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Stockton Police Get Tip, Seize 400 lbs. of Illegal Fireworks

Monday, June 26, 2017 / No Comments

Based on a tip, the Stockton Police Department seized over 400 pounds of illegal fireworks.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 the department's Fireworks Task Force, which is comprised of Stockton Police officers and Stockton Fire personnel, responded to the 3100 block of Trident Street in Stockton.

Upon arrival, the garage door was open and team members observed illegal fireworks in plain view. Officers arrested William Yanes, 37, of Stockton on felony charges related to possessing illegal fireworks.

After making sure all the illegal fireworks were safely removed, the Task Force believe they seized between 300 to 400 pounds of illegal fireworks with a value of approximately $10,000.

Sacramento Downtown, Midtown Shootings, Homicide Under Investigation

Saturday, June 24, 2017 / No Comments
The S Street murder is under investigation by the department's
homicide division. 
Two Saturday shootings in Sacramento, one resulting in a homicide, are under investigation by the Sacramento Police Department.

The first incident under investigation occurred late on the morning of Saturday, June 24 on the 1000 block of J Street in downtown Sacramento. According to information posted on the police departments's social media feeds, the shooting victim is in serious condition but is expected to survive that attack.

The suspect is described as a white male, 250 to 300 lbs. and is known to frequent the area of the shooting. The unknown suspect fled on foot and is currently at-large. 

The second incident occurred early in the afternoon in the midtown area near 13th and S Street. This incident is being investigated by the department's homicide division.

No further information on the homicide has been released. 

All The Health Insurance Companies’ Men Attack

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By Carmen Balber, Capitol Watchdog   | June 23, 2017 |  

Special to Sac Metro News  |

Whenever health insurance companies face real political pressure they know it’s best to change the messenger. Their executives and spokespeople clam up and turn to paid surrogates who attack reformers in order to take the public’s eye off the ball: health industry price gouging.

With the heat turning up nationally for California single payer proposal Senate Bill 562 (Lara),  which threatens to upend industry profiteering, the same paid attack dogs who came out against regulating skyrocketing health insurance premiums are back.

Exhibit A: Capitol flack Steve Maviglio. Maviglio was paid more than $145,000 by the health insurance companies to stave off health insurance premium regulation Proposition 45 in 2014, which would have required state approval before health insurance companies raise rates.  

Now, as health insurance premiums skyrocket in the double digits in California, Maviglio has been tagged in again by the health insurers and is going after the sponsors of SB 562’s gouging relief, the California Nurses Association, for hard-nosed tactics to hold lawmakers accountable.

Maviglio, the official corporate stalker of Capitol Watchdog sponsor Consumer Watchdog, has a history of some bald-faced lies, including disseminating fake news videos with a phony photo portraying the house of Consumer Watchdog’s founder as a Soprano-like castle.  Ironically, Maviglio actually owns a castle in Italy, named San Stefano, and his industry paydays help keep the lights on.

Another insurance company voice rising recently against California’s single payer proposal is Micah Weinberg; Weinberg also served as the industry’s media mouthpiece against premium regulation Prop 45 so the health insurance companies didn’t have to show their face. That initiative received 44% of the vote in 2014 despite a $57 million campaign against it by the insurance companies in the lowest turnout election in California history.

Weinberg is paid by the Bay Area Council, whose board members during the Proposition 45 campaign included Bernard Tyson, the CEO of Kaiser, and Paul Markovich, CEO of Blue Shield. These companies donated a combined $31 million to the No on 45 Committee. 

A Covered California sycophant, Weinberg claimed Prop 45 would do violence to its structure and that the exchange could keep premiums down without giving power to the elected insurance commissioner to deny excessive rates.

Weinberg might be asked as he appears on the campaign trail against SB 562 how well that’s worked with double digit premium hikes plaguing Californians in and out of Covered California, after they were denied the relief that Prop 45’s rate regulation would have provided.

Still, the Bay Area Council is openly corporate. Maviglio does everything he can to hide his corporate paymasters. He appears to have lied, for example, when he said he wasn’t working for Mercury Insurance in that company’s twice-failed ballot attempt to deregulate California’s auto insurance market (Prop 17 in 2010 and Prop 33 in 2012).

