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March 31, 2012
Underage driver arrested after West Sac-to-Sacramento chase

An unidentified 15-year-old was arrested in Sacramento Friday after he was the subject of a vehicle pursuit that began in West Sacramento.

The underage driver crashed into several parked cars in the downtown area and attempted to flee on foot, Sacramento police officials reported.

The driver, not identified because of his age, was arrested after he was found trying to hide in the lobby of a nearby building.

March 31, 2012
Rancho Cordova collision kills motorcyclist

A motorcycle collided with an SUV at a Rancho Cordova intersection Friday, killing the motorcyclist, according to a spokesman for the Sacramento Sheriff and Rancho Cordova police.

The SUV driver appears to have been legally traveling through a green light at the intersection of Bradshaw and Gore roads at 7 p.m. when it was hit by the motorcycle, going north through the intersection.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office have identified the victim as Christopher Shurrum, 32, of Sacramento.

The crash is under investigation by Rancho Cordova police.

March 31, 2012
Man shot dead at scene of possible cockfighting operation

Sacramento Sheriff's officials are investigating a shooting homicide at the site of a possible cockfighting operation near Gerber and Bradshaw roads Friday.

Deputies responded to apartments on Diamond Ranch Drive around 11 p.m. Friday after a caller said a man showed up there saying he'd been assaulted and that another man had been shot.

Deputies were directed to a private home in the 9500 block of Gerber Road and found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound in his upper body.

March 30, 2012
Police seek teenage girl reported mssing from Elk Grove home

Shabnam+Ahmadyar.jpgElk Grove police are asking for the community's help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl.

Shabnam Ahmadyar (pictured) has been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and functions below her age level, according to a Police Department news release.

Ahmadyar walked away form her residence in the 4800 block of Chamberlain Circle about 4:30 this afternoon.

March 30, 2012
One person reported injured in South Natomas shooting

Sacramento police have responded to a shooting at Trail End Way and Old West Drive in South Natomas.

Police said the shooting was reported at 4:16 p.m. and one victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, who is being sought, is described as a black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall, thin, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He was seen leaving the area in a black vehicle.

March 30, 2012
Police warn of thieves targeting Honda Civics, Accords

Hondathefts.jpgSacramento police are warning owners of Honda Civics and Accords of an increase in thefts and urge them to take measures to discourage thieves.

Police say they have seen a significant increase in thefts of Civics and Accords, specifically 1991-97 models. These are by far the most common types of vehicle stolen in the city of Sacramento, according to a Police Department news release. Although officials said they have a nearly 90 percent recovery rate, many of the cars are found stripped of their parts, leaving owners with costly repair bills.

Police recommend owners use anti-theft devices, such as a car alarm and a highly visible steering wheel lock as deterrents. They also advise people to park vehicles in the garage or a well-lighted area, and to never leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running.

March 30, 2012
Police seek vehicle linked to Parkway neighborhood homicide

Sacramento police ask the public's help in locating a vehicle linked to a homicide in a Parkway neighborhood park earlier this month.

About 11 a.m. March 12, police were called to Roy Nielsen Park at Center Parkway and St. Lukes Way regarding sounds of gunfire. They arrived to find a 31-year-old man, later identified as Sebastian Gutierrez of Sacramento, had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Witnesses reported seeing Gutierrez in a dispute with a small group of black men prior to the shooting, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the suspects were last seen driving away in a 1995 or 1996 dark-colored Buick with a primer-colored front right fender and a front right headlight that was pointing upward. The interior was described as dark in color with a dome light hanging from the headliner.

Anyone with information related to the crime is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

March 30, 2012
Two more victims identified from 'bone yard' of 'Speed Freak Killers'

By Kim Minugh and Peter Hecht
kminugh@sacbee.com

FRENCH CAMP - Authorities today said they have tentatively identified remains of two long-missing Stockton teens, weeks after excavating a bone-filled well left by a murderous duo dubbed the "The Speed Freak Killers."

San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore said preliminary evidence confirms the victims include 16-year-old JoAnn Hobson, who disappeared in 1985, and 19-year-old Kimberly Billy, who went missing a year earlier. Both girls were from east Stockton.

Their deaths add to the gruesome legacy in a expanding murder saga of two drug-abusing companions, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

March 30, 2012
Occupy protestors told to appear in Yolo court

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

A dozen UC Davis Occupy protestors connected to the shutdown of a U.S. Bank branch on campus were notified Friday by Yolo County District Attorney's officials to appear April 27 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

The 12 protestors face a single count of conspiracy to commit a misedemeanor and 20 counts of blocking access in connection with demonstrations at the U.S. Bank branch on the University of California, Davis campus from Jan. 20 through Feb. 27, said Michael Cabral, Yolo County assistant chief deputy district attorney.

March 30, 2012
Boy in East Davis has "Home Alone" moment

A boy in East Davis had a moment right out of the movie "Home Alone" when a burglar broke into his house.

The 12-year-old was by himself when he heard someone knocking on the front door of his home on Layton Drive on Thursday, according to Davis police. He stayed quiet and didn't answer the door.

When he saw a man in his backyard, the boy ran into the bathroom at the back of the house, locked the door and called 911. The man made entry into the house and took some of the family's property before fleeing.

Responding Davis police officers arrested Kyle Frank, 37, of Placerville nearby on suspicion of burglary. Police believe that he may be connected to another burglary.

March 30, 2012
Sacramento homicide detectives take over search for missing child

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Homicide detectives have taken over the lead role in the investigation of missing 22-month-old Dwight Stallings.

However, Sacramento County sheriff's officials stressed that giving homicide detectives command of the search for the little Dwight, does not mean that it is a death investigation.

"Due to the unusual circumstances present in this case, the decision was made that homicide detectives would be better equipped to handle the investigation from this point forward," said a press release this morning from the department.

First order of business for homicide is a morning meeting with volunteers in the south area. The volunteers will help detectives hand out and post flyers with Dwight's picture and information about the case.

March 29, 2012
Placerville man indicted in interstate marijuana trafficking case

A Placerville man has been indicted in a case involving the interstate distribution of marijuana.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned a two-count indictment against Dylan Hudson, 26, charging him with conspiring to grow, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Court documents allege that Hudson was in charge of an interstate marijuana-trafficking conspiracy. More than 1,100 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $329,000 in cash, and eight firearms were seized during the course of the investigation, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Sacramento, Chicago and Milwaukee; the California Department of Justice; the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team; Chicago Police Department; El Dorado County Sheriff's Department; and the Dane County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Department.

March 29, 2012
Sacramento deputies seize firearms, marijuana plants in Wilton operation

Sacramento County sheriff's officials arrested five suspects and seized a cache of illegal firearms and marijuana plants during an operation in Wilton this morning.

Deputies assigned to the "Impact Division" - the agency's grant-funded gang unit - and the SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 9800 block of Clay Station Road about 7 a.m. today, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Inside the home, deputies found indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation operations, and evidence to suggest the marijuana was being sold, Ramos said. They also recovered a dozen guns, including a modified assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine.

According to Ramos, arrested were Dang Hang, 39; Lo Saechao, 36; Kou Vue, 32: Jimmie Mue, 29; and Yer Yang, 28. They face a variety of charges, including illegal possession of an assault weapon, tampering with identifying marks on a firearm, unlawful manufacturing of a high-capacity magazine and possession of marijuana for sale.

March 29, 2012
Update: Folsom police say missing man has been found

Ikbahr Singh.jpgFolsom police say a man an 82-year-old man reported missing this afternoon has been located.

Police said Ikbahr Singh (pictured) left an address in the Parkways in Folsom about 1:30 p.m. today for a short walk and was reported missing after he failed to return.

March 29, 2012
Sacramento man draws prison sentence for counterfeiting

A Sacramento man is headed to prison for of making counterfeit checks.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. today sentenced Oliver A. Chapman III, 44, to four years and five months in prison for making and possessing counterfeit, forged securities.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents found Chapman in a Rancho Cordova motel room where he was using a laptop computer and stolen financial information to create fraudulent checks. Agents found $123,857.89 in completed checks that were counterfeit, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

March 29, 2012
Three arrested in burglary of Truckee vacation home

By Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee correspondent

TRUCKEE -- Three Truckee men were arrested for investigation of felony burglary after items allegedly stolen from a neighbor were found in and around their residence.

Benjamin Feathers, 22, John Schilder, 20, and Nicholas Carlozzi, 19, were arrested following a search of their home Wednesday, Truckee Police Det. Sgt. Jason Litchie said in a news release.
Police received a report Saturday from the owner of a vacation home in Truckee's Armstrong Tract stating his house had been burglarized sometime in the past few weeks.

March 29, 2012
Sacramento County offers $10,000 for information in slaying of 13-year-old girl

Sacramento County officials have contributed $10,000 to create a reward fund for information leading authorities to 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam's killer.

Jessica photo.PNGThe money was recommended by County Executive Brad Hudson and approved by county supervisors, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

The body of Funk-Haslam, an eighth-grader at Albert Einstein Middle School, was found in the dugout of a baseball field at Rosemont Community Park in the early morning of March 6.

Homicide detectives believe the girl likely was killed between 8 and 9 p.m. March 5, or close to that window. They believe she left her La Riviera-area apartment about 6 p.m. and took a light rail train and then the bus to the park, arriving shortly after 6:30 p.m.

March 29, 2012
Detectives seek additional victims in scam targeting seniors

Sacramento County sheriff's investigators would like to talk to anyone who was the victim of suspects arrested in a scam targeting seniors.

On Jan. 20, sheriff's deputies responded to a call regarding the robbery and kidnapping of a 70-year-old woman. While shopping at a wholesale warehouse in south Sacramento County, the victim was approached by two women in the parking lot. The women showed the victim a package of money that they claimed to have found, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The women persuaded the victim to accompany them to a bank where the money was supposedly authenticated by one of the suspects' family members, reportedly a bank employee. The suspects then persuaded the victim to pay them several thousand dollars in return for sharing a portion of the found money. The suspects drove the victim to various banks to withdraw the money to pay them.

March 29, 2012
CHP releases description of suspect vehicle in fatal hit-and-run

1997 Expedition.jpg1998-ford-expedition-side-view.jpg1998 Ford Expeditionfront.jpgThe California Highway Patrol has identified the vehicle involved in a March 22 hit-and-run fatality as a 1997 or 1998 white Ford Expedition.

The CHP seeks the public's help in finding the driver and the vehicle that fled the scene on Winding Way, leaving Paul Pellandini, 57, dead and his friend, William Collins, 54, injured. Officials say the Expedition likely has a broken right headlight, broken right front mirror and a broken windshield. The CHP today released photos (above) of the type of vehicle involved.

Pellandini and Collins had been visiting with each other at Pellandini's residence on the north side of Winding Way, west of Carnegie Way, and had walked to Collins' vehicle about 5:45 p.m. As the two men talked next to Collins' vehicle, a Ford Expedition westbound on Winding Way traveled onto the shoulder where the men were standing and struck both of them. Both men were thrown into the air and came to rest on the right shoulder of the roadway, according to the CHP.

March 29, 2012
Update: Five people sent to hospital after light-rail train vs. car crash downtown

RP RT CRASH BMW.JPGFive people were sent to the hospital when a car and a light-rail train collided at 10th and O streets in downtown Sacramento this morning.

The collision occurred about 11:10 a.m. and involved a Gold Line train traveling outbound from 8th and O streets to the Archives Plaza station, according to a Regional Transit spokeswoman.

The car was traveling northbound on 10th Street when the collision occurred.

A Sacramento police spokesman said that after the train hit the black BMW, the BMW collided with a silver Toyota Corolla. The BMW was then pushed about 30 yards into a tree by the train.

The light-rail train and the tree pinned the car, requiring fire department personnel to use a tool to remove the roof from the automobile to rescue the driver. The driver was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries, according to police.

