Sacto 9-1-1
June 30, 2008
Crimemapper update: Rocklin, May 9 to June 19 2008

CrimeMapper updated with 309 records from May 9 to June 19, 2008.

June 30, 2008
Man suspected of impersonating an officer arrested

Butte County sheriff's officials have arrested a 21-year-old man they say was impersonating a police officer by pulling over at least one young woman late at night and flashing a badge.

The first report came into authorities June 23 after a woman said she had been pulled over four days earlier by a young man driving a black Mustang, authorities said.

The woman was driving home from her job in Oroville about 2 a.m. and saw the Mustang follow her until she arrived home.

"The driver of the Mustang followed the female to her residence and pulled in behind her blocking her vehicle," the sheriff's office said in a release. "The male subject who was later identified as Bobby Oreiley, age 21, got out of his vehicle and identified himself as a peace officer. Oreiley presented a law enforcement style badge and gave the female verbal orders to remain on scene. After a brief conversation with the female, Oreiley got back into his vehicle and drove away."

Investigators said they were able to find another victim who told a similar story. After interviewing Oreiley, authorities arrested him on charges of impersonation of a peace officer and unlawful detainment. Bail was set at $15,000.

-- Bee Metro Staff
June 30, 2008
Panel: California's death penalty system flawed

From M.S. Enkoji:

Capital punishment in California is too flawed to be effective, a state Senate-appointed panel has concluded.

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice issued a report on the death penalty Monday, the first official review of the practice since it was enacted in 1978.

Backlogs in reviewing appeals to the state Supreme Court and delays in assigning lawyers for death-row appeals creates the nation's longest time between conviction and execution, the panel said.

"...if nothing is done, the backlogs in post conviction proceedings will continue to grow until the

system falls of its own weight," said California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, who told the commission the death penalty system is "dysfunctional."

The commission was divided on whether to abolish the death penalty, with some members attaching supplemental statements in favor of repealing capital punishment in the state. but the commission aas a whole said it would not address the morality of the death penalty, instead issuing recommendations on how to improve its administration.

The commission made recommendations to lessen the appeal process to 12 years.

Largely, the recommendations rest on hiring lawyers to unclog the appeals process.

The commission, which has issued reports on other criminal justice issues, expires Tuesday.

Click here to read the full report.

June 30, 2008
Roseville warns of $500 fine for illegal fireworks

From Art Campos:

Roseville Fire Department is warning residents that it will be aggressive in enforcing the law against illegal fireworks this week.

Persons caught with illegal fireworks in the city face a minimum fine of $500, said Fire Marshal Dennis Mathisen.

Among illegal fireworks are such items as firecrackers, M-80s, Roman candles, sky rockets, bottle rockets and cherry bombs, he said.

"Anything that explodes, flies through the air or darts on the ground is illegal," Mathisen said.

Legal, "safe and sane" fireworks are available at permitted fireworks stands, such as those throughout the city, he said.

With the dry weather conditions, the risk of sparking a fire through illegal fireworks is high, Mathisen said.

"It's imperative that we go after the illegal fireworks because they are extremely dangerous," he said. "They have the potential to cause devastating injuries or death or property damage."

Meanwhile, all fireworks are banned in unincorporated areas of Placer County because of the fire risks they create, said county spokeswoman Anita Yoder.

The exceptions are displays approved by the county and put on by pyrotechnics companies licensed by the state fire marshal, Yoder said.

June 30, 2008
Elk Grove police seek information about robbery

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police are investigating a Sunday night robbery.

At 9:46 p.m., two men with a handgun approached a 47-year-old man in the 9500 block of Blue Thistle Way. The men demanded his property. The two men took his wallet and cell phone before leaving on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (916) 714-5115.

June 30, 2008
Meeting tonight to discuss Natomas robbery spree

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From Ryan Lillis and Niesha Lofing:

There have been nearly 30 home invasion and street robberies in Natomas since the beginning of June, and Sacramento police have called a public meeting tonight to discuss the crime wave.

Since June 1, robbers have pulled 15 home invasions and 14 street stick-ups in Natomas, Sacramento police said. Handguns were used in 11 of the street robberies.

Investigators say they don't believe all of the robberies are connected, but "there are definitely clusters that are related," Sacramento police Capt. Dan Hahn said.

Police have arrested seven suspects in the robberies ranging in age from 15 to 19, Hahn said.

The police department has strengthened its presence in Natomas in recent days, Hahn said.

The meeting to discuss the crimes will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Inderkum High School, 2500 New Market Dr., Sacramento.

"Having almost 30 armed felonies in a particular community in roughly a three-week period is substantial," said police Sgt. Matt Young. "It's something we're very concerned about.

"We need to make sure the community knows what's going on."

During today's meeting, police officials will give an update on the investigations, discuss what's being done to help combat the criminal activity and provide residents with crime prevention tips, Young said.

The Natomas Crime and Safety Leadership Team also will discuss how residents can get involved in crime prevention programs in their neighborhoods.

Mayor Heather Fargo, Councilman Ray Tretheway and Creekside Neighborhood Association President Angelique Ashby also are scheduled to attend the meeting.

Police also released composite sketches of two men (pictured above) believed to be individually responsible for at least two of the crimes.

"It's very likely that they're responsible for more than one, but how many remains to be seen," Young said.

Click homeinvasionmapfinal.pdf for a map showing where the home invasions and robberies have occurred, as provided by the police department.

June 30, 2008
Cell phone rules to change Tuesday for California drivers

Beginning Tuesday, adult drivers in California can be pulled over and ticketed if they are spotted talking on a hand-held phone. And things will get even tougher for teenagers.

Here's an overview story by The Bee's Peter Hecht, including common questions about the new law.

Following are key details about the new law:

-- Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile service device while driving. They cannot talk on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device, nor can they text-message. They will be allowed to make calls in an emergency.

-- Drivers 18 and over must use a hands-free device when using their cell phone while driving. Text-messaging is not specifically banned for adults, but the California Highway Patrol said they can be cited for negligence under existing laws.

There is no grace period for violators. Beginning Tuesday, anyone seen driving while holding a cell phone to their ear will be subject to base fines of $20 for the first ticket and $50 for subsequent tickets, plus additional fees that will more than triple the fine.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will not assign a violation point to motorists' driving records.

Drivers of all ages - with or without a hands-free device - can use their cell phones in an emergency.

Source: Associated Press

June 30, 2008
Phony water workers steal from elderly Loomis couple

From Art Campos:

Two men tricked an elderly Loomis couple by posing as water workers Friday, stealing cash and other valuables as they distracted them, the Placer County Sheriff's Department reported.

The incident occurred at 10 a.m. at an address not disclosed by the Sheriff's Department.

The thieves appeared at the couple's door and persuaded the residents to check various water-related equipment, such as the outside hose, said Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

While the homeowners did the tasks, the men went through the home, stealing the money and other items, she said.

"It was sad because the victims were so elderly, they weren't able to give us a description as to whether the suspects were white or black or Latino," Erwin said.

However, officers learned through investigation that the thieves may be in their early 40s with medium-color complexions, she said. The suspects wore blue pants and work-type uniform shirts with a white name badge, she said.

They drove away in a gray or blue pickup truck, Erwin said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (530) 889-7800.

The Loomis incident is similar to two other water worker scams reported in Sacramento County. Here are Sacto 9-1-1 stories on those thefts, posted May 19 and June 20.

June 30, 2008
Witness helps Roseville police arrest alleged bank robber

From Art Campos:

Roseville police arrested a man Friday who they believe robbed the River City Bank on June 11.

The suspect is being investigated for other robberies, including a bank heist of a Wells Fargo Bank in Lincoln earlier this week, Lt. Mike Doane said.

The break in the case came when a citizen saw a photo of the wanted suspect through the news and contacted police, Doane said.

The witness provided officers with a description of the man's vehicle, and the auto was later spotted at a Roseville hotel on Lead Hill Boulevard, the lieutenant said.

Police kept surveillance of the vehicle and arrested the suspect, Scot Singewald, 41, of San Mateo, as he approached it at 12:26 p.m., Doane said.

No weapons were found, he said. The suspect in the June 11 robbery did not display a weapon, Doane said.

Police are working with the FBI to determine whether the suspect may have participated in any other local robberies, Doane said.

"We think this arrest could clear up as many as six or seven robberies," he said.

June 27, 2008
First 'Guns and Hoses' basketball game to benefit charities

The inaugural Guns and Hoses charity basketball game is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at Natomas High School, 3301 Fong Ranch Road.

The game will feature players from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and Sacramento Fire Department.

Admission is $5. Charities to receive proceeds will include the Sacramento Fire Burn Institute, Mustard Seed School, Sacramento County Sheriff's Toy Project, Viva of Americana, WIND and the Linus Project.

For details, call (916) 444-4141 or view www.pigbowl.com.

June 27, 2008
Diesel theives target farmers

The rising cost of fuel has made diesel a more valuable commodity. As reported in the Bakersfield Californian, gas thieves have stolen more than $280,000 worth of diesel fuel from farmers in the last six months, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

From Jan. 1 to June 1, the department has noticed a "tremendous" increase in theft, according to Senior Deputy Eric Fennel with the Rural Crimes Investigations Unit.

