Before we completely close the book on 2014, FOX40 took a look back at some of the top news stories that made headlines last year.
2014 began dry, and water was a hot commodity. Almost 95% of California was in a “Severe drought” stage, and local water agencies enforced mandatory restrictions on water customers. Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January 2014.
Water levels at Folsom Lake got so low, the submerged city of Mormon Island reappeared. The ruins became a big draw for tourists.
One of the more shocking political headlines in 2014, was the arrest of Senator Leland Yee in March. He’s accused of trading his political influence at the state capital for campaign contributions. Yee was suspended as senator two days after his arrest, and is still awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, in Sacramento’s City Hall, a historic vote that was years in the making. The city council approved a financing plan for a $477 million downtown entertainment and sports complex for the Sacramento Kings.
In July, a bank robbery and violent chase in Stockton took the life of Misty Holt Singh. She was one of three women taken hostage from the Bank of the West as the three bank robbers left. The two other women were able to escape during the high-speed chase. During a shoot-out at the end of the chase, two of the suspects were killed along with Singh. Police say the surviving robbery suspect, Jaime Ramos, used Singh as a shield, and that it was police gunfire that killed her.
Record drought meant a record wildfire season in California, Cal Fire crews battled more than 5,500 wildfires. That’s about a 1,000 more than a normal year. In our area, the destructive King Fire burned for more than a month in the fall. It charred more than 97,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties.
On October 24, Sacramento and Placer counties were rocked by a hours-long crime spree that left two sheriff’s deputies dead, another injured and a civilian injured. Suspects Luis Enriques Bracamonte and his wife Janelle Monroy allegedly shot Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Oliver, then tried to carjack at least two people, shooting one, then drove to Placer County where they shot at two deputies, killing deputy Michael Davis Jr.