Thursday, July 23, 2009

Arsonists Hits Downtown Sacramento

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

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

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

Below is a list of the locations of these fires:

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

2 Alarm Fire Damages Three North Sacramento Homes

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

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

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

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

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

New Digital Camera System To Be Activated

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

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

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

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

Homicide Suspect Arrested

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

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

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

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

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

New Digital Camera System To Be Activated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two People Shot In South Area Incident

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 99 Closures At Sheldon Interchange

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

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

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

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

Electrical Fire On 6th Floor Of Downtown Building

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Officer Involved Shooting On Larry Way

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

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

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

Suspicious Dealth On Orange Grove Avenue

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

According to witnesses in the complex, two men were seen leaving the apartment at the time of the shooting. The first subject was described as a white male, 5’4” to 5’7” tall with a thin build, wearing a white tee shirt and jeans. The second subject called the Sheriff’s Department, shortly after the first call regarding the shooting, to say he ran to an apartment in the 2900 block of Marconi Avenue. Deputies arrived at that location and detained him for questioning.

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have initiated an investigation and are treating the case as a suspicious death. The Sacramento County Coroner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of the victim’s death. The coroner’s office will release his identity after notifying his next-of-kin.

Detectives are attempting to locate the first subject seen leaving the scene to determine what, if any, role he played in this case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115.

Homicide On Whitney Avenue

On Friday, July 10, 2009, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives received information regarding an unreported missing person who may have been the victim of a violent crime. The victim, a 66-year-old white male, was known to have recently stayed at the home of Charles Francis Gaskin (12-02-64) and Sandra Sheaves (06-27-69). Gaskin and Sheaves are married and their house is located in the 4900 block of Whitney Avenue in Carmichael.

On Saturday, July 11, 2009, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives and Crime Scene investigators served a search warrant at the Whitney Avenue home and discovered evidence which lead them to believe the victim had been murdered at the residence. Further developments in the case lead them to a site in rural El Dorado County where, shortly after 8:00 p.m. and with the assistance of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, the victim’s body was found. The body was recovered and returned to Sacramento County. The Sacramento County Coroner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The coroner will officially identify the victim and release his identity after notifying the next-of-kin.

Detectives believe Gaskin and Sheaves are responsible for the victim’s murder. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are still working to establish a motive for the crime. On Saturday night, shortly before 10:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Major Crime Bureau detectives located Gaskin at a friend’s home in San Francisco. Gaskin was arrested at the home by the San Francisco Police Department without incident. Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Sheaves at her home shortly before midnight.

Both suspects were charged with murder, booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, and are being held without bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115.

Domestic Argument Results In Murder

On Monday, July 20, 2009, at 4:39 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 631 Garden Highway on a female who had been shot. Officers arrived and found 26-years-old Tersha Brown, who appeared to have died from a gunshot wound to her head. Officers detained the victim's boyfriend 31-year-old Demario Richard Wiggins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ej0_kvzgmY

Homicide and Crime Scene Investigators responded and took over the scene. Based on the investigation, detectives concluded that Demario Wiggins shot and killed his girlfriend after having an argument.

Demario Wiggins was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on a murder charge.

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.

Passenger Killed In Single Vehicle Collision

On Sunday, July 19th 2009 at 10 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on Howe Ave just south of Swarthmore Drive. A 16-year-old female (passenger) from Elk Grove died as a result of the collision.

The Sacramento Police Department's Major Collision Investigations Team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Investigators believe that a white,1997, Buick LeSabre, was traveling northbound on Howe Avenue, near Swarthmore Drive, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree in the center median. The driver was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The front passenger was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

According to witnesses, the Buick made a lane change before losing control of the vehicle. Investigators believe speed was a contributing factor in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 264-5471 or a Traffic Investigator at (916) 808-6030.

Police Search For Custom Instruments

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the communities help in locating items stolen during an arson/murder.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 1:28 p.m., the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 7400 block of Carella Dr. Once they had extinguished the fire, fire fighters located the homeowner, Keith Fessler, age 44, deceased inside the residence.


Fessler's vehicle, a sunset orange 2004 Honda Element, was taken at the time of the murder and recovered 12 hours later, about a mile from his residence. The suspect(s) burned the stolen vehicle as well as the victim's residence.

Fessler lived in his home for fifteen years and was an avid musician. Taken during the incident, were several distinctive string instruments. Police are asking for your help in locating the stolen items, as well as information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

A partial list of the items taken were:

Dell Latitude D600 Notebook ser# 3Z54J61

Gibson Les Paul Guitar - #31602

Gibson Acoustic Guitar- #91412043

Jackson Guitar- #6717

Carvin Custom Guitar- No serial number

Takamine Santa Fe Guitar- #93121043

Deering Banjo- #4041

Flatiron Mandolin- #93071686

Mitchell MD-100 Guitar- #302018

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.