Maviglio did not disclose he was being paid by a subvendor to Mercury Insurance, Wayne Ordos, while he was on the attack against Consumer Watchdog for preventing Mercury and its CEO for charging drivers more when their insurance lapses, even if they stopped driving. It was a safe guess that he was working for Mercury, given that his Google search ads targeting Consumer Watchdog disappeared the day after election day 2012.  But it was only after the election, when he had to file ethics forms to work for the Assembly Speaker, that he disclosed a consulting contract with Ordos worth up to $100,000 in income.  

The same state ethics forms revealed Maviglio’s financial ties to fracking companies: Maviglio owned up to $1 million in oil company Linn Energy while working for the Assembly Speaker to stop fracking regulation.  And just last month, new Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman reportedly hired and quickly fired Maviglio for his corporate conflicts, including working for AT&T against the interests of communications workers.

Which corporate apologist will take up the bludgeon against SB 562 next?

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Sacramento County Imposes Alcohol Ban Along American River During Rafting Gone Wild Event

Friday, June 23, 2017 / No Comments

Sacramento County will imposed a two-day alcohol ban along the American River. The two day ban is for Saturday, June  23, and Sunday, June 24.

The ban is a result of the non-permitted event – Rafting Gone Wild – planned for both days.     

The event being advertised for Saturday and Sunday has a strong focus on alcohol consumption, which contributes greatly to public safety concerns. 

As a result of the potential risks to the community including park visitors, rescue personnel and law enforcement, the Director of Regional Parks has issued an alcohol restriction for this Saturday and Sunday. Violations of the alcohol restriction will be strictly enforced.

Sacramento Sherriff's Makes Arrest in Murder Case From 2012

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / No Comments

Today the Sacramento County Sheriff announced an arrest had been made in a murder that occurred on August 20, 2012. 

The Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Shamar Armstrong, 24, of North Highlands for the murder of 24-year-old Andrew Coy.  

On August 20, 2012, deputies responded to the 5700 block of Haskell Avenue regarding an assault. While responding to the call, deputies received updated information that the victim may also have been shot, but no further details were given. 

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found Coy unresponsive inside a residence, having sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body. Despite attempts by deputies to perform life-saving measures, the victim succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene. 

A marijuana deal was set up between the victim and the suspects. The suspects met for the marijuana deal at a residence, and once inside, the suspects pulled guns on the victim and his friends and demanded money. During the incident, one of the suspects shot Coy in the upper body. 

Armstrong also shot at one of Coy’s friends but missed. The suspects fled the scene in a dark colored, four-door sedan.

Through the investigation, detectives were able to determine that Armstrong was at the scene, and was one of the three suspects involved in the murder of Andrew Coy. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and submitted a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest. 

Just before 11:00 p.m. on June 20, deputies located Armstrong on a vehicle stop near Roseville Road and Longview Drive in Sacramento. He was arrested for his warrant without incident.

Armstrong was arrested for murder and attempted murder and booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail. He is currently ineligible for bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on June 23, 2017.

Detectives are still looking to identify the other two suspects that were involved in the murder. They were described as two black male adults in their 20’s. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Sacramento G-Mobb/Guttah Validated Gang Member Convicted of Firearm Possession

Thursday, June 15, 2017 / No Comments

A member of the G-Mobb/Guttah gang was convicted of two felony counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.

In a verdict that was issued yesterday, Todd Williams, a verified gang member was convicted in a jury trial Todd Williams was convicted by a jury of two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true a gang allegation on both counts. 

On August 17, 2016, Williams was in car that law enforcement attempted to stop. Williams fled from the car, and officers gave chase. 

When Williams was apprehended, he was found to be in possession of two loaded firearms. Williams has a prior 2010 strike conviction for accessory after the fact to attempted murder with a gang enhancement and had previously served 7 years in prison for this offense. 

Williams faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and 8 months in prison. Sentencing is set for July 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 22 before the Judge Russell Hom.

Sacramento Police Looking For Attempted Murder Suspect

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 / No Comments

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking information on a suspect wanted for an attempted murder in Southern California who is known to have been in the area in the last four days.

According to information released by the Pomona Police Department, 25-year-old Sammeon Waller (Pictured) is wanted in connection with the attempted murder of his 82-year-old grandfather. The event occurred on or around Friday June 9, 2017 in Pomona, Calif. 

A vehicle was taken from the scene and later recovered near J and 3rd streets in downtown Sacramento. Although Waller's destination is unknown, Pomona PD investigators believe he may still be in the Sacramento Area. 

Waller should be considered armed and dangerous. If spotted, citizens are encouraged to contact local law enforcement immediately via 9-1-1.