Officer Involved Shooting in Carmichael

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department  |  2016-06-24
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At 11:00 p.m. on June 18, 2016, a Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area of El Camino Avenue and Walnut Avenue in Carmichael. The deputy attempted to pull over the suspect vehicle when a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued for approximately four to five minutes, with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in residential areas.

The suspect turned south on Horton Lane south of Sutter Avenue. The roadway turned into a dead end, where deputies exited their car and gave commands for the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect then put his car in reverse and began to accelerate. A deputy fearing for the safety of the officers behind the suspect’s vehicle discharged his firearm at the suspect. The suspect sustained gunshot wounds and was taken out of his vehicle. Deputies immediately began life saving measures. Sacramento Metro Fire responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.

The identity of the suspect in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. The deputy involved in the shooting is a 12 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. The deputy is currently assigned to the field services division.


Two Dogs and One Bird Perish in Arden-Area House Fire

Source: Michelle Eidam, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-06-22

Four fire engines, two trucks, two medics, and two battalion chiefs worked quickly to search for victims, extinguish the fire, and protect nearby homes.

Wednesday, June 15th, around 9:30 this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched for a kitchen fire on the 2100 block of Red Robin Lane in the Arden area. Strong winds blowing through windows quickly spread the kitchen fire to the rest of this small house, and fire crews arrived to find a home well-involved with fire.

Four fire engines, two trucks, two medics, and two battalion chiefs worked quickly to search for victims, extinguish the fire, and protect nearby homes. Their strategic fire attack successfully contained the fire to the house of origin, with minimal charring to the exterior of an adjacent home. Firefighters pulled two dogs and one bird out of the fire and attempted to resuscitate them, but they did not survive. The cause of the fire was determined to be unattended cooking, with total damage estimated at $50,000.

Our thoughts go out to the resident who lost her pets and much of her home today.

Cooking remains the number one cause of home fires, causing more injuries than any other type of fire. Knowing what to do can make all the difference. Never leave unattended food cooking on the stove, even for a short time. If you encounter a small grease fire, leave the pan where it is, turn off the heat, and put a lid on it. If you can’t get a lid on the pan, use a fire extinguisher or call 911. For more information, check out www.metrofire.ca.gov.


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Women’s Empowerment Gala Raises $200,000 to Help Homeless

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-06-22

Women’s Empowerment graduates celebrate at the organization’s 15th Anniversary Gala in May. The event raised $200,000 to help Sacramento homeless women find homes and jobs. 
--Photo by Dylan Tyagi

More than 500 local residents joined with 100 formerly homeless women to raise a recordbreaking $200,000 at Women’s Empowerment’s 15th Anniversary Gala in May. Funds raised will benefit the local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which also honored the group’s 1,322 graduates, included opportunities for community members to mingle with graduates who wore evening gowns donated by the community. Guests enjoyed a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and stories from women who are no longer homeless.

“When we started this organization 15 years ago, we never could have dreamed that we would raise $200,000 at this beautiful event that doubles as a way to celebrate all of the amazing women in Sacramento who have broken the cycle of homelessness for their children,” said Lisa Culp, founding executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “The Sacramento community outdid themselves this year in showing their support for local women who are working so hard.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,322 homeless women and their 2,750 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org


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Man Wanted for Four Sacramento Area Bank Robberies

Source: FBI Special Release  |  2016-06-22

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to identify an armed and dangerous individual who has robbed several Sacramento area banks. Thus far, the subject has been linked to four robberies in the Sacramento area:

  • April 25 2016:
    West America Bank
    located at 1610 Arden Way in Sacramento
  • May 29, 2016:
    US Bank
    located at 3320 Arden Way in Sacramento
  • June 11, 2016:
    US Bank
    located at 4040 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael
  • June 15, 2016:
    Bank of the West
    located at 2581 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento

The robbery subject is described as an adult male who may be in his 20’s or 30’s. He stands approximately six feet tall with a very slender build. The man has worn a variety of clothing and has concealed his hair or lack thereof by wearing a shoulder-length, red-brown wig or white straw fedora hat that had a band with three alternating stripes. He has also worn glasses with tinted lenses. Photos of this suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-06-17.8143564404.

