Sacto 9-1-1
September 23, 2010
Roseville teens suspected in murder-for-hire plot arrested

By Cathy Locke

Two Roseville teenagers have been arrested after allegedly offering a fellow student money to kill a probation officer.

The two, a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, are students at the Youth Resource Center school, a community school on Sundown Way operated by the Placer County Probation Department.

Roseville police were notified Tuesday morning of the students' alleged attempt to hire another student to kill one of the probation officers at the school. The two were upset with the probation officer because he had told them not to associate with each other, according to Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.

Police said no assault occurred and no weapons were found on campus.

The two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and soliciting another to commit murder, and taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

Officers also conducted a probation search of a Roseville house in connection with the incident and recovered a stolen, loaded handgun. A adult at the residence, 37-year-old Shavel Leveron Pope of Roseville, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. He was booked at Roseville City Jail and released after posting a $45,000 bail bond.

Gunther said Pope is not accused of involvement in the plot with the two juveniles, and is suspected of only the illegal weapon and stolen property offenses.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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