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Rancho Cordova homicide victim identified


Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified a man who was shot and killed in Friday as 49-year-old Michael Elder.

Detectives are investigating Elder's death as a homicide. They currently have no witnesses, and no motive has been identified.

A local business called police after finding Elder unconscious on Egmont Way and Viking Drive around 7 a.m. in Rancho Cordova. Police said Elder was unresponsive and declared dead at the scene.

Elder is survived by his two sisters, Joanne Young and Diane Smith.


Police investigating dead body in Rancho Cordova


A man's body was found in a neighborhood off Bradshaw Road in Rancho Cordova, and investigators are calling his death a homicide. A person went to a business in the area off Lincoln Village Drive and reported seeing a man he thought was unconscious around 7 a.m. Friday.

Rancho Cordova officers called emergency personnel, who determined the man had died. Investigators say the man was shot, however they do not know motivated it. The man's identification has not been released at this time, pending family notification.

Anyone with information or who may have see what happened Friday morning, is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.


Prop. 47 changes Rancho Cordova woman's criminal history


Almost 3,000 inmates have been released in California because of Proposition 47, a voter-approved law that reduced some non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

State officials said it's helping solve California's prison overcrowding problem, while some are worried about the consequences it's having on public safety.

For one Rancho Cordova woman, Prop. 47 is a second chance at life.

"Now, that all my felonies are gone, it opens up a whole new door," Toni Hunter said.

On Friday, a judge reduced her felony convictions to misdemeanors under Prop. 47.

"I'm just elated," Hunter said.

Hunter said her criminal history started when she stole baby formula and diapers for a friend. After that, came more petty theft charges, prison time and probation. And then, she failed to report a change of address on time.

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.

Suspect arrested in Rancho Cordova murder


Sacramento Sheriff Homicide detectives arrested a man Wednesday for fatally stabbing a woman in Rancho Cordova Tuesday, according to Sacramento Sheriff's spokesperson Lisa Bowman.

Harold Russell Fulkerson, 28, was arrested for the murder of Teresa Ann Anderson, 58, according to Bowman. Fulkerson was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Anderson was found in an apartment in the 3200 block of Laurelhurst Drive Tuesday evening. Detectives determined there was no particular relationship between Fulkerson and Anderson, both visitors to the apartment according to Bowman.

Woman fatally stabbed in Rancho Cordova


Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a woman at a Rancho Cordova apartment complex Tuesday.

The victim, described by the sheriff's office as between 50 and 60 years old, was found in an apartment in the 3200 block of Laurelhurst Drive.

Several people at the apartment were detained for questioning.

Please check back for more information as it is released.


Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show


Tanishq Abraham, 10, of Sacramento, was one of the youngest people to graduate high school.

His intelligence was ranked in the top 10th of a percent in the nation. Now at 11, the child prodigy was vying for the title of "Child Genius" through America Mensa's TV competition.

The Lifetime reality show featured 20 of the brightest young minds in the country as they competed for a shot at a $100,000 scholarship. "I know it's a very big prize but it's just for fun as well," said Tanishq Abraham, whose goal is to get a PhD by the time he's eligible for his driver's license.

The full time college student, who attends American River College, admitted he was a bit nervous going into the eight-week competition, but took it all in stride.

"I wasn't scared. I was having fun, playing with the other kids," said Tanishq.