"Gas prices are to blame," he said.

Here's the complete story.

June 27, 2008
Crime Alert: Suspected parole violators sought

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California Department of Corrections parole agents seek two suspects wanted on felony no-bail arrest warrants for suspected parole violations and fleeing parole, Sacramento Crime Alert officials report.

According to authorities, Thomas George Bailey, left, has a history of possessing firearms and using drugs. Bailey, 39, also known as "Tonto," is described as 5-foot-6, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last known to reside in the 7100 block of Winding Way in Fair Oaks.

Authorities also seek Charles Amous McElroy, who has a history of possessing firearms, Crime Alert officials report. McElroy, 21, is described as 6-foot-5, weighing 250 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to reside in the 6900 block of Larchmont Drive in North Highlands.

For more details about Bailey, McElroy and other wanted suspects, view the Crime Alert Web site. If you have information about any wanted person or crime, call 1-800-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

June 27, 2008
Update: Sketches released in shooting of Rancho Cordova teen

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From Chelsea Phua:

Sacramento County sheriff's officials have released composite sketches (above) of two suspects and photos (including one at top) of the vehicle involved in the May 28 shooting death of Rancho Cordova teenager Marcus Mayes. Mayes, 18, was walking on Viking Drive at about 8:25 p.m. in the neighborhood of Lincoln Village.

Detectives said video surveillance cameras near the crime scene show a light-blue 1986 to 1995 four-door Volvo sedan -- possibly a "240" model -- with tinted rear passenger windows. Investigators also said a partial rear license plate number similar to "6CDW" was reported to them at the time of the crime.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man, between 18 and 25 years old, about 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, a mustache and goatee, and was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man, also 18 to 25, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 to 210 pounds with a stocky build. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's homicide detectives at (916) 874 6239 or (916) 874-8482, or the homicide bureau at (916) 874-5057. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Crime Alert callers are also eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 27, 2008
Update: CPS noted Fair Oaks girl's injuries in 2007 case

From Marjie Lundstrom:

A 3-year-old Fair Oaks girl beaten to death this year had been monitored by Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, which recorded her injuries and chronic medical problems before the case was closed fewer than six months before her death, according to records released Thursday to The Bee under a new state disclosure law.

Valeeya Brazile died Feb. 5 at Mercy San Juan Medical Center from a severe beating to her stomach. But the coroner also found that the little girl, who would have turned 4 in April, was the victim of battered child syndrome and had suffered numerous injuries over time.

Click here to read today's updated Bee story. Click here to read The Bee's special investigation into Sacramento County's Child Protective Services.

June 26, 2008
Teen arrested in attack on ice cream truck driver in Elk Grove

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 14-year-old boy Wednesday in connection with an incident in which a bottle filled with chlorine was thrown into an ice cream truck, injuring the driver.

The boy was taken into custody around 11 a.m. in the 8500 block of Shasta Lily Drive. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a destructive device and explosion of a destructive device with intent to injure, according to police.

A 50-year-old ice cream vendor was making a sale at Shasta Lily Drive and Blue Maiden Way on June 4 when a group of juveniles on bicycles threw a water bottle inside his truck. The driver suffered mild skin irritation and a small abrasion on his hand, according to police.

Officer Christopher Trim, a spokesman for the police department, said a second boy has been identified as being involved in the incident. He is not in custody yet.

June 26, 2008
Crime Alert: $1 million bail arrest warrant for suspect

johnson 062308.jpgSacramento Police Parolee Intervention Team officers seek Demontray Dantrel Johnson, left, on a felony $1 million bail arrest warrant on suspicion of robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Sacramento Crime Alert officials report.

Johnson is wanted by The California Department of Corrections on suspicion of parole violations and fleeing parole.

Johnson, 27, is described as 5-foot-10, weighing 175 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

He was last known to reside in the 4900 block of Priscilla Lane in the Colonial Village neighborhood of Sacramento.

Anyone with information about Johnson is asked to contact Crime Alert at (800) AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

Callers can remain anonymous and maybe eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 26, 2008
Citrus Heights sees drop in violent crime, vehicle thefts

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Citrus Heights saw a massive drop in violent crime and vehicle thefts last year, according to a Police Department report.

The city also saw a dramatic uptick in driving- under-the-influence arrests and traffic citations, the report said. However, both fatal and injury collisions were lower than in 2006.

The report showed a 17 percent drop in violent crime in Citrus Heights, with aggravated assaults falling about 25 percent and robberies dropping 8.5 percent since 2006. Motor vehicle thefts were down about 23 percent, according to the report, prepared by the Citrus Heights Police Department's crime analysis team.

The numbers coincide with the enforcement efforts of the new department, Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd, left, said while presenting the report at the June 12 City Council meeting.

Here's more details, as reported in today's Citrus Heights/Orangevale/Fair Oaks regional editon.

June 26, 2008
Regional roundup: Public Safety Watch

The Bee's Regional editions publish Public Safety Watch stories each Thursday. Here's a roundup of those stories and Police/Fire Logs, as compiled by Bee reporters:

Sacramento/North Sacramento/south Sacramento:
Cockfighting suspected in Robla
Police/Fire Log

Arden/Carmichael:
Man robbed of cell phone in Carmichael
Police/Fire Log

Elk Grove/Laguna:
CSD plans only one project in next five years
Police/Fire Log

Citrus Heights/Orangevale/Fair Oaks:
Citrus Heights police mum on man, 19, accused of intent to rape
Police/Fire Log

Folsom:
Police/Fire Log

Rancho Cordova/Gold River:
Police/Fire Log

South Placer County:
Rocklin woman loses nearly $6,000 in contest scam
Police/Fire Log

El Dorado County:
Police/Fire Log

June 25, 2008
Boyfriend held in fatal beating of 3-year-old

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Thomas Jerome Martin was arrested on suspicion of murder and an assault resulting in the death of a child under the age of 8, according to Sacramento County jail records.

Here's Ryan Lillis' updated story.

June 25, 2008
Auburn area fire drill is canceled

From Art Campos:

A fire drill scheduled for Saturday in and around the city of Auburn has been called off.

The mock exercise, known as Wildland 2008, will be rescheduled because many of the agencies that planned to participate have been battling wildfires throughout Northern California this week and may still be out fighting fires Saturday, said Capt. Tim Robinson of the Placer Hills Fire District.

Robinson said a new date has not been set.

June 25, 2008
Elk Grove police plan sobriety checkpoint Saturday

From Sandy Louey:

The Elk Grove Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night.

The checkpoint, which will begin at 8 p.m., will focus on removing impaired and unlicensed drivers from the roads. Funding for the operation comes from a grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The public is asked to call the police at (916) 714-5111 or 911 to report drunk drivers.

June 25, 2008
Crime Alert: Robbery suspect sought

cornish 062308.jpgSacramento Police Parolee Intervention Team officers seek Ammiel Cornish on a felony $200,000 bail arrest warrant for robbery, Sacramento Crime Alert officials report.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department also seeks Cornish on felony no-bail arrest warrant for possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property.

Cornish, 29, is described as 5-foot-11, weighing 168 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Cornish is asked to contact Crime Alert at (800) AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

Callers can remain anonymous and maybe eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 25, 2008
Restrictions on scrap metal sales discussed

From the San Bernardino Sun:

A new law that's in the works in the city of San Bernardino would ban cash sales for scrap metal and impose other restrictions on the metal recycling trade.

The proposal is intended to put the squeeze on a widely publicized plague of metal thefts that have afflicted contractors, governments and utilities.

The proposed law, still a work in progress for San Bernardino, is stricter than bills that are working their way through the California Legislature.

The state bills, like the proposed city ordinance, would require scrap recyclers to delay payments to those selling scrap metal and to keep detailed records on whom they do business with.

However, the state bills would allow recyclers to make cash payments and would require payments to be held for three days. The city ordinance would stretch that delay out to 10 days.

Here's the full Sun story.

June 25, 2008
3-year-old uses song lyrics to call 911 for mother

From the Associated Press:

A 3-year-old girl in Guthrie, Okla., used the simple song lyrics "911 green" to call 911 and get help after her pregnant mother fainted.

Jessica Eaves taught her daughter, Madelyn, the song a week before she fainted due to a medical condition called vasovagal syncope.

When the 24-year-old and 3-months-pregnant Eaves fainted, Madelyn picked up her mother's BlackBerry phone.

She pressed 911 and the green button and was connected to a dispatcher.

In the recently released 911 call, Madelyn was able to answer questions about her house and cars outside that led emergency workers to the home.

And this isn't the first time Madelyn has used a phone to call for help for her mother.

Eaves first learned of her condition a year ago and taught her daughter the lyrics "green, green, green."

When Eaves lost consciousness back then, Madelyn picked up a cell phone and pressed the green button which called the last person Eaves had called and that person called for help.

Click here to hear an audio clip of Madelyn trying to describe her mother's condition and here to hear her talking to the 911 dispatcher.

June 24, 2008
Information sought about suspects in agency's burglary

The Sacramento Police Department seeks additional information about suspects responsible for burglarizing the Sacramento Housing and Rehabilitation Agency on June 4.

