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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."

Man arrested after south Sacramento standoff ends


A man was taken into custody after a nearly four-hour standoff with police Wednesday night.

Sacramento police said the suspect was safely detained after officers deployed OC gas into the home. Officer then went inside to clear and search the residence.

Police said a woman who was with the suspect was taken to safety.

Officers responded to the residence on 63rd Avenue, near 21st Street, around 6:45 p.m. after getting a domestic violence report.

Police said arriving officers reported hearing two shots from inside the residence.

While police attempted to contact the suspect, officers set up a perimeter and called SWAT and a helicopter to the scene.

During the standoff, nearby residents were asked to stay in their homes.

The standoff ended around 10:30 p.m. Police to continue to investigate the incident.


Man killed in south Sacramento head-on crash


A man was killed in a head-on collision in south Sacramento Friday night.

The 23-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley said. No other information about the victim was available.

Bradley said a 19-year-old man driving north on Watt Avenue, near Osage Avenue, swerved into the southbound lane when he thought he saw an animal in the roadway. His vehicle then crashed into the victim's vehicle.

The 19-year-old driver suffered minor injuries.

Bradley said alcohol and drugs are not suspected in the crash. CHP is investigating the incident, which happened around 11:50 p.m.


Woman killed in south Sacramento crash


A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday night in south Sacramento.

The woman, identified as 41-year-old Pattana Songsawatwong by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office Saturday, was a passenger in one of the vehicles, Sacramento police spokesperson Traci Trapani said.

The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Power Inn and Fruitridge roads. The vehicle Songsawatwong was in was turning westbound onto Fruitridge Road when the vehicle was hit by another that was traveling southbound on Power Inn Road.

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Victim identified in likely murder-suicide at south Sacramento home


Two people found dead inside of south Sacramento home Thursday morning were killed an apparent murder-suicide, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

Sgt. Lisa Bowman said a man killed his wife and then himself. Detectives do not have a motive and did not disclose the cause of death.

The woman was 52-year-old Gail Elaine Martinez, the Sacramento County coroner said Friday. The man's name has not been released.

Man killed in shooting at south Sacramento store is identified


Authorities released the name of a man killed at a south Sacramento story Wednesday night.

He was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 21-year-old Denzel Dewayne Anthony Heckard of Sacramento.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at the A-1 Market & Liquor Store in the 6600 block of Sunnyslope Drive. Deputies responded to the scene after receiving a silent holdup alarm that was activated from the counter. Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the sheriff's department then received reports of rapid gunfire in the area.

Heckard was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical responders.

South Sacramento possible drive-by shooting leaves 1 wounded


A man was transported to UC Davis Medical Center after crashing his car when he was reportedly shot Tuesday afternoon, a Sacramento County sheriff's spokesperson says.

A deputy was flagged down by a witness who reported hearing gunshots on the 4500 block of Roosevelt Avenue at approximately 4:21 p.m., according to sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman. Deputies investigated and found a man, described as black and in his late 20s, who was unconscious.

Bowman said the witness told responders the victim was standing outside of his vehicle in front of a residence when he was struck by gunfire that may have come from a vehicle driving by. The victim got into his vehicle and attempted to drive but crashed into a fence. He was found in his vehicle.

There was no preliminary information on the victim's condition or about a suspect vehicle or shooter description.