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Information sought in Sacramento cat hanging

SACRAMENTO - The City of Sacramento's Animal Control Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person or persons behind the hanging of a cat in the Sacramento area.

According to Gina Knepp of the City of Sacramento, animal control officers responded to a call of a cat found hanging by a rope from a tree in the area of Gardendale Rd. and 29th St. around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Witnesses said the cat was a stray being cared for by someone who recently moved from the area.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Chief Animal Control Officer Daniel Torres at 916-808-5855.

Child, 8, taken from mother in drug possession arrest

SACRAMENTO - An 8-year-old child was taken from their mother after the woman and her male accomplice were arrested on drug possession charges in Sacramento on Sunday.

According to Sacramento police reports, the child's 33-year-old mother Kimberly Simmons, and Terrell Bolton, 45, were taken into custody after officers found the couple had possession of cocaine for sale at their home on 1400 block of McAllister Ave.

Simmons' child was then removed from the property and placed into protective custody, according to police.

Coroner identifies man killed in Saturday home invasion

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento County Coroner's office has identified the man fatally shot in a home invasion on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood.

Joseph Merjil, 31, was identified as the intruder who was killed during the robbery after a homeowner, robbery suspect and two other people engaged in a gun fight outside a home on the 900 block of Haven Court, according to Officer Doug Morse.

Three other people were injured in that shooting, including another robbery suspect, 21-year-old Thomas Ordonaz, who was injured in the shooting and later arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and accessory.

The homeowner was also shot and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Robbery suspect killed, another arrested in Sacramento home invasion

SACRAMENTO, CA - A robbery suspect was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Man found shot to death in apt. parking lot ID'd

SACRAMENTO - A man was discovered shot to death in the parking lot of a Sacramento apartment complex late Thursday night.  

Friday, authorities identifed him as 23-year-old Sherrick Melson.

Police officers were called to the complex on the 2700 block of Meadowview Road at 10:59 p.m. after individuals in the area heard gunshots and saw a person on the ground in the parking lot, said Officer Michelle Gigante of the Sacramento Police Department.

Officers reported finding the victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Sacramento Fire Department personnel arrived soon after and pronounced Melson dead.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene. Preliminary findings indicated the shooting may have been the result of an argument.

'Operation Grinch' nabs 12 parole violators

SACRAMENTO, CA - A team of local officers arrested 12 parole violators Wednesday during "Operation Grinch."

Nearly 30 officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, U.S. Marshals, FBI, and local law enforcement agencies split into four teams and went door-to-door in Sacramento looking for violators.

"We are focusing on all parole[e]s, mainly parole[e]s at large, people who haven't reported, maybe have committed a new crime and have a warrant in the system," said Alex Hoang, a CDC parole officer.

During the first sting operation of the day, officers arrested a parole violator after about 30 minutes of trying to talk him out.

"It's rare we get somebody at the first one unless we have good information like this morning," said Hoang.

Teams moved on to other residences throughout the day. Many of the locations came up empty.