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[VIDEO] One less bike thief due to Midtown residents

One less “alleged” bike thief, and his tools, is off the streets of Sacramento due to Midtown residents jumping into action early Saturday morning. “Officers responded to an incident involving several citizens restraining a bike thief,” Sacramento Police Department posted in their daily log today. “The reporting parties heard a suspicious sound that came from the front of their home. They looked out to see the suspect trying to take one of the roommates’ bicycles. The subject was able to be detained until police arrived. The suspect was booked for attempted theft and possession of burglary tools.” The suspect claimed to have suffered from a seizure while in the back of the police car. Sacramento Fire Department was dispatched and the suspect was transported to the hospital via paramedics to get checked out before taken to jail and booked. Lance and Brian tell the story of how they apprehended the suspect…

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Man killed by gunfire in Natomas

A quiet, sleeping apartment complex in Natomas was awakened to gunfire early Wednesday morning in the 500 block of Bankside Way. “At approximately 2:18 this morning, the Sacramento Police Department responded to reports of shots fired in an apartment complex at 500 Bankside Way,” said Lieutenant Dennis Joy, Sacramento Police Department. “Officers arrived and found a male in his thirties, down with at least one gunshot wound that we can see,” said Joy. “The Sacramento Fire Department responded and declared the subject deceased. Right now it’s a crime scene and currently under investigation; doing a canvass and developing information from witnesses right now.” Homicide detectives and CSI are on scene conducting the investigation, combing through the crime scene and the surrounding neighborhood for evidence and clues. “We haven’t been able to identify the victim yet,” said Joy. “We don’t know his name or his history, background or anything. At this point we don’t know if there was some disagreement, fight or what went on, but most the witnesses are saying they just heard shots fired and nothing prior to that. No one saw the shooter but we are in the process of trying to find someone who may have.” “I was sleeping, but it was loud–like six rounds,” said Alex Cundiff, who’s apartment was near the shooting scene, “two of them, a pause, then four […]

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Sacramento Police K9 Bodie retires early

Sacramento Police K9 Bodie is retiring after three years of devoted service as a result of injuries sustained during a critical incident.  Bodie is one of only two Sacramento Police canines that have been shot in the line of duty. Bodie has gone above and beyond the call of duty while serving the Sacramento community and will now proudly be the first ever honorary Sacramento Police reserve K9. In November of 2010 Officer Randy Van Dusen began training K9 Bodie. K9 Bodie is a German Shepherd dog that was imported from Germany for police work. After two months of training that included obedience, agility, search and suspect apprehension, Bodie was certified as a police canine. Bodie was certified for narcotics detection as well as article searching and tracking. Bodie was one of the Police Department’s canines that assisted the SWAT team during warrant services and high risk entries and searches. Bodie and his handler have received multiple recognitions. Most recently in April of this year, they were awarded the 911 Heroes Award presented by 911 for Kids. Bodie is an extremely friendly dog and his hard work ethic will be missed among his K9 partners.   Editor’s note: The “News Digest” goes out every Tuesday morning and highlights our best stories, photos and videos from the week prior. Sign me up. Disclosure: This is a […]

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Photos: 2013 Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 17th annual Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day parade was held Saturday March 16, 2013 in Old Town Sacramento. Several thousand people watched as hundreds of marchers, floats, horses, clowns, and vehicles wound their way through the streets of Old Town. It truly was a sea of green with many parade watchers following the lead of the leprechaun and dressed in Irish spirit. Here are photos of the festivities, some of the marchers, floats, and parade watchers.                        Even the volunteers from Old Sacramento Living History got into the spirit.     City Council member Kevin McCarty added his greetings to the festivities.   Look Mom……   a clown!           Love that green hair! Either straight or   curly.  

