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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.

W. Sacramento PD seeking police impersonator

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The West Sacramento Police Dept. is seeking at least one person suspected of impersonating police and pulling over a vehicle on Sunday.

According to Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept., a red, mid-2000 model Ford Mustang with a red and blue light was used to pull over a woman in the area of Promenade St. and Southport Pkwy.

Steele advised people stopped by a vehicle whose authenticity is questionable, to slowly proceed to a well lit and public area while calling police dispatch.

West Sacramento manhunt started with shoplifting incident

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A day-long manhunt for a shooting and carjacking suspect Friday started with a shoplifting incident at a West Sacramento Walmart.

West Sacramento police said 38-year-old Jimmy Lee Graves was suspected of theft, but got away before police arrived. Then, police said, he went to a nearby machine shop, where he fired on arriving workers and stole a high powered hunting rifle similar to a police sniper weapon.

That is why authorities did not want traffic moving on the freeway.

"Absolutely, the subject had already fired on citizens in our community, had fired on police," Sgt. Nathan Steele said. "We needed to ensure he wouldn't shoot at motorists."

Slain carjacking suspect had troubled past

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A man fatally shot by police after leading officers on a 14-hour manhunt that shut down one of Interstate 80 had a criminal past and struggled with addiction.

Family members of 38-year-old Jimmy Lee Graves told the Sacramento Bee that his marriage was failing and that he was awaiting trial on felony robbery charges.

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Graves' uncle, Ed Graves, said his nephew had trouble holding down a job, and had struggled with a painkiller addiction.

His brother-in-law Mario Albornoz said Graves had a 5-year-old son, but that his marriage to the mother was dissolving.

Suspected W. Sacramento carjacker identified

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The man suspected of shooting at three people, carjacking three others, stealing a tractor, and leading police on a pursuit through the western and northern sections of Sacramento before being killed on Friday was identified on Saturday.

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Sheriff: Possible West Sac carjacking suspect is dead

SACRAMENTO, CA - A possible suspect in a carjacking in West Sacramento is dead after a shootout with officers Friday evening, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. 

The person was in an apartment at the Ardenaire apartment complex at 1972 Ethan Way. Deputy Jason Ramos said the individual started a fire in the apartment unit. Flame-colored smoke could be seen billowing over the apartment complex.

The Howe Avenue and Cottage Way area was cordoned off and the Ardenaire apartments were evacuated. An evacuation center for residents was available at Howe Park Community Center, 2201 Cottage Way.