According to a department news release, one burglar pried open the front door of the agency, 240 Seavey Circle in the Upper Land Park area, while the other acted as a lookout. Once inside the building, the suspects forced open a vending machine, took cash and fled.

One suspect is described a white male in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6-foot-1 and weighing 210 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

The second suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 6-foot-3 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball-style hat, a white T-shirt with the words "Crystal" on the front left chest area and the words "Got Milk?" on the back.

A third suspect acted as a lookout, and his description is not available.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Crime Alert at (800) AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and maybe eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 24, 2008
Sacramento woman sentenced to prison in receipt scheme

From Niehsa Lofing:

A Sacramento woman has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution for her role in a scheme to defraud a retail company.

Latoya Lawson, 31, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court, according to a news release by the office of U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott.

Lawson was involved in a duplicate-purchase receipt scheme that defrauded TJX Companies Inc., which operates T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores, the release states.

The investigation, conducted by the Secret Service, also resulted in charges against Howard Gloyd, who pleaded guilty April 28 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the release states.

June 24, 2008
Lincoln police seek bank robber

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A man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and baseball cap got away with an undisclosed amount of cash during a bank robbery in Lincoln at about 4 p.m. Monday, police reported.

The man demanded money, but no weapon was didplayed and no one was hurt during the crime at Wells Fargo Bank, 945 S. Highway 65, said Lincoln Police Lt. Terry Kennedy.

Witnesses described the man as white with an average height and weight.

He had facial hair of a salt-and-pepper color and his baseball cap had a white and orange or red trim on the bill. He wore light-colored jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at (916) 645-4040.

June 24, 2008
Police: Calls, details important in reporting suspected drug dealing

On the SacPD's "Ask Officer Michelle" blog, Officer Michelle Lazark responds to a citizen who asks who asks how a landlord should report suspected drug dealing by renters anonymously to police.

Lazark responds:

This is such a common problem. I get questions about this all the time. The best thing is to call our narcotics division and give them information about the narcotics activity. Let them know where this is happening, a physical description of the suspect(s), any vehicles including license plates, or any other pertinent information that may be useful for investigators. Additionally, there is a Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team that works in your area. You may want to let them know what is happening. This is a long-term problem. The way to the long-term solution is to work with our specialized units. The number for our narcotic tip line is 264-5796.

If the crime is in progress, you could call dispatch at 264-5471, and have a unit sent out right away. But as I said before, these are usually long term problems and require more investigation. You get more "bang for your buck" this way. You not only want to get the street dealer, you want to get the supplier and shut down the whole operation. I worked narcotics for many years. We investigated citizen complaints such as yours all the time and often times the callers were anonymous. It would be much more helpful to investigators if you gave your name and number just in case they have any follow up questions. The more they know the problems (dogs, kids, guns, type of drugs involved, time of day, etc), in your area, the better.

June 24, 2008
CrimeMapper update: Folsom, Lincoln May 2008

Folsom and Lincoln reports for the month of May 2008 have been added to CrimeMapper

June 24, 2008
Update: Union officials cite high inmate-to-guard ratio in correctional officer's death

From the Merced Sun-Star:

As Jose Rivera's friends and family mourn a brother, a son and a Navy veteran, union officials are blaming high inmate-to-guard ratios for the correctional officer's death.

Rivera, 22, had worked at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater less than a year. He died Friday afternoon after two inmates attacked and stabbed him with a homemade shank.

In a statement issued Monday, union officials said inadequate staffing at the federal prison has left its correctional officers "in grave danger."

Here's the full Sun-Star story.

June 23, 2008
Teen arrested on suspicion of attempting to rob a pizza delivery person

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 17-year-old boy Saturday night for allegedly attempting to rob a pizza delivery person.

Police responded to a call about a suspicious person near a vacant home at 10:05 p.m. in the 8700 block of Mesa Brook Way.

Police saw the teenager, who ran away and jumped several fences of nearby homes before being caught. A search of the area uncovered an abandoned firearm, according to a police report.

Officer Christopher Trim, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department, said while officers were investigating why the teenager was there, a pizza delivery person approached with a delivery called in for the address of the vacant home.

Trim said police believe the boy ordered the pizza for delivery to the vacant home. Police believe the teenager intended to rob the delivery person.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony and carrying a concealed firearm.

June 23, 2008
Sketch released of suspect in robbery, sexual assault

ardensuspect.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's sexual assault detectives have released a composite sketch of the suspect they believe is responsible for a home-invasion robbery and sexual assault that occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Friday near El Camino Avenue and Catalina Drive in the Arden Arcade area.

According to authorities, the 42-year-old woman told sheriff's deputies that after she was forced from her garage into her residence, the gunman sexually assaulted her and ordered her to drive to a bank and withdraw money that was to be left at a specific location near Watt and El Camino avenues.

The victim described the assailant as a black male with short hair, age 20 to 25, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He had short black hair and was clean shaven. The suspect was wearing a white sleeveless tank-style T-shirt, red basketball shorts and black shoes with laces. The suspect was armed with a black semiautomatic handgun, authorities report.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff's detectives at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.

June 23, 2008
Three agencies investigate correctional officer's death

From the Merced Sun-Star:

An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday for slain federal correctional officer Jose Rivera, 22, of Chowchilla, who was stabbed to death Friday by two inmates at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater.

Three government agencies are investigating Rivera's death, the Merced County Coroner's Office, the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons. Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, who heads the coroner's office, said the autopsy will probably be conducted Tuesday.

Here's the Sun-Star's updated story.

June 23, 2008
28 teens cited in Elk Grove curfew sweep

From Sandy Louey:

A curfew sweep in Elk Grove resulted in 28 teenagers being cited Friday night.

The Elk Grove Police Department conducted the sweep in conjunction with the Cosumnes Community Services District, the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Under the city's municipal code, anyone younger than 18 is subject to a 10 p.m. to daybreak curfew when not accompanied by parents or a guardian.

June 23, 2008
Crime Alert: Sacramento bank robbed twice in a week

Sacramento Crime Alert officials report that Sacramento Police Department robbery detectives seek information leading to the identity of the suspect or suspects responsible for two robberies of CitiBank, 1116 Alhambra Blvd.

According to authorities, at 9:20 a.m. June 9, the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and demanded money. After receiving the money, the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a black male, mid- to late-30's 5-foot-10 with a slim build. He was wearing a large white T-shirt, a large white beanie-type hat with the bottom rolled up, baggy blue jeans and dark shoes with a light-colored sole near the heel.

The bank was again robbed at 10:48 a.m. June 16. In that incident, authorities report that the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and demanded money. After receiving the money, the suspect fled out the front door and around to the alley on the west side of the bank building. The suspect was given a dye pack, which exploded, possibly causing injuries. The dye pack was recovered at the scene near the alley. Responding officers were able to recover some of the stained cash and a pair of sunglasses worn by the robbery suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, mid- to late- 30's, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot with a black mustache. The suspect was wearing a long white T-shirt, a dark colored zip-up sweat jacket with stripes on the arms, blue jeans, a dark colored hat with a white lined design on the front, dark sunglasses, a white T-shirt wrapped around his head and gardening gloves.

For more details about these incidents or about other wanted suspects, view the Crime Alert Web site. If you have information about any wanted person or crime, call 1-800-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.


June 23, 2008
Nine people shot dead over the weekend in Bay Area

Nine people were fatally shot in various incidents in San Francisco and Oakland this weekend.

Seven people were fatally shot in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday and two men died in a shooting in San Francisco on Sunday.

Here's the San Francisco Chronicle story.

June 23, 2008
Update: Missing 11-year-old girl returns home

The family of at-risk missing 11-year-old Angelina Penny Hernandez on Sunday notified Sacramento County Sheriff's missing person detectives that she returned home Saturday, the sheriff's department reports.

June 20, 2008
Missing 11-year-old girl sought

From Rachael Bogert:

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department seeks the public's help in finding 11-year-old Angelina Penny Hernandez, who was last seen Saturday morning leaving her home in the 2400 block of Wulff Lane in the Arden Arcade area.

Hernandez is classified as at-risk because of her age, officials said.

According to sheriff's officials, she is a American Indian with shoulder-length wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 120 pounds. She was last known to be wearing a white tank top with the word "Baby" written on the front, blue Capri pants and green camouflage shoes.

Any one with information on Hernandez's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.

June 20, 2008
Sheriff's officials: Suspect tried to sneak vodka, syringes into courthouse

From Art Campos:

Facing a judge can be a stressful experience.

However, one 29-year-old Weimar resident may have gone too far this week when he allegedly tried to sneak a bottle of vodka into the courtroom.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department reported that Justin W. Erickson was stopped at the metal detector station at the front doors of the courthouse in the former DeWitt Center when he tried to check in an 8:30 a.m. hearing Wednesday.

Deputies discovered he was carrying a plastic bin that contained the vodka bottle and several hypodermic syringes, the sheriff's report said.

Erickson, who had come to court on a charge of violating parole for failing to attend a June 2 court date, was immediately arrested on suspicion of violating probation again and on a charge of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, the report said.

In addition, Erickson could face more charges for a June 6 arrest for allegedly possessing illegal drugs and driving under the influence, said Scott Owens of the Placer County District Attorney's Office.

