Monday, June 29, 2009

CHP Lays Out A Plan For A Safe 4Th Of July Celebration

As motorists prepare to head out onto the highway forsome summer fun this Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol(CHP) is doing its part to help keep the fireworks where they belong… inthe sky. And with some advance planning, the CHP hopes this can be asafe celebration for everyone.

“Plan ahead and allow extra time for travel on busy roads, buckle upbefore you head out and don’t speed,” reminded CHP Commissioner JoeFarrow. “Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely aroundcurves or react to hazards in the roadway.”

Fourth of July weekend is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for theCHP. All available officers will patrol the roadways during the MEP,which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 3 and extends until midnight onSunday, July 5.

Last year over the three-day, Fourth of July weekend, 41 people died onCalifornia’s roadways; nearly half of those killed in CHP jurisdictionwere not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and onemotorcyclist who died was without a helmet.

“Many of those deaths could have been easily avoided by taking amoment to buckle a seat belt,” stated Commissioner Farrow. “Propersafety equipment takes a moment to secure and can make all thedifference between walking away from a crash, or being carried away on astretcher.”

In addition to speeders and those who fail to buckle up, officers willbe looking for drivers under the influence. Last year, over the Fourthof July holiday, CHP officers statewide arrested 1,684 people for DUI.

“If you’re going to drink, do not drive,” urged CommissionerFarrow. “And equally important, don't get into a vehicle with adriver who has been drinking. Plan ahead and designate a non-drinkingdriver.”

The Independence Day MEP is also an Operation Combined AccidentReduction Effort (CARE) holiday. Operation CARE is a joint program ofthe nation’s highway patrols that places special safety emphasis oninterstate highways during holiday periods. CARE highways in Californiainclude Interstates 80, 40, 15 and 5.

Independence Day Traffic Advisement

On Saturday, July 4th, the 13th Annual Salute to the Red, White and Blue festival and fireworks display will be held at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. As a result of the fireworks display which starts at 9:30 p.m., vehicle traffic will not be allowed to enter Elk Grove Park after 9:00 p.m.

The following street closure will be in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 4th:

Elk Grove Blvd. exit from northbound Highway 99 will be closed.

The following detours will be in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 4th:

Residential traffic to the east of Elk Grove Park will only be able to exit the area by making a right turn onto northbound Elk Grove-Florin Rd.

All southbound traffic on Elk Grove-Florin Rd. will be diverted westbound onto Valley Oak Lane.

Traffic leaving from the eastside of Elk Grove Park will only be able to turn right onto southbound Elk Grove-Florin Rd. Traffic will then be directed to southbound E.Stockton Blvd. then to either Highway 99 or Grantline Rd.

Traffic leaving from the westside of Elk Grove Park will only be able to turn right onto northbound E. Stockton Blvd. which will lead to Elk Grove Blvd.

Traffic leaving on Valley Oak Lane (east or west) will be directed into a two way traffic lanes travelling northbound.

Traffic exiting the Hampton Oaks area will be directed onto southbound E. Stockton Blvd.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Two Alarm Fire In Fair Oaks

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to 4561 Oxbow Ridge Place in Fair Oaks where they encountered a fire in the kitchen, exterior walls, upstairs rooms and the attic of a very large home.

A second alarm was requested due to the size of the structure and the weather conditions. The temperature at the time of the fire was over 100 degrees.

It took 39 Fire Fighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. One family was displaced.

The cause is under investigation but we are not ruling out an electrical cause in an appliance in the kitchen. The estimated dollar loss is $500,000.00.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Local Agencies Urge July 4th Safety, Warn Against Illegal Fireworks

Local government agencies are urging residents to follow basic rules for safe handling of fireworks as they celebrate the 4th of July and are warning against use of illegal fireworks. The agencies also are reminding citizens to be especially mindful of traffic and pet safety.

The City of Elk Grove is one of 272 communities throughout California that allow sale and use of handheld or ground-based fireworks that have been tested and approved by the State of California as ``Safe and Sane.’’

California law defines illegal fireworks as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles and aerial shells. Last year, the state adopted stricter statutes against transportation, sale, possession and use of dangerous fireworks due to an influx of illegal fireworks into California over the past decade.

The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD), Elk Grove Police Department, and City of Elk Grove, are part of statewide and regional coalitions formed to educate and enforce safety laws on fireworks. The patrols are dedicated to identifying, then citing or arresting individuals using or selling illegal fireworks.

``The CSD Fire Department and City Police will be out in force on patrol during the July 4th holiday weekend looking for illegal fireworks usage,’’ said CSD Fire Marshal George Apple.

The CSD, City of Elk Grove and Police Department are reminding residents to only light legal fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from anything that may catch fire and to keep water handy. Fire officials say foreclosed homes with dry, overgrown yards in some communities in the state are increasing fire danger this year.

Local agencies also are reminding adults that children and fireworks can be a dangerous mix. Don’t let kids play with fireworks. Responsible adults should provide active supervision for every child present during fireworks activities. Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns, as well as blast injuries, that can permanently impair vision and hearing. Teach your children what to do if their clothing catches on fire — “stop, drop and roll.”

When attending firework displays and special events, or passing through residential neighborhoods, remember to drive carefully and watch out for children. Do not leave your pet outside unattended while you’re enjoying the fireworks. In their fear, they could escape or get tangled in a chain.

Safety Tips

Enjoy a fun and safe festive national holiday – avoiding trouble and tragedy -- with these safety tips:

Fireworks:

If you witness a crime in progress involving illegal fireworks, call your local authorities by dialing 9-1-1.

Only Safe and Sane fireworks bearing the State Fire Marshal seal are legal in California.

All other fireworks, including altered Safe and Sane fireworks and those that explode or leave the ground, are illegal.

Never light fireworks in bottles or cans; never cut or take fireworks apart; never add ingredients to fireworks; never make pipe bombs.

Never attempt to re-light, alter, or fix any “dud” firework item. Don't relight fireworks that fizzle.

