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Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com
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The King fire in El Dorado County exhibits no signs of slowing its fiery march with a total of 18,544 acres now burned.

The fire is growing in different directions, said Calfire spokesman Robert Little. The fire, burning since Saturday northeast of Pollock Pines, grew about 6,000 acres overnight.

“The biggest priority is to keep it from advancing south into Pollock Pines and from going west into Swansboro,” said Little.

Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol reports Wednesday that a portion of Highway 50 near the King fire remains closed Wednesday until further notice.

Roseville police say a man used a meat cleaver to attack a relative in a bloodless assault.

Timothy McKown, 33, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and carrying a concealed cleaver in connection with the alleged attack Monday morning at an apartment in the 1000 block of Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard.

Police said that a family argument escalated into a fistfight and that McKown struck the male relative on the arm with the meat cleaver and then ran away. Fortunately, the cleaver’s blade was dull and the victim only suffered bruising.

Officers later found McKown at the intersection of Main Street and Foothills Boulevard. He was booked into Placer County Jail with his bail set at $80,000.

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Wednesday, September 17 2014
Burglars ring first, steal later in Roseville

A Roseville woman who ignored a ringing doorbell probably gave the impression to burglars that nobody was home, police said.

A resident in north central Roseville heard someone ringing her doorbell several times about 10 a.m. Sunday but decided not to come to the door. Shortly after that, she heard come commotion downstairs and went to take a look.

She surprised two young men in hooded sweatshirts unplugging her living room television. The burglars grabbed the TV and ran.

One fled in a car and the other ran away. Officers could not find the suspects.

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City of Davis
The Davis Police Department recently acquired a $689,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle at no cost from the military, part of a federal program that lets the Defense Department dole out excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies.

Controversy erupted in Davis this summer over its police department’s recent acquisition of a surplus armored vehicle from the Pentagon. But did you know Citrus Heights and South Lake Tahoe also received high-powered mine-resistant vehicles?

The Sacramento Police Department got eight grenade launchers.

In all, California police agencies used a federal program to acquire about 420,000 military items worth a total of $150 million from the Pentagon, according to new federal data released by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

The military gave California police agencies roughly 8,000 M16 assault rifles, 100 mine-resistant or armored vehicles and 45 helicopters, along with myriad other items under the program, which was initiated in the mid-1990s.

Its been almost 10 years now that Manuel Alexander was murdered Oct. 3, 2004. Has anyone been charged or is there any progress in the case?

– Jon, Sacramento

The slaying of 33-year-old Manuel Alexander, a former bail bondsman who was kidnapped from his from his Pocket-area home, remains unsolved.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, police received a call at 11:37 p.m. reporting a robbery and kidnapping at Alexander’s residence on Still Breeze Way. The person who called said four men had entered the home, assaulted Alexander and demanded money.

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Hector Amezcua/ hamezcua@ sacbee.com
A security guard sits in front of the Bank of the West branch on Thornton Rd. in Stockton that was robbed Wednesday by three men who took three hostages. Two suspects and a hostage were killed after a shootout with police.

A man sought by police in connection with a fatal July bank robbery in Stockton met with investigators Tuesday and was then released.

Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, was wanted only for questioning with regard to the July 16 Bank of the West robbery, according to a Stockton Police Department news release.

Police announced Monday that a 16-year-old boy had been arrested and booked into San Joaquin County juvenile hall, accused of being an accessory to the fact and gang offenses. The youth, whose name was not released, allegedly took the suspect vehicle, a Buick, that was used to deliver the three gunmen to the bank on July 16 and dropped it off on West Street in Stockton. The Buick was recovered July 18.

Police said Monday that Ruvalcaba was wanted for questioning as possibly being the driver of the car that delivered the gunmen to the bank.

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CalPERS Board of Administration
Charles Valdes

The man accused of battery and other charges on a former CalPERS board member who later died made a brief court appearance Tuesday and had a preliminary hearing set on his pending case.

Clarence Irdell Munson, 55, is charged with battery, corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant and elder abuse stemming from an Aug. 24 incident with Charles P. Valdes, 74, who died on Sept. 2.

Prosecutors say they are waiting for a determination from the coroner’s office on Valdes’ cause of death and that no law enforcement agency has notified them that a homicide investigation is underway.

