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Name of suspect in Friday's attempted robbery, fatal pursuit

Name of suspect in Friday's attempted robbery, fatal pursuit

The Sacramento County Coroner has identified a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank on Friday and fleeing from police.

Michael Parker, 45, died following the crash.

At about 4:30 p.m. Friday a suspect believed to be Parker tried to rob El Dorado Savings Bank at 47th and J streets. He passed a note to a teller stating that he would take hostages if his demands were not met.

The bank, however, would not give him money, and the suspect left empty-handed.

Witnesses were able to describe the man and his car and give investigators his license plate number, allowing police to track him down a few miles away.

A pursuit ensued through city streets and on to the Capital City Freeway. The suspect exited the freeway at 30th Street and hit a tree near 30th and C streets.

Man found on bottom of American River, taken to hospital

Firefighters responding to a call for a water rescue Friday evening found a man on the bottom of the American River.

CPR was performed on the man as he was transported to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

A fire department battalion chief and a witness told News10 that the man was trying to swim across the river from Tiscornia Park to Discovery Park. He was found near the Interstate 5 bridge.

READ MORE: Coroner identifies American River drowning victim

Bodies of 2 men found in south Natomas apartment

Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men whose bodies were found Wednesday in a south Natomas apartment.

The names of the victims have not been released. Police received calls about gunshots at about 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of West El Camino Avenue. The bodies of the men were found in a ground floor apartment.

Police said there was no continuing threat to anyone in the area.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

SACRAMENTO - Another day of wind kept firefighters on the run across Northern California, battling grass and brush fires.

A fire alongside Sacramento's old dump beside the Capitol City Freeway sent city fire crews on the offensive shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The windswept blaze burned 8 acres before it was contained. Arson is suspected and police have detained a suspect for questioning.

A fire that broke out in Elk Grove along Civic Drive was contained to about 1 acre. The blaze was caused by someone mowing the grass in the middle of a windy day.

"This week is a classic example of when you should not be doing defensible space," Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. "In the hot temperatures, dry conditions and a little bit of wind, that's gonna allow a fire to quickly spark and ignite and spread very, very quickly."

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats

Hidden cash drops have not come to Sacramento … yet.

But one donor is taking up the spirit of Twitter account @HiddenCash and is hiding donuts across the Sacramento area.

Twitter user @HiddenDonut popped up Wednesday in response to the anonymous cash drops of $20 and $100 bills that appeared last week in San Francisco.

"Hiding donuts throughout Sacramento to make people smile and feed their hunger!" the @HiddenDonut profile reads.

The first donut drop was at Hughes Dog Park in Roseville. The find was tweeted about at 10:16 a.m. Thursday.

The fourth donut drop happened Saturday. The first clue for the drop was tweeted at 7:07 a.m., followed by two others.

Sacramento Police: Man arrested for assault with a wooden stake

SACRAMENTO – A 36-year-old man armed with a wooden stake was arrested Saturday by Sacramento police.

A Sacramento Police Department release stated Sandhu Manpreet was swinging the wooden tree stake and threatening people on the 1500 block of W. El Camino Blvd. when officers were called to the scene at 2:17 p.m.

Responding officers took Manpreet into custody near Discovery Park.

Manpreet was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, and an additional charge of vandalism for breaking out windows of a local business, according to the report.