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Name of suspect in Friday's attempted robbery, fatal pursuit

Name of suspect in Friday's attempted robbery, fatal pursuit


The Sacramento County Coroner has identified a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank on Friday and fleeing from police.

Michael Parker, 45, died following the crash.

At about 4:30 p.m. Friday a suspect believed to be Parker tried to rob El Dorado Savings Bank at 47th and J streets. He passed a note to a teller stating that he would take hostages if his demands were not met.

The bank, however, would not give him money, and the suspect left empty-handed.

Witnesses were able to describe the man and his car and give investigators his license plate number, allowing police to track him down a few miles away.

A pursuit ensued through city streets and on to the Capital City Freeway. The suspect exited the freeway at 30th Street and hit a tree near 30th and C streets.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.


SACRAMENTO - Another day of wind kept firefighters on the run across Northern California, battling grass and brush fires.

A fire alongside Sacramento's old dump beside the Capitol City Freeway sent city fire crews on the offensive shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The windswept blaze burned 8 acres before it was contained. Arson is suspected and police have detained a suspect for questioning.

A fire that broke out in Elk Grove along Civic Drive was contained to about 1 acre. The blaze was caused by someone mowing the grass in the middle of a windy day.

"This week is a classic example of when you should not be doing defensible space," Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. "In the hot temperatures, dry conditions and a little bit of wind, that's gonna allow a fire to quickly spark and ignite and spread very, very quickly."

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season


The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats


Hidden cash drops have not come to Sacramento … yet.

But one donor is taking up the spirit of Twitter account @HiddenCash and is hiding donuts across the Sacramento area.

Twitter user @HiddenDonut popped up Wednesday in response to the anonymous cash drops of $20 and $100 bills that appeared last week in San Francisco.

"Hiding donuts throughout Sacramento to make people smile and feed their hunger!" the @HiddenDonut profile reads.

The first donut drop was at Hughes Dog Park in Roseville. The find was tweeted about at 10:16 a.m. Thursday.

The fourth donut drop happened Saturday. The first clue for the drop was tweeted at 7:07 a.m., followed by two others.

Three arrested following report of man with rifle on rooftop


ID=9612957SACRAMENTO - Three people were arrested Monday afternoon after police received a report of a man on a rooftop with a rifle.

Those arrested include a 32-year-old man who is facing gun charges and charges for fleeing police as well an 18-year-old man charged with harboring a fugitive. The names of the suspects have yet to be released. A woman whose name or age have yet to be released also was arrested on felony warrants.

Officers had been searching for the man in the area north of Arden Way near Evergreen Street and Santiago Avenue.

Additional details were not immediately available.


What is Memorial Day like for veterans?


For veterans, Memorial Day is a day to honor those lost in war and talk about their experiences while in service.

On Friday, veterans gathered in front of Arden Fair Mall for as a new flag pole and a memorial plaque were put into place.

During the ceremony, outgoing mall Security Chief Steve Reed, who served in Vietnam, and other vets shared what they saw overseas. Family members of those who died overseas also shared their grief.

Watch the full story below:

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How Fleming hid from law enforcement for 16 days

How Fleming hid from law enforcement for 16 days


ELK GROVE - When investigators revealed Friday that murder suspect Orville "Moe" Fleming had essentially been hiding under a bush for two weeks -- close to where law enforcement began its manhunt -- it was hard for many to believe.

However, a tour of the dense vegetation in the field next to an Elk Grove neighborhood, near Apricot Woods Way and Black Kite Drive, showed plenty of potential hiding places for 55-year-old Fleming.

The grassy, weeded fields used to be 14-year-old Logan Black's playground, but after Elk Grove police found Fleming's Cal Fire truck abandoned nearby on May 1, Logan's parents kept the boy clear of the area.

"We stayed away for a little. I was kind of scared to go down here," Logan said.