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A woman died late Thursday afternoon after she was struck by a suspected drunken driver as she walked with a 2-year-old child on a sidewalk in south Sacramento County.

At about 5:50 p.m., Tococh Fidel, 27, was driving a Toyota west on 47th Avenue near Kiessig Avenue when his vehicle drifted across the roadway and onto the north sidewalk, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The child was not struck or injured, and was later released to his father.

The woman died of her injuries at a hospital. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

After striking the pedestrian, Fidel lost control of his vehicle, which crossed into the eastbound lanes. It struck a electric utility pole and an eastbound vehicle. That crash led to another one as a vehicle traveling behind Fidel’s Toyota was unable to stop in time and rear-ended another vehicle.

Saturday, September 20 2014
King fire grows to 80,000 acres overnight
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King fire arson suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman enters the courtroom for arraignment.

The King fire in El Dorado County has grown 3,000 acres overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Total acreage burned is at 80,944, according to Cal Fire spokesman Mike McMillan. Containment remains at 10 percent.

“The growth of about 3,000 acres from yesterday … we’re considering that moderate growth,” McMillan said.

An evacuation order for Pollock Pines has been lifted, though 2,819 residents from surrounding communities are still being affected by the blaze. About 12,000 structures remain threatened.

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In the wake of Northern California wildfires that forced thousands of evacuations and left hundreds of residents homeless, detectives and investigators from the Department of Insurance and Contractors State License Board have spent the week in burn areas warning residents to beware of individuals and businesses that seek to take advantage of disaster victims.

“Unfortunately, disasters can bring out the worst in some people,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a written statement. “Vulnerable homeowners are often targeted by unscrupulous contractors and vendors in disasters such as wildfires.”

Detectives and investigators walked the streets and attended town hall meetings to educate residents about how to protect themselves from scams and report suspicious activity to authorities.

They caution people to beware of public adjusters who solicit business from wildfire victims. Public adjusters are prohibited from soliciting contracts from homeowners for seven days following a disaster, according to a Department of Insurance news release, which states that it is a felony for a public adjuster to approach a homeowner for business within that seven-day period.

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James Carney, sitting with attorney Greg Foster on Friday, says he didn’t see Monique Nelson and never meant to kill her.
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Deborah Nelson, left, mother of shooting victim Monique Nelson, reads a statement at the sentencing of James Leo Carney, while standing next to Michelle Husbands, a victim’s advocate. She remembered her daughter as “vivacious, humorous and glamorous.”

In the days after his mother’s murder, “the doorbell would ring, and Jayden would run to the door with a big smile, thinking his mom had finally come to get him,” the 2-year-old boy’s grandfather recalled in a letter read to the court.

“It was very emotional to me,” Richard Bernard Nelson said in the letter, “to see the letdown in his face and the disappointment in his face once the door opened and his mother was not there.”

On Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick sentenced the man who fired the bullet that killed Monique Roxanne Nelson to 21 years in state prison. The jury called the killing of the woman by James Leo Carney III a voluntary manslaughter. Nelson’s family called it murder, and they said it killed a part of all of them as well, and that nobody hurts worse than Nelson’s little boy.

Jayden Butler Nelson is now 6, and he’s never gotten over the violence that caused his mother’s absence. His family told how the boy stutters and cries, about his nightmares of demons chasing him with guns. He remains shattered, they said, by the killing of his mother, who covered him up with her body when a shootout broke out in the parking lot in front of a south Sacramento barbershop where the two of them were picking out some Christmas pictures of themselves 11 days before the winter holiday four years ago.

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Wayne Allen Huntsman, the suspect in the arson that set off the King fire, is arraigned in El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville on Friday alongside his attorney, William Dittman.
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A bus burned in the King fire along with four houses on White Meadows Road in Pollock Pines. The homes were the first confirmed to have been destroyed.

As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, did not speak during the brief arraignment before Judge Gary Hahn in El Dorado Superior Court, and the next hearing was set for Oct. 28.

District Attorney Vern Pierson said afterward that additional charges may be filed “in the very near future” depending on the number of homes that have been destroyed. “There are enhancements when there are more than five inhabited structures,” Pierson said. “At this point, we have not definitely confirmed that’s actually happened.”

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials have been saying since the fire began one week ago that they had no reports of structures being destroyed, but by Friday the remains of at least four homes could be seen on White Meadows Road in Pollock Pines, and fire officials conceded that some structures had been lost.

Raymond Marcos Cortez was killed in December 2011 in North Sacramento. Whatever happened with the case? Did they find the person responsible for this?