Traffic Collision Ends In Fatality

On July 18, 2009, at 3:07 a.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to Grantline Road, just North of Bond Road, for a traffic collision involving a lone vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and found a vehicle had collided into an electrical pole. Paramedics and fire personnel responded, however, the 19 year old male was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigation indicates that the driver, a 19-year-old Elk Grove resident, was traveling southbound on Grantline Road when for unknown reasons he lost control of his vehicle; leaving the roadway before striking the pole.

The collision caused live power lines to touch down; sparking a small grass fire. The fire was quickly contained by fire personnel, but area power was disrupted.

Further investigation is pending; as it is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed was a contributing factor.

Large Grass Fire North East Of Sacramento Airport

A large grass fire kept Sacramento Firefighters busy this morning north of the Sacramento International Airport. The fire was first reported at 1:44 A.M. by personnel working in the control tower at the airport. Firefighters arrived on scene in this remote location in about 15 minutes.

A second and third alarm was requested to help stop this large moving fire. There were no structures immediately threatened, but the fire did have a huge head start and Firefighters were hampered by access problems. It took about two hours for Firefighters to get a handle on this fire.

There are currently about five large haystacks that are burning and will probably continue to burn for most of the day. Firefighters from Sacramento Metro and West Sacramento Fire also responded. The cause of this fire is unknown.

18 Year Old Man Latest Drowning Victim

An 18 year old male became the latest victim of our area’s rivers. This afternoon at 2:54 P.M. the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a report of a swimmer missing at Tiscornia Beach at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. We were on scene in a little over 6 minutes.

Firefighters received reports from the victim’s friends that he was swimming off the beach, about 25 yards when a wave made him go underwater. He never surfaced. Sacramento Firefighters began the search for the missing man. After about one hour the search transitioned from “rescue” mode to a “recovery”. So far the victim has not been found.

This is a sad reminder of just how dangerous our rivers and waterways are. The victim’s friends reported that he knew how to swim. These waters do not discriminate against anyone, whether they are good swimmers or not. These waters will “kill” you.

The Sacramento Fire Department also received assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Park Rangers, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Yolo County Sheriffs Department.

Electrical Fire At Sacramento International Airport

An early morning electrical fire disrupted numerous travelers at the Sacramento International Airport. Firefighters responded for a fire alarm at 4:41 A.M. this morning. Airport Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke on the second floor of terminal A. A second alarm was requested to bring in additional Firefighters.

Sacramento Firefighters arrived and assisted Airport Firefighters. The fire was located in an electrical room on the second floor and quickly extinguished. All passengers in terminal A were evacuated. After Firefighters ventilated the smoke, the travelers were allowed back inside. There were no reported injuries and the cause is still under investigation.

Reward Offered For Information Regarding Freeport Elementary School Playground Fire

At approximately 4:04 p.m., the evening of Sunday, July 12, 2009, the Freeport Elementary School surveillance video captured smoke drifting across the staff parking lot. A fire damaged the school’s playground structure, which is located in the south/east corner of the campus behind the pre-school classroom.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/07/playground-fire-at-freeport-elementary.html

Investigators discovered a flammable material believed to be used to set the wood chip ground covering on fire. The gates were closed and locked at the time of the fire, therefore the suspect(s) had to climb a six-foot chain-link fence in order to get inside the play area.

If you have any information regarding the person(s) involved in this crime or any criminal activity, you are strongly urged to call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463). As always, you will remain completely anonymous.

Two Alarm Wildland Fire Topples Radio Tower

A two alarm wildland fire toppled a tall radio tower, damaged a second tower, and threatened a third tower. The fire was reported at 11:51 A.M. this morning along the American River Parkway near Commerce Circle and Lathrop Way.

Sacramento Firefighters arrived on scene in about 10 minutes. A second alarm was called as crews immediately attacked the fire. One radio tower, about 250 feet tall had already fallen over and a second tower was leaning over at the top. Firefighters had to use caution around this tower.

Firefighters had to shuttle water back and forth from a nearby business park and access was difficult. They also had to battle the heat and fatigue that goes along with Firefighting in this hot weather. A small building at the base of the collapsed tower was destroyed by the fire. The building housed radio equipment.

These three radio towers are owned by ABC Radio and they broadcast Radio Disney to the Sacramento area. A Sacramento Fire Department Investigator is on scene trying to determine the cause of this blaze. The Investigator is looking into the possibility that something electrical inside the building caused the fire, but it is not known at this time.

There were no reported injuries. Firefighters from the Sacramento Metro Fire District also responded.

Arrests Made In Marijuana Growing Operation

On July 15, 2009, the Elk Grove Police Department served several search warrants within Elk Grove and Sacramento related to a marijuana cultivation operation. The warrant service was led by detectives from the Street Crimes Unit and EGPD Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team.

