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Swastika taken down from east Sacramento home


A controversial display at a River Park home in Sacramento was torn down by a man who told bystanders he was, "an American patriot."

Neighbors in the 3000 block of Moddison Avenue Street said a man pulled up in a white truck at approximately 7 p.m., tore down the display that included American and Israeli flags with swastikas on them along with the figure of a green-clad soldier. A Palestinian flag beside the display was left alone.

The unknown man then put up his own sign that said, in part, "God bless Israel and every soul in it. We are not Europe,' and 'God Bless America."

Cell phone video shot by a bystander showed the man tearing down the display that had been put up about two weeks ago. An eyewitness said several neighbors had clapped as the display was torn to the ground.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex


A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

SCAM ALERT: Fake utility workers burglarize homes


Two men pretending to be utility workers are burglarizing Sacramento homes, the Sacramento Police Department said.

Police Lt. Steve Oliveira posted on NextDoor.com that men claim to work for PG&E, SMUD or the City of Sacramento and tell homeowners there is a problem in their home. The men then ask the homeowners to wait outside while they go inside to check on gas, water or electrical issues.

The victims don't realize their home was burglarized until the suspects are long gone, Oliveira said.

Police said the suspects hit five homes in East Sacramento and four homes in south Sacramento.

Oliveira said the suspects were described as Hispanic or white men, in their late 20s to early 40s, and are typically wearing generic utility worker type clothing, with hard hats and safety vests. They may be driving an unmarked white pick-up truck.

Swastika "art" upsets Sacramento neighborhood


SACRAMENTO - A home in Sacramento's River Park neighborhood on Moddison Avenue has drawn a lot of attention because of all the swastikas on display.

There are swastikas, a Palestinian flag, a figure with his hands up, and Christmas lights. While many find it offensive, the homeowner has told police and neighbors that he calls it "art" and people don't understand it.

The display is evoking a lot of strong reactions.

"I think it's horrific," Jim Masi, a neighborhood resident,said. "I think there's better ways to express your feelings about nationality or religion. This seems to be more hate than anything else. It's sending a bad message for this neighborhood."

Some argue it's a matter of free speech and that the display, despite its offensive message to some, is protected by the First Amendment.

Son: Father killed in Sacramento house fire


Sacramento firefighters pulled a couple from their burning home on Wednesday afternoon. The woman is recovering from smoke inhalation, but the man, identified as 85-year-old Manuel Mejia of Sacramento, did not survive, according to the couple's son.

"I didn't want to hear that news," Alexander Mejia said.

Mejia, who lives in the home with his parents Manuel and Mary, was at work when the fire started.

"Apparently, my dad was cooking and the kitchen caught on fire," Meija said. "My mom was in the back room, so I don't know that's all I really know."

The fire department was called just after 4:15 p.m. to the 2200 block of Wissemann Drive.

"The first companies arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming through the front, and a side kitchen window," Sacramento Battalion Chief Jonathan Burgess said.

Police: Bicyclist grabbing women's buttocks around Sac State


Sacramento State police hope someone recognizes the individual shown on the bike in the accompanying photo. Police think he has grabbed the buttocks of two females twice last Friday and Saturday.

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The Saturday incident was at approximately 1:30 a.m. Police said a Sacramento State student was walking near the AIRC (AKA ARC) building on campus when she was grabbed on the buttocks by a man on a bike. She described the individual as wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up and shorts. The victim said the individual continued riding his bike toward the The Well fitness center.

Urban farms struggle to get food to public


Sacramento is the "Farm to Fork" capital of the county. But, if that farm is in the wrong zip code, red tape could keep produce food from the public.

"What is true farm to fork is about, it's about changing communities and showing people how to eat better and how to live better," Sacramento resident Chanowk Yisrael said.


Yisrael and his wife Judith never imagined they would be farmers. He spent years behind a desk, working an IT job.

"We are starting a revolution with a new way to live," Yisrael said. "We do everything by hand, no machinery here."