A person in the Toyota was also taken to the hospital, along with three passengers from the train.

Police will be looking at video from a camera aboard the light-rail train to find out who was at fault in the crash. Police also took statements from numerous witnesses.

Photo caption: The scene of a car and light-rail train collision at 10th and O streets in downtown Sacramento on Thursday morning. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

March 29, 2012
Car and light rail train collide in downtown Sacramento

A car and a light-rail train collided at 10th and O streets in downtown this morning.

The collision occurred about 11:10 a.m. and involved a Gold Line train traveling outbound from downtown from 8th and O streets to the Archives Plaza station, according to a Regional Transit spokeswoman.

The car was traveling northbound on 10th Street when the collision occurred. At least two passengers on the train were transported to the hospital

March 29, 2012
Police need help identifying South Lake Tahoe bank robber

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A robber held up a Wells Fargo bank branch today in a South Lake Tahoe grocery store.

Police said the young man entered the Raley's supermarket in the Heavenly Village Shopping Center and demanded money from a Wells Fargo Bank teller. He did not display a weapon.

After receiving cash the robber fled but not before his image was captured on security cameras. Police are asking for help in identifying the robber. He was described as a white man in his 20s with a mustache and goatee. The suspect wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black shoes.

If you recognize the robber, call the South Lake Tahoe police at (530) 542-6100.

March 29, 2012
Update: Grant Line Road closed to repair power pole

Grant Line Road in rural eastern Sacramento County will remain blocked until at least early afternoon after a big rig broke off a power pole.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. when a big rig driver failed to negotiate a curve when he was traveling northbound on Grant Line Road south of White Rock Road. The truck hit a power pole and lines started to arc.

The lines lowered and blocked Grant Line Road. The driver was not injured.

It is estimated that Grant Line will remain closed until at least 2 or 3 p.m., according to a Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Alternate routes are Douglas Road, White Rock Road or Sunrise Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol officer Rich Wetzel.

March 29, 2012
Elverta homicide victim identified by coroner

The name of the man found shot to death on an Elverta street on Wednesday has been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

He was identified as Anthony Ortega, 33, of Sacramento.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department officials have released no new details about Ortega's death. On Wednesday, a news release stated that deputies had neither suspects nor motive for the killing.

Ortega's body was found in the 1700 block of Kasser Road in Elverta.

Deputies were called to the scene about 2 a.m. Ortega had suffered several gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide bureau at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Tips to Crime Alert could qualify for a reward and may remain anonymous.

March 29, 2012
Electrical lines block Grant Line Road after truck-trailer his pole

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A rural stretch of road often used by commuters between Folsom and Rancho Cordova is blocked this morning after a big rig sheared off a power pole.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. when a big rig driver failed to negotiate a curve when he was traveling northbound on Grant Line Road south of White Rock Road. The trailer hit a power pole and lines started to arc.

The lines lowered and were still blocking Grant Line Road two hours later. The driver was not injured.

No estimate was available for when the road would re-open. Alternate routes are Douglas Road, White Rock Road or Sunrise Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol officer Rich Wetzel.

PHOTO CAPTION: A SMUD worker evaluates the situation before a power pole can be lifted from atop a big rig. Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee

March 28, 2012
Horse rescued after fall down embankment in El Dorado County

rescuedhorse.jpgA veterinarian said she is optimistic that a horse (pictured) will make a full recovery after being rescued this afternoon by firefighters from Sacramento and El Dorado county.

About 1:30 p.m., the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received a request from the UC Davis Veterinarian Emergency Response Team asking for assistance rescuing a horse that had fallen down an embankment and into a small creek near the southern El Dorado County community of Somerset. The horse had been at the bottom of the embankment for four hours and was on its side, unable to stand, according to a fire district news release.

Veterinarian Cheyl Ellis of the UC Davis response team reported that the horse was unable to make it up the embankment under its own power, but she thought the animal could survive with firefighters' help.

March 28, 2012
Sheriff's Department: Woman says she hid missing baby because of failed drug tests

Tanisha Edwards, whose missing 22-month old son Dwight Stallings is at the center of an aggressive search by local officials, admitted to investigators she was trying to hide the baby from social workers because she had failed drug tests, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said today.

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But how exactly the 35-year-old Edwards (pictured right) hid the baby remains unclear, as detectives sort through conflicting and sometimes nonsensical statements from the woman.

According to new information from the Sheriff's Department, Edwards' accounts have included the following: That the baby grew sick and died at an unknown hospital; that the baby was with relatives she wouldn't identify; that the baby was with black Muslim women she didn't identify; and that the baby was taken by two men dressed in black.

March 28, 2012
Inmate stabbed at California State Prison, Sacramento

Officials at California State Prison, Sacramento, are investigating the stabbing of a 30-year-old inmate this afternoon.

Melvin Kibbee was found unresponsive on his cell floor about 2 p.m., minutes after a yard recall at the B Facilities Main Exercise Yard at the Folsom prison. Kibbee was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with three puncture-type wounds to the left side of his chest, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Officials said there are no suspects. Inmates assigned to the housing unit where Kibbee was found are being searched for evidence and investigators are interviewing possible witnesses.

March 28, 2012
Gang awareness is topic of Arden Arcade symposium

A community gang awareness symposium will be sponsored Thursday evening by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Youth Services Unit.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Richard T. Conzellmann Community Center, 2201 Cottage Way, in the Arden Arcade area.

It will feature presentations by the sheriff's Youth Services and Gang Suppression units, as well as members of the Sacramento County District Attorney's office and Sacramento City Code Enforcement. Topics will include gangs and schools, gangs and graffiti and consequences of gang violence.

March 28, 2012
Antelope man sentenced to prison for defrauding trucking firms

An Antelope man has been sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison for defrauding trucking companies.

Kulwant Singh Gill, 53, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton for a scheme to defraud trucking firms out of payments for interstate freight deliveries. Gill was ordered to pay $443,388 in restitution to the victims. He also will be subject to three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Gill pleaded guilty Sept. 22, 2009, to charges involving the scheme in two separate indictments, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

March 28, 2012
Body found floating in Sacramento River identified by Yolo County coroner

The Yolo County coroner's office has released the name of the man whose body was found in the Sacramento River near Clarksburg on Monday.

He was identified as Kaeo D. Alexander, 36, of Sacramento.

A coroner's official said the cause of death is pending. There was no evidence of trauma or foul play.

The body washed up at Stan's Yolo Marina on South River Road, according to the harbormaster.

March 28, 2012
Lincoln man sentenced for distribution of hydrocodone

A Lincoln man has been sentenced in federal court for conspiring to distribute a controlled substance and for identity theft.

Raymond Reyes, 29, was given four years and nine months in prison by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Reyes worked for a Sacramento cardiologist as a medical assistant. The doctor caught Reyes calling in fraudulent prescriptions for hydrocodone, an opiate prescribed for pain, according to court documents.

The doctor never prescribed the drug, according to a U.S. Attorney press release. The doctor fired Reyes in late 2008.

Reyes would call pharmacies using false names. He would either pick up the prescriptions himself or others would collect them and give the pills to Reyes for payment, said the press release.

A database shows that about 508 prescriptions for hydrocodone, about 97,000 pills, were distributed by about 89 pharmacies under the purported authority of the doctor for whom Reyes worked, according to the press release.

Reyes admitted in a plea agreement that he was responsible for the distribution of at least 40,000 pills, according to the press release.

March 28, 2012
Man arrested, woman sent to hospital after rescue from water tank at Sacramento treatment plant

Eric+Sleeman+21.jpgA man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and a woman sent to the hospital after the pair were rescued by firefighters from a water holding unit at a city water treatment plant near Sacramento State.

The man was identified today by police as 21-year-old Eric Sleeman (pictured). He was arrested and then released from jail.

A warrant request for trespassing was submitted for the woman's arrest, according to a police activity log. She was not identified.

March 28, 2012
Man in a sombrero wearing a boxing glove jumps on Sacramento cop car and shouts his name

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A man was arrested after he jumped on the hood of a police car and shouted his name.

Sacramento police said an officer was sitting in a patrol car in the 2600 block of Fairfield Street in the Noralto neighborhood about 1 a.m. this morning when a man walked up and leaped upon the hood of the vehicle.

He then yelled his own name, jumped down and ran away. The jumper was easy to search for because he was described as wearing a dark puffy jacket, a sombrero and a boxing glove on one hand.

Jesse James Thomas, 55, was found nearby, lying in the street. Thomas was arrested for suspicion of being drunk in public.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jesse James Thomas

March 28, 2012
Scant information on Sacramento County homicide victim found in street

The bullet-riddled body of a man was found on an Elverta street early this morning.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies have little to release about the shooting other than the victim is in his 30s. His name will be released later by the county coroner after family is notified.

Deputies have neither suspects nor motive for the killing. The body was found in the 1700 block of Kasser Road in Elverta.

Deputies were called to the scene about 2 a.m. The man had suffered several gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide bureau at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Tips to Crime Alert could qualify for a reward and may remain anonymous.

March 27, 2012
Update: Woman hospitalized, man in police custody after rescue at water treatment plant

One person has been taken to the hospital and another is in police custody after they entered a Sacramento water treatment plant and became trapped.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said firefighters were called to the Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant on the American River at 8:08 p.m., after a passerby on the levee reported hearing someone yelling near the plant's pumphouse. Firefigters initially thought someone was in the river and were preparing for a water rescue. They discovered, however, that the cries were coming from inside the five- or six-story concrete building, which sits in the river and is accessed from the levee via a footbridge.

Inside, firefighters found a man and woman, who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s. King said he did not know how the two, who were not authorized to be on the property, entered the site. They told firefighters that they had walked down several stories when the woman accidentally fell into a pool of water. The man jumped in to try to help her climb out.

March 27, 2012
Davis police seek man accused of harassing children

Davis police are searching for a man who harassed two 11-year-old girls as they were walking home from school Monday.

Officers were called to the area of West Eighth Street and Oak Avenue about 3:24 p.m. regarding a report of suspicious circumstances. The girls reported that as they were walking home they saw a man crouching next to a white van.

He told the youngsters, "I want to show you something," then placed his hand on his crotch, according to a Police Department news release. Police said the man remained fully clothed and did not expose himself.

March 27, 2012
Suspect fails in second try to evade West Sacramento police

A man sought by West Sacramento police following a March 21 pursuit was arrested Monday night after leading officers on a similar chase.

About 10:30 p.m. Monday, police attempted to stop a white Ford F150 that was spotted with stolen license plates. The vehicle failed to stop, and a short pursuit followed. During the chase, the suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to run from officers, according to a Police Department news release. He was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit.

Lino Garcia Jr., 34, was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, felony evading and for having a felony warrant.

March 27, 2012
Sacramento police seek to ID suspects in robbery, kidnapping

robberykidnap1.jpgrobberykidnap2.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department seeks the community's help in identifying three suspects wanted for robbery and kidnapping.

At 10 p.m. Jan. 27, a man walked up to an ATM at the Chase Bank in the 1900 block of Arden Way. There he was approached by a black woman (pictured) in her late 20s who walked up and made a comment. A second suspect, described as a black man in his mid-20s, grabbed the man at the ATM from behind and forced him into the back seat of a waiting vehicle, according to a Police Department news release. A third suspect, an black man, was seated in the front passenger seat.

The suspects drove the victim to the Safe Credit Union in the 4600 block of Watt Avenue, where they forced him to withdraw money from his account. Police said the suspects left the victim at the scene and later returned to the Chase Bank to make an additional withdrawal.

March 27, 2012
Galt police receive grant to tackle underage drinking

The Galt Police Department has received a $2,500 grant from state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to help prevent underage drinking.

The funds will be used to conduct minor decoy and "shoulder tap" operations, according to a Police Department news release.

The minor decoy program targets problems associated with the unlawful purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by youths younger than 21. The shoulder tap program is aimed at adults who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors.

