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By BStigers on July 6, 2022.

A wildfire burning Monday “with a dangerous rate of spread” in dry grass near the Amador and Calaveras County line south of Jackson prompted evacuation orders in both counties and threatened 100 structures. The Electra Fire is still burning in rugged terrain along Electra Road near Highway 49 and sending a plume of smoke into the air that can be seen on Sacramento sky cams. Power is out for at least 2,600 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Amador County. Cal Fire says the fire has grown to 300 acres, and been fast-moving at a  rate of 100 acres per hour as of last night.   According to Cal Fire’s incident report, one first responder has been injured as 104 personnel battle the blaze. Rices Fire in Nevada County is now 65% contained staying at 904 Acres. Full containment expected today.


A homicide investigation is underway after four men were hurt and one was killed in a shooting in Sacramento early Monday morning. The shooting happened near a nightclub at 15th and L Street, just before 2 a.m. J, L and 16th streets have since reopened after being closed while officers investigated. “What we police know now is limited, and we hope to share more as this investigation continues. The family of the victim who died in the shooting identified him as 31-year-old Greg Najee Grimes. Family reported, Grimes leaves behind a son and attended Inderkum High School, where he recently worked as an assistant football coach and a teacher.


Hundreds of demonstrators blocked lanes of Interstate 5 near J Street in downtown Sacramento on Monday. The group was protesting on the Fourth of July following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, according to social media. Demonstrators moved off Interstate 5 in downtown Sacramento, but some highway ramps remain closed Monday afternoon following the abortion rights protest. Dozens of demonstrators marched toward the interstate from a protest organized by the Sacramento Group Progressive Unity, which began at 10 a.m. Monday at the state Capitol. The group was protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, which eliminated the nearly 50-year-old federal government enacted right to an abortion. Those at the demonstration stressed that though California has some of the strongest reproductive protections in the country, protesting is still crucial in sending a message to lawmakers in Washington.


One drowning was confirmed and recovery efforts continued for four others believed to have died in additional incidents as Sacramento-area residents took to nearby waterways for the Fourth of July weekend. Along the American River, the body of one person has been recovered. A search for a swimmer in another incident was terminated after authorities were not able to locate them. Meanwhile, three adults remain missing in the water near Three Mile Slough Bridge in Rio Vista. A report of two people stranded near Satan’s Cesspool Rapid in the lower American River about 11:30 a.m. Saturday turned tragic, according to El Dorado Sheriff’s Office. “Reportedly, the decedent was hiking with a small group and went into the river to a rock outcropping. “While in the river, the water rose quickly due to the water release upstream.” One person was pulled into the rapids and swept downriver. The victim was located by air response and brought ashore below Hospital Bar Rapid with the assistance of two kayakers. Lifesaving attempts were made, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene. The other person who had been trapped in the river waters reportedly was safe.


Gov. Gavin Newsom has commuted the sentences of a Sacramento man convicted in the 2006 shooting death of a relative and a Placer County man convicted in a robbery from the same year. The move came as Newsom’s office announced 17 pardons, 15 commutations and one medical reprieve, on Friday. The Sacramento case involved Andrey Bernik, who in 2006 went with family members to confront a business associate, which A fight erupted and “as Mr. Bernik attempted to flee, he fired a shot from his vehicle and inadvertently struck and killed his own relative. Bee archives show the victim was Yury Dovgan, 19, who died after a fight in the parking lot of Carl’s Jr. on Watt Avenue and Antelope Road during a dispute that involved as many as 30 people. “Mr. Bernik was 28 years old at the time of the crime and is now 44,” Newsom’s commutation message stated. “He has been incarcerated for 13 years and is now free, thanks to the Governor.


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