The warrant service took place at the following locations: 8800 block of Marlin Seas Court (Sacramento), 4200 block of Zaccaro Way, 4700 block of Coppola Circle and the 5000 block of Efthemia Way. Detectives located several sophisticated indoor marijuana-growing operations at the above residences and recovered over 1,400 marijuana plants along with numerous pieces of high-tech cultivation equipment.

Detectives arrested the following individuals: Hui Qing Chen (3-18-81), Kuntai Fan (7-15-31), Ping Min Fan (10-23-75), Andy Cam Mach (12-8-71), Nhan Sinh Tang (1-21-73), Jimmy Vy Tran (3-23-61), Phu Phung Tran (6-15-59), Terrie Tran (7-31-73) and Ermei Yee (8-18-41). All nine individuals are currently being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of 11358 H&S (Produce or Cultivate Marijuana), 11359 H&S (Possession of Marijuana for sales) and 182(A)(1) PC (Conspiracy).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Arrest Made In May 1st Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Gabriel Dominguez for homicide.

On Friday, May 1, 2009, at 9:44 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 3315 Julliard Drive (Express Stop Liquor Store) regarding a disturbance. All parties fled prior to police arrival. Minutes later, a call was received from UC Davis Medical Center regarding an assault victim in their emergency. Officers arrived and initiated an investigation. Officers learned that the victim, 21-year-old Samuel Sanchez was stabbed multiple times during a fight that occurred earlier at 3315 Julliard Drive. The victim died later that night as a result of his injuries.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/05/friday-night-fights-ends-with-one-man.html


The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Unit responded to investigate. The investigation revealed that victim Sanchez and several of his friends were involved in a fight with a rival gang member. During the fight, associates from that rival gang arrived and became involved. Victim Sanchez was stabbed multiple times. All parties fled the scene prior to police arrival. Investigators developed several leads and a possible suspect, Gabriel Dominguez.


On Saturday, July 11, 2009, officers from the Rancho Cordova Police Department stopped a vehicle in which suspect Dominguez was a passenger. Sacramento Police Department Homicide Detectives were called to interview Dominguez. Based on the information gathered, Dominguez was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on murder charges.


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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Diesel Tanker Fire On Interstate 5

A diesel tanker truck caught fire this evening on South Bound Interstate 5 near Interstate 80. Sacramento Firefighters arrived in 7 minutes and found a dual tanker truck with heavy fire on the exterior of one of the tanks, near the real axel. Firefighters immediately called for more resources and quickly attacked the fire and were able to prevent the fire from burning the tanks and the fuel inside.

The tanker is owned by Ramos Oil Company and it was enroute back to their yard when it caught fire. Both tanks were near empty and they had only a residual amount of diesel fuel in them. Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat crews also responded.

There were no reported injuries. The California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Haz Mat, and the West Sacramento Fire Department also responded.

Arrest Made In Homicide

On July 13, 2009 at 2:12 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a 911 call made by a female caller regarding a shooting that had taken place inside a residence in the 9300 block of Rainbow Falls Way.

EGPD personnel arrived and contacted the female caller, 40-year-old Jennifer Dalton, inside the garage of the residence. Dalton indicated that her ex-husband, who was lying on the garage floor, had been shot. Officers observed that the victim had been shot in the upper torso and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation in an effort to revive the unconscious 39-year-old male. Medical personnel arrived and relieved officers in administering life saving efforts. After several minutes, medical personnel were unable to revive the victim and he died as a result of his injuries. The name of the deceased has not been released and identification will be made by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Jennifer Dalton was detained then transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for evaluation. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence on Rainbow Falls Way. A search of the residence led to the discovery of a firearm believed to have been used in the shooting. Through investigative efforts, detectives were able to determine that Jennifer Dalton was responsible for shooting her ex-husband in the upper torso. Detectives have not yet established a motive for the shooting. Dalton was arrested for Murder 187(a) Penal Code and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Communication Center (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 and the message.

Juveniles Caught For 4th Of July Fireworks Incident

Sacramento Fire Department Investigators have identified and issued citations to four juveniles for the incident on July 4, 2009 at John Bidwell Elementary School.

At 1:51 P.M. that day, the Sacramento Fire Department responded there for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived and found smoke inside a Kindergarten classroom. They also found remnants of fireworks inside the classroom. There was very minor fire damage to the classrooms carpet.

Images of the juveniles were captured on the schools video surveillance cameras and distributed to the media. Tips were called into the Sacramento Fire Departments Arson Tip Line and to Crime Alert. Because of one of these anonymous tips, the juveniles have been identified. They were all cited under California State Penal Code 452.d, “Careless Burning”. This case has been turned over to the District Attorney.

