Monday, March 30, 2009

Roseville Police Plan Special DUI Patrol On April 3

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Friday evening, April 3. The department is putting additional officers on the streets to patrol for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said, "Far too many people are being injured in Roseville because of impaired driving, and it's outrageous. Drunken driving is totally preventable. If you're going to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home. You can choose a designated driver, call a taxi or call a sober friend for a ride home. If you ignore these warnings and get behind the wheel, you stand a very good chance of going to jail.”

The Roseville Police Department is investigating an increased number of DUI-related traffic collisions. The department investigated 35 alcohol or drug-related collisions during the months of January and February, a 67 percent increase over the same period last year. During that two-month period, one person was killed and 23 injured due to impaired driving.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with increased nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps. In January and February, Roseville officers arrested a total of 173 suspected drunk drivers.

Funding for Roseville’s DUI enforcement efforts is provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Two Alarm Fire Driven By High Winds

March 29, 2009 - At approximately 3:30 pm Sac Metro Firefighters arrived at 10601 Lambrusca dr. to encounter a home heavily involved with fire being pushed by high winds. A second alarm was requested to deal with the potential of fire spread to adjacent homes and assist in battling the wind driven structure fire. Over 40 fire fighters brought the fire under control in 27 minutes. 5 people were displaced and the Red Cross was called to assist. One of the occupants was sent to the hospital suffering from breathing problems. The estimated structural loss is $200,000.00 and the fire cause is currently undetermined.

A working smoke alarm was in place. Metro Fire wants to remind all of our community that a working smoke alarm is still one of the best defenses against a home fire.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Early Morning Accident Traps Four Young Adults

An early morning accident trapped four young adults in a pick up truck in North Sacramento. Sacramento Firefighters had a hard job extricating the trapped victims.

All four were successfully removed from the truck and transported to area hospitals. The conditions of the patients varied from Major to Critical. It is not known what caused the accident, but the truck ended up in the middle of the park off of Silver Eagle Road just east of Norwood Avenue.

The Sacramento Police Department is handling the investigation.

Haz Mat Incidetn At Procter & Gamble

A Hazardous Materials Incident occurred today at the Procter & Gamble facility in South Sacramento. While undergoing routine maintenance, a Hydrogen storage tank valve failed creating a small Hydrogen Gas leak that caught fire.

Sacramento Firefighters and employees of Procter & Gamble quickly controlled the situation. Sacramento Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team members are currently on scene assisting Procter & Gamble staff while the Hydrogen is lowered to a safe level. Once this occurs, Procter & Gamble crews can go in and repair or replace the damaged valve.

There have been no evacuations or injuries. Hydrogen is a highly flammable, non-toxic material that will dissipate quickly once it enters the atmosphere.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

CHP Issues Statewide Seat Belt Alert

To underscore the message that seat belts save lives,California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers statewide plan a one-daycampaign to focus their attention on people who do not buckle up whenriding in a vehicle. March 31, 2009, has been designated by the CHP asa “Vehicle Occupant Restraint Day.”

“The goal of this campaign is to stress that seat belts savelives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “More than 30 percentof all vehicle passengers killed statewide in 2007 and 2008 were notbuckled up at the time of the collision. We hope people will learn fromit and take the extra seconds to put on their seat belt or properlyrestrain their child. There's no do over for someone killed because theyfailed to buckle up.”

CHP officers on grant-funded overtime, provided by the Office ofTraffic Safety (OTS), will take to the road specifically looking forviolations of seat belt and child safety restraint laws.

According to OTS, seat belt usage by California motorists is at arecord high 95.7 percent. One of the CHP’s primary goals is to raisethat number even higher, an effort that will require the public’scooperation.

In 2008, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued 204,187 citationsto drivers and passengers who failed to buckle up. That figure does notinclude the 17,076 tickets issued for child safety seat violations. California law requires children younger than age 6 or weighing lessthan 60 pounds to be properly secured in the back seat. Free childsafety seat inspections and installation is provided at CHP officesthroughout the state.

