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Police: Kidnapping report unfounded; girl located


West Sacramento police said reports of a kidnapping Tuesday afternoon were unfounded.

Police said the high school-age girl was found at home and was fine. Police said the kidnapping claim was unfounded.

Lt. Tod Stockman said this claim and a report of a different kidnapping on Monday - a woman being pulled into a white van -were accurate, but exaggerated. The reports were a result of a dispute within one family.

Stockman said no crime was committed and no charges will be filed.

Around 3:30 p.m., an eyewitness reported seeing two men grab the girl near the intersection of Lisbon Avenue and Solano Street and put her into a white van. On Monday, a woman who lives along the same block claimed to see a woman being pulled into a white van. Stockman said both reports turned out to not be abductions.

Tow truck caravan remembers slain driver


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Tow truck driver Michael Bower, 29, was struck and killed on the job by an unknown vehicle in West Sacramento on February 23 as he tended to a disabled vehicle.

To honor him, tow trucks from everywhere in Northern California circled around Dixon twice this morning before ending at Octavio's Towing yard where Bower worked. That was where drivers held a memorial for one of their own.

The tow trucks were in the dozens.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex


A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

Family of Hwy. 50 hit-and-run victim wants answers


The family of a tow truck driver hit and killed on Highway 50 in West Sacramento want the person responsible for his death to come forward.

Michael Bower, 29, was forced to pull over when his tow truck stopped working around 8 p.m. on Monday. Police believe a passing big rig hit him near the Jefferson Boulevard exit.

"I just didn't think it was real," Bower's wife Jamie Bower said. "He was a hard-working father. He loved his kids and wife."

Bower leaves behind two daughters.

"It's hard to lose someone you've known for so long," Bower's friend and coworker Stephen Kipker said. "A piece of me is gone."

Kipker was friends with Bower for 10 years and worked with him at Octavio's Towing Company out of Dixon.

California Highway Patrol said Bower was putting away highway safety triangles when he was struck by a driver that kept on going.

Slow-speed pursuit leads to suspected car thief's arrest in Davis


A suspected car thief led police on a slow-speed chase Monday between West Sacramento and Davis, West Sacramento police said.

The car was reported stolen Monday evening in West Sacramento. Police spotted the vehicle and chased it onto Interstate 80 towards Davis.

Officers were able to spin the vehicle around and stop it on Richards Boulevard in Davis without injuring the suspected thief or other drivers, police said.

The thief was then arrested. His name has not been released.


Parents line up to enroll children into kindergarten


What appeared to be a line for a free giveaway was actually a line for kindergarten registration.

Dozens of parents camped overnight outside of Bridgeway Island Elementary School in West Sacramento on Friday, trying to secure a spot for the school's highly sought after kindergarten programs.

"My husband came out here, bless his heart, at 4 a.m. My mom relieved him; and then I came out here at about 7 a.m.," explained Carolina Castillo, who woke up early to sign up her child for kindergarten.

Transitional kinder and kindergarten registration started Saturday at 9 a.m. but anxious parents weren't willing to chance it.

Many parents braved the overnight and early morning chilly temperatures.

"I was super nervous about it. Everyone is stressed," Castillo explained. "I have the paperwork done and on time."

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show


Tanishq Abraham, 10, of Sacramento, was one of the youngest people to graduate high school.

His intelligence was ranked in the top 10th of a percent in the nation. Now at 11, the child prodigy was vying for the title of "Child Genius" through America Mensa's TV competition.

The Lifetime reality show featured 20 of the brightest young minds in the country as they competed for a shot at a $100,000 scholarship. "I know it's a very big prize but it's just for fun as well," said Tanishq Abraham, whose goal is to get a PhD by the time he's eligible for his driver's license.

The full time college student, who attends American River College, admitted he was a bit nervous going into the eight-week competition, but took it all in stride.

"I wasn't scared. I was having fun, playing with the other kids," said Tanishq.