The Sacramento Fire Department and the Sacramento City Unified School District are pleased that the public offered information that helped us identify these juveniles.

Roseville Police Conducting DUI & Driver's License Checkpoint

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday evening, July 17, in an undisclosed location where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen all drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers will be cited or arrested.

"DUI arrests are embarassing and expensive, but easy to prevent," said Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designed driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest ---or worse, a serious injury or even death."

The Roseville Police Department investigated 64 DUI-related collisions between January and May, in which 32 people were injured and one was killed. The department conducts nightly DUI enforcement and periodic high-visibility checkpoints in order to prevent such needless tragedies.

Funding for Roseville's DUI enforcement efforts are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Roseville Crime Stoppers Offers Reward For Information About Playground Fire

Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering a $750 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for a suspicious fire that destroyed a large play structure at H.C. Elliot Park.

Nick Alexander, president of Roseville Crime Stoppers as well as a City of Roseville Parks and Recreation commissioner, authorized the special reward.

Shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, the Roseville Fire Department responded to a fire at the park, located at 1421 Cushendall Drive in west Roseville, and found a large play structure fully engulfed in flames. Although the fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes, the play equipment was completely destroyed. City of Roseville Parks and Recreation officials are estimating the damage at between $250,000 and $300,000.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F93BEp7BZw&feature=channel_page

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fire investigators are looking into all possibilities, including fireworks. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.

Roseville Crime Stoppers is a private foundation committed to public safety in Roseville. They raise funds through private donations, chili-cook-offs, dinners, and Roseville's annual Fourth of July "Run Crime out of Roseville" 5K run. Members of Roseville Crime Stoppers provide funds for monetary rewards for crime tips leading to arrest. Roseville Crime Stoppers also provides funds for crime prevention tools to benefit the Roseville Police Department and the citizens of Roseville.

Sacramento Firefighters Rescue Man From House Fire

this afternoon the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in on Tattershall Way. Firefighters from Sacramento Fire Engine 57 arrived in about 3 ½ minutes and found a working fire in the homes kitchen.

While conducting the search of the home for occupants, Firefighters found a male victim in the back bedroom. The victim was removed by Firefighters and transported to a nearby hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. He is expected to survive.

Apparently the home had no working smoke detectors. The male victim is very lucky to have survived this fire. If not for the quick response of Sacramento Firefighters, and the next door neighbor quickly reporting this fire, there is a very good chance this man would not have survived.

There were no reported injuries to Firefighters. Firefighters from the Sacramento Metro Fire District also responded. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Sacramento Fire Department Investigators.

Two Alarm Grass Fire In South Natomas

A stubborn two alarm wildland fire burned along a canal in the South Natomas area of Sacramento. Sacramento Firefighters responded to numerous calls reporting the fire at 3:16 P.M. Firefighters arrived in about 5 minutes and found three separate fires burning on both sides of a canal.

A second alarm was eventually requested to bring in more help to stop this fire. Fortunately there were no injuries and no property damage. The cause of this fire is not known. Firefighters from the West Sacramento and Sacramento Metro Fire Departments also responded.

Sacramento CERT Team Announces Academy

The Sacramento Fire Department is announcing the open enrollment for the Volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Academy. The classes will be taking place over seven consecutive Monday evenings, September 14 through October 26 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The graduation ceremony will take place on the morning of October 31st. The classes will be held at the Public Safety Headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd in the Hall of Honor.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for instructors to train members of the community in basic response skills that can be used in their neighborhood, at work, or wherever they might be. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional emergency responders, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learn through training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

Some of the skills taught are:
Disaster Medical Operations
Light Search and Rescue and Fire Safety
Team Organization
Disaster psychology

Following completion of the basic class, there is more advanced training available for those that want to become active as volunteers with the team.

Participation is free. For more information or to obtain an application please go to www.sacramentocert.net (contacts page) or call 916-747-7202.

Playground Fire At Freeport Elementary School

A fire this afternoon severely damaged a playground structure at Freeport Elementary School in the Meadowview neighborhood. The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the fire at 4:07 P.M. and Engine 16 arrived in about 7 ½ minutes.

Sacramento Fire Department Investigators are on scene as well as Sacramento City Unified School District Police. The fire does not appear to be an accident. Anyone with any information about this fire is encouraged to contact the Sacramento Fire Department Arson Tip Line at (916) 808-8732.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sacramento Child Drowns In Home Swimming Pool

Shortly after 5:00pm Metro Fire responded to a report of a drowning in the Vineyard community in Sacramento County.

We arrived to a three year old male under CPR. Advanced life procedures were administered and the boy was transported to the hospital. Emergency Crews and Doctors were unsuccessful in reviving the child.

Metro Fire would like to remind all of our Citizens that drowning is preventable.

To learn more about pool safety log on to www.sacmetrofire.ca.gov and click on for residents.

