FBI Announces $50,000 Reward to Identify East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer

Source: Gina B. Swankie, Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-06-29
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40 Year-Old Cold Case Unites Law Enforcement Agencies in the Hunt for Subject Who Stalked Citizens in Multiple California Counties

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to announce the launch of a reward and national campaign to help identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

The digital media campaign includes the launch of a webpage, www.fbi.gov/EastAreaRapist digital billboards throughout the country; social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube; and audio broadcasts via podcasts and radio PSAs. The public can play an active role in helping law enforcement find the subject by sharing links to the website and official social media content.

Law enforcement asks the public to consider the following information when reviewing information about the case:

  • Did they live in one of the areas of criminal activity and remember someone in the area who matches the physical description of the subject or may have been known to spend a considerable amount of time in the areas?
  • Have they discovered a hidden collection of items among the belongings of a friend or family member—notably coins and jewelry—as described on the FBI webpage about the crimes?

The subject, who may be 60-75 years old now, was described as a White male standing approximately five feet, ten inches tall, with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build. He may have had an interest or training in military or law enforcement techniques as he was familiar and proficient with firearms.

People who know the subject may not believe him capable of such crimes. He may not have exhibited violent tendencies or have a criminal history.

Detectives have DNA evidence from some of the crime scenes which can either positively link or exclude a suspect. This enables investigators to quickly exclude innocent parties and the public should not hesitate to provide information—even if it is the name or address of an individual who resided in the areas of the crimes—as many parties will be quickly excluded by a simple, non-invasive test.

Between 1976 and 1986, this single subject committed 12 homicides, approximately 45 rapes, and multiple residential burglaries in the state of California. All of the crimes have been linked by DNA and/or details of the crimes. His victims ranged in age from 13 to 41 and included women home alone, women at home with their children, and couples.

The subject was active in the greater Sacramento area from June 1976 to February 1978. Burglaries and rapes began occurring in the Sacramento area during the summer of 1976. During these crimes, the subject would ransack the homes of his victims and take small items such as coins, jewelry, and identification. These cases include the homes of families, couples, and single women; burglaries in a neighborhood tended to precede clusters of sexual assaults. On February 2, 1978, Rancho Cordova couple Sergeant Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog, chased by the subject who overcame the couple, and shot at close range.

His activity continued primarily in the East Bay Area of Northern California in 1979 and, by October 1979, his activity escalated into rapes and homicides/attempted homicides along the California Coast with homicides in Goleta (October 10, 1979, December 3, 1979, and July 27, 1981), Ventura (March 16, 1980), Laguna Niguel (August 19, 1980), and Irvine (February 6, 1981 and May 5, 1986). During the commission of the homicides, the subject tied up both victims, raped the female victim, and then murdered the couple.

After July of 1981, no associated incidents are known to have been reported for five years. In 1986, an 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Irvine. No additional crimes have been connected to the subject after this incident.

A graphic illustrating the general location of these crimes is available on the FBI’s webpage.

Law enforcement is seeking any information that may help identify the subject, dubbed the “East Area Rapist” in Sacramento. He has also been called the “Original Night Stalker,” “Diamond Knot Killer,” and, more recently, the “Golden State Killer.” Individuals with information about the subject may call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Additionally, information may be submitted to the FBI’s online tip line, tips.fbi.gov.


Officer Involved Shooting in Carmichael

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department  |  2016-06-24

At 11:00 p.m. on June 18, 2016, a Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area of El Camino Avenue and Walnut Avenue in Carmichael. The deputy attempted to pull over the suspect vehicle when a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued for approximately four to five minutes, with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in residential areas.

The suspect turned south on Horton Lane south of Sutter Avenue. The roadway turned into a dead end, where deputies exited their car and gave commands for the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect then put his car in reverse and began to accelerate. A deputy fearing for the safety of the officers behind the suspect’s vehicle discharged his firearm at the suspect. The suspect sustained gunshot wounds and was taken out of his vehicle. Deputies immediately began life saving measures. Sacramento Metro Fire responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.

The identity of the suspect in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. The deputy involved in the shooting is a 12 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. The deputy is currently assigned to the field services division.