“We all need to have reminders,” said Commissioner Farrow. “Byhaving the black-and-whites out on the road, we want to educate thepublic to remind them to wear their seat belts. We all get a littlecareless sometimes, but in this case, carelessness can be deadly.”

Undercover Detectives Seize 10 Kilos Of Cocaine

Sacramento Police Narcotic Detectives conducted a two-month long investigation resulting in the seizure of over ten kilos of cocaine, ¾ pound of crystal methamphetamine, a stolen gun, and the arrest of five people.

In January 2009, detectives received information on an organization that was trafficking large quantities of cocaine in the Sacramento region. In February 2009, narcotics detectives concluded their investigation with the service of multiple search warrants resulting in a large seizure of narcotics and the arrest of five people. Search warrants were served on the 6600 block of Carnation, 3500 block of La Grande, 8100 block of Torrente, and 7100 block of South Land Park Drive. At this time, we are not releasing the names or photographs of the suspects arrested on the drug case.

At one point, during this intense investigation, an undercover detective was in the 6600 block of Carnation. He was approached by neighbors of the suspects involved in this case and asked if he wanted to purchase marijuana. When the detective declined to purchase the marijuana, the neighbors went into their house, retrieved handguns and shot at the detective as he tried to drive away. The suspects were not related to the original investigation and were arrested for attempt murder charge. The suspects arrested were 22-year-old Albert Vargas and 25-year-old Seggran Pillal.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transfer Of UH-1 Huey Aircraft From The California National Guard To Sac Metro Fire District

On March 25, 2009 at 1:30pm The California Army National Guard, specifically the 812th Medical Detachment (air ambulance) is transferring a UH-1 over to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District at our air ops branch located at 4727 Kilzer Ave on McClellan park.

The UH-1 in question was built in 1970 and configured for medevac but capable of performing utility missions such as passenger transport, air assaults and external loads which would include aerial Fire fighting.

With the assistance of the California Office of Emergency Management and federal authorities, SMFD applied for, and was granted the transfer of one surplus UH-1 Helicopter at no cost to the Department. The CARNG was tasked to prepare and deliver the aircraft to SMFD on 25 March 2009. Personnel from the CARNG took great care in insuring that the aircraft was inspected and any and all necessary inspections and or repairs were completed. These inspections and repairs were not mandatory and are a tribute to the CARNG and their commitment to insure that SMFD received a viable and mission ready aircraft to serve our community.

This addition to Metro Fires Air Operation Branch is nothing more than awesome. With an additional like helicopter our air operations can use this aircraft for extensive training without putting extensive hours on our primary response aircraft.

Motorcyclist Dies In Carmichael Traffic Collison

On March 19, 2009 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Kevin Alto, a 41 year old from Carmichael, was riding a purple 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle on southbound Orangerie Way north of Grant Avenue at an undetermined speed. As Alto attempted to negotiate a curve in the roadway, he lost control of his motorcycle and traveled towards the east road edge of Orangerie and overturned, ejecting Alto. Alto was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Alto was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs are a contributing factor to this collision at this time. This collision is still under investigation.

CHP Needs Public Help In Fatal Collision Of Mother Of 5

On February 16, 2009 at approximately 7:14 p.m., Christopher Sandbach, a 45 year old from Orangevale was driving a white 2001 Ford F350 pickup on eastbound Madison Avenue east of Beauregard at an unknown speed. Angelique Mayo, a 38 year old from Fair Oaks was driving a gray 2001 Chevy Suburban and stopped facing northbound in the driveway of 9160 Madison Avenue getting ready to turn eastbound onto Madison Avenue. Sandbach was driving under the influence of alcohol and lost control of his vehicle in the heavy rain. The left front of Sandbach’s vehicle broadsided the drivers’ side of Mayo’s Suburban as she was stopped. The impact caused the Suburban to spin clockwise and came to rest facing southbound in a grass area. Mayo was pronounced dead at the scene. Sandbach was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital with minor lacerations and scrapes to his body then booked into the Sacramento County Jail for gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