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New films: Identity Thief and Side Effects

A disappointing week Maybe it’s just me but I’ve had a disappointing week at the movies – probably not helped by wishful thinking if not actually especially high expectations. And the near future isn’t looking any better, but more on that next week. This week’s major releases include a comedy starring people whose work I’ve generally liked, until now, and a thriller against a backdrop of prescription drug use from a director I normally appreciate far more than this.   Identity Thief Directed by Seth Gordon The idea of a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy appeals to me – before you could even tell me a subject matter or a premise, that idea would pique my interest. And there are moments in “Identity Thief” where their two styles and personalities play off each other to great effect, with laugh out loud results. The problem is that if you gathered them together, those moments don’t manage to fill a feature running length and the parts in between just aren’t as appealing. Partly it’s a matter of inconsistent tone, as I often find myself lamenting in this column. This is a crime, revenge, road trip, comedy, occasionally slapstick, burgeoning buddy movie – and if that sounds unfocused, it’s because it is. It’s also a movie that manages to worry you about the ease with which […]

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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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Woman found dead after accident at Chevron gas station on 65th and S streets

A woman was found shot at the Chevron gas station on 65th Street and S streets in Sacramento early Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s office sent out the following information in a press release: "At approximately 3:15 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the aforementioned intersection in response to a call from the Sacramento Police Department. When SPD arrived at the scene for an accident investigation, it was discovered that a 20 year-old woman had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper body. Preliminary investigation suggested that the vehicle the victim was in had been struck by gunfire at a different location, within the county of Sacramento. Detectives are investigating a possible connection to a call regarding shots fired on Watt Avenue in the Arden-Arcade area. At this time, a motive for this shooting has not been determined and there is no information available regarding any suspect(s) involved. A man and a woman who were in the vehicle with the victim have been detained for questioning, as has the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident. None of those individuals were injured as a result of the collision. Anyone having information pertinent to this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD, or by calling […]

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Community meeting to be held on crime in Midtown

In the wake of a string of pedestrian robberies that rocked Midtown, the Sacramento Police Department will join community leaders for a meeting on public safety this Thursday night. Councilman Steve Hansen, the Midtown Buisness Association, the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, the Midtown Neighborhood Association and the Alkali/Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association, will be on hand at the Hart Senior Center at 915 27th Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to "discuss tips on being prepared and staying safe," according to the event’s Facebook page. Hansen, who is visiting a series of neighborhood associations this week, said the purpose of the meeting was to, "gather concerns, hear what people’s thoughts are and see what we can do to continue making people feel good about where they live." "We’re going to do as much as we can to make sure that not only are the residents safe but that we improve quality of life where we can," he said. Last week officers arrested a group of men they suspect might have been behind several of the incidents and the robberies have since stopped. Hansen said the police deserved recognition. "I really applaud the police department," he said. "Even though times are tight and they haven’t had any extra budget added, but they’ve reorganized and were able to deploy extra resources to these areas […]

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Police find occupied stolen vehicle in Midtown, arrest female driver

A Sacramento Police Department officer spotted a stolen vehicle Friday just before 8:30 p.m. while patrolling Midtown and arrested the female driver.  Police followed the vehicle from the 19th Street and K Street area, traveling eastbound K Street, then east on 17th Street then eastbound on O Street near 18th. “The vehicle was followed by two patrol vehicles with a Sac PD helicopter overhead,” Midtown resident Anthony Cathey said.  Police officials said the vehicle was stolen in the Sacramento area, in the California Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction, however information on what part of Sacramento the vehicle was stolen from was not immediately available. The vehicle, described as a 1994 maroon pickup truck, was towed from the scene, but the owner will be able to retrieve his/her vehicle when they are contacted. The female driver – identified as Martha Aliano, 43 – was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including vehicle theft, bringing narcotics into jail and violation of her probation. A bicycle was also found in the bed of the pickup, however it’s unclear whether it was stolen as well.  UPDATE: Another stolen vehicle was recovered early Saturday morning after a pursuit which began in the area of 9th and V Streets just before 1 a.m. Officers lost sight of the red Pontiac Grand Am with Kansas plates during the pursuit. It was discovered moments later in […]

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New Year’s Day auto accident injures three

Firefighters, medics and police were dispatched to X Street and 18th Street just before 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon for a two car collision that sent three people to the hospital. According to on scene authorities, the driver of a gray Pontiac Grand Am was eastbound on X Street when the vehicle collided with a black Jeep Cherokee heading north on 18th Street. One victim was extricated from the Cherokee. As ambulances arrived, firefighter/medics treated the victims, placing them on backboards and preparing them for transport to the hospital. The actual cause and fault of the accident is under investigation. Editor’s note: The “News Digest” goes out every Tuesday morning and highlights our best stories, photos and videos from the week prior. Sign me up.

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