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John Heilmann Named New West Sacramento Fire Chief

John Heilmann Named New West Sacramento Fire Chief

John Heilmann, Deputy Fire Chief of the Operations Division at UC Davis and the City of Davis Fire Departments has been appointed as City of West Sacramento’s next fire chief.

Heilmann formally served in the West Sacramento Fire Department as Fire Division Chief of the Training Division, and also as Captain, Engineer and Firefighter... Read More

Fatal pickup crash at Graffiti Bridge in West Sacramento

A man believed to be in his 70s was pronounced dead following a crash Friday morning in West Sacramento, police said.

The name of the victim has not been released. West Sacramento police said at about 7:45 a.m. the man crashed his sports utility vehicle into what is known as the Graffiti Bridge on South River Road and Gregory Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The roads were expected to be closed for several hours Friday morning while police investigated.

Police: Kidnapping report unfounded; girl located

West Sacramento police said reports of a kidnapping Tuesday afternoon were unfounded.

Police said the high school-age girl was found at home and was fine. Police said the kidnapping claim was unfounded.

Lt. Tod Stockman said this claim and a report of a different kidnapping on Monday - a woman being pulled into a white van -were accurate, but exaggerated. The reports were a result of a dispute within one family.

Stockman said no crime was committed and no charges will be filed.

Around 3:30 p.m., an eyewitness reported seeing two men grab the girl near the intersection of Lisbon Avenue and Solano Street and put her into a white van. On Monday, a woman who lives along the same block claimed to see a woman being pulled into a white van. Stockman said both reports turned out to not be abductions.

Tow truck caravan remembers slain driver


Tow truck driver Michael Bower, 29, was struck and killed on the job by an unknown vehicle in West Sacramento on February 23 as he tended to a disabled vehicle.

To honor him, tow trucks from everywhere in Northern California circled around Dixon twice this morning before ending at Octavio's Towing yard where Bower worked. That was where drivers held a memorial for one of their own.

The tow trucks were in the dozens.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

Family of Hwy. 50 hit-and-run victim wants answers

The family of a tow truck driver hit and killed on Highway 50 in West Sacramento want the person responsible for his death to come forward.

Michael Bower, 29, was forced to pull over when his tow truck stopped working around 8 p.m. on Monday. Police believe a passing big rig hit him near the Jefferson Boulevard exit.

"I just didn't think it was real," Bower's wife Jamie Bower said. "He was a hard-working father. He loved his kids and wife."

Bower leaves behind two daughters.

"It's hard to lose someone you've known for so long," Bower's friend and coworker Stephen Kipker said. "A piece of me is gone."

Kipker was friends with Bower for 10 years and worked with him at Octavio's Towing Company out of Dixon.

California Highway Patrol said Bower was putting away highway safety triangles when he was struck by a driver that kept on going.

Slow-speed pursuit leads to suspected car thief's arrest in Davis

A suspected car thief led police on a slow-speed chase Monday between West Sacramento and Davis, West Sacramento police said.

The car was reported stolen Monday evening in West Sacramento. Police spotted the vehicle and chased it onto Interstate 80 towards Davis.

Officers were able to spin the vehicle around and stop it on Richards Boulevard in Davis without injuring the suspected thief or other drivers, police said.

The thief was then arrested. His name has not been released.