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Man Out Taking Pictures With Fiancée Falls Into American River, Found Dead

4:12 p.m. Update: The Placer County Sheriff’s swift water dive team has located the man who fell into the American River Sunday evening.

The victim, 23-year-old Andy Odon Ortega Fonseca of Sacramento, was found deceased.

AUBURN (CBS13) – Search crews are resuming their efforts to find a man who fell into the American River on Sunday evening.

The man and his fiancée were out taking pictures at the confluence of the American River near the No Hands Bridge when he fell into the swift waters, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says.

Crews with Cal Fire’s NEU division, California State Parks and the Placer Sheriff searched through the evening for the man, but had to suspend their efforts around 9 p.m. due to darkness.

Monday, crews will be back out at the confluence of the American River to Folsom Lake to search for the man.

His name has not been released at this point.

Woman Suspected Of DUI After Crashing Off I-80 In Placer County

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – A suspected drunk driver was taken into custody crashing into trees off Interstate 80 in Placer County.

The crash happened Tuesday night along westbound i-80 near Drum Forebay. A Jeep went off the freeway and sheared off several trees.

Scene of the crash. (Credit: Cal Fire NEU)

Scene of the crash. (Credit: Cal Fire NEU)

Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit says the woman driving the car and her 11-month-old border collie escaped major injuries. She was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center before being taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities say.

The puppy was turned over to the driver’s parents.

The woman’s name has not been released.

Rescue Team Out For Training Saves Stranded Motorists In Flooded Street

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — Cal Fire and Placer County Fire Technical Rescue Team got some real-life training Wednesday morning when they found some stranded motorists in flood waters.

The team was arriving at a scheduled training when they found the stranded motorists who attempted to pass through flood waters on West Wise Road in Lincoln. The firefighters were able to reach the motorists in their boat, completing a medical evaluation and removal.

Once the motorists were released, the PCFD’s training continued.

Placer County reminded drivers to learn from this experience and turn around if you see a road closed to flooding. The water on West Wise Road was reportedly thigh-high and fast-moving.

Are Residential Areas At Risk Of Seeing More Mountain Lions?

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The mountain lion seen roaming in a Natomas neighborhood over the weekend is back in a more suitable habitat.

The quiet neighborhood is breathing a sigh of relief knowing that mountain lion is back in the wild. The big cat first appeared on Bryn Oshea’s doorbell camera, but he didn’t get far.

Sacramento police and animal control officers were on the scene in minutes with the CHP chopper tracking the cat from above, watching him run in and out of backyards and even pausing for a nap.

Wildlife biologists moved in with a tranquilizer dart and the sedated cat was taken away from the city, dropped off in an undisclosed part of Placer County.

“It’s probably got a nasty hangover today and will probably take some time to get back to get adjusted to habitat. So hopefully it stays and we never hear from it again,” said Patrick Foy, Captain of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Foy says it would not be uncommon for this type of a lion to wander back. He said the young male is at the age where they are separating the mother lion.

“They’ll move down into places where they’re not finding that much pressure from a dominant mountain lions,” Foy said. “Ending up in places like here, Mountain View, San Diego, Middle of Auburn. All these places where we’ve caught lions.”

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Even though the large cats are finding their way into heavily-populated areas, Foy said attacks against humans are rare. In California, there have been a total of 17 fatal mountain lion attacks in the last century.

Biologists say they like family pets but prefer to prey on deer.

Officials said if you encounter a mountain lion, don’t turn around and run the other way. It’s best to stand tall and back away, and if you’re attacked, fight back. Use your bare hands or even a big pen to fight it off.

Detectives: Tahoe City Murder Suspect Found Dead In Church Bathroom After Apparently Shooting Himself

TAHOE CITY (CBS13) – Detectives say the suspect in the shooting at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City has been found dead after apparently committing suicide.

Thursday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced Salvador Murillo-Cabrera, a 52-year-old Reno resident, was dead. Murillo-Cabrera’s body was found in a bathroom at the S. Peter Canisius Catholic Church in Sun Valley, Nevada a day after the shooting. It appears he shot and killed himself during a church service.

Photo of Salvador Murillo-Cabrera provided by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Photo of Salvador Murillo-Cabrera provided by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The Boatworks Mall shooting happened on Saturday. Investigators believe Murillo-Cabrera and the victim were former coworkers at a restaurant near the mall.

According to investigators, Murillo-Cabrera and the victim had an “acrimonious” relationship because he believed the other man was having an affair with his wife. Investigators have no information that Murillo-Cabrera’s suspicions were true.

Murillo-Cabrera was linked to the shooting after he was reportedly seen in the area moments before the crime, and a car similar to his was seen speeding away.

Investigators say the same caliber handgun was found with Murillo-Cabrera when he shot himself as believed to have been used in the Tahoe City shooting.

Woman Goes Out For Short Hike, Ends Up Lost In The Cold For Nearly 24 Hours

GOLD RUN (CBS13) – A woman who went out for a short hike found herself lost for nearly a day in freezing cold weather before being rescued.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the woman, who is in her 60s, went out for a hike in the Gold Run area last week but lost the path as weather conditions deteriorated. She went on to spend nearly 24 hours out in the elements.

Search and rescue volunteers were able to find the woman thanks to a spot device she had. Volunteers say she was soaked and couldn’t move because of how cold it was. They gave her hot chocolate and dry clothes.

She was taken to the hospital and had to be treated for hypothermia and frostbite.

Deputies say, if it weren’t for the spot device, the woman probably wouldn’t have made it out alive.


Chase Of Pickup Reported Stolen Ends In Fiery Crash In Placer County

WEIMAR (CBS13) – A chase ended in a fiery crash in Placer County Tuesday morning.

The incident started after a vehicle was reported stolen out of Rocklin. The vehicle, a work truck, was then spotted by authorities in the Auburn/Colfax area a little before 8:30 a.m.

The chase ended when the truck crashed into a tree near Weimar Cross and Placer Hills roads, south of Colfax and east of Weimar. The truck burst into flames after the crash.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect ran from the crash but was taken into custody with the help of K9 Ronin.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is first being taken to the hospital before being booked into Placer County Jail.

Storm Brings Giant Oak Tree Down On SUV Injuring Woman

LOOMIS (CBS13) — A Loomis woman cheated death after a giant oak tree pierced her windshield Thursday morning, just missing the driver’s seat. It happened in Loomis at King Road between Sierra College and Bankhead.

Julie Strock came outside when she heard the bang. Not only had a massive tree just fallen inches away from the driver’s seat of this car. There was also a live power wire strewn across it.

“We didn’t know if she was alive or not,” she said.

Placer County deputies and fire crews converged on the scene, shutting down King Road to begin their life-saving extraction.

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“They were able to use the Jaws of Life to pull her out she has broken wrist, neck hurt,” said Strock.

A narrow escape that neighbors just couldn’t believe.

“Yah pretty scary,” said Ed Sellers.

Ed Sellers lives across the street. He says a giant tree collapses here almost every storm. The result of years of drought. But he’s never seen anything this bad.

“The lady was pretty fortunate I think because it came down on top of the cab of the car,” he recalled.

The driver was still unidentified as of Thursday. Officials say she’s still recovering and urged others to steer clear of the area.

“Just be cautious of your surroundings and watch out!” Strock said.