During the four robberies, the man either brandished a black handgun or threatened a gun before and demanding money from tellers. After receiving money, the subject stowed the funds in a bag. During the April 25, 2016 and May 29, 2016, robberies, the individual used a tan fabric tote with a stiff, round handle. During the June robberies, the man used a royal blue fabric bag.

In addition to the FBI, the bank robberies are being investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Sacramento Police Department.

Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. Wanted fugitives, bank robberies, and other cases in need additional information from the public are posted for viewing on the FBI Sacramento Division’s Most Wanted page.


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Bill to Keep Drones Out of Emergency Zones Passes Assembly Committee

Source: Senator Ted Gaines Office  |  2016-06-15

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) has announced his Senate Bill 807, which would protect forests, property and the lives of citizens, firefighters and emergency personnel from drone interference, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

“To think that someone would interfere with firefighting or emergency response situations to get a sneak peek or to post a drone video on YouTube is an outrage that is deserving of punishment and condemnation,” said Senator Gaines. “I look forward to Senate Bill 807’s continued support as it makes its way through the Assembly.”

Senate Bill 807 will grant civil immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance, or search-and-rescue operations. The bill stems from alarming reports of private, unauthorized drones causing mission-critical aircraft to be grounded during firefighting and medical response operations, putting pilots, firefighters, civilians and property at unnecessary risk.

Senator Gaines believes drones hold great promise for wildfire suppression and other emergency services when used properly by the appropriate agencies, but does not want rogue drones to interfere with the most effective response to time-sensitive crises.

“California’s dangerous wildfire season is upon us, and I want everyone to know that interfering with firefighting or other emergency activities is reckless and wrong. Let’s get the word out as far and wide as we can – immediately – to help keep our people and emergency personnel safe,” said Senator Gaines. “But this bill will help ensure our skies are protected. People can replace drones, but we can’t replace a life. Public safety should be our absolute number one priority.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


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Local Superheroes Raise $17,000 at Walk for Life

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-06-15

Five hundred local residents dressed as superheroes descended on Maidu Park in Roseville for Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life in May. 
--Photo courtesy Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life

Event Raised Funds For Free Medical Care For Low-Income Pregnant Women, Teens

Five hundred local residents dressed up as superheroes for Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life in Roseville in May, raising $17,000 for free medical services benefiting low-income pregnant women and teens. The 2K and 5K walk and fun run included a rally, toddler dash, costume contest, bounce houses, carnival and more.

“Each and every man, woman and child who came out for the walk deserved to be called a superhero,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Every dollar raised helps us continue to provide our medical services for free so that every woman or teen who walks through our doors can leave with the care she needs and a strong support system.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.


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Drum and Bugle Corps from Around the U.S. to Compete in National Competition in Sacramento

Source: Steve LaRosa - Media Liaison  |  2016-06-15

Drum and Bugle Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard. Six of the groups are former national champions. Shown here are the Blue Knights from Denver, CO. 
--Photo courtesy Steve LaRosa - Media Liaison

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 5:30PM, Drum and Bugle Corps from around the country will gather at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College to compete in the 37th Annual Moonlight Classic, presented by S.O.M.E. (Sponsors of Musical Enrichment). Gates open at 4:00pm.

For the uninitiated, this event, the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble, (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and props such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.

Each 11-minute performance, which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps, full on Spartacus inspired gladiator match. Other sense-dazzling performances have included a presentation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, as well as a James Bond theme with the corps in tuxes, and a horse race, complete with track, accompanied by, what else, the William Tell Overture. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which, like last year, are expected in the thousands, love the show.

Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard. Six of the groups are former national champions.

The popular food trucks and souvenir booths will also be on site during the program. Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site at www.someinc.com, or at the Sac City College ticket booth starting at 2:30pm on June 25th.

General admission is $25. Reserved seating available online for $35.

The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis. Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community. To date, over $3,000,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.


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CHP Offers Free “Start Smart Classes”

Source: California Highway Patrol Media  |  2016-06-14

The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort inform and to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP) North Sacramento area will offer a free Start Smart class. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

Recent collisions involving teenagers in our area demonstrate the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. We encourage both parent/caregivers and teens to attend the class.

The CHP's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 -19 and their parents/guardians.

The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP Officers clarifying questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

North Sacramento CHP will be offering this free class on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, in the conference room. This building is located on the northeast corner of Elkhorn Blvd. and Don Julio Blvd.

