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Assistance sought by Sacramento FBI office to identify serial bank robber

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / No Comments


The FBI field office in Sacramento is asking for the publics' assistance in identifying a male suspect who has robbed four banks in the region.

The suspect is described as a young Causasian male whose modus operandi includes approaching a teller, presenting a demand note, and after compliance with the demands, flees the area on foot. In none of the four banks that were robbed and in one where he attempted to rob but failed, the suspect did not display or imply he had a firearm. 

The banks that were robbed include the following:

  • Friday, November 23, 2018, at approximately 1:55 p.m. River City Bank located at 239 E Street in Davis
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at approximately 2:05 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 903 Colusa Avenue in Yuba City
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at approximately 1:43 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 1020 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills
  • Friday, February 15, 2019, at approximately 3:25 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 1020 white Rock Road in El Dorado Hills
Additionally, the suspect also allegedly attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1235 Stratford Avenue in Dixon on Saturday, March 2, 2019, but was unsuccessful.
The suspect—believed to be 20 to 30 years old - stands 5’6” to 5’10” tall with a thin build. He has frequently worn hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled over baseball-style caps, dark basketball-style shorts, and black shoes.
Images of the suspect, including a composite developed from surveillance footage from the robberies, are posted above and below. 
Individuals with information about this man may call the FBI Sacramento Field Office. Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. 





Former Oroville resident gets home detention sentence for making mail bomb and threats to ex-Presidents

Friday, March 22, 2019 / No Comments
Kao Xiong. | 

A former resident of Oroville, Calif. was sentenced yesterday at U.S. District Court in Sacramento after entering a guilty plea on January 3, 2019 to making various threats via the U.S. Postal Service.

Kao Xiong, 34, currently a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced to time served plus five months of home detention and three years of supervised release for making false bomb threats. Xiong pleaded guilty to mailing approximately 150 letters Xiong mailed between January and December 2017, containing false information about bombings and assassinations. 

Although the U.S. Postal Service intercepted many of the letters, others were delivered to the intended recipients who were located across the United States, including FBI offices, an airport, a mall, and the current and former presidents of the United States including George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama. One letter was received by a Sunnyvale, Calif. company informing the company that Xiong and others were going to bomb the location. The bomb threat was reported to the Sunnyvale Police Department who responded to the scene to investigate and ultimately reported the incident to the FBI.

Xiong was arrested on December 22, 2017, and remained in custody until May 23, 2018, which is approximately 153 days.




Opinion - Message from Democratic supermajority and health care foundations on reform: No. Relief. Coming.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 / No Comments


By Keith McCallin, PA-C  |     

Dear Sacramentans and nearby Sacramento Neighbors:

On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Superintendent of the Sacramento City school system addressed the school systems insolvency coming in November and, in doing so, described what a take-over of our public school system will look like. The first, and only, words out of the superintendents mouth to explain it all:

                        Health care costs.

Also, on that Friday, there was a Senator Dr. Richard Pan-produced health care symposium at the Sacramento Capitol.  (See the agenda here: https://ph.ucla.edu/events/e-richard-brown-symposium-universal-health-care-california-planning-policy-political )

The clear message sent from our state legislators, who possess supermajority powers, to the Sacramento School district and the California citizenry:

                        No. relief. coming.

We Americans represent 4-percent of the worlds population and we pay 43-percent of the worlds health care costs. 

We northern Californians pay 30-percent more for health care than southern Californians.

The probability that everyone reading these words is underinsured and unaware of this medical trap is likely right at 100-percent. There is a reason GoFundMe for medical bills is a thing and a thing that has been made normal. It is what we are obliged to do to survive our health care system which has us dying slower, sicker and younger.

There are a myriad of forces spending vast sums of money to block health care reform and they are getting their money’s worthAll of us are easily able to identify the most powerful of these forces because they are the medical corporations whose billboards line our freeways.

But there are others who play their nefarious part who go unnoticed. One example is a group of organizations known as the health care foundations, where the California Endowment is but one organization in that group.

Please find the time to read the attached document (posted below) because what we do not know about health care foundations is substantial. And, because the price we pay for not fixing health care involves far more than the ridiculous price of insurance bills and medical bills.

PLEASE NOTE:  The attached letter is a communication sent from this California health care advocate to other health care advocates and organizations here in California and across the country.




Defendant convicted of kidnapping, rape of Cosumnes River College student

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 / No Comments


A man charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, was convicted this morning in a jury trial at Sacramento Superior Court. 

Raphael Garcia was also convicted to on two counts of sexual penetration, attempted rape, and lewd acts with a minor. On October 26, 2015, Garcia dragged a female Cosumnes River College student into a men’s bathroom on campus and sexually assaulted her. 

The next day, in a separate incident Garcia touched and sexually propositioned a 15-year-old high school student near the same campus. Los Rios and Sacramento police were able to Garcia to these crimes through DNA evidence and the quick-thinking 15-year-old victim, who took a photo of Garcia with her cell phone. 

Sentencing will be on February 4 and Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 27 years to life in prison. 




South Sacramento shooting being investigated as homicide

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / No Comments


The Sacramento Sheriff's Department is investigating a South Sacramento shooting this morning as a homicide.

The shooting on the 7800 block of Orchard Woods way was first report just before 9:30 a.m. today in social media. According to most recent information a suspect described as Black male in his late teens or early 20s.

The suspect was seen fleeing the scene with a handgun. No other information is currently available. 




Perfect for a cool night - Double Rainbow Chicken Soup

Monday, January 7, 2019 / No Comments


With many cool nights still ahead, the fresh soup provides a rainbow of key nutrients vital for healthy skin, immune function, circulation and vision in fewer than 180 calories per serving.

Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch rainbow carrots, chopped
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, chopped
  • 1 bunch dino kale, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 green onion, sliced for garnish


  • Preparation

    In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over high heat. When oil begins to smoke, add chicken and sear 5-6 minutes on each side to brown. Add onion, garlic, carrots and chard and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Garnish with sliced green onion.

    One big bowl of soup supplies 100% of vitamin C and 20% of potassium needs. And thanks to the rainbow vegetables, this soup also supplies colorful pigments such as beta-carotene, lutein and cryptoxanthin, which along with vitamin C and potassium, support heart health and ward off chronic ailments such as cancer and high blood pressure.  - Dr. Liz Applegate

    Recipe compliments of Nugget Markets.



    Father convicted of kidnapping son from protective custody sentenced to 36 years to life

    Friday, January 4, 2019 / No Comments


    A Shasta County man who was convicted in March 2018 was sentenced today for the kidnapping of his infant son.

    David Watson was sentenced in Superior Superior Court to 36 years to life in prison. Watson convicted of kidnapping while personally using a knife and parental child abduction. 

    In September 2016, the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force conducted a probation search at the home where David Watson and Christina Bell had been residing. Bell, who was home at the time with the couple’s 5-month-old baby, was arrested for child endangerment and drug-related charges. 

    As a result of the search, the child was placed in protective custody and Shasta County Children’s Services placed the child with Bell’s mother, who resides in Sacramento County and obtained legal temporary guardianship of the baby. On October 12, 2016, Watson and Bell went to have a supervised visit with their child at the home of Bell’s mother. 

    During that visit, Watson removed the child from the residence, pulled out a knife and proceeded to leave with the baby. Watson and Bell returned to Shasta County with the child. 

    The next day Bell was arrested on October 13, 2016. Watson was found with the baby and arrested on October 15, 2016. On January 30, 2017, Christina Bell pled no contest to child abduction and was sentenced to 364 days in jail.