Douse expended fireworks with water, soak leftover items and discard while wet.

Light one firework at a time, then move away to a safe distance. Never carry fireworks in your pockets.

Only light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from anything that may catch fire and have a hose connected to water ready in case of fire.

Traffic Safety:

When attending firework displays and special events, remember to obey all traffic lanes and signals, and avoid cutting directly across parking lots. When leaving, pay attention while backing out of your parking space to avoid hitting other vehicles or pedestrians.

While driving through residential neighborhoods, be mindful of children who may have stepped out into the roadway to watch or engage in the lighting of fireworks.

Pet Safety:

Do not leave your pet outside unattended while you’re enjoying the fireworks. In their fear, they could escape or get tangled in a chain.

Do not take your pet to fireworks displays – if you think fireworks are loud to you, it’s three times as loud for your pet.

Keep your pets inside, in a sheltered, quiet area. If you leave them at home, keep a radio or TV at normal volume to keep them company.

Get your pet micro-chipped, and make sure they’re wearing identification tags so if they do become lost, they can be easily returned.

If you know your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult a Veterinarian for ways to alleviate the fear and anxiety.

Do not leave your pet in the car. It only takes a few minutes for a pet to suffer serious injury or even death.

Task Force Arrests Robbery Suspect

On June 23, 2009, acting on a tip from the public, the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force (SVCTF) located and arrested 42-year-old Anthony Tyler for several recent Sacramento-area robberies. Tyler was arrested at a home in the 6300 block of Ring Drive. Evidence linking Tyler to multiple robberies was collected from the home at the time of his arrest.

The SVCTF is comprised of robbery detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Special Agents from the FBI. SVCTF investigators believe Tyler is responsible for the June 16, and June 21, 2009, robberies of the Chevron station at 7314 Elsie Avenue; as well as the June 17, and June 20, 2009, robberies of the Fastrip store at 8061 Florin Road.

Enforcement Of Boating Under The Influence Laws To Be Stepped Up June 26-27-28

As part of a national coordinated effort, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Marine Enforcement Detail will be stepping up staffing and enforcement for Operation Dry Water. The Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Detail will be out in force on Sacramento County waterways June 26-27-28 looking for boat operators whose Blood Alcohol Content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent. Operation Dry Water will include increased enforcement of local waterways as well as boater education.

"There will be zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs on our waters,” said California Boating Safety Officers Association President Cary Smith. “There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence, but we'd much rather arrest someone than to have to tell their friends and family they're never coming back."

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion. Sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion – “stressors” common to the boating environment – intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications.

A person convicted of operating a vessel while intoxicated could receive up to a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both.

Operation Dry Water is a joint operation including California, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. Additionally, twenty-nine California law enforcement agencies will be participating in the program throughout the state. To find out more about Operation Dry Water, please visit www.nasbla.org. For California boating safety information and laws, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov.

Homicide On Sunnyslope Drive

On June 22, 2009, at 10:50 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding gunshots being heard in the apartment complex located in the 6700 block of Sunnyslope Drive. Deputies arrived and found a 26-year-old male resident of the complex lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators were unable to locate any witness to the shooting during their canvass of the apartment complex. Therefore, neither a motive for the shooting nor a suspect has been identified.

Anyone with information about this murder 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.

Fire A Smoke Screen For Murder

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the murder of 44- year-old Keith Fessler.



On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 1:28 p.m., the Sacramento Fire Department responded to the 7400 block of Carella Way on a structure fire. After extinguishing the fire, fire fighters located a dead body and contacted law enforcement.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/body-discovered-in-house-fire.html



The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigation Units responded to the scene. The Sacramento Fire Department Arson Investigators also responded to assist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCOes9V9hbM&feature=channel_page



Thus far in the investigation, Detectives have confirmed that Keith Fessler resided in the house at the 7400 block of Carella Way. Detectives believe the suspect (s) took the victim's car, a burnt orange Honda Element, from the residence and set it on fire near 68th Avenue and Tamoshanter Way. Detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen anyone in the neighborhood driving that vehicle prior to or shortly after the fire was reported at 1:28 p.m. A photo of the make and model of the victim's car that was stolen and recovered is provided below.

The investigation is ongoing and at this time the cause of death and motive for the homicide are not being released.


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

Bandana Bandits Blunder

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the community's help to identify three robbery suspects caught on surveillance cameras.

On Sunday, June 21, 2009, at 6:15 p.m., the suspects entered the Chatham Beauty Supply at 4201 Norwood Avenue. Once inside, each of them covered their faces and robbed the store and its employees. The suspects fled through the rear of the store.
Suspect #1 is a male black adult, 18-21 years old. He is 5'8" tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black beanie cap with a small brim and a dark camouflage bandana over his face. He had on a long-sleeve black t-shirt with a short-sleeve black t-shirt over it, long, black, jean shorts and black tennis shoes. He was carrying a black backpack and armed with a small handgun.

Suspect #2 is a male black adult, 5'8" tall and 150 pounds. He has long black hair worn in a fluffy pony tail, a light complexion and a thin moustache. He was wearing a shirt over his face, a short sleeve black t-shirt, black jeans, and black tennis shoes.

Suspect #3 is a male black adult, 18-21 years old. He is 5'7", 145 pounds with a light complexion. He wore a black do-rag on his head and a light blue bandana over his face. He also wore a black jacket, dark blue jeans with faded spots on the knees and black tennis shoes.

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

Operation "Safeguard Our Seniors" A Success

On May 22, 2009, The Sacramento Police Department, in conjunction with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and the Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy began a five-week operation, targeting the safety of graduating seniors and educating the community on traffic safety.

The operation was grant funded and included multiple DUI check points, extra officers enforcing DUI related laws, and education of the driving public on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Between May 22, 2009 and June 21, 2009, the City of Sacramento reported ZERO alcohol related traffic fatalities; thus, ensuring the safety of our graduating seniors. During the five-week operation, a total of four DUI check points were conducted and eight DUI saturation patrols. There were 2,738 vehicles filtered through the operations with 354 citations and 93 towed vehicles. A total of 35 individuals were arrested for DUI. An additional 13 arrests were made for other charges.

