East Area Rapist Suspect Has Been Caught

By Paul Scholl and Rich Peters  |  2018-04-25

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert addressed hundreds of media members, law enforcement agents and politicians on Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at the District Attorney Crime Lab in Sacramento. Photo by Rich Peters

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney’s Office have confirmed a significant break in the search for the East Area Rapist.

Law enforcement sources have named 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo as the suspect arrested in the case.

Many law enforcement agencies, both local and federal, converged on DeAngelo's home in Citrus Heights on Wednesday, April 25. He was arrested at approximately 2:30 am. He was booked on two counts of murder from a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department warrant. Agencies were later seen removing boxes of evidence from the home after the arrest.

DeAngelo lived in a neighborhood near Old Auburn and Twin Oaks, on Canyon Oaks Drive.

This case has been open for decades. Law Enforcement believes the East Area Rapist or Golden State Killer was responsible for at least 12 homicides, approximately 50 rapes and some 120 home burglaries. All the crimes spanned a decade starting in the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s throughout the Sacramento region, the San Francisco Bay Area and in Southern California.

The East Area Rapist is believed to be responsible for at least nine sexual assaults in Sacramento, six more in Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights, four in Carmichael and two in Orangevale.

The FBI web site states: “Burglaries and rapes began occurring in the eastern district of Sacramento County—hence the name East Area Rapist—in the summer of 1976. The subject ransacked homes and took coins, jewelry, and identification. Neighborhood burglaries were often followed by clusters of sexual assaults. Then, on February 2, 1978, Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood when they were chased down and murdered. After July 1981, no associated incidents are known until 1986, when an 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Irvine, California—the last known crime associated with the subject.”

“For us here in Sacramento it was a time of innocence in 1976,” said Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert at Wednesday’s press conference. “For anyone who lived here the memories are vivid.”

The Sacramento DA’s Office confirmed DeAngelo was employed twice with law enforcement agencies, including the Auburn Police Department. 

News reports say neighbors claimed DeAngelo was occasionally prone to profane outbursts heard throughout the neighborhood. It was also reported that he has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years.  Neighbors were shocked that all this was happening in their neighborhood. Later reports said DeAngelo is now on suicide watch.

"It is the most prolific unsolved serial killing case probably in modern history," said Schubert. “This case affected the entire state.”

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told the media that agencies also report that the East Area Rapist was also known as the Golden State Killer, the Original Night Stalker and the Diamond Knot Killer.

Schubert, who is passionate about the pursuit of justice through DNA evidence and cold case prosecution, formed the Cold Case Prosecution Unit in 2002 and served as its first prosecutor. 

“The answer was in the DNA,” Schubert explained. “It is fitting that today is National DNA Day.”

Skatetown Ice Arena to Host the Capital Classic Hockey Tournament May 26-28 

By Placer Valley Tourism  |  2018-05-17

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with Capital Thunder Youth Hockey to bring the inaugural Capital Classic Hockey Tournament to Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville over Memorial Day Weekend. 

Youth hockey teams from throughout the state will be coming to compete from May 26 to 28.  The tournament has a four game guarantee for all teams and will showcase four age divisions for players 9 to 18 years old. 

"Visiting teams from a number of different cities in California including Santa Rosa, Fresno and Lake Tahoe as well as our local teams will be participate in our first ever Capital Classic," explained Capital Thunder's Tournament Director Frank Ligas. 

"We are so excited to be hosting this tournament at Skatetown," added Ligas.  "Ice Hockey is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the country and Capital Thunder would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning more about the game to come see these kids play over Memorial Day Weekend." 

Games will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 and continue throughout the day.  Sunday, May 27 teams will return to the ice at 9 a.m. and battle it out all day again. The top two high school teams will play the championship game at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 28 to see who gets crowned champion of the Capital Classic!  

There is no fee for spectators and concessions are available to purchase on-site. Mark your calendars and come on down to Skatetown at 1009 Orlando Ave in Roseville to catch the intense action on the ice!  