Civilian Saves Occupants Of House Fire

A civilian rescued about six persons inside an East Sacramento Boarding Home early this morning. The man, Santino Deanda was traveling on H Street, on his way to a nearby hospital, when he noticed the back of the home on fire. He pulled up, instructed his wife to call 911, and he went to the front door. He knocked on the door and eventually went inside. The home was full of smoke. He was able to wake the occupants and get them out.

One elderly man and Mr. Deanda were transported to a hospital suffering from minor smoke inhalation. They are both expected to be OK.

The fire started in the back of the home, on the exterior. It quickly burned up the side of the home and filled the house with smoke. Quick action by Sacramento Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading into the home. Sacramento Engine 4 was on scene in about 4 ½ minutes.

There were no other injuries reported and the fire is under investigation. If not for the quick action of Mr. Deanda, this could have been a tragedy. The Boarding Home did have many smoke detectors inside, however some of them may have not been operating. Sacramento Fire Department Fire Prevention Officers have been requested to investigate.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Boating Under The Influence Checkpoint

On Saturday July 11, 2009, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard Station Rio Vista, Alameda, El Dorado, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Yolo, Lake, and Placer County Sheriff’s Departments, the Sacramento Police Department, the Suisun Police Department and California State Parks will be conducting a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Checkpoint on the Sacramento River, in the vicinity of Discovery Park.

The checkpoint is intended to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents and injuries and to enforce California Boating laws on the water. Boaters will be stopped briefly and questioned. Those operators showing signs of alcohol use or intoxication may be subjected to further testing.

Anyone found to have blood alcohol content at or above .08%, as prescribed by law, may be subject to arrest and incarceration.

Sexual Assault Intruder Caught

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 23-year-old George Everett for entering a home and trying to sexually assault a victim while she slept with her child.
On Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 5:42 a.m., the Police Department responded to an apartment in the 2600 block of Meadowview Road on a sexual assault that had just occurred. The suspect fled on foot from the scene. Officers arrived within minutes and set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the suspect. Using surveillance footage from the apartment complex, officers were able to obtain a good suspect description and possible identity. Shortly thereafter, officers located the suspect running within the perimeter. The suspect, George Everett, was detained and arrested for burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Investigators from the Sacramento Police Department's Sexual Assaults Unit responded to the scene. Based on the information gathered, detectives believe that Everett entered the apartment by unknown means and went into a bedroom where the victim was asleep with her eight-week-old child. Everett then got on top of the victim in an attempt to sexually assault her. The victim fought back and hit Everett with a lamp which prompted him to flee. The victim received minor injuries; the child was uninjured.

Help Identify Composite Of Sexual Assault Suspect

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the community's help in identifying suspects involved in a sexual assault.

On July 5, 2009, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the victim was walking in the area of Dixieanne Avenue near Oakmont Street. The victim was approached by four male Black adults who grabbed and then sexually assaulted her. The suspects beat and robbed the victim before fleeing the scene in a 80-90s burgundy Cadillac. Officers arrived within minutes to the scene and began the investigation. The victim was taken to the hospital for medical care.

The suspects are described as follows:

#1- male, Black, 23-25 years old, 5'6", 165-170 lbs, stocky build, tiny twisties in hair, thin blackmustache and wearing a black T-shirt with a silver design on front.
#2- male, Black, early 20s, 5'6", 175 lbs, stocky build, hair pulled back in ponytail (small puff), and wearing a gray sweatshirt.

#3- male, Black, 19-21 years old, light skinned, 5'6"-5'7",160 lbs, slim build, long stringy black shoulder-length braids and wearing a red sweatshirt.

#4- male, Black, 19-21 years old wearing a dark blue sweatshirt.

Additional suspect composites will be completed in the near future.

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.

School Arson, Illegal Fireworks Pose Challenge For Joint Fire-Police Task Force On July 4th

Fire and law enforcement agencies in Elk Grove arrested a man on charges of possessing a large quantity of illegal fireworks, cited three juveniles for setting a dumpster afire and extinguished an arson-caused fire at an Elk Grove school during the July 4th holiday period.

The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Fire Department and Elk Grove Police Department are asking citizens for information about a fire that caused moderate damage to an outside wall July 2 at the Elliott Ranch Elementary School cafeteria, 10000 East Taron Drive, in the Stone Lake area of Elk Grove., CA.

Overall, CSD fire investigators and police responded to about 135 fireworks-related incidents, 106 of them in Elk Grove and 29 in Galt. Ninety-two of them occurred in Elk Grove on Saturday, July 4. All told, authorities seized about 300 pounds of illegal fireworks from dozens of locations. Firefighters extinguished a total of five fireworks-related fires.

"I believe our joint task force was successful in getting some of the illegal fireworks off the street and hopefully prevented some fires from occurring," said CSD Fire Marshal George Apple.

