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Jackknifed Semi Closes Lanes on I-5- Downtown

Roadway Blocked for Three Hours The California Highway Patrol and Cal Trans had a busy morning along southbound I-5 in Downtown Sacramento. The driver of a dry hauler tractor-trailer rig jackknifed while attempting to avoid a collision that occurred in front of him near the J St off ramp just before 4am. The incident caused a large hydraulic fluid spill and spread across the right three lanes of the interstate. Crews reduced traffic to the far left lane until 7am while they worked to clean up the mess. The original collision involved a garbage truck and a passenger car, no one was injured in either incident.

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Rollover Crash on Highway 99- South Sacramento

The Sacramento Fire Department and California Highway Patrol assisted the driver and passenger out of an overturned SUV Tuesday morning along southbound Highway 99 near Fruitridge Rd. The driver was transported to a local hospital for injuries to a few of his fingers witch were reportedly amputated during the crash, the passenger was also transported in unknown condition. The left lanes of the highway were blocked while crews worked to clear the scene. Click any image to jump into slideshow mode

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Hit-and-run incident leaves overpass debris dangling over freeway- Marconi

After a hit-and-run accident occurred Friday resulting in a van crashing through an overpass fencing and going over the side, Caltrans crews had the major task of clearing the dangling fencing that was suspended over the freeway from two sides. Several lanes of westbound Business 80 freeway were shut down for several hours with all lanes being closed intermittently To clear the damaged fencing Caltrans crews had to cut the dangling section loose with cutting torches allowing the section to crash to the freeway below. According to SacPD officers, the incident occurred as a two vehicle accident on Marconi near the Auburn Blvd intersection. It resulted in a van crashing through the safety fencing of the overpass and the van going over the side and resting precariously nose down and caught up in the debris. The other vehicle involved in the the incident fled the scene.

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Highway Patrol Officer injured in south area collision

A California Highway Patrol motor officer was involved in a serious accident in the south area of Sacramento late Tuesday morning. “About 11:35 a.m. we received a call over the Sacramento Police Department Hotline of a motor officer down. SacPD was actually the first to respond and found our officer on the ground,”said CHP Officer Michael Bradley. The incident occurred in the 5800 block of Stockton Boulevard. “The basic information we have right now is that our officer was traveling northbound on Stockton Boulevard at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour, last vehicle in a trail of vehicles,” Bradley said. “The green Mercedes… was coming out of the parking lot into the roadway to turn southbound. It is apparent at this point that the driver of the Mercedes did not see our officer and the officer did not have enough time to take evasive action and he impacted/broadsided that vehicles. “The officer was transported to UC Davis Medical Center. He is conscious and he is talking, a lot of pain. The basic injuries we see right now are a possible broken right arm, lacerations to his face but undisclosed until we get X-rays and conformation from the doctor.” Bradley said that it was early in the investigation to say if they were going to bring charges against the driver. “There were no other injuries […]

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Man surrenders in Tahoe Park standoff, had warrant for arrest

The name of the suspect involved in a police standoff Wednesday in Tahoe Park has been released, and officials say he may have been running due to his warrant from another county.  Antwan Adger, 49, was eventually arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary and his outstanding arrest warrant, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Following a high-speed chase with the California Highway Patrol that ultimately ended when Adger hit a parked car on Kroy Way and Broadway, he allegedly fled on foot and holed up in a nearby home. The female resident was taken hostage, but eventually walked out of her home uninjured, with two dogs, to awaiting officers. Not much later, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody around 3:20 p.m.  The incident shook up the Tahoe Park neighborhood, which neighbors describe as peaceful, quiet, and without much crime. Roads around the area of 63rd Street and 2nd Avenue were closed for hours, and some residents were directed to leave their homes by law enforcement.  Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association board member Isaac Gonzalez said such incidents are very abnormal for the Tahoe Park area. "It’s very unusual, this is a quiet neighborhood, it’s just very weird to see a residential street with so many police officers with high powered riffles pointed at one of our quant little houses here in Tahoe Park," […]

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I Wanna Nerd You Up: Found Footage Festival

On Dec. 13 I had the good fortune to attend the Found Footage Festival through the kindness of Robert McKeown and Movies on a Big Screen (www.moviesonabigscreen.com), in cooperation with the Hornet Film Society. I had not been to one of their engagements before, and let’s just say that I had eyes opened to the awesomeness of FFF.  I wish I had written this sooner but I’ve been on a nearly month-long Nolan’s Batman Trilogy marathon and I lost track of time. And hygene. And gainful employment.  Just what is FFF? Two guys named Nick Preuhner and Joe Pickett (www.foundfootagefest.com) scour the country looking for old VHS tapes that contain footage from training videos, safety instructions videos, animal care videos, workout tapes and anything else that contains quirky, weird, or strange tapes that probably made sense for their intended audience. To quote Preuhner, “We take stuff that wasn’t supposed to be shown in public, and we show it in public.” Preuhner and Pickett will introduce each segment and occasionally talk over the segment that is playing, a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. One of the first segments shown was of a woman named Dee Gruenig, who is a sponge artist. She takes delicate pieces of sponge, dips them in this ink or paint (I couldn’t tell which), and then spreads this combination on artist papers […]

