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March 31, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A 19-year-old seeking adventure by hopping freight trains and riding the rails was killed by three transients who were also riding illegally on the trains, Roseville, Calif., police said. Detectives last week announced they had arrested three train hoppers -- two men and a woman -- in connection with the March 2013 killing of John Paul Alpert of Palmdale. Alpert attended community college and left his family to go on a “first-time adventure” by hopping aboard trains and riding the rails across California, police said.
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NEWS
April 17, 1989 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
C.K. McClatchy, chairman of the McClatchy chain of newspapers in California, Washington state and Alaska, died Sunday after collapsing while jogging in Sacramento. A soft-spoken man known for his abiding independence, McClatchy, 62, was jogging in William Land Park, near a school bearing his family's name, when he apparently suffered a heart attack, said McClatchy Newspapers President Erwin Potts. "He was just a great friend and a great boss," said Potts, who knew McClatchy for 13 years.
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April 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Two employees have been fired and three others disciplined at a Las Vegas hospital accused of "patient dumping" -- sending mentally ill patients to other states, including California. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that 10 of roughly 1,500 patients discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital had been placed on buses within the last five years without "a support system/family/friends/housing at the destination," the Sacramento Bee reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Comedian Katt Williams avoided jail Thursday when he was sentenced to 90 days of community service after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer in Sacramento. The original sentence was 180 days in county jail, according to the Sacramento Bee , but the judge converted it to the community service stretch with the other 90 days stayed if he does the work and stays out of trouble. The charge was originally a felony vehicle code violation. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots The chase that sparked the charge occurred last November, during a rough patch for the comic as he played dates on the West Coast and bumped up against the law repeatedly along the way. Driving a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, Williams led police on a chase through sidewalks and walkways in downtown Sacramento after they approached him on a disturbing-the-peace complaint, Fox40 News reported at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
The Sacramento County coroner on Tuesday identified a man who died nine stories up an office building in what appeared to be an attempt at producing what's sometimes called "extreme graffiti. " Craig Fugate of Vancouver, Wash., was found dead hanging outside the downtown Sacramento building Monday. Police said he appeared to be attempting to vandalize the facade of the building; a spray-paint bottle and a tool for etching glass were found on the roof of the building. Police have been targeting daredevil taggers, who have vandalized such landmarks as freeway signs and the walls of the L.A. River.
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November 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The fate of a 9-year-old Lodi boy whose family was killed in a car crash last month remains up in the air as he continues to recover from his injuries. A relative told reporters at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento on Tuesday that three weeks after the crash claimed the lives of Eden Miranda's parents, three siblings and his mother's unborn baby, talks about where he will end up are ongoing. Luis Miranda Ochoa, 32; his wife, Viviana Rodriguez Saldado, 31, who was seven months pregnant; and three of their children, Irvin, 12, Jose, 6, and Stephanie, 5, died in the crash.
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October 23, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Former Democratic state Assemblyman Tom Calderon has decided not to run next year for the state Senate seat being vacated by his brother, Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), friends and associates said Wednesday. The decision was not a surprise to many watching the campaign, including former campaign advisors who noted he had raised little money for the election. In June, the FBI served search warrants on the office of Sen. Ron Calderon as part of a public corruption investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A former Sacramento police officer was ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a 75-year-old stroke-impaired woman in 2010. Gary Dale Baker is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17 on two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral sex, two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, the Sacramento Bee reported . Baker, 50, remains free on $1-million bail. The burglary-related offenses could bring Baker a life term in prison if convicted, the paper reported.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Marion Adams, 59, the track and field coach and an assistant football coach at Rio Linda High in Sacramento, died after he was impaled by a parking-lot barrier outside the stadium where he coached. Adams was riding his bicycle out of the parking lot Monday night when he turned to wave at a student. While looking back, he biked into the end of the yellow bar that drops down to allow cars access to the parking lot. The bar impaled him in the stomach. Students rushed to his aid and called 911, but he died of his injuries a few hours later at a hospital.
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