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Missing woman pulled from river, family suspects foul play

Missing woman pulled from river, family suspects foul play

SACRAMENTO – Loved ones said the body pulled from the river at Discovery Park Friday afternoon is that of missing woman Mary Norman.

According to family, authorities identified her through her tattoos. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office officially identified the body as Norman on Saturday.

Although Norman's body has been recovered, her death is a mystery.

"We want to know what happened. We want to know. We want that comfort for us," friend Michelle Smith said. "We have to explain to her children why mommy's not there, why mommy's not coming home no more."

The 27-year-old mother of two disappeared Tuesday night. She was on a boat near Sand Cove Beach with a group of people, including her boyfriend, when she somehow ended up in the water.

1 person injured in Arden-area house fire

A person is in critical condition after a fire at their Arden-area home Tuesday morning.

The blaze was on the 3500 block of East Country Club Lane and was reported just before 6 a.m., according to Capt. Michelle Eidam with Sacramento Metro Fire District. She said firefighters arrived to find heavy flames pouring out of the front of the single-story home.

Crews went inside the residence and found the one person, Eidam said. Paramedics took over and transported the victim to an area hospital.

There were no other injuries.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

1 killed, i injured in Sacramento crash

A 27-year-old woman died and her 28-year-old passenger was injured in a solo-vehicle crash early Monday morning.

The collision was at Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard a little before 1:04 a.m., according to the Sacramento Police Department.

The initial investigation suggested the women were headed southbound on Howe when the vehicle hit the signal light pole on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Emergency responders described the passenger's injuries as serious and she was transported to a local hospital for care.

No names were released.

It appeared alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said.

Thousands celebrate at Sacramento Pride Festival

Thousands celebrate at Sacramento Pride Festival

Downtown Sacramento was full of color for the 30th Annual Pride Festival Saturday.

An estimated 10,000 people flooded the Capitol Mall between 3rd and 7th streets to celebrate the day and enjoy a parade along N Street.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center Executive Director David Heitstumann said the event is much more than a big festival.

"It's our largest community engagement program of the year for the center and it brings a lot of connections between community organizations and people from throughout the region, not just here in the central city," Heitstumann said. "It provides support as you said, financial support for our programs that we operate year-round."

The LGBT community continued the movement to bring "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans out of the shadows and into everyday society," the festival's website said.

Man found shot to death in Sacramento parking lot

SACRAMENTO – A man was found shot to death on the 3000 block of Bell St. Friday morning.

Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesperson Lisa Bowman said deputies were called to the scene around 5:30 a.m. and found 34-year-old Kareem Johnson deceased in the parking lot of the location. The Sacramento County Coroner's released the victim's identity on Saturday.

Neither a suspect description, nor a motive for the shooting were provided.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword 'SSD', or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

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."