Prior to the collision, a witness observed Sandbach’s vehicle traveling eastbound on Madison Avenue approaching the rear of a green Honda. Sandbach swerved to the right, going around the Honda then shortly thereafter lost control of his vehicle. The driver of the Honda stopped near the scene, got out of his vehicle, then continued on. The CHP is asking the driver of the green Honda to please contact them for a statement. The driver is not a party to this collision, however; their statement is very crucial. If you are the driver of the Honda (or similar type vehicle) and/or if you observed Sandbach’s white 2001 Ford F350 traveling on eastbound Madison Avenue at the approximate date and time listed above, please contact Officer Gotts or Officer Hanson at the North Sacramento CHP office at (916) 338-6710.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Roseville Police Plan DUI Crackdown

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Saturday evening, March 21. Officers will be out in force patrolling for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

“Safety is our number one concern, and that means getting drunk drivers off our streets,” Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said. “Too many people have been killed and injured in Roseville because of impaired driving. Drunken driving is totally preventable. If you're going to drink, plan ahead for a sober ride home. You can designate a sober driver in advance, call a taxi or call a sober friend for a ride home.”

The good news is that overall, traffic-related deaths and injuries are down in Roseville. Both total collisions and collisions involving death or injury were down six percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

The bad news is that alcohol and other drug-related collisions are on the rise. Roseville Police officers investigated 19 percent more DUI-related crashes in 2008 than 2007. One person was killed last year and 65 were injured by drunk drivers. During the month of January 2009, Roseville officers investigated 18 DUI collisions in which 8 people were injured.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps.

Funding for Roseville’s DUI enforcement efforts is provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Roseville Police Arrest Local Man For Pointing Laser At Aircraft

Early Tuesday morning, Roseville Police arrested a man on suspicion of pointing a laser device at aircraft. At 11 p.m. Monday, March 16, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter pilot notified Roseville Police that someone on the ground had pointed a laser device at both a commercial airliner and at their helicopter. With the help of the helicopter crew, Roseville Police located the source of the laser beam at a home in the 100 block of Elm Street.

Roseville officers went to the residence and arrested Balltazar Valladares, 29, of Roseville. Officers also seized a high-powered laser device.

Valladares is being held in the Placer County Jail on suspicion of discharging a laser at a moving, occupied aircraft, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, or a fine of up to $2,000. Valladares' bail is set at $45,000.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a violation of both state and federal law because of the danger for flight crews, passengers and people on the ground. It can cause pilots to suffer a temporary loss of vision while operating their aircraft, and vision problems and headaches afterwards.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Parolee At Large Arrested

Sunday afternoon, Roseville Police officers arrested a parolee at large who has eluded capture for the past six months.

At about noon on Sunday, March 15, Roseville Police officers stopped a white Dodge Ram pickup on eastbound Interstate 80 at the Rocklin Road exit. Officers had been searching the area for parolee-at-large Samuel Duran, and believed he was a passenger in the back seat of the pickup.

When the pickup stopped, Duran exited the back seat and ran up the freeway embankment onto Rocklin Road, with officers giving chase. A brown Toyota sedan, occupied by two females, was stopped at a red light on Rocklin Road. Duran got into the back seat of the Toyota and ordered the two females out, but officers pulled him out of the Toyota and arrested him.

Samuel Nathan Duran, 28, of Roseville was booked into the Roseville City Jail on suspicion of attempted carjacking and resisting arrest. He was also arrested on an outstanding Placer County arrest warrant stemming from an October 5 incident in Roseville. The warrant charged attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, infliction of great bodily injury, particpating in a criminal street gang, and a recommended sentence enhancement for a prior prison term. Duran is currently being held in the Placer County Jail on a no-bail parole hold. Two occupants of the white Dodge Ram pickup were arrested for being accessories: Margarita Elena Ydrogo, 26, of Roseville and Adam Solis Valdez, 27, of Sacramento. They were both booked into the Roseville City Jail and released after posting $5,000 bail bonds.

Downtown High Rise Fire Incident

A High Rise fire occured this morning in Downtown. The fire however turned out to be very small. The incident occured at a high rise senior residence at 600 I Street, which also has a pre-school in the building.