The Sacramento Police Department is committed to the safety of our community. We want to remind our citizens to drink responsibly and use designated drivers.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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 June 27, 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.

South Watt Ave (Folsom Blvd. to Kiefer Blvd.) Temporary Weekend Road Closure

From 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009 both directions of South Watt Avenue will be closed between Folsom Boulevard and Kiefer Boulevard for construction work necessary to remove a section of light rail tracks at this location. With construction completed for the new light rail bridge over Watt Avenue, this section of tracks is no longer needed. Work being completed during this weekend’s road closure includes removal of old tracks, base repair and roadway resurfacing.

This closure will not affect traffic going east or west bound on Folsom Boulevard, or north on Watt Avenue from Folsom Boulevard. The public is advised to avoid this area during construction hours as there will be significant impacts to motorists who use South Watt Avenue. Detours will be in place to guide motorists around the construction area. Access will be maintained at all times for local residents and businesses.

This track removal work is part of an ongoing Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT) project, in conjunction with the Sacramento Regional Transit District, to build a bridge for light rail trains over Watt Avenue. Additional Watt Avenue at Folsom Boulevard roadway improvements include three (3) through lanes in each direction on Watt Avenue, dedicated right-turn lanes on all roadway approaches, upgraded pedestrian and bicycle facilities and landscaping.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Body Discovered In House Fire

On June 23rd, 2009, the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a single story residential fire in the 7400 block of Carella Drive. The fire was quickly extinguished by the first alarm assignment.

During a search of the building firefighters found a body in the house and requested the Sacramento Police Department’s assistance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCOes9V9hbM&feature=channel_page

The Sacramento Fire Department is investigation the cause and origin of the fire. The Sacramento Police Department is the lead investigating agency due to the scene being related to a possible homicide.

All further information will be handled by the Sacramento Police Department.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mylar Balloon Causes 2 Alarm Grass Fire

At 10:20 am Metro Fire responded to a grass fire of Carmencita Ave. Additional resources were called due to the threat of homes catching fire. Due to the fast fire fighting action from ground crews and Copter 1, no homes were lost. According to SMUD a Mylar balloon landed on the power lines causing them to arc which ignited two separate grass fires. It took over 50 fire fighters 34 minutes to bring the fire under control. No fire fighters were injured and one civilian suffered breathing problems and was transported by a private vehicle.

Fatal Fire In Motor Home

An early morning fire in a motor home took the life of a 62 year old female. The motor home located at a mobile home park at 3419 Killeen circle was reported on fire at 5:54 am. Metro Fire arrived and extinguished the fire. It was during our operations that the body was discovered. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Cigarette and candle usage were noted during the investigation and these have not been ruled out. There was no smoke alarm present.

Metro Fire wants to remind our citizens that a working smoke alarm is still your best defense against a fire.

Bug Bomb Causes Explosion In Citrus Heights Apartment

At 6:02 pm Metro Fire responded to an explosion at 7539 Cook Ave in Citrus Heights. Firefighters discovered a 2nd story unit had a significant explosion. The explosion caused walls to become disconnected from the roof, windows to be blown apart (sending glass flying over 50 feet) and structural damage destroying the integrity of the building. The cause was an over use of bug bombs that created and explosive atmosphere. Metro Fires Arson unit cannot rule out the refrigerator as the ignition source. Three families were displaced and the damage is estimated at over one million dollars.

Metro Fire would like to remind all of our Citizens to follow the manufacturers’ directions when working with flammable or explosive products.

House Fire Kills Elderly Female

An elderly woman was killed, and an elderly man is in critical condition after a house fire tonight in Oak Park. The Sacramento Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a house fire at 4500 12th Avenue at 10:48 P.M. Fire Dispatchers also received reports of two elderly, disabled persons, trapped in the home.

Firefighters arrived in four minutes and found the house well involved in fire. A citizen and Police Officers from the Sacramento Police Department were removing the elderly man from the front of the home. Firefighters from Sacramento Truck 6 entered the home and found the elderly female in a back bedroom. She was removed from the home and both victims were transported by Sacramento Firefighter/Paramedics to a local hospital. The female victim was pronounced dead at the hospital and the man is in critical condition.

The fire went to two alarms and the residents in a next door home needed assistance for temporary housing from the American Red Cross, due to fire damage of their home. A Sacramento Fire Department Investigator is on scene trying to determine the cause of this tragic blaze. There were reports of fireworks in the area, but the exact cause is not known at this time.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ten Month Old Drowns At Home

A ten month old drowned this morning in a bathtub. The young boy was being bathed by an older sibling while the victim’s mother slept. Tragically the youngster was left alone for a very short time and drowned.

Sacramento Firefighters responded to the home in the 1400 block of Janrick Avenue, at 8:20 A.M. They arrived on scene in five minutes. Firefighter/Paramedics began resuscitation efforts and transported the boy to a local hospital where he died.

This is a very sad reminder of the dangers of youngsters and water. In 2005 the number two cause of accidental death for children under the age of fourteen was accidental drowning.

Second Arrest Made In Homicide

On the evening of June 19, 2009, a second individual wanted in connection with the homicide of 14-year-old Ronald Kenoly turned himself in to the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall facility. The 13-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody for Murder, Penal Code section 187.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/arrest-made-in-recent-homicide.html

The homicide investigation is ongoing and 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.

Arrest Made In Recent Homicide

On Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 12:19 a.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to the 8600 block of Heritage Hill Drive on the report of an unresponsive person lying on the front lawn of a residence.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/police-investigate-suspicious-death.html

Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive and lifeless 14-year-old male; later identified as, Ronald Kenoly of Elk Grove. Officers immediately started CPR as Ronald was subsequently transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital where he later died.