Munson’s lawyer, Roderick MacKenzie, made a motion in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday to have the case against his client dismissed, according to Deputy District Attorney Noah Phillips.

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Randall Benton/ rbenton@sacbee.com
Defendants and their attorneys are flanked by bailiffs in Sacramento Superior Court on Aug. 20, the day Louis and Lonnie Mitchell were convicted of murder in the “barbershop” murder trial.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of a man in his vehicle earlier this month in Arden Arcade.

Joe Miles, 23, was booked on suspicion of homicide in the shooting of Marquelle Jones. Miles was also booked into jail Monday night on two other counts: suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm into a vehicle.

On Sept. 9, deputies responded to a call reporting a shooting in the 2000 block of the Alta Arden Expressway, near Ethan Way in the Arden Arcade area.

Jones, 25, who apparently had been driving, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the center median, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

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Elk Grove police department
Car crashes into Elk Grove preschool

A car plowed into an Elk Grove preschool Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries to two of the young students inside.

Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said that at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday a car went through the wall of the Phoenix preschool, 3050 Babson Drive. The driver was dropping off her child at the school when she apparently hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Trim said.

The car traveled about 6 feet into the preschool, punching a hole about 10 feet wide through the exterior wall. Children were in the classroom when the crash occurred.

“As you can imagine, a lot of them are very shaken by what happened,” Trim said. “Two of the kids had minor abrasions but not as a result of being hit by the car. They were injured by debris.”

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Avery Hill

Sacramento police announced the arrest of a third suspect in the May shooting at a Natomas park in which a man was killed and six other people, including a 7-year-old girl, were injured.

Sacramento homicide detectives traveled to Las Vegas on Friday and took 22-year-old Avery Hill into custody. Hill was arrested on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide and booked into Sacramento County jail. Warrants and additional charges are pending, according to a Police Department news release.

Two other men, Orlando Rhinehart, 28, and Kelly Thomas, 22, were arrested in August in connection with the shooting, which occurred about 5 p.m. May 10. Police said two armed gunmen pulled up in a vehicle on the east side of Peregrine Park in the Gateway West neighborhood. The pair approached a group of about 50 people gathered for a child’s birthday party and fired shots. One armed partygoer returned gunfire.

Jacoby James, 29, was killed in the shooting. Six other people were taken to area hospitals and later released.

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Folsom police displayed weapons found at the Carmichael home of a convicted felon, where they also reported recovering audio and visual equipment stolen from a storage unit belonging to Bayside Church.
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Audio and visual equipment belonging to Bayside Church was recovered after Folsom police served a search warrant at a Carmichael home Monday.

Folsom police say information provided by a citizen led to the recovery of church audio and visual equipment reported stolen last week, along with other stolen property, guns and drugs.

Detectives searched a home on Wildomar Way in Carmichael on Monday afternoon after receiving information regarding the whereabouts of equipment belonging to Bayside Church, according to a police department news release. Police on Friday had requested information regarding the theft of the church’s equipment between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from a storage container on the Folsom Middle School campus. Philadelphia Insurance and InterWest Insurance Services Inc. offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and recovery of the stolen items.

After receiving the tip from the citizen, police obtained a warrant to search the Carmichael home. Inside, they found audio and visual equipment stolen from the church, and detectives reported that most of the equipment that was taken is believed to have been recovered.

Police also found two stolen vehicles, an enclosed trailer and a watercraft, as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms. In addition, police said, detectives discovered numerous weapons, including three handguns, two rifles, an assault rifle and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

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Randy Pench/ rpench@sacbee.com
People in a Pollock Pines gas station parking lot watch as a large smoke plume billows from the King fire in El Dorado County as it continues to spread and burn through dry conditions on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
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Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com

The number of acres burned by the timber-devouring King fire in El Dorado County grew overnight as the wildland blaze continues its advance through remote foothill canyons.

So far, a total of 11,570 acres have burned near the south fork of the American River, just northeast of Pollock Pines. The fire began meekly on Saturday just off King of the Mountain Road, east of Pollock Pines.

But on Monday the fire roared, spreading at a high rate of speed in steep terrain. At nightfall, the total burned was 8,600 acres and the fire was just 5 percent contained.

Overnight, the fire grew nearly 3,000 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Tuesday. Containment remained at just 5 percent.

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