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Man arrested for Natomas shooting death


Sacramento police arrested a suspect Wednesday in a Natomas man's murder.

Donald Chapman, 31, was taken into custody in Vallejo for the shooting death of 44-year-old Dale Botta, police said.

Police got calls of shots fired and a person down around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Saginaw Circle. When officers arrived, they found Botta's body with several gunshot wounds.

Police said Chapman and Botta knew each other, but did not specify their relationship. Detectives said Chapman and Botta were arguing before the shooting.

Chapman was arrested without incident and booked into Sacramento County Jail for murder, police said.


Deadly shooting overnight near Natomas High School


SACRAMENTO - A man was found shot to death in a home near Natomas High School, Sacramento Police confirmed.

Police say it happened on the 100 block of Saginaw Circle in the south Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento, near Truxel and San Juan Road.

The shooting was reported around 3:45 this morning, when police received a call about a disturbance.

That is when police say they found a man dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside the home.

Homicide detectives are currently interviewing neighbors.

At this time, investigators say that after a possible altercation, a suspect known to the victim fled the scene after the incident.


Driver killed in Hwy. 99 U-turn identified


SACRAMENTO – A man killed after making a U-turn on Highway 99 near Natomas Monday was identified Tuesday.

Dhari Chattar Singh was traveling northbound on Hwy. 99 past Elverta Rd. around 5:30 a.m. Monday when he inexplicably made a U-turn across the center median and entered the fast lane of the southbound direction at about 5 mph, according to CHP Officer Chad Hertzell.

An oncoming car managed to avoid Signh's Toyota but a Ford F-250 was unable to do so and plowed into the rear of the car at highway speed, Hertzell said.

The two vehicles veered off the highway where they came to a rest.

Singh was killed instantly, according to Hertzell.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

CHP: Driver killed making U-turn across Hwy. 99 in Sacramento


SACRAMENTO – A driver made a fatal decision to try a a u-turn on a Sacramento highway Monday morning, accoeding to California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzell.

Hertzell said the driver of a Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Highway 99 past Elverta Rd. around 5:30 a.m. when they made a U-turn across the center median, entering the the fast lane of southbound Hwy. 99 at about 5 mph.

An oncoming vehicle managed to avoid the Toyota but a Ford F-250 truck plowed into the rear of the car at highway speed, Hertzell said.

The driver of the Toyota was killed instantly, according to Hertzell. His identity was not released.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Hertzell said the CHP would continue to investigate why the driver made the U-turn.

Natomas drive-by shooting injures 10-year-old girl


A 10-year-old girl was injured in a drive-by shooting in north Natomas late Saturday night.

The shooting was on the 4900 block of Alterra Way at 11:11 p.m., according to Sacramento police. One or more individuals shot at an occupied residence and fled. The girl was inside the home when she was struck.

Relatives took the injured girl in their vehicle but were met by an ambulance to take her to an area hospital. Police described the child's injuries as non-life-threatening.

No information was immediately available on the shooter or shooters.


Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.