The June 6 incident is currently being reviewed for possible prosecution, he said.

Erickson's next hearing in a courtroom is scheduled for July 22, Owens said.

June 20, 2008
Rocklin police arrest mom, daughter for allegedly vandalizing 26 vehicles

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From Art Campos:

Rocklin police have arrested a mother and daughter who they say are responsible for a May 28 vandalism spree in which 26 vehicles on Rocklin Road had tires slashed or were damaged by spray paint.

Lt. Lon Milka said one of the women, 63-year-old Carolyn Gail Blair, left photo, vandalized her ex-husband's vehicle but also damaged the other vehicles to try to avoid being identified with the crime against her former spouse.

Most of the vandalism occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Rocklin Road near Sierra College Boulevard, where the ex-husband lived, he said. The damage to the vehicles has been estimated at more than $24,000.

The woman's anger stemmed from a recent court ruling against her in a civil litigation involving the couple, Milka said.

Also arrested in the vandalism spree was Blair's 36-year-old daughter, Brigett Rochelle Moore. Both women live in El Dorado County, Milka said.

After news agencies reported the crime spree, a neighbor told police that she had heard hissing sounds on the night of the vandalism and looked out the window to see a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be a white Corvette, Milka said.

Based on the information, detectives traced the car to Blair and Moore, who were arrested today and booked on 23 felony vandalism charges and one count of conspiracy, the lieutenant said.

June 20, 2008
Fake 'Water Works' employees target seniors

From Niesha Lofing:

Be on the lookout - scam artists pretending to be area water employees are targeting elderly residents.

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Earlier this month, scam artists posing as "Sacramento Water Works" staff went to the home of an elderly couple in downtown Sacramento and said they were investigating a water supply issue in the neighborhood. They asked if they could go inside the home to check the water pipes. Once inside, one scam artist asked the homeowners to run the water and kept them occupied while the other scam artist ransacked the house, states a Sacramento Police Department news release.

The thieves absconded with cash.

The scam is similar to other incidents last year in the Oak Park and north areas of the city, the release states.

According to the city's department of utilities, "Sacramento Water Works" does not exist. Utility department employees are required to wear identification bearing their name and photo and wear shirts, usually orange, with the utilities logo on the left side.

Utility employees also drive a city vehicle with the city logo on the door and they will rarely ask to come inside a home, the release states.

If a utility employee needs to enter a home, it should be prearranged through the utility department.

Anyone with information about this latest scam or who has observed similar suspicious activity is asked to call the police department at (916) 264-5471.

June 20, 2008
Crimemapper: May Roseville and Sacramento

CrimeMapper update

For the month of May:
5,997 reports for Sacramento PD

For the second half of May:
383 for Roseville PD

June 19, 2008
Udpate: Reward offered in Roseville bank robbery case

robbery2.jpgA $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the June 11 robbery of River City Bank, 3992 Douglas Blvd., Roseville.

Roseville Crime Stoppers, a local nonprofit supported solely by private contributions, has posted the reward, a news release says.

"Roseville banks are good citizens and vital resources to businesses and residents in this community," Nick Alexander, president of Roseville Crime Stoppers, said in a released statement. "...By offering generous rewards for information leading to arrests in such cases, we hope to make these crimes less attractive to would-be perpetrators."

The robber approached a River City Bank teller about 10 a.m., demanded cash and received an undisclosed amount before leaving the bank without incident, Roseville police said in a news release. No weapon was seen or mentioned, and no one was injured in the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man in his late 40s, 5-foot-10, with a medium build. He had a "salt and pepper" trimmed beard and mustache. He wore a tan long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and a black baseball cap featuring an emblem. There was no sighting of a get-away vehicle.

Roseville Crime Stoppers encourages anyone with information on this or any other serious crime to call (916) 783-7867. The caller will be assigned a number to remain anonymous and will be asked to call back in a few days to see if an arrest has been made. If the information was instrumental in an arrest, a cash reward will be paid.

-- Bee Regional Staff

June 19, 2008
Crime Alert: Suspected home-invasion robber sought

unknown 08-031 061608.jpgCrime Alert officials report that Sacramento Police Department robbery detectives seek any information leading to the identity of a man responsible for a home invasion robbery in the North Natomas area.

According to authorities, at 3:39 p.m. June 1, police officers were called to Duckhorn Drive and Far Niente Way to investigate the robbery.

Police officials report that the victim was inside the residence on the telephone when she heard the beeping from her alarm system, which indicated a door was open. Approximately two minutes later, the suspect approached her with a black semi-automatic handgun and held her at gunpoint, police officials said. During the robbery handguns and small electronics were stolen. The suspect left through the front door and was seen leaving the area in a newer model white four-door luxury car, authorities report.

The suspect is described as age 18 to 25, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot and weighing between 190 and 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a purple and black shirt and a headband over his eyes and ears.

For more details about this and other wanted suspects, view the Crime Alert Web site. If you have information about any wanted person or crime, call 1-800-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

June 19, 2008
Citywide curfew enforcement planned in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department has announced that there will be a citywide curfew enforcement operation Friday.

The enforcement's purpose is to take a proactive approach at preventing juvenile mischief through enforcement and education, according to a department news release.

Elk Grove Municipal Code prohibits those 17 and younger from loitering in public places from 10 p.m. until daybreak when not accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult whom is responsible for the care of the juvenile, though some exceptions may apply, authorities noted.

The police department will work in conjunction with the Cosumnes Community Services District, the Elk Grove Unified School District Police and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department during the operation.

June 18, 2008
Authorities: Sexual assault suspect identified himself as an officer

managain.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department seeks a sexual assault suspect who officials said identified himself as a police officer.

According to a sheriff's department news release, at about 5 p.m. June 17, a 28-year-old woman was walking near Watt Avenue and Longview Drive. A man approached the woman and offered her a ride. Authorities said once inside the vehicle the suspect identified himself as an officer and pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect forced the victim to go back to her motel room, where he sexually assaulted her, authorities said.

According to sheriff's department officials, the suspect, above left, is described as being his early 50's and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect had gray hair with black specks and he was wearing sunglasses. He was driving a blue, early '90s, four-door sedan with a light-colored interior.

Anyone with information regarding this assault is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's sexual assault bureau at (916) 874-5070 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 18, 2008
Crime Alert: Sexual assault suspect wanted

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Sacramento Crime Alert officials report that the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's sexual assault detectives seek Michael Joseph Chavez, above in all four photos, on a $250,000 bail felony arrest warrant for suspicion of child molestation and committing a lewd act on two female juveniles.

Chavez, 28, is 5-foot-7 and weighs 151 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His whereabouts are unknown.

According to authorities, Chavez should be considered armed and dangerous. He has served state prison time for murder and has vowed not to go back to prison, officials said.

More information about Chavez is detailed on America's Most Wanted Web site.

For more details about other wanted suspects, view the Crime Alert Web site. If you have information about any wanted person or crime, call 1-800-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

June 17, 2008
American Idle

From Dan Nguyen:

On the SacPD's "Ask Officer Michelle" blog, Officer Michelle Lazark responds to a reader who asks why police officers leave their squad cars idle, whether they're in the vehicle writing reports or "getting to go or staying to have their java fixes", and if the practice is worth the "smog and cost of gas?"

Lazark responds with these points:

1. The squad cars "are like our offices" with many electronic devices that use the car battery.

2. To keep the cars at a relatively comfortable temperature while officers do their paperwork.

3. Most importantly, to be able to respond to calls quickly.

However, she does state that:

As far as leaving a squad car idling unattended, unless officers are involved in their course of duties (ie, foot pursuit, traffic stop, crime in progress, etc), there should be no reason they wouldn't turn their engines completely off.

To which Sherli, the reader, responds:

Thank you for taking the time to explain. But my original concern is now been validated. If the officer is not in his office for any lenght of time, the car should be turned off. I will keep your email and show it to the next officer I see leaving his patrol car idling for more than 10 minutes.
June 17, 2008
It's raining cats and dogs ... actually, just dogs

From Niesha Lofing:

No your eyes aren't deceiving you -- there are dogs and cops dangling from helicopters above Folsom Lake.

Placer County sheriff's K-9 teams will be flying into Granite Beach at the lake Tuesday for training. The exercise is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., said Dena Erwin, public information officer for the sheriff's department.

The intensive training is especially important in Placer County, where K-9 dogs and handlers may need to be dropped into remote marijuana gardens or serve as backup for a fellow deputy when other officers are miles away, Erwin said.

June 16, 2008
CHP seeks witnesses of fatal Placer crash

From Art Campos:

The California Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses of a June 7 Placer County traffic accident in which a 23-year-old man was killed on Taylor Road in Penryn.

The driver, Kevin Culpepper of Loomis, was in a van, heading west near Callison Road at 3:45 a.m. when he lost control, the CHP said.

The van left the roadway and struck numerous oak trees before overturning and catching fire, said CHP Officer Kelly Baraga.

The CHP is investigating the speed of the van as a possible cause or contributing factor in the accident, she said.

Anyone who may have observed the vehicle prior to or during the accident is urged to contact the CHP's office in Newcastle at (916) 663-3344.