March 27, 2012
Sacramento wins grant to fight gangs

By Tony Bizjak
tbizjak@sacbee.com

Sacramento officials announced today the city has won a $250,000 grant from the state to combat gangs.

The two-year Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention, or Cal GRIP, grant will be used to fund a literacy program at the Boys & Girls Club in Lemon Hill and a Summer at City Hall program for 60 youths.

The goal of the grant is to reduce the likelihood that young people will be tempted to join gangs by offering early education help and other opportunities to at-risk youth.

March 27, 2012
Bounty hunter offers reward for missing baby

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Dwight Stallings, the 22-month-old baby who has not been seen by family members since April 2011.

Sacramento sheriff's officials recently learned that the baby's whereabouts are unknown and have launched an aggressive search for him. Deputy Jason Ramos, a department spokesman, has said the county's Child Protective Services did not file a missing person's report after 11 months of not being able to locate the baby. CPS officials said they are legally barred from discussing the case.

Dwight's mother, Tanisha Edwards, is being held in Sacramento County jail on a probation violation and has given detectives information on the child's whereabouts.

March 27, 2012
Pickup truck set ablaze in Woodland

An arsonist appears to have set a Woodland resident's pickup on fire this morning.

Michael McDonald, 60, was sleeping at his home in the 200 block of Hays Street when he was awakened by a barking dog about 1:30 a.m. He investigated and discovered his truck, parked on the street, was on fire.

Woodland firefighters arrived and put the fire out. Police officers found a large white bottle of lighter fluid in the street in front of the truck and a blackened rag on the hood.

Evidence will be examined for fingerprints, police said.

March 27, 2012
Motorist dies in crash into tree in Rocklin area

A resident of Cool died last night when his car ran off the road and hit a tree along Interstate 80 in Placer County.

Robert H. Atteberry, 66, was driving his sport utility vehicle westbound on I-80 near Rocklin Road about 8 p.m. when for unknown reasons his SUV swerved to the right, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.

His SUV then hit a large oak tree along the highway. Atteberry, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, died at the scene.

March 27, 2012
Burglars make off with spray paint in Redding

A man and a teen are suspected of breaking into a Redding store this morning to steal dozens of cans of spray paint, according to police.

Police said that somebody threw a big rock through a window at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Lake Boulevard about 1 a.m. The burglars then went in and took spray paint cans.

About an hour later, officers saw three people walking several blocks away. The trio ran from officers, dropping a big backpack and jacket holding 46 cans of spray paint.

After a short chase, Adrian Allen Hammons, 31, of Redding and a 17 year old were booked on suspicion of burglary and possessing stolen property. The third person got away.

March 27, 2012
Struggle at Woodland hospital ends with multiple charges

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a woman on a variety of charges after a struggle at Woodland Memorial Hospital last night.

During the arrest of Victoria Marie Sanders, 50, of Esparto, she allegedly struggled and kicked at officers before being taken to the ground, a CHP press release said. Sanders suffered abrasions in the process.

A leg restraint was used to keep her from kicking.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when an officer was dispatched to the hospital to take a stolen vehicle report. A man said that his girlfriend, Sanders, had taken his vehicle.

The CHP said that during the interview of the man, Sanders drove up. The officer contacted Sanders and the struggle began during her arrest, according to the CHP.

She was arrested on suspicion of resisting, battery on a peace officer, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

March 26, 2012
CHP officer stabbed by female motorist

A Sacramento area CHP officer is in fair condition after being stabbed by a female motorist during a traffic stop this afternoon in the Foothill Farms neighborhood.

The incident began with a male officer responding to a call about at hit-and-run driver at 2:10 p.m. near Shenandoah Drive and Hemlock Streets, said Lizz Dutton, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol.

The driver had struck a residential fence, Dutton said.

The officer stopped a dark green Saturn believed to be involved. The female driver refused to give her information to the officer and against instructions got out of the car, Dutton said.

March 26, 2012
Crews stop natural gas lead at San Juan High School

Pacific Gas and Electric crews have stopped a natural gas leak reported this afternoon at San Juan High School.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. after a leak was reported on the Citrus Heights campus.

Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District said school was out for the day so no evacuations were required, but authorities prevented anyone from entering the grounds.

Cockrum said Pacific Gas and Electric crews were working at the school when a tool broke, causing a leak in a 1.25-inch natural gas line.

He said a day care center on the campus was evacuated before firefighters arrived.

March 26, 2012
Man charged with taking guns to airport appears in Sacramento federal court

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

Federal charges were filed today against a man suspected of bringing loaded firearms to the security checkpoint of Sacramento International Airport last Thursday.

Harold Edward Waller, 45, of Circle Montana, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Sacramento at which U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drodz told Waller he was being charged with a federal crime of trying to board an aircraft with a concealed weapon.

Waller could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

Waller, wearing the orange jumpsuit of Sacramento County Jail, made no comment.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Transportation Security Administration personnel observed a firearm inside one of Waller's carry-on bags. Further investigation revealed that Waller had a loaded handgun on his person, as well as three loaded firearms inside carry-on luggage.

March 26, 2012
Police arrest man suspected of trying to hit ambulance

Sacramento police arrested a man suspected of trying to ram a fire department ambulance on the highway.

Fire department personnel were called to the 300 block of Graves Avenue about 9 a.m. Sunday in the Strawberry Manor neighborhood for a woman who needed medical aid. When they arrived, the woman's son was belligerent, according to a police department activity log.

Police responded and the fire department ambulance began transporting the mother to the hospital. Police allege that during transport, her son, Johnie Clemon, 30, tried to run into the ambulance on the highway.

March 26, 2012
Wrong man hit in head following suspected car burglary

Police said a Redding man allegedly clobbered a newspaper carrier in the head with a fire extinguisher in the mistaken belief that he was a car burglar.

Willado Ramirez, 42, a carrier for the Record Searchlight, was delivering just before he was hit by Benjamin Wood, 36, of Redding, according to a police press release. Ramirez told police he was hit numerous times in the head while seated inside his vehicle at Hartnell and Victor avenues.

Police said Wood eventually realized that Ramirez was not responsible for activating his car burglar alarm in a suspected vehicle break-in. He then helped treat Ramirez' injuries and took him to the hospital, police said.

March 26, 2012
CHP stops motorist suspected of speeding three times in an hour

The California Highway Patrol alleges that a Hayward woman just wouldn't slow down after twice being stopped for going over 100 mph.

Officers stopped Lynne Kathleen Cahill-Gomez three times Saturday night on Highway 70 in Sutter and Yuba counties. She was clocked on radar going 103 mph, 105 mph and finally 76 mph in a 55 mph-zone, officers said.

The three traffic stops all occurred within an hour starting at 8:10 p.m. at northbound Highway 70 near Kempton Road.

March 25, 2012
CHP make arrest in fatal hit-and-run accident

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a 25-year-old Newcastle man Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident last week that killed a tow truck driver.

Michael Keller, 25, of Newcastle was booked into Placer County jail Sunday and is expected to be charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, according to jail records. His bail has been set at $75,000.

Tow truck driver David Robinson Jr. was struck on March 20, while he was out of his tow truck on westbound Interstate 80, west of Ophir Road.

March 24, 2012
Detectives seek missing baby

Baby+Dwight+photo.JPGThe Sacramento Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding a 22-month-old baby who has been reported missing and has not been seen for 11 months.
Sheriff's officials said Saturday that Dwight Stallings was born in May 2010 but that family members have not seen the baby since last April.
Law enforcement officials learned of the situation recently and sheriff's officials are working with Elk Grove police and the county's Child Protective Services agency to find the child.
The baby's mother, Tanisha Edwards, has been contacted by law enforcement and is currently in the Sacramento County Jail on a probation violation.
Sheriff's officials say Edwards has not given them any information about where the baby is and that detectives believe he may be living under a different name.
Anyone with information about the child's whereabouts should call sheriff's officials at (916) 874-5115.

March 24, 2012
Sacramento councilwoman's son arrested

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Nick J. Sheedy, son of Sacramento Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy and former County Supervisor Ted Sheedy, was arrested downtown, jailed and released today.

Sheedy, 46, is suspected of possession of marijuana, cocaine and resisting arrest, according to Sacramento police officials.

He was arrested in the 1000 block of K Street at 3:15 a.m., police said.

March 24, 2012
Man arrested after tossing lit matches in Sacramento cathedral

A man exhibiting bizarre behavior was arrested Friday after lighting matches and throwing them inside the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento on K Street in Sacramento.

The man was saying something about Satan when the incident took place Friday afternoon, said Sgt. Andrew Pettit, spokesman for Sacramento Police Department.

Witnesses chased the man, who ran west on K Street banging on business windows, Pettit said.

March 23, 2012
Man jailed after Sacramento airport screening leads authorities to stash of weapons

Harold Waller+Image.jpgA 45-year-old man is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail, accused of attempting to take several firearms through a security checkpoint at Sacramento International Airport.

Harold Waller (pictured), of Circle, Mont., was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon.

About 3 p.m., he approached the security checkpoint at Terminal A. Transportation Security Administration personnel observed a firearm inside one of Waller's carry-on bags during the screening process, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release. Waller was detained for a secondary screening process, and TSA employees summoned sheriff's deputies.

March 23, 2012
Citrus Heights man arrested following hit-and-run in Rio Linda

A Citrus Heights man identified as a convicted felon is in jail after he allegedly broadsided a vehicle at a Rio Linda intersection while leading CHP officers on a chase Thursday afternoon.

About 2:40 p.m., a CHP officer attempted to make a vehicle stop on a green 2003 GMC Yukon at Q Street and 26th Street in Rio Linda. The driver of the Yukon failed to yield to the patrol vehicle's lights and siren, and instead continued at high speeds down Q Street to Rio Linda Boulevard, according to a CHP news release.

The Yukon then headed south on Rio Linda Boulevard, and as it approached Elkhorn Boulevard, the driver failed to stop for a red traffic light. The Yukon broadsided a silver 2006 Chrysler 300 that was westbound on Elkhorn.

March 23, 2012
Police seek help identifying Natomas-area robbery suspects

subwaysuspect1.jpgsubwaysuspect2.jpgSacramento police are asking the community's help in identifying suspects in robberies of ice cream and sandwich shops in the Natomas area earlier this month.

At 9:52 p.m. March 1, two armed men entered Baskin-Robbins/Togo's in the 2600 block of Gateway Oaks Drive and forced employees to give them money from the register, according to a Police Department news release.

At 9:16 p.m. March 3, two similar suspects entered the Subway shop in the 4100 block of Northgate Boulevard, stealing cash and personal property from store employees.

March 23, 2012
CHP seeks help locating driver in fatal hit-and-run on I-80

The California Highway Patrol seeks the public's help to locate the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a tow-truck driver Tuesday.

David Robinson Jr. had gotten out of his tow truck about 4:15 p.m. on westbound Interstate 80, west of Ophir Road, when a vehicle struck him and immediately left the scene.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a silver or light grey 1990 to 1993 Honda or Acura sedan. The vehicle has extensive right-front damage, primarily to the windshield area, according to a CHP news release. Witnesses reported there were no license plates on the vehicle, but a temporary operating permit was attached to the rear window.

March 23, 2012
Nevada man suspected of Truckee, Lake Tahoe-area burglaries

A 24-year-old man from Incline Village, Nev., has been arrested in connection with a commercial burglary in Truckee and is a suspect in numerous other burglaries in the Lake Tahoe area.

Truckee police reported that Matthew Joshua Stanaway was arrested Wednesday on a burglary warrant. He is accused of burglarizing Carlson's Electronics at 10607 West River St. in Truckee in the early morning of March 7.

Investigations by Truckee police and Placer County sheriff's detectives identified Stanaway as a suspect in numerous unsolved burglaries in the Lake Tahoe area, according to a Truckee Police Department news release.