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New Mental Health Program Targets Pre-teens

By Sac County News  |  2018-05-17

​​SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has awarded Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services more than $2 million dollars in grant funding as part of Senate Bill (SB) 82 Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act third round crisis triage grant funds. ​

Sacramento is one of 11 counties to receive this third round grant funding aimed at increasing mental health services in schools for youth ages 11-14 years. 

“As we continue to build out our services continuum, we are including more services targeted at youth,” says Uma Zykofsky, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director. 

This funding will allow Sacramento County to position three, two-person mental health service teams in three targeted middle school campuses within Sacramento County. Sacramento County’s Children and Youth Crisis Service Needs Assessment revealed gaps in the existing service continuum on school campuses for students, including a lack of awareness of mental health issues for children and crisis services. This program aims to​ close these identified gaps. 

The new program, Safe Zone Squad, will consist of a Youth Advocate Mental Health Worker and a Mental Health Counselor. Each team will have designated and consistent office hours to support walk-in crisis needs and to create a dependable presence. Each middle school campus will have a dedicated team so that students see the same team members throughout their days. The teams will work with students, faculty and parents to help demystify and destigmatize mental illness, provide education on managing escalating stress and learning how to identify and help someone who is distressed. 

"This grant is very important to Sacramento County. We are making great strides in creating a more complete responsive continuum of care for our community,” adds Zykofsky. “This grant helps bring education and behavioral health services together."

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The Force Holding Animal Abusers Accountable

By Sac County News  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Animal abuse, neglect and cruelty is more prevalent in our region than most people know. Local animal regulation agencies work cases every day, pulling animals out of precarious living conditions or caring for animals that were victims of abuse or neglect. 

One of the most popular recent situations was the puppy Thomas, found on the side of the road – clearly injured. X-rays showed he had been struck in the skull with a blunt object, shattering his skull causing severe injury to his head and eyes. 

The Bradshaw Animal Shelter, where Thomas was brought by a kind citizen after finding him, immediately began lifesaving treatment to manage his pain and treat the infection spreading in his body. Meanwhile, the shelter went public with Thomas’s story – asking for any information about Thomas. No one came forward with information and Thomas’s abuse/cruelty case is still unsolved. 

The good news is that through the generosity of the shelter’s non-profit, T.E.A.M. (Teaching everyone Animals Matter), Thomas was able to get brain surgery and is now living a nearly normal life. 

Thomas is just one example of hundreds the area animal shelters see every year. Because of the serious nature of the crimes seen, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office launched an Animal Cruelty Task Force – comprised of representatives from each animal shelter in Sacramento County and the Sheriff and Police Departments. ​

Together, these agencies are working to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for abuse, neglect and cruelty to animals. Research shows that the link between animal abuse and crimes committed against persons is strong. Often, animal abuse is a gateway to crimes against humanity. With the help of the task force, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley is looking to put a stop to this progressively violent behavior. 

Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley on why she felt this task force collaborative was critical:

“For too many years in Sacramento it has been the worst of scenarios for animals.  Prosecution relies on both law enforcement and animal control to make animal abuse investigation more of a priority within their agencies.​

Law Enforcement more often than not, doesn’t receive training in animal abuse.  Like any other crime, animal abuse constitutes violations of the Penal Code and law enforcement is responsible for investigating them.  ​

At the same time Animal Control agencies have lacked training their officers as investigators.  The officers all need to develop the ability to take statements, write reports and understand their responsibilities to develop and investigate cases.  Our community expects that both animal care and law enforcement officers are performing their duties so that violators are accountable.  

We have formed the task force to unite these agencies, share successes and learn from failures.  Many on the force share an affinity for animals.  We can only improve by communication, working together and joining all forces.”

 

The Animal Cruelty Task Force is just one example of progressive collaboration efforts across County agencies and across jurisdictional lines – all with the goal of creating a Sacramento Countywe all love. 

