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Shooting, carjacking suspect ID’d


The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has released the identity of the suspect shot and killed after a crime spree that started in West Sacramento Friday morning and led to the closure of I-80 on the Yolo Causeway (see earlier posts on this site).

JIMMY LEE GRAVES: dead after crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway

He was 38-year old Jimmy Lee Graves, of Sacramento.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department described what happened to bring the pursuit to a conclusion, after what he described an “exhaustive investigation” involving many surrounding law enforcement agencies:

“While attempting to secure the scene in the 1900 block of Ethan Way a suspect fled from Sacramento County Deputies, barricaded himself and started a fire in the apartment,” reported Steele in a press release. “After a standoff in which the suspect was repeatedly ordered to surrender the suspect was shot by Sacramento County Deputies to allow for emergency personnel to extinguish the rapidly growing fire.”

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Suspect dead in Sacramento


The suspect in yesterday’s carjackings that shut down I-80 at the Yolo Causeway is dead after a shooting involving Sacramento sheriff’s deputies at an apartment complex. Following is the entire set of press releases summarizing the incident from the West Sacramento Police Department:


“On 4-20-12 at approximately 0557 hours the West Sacramento Police Department responded to 407 Harbor Boulevard, West Sacramento (B&R Head and Block) for a report that employees at this location had been shot at when they arrived at work.  Initial reports stated there were possibly two suspects involved.  West Sacramento Police Officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter.

“At approximately 0640 hours the West Sacramento Police Department received a report of a carjacking in the area of Poplar and West Capitol Avenue.  Officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle a brown Ford Focus.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which fled from police at a high rate of speed.  The suspect then exited the vehicle on foot in the area of 2919 West Capitol Avenue.  Officers began chasing the suspect who carjacked a second vehicle at gunpoint.  Officers confronted the suspect ordering him to surrender and were fired upon by the suspect.  An officer returned fire and the suspect fled the scene in the stolen white Ford F-150 truck ramming a police vehicle.

[adrotate group=”7”]   “The suspect then began traveling westbound on West Capitol Avenue at a high rate of speed fleeing from pursuing officers.  The suspect again fired on a West Sacramento Police Officer striking a patrol car and causing the officer to loss control of his vehicle.

“The suspect vehicle began traveling westbound on Interstate 80 losing control and striking the center divider on Interstate 80 east of Enterprise Avenue.  A perimeter was established at both the 407 Harbor Boulevard location and Interstate 80 on the causeway.  Vehicle traffic across the causeway was shut down to ensure public safety.  Numerous SWAT teams, K-9 teams, helicopters and other resources responded to assist with these scenes.

“While working both of these active crime scenes at approximately 1000 hrs. a report was received of another carjacking that occurred in the area of County Road 127 and River Road in Yolo County.  Yolo County Sheriff’s Department personnel and assisting agencies responded to this scene.  At this scene it was determined that a suspect driving a tractor (believed to have been stolen) approached a male victim and struck the victim over the head.

[adrotate group=”9”]   “That victim’s vehicle a 2008 Ford F150 truck with a California license plate of 8N44911 was taken by the suspect.   This vehicle was later located abandoned in the area of Lerwick and Morse Ave. in Sacramento County.

“Through an on-going investigation potential suspect information and numerous potential suspect locations were obtained.  At approximately 1855 hours the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SED personnel responded to investigate a potential lead of a suspect at 1968 Ethan Way, Sacramento, Ca.

“After a confrontation with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department personnel the suspect was shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.  Identification of the suspect is pending by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

“While this is an ongoing investigation it appears that the suspect is in fact the individual involved in the numerous carjackings and who twice fired upon West Sacramento Police Officers earlier in the day.  The investigation continues at this time.

“The West Sacramento Police Department would like to thank the more than 12 law enforcement agencies and numerous officers who assisted in this investigation.  We would also like to thank the community for its understanding of any inconvenience as we worked to safeguard the public.”

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Fireworks sellers picked by lottery


Eight local churches and charities were chosen from among 41 applicants by lottery for a permit to operate a fireworks booth in West Sacramento during this year’s Fourth of July season.

For the first time, the city legalized use of “safe and sane” fireworks last year for a limited time during the Independence Day holiday, and authorized eight charities to run booths. The booths earned an average of $12,000 last year, reports the city clerk.