March 23, 2012
El Dorado County officials report recovery of more than $50,000 in stolen property

Searches of two locations in El Dorado County have turned up stolen property with an estimated value of more than $50,000, according to sheriff's officials.

Sheriff's detectives and members of the sheriff's special enforcement detail on Wednesday served search warrants at two locations in Pollock Pines. One was a residence in the 4500 block of Pony Express Trail, and the other, a storage container in the 5900 block of Pony Express Trail, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Through several months of investigation, detectives linked the storage container to the residence's occupants, officials said. When they searched the storage container, detectives found stolen property belonging to four different victims of burglaries that occurred in the Placerville, Pollock Pines and Pleasant Valley areas. They also found approximately five pounds of dried and prepared marijuana, as well as items commonly used in methamphetamine production, according to the news release.

March 23, 2012
Placer County autopsy of skeletal remains reveals no foul play

An autopsy of skeletal remains found Thursday in Placer County have failed to turn up any obvious signs of foul play, according to sheriff's officials.

Placer County Sheriff's Department investigators are following up on leads today in an effort to identify the skeletal remains found near the Morgan Creek Golf Course.

The remains appear to have been underwater in a creek for a period of time. DNA testing will be done to determine identity, officials said.

After the autopsy, sheriff's officials said that the remains had characteristics of a male, but medical experts were not yet able to positively confirm gender.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said a passer-by came upon the remains about 5 p.m. Thursday and called the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a creek near the golf course west of Roseville and determined that the remains were those of a human. The remains were taken to the the county morgue where an autopsy was performed this morning.

March 23, 2012
Gang associate who killed two at quinceanera in Galt gets 80-to-life

A gang associate who shot and killed two men at a quinceanera celebration in Galt three years ago was sentenced today to 80 years to life in prison.

Alfredo Daniel Tafoya, 21, received the term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall for the Nov. 28, 2009, killings of Carlos Montes, 24, and Efrain Zambrano, 20.

Taylor shot the men after a friend of his got involved in a disturbance at the party. The District Attorney's Office initially had filed two first-degree murder counts, but jurors could not reach a decision in their deliberations until after prosecutors reduced the charges to second-degree.

March 23, 2012
Judge lays stiff terms on convicted gang murderers

Two men convicted in the gang murder of an innocent south Sacramento teenager who was walking to his bus stop on Mack Road to go to school were sentenced today to stiff prison terms.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell L. Hom imposed a life sentence with no chance of parole on Robert Maurice Hunt, 20, the gunman convicted of first-degree in the March 17, 2010 shooting death of Marque Alexander Johnson, 17. Hunt also received an additional 25-to-life term for use of the gun.

Hom sentenced co-defendant Kalief Raheem Taylor, also 20, who was convicted of second-degree murder, to a 40-to-life term. The sentencing on third defendant Marquice Devon Wallace was continued to April 13.

March 23, 2012
Placer County investigators working to establish identity of skeletal remains

Placer County Sheriff's Department investigators are following up on leads today in an effort to identify skeletal remains found near the Morgan Creek Golf Course.

The remains appear to have been underwater in a creek for a period of time. DNA testing may have to be done to determine identity, officials said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said a passer-by came upon the remains about 5 p.m. Thursday and called the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a creek near the golf course west of Roseville and determined that the remains were those of a human. The remains were taken to the the county morgue where an autopsy is being performed this morning.

Erwin said it has not been determined whether the remains are those of a male or female.

March 23, 2012
Tomato king Salyer pleads guilty in federal conspiracy case

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By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton

dwalsh@sacbee.com

Indicted tomato king Frederick Scott Salyer pleaded guilty today in the federal government's massive bribery and conspiracy case that accused him of trying to corner the nation's market for tomato products.

The 56-year-old scion of one of California's most prominent agriculture families accepted a plea deal after more than two years of sparring in court.

Salyer pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering and one count of price fixing and prosecutors indicated they would seek a sentence of no more than seven years. The defense will seek a sentence of no more than four years, and if the judge seeks to sentence Salyer to more than seven years he has the right to withdraw his plea.

He also must forfeit money that he transferred to bank accounts in Lichtenstein and Andorra while he was under investigation.

His plea came during what had been scheduled as a routine status conference and marks the end of one of the largest scandals ever to hit the American food industry.

Salyer had headed SK Foods LP, the Monterey-based firm that was one of the nation's largest suppliers of tomato-based products.

He had been accused of bribing buyers to purchase his products over those of competitors, of mislabeling products that were old or moldy and of squirreling away millions of dollars overseas as part of a plan to flee rather than face prosecution.

He spent eight months in custody, most of it in the Sacramento County Jail, before his lawyers succeeded in having him released on $6 million bail and placed under house arrest and electronic monitoring in his Pebble Beach mansion.

Salyer had indicated all along that he planned to fight the charges, which could have sent him to prison for life, and he assembled a legal team of some of the nation's most skilled attorneys, including Sacramento's Malcolm Segal and John Keker of San Francisco.

At least 10 other food industry executives pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case.\

PHOTO CAPTION: "Tomato King" Frederick Scott Salyer, left, and friend Calvin Carter enters the Federal Courthouse in Sacramento on Friday March 23, 2012./Randal Benton/Sacramento Bee

March 23, 2012
El Dorado Hills bank robber sought

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El Dorado County Sheriff's officials are searching for a man who held up a Morgan Chase Bank branch in El Dorado Hills Thursday.

According to officials the man, described as in his 20s or early 30s, entered the bank on Town Center Drive around 1 p.m. and approached a teller.

He told the teller he had a firearm, but it was not seen, and he left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was about five-feet-six-inches tall and wearing a black beanie with white vertical stripes, a white long-sleeved thermal shirt and black undershirt, light denim jeans and a teal fanny pack.

Photo caption: Bank surveillance image courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

March 23, 2012
Louisiana murder suspect picked up in Sacramento County

The Sacramento Sheriff's department took a murder suspect wanted in Louisiana into custody early this morning.

Marcus Heard, 40, wanted for murder in Baton Rouge, La., peacefully surrendered this morning when he walked out of an apartment in the 5900 block of Devecchi Avenue near Greenback Lane and Interstate 80.

The sheriff's department dispatch center was tipped off by an anonymous female who called at 12:30 a.m. today to say that Heard was wanted for murder in Baton Rouge. She also supplied the address of the apartment on Devecchi Avenue.

After contacting authorities in Baton Rouge to confirm an outstanding warrant for Heard, deputies surrounded the apartment. At 2:30 a.m., Heard stepped out of the apartment and identified himself to deputies.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail, prior to extradition to Louisiana.

March 23, 2012
Man on Highway 99 in Chico run over by motorist

A man lying down in a lane of Highway 99 in Chico was run over early this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Todd Meshekey, 38, of Chico, suffered major injuries as a result of being run over by a vehicle that kept on going.

The CHP said a witness told officers that Meshekey was lying on Highway 99 just north of Highway 32 about 12:20 a.m.. Several vehicles were able to avoid hitting him by taking evasive action.

One motorist even made an attempt to get him out of the roadway, according to a CHP press release.

After he was struck, Meshekey moved from the roadway to the right shoulder. The vehicle that struck him fled the scene prior to CHP arrival.

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to call the Chico CHP at (530) 879-1999.

March 22, 2012
Weekend upgrade work may affect phone calls to Grass Valley police

People calling the Grass Valley Police Department's non-emergency business line may experience a delay or loss of connection this weekend as the city upgrades its telephone and email system.

The upgrades will take place beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday and are to be completed before 10 a.m., according to a Police Department news release.

Officials advise anyone who has difficulty getting through to police on the non-emergency business line, (530) 477-4600, to hang up and dial 911 to reach the emergency communications dispatcher.

March 22, 2012
Sacramento, Rancho Cordova police to conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday night

Police in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers Friday night.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint at Florin Road and 24th Street beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours. Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be looking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the Rancho Cordova city limits from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance cost increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

March 22, 2012
Man reported exposing himself to women in east Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating reports of a man exposing himself to women in east Sacramento.

At 5:55 a.m. Feb. 24, a woman was jogging in the area of 32nd Street and Folsom Boulevard when she was confronted by a man wearing only a long shirt. The man lifted his shirt, exposing his genitals, according to a Police Department news release.

At 7:45 a.m. Feb. 27, a motorist was stopped in her vehicle at 38th and H streets when the suspect crossed the street in front of her, turned and lifted his shirt, exposing himself.

March 22, 2012
Sacramento DA: 2 CHP officers justified in shooting last summer

Two California Highway Patrol officers who shot a suspect who rammed his sports utility vehicle into a patrol car last summer were legally justified in their use of force, according to Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.

In the final routine review of an officer-involved shooting expected from her office, Scully said she will not prosecute either officer in the June 11 shooting of Adrian Olivera-Pahua.

Olivera-Pahua, 27 at the time, survived gunshots to his stomach, shoulder and thigh and later was convicted of crimes associated with the incident.

According to Scully's Monday letter to Sheriff Scott Jones - whose detectives investigated the shooting because it was in his jurisdiction - the incident began when CHP Officer Nikita Garner observed a hit-and-run collision on Highway 99 near Fruitridge Road.

When she attempted to pull over the suspect - later identified as Olivera-Pahua - he refused to yield, beginning a low-speed pursuit that finally ended at a trailer park in Foothill Farms.

Garner and other officers parked their patrol cars behind Olivera-Pahua's SUV after he had pulled into a carport outside his ex-girlfriend's trailer.

Scully wrote that the suspect ignored commands to turn off his car and come out with his hands up, instead revving his engine and making the SUV lurch forward and backward.

He then "gassed the engine and accelerated hard driving backwards at a high speed" striking Garner's patrol car, pushing it back seven feet. Officers who had taken cover behind the car jumped out of the way to avoid being struck, according to the letter. Garner and CHP Officer Wayne Nguyen fired their guns at Olivera-Pahua, who then surrendered.

In her letter, Scully cited legal precedent that the use of deadly force is reasonable "to prevent an escape whenever an officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm."

"In the present case Officers Garner and Nguyen clearly had reason to believe they needed to use deadly force to protect the officers behind Officer Garner's patrol car who were in Pahua's probable escape route," she wrote.

Olivera-Pahua was convicted of one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer; felony evasion of a peace officer in reckless disregard for safety; and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

For the full story, read tomorrow's Bee.

March 22, 2012
Bodies of child, grandmother found in pool at Woodbridge home

The bodies of a 3-year-old girl and her grandmother were found this morning in home swimming pool in the San Joaquin County community of Woodbridge.

Deputy Les Garcia, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said a report was received about 10:45 a.m. from a landscape gardener who found the bodies when he arrived to mow the lawn at the home in the 500 block of Sandstone Circle.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Garcia said it appears that the child may have fallen into the pool and her grandmother, who was babysitting, jumped in to try to rescue her. Garcia said family members reported that the grandmother did not know how to swim.

He said initial information indicates that only the grandmother and the child were at the home at the time. Their names have not been released.

"It's a tragic, tragic incident," Garcia said.

March 22, 2012
Missing man found dead in vehicle in Antelope area

A 54-year-old man who had been missing for a week was found dead early Wednesday morning.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department issued a news release Tuesday night seeking the public's help locating John McDonald, who had been last seen at his place of employment in North Natomas on March 14.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said a citizen spotted McDonald's vehicle about 3 a.m. Wednesday in a supermarket parking lot at Walerga and Elverta roads in the Antelope area and reported a man was inside.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office listed cause of death as undetermined. Ramos said there was no evidence to indicate McDonald was a crime victim and the Sheriff's Department is not investigating the death.

March 22, 2012
Police caution citizens about man suspected of chasing woman in East Sacramento

A man who allegedly chased after a woman in East Sacramento on Wednesday is back on the streets - and police want the public to know about it.

Sacramento police released a caution to the community Thursday about what they said is the suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior of 46-year-old Albert Bruce Toon.