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Kings Draw Second Pick in NBA Draft Lottery

Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - In what will be arguably the most important draft in Sacramento Kings history, the odds have already bounced in their favor. They made the biggest jump in Tuesday night’s lottery, moving all the way from the projected seventh overall pick to the second slot behind the tank-happy Phoenix Suns. It is the first time in the modern lottery era that the kings have held a top three pick.

But with a long, dismal history of draft selections recently highlighted by Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, does it even matter at all? For what it’s worth, this is a deep draft class headlined by Deandre Ayton out of Arizona, Luka Doncic out of Real Madrid, Jaren Jackson out of Michigan State, Marvin Bagley III out of Duke and Trae Young out of Oklahoma, to name a few. The talent is definitely there.

The Suns appeared to have their sights set on Ayton all season long as they gloriously tanked. He looks ready to make an immediate impact in the league and keeping him in the state of Arizona makes sense. However, Suns new head coach, Igor Kokoskov, was Doncic's head coach when he won the 2017 EuroBasket title and is big on his guy. This may change things in the Kings’ favor yet again heading into the draft.

The Kings have a lot of options, but if Ayton fell to the number two pick Sacramento would have no choice but to take him. The 7’0”, 260 pound, 19-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his freshman year. “Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick,” according to SI’s latest Top 100 Prospect Rankings. “His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade.”

Ayton would be a no brainer for Sacramento, as it is extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his arsenal. But it surely won’t be that easy, it never is for a Kings organization that hasn’t reached the playoffs or finished with a winning record since 2005-2006.

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American Heart Association Collaborates to Create Healthier Environments for Children in Early Child Care

By American Heart Association  |  2018-05-15

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Several child care and children’s organizations in California have collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) and joined the fight to create healthier environments for children by supporting funding allocation for programs that follow well researched healthy early care standards.

Currently, there is no state funding allocated for child care providers who wish to implement healthy early care standards. Thirty-three percent of providers stated they did not have enough money to make the healthy changes they wished to incorporate in their site.

AHA wants California to establish funding for dedicated technical assistance and grant opportunities for child care providers in low-income communities to implement healthy activities such as healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time limitations in their center or home.

“Early childhood programs can establish healthy habits for preschoolers like less screen time and more physical activities, which in turn will improve health outcomes,” stressed Jessica Sims, MD, Board Member, American Heart Association Los Angeles and Regional Medical Director, AltaMed Health Services. “Child care providers want to provide healthy environments for children, and they must be supported with resources. This is the opportunity,” Sims added.

With 433,000 California children spending a large part of their day in early care and education programs, such as Head Start, child care, Early Head Start or pre-kindergarten, many child care providers know the importance of caring for children properly and creating and reinforcing healthy habits.

Providers and parents want standards that will help all children grow up at a healthy weight. They want kids to:

  • Have access to healthy meals and snacks full of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains;
  • Be served more water or milk instead of sugary drinks like fruit drinks, sports drinks, soda, and sweetened waters;
  • Be physically active; and
  • Limit time spent watching TV or in front of a computer or tablet. 

Quality early care education can help shrink the achievement gap, improve health outcomes, and increase lifetime earnings. To learn more, go to http://www.heart.org/HealthyECE.

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cinema at the State Theatre in Auburn Presents: The Girls in the Band

By Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2018-05-15

Monday, May 21, 2018 ~ 7 pm

They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers - just to play the music they loved.

THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the fascinating stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 20's to the present day.  These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

“Our greatest satisfaction will come if this film can inspire a new crop of young female jazz musicians to stand on the shoulders of those early pioneers and to reach for the stars.”
 --  Judy Chaikin, Producer/Director/Writer

“A visual and aural feast for the senses… this is no dusty historical monograph: The Girls in the Band swings…Chock full of great music, dancing, and performance clips.” -- Ken Jacobson, PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY -

Sponsored by Soroptimist International of the American River.

Monday, May 21, 2018 ~ 7 pm

Run Time 1h 27m

General Admission: $8

Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156

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SBA Disaster News - One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded California small nonfarm businesses in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties of the June 13, 2018, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low‑interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive rain in San Joaquin County that occurred Oct. 1, 2016 – May, 1, 2017.
 
