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CHP: Cap City Freeway suspicious device could have exploded

A device "consistent with a pipe bomb" found along the Cap City Freeway Monday that necessitated the closure of eastbound lanes during the afternoon commute had the "capability of functioning," according to a California Highway Patrol bomb squad spokesperson.

It was not known how the device ended up on a frontage road to the freeway in the area of the Arden Way off-ramp. The off-ramp was also closed while the California Highway Patrol investigated. A Caltrans worker making repairs in the area found the device.

The device was safely detonated approximately three hours after it was spotted.

The device residue was sent to a Bay Area lab for analysis of components, said the CHP's Sgt. Dave Kessler. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of the investigation.

Cap City Freeway reopened after pipe-bomb-like device detonated

A bomb squad detonated a suspicious device along the eastbound Cap City Freeway in Sacramento early Monday evening.

The California Highway Patrol described the item as a cylinder and similar to a pipe bomb. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating.

A Caltrans worker saw the unknown device along a freeway frontage road and reported it to authorities. The CHP closed the Arden Way exit and the eastbound lanes of the freeway in the area while it investigated. Around 3:30 p.m., traffic was directed to exit at Exposition Boulevard.

All lanes of the freeway reopened to backed-up traffic at approximately 6 p.m.

According to Graham Barlowe with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the incident is an open investigation. Materials found at the scene were sent to an explosives lab in the Bay Area for analysis.

Flames damage part of Arden-Arcade home

A fire burned part of an Arden-Arcade home and caused thousands of dollars of damage Saturday morning.

Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded to the home at the corner of Eastern and Robertson avenues around 5:30 a.m. Flames had engulfed the left side of the home and had moved up into the attic.

Firefighters contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other buildings. The fire caused $50,000 to $75,000 in damages. No injuries were reported.

The house was unoccupied and up for rent, the fire department said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Man allegedly robs elderly couple, comes back to rob them again, gets arrested

A man who allegedly stole an elderly couple's vamnMonday in Rio Linda tried to rob them again Tuesday morning, but was subsequently arrested on the second attempt, according to a Sacramento sheriff's sergeant on scene.

The sergeant explained that after the man allegedly robbed the couple's van in the 7000 block of Chesney Way, returned early Tuesday morning to try to rob them again.

According to the victim, 71-year-old Ken Wilkinson, the suspect returned with the very same van that was stolen. Wilkinson struggled with the robber and then called the police.

When officers arrived, they brought canines with them. They thought the suspect had fled the scene but under further investigation, he was found hiding inside the shower.

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.

Runaway light rail train travels more than a mile with no operator

A light rail train recently traveled for more than a mile without an operator due to a technician's error, the Sacramento Regional Transit District said Thursday.

The district said that on Feb. 17 the train traveled 1.5 miles at speeds up to 43 miles per hour from the RT light rail maintenance facility at 2700 Academy Way to the Arden/Del Paso light rail station.

"The light rail vehicle was out of service due to an intermittent electrical fault," the district said. "The light rail vehicle technician erred and bypassed key safety features designed to prevent the light rail vehicle from moving. These actions set the light rail vehicle in motion without an operator."

The train traveled from a storage track to the main track, where its middle wheels derailed for a period. The wheels went back on the rails when the train struck concrete edge of the platform at the the Swanston station.

Firefighters battle blaze in Arden


Sacramento Metro Fire crews extinguished a garage fire in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento Friday afternoon.

The fire department said the detached garage was fully involved in flames, while several arching power lines were on the ground.

"In a situation like this, there was no question what the priority had to be -- keep our firefighters away from the lines," Battalion Chief Chris Reed said in a news release. "Hold the fire in check, and protect the residence until the power can be shut down."