Based on witness statements, Detectives believe Ronald had left a nearby party and was walking home when he was confronted by two individuals. According to witnesses, there was some type of physical altercation between Ronald and the two assailants. As a result of the altercation, Ronald fell onto the front lawn of a residence and the assailants fled the area on foot.

On the evening of June 18, 2009, a tireless investigation led Detectives to the arrest of a 14-year-old juvenile involved in the homicide. The suspect is a resident of Sacramento. He was arrested for 187 PC; Murder and booked into the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall.

Detectives are still investigating the involvement of additional suspects and seeking assistance from the community. 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.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Four Year Old Homicide Case Solved

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 23-year-old Roy Houston for the 2005 murder of 21-year-old Donald Mccall Jr.
On February 17, 2005, Donald Mccall Jr. was riding as a passenger in a vehicle when they were involved in a dispute with occupants in another vehicle. Mccall was shot during this incident and later died from his injuries.

After the initial investigation, the case went cold without any further leads. Later, the firearm used in the homicide was located during a probation search. The case was re-examined using the Cold Case grant funding. Detectives were able to use forensic evidence and statements to determine that Roy Houston committed the murder.

The Career Criminal Apprehension Team worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate Houston who was believed to be in Texas. Last week, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Roy Houston in Houston, Texas without incident. Houston was extradited back to Sacramento last night.

Detectives are urging any witnesses to this crime who have yet to come forward to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text a tip 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.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 65th Street and Broadway. 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.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/sobriety-and-drivers-license-checkpoint_17.html

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.

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

Death Of 5-Year-Old Child Results In Homicide Arrest

On June 18, 2009, at 11:50 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Child Abuse Bureau detectives arrested 31-year-old Eduardo Zamora, Jr. for the murder of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old male child. Zamora, Jr. was taken into custody at the home he shared with the victim and the victim’s 25-year-old mother in the Rosemont area.
On June 17, 2009, at 10:49 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies and Rancho Cordova Police Department officers responded to a home in the 3600 block of South Port Drive to assist the Sacramento Metro Fire Department on a call involving an unresponsive 5-year-old boy. Zamora, Jr., who was home alone with the victim, told arriving paramedics he called 9-1-1 because the boy had stopped breathing.

Paramedics transported the young boy to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hospital officials told Sheriff’s personnel the child had suffered injuries indicative of child abuse. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Zamora, Jr. and the victim’s mother were questioned by Sheriff’s Child Abuse detectives. As a result of the interviews the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Zamora, Jr earlier today.

Zamora, Jr. was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charges of murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Roseville Police Investigating Major Injury Traffic Collision

Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating a serious injury collision that sent two pedestrians to the hospital.

At approximately 12:17 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, a 59-year-old male pedestrian was crossing Harding Boulevard just north of Estates Drive, carrying his two-year-old granddaughter. They were struck by a southbound 2003 Lincoln four-door sedan. The driver, a 65-year-old woman from Granite Bay, was not injured and stopped immediately after the collision.

Both of the pedestrians were taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where the adult male is currently listed in critical condition. Because of confidentiality laws, hospital officials were not able to release information on the condition of the child.

Harding Boulevard was closed for approximately four and a half hours while traffic investigators examined the scene.

Public Meeting To Address Station 33 Closure

On June 27, 2009 from 8:00 to 9:30 am Metro Fire officials will be holding a public forum meeting at Fire Station 32 located at 8890 Roediger Lane Fair Oaks in the community room.

The meeting is to hear our communities concerns and to also inform our citizens regarding the closure of Fire Station 33 Located at 5148 Main Avenue.

Engine 33 serves the communities of Orangevale and Fair Oaks.

DUI Checkpoint

The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, June 19, 2009, in the City of Rancho Cordova. The checkpoint will be operational that evening from 8:00 p.m. until 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 checkpoint operation will be conducted utilizing funds from a traffic safety grant provided to the Rancho Cordova Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Task Force Investigation Results In Drug Arrests

On Friday, June 12, 2009, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s multi-agency drug task forces (HIDTA & CAL-MMET) concluded a 2-month investigation into a Sacramento/Bay Area cocaine-distribution network when detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 6000 block of Belleau Wood Lane in Sacramento. Taken into custody and booked into the Sacramento County Mail Jail were Sacramento residents Fidel Raymundo (64), his son, Abel Raymundo (30) and Bay Area resident, Martin Campos (35).
As a result of the investigation local and federal task force investigators (representing the Drug Enforcement Agency, Sacramento County Probation Department, Folsom Police Department, Sacramento Police Department, Citrus Heights Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department) seized 5 kilos of cocaine (11 pounds) with an estimated street value of $750,000.00; 223 grams marijuana; one semi-automatic handgun; and nearly $9,000.00 in cash.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program is a federally funded anti-drug program that enhances and coordinates drug control efforts among local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. The program provides agencies with coordination, equipment, technology, and additional resources to combat drug trafficking and its harmful consequences in critical regions of the United States.

The California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CAL-MMET) Program works in conjunction with the federally funded Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (CV HIDTA) to intensify the current methamphetamine eradication efforts of those participating law enforcement agencies by providing additional resources for investigators and prosecutors specializing in methamphetamine offenses, as well as support staff, equipment, training and facilities. The Central Valley region has been identified as an area of the state where there is a high concentration of methamphetamine activity.

Fidel Raymundo was booked on the charge of transportation, sale, distribution of a controlled substance. Abel Raymundo was booked on the charges of transportation, sale, distribution of a controlled substance; possession or purchase for sale of a controlled substance; and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm. Martin Campos was booked on the charges of transportation, sale, distribution of a controlled substance and possession or purchase for sale of a controlled substance.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, June 19, 2009, in the east 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 Recognized As Being Top Dog In Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department was recognized as having the top police dog in the region based on an online contest. Officer Randy Van Dusen and K-9 partner Buck won the contest, beating out seven other police K-9's in the region.
The contest was created by Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, a retired Chiropractor, after she attended a K-9 competition and thought the community should be more aware of the talented dogs that are a part of law enforcement's K-9 units. Schwontkowski put together a web site and received sponsorships to support the contest. Schwontkowski received over 3000 voters who watched individual videos on each K-9 at http://www.sactopdogcontest.com/ . The results of that contest placed K-9 Buck as the top dog.

