Resulting panic not my fault, you feel me?

Louis Santiago, 18, spoke to KCRA 3 after he was released from Sacramento County Jail Thursday afternoon.
Louis Santiago, 18, spoke to KCRA 3 after he was released from Sacramento County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Interesting turn of events with this Arden Fair Mall fight on Wednesday.

Here’s what we have…

1) Dudes get into a fight.
2) Dudes knock down a sign.
3) Sign makes a loud noise.
4) Mall patrons hear loud noise and think it is a gun shot.
5) Mall patrons then turn to their smartphones and report said gun shot via social media.
6) Mall is then put on lock down until security and police could sort things out.
7) Suspect claims he was just punching a dude who walked past him like he had a problem.

Then we have one of the suspects speak on camera after being approached as he was released from jail (this did not please him, judging by the video).

“I feel bad,” Santiago said. “I send out all my apologies to all those families out there, you feel me? But it wasn’t my fault.”

Well, it sort of was, you feel me? Sure, people freaked out and assumed the worst, but it is understandable considering recent events. I do wonder if having such quick and easy access to information is a good thing.

Shoppers began texting family and friends and using social media to spread the word about what was happening, spreading incorrect information, Reed said. “It’s like the old kindergarten thing — when you tell one kindergartner and it goes around the room, by the time it gets to the other kindergartner it’s a totally different story than what it was,” he said.

I wonder if modern classrooms are not calling this game “Telephone” anymore. Maybe “Smartphone” or “Tweet this.” I could be on to something, but I digress.

What do you think? Would this have been a non-issue before smartphones and social media?

Stockton in the news…for not going bankrupt this time

When Stockton is not in the news for going bankrupt after a 15-year spending binge and potentially slipping into municipal chaos, it takes its lumps in news about breaking homicide records. Basically, Stockton has it rough as it is.

What’s not needed is this story about three women receiving a receipt at a local restaurant with the words “Fat Girls” written on itgoing national.

In case you don’t have time to read the whole story or watch the various news videos dedicated to this horrific event, here’s all you need to know from our very own article.

“I got the bill, and I was like, why does the receipt say, ‘fat girls?'” Duran said.

At first, her friends assumed she was joking.

“I was laughing at her, and she was like, ‘I’m serious.’ I’m like, ‘No, it does not say fat girls, let me see it,'” said Christina Huerta, who was also at the table along with Isabel Robles.

“[Huerta] was like, ‘You’re lying,'” Duran said. “And I was like, ‘No, I’m serious. Look at it.’ She was like, ‘fat girls?'”

“I was like, ‘Give me that,’ and I’m looking at it. I was like, ‘Oh, heck no,'” Robles said.

Here’s hoping things pick up for you in 2013, Stockton.

The CHP will be accepting applications soon

CHP officers know how to get squirrely.
Must be able to do this with your car at a moment’s notice (from their website, check it).
It’s Friday, it’s ugly outside, it’s time to have some fun at the expense of others with a little installment of the ever-popular “Make us laugh” feature.

The California Highway Patrol announced Thursday that it will accept applications in January for new CHP officers. This is the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications. You know, because of the economy (hey oh! Or, wait, is it “due to the recent economic downturn” I can’t remember it has been so long).

To be considered for these positions you must meet a few requirements.

…candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to undergo a selection process, including a written test, physical ability test, interview, medical and psychological evaluation and a background investigation.

What other requirements do you think they left off? Based on your experience, of course.

RIP Josie (& now Brownie)

The Sacramento Zoo’s blog is reporting that Josie, the matriarch of their chimpanzee troop, was euthanized today due to old age. She was approximately 48 years old, and had been a resident here for 26 years. Josie liked to paint and frequently stood at the glass to the enclosure to wave to visitors.

Update: Today, Scoopy reports that Brownie, the oldest hyena in U.S captivity and model for the film The Lion King, has also died. Sacramentans are 35% less saddened by this than they are for Josie’s loss, as Josie had opposable thumbs and a better appreciation of poop.

Any distinguishing scars or tattoos?

You got a little something right here, no a little lower.