June 16, 2008
Seven arrested, 60 cited at Elk Grove checkpoint

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested seven people and issued 60 citations during a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend. Police stopped about 1,900 cars.

Seven people were arrested during the six-hour operation, which began Saturday night, police said.

The checkpoint, at Calvine Road and Vintage Park Drive, focused on removing impaired and unlicensed drivers from the road.

Five arrests were for driving while under the influence of alcohol, while two were for health and safety code violations such as possession of narcotics, said Officer Christopher Trim, police department spokesman.

Trim said the 60 citations were for moving and equipment violations.

June 16, 2008
Excuses vary during seat belt enforcement campaign

From Art Campos:

One unlucky motorist may have offered up a little too much information when a Roseville police officer stopped him for not wearing a seat belt during the recent "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said the officer asked the man, "Why do you think I stopped you?"

The puzzled motorist replied, "Because I just ran that stop sign?"

The officer, who hadn't seen the stop-sign violation, issued him only the seat belt citation, Gunther said.

During the three-week enforcement campaign, Roseville police issued 636 tickets to non-wearers of seat belts, she said. Officers also observed that 92 percent of drivers in the city were wearing seat belts. During last year's Click It or Ticket campaign, police noticed that 85 percent of motorists wore belts.

Gunther said she and the officers are amused by the creativity of the excuses made by motorists who are being cited for failing to wear seat belts.

The most common excuse for not wearing a seat belt is that the driver had just pulled onto the roadway and hadn't had time to buckle up, she said.

But during last month's campaign, two drivers told police that their doctors had advised them not to wear seat belts, while another motorist explained that he left his car windows open overnight and the lawn sprinklers left his seat belt all wet, Gunther said.

In another incident, an officer pulled over a vehicle carrying a 17-year-old passenger who was hanging his upper body out of a rear window, she said.

The boy's explanation?

"We're playing a game called 'fugitive,' and I thought I saw the fugitive under a parked car, so I took my seat belt off to lean out the window for a better look."

June 16, 2008
Man shot, robbed early today in Elk Grove

From Sandy Louey:

A 28-year-old man was shot and robbed early Monday morning.

At 2:30 a.m., two men called a man on his cell phone and arranged to meet in the 8500 block of Shasta Lily Drive, according to police.

When they met up, one of the robbers had a firearm and demanded the man's personal property. That same robber shot the man in the right thigh and took his property, police said.

Christopher Trim, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department, said police are investigating the relationship between the victim and the robbers.

The two robbers left on foot. A friend took the victim to a local hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (916) 714-5115.

June 16, 2008
Yes, we have no $372,000 bananas

From the Associated Press:

Two men caught with $372,000 in cash near the Costa Rica-Panama border told police that they just wanted to buy some bananas.

Police said the two appeared to be nervous after their car was stopped over the weekend. Officials searched the vehicle and found the cash in a briefcase.

Police commander Freddy Hernandez said in a statement Monday that the men told officials they were banana brokers.

But police are holding them on possible money laundering charges.

Bananas cost about $1.65 a pound in Costa Rica.

June 16, 2008
Update: Suspected Straw Hat Bandit arrested

shat.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a suspect believed to be the Straw Hat Bandit, left, was arrested last week. Authorities believe that Michael Osgood, 47, of North Highlands, is responsible for seven Sacramento-area and one Stockton-area bank robberies dating back to April 30.

According to a department news release, at 4:56 p.m. June 9, Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of an attempted bank robbery at the Sterlent Credit Union, 2468 Watt Ave. Deputies arrived and were told by credit union employees a man they believe was the suspect who robbed them a month ago tried to enter the credit union to rob them again, authorities reported.

The suspect fled when employees refused to let him into the business. At 5:44 p.m. that day, sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank inside the Safeway at 3320 Arden Way. The description of the suspect matched the description of the Straw Hat Bandit, authorities said.

While en route to the crime scene, a responding Sheriff's K-9 Unit deputy spotted the suspect in a vehicle driving on Watt Avenue. He, along with sheriff's patrol deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer, stopped the vehicle at Edison and Watt avenues and detained the suspect. According to sheriff's officials, witnesses from the credit union and the bank positively identified the suspect as the man who attempted to enter the credit union and who robbed the bank. A straw hat was recovered at the scene of the bank robbery and other items, including cash, were recovered from the suspect's vehicle, authorities said.

After being questioned by sheriff's Robbery detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents the suspect, Osgood, 47, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of robbery.

Here's The Bee's initial story about the robbery spree.

June 16, 2008
49 citations issued during Citrus Heights DUI checkpoint

A Citrus Heights Police Department DUI/drivers license checkpoint and saturation patrol Saturday night on Sunrise Boulevard north of Macy Plaza yielded 49 citations issued, authorities reported.

The location was chosen because of recent DUI-related collisions, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release. There was one warrant arrest issued and nine vehicles towed, the department reported.

The continuing DUI operations are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the department.

June 16, 2008
Update: Suspected toddler killer said 'demons' were in boy, witness said

Update on the toddler beating death near Turlock, from The Modesto Bee:

Passers-by calling 911 at 10:13 p.m. described a horrific scene on West Bradbury Road near the intersection of South Blaker Road in rural Stanislaus County, 10 miles west of Turlock. At least one tried to stop the 27-year-old attacker, who swung and slammed the toddler into the asphalt and stomped on him behind his parked four-door Toyota pickup.

"In the shadows and light it looked like he had hit an animal," said Dan Robinson, the chief of Crows Landing Volunteer Fire Department, who came upon the chaos on his way home from a late dinner in Turlock. "As we backed up again, I could see that he had blood on his arms. I could see that it was a small child."

Robinson, 52, jumped from his vehicle and confronted the man, who lunged at him. Robinson said the man wasn't screaming and wasn't loud, but was forceful, saying "demons" were in the boy.

Here's the full story.

June 15, 2008
Modesto Bee: Man stomps toddler to death, is shot to death by police

A shocking story from Stanislaus County, via ModBee

A Modesto police officer shot and killed a Turlock man as he beat, punched and stomped a small child to death in the middle of a dark country road Saturday night.

Passerbys called authorities after the man parked a Toyota truck in the middle of Bradbury Road near Blaker Road in rural Stanislaus County, 10 miles west of Turlock. About 10:15 p.m. the 27-year-old man took the 12- to 24-month-old boy out of a car seat and beat him savagely, police said.

A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department helicopter, flown by a deputy with a Modesto police officer in the second seat, was on patrol in the Turlock area and was first on scene, said Dep. Royjindar Singh, the sheriff's spokesman.

"The helicopter spotlights the scene and sees this guy just beating on this infant or baby in the middle of the road. I can't imagine what that looked like," Singh said.

The helicopter landed in a nearby cow pasture within a minute of arriving. The Modesto police officer commanded the man to stop at gunpoint 10 to 15 yards away from behind a set of electric and barbwire fences, Singh said. When the man "continued to stomp the child," the officer fired, Singh said.

June 13, 2008
Information sought about April crash on Highway 50

The California Highway Patrol seeks the public's assistance in finding the driver and vehicle involved in a fatal injury hit-and-run crash at about 6:20 p.m. April 12 on westbound Highway 50 east of Greenstone Road in the Placerville area.

According to a CHP news release, the vehicle is described as a small white compact, possibly a Honda Civic or Mitsubishi Diamante, with wheels painted black. The vehicle should have damage to the left front quarter panel and/or the left side, and damage to the right front corner.

There were reports that the vehicle was being driven at high speeds before and after the crash. The vehicle was last seen entering a housing community off Shingle Springs Drive, the CHP reports.

CHP officials request that people with any information about the collision, or who have seen a vehicle fitting this description, contact the Placerville Office of the CHP at (530) 622-1110.

June 13, 2008
Police: Illegal chiropractic session kills man in Oak Park

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Sacramento police arrested a 76-year-old man Friday who they said killed a man during an illegal chiropractic session in the suspect's garage.

Antonio Arellano, left, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a 66-year-old man, authorities said.

According to police, the victim and his wife went to Arellano's Oak Park home Tuesday. Arellano had run an unlicensed chiropractic business out of his garage for some time and the victim had gone there to receive treatment to alleviate pain in his extremities, police said.

Arellano adjusted the victim's neck, "which resulted in a serious injury," Sacramento Police said in a news release.

The victim was taken to UC Davis Medical Center and placed on life support, police said, and two days he was declared brain dead.

June 13, 2008
High school student accused of e-mailing threats to teachers

A Fountain Valley, Calif., teenage boy accused of making violent threats against two teachers at his high school told investigators the e-mails were meant as a joke, police said.

Police have asked the Orange County district attorney to file criminal charges against the 16-year-old boy who was arrested at Fountain Valley High School on May 23 on suspicion of making criminal threats, said Lt. Paul McInnis. He was later released to his parents.

"I think that people think they can hide behind the veil of anonymity when they are online," said Chris Herzfeld, Fountain Valley High School principal. "Any threats like that, we get the police department involved."

Here's the Associated Press story.

June 13, 2008
Sacramento man faces child pornography charge

pornarrest.jpgFrom Niesha Lofing:

A Sacramento man is facing a felony charge after allegedly possessing hundreds of images of suspected child pornography.

