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Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle


Sacramento police need the public's help finding a suspect vehicle in an injury hit-and-run case.

A bicyclist, a woman in her 40s, was going south on the 6800 block of 24th Street around 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 when she was hit by a SUV. Police said she suffered serious injuries.

Through the investigation, detectives believe the SUV to be a 1996-2001 Ford Explorer or a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. Police said it is a dark colored SUV and would have damage to the right front headlight area, with possible damage to the right front hood area.

Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse

Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento police are investigating the death of a baby girl who was taken to a fire station with a traumatic injury.

The 14-month-old girl was in a state of medical distress when she was taken to Sacramento Fire Station No. 17 around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The baby was then transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Police said homicide detectives were called to the hospital to investigate because the baby had unexplained physical trauma. Investigators haven't determined a cause of death. Her identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Detectives found that the mother's boyfriend was taking care of the toddler while she was at work. When the mother returned home, she saw that the girl needed medical help. She and her boyfriend then took the baby to the fire station.

2 young children killed when mom's car hits tree


CLARKSBURG, Calif. -- Two young children were killed late Friday morning when their mother lost control of her car and slammed into a tree, splitting the Honda Civic in two.

A toddler, a boy, was found in the rear portion of the car, still strapped into a child seat. His brother, believed to be 5, was strapped in the right front passenger seat.

The two sections of the vehicle came to rest about 40 feet apart at the edge of an onion field along Jefferson Boulevard just south of Central Avenue.

Their mother was moderately injured and was alert when first responders arrived, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Goldhammer, but may have been unaware that her two boys were killed.

Goldhammer said the Civic was southbound on Jefferson when it drifted across the northbound lane and hit the tree. He said it appeared the driver made no effort to stop.

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion


SACRAMENTO - Law enforcement and animal control were called to East Sacramento after a mountain lion was spotted early Saturday morning.

Sacramento Police Officer Doug Morse said A resident called 911 at 1:35 a.m. to report seeing a mountain lion in the area of 58th and M streets. Then around 3 a.m., another resident called to report seeing the mountain lion near 36th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

A lieutenant responded to the area around 4 p.m. and saw what appeared to be a mountain lion at 36th and R streets, near the light rail tracks, Morse said. The animal jumped over a chain link fence and moved toward Highway 50.

Around 10:21 p.m., an officer located the mountain lion inside the yard of a home in the area of 32nd and X St.

California Department of fish and wildlife officials were called to the scene and sedated the animal without incident.

Missing woman pulled from river, family suspects foul play

Missing woman pulled from river, family suspects foul play


SACRAMENTO – Loved ones said the body pulled from the river at Discovery Park Friday afternoon is that of missing woman Mary Norman.

According to family, authorities identified her through her tattoos. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office officially identified the body as Norman on Saturday.

Although Norman's body has been recovered, her death is a mystery.

"We want to know what happened. We want to know. We want that comfort for us," friend Michelle Smith said. "We have to explain to her children why mommy's not there, why mommy's not coming home no more."

The 27-year-old mother of two disappeared Tuesday night. She was on a boat near Sand Cove Beach with a group of people, including her boyfriend, when she somehow ended up in the water.

Thousands celebrate at Sacramento Pride Festival

Thousands celebrate at Sacramento Pride Festival


Downtown Sacramento was full of color for the 30th Annual Pride Festival Saturday.

An estimated 10,000 people flooded the Capitol Mall between 3rd and 7th streets to celebrate the day and enjoy a parade along N Street.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center Executive Director David Heitstumann said the event is much more than a big festival.

"It's our largest community engagement program of the year for the center and it brings a lot of connections between community organizations and people from throughout the region, not just here in the central city," Heitstumann said. "It provides support as you said, financial support for our programs that we operate year-round."

The LGBT community continued the movement to bring "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans out of the shadows and into everyday society," the festival's website said.