On July 4, police officers arrested Johnny Chuong, 20, of Rancho Cordova, on charges that included possession of illegal fireworks with a combined weight of 25 pounds, said Officer Christopher Trim, a spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department. Police stopped the vehicle Chuong was driving for a vehicle code violation, learned he was on searchable probation and found the fireworks in the vehicle’s trunk. Basically, all aerial fireworks devices are illegal in California.

Three juveniles were cited on arson-related charges after a dumpster fire on 2nd Avenue in Elk Grove.

The arson fire at the Elliott Ranch Elementary School and the other blazes in grass and garbage cans involved legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks.

If anyone has information regarding the arson fire at the school, please call the arson tip line at 916-405-7118.

Wednesday, July 8, 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 July 11, 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.

New Digital Camera Systems To Be Activated At Three Intersections

The Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Detail has placed new digital red light photo enforcement camera systems at three intersections in Sacramento County. The intersections are:

47th Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Howe Avenue and Hurley Way

Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue

The new camera systems are currently being tested and are scheduled to go “live” on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. For a period of thirty days, red light violators will be mailed a warning notice. On August 7th, 2009, red light violators will begin to receive actual citations by mail from these intersections. When a citation is issued and received by the violator through the mail, they will be referred to a website where they can review the still and/or video images of their violation. The violator will be able to clearly see where their vehicle is in relationship to the intersection’s limit line, and the green, yellow and red lights. The fine is currently $406 for red light running violations.

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

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

Police Seize Car And Destroy It!

In early January of this year, Detectives from the Sacramento Police Department's Auto Theft Unit identified an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries in the area of Fowler Street and Elder Creek Road. A total of 17 cars were recovered from the area within approximate a two-month period. These stolen vehicles were being stripped of parts and dumped in that area.

An investigation was launched and information was developed that led Detective's to 6251 Fowler Court, the residence of 18-year-old Spencer Saeyang and 20-year-old Choyfang Saeyang (brothers). This residence proved to be a chop shop. Auto parts from at least 6 stolen vehicles were recovered. The brothers were arrested and eventually convicted. Spencer is serving 18 months in jail and Choyfang is serving 12 months.
During the investigation, Detective's located a 1994 Acura Integra that belonged to Spencer Saeyang. This vehicle was assembled predominately of stolen auto parts and parts suspected of being stolen. Many parts on the vehicle had their identifiable numbers removed or destroyed and therefore their origins could not be traced.

This vehicle was seized and an action was brought before the court by the Sacramento City Attorney's Office asking that the vehicle be destroyed pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 10751. The court ruled in the city's favor and granted the destruction order. On July 8, 2009, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the vehicle was "crushed" at a local auto salvage yard. Police want this to serve as a warning to auto thieves, their car can be next.

RT Thief Caught On Tape

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the community's help to identify a theft suspect.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., the suspect was a passenger on an RT bus that was traveling towards South Sacramento. The suspect stole the bus operator's backpack containing daily passes and miscellaneous personal property.

The suspect is a Hispanic male in his 30's. He is 5'5", 150-160 pounds with black hair and a medium complexion. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt top and pants.

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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Steer Clear Of Elk Grove PD By Buckling Up

Keep you and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. Fines and fees have gone from under $100 previously to $132 this year for first time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is now $435 for the first time offense.

No warnings will be given out, as the Elk Grove Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws. The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year,” said Elk Gove Police Chief Robert Lehner. “Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it will also save your life and the lives of those you love. We’re not giving warnings. It’s Click It or Ticket.”

Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.7 percent, but that still means over one half million people are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

“Buckling up just makes sense,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “It takes only two seconds for an action that can make the difference whether you or your family gets home today.”

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

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th Of July Statistics For The Sacramento Fire Department

The following statistics are from the Sacramento Fire Department’s Emergency Responses for the evening of July 4, 2009, from 9:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M.

Total calls: 83
Structure Fires: 4
Grass Fires: 11
Vehicle Fires: 2
Dumpster Fires: 6
Fence Fires: 1
Trash Fires: 1
EMS: 37
Other: 21

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Narcotic Suspect's DNA Linked To Twenty Year Old Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 56-year-old, Donald Carter for the 1989 murder of 80-year-old Sophia McAllister.
On May 23, 1989, at 1205 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department received a call to the 500 block of Eleanor, to check the welfare of an elderly White female. Several neighbors had reported that she lived alone and had not been seen in two days.

Officers respond and find the victim, Sophia McAllister, deceased inside the residence. The victim had obvious upper body trauma and the home appeared to have been ransacked. The investigation continued for several years with no viable leads or suspects.

In 2005, The Cold Case Unit requested that evidence be re-examined for possible DNA evidence. From the re-examination the Sacramento County Crime Lab was able to develop a DNA profile for a possible suspect. This DNA was entered into the State and National DNA offender data bases with no match.

