Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, January 2, 2009, in the South area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Downtown Victorian Apartment Fire

A two alarm fire destroyed two upstairs apartment units of a Downtown Victorian apartment building. Sacramento Firefighters received the call around 3:16 P.M. this afternoon and were on scene in two minutes. They encountered heavy fire conditions of the third floor of the building. The fire threatened two separate buildings on each side of the fire building. A second alarm was requested.

Firefighters were able to aggressively attack the fire on the upper floor and contain it to that portion of the building. If not for the quick response and the number of Firefighters that initially responded, this could have been much worse.

There have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The West Sacramento and Sacramento Metro Fire Departments also responded.

Sheriffs Dept Closing Service Centers

Due to budget cutbacks, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department is closing down service centers in Granite Bay and Lake Tahoe.

The Granite Bay Service Center will be closing January 9, 2009 and the Kings Beach Service Center has already closed. The Carnelian Bay patrol office at Lake Tahoe has also been closed.

There are no plans for a cutback in service levels, just a redistribution of resources to reduce overhead costs.

The Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay operations have been moved to the Tahoe City Substation. The Granite Bay Service Center operations will be moved to the South Placer Substation in Loomis.

Video Game Store Robberies

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Robbery Detectives are investigating a series of evening robberies in the southern part of Sacramento County over the past ten days, involving video game stores. There are similarities in all five robberies which suggest that the robberies may be related. Three of the robberies occurred in the County, one in the City of Sacramento, and one in Elk Grove.

In each of the robberies, at least two suspects entered the store armed with a shotgun and demanded money from the store and customers. The suspects are described as either Black or Hispanic adults, from 18 to early 20’s, 5’9” to 6’1”, with one described as being 6’4”, all about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects’ identities is urged to call Sheriff’s 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. Additional reward money, up to $5,000, may also be available.

Homicide Suspect Arrested In Random Attack Of Violence

The Sacramento Police Department announces the arrest of Dominick West for the murder of Mary Ourk. The arrest was made possible with the assistance from the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force, the U.S. Attorneys Office, and the Carol Sund/Carrington Foundation.

On Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 1:48 a.m., 21-year-old Mary Ourk was driving with her friend from a downtown night club when they noticed a vehicle following them and honking its horn. At 12th and W Streets, the suspect vehicle pulled up next to Mary Ourk’s car. The suspect shot and killed Mary Ourk. The incident was unprovoked and random.

Sacramento Police homicide detectives worked diligently on the case and got a break after Dominick West was arrested by members of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force for sex trafficking of a minor. The Innocence Lost Task Force is a Federal initiative that includes the Sacramento Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigators focus on domestic sex trafficking of juveniles for prostitution.

With the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Carol Sund/Carrington Foundation reward fund, and other investigative methods, the task force and homicide detectives were able to link 27-year-old Dominick West to the murder of Mary Ourk. West has been in custody since March 2008 on the Federal sex trafficking case. On December 30, 2008, Dominick West was additionally charged with murder.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Elk Grove PD To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint within the city of Elk Grove on January 3, 2009 beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists. Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant that was made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The public is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they observe impaired drivers on the roadways.

Police Arrest Drunk Driver For A Collision Causing Injuries To Another Party

On December 29th 2008 at approximately 1538 hours, Rocklin PD officers responded to a call of an injury traffic collision on Pacific Street near Sunset Blvd. Officers arrived on scene and determined one vehicle had rear ended another vehicle. The driver who appeared to have caused the collision displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication.

The driver of the second vehicle was transported to SRMC via AMR for a possible broken arm and a complaint of pain. The driver who caused the collision was arrested for Felony DUI due to the fact that she caused injuries to the other driver.

Arrested, Renee Francis Schultz, 56 years old, of Rocklin – Booked into Placer County Jail.

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle Dies At Hospital

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), South Sacramento Area, office is conducting an investigation of a fatal collision that occurred on December 28, 2008 on Stockton Blvd. near Requa Way.

On the evening of December 28, 2008, at approximately 8:48 P.M., Duc Minh Banh (53), from Sacramento, was walking on the east roadway shoulder of northbound Stockton Blvd. Luis Mendoza (58), also from Sacramento was driving his 2002 Hyundai northbound on Stockton Blvd. in the slow lane. Mendoza observed Banh on the roadway shoulder as he approached. Banh suddenly entered the roadway directly into the path of Mendoza’s vehicle. Mendoza attempted to stop, but his vehicles front end struck Banh propelling him onto the roadway. Banh was transported to the U.C. Davis Medical Center where he died of his injuries on December 29, 2008 at 1:19 P.M. Mendoza was interviewed and released at the scene. Although the investigation is continuing in the collision, no charges are anticipated against Mendoza.

The South Sacramento CHP Area office will be completing an investigation into the circumstances involved in this collision. If you have information regarding this collision please contact Officer Traci Pierce at the South Sacramento CHP office at (916) 681-2300, or CHP dispatch at (916) 861-1300.

Union Pacific Railroad Performs Monthly Test Of Emergency Siren System

The Union Pacific Railroad will be performing routine testing of the emergency warning sirens in the rail yard in Roseville Friday, January 2, 2009. The testing will take place between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.

This system, which was installed in 2000, consists of three strategically located sirens within the Union Pacific rail yard in Antelope, West Roseville, and Downtown Roseville. The system is part of the City’s larger emergency warning/safety notification system, which includes an automated telephone dialer, Comcast Government Access Channel 14, Surewest Government Access Channel 73, 530 AM radio, and our emergency information telephone line (774-5812).

Residents, business owners, and school children in the areas surrounding Booth Road and Downtown Roseville will hear a siren for approximately 10 seconds, a voice test message, a second siren, and a repeat of the voice test message, which ends the test.

This emergency warning/safety system will continue to be tested on a regular monthly basis. These tests will take place between noon and 3 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Regular testing will help assure emergency responders the system will work should a real emergency occur.

Police Seek Suspect In Christmas Morning Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for 26 year-old Edgar Carrillo for the murder of Francisco Torres-Fernandez.

On Thursday, December 25, 2008, at approximately 12:07 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 2300 block of North Avenue on the report that someone may have been shot. Officers found a male Hispanic in his 20’s who had been shot. The victim, Francisco Torres-Fernandez, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene. At this time, it appears that an argument escalated resulting in the victim being shot by Edgar Carrillo.

Edgar Carrillo is described as a male Hispanic, 26 years-old, 5’5", 155 lbs. Carrillo may be driving a green 2000 Nissan X-Terra.

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.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Two Alarm Fire Damages Fair Oaks Strip Mall

On Dec 28,2008 at 4:15 pm the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District arrived at 4140 Sunrise bl. to a strip mall involved with fire. A second alarm was requested due to the potential with the strip mall construction. The building was right around the corner from Engine 31. A nearby Fire Station meant water was able to be applied earlier which prevented the fire from spreading across the entire strip mall. The fire was limited to the end unit occupied by a liquor store, other units suffered minor smoke damage. It took over 32 fire fighters to bring the fire under control in just 13 minutes. No one was injured and the damage is estimated at 500,000.00. Metro Fire investigators are not ruling out a bathroom fan as the source of heat which ignited the building.

Foot Pursuit - Narcotics Arrest

On December 27, 2008 at approximately 1625 hrs. Officer Mueller conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the old town area of Rocklin for a traffic infraction. During the contact with the driver Rayburn Officer Mueller was conducting a probation search when the driver Rayburn ran away from Officer Mueller. Officer Mueller and her cover officer pursued Rayburn on foot throughout the homes and backyards in the area. Several other officers responded to the scene to assist in the apprehension. Corporal Westgate arrived in the area and located a subject in the backyard of a home on Pacific St. and Cedar St. The subject was later identified by Officer Mueller as suspect Rayburn. Rayburn was found to be in possession of several Oxycontin pills and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Rayburn was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Placer County jail on various drug charges, violation of probation and resisting arrest.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shooting Into Occupied Building

On December 27, 2008 at approximately 0451 hours, a Citrus Heights officer was on routine patrol in the area of Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard. The officer heard the sounds of gunshots coming from the area of the 7-11 store located at 6170 Auburn Boulevard. The officer drove to the area and saw a gray pick-up truck driving away from the store. The officer followed the truck and called for assistance. The clerk from the store called the Citrus Heights Police Dispatch Center and reported bullets had just been fired into the store.