The Sacramento Police Department would like to thank Dr. Donna Schwontkowski for her efforts in recognizing the fine work that K-9's do for Law Enforcement and the community.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Arson Arrest At Ancil Hoffman Park

At 2:14 pm The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Districts Arson unit arrested Kristopher Kent Cromwell on one count of California Penal Code Section 451(c), arson to forest land. Cromwell, a white male, is a transient and a validated Juggalo gang member. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail by Metro Fires Arson Unit. Cromwell admitted to igniting the filter of a cigar and while it was burning he tossed it into dried grass in the area of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Metro Fire responded to the incident. The Sacramento County Park rangers detained Cromwell until we could interview him.

Metro Fire would like everyone to know if you plan on committing arson plan on going to jail.

Worker Killed Underneath Curtis Park Home

A pest control worker was killed today while working underneath a Curtis Park home. The Sacramento Fire Department was called at 1:27 P.M. for a report of a man trapped underneath the front porch of a home. Sacramento Fire Department Medic 6 arrived 1 minute later and found the victim pinned by a large slab of concrete that had collapsed, under the front porch.

Firefighters went to work trying to extricate the victim. Air bags were used to lift the concrete slab off of the victim. It is estimated that the slab weighed at least one thousand pounds. Unfortunately the worker did not survive this tragic accident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nDo6MKmPhY&feature=channel_page

CAL OSHA is on scene and will be conducting the investigation into this accident.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Police Investigate Suspicious Death

On Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 12:19 a.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to the 8600 block of Heritage Hill Dr. regarding a call of an unresponsive person lying on the front lawn of a residence.

Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive 14-year-old male juvenile. Medical personnel were also on scene and transported the teenager to a local area hospital were he later died. Based on witness statements, Detectives believe that the juvenile had left a nearby party and was walking home when he was confronted by two unidentified individuals. According to witnesses, there was some type of physical altercation between the victim and the two assailants. As a result of the altercation, the 14-year-old fell onto the front lawn of a residence and the assailants fled the area on foot.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Also, the identity of the 14-year-old will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office once notifications to family members have been made.

Detectives believe that there were several witnesses to the physical altercation and are seeking assistance from the community. 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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Three People Arrested In Downtown Murder

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested Jeremy Ackerman, Johnathan Baker, and Nadine Klein for the murder of 23-year-old James Arthur.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 5:18 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 600 block of 22nd Street regarding a possible dead body. Officers arrived and found the victim with stab wounds. The victim, later identified as James Arthur, was located after his mother became concerned that she had not heard from him for numerous days. A neighbor was asked to check on James and found him dead inside the house.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/police-investigate-downtown-homicide.html

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide and Crime Scene Investigations Units responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Detectives developed information indicating that 20-year-old Jeremy Ackcerman, 21-year-old Johnathan Baker, and 20-year-old Nadine Klein were involved in the homicide. Detectives believe that on June 3, 2009 the suspects went to commit a robbery of James Arthur. The suspects were acquaintances with the victim. At some point during the robbery the suspects became more violent and ultimately killed James Arthur.

On June 12, 2009, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Jeremy Ackcerman and Nadine Klein were picked up at 10013 Folsom Blvd without incident. On June 13, at 12:15 a.m., Johnathan Baker was picked up at his home in the 7000 block of Fair Oaks Blvd without incident.

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

Two Alarm Fire In Gold River

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to 11505 Setters Mill Circle, in Gold River where they encountered heavy fire in the garage and attic. A second alarm was requested due to the massive fire and the potential to spread to adjacent units.

It took 35 Fire Fighters 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control. One family was displaced. Fire fighters rescued the family cat and it is doing fine.

The house had a wood shake roof that added fuel to the fire. The neighboring houses had composition roofs and were spared any damage.

The cause is under investigation but we are not ruling out an electrical cause. The estimated dollar loss is $700, 00.00.

Metro Fire Teams Up With Sacramento Blue Star Moms

Starting Monday June 15th the Sacramento Metro Fire District is assisting the Sacramento Blue Star Moms by having collection bins at strategically located stations throughout our Fire District.

The Blue Star Moms mission is to support our military and their families. Four times a year packages are mailed to hundreds of our military people.

This is where we need assistance, from our community, in collecting individual items to go into these packages that are mailed out. Here are a few of the items that are collected: jerky, baby wipes, shampoo, tooth brushes and tooth paste, chap stick, candy, power bars, batteries, playing cards, stationary, books, gum, socks etc.

Sac Metro Fires collection sites are located at the following Fire Stations.

1. Station 111, 6609 RioLinda Blvd., Rio Linda

2. Station 106, 2200 Park Town Circle, Arden

3. Station 101, 3000 Fulton, Arcade

4. Station 23, 6421 Greenback, Citrus Heights

5. Station 21, 7641 Greenback, Citrus Heights/Orangevale

6. Station 31, 7950 California Ave., Fair Oaks

7. Station 109, 5634 Robertson, Carmichael

8. Station 50, 8880 Gerber, Florin

9. Station 41, 6900 Thomas Dr., North Highlands

10. Station 58, 7250 Sloughhouse Rd., Rancho Murrieta/Sloughhouse

11. Station 61, 10595 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova

Mid Town Fire Threatens Apartment Buildings

A Mid Town structure fire destroyed a large garage and threatened two separate apartment buildings. A “dumpster” fire was reported at 5:20 A.M.

Sacramento Fire Department Engine 4 arrived at 5:25 A.M. and found a large garage heavily involved in fire. The fire was threatening two adjacent apartment buildings and some overhead electrical lines. A total of five Fire Engines and three Fire Trucks responded.

Firefighters did an outstanding job of keeping this fire contained to the garage. Both of the adjacent apartment buildings were very close to the involved garage.

A Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat Team was called out to monitor the water run off. There have been no reported injuries and a Sacramento Fire Department Investigator is on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, June 12, 2009, at 51st Street and J Street. 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.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/06/sobriety-and-drivers-license-checkpoint_11.html

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.

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

Grandfather Arrested For Child Molestation

On June 11, 2009, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Child Abuse detectives arrested 57-year-old Lorenzo Jimenez, Sr. on child molestation charges. The victim is a young family member who had been staying with Jimenez, Sr. and his wife during the summer of 2008. Jimenez, Sr. has been a registered sex offender in the County of Sacramento for the past 30 years.
In April 2009, the victim told her mother Jimenez, Sr. had molested her. The victim’s mother notified the Sheriff’s Department and an investigation was initiated. Following the lengthy investigation, Child Abuse detectives submitted the case to the District Attorney’s office for review and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Jimenez, Sr.

Jimenez, Sr. was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the felony charges of Sexual Acts with a Child 10-years-old or Younger and Engaging in Three or more Acts of Substantial Sexual Conduct With a Child Under Age 14. He is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.

According to detectives there is nothing that leads them to believe Jimenez, Sr. may have victimized other children. However, detectives are interested in finding and interviewing other local estranged Jimenez family members. Anyone with information regarding this case, or the prior bad acts of Lorenzo Jimenez, Sr., is urged to call Sheriff’s Child Abuse Detective Darin Pometta at (916) 874-5203, or (916) 874-5191.

Seven Gang Members Arrested In Connection To 2008 Halloween Party Homicide On Rogue River Drive

On June 9, 2009, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested seven known gang members in connection to the November 1, 2008 shooting death of 24-year-old Patrick Razaghzadeh and the wounding of four others at a Halloween party on Rogue River Drive. Those arrested and booked into the Sacramento County main Jail on the charges of murder and attempted murder were: Willie Toliver (22), Cory Carmicle (22), Charles Ferrell (21), Elijah Fields (18), and Willie Harris (19). A sixteen-year-old male juvenile was also arrested on the charges of murder and attempted murder and booked into juvenile hall. The seventh suspect (who is 18-years-old) was a juvenile at the time of the crime and has been in custody at juvenile hall since March 19, 2009. He was also booked on the additional charges of murder and attempted murder. His name will not be released until the District Attorney’s office makes a determination whether to prosecute him as an adult, or a juvenile.

On November 1, 2008, at 12:01 a.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies and Rancho Cordova Police Department officers responded to a call reporting a shooting at a home located in the 2200 block of Rogue River Drive. The deputies and officers arrived at the home and were met by approximately thirty-five people who had been attending a Halloween party at the home at the time of the shooting. The deputies were told by the crowd five people had been shot and the suspects had fled on foot.

Detectives believe the shooting occurred when Razaghzdeh, who lived at the home, told the gang members they were not welcome at the party. During the course of the investigation detectives received cooperation from many of the suspects regarding the events that occurred before, during, and after the shooting.

The arrests were the result of an exhaustive seven-month investigation by members of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Gang Suppression Unit, Major Crimes Bureau, Special Enforcement Detail, and North Patrol Division POP officers. Members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force also played an integral role in the investigation.

All suspects are being held without bail in either the Main Jail or juvenile hall.

South Area Armed Robbery

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for the community's help to identify a robbery suspect.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 10:12 p.m., the suspect entered the Lichines Liquor and Deli, located at 7107 South Land Park Dr, waving a gun and demanding money. The suspect took cash and merchandise from the business.

Witnesses saw him flee the scene in the passenger's side of an older purple minivan. The suspect was a Hispanic male adult, unknown age, 6'1, 160 pounds. He was wearing a very distinctive torn, grey hooded sweat shirt with a black scarf covering his face, dark jeans and black shoes with white trim. He was armed with a handgun.

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

Police Need Your Help To Solve Cold Case Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the community's help to solve the homicide of Elizabeth Nichols.

On March 4th, 1983, a passerby observed a body in a drainage canal near Interstate 5 and Del Paso Road. Investigators were not able to identify the victim who died from being physically assaulted.

In May 2009, the Sacramento Police Department's Cold Case Unit received notification from the Department of Justice DNA lab that the un-identified murder victim had been identified as Elizabeth Nichols, who was 19 years old at the time of her murder.
The investigation revealed that on February 19th, 1983, Elizabeth Nichols was reported missing to the Shasta County Sheriff's Department. Nichols walked away from a mental hospital in Redding, California and disappeared. Investigators were not able to identify the body found on March 4, 1983 as that of Elizabeth Nichols until the recent DNA lab results.

Alice Nichols, mother of the victim, along with the Sacramento Police Department, encourages anyone with possible information on this murder to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip 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.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Two Alarm Duplex Fire

A two alarm duplex fire was reported tonight in South Sacramento. The fire was reported at 6:17 P.M. and Sacramento Fire Department Engine 10 was on scene in about three and one half minutes.

They encountered heavy fire from one side of the duplex that had spread into the attic. Fortunately Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and prevent the second and adjoining units from being damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation and there were no reported injuries.

Three Alarm Fire In The Pocket Neighborhood

A three alarm fire destroyed one home and severely damaged a second home this afternoon in the Pocket Neighborhood. Sacramento Fire Department Engine 11 arrived on scene in less than five minutes and reported heavy fire from a two story home and fire threatening the next door single story home.

A neighbor reported that people may have been inside the two-story home. Engine 11’s crew immediately entered the two-story home and conducted a search. They encountered heavy fire on the second floor and attic. Fortunately no one was home. The fire’s intensity forced all Firefighters to abandon the two-story home and put up a “defensive” fight.

The two-story home was a total loss. The second home had severe damage to the attic and damage to some of the homes contents. Firefighters did an outstanding job in preventing the second home from becoming a total loss. Wind definitely played a role in the rapid spread of this devastating fire.