Police said that they were called to 60th and M streets about 5:48 p.m. Wednesday regarding a man chasing women. When they got there, officers found a man in the middle of the street.

March 22, 2012
Sacramento police K9 organization seeks donations for fundraising efforts

The Sacramento Police Canine Association is seeking donations from the public for items to be raffled off to support current and retired police K9s.

The items would be raffled off at the association's annual comedy night fundraiser to be held Monday. Tickets to that event are sold out, but the association is asking for the public's help in donating new items such as gift certificates, complimentary passes and merchandise for the raffle.

The association is a nonprofit group that covers expenses not covered by the Sacramento Police Department, such as community outreach efforts, some training equipment and veterinary care and burial expenses for retired police dogs.

Sgt. Steve Oliveira, head of the K9 unit, said one goal is to raise enough money to buy attic cameras, which are night-vision cameras mounted on poles that allow officers to see inside attics or crawl spaces where potentially armed suspects might be hiding. The cameras would help ensure the safety of the K9s that are often sent into such spaces to apprehend suspects, Oliveira said.

Anyone interested in donating items can contact the association at (916) 551-4300 or www.spdk9.org or mail items to the association office, 550 Bercut Drive, Sacramento, CA 95811.

All donations are tax-deductible, according to the association.

March 22, 2012
Candlelight vigil planned in Sacramento church for missing Morgan Hill girl

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for tonight in Sacramento for a missing 15-year-old Northern California girl who disappeared last week on her way to school.

Sierra Lamar has been missing since she left her Morgan Hill home Friday morning. Her disappearance has been the subject of national attention.

The girl has relatives in the Sacramento area, including a cousin, and at least 75 people are expected tonight at 7 p.m. at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive.

March 22, 2012
Woodland man booked for smashing windows

A Woodland man left broken windows in his wake as he smashed his way along a downtown street on Wednesday, police said.

Francisco Javier Alvarado, 39, was arrested on suspicion of assault, vandalism, concealment of a weapon and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Woodland police said they responded about 3 p.m. Wednesday to reports of vandalism in the 400 block of Third Street. Dispatchers were told that a man was breaking windows out of vehicles and businesses with lawn clippers.

Alvarado was arrested near Cross and Fourth streets and booked into Yolo County Jail.

March 22, 2012
Roll-over accident in El Dorado County leaves one dead

One person was injured and another killed this morning in a one-vehicle accident just north of Diamond Springs in El Dorado County.

Details on the accident reported to authorities at 3:25 a.m. were not immediately available. However, the California Highway Patrol said that the sports utility vehicle overturned on Highway 49 between Truck Street and the Weber Creek bridge.

One person was transported to the hospital and one died on the scene. Highway 49 was blocked until 5:56 a.m.

March 22, 2012
Symposium on gang activity scheduled in Arden Arcade area

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a community symposium on gang activity March 29 at the Conzelmann Community Center in Howe Park, at Howe Avenue and Cottage Way.

Scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., the program is designed specifically for residents of the Arden Arcade area, according to a notice from county Supervisor Susan Peters. It will include multimedia presentations and speakers from the District Attorney's Office, Code Enforcement and the Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit. Members of the Sheriff's Department will discuss a plan to reduce youth and gang violence in the community.

Peters said similar programs will be scheduled in other parts of the county.

For more information, call (916) 875-8879 or email the Sheriff's Community Impact Program at info@sacscip.org.

March 21, 2012
Suspect arrested in 1996 slaying of teenage girl in south Sacramento

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has arrested a suspect in the slaying of a teenage girl in south Sacramento 16 years ago.

Sheriff's homicide detectives today served an arrest warrant on Terry Glen Short, 41, who was located in Nevada where he is in custody on unrelated charges, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Short is expected to be extradited to Sacramento County, where he will be formally charged with one count of homicide, officials said.

In February 1996, the Sheriff's Department investigated the death of Jessica Sanchez, 13, whose body was found in Florin Creek Park along Persimmon Avenue. Evidence suggested that she had been sexually assaulted and shot in the upper body. As time passed, leads in the case were exhausted and the investigation grew cold, officials said, but a DNA profile of the suspect was established.

Near the end of of 2011, homicide detectives received information that DNA evidence linked Short to the crime. After further investigation, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Short.

March 21, 2012
One dead, three injured in Highway 49 crash in Yuba County

One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 49 near Marysville Road in Yuba County this evening.

Officer Jeff Pingree of the California Highway Patrol said investigators were still on the scene and few details were available.

He said the crash occurred about 6:15 p.m., and the person who died was an Idaho resident.

March 21, 2012
Barricaded 17-year-old surrenders to Sacramento County authorities

A 17-year-old suspect who was barricaded inside a south Sacramento County home has surrendered to authorities.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies remain on scene and are searching the Burdett Way home for weapons.

An elderly woman who was inside the home, near 47th Avenue and Stockton Boulevard, was safely escorted out by SWAT officers shortly after the suspect barricaded himself in the home. However, the woman was never believed to have been a hostage because she was not in the same room with the suspect, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Ramos said county probation officers and Sacramento police officers went to contact the 17-year-old suspect because they had received information he was armed with a gun.

When they tried to contact him, the boy ran and dropped a gun as officers pursued him, Ramos said.

The boy ran into the home on Burdett Way. Ramos said he is believed to have some connection to the home, though Ramos said he did not know what that connection was.


March 21, 2012
Yolo Animal Services officials seek cat that bit man in Davis

Yolo County Animal Services officials seek the public's help in finding a cat that bit a man Sunday in Davis.

The 49-year-old man was bitten by a large, brown Siamese-mix cat, with black and white highlights, and wearing a collar with an oval tag, according to an Animal Services news release. The incident occurred in the area of M and Duke streets.

Finding the animal may spare the victim post-exposure rabies treatment.

March 21, 2012
San Joaquin County man pleads guilty in child porn case

A San Joaquin County man today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, in August and September 2011, Sacramento law enforcement agents observed a computer belonging to Terry Alan Snider, 65, of French Camp, offering files of child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service. On Aug. 26, officers downloaded child pornography from him.

A search of Snider's home found a computer with approximately 350 video files and 190 image files of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Among the files were videos showing the sexual molestation of toddler-age and prepubescent boys and girls.

March 21, 2012
Reward offered in West Sacramento surveillance camera thefts

Afghanmug 2.JPGAfghanCentersuspects 1.JPGOfficials of the Afghan Community Center in West Sacramento are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals who stole video surveillance cameras from the building earlier this month.

Two men suspected of stealing the equipment were photographed by surveillance cameras, according to West Sacramento police.

About 5:55 a.m. March 8, two men stole six video surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior of the center at 700 Glide Ave., and police today released their images, which were caught on surveillance cameras.

March 21, 2012
Wrong-way driver sought by West Sacramento police

West Sacramento police are looking for a man who fled from them this morning after driving the wrong way on Interstate 80.

Police are looking for Lino Garcia Jr., 34, on suspicion of evading police and vehicle theft. Garcia is 5 feet 5 inches tall and has a shaved head.

Police said they tried to stop Garcia for a vehicle violation about 7:45 a.m. today. He didn't stop and a one-minute pursuit was called off for public safety when police said Garcia began driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80.

He exited the freeway and hit another vehicle at Harbor Boulevard and West Capitol Avenue, police said. He was last seen fleeing in the 700 block of Glide Avenue.

A passenger, Christina Rangel, 30, was taken into custody.

Garcia has a felony warrant for his arrest out of Napa County, police said.

March 21, 2012
Opening statements delivered in Sierra Oaks molest trial

A prosecutor said today that six boys who were students at Sierra Oaks Elementary School will testify that former teacher Shane Adair Vicars molested them.

In her opening statements in the trial that got under way today in Sacramento Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney Shauna Franklin described the victims as "six little boys who loved and admired their teacher and their friend, Shane Vicars."

Vicars, 27, is charged with 22 counts of child molestation.

March 21, 2012
Feds move to seize assets allegedly scammed from Auburn tribe

By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Federal agents are moving to seize 32 properties stretching from Sacramento to Hawaii to San Diego in an alleged kickback and money laundering scheme that they say drained $18 million from the coffers of the tribe that runs the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln.

Documents filed by the Internal Revenue Service in U.S. District Court in Sacramento late Tuesday allege that Sacramento developer Bart Volen and two others systematically siphoned off millions from the United Auburn Indian Community while they oversaw the construction of office buildings that now serve as the tribe's headquarters.

The IRS is seeking to seize the properties -- including condominiums in Hawaii, San Diego and South Lake Tahoe -- that the agency says were purchased with money taken from the tribe in an overbilling scheme.

March 21, 2012
Crowd filming Del Paso Heights rap video dispersed

A crowd dressed in a color favored by gang members and taking part in the production of a rap video was dispersed by officers on Tuesday in Del Paso Heights, according to a Sacramento police activity log.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Roanoke Avenue around 4 p.m. on a report of 20-30 people gathered in street. When officers arrived, they found a large group clad in red in the street.

Officers were able to get most of the crowd to leave. Police later learned that the group was filming a rap video and would most likely be back today at the same spot.

March 21, 2012
Jury awards $4 million to girls in molest case against SCUSD

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today awarded more than $4 million to the guardians of two girls who say they were sexually molested by a Sacramento City Unified School District physical education teacher.

Judge Alan G. Perkins immediately issued a stay on the entry of judgment until April 13, pending post-verdict motions expected to be filed with the close of the civil trial. Attorneys for the school district argued that the molestations never took place and that if they did, the district was not responsible.

The older of the two girls, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, was awarded $3.625 million. She said she was molested four times by P.E. teacher Abdol Hossein Mehrdadi at John H. Still K-8 School in the Meadowview area.

March 21, 2012
Tow truck driver killed by hit-and-run motorist is identified

The Placer County sheriff's department has released the name of a tow truck driver who died Tuesday after being struck by a hit-and-run motorist on westbound Interstate 80 near Ophir in Placer County.

He was identified as David Garfield Robinson, 30, of Citrus Heights.

Officer David Martinez of the California Highway Patrol said the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. on westbound I-80 just west of Ophir Road.

The tow truck driver was on the right shoulder of the freeway. Martinez said Robinson was not assisting a motorist and it has not been determined why he had pulled off the roadway. Robinson was struck by a vehicle that knocked him into the slow lane of traffic.

Martinez said Robinson was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he died.

Martinez said investigators are looking for the driver, who fled the scene.

Anyone with information, or a description of the vehicle or driver who fled, is asked to call the Auburn Area CHP Office, (916) 663-3344.

March 21, 2012
Sacramento sheriff's department reports missing man has been located

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reported today that a man who had been missing for a week has been found.

John McDonald, 54, who had last been seen at his place of employment in the 600 block of West Stadium Lane in the North Natomas area about 5 p.m. March 14, has been located, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Officials had said he was considered to be at risk because of the unusual circumstances surrounding his disappearance, which were inconsistent with his normal patterns of behavior.

March 21, 2012
Antelope man dies in collision on Highway 99

A man died in a collision Tuesday night at an intersection just north of Sacramento on Highway 99.

The California Highway Patrol reported that about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday a truck hauling a trailer carrying three cows was traveling southbound on Highway 99 at about 55 mph approaching Elverta Road.

A Dodge Neon headed eastbound on Elverta Road went through the intersection and was hit by the truck. It is not yet known who had the green light, said CHP officer Lizz Dutton.

The driver of the car, Jeffery Norris Springer, 42, of Antelope, died at the scene.

March 21, 2012
Roseville police canine Drago mourned

Roseville officers had to say goodbye to a fine police dog on Sunday.

Drago, a German Shepherd, served the police department for five years until his retirement due to illness last summer. He spent his last months at home with his handler, Officer Ron Goodpaster.

Drago suffered from degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord. The disease begins with lack of coordination in the hind legs and the weakness progresses until the dog cannot walk.

"We're grateful for Drago's service, and will miss him," stated the Roseville police public safety news.

