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Drunk driver arrested in crash injjring Elk Grove police officer


ELK GROVE - Elk Grove police arrested a man involved in a three-vehicle crash that injured an Elk Grove police officer and another female driver.

John Minju, 40, was arrested hours later after fleeing the scene for felony hit and run and DUI with injury charges.

The crash was just after 11 p.m. Saturday at Elk Grove Florin and Sheldon roads in Elk Grove. It involved a marked police department cruiser and two other cars.

The police officer and a female driver were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police department spokesperson Officer Christopher Trim said Minju fled the scene and a search for him involving four different police agencies, K9 units and helicopters ensued.

He was eventually found on the 7900 block of Symington Way and determined to be under the influence of alcohol, according to Trim.


Parents deliver baby in their car on the way to hospital


Maverick Navest is 1-day-old, but his dad Lucas Navest is already planning on what he will his son about the day he was born.

"I'm going to just point over there, I'm like, 'hey, you were born right there on that corner,'" Lucas Navest said.

Lucas and Deanna Navest were on their way to the hospital, when their son decided it was time to come into the world. Maverick was born in the passenger seat of his parents' car on the side of the road. The Elk Grove family is thanking a 911 operator, paramedics and their iPhone charger for the safe and healthy delivery of their son.

Pedestrian struck, killed by tow truck in Elk Grove


SACRAMENTO - A 66-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a tow truck in Elk Grove Tuesday night.

Elk Grove Police Officer Christopher Trim said the tow truck driver was heading eastbound on Elk Grove Blvd. through the Bruceville Rd. intersection on a green light when they struck a man dressed in dark clothing running across the intersection.

The tow truck driver pulled over after striking the man and called 911, Trim said.

Officers arrived at the scene around 10:01 p.m. Responding medical personnel determined the pedestrian, later identified as Zhenfen Wu of Elk Grove, suffered life-threatening injuries and transported him to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the collision, Trim said.

The tow truck driver was not injured in the incident.

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.


At-risk Elk Grove woman reported missing


The Elk Grove Police Department said Friday afternoon that a missing at-risk woman who left home early Thursday morning has been located.

No other information was provided about Anisha McCarthy. There was concern for her well-being because she did not have medication with her for a health condition, according to police.


Car crashes 6 feet into Elk Grove preschool


Cosumnes Fire Department had to extract a driver who drove their car 6 feet into an Elk Grove preschool Tuesday morning.

The accident happened at 7:30 a.m. at a Phoenix School at 3050 Babson Drive. A parent who dropped off their kids hit the gas instead of the brakes and the car went into the child-care facility with kids inside according to Elk Grove police spokesman Chris Trim.

Two kids were transported with minor injuries.

Elk Grove police are investigating the cause of the accident. This story will be updated once more information is available.


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.