The multi-jurisdictional Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Edward Zeledon, 48, Thursday on suspicion of possession of child pornography after allegedly finding him in possession of illicit movies and images, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Curran said.

Zeledon's alleged activities were brought to the attention of the task force after a witness allegedly saw the images on a computer.

Zeledon was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on Thursday and released the same day, according to online jail information.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court.

June 12, 2008
Update: Man arrested in connection with Elk Grove shooting

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Elk Grove police arrested a 31-year-old man Wednesday in connection with a shooting last year that injured two people.

Michael Witkin, left, is suspected of shooting a woman on June 6, 2007, at a home in the 9200 block of Gem Crest Way.

Witkin, who is ineligible for bail, is scheduled to be in court Friday.

Detectives say that Witkin shot Mia Zapata and pistol-whipped Adrien Abeyta on the front porch of the house.

Witkin, who already was in custody for a parole violation, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, residential robbery and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, according to police.

Witkin is the same man shot by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy in front of his Elk Grove home Aug. 21, 2004, confirmed Officer Christopher Trim, police spokesman. Witkin was later convicted of resisting arrest in that incident.

The 2004 shooting took place after he drove away when the deputy tried to stop him for a vehicle violation. During a search of the Gem Crest Way home last year, police found marijuana and hydrocodone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.

Crime Alert callers can be anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 12, 2008
Crimemapper: April SacSheriff

Adding 3,069 reports from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department to CrimeMapper

June 12, 2008
Update: El Dorado County supervisor says little about her DUI arrest

NEA_P0822_BAUMANN.JPGEl Dorado County Supervisor Helen Baumann on Thursday issued a brief, unsigned statement about her arrest last week on suspicion of drunken driving.

The statement said her attorney has advised her not to comment about the incident on Latrobe Road the night of June 6, when she reportedly crashed through a barbed-wire fence and down an embankment.

California Highway Patrol investigators place the time of her solo crash at about 11:30 p.m. A 911 call was received by the CHP switchboard about 11:40 p.m., said Officer Mike Schultz, CHP spokesman.

Click here for David Richie's full story.

June 12, 2008
Update: $500 reward offered for information about Roseville High vandalism

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of vandals who cut down 21 trees in and around the Roseville High School quad late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Roseville Joint Union High School District joined with Roseville Crime Stoppers to offer the reward, the city Police Department said today in a news release.

The trees, which had been planted recently during a major campus landscaping project, had been sawed down, with the stumps left behind. Roseville High School officials estimated the loss at nearly $10,000.

The campus is at 1 Tiger Way, just off Atlantic Street in central Roseville.

Anyone with information is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867 or the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916) 774-5070.

-- Bee Regional staff

June 12, 2008
Folsom beating suspects arrested after publicity

folsom.jpgFrom Stan Oklobdzija:

Two suspects in a February beating in Folsom have been arrested after pictures of one of them were shown in The Bee and other news media, the Folsom Police Department said Wednesday.

Michael Carrillo, 24, and Angelo Phillips, 26, both of Sacramento, were arrested when Carrillo, left, turned himself into Folsom Police after seeing his picture in The Bee and other news media June 5, said Folsom Police Department spokeswoman Off. Michelle Beattie.

After investigating further, detectives were able to locate Phillips and arrested him without incident, Beattie said. Police also found marijuana and sales paraphernalia in Phillips' vehicle, Beattie said.

Around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 13, Carrillo and Phillips allegedly attacked a man and his girlfriend while they were walking to their car after the man made fun of Phillips' Mohawk haircut, police said.

The man was violently beaten in a parking lot near Sutter Street and Leidesdorff Street, said Officer Michelle Beattie. The victim's girlfriend attempted to help, but she also was struck and knocked to the ground, Beattie said.

Carrillo posted bail Tuesday, according to jail records. Phillips is being held without the bail on possible charges related to the beating and narcotics violations, jail records show.

June 12, 2008
Regional roundup: Public Safety Watch

The Bee's Regional editions publish Public Safety Watch stories each Thursday. Here's a roundup of those stories and Police/Fire Logs, as compiled by Bee reporters:

Sacramento/North Sacramento/south Sacramento:
Man arrested in theft of iPhone
Police/Fire Log

Arden/Carmichael:
Woman arrested on suspicion of shoplifting
Police/Fire Log

Elk Grove/Laguna:
Hazardous materials team stops chlorine gas leak at Galt plant
Police/Fire Log

Citrus Heights/Fair Oaks/Orangevale:
Police/Fire Log

Rancho Cordova/Gold River:
Blocking ramps could mean a parking ticket
Police/Fire Log

Folsom:
Police/Fire Log

South Placer County:
Roseville man sentenced in elder abuse case
Police/Fire Log

El Dorado County:
Police/Fire Log

June 11, 2008
Robber hits Roseville bank Wednesday

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(Photo courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

From Lakiesha McGhee:

The River City Bank, at 3992 Douglas Blvd., was robbed about 10:10 a.m. today, Roseville police said.

The robber approached a teller, demanded cash and received an undisclosed amount before leaving the bank without incident, according to a news release. No weapon was seen or mentioned, and no one was injured in the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man in his late 40s, 5-foot-10, with a medium build. He had a "salt and pepper" trimmed beard and mustache. He wore a tan long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and a black baseball cap featuring an emblem. There was no sighting of a get-away vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Roseville Police Department at (916) 774-5070, the Sacramento office of the FBI at (916) 481-9110 or the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force at (916) 874-5115.

Here is another surveillance photo:

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June 11, 2008
Vandals hack down 21 trees at Roseville High

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(Photo courtesy of Roseville High School)

From Linda Beymer

Roseville police are seeking help from the public to find the vandals who cut down 21 trees around the Roseville High School quad late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

All that was left behind of the trees, which had been planted recently during a campus landscaping project, were the stumps. Roseville High School officials estimated the loss at nearly $10,000.

The campus is at 1 Tiger Way, just off Atlantic Street in central Roseville.

Cash rewards are offered for tips leading to arrest. Tips can be anonymous. Anyone with information can call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867 or the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916) 440-5070.

Another photo of the damage:

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June 10, 2008
Driver sought in pedestrian hit-and-run in Roseville

From Linda Beymer:

As Roseville police were checking on reports that someone was camping in a black 1977 Audi sedan at the dead end of March Road, a man got into the car and hit a bystander before continuing down PFE Road without stopping. Now police are seeking the driver as part of an investigation of a hit-and-run.

The victim, who suffered cuts and bruises, was treated at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and released.

Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville Police Department public information officer, said police were called about 6 a.m. to check on the vehicle parked near a construction site. When the officer arrived, the Audi was empty and he went inside a business to talk to a witness.

During that time, a man drove away the Audi down PFE Road, hitting the bystander in the 2100 block of March Road. The driver was described as a white man in his late 20s, about 5-foot-8 to 6-foot tall with a thin build, shoulder-length brown hair, a mustache and a goatee. He was wearing a brown jacket, black T-shirt and blue jeans.

The four-door Audi sedan has tinted windows, no license plates and damage on the passenger side. Clothing and other items were piled in the back seat.

Anyone with information can call the Roseville Police Department at (916) 774-5070 or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867.

June 10, 2008
Rooftop theft isn't cool

From Niesha Lofing:

Two men and a teenage boy recently learned that lessons aren't only taught in classrooms - they're taught on them too.

The trio was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing copper coils from air conditioning at John D. Sloat Elementary in Meadowview.

School officials had reported to Sacramento police that someone had been breaking into the air conditioning units atop classrooms and stealing copper coiling, Officer Konrad Von Schoech said.

Eight air conditioning units had been damaged or ruined since May 18, and cost to repair or replace the units was running the Sacramento City Unified School District about $4,000 per unit, he said.

Officers were assigned to the school to conduct a surveillance operation on Saturday. Around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the officers heard some people climb a fence and walk across the roof of the school, Von Schoech said.

"We went out there and sure enough we got lucky and were able to apprehend these guys," he said.

Officer arrested Berry Mattos, 29, Jacob Mattos, 26, and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of grand theft and conspiring to commit a crime.

The two men were booked into Sacramento County Jail and were released Monday, according to online jail information.

Von Schoech said the arrests are a good example of how police and school districts can work closely to solve crime.

"These is crime that affects kids, and affects everyone across the board," he said.

June 9, 2008
Attackers jump out of cars, descend on 3 youths in Elk Grove

From Sandy Louey:

Three youths were attacked Saturday night by a group of people who jumped out of two cars.

According to police, three youths were walking south on Bruceville Road, near Ackley Way, around 9 p.m. when a dark blue Toyota Corolla and a silver Honda pulled up.

About 10 people jumped out of the cars. They punched a 15-year-old boy in the back of the head and another youth one youth in the face. They also chased a 13-year-old boy around the corner, punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and stole property from him. All the victims sustained minor injuries, police said.

Police described one of the suspects as a tall African American male, 19 to 20 years old, with black, short dreadlocks. He was wearing jeans and a red and white horizontally striped shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (916) 714-5115.