Construction workers were doing some grinding which caused sparks and smoke to enter the building through a door on the second floor. A smoke detector activated and residents and the pre-school children evacuated the building.

Sacramento Firefighters were able to evacuate the smoke from the second floor and let the occupants back inside. There were no injuries reported and the building suffered no damage.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

One Block Of L Street To Be Closed For St. Patrick’s Day Event

The City of Sacramento has approved the closure of L Street between 15th and 16th Street for a St. Patrick’s Day event being staged by de Vere’s Irish Pub and the Mix night club. The street and sidewalk will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, through 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Traffic on L Street will be detoured around the block via northbound 16th Street, to westbound K Street to southbound 15th Street and back to L Street.

The City of Sacramento Police Department will be assisting with securing the event, monitoring and controlling traffic. Electronic message boards will be used to alert the public. All costs of the closure and security are being paid for by the establishments.

Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Patricks Day DUI Checkpoint

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), North Sacramento Area, announces a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sobriety Checkpoint to be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County. The checkpoint will be setting up at approximately 10:30 p.m. and will be operational at 11:00 p.m., and is set to end at 3:15 a.m.

If there is inclement weather, the checkpoint will be canceled for safety reasons, and the officers will be assigned to roving DUI units.

Sobriety checkpoints will be staffed by CHP officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. CHP Drug Recognition Experts, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be on site to provide on the spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use. The officers will also be equipped with state of the art hand-held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected drunk drivers.

Roseville Police Arrest Suspected Vehicle Burglars

Early Thursday morning, Roseville Police officers arrested four people on suspicion of breaking into vehicles in hotel parking lots.

At 4 a.m. Thursday, March 12, Roseville Police officers responded to a report of a man loitering around vehicles in a hotel parking lot on North Sunrise Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an Audi sedan with a broken window. Nothing had been taken from the Audi. The suspect left before officers arrived, but a witness gave officers a description of the suspect's vehicle. Officers began checking the area, and about an hour later, located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel on Creekside Ridge Drive. Officers arrested four people and recovered suspected stolen property and a loaded, unregistered handgun.

Sabrina Danielle Brown, 21, Juan Rodriguez, 26, and and Rigoberto Xavier Serna, 26, all of Sacramento, and Walter Urian Wood III, 24, of North Highlands, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, participating in a criminal street gang, and carrying a concealed, loaded firearm during the commission of a felony. Wood was also charged with possessing burglar's tools, and Serna was also charged with DUI and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Brown and Wood were released from the Roseville City Jail after posting $25,000 bail bonds. Rodriguez and Serna remain in custody in the Placer County Jail on $25,000 bail.




Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Roseville Woman Falls Victim To Home Repair Ruse

An 89-year-old Roseville woman recently had a safe stolen from her home after she let two phony "repairmen" inside.

Between 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, two men knocked on the door of the Sierra Gardens-area resident and told her they were there to check for cracks in the ceiling. One of the men went inside the residence, while the other man chatted with the resident in the garage. After the men left, the resident discovered that her safe, containing mostly personal paperwork, was missing from a bedroom.

A witness reported there may have been three suspects; the two who contacted the elderly woman, and a third man who waited outside in a new-looking red Chevrolet pickup with custom chrome rims. The witness thought the truck might also have had flames painted on the front.

All three suspects were described as Hispanic males in their 20s or 30s. The pickup driver had a shaved head, a stocky build, and smoked a cigar. The other two had medium builds. One wore a tan shirt, and the other wore a light-colored baseball cap.

Residents are reminded:

Do not let strangers into your home
Be cautious about anyone who comes to your home claiming to be a repair worker or utility worker, if you haven't reported a problem or requested service.
Do not pay with cash
Do not accept on-the-spot offers from, or allow "drive-by" repair workers into your home. Reputable workers will provide identification, references, and a contractor's license number, and will agree to come back later after you have checked them out.

Two Alarm Fire In Sacramento County

On Wednesday March 11 at 1:47am. the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to 8860 #A La Riviera dr. for an apartment fire. A second alarm was requested on arrival due to the massive fire and the potential to spread to adjacent units, 40 Fire Fighters responded to combat the fire and brought it under control in 27 minutes. There were no injuries to Fire Fighters or civilians and 1 family was displaced. The fire cause is currently undetermined.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District would like to remind all our citizens that a working smoke alarm is still one of your best defenses in the event of a fire.