The suspects drove into Carmichael and were stopped by Citrus Heights Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department personnel. Further investigation revealed the two male suspects had attempted to steal beer from the store at approximately 0444 hours but were stopped by the clerk who recovered the beer as the subjects fled the area.

The attack resulted in a broken window and damage to fixtures inside the store. There were no injuries which resulted from the shooting.

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Rancho Cordova

Today, at approximately 5:55 p.m. a female pedestrian was struck by traffic while she attempted to cross Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, without using the crosswalk.

The 22-year-old woman was apparently attempting to cross Sunrise Boulevard just North of Zinfandel Drive. She successfully crossed the Northbound lanes of traffic; however, as she attempted to cross the Southbound lanes, she was struck by two different vehicles. She was transported by ambulance to the U.C. Davis Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.

There were no other injuries.

Christmas Crash Turns Out To Be Deadly For Teenager

On December 25, 2008, at approximately 6:49 p.m., Joshua Lopez, a 19 year old from North Highlands was driving a red 1991 Saturn on southbound Hillsdale Boulevard just north of Walerga at a high rate of speed. Lopez lost control of his vehicle and the left side of his vehicle struck the right rear of parked silver 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The impact pushed the Dodge into a parked red 1996 Chevy 2500 pickup. The Saturn continued out of control and its right side struck a brick wall and wood fence located at a residence on the 5800 block of Hillsdale Boulevard. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez was not wearing his seatbelt and was a sole occupant.

It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor to this collision pending a toxicology report.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Police Investigate Christmas Morning Homicide

On Thursday, December 25, 2008, at approximately 12:07 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 2300 block of North Avenue on the report that someone may have been shot. Officers found a male Hispanic in his 20’s who had been shot. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene. At this time, it appears that an argument escalated resulting in the victim being shot. No suspect description is 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 (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Natural Gas Explosion Shakes Rancho Cordova And Takes The Life Of One Of Its Residents

At 1337 on December 24, 2008 The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded a report of an explosion at 10708 Paiute way. Metro Fire arrived to a demolished home on fire and several other homes damaged as a result of a natural gas explosion. Six people, including one fire fighter, were treated and transported to area hospitals. One of the persons died at the hospital later that evening from traumatic injuries. Over sixty fire fighters including fire fighters from the city of Sacramento and Folsom worked together to bring this tragedy under control. The structural damage is estimated at $700,000.00. The source of ignition is undetermined.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, December 26, 2008, in the North area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

AVOID The 7 – 6 Arrests Made During Saturday’s Checkpoint, One Fatal DUI Collision

County law enforcement agencies have concluded the second weekend of Winter Mobilization maximum DUI enforcement. On Saturday December 20th, the AVOID the 7 DUI taskforce conducted a DUI Checkpoint in Placer County. A total of 6* arrests were made. Unfortunately, there was one DUI-related fatality in the City of Roseville.

AVOID enforcement operations also concentrate on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the 17- Day August/Labor Day period.

During the Winter Mobilization maximum enforcement period, law enforcement officials conduct DUI Sobriety Checkpoints, Task Force Operations and Saturation Patrols throughout the county and region. Additionally, all CHP Areas throughout the state increase staff during the Winter Holiday period in an effort to arrest drunk drivers.

Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, aim to warn motorists to “avoid” being arrested for impaired driving by designating a sober driver before the parties begin.

Your local police, Sheriff and CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer by reporting drunk drivers – Call 9-1-1.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sacramento Valley AVOID Taskforce Nets 524 Arrests

The Sacramento Valley AVOID the 50 DUI taskforce has been out in full force for the Winter Mobilization DUI Enforcement Campaign. From Friday December 12th through Sunday December 21st, 524 DUI-related arrests have been made in the Sacramento Valley Region.

The following is a partial list of specialized DUI enforcements:

Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties:
Allied agencies will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to get drunk drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe and always designate a sober driver or find a different way home if they have been out drinking. We will be out in force throughout the Winter Holiday period, beginning December 12, 2008 and ending January 1, 2009.

Stanislaus County:
Court Sting Operation – Embargoed TO BE DETERMINED

Wednesday December 31st, 2008: DUI Saturation Patrols in the Cities of Turlock, Oakdale, Riverbank, Ceres and Modesto.

Sacramento County:
Wednesday December 31: Saturation patrols will be held in the Cities of Folsom, Elk Grove, Los Rios and Sacramento.

San Joaquin County:
Date TBA - Stockton Police Department will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint

Date TBA – Stockton Police Department will host Saturation Patrols

Date TBA – Manteca Police Department will host Saturation Patrols

December 26, 2008- Lodi Police Department will host Saturation Patrols

December 27, 2008 - Stockton Police Department will host Saturation Patrols

December 27, 2008: Multi-Agency DUI Taskforce Operation - Lodi, Escalon, Tracy

Ripon, Warrant Service DUI Offenders DECEMBER 12, 2008 TO JANUARY 1, 2009

COURT STING - UNLICENSED DUI OFFENDERS DECEMBER 12, 2008 TO JANUARY 1, 2009

Merced County:
December 26, 2008: A Checkpoint will be held in the City of Atwater

December 26, 2008: A Checkpoint will be held in the City of Los Banos

December 27,2008: Saturation patrols will take place in the City of Atwater

December 30, 2008: Saturation patrols will take place in the City of Livingston

December 31, 2008: Saturation patrols will take place in the Cities of Atwater, Livingston, and Los Banos.

January 1, 2009: Saturation patrols will take place in the City of Livingston

Placer County:
Wednesday December 31: Saturation patrols will take place throughout Placer County.

Yolo County:
Occurring during the month of December: Warrant/Probation Sweep throughout Yolo County.

Wed, Dec 31st, 2008: DUI Saturation Patrols from 9:00 pm – 3:00 am, occurring in all cities within Yolo County

Additionally, the California Highway Patrol will place all available officers on the road to assist Avoid allied agencies in removing intoxicated drivers from County roadways.

Further information about the AVOID program and operational plans from around the region can be found at www.californiaavoid.org Statistical data on the number of DUI arrests and DUI fatal crashes will be released from the previous day’s activities throughout the holiday weekend.

Funding for the AVOID program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Update On Laurelhurst Drive Homicide

The victim has been identified as Timothy Brodie, a 30-year-old white male. He was last seen by family Friday evening. Later that night, at approximately 10:40 p.m., he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

Detectives are currently working with the family and pursuing several investigative leads.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

CHP R.A.I.D. Strike Forces In North & South Sacramento Areas Net 116 Arrests

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) conducted two R.A.I.D. (Rapid Apprehension of Impaired Drivers) strike force operations on December 19th and 20th in the South and North Sacramento Areas. 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.

Friday’s South Sac. deployment yielded 61 alcohol/drug related arrests

Saturday’s North Sac. deployment yielded 55 alcohol/drug related arrests.

"I think the message is quite clear," warned Chief Perez who oversees the CHP's Valley Division. "Alcohol and drug influenced drivers will be aggressively pursued throughout the Sacramento region. I'm proud of the hand picked officers of our RAID team who are as passionate as me about doing everything possible to make our streets a bit safer this holiday season."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Impaired Driver Enforcement Program

More traffic enforcement and safer streets are coming to Citrus Heights in the coming year. Increased special traffic enforcement measures are on tap as a result of a recent $106,863.00 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety to the Citrus Heights Police Department. The Citrus Heights Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant is to assist in efforts to deal with increased traffic safety problems and reduce the number of persons injured and killed in traffic collisions. The grant activities will specifically target DUI offenders and drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. This will be done through the use of DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols and special enforcement operations aimed at drivers with suspended driver’s licenses who continue to drive.