In March 2009, Donald Carter was arrested by the Sacramento Police Department on a narcotics charge. When he was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, a DNA sample was obtained. Carter's DNA profile was submitted into the State DNA database and it matched the DNA profile that was developed in the McAllister case.

On Friday, July 3, 2009, Donald Carter was arrested for the murder of Sophia McAllister and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Records indicate that in 1989, Carter lived just 1 ½ blocks from the victim.

Two Alarm Fire In Oak Park

A two alarm fire in Oak Park caused heavy damage to the back of a two story home. The fire was reported at 10:18 P.M. Sacramento Fire Department Truck 6 arrived in a little over three minutes and found heavy fire in the back of the home, threatening a next door home. Firefighters fought this fire quickly and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the house next door.

Fortunately the residents were not at home. Sacramento Fire Department Investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze. There were numerous reports of illegal fireworks in the area, but it is not known at this time if fireworks are the cause of this fire. There were no reported injuries.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Two Alarm Wildland Fire Along The American River Parkway

A stubborn wildland fire along the American River Parkway North of the American River along Highway 160 grew to two alarms before Firefighters were able to bring it under control. Sacramento Firefighters responded to the reported fire after 7:00 P.M. tonight and were on scene in about 8 minutes.

Firefighters had a hard time getting to the fire, which was in deep, thick brush, and threatening to spread to some trees in the area. Once crews were able to access the fire, they quickly brought it under control.

The cause of the fire is not known and there were no reported injuries. Firefighters from Sacramento Metro Fire also responded.

Vandals Damage School With Fireworks

This afternoon someone threw fireworks through a window at John Bidwell Elementary School on 65th Avenue. The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the school for a fire alarm. They arrived and found light smoke, and the remnants of fireworks in a Kindergarten classroom.

The fireworks burned two small portions of carpet in the classroom. Although the damage was minimal, there were numerous boxes with paper goods in the class that could have easily ignited.

Investigators from the Sacramento Fire Department are currently trying to determine who did this. There were reports of children in the area playing with fireworks. So far there are no suspects.

Anyone with any information on this case is encouraged to contact the Sacramento Fire Department’s Arson Tip Line at (916) 808-8732.

Fatal Fire In North Highlands

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to 4021 Ramsey Drive in North Highlands for a report of a fire in a residential home. Fire crews arrived within three minutes and encountered heavy fire coming from the front window and doorway of the structure. Fire crews made an aggressive attack and knocked down the fire within minutes. During a search of the structure, a body was found in the front living room area.

The identity and cause of death of the person found is still being investigated by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Fire investigators on scene have not ruled out an electrical lighting appliance as the potential cause of the fire. There were also seven cats and one dog found deceased in the home.

The estimated dollar loss of the structure and contents is $180,000, but of course, no dollar loss can be assessed to the loss of a human or animal’s life.

Two Alarm Downtown Fire

A two alarm fire severely destroyed the second floor and attic of a downtown Victorian apartment building. The fire was reported at 7:24 P.M. on 10th Street near S Street. Sacramento Fire Department’s Engine 1 was on scene in about three minutes. They found heavy fire through the roof of the building. A second alarm was requested.

Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and saved the downstairs units and they also prevented the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings. Fortunately no one was injured and there was only one resident in the entire building. All of the other units were vacant.

The fire is currently under investigation by Sacramento Fire Department Investigators. Firefighters from Sacramento Metro and West Sacramento Fire Departments also responded.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two Alarm Fire In Auto Body Shop

An early morning two alarm fire damaged an auto body shop and threatened an adjoining building. The fire was reported at 2:52 A.M. by a bicyclist riding by. Sacramento Fire Department Engine 4 arrived on scene three minutes later and found heavy fire through the roof and between both buildings. The fire was brought under control in about fifteen minutes.

The auto body shop is located within inches of a second building. Because of the quick response and action of Firefighters, the second building and much of the fire building was saved.

There were no reported injuries and the fire is under investigation by Sacramento Fire Department Investigators.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Operation River Safe

The Sacramento Fire Department’s CERT Team will be loaning out life jackets this Saturday and Sunday morning at Tiscornia Beach at Discovery Park. The team will be at the beach at 7:00 A.M. and be there until 5:00 P.M. both days.

The Sacramento Fire Department’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a group of dedicated persons whose primary responsibility is to respond to the needs of the citizens during major emergency incidents such as floods and earth quakes. They also are involved with different community service activities.

For more information about this team please visit www.sacramentocert.net

Assault Leaves Victim On Life Support

On July 1, 2009, at 8:30 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding a sick or injured person lying on the ground in the 8400 block of Florin Road. Deputies arrived and found a man, later identified as a 52-year-old Sacramento resident, who was bleeding from his head and barely breathing. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he remains on life support; he is not expected to survive.

