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Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 17-20, 2014

In this Public Safety Weekend recap… A special fire danger message from Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant, Public Information Officer, In Downtown, a body is discovered in the area of 10th and W Streets, In Rio Linda, a bicyclist dies in the street, possible medical situation, In LandPark, SacPD’s Air1 makes an emergency landing, In Midtown, a felonious tire-slashing suspect arrested after slashing the tires of several cars, …and more [View the story "Sacramento Public Safety Weekend Recap, Fri- Mon, Jan. 17-20, 2014" on Storify]

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PS WeekInReview Jan 13 to 16

Public Safety week in review, Mon – Thur, Jan. 13th to 16th

In this Public Safety week in review… In Strawberry Manor, several vehicles struck by drive-by gunfire In South Sacramento, pharmacy robbed at gunpoint In Rancho Cordova, Deputies arrest alleged suspect  in rash of residential burglaries In Natomas, Officers seek a possible witness of a fatal collision At CSUS, another suspicious package found on campus, situation begins to ware on students In Downtown, SacPD donates bikes and supplies for homeless kids …and more [View the story "Public Safety week in review, Jan. 13-16, 2014" on Storify]

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PSN Weekend Recap Jan 10

Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 11-13, 2014

In this Public Safety weekend recap… In North Highlands, an auto part store robbery turns homicide. In Citrus Heights, a house catches fire twice in one day, under investigation as suspicious. In South Sac, a reported stolen vehicle occupied by children turns out to be father’s fax pa. In Oak Park, an alleged drunk driver leaves his two passengers injured in a major Broadway crash. In Midtown, an intoxicated subject assaults a SacPD officer. …and more [View the story "Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 10th - 12th, 2014" on Storify]

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[FBI Sacramento] Wanted Fugitive Amandeep Singh Dhami Arrested

Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge, was arrested in India on Friday evening. Dhami was arrested in Jalandhar, Punjab, on local charges by Indian authorities and will be returned to the United States to face homicide charges related to the August 31, 2008 shooting of Parmjit Pamma Singh at a later, undetermined date. More than five years ago, gunfire erupted at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, a sports festival held at the Sacramento Sikh Society Sports Complex in Sacramento, terrifying the shocked crowd. Dhami successfully fled the festival grounds, but a second shooter, Gurpreet Singh Gosal, 28, was captured and held by festival spectators until Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived. On August 9, 2013, Gosal was sentenced in Sacramento County Superior Court to 35 years to life in prison for second-degree murder and firing a weapon in the course of a murder for his role in the shooting. Dhami’s federal fugitive poster has appeared on the Sacramento FBI’s website since 2008, when it was first distributed. The poster was recently translated into Punjabi and redistributed internationally. Over the years, various sources speculated that Dhami may have fled to Canada, but the FBI recently followed up on leads that revealed that he was residing in India under an assumed […]

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Hunt on for Winters homicide suspect- North Sacramento

Sacramento Police assist Winters Police Homicide detectives in North Sacramento. Area law enforcement are searching for William Carl Gardner III who may be in Sacramento. Police say Gardner shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Leslie Pinkston, Monday morning in Downtown Winters. The vehicle Gardner was last seen in was found Monday night near Silverton Way and Gunnison Ave in North Sacramento and a home in the area was search by the Sacramento Police Department but Gardner was not located.

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Early morning fight in Midtown leaves man dead

An early morning fight in Midtown on St. Patrick’s Day has left a man dead. Around 1 a.m. on March 17, police, firefighters and medics responded to the corner of 18th and P streets in Midtown. They arrived to find a man on the ground and a bystander giving him CPR. According to radio reports, the victim had suffered head trauma, did not have a pulse and was not breathing. The intersection of 18th and P streets was shut down in all directions for several hours while crime scene investigators and homicide detectives collected evidence, talked with witnesses and sorted out the facts.  Update: The press release from the Sacramento Police Department:  On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at approximately 12:48 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the area of 18th Street and P Street regarding a report of a subject who was bleeding. Officers arrived and found witnesses administering CPR to the male victim in his twenties. At this time it is believed that a physical altercation occurred between the victim and three adult males, near or on the sidewalk of 18th Street. During the incident the victim sustained traumatic injuries to his head prompting a witness to call police. Responding officers performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where he later succumbed to […]