The grant follows a 2007/2008 grant that funded the purchase of a DUI trailer, lighting equipment, traffic control signs, digital cameras, portable breath test equipment and overtime to conduct special enforcement activities.

“When more people buckle-up and drive sober and safely, we save lives. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Citrus Heights just that much safer of a place to live and work.”

Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Update On Deputy Injured In Motorcycle Crash

In his accident yesterday (12-19-08), Deputy Corey Simpson suffered injuries to his lower right leg and right shoulder and continues to receive treatment at Sutter Roseville Hospital. Internal injury or other significant undetected injury has been ruled out. He will spend at least the next several days in the hospital receiving treatment and monitoring, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Simpson has been with the Sheriff’s Department for over seven years, and for the last four-and-one-half years has been assigned as a contract police officer for the City of Rancho Cordova.

Rancho Cordova Homicide

On December 19, 2008, at approximately 10:40 p.m., deputies responded to numerous 9-1-1 callers that reported hearing gunfire. Officers arrived at an apartment complex at 3060 Laurelhurst Drive in Rancho Cordova, where they found a white male adult lying in the parking lot. Officers could detect no signs of life in the man and responding emergency medical personnel declared the man deceased, from an apparent gunshot wound.

There is no suspect information at this time.

DUI Traffic Fatality

At approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday, December 20, Roseville Police and Fire Department personnel were called to a single-vehicle traffic collision on Foothills Boulevard north of Cirby Way. A 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII 2-door coupe, occupied by four young men, was southbound on Foothills Boulevard when it left the roadway and collided with a tree.

One of the passengers, Brandon Mitchell Keith, 20, of Roseville was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Another passenger was transported to SRMC for treatment of minor injuries. The driver and the third passenger did not require ambulance transportation.

The driver, Brandon Mark Moreno, 19, of Roseville, is being booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death, and vehicular manslaughter. His bail is set at $50,000.

Foothills Boulevard is now open in both directions. The southbound lanes of Foothills Boulevard had been closed near the crash site for approximately eight hours while the Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team examined the scene.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint this evening, December 19, 2008, at Howe Avenue and University. It will begin at 9:00 p.m. and run for 4-6 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Motor Officer Injured

At approximately 11:15 a.m. today, December 19, 2008, while in uniform and riding a police motorcycle, a Sacramento County deputy sheriff, assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department, was involved in an accident when he was struck by another vehicle. The accident occurred in Sutter County near the junction of Highways 99 and 113 and is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. The deputy was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville hospital. He was able to talk with emergency personnel at the scene, and he remained conscious throughout his transport and during his treatment at the hospital. He remains in the hospital for further treatment and observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The Deputy is 39-years-old and has been with the Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He has been assigned as a contract police officer for the City of Rancho Cordova for the last four-and-a-half years.

Folsom PD To Conduct DUI Checkpoint

The Folsom Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on
Friday December 19, 2008, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., in Folsom . In an effort to reduce the
number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are
conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public
on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local
roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to
reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major
component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired
driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing
these enforcement and education efforts, the Folsom Police Department believes
motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are
under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a
clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming
alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is
encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired
driver.

Drugs/Alcohol Found In Vehicle Parked On Rocklin Campus

On December 19, 2008 at approximately 1030 hrs. Corporal Westgate and his K-9 partner Diva arrived on a Rocklin school campus to conduct a random drug search of vehicles parked in the student parking lot. Several vehicles were screened by the narcotics detection K-9 and one vehicle in particular Diva alerted on. A search by registration was conducted and a student associated with the vehicle was contacted. During the search of the interior compartment of the vehicle officers located approximately 13 grams of processed marijuana and a digital scale. There was also an open container of alcohol located in the vehicle. All the involved parties are minors and the investigation is ongoing. The Rocklin Police Department and the Rocklin Unified School District will be taking the appropriate actions when the investigation has been completed. Over the past three years the Rocklin Police Department in conjunction with the Rocklin Unified School District have conducted ramdom searches of several Rocklin campus where narcotics have been seized.

Diva is a black Labrador and has been with the Rocklin Police Department for 3 years and over the past 12 months has located Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Heroine on approximately 100 separate incidents in the City of Rocklin.

Rocklin PD DUI Arrests Increase 14% This Year

Rocklin Police Department officers have arrested 14% more drivers this year for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) than through the same year-to-date period last year. There have been 264 arrests since the beginning of the year. Arrestees of a driving-under-the-influence charge may be driving with alcohol in their system, drugs in their system, or a combination of the two.

The increase in arrests can be attributed to several factors including increased officer diligence for DUI driving indicators, increased officer skills in recognizing symptoms of a driver’s alcohol or drug intoxication, and the help of other drivers calling 9-1-1 to report possible drunk drivers.

With enhanced 9-1-1 capabilities, the Rocklin Police Department Communications Center receives cellular phone calls made within its boundaries. This makes for rapid dispatching and subsequent response by Rocklin PD patrol officers to be on-the-look-out for the possible offender. There has been a 23% increase in cellular phone calls to the Rocklin Communications Center to report suspected "drunk drivers" so far this year as compared to the same period last year.

In other areas of the region, 9-1-1 calls are answered by the California Highway Patrol who must then forward the cellular caller to the appropriate local agency for dispatching. The time delay can make the difference between an offender getting away or being arrested.

"I don’t believe that there are 14% more DUI drivers in the area as compared to last year," said Lt. Lon Milka. "I believe that more of the DUI drivers out there are being arrested. If you are going to drink and drive, chances are good that either a police officer will spot you or a citizen will."

Ringing In The New Year With New Laws

With a new year on the horizon, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to remind motorists of a handful of new laws, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, that go into effect in 2009.

"The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern," says CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist’s safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers and the tragedy they cause.”

Below are the major changes to driving regulations and vehicle equipment.

Texting While Driving (SB 28, Simitian) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Previously this was only illegal for individuals under 18 years of age, but now has been expanded to all drivers.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Zero Tolerance (AB 1165, Maze) This new law prohibits a convicted DUI offender from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .01 percent or greater while on probation for DUI. The law requires the driver to submit to a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) test, a portable breath test to determine the presence of alcohol. If the driver refuses, or if the driver submits and has a BAC of .01 or greater, a citation will be issued, the driver’s license will be taken and driving privileges will be suspended. In addition, the vehicle will be impounded.

Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) (SB 1190, Oropeza) This new law reduces the BAC from .20 percent to .15 percent or more at the time of arrest to trigger a requirement for the court to give heightened consideration for the installation of an IID for a first-time offender convicted of DUI of an alcoholic beverage.

Ignition Interlock Devices (SB 1388, Torlakson) Effective July 2009, this new law transfers authority for the administration of mandatory IID programs from the state courts to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This law also authorizes the DMV to require any driver convicted of driving with a suspended license due to a prior conviction for DUI to install an IID in any vehicle that the offender owns or operates.

Alcohol-Related Reckless Driving (AB 2802, Houston) This new law requires the court to order a person convicted of alcohol-related reckless driving to participate in a licensed DUI program for at least nine months, if that person has a prior conviction for alcohol-related reckless driving or DUI within ten years. Additionally, the court is required to revoke the person’s probation for the failure to enroll in, participate in, or complete a licensed DUI program.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (SB 1567, Oropeza) This new law allows a portable GPS device to be mounted in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle, or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the driver’s side. These are the only two locations on a windshield where a GPS device can be mounted. The GPS device can only be used for navigational purposes while the motor vehicle is being operated, and it is required to be mounted outside of an airbag deployment zone.

Motorcycles (AB 2272, Fuentes) This new law changes the definition of a motorcycle by deleting the weight limitation and deleting the separate definition for electrically powered motorcycles. The law will now allow fully enclosed, three-wheeled vehicles to have access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes regardless of occupancy.

Clean Air Stickers: Misuse and Penalties (SB 1720, Lowenthal) This new law makes it an infraction for anyone who forges, counterfeits, falsifies, passes, or attempts to pass, acquire possess, sell, or offer for sale a genuine or counterfeit “Clean Air Sticker.”

