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3 people dead after SUV slams into bicyclist, tree


Three people died in a collision between an SUV and a bicyclist in Sacramento Thursday afternoon.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a female cyclist and a female passenger in a Chevrolet Tahoe died in the crash at Howe Avenue and Birney Way. The male driver was transported to an area hospital with major injuries, but later died.

The passenger killed in the crash was identified as 24-year-old Reness Pojol of Citrus Heights.

According to the CHP investigation and witnesses, the SUV was speeding on southbound Howe and when it suddenly veered into northbound lane, striking the 53-year-old cyclist who was riding her bike against the traffic. The impact threw the woman from the bike about 100 feet and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sacramento resident shoots suspected home intruder


SACRAMENTO - A homeowner took matters into their own hands Friday morning when they discovered a suspected intruder in their home.

Sacramento County sheriff's dispatch said deputies received a call around 3:39 a.m. of multiple shots fired on Glenwood Road in the Arden Manor neighborhood. Upon arrival, deputies found a man with a gunshot wound on the ground, trying to crawl away from the home.

Deputies classified the suspected intruder's injuries as life threatening.


CHP: Man who reported minivan stolen was driving in fatal crash


The California Highway Patrol said a man who initially reported his minivan stolen was actually driving the vehicle and under the influence of alcohol when it was involved in a crash that killed a woman in September in Arden-Arcade.

Joseph Yakshin was arrested Thursday and booked on charges of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony Hit and Run causing death and serious injury, felony driving while under the influence causing injury, felony filing of a false police report and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

CHP said Yakshin was driving a minivan that ran a red light and struck a vehicle at about 12:59 a.m. Sept. 15 at El Camino and Walnut avenues. The passenger in the vehicle that was struck, Deadra Griffin was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver and two other passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, the CHP said.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


Man shot, injured outside Arden restaurant


A man was wounded in a shooting outside an Arden-Arcade restaurant Saturday around 5 p.m.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was shot while in his car in an Applebee's parking lot on the 2000 block of Arden Way, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital to get treatment.

Bowman said the victim got into an argument with another man who then shot the victim. Investigators are still working on a suspect description.


Michael Lyon facing drug allegation


A well-known former Sacramento-area real estate company principal was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

Julie Wherry, Sacramento County Probation Department Division Chief, said probation officers went to Michael Lyon's home Wednesday morning because he had missed a scheduled visit with the probation department. Officers searched Lyon's home and subsequently arrested him on the aforementioned allegations.

Lyon, 58, is the former president of Lyon Real Estate. He stepped down in 2010 after being arrested on accusations that he secretly videotaped relatives and others in his homes. In 2011, Lyon pleaded guilty to four counts of felony electronic eavesdropping. He served jail time and home detention and received four years probation.

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Thursday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics.

Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted fairness in tactics, it was rare because a very high burden of proof is required to establish bad-faith.

"CMTA appreciates Ken's work on this bill - it demonstrates his commitment to reform the difficult regulatory climate in California,” said Jack Stewart, President of California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “He understands that we need to find ways to make regulations less burdensome and reduce compliance costs such as the frivolous litigation this bill will discourage."