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Fire officials arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 37, of Sacramento, for allegedly igniting the Bully fire.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials arrested a Sacramento man late Friday for allegedly sparking a Shasta County wildfire that has burned 2,930 acres and destroyed six buildings.

Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 37, was arrested at the origin of the Bully fire, which began Friday afternoon and caused the evacuation of 50 homes in Ono, southwest of Redding, said Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire spokesman.

The fire allegedly started when Smoke drove a large rental truck off-road and into an illegal marijuana grow site near Roaring Creek and Sargent roads, Berlant said. The truck’s exhaust ignited dry grass, he said.

Investigators found and detained Smoke near the site about 10 p.m. Friday. The Shasta County Marijuana Eradication Team seized more than 180 plants at the site. The rental truck was filled with soil, Berlant said.

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Sacramento Fire Station No. 17

Sacramento police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection to the death of a 14-month-old girl brought to a local fire station Friday evening.

Guyland Washington was booked Saturday in the Sacramento County Jail in connection with the child’s death. The girl, who police said had multiple injuries, was taken to Sacramento Fire Station No. 17, in the Robla area north of Interstate 80, at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Fire station personnel transported the child to UC Davis Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Sacramento Police said that infant was in Washington’s care at a home on Andy Circle while the mother, 20, was at work. When the woman returned home, she saw that her daughter was in need of medical attention. She and Washington took the child to the fire station for help, police said.

Washington was later arrested at the house. A search of Sacramento Superior Court records found no cases for Washington.

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Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail.

Who is Alix Catherine Tichelman? Police say she's a high-priced call girl from Folsom, arrested and accused of injecting a client, a 51-year-old Google executive, with a fatal dose of heroin before leaving him to die on a boat moored in the Santa Cruz harbor last fall.

A Sacramento man is in custody and another is sought in connection with an assault Thursday near San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said the incident occurred about 5:50 p.m., about two hours after a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s ended, but was not related to the game or the rivalry between the teams.

He said an argument occurred between two groups, and two people were allegedly assaulted by the two men. One suspect, identified as 31-year-old Francisco Lopez of Sacramento, was arrested by Sacramento police in the 1000 block of Glenrose Avenue in North Sacramento late Thursday. He was booked into jail in San Francisco about noon Friday. Esparza said police have identified a second suspect, also believed to be from Sacramento, but they have not released his name.

Esparza said the assault followed an argument. Lopez reportedly punched a 28-year-old San Jose man, and a 27-year-old woman from Oakland, who tried to break up the fight, was allegedly punched by the second suspect. The woman fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

Ken Skogen

A decorated Placer County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teen who was volunteering at his department, according to authorities.

Deputy Ken Skogen, a seven-year veteran most recently assigned to patrol, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of four felony counts, including unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Skogen, 35, is suspected of having a sexual relationship in 2011 with a 17-year-old girl who was a volunteer at the time with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation that led to Skogen’s arrest began after another deputy alleged to sheriff’s officials that Skogen had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the victim, prosecutors said.

There was a gang shootout between two sides in Del Paso Heights in the ’80s or ’90s. I think it was over gang-related territory. What was the outcome and who was involved?

– Sarah, Sacramento

The Bee’s archives include an account of a running gun battle through the streets of Del Paso Heights in February 1988 that involved feuding cliques of a North Sacramento gang.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and two others, including a 17-year-old who was wounded, were booked on suspicion of firing a gun at an occupied building.

A man convicted of torture and domestic violence for pouring boiling water over a woman’s head has been sentenced to seven years to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury in April found Sofronski Brookins, 31, guilty of aggravated mayhem, torture and a domestic violence assault charge. It also found true that he personally inflicted bodily injury and that he had a prior conviction for domestic violence, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan.

On Aug.17, 2012, Brookins became angry with the victim. He boiled a pot of water, held the victim against her will and poured the boiling water over her head, causing second-degree burns over 17 percent of her body and significant scarring, authorities said.

Two young boys died Friday morning when the car in which they were riding struck a tree on Jefferson Boulevard south of Clarksburg.

Officer Joelle McChesney of the California Highway Patrol said the single-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m.

A 2004 Honda Civic was northbound on Jefferson Boulevard south of Central Avenue. For some reason, the driver turned the vehicle to the left, which caused the Honda to rotate as it traveled across the southbound traffic lane and onto the dirt shoulder where it struck a tree. Upon impact, the vehicle was severed in two.

A 2-year-old boy, who was in the rear seat, and a 5-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, were ejected from the car. The driver, a 42-year-old woman, remained in the vehicle as the front portion came to rest near the tree.

Friday, July 11 2014
Woman guilty in stabbing death

A Sacramento Superior Court jury found a woman guilty Friday of first degree murder in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Foothills resident.

Delina Williams, 45, faces 26 years to life in prison in the Oct. 24, 2011 incident, the office of District Attorney Jan Scully said.

Williams stabbed the 27-year-old Foothill Resident over 50 times on the head, neck, chest and back in Brock’s Emerald Oaks apartment during an argument.

Brock’s body was found more than a week after the stabbing. Brock’s mother and her mother’s boyfriend were concerned after not hearing from her and found her apartment door unlocked. Brock’s car was missing but was found outside Sacramento County, where Williams abandoned it after fleeing the murder scene. Williams tried to pay for gas using Brock’s credit card.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office
James Lee Johnson

A security guard was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography after deputies said he left a computer thumb drive with incriminating evidence at his job.

James Lee Johnson, 49, of Citrus Heights was booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of possessing child pornography after his arrest Thursday night.

Deputies said that he left a computer thumb drive at a Los Lagos security office-guard shack off Auburn Folsom Road in Granite Bay were he worked. After remembering he had left the portable data storage device behind, Johnson called another employee to ask him to place it in his work mailbox, according to a Placer County sheriff’s press release.

The employee looked at the contents of the thumb drive and found child pornography, according to the release. The employee then reported what he found to the sheriff’s office.

Roseville police are investigating the death of a man who died from injuries suffered Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Harding Boulevard.

Fire personnel and officers were called about 10:30 p.m. Thursday to the 200 block of Harding Boulevard where Robert Justin Skipper, 28, of Oroville, had been hit while crossing the street.

Roseville police said he had tried to cross the street at mid-block when he was hit by a pickup being driven northbound on Harding Boulevard by a Sacramento man.

The 48-year-old driver stopped to speak with police officers after the crash. Skipper was taken by ambulance to a Roseville hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

A three-alarm fire hit the Happy Harbor Bar & Grill in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Friday morning.

The fire at the two-story restaurant east of Brannan Island State Recreation Area at 731 West Brannan Island Road was reported about 6 a.m. Friday, a fire dispatcher said. Fire units were still on the scene at 7:45 a.m.

Details were expected later Friday morning.

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