911 Telephone System Abuse (AB 1976, Benoit) This new law increases the penalties for any person who knowingly uses, or allows the use of, the 911 telephone system for any reason other than an emergency. Those who misuse, or allow the misuse of, the 911 telephone system are guilty of an infraction, and subject to either a written warning or a fine.

Special License Plates (AB 190, Bass) This new law, when approved by local authorities, allows veterans whose vehicles display plates honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors, Legion of Valor recipients, former American Prisoners of War, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, or Purple Heart recipients to park their vehicles that weigh not more than 6,000 pounds gross weight, without charge, in any metered parking space.

Studded Pneumatic Tires (AB 1971, Portantino) This new law allows the use of pneumatic tires with retractable metal-type studs, year round, as long as the studs are retracted between May 1 through October 31. However, the law prohibits a tire with retractable metal-type studs on a vehicle from being worn to a point that the metal-type studs protrude beyond the tire tread when retracted.

Spilling Cargo Loads (AB 2714, Keene) This new law eases restrictions on cargo loads of straw or hay to allow individual pieces that do not pose a threat to life or property, to escape from bales of straw or hay that are being transported by a vehicle upon a highway, so long as those bales are loaded and secured according to federal regulations.

Assault on Highway Workers (SB 1509, Lowenthal) This new law provides an increased penalty for assault and battery crimes committed against Caltrans highway workers who are engaged in the performance of their duties.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sacramento Police Officers Risk Their Lives At Apartment Fire In Natomas

3 Sacramento Police Officers are being praised for their efforts in rescuing civilians from a two alarm apartment fire last night in the Natomas area of Sacramento. The Officers were called to 842 Rancho Roble Way for a report of a man threatening suicide by fire.

On their arrival they found the man’s ground floor apartment unit fully involved in fire. They were able to pull the man to safety. They were then notified that there were people trapped in the units above and next to the fire. The Officers had to force their way into a locked door and also climbed a stairway to rescue citizens above the fire. They had fire all around them while going up the stairs.

If not for their efforts, this could have been a horrible tragedy. The man who threatened suicide and started the fire has been placed under arrest.

Officer Joseph Sanders Memorial Services

Memorial services for California Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Sanders, killed in the line of duty December 15, 2008, are as follows.

The viewing will be held on Sunday December 21, 2008, at;

Ben Salas Mortuary
149 4th Avenue
Galt, CA 95632

A private viewing for members of Officer Joseph Sanders’ family will be from 4 pm to 6 pm and a viewing from 6 pm to 8 pm for all others.

The memorial service will be held on Monday December 22, 2008, at 11 am at;

First Baptist Church
8939 East Stockton Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA 95624

At the conclusion of the memorial, a procession consisting of members of Officer Sanders’ family and personnel from the Santa Fe Springs Area Office only, will proceed to the internment location at;

Cherokee Memorial Park and Funeral Home
831 Industrial Way
Lodi, CA 95240

Elk Grove Police Investigate Fatal Collision

On December 17, 2008 at 12:53 p.m., The Elk Grove Police Department responded to a collision involving a Union Pacific train and an unidentified male teenage pedestrian in the area of Elk Grove Boulevard north of First Avenue. The teenager was on the railroad tracks north of Elk Grove Boulevard when the collision took place and died as a result of his injuries.

According to witnesses, the Union Pacific train operator sounded the train’s horn and applied the brakes in order to avoid the collision. Unfortunately, the train was unable to stop in time and struck the teenager who was on the railroad tracks. Investigators will be attempting to determine if an I-pod and ear buds found near the deceased were being used by the victim at the time of the collision.

The Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting an investigation into the collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call the Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8147.

BMW Strikes Tree - Killing Driver

On December 13, 2008, at an unknown time, Ryan Runnels, a 27 year old from Sacramento was driving a 2000 white BMW 328 on southbound SR-51 north of Watt Avenue at a high rate of speed. For undetermined reasons, Runnels allowed his vehicle to drift to the right off the roadway where it paralleled the freeway until it struck an oak tree just north of Arcade Creek. The impact caused the BMW to split in half and Runnels sustained fatal injuries at the scene. Runnels was wearing his seatbelt and was a sole occupant. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor to this collision pending a toxicology report.

There are no witnesses to this collision. A passerby noticed the BMW at approximately 10:00 a.m. and called it in. It is believed the collision occurred during the hours of darkness in the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2008. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call the CHP North Sacramento Area office at (916) 338-6710.

Rancho Cordova Police Chief Outreach Advisory Board

Captain Reuben Meeks is seeking members of the Rancho Cordova community to serve on the newly formed Chief’s Outreach Advisory Board (C.O.A.B.). The mission of this advisory board is to improve the quality of life and to enhance the level of trust between the community and the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Captain Meeks’ goal is to form a team of diversified individuals who will freely discuss ideas and concerns, as well as educate the community on police-related issues. The C.O.A.B. members will assist with creating and improving problem-solving strategies for the diverse problems and issues that are brought to the attention of the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

Potential Chief’s Outreach Advisory Board members must reside or work in the Rancho Cordova area. Applicants must be willing to serve on the board for a two-year term. The deadline to submit your application and letter of interest is December 31, 2008.

We look forward to hearing from concerned and committed citizens of Rancho Cordova and we welcome your application.

Please download the application from RanchoCordovaPD.com and send the application and letter of interest to:

Debbie Cannon
Rancho Cordova Police Department
10361 Rockingham Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827

If you have any questions call Debbie Cannon at (916) 606-1378 or e-mail at dcannon@ranchocordovapd.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CHP To Honor Fallen Officer

A bell ringing ceremony will be held tomorrow in memory of California Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Paul Sanders, who died in the line of duty Monday, December 15. About 4:30 a.m. Officer Sanders was investigating a collision on the rain-slick Pomona (SR 60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights when he was struck by an errant vehicle. Officer Sanders sustained major injuries and was transported by helicopter to USC Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officer Sanders, 29, was a one-year veteran of the CHP and worked out of the Santa Fe Springs Area office. He is survived by a wife and four children.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2008, in the Downtown area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vehicle Pursuit And Burglary Arrest

On 12-16-08 at about 1:40 P.M. a vehicle burglary occurred behind Long’s Drugs at 4785 Granite Drive in Rocklin. Rocklin PD Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area. It was discovered that the suspect vehicle was reported stolen recently out of Roseville. A vehicle stop was attempted and the suspect vehicle fled the scene leading Rocklin PD Officers on a high speed pursuit. The suspect vehicle entered W/B Hwy 80 and attempted to evade officers. The police pursuit was terminated and it was discovered thereafter that the suspect vehicle left the roadway on Hwy 80 at Atlantic Street where it collided with a tree.

The driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot. The passenger was arrested in the area with the assistance of the Roseville Police Department. The passenger was not injured from the collision. The driver was not located.

Some stolen property was located inside the stolen vehicle, including a GPS device. It is believed that these individuals may be connected with other thefts in the Rocklin area. Anyone with any information regarding this incident or any possibly related thefts is requested to contact the Rocklin Police Department.

Arrested: Timothy Simmons age 30 from North Highlands. Simmons was arrested and booked into the Placer County Jail for burglary and possession of stolen property.

Son Arrested For Homicide Of Parents

The Sacramento Police Department arrested Matthew Riley for the murder of his parents, Steven and Linda Riley.

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, the police department responded to Paddle Wheel Court on a call from Matthew Riley that his parents had been stabbed. When Officers arrived, they found that both Steven and Linda Riley had been stabbed to death.

On Tuesday, December 17, 2008, the Sacramento Police Department obtained an arrest warrant on Matthew Riley for murder. Detectives from the Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) located and arrested Riley in Roseville without incident.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is urged to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Three Women Found Dead In Car At Squaw Valley USA

The bodies of three young women were found in their car near the Squaw Valley USA ski resort at 1:05 today.

