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Uncle charged with murder in infant nephew's death

SACRAMENTO - A Sacramento man arrested five days ago on suspicion of injuring his nephew, was formally charged with murder after the 5-month-old boy died on Tuesday.

According to Sacramento Police spokeswoman Michelle Gigante, Wendell James Taghap, 34, was originally arrested after the boy was admitted to hospital on October 31, and medical personnel discovered injuries consistent with abuse.  Hospital personnel subsequently called police to report the incident.

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UPDATE: West Sacramento woman was not kidnapped, police say

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman who appeared to have been kidnapped was found safe Friday evening in West Sacramento.

Witnesses told officers a heavy-set young Hispanic woman, who appeared to be between the ages of 16 and 20, was grabbed from the 700 block of Solano Street by a man and put into the car just around 3:42 p.m., West Sacramento police Sgt. Jason Winger said.

Police got a detailed vehicle description and started a search for the woman.

Around 6:10 p.m., police found the car on the 2000 block of Manzanita Way in West Sacramento and the woman.

Winger said police determined the woman and the man are dating and will investigate the case as a possible domestic violence incident.

However, officers have not determined if a crime had actually occurred and continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

West Sacramento man arrested following stabbing on boat

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - West Sacramento police arrested a man following a stabbing that took place Sunday on a boat at 2895 Industrial Blvd.

A West Sacramento Police Department report stated that officers responded to the stabbing call around 6:40 p.m. Sunday night. When police arrived at the boat, they found a 27-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds. The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Also located at the scene was Robert Parke, 40, of West Sacramento. Parke was arrested and booked into Yolo County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The stabbing victim was listed in stable condition Monday morning.

UPDATE: Woman arrested at West Sacramento bowling alley break-in

UPDATE: Woman arrested at West Sacramento bowling alley break-in

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA -Police were dispatched to the Capitol Bowl bowling alley in West Sacramento Tuesday morning in response to an activated burglar alarm.

According to West Sacramento police officers, the facility's owner reported an activated burglar alarm and claimed he possibly saw movement inside the building from video surveillance he was watching at home.

West Sacramento police arrived at the bowling alley on the 900 block of W. Capitol Ave. around 3:30 a.m. and surrounded the building until a K9 unit showed up. The woman, later identified as Brenda Santos, surrendered without incident when the dog was sent into the building.

Police say Santos was stacking meat and alcohol by the front door, possibly in anticipation of her accomplice picking her and the stolen goods up at the exit. However, the accomplice never showed up.

Santos, who had an outstanding burglary warrant, was arrested at the scene. 

CA Attorney General Awards Grant Funds to DA’s Office

CA Attorney General Awards Grant Funds to DA’s Office

October 5, 2012 - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on September 14, 2012, the California Attorney General’s Office awarded the District Attorney’s Office $56,805 from the Attorney General’s “Privacy and Piracy Fund.”  This program provides funding to District Attorneys’ offices throughout the state.  The funding must be used to investigate and prosecute identity theft and intellectual property theft.  Intellectual property theft is also known as piracy.

No homicide charge for teen in fatal West Sac police chase

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The 17-year-old subject of a West Sacramento police pursuit Tuesday night in which a pedestrian was hit and killed by a patrol car will not face homicide charges.

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The Yolo County District Attorney's Office is charging the teen with felony vehicle theft, felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor delaying/resisting arrest, misdemeanor evading a police officer and misdemeanor unlicensed driver. He will be tried in juvenile court

Brandon Louis Nickolas, 31, died when he was struck by a West Sacramento police car on West Capitol Avenue between Point Street and Harbor Boulevard. The officer had turned on his car's flashing lights and siren.

Coroner IDs pedestrian killed by West Sac police during car chase

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A 31-year-old homeless man was hit and killed by a West Sacramento police vehicle that was chasing a 17-year-old suspected car thief Tuesday night.

The Yolo County coroner identified the victim on Wednesday as Brandon Louis Nickolas of West Sacramento.

A West Sacramento police officer chased the teen suspect eastbound West Capitol Avenue around 8:30 p.m. and called for backup, Lt. Tod Sockman said.

A second officer, who joined the pursuit with lights and sirens turned on in the patrol car, was a ways behind the first officer and the suspect.

Sockman said the second officer hit the pedestrian between Pine Street and Harbor Boulevard on West Capitol Avenue and split the victim's body in half. That officer was also injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Sockman said the victim was wearing dark clothing and had been living in the area for awhile.