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Two Dogs and One Bird Perish in Arden-Area House Fire

Source: Michelle Eidam, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-06-22

Four fire engines, two trucks, two medics, and two battalion chiefs worked quickly to search for victims, extinguish the fire, and protect nearby homes.

Wednesday, June 15th, around 9:30 this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched for a kitchen fire on the 2100 block of Red Robin Lane in the Arden area. Strong winds blowing through windows quickly spread the kitchen fire to the rest of this small house, and fire crews arrived to find a home well-involved with fire.

Four fire engines, two trucks, two medics, and two battalion chiefs worked quickly to search for victims, extinguish the fire, and protect nearby homes. Their strategic fire attack successfully contained the fire to the house of origin, with minimal charring to the exterior of an adjacent home. Firefighters pulled two dogs and one bird out of the fire and attempted to resuscitate them, but they did not survive. The cause of the fire was determined to be unattended cooking, with total damage estimated at $50,000.

Our thoughts go out to the resident who lost her pets and much of her home today.

Cooking remains the number one cause of home fires, causing more injuries than any other type of fire. Knowing what to do can make all the difference. Never leave unattended food cooking on the stove, even for a short time. If you encounter a small grease fire, leave the pan where it is, turn off the heat, and put a lid on it. If you can’t get a lid on the pan, use a fire extinguisher or call 911. For more information, check out www.metrofire.ca.gov.


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Man Wanted for Four Sacramento Area Bank Robberies

Source: FBI Special Release  |  2016-06-22

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to identify an armed and dangerous individual who has robbed several Sacramento area banks. Thus far, the subject has been linked to four robberies in the Sacramento area:

  • April 25 2016:
    West America Bank
    located at 1610 Arden Way in Sacramento
  • May 29, 2016:
    US Bank
    located at 3320 Arden Way in Sacramento
  • June 11, 2016:
    US Bank
    located at 4040 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael
  • June 15, 2016:
    Bank of the West
    located at 2581 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento

The robbery subject is described as an adult male who may be in his 20’s or 30’s. He stands approximately six feet tall with a very slender build. The man has worn a variety of clothing and has concealed his hair or lack thereof by wearing a shoulder-length, red-brown wig or white straw fedora hat that had a band with three alternating stripes. He has also worn glasses with tinted lenses. Photos of this suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-06-17.8143564404.

During the four robberies, the man either brandished a black handgun or threatened a gun before and demanding money from tellers. After receiving money, the subject stowed the funds in a bag. During the April 25, 2016 and May 29, 2016, robberies, the individual used a tan fabric tote with a stiff, round handle. During the June robberies, the man used a royal blue fabric bag.

In addition to the FBI, the bank robberies are being investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Sacramento Police Department.

Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. Wanted fugitives, bank robberies, and other cases in need additional information from the public are posted for viewing on the FBI Sacramento Division’s Most Wanted page.


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Bill to Keep Drones Out of Emergency Zones Passes Assembly Committee

Source: Senator Ted Gaines Office  |  2016-06-15

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) has announced his Senate Bill 807, which would protect forests, property and the lives of citizens, firefighters and emergency personnel from drone interference, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

“To think that someone would interfere with firefighting or emergency response situations to get a sneak peek or to post a drone video on YouTube is an outrage that is deserving of punishment and condemnation,” said Senator Gaines. “I look forward to Senate Bill 807’s continued support as it makes its way through the Assembly.”

Senate Bill 807 will grant civil immunity to any emergency responder who damages an unmanned aircraft in the course of firefighting, air ambulance, or search-and-rescue operations. The bill stems from alarming reports of private, unauthorized drones causing mission-critical aircraft to be grounded during firefighting and medical response operations, putting pilots, firefighters, civilians and property at unnecessary risk.

Senator Gaines believes drones hold great promise for wildfire suppression and other emergency services when used properly by the appropriate agencies, but does not want rogue drones to interfere with the most effective response to time-sensitive crises.

