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Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed


The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

Rancho Cordova teen arrested for gas station robbery


Detectives for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested 19-year-old Jovante Taylor for robbery and gun charges.

Investigators said Taylor, of Rancho Cordova, robbed the Valero gas station in the 10600 block of Coloma Road on April 2.

Police said surveillance video shows the robber enter the gas station in the evening with a gun and steal some merchandise. Rancho Cordova police said they used physical evidence at the scene to identify Taylor.

Taylor is being held in the Sacramento County Jail on $100,000 bail.


Man wielding knife shot by Rancho Cordova police


A man was shot by Rancho Cordova police after he threw a knife at officers early Saturday morning.

Rancho Cordova Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. One officer was hit in the leg with the knife; the extent of the officer's injury was not available.

Officers responded just after midnight to a home in the 9900 block of Zion Way after getting a call from family members, who reported a drunk man at the house was trying to fight people inside.

Bowman said the man, who is in his late 40s, was holding a folding knife in each hand when he met officers in the front of the house. Officers ordered the man to drop the weapons but he refused. Bowman said the man then threw a knife at the officers, hitting one in the leg.

Rancho Cordova homicide victim identified


Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified a man who was shot and killed in Friday as 49-year-old Michael Elder.

Detectives are investigating Elder's death as a homicide. They currently have no witnesses, and no motive has been identified.

A local business called police after finding Elder unconscious on Egmont Way and Viking Drive around 7 a.m. in Rancho Cordova. Police said Elder was unresponsive and declared dead at the scene.

Elder is survived by his two sisters, Joanne Young and Diane Smith.


Police investigating dead body in Rancho Cordova


A man's body was found in a neighborhood off Bradshaw Road in Rancho Cordova, and investigators are calling his death a homicide. A person went to a business in the area off Lincoln Village Drive and reported seeing a man he thought was unconscious around 7 a.m. Friday.

Rancho Cordova officers called emergency personnel, who determined the man had died. Investigators say the man was shot, however they do not know motivated it. The man's identification has not been released at this time, pending family notification.

Anyone with information or who may have see what happened Friday morning, is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.


Prop. 47 changes Rancho Cordova woman's criminal history


Almost 3,000 inmates have been released in California because of Proposition 47, a voter-approved law that reduced some non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

State officials said it's helping solve California's prison overcrowding problem, while some are worried about the consequences it's having on public safety.

For one Rancho Cordova woman, Prop. 47 is a second chance at life.

"Now, that all my felonies are gone, it opens up a whole new door," Toni Hunter said.

On Friday, a judge reduced her felony convictions to misdemeanors under Prop. 47.

"I'm just elated," Hunter said.

Hunter said her criminal history started when she stole baby formula and diapers for a friend. After that, came more petty theft charges, prison time and probation. And then, she failed to report a change of address on time.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex


A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.