident this morning at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Crews arrived and received a report that employees had opened an envelope on the eleventh floor and some unknown liquid leaked out. Immediately employees noticed a foul odor, and experienced minor respiratory distress. The employees had moved the envelope down to a loading dock on the ground floor.

A Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat Team was unable to identify what the liquid was; only that it was an unknown material that posed no apparent hazard. Sacramento County Haz Mat personnel were also on scene.

A total of thirteen Cal EPA employees were either transported to local hospitals or treated and released at the scene.

Suspicious Death On Salmon Falls Drive Ruled A Homicide

On November 9, 2008, at 5:54 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the fire department to assist them on a call reporting a man down inside his residence in the 9000 block of Salmon Falls Drive. Deputies arrived and found 52-year-old Edward Chaney lying in the living area of his residence. Chaney was unconscious, unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Neighbors first discovered Chaney when they went to visit him at his residence. When Chaney did not answer the door, they looked through the front window and saw him lying motionless on the floor. They dialed 9-1-1 after they entered the home and were unable to wake him. Neighbors told deputies Chaney had lived alone in the duplex since June of 2007.


The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has now determined Chaney’s death was caused by a gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide.


Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are urging anyone who saw, spoke to, or knows the whereabouts of Edward Chaney on Sunday, November 9, 2008, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. to call Sheriff’s Homicide detective Elaine Stoops at (916) 874-6881 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Helicopter ‘Tops Off’ Completion Of The Citizen Hotel

A helicopter will put the finishing touches on The Citizen Hotel by hoisting up the last batch of materials and furnishings to be installed in the top floors. With the completion of this “topping off” task, The Citizen is officially completed and poised to open this November 30.

The helicopter is necessary because some materials are too big to be transported from the ground floor up. These include mirrors for The Citizen’s gym and a tent that can be used to cover the open-air seventh-story terrace overlooking downtown Sacramento. Available for weddings, parties and all kinds of celebrations, the Metropolitan Terrace is one of many exciting event venues The Citizen will be adding to Sacramento.

The helicopter will land on J Street between 9th & 10th Streets before moving approximately 15 loads of equipment onto the building. J Street will be closed to traffic for approximately one hour.

Saturday, Nov. 15th at 7:45 a.m.

The Citizen Hotel at the corner of 10th and J streets, across from Cesar Chavez Park.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Suspicious Death On Salmon Falls Drive

On November 9, 2008, at 5:54 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the fire department to assist them on a call reporting a man down inside his residence in the 9000 block of Salmon Falls Drive. Deputies arrived and found the 52-year-old victim lying in the living area of the residence. The man was unconscious, unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors first discovered the victim when they went to his residence to visit. When he did not answer his door, they looked through the front window and saw him lying motionless on the floor. They entered the home and when they were unable to wake up the victim they dialed 9-1-1. Neighbors told deputies the victim had lived alone in the duplex since June of 2007.

According to the deputies who entered the scene there were no obvious signs of trauma to the victim’s body. However, the death is considered to be suspicious in nature and will be investigated by Sheriff’s Homicide detectives until a cause and manner of death is determined by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information about this death is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

CHP R.A.I.D. In Woodland Area

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) conducted a R.A.I.D. (Rapid Apprehension of Impaired Drivers) strike force operations on November 8 in the Woodland CHP Area. The R.A.I.D. program uses grant-funded overtime from the Office of Traffic Safety to enable the Department to significantly augment the number of officers on patrol and to deploy them at times and locations in which a high incidence of DUI-related traffic accidents have occurred.

Saturday’s deployment yielded 33 alcohol/drug related arrests.

As always, the CHP appreciates the assistance provided by the media in helping spread the word that driving under the influence will not be tolerated. Additionally, the Woodland Area is to be commended for their continuing partnership and diligence.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Early Morning Apartment Fire In North Sacramento

Sacramento- an early morning fire in a North Sacramento apartment complex caused extensive damage to an apartment laundry room. The fire came in shortly after 4:30 A.M. and Rescue 20 arrived on scene in a little over 5 minutes. Engine 20 was on it’s scheduled “closure day” (brown out), so the first in Fire Engine was Engine 19, which arrived in about 7 minutes.

Firefighters found heavy fire from a ground floor laundry room endangering apartment units on both sides, and above the laundry room. A second alarm was requested. According to Battalion Chief Rusty Van Vuren, “Firefighters did an excellent job stopping this fire from spreading to the nearby apartment units”.

There have been no reported injuries and all residents will be able to return to their apartment units.