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Pursuit ends in wreck for suspected car thieves

SACRAMENTO - A high-speed chase between Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and two suspected car thieves ended in a wreck in the area of Highway 99 and Stockton Boulevard Friday morning.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept., the pursuit began around 3:37 a.m. and continued for about 10 minutes. During the pursuit, the fleeing drivers turned off their lights and managed to lose deputies for a brief period.

However, deputies came across the vehicle a few minutes later after the driver collided with a woman driving to work, said deputies.

One of the vehicles also collided with a power pole in the crash, knocking out a transformer and the power in the area.

A man and woman were detained at the scene under suspicion of auto theft, said deputies.

The woman who was hit by the suspected stolen vehicle was noticeably shaken, but did not sustain any major injuries.

Sheriff: Son sought in father's murder

MERCED COUNTY, CA - Homicide investigators think a suspect in the murder of a Delhi man found on New Year's Day could be in San Joaquin or Sacramento counties.

Merced County sheriff's detectives are looking for 35-year-old Jason Curtis Reed, the son of a 67-year-old man who was discovered dead under suspicious circumstances on the 9000 block of Sycamore Avenue in Delhi, said Deputy Tom MacKenzie. Delhi is about 20 miles southeast of Modesto.

MacKenzie said Reed lived with the victim but has disappeared. A arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Reed and he is considered armed and dangerous, MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information on Reed's whereabouts was urged to call the Merced County Sheriff's Office at (209) 385-7445.

2 detained in south Sacramento pursuit, search

SOUTH SACRAMENTO - An identification of a car possibly used in a burglary led to a chase and search in a south Sacramento neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Spokesman Chris Trim of the Elk Grove Police Dept. said officers spotted the vehicle on the northbound side of Interstate 5 and pursued into the area of 26th Ave. and 35th St. where the driver and a passenger abandoned the vehicle around 7:30 a.m.

The two men were able to evade capture by running from officers through the backyards of homes in the area, said Trim.

According to Trim, a subsequent search of the vehicle returned a backpack reported stolen. The backpack contained an undisclosed amount of ammunition and a magazine for a gun, but Trim could not confirm whether either man was armed.

A perimeter was set up around the search area and SWAT was called out for assistance locating the men.

Valley Hi hit and run victim identified by coroner

SACRAMENTO, CA - The victim in Wednesday's fatal hit-and-run on Valley Hi Drive has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner as David Tyrell Mickens, 29.

The Sacramento man was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle on the 5900 block of Valley Hi Drive. Police said a broken headlamp and turn signal were found at the scene, consistent with a hit-and-run.

Detectives need help to identify the vehicle involved in the crash; the vehicle would have a damaged right-side headlamp and turn signal.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at (916) 808-6030 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Elk Grove Unified schools vandalized

Elk Grove Unified schools vandalized

ELK GROVE, CA - Two schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District were vandalized overnight.

Valley High School and James McKee Elementary School were both vandalized, with the elementary school getting the worst of the damage. 

Every single building in James McKee was tagged, but nothing was stolen.

Care packages for troops overseas stolen

SACRAMENTO, CA - Nearly 120 care packages ready to be shipped to Afghanistan were stolen just one week before Christmas.

Move America Forward has been collecting and shipping items to military members overseas for years, but this year, more than 100 soldiers won't be getting their box in time for Christmas.

Move America Forward Outreach Coordinator Scott Raab said thieves broke into a trailer storing the boxes Sunday night, between 20 to 25 boxes stuffed with 120 care packages were taken, which were worth about $5,000.

"We really hope that [the thieves are] going to come to their senses," Raab said.

The care packages included personalized cards written by elementary school students for the troops abroad, as well as food and other items.

Barbara Florian, who has been volunteering with Move America Forward for six years, said she is upset, but she has hope whoever is responsible will do the right thing.