March 21, 2012
Update: Sheldon High School fire caused by arsonist, officials say

A fire this morning that charred the side of a Sheldon High School portable classroom used for detention was caused by an arsonist, fire officials said.

The fire, which was started in a trash can placed next to the portable, was spotted at the high school, 8333 Kingsbridge Drive, about 3:30 a.m. by a garbage truck driver, said principal Paula Duncan.

The garbage truck driver alerted the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire in 10 minutes.

Fire burned a portion of the wood exterior of one wall., causing $40,000 in damage. An estimated $50,000 in property was saved, according to a fire district press release.

March 21, 2012
Police tally arrests from St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown

A St. Patrick's Day and night crackdown on drunken driving in Sacramento County resulted in nearly a dozen DUI arrests.

Sacramento's DUI Task Force was made up of officers from Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Twin Rivers and Rancho Cordova police department. The task force's next enforcement operation is planned for Cinco de Mayo.

Results of the St. Patrick's Day saturation patrols:

DUI arrests: 11

Citations: 22

Non-DUI-related arrests: 1

Vehicles towed: 6

March 20, 2012
Help sought in locating man reported missing for past week

John McDonald+1.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in locating a man who has been missing for a week.

John McDonald (pictured), 54, was last seen at his place of employment in the 600 block of West Stadium Lane in the North Natomas area about 5 p.m. March 14. Officials said he is considered to be at risk because of the unusual circumstances surrounding his disappearance, which are inconsistent with his normal patterns of behavior.

McDonald is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

March 20, 2012
Driver accused of DUI in weekend crash that injured teens

A Sacramento woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after allegedly running a red light and striking a carload of teenagers in the Foothill Farms area early Sunday morning.

Kaitlin Bennett had a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

About 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Bennett, 26, was driving a white 1996 GMC Jimmy westbound on Madison Avenue, just east of Hackberry Lane, approaching a red traffic signal. Bennett failed to stop for the red light and broadsided the right side of a 1991 Ford Probe, driven by an 18-year-old Sacramento woman who was turning left onto northbound Hackberry Lane on a green arrow, officials said.

March 20, 2012
Update: Teen suspected of molesting 7-year-old in park arrested

A 15-year-old boy was arrested today on suspicion of sexually molesting a 7-year-old boy in a park in the Glen Elder neighborhood.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said the 7-year-old was in Sim Park, 6207 Logan St., with his family, but was playing some distance away when the incident occurred about 5 p.m.

He told his parents what happened and they called police.

Pettit said video from surveillance cameras at the community center in the park did not show the incident but showed the victim and the teenager walking together.

Pettit said an officer familiar with the neighborhood knew that there was a group home down the street. Police went to the home and found the suspect.

The teenager was taken into custody, and Pettit said he will be booked into juvenile hall.

March 20, 2012
Man rescued after being partially buried in grain silo near Dunnigan

A man was reported in fair condition after being buried up to his chest in a grain elevator in Colusa County for nearly four hours today.

Chief Jeff Gilbert of the Williams Fire Protection Authority said the Dunnigan Fire Department received a call from the Adams Grain Co. on County Road 89 about 9:20 a.m. Dunnigan firefighters called for assistance from the Colusa County Confined Space Rescue Team, made up of rescue personnel from seven fire agencies.

The team arrived about 9:40 a.m. and found a man trapped in a 80-foot-tall grain silo with about 25 tons of wheat in the bottom, Gilbert said. Employees had been working to empty the silo when the man got sucked down into the wheat. Fortunately, Gilbert said, the man hit either the bottom of the silo or a tube that carries wheat into a chute.

March 20, 2012
Tow truck driver dies after being struck by hit-and-run driver on I-80 near Ophir

A tow truck driver has died after being struck by a hit-and-run motorist on westbound Interstate 80 near Ophir in Placer County.

Officer David Martinez of the California Highway Patrol said the hit-and-run event occurred about 4:15 p.m. on westbound I-80 just west of Ophir Road.

The tow truck driver was on the right shoulder of the freeway. Martinez said the man was not assisting a motorist and it has not been determined why the driver had pulled off the roadway. He was struck by a vehicle that knocked him into the slow lane of traffic.

March 20, 2012
Sacramento man accused of sharing child pornography

A Sacramento man was arrested Monday on suspicion of sharing and receiving child pornography.

A federal grand jury last week returned a one-count indictment against Darren L. Brown, 47. According to the indictment, from September to October 2011, Brown traded images via the Internet that depicted the sexual exploitation of children.

He was arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan. Brown pleaded not guilty and was released on a $25,000 bond with restrictions on his access to computers and children, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. His next court appearance is scheduled April 23 before U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

March 20, 2012
Sacramento DA clears 2 officer-involved shootings from 2011

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully has cleared two local law enforcement officers of any criminal liability in two fatal shootings last year.

In letters to Sheriff Scott Jones dated last week, Scully wrote that both shootings - the May 31 shooting of Miguel Negrete by sheriff's deputies and the June 3 shooting of Philip Oliver by a Galt police officer - were justifiable.

As a result, Scully's office will not prosecute any of the officers.

March 20, 2012
Sacramento man accused of marketing counterfeit drugs

A Sacramento man has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking in counterfeit drugs.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a one-count indictment charging Zachary Meece Jones, 23, with trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to the indictment, Jones imported and distributed counterfeit brand-name pharmaceutical drugs. He allegedly imported the fake drugs from China and marketed them online in the Sacramento area. The pharmaceuticals included counterfeit Viagra, Cialis and Adderall.

Jones was arrested Monday and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan. He entered a not-guilty plea and was released on bond, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. His next court appearance is scheduled April 26 before U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

The case resulted from an undercover investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the United States Postal Inspector, the Food and Drug Administration, and Customs and Border Protection.

March 20, 2012
Scandia, crane company cited in Screamer ride accident

State safety officials have issued significant citations in an accident that toppled a crane and a portion of a carnival park ride at the Scandia Family Fun Center in North Highlands last year.

A Cal-OSHA investigation revealed that the accident that left a worker's arm crushed was due to improper rigging, underestimating the weight of the ride that was being dismantled and other factors.

"These are serious violations," said Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Erika Monterroza. "Under Cal-Osha definition a serious violation is one that has a high probability of causing serious injury or death."

March 20, 2012
Doctor describes injuries suffered by rape-murder victim

A former forensic pathologist described in court today the injuries a 64-year-old woman suffered three years ago when she was raped and murdered in her senior-living apartment in Folsom.

Alice Lynn Murphy (pictured) died of "homicidal asphyxia," Dr. Elizabeth Albers testified, either from being smothered with her pillow or other bedding, or possibly from a chest compression. Murphy sustained two broken ribs in the fatal attack, as well as substantial bruising on her face, head, arms, legs, abdomen and on her side, Albers told a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Albers testified in the second day of trial for Sylvester Griffin, 43, who is accused of murder, rape and burglary in the killing of Murphy, a one-time Sacramento County real estate agent. Murphy's body was found Dec. 21, 2009, in her residence at the Creekview Manor apartments in the 1700 block of Creekside Drive, near Mercy Hospital, in Folsom. Albers said Murphy could have been dead for as long as 36 hours.

March 20, 2012
Placer County coroner identifies snowboarder who died at Sugar Bowl

The Placer County Sheriff's office has released the name of a snowboarder who fell into a tree well while snowboarding with friends at Sugar Bowl ski resort Monday afternoon.

He was identified as Justin McCollum, 20, of Roseville.

Placer County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Walker said the accident occurred when McCollum and his friends were on the Strawberry Fields run - a double-black diamond, "expert only" run - and his friends became worried when he did not make it to the bottom of the run.

March 20, 2012
Rio Linda postal clerk pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former Rio Linda post office counter clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing from the postal service.

Denis Tyannikov, 25, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor embezzlement in federal court in Sacramento. Court documents indicate that Tyannikov took $11,282 from the Rio Linda post office where he worked as a counter clerk.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney said that Tyannikov took small amounts from the post office cash reserve and from merchandise sales. He also falsely reported postal stamp sales and refunds.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 25. Tyannikov faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

March 20, 2012
Sharp-eyed citizen stops wiring theft in Del Paso Heights

An alert passing citizen apparently prevented yet another theft of wiring last night from a Sacramento city street light pole.

Sacramento police report that at about 11:45 p.m. Monday two men, one white, the other black, stopped their car in the 3600 block of Natoma Way in Del Paso Heights. The passenger got out of the car, put on an orange vest, and started fiddling with the light pole wiring.

A passing citizen asked them if they were working on the lights. The men replied that they were but then fled the scene in their car, a tan or gold sedan with a black right front fender.

March 19, 2012
Lincoln police investigate stabbing of 17-year-old boy

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the arm on a Lincoln sidewalk this afternoon, according to police.

Callers reported the stabbing at 3rd and R streets to police about 4 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a "semi-conscious" teen laying on the sidewalk with a "severe laceration" on his arm, according to a Lincoln police news release.

The boy was transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital.

Police have not identified a motive for the stabbing, nor have they identified a suspect, the release states. The incident is under investigation.

March 19, 2012
Snowboarder dies after falling in tree well at Sugar Bowl ski resort

A 20-year-old Placer County man died today after he fell into a tree well while snowboarding with friends at Sugar Bowl ski resort this afternoon, according to authorities.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, was an employee of the resort, said Placer County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Walker.

The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. The snowboarder and his friends were on the Strawberry Fields run - a double-black diamond, "expert only" run - and his friends became worried when he did not make it to the bottom of the run, Walker said.

March 19, 2012
Sacramento deputies looking for suspect in North Highlands shooting

A 29-year-old man suffered what could be life-threatening injuries after he was shot during an argument in a North Highlands parking lot this afternoon, according to authorities.

Two suspects who witnesses said were with the shooter have been detained, but the gunman is still outstanding, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

The shooting was reported about 3:45 p.m. at an apartment complex near Walerga and Elkhorn roads.

March 19, 2012
Man sought in Yuba County shooting is arrested in Nevada

Yuba County authorities report that a man sought in connection with a March 4 shooting that left a Linda man critically injured is in custody in Nevada.

Useph Thao, 30, of Linda was one of four people arrested by the Nevada State Highway Patrol last week in connection with about a half-pound of methamphetamine found in a vehicle near Elko, according to a Yuba County Sheriff's Department news release. Officials said Thao tried to give relatives' names to authorities, but he was positively identified through fingerprints.

Yuba County investigators had obtained a warrant for Thao's arrest in connection with the shooting of Jason Webster, 32, of Linda. They said the shooting is believed to have resulted from a dispute between the two men.

Officials said Webster remains hospitalized in critical condition.

March 19, 2012
Cache Creek's missing rafters delivered to safety

Search and rescue crews have found the two women reported missing overnight on Yolo County's Cache Creek.

Yolo County Sheriff's deputies searched this morning along the creek for the two women overdue from a rafting trip.

Sheriff's Sgt. Lance Faille said each of the women were reported missing this morning by relatives. The two rafters, along with, as it turns out, three others, put into the creek on Sunday.

March 19, 2012
Roseville Police identify man killed in Saturday night shooting

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Roseville police have identified the man who died in a Saturday night shooting as Floyd Raymond Allen, 42, of Sacramento.

Two other men, one of them Allen's brother, were shot about 8:13 p.m. when a drug deal went bad in a parking lot near stores and restaurants in the Creekside Town Center in the 1200 block of Galleria Boulevard, according to police.

Five men, all acquainted, climbed into a van to conduct a methamphetamine deal, officers said. Four of the men allegedly planned to rob the drug dealer.

March 19, 2012
Downtown Sacramento rumble erupts in gunfire

A rumble in a downtown parking garage ended in gunfire late last night.

Sacramento police said that they responded to a call just before midnight to a multi-story parking garage in the 1200 block of L Street where 25 people were reported fighting. Later, police learned that the fight began as an exchange of words at a nightclub.

