Tragic end to 2012: Suspect caught after two killed, three injured in New Year’s Eve shooting in Old Sacramento

UPDATE – On Friday, January 4, 2013, a male and female associated with Carlito Montoya were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon related to this incident. Amber Scholz-36 is believed to have instigated the altercation and her husband Charles Fowler-Scholz-34, was involved in the physical fight that preceded the deadly shooting. No further details are available at this time.   UPDATE – Suspect identification: According to a Sacramento Police update, the suspect, 22-year-old Carlito Montoya, is in police custody in an area hospital. Montoya is receiving medical treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.   A 22-year-old man wanted in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting in Old Sacramento that left two people dead and three others with gunshot wounds was apprehended by Sacramento police last night. The suspect allegedly pulled a gun during a fight inside the Sports Corner Cafe and began firing, hitting a 30-year-old female, a 35-year-old male and an employee in his 20s, according to a police press release. The two male victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the scene, while the female victim survived and was taken to a hospital. The fight had begun as an argument before turning into a physical altercation, which a bar employee attempted to break up. It was not immediately clear from the press release if that was the same employee who was […]

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UPDATE: Three teens arrested after mass brawl in the Arden Fair Mall food court

Sacramento Police Public Information Officer Dough Morse explains what happen during a disturbance at the Arden Fair Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 26: [ View the story "Update: Arden Fair back open after teens start huge ruckus in food court " on Storify] Update: Arden Fair back open after teens start huge ruckus in food court Storified by The Sacramento Press· Thu, Dec 27 2012 07:48:50 Three teens were arrested yesterday at the Arden Fair Mall after a mass brawl involving a group of about 20 juveniles who were caught on camera throwing signs and pushing people in the food court, according to the Sacramento Police Department.  The incident caused a mass exodus from the mall as panicked customers mistook the sound of chairs and other objects hitting the ground for gunshots.  Here’s what Public Information Officer Dough Morse told us: – Police believe that there was no guns involved and that reports of a gunman or gunfire were unfounded.  -Three teens have been detained and about 20 were involved. They were caught on camera fighting, pushing people, throwing signs and in general "causing a disturbance." – The incident was captured by mall surveillance cameras. – The altercation started around 4:49 p.m. and police arrived within minutes. Morse indicated that the partnership the mall has with the department helped facilitate the quick response.   Listen to the full audio […]

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“Beautiful Youth” to premiere at Sacramento Film & Music Festival

The Sacramento Film & Music Festival will be hosting the premiere of Jennifer Lystrup’s film “Beautiful Youth,” a documentary that highlights the issue of youth homelessness in Sacramento, to the public. The documentary sheds light on 10 homeless youths and tells their stories in their own voices. The 47-minute film will be shown at the Crest Theatre at 6 p.m. on Thursday. “I’m so happy to even have this opportunity,” Lystrup said, “It’d be really nice if people from the local city government show up because this is an issue that needs to be addressed.” In a previous Sacramento Press article on the documentary, Lystrup said she had hoped to get a public screening for the film in the future, though no date had been arranged.    Tony Sheppard, one of the directors for the festival, said that they decided to keep a programming slot open for the festival in case something came along at the last minute, and he was “pondering that time slot when I saw that article.” Sheppard also said that they have the opportunity to show the film twice if the public reception calls for it. “If it seems there’s some buzz around it, we’ll show it a second time that night,” Sheppard said. The second screening would be at 8 p.m. “I hope a lot of people show up to […]

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1,000 Unique authors

I’m proud to announce that The Sacramento Press hit a major milestone. In two and a half years we have published work from over 1,000 unique authors. A few are employees here and many are interns, but the vast majority are community contributors. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our contributors! What does this number really mean? There are a lot of big numbers flying around these days. AOL probably has plans for more Patches than we have had unique authors. Facebook just hit 750 million users. Compared to that 1,000 seems so small. But "small" is precisely the point. Our small team has worked diligently to foster a deeply informed and engaged community. We know many of these people. Many have attended our free workshops. Many more have utilized our free copy editing services. I’ve attended neighborhood association meetings with contributors and taught people how to use modern blogging tools. We have an open office and several people without computers have come in to write their stories in our newsroom. I can’t believe it, but this really is a vast network for our purpose and scale. It grew person to person. It is made up of purposeful people who believe in the power of community. 1,000 people gives me goosebumps. A couple of years ago I could have predicted […]

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Sacpress search, take four

Previously I wrote an article mentioning how search no longer sucked. And while that was true, it wasn’t great either. Yesterday’s improvement to search makes it even more usable. The biggest difference is that now our search results are displayed in order of relevance, with significant weight given to more recent content, instead of strict chronological order. Chronological order made sense, since, well, we’re a news site and the more current the content, often the more relevant it is. However, sometimes nothing new has been written about what you are searching for, but you still want to find it at the top of your search result. Now we have a balanced mix of relevance and chronology. We also added exact phrase matching. This means that if you encapsulate your search phrase in quotes, you will only get content that has that exact phrase in it. The nice thing is that most of the time quoting isn’t necessary since we already give lots of value to the order of your search terms. For a quick visual comparison, check out the screenshots of the searches for strong mayor below.   Notice the difference? At first glance the searches seem to return identical sets of data, at least for the first two results. But take a closer look. The number of results for the quoted string is far […]

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