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Boy killed in American Canyon motorcycle crash identified

Boy killed in American Canyon motorcycle crash identified


Boy killed in American Canyon cycle crash identified

The motorcyclist who died in a wreck on Sunday in American Canyon was a 17-year-old boy from Vallejo, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office has announced.

The rider was first reported to be 15 years old, but this was amended by American Canyon police on Tuesday.

Ivan Joaquin Ledesma was riding the motorbike that broadsided a car at the intersection of Flosden Road and Via Bellagio at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, according to sheriff’s spokesman Henry Wofford. Ledesma was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

The case remains under investigation, but American Canyon Police said in a statement Monday that Ledesma was riding south on Flosden Road when his motorbike struck an Acura Integra on its right side as the driver was turning left from northbound Flosden. The driver of the Acura, who was alone in the vehicle, was not injured.

Alcohol or drug use are not suspected factors in the crash, police said.

The motorcycle was registered to the rider and his father, American Canyon Police reported.

The crash shut down Flosden Road for more than five hours until it reopened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Monday.

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Napa Police: Shots fired, cars and home struck

At least three cars and one house were struck by gunfire Saturday night, Napa Police reported.

Officers were called to the area of Firefly Lane, Villa Lane and Summerbrooke Circle after reports of shots fired, according to Lt. Chase Haag. A drone from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search, and 9mm bullet casings were found at the scene, but no suspects were found, he said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Napa Police: Man arrested in connection with burglary, credit card theft

A home burglary investigation in Napa resulted in the arrest of a Vacaville man Sunday morning, according to police.

Shortly before 11 a.m., officers were conducting a follow-up inquiry at a home in the 600 block of Cabot Way where a resident reported someone had broken into his tool storage shed Saturday night, according to Sgt. Chase Haag. An officer saw Matthew Steven Allen, 39, leaning over the trunk of a vehicle parked in the driveway, Haag said in an email.

Allen was found to have several credit and debit cards tied to a business in the first block of Coombs Street, and the vehicle he was standing near had been stolen the night before but not yet reported to law enforcement, according to Haag. Inside the vehicle were other items reportedly stolen from various homes, Haag said.

Allen was detained and booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of burglary and vehicle theft, as well as for possessing controlled substance after officers found a syringe and a suspected heroin-like substance on him, according to Haag.

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Police: Napa graffiti incident leads to arrest on weapon, drug allegations

A suspected gang member was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of felony weapon and drug offenses, Napa Police reported.

At 4:44 p.m., a caller notified police of people spray-painting graffiti on an electrical box at South Terrace Drive and Kansas Avenue, and another witness reported seeing three people enter a Honda that drove off at high speed, according to Lt. Chase Haag. An officer later saw the vehicle, empty and illegally parked, at the east end of Belvedere Court near Camille Park, Haag said.

A third witness reported seeing a man dressed in black flee the area near the Honda, then move toward a creek holding a handgun, according to Haag. Officers set up a perimeter in the area, and a fourth witness reported a man identified by police as 18-year-old Alric Joseph Miller hiding beside a pool house off Polley Drive, Haag said.

Miller, a Petaluma resident, was arrested by police at gunpoint, and a stolen and loaded .45-caliber handgun was found nearby, according to Haag. A search of the vehicle, which police said was owned and driven by Miller, revealed about 8 grams of suspected cocaine as well as scales and packaging material, according to Haag, who said Miller was in possession of more than $1,000 in cash at the time.

Napa Police identified Miller as a member of the Norteño street gang. Several other Norteños who were on probation were detained in the area where Miller was arrested, but could not be positively identified to the incident, Haag said.

Surveillance video showed Miller driving away from the graffiti-sprayed electrical box, according to Haag.

Miller was booked into the Napa County jail, whose records identified him as Alaric Miller. He faces potential felony charges of possessing a loaded firearm and a controlled substance, misdemeanor vandalism, and enhancements for gang participation.

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Hiker rescued from trail outside Calistoga

A hiker was rescued by helicopter Sunday on a remote trail outside Calistoga, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP Golden Gate Division’s air operations unit announced the incident in a Facebook posting shortly before 9 p.m., saying a man placed a cellphone call asking for help near Table Rock in northern Napa County, several miles from the nearest trailhead.

A helicopter crew located the stranded hiker using night-vision goggles and guidance from the man’s flashlight, CHP said in a follow-up statement Monday. The hiker was then flown to Calistoga, where he was tended to by Napa County Fire and an ambulance team.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, was the fourth hiker to be rescued in the Calistoga area in the past three weeks. Two people were airlifted by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office from the Oat Hill Mine Trail on April 12 – one with an ankle injury and another with breathing problems – while a woman was evacuated by the CHP April 18 after suffering a head injury on the Table Rock Trail.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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