As police arrived at the garage, a security guard told officers that shots were being fired and the guard provided a description of the shooter. While police checked the garage for victims, officers stopped two men who were seen running.

March 19, 2012
Lodi police said nurse imposters took credit card from man

Two women were arrested by Lodi police on suspicion of stealing from an elderly man while they posed as medical workers.

Christina Amaya, 29, and Elizabeth Marks, 46, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, elder abuse, possession of stolen property, forgery and felonious use of a credit card.

Police said the pair claimed they were nurses from "the hospital" checking on the older man's well-being when they arrived at the elderly man's home. Wearing surgical scrubs, they were invited inside.

March 19, 2012
Couple who died in Sacramento murder-suicide identified

The Sacramento County coroner has released the names of the couple who died in a weekend murder-suicide.

The husband was identified as Edward Lee Randolph, 28, of Sacramento. His estranged wife was identified as Michelle Kelli Randoph, 28, of Sacramento.

Police said that Edward Randolph killed his wife and wounded the man she was dating early Sunday.

March 19, 2012
Coroner identifies man killed near McKinley Park on Sunday

The Sacramento County coroner's office has released the name of a man killed in east Sacramento on Sunday.

He was identified as James Paul Garcia, 34, of Sacramento.

No arrests have been made in the case yet, although police spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck said the investigation is ongoing.

According to police, Garcia was killed after an argument turned violent. He was found dead in a parking lot in the 700 block of 30th Street, two blocks west of McKinley Park.

March 18, 2012
Pedestrian killed in Elk Grove hit and run identified

Sacramento County Coroner's officials identified the pedestrian killed early Saturday in Elk Grove in a suspected hit-and-run collision as Jackson Allen Walden, 20, of Wilton.

Walden was believed to have been struck by a motorist at the intersection of Elk Grove Boulevard and School Street about 3:55 a.m. Saturday. Officers and medical personnel were unable to revive the man, who was unresponsive when he was discovered, and he was declared dead at the scene.

March 18, 2012
Man arrested after allegedly pointing laser at CHP aircraft

Sughroue+Image.jpgA Carmichael man was arrested late Saturday night after allegedly discharging a laser at a California Highway Patrol aircraft, Sacramento County Sheriff's officials said today.

Deputy Jason Ramos, department spokesman, said the sheriff's communications center received a call about 11:30 p.m. Saturday from the CHP advising that a green laser was being pointed at their aircraft from an apartment building in the 4900 block of Marconi Avenue.

The CHP was able to direct sheriff's patrol units to the exact location - the patio - from where the laser was used. Deputies went to the apartment and found David Sughroue, 49, in possession of the laser pointer, Ramos said.

March 18, 2012
Argument in east Sacramento parking lot turns deadly

An argument that turned violent in east Sacramento this morning left one man dead in a parking lot in the 700 block of 30th Street near McKinley Park, police say.

Sacramento Police investigating the case are searching for the shooting suspect, described as 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, in his 20s.

Authorities say the victim, in his mid-30s, had left a nearby birthday party then got into an argument with the suspect. Sometime during that exchange the suspect shot and killed the victim. Police found the man in the parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. with a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body.

March 18, 2012
Domestic violence triangle leaves 2 dead, 1 injured, police say

A man fatally shot himself apparently after killing his estranged wife and wounding the man she was dating early today, Sacramento police said.

Police believe the woman, in her late 20s, was shot to death in a home in the 1600 block of Meadowview Road in south Sacramento shortly after midnight this morning. A man also in the home, in his early 20s, was shot in the lower body with non-life threatening injuries.

When police arrived, the male victim identified the woman's estranged husband as the shooter, and he provided police with a description of the husband and his vehicle. Some minutes later, police found him driving near the Elk Grove City limits.

March 18, 2012
Woodland man suspected of DUI after several crashes

A Woodland man was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night after police found that he had driven his Dodge Ram pickup into a fence, then into seating outside a business at 91 West Court Street and then into a tree.

Woodland Police said Augstin Salazar, 31, was checked by emergency personnel but appeared to have sustained no injuries in the 9:30 p.m. collision. He was the only occupant of the vehicle, police said.

Salazar was booked at Yolo County Jail.

March 17, 2012
'Shoulder tap' nets 11 Sacramento arrests, 393 statewide

A statewide "shoulder tap" operation Friday - in which juveniles ask adults to buy alcohol for them - produced 393 arrests statewide, with 11 of those in Sacramento, according to officials of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Sacramento Police Department.

During the operation, minors under the supervision of law enforcement, stand outside a store and ask patrons to purchase alcohol for them while making it clear they are under age.

Adults who agree to do so are cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

March 17, 2012
Gang members sentenced to long terms in shooting

A pair of gang members were sentenced to prison Friday in connection with a gang war-related shooting in 2009 that critically injured a 15-year-old bystander, according to a press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

Judge Lloyd Connelly sentenced shooter Allen Oliver to 72 years to life in state prison after his January conviction for attempted murder and shooting into an inhabited dwelling or vehicle.

Quincy Washington received a sentence of 30 years to life for abetting Oliver.

March 17, 2012
ID given for woman found Friday on Stockton Boulevard

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of a woman who died Friday after being found unresponsive on Stockton Boulevard.

Leah Joy Reid, 47, was found before dawn in the roadway of Stockton Boulevard at 13th Avenue.

Although she was unresponsive, she showed no signs of trauma and was not thought to be the victim of a vehicle accident.

March 17, 2012
Fatal hit-and-run accident closes Elk Grove Boulevard for hours

Elk Grove police found a dying or dead man in the roadway at Elk Grove Boulevard and School Street at 3:55 a.m. this morning.

Officers and medical personnel were unable to revive the man, who was unresponsive when he was discovered, and he was declared dead.

The unidentified man is believed to have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, based on his injuries.

March 16, 2012
Woodland man headed to prison for possessing child porn

A Woodland man was sentenced today in Sacramento to six years and three months in prison for possessing child pornography.

Kenneth Albert Webb, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. He also is subject to 10 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Webb's laptop computer was found to contain 50 video files and 21 pictures depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, some of whom were younger than 12 years old. Some of the images were produced in Germany and France, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Yolo County Sheriff's Department and Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

March 16, 2012
Trains moving again after mishaps in Placer County

Trains are moving again through Placer County after a combination of mishaps blocked Union Pacific tracks for several hours this afternoon.

Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad, said a rock slide on one of the tracks in Auburn occurred about 6:20 p.m., and it took a about an hour to clear the debris from the tracks.

Earlier in the day, a UP locomotive experienced mechanical problems and stalled in the Colfax area.

March 16, 2012
Text message proposing drug deal lands seller in jail

Law enforcement's job was made easy when a Galt police officer received an unexpected text message from an unsuspecting source.

About 10 a.m. today, an officer was alerted by the sound of his cell phone. Thinking it might be a call from dispatch or a fellow officer, he stopped what he was doing and grabbed the phone.

It turned out that he had received a text message from a person who wanted to sell some drugs and mistakenly contacted the officer instead of the potential buyer, according to a Galt Police Department news release.

March 16, 2012
Search of Elk Grove home fails to locate individual sought on felony warrant

A search of an Elk Grove home that shut down some neighborhood streets for several hours has ended after authorities failed to locate an individual wanted on a felony warrant.

Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said agents with the U.S. Marshal's Office went to a home in the 10100 block of Sonoma Creek Drive about 9:30 this morning to serve a search warrant. They requested the assistance of Elk Grove police about 10:30 a.m when it was determined that the wanted individual might be hiding in the attic.

Trim said nine or 10 people, including several children, were in the home when authorities arrived. They were evacuated and taken out of the area on an e-tranbus. Nearby residents were instructed to shelter in place and that section of Sonoma Creek Drive along with some other streets running through the neighborhood were closed to traffic until about 2:45 p.m.

The wanted individual was not found inside the residence. Trim said a handgun and marijuana were found in a search of the home.

March 16, 2012
Judge orders Sacramento library figure to pay $824,097 restitution

A judge today ordered the former maintenance superintendent of the Sacramento Public Library Authority to pay the agency back $824,097 in the billing scandal for which he has been convicted and sentenced to prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner imposed the levy on the former library employee, Dennis Nilsson, who was convicted in the kickback scheme Dec. 9 and who was later sentenced to prison for 14 years.

Deputy District Attorney MIke Blazina asked for a $1.4 million restitution order, but Sumner said that contractors involved in the scandal had provided the district with some needed maintenance work and that it should not be subject to the effort to recover the library's losses.

Sumner also scheduled a hearing for May 11 on the DA's request to appoint a receiver to search out the assets of Nilsson and co-defendants James Mayle, the library's former security director, and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle, who set up an outside billing firm that processed the funds in the kickback scheme.

Mayle is the former chief of the now-defunct Grant school district. Rankins-Mayle is a former captain for the Port of Sacramento police agency. They both also were convicted and sentenced to prison -- six years for her, five years and four months for him.

Blazina said outside court that he is seeking a $781,000 restitution order on the Mayles.

March 16, 2012
Prison guard pleads no contest to phone smuggling conspiracy

A state correctional officer who took bribes from prisoners to smuggle cellphones into them at California State Prison, Sacramento, pleaded no contest Thursday to conspiracy charges.

Robert Chaiyarat was immediately sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick to 90 days in county jail, $8,641 in restitution -- the amount of bribe money he took from the inmates -- and three years probation.

McCormick gave Chaiyarat the option of applying for the sheriff's electronic monitoring program as a sentencing option.

Chaiyarat said he needed the money because of a costly divorce, according to the District Attorney's Office. He has since resigned from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

March 16, 2012
Girls' attorney asks for millions in alleged school molestations

Closing arguments were expected to conclude this morning in a civil trial where two girls sued the Sacramento City Unified School District on charges that a physical education teacher sexually assaulted them.

Attorneys for two girls on Thursday asked a Sacramento Superior Court jury to award the plaintiffs anywhere from $11.7 million to $15.2 million.

"What would somebody pay to not go through what these girls went through,and what they're going to go through?" plaintiffs lawyer Kenneth Powell said.

The lawyer for the school district did not complete her closing argument Thursday, but told jurors the plaintiffs need "hard evidence" to prove liability and "this case is lacking in that."

Although both girls testified in the trial that they were molested by the coach, the attorney for the school district, Amanda Uhrhammer, questioned the credibility of each of them.

Urhammer said the older one of the girls, identified in the lawsuit as "Jane Doe," first identified her step-father as her molester but "was forced" to change her story and redirect her allegations toward the coach in order to exonerate her mother's husband.

"Her family told her to lie about it, and she did," Uhrhammer said.

The younger girl - Susan Doe" - changed her story during the course of an investigation from "nothing happened to me" to "he pulled down my pants" and touched her.

The girls, who are now 15 and 11, charged in their lawsuit that the the molestations took place at John H. Still K-8 School in the Meadowview area from the 2004-05 school year through November of 2007.

They named Abdol Hossein Mhrdadi as the P.E. coach who molested them.
Mehrdadi denied molesting the girls and no charges were ever filed against him. District officials have since placed him on paid administrative leave. He was initially named as a defendant in the suit but was dismissed as a result of a pretrial settlement. No terms were disclosed on the settlement because it did not involve the expenditure of public money, his lawyer said.

"Jane Doe," the first girl to make the accusations, lodged them after her step-father had already been arrested on charges of raping her. In making the accusations against the teacher, the girl recanted her allegations against her step-father, prompting prosecutors to drop the charges against him.

Plaintiffs lawyer Gigi M. Knudtson agreed that the step-father raped the girl but said he got the idea from stories he heard "Jane Doe" tell her mother about the coach.

"(Jane Doe) told you here, the coach started touching her first, and then she was molested by her step-dad," Knudston said. "The step-dad started molesting her because he heard her tell her mom about the coach."