[adrotate group=”10″]   This year’s vendors will be Campus Life Connection/Collings Teen Center, American Legion Baseball, Knights of Columbus (Our Lady of Grace), Southport Community Church, Our Lady of Grace School, West Sacramento Historical Society, Youth for Christ Ministries and the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition.

Applicants were selected from categories – “youth,” “service,” “arts, culture & education” or “at large.”

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Causeway reopened after ‘shots fired’


A few minutes ago, authorities reopened the Yolo Causeway connecting West Sacramento and points west. Traffic has been backed up for over six hours as the freeway was closed for the search for a fugitive (see prior post).

Causeway closed after shots fired

UPDATE: 12:35 P.M.:  Authorities are reopening the Yolo Causeway at this time, although it isn’t known how quickly traffic will return to normal as thousands of trapped motorists begin filtering through in both directions. The second vehicle hijacked by the gunman was found in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento, and he was last seen there with a rifle and is still being sought.
The incident began with the gunman firing shots at employees of B&R Head & Block Repair on Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento. The gunman then hijacked a car at gunpoint near Harbor and West Capitol, crashed on the Causeway, reportedly pistol-whipped a bird-watcher and may have hot-wired a tractor before stealing the Ford F150 found later in Sacramento.
 —UPDATE: 11:11 a.m. APRIL 20: Police are searching vehicle-by-vehicle along the freeway in both directions, as drivers are stopped and waiting to cross the causeway, to make sure the suspect is not hidden in any cars or trucks. When they finish searching, traffic will be allowed to resume. Drivers are advised to keep their doors locked and continue waiting.
The suspect may be in a brown Ford F150 pickup truck with California plates 8N44911.
A man is believed to have fired shots at a Harbor Boulevard repair shop, then hijacked a vehicle from a citizen near West Captiol Avenue. He reportedly fired at West Sacramento police as he escaped in the stolen vehicle westbound onto the causeway.
The Yolo Causeway — the only direct route between Sacramento, Davis and the Bay Area — has been closed since the incident about 7 a.m. this morning as law enforcement personnel looked for the suspect.
Meanwhile, the suspect is believed to have been involved in a second carjacking near the River Road and County Road 127. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s.  No one is reported seriously injured, although the second carjack victim was hit in the head.
The News-Ledger has received  reports of slow, impacted traffic on one of the alternative routes between West Sacramento/Sacramento and the west, as hundreds of extra vehicles are using detours through Woodland.
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Artists’ work on display in West Sac


A new art show is underway at Gallery 1075 in the West Sacramento Community Center at 1075 West Capitol. The show by artists Kari Breese and Benjamin Hunt is called “Linear & Non-Linear Possibilities.’

You can view it at no charge Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8-5 or Saturday 9-2 until May 4.

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Up close with birds of prey

The CRC’s Sam Wall with “Baggins,” the burrowing owl (courtesy photo/CRC)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

You’re invited to the Spring Open House at  the California Raptor Center (CRC) on Saturday, May 5.

The Open House and “Hawk Walk” are free. Donations are welcome, and are especially needed this year due to budget cuts.

The raptor center will be open to visits from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be special presentations at 10:00 a.m. and noon.  You may also join the “hawk walk” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., leaving from the CRC gate — bring your binoculars!

Staff at the CRC cares for injured raptors (eagles, hawks, vultures and owls), rehabilitating and releasing them back to the wild whenever possible. Some of the birds that cannot be released are trained to take part in education programs.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Special presentations at the open house will demonstrate fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology, and visitors will be able to see many non-releasable raptors housed in display cages as well as birds out on the glove (including “Mikey,” the Red Shouldered Hawk, and “Spar,” the American Kestrel, who have both been featured with Huell Howser on public television).

The onsite museum will be open, and T-shirts and other CRC souvenirs will be for sale.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Directions: From Interstate 80 take the UC Davis exit. Turn south on Old Davis Road heading away from the main campus. Cross the railroad tracks and keep going to the Putah Creek Bridge where there is a low-profile blue and gold California Raptor Center sign. Do not cross the bridge. Instead, turn left onto the paved levee road and follow it for one block until it dips down off the levee. Then turn right into the CRC parking lot. Parking is free. For a map visit

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