News 10 reports that a man and woman were arrested for allegedly stealing a car and in connection to a no-bail warrant Saturday.

Officers then entered the house and arrested Boone after finding him hiding in one of the bedrooms. Boone was later arrested for the outstanding no-bail warrant along with Rounseville for possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen license plates.

As you can tell from the picture to the right, the alleged car thief is from the area.

Nursing homes are ruining this state

Good news everyone, Arts & Crafts time has been extended four more hours.
If you haven’t already read this story, please to check out Unpaid fines hurting California budget over at and let me know what you think. I can’t make heads or tails of it. Am I supposed to be angry at the state of California for not trying hard enough to collect? Maybe I’m supposed to be pissed off at nursing homes for treating their patients so poorly? And what does this have to do with the state budget?

I’m no financial whiz kid here, but it seems we don’t have as much of a problem collecting money in this state, as we do spending money.

But with California so short on cash, why does the state allow this practice to continue? The California legislature authorized it in law, more than thirty years ago. The statute reads, “Facilities that do not contest the level of the citation or the amount of the fine may, within 30 days of the citation issuance, pay 65 percent of the assessed fine.” Thus, California law allows a 35 percent reduction on nursing home fines, yet the state is routinely allowing a 59 percent discount — and collecting only 41 cents on the dollar, according to the state audit.

Ok, great, that should be looked into for sure. But, is this really what the problem is with our finances?

You should just leave, you don’t have to sit there

Let’s all have some fun breaking down this little gem from CBS Sacramento.

I’ll start us off.

The headline of the story, really? Indecent EXXXposure?

Did we mention the dog?

Man Dies In Natomas Apartment Fire
Don’t you die on me, little guy!
A man died in a Natomas apartment complex fire Thursday morning. Enough about the loss of human life though, a dog was saved!

A small dog was rescued from the complex and resuscitated by a firefighter. “It’s kind of cool. I don’t really like dogs, but I like this one,” Firefighter Ross Palmerton said after saving the dog.

Details about the man were not released, but the precious little pooch is small and scraggly and loves to be taken on long walks just as the sun sets over the Sacramento River.

Intel is hiring/has hired/can’t hire again

Job seekers certainly took notice of a headline in the Bee on Saturday announcing that “Intel in Folsom is hiring again.” The story supports this encouraging headline, too, in the first sentence.

After a decade of downsizing at its Folsom campus, Intel Corp. has begun hiring again.

Great, so you *are* hiring folks.

The Santa Clara-based high-tech company, one of the largest private employers in the Sacramento region, said it has added nearly 370 workers to its local operation since January.

Ok, so you *have* hired this year.

Intel spokesman Mark Pettinger noted that the company has recently instituted a hiring freeze. But Pettinger added that Intel could bring on additional hires at the Folsom campus if the economy picks up.

Oh, I see, you *aren’t hiring* right now, but wanted to let us know that you *could* hire again if things get better in this nasty economy?

Am I missing something here, folks?

FBI Creepiness at CSUS

Why was the FBI undercover at Sac State this week? And why were they mistaken for perverts?

Earlier this week at Sac State, a female student reported two suspicious men to SSPD. The men, described as in their 50s, approached her and identified themselves as undercover campus security officers. They asked her to accompany them to a nearby parking lot to assist them in an investigation. She wisely refused.

After the Police alerted the University community about the attempted weirdness, adding that they do not employ plainclothes policemen, people freaked the hell out. Safety meetings occurred frequently. Thankfully, no further incidents of creepiness occurred, but the suspects still remained at large.

A second statement was issued by campus police yesterday announcing the threat to be unfounded. Was it a fanciful yarn spun by a lonely freshman desperate for attention during her first month away from home? A prank inspired by a wacky 80’s low-budget college sex romp, or a terrifying 90’s high-budget torture porn? Sorority initiation time again?

No, they were undercover FBI agents.

Assuming this entire story isn’t a load of hooey, something still doesn’t add up for me. If these men were FBI, why wouldn’t they identify themselves as being FBI? For someone investigating crimes at a University, the worst disguise is “undercover campus cop”. Very fishy. So what really happened?
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