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives responded to the scene and spoke to several subjects who said the victim had been beaten during a fight earlier in the day. At this point, investigators have not identified the suspect(s) who was involved in the fight or a motive for this crime.

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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.

Homicide On Marconi Avenue

On July 1, 2009, at 6:01 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding a sick or injured person in the apartment complex located in the 2900 block of Marconi Avenue. The caller, 27-year-old Nicholas Farrell Emmett, told 911 operators his father was dead. Deputies arrived and found 56-year-old Douglas Farrell Emmett in the apartment and unresponsive. Paramedics pronounced Douglas Emmett dead at the scene. Deputies immediately detained Nicholas Emmett.

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. Shortly after midnight, Nicholas Emmett was arrested after being interviewed by detectives. Investigators believe Emmett killed his father following an argument. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine Douglas Emmett’s exact cause of death.

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

Don't Be Locked Up On Independence Day Weekend

Before you get behind the wheel while intoxicated please ask yourself, where do you want to spend your 4th of July weekend...with family and friends, or in a drunk tank at the Sacramento County Jail?

The Sacramento Police Department, in conjunction with the Office of Traffic Safety will be conducting several DUI operations this holiday weekend. A sobriety and drivers license checkpoint will occur on July 3. We will also be conducting extra DUI patrols throughout the City of Sacramento, Friday through Sunday.

The Sacramento Police Department does not want you spending your holiday weekend in jail for drunk driving. We are reminding the community to not drink and drive.

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

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

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, July 3, 2009, in the south area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and 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.

In addition, Officers will be conducting DUI saturation patrols during the 4th of July weekend.

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

County Regional Parks Reminds Visitors To Wear A Life Jacket On The American River This Weekend

The County Regional Parks Department wants all visitors to stay safe in and around County waterways during the 4th of July holiday weekend by wearing a life jacket and leaving the alcoholic beverages at home.

The consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be prohibited on the shore and the river within the American River Parkway between Hazel and Watt Avenues during on July 3, 4 and 5. Violations of the alcohol ban many result in citation or arrest and this ordinance will be strictly enforced.

According to Steve Flannery, Chief Park Ranger, the Park Rangers will be out in force patrolling the American River Parkway to keep an eye on holiday revelers, checking for life jackets on children and inspecting coolers to cite those who are attempting to smuggle in alcohol.

“We are going to be on patrol starting on Friday through Sunday to make sure that people are having a fun and safe holiday weekend,” said Flannery. “If you come to the Parkway this weekend, make sure your young children are in a life jacket and within your sight at all times.”

Last year, the city and County of Sacramento enacted a life jacket ordinance that requires that all children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket in or around all waterways in Sacramento County. Violations may result in a citation to the parent or guardian of a child.

For those who don’t have a life jacket, the “Kids Don’t Float” life‐jacket program has placed life jackets for temporary loan at the following locations: River Bend Park; Ancil Hoffman Park; Discovery Park (two sites); Howe Avenue; Folsom Point; Negro Bar; Nimbus; and Watt Avenue. Loaner life jackets are also available through the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the Sacramento Fire Department. Visit http://www.dbw.ca.gov/BoaterInfo/LifeJacket.aspx to find a participating Life Jacket Loan Station.

To report any accidents, law enforcement issues, vandalism, wildlife issues, and other safety concerns, contact Park Ranger Dispatch at 916‐875‐PARK (7275). The Ranger Dispatch Office is open for drop‐in visits from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day and calls for Ranger service and maintenance needs are answered until 11:30 p.m. For more information about the Parkway and river access, visit www.sacparks.net or call 916‐875‐6961.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Counterfeit Bills Passed At Fireworks Stands

The Elk Grove Police Department has recently documented two cases where counterfeit $50 bills were used to purchase fireworks at two firework stands in Elk Grove. These firework stands are usually operated by non-profit groups that are raising funds in an effort to provide financial support for youth based organizations. In many situations, these counterfeit bills look real and feel real. Organizations operating firework stands are encouraged to advise their workers of the following tips:

Be suspicious; take time to look at and feel the money you receive.

Check for obvious things like duplicate serial numbers.

Be especially suspicious of older bills (those bearing old pre-1996 designs) and bills of larger denominations.

Simply refuse to accept older bills. Nearly all the pre-1996 money that is actually legitimate has been taken out of circulation and destroyed already.

Look at bills in the light. The color-shift ink is very hard to fake. The security stripe and watermark are impossible to duplicate with an inkjet printer.

Borders and markings should have clean crisp lines and come to sharp points.

If you believe you are receiving a counterfeit bill, call the police.

Additional information on how to detect counterfeit money is available on the United States Secret Service web site at www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml. 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.