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New Anti-DUI campaign hits Sacramento streets Dec. 20

The California Office of Traffic Safety recently launched its 2012 December Crackdown, which runs through Jan. 1, 2013. As part of this enforcement effort, OTS has updated its successful ongoing statewide RUOK? anti-drunk driving public education campaign to continue to emphasize the importance of safe and sober rides. The 2012 campaign takes aim at popular nightlife areas in four major cities throughout the state: Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Wrapped cars which are made to look like half taxi cabs, half police cruisers (pictured above) will be placed in high-traffic areas every weekend during the crackdown. These engaging displays will help remind patrons of popular bars and restaurants that every night out can end safely by taking sober and responsible modes of transportation home rather than risk a trip to jail, or worse, by driving drunk. The street teams will also encourage people to actively engage in campaign efforts via a “Not Driving” Instagram contest, another new element of this year’s campaign effort. Participants are asked to follow OTS on Instagram, upload photos that demonstrate their safe ride home, and add a “not driving,” caption and a #RUOK hashtag. Contest winners can receive taxi ride vouchers, donated by Taxi Magic, its participating fleets and other OTS partners. When and where you can find the wrapped cars and street team: 8 p.m. – […]

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Indie rock brings a crowd to Cesar Chavez Park

Local indie bands offered up a hearty dose of energy and a touch of theatrics to the 1,000-plus-person crowd at Cesar Chavez Park Friday night for the latest installation of the Concerts in the Park series. On the sidewalk leading up to the stage area, vendors were selling gyros, drinks, necklaces and earrings. The CHP had a tented booth, as did radio station Radio 94.7 FM and The Sacramento Press. The night’s diverse crowd included families, neon-haired teens and seniors, all basking in the glow of live music and sunshine. Friends spread out islands of blankets on the grass, and children ran around with balloons attached to their wrists. Siblings Juli and Tyler Lydell of The Dreaded Diamond got the night started with their impressive mix of keyboard, drums and emotive, soaring vocals in the vein of indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara. Tyler played his drums with the finesse of a jazz percussionist, hitting the high hat with exacting strokes of the wrist to produce shimmery and drawn out hisses of vibration. Singer and keyboardist Juli gelled effortlessly with her brother’s rhythm, producing waterfalls of notes and singing heartily from the pit of her stomach with a raw-yet-controlled delivery. Jerry Perry, the event’s host, called the 15- and 19-year- olds “incredible” as he watched their performance from behind the stage. Next up, Los Angeles-based Golden […]

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Protests Galore!

I regularly walk my dog in Capitol park and enjoy the sights and sounds in the area.  Most times it is pretty low key with a few lawmakers and tourists wandering around and the occasional exhiled spouse reading on a park bench. Today though was pretty interesting.  I was curious about this whole Cindy Sheehan thing and wanted to see if she was having any impact. The teachers tried to take the spotlight but honestly they fell short. CTA met in Gallegos Square and on the steps of the Cathedral.  They had a decent sized group but apparently they weren’t quite as organized as I would expect from teachers. As I approached they were praying.  Sorry, I did not know you all were praying since I didn’t notice any heads bowed.  Granted, I am not a christian but I was raised as one and as I recall you bow your head when you pray.  So, that is my excuse if I accidently disrespected your prayer.  Anyhow, this long prayer went on and when they said Amen I knew I was acting like a jerk walking around taking pictures of all this. I had heard they were willing to walk a block for their cause from Gallegos Square to the Capitol so I went up ahead so I could get some decent photos. I do believe […]

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NBA suspends Evans for reckless driving

The NBA has suspended Tyreke Evans for one game without pay for reckless driving after he was caught speeding up to 130 mph by the California Highway Patrol on Memorial Day. Evans, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award last season, will miss the Kings’ first game on Oct. 27 at Minnesota against the Timberwolves but will still be able to play in the preseason games. Evans was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 80 hours of alternative sentencing and his driver’s license was suspended for 30 days after pleading no contest to the offense. He is also scheduled to appear in one more CHP Smart Start Driving class after participating in his first. Photo by Vincent Fernandez.

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