Knudtson said that the step-father then "started treating her like his sex slave."

The step-father's name is being withheld because it could help identify his step-daughter.

Urhammer said "Jane Doe" never mentioned the coach when she first made the allegations about her step-father to her mother. The girl repeated the allegations about her step-father when she went to see the doctor for a medical issue related to the reputed sexual attack, again without mentioning the coach, according to Urhammer. It was the same thing when "Jane Doe" spoke to police and when she was interviewed by a trained forensic interviewer, the school district's lawyer said.

"It is abhorrent what (the step-father) did to her," Urhammer said. "It's abhorrent what her family did to her afterwards. They told her, you better fix this. How do you fix it? Blame somebody else, and that's exactly what she did."

The plaintiffs' lawyers argued that the school district is liable because it negligently hired the coach and failed to train its staff to supervise teachers and spot signs of child molestation.

Knudtson said the district "didn't care about that school" because "they were at the bottom of the barrel," academically speaking, with a student body that was predominantly lower-income.

"These children should have been safe, and the district let them down," Knudtson told the jury.

Judge Alan G. Perkins is presiding over the case.


March 16, 2012
Woman dies after being found unresponsive on Stockton Boulevard

A woman who was found in the street early this morning on Stockton Boulevard has died.

Sacramento police said the 48-year-old woman was found in the roadway at Stockton Boulevard and 13th Avenue, between Tahoe Park and Oak Park. She was alive when a fire department ambulance transported her to the hospital.

The woman was later pronounced dead at the hospital. There were no signs of trauma so she probably was not hit by a car, police said.

March 16, 2012
Help needed to find dog that bit UC Davis student

The Yolo County sheriff's animal services section needs help in finding a dog that bit a University of California, Davis student.

Authorities want to find the animal so that the student will not have to undergo "post exposure" rabies treatment.

The female student was bitten March 10 by a dark brown, male terrier weighing about 50 pounds. She tried to pet the dog when it was tied up at the arboretum on the UC Davis campus.

Animal services officials reminded the public to use caution when approaching any animal they don't know. Dogs may exercise their protective instincts and bite, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Anyone who knows who owns the dog is asked to call the animal services section at (530) 668-5287 or e-mail animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

March 15, 2012
Police: Man shot in face during rolling gun battle in West Sacramento

A man standing outside a West Sacramento church this evening was shot in the face by a stray bullet fired during what appears to have been a rolling gun battle, according to police.

The man's injuries are not life-threatening, said police Lt. Deanna Stevens.

Police first received calls about shots fired just before 7 p.m. Callers then reported a man had been shot outside the church at Park Boulevard and Westacre Road, Stevens said.

Witnesses said there had been an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, a shootout that appears to have continued for almost a mile from the scene, Stevens said. Police found shell casings in two other locations: in the area of Fernwood and Norfolk streets and the area of Stone Court and Stone Boulevard.

Stevens said she did not know how many total shots were fired or what caliber guns were used. However, she said it appears a window of one of the vehicles was shattered during the incident.

One of the vehicles was described to police as a lowered, white Chevrolet pickup with two black male adults inside, Stevens said. The other car was described as a small van or a sports utility vehicle, brown and gray or pewter in color with one black male adult inside.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call West Sacramento police dispatch at (916) 375-6474.

March 15, 2012
San Joaquin County man sentenced for possessing child porn

A San Joaquin County man was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento to six years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Pete Andre Flores, 24, of Thornton was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Upon release from prison, Flores will be subject to 10 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, on Feb. 6, 2010, an undercover officer from New Hampshire was invited by Flores to use a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. The officer downloaded approximately 200 files depicting child pornography directly from Flores. On Feb. 16, 2010, a Sacramento FBI agent downloaded 20 files from Flores, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

March 15, 2012
Auburn man pleads guilty to Roseville, Davis bank robberies

Paul Michael Schmeer of Auburn today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to serial bank robbery.

According to court documents, Schmeer, 30, on Dec. 5, 2011 robbed the Chase Bank branch on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville. He presented a note to a teller, demanding money and stating that he had a gun.

The teller complied with the demand, and Schmeer left the bank with $4,000, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

March 15, 2012
Arden-Arcade personal trainer accused of sexual assault of 17-year-old student

A personal trainer and kickboxing instructor at an Arden-Arcade business faces sexual assault charges after he allegedly had sex with a teenaged student, according to authorities.

Detectives suspect there might be other victims as well, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Santos Image.jpgOn Wednesday, deputies arrested 35-year-old Fernando Santos of Sacramento, pictured at left, on suspicion of oral copulation and unlawful sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl, Ramos said.

Santos was released from the Sacramento County Main Jail today after posting bail, Ramos said.

Santos allegedly assaulted the girl on several occasions between April 2011 and January of this year, Ramos said. The girl ultimately came forward with the allegations.

Because of Santos' occupation and his contact with numerous students, detectives suspect there could be other victims. Anyone who believes they are a victim or who has information about inappropriate conduct by Santos is asked to call Detective Kelly Clark at (916) 874-5070.

March 15, 2012
Civil lawsuit filed against Christian Brothers High, former coach

A civil lawsuit has been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court against a former Christian Brothers High School volleyball coach, the school and the Christian Brothers religious order, which operates the school.

The suit stems from allegations that Minh Anh Nguyen, a volleyball coach and history teacher at Christian Brothers, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female student in December 2009 while the team was attending a volleyball tournament in Orange County. The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that the Catholic Church and school officials could and should have prevented the incident.

Lorcan Barnes, president of Christian Brothers High School, said today that he had not seen the lawsuit but was aware that it had been filed. Barnes said Nguyen's employment was terminated in December 2009, the day after allegations of the assault were brought to the attention of school officials. Nguyen had taught and coached at the school for five years.

March 15, 2012
Armed, barricaded suspect surrenders to police in North Sacramento

A woman who had barricaded herself in a North Sacramento home with a gun has surrendered to police.

She was identified as 35-year-old Denise Gomez. She was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm as well as a carjacking charge out of Dixon, said police Sgt. Andrew Pettit.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which began this afternoon when Sacramento police officers went to the home on the 1200 block of Arcade Boulevard this afternoon to arrest a suspect.

As officers arrested that suspect, a woman in the residence barricaded herself in a back bedroom with a gun and refused to come out, Pettit said.

Officers withdrew then surrounded the building, Pettit said. SWAT officers and negotiators responded, and after several hours convinced the woman to come out of the home on her own.


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March 15, 2012
Detectives narrow time for killing of 13-year-old Sacramento girl

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives say they believe 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam was killed roughly between 8 and 10 p.m. March 5, the night before her body was found in a baseball dugout at Rosemont Community Park.

Jessica photo.PNGDetectives today said they had worked to narrow the window of the crime, a time frame previously believed to have been between about 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a woman discovered the girl's body.

Detective Tony Turnbull said during a news conference that investigators learned that Funk-Haslam, an eighth-grader at Albert Einstein Middle School, left her mother's apartment about 6 p.m. Monday.

March 15, 2012
No life-threatening injuries reported in crash on light rail tracks

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photo 3.JPGNo life-threatening were reported this morning when a light rail train and a car crashed near Stockton Boulevard and 34th Street.

A Regional Transit spokeswoman said the incident occurred at 11:59 a.m. on the Gold Line. The train was headed outbound after leaving the 29th Street station and was headed for the 39th Street station.

The motorist was making a left hand turn from R Street onto Stockton Boulevard when the crash occurred. RT officials said there are no crossing arms blocking the street at that particular spot.

However, RT officials say warning lights flash above a sign that prohibits motorists from making left turns across the tracks when trains are approaching.

Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Laura Peck said eight people were transported to hospitals. The five occupants of the car suffered minor to moderate injuries. Three people aboard the light-rail train complained of pain.

PHOTOS: The scene at 34th Street and Stockton Boulevard in East Sacramento after a car and light rail train collided Thursday. Photos by Alan LaGuardia.

March 15, 2012
Light rail train hits car near east Sacramento

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photo 3.JPGA light rail train has hit a car at Stockton Boulevard and 34th street in Sacramento.

Passengers on the train had been taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Details were sketchy but a Regional Transit spokeswoman said the incident occurred at 11:59 a.m. on the Gold Line.

The train was headed outbound after leaving the 29th Street station and was headed for the 39th Street station when the crash occurred.

PHOTOS: The scene at 34th Street and Stockton Boulevard in East Sacramento after a car and light rail train collided Thursday. Photos by Alan LaGuardia.

March 15, 2012
Citrus Heights resident knifed by suspect

A man in Citrus Heights was the victim of a knife attack this morning following a confrontation outside his home.

Police said the 32-year-old Citrus Heights resident went out of his home in the 6400 block of Denton Way about 7 a.m. Thursday and was confronted by and man. The two exchanged words and the unarmed resident was cut or stabbed with the knife on his face and body.

The suspect fled on foot with the victim giving chase. His pursuit was halted due to his injuries.

March 15, 2012
Man fatally shot after reportedly pointing gun at Calaveras County sheriff's deputy

A man was fatally shot in an officer-involved shooting in the Calaveras County community of Arnold this morning after he reportedly fired shots in a neighborhood, then pointed a gun at a sheriff's deputy.

At 8:24 a.m. , the sheriff's dispatch center received information regarding a possible burglary in progress near the 700 block of Blue Lake Springs Drive. A driver for a local gas company had radioed his office that a man flagged him down claiming that his house was being burglarized, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The driver reported that the man grabbed him while waving a handgun and then went into a wooded area between homes in the residential neighborhood.

Deputies were sent to the area and dispatchers received additional phone calls regarding an individual with a similar description on Moran Road armed with a gun. Several callers reported hearing shots in the neighborhood and seeing a man firing a gun near the intersection of Moran Road and Dawyn Drive.

March 15, 2012
Elderly man killed in single-car crash identified by Yolo coroner

The Yolo County coroner has released the name of a man who died Wednesday night when his car failed to negotiate a curve on an Interstate 5 off ramp in Woodland and his car crashed into a tree.

He was identified as Paul William Edwardson, 85, of Redding.

Sgt. Matt Polanco of the California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred about 5:15 p.m. on the North East Street offramp from southbound I-5. There is a tight turn in the downhill ramp, and the driver lost control on the curve. The vehicle, a Buick sedan, continued into a field and struck a large tree at high speed, Polanco said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Polanco said investigators are trying to determine whether a medical condition, mechanical defect or the weather may have been contributing factors. A light rain was falling at the time of the crash, he said.

March 15, 2012
Suspected car burglar nabbed in downtown Sacramento garage

Sacramento police arrested a man in a downtown garage last night who they say tossed away burglar's tools as he ran from them.

Police saw Felton Leon Sawyer Jr., 51, on the third level of a parking garage at 13th and I streets about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers said he was acting suspiciously and when they tried to speak with him but he began running, according to an police activity report.

As officers gave chase, Sawyer tossed two screwdrivers away, police said. Eventually, he was caught. In his possession, police said, was a narcotic smoking pipe.

Officers checked the garage for car burglaries not only because they said he tossed away the screwdrivers but because he was arrested last week for vehicle break-ins. No car break-ins had occurred in the garage.

Sawyer was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of possessing burglar's tools, resisting police and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

March 15, 2012
Man arrested on drunken driving charge in Redding after hitting tree

A man who said he had been drinking at a bar that had its license suspended for a month last year was arrested after his pickup slammed into a tree early this morning, according to Redding Police.

Cody T. Mosteller, 27, of Redding was driving northbound on Victor Avenue about 12:20 a.m. today when his pickup left the east side of the roadway, he over-corrected and then struck a tree on the west side.

Even though Mosteller was buckeled in, the force of the impact sent him through the passenger side window.

He was found in the road after being ejected, suffering from a scalp wound, broken ribs and back injuries. He was released to the hospital for care after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police said that a witness reported that a vehicle matching that of Mosteller's pickup ran a red light