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Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

The Center for Sacramento History (CSH) is excited to share a recently completed project: they have digitized 126 Sacramento Police Department (SPD) and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office mug books and uploaded them to the Internet Archive. 


CSI: Old City Cemetery

CSI: Old City Cemetery

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Dig into the sordid underbelly of Sacramento's past and learn how dogged investigators were able to solve some of the worst crimes this city has seen. Step into the boots of those Sherlock Holmes' of the graveyard shift and uncover the secrets of early crime detection.

The tour convenes at the10th Street gate. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets. The tour costs $10 per person (cash only) and will be collected at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales are limited to the first 50 sold. For more information, call (916) 448-0811. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Suspect in custody after multi-county shooting and manhunt

A suspect is now under custody after reportedly shooting three police officers and one person, who the gunman attempted to car hijack. The suspect was accompanied by a female, who was taken under custody earlier Fri afternoon. The Sacramento County and Placer County police searched for the suspect, and ultimately captured him in a home on Belmont Dr in Auburn. So far two of the shooting victims, a Sacramento and a Placer county Sheriff's Deputy, have died.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Rocklin homicide victim identified

ROCKLIN - Rocklin police are investigating the city's first homicide since 2007.

Officers responded to a 911 call Saturday night reporting a stabbing victim on the 6200 block of Swan Court.

Officers found a 51-year-old man inside of a house bleeding from the chest, said police Capt. Lon Milka.

The victim was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he died a short time later, Milka said.

Police released the victim's name Monday. He was Robert Earl Vickney, Jr. and he lived at the home where he was found.

Milka said detectives at the crime scene determined that an argument took place during a party at the home between the victim and a 20-year-old man.

The argument escalated into a physical fight in which Vickney Jr. was stabbed in the chest with a knife, according to Milka.

5 teens suspected in beating of elderly man

ROSEVILLE, CA - A 79-year-old Roseville man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after being assaulted by five youths in front of his home on the 900 block of Douglas Boulevard, say police.

Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Dept. said the man went outside of his home around 12:26 a.m. to ask a group of noisy kids to move along, when the youths charged him, knocked him down and began hitting and kicking him.

Don Viescas, Sr.'s son was working on his truck, just a few feet away, and witnessed the attack.

"He just said keep it down, take it down the street, just take it somewhere else," the victim's son Don Viescas, Jr. said. "They were on my dad and they all got a punch in. They all got a kick in."

He described what one teen did with a river rock from the front yard.

Couple accused of stealing from kids soccer club

ROSEVILLE, CA - A Carmichael married couple was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of embezzling $173,000 from a Roseville Youth Soccer organization.

Christopher L. Sanford and Heather Jo Sanford, both 40, were accused of embezzlement, grand theft and conspiracy, Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.

Heather Sanford was the treasurer for the soccer club from 2011 to 2012, during which time she is suspected of stealing money from the organization. Gunther said Sanford would write checks from the soccer club's account to her husband Christopher Sanford, who would then make cash withdrawals. Also, Heather Sanford allegedly used the organization's debit card to make personal purchases.

The organization reported Heather Sanford to the police in November. It took police nearly five months to investigate the Sanfords before they were arrested on Wednesday.

Both were booked into Placer County Jail on $173,000 bail.