Interrupted Residential Burglaries

Between 8:15 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. yesterday, March 9, two homes in west Roseville were targeted by a burglar. Both residents saw the burglar, who fled without taking anything.

At 8:13 a.m., a resident of the 1800 block of Bottlebrush Circle reported hearing scraping noises at her backyard window. She saw the window screen fall off her window, and a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt standing outside. The resident barricaded herself inside the house and used her cell phone to call for help. The suspect left without entering the house.

At 9:25 a.m., a resident of the 2500 block of Tradewinds Drive, approximately 5 miles north of Bottlebrush Circle, heard a banging sound on the side of his house. He then heard someone moving around downstairs. The resident went downstairs and encountered a male holding a crowbar. The burglar ran out the front door. A witness in the area saw the suspect get into the passenger's side of a silver compact sedan, which sped away towards Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard.

The suspect in both incidents was described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect on Tradewinds Drive was further described as a clean-shaven black, Hispanic or mixed-race male, 6'1" tall, with a medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans with red markings.

Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to call the Roseville Police Department's Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070.

79 Year Old Passenger Dies In Antelope Traffic Collision

On March 9, 2009, at approximately 7:10 p.m., Dale Thomas, a 78 year old from Antelope was driving a grey 1989 Toyota Corolla on northbound Walerga Road north of Antelope. Thomas was in the two way left hand turn lane preparing to turn left into the parking lot of 7709 Walerga Road. Alina Gergi, an 18 year old from Antelope was driving a white 2007 Toyota Scion southbound in the #2 lane of Walerga Road at unknown speed approaching Thomas’s location. Thomas began to turn left directly in the path of the Scion. Gergi applied the brakes of her vehicle and turn to the right but was unable to avoid striking the Corolla. The Corolla’s tires struck the curb on the south side of the driveway causing it to roll over on its roof. Both vehicles sustained major damage. Dale Thomas was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center for a fractured shoulder and contusion to his lung. His wife June Thomas, 79 years old, was sitting in the right front passenger with her seatbelt fastened, however; she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Gergi and her 17 year old female passenger were transported to Sutter Roseville hospital with complaint of pain to their chest and neck.

Alcohol and/or drugs don’t appear to be a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.

Speed And No Seatbelt – Driver Dies

On March 8, 2009 at approximately 5:41 p.m., Ilya Fanin, (pronounced Ely) a 26 year old male from Antelope was driving silver 2002 Acura Integra on westbound Elverta Road approaching Pinefield Way at an estimated 70 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. James Purdy, a 41 year old from Antelope was driving a brown 1997 Ford Van southbound on Pinefield Way turning left onto Elverta Way. Purdy had just begun to enter the intersection on a green light at approximately 20 mph when his vehicle was struck by the Acura. The impact caused the Acura to spin clockwise and come to rest facing eastbound on the north sidewalk area of Elverta Road west of Pinefield Way. The airbag deployed however, Fanin was not wearing a seatbelt and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Van came to rest facing eastbound in the #1 lane of Elverta Road west of Pinefield Way. Several witnesses stated that Fanin had passed them at a high rate of speed and entered the intersection on a red light.

It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs are a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.

Parolee Assaults CHP Officer

On March 8, 2009, at approximately 12:55 p.m., CHP dispatch received several calls of a reckless vehicle on northbound SR-51 (Capital City Freeway) south of Watt Avenue. Callers stated the driver was driving at a high rate of speed, using all lanes and driving in the center divider. The vehicle described as a green Mazda Tribute, then struck two separate vehicles just south of Watt Avenue. After the two collisions, the Mazda became disabled and both occupants (father and son) along with a pit bull dog got out of their vehicle and began to walk northbound on the shoulder. The father and son were arguing and separated from each other. A CHP Officer contacted the father, Junius Tillman, and detained him. CHP Officer Divecchia and Lumsargis contacted the son. Andreas Tillman, north of that location. The Officers ordered Andreas to put his hands up and he continued to ignore the Officers commands. Andreas told his dog to attach the Officers. The Officers deployed their tazers striking Andreas; however, the tazer did not faze him. As Officer Divecchia was placing a new cartridge in his tazer, his tazer deployed striking his hand. As this was occurring, Andreas was able to strike Officer Lumsargis in the head, knocking him unconscious. A broadcast of 11-99 was then put out.