“California’s dangerous wildfire season is upon us, and I want everyone to know that interfering with firefighting or other emergency activities is reckless and wrong. Let’s get the word out as far and wide as we can – immediately – to help keep our people and emergency personnel safe,” said Senator Gaines. “But this bill will help ensure our skies are protected. People can replace drones, but we can’t replace a life. Public safety should be our absolute number one priority.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


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Local Superheroes Raise $17,000 at Walk for Life

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-06-15

Five hundred local residents dressed as superheroes descended on Maidu Park in Roseville for Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life in May. 
--Photo courtesy Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life

Event Raised Funds For Free Medical Care For Low-Income Pregnant Women, Teens

Five hundred local residents dressed up as superheroes for Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life in Roseville in May, raising $17,000 for free medical services benefiting low-income pregnant women and teens. The 2K and 5K walk and fun run included a rally, toddler dash, costume contest, bounce houses, carnival and more.

“Each and every man, woman and child who came out for the walk deserved to be called a superhero,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Every dollar raised helps us continue to provide our medical services for free so that every woman or teen who walks through our doors can leave with the care she needs and a strong support system.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.


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CHP Offers Free “Start Smart Classes”

Source: California Highway Patrol Media  |  2016-06-14

The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort inform and to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP) North Sacramento area will offer a free Start Smart class. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

Recent collisions involving teenagers in our area demonstrate the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. We encourage both parent/caregivers and teens to attend the class.

The CHP's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 -19 and their parents/guardians.

The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP Officers clarifying questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

North Sacramento CHP will be offering this free class on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, in the conference room. This building is located on the northeast corner of Elkhorn Blvd. and Don Julio Blvd.

Persons interested in signing up for the class will need to register for the class by emailing Officer Berry at jeberry@chp.ca.gov or by calling (916) 348-2300. Officer Berry will need the first and last name of every teen attending so that a certificate of completion can be handed to the teen at the end of the class. It is highly encouraged that at least one parent/guardian attend the class with their teen driver. Funding for CHP’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.


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Golden State Water Adjusts Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions

Source: Golden State Water  |  2016-06-10

Customers May Now Water Landscapes Up To Three Days Per Week, Effective June 1

Golden State Water Company has announced adjusted outdoor irrigation restrictions for its Arden and Cordova systems. Effective June 1, 2016, Golden State Water customers in Arden, Gold River and Rancho Cordova may water outdoor landscapes up to three days per week.

The adjusted restrictions permit addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; odd addresses (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. All outdoor irrigation must occur before 8 am or after 7 pm, and should not exceed 10 minutes per station. Restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems.

“Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new emergency regulations that give water providers an opportunity to tailor their conservation strategies based on the local supplies and anticipated demand,” said Paul Schubert, General Manager of the Northern District for Golden State Water. “While we are still assessing how the new regulations may impact our customers and conservation requirements, the current supply conditions for our Arden and Cordova systems afforded us the opportunity to make an adjustment to the outdoor irrigation restrictions for our Arden, Gold River and Rancho Cordova customers.

“We encourage customers to continue using water responsibly, and also remind the community that these adjusted outdoor irrigation restrictions could change again in the coming weeks when supply conditions are verified.”

Golden State Water’s Cordova System—which serves customers in Gold River and Rancho Cordova—remains in Stage 1 of Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) to help customers meet the 32 percent reduction mandate assigned by the State Water Resources Control Board. Additionally, customers are reminded that the following actions are now permanently prohibited in California, as outlined in Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order issued on May 9, 2016:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.

  • Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

  • Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.

  • Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff, or within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

Customers can visit www.gswater.com/arden-cordova for weekly reduction updates, local drought restrictions and information about Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing, or call our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-999-4033 for additional information about the drought and local conservation resources. Please follow Golden State Water on Twitter @GoldenStateH2O for real-time information about the drought and local water service.


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Analysis of WaterFix Potential Effects Submitted

Source: Department of Water Resources  |  2016-06-08

On May 31st the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Bureau of Reclamation submitted testimony to the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) as required for the upcoming public hearings on a request to add three new points of diversion to the State Water Project, with coordinated operations for the Central Valley Project, for California WaterFix.

The questions before the Board, defined by the members themselves in Part I of the hearings, are narrow: Does the new point of diversion alter water flows or affect water quality such that there would be injury to any legal user of the water, and does the project in effect initiate a new water right?

In Part I of the hearings and with the submitted testimony, DWR will present evidence to show that the proposed change will neither initiate a new water right nor injure any other legal user of water.