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Man left paralyzed after armed robbery in ’70s dies, police seeking new leads

The city’s fourth homicide of the year stems from a shooting that occurred 36 years ago in Oak Park, which left a man paralyzed until he died Monday of complications. Walter Johnson, 62, died of medical complications that arose from being paralyzed after a shooting in 1977. The shooting occurred April 9, 1977, at about 3:48 a.m., at San Carlos Way between 13th and 14th Avenues. Johnson was driving to his parents’ home when he was approached by three Hispanic men, who blocked the roadway with their car at the intersection, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The men walked toward Johnson, who was seated in his car, and confronted him. A struggle ensued and Johnson was shot in the upper body. The suspects then robbed Johnson and fled in a red or brown Ford Pinto, according to the SPD. The suspects have never been apprehended for this crime. Robbery detectives assigned to the case collected and booked evidence, and follow-up was done, but the case was never solved and no suspects were identified in the robbery/shooting, police say.  Johnson was left paralyzed by the gunshot wound and developed medical issues as a result, which ultimately caused his death 36 years later. While it’s been a while since the crime occurred, police remain optimistic that the case can be solved. "Sometimes people have a conscience […]

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Man arrested in murder/arson coverup being treated for burns

Police have arrested a man and his girlfriend believed to be connected to last Friday’s arson/murder on Norwood Avenue, which left a 32-year-old man dead in his home. More details about the incident have also been released, including that the victim was stabbed before the fire was set.  David Acuna, 29, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of murdering 32-year-old Patrick Kendrick. Acuna’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Guadalupe Cabrera, is also believed to have been involved in the incident. She was arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder, and arson to an inhabited structure, according to the Sacramento Police Department.  During the course of the investigation, SPD detectives learned that Acuna and Kendrick knew each other and were in an argument prior to the incident, according to a news release. After stabbing Kendrick and setting fire to his apartment, police say Acuna fled from the scene in a white vehicle, and his whereabouts were unknown until a few days later.  On Tuesday, Feb. 5, detectives found the Honda Civic they believed witnesses saw leaving the scene parked in the north area of Sacramento, and continued their search for Acuna. On Wednesday morning, around 8 a.m., police found Acuna inside his apartment on the 1400 block of Brewerton Drive. However, he had severe burns on his upper body and was in need of immediate medical attention, according to […]

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Police investigate possible murder and arson

Patrick Kendrick’s neighbors thought they heard his cries as flames rose from his apartment, but when they broke down the door to reach him, they realized it was too late. "We had to break the door open in order to get to him, but by the time we tried to run in there and get him, it was on fire, it was all blazed up, couldn’t help him," neighbor Eric Kelley said. Police are investigating the "unusual circumstances" that led to the man’s death Friday morning on the 3700 block of Norwood Avenue in Del Paso Heights. Kendrick was found inside his apartment after the fire was extinguished by the Sacramento Fire Department. Due to the "obvious trauma" found on his upper body, police were called in to investigate, said Sacramento Police Department Spokesman Andrew Pettit. Police aren’t sure whether Kendrick died as a result of the fire, or if the fire was set to cover up his death, Pettit said. "We don’t know if the fire caused the homicide, or if it was maybe trying to cover up what actually happened," he said. "This could have been very bad, but the fire department got here in a timely manner." Shortly after the fire was set, several witnesses saw a man drive away from the scene, Pettit said. He’s been described as a Hispanic man […]

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Body found after fire in Del Paso Heights – live coverage as it happened

Police are investigating the possible homicide of a man following a fire at a home in Del Paso Heights, in which his body was found. Details are unraveling, but the incident occurred on the 3700 block of Norwood Avenue, and police are looking for a suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, driving an older white Honda Civic without hubcaps. Our live coverage of this story has ended. You can read our full story here, and our updates as they happened below.  l;l 

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