June 6, 2008
Folsom police seek help in February attack

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From Stan Oklobdzija and Bill Lindelof

Folsom Police are asking the public's help to solve a brutal beating that happened in February in the city's historic district.

According to a police news release, on Feb. 13, around 1:30 a.m., a man and his girlfriend were walking to their car when he was attacked after making fun of one of the attacker's Mohawk haircuts.

The man was violently stomped by two attackers in a parking lot near Sutter Street and Leidesdorff Street, said Officer Michelle Beattie. The victim's girlfriend attempted to help, but she also was struck and knocked to the ground, Beattie said.

The two attackers then fled into a silver Mercedes C230 hatchback with a black spoiler that was driven by an unknown woman.

Police were able to obtain a photo of one of the attackers from the Web site, Napkin Nights, which was taking photos at the Powerhouse Pub that evening, Beattie said.

That suspect is described as a white male between 25-30 years old. He stands between 6-foot2 and 6-foot-3 and weighs approximately 320-350 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

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The suspect also has a tattoo of two revolvers with the words WAR written across the top. Detectives said WAR stands for "White Aryan Resistance," a noted white-supremacist organization formerly based in Temecula.

However, subsequent photos from Napkin Nights show him dancing and partying with an Asian female.

The second suspect is described as a white male between 25-30 years old, who stands about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 and weights about 175-185 pounds. The suspect has dirty blond hair shaved on the sides and styled as a Mohawk.

Anyone with information is urged to call Folsom police and speak with Detective Peter Boelman at (916) 351-3340.

June 5, 2008
Loomis teens turn up tipsy for girls P.E.

A physical education teacher at Del Oro High School in Loomis recently noticed that some girls in her class were acting strangely.

She suspected they might be slightly intoxicated, according to a report taken May 22 by the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

The teacher called the vice principal, who checked through one of the students' backpacks and discovered a water bottle containing a mix of vodka and cranberry juice, the report said.

The 15-year-old student was cited by a sheriff's officer for being a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage and was released into the custody of her parents.

-- Art Campos

June 4, 2008
Motorists beware: Rocklin to add another red-light camera

From Art Campos:

Rocklin will install a second camera Friday to snap photos of red-light runners in the city.

The camera has been installed at the intersection of westbound Rocklin Road at the on ramp and off ramp from westbound Interstate 80. The city's other camera at Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue was installed in 2006.

Police Sgt. Terry Roide said motorists will be given a 30-day warning period at the new camera location before actual citations are issued. Enforcement is set for July 7, he said.

Citations will be sent to the alleged violators, who can either pay the fine listed on the ticket or challenge the citation in court.

Roide said in a news release that the cameras are steps to improve the safety and flow of local traffic.

In 2007, the camera at Sunset and Park captured 1,074 red-light violations and 765 of those motorists received citations, he said.

Rocklin's photo enforcement program is administered by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., an Arizona company. Rocklin pays Redflex $6,000 a month per camera in a lease agreement to administer the system.

Police Chief Mark Siemens said fines levied against the red-light runners generally pays for the cost. He said the city has made little or no revenue from the enforcement program.

"Our first camera has pretty much been a break-even operation," he said.

June 4, 2008
Police report: Outburst leads to vandalism charges

From David Richie:

A young Rio Linda man trashed a Carl's Jr. restaurant in Folsom on Saturday night when he couldn't retrieve his cell phone, according to Folsom police logs released Wednesday.

The trouble started about 10 p.m. when Joshuah Christianson, 18, returned to the restaurant at 2515 Iron Point Road to reclaim the cell phone he had left behind during an earlier visit. Employees told him that the manager had put the phone in his office for safe keeping. The office was locked and employees did not have a key. Christianson lost his temper when they told him that he would have to come back when the manager was on duty.

"He smashed a cash register with his skateboard and threw a chair through the window," said Officer Michelle Beattie, police department spokesman.

Folsom police arrested Christianson and he was booked into Sacramento County Jail on charges of vandalism with damages of more than $400. Jail records indicate that he was later released on his own recognizance.

June 4, 2008
Surveillance tape leads to I-80 arrests, authorities report

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From Art Campos:

Two suspects whose images were seen on a video surveillance tape in a Laundromat burglary in Colfax were arrested Tuesday as they drove west on Interstate 80, the Placer County Sheriff's Department reported.

Coins allegedly taken from a Laundromat machine were found in the two men's vehicle, and the suspects wore the same type of clothing that deputies saw on the video, said Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

The incident began at 6 a.m. when witnesses called 911 to report that two suspicious men were at the Bunch Street Laundromat, Erwin said.

Deputies arrived too late, she said. However, the business owner played back the surveillance video, which showed the men entering the Laundromat and forcing open the coin machine, she said. In addition, witnesses said the men were driving a BMW, she said.

The BMW was spotted in Auburn by a sheriff's deputy, who pulled the car over and detained the men until witnesses arrived from Colfax and identified them as the suspects, Erwin said.

Arrested on suspicion of burglary were Anthony Yiu Leung, 27, top left, and Jason Ray Perryman, 28, both of Sacramento. Leung was also wanted by federal authorities on an arrest warrant, Erwin said.

June 4, 2008
Scam alert: Gas station schemes

From Bill Lindelof:

With gas prices rising, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig provided tips to citizens in order to avoid scams.

Reisig noted in a news release that a motorist at a West Sacramento gas station was recently approached by a young woman holding an empty gas can. She claimed her car had run out of gas and that she was stranded without money to fill the can.

The good Samaritan motorist filled the can for the woman but later noticed that she promptly got another can to get more free gas from somebody else.

Two other gas-related rip-offs were noted by Reisig:

• Be aware if someone offers to help hang up the pump nozzle after you are finished pumping gas. A scam artist will use that opportunity to fill his own vehicle after you have driven away.

• Watch out for devices placed over ATM card readers at the gas pump. Called "skimmers," the devices steal debit card information.

June 4, 2008
Crime Alert: Suspect wanted on domestic violence charges

broughton2.jpgSacramento Crime Alert officials report that Sacramento Police Department family abuse detectives seek Edward James Broughton, left, on a felony $50,000 bail arrest warrant for domestic violence. Broughton is also being sought by California Department of Corrections agents on a felony no-bail arrest warrant for fleeing parole and parole violations.

According to authorities, on May 13 Broughton walked up to the victim and began to hit her all over her face and head area, then threw her to the ground. At the time, Broughton was on parole for domestic violence.

Broughton, 22, a transient, is 5-foot-11 and weighs 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

For more details other wanted suspects, view the Crime Alert Web site. If you have information about any wanted person or crime, call 1-800-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP.

June 4, 2008
Police: Attempt at small theft turns into major crime

From David Richie:

Two men attempted to steal a couple of safety razors at a Citrus Heights supermarket, but ended facing possible felony charges, police said Tuesday.

The "razor robbery" occurred about 12:45 a.m. Saturday at Food Max in the 6900 block of Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights when Patrick McNulty, 19, who also goes by the name David Marion Harrison, walked into the store, picked out a couple of razors and exited without paying for the merchandise, officials said.

When a security guard tried to get between McNulty and the street, McNulty punched him and knocked the security guard to the ground, according to police. At that point McNulty's friend, Nathan Spence Marcus, 19, of Folsom, joined the fray, kicking the guard in the face twice, police said. The guard suffered facial lacerations, swelling and a possible broken nose.

McNulty and Marcus were still at the scene when police officers arrived to arrest them. They were booked into jail on suspicion of strong-arm robbery, probation violation, battery, and assault with a deadly weapon. McNulty also was in possession of unspecified illegal narcotics and a records check revealed that Marcus had warrants for hit and run, driving without a license and violating a promise to appear in court.

Both men remain in Sacramento County Jail with their charges pared down to attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

June 4, 2008
Doghouse not an effective hiding spot for hit-and-run suspect

From David Richie:

A suspected hit-and-run driver was still in custody Tuesday after going from the doghouse to Sacramento County Jail.

A Citrus Heights police officer was responding to a reported hit and run near Sunrise Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue early Friday. He spotted a Jeep driven by Zachery Jason Salangsang, 23, matching the description of the suspect's vehicle.

The officer watched the speeding Jeep run at least one stop sign. With about 75 yards between them, the officer "initiated a traffic stop," the Jeep turned a corner and Salangsang lost control, crashing into a telephone pole, officials said.

The driver fled, leaving an injured passenger in the wrecked vehicle.

Salangsang, 5-foot-9-inches and 155 pounds, tried to hide out in a doghouse at a residence in the 8200 block of Holly Drive. He was quickly found and arrested.

Salangsang was booked on felony charges of suspicion of drunken driving with injury and hit and run with injury. Bail is set at $40,000.

June 4, 2008
Bee Arrest Log database updated

The Sacramento Bee's Arrest Log database for 2008 has been updated through June 2.

June 3, 2008
Granite Bay resident helps in arrest of burglary suspects

From Art Campos:

Three burglary suspects in flight returned to the scene of their alleged crime - where they were arrested by investigating officers, Roseville police said.

Aiding police was a Granite Bay resident who spotted the three at what turned out to be a second burglary, said department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. The resident pursued the men's fleeing vehicle, which they drove back to the site of the first crime, she said.