John Laird, Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, said, “With California WaterFix, we seek to improve upon the unreliable way water is now conveyed through the Delta, reduce or eliminate costs to the environment and economy from our aging water infrastructure and better prepare the state for effects of climate change. The key elements of California WaterFix have long been part of the State’s comprehensive vision for the Delta, and the Water Board hearings are an important step in the advancement of the project.”

Part I of the hearings is scheduled to begin July 26.

“Through hundreds of pages of testimony submitted yesterday in advance of the hearings, DWR’s team of engineers, lawyers and water experts shows that WaterFix will not establish a new water right, will not injure any other legal user of water and will not negatively impact flows or water quality,” said Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources. “The State Water Resources Control Board has the critical responsibility to protect the rights of legal users of water. California WaterFix has benefited from extensive public comment and review, and these hearings are yet another opportunity for anyone concerned about potential effects to ask questions and get answers.”

  • WaterFix would create more flexibility to better balance water quality, fish protection and water supply: WaterFix would allow the state and federal water projects to capture and store water during times of heavy rainfall and runoff, when diversions pose less risk to fish and water quality. Such opportunities are limited now because the existing south Delta pumps create unnatural flows that can be hazardous to fish.  New intakes offer increased flexibility to the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to operate in “dual conveyance” with the existing pumps in the south Delta; this would allow, for example, utilizing northern diversions during seasonal rain events when pumping would otherwise be restricted in the south Delta.
  • This is not a new or expanded water right and protects existing water rights: WaterFix would add new locations on the Sacramento Rivers from which the State Water Project and Central Valley Project may divert water based on existing water rights, and no or expanded water rights are being sought. In addition, DWR and Reclamation do not seek any modifications to the water quality standards upstream or downstream of the proposed diversion points.  Those standards, which protect existing water users, must still be met.
  • WaterFix would operate within standards set by the Water Board: DWR has a proven track record of meeting the Water Board’s Delta water quality standards. When the Water Board establishes new standards, DWR will meet its obligations under them, as has been the case for nearly four decades. Meeting the Water Board’s current and future water quality standards would be easier with the flexibility provided by the dual conveyance.
  • WaterFix will be operated in real-time:  DWR submitted extensive modeling to estimate how the project will operate during a range of scenarios.  However, modeling is theoretical, and water projects are managed in real-time. While modeling is the best available tool to perform an assessment of potential water operation effects, water project operators can and do handle far more complexity than models.  That human factor allows projects to stay in compliance with water quality standards nearly all of the time and adapt to future conditions that are clouded by climate change.

Part I of the hearings is expected to take several months. Part II of the hearings is expected to take place in early 2017 and will focus on the extent to which fish and wildlife and other beneficial uses will be affected by the requested change in point of diversion and any measures needed to protect fish and wildlife from any unreasonable impacts of the change.

California WaterFix would construct three new intakes on the east bank of the Sacramento River near Hood, each with a maximum capacity of 3,000 cubic feet per second.  Each intake would be screened to protect fish.  Water would travel from the intakes by gravity through 30-mile-long tunnels to the south Delta, where it would flow into a redesigned Clifton Court Forebay, which connects to the existing water project pumping plants.  Construction of north Delta intakes would allow greater flexibility in operation of both south and north Delta diversions and better balancing of the associated water quality and hydrodynamic benefits for fish, drinking water, agriculture and other beneficial uses.  Diversions at the north Delta intake would be greatest in wettest years and lowest in drier years.

California WaterFix was developed through a 10-year collaboration between the State of California, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, public water agencies, federal and state fishery agencies, non-governmental organizations, agricultural interests and the public.  It is the State’s plan to more efficiently and in a more environmentally protective way capture and move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is a part of the State’s comprehensive plan to better manage water, which includes enhanced water recycling, additional conservation, increased storage and improved groundwater management. California WaterFix would reduce the “reverse” flows in south Delta channels that pose risks to threatened and endangered fish species. It is an upgrade to the 50-year-old water system that delivers water to two of three Californians ranging from the Bay Area to San Diego. California WaterFix would protect the backbone of the state’s water supply ensuring safe, clean and reliable water for 25 million people, thousands of businesses and three million acres of farmland.


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