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Widow of slain officer: He 'loved catching the bad guys'

SACRAMENTO - The widow of slain P.O.P. (Problem Oriented Policing) officer Danny Oliver shared some personal moments in a heartfelt interview with reporters on Monday.

A strong, yet very emotional Susan Oliver fought back tears when speaking of her late husband.

"He was a prankster. He was a hard worker. And that he gave his life for everyone in his community," Susan said.

The 47-year-old was gunned down Friday in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Arden Way. Oliver was checking on a suspicious vehicle when authorities say he was shot and killed by suspected gunman, Marcelo Marquez.

"He never said he was afraid of dying or anything like that. He always said, 'you have a little fear, otherwise you're not going to see the things around you that could hurt you,'" Susan recalled.

Two sheriff's deputies killed; suspect in shootings captured


"This man was on a one-man crime spree" is how one law enforcement official described shootings in Sacramento and Placer counties Friday that left two sheriff's deputies dead, a third wounded, and a bystander shot.

Suspect Marcelo Marquez, 34, was taken into custody after hiding in an Auburn home following a six-hour manhunt that began with the fatal shooting of Sacramento County sheriff's deputy Danny Oliver.

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.