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Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

Family of Man Shot 14 Times by Cops Wants Charges

Lawyer says police 'acted like big game hunters'

(Newser) - The family of a man killed in July by Sacramento police after 911 callers reported he was waving a knife and acting erratically demanded Monday that two officers face murder charges after dash-cam video revealed they talked inside their police cruiser about running him down. He dodged the cruiser twice... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Cops: Mom Staged Daughter's Abduction

She was angry with the girl's father, they say

(Newser) - Shavaughn Vaughn told police on Tuesday that her daughter was missing and that she suspected the 10-year-old’s father was hiding her somewhere. The report sparked an eight-hour search in Sacramento, complete with helicopters, the Sacramento Bee reports. In an interview with CBS 13 , Vaughn began to cry as she... More »

Tiger Killed by Mating Partner at California Zoo

Attack occurred within moments of introduction

(Newser) - A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said. The male tiger became aggressive with the 15-year-old Baha minutes after a physical introduction, the zoo said in a statement.... More »

Man Arrested in Stabbing of Train Hero

Sacramento suspect didn't know who Spencer Stone was, cops say

(Newser) - A man accused of stabbing Paris train hero Spencer Stone in the back last month has been arrested on an attempted murder charge and is being held without bail. Police in Sacramento say James Tran, a 28-year-old gang affiliate with a criminal history, was arrested early Wednesday and no other... More »

American Who Foiled French Train Attack Is Stabbed

Spencer Stone was attacked in Sacramento

(Newser) - One of the three Americans who helped stop an apparent terror attack aboard a French train is hospitalized in Sacramento after being stabbed, reports KCRA . The details on what happened to Spencer Stone are fuzzy, but police say the assault took place about 12:45am outside a stretch of popular... More »

World-Record Egg Hunt Descends Into Chaos

Also, no record as crowd scrambles for 510K eggs in Sacramento

(Newser) - In 2007, a Florida Easter egg hunt featured a record-setting 501,000 eggs; yesterday, Sacramento, Calif., sought to break that record with 510,000. But things didn't quite go according to plan, the Sacramento Bee reports. Instead of waiting for all the eggs to be distributed and organizers to... More »

Convicted Eco-Terrorist Freed as FBI Admits Error

Eric McDavid is released after 9 years because prosecutors withheld evidence

(Newser) - A man handed a 19-year prison sentence for environmental terrorism is out after serving nine years—and he's no longer an eco-terrorist in the eyes of the law. Eric McDavid, convicted in 2007 of plotting to attack the Nimbus Dam, a US Forest Service lab, and cellphone towers near... More »

Surgeon Successfully Operates on Doctor Who Delivered Him

Robert Kincade replaced retired obstetrician's aortic valve

(Newser) - Almost half a century ago, a Sacramento obstetrician named Jim Affleck delivered an infant named Robert. Now that baby has grown into a doctor himself, and he recently performed a successful heart surgery on Affleck, ABC News reports. Dr. Robert Kincade, 45, replaced Affleck's aortic valve, and now the... More »

Suspect Held After 3 California Deputies Shot

1 officer killed in shootings across two counties

(Newser) - An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander today during a series of shootings that spanned more than 30 miles through two California counties. After a search in the Sierra Nevada foothills this afternoon, a suspect has been taken... More »

Feds Raid Calif. Capitol for First Time in 25 Years

State senator is target of corruption probe, sources say

(Newser) - FBI agents swooped down on the offices of a California state senator and the Latino Legislative Caucus in the first raid of its kind in the state's Capitol since the "Shrimpscam" corruption scandal 25 years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. Law enforcement sources say Sen. Ron Calderon—... More »

Cops: Graffiti Tagger Died in High-Rise Stunt

He was dangling from 9 stories in the air

(Newser) - After locals spotted a body dangling from a Sacramento building yesterday morning, police have been postulating about what he was up to. Their theory: The 30-something man, who was hanging from at least nine stories up, was a graffiti artist. He had a rope tied around him, rappelling-style, and a... More »

2 Killed at Sacramento NYE Celebration

Fireworks canceled after gunman also wounds 3

(Newser) - Sacramento pulled the plug on a New Year's Eve midnight fireworks show after five people were shot, at least two of them fatally. Tens of thousands of people had gathered in the Old Sacramento district for an earlier fireworks display when shots rang out near a bar, CBS reports.... More »

Shamans Among 4 Killed in California Home

Couple raised chickens for healing, says family

(Newser) - Two "shamans" from the Hmong community were among four people shot dead in a Sacramento home over the weekend. An armed house guest was wounded when he confronted the gunman, police told the Sacramento Bee . Investigators believe one of the dead males is the shooter who stormed the home,... More »

4 Dead in Sacramento Home Attack

Gang members involved in possible home invasion: police

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to sort things out after four people were shot and killed in a Sacramento home last night. After officers were called to the home on the 7600 block of 18th Street around 10:40 yesterday they found three men and one woman in the home dead of... More »

Suspected Teen Rape Victim Jailed

'She's a victim, not a criminal,' says her lawyer

(Newser) - A 17-year-old suspected rape victim is being held in a California juvenile detention facility to ensure that she'll show up to testify against her attacker. She failed to turn up at a preliminary hearing for her suspected assailant, forcing prosecutors to refile the case. “The last thing we... More »

Physician Assistant Wins Harassment Award ... of $168M

Ani Chopourian likely set record for any single worker: LA Times

(Newser) - A former physician assistant in the cardiac unit of a Sacramento hospital apparently made a very convincing case that the surgeons there were a bunch of jerks and leches: A jury awarded her $168 million in damages for workplace harassment, believed to a record amount in the US for any... More »

Flier Tasered at Calif. Airport

Edwin Barton loses it after having to go through screening twice

(Newser) - Here's a new one in the ongoing battles between airline passengers and security. Now a flier has been been zapped with a Taser—three times—for becoming "unruly" during a security screening in California. New Hampshire flier Edwin Barton, 26, walked into the Sacramento Airport off his Southwest... More »

Prison Shrink Accused of Faking Rape

Calif. woman sought move to better nabe, police say

(Newser) - A Sacramento prison psychologist faked her own rape in the hope her husband would move them to a safer neighborhood, authorities say. Laurie Ann Martinez even allegedly cut her lip with a pin, had a friend punch her with boxing gloves, and peed her pants to make the attack seem... More »

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