Numerous Officers arrived in the area and located Andreas still walking northbound on SR-51 which transitions to eastbound I-80. Officers advised Andreas at gunpoint to stop and he continued to disobey their orders on numerous occasions. An Officer deployed his tazer striking Andreas, which again had no affect. Andreas continued toward the Officer and he was able to reload his tazer and deploy it at Andreas a second time. Andreas fell to the ground but continued to struggle for a short time. He was taken into custody and taken to Sutter Roseville hospital where he received staples for a cut to the back of his head. After being treated, he was taken to the North Sacramento CHP office for questioning and booked into the Sacramento County Jail for 243 (C) PC-Felony Assault on Peace Officer, 69 PC- Felony Assault on an Executive Officer, two counts of 20002 VC-Misdemeanor hit and run, 23152 – misdemeanor DUI, 11550 H & S- under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended drivers license. Junius was arrested for 11550 H & S- under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officer Lumsargis, an 8 year veteran was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital where he was treated for his head injuries and released. Officer Divecchia, a seven year veteran was also transported to MSJ with tazer prongs in his hand.

Major Road Closures In Elk Grove Planned

Union Pacific Railroad, in coordination with the City of Elk Grove Public Works Department, will be performing significant track maintenance work at major railroad crossings in Elk Grove, requiring the City to close multiple roads throughout the Elk Grove, beginning March 16.

The following closures and detours have been established:

March 16 and 17
Sheldon Road, between Elk Grove-Florin Road and Freesia Dr.
Westbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Elk Grove-Florin Road north from Sheldon Road to Calvine Road. Eastbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking East Stockton Blvd. south from Sheldon Road to Bond Road.

March 18 and 19
Bond Road, between Elk Grove-Florin Road and Quail Cove Dr.
Westbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Waterman Road north from Bond Road to Sheldon Road. Eastbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Elk Grove-Florin Road north from Bond Road to Sheldon Road.

March 23, 24, 25, and 26
Elk Grove-Florin Road, between Campbell Rd and West Camden Dr.
Northbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Bond Road west from Elk Grove-Florin Road to East Stockton Blvd. Southbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Sheldon Road west from Elk Grove-Florin Road to East Stockton Blvd.

March 27,28, 29 and 30
Grant Line Road, between East Stockton Blvd and Waterman Rd.
Westbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Bond Road west from Grant Line Road to East Stockton Blvd. Eastbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking East Stockton Blvd. north from Grant Line Road to Bond Road.

March 31, April 1, 2, and 3
Elk Grove Blvd, between Walnut Ave and School St.
Westbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Waterman Road north from Elk Grove Blvd to Bond Road. Eastbound motorists will be directed around the project by taking Elk Grove-Florin Road north from Elk Grove Blvd to Bond Road.

Each closure will begin at 6 a.m. The road will remain closed until the work is finished. Informational road closure and detour signs will be posted prior to the closures.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will not be permitted to cross the tracks until the work at each location is completed.

The scheduled maintenance is part of Union Pacific’s effort to keep their infrastructure in the safest operational condition possible, and when finished, will provide a more stable and smoother transition for Elk Grove motorists driving across the tracks.

Police Investigate Single Vehicle Fatal Collision

On March 8, 2009 at 10:25 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a call regarding a single vehicle collision on Whitelock Parkway just west of Big Horn Blvd.

Upon arrival, officers discovered an overturned black 1997 Mercedes on Whitelock Parkway (north side of the street) just west of Big Horn Blvd. Officers located an unresponsive unidentified male inside the vehicle. Medical personnel arrived and determined that the sole occupant of the vehicle was deceased.

