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West Sac man, 61, arrested for suspected copper theft

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The West Sacramento Police Dept. arrested 61-year-old Robert Joyce of West Sacramento on Thursday in connection to a copper theft at a commercial business.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept. said officers contacted Joyce during an enforcement stop and noticed he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools. At the time of the stop, a report had been filed for a copper theft at a local business, said Steele.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Steele was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries in which copper piping and other items were stolen, Steele said.

The loss and damages to the businesses were estimated at $20,000.

Man in serious condition following West Sac shooting

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A 25-year-old man is in serious condition Friday morning after being shot in West Sacramento on Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept., officers were called to the 1100 block of Hobson Ave. around 11:40 p.m. where they found the man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition as of 9:51 a.m. Friday, said Steele.

No identifying information was provided on the shooter, but Steele described the suspected vehicle used in the getaway as a white sedan last seen traveling westbound on Hobson Ave.

Anyone with information on the incident was encouraged to contact Detective Michelle Tate at 916-617-4958 or the West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.

2 cars get into gun battle in south Sacramento

SOUTH SACRAMENTO, CA - No one was injured during a shootout between two cars Thursday night.

Sacramento police said a silver car and a green car fired shots at each other on 24th Street and Florin Road around 9:30 p.m.

Both cars fled the scene after the shooting.

A couple of blocks away, five people got out of the green car; they had minor injuries from shattered glass.

Police are still looking for the silver car.

Woman arrested for holding mother hostage escapes West Sacramento police custody

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman who was taken into custody after a 9-hour police standoff escaped from the West Sacramento Police Department while waiting to be booked.

Melissa Dodd, 38, was arrested at a home on Kegle Drive around 4 a.m. Thursday after she held her mother hostage around 7 p.m. Wednesday, West Sacramento police Lt. Tod Stockman said.

The West Sacramento Fire Department first responded to the home after getting a call of a man in need of medical assistance. When the woman tried to come out of the home during the call, she was pulled back in by her daughter, Dodd, and held at gunpoint.

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Daughter removed from West Sac home after holding mother hostage

Daughter removed from West Sac home after holding mother hostage

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - An overnight West Sacramento standoff in which a daughter took her own mother hostage came to a close around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Lt. Tod Stockman of the West Sacramento Police Dept., fire crews originally responded to the home on Kegle Drive around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night for a call of a man in need of medical assistance. However, as a woman came out of the home during the call, her daughter, 38-year-old Melissa Dodd, pulled her back into the home and held her at gunpoint.

Following an extensive period without being able to establish communication with Dodd or her mother, SWAT was called to the scene, said Stockman.

SWAT managed to get a cell phone into the home in attempts to negotiate Dodd's surrender and her mother's peaceful release. It was through the cell phone that SWAT members were able to determine Dodd had slit her wrists in an apparent suicide attempt, Stockman said.

Burned cat reward now over $5,000

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The cash reward for revealing who deliberately set a cat on fire last Wednesday night was doubled Monday.

According to Yolo County sheriff's spokeswoman Vicky Fletcher, there have been several reward offers with individuals contributing $100 to $150. Until Monday, the largest contribution came from Red Rover, a national non-profit animal advocacy organization in Sacramento whose mission is to protect animals in danger or need. The group donated $2,500.

Monday, that figure was matched by Yolo SPCA, bringing the reward to over $5,000.

Wednesday night, Yolo County Animal Services responded to Circle Park near Circle Street around 11:15 p.m. after people walking nearby reported seeing a moving fire in the park, said Fletcher.

The witnesses got closer and found a female short hair brown tabby that was badly burned. They stayed with the cat until animal services arrived.

Cat set on fire in West Sacramento park

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A cat was euthanized after she was intentionally set on fire Wednesday night.

Yolo County Animal Services responded to Circle Park near Circle Street around 11:15 p.m. after people walking nearby reported seeing a moving fire in the park, Yolo County sheriff's spokesperson Vicky Fletcher said.

The witnesses got closer and found a female short hair brown Tabby that was badly burned; they stayed with the cat until animal services arrived at the scene.

Fletcher said veterinarians with animal services were hoping the cat would be able to recover; however, the cat's pain was unmanageable and clinical signs showed that she would lose her limbs because of the extent of her burns.

Investigators believe the cat was doused with an accelerant then set on fire.