According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact,” said Garfield.
 
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.
 
The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
 
By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Oct. 13, 2017.
 
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

Particularly concerning, in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in California. This is the highest number reported since 1995.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

“STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms. Most people infected with an STD do not know it.”

CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness. CDPH is working with the California Department of Education and community groups to implement the newly enacted California Healthy Youth Act, which mandates comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education in schools.

Other state efforts leverage innovative strategies such as courses for medical providers and teachers, expedited partner treatment to local clinics, and free and low cost online ordering options for home delivery of condoms and STD test kits. For more information, visit the CDPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch.

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California Kicks Off 2018 Summer Travel Season in Record Numbers

By AAA  |  2018-05-14

According to AAA’s first travel forecast of the summer, nearly 5.2 million Californians are projected to travel over the upcoming three-day weekend.

Nearly 5.2 Million Californians Will Travel Over Memorial Day Weekend

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and Californians are expected to kickoff the unofficial start of summer in record numbers.

According to AAA’s first travel forecast of the summer, nearly 5.2 million Californians are projected to travel over the upcoming three-day weekend. This is an increase of 5.3 percent from last yearand the highest number on record for the holiday. AAA projects that 41.5 million Americans will travel nationwide, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Northern California. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Californians all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season.” 

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Travel Forecast

  • 2018 will be the seventh straight year of state growth and fourth consecutive year of nationwide growth during the holiday period.
     
  • More than 4.3 million Californians will drive to their destinations, an increase of 5.2 percent over last year.
     
  • Nearly 528,000 Californians are taking to the skies this Memorial Day, increasing air travel by 7.5 percent over last year. 

Outsmart traffic by avoiding worst times to hit the road
For those traveling by car, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip. 

Although these travel times might look daunting, be glad you're not driving through the core of the Big Apple: The largest delay in the nation is expected to occur in New York City, where a normal 23-minute commute on I-95 West is predicted to take 2 hrs & 18 minutes, 506% higher than normal
 

 

    Name          

Region Peak Normal Travel Time Predicted Travel Time Delay % Delay Speed (MpH)
I680 N San Francisco Bay 5/25/2018
3:15 PM 
53 mins 1 hrs & 7 mins 13 mins   25% 12.6
US101 N San Francisco Bay 5/23/2018
4:30 PM
31 mins 59 mins 28 mins 89% 16.7
US101 S San Francisco Bay 5/28/2018
2 PM
16 mins 43 mins 27 mins 172% 23.2
CA37 E San Francisco Bay 5/24/2018
4:30 PM
52 mins 1 hrs & 30 mins 37 mins 71% 11
CA37 W San Francisco Bay 5/25/2018
3:30 PM
20 mins 34 mins 14 mins 69% 28.7
I80 S San FranciscoBay 5/29/2018
7:45 AM
36 mins 40 mins 4 mins 12% 22
I80 N San Francisco
Bay
5/25/2018
5:30 PM
41 mins 45 mins 4 mins 10% 19.3
I680 S San Francisco
Bay
5/24/2018 5:15 PM 13 mins 18 mins 5 mins 41% 45.3

The top domestic destinations for Memorial Day weekend, based on AAA travel bookings, are:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Higher gas prices not deterring travelers
The 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. California gas prices are nearly 70 cents higher compared to last year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. 

Lower hotel, airline and car rental costs make up for higher gas prices
Travelers can expect some relief in their wallets when paying for car rentals and most mid-range hotels. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average daily cost of a car rental this Memorial Day is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11 percent cheaper than last year at an average at $59. Travelers will also save on AAA Three Diamond hotels, which are trending 14 percent less expensive than last year, with an average rate of $186 nightly.

Before setting out for Memorial Day, download the free AAA Mobile app. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, make travel arrangements, access exclusive member discounts, request roadside assistance and more. Learn more at www.AAA.com/mobile.

The 2018 Memorial day holiday period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. 

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to its 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago.  Visit AAA.com for more information. 

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