Persons interested in signing up for the class will need to register for the class by emailing Officer Berry at jeberry@chp.ca.gov or by calling (916) 348-2300. Officer Berry will need the first and last name of every teen attending so that a certificate of completion can be handed to the teen at the end of the class. It is highly encouraged that at least one parent/guardian attend the class with their teen driver. Funding for CHP’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.


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Golden State Water Adjusts Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions

Source: Golden State Water  |  2016-06-10

Customers May Now Water Landscapes Up To Three Days Per Week, Effective June 1

Golden State Water Company has announced adjusted outdoor irrigation restrictions for its Arden and Cordova systems. Effective June 1, 2016, Golden State Water customers in Arden, Gold River and Rancho Cordova may water outdoor landscapes up to three days per week.

The adjusted restrictions permit addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; odd addresses (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. All outdoor irrigation must occur before 8 am or after 7 pm, and should not exceed 10 minutes per station. Restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems.

“Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new emergency regulations that give water providers an opportunity to tailor their conservation strategies based on the local supplies and anticipated demand,” said Paul Schubert, General Manager of the Northern District for Golden State Water. “While we are still assessing how the new regulations may impact our customers and conservation requirements, the current supply conditions for our Arden and Cordova systems afforded us the opportunity to make an adjustment to the outdoor irrigation restrictions for our Arden, Gold River and Rancho Cordova customers.

“We encourage customers to continue using water responsibly, and also remind the community that these adjusted outdoor irrigation restrictions could change again in the coming weeks when supply conditions are verified.”

Golden State Water’s Cordova System—which serves customers in Gold River and Rancho Cordova—remains in Stage 1 of Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) to help customers meet the 32 percent reduction mandate assigned by the State Water Resources Control Board. Additionally, customers are reminded that the following actions are now permanently prohibited in California, as outlined in Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order issued on May 9, 2016:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.

  • Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

  • Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.

  • Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff, or within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

Customers can visit www.gswater.com/arden-cordova for weekly reduction updates, local drought restrictions and information about Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing, or call our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-999-4033 for additional information about the drought and local conservation resources. Please follow Golden State Water on Twitter @GoldenStateH2O for real-time information about the drought and local water service.


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Foundation Announces Recipients of Immediate Need Grants

Source: Sacramento Region Community Foundation  |  2016-06-10

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation granted over $74,000 to nine local nonprofit organizations to support critical and time-sensitive community needs region-wide.

“The Foundation is committed to remaining responsive to urgent needs in our region. These nine grants address funding gaps that would have greatly hindered services at a number of local nonprofits and support the development of a handful of vital projects that meet essential needs in our community, too,” said Jeannie Howell, the Foundation's Community Impact Officer.

The nine recipient organizations were selected from 73 proposals submitted to the Foundation's highly competitive Immediate Need Grants program, which is designed to respond flexibly to pressing needs throughout the Sacramento region, supplementing the Foundation's donor-advised granting and its sustained grant-making aligned with its four Strategic Initiatives.

The nonprofit awardees serve a range of sectors -- including health, human services, and youth and seniors -- and will use the funds to meet a variety of community needs in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties.

Among the Immediate Need Grants awarded is one that will replace a leaking roof at an emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors, another that will educate area high school students on the uses and risks of opioids, and another that will ensure local Hmong seniors have access to resources in a safe and supportive environment after the organization serving their community closed recently. Altogether, the Foundation granted $74,069 across the four-county region to 3Point0, Asian Resources, Inc., Atkinson Family Services, Bridge Network, Harm Reduction Services, Inc., My Sister's House, Sacramento Life Center, Saint John's Program for Real Change and Women's Empowerment.

These organizations join the 17 nonprofits that were awarded grants from the program during its inaugural year in 2015. Combined with those awards, the Foundation has granted over $290,000 to address pressing community needs quickly and flexibly through the Immediate Need Grants program.

As with all of its efforts, the Immediate Need Grants program furthers the Foundation's work to foster a thriving community exemplified by opportunities for all to live in a vibrant economy, benefit from a strong nonprofit sector, live with a sense of dignity, and flourish through the strength of regional diversity.

Sacramento Region Community Foundation has been the trusted steward of charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through philanthropy since 1983. As the center of philanthropy in the Sacramento region, the Foundation's mission is to transform our community through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving. Learn more at www.sacregcf.org.


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