There were no reported injuries and Sacramento Fire Department Investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze. Additional Firefighters from Sacramento Metro and Cosumnes Fire also responded.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, June 12, 2009, 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 serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately four 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 Investigate Downtown Homicide

On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 5:18 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 600 block of 22nd Street regarding a possible dead body. Officers arrived and found the body of a deceased adult male inside of the residence with upper body trauma.

The victim was located after family members became concerned that they had not heard from him in some time. They contacted a neighbor and requested they check on the victim. The neighbor went to the house and found the victim dead.

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The investigation is on-going and no further details are being provided at this time. The victim's identity has not been confirmed as of yet.

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cold Case Homicide Solved

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested four people for the 2004 murder of 37-year-old Clayton Skinner.The Sacramento Police Department has arrested four people for the 2004 murder of 37-year-old Clayton Skinner.

On July 3, 2004, at 10:17 a.m., Skinner was found by family members deceased at his home in the 1000 block Millet Way. Skinner died from blunt force trauma to his head. The investigation at the time did not result in any arrests.

Detectives re-examined the case and obtained enough evidence based on interviews and forensics to arrest 23 year-old Robert Hammons, 24 year-old Christina Martinez, 18 year-old Taje Holliman, and 19 year-old Teran Holliman for the murder and robbery of Clayton Skinner. Detectives believe that the suspects entered Skinners home in an attempt to commit a robbery. The investigation further revealed that the three male suspects had robbed Skinner a week prior on June 26.
Robert Hammons was taken into custody today at his home in the 1800 block of Iris Avenue, Christina Martinez and Taje Holliman were add booked for homicide charges due to being in custody for unrelated charges. Martinez was in custody in Sacramento and Holliman was in custody in Utah. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Teran Holliman in the State of Utah without incident.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Citrus Heights Police Department "Tip-A-Cop" Fundraiser

On Tuesday, June 23rd from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., Citrus Heights Police Officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for serving aprons at the Elephant Bar Restaurant located at 6063 Sunrise Mall for a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser. During the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser, Police Officers will collect tips from restaurant guests to benefit Special Olympics Northern California.

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is presented by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics through which funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

The public is encouraged to support a worthy cause and join the Citrus Heights Police Department at the Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser at the Elephant Bar Restaurant in the Sunrise Mall parking lot (facing Sunrise Blvd.) on Tuesday, June 23rd from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please call (916) 727-5500 with any questions.

Gerber Road Temporary Closure Between Elk Grove Florin Road & Bradshaw Road

From 5 A.M. on Monday, June 15, to 11:30 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2009, both directions of Gerber Road will be closed between Elk Grove Florin Road and Bradshaw Road for construction work necessary to renovate the Central California Traction Company Railroad crossing at this location. Access will be maintained at all times for local residents and businesses.

The public is advised to avoid this area if possible during construction hours as there will be significant impacts to motorists who use Gerber Road. Detours will be in place to guide motorists around the construction area. Motorists are being asked to use caution throughout the construction area and observe posted speed limits and signs. Motorists can be cited for exceeding the speed limit and fines are double in construction zones.

This railroad crossing renovation work is being done in conjunction with the Freeport Regional Water Authority (FRWA) pipeline project that will carry water diverted from the Sacramento River at the new intake near Freeport Boulevard to the Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA) Zone 40 Surface Water Treatment Plant and the Folsom South Canal.

Grass Fire Threatens Several Structures In Northern Sacramento County

A wind driven grass fire threatened several homes and structures tonight in Northern Sacramento County. The fire was reported at 6:35 P.M. Firefighters were on scene six minutes later.

The fire spread rapidly from West Elkhorn Blvd. to East levee Road where it burned close to several structures and roughly 50 acres. There have been no reported injuries and the cause is unknown at this time.

Sacramento Firefighters received assistance from Sacramento Metro, Cosumnes, and the West Sacramento Fire Department.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz75yZUnS9Y

Elk Grove Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers With Checkpoint

The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, June 12, 2009 from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. within the City of Elk Grove. 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 Elk Grove 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.

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

Monday, June 8, 2009

Two Alarm Fire Forces The Evacuation Of 150 Patients

A two alarm fire forced the evacuation of about 150 patients of the Norwood Pines Care Center in North Sacramento. The fire was reported at 2:00 P.M. and Sacramento Fire Truck 17 arrived at 2:07 P.M. Crews found light smoke conditions inside. They went into the attic where they eventually found the seat of the fire.

The fire was contained in the attic and appears to have been electrical in nature. There were no reported injuries and all residents will be back inside the facility later this afternoon.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roseville Police Asking Public's Help Identifying Robber From April Incident

The Roseville Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a man who, in late April, forced his victim to drive from east Roseville to west Roseville, then robbed him of his wallet.

Early in the morning of April 25, the 20-year-old male victim walked to his parked car on Gerry Way near Oak Ridge Drive. As the victim was unlocking his car door, an unknown male confronted him, got into the back seat of the car, pointed a handgun at the victim, and ordered him to drive. Following the robber's instructions, the victim drove to Circuit Drive near Weber Park and stopped. The robber demanded and got the victim's wallet, then walked away. The victim was frightened by the incident, but not injured.

He was described as an Hispanic male in his 20s, 6'0" tall, 185 pounds, with straight hair in a buzz cut. Anyone who has any information about this crime or this suspect is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to an arrest.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, June 5, 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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hazel Avenue Improvement Project Phase 1 Construction Startup

The Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT) has initiated construction startup for Phase 1 of the Hazel Avenue Improvement Project. This project will reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility for all modes of transportation in this corridor. As part of construction related activities, there will be impacts to the public which are summarized below:

Road & Lane Closures: Construction work will require some road and lane closures on Hazel Avenue. These closures will vary from week to week. Residents can check www.hazelavenue.org for a current listing of road and lane closures.