– Denise, Sacramento

No arrests have been reported in the shooting death of 25-year-old Raymond Marcos Cortez.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento police received multiple calls reporting shots fired about 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 2011. One call came from a woman reporting that her brother had been shot.

A man reported to be part of the anti-government “sovereign citizens” movement has been charged with federal crimes in the June shooting of a Bureau of Land Management ranger and a California Highway Patrol officer in Nevada County.

The Sacramento Division of the FBI announced that a three-count criminal complaint was filed Friday against Brent Douglas Cole, 61, a Nevada County resident. The charges relate to the shooting of the BLM ranger and CHP officer June 14 in the area of the South Yuba River campground in rural Nevada County.

The criminal complaint charges him with assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, assault on a person assisting a federal officer with a deadly weapon which inflicted bodily injury, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to an FBI news release.

Cole has been in custody since the shooting and currently faces pending charges by the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office. After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, and because the incident occurred on federal land and a federal agent was wounded in the course of his duties, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento and the FBI determined it was appropriate to bring federal charges in the case, officials said.

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Surveillalnce video shows suspects kicking a door at the scene of a residential burglary as the suspect vehicle, a dark-colored SUV.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives seek the public’s help in identifying juveniles believed to be breaking down front doors and burglarizing homes in northeast Sacramento County.

Sheriff’s officials say they believe the male juveniles are responsible for a rash of home burglaries that have occurred since late June and as recently as last weekend.

Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., residents have reported being awakened by the front doors being broken or a similar method of forced entry. After recently obtaining private surveillance video from a homeowner, detectives believe the same suspects are responsible for victimizing numerous residents, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

In the video, two suspects, who appear to be teenagers, can be seen driving up to a home in a dark-colored SUV, then attempting to break into the residence by repeatedly kicking the front door, sheriff’s officials said.

Friday, September 19 2014
Man dies after assault in Rancho Cordova
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A man died in a hospital Thursday night after suffering injuries in assault, Rancho Cordova police reported.

At about 11 p.m. Thursday, police were called to a hospital where a man in his early 60s was being treated. Patrol officers learned that the man had been in an assault in the 3300 block of Mather Field Road.

He later died at the hospital.

Detectives went to the scene of the assault and found that the man and another man had been involved in a mutual altercation. The man who survived the fight has not been arrested.

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The setting sun appears orange Thursday through the billowing smoke of the King fire, which threatens 12,000 homes in El Dorado and Placer counties.

Weary firefighters and relieved El Dorado County residents expressed elation Thursday at word that an arson suspect had been arrested and charged with starting the massive King fire, which has charred roughly 76,000 acres of forest in El Dorado and Placer counties since Saturday and threatens 12,000 homes.

After an investigation that officials said began minutes after the fire broke out in steep terrain near Pollock Pines, authorities late Wednesday arrested Wayne Allen Huntsman, a 37-year-old area resident with a criminal history that includes convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, theft, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Huntsman, who is being held in the El Dorado County jail in Placerville in lieu of $10 million bail, is charged with one felony count or arson of forestland and a special allegation of arson with aggravating factors – the injuries that two firefighters have sustained while battling the blaze.

“A wildfire like this is a very dangerous thing,” El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said at a news conference with sheriff’s and firefighting officials at the Cal Fire facility in Camino, where the arrest was formally announced.

Were there ever any charges filed regarding the KFBK sports guy who was involved in a road range incident up on Interstate 80 a few years ago?

– Joe, Citrus Heights

A father and son were charged with misdemeanor battery in the alleged 2010 road rage attack on KFBK sportscaster Pat Walsh on Interstate 80 north of Auburn.

But a Placer County jury in 2011 found John Patrick O’Neill and his son, Cory Taylor O’Neill, not guilty.

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Betty Ross said her son Tom and a friend were bicycling to a recycling center Thursday morning when he was struck and killed by a vehicle in south Sacramento.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown said he could provide few details on the cause of the accident, but he said Tom Ross was riding in the bike lane when he was hit. According to police, two bicyclists were traveling north on Freeport Boulevard just past 35th Avenue at around 6:30 a.m. when a small SUV hit the bicyclist.

Brown said the driver was a man in his 50s and had passengers, including children, in the vehicle. He spoke with officers at the scene. Neither he nor his passengers were injured.

Betty Ross said Tom, 55, collected cans and bottles, and was riding with a neighborhood friend to a recycling center near Freeport Boulevard and Fruitridge Road. She said the friend was traveling in front of her son and turned around when he heard the crash. The friend was not injured, she said.

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