At this point, it appears that the vehicle was traveling east on Whitelock Parkway when it crossed over the center median into the westbound lanes of traffic for an unknown reason. The driver apparently lost control of his vehicle then collided with several fixed objects before coming to rest upside down.

The collision is under investigation at this time and anyone with information is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8148.

Offficer Involved Shooting On Atlanta Way

On March 9, 2009, at 1:47 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a woman who said her 22-year-old boyfriend had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Black male adults. She also said they had left the scene in a vehicle she described as a white Toyota. One of the deputies arriving in the area of the call came upon a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle parked at the corner of Larchwood Court and Walnut Avenue; there were three male occupants in the vehicle. One of the occupants was taken out of the car by the deputy. He told the deputy he had been kidnapped and robbed by the two subjects in the car. He also told them one of them was armed with a large caliber handgun.

Additional deputies arrived at the scene of the vehicle stop. When the deputies issued commands for the suspects to come out of the vehicle both suspects fled on foot. One of the suspects was immediately taken into custody. He is an 18-year-old resident of Sacramento. The second suspect was able to escape. A perimeter was set up and a Sheriff’s K9 unit arrived to search for the suspect. At 3:20 a.m., the K9 unit located the suspect hiding in a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 5100 block of Atlanta Way.

The suspect came out of the shed, ignored the deputies’ orders to surrender and again began to flee the scene. At that time, one of the deputies having a reasonable belief the suspect had committed a violent crime involving the threat of death or great bodily injury fired his departmentally issued shotgun at the suspect to prevent his escape. The suspect, a 39-year-old resident of Sacramento was apprehended and taken to the ground by the Sheriff’s K9 a short distance away. Deputies took the suspect into custody and recovered a handgun from where the suspect had been laying on the ground. The deputies also discovered the suspect had been wounded in the shoulder and neck. Paramedics transported the suspect to a local hospital where he received treatment and is expected to survive.

The deputy involved in this shooting is 40-years-old and a 20-year veteran with the department. In accordance with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures he will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Early Morning Fatal Collision

On Saturday, March 07, 2009, at 4:46 a.m., Sacramento Police responded to an accident at 47th Avenue and Stockton Boulevard. The accident involved a Freightliner Roll-off truck and a green Plymouth Neon. The driver of the Plymouth Neon died at the scene.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. At this time, it appears that the Freightliner truck was westbound 47th Avenue and the Plymouth Neon was southbound Stockton Boulevard. Investigators believe one of the vehicles ran a red light resulting in a collision at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

The driver of the Plymouth is only being identified as a male adult pending the notification of his family. The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries from the collision.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Police Investigate Shooting

On Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:45 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to the area of Timkir Way and Frank Gregg Way regarding a shooting that had taken place.

Upon arrival, officers located 18-year-old Laquesha Smith suffering from a single gunshot wound to the buttocks. Officers then received information that paramedics were responding to the Shell gas station at Elk Grove Blvd. and Auto Center Dr. regarding another victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Officers contacted the second victim, a 17-year-old female, who indicated that she was in the area of Timkir Way and Frank Gregg Way when she was shot. Both victims were transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

At this point, investigators believe that the shooting occurred after an unknown group of individuals showed up at a party that was being held at a residence in the 10200 block of Frank Gregg Way. After a verbal exchange between the two groups, the suspects pulled out a handgun and began firing. The first suspect was described as a male black adult (18-20), 5’7”, slim build, wearing a black hooded jacket with dark baggy pants. The second suspect was described as a male black adult (18-20) wearing dark clothing. Both suspects were armed with handguns. The suspects then fled the area in an unknown vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Communications Center at (916) 714-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Life Saving Message

Please place new batteries in your smoke alarm when you set your clocks forward for daylight savings

This is an important life safety message! A working smoke alarm is still one of the best defenses in the event of a fire. Metro Fire would like to remind all citizens to replace the old battery in your smoke alarm with a new one. Daylights savings is March 8 so when you set your clocks forward don't forget to about your smoke alarm, it could save you and your families life.

Below are some facts about smoke alarms.