The victims are Lacey Louann Sutton, 22, of Marysville, Sara Alice McCullah, 21, of Marysville, and a 17-year-old juvenile female from Loma Rica .They were found by a Squaw Valley security guard in a parking lot near the resort.

The preliminary cause of death appears to be accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Preliminary investigation indicates that snow from Monday’s heavy storm may have blocked the vehicle’s tailpipe, causing carbon monoxide to enter the passenger compartment of the car. It appears the three women had been sleeping in the car and had been there overnight.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 500 carbon monoxide deaths occur annually with increases during winter. Carbon monoxide has no taste, odor or color and, therefore, goes undetected.

When the end of the exhaust pipe is obstructed by snow, carbon monoxide can leak from cracks in the exhaust system, through the floorboard of the vehicle potentially resulting in death from inhalation. Travelers to snow country should never sleep in their vehicle with the engine running. Even if the tailpipe is clear of snow, it can drift and pile up around the pipe over time.

Forensic autopsies will be performed by the Placer County Coroner’s office to determine the exact cause of death.

I-5 Fatal Collision In South Sacramento County

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), South Sacramento Area, office is conducting an investigation of a fatal collision that occurred yesterday evening on I-5 south of Hood Franklin Rd.

On the evening of December 15, 2008, at approximately 11:42 P.M., Robert Anthony Guzman, 48, from Sacramento, CA. was driving northbound on I-5 south of Hood Franklin Rd. The 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser he was driving veered off the east roadway shoulder and collided with several trees. Guzman was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cosumnes Fire Department. Due to the heavy foliage at the scene a search was conducted of the area to insure there were no other parties involved with the collision.

The South Sacramento CHP Area office will be completing an investigation into the circumstances involved in this collision. If you have information regarding this collision please contact the South Sacramento CHP office at (916) 681-2300, or CHP dispatch at (916) 861-1300.

SR-12 East Of SR-160 Fatal Collision

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), South Sacramento Area, office is conducting an investigation of a fatal collision that occurred this morning on SR-12 east of SR- 160.

At approximately 11:55 A.M. a big rig with trailer was traveling westbound on SR-12 east of SR-160. A silver, Nissan Altima, driven by a 39 year old Lodi, CA. resident was traveling eastbound on SR-12. The Nissan’s driver for an unknown reason drove into the westbound lane of traffic directly into the path of the big rig. This resulted in a head on collision between the two vehicles. The big rig subsequently rolled over and caught on fire. The driver was assisted out of the cab of the big rig before it was consumed in flames. He was transported to Kaiser in Antioch with unknown injuries and possibly minor burns.

The driver of the Nissan was pronounced deceased at the scene. A male, juvenile, who was a passenger in the Nissan was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Concord with reported major injuries. The names of both drivers will not be released until proper notifications are made.

The South Sacramento CHP Area office will be completing a thorough investigation into the circumstances involved in this collision. If you have information regarding this collision please contact the South Sacramento CHP office at (916) 681-2300, or CHP dispatch at (916) 861-1300.

Three Alarm Fire At Senior Apartment Cpmplex

At 0613 on December 16th, 2008 a single apartment caught fire and was threatening the rest of the two story apartment complex. This complex known as "The Atrium" is located at 5757 Cypress Way in Carmichael. Due to the occupancy and construction type of the building a second alarm was requested. During fire fighting efforts a third alarm was requested do to the possibility of a large scale evacuation. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes by 51 fire fighters and additional command staff. Several occupants were displaced and the cause of the fire was due to an unattended pot on the stove which ignited near combustibles. Building damage is estimated at $200,000.

Police Department Undertakes Special Holiday DUI Enforcement

The holiday season, with all of its celebrations, parties, shopping and travel, will put more motorists in harm’s way of potentially impaired drivers. In an effort to make the City of Sacramento a safer place to live, work and play, the Sacramento Police Department will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign. Officers will be conducting three checkpoints during the holiday season. Sacramento Officers are also encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. Funding for the special enforcement activities is in the form of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2007 marked the first year since 1998 in which alcohol-related fatalities declined in California, dropping 8.3 percent. "California has worked very hard over the past five years to reverse the increasing trend of alcohol-related traffic fatalities," said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. "Through an aggressive combination of various anti-DUI operations, including sobriety checkpoints and together with the public calling 911 when they see a drunk driver, we’re getting these dangerous drivers off the road."

The Sacramento Police Department joins OTS in its efforts to reduce the number of people who are injured or killed by impaired drivers. DUI/Drivers License checkpoints are an effective tool used to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potentially impaired and unlicensed drivers.

The public is also encouraged to call 911 to report drunk drivers and be ready to describe the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. The following clues may indicate that the driver is impaired:


Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane


Noticeable weaving within a lane


Erratic speeds (too fast or slow for conditions)


Braking erratically or stopping in the lane


Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change


Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green


Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner; striking the curb


Headlights off at night or on high beams


Driving with the turn signals on


Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines


Aggressive Driving – speeding, tailgating, multiple lane changes or unsafe passing

Our message remains the same – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

DUI Checkpoint

The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday December 20, 2008 in the City of Rancho Cordova. The DUI checkpoint will be operational from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the following morning.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of impairment and providing educational materials outlining the dangers of driving while impaired. This DUI checkpoint is funded by a traffic safety grant provided to the Rancho Cordova Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Tri-City ABC Multi-Agency Grant Operation

The Roseville Police Department, Rocklin Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department are working in conjunction with the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control to combat alcohol related violations in the South Placer County Area. The agencies were awarded a grant from the Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct various types of operations in all three cities for the 08-09 Fiscal Year. Officers from the agencies work each operation together, strengthening partnerships and provided a directed enforcement approach and education opportunity for residents in South Placer County.

Due to the Holiday season and the potential for an increase of motorists Driving Under the Influence in the South Placer County area, the Rocklin, Lincoln, and Roseville Police Departments will be using grant funds to pay for DUI Enforcement vehicles on December 19th, 20th, and 27th, 2008. The officers will concentrate their enforcement activities specifically toward motorist which appear to be Driving Under the Influence in their respective cities and the South Placer area.

Lerwick Road Homicide Suspect Arrested

On October 31, 2008, at 9:03 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at the intersection of Marconi and Howe Avenues. The Sheriff’s Communications received a call reporting that two men in a van had been shot. Deputies located two victims, an 18-year-old Hispanic male with a gunshot wound to his upper torso and a 19-year-old Hispanic male with a gunshot wound to his lower body. Shortly after arriving at a local hospital, the 18-year-old was pronounced deceased. The 19-year-old survived his injuries.

According to homicide investigators, the two victims were passengers in the van that was driven by a 19-year-old. The three young men were driving near the 2700 block of Lerwick Road when they came upon three subjects who were on-foot. The driver stopped the van and an exchange of words occurred between the two groups. Sometime during the verbal exchange one of the subjects, who was on-foot, produced a handgun and fired multiple shots into the van striking the victims.

UPDATED

After an extensive investigation and follow up on numerous tips from the community, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Joseph Raymond Buttelo in connection with the murder of Gustavo Lopez. According to investigators, the motive for this homicide was gang related.

Buttelo was arrested at 7:15pm on December 12, 2008 on the 2600 block of Bell Street without incident. Buttelo will be arraigned on Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm in the Sacramento County Main Jail Court, Department 61.

Anyone with additional 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.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

2 Alarm Apartment Fire In Del Paso Heights

A two alarm fire damaged an apartment building in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood tonight. Sacramento Firefighters arrived and found heavy fire on the second floor. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters were able to control the fire in a short time and prevent further damage. There were no reports of injuries and the cause is under investigation.

Friday, December 12, 2008

CHP Offers Wet And Winter Driving Safety Tips

As weather forecasters warn of impending rain and snow headed for the state, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing motorists by offering safe driving tips.

“Driving in inclement weather can pose numerous safety challenges,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Many crashes are caused by people driving too fast in the rain, snow or fog.”

Last year in California 106 people were killed in collisions that occurred either in rainy, snowy or foggy conditions. More than 7,696 people were injured in crashes under similar weather conditions.