The incident began at 4:10 a.m. Monday when a Roseville resident on Gettysburg Court heard a loud noise and discovered that a neighbor's car window had been smashed, Gunther said. The resident described a gray, four-door sedan as leaving the area, she said.

Taken in the burglary was a radar detector, she said.

At 4:34 a.m., a Granite Bay resident called Placer County sheriff's officers to report that someone was looking into the trunk of his neighbor's car on Wood Thrush Way, Gunther said. The resident, who had driven past the scene, made a U-turn and followed the suspects' vehicle, a Chrysler four-door sedan that the suspects drove back to Gettysburg Court, she said.

Police, who were still taking a report on the first burglary, stopped the suspects, recovered the stolen radar detector and stereo equipment taken in the Granite Bay burglary, Gunther said.

Arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy were Mitchell Edward Moore, 18, of Citrus Heights, Richard William Colter, 19, of Fair Oaks, and Wesley Grant Henderson II, 21, of Orangevale.

June 3, 2008
Graduation coming soon for Sac PD recruits

If you haven't seen it yet, the Sac PD Blog has been posting diaries from its current class of recruits. They are about a couple weeks away from graduation.

June 3, 2008
Photo of Elk Grove bank suspect

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From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police are looking for the public's help in finding a man who robbed a U.S. Bank on May 24.

According to police, around 1:26 p.m. that day a man approached a teller at the bank at 5021 Laguna Blvd. with a note that said he was armed and demanding money. The teller handed the robber cash, which he placed in a cup and left.

Police described the man as a white male, about 40 years old, 5-foot-8 and about 190 pounds, wearing glasses and a black cowboy hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police's Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

June 3, 2008
SFGate: Suspect named in mysterious 20-year-old slaying of SF officer

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that investigators believe they have a lead in the fatal shooting two decades ago of Lester Garnier, an off-duty San Francisco vice officer.

Catherine Kuntz, 44, is now serving time in Florida for possessing cocaine. Investigators, using modern computer technology, traced a fingerprint in Garnier's Corvette to Kuntz.

Her mugshot, courtesy of the State of Florida:
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June 3, 2008
Four-officer police forced armed like "a big-city SWAT team"

The rape case involving David Gundersen, chief of police for Blue Lake, has revealed some interesting facts about his tiny police department. The LA Times reports that among its four officers, the Blue Lake police force "was armed on par with a big-city SWAT team." They had 31 submachine guns; investigators reportedly seized 111 weapons in all.

More about the case from the LA Times:


In February, Humboldt County sheriff's deputies arrested Gundersen on suspicion of crimes in his own bedroom. Prosecutors have charged him with 33 counts, alleging that the chief repeatedly drugged his wife, a Blue Lake police sergeant, and forced her to have nonconsensual sex.

As investigators dug deeper into his private life, they discovered Gundersen's guns.

At home, he had a weapons cache that included a machine gun and a James Bond-style pistol with a silencer, both unregistered. At police headquarters, he had enough weaponry to arm a small platoon.

Gundersen, 53, advertised his love of guns on a MySpace page for "Gundy Bros," with a photo of a machine gun, the words "LIVE, LAUGH . . . LOVE" and the offer of "Weapon Systems/Sales and Services."


June 2, 2008
Man arrested on dairy farm after high-speed chase

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 38-year-old man Sunday after a chase on Franklin Boulevard in which he allegedly drove more than 100 mph.

Officers were called out at 9:48 a.m to a call in the 5600 block of Claudied Way about an ex-boyfriend watching the caller's home from a tan Lexus, according to a police report.

The car was located and a vehicle stop was made. When Joseph Cermak exited the vehicle, he was told to stay in the car. He then sped away when officers approached, the report said.

During the pursuit, which lasted for almost five miles and went through several neighborhoods, Cermak reportedly drove at speeds of more than 100 mph on Franklin. He lost control of the Lexus and hit a telephone pole near a dairy farm in Sacramento County, the report said.

He ran away, but officers found him on the dairy farm property about a quarter-mile from Franklin Boulevard.

Cermak was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer by reckless driving, driving with a revoked or suspended license, resisting arrest and being a parolee at large.

Cermak was taken to the Sacramento County Main Jail after being treated at a area hospital for injuries he suffered from the wreck.

June 2, 2008
Police: Man tried to hop into stopped cars to make getaway

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 41-year-old man Sunday who tried to carjack vehicles.

Around 2:53 p.m., Wal-Mart employees were chasing Stanley Blanks Jr., who reportedly attempted to take a TV from the store.

When officers responded, Blanks was seen running across Elk Grove Boulevard toward the Elk Grove Auto Mall, according to Officer Christopher Trim, spokesman for the Elk Grove police department.

In an effort to get away, Blanks allegedly tried to get into vehicles that were stopped on Elk Grove Boulevard. Officers located Blanks and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking, petty theft, resisting arrest and violating probation, Trim said.

Blanks, who is ineligible for bail and is in the Sacramento County Main Jail, is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

June 2, 2008
Update: Crime Alert suspect back in jail

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Robert John Vuittonet, 28, is back in jail after being listed last week as a prime Crime Alert wanted suspect. Vuittonet, left, had several criminal cases pending recently when he failed to appear in court May 23.

Jail records indicate that he was booked back into jail about 11:20 a.m. today on warrants for numerous offenses including possession of controlled substances for sale, carrying a concealed firearm, burglary, and battery.

According to court records, Vuittonet has had six separate criminal cases filed against him from October 2003 through May 2008. Although he has spent time in jail, state prison sentences have been suspended.

Bee file reports note that he was arrested March 25 in Oak Park on various charges, including suspicion of probation violation, robbery and possession of marijuana while driving.

He also was a figure in a bizarre incident in January 2005 when a hysterical blind man with a gun broke into a senior housing complex on Greenhaven Drive. Michael Savage fired several shots but did not hit anybody. When police officers arrived, he told them that he was fleeing from his downstairs neighbors who had become enraged after he asked them to turn down their music.

Savage lived in a nearby apartment complex.

Police could find no evidence that he was being chased. But, when they checked in on the residents downstairs - including Vuittonet - officers found marijuana and enough money to arrest all three on a charge of possession of marijuana for sale.

June 2, 2008
Update: Two arrested in connection with shooting of Hells Angels associate

From the Associated Press:

Two people are now facing charges in connection with a shooting of a man riding in pickup truck that was escorting a procession of Hells Angels motorcycle riders.

Nineteen-year-old Joseph Farnsworth was arrested over the weekend in the shooting death of William Crompton Maclean May 24 on Highway 101 in Marin County.

Investigators believe Farnsworth fired the shot in a road rage incident that killed the 25-year-old Maclean.

They recovered a gun after Farnsworth was taken into custody, but are not sure if it was the same gun used in the shooting.

The arrest of Farnsworth comes after 20-year-old Jessica Andrea Gordon was arrested Thursday in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, no incidents were reported as hundreds of Hells Angels members took part in a previously planned ride Sunday from Corte Madera to Stafford Lake.

Here's the San Francisco Chroincle's story about Sunday's ride.

June 2, 2008
Suspected burglar arrested after barricading himself in attic

From David Richie:

A suspected burglar found himself up against the Citrus Heights police Special Weapons and Tactics Team on Saturday after officers stymied his getaway and he decided to barricade himself in attic of a home in the 5600 block of Spyglass Lane.

A neighbor spotted Raymond Santonio Blair, 24, climbing the fence into the back yard of a nearby home at 5 p.m. Blair appeared to carrying an empty backpack, police officials said.

When officers arrived, Blair was attempting to exit the back yard but he ran back inside when he spotted the officers. Patrol officers made several attempts to get him to surrender before the SWAT team was called in. Eventually Blair came out through a hole he had cut through the roof and officers took him into custody. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail about 5 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of burglary and probation violation.

He remains in jail with no projected release date and bail set at $115,000.

June 2, 2008
Scam alert: Caller offers debt assistance

Charles Berkstresser of Sacramento's Woodlake neighborhood reports that he received a phone call from someone representing "Debt Assistance Corp.," saying he wanted to help Berkstresser with his $10,000 debt -- for a fee. Berkstresser knew he did not have a $10,000 debt. Figuring it was a scam call, he asked the man where he was calling from. The caller, whom Berkstresser said had a thick accent, responded, "Asia."

Berkstresser didn't give the caller any information -- or money -- and wanted to alert other area residents about such solicitations. Berkstresser is a bit more well versed on possible crimes than most people. He said his son-in-law is a Napa County Superior Court judge.

June 2, 2008
Rio Linda stabbing suspect arrested (updated)

bradley scott.jpgFrom Ryan Lillis:

Sacramento sheriff's investigators arrested a 23-year-old man Sunday in connection with the stabbing death of another man in Rio Linda.

Bradley Wendell Scott, left, was arrested in connection with the death of 40-year-old James Powell, according to a sheriff's news release.

Powell was found stabbed to death just before noon inside a home on the 1500 block of G Street. The suspect was found outside by deputies responding to the stabbing, the release stated.

The suspect had to taken to an area hospital for injuries sustained during an alleged altercation with the victim, authorities said. Investigators said the suspect and Powell knew one another and they believe an on-going argument led up to the stabbing.



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