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

Fire deaths have been cut in half since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s.
An estimated 95 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm.
Two-thirds of reported residential fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Fire deaths in homes with working smoke alarms are 51 percent less than the death rate for homes without this protection.
An estimated 20 percent of U.S. homes do not have working smoke alarms, primarily because of missing or dead batteries.
Nuisance activations are the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms. In other words, "nuisance activations" occur when a smoke alarm detects steam from a shower or stove, thus falsely alerting residents of a fire. When this happens, most people take out the batteries, or disable the alarm.
Tip: If your alarm sounds when it detects steam from a shower or food burning on the stove, consider moving it into an area adjacent to the bathroom or kitchen to prevent nuisance activations.
Almost 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, March 6, 2009, 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 serves 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.

Police Need Help Identifying Burglary Suspect

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglary suspect who broke into Schatz and Krum Automotive (8460 Belvedere Avenue). He got away with approximately $30,000 worth of specialty tools.

On February 13, 2009, the suspect broke the window of a vacant business next door to Schatz and Krum Automotive. Another suspect pulled up to the back of the vacant business with a U-Haul truck. The suspects then cut through the wall and entered the automotive repair shop. They loaded up the U-Haul truck and got away with approximately $30,000 work of specialty tools.

Surveillance footage reveals the suspect arriving in a gray 96-98 Chevrolet Z-71 pick-up truck with a lumber rack on the back. The suspect appears to be a White male adult, wearing a black jacket, grey pants and white shoes. He had short dark hair with a receding hairline.



The U-Haul truck was described as having New Hampshire State plates and a distinctive graphic on the side. A description of the U-Haul driver is not available.




The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding 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.

Surveillance Video Of Burglary

The Sacramento Police Department is releasing surveillance video of the suspects involved in two burglaries to the Sam’s Club at 3671 North Freeway Blvd.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2009, two suspects entered the front entrance of the store and proceeded directly to the computer section. They selected computer equipment and exited through the back emergency exit and fled in an awaiting vehicle.

Suspect #1 is a Black male, 22-28 years old. He is approximately 6’0" in height and weighs about 225 pounds. He was wearing a white and black hat, black T-shirt with white lettering, a black puffy jacket and black pants. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic female, 22-26 years old. She is approximately 5’8" in height with dark hair. She was wearing a red zip up sweatshirt. They fled in a red 4 door sedan with dark tinted rear windows and oxidized paint on the roof.




On Saturday, February 14, 2009, one suspect entered the front entrance of the store and selected a 40" LCD TV. He exited through the back emergency exit and placed the TV in an awaiting vehicle. The TV did not fit entirely in the car and it was seen leaving the area with it hanging partially out of the passenger side door. The vehicle was a white, two door, possibly a Honda Civic or Honda Accord with rear tinted windows.


This burglary suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20’s. He is approximately 5’10" in height and weighs about 170-180 pounds, with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.


The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to these crimes 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.

Can You Identify This Bank Robber?

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a bank robber believed to be responsible for two separate bank robberies.

On January 27, 2009, at 5:42 p.m., a man walked up to a teller at the Bank of America (inside Save Mart – 5600 Folsom Boulevard) and demanded money from the cash drawer. The suspect then placed a white plastic grocery type shopping bag on the counter and held it open for teller. The suspect indicated he had a gun, however, no gun was seen. The teller complied and placed the money from the drawer in the bag.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 25-30 years-old, 5’7" tall and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds. He had a dark mustache and goatee. He was wearing a yellow and white baseball hat, a light colored jacket, a blue plaid button-up shirt and white tennis shoes.

On February 17, 2009, at 2:44 p.m., a man entered the Bank of America located at 4740 Freeport Boulevard. He walked up to a teller and produced a white plastic bag. He demanded all the money from the cash drawer. The teller complied. The suspect then walked out of the bank.

He was described as a Hispanic man, in his late 20’s, 5’10" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He had black hair and a thin mustache. He was wearing a black and white baseball hat with a cross emblem on the front (possibly a West Coast Choppers logo), and a black jacket.


Investigators believe these two robberies may be related.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding 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.