To help drivers negotiate slick conditions while traveling through rain or snow, the CHP offers the following safety tips:

Check to see that the windshield wipers are in good condition. Also, be sure the vehicle’s headlights are on anytime you have your windshield wipers on continuously, it’s the law.

Reduce your speed and allow more time for your journey. The maximum posted speed limit may not apply to the wet or icy road conditions.

If you encounter fog, again, slow down. Drive with your lights on low beam. Don’t stop on a highway, unless it’s an emergency. And keep a close watch on your speed.

When traveling it’s recommended you carry the following items: Tire chains and tighteners, flashlight and batteries, flares, small shovel, windshield scraper, waterproof clothing that’s warm, blankets, snacks and drinking water. A cellular telephone with a backup power source might be the single most important safety item available.

The CHP urges you to check road conditions often. The best way to do this is to call the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Road Conditions Hotline: 1-800-427-ROAD (1-800-427-7623).

In addition to overcoming weather-related obstacles, remember to buckle up, slow down and never drink and drive.

Elk Grove Police Department Undertakes Special Holiday DUI Enforcement

The holiday season, with its celebrations, parties, shopping and traveling to friends and family, puts more motorists in harm’s way of more potential impaired drivers. Beginning December 19, 2008, the Elk Grove Police Department will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign, as well as encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. Funding for the special enforcement activities comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint within the city of Elk Grove on December 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. “Unnecessary deaths caused by driving under the influence are tragic anytime and even more so during the holiday season. That’s why we ask you to help us … if you see someone driving under the influence call 911”, said Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner.

2007 marked the first year since 1998 in which alcohol-related fatalities declined in California, dropping 8.3 percent. “California has worked very hard over the past five years to reverse the trend of increasing alcohol-related traffic fatalities,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “Through an aggressive combination of various anti-DUI operations, including sobriety checkpoints, together with the public calling 911 when they see a drunk driver, we’re getting these dangerous drivers off the road.”

All too often, residents of Elk Grove are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. These DUI/Drivers License checkpoints are an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

The public is also encouraged to call 911 to report drunk drivers and be ready to describe the vehicle, it’s location and direction of travel. The following clues can help motorists detect a drunk driver:

Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane

Weaving within the lane quite noticeably

Travelling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic

Braking erratically or stopping in the lane

Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change

Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green – asleep at the wheel

Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner, striking the curb

Headlights off at night or on high beams

Driving with the turn signals on

Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines

The Driver looks intoxicated – starring straight ahead, face close to the windshield, and appears to by quite sleepy

Finally Aggressive Driving – speed, tailgating and multiple lane changes or unsafe passing may also be the tell-tale signs of intoxication

Body Found Under Freeway Overpass

On Friday, December 12, 2008, at approximately 7:40 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 26th Street between W Street and X Street on a person who was found dead under the freeway overpass.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. The person appeared to be a transient and is being identified as a male adult in his 50’s. The person was found to have trauma to his head area.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Beale Announces Date For ’09 Air Show

9th Reconnaissance Wing leaders announced that the base’s next air show is scheduled for April 18-19.

The two-day event will be Beale’s first air show since 2006.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase Beale and the Air Force to the extended community and our neighbors,” said Brig. Gen. Robert Otto, 9th RW commander.

Air show visitors will have the opportunity to not only experience first-hand the unique missions of the 9th RW, which includes the U-2 and RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft, but will get the chance to view a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft demonstrations from across the country.

Base officials decided to host an air show this year as a show of thanks to the community partners who interact and support Beale Airmen on a daily basis.

“Without the support of the community, we would not be able to accomplish our critical mission of providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to battlefield commanders and national command authorities. Their support is truly instrumental for us to accomplish our mission.”

Arrest For Cruelty To Animals

Tuesday night, Roseville Police investigators arrested Ryan Paul Junaid, 23, of Roseville on suspicion of cruelty to animals. Junaid is suspected of torturing and killing a number of guinea pigs.

Roseville Police detectives conducted surveillance in the Secret Ravine Parkway area, where several dead guinea pigs had been discarded. They arrested Junaid at approximately 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9. Detectives also rescued an injured guinea pig, which received veterinary care and is recovering. Junaid was booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail and released on a $10,000 bail bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court at 8:30 a.m. on January 6.

Anyone who has any other information that could assist in this investigation is asked to call the Roseville Police Department's investigation unit at (916)774-5070.

Update-Officer Involved Shooting

The Rancho Cordova Police Officer involved in the officer involved shooting on December 7, 2008 is Deputy Kelli Maness. Deputy Maness is a 10 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Department and has been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department for 18 months.

According to the Sacramento County Corners Office, the fatal wound sustained by the suspect was self inflicted.

Folsom Police Cracking Down On Buckling Up

The Folsom Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws as part of California’s 2008 Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place during the Holiday season. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve the highest seat belt use rate in the nation. California currently has the nation’s fourth highest seat belt use rate at 94.6 percent.

“We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night,” said Police Chief Sam Spiegel. “Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warnings. It’s Click It or Ticket.”

California has a primary seat belt law which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, is required to wear a seat belt at all times. If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning. Tickets for first seat belt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults and $330 to $401 for children under age 16, depending on the county.

“We’re doing well with nearly 95 percent buckling up, fourth highest in the nation,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “That’s 1.5 million more people protected from death and injury by using seatbelts since the Click It or Ticket campaign started in 2005. But we can do better yet. I urge everyone to always buckle up.”

While the buckle up rate for adults has continued to climb in recent years, California’s teen seat belt use rate lags behind the general population. In 2007, California’s teen seat belt use rate was 88.9 percent, well below the state rate of 94.6 percent for the same year.

Funding for officer overtime to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wanted Suspect Arrested

The man wanted in a string of Placer County burglaries and robberies was apprehended in Auburn Tuesday night.

Placer County Sheriff’s Special Operations detectives and the Special Investigations Unit arrested David Lee Todd, 49, without incident at an Erin Drive home in Auburn at 5 p.m.

Todd had evaded capture over the past two weeks after detectives identified him as the suspect who was caught on videotape while kicking in the door and burglarizing an Auburn golf course pro shop.

Todd was booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of robbery and on a $50,000 burglary warrant. There are multiple additional charges pending against Todd involving the California Highway Patrol and the Auburn Police Department.

Bank Robbery-Detectives Asking For The Public’s Help

The Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force (FBI and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Robbery Bureau) are requesting the publics help in identifying a bank robber.

On December 9, 2008, at 11:00 am, the suspect entered the Washington Mutual Bank branch located on 9100 block of Kiefer Blvd and demanded money from a bank teller. During the robbery, the suspect indicated that he was armed. After obtaining the money from the teller, the suspect fled the bank on a bicycle.

The suspect is described as an Asian male in his late 20’s or 30’s, 5’ 6” to 5’ 8” tall, medium build, with dark hair and a mustache. He was wearing a dark color baseball cap, a red long sleeve jacket with a design on it, and blue jeans.

If you have any information about this suspect or the robbery please contact Detectives at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1000.00 reward.



Don Winkler Services Announced

Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit (TCU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) previously announced the passing of Firefighter Don Winkler. Service information is now available and listed below:

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 1PM
Place: Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, CA 93012
Attire: Class A uniforms

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Time: 6:30PM
Place: VFW Memorial Hall
18375 Fir Avenue
Tuolumne City, Tuolumne, CA 95379
Attire: Class A uniforms or work uniforms

Don had completed his sixth season as a TCU firefighter stationed at the Columbia Air Base.

Help Sought In Finding Man With Schizophrenia

UC Davis Health System is seeking the public’s help in locating a 59-year-old man with schizophrenia who was last seen at UC Davis Medical Center during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Doy Ragland has severe dementia associated with schizophrenia and is in need of medication. He may be agitated and upset.

