Second suspect arrested in Sacramento shooting | Time to prepare for wildfire | Illegal evictions
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, April 5.
Second person arrested in connection with Sacramento shooting
Sacramento police arrested a second person Tuesday in connection to Sunday’s mass shooting in downtown Sacramento.
Detectives took Smiley Martin, 27, into custody while receiving treatment at a local hospital. He was first identified as a suspect at the scene of the shooting, where police say he had suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital for care.
Martin is still at the hospital under law enforcement supervision, and police say he will be booked when healthy enough to go to jail. He will be charged with possessing a machine gun and for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Martin is the sibling of Dandrae Martin, 26, who police arrested on Monday. His brother was booked on assault with a deadly weapon and for carrying a loaded firearm but has not been charged with homicides in relation to Sunday’s shooting, according to Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.
— CapRadio Staff
Vigil held for Sacramento shooting victims
Elected officials and some community members gathered for a vigil in downtown Sacramento last night to mourn the six people killed and 12 injured in Sunday’s shooting. The vigil featured many city officials, including Mayor Darrell Steinberg, but few family members of those injured and killed.
Still, organizers tried to convey a sense of unity and support for grieving families and the community.
Jackie Henderson, the cousin of shooting victim Sergio Harris, addressed the crowd.
“I don’t get to go kick it with my cousin tomorrow. The rest of his family doesn’t get to kick it with him tomorrow,” Henderson said. “Instead, we have to put our money together and plan his funeral.”
Henderson demanded policy changes and personal accountability. Read the full story.
— CapRadio Staff
‘The time to act is yesterday’: California Fire Safe Council says be ready for wildfire
This year is shaping up to be another potentially dangerous one for wildfire and the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) says fire-prone communities need to be ready.
At a fire preparedness workshop last week in Paradise, CFSC Communications Specialist Megan Katich said residents should start with personal preparedness like having a “go bag” and working on home hardening and defensible space.
She said the next step is helping with community-wide resilience, which could mean anything from working with your local fire safe council to helping determine evacuation routes to starting a program that chips yard vegetation.
“Fire season isn’t really a thing anymore,” Katich said. “It’s go time all the time now. So, the time to act is yesterday.”
According to the National Weather Service, northerly winds may lead to increased fire weather concerns in the valley today, and in the valley and foothills on Wednesday. Elevated fire risk could continue into early next week.
— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR
Attorney General warns landlords against illegally evicting tenants waiting on rent relief
Tenants can't currently be evicted if they've applied to the state's rent relief program and are still waiting on a payout. But some landlords have been trying to get around that law by lying on court documents, falsely claiming their tenants never applied to the program or didn't fill out all the required paperwork.
The state's new housing strike force sent letters to law firms that represent landlords late last month, reminding them that using these false claims to evict tenants is illegal. The agency's office is encouraging lawyers who represent landlords to review their client's documentation very carefully.
— Erin Baldassari (KQED), The California Report
Interview: Retired Sacramento police chief on the ongoing investigation into Sunday’s mass shooting
The Sacramento Police Department continues to investigate this weekend’s shooting in downtown Sacramento.
Retired Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn spoke with CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty to explain how investigations like this one typically proceed. Listen to the interview in today’s Headlines.
— CapRadio Staff
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In other news
- Shasta County health officer's future could be decided at supervisors meeting: “Three weeks after they gave embattled health officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom a performance evaluation, Shasta County Supervisors could decide Ramstrom’s fate Tuesday.” — Redding Record Searchlight
- Prescribed burning planned for Butterfly Valley this week: “Prescribed burning is planned this week in the Butterfly Valley area on the Mount Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest, conditions permitting.” — Plumas News
- Human-caused fire burns Riverside Drive structure: “The Susanville Fire Department responded to a structure fire near the entrance of 1625 Riverside Drive at 7:41 p.m. Saturday, April 2.” — Lassen County Times
- Man arrested after Chico shooting: “Police arrested a man they suspect of firing a gun and driving under the influence Sunday.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Men arrested in Tehama County in connection with sex trafficking: “An investigation into a sex trafficking case has yielded the arrested of two Pacific Northwest men in Tehama County.” — Red Bluff Daily News
- Yreka city clerk arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography: “Yreka City Clerk Arthur Boyd was arrested last Friday on charges of possessing child pornography. The arrest was confirmed by Robert Gibson, chief of police for the Mount Shasta Police Department.” — The Siskiyou Daily News
- Yuba County program to help with fire season preparation: “Ahead of this year’s wildfire season, the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council announced the launch of a program to help homeowners protect their homes from a catastrophic disaster.” — The Appeal Democrat
In case you missed it
- Junior college enrollment is plummeting across the state, but not at Butte College — NSPR (Headlines, April 4)
- ‘We must do more than mourn’: President Joe Biden’s statement on mass shooting in Sacramento — The Sacramento Bee
- Northern California could face dire wildfire danger in 2022. How high is the risk? — The Sacramento Bee
- Friends on the Street, confined to a corner, keeps rolling — ChicoSol
- PHS alum lives in Czech town helping Ukrainians – you can help — Plumas News
- Chico man, boss bring aid to employees in Ukraine — Chico Enterprise-Record
- As poppies bloom, locals celebrate the Wildflower & Nature festival — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Redding police investigating death of man found under North Market Street bridge — Redding Record Searchlight
- Transients, other volunteers help clean up graffiti in Red Bluff’s River Park — Red Bluff Daily News
- ‘It is willful neglect’: A look at North Yuba Water District and alleged mismanagement — The Appeal Democrat