Parking Lot Changes: The Nimbus Fish Hatchery is adjacent to the project construction site. A portion of the parking lot is being used as a staging area for construction activities and equipment. As a result, the size of the hatchery parking lot has been temporarily reduced. To accommodate the large number of visitors that use the parking lot, the California Department of Fish & Game has opened up an auxiliary lot that is located just west of the existing parking lot. Hatchery visitors should follow posted signs for auxiliary parking lot information. Parking lot users are urged to carpool to reduce the need for parking spaces.

Bike Trail Detours: Construction activities related to expansion of the Hazel Avenue bridge from four to six lanes will have impacts to the bike trail on the American River Parkway and connecting bikeways. Bicyclists are urged to follow detour instructions on signs posted on bikeways and approaches and to check www.havelavenue.org for additional detour information.

Safety: Hazel Avenue motorists are being asked to use caution throughout the construction area and observe posted speed limits and signs. Motorists can be cited for exceeding the speed limit and fines are double in construction zones.

This Phase 1 project will have impacts on users of Hazel Avenue, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and the American River Parkway. Motorists and hatchery and parkway users will be informed about construction related road and lane closures, bikeway detours and other impacts through press releases, newsletters and webpage updates. We ask for their patience during construction and to follow posted signage. Residents can check www.hazelavenue.org for current project information.

Phase 1 project construction costs are $20 million and will be covered with a combination of: Developer Fees, Measure A Sales Tax funds and State and Federal funding sources. It is anticipated that the Phase 1 project will be completed by December 2010. Roadway improvements included in Phase 1 project work include:

Widening Hazel Avenue from four to six lanes over the American River Bridge from U.S. 50 to Curragh Downs Drive.

Construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities including improved connections to the American River Parkway.

This includes bike lanes and a barrier separating bicycle/pedestrian/equestrian modes from vehicle traffic on the bridge over the American River.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) enforcement area.

Architectural treatments on the bridge structure and decorative street lighting.

4th Annual Cops For Kids Fly-In

On Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento Police Department will co-sponsor the fourth annual Northern California Cops For Kids Fly-In.

The Cops For Kids Fly-In is an event designed to help bring a smile to those children affected by debilitating illnesses. It was started eleven years ago in Southern California by current Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Aero Squadron pilot Deputy Jeff Werblun when he worked for the Riverside Police Department.

The Cops For Kids Fly-In is a charity event toy-run conducted by Law Enforcement air operations pilots from all over Northern and Central California. Aircrews will fly to the Mather Airport bringing with them toys that have been donated by a variety of public and private sources. The aircrews will be bused from the airport to UC Davis Children‘s Hospital and the Shriner’s Hospital where they will distribute toys to the children. Many of these children are battling diseases, such as cancer, or are recovering from a traumatic injury. This event will help boost each child’s emotional well-being and aid in the healing process.

Sexual Assaults Increase For 1st Quarter Of The Year

Thus far in 2009, the Sacramento Police Department has seen a reduction in crime rates in all categories with the exception of sexual assaults.

From January - April 2009, we have received nearly double the number of sexual assault reports in comparison to the same time period from the previous year. In reviewing the cases, the increase was noted in cases where the suspect was known to the victim either as a friend or a family member. The Police Department encourages those who are victims of sexual assault to immediately report the incident. In sexual assault cases, it is important to preserve any physical evidence of the crime by not showering and maintain the clothing you were wearing.

The following are some general safety tips to try and follow:

Avoid meeting anyone alone that you have never met or only know casually (i.e. online chat rooms, blind dates, etc.). If you do, make sure someone knows who and where you are meeting, and try to meet in a public place.

If you are out after hours or late at night, have someone you trust walk with you.

Always watch a bartender mix your drink and don't accept open drinks from strangers.

Don't go to parties where you don't know the host.

Don't accept rides from strangers.

If you feel uncomfortable with a situation, call someone you trust to pick you up.

Stay in well-lit, public areas when out at night.

If you don't know a person, don't trust them.

Avoid being intoxicated to the point of not remembering or not being able to defend yourself.

Go out in a buddy system and have an agreement that you will stay together and leave together.

Beware of people you meet on the internet. Internet conversations can lead to a false sense of knowing a person.

2008 Crime Rate Dropped Despite Hard Times

The Sacramento Police Department has seen a decrease in uniformed crime rates for the past two years of almost 15% despite hard economic times and overall staffing shortages.
Crime data is provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Program on an annual basis. In 2007, the overall uniform crime rate dropped 6.8% in Sacramento. In 2008, a reduction was seen again in all crime categories except for homicides. Thus far in 2009, we have seen a significant drop in homicide rates.

The Police Department is pleased to see the drop in crime rates which have occurred with the deployment of more officers on patrol, an increased effort to provide current information to the community encouraging crime prevention and the reporting of crimes in progress, and the exceptional work from the employees of the Sacramento Police Department. Additionally, the Department has developed a crime response team that is deployed based on weekly evaluations of crime trends.

The following are the crime categories reported and percentage change:

$50,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Downtown Homicide

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Sio Meng Lai.

On Monday, November 26, 2007, at 9:53 p.m., 48-year-old Sio Meng Lai was gunned down in front of his home (2100 block of 15th Street). Despite an exhaustive effort by Sacramento Police Department homicide detectives, the investigation has yielded few leads and remains unsolved. Detectives hope that this reward will encourage those with information to come forward.

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

Economy Forces Sac Metro Fire Board To Close Three Fire Engines

On May 28th the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Districts Board of directors voted to close three fire engines in order to maintain a structural balanced budget. Sac Metro is facing an eleven million dollar shortfall from the current economic conditions due to declining property tax revenue. The three Engines that are closing are station 64 serving the Rosemont and Sacramento community, Station 102 serving the Arcade and Carmichael community and Station 33 serving the communities of Fair Oaks and Orangevale.

Over seventy percent of Sac Metro’s responses are medical emergencies. In order to continue the best possible service under these current conditions advanced life support fire/medics and an ambulance will be re-located to station 64 and 102. Station 33 will be staffed with Fire fighters and apparatus during high fire danger conditions known as red flag warning. These decisions are temporary we plan on returning to business as usual when our economy turns around.