When last seen, Ragland was wearing a dark blue, zippered and hooded sweatshirt by Quicksilver, dark-gray sweatpants and white tennis shoes with Velcro straps. His name is printed on his shoes, and he may be wearing a UC Davis Medical Center wristband bearing his name.

Ragland is white, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald with stands of grey hair, and has brown eyes. Ragland walks very slowly.

Anyone with information about Ragland’s whereabouts should contact the UC Davis Police Department at (916) 734-2555 or (530) 752-1230.

Suspect Dies While In Custody

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at approximately 12:38 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Miramonte Drive on a disturbance call. Officers arrived and contacted a person related to the disturbance call who was found to be on parole. The subject was in violation of his parole conditions and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers transported the suspect to the Sacramento County Main Jail and brought him into the medical area to be cleared for incarceration. The subject tensed his arms up and it was unclear initially if the person was resisting or was having a medical problem. The subject was laid on to ground. The subject was found to be having a medical problem and an ambulance was immediately called for.

The subject was transported to Sutter General Hospital and later died. The cause of death is unknown at this time. The subject’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sacramento Police Department, City of Sacramento Office of Police Accountability, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Police Investigate Double Homicide

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 4:37 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to Paddle Wheel Court on a call that two people had been possibly stabbed. Officers arrived finding two deceased individuals at the scene. The deceased are described as a male and female white approximately 50-60 years old.

The investigation is on-going and in it’s early stages. At this time we do not have a motive for the crime.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is urged to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Carbon Monoxide Poisons Family

Five members of a South Sacramento family are in the hospital tonight after being exposed to Carbon Monoxide. The Sacramento Fire Department was called to the home on 47th Street after hospital officials notified us that they received three family members all showing signs and symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Firefighters responded to the home and found two additional family members with the same symptoms. They were transported to the hospital and all family members are expected to be OK.

It is not known exactly what caused the Carbon Monoxide gas to enter into the home, but they were using a fire place that may have not been operating properly and they also had been using two gasoline powered generators inside their garage for the last month. Firefighters were able to obtain very high readings of Carbon Monoxide on their detectors.

The family is very lucky to have had this happen to them while they were still awake. This could have been a tragedy if they would have gone to bed tonight without having the problem alleviated.

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that can kill you. It is produced by anything that burns, including gasoline engines, barbeques, fireplaces, natural gas heaters, etc. Signs and symptoms are similar to those of the flu virus as well as cherry red skin color.

If you feel that you are having a Carbon Monoxide emergency, air it out please evacuate your home and call 911.

USAF Thunderbirds Headline 2009 California Capital Airshow

The 2009 California Capital Airshow was announced as host for the 2009 USAF Thunderbirds September 12-13, 2009 at Mather Airport during the International Council of AirshowsConvention in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to confirmation of the USAF demonstration squadron, Sacramento will also host Air Force Week.

"With Sacramento's long history of Air Force presence at two former Air Force bases that have been successfully converted to civilian use, we are thrilled to have the USAF Thunderbirds back at Mather Airport for the 2009 California Capital Airshow" said G. Hardy Acree, California Capital Airshow Board Chair. "Designation as one of three cities to host Air Force Week in 2009 serves as recognition of the region's richaviation heritage and support of our service men and women."

The September 2009 show will mark the Thunderbirds' second appearance at the popular Northern California airshow. In addition, the show will host an impressive array of military and law enforcement aircraft, aerobatic and specialty performers, vintage and amphibious aircraft, new aircraft displays, and colorful warbirds.

"We are excited to welcome the Thunderbirds back to the Sacramento region as our headliner," said Darcy Brewer, California Capital Airshow Executive Director. "With the number of aircraft on static display and the thrilling lineup of civilian and military demonstrations, the show is not to be missed."

Air Force Week culminates with the 2009 California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport September 12-13. The show features performances by the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds.

Tickets for the 2009 California Capital Airshow as well as details regarding the event are now live at www.californiacapitalairshow.com General admission tickets are available for $12 ($20 at the gate), reserved seats are available for $40 and Governor's Club tickets that include VIP parking are available for $175.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Home Surveillance Video Released

The Sacramento Police Department is releasing home surveillance video of thief who walked up to the front porch of the victim’s home (80 Block of Coloma Way) and stole a package (wedding gift) that had been delivered earlier that day, Tuesday, September 9, 2008.

The suspect was seen on surveillance video circling the block three times before stopping. She exited her vehicle walked up to the porch, took the package, and ran back to the her car. The suspect is described as a White adult female, possibly in her 20’s. She had auburn colored hair, and was wearing a red t-shirt and white Capri pants. The vehicle she was in was a dark-colored, hatchback, 2-door, similar to a Ford Focus.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Neighborhood Crimes Unit at (916) 808-3720.

Stolen Computer

On October 14, 2008, between 4:00 pm and the next morning someone was able to get into the office at Hiram Johnson High School. The suspect(s) were able to steal a lap top computer from the school. What the suspect(s) did not know is that Hiram Johnson High School has an anti-theft program on their computers that allow them to be tracked and photos to be taken of the person(s) using the stolen computer. Below is a photo of a person who was using the stolen computer.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information to contact Det. Borg (916) 808-3722.


Death Investigation

The Roseville Police Department is conducting an investigation into the death of Mario Santana, 28, of Roseville.

On the morning of December 4, Santana was taken to Kaiser Medical Center in Roseville with head injuries, after a physical altercation outside a bar on Main Street in Roseville. He was transferred to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died on December 6.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has performed an autopsy on Santana to determine the cause of death, and the investigation is continuing. Roseville Police Department investigators have interviewed the principal parties involved in the incident, but if anyone has any further information, they are encouraged to call the Roseville Police Department at (916)774-5070.

Don Winkler Passes Away

It is with great sadness that Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit (TCU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announces the passing of Don Winkler. Don completed his sixth season as a firefighter stationed at the Columbia Air Base, where his main duty was to load the air tankers with fire retardant.

Services for Mr. Winkler will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Camarillo, California. In honor of Mr. Winkler, flags within TCU will be flown half staff starting Monday, December 8, 2008 8AM and will return to full staff Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 8AM.

There will be a memorial held locally, however that date has not been determined.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Update-Officer Involved Shooting

At 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2008, Rancho Cordova Police responded to a report of domestic disturbance on 3300 block of Mather Field Drive, Rancho Cordova. The Sheriff’s Communications received a call reporting two people sitting in a vehicle having in an argument that appeared to be escalating.

A Rancho Cordova Police officer arrived at the scene and began talking to the two subjects in the vehicle associated with the complaint. While the officer was speaking with the subjects, the passenger, a black male, exited the car displayed a handgun and fired several rounds at the officer.

The officer was able to retreat to a position of cover and return fire, striking the subject. Immediately recognizing the subject was injured, the officer requested emergency medical aid. Sacramento Metro Fire personnel responded and pronounced the subject deceased at the scene. The identity of the decedent will be released by the Sacramento County Corners office after notification to family has been made.

The Rancho Cordova Police officer involved in the shooting is ten year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. As standard practice and in accordance with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s policies and procedures, the officer involved in this incident will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department's Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs, and Sacramento County's District Attorney's Office.

UPDATE- During the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, the Rancho Cordova Police officer was shot one time in the side. Fortunately, the officer’s ballistic vest preformed the way it was designed, preventing the bullet from causing physical damage to her person. At this point, the officer, clearly fighting for her life, used deadly force to stop the suspect’s aggression towards her and the immediate threat to the community.

Drowning Accident Rescue Team Winter Training Exercises

The Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T.) will be conducting night training exercises on Tuesday, December 9th at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers at Tiscornia Park. Divers will be entering the water at 6:00 pm. Training will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The purpose of the training is to prepare divers for emergency search and rescue operations in winter weather, low temperature, and low-light conditions. The team would additionally like to emphasize safety concerns when driving in fog and rainy conditions around our local waterways.

The Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T.) is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. The team responds to water rescue and recovery situations involving individuals, vehicles, and evidence in many different dangerous situations. The team averages over 100 calls per year and the team responds whenever called without compensation. The team has been providing this service to Northern California for over 20 years and is the only public safety dive team providing services to Sacramento and Yolo counties.

For additional background please visit www.dartsac.org

Officer Involved Shooting

At 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2008, Rancho Cordova Police responded to a report of domestic disturbance on 3300 block of Mather Field Drive, Rancho Cordova. The Sheriff’s Communications received a call reporting two people sitting in a vehicle having in an argument that appeared to be escalating.

A Rancho Cordova Police officer arrived at the scene and began talking to the two subjects in the vehicle associated with the complaint. While the officer was speaking with the subjects, the passenger, a black male, exited the car displayed a handgun and fired several rounds at the officer.

The officer was able to retreat to a position of cover and return fire, striking the subject. Immediately recognizing the subject was injured, the officer requested emergency medical aid. Sacramento Metro Fire personnel responded and pronounced the subject deceased at the scene. The identity of the decedent will be released by the Sacramento County Corners office after notification to family has been made.

The Rancho Cordova Police officer involved in the shooting is ten year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. As standard practice and in accordance with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s policies and procedures, the officer involved in this incident will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department's Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs, and Sacramento County's District Attorney's Office.

Driver Ejected Then Struck By Another Vehicle

On December 7, 2008 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Cody Faught, a 19 year old from Sacramento was driving a 1999 Cadillac STS at an unknown speed on westbound Del Paso Road approaching Sorento Road. Faught lost control of his vehicle causing it to spin clockwise, traveling into the eastbound traffic lanes of Del Paso Road. A white 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Theresa Castellanos, a 21 year old from Sacramento, was traveling in the #1 lane of Del Paso Road approaching Sorento Road. The Toyota struck the left rear of the Cadillac. The impact caused the Cadillac to over turn and then strike a utility pole. The driver, who did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt, was ejected into the #1 lane of eastbound Del Paso Road.

After the initial collision, a bystander stopped to render aid to Faught and as he was doing so, he observed a vehicle approaching eastbound towards him and the victim. The bystander attempted to slow the approaching vehicle but was unsuccessful. The vehicle, a blue 1995 Lexus SC400, driven by Carl Jefferson, a 23 year old from Sacramento, struck Faught and continued eastbound. Jefferson initially left the scene of the accident but returned approximately an hour later while investigators were still on scene. Faught was transported to UCD Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The Toyota Corolla came to rest facing in a northerly direction on the south side of Del Paso Road. Castellanos was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. The right front passenger, Mario Cortez was transported to UCD with moderate injuries. A six year old boy sitting in the rear of the vehicle was also transported to UCD with minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor in the first collision, pending a toxicology report. Both of these collisions are still under investigation and charges have not been determined.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Homicide Suspect Arrested

On December 6, 2008, the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit arrested
25-year-old Jules Anthony Gholar for the murder of Augusta James.

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 located 32-year-old Augusta James suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The victim was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

On December 1st, the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit submitted an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Jules Anthony Gholar for the murder of Augusta James. It is believed that the murder was a result of an argument between Gholar and James.

On December 6, 2008, at 11:53 a.m., suspect Jules Anthony Gholar submitted himself into police custody without incident at police headquarters.

Surveillance Video Of Armed Robbers

The Sacramento Police Department is releasing surveillance video of an armed robbery. Investigators hope that someone will recognize the suspects and come forward with information leading to their identity.

On Monday, November 24, 2008, a masked robber entered the AM/PM Mini-Mart (2933 65th Street), armed with a handgun. He ordered the clerk to the ground then dragged him by his feet into the back office. While in the back office, a second masked robber entered the store, walked over to the cash register and removed cash from the drawer. Both suspects fled out the backdoor and drove off in a newer black, possibly 4-door, import sedan.

Suspect #1 was described as a man of average height and weight, wearing a dark-colored ski mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, white gloves, light-colored pants, and dark shoes. He was armed with a black handgun.

Suspect #2 was described as a man of average height and weight, wearing a black ski mask, black-hooded jacket, black gloves, green camouflage pants, and dark colored shoes.

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

Friday, December 5, 2008

3 Month Old Infant Boy Dies While In Custody Of In-Home Licensed Day Care

On 12-04-08, at about 4:03PM, the Galt Police Department Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from an in-home licensed day-care stating a three month old baby boy in their care had stopped breathing. Upon arrival of CSD Paramedics and Galt Police Officers, the infant was found not breathing and the day care providers were conducting CPR on the infant.

The infant was transported by CSD Paramedics to Lodi Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital physicians.

The Galt Police Department investigations unit was called to the scene to investigate the incident. The investigation is on-going. At this time, foul play is not suspected and no reason exists to believe there was any criminal conduct involving the circumstances of this incident.

The in-home day care facility was properly licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. The Sacramento County Child Protection Services Department was also summoned to the scene to aid in the investigation.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. Additional information is expected after the autopsy has been completed by the Office of the Sacramento County Coroner.

Police Asking For Help In Solving A Pedestrian Involved Hit And Run

The Folsom Police Department needs the public’s help in generating any information that may help explain how an elderly gentleman returned home from his morning walk with significant injuries to his body. Investigators believe the injuries the victim received are consistent with being struck and dragged by a vehicle.

On Sunday, November 23, 2008, at approximately 5:00 am, Victim Ken Bandow, a 78 year old Folsom resident, went out for his routine 4-5 mile walk in the Briggs Ranch community. Several hours later he returned home with facial injuries, three missing teeth, and injuries to his knees, right hand and left foot. There was bruising to his toes and his shoes were very warn with part of the soles peeled away. The victim did not have any recollection of how he sustained his injuries.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to call the Folsom Police Department at (916) 355-7230.

Child Homicide Arrest

At 4:00 am on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 10450 Mills Tower Drive, Rancho Cordova, to investigate the death of an infant. Deputies responded to this location after learning of the infant’s death, while on an unrelated call at the UC Davis Medical Center.

The responding deputies’ initial investigation revealed that the woman had given birth to the infant while on the toilet. It had been reported to emergency medical personnel by a female roommate after she discovered the woman and infant in the bathroom.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Child Abuse detectives began investigating what lead up to the infant being born in the bathroom and his ultimate death. After an extensive investigation, detectives were able to determine that the suspect had intentionally allowed her infant to die.

After forensic analysis and investigation by the Sacramento County Coroners Office, it was determined that the full term 8 pound baby boy was born alive and intentionally drowned in the toilet after the suspect severed the umbilical cord. Today, based on the complete Coroners report and the Sheriff’s investigation, Detectives arrested 33-year-old Kristen Gibson for homicide and assault resulting in the death of a child.

Gibson is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail without bail and will be arraigned at the New Main Jail Court, Department 61, on December 8th at 1:30 pm.

Homeowner Arrested For Animal Neglect

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 at approximately 7:53 am, the police department received a call to the 300 block of Catterline Way from neighbors concerned that animals had been left behind when residents moved out of the home.

Officers arrived on scene and found two dogs in the backyard, 2 birds inside the home and a small dog chained to the sliding glass door. There was an empty outside water bowl that was extremely dirty with algae. The backyard lacked shelter or bedding for the dogs that were left outside. Inside the residence officers found two large parrots in separate cages surrounded by their own feces. Dirty water and very little food were inside the cages. Also inside the residence was a small dachshund that was chained to the sliding glass door. The dachshund was surrounded by several days’ worth of feces and urine. A single watering bowl was found with very little dirty water. Empty dog food bags were inside, but no food was found. The three dogs were determined by animal control to underweight and malnourished. All of the animals were taken into custody by Sacramento County Animal Control.

Neighbors told officers they believed the occupants had moved out and possibly left the animals behind. They recall only seeing one person stop by the residence two times within the last month.

Officers contacted the homeowner, Mhdhomam Uyoun, 36 years old, by telephone and had him return to the Folsom residence. Uyoun was arrested for misdemeanor animal cruelty. Yyoun waived his rights of ownership of all the animals making them eligible for potential adoption. The animals are currently housed in the Sacramento County Animal Shelter located at 4290 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento.