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April 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to restaurant owners accused of backroom marijuana sales?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: A couple who owned the Farmer's Daughter restaurant was arrested last year for selling marijuana in the back room. What happened to them?
Submitted by: Rose, Sacramento

ANSWER: Robert Sand and Shelby Lucero, proprietors of the Farmer's Daughter restaurant, were arrested in July 2012 after Sacramento County sheriff's narcotics detectives raided the restaurant and the owners' Rio Linda home.

April 30, 2013
Sacramento police seek help identifying street-fight participants

Fight photo 1.jpgFight photo 2.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying people involved in a large fight that left several injured.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of 21st street about 1:59 a.m. April 14 regarding a fight. They were able to obtain a description of at least two of the vehicles involved. One reportedly was a white Chevrolet Suburban and the other was a white two-door compact car.

Multiple people got out of the SUV and, without provocation, began challenging and fighting random people in a parking lot, according to a Police Department news release. At least one person who was attacked was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. One person reported being struck with a blunt object, and other people were physically assaulted during the incident.Fight photo 3.jpg

April 30, 2013
Wind-driven fires damage homes in Pocket area, North Highlands

One house was destroyed and another damaged in a wind-driven fire in the Sacramento's Pocket area this afternoon, just a few hours after a vehicle fire spread to a home in North Highlands.

Sacramento city firefighters responded about 4:30 p.m. to a fire at Souza Circle and Portugal Way in the Pocket area. Deputy Chief Lloyd Ogan said they arrived to find a single-story home fully involved and fire extending to a neighboring two-story home.

"It was definitely a wind-driven fire, and it was accelerating very quickly," Ogan said.

April 30, 2013
One person reported dead following Roseville collision

One person has died and another has been arrested following a crash this afternoon on Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.

At 3:41 p.m., officers responded to a collision on eastbound Pleasant Grove Boulevard between Pioneer Road and Roseville Parkway. Police said preliminary information from officers at the scene indicate that a vehicle had been seen being driven in an erratic manner on Pleasant Grove Boulevard from Washington Boulevard eastbound, until it struck another eastbound vehicle that was stopped for a red light at Roseville Parkway, setting off a chain-reaction collision involving five or six vehicles.

Four people were transported to the hospital, and one, a 69-year-old man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, has died, said Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. She said the man's wife was seriously injured. One other person also was seriously injured and another complained of pain. Gunther said the driver of the vehicle that started the chain reaction was not injured and has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

The eastbound lanes of Pleasant Grove Boulevard between Gold Coast-Hallissey Drive and East Roseville Parkway are expected to remain closed into the evening while police investigate the collision. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

April 30, 2013
Third person pleads guilty in scheme to defraud Raley's

The third person charged in a scheme to defraud the Raley's supermarket chain of more than $2.5 million has entered a guilty plea.

Jason Allen Smith, 47, of Foresthill pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Smith, a former contract employee, conspired with David John Magana, 46, Raley's former director of advertising, and Martin Stewart Cullenward, 60, of Cool, along with others to defraud the West Sacramento-based supermarket chain. Smith took part in two of Magana's fraud schemes. Magana and Cullenward previously pleaded guilty.

April 30, 2013
Man convicted of grand theft in sale of vehicle left for repairs

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 34-year-old man of felony grand theft auto for conducting a fraudulent lien sale of a vehicle left at his shop for repairs.

On June 9, 2010, the registered owner of a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser left his vehicle a Alim Hussain's vehicle repair shop for transmission repairs, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle left the country and never paid for the repairs.

On March 17, 2011, Hussain conducted a fraudulent lien sale of the vehicle by failing to first notify the legal owner of the Land Cruiser, Schools Financial Credit Union, about the lien sale, authorities said. As a result, the credit union learned of the lien sale after it had been removed as the legal owner of the vehicle. Hussain then sold the Land Cruiser to an unsuspecting buyer.

April 30, 2013
Judge orders Ayobi jury to continue deliberations

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena R. Gweon today ordered the jury in the murder trial of Shajia Ayobi to resume deliberations after the panel's foreman wrote a note saying the jurors could not reach a verdict.

Gweon gave the jury the rest of the day off and told the panel to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ayobi, 46, is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, Ghulam Rabani Ayobi, 53. She had initially reported to police that her husband was killed during a carjacking shortly after midnight Dec. 18, 2011. She has since changed her story to say that she paid to have him killed, but that she did it in self-defense because of his abuse of her. She also said she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their relationship, as well as from abuses she endured during her early childhood and from her experiences during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Shajia Ayobi testified that she did not fire the weapon in her husband's killing. She said the man she hired to do the shooting, Jake Clark, 20, who has since been arrested and charged with murder in the case, was the actual gunman.

The judge called the jury into the courtroom after receiving a note a little after 2:30 p.m. today about its inability to reach a verdict. The jury foreman told Gweon there has been some movement in the three ballots taken on the first-degree murder verdict, and five of the 12 members of the panel said they thought it would be possible to reach a verdict with further deliberations.

April 30, 2013
UPDATE: Police investigating possible link between Placerville kidnapping, Calaveras slaying

Jason Wryrynen.jpegPlacerville police are investigating a possible link between an alleged kidnapping in the city this morning and Saturday's fatal stabbing of a an 8-year-old girl in Calaveras County.

"We have no confirmed nexus to the Calaveras County case," said Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott. But he said Placerville officers have been in communication with Calaveras County law enforcement officials following the arrest of 44-year-old Jason Wayrynen. Scott said a DNA sample also has been collected from Wayrynen.

Wayrynen, whose last known address was off Paul Bunyon Road in Camino, allegedly entered a Placerville apartment uninvited this morning and took a 15-month-old girl from her mother.

April 30, 2013
Sacramento postal carrier fired over alleged dumping of mail

A Sacramento postal carrier has been fired for allegedly discarding mail in a Dumpster.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General was notified on Monday of the alleged dumping of mail in the parking lot garbage bin at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Meadowview Road.

The mail was recovered and was delivered. The postal carrier suspected of the dumping was fired today, according to the postal service.

Postal service agents will continue to investigate the offense. Delay or destruction of mail is punishable to up to five years in prison.

An e-mail from a postal service representative noted that the overwhelming majority of carriers protect the "sanctity of the seal" of all mail entrusted to them.

April 30, 2013
Yolo County coroner abruptly resigns post

By Darrell Smith

Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash has resigned, the county's sheriff confirmed Tuesday.

LaBrash stepped down Friday in an abrupt departure that surprised a small but busy staff that handles more than 900 deaths a year, said Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto.

"They were shocked," Prieto said of those who worked with LaBrash. "He was extremely well-qualified, well-respected. He had a lot of knowledge."

Prieto said LaBrash was not forced out, but had contemplated leaving the coroner's office and ultimately "chose to resign for his own personal reasons."

Prieto said he hopes to select a successor "as soon as possible."

"Hopefully, we'll go with someone in house," he said. "We're hoping to promote from within."

LaBrash joined the Yolo County Sheriff's Department in April 1995 and had just marked his 18th year with the force.

April 30, 2013
W. Sacramento man run over after fall from overpass onto Interstate 80

The California Highway Patrol reported that is unknown if a man who fell from the Northgate Boulevard overcrossing on Saturday onto Interstate 80 died from the drop to the pavement or from being run over by vehicles.

The CHP said that the 66-year-old man from West Sacramento parked his vehicle on Northgate Boulevard overcrossing about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. A CHP press release said for unknown reasons the man fell from the overcrossing onto a lane of westbound I-80.

One vehicle hit the man and continued on its way. Several other vehicles then struck the man.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, died at the scene.

April 30, 2013
DUI, manslaughter charges for man in Northgate Boulevard crash

A Fairfield man has been arrested after a passenger in his car died from injuries suffered when the vehicle slammed into a tree along Northgate Boulevard.

Sir Von Church, 33, was booked on suspicion of manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

The California Highway Patrol said that Church was driving his Camaro on Northgate Boulevard, south of West Stadium Lane, at a high rate of speed about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the car drifted to the right. His car left the roadway, hit a tree and the impact split the car in half.

A passenger in the car, Christopher Lee Daniels, 29, of Sacramento, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the Camaro. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene.

Church suffered minor injuries. He was booked into jail after treatment.

April 30, 2013
Oak Park bicyclist ends up on street after words with motorist

A bicyclist told Sacramento police he was knocked to the street by a motorist in a sharing-the-road dispute.

The beef between the bicyclist and motorist occurred on a street in Oak Park about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The male bicyclist and the female driver were traveling in the same direction on 37th Street.

The bicyclist was trying to make his way around a parked car as he was being passed on the left by the motorist. The bicyclist believed that the driver was not sharing the roadway, passing very close.

Words were exchanged and the motorist eventually circled back around, again traveling alongside the bicyclist on Ninth Avenue. At that point, the bicyclist believes the motorist intentional struck him.

He was knocked to the pavement, suffering minor injuries. The description of the car was only given as a gray, four-door vehicle.

April 30, 2013
Man declared dead in N. Highlands after hit by train

A man is dead after being hit by a freight train this morning in North Highlands.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department received a call just before 5 a.m. to assist fire crews with the report of a man hit by a train near Roseville Road and Winona Way. He was declared dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Department said that Union Pacific police will handle the investigation. No explanation was immediately available as to why the man was on the tracks in the early morning darkness.

April 30, 2013
Missing Rancho Cordova woman returns home

Jenith Paison.JPGRancho Cordova police say that a woman who went missing on Monday has returned home.

Jenith Pasion, 45, (pictured) who has diminished mental capacity, left her residence Monday afternoon, according to a police press release. A police spokesman said this morning she returned home and is safe with family.

April 29, 2013
Train blocks Sacramento streets after evening incident

Update (10:45 p.m.): The train has since moved and is no longer blocking vehicle traffic.

A Union Pacific freight train stopped this evening in midtown Sacramento, obstructing vehicle traffic while railroad authorities tried to determine whether rocks were thrown or paintballs shot at the lead locomotive, according to Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt.

Hunt said Union Pacific dispatch received an incident report at about 8:45 p.m.

No one was injured and the locomotive was not damaged, but he said railroad authorities held the train while they investigated.

"We apologize for any inconvenience we are causing motorists or residents," he said in an email.

April 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's up with DUI suspect previously sentenced for fatal crash?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Why don't you do a story about Brian Mays? He killed somebody in 2007, only received a two-year sentence. Now he is back in Sacramento, was arrested again for DUI, then released on bail and is a no show.
Submitted by: Dennis H., Sacramento

ANSWER: Brian James Mays pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the January 2007 death of 48-year-old Janusz Porembski of Sacramento.

April 29, 2013
Cameron Park man arraigned on bank embezzlement charges

A 34-year-old Cameron Park man was arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento on charges of bank embezzlement.

Ethan George Banaszak pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $75,000 bond, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He is to appear before U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. for a status conference May 17.

A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment Thursday charging Banaszak with embezzling thousands of dollars from his employer, a federally insured bank. According to court records, Banaszak allegedly made more than $660,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from bank customers' accounts and took $16,000 in cash from the bank's vault.

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

April 29, 2013
Yuba City man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

The second of two Yuba City brothers has been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to 17.5 years in prison for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking.

According to testimony presented at his six-day trial in March, Anthony Boykin, 36, and his brother, Patrick Boykin arranged and sold methamphetamine to several police informants in Yuba City between Sept. 13, 2006 and March 39, 2007, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Anthony Boykin was sentnced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.

Patrick Boykin pleaded guilty and was sentenced in October 2009, also to 17.5 years in prison.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Yuba-Sutter County NET-5 Drug Task Force.

April 29, 2013
Boater who drowned identified by Yolo coroner

The Yolo County coroner's office has released the name of a boater who fell overboard in the Sacramento River on Sunday.

He was identified as Joua Kao Lor, 55, of Sacramento.

West Sacramento Fire Department personnel were dispatched at 3:48 p.m. Sunday to a report of a drowning. Lor fell from a boat into the river near South River Road and Babel Slough.

Searchers on the bank, in a helicopter and in the water searched for Lor, said West Sacramento Battalion Chief Steve Bins. Details were not available on what caused Lor to fall from the boat.

His body was found and removed from the river at about 7 p.m. Sunday by Drowning and Accident Rescue Teamdivers.

April 29, 2013
Autopsy to be conducted today in killing of Calaveras County girl

Leila Fowler.jpegAn autopsy is scheduled today in the case of a Calaveras County girl found killed in her home, possibly by an intruder

The death of Leila Fowler, 8, has spawned a manhunt for a suspect described by her brother, who said he came upon an intruder about noon Saturday in the house. The boy then found his sister dead of stab wounds.

Calaveras County Sheriff's detectives and state Department of Justice Forensic Services personnel executed a search warrant at the home where the homicide occurred. Fingerprint and DNA evidence was collected at the scene.

April 29, 2013
W. Sacramento checkpoint nets one suspected DUI

A drunken driving checkpoint in West Sacramento was a busy place on Friday night.

The checkpoint was conducted at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. Here are the stats from police Lt. Tod Sockman, division commander:

• A total of 522 cars came through the checkpoint.

• Four citations were issued for unlicensed driving.

• Four field sobriety checks were conducted.

• There was one DUI arrest

• One car was towed.

April 28, 2013
Calaveras County manhunt for child killer continues

Calaveras County authorities are searching today for a man presumed armed and dangerous in connection with Saturday's murder of an 8-year-old girl in a Valley Springs home.

Sheriff's deputies, partnering with other law enforcement, are gathering evidence at the scene and plan a press conference at 3 p.m. to update the public on the case.

Residents in the surrounding area were told to lock their doors while officers investigate the homicide at a home on rural Rippon Road. Calaveras County sheriff's deputy Jim Macedo told news outlets that a quarter-mile perimeter has been set up around the house, and officers are going door to door searching for the suspected killer.

April 28, 2013
Man stabbed at his midtown home, wife arrested

Tracy Feather.jpgSacramento police arrested a woman for allegedly stabbing her husband in the back at their home in the 1800 block of P Street early Sunday, the department reported.

Tracy Feather, 51, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

Police said they responded to an emergency call about 5:30 a.m. and found a man outside the residence with a non-life threatening stab wound to his back. Police reports indicate he was watching TV in his house, when his wife stabbed him with a knife.

April 27, 2013
One dead, two injured in Highway 50 crash near Red Hawk Parkway

One man died and two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning on Highway 50 just east of Red Hawk Parkway in El Dorado County.

Officer Dan Stark of the California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. when a 1996 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 50 in the fast lane for unknown reasons drifted onto the center median. The vehicle over-corrected, hit a rock face on the right hand shoulder and overturned, according to police.

Vincent Rapolla, 19, riding in the back seat, was ejected through the rear window. Stark said the man was pronounced dead at the scene and had not been wearing a seat belt.

The driver, 25-year-old Laura Duggin, was transported by helicopter to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is in critical condition.

Family members told the CHP that Duggin was several weeks pregnant, Stark said.

Ashley Valdez, 18, who was riding in the front seat, was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries.

The three were residents of Diamond Springs. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident, but the cause is still under investigation, Stark said.

April 27, 2013
One dead, several injured in Rancho Cordova car crash

One person was killed and several were injured when multiple cars slammed together at the intersection of Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards in Rancho Cordova just before 11:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

Authorities said the accident was triggered when a Volvo sedan traveling westbound on Folsom Boulevard at "an extremely high rate of speed," collided with a Range Rover SUV traveling southbound through the intersection.

The collision then initiated a chain reaction, causing three other cars to be struck, according to reports.

April 26, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to driver in collision that killed Bishop Gallegos?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Can you shed some light on the investigation of the death of Auxiliary Bishop Gallegos on Highway 99?
Submitted by: Gabriele, Carmichael

ANSWER: Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos died the night of Oct. 6, 1991, in a traffic collision on a dark stretch of Highway 99 north of Yuba City.

April 26, 2013
UPDATE: Teenager reported injured in shooting at Elk Grove park

Elk Grove police are investigating a shooting in which an 18-year-old man that injured.

Police spokesman officer Christopher Trim said officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to reports of shots fired at Kunsting Park. When they arrived, they were told that some type of shooting had occurred on the west side of the park, but officers were unable to find a victim.

They then learned that a victim had been transported by a private vehicle to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Trim said the suspect has been described only as a white adult male. No information was available regarding a motive for the shooting.

April 26, 2013
Youth baseball team manager accused of child molestation

Kirk,+Daniel-42.jpgThe manager a youth baseball team in Sacramento has been arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts and molesting a child.

Sacramento police announced that Daniel Kirk (pictured), 42, was taken into custody today after a warrant was issued by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

A teenage victim reported that Kirk had sexually assaulted him multiple times over the past four years, according to a Police Department news release. At least one of the alleged assaults is believed to have occurred in Sacramento and other incidents may have occurred while the victim and suspect were together in another jurisdiction, police said.

April 26, 2013
Two men sentenced in fraud case involving used car dealership

Two men have have been sentenced jail terms for theft and fraud offenses related to their operation of a used car dealership.

Ali Maadarani, owner of M3 Motors, was sentenced to 160 days in county jail, 1,200 hours of community service and five years of formal probation. His brother, Amin Maadarani, was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The defendants were convicted by a jury in February and sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner.

Amin Maadarani worked with his brother at the dealership. In 2010, the defendants had possession of several vehicles, including a Hummer H2, BMW 330i, Mercedes S550 and a Ford F-150. All had been ordered to be repossessed by the legal owners, which were finance companies. When the defendants notified the finance companies that they had possession of these vehicles, they falsely claimed that they were owed money for the cost of storing and towing the vehicles.

When the finance companies inquired about the condition of the vehicles, the defendants indicated that they were stripped, burned, or "down to the chassis," authorities said. Based on the representations that the vehicles were essentially worthless, the finance companies did not contest the defendants using lien sales to obtain clear title to the vehicles and recoup their costs. The Maadaranis then used, sold or attempted to sell the vehicles, all of which were in good condition.

April 26, 2013
Second defendant sentenced in North Highlands cabbie murder

A second defendant convicted of murder in the shooting death of a cab driver in North Highlands three years ago was sentenced today to 26 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan imposed the term on Jonathan Steven Hudson, 21, for the Oct. 18, 2010, killing of James Walker, 54. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Hillside Village Apartments.

Walker was convicted for his participation in the robbery that resulted in Walker's death. The gunman, Jermaine John Campbell, 21, had previously been sentenced to life in prison without parole and another term of 25-to-life.

April 26, 2013
Flashing, sexual assault in Pocket-Greenhaven might be same man

Sacramento police are investigating whether the same man exposed himself on the street and later sexually assaulted a woman on Thursday in the Pocket-Greenhaven area.

In the first incident, a man was seen exposing himself around Royal Garden Avenue and Havenside Drive at about 6:45 a.m. Police searched the area but no suspect was found.

A police activity log said that crime scene investigators were called in and detectives were notified to follow up on the case.

Then, about 8:45 p.m., a pedestrian along a waterway near the 7300 block of Gloria Drive was approached from behind by a man. The man reached around and briefly touched her.

The heavyset man in his 20s ran away. A search aided by a police helicopter failed to find the perpetrator.

Police believe the incidents could be related.

April 25, 2013
UPDATE: Man fatally injured in crash at Auburn restaurant identified

Auburn police today identified Bret Montague, 54, of Auburn as the man who died of injuries suffered when a car crashed into an Auburn restaurant Monday.

Montague, who had been pinned under the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries Tuesday night.

The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. Monday as a 72-year-old woman was attempting to park her car in front of Tio Pepe's restaurant on Washington Street. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it entered the outdoor patio dining area of the restaurant, striking three patrons and trapping Montague under the vehicle.

April 25, 2013
Man convicted of 1978 Davis murder denied parole

A man convicted of a 1978 murder near Davis will remain in prison for at least three more years.

Charles McNeill was denied parole Wednesday by a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. It was McNeill's 13th parole hearing.

McNeill was convicted of murdering 18-year-old Charles Muller, who was shot in the forehead.

April 25, 2013
Permits required to burn residential debris beginning May 1

Amador and El Dorado County residents planning to burn debris on their property are reminded that residential burn permits will be required beginning Wednesday.

The permits are issued to the public free of charge and are valid for three years from the date of issuance. They allow for burning of dry vegetation -- not household trash -- that originates on the landowner's property, according to a news release from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Amador-El Dorado Unit. The permits are available at most of the area's staffed fire stations.

Cal Fire officials remind residents that the use of burn barrels is no longer legal in Amador and El Dorado counties.

April 25, 2013
Jury convicts two of murder in 2011 South Natomas shooting

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Vincent Richard Rivera and Fred Huante Jr. of first degree murder in the April 14, 2011, shooting death of a man who purportedly robbed them in a drug deal several weeks earlier.

Judge Allen H. Sumner scheduled the sentencing for May 17 on Rivera, 27, who was identified as the shooter, and Huante, who is now 21, in the killing of Francisco Flores, 19.

Authorities say Flores first robbed Huante in a drug deal in Chuckwagon Park in South Natomas. Huante and Rivera then went "hunting" for the suspects in the rip-off, Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore told jurors. About three weeks before the Flores killing, the defendants shot up another car on Northgate Boulevard that looked similar the robbery suspects' vehicle, jurors found in their verdicts today.

The defendants were convicted on two counts of of attempted murder in the earlier, March 27, 2011, shooting. Rivera and Huante also were convicted on another count of attempted murder in the shooting that injured Flores' brother at the same time they killed the murder victim outside a store on Northgate Boulevard at San Juan Road.

April 25, 2013
Roommate who claimed she found homicide victim at her house faces murder charge

The woman who claimed she came home to find her roommate dead in their Fruitridge-area home Tuesday is now accused of killing her, according to authorities.

Linda Gabaldon mugshot.jpgLinda Gabaldon, 45, told Sacramento County sheriff's deputies she came home shortly before 4 p.m. to find her roommate fatally shot in the Mascot Avenue home they shared.

Detectives questioned Gabaldon and shortly thereafter arrested her on suspicion of violating the terms of her parole. Today, they added the murder charge in connection with the death of Rebecca Brau, 53.

April 25, 2013
Coyote in the road causes driver to swerve, break power pole near Yuba City

A country road south of Marysville will be closed the rest of the day after a motorist swerved to avoid a coyote, only to break off a power pole.

The California Highway Patrol said that Pardeep Bal and his three passengers were traveling northbound at 60 mph on George Washington Boulevard south of Best Road when a coyote crossed the road in front of him.

Bal's evasive maneuver caused him to lose control of his car and strike a power pole guy wire, a cable used to brace the pole. The top of the pole sheared clear of the bottom and remained suspended in the air by live electrical lines.

April 25, 2013
Jury begins deliberations in Ayobi murder trial

A Sacramento Superior Court jury began deliberations today in the murder trial of a woman accused of shooting and killing her husband after trying to make it look like they were the victims of a carjacking.

Shajia Ayobi, 46, an emigre from Afghanistan, later changed her story to say it was the CIA who killed her husband, Ghulam Rabani Ayobi, 53, shortly after midnight on Dec. 18, 2011. She then testified at trial she paid somebody to do the fatal shooting in her car on Interstate 80 while they were driving to their Foothill Farms home from a dinner party in Natomas.

Ayobi's defense attorney, Peter Kmeto, argued that she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a result of witnessing armed conflict in her native country and after suffering alleged domestic abuse from her husband, who had worked as a cultural sensitivity consultant for the U.S. Army. Kmeto asked jurors to either acquit Ayobi on self-defense grounds or convict her of voluntary manslaughter on a theory of imperfect self-defense.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Greene told the jury that Ayobi killed her husband because she wanted to be free of his control without having to be stigmatized by divorce. Greene said Ayobi also stood to gain $285,000 in insurance money with her husband's death and that she needed him out of the way to resume her career, which Kmeto said involved training translators for U.S. government subcontractors.

April 25, 2013
Comedian Katt Williams pleads no contest to evading police in downtown

Katt Williams.jpegBy Andy Furillo

Comedian Katt Williams pleaded no contest today to reckless evasion of an officer for a short chase on a three-wheeled motorcycle last November through downtown Sacramento.

Williams entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge in Sacramento Superior Court.

Williams sentenced was 180 days in the county jail. However, the court converted that to 90 days of community service. The other half of the sentence will be stayed if he completes the community service and there are no new charges.

April 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest on suspects in Greenhaven home invasion robbery?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What's the latest information regarding the home invasion/shootout in the Greenhaven area last year?
Submitted by: ict1, Sacramento

ANSWER: Three men have been charged in the Dec. 22 home invasion robbery in which one of the intruders was killed and three other people were wounded.

April 24, 2013
Sacramento police seek to identify armed robbery suspect

SACPD ROBBERY SUSPECT image001 (17).jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in the robbery of a business.

Police responded about 10:30 a.m. Friday to the 1500 block of West El Camino Avenue regarding an armed robbery of Advance America. The suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the business, demanded money and ordered the victim into a safe, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect stole money from the safe, then left the business on foot.

April 24, 2013
West Sacramento man convicted of robbery that led to shooting

A West Sacramento man has been convicted of robbery in a case involving a 2011 marijuana deal in which one person was shot.

A Yolo County jury last week found Wendell Joseph Coleman, 22, guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm. The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal, authorities said. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the deal was set up through multiple phone calls between Gartiez and Coleman.

April 24, 2013
Pedestrian accused of punching Woodland motorcycle officer

A 23-year-old pedestrian has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Woodland motorcycle officer.

The incident occurred about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday as a police officer assigned to the traffic division conducted a traffic enforcement stop on East Main Street near Industrial Way. As the officer got off his motorcycle, he noticed and individual walking down the sidewalk toward the area of the traffic stop.

When the officer began to approach the stopped vehicle, the pedestrian approached from the officer's blind side and punched him in the right side of the head, according to a Police Department news release. The officer was wearing his motorcycle helmet, which absorbed the blow, and the officer was not injured.

April 24, 2013
Elk Grove businessman arrested on suspicion of defrauding state

An Elk Grove business owner has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft after Caltrans staff discovered what is believed to be fraudulent invoices.

Eric B. Hodgson, 43, was booked into Sacramento County Jail today. Paperwork, business records and computers were seized.

He was arrested following a state Department of Justice investigation that was sparked by Caltrans staff discovering invoices for print advertisements that the state believes never ran in newspapers as promised.

April 24, 2013
Ten-year-old shot in N. Highlands drive-by doing better

A ten-year-old boy caught in a hail of bullets from a drive-by shooting in North Highlands Saturday night is doing better at UC Davis Medical Center.

The boy, who has not been identified by authorities, was listed in fair condition on Wednesday, according to hospital officials. His assailants have not been found.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home where a child's birthday party was occuring in the 6300 block of Whitecliff Way about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The boy and a teen were standing at the front of the house when a vehicle pulled up outside the residence.

April 24, 2013
Missing Carmichael man is returned home

Hugh Myers MP photo.JPGA Carmichael man who went missing for a second time in a year has been returned to his home, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Hugh Myers, 70, had last been seen at his residence in the 3700 block of Kimberly Way at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He was considered to be at risk due to dementia, and he has a serious medical condition requiring medication.

Last August he also went missing, only to be found in Vancouver, Wash. The sheriff's department did not release information on where he was found this time.

April 24, 2013
SWAT used to arrest motorcycle club member in S. Lake Tahoe

Special weapons and tactics forces executed search and arrest warrants in South Lake Tahoe where a motorcycle club member was taken into custody on suspicion of committing several felonies.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department authorities used SWAT because they considered arresting Anthony Corbin a high-risk situation. Corbin, 46, is a member of the South Lake Tahoe Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.

He is suspected of beating a 34-year-old South Lake Tahoe man in mid-March. The victim was left with significant injuries, including broken bones.

April 24, 2013
Update: Light-rail service is restored at Watt Avenue after suspicious package is detonated

Light-rail train service, which was temporarily suspended near Watt Avenue this morning as officials investigated a suspicious suitcase, has been restored.

The suspicious suitcase was discovered around 7 a.m. along an access road between two Regional Transit stations: Watt/I-80 and Watt/I-80 West. A bus shuttle was temporarily put in in place to get passengers to a station where trains are still operating.

Law enforcement bomb experts detonated the suitcase and the train service began operating again at about 9 a.m.

April 24, 2013
Elk Grove police and fire team up to rescue dog from storm drain

Elk Grove police and fire personnel pulled a small dog from a storm drain this morning using an air hose to move the little pooch along.

Emergency officials were called to the area of Bond and Brandshaw roads where the dog had somehow gotten into an underground storm drain and then apparently couldn't figure how to get out.

Pressurized air was sprayed into the pipe where the dog was located, which caused the dog to walk underground to a spot where rescue crew members above ground had taken off a storm drain grate.

April 24, 2013
Update: Detectives arrest woman who found roommate dead in S. Sacramento home

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof

The woman who reported finding her 53-year-old roommate dead in their south Sacramento home Tuesday has been taken into custody, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The woman, 45-year-old Linda Gabaldon, was found to be in violation of the terms of her parole, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. She was not arrested on suspicion of murder.

Earlier today, the Sacramento County Coroner's office identified the victim as 53-year-old Rebecca H. Brau.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 5900 block of Mascot Avenue regarding a shooting victim. A woman had called saying that she had returned home to find her roommate shot to death inside the residence, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

April 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has defendant been sentenced in real estate Ponzi scheme?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Is there any info on Garry Bradford's sentencing on April 12?
Submitted by: Bill, Sacramento

ANSWER: Garry Bradford's sentencing in U.S. District Court in Sacramento for his role in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been postponed.

April 23, 2013
Vehicle fire spreads to two south Sacramento County homes

Two south Sacramento County homes were damaged this afternoon in what started as a vehicle fire between the two residences.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched to the 8300 block of Turnbury Drive, east of Power Inn Road, about 3:38 p.m. regarding a report of a house fire with visible flames. As firefighters were en route, additional callers reported that the fire appeared to be spreading to another home, resulting in a second alarm requesting additional manpower, according to a fire district news release.

Officials said firefighting was made more difficult by gusting winds and a gas meter that was burning with unlimited amount of fuel.

April 23, 2013
Woman found dead with gunshot wounds in south Sacramento

Sacramento County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was found shot this afternoon in her south Sacramento home.

Shortly before 4 p.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 5900 block of Mascot Avenue regarding a shooting victim. A woman had called saying that she had returned home to find her roommate shot to death inside the residence, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Deputies found a woman in her 50s with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

April 23, 2013
Folsom police: Device that prompted evacuations was not explosive

A suspicious device that led Folsom police to evacuate residences near Goodell Road and Livermore Way early this afternoon did not contain explosives.

Shortly after noon, a resident reported finding the device while digging in his yard. Folsom fire crews and police responded and called the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Explosive Ordnance Detail to determine whether the device posed a threat.

After a careful examination, it was determined that the device was a solid object, likely a projectile, and contained no explosives, according to a Police Department news release.

The ordnance detail removed the device, and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

April 23, 2013
UPDATE: Beale airman found dead Monday identified

A Beale Air Force Base airman who was found dead at her Penn Valley residence Monday night has been identified by as Master Sgt. Rachael Hawkins Bell.

Bell, 41, was assigned to the 9th Operations Support Squadron as the superintendent of the intelligence section, according to a news release. Her home of record was Chico.

Beale officials said the cause of death is under investigation by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office in coordination with the county coroner. They said more information will be released as it becomes available.

April 23, 2013
Report: 2 suspects arrested for trying to rob blood donation clinic

Police say two people are in custody after they reportedly robbed a blood donation clinic in south Sacramento, CBS13 reported.

April 23, 2013
Sun City resident stops catalytic converter theft

A Sun City resident who spotted a man under her neighbor's pickup helped police nab a suspected catalytic converter thief.

A resident on Pineschi Place looked out her front window at 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday to see a man crawling under her neighbor's Toyota pickup. Figuring something was amiss, she called 911.

She kept an eye on the man while talking to the dispatcher, according to a Roseville police public safety newsletter. Officers responded and surrounded the area.

Police moved in and arrested the man, who, they said, was in the process of sawing off the pickup's catalytic converter. The 24-year-old Sacramento man had a list of other local addresses.

They suspect that he had driven around earlier, writing down addresses of places to return to in order steal other catalytic converters. Police said the alert Sun City resident deserves credit for nipping that in the bud.

April 23, 2013
Man playing possom suspected of loud break-in at Sacramento restaurant

basquez.JPGA Sacramento restaurant employee ran from the business early this morning when a burglar's noisy entrance scared her.

It was around midnight last night when the employee heard loud banging as if somebody was trying to break into the closed International Bistro, 2377 Northgate Boulevard. When the banging reached a certain loudness, she fled out the front door and waited for the arrival of officers.

When police got to the scene, they surrounded the building. Upon entering the restaurant, officers found Julio Anthony Basquez, 26, (pictured) hiding away.

Officers said he was pretending to be asleep. Police believe Basquez broke into the restaurant through the shared wall of a vacant adjacent business.

Police noticed that several items from the restaurant had been moved to a back door prior to their arrival. Basquez was booked on suspicion of burglary and outstanding warrants.

April 23, 2013
3 injured when SUV plows into Auburn restaurant, pinning a man

Authorities say three people were injured, two seriously, when an SUV driven by a woman in her 70s plowed into a restaurant's outdoor seating area in Auburn, according to an Associated Press report.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Monday at Tio Pepe in the Placer County city.

Police told local TV stations in Sacramento one man who was eating on the patio of the Mexican restaurant became pinned under the SUV. Two other people were also injured and taken to hospitals.

Police are investigating what caused the crash.

April 22, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to teen drivers in Folsom crash that killed teacher?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of the two teens that were racing on Iron Point Road in Folsom one morning many years ago when they crashed into a woman pulling out of the Factory Outlets, killing her? I do remember that one teen was driving a brand-new sporty car his parents bought for him, and when police arrived the boys were trying to remove an expensive radio from his crashed car, rather than trying to help the injured woman.
Submitted by: Steve, Folsom

ANSWER: Two teenage drivers were ordered to spend six months in juvenile hall for gross vehicular manslaughter in the January 2007 death of 53-year-old Susan McNew of Shingle Springs.

April 22, 2013
El Dorado Hills sting targets unlicensed cotractors

Eleven people have been accused of contracting without a license following an undercover sting operation Saturday at a house in El Dorado Hills.

The operation was conducted by the Contractors State License Board's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team with assistance form the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs Division of Investigation. Of the 11 alleged offenders netted in Saturday' sting, three had a record of previous citations, according to a Contractors State License Board news release.

The suspects were found through advertisements in local pamphlets, on craigslist and from business cards posted on bulletin boards at local business, officials said. Undercover CSLB investigators solicited bids for exterior painting, landscaping, tree removal and fence replacement.

April 22, 2013
Sacramento police investigate robberies targeting seniors

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating two strong-arm robberies on Lemon Hill Avenue that targeted senior citizens.

The first occurred about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 18 as an 84-year-old man was walking on Lemon Hill Avenue. He was approached by a man who asked for change. After receiving the change, the man demanded all the victim's money and physically went through the victim's pockets, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect then ran and got into a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.

April 22, 2013
Roseville CPA's license suspended over tax fraud allegations

A Roseville public accountant accused of tax fraud has had his state CPA license suspended.

The California Board of Accountancy announced today that is has suspended Larry Wayne Harmon's certified public accountant license. Harmon is accused of forging signatures of bank officers on defaulted vehicle loans to obtain more than $6 million in tax refunds from the California Board of Equalization.

The interim suspension order is intended to protect the public until an administrative hearing before the Board of Accountancy can be held, according to Patti Bowers, the board's executive officer.

Harmon, a Granite Bay resident, admitted to investigators that he filed on behalf of his company, Larry Harmon & Associates, fraudulent claims for tax refunds in excess of $6 million with the Board of Equalization, according to a CBA news release. He was arrested Jan. 9 and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of tax fraud. He was subsequently released on bail.

April 22, 2013
Drugs for disposal to be accepted on Saturday

Law enforcement is accepting for disposal potentially dangerous and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday at four sites in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have set up four spots to bring the unwanted medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The locations: Sheriff's Garfield Station, 5510 Garfield Ave., Sheriff's Florin Station, 7000 65th Street, Rancho Cordova Police, 2897 Kilgore Road and Antelope High School, 7801 Titan Road.

Studies reveal that most of the prescription drugs that are abused come from family and friends, often out of the home medicine cabinet, according to a sheriff's press release.

Collection sites will accept any medicines in capsule and tablet form. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, according to the sheriff's department.

April 22, 2013
Help needed again to find missing Carmichael man

Hugh Myers MP photo.JPGA Carmichael man is missing again - and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department needs help in finding him.

Hugh Myers, 70, was last seen at his residence in the 3700 block of Kimberly Way at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He is considered to be at risk due to dementia and has a serious medical condition requiring medication.

It's not the first time Myers has gone missing. Last August he also went missing, only to be found two states away in Vancouver, Wash.

Myers is described as a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 185 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair, a gray mustache and beard and wears glasses.

It is not known what he was wearing when he went missing on Sunday but he often dresses in clothing with Harley Davidson logos. Anyone who spots Myers is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.

April 21, 2013
Missing Davis man found in Lake County

By Carla Meyer

A 25-year-old Davis man who had been missing for more than a week was located Sunday afternoon in Lake County and is "in good spirits," a Davis Police Department spokesman said.

Daniel Brian Thompson, a Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts employee, had been missing since April 13. His car was found down an embankment, but Thompson was not in it.

Law enforcement officers later found Thompson, who was not injured and was removed from the missing-persons list, Sgt. Frank Tenedora said.

April 21, 2013
Three-alarm fire destroys vacant commercial building at Arden and Watt avenues


By Carla Meyer

A three-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant commercial building on Watt Avenue in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon drew crowds of gawkers after it sent up tremendous plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.

A passer-by reported smoke coming from a former sporting goods store -- Adventure Sports -- near the busy intersection of Watt and Arden avenues at about about 1 p.m. Sunday, Sacramento Metro Fire Department spokesman Rashawn Fulcher said at the scene.

Officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Nobody was reported injured.

April 21, 2013
Suspected DUI motorist in crash flees with light pole on roof, cops say

Christopher Glover.jpgAn early morning car crash in Greenhaven took a wild turn when the driver reportedly nearly missed striking a police officer, and then led officers on a brief chase with the pole and a street sign still perched on the top of the car, Sacramento police said.

Officers responded to a call about a vehicle colliding with a city light pole in the 6700 block of Greenhaven Drive about 1 a.m. They found the car with the driver still seated inside and the pole lying across the top of the vehicle, police said.

The driver first attempted to get out of the passenger door, then got back into the driver's seat and tried to drive away, officer said. The car backed into the parked patrol car, and an officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police reports said.

April 19, 2013
Police investigate shooting death in North Sacramento

Sacramento police report that a man in his 20s was the victim of a fatal shooting this evening.

Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 600 block of Plaza Avenue in North Sacramento about 7:53 p.m. regarding a report that a man had been shot, said Officer Doug Morse, police spokesman. They found the victim outside an apartment in a courtyard area and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morse said it has not been determined whether the man lived in the at the complex.

He said investigators do not know what precipitated the shooting.

April 19, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Any lasting legacy of public defender who championed the homeless?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What can you tell me about any lasting legacy of a public defender, Tommy Clinkenbeard, who founded a legal clinic at Loaves & Fishes and was very involved with the Death Penalty Focus?
Submitted by: Uncle Bud, Ozawkie, Kan.

ANSWER: Tommy Clinkenbeard, a Sacramento County public defender, started a legal clinic in 2000 to aid homeless people.

April 19, 2013
Man convicted of 2008 Christmas Day slaying

A man who fled to Mexico in an attempt to avoid prosecution has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 Christmas Day shooting death of 24-year-old Francisco Torres-Fernandez.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday found Edgar Carrillo, 30, guilty in the slaying of Torres-Fernandez, a North Highlands resident who was found fatally wounded in the 2300 block of North Avenue in Del Paso Heights just after midnight Dec. 25, 2008. The jury also found Carrillo guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for pistol whipping a woman that same day, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Carrillo and Torres-Fernandez were acquaintances and had reportedly gotten into an argument before the shooting.

April 19, 2013
Placerville police offer new system to keep citizens informed

Placerville residents can receive timely information on police-related activities through a communication system that connects the community with the Police Department.

The Placerville Police Department is connected with Nixle, which allows officers on the street to send messages and citizens to receive real-time updates on incidents such as school lockdowns, road closures and missing persons. Residents can choose to receive the information by SMS, email, over the Web, or by mobile application, according to a Police Department news release.

Messages can be directed to specific geographic regions or groups, notifying school groups of campus lockdowns, for example, or businesses of burglary suspects. The system also can be used to notify tourists and other visitors about special events in the city.

Police encourage all El Dorado County residents, as well as people who often visit Placerville to sign up for Nixle.

To sign up, go to the city's website at and click on the Nixle link. Put in 95667 as the zip code to receive information specific to the city of Placerville.

April 19, 2013
Sacramento jury finds man guilty of sexual assault charges

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted 31-year-old Rico Lyntice Riley of multiple sexual assault charges, including rape and tying up the female victim.

The woman was assaulted by Riley and one of her friends after she refused Riley's sexual advances, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The friend eventually left the woman's apartment, but Riley stayed and continued to sexually assault her.

The woman and her son found Riley four days later, and her son was able to detain him until law enforcement officers arrived.

Riley is to be sentenced May 10.

April 19, 2013
Former Sacramento police officer will serve a year in jail for falsifying reports

A former Sacramento police officer was sentenced today to one year in jail for falsifying drunken driving reports and lying at a state Department of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing.

Brandon Michael Mullock, 27, was sentenced to five years in prison, but Judge Patrick Marlette suspended that sentence and instead ordered that Mullock serve one year in county jail in order to get five years of probation. If he violates the terms of his probation, he will be forced to serve the prison sentence.

Mullock was taken into custody at the conclusion of this morning's hearings as his family members wept in the audience.

In March, Mullock entered no-contest pleas on four felony charges.

Authorities began their investigation into Mullock after defense attorneys in drunken driving cases reported in 2010 that some of the visuals taken from the officer's in-car patrol videos did not match up with the written reports he prepared.

Defense lawyers also complained that some of the testimony Mullock gave at DMV driver's license revocation hearings strayed from the video evidence.

As a result of the discrepancies, prosecutors were forced to dismiss 79 cases involving Mullock, District Attorney Jan Scully told reporters at a May 2011 news conference, before criminal charges were filed against Mullock in the case.

The DA's Office already had obtained convictions in 73 of those cases before it was forced to dump them, according to prosecutors.

At today's sentencing, Judge Patrick Marlette said that he was particularly disturbed by how Mullock's actions threatened the integrity of the criminal justice system and violated due process of the accused.

Mullock's lawyers argued that their client didn't act with malice. They said his intentions were good: he wanted drunken drivers off the streets. Mullock, they noted, was remorseful for his actions.

April 19, 2013
Woodland officers arrest teens for drinking and rock throwing

Teens initially suspected of drinking in a Woodland alley face more serious charges after police said rocks were thrown at them in the course of their investigation.

Officers were called to an alley near Summertree Lane about 5 p.m. Wednesday for a report of teens drinking. When they arrived, most of the teens scattered.

Two, however, were detained for being in possession of alcohol and public intoxication. As officers went about conducting an investigation, one of the detained teens became combative with officers, according to police. As officers struggled to control the 16-year-old boy, other teens returned and began throwing rocks at the officers.

Backup officers responded and one of the suspected rock-throwers, a 16-year-old boy, was arrested. Two 14-year-olds were also arrested, one for obstructing an officer and another for being drunk.

A police press release said that after being cleared at the hospital, they were booked into Yolo County Juvenile Hall on various charges that include assault, obstructing an officer, battery on an officer and minor in possession of alcohol.

April 19, 2013
UPDATE: Good Samaritan in I-80 crash described as family man, skilled artisan

A good Samaritan who lost his life as he tried to aid a crash victim on Interstate 80 was described by his boss as a "good family guy" and a man with a great spirit.

Jeff Hohle, owner of Castlewood Cabinets in Dixon, said Spencer West Myers, 36, of Vacaville was on his way to work Thursday morning when he stopped to aid a motorist whose car had overturned on eastbound I-80. Hohle said such actions were typical of Myers.

"He was an all-round good guy," Hohle said. "He was just that one notch above."

April 18, 2013
South Sacramento shooting injures two

Sacramento Police Department homicide detectives tonight have been called out to the south area, where a shooting sent two victims to area hospitals, police said.

The shooting occurred at 6:42 p.m. near Franklin Boulevard and Brookfield Drive, said Officer Doug Morse, a department spokesman.

Morse said the injuries to at least one of the two victims was severe enough to warrant sending out homicide detectives.

April 18, 2013
Woodland police arrest robbery suspects

Police in Woodland say they caught two home-invasion robbery suspects Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after responding to a 4:30 p.m. report of a robbery of an apartment in the 200 block of North College Street, officers found a 17-year-old male suspect and Anjay Singh, 18, of Woodland, with some reported stolen electronics, authorities said. A third suspect is also being sought.

The minor was booked into Yolo County juvenile hall, while Singh was booked into Yolo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

During the robbery, authorities say a 13-year-old resident was held outside at gunpoint while two other suspects took the electronics before fleeing.

April 18, 2013
Davis man missing since Saturday sought

Authorities in Davis are are asking the public's to help find a 25-year-old Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts employee who has been missing since Saturday.


Daniel Brian Thompson was last seen Friday by his roommate. His last contract was Saturday, when he texted a friend to confirm an appointment but never showed, police said.

Officials at the Mondavi Center say he been missing from work all week.

Friends and other volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Trader Joe's in Davis to begin a search of the UC Davis Arboretum area.

Anyone with information that may help find Thompson is asked to call (435) 225-6767 or (435) 730-5954.

April 18, 2013
Pedestrian in fatal Fair Oaks Boulevard collison identified

A man who died Tuesday night as he walked across Fair Oaks Boulevard has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Veniamin Pekun, 39, of Carmichael.

A 54-year-old Carmichael woman was driving a 2001 red Ford Mustang westbound on Fair Oaks Boulevard east of Marshall Avenue about 9:15 p.m. She was traveling about 40 mph when Veniamin began to walk across the roadway directly in front of the Ford, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The Ford struck Pekun, causing him to be thrown into the left lane of eastbound Fair Oaks Boulevard. A second car, driven by a 56-year-old man from Fair Oaks, was unable to avoid hitting him.

CHP officials said Pekun was not crossing in a crosswalk. They said it is not known whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the incident pending a toxicology report. The collision is still under investigation.

April 18, 2013
Mom accused of killing newborn baby girl arraigned on murder charge

Courtney Addington mugshot.JPGBy Kim Minugh

The Rosemont woman accused of killing her newborn baby in January was arraigned this afternoon on a single charge of murder.

Courtney Kathleen Addington, 24, appeared briefly in Sacramento Superior Court, looking back several times at audience members who appeared to be her family. She did not enter a plea.

Addington has retained Sacramento defense attorney Jesse Ortiz, though another attorney stood in for him during the brief hearing.

April 18, 2013
Driver arrested for speeding from officer through W. Sacramento parking lot

A motorist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop through a supermarket parking lot in West Sacramento in an attempt to evade a California Highway Patrol officer.

An officer saw a Honda without license plates about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on southbound Jefferson Boulevard near South River Road. He stopped the car when the driver entered the Nugget Market parking lot on Lake Washington Boulevard.

During the traffic stop, the driver, identified as Avel Gonzalez Valencia, 21, of West Sacramento allegedly fled in the Honda, driving at high speed through the parking lot where several shoppers were walking.

April 18, 2013
Update: Good Samaritan dies helping woman on I-80

A man who tried to render aid to a woman upside down in her car on Interstate 80 near Dixon this morning has died.

The crash occurred about 5 a.m. on eastbound I-80 just west of Dixon Avenue when a Fairfield woman lost control of her car. The Toyota Camry flipped and the woman was held upside down by the car's seatbelt in the driver's seat on the darkened freeway.

A Vacaville man, seeking to help the woman, pulled his car to the center divider just past the flipped car. When he went to the overturned car to get the woman out, another car came along and struck the flipped Camry, killing the good Samaritan.

The eastbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for a time for a helicopter ambulance to take the injured man to UC Davis Medical Center. A CHP officer said the man died from his injuries.

The driver in the overturned Camry suffered serious injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating exactly why she lost control of her car.

April 17, 2013
Police seek help identifying suspects in deadly midtown assault

New+York+Yankees+Jacket+copy.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released descriptions of three suspects in the fatal assault last month on 28-year-old Josiah Humphreys in the midtown area.

Officers responded about 12:48 a.m. March 17 to the area of 18th and P streets regarding a report of an individual who was bleeding. They arrived to find Humphreys, who had been seriously injured in a fight. Humphreys was transported to an area hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Police are asking the public's help in identifying the suspects. All are described as light-skinned, black, Asian or Latino men, 25 to 30 years old. One reportedly weighed 180 to 195 pounds and was wearing a dark-colored New York Yankees jacket similar to the one pictured. The second man reportedly had a thin build, short dark spiky hair, and was wearing a white T-shirt. The third suspect also may have been wearing a white T-shirt, according to a Police Department news release.

April 17, 2013
UPDATE: Former treasurer, husband accused of embezzling from Roseville Youth Soccer

heather_jo_sanford.jpegchristopher+lawrence+sanford.jpegThe former treasurer of the Roseville Youth Soccer organization and her husband have been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $173,000 from the organization.

Carmichael residents Heather Jo Sanford (left photo) and Christopher Lawrence Sanford (right photo), both 40, were taken into custody today by Roseville police detectives. They are being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $173,000 bail.

Roseville Youth Soccer officials notified police in November of their suspicions that their former treasurer, Heather Sanford, had stolen a substantial amount of money from the youth sports organization from 2011 to 2012, according to a Police Department news release.

An investigation by Roseville detectives developed probable cause to arrest Heather and Christopher Sanford. According to police, the investigation uncovered evidence that Heather Sanford had written checks on the organization's account to her husband, made cash withdrawals and used the organization's debit card to purchase items for their personal use.

April 17, 2013
Pedestrian dead after falling in path of light-rail train at Power Inn

A man is dead after tripping and falling in front of a light-rail train heading inbound into Sacramento.

The train operator sounded his horn around noon when he saw the man on the tracks at the Power Inn Station, near Power Inn Road and Folsom Boulevard, but could not stop in time.

Buses are shuttling light-rail passengers between the University-65th Street station and the Watt-Manlove station on the Gold Line so that officials can conduct an investigation.

April 17, 2013
Update: Greenback Lane re-opens after bomb squad determines area safe

Citrus Heights police re-opened Greenback Lane after a suspicious package turned out only to be a briefcase with nothing explosive inside.

Police responded to the report of a suspicious package at about 10:15 a.m. today in a parking lot at 6124 San Juan Avenue, near Greenback Lane.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's department's bomb disposal unit was requested by Citrus Heights police to go to the scene.

Greenback Lane was closed in both directions between San Juan Avenue and Mariposa Avenue until about 1:30 p.m..

April 17, 2013
Rosemont mother suspected of killing her newborn baby is arrested

Courtney Addington mugshot.JPGSacramento County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 24-year-old Rosemont woman on suspicion of murder after they found a newborn baby's body hidden in her home, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested Courtney Kathleen Addington (pictured) on Tuesday night, two and a half months after deputies discovered the baby's body in a trash bag underneath a bed in Addington's Wildrose Way home, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

On Jan. 25, staff at Mercy General Hospital notified Sacramento police after they admitted a woman who they were confident had given birth - she was bleeding excessively - but who had denied doing so, Ramos said. Sacramento police then notified the Sheriff's Department, and deputies went to Addington's home to check on the welfare of a possible baby.

That night, deputies found the baby's body.

Addington is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail, where she is ineligible for bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

April 17, 2013
Owners of Poor Red's Bar-B-Q arrested on suspicion of tax evasion, insurance fraud

El Dorado County authorities have arrested the owners of Poor Red's Bar-B-Q - a local institution in Diamond Springs - on suspicion of tax evasion and insurance fraud.

Michael and Brenda Adams are accused of evading almost $350,000 in taxes over the last six years, according to a news release from the El Dorado District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors have filed a complaint against the Adamses in El Dorado Superior Court alleging more than 30 counts of tax evasion and insurance fraud, the release states.

Search warrants were executed today at the couple's residence and business by El Dorado sheriff's deputies, District Attorney's investigators and agents from the Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department and the Board of Equalization.

The couple are being held in lieu of $350,000 bail in the El Dorado county jail in Placerville.

Poor Red's opened in 1948 and is best known for its signature drink, the Golden Cadillac, a frothy blend of Galliano, half-and-half, white cream de cacao and ice.

April 17, 2013
Man arrested by Sacramento police for attempt robbery at mall

URBAN, JORDAN-22 (1).JPGA man was arrested for attempted robbery thanks to fast work by mall security officers, Sacramento officers and a police dog.

A man reported to Arden Fair Mall security about 8 p.m. Tuesday that an armed robber tried to hold him up in the parking lot. Police were notified and mall security provided a good description of the suspected robber's vehicle.

Police arriving to the call made a stop of the vehicle away from the mall parking lot.

Police said Jordan E. Urban, 22, (pictured) then fled from the car.

Urban was brought into custody with the assistance of a police dog. A discarded, loaded handgun was booked into evidence.

Urban was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery, carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony and giving false identification to police.

April 17, 2013
Woodland police say victim is mum on how he was stabbed

Woodland police officers said they didn't get much help investigating a stabbing last night from the victim or a witness.

Police were called to Woodland Memorial Hospital around 9 p.m. where a man had been taken by a friend for treatment of stab wounds to his left arm and the middle of his back.

Neither the stabbing victim nor a witness to the assault that occurred near 9 Main Street wanted to cooperate with the investigation, police said. Police said they have not determined a motive for the stabbing.

April 17, 2013
Roseville police trying to find homeless woman's belongings

Roseville police are trying to help a homeless woman who lost her belongings, including vital personal papers.

Police said that a homeless woman who frequents Gathering Inn overnight shelters in Roseville hid her duffle bag in a field near Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards.

Sometime between March 15 and April 5, somebody took the dark green, wheeled duffle bag. It contained a black backpack with red stripes, women's clothing, shoes, toiletries and important personal documents.

A police safety bulletin requests that if anyone comes across any of the items they would appreciate a call at (916) 774-5000.

April 17, 2013
Roseville man booked after laser is shined on jet and CHP helicopter

A Roseville man is suspected of using a laser pointer to shine onto aircraft.

Roseville police said that on April 12 a commercial airliner crew reported that a high-powered laser beam was pointed at them. The beam came from somewhere in northwest Roseville.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew narrowed the origin of the light to the area of Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards. However, the CHP was not able to find the exact source that night.

April 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman who embezzled $6 million from employer?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to Nina Butler, who embezzled from her employer, Normac, in the late '80s or '90s?
Submitted by: Boston, Sacramento

ANSWER: Nina Rae Butler was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1991 for stealing more than $6 million from her employer.

April 16, 2013
Two men convicted of assaulting fellow prison inmate

Two California prison inmates have been convicted of assaulting a fellow inmate in 2011.

Alexander Rey Dixon and Francisco Javier Nunez were each convicted by a jury of assault on an inmate with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by an inmate, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On May 1, 2011, Dixon and Nunez assaulted Lance Melendez while incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom. Authorities said Melendez suffered numerous stab wounds to his back and head.

Dixon and Nunez face a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison as a result of the convictions, according to the news release. They are to be sentenced May 13 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge James Long.

April 16, 2013
Sacramento-area brothers plead guilty in mortgage fraud case

Two Sacramento-area brothers pleaded guilty in today to wire fraud related to a mortgage fraud scheme.

The pleas were entered in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by Andrey Andreyev, 37, of Sacramento and Vitaliy Andreyev, 30, of Antelope, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, the Andreyev brothers were recruited by Vera Kuzmenko, owner of VK Tax Services, a tax preparation business, to purchase properties they could not afford. Andrey Andreyev purchased a property for $850,000 and Vitaliy Andreyev bought a property for $1.2 million.

April 16, 2013
Coroner's office identifies woman struck by freight train

A woman who died Friday afternoon when she was struck by a Union Pacific train has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 23-year-old Jennifer Oakes.

Oakes' community of residence was not listed on the coroner's website.

According to Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt, the accident occurred about 3 p.m. Friday south of Highway 50 near the Folsom Boulevard crossing, near California State University, Sacramento. The freight train was southbound when the woman was spotted standing on the tracks.

April 16, 2013
Motorcyclist killed in collision with school bus identified

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified a motorcyclist who died Monday morning in a collision with a school bus as Travis Brian Percival, 33, of Sacramento.

According to the California Highway Patrol, which investigates incidents involving school buses, Percival was riding a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on San Juan Road, east of Tumbleweed Way in South Natomas about 6:45 a.m. A school bus belonging to the Twin Rivers Unified School District was stopped on southbound Tumbleweed Way at San Juan Road.

As the bus driver began to make a left turn onto eastbound San Juan, Percival changed lanes, moving from the right lane to the left lane, and collided with the right side of the bus, according to a CHP news release.

April 16, 2013
Garden Valley woman dies in head-on collision near Coloma

A 19-year-old Garden Valley woman died this morning in a head-on collision on Lotus Road in rural El Dorado County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said the woman was driving a silver Ford Focus southbound on Lotus Road south of Highway 49 near Coloma about 8:30 a.m. when for an unknown reason she crossed into the northbound lane, into the path of a white Ford Explorer.

Cuthbertson said the driver of the Focus did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

April 16, 2013
Two killed in Fair Oaks motorcycle collision are identified

The California Highway Patrol has released details in the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger that occurred in a collision with a car Saturday night in Fair Oaks.

The CHP said that Christopher J. Bartish, 34, of Citrus Heights was riding a motorcycle southbound on San Juan Avenue north of Palm Avenue abut 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Riding on the back of the motorcycle was Brandi Anzaldua, 34, of Citrus Heights.

A motorist in a Toyota Corolla was headed northbound on San Juan Avenue in the two-way left turn lane. As Toyota driver almost completed her turn onto Palm Avenue, the motorcycle struck the right front of the car, according a CHP press release.

Both helmeted riders on the motorcycle were thrown from their vehicle. Bartish was pronounced dead at the scene. Anzaldua was transported to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Toyota driver and her passenger suffered minor-to-moderate injuries. The collision is under investigation.

April 16, 2013
'Move Over' signs going in at Elkhorn, Gold Run, Pollock Pines

Caltrans workers are installing "Move Over" signs statewide today in an effort to protect highway workers and California Highway Patrol officers.

The new signs will display the messages "Move Over or Slow for Stopped Emergency and Maintenance Vehicles" and "Move Over or Slow When Amber Lights Flashing." Signs will be at the Elkhorn on-ramp on southbound Interstate 5, at Gold Run on Interstate 80 and Pollock Pines on Highway 50.

"Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

April 15, 2013
Former Twin Rivers police officer pleads no contest to assault

A former Twin Rivers Police Department officer has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault under the color of authority.

On Sept. 17, 2010, Branche Smith, 38, grabbed two individuals by the neck in choke holds and lifted them off benches to which they had been secured by handcuffs, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He also pointed his Taser at the chest of a third individual handcuffed to a bench and threatened to deploy the device if that individual did not stop shaking, authorities said.

On May 30, 2011, Smith kicked a handcuffed individual in the head while that subject was restrained at the jail.

The District Attorney's Office announced that Smith was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail. He can apply to the Sheriff's Department for a work-release program.

April 15, 2013
Death of teen found on El Dorado County road investigated

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a teenager who was found critically injured in a roadway early Saturday morning.

Deputies responded about 4:19 a.m. to a report of a man lying on Sand Ridge Road in south Placerville. When they arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy lying in the roadway in critical condition, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Emergency medical personnel transported the youth to Marshall Hospital in Placerville where he died of his injuries.

Sheriff's officials said the young man has been identified and his family has been notified of his death, but his name is being withheld pending further investigation.

April 15, 2013
Fresno man sentenced for role in El Dorado, Placer marijuana grows

A Fresno man who controlled marijuana growing operations in El Dorado, Placer and Tehama counties has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

Uriel Ochoa-Espindola, 44, today received a 17.5-year sentence in Sacramento from U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb for his part in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Ochoa-Espindola was the leader of a massive marijuana manufacturing operation and an interstate drug distribution ring, according to court documents. His operation was based near Delhi, but he and his partners grew tens of thousands of marijuana plants in three different counties and shipped their product across the country with the aid of commercial truckers.

April 15, 2013
Davis cops investigate homicides of prominent elderly attorney and wife

By Richard Chang

Davis.jpgDavis police are investigating a possible double homicide in south Davis of a prominent elderly attorney and his wife over the weekend.

Police said they had been asked to check in on Oliver J. Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia M. Maupin, 76, by relatives who were concerned that they had not heard from the couple Sunday.

Police were called out to the home by Maupin's daughter around 9:20 p.m. for a welfare check, according to Stanley Dawson, who is married to Northup's ex-wife.

April 15, 2013
Undercover investigation leads to arrest of Placerville parolee

Ronnie Chambers 041213.JPGLauren Bond 041213.JPGA three-month investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department has led to the arrest of a 51-year-old parolee from Placerville accused of selling heroin to undercover detectives.

The investigation began in January, when sheriff's patrol deputies received a report of a man threatening the life of another person. The man accused of making the threats was identified as parolee Ronnie Chambers (pictured), according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

While investigating the threat, undercover detectives discovered that Chambers wanted to sell cocaine, sheriff's officials said. During January, undercover detectives called Chambers and arranged to purchase $200 worth of cocaine from him. They arranged to meet Chambers in Placerville, where Chambers reportedly sold them a substance that appeared to be cocaine. The substance, however, was later determined to be crushed pills that contained morphine, sheriff's officials said.

April 15, 2013
Dixon man booked on suspicion of lewd acts on boys, girls

A Dixon man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting boys and girls.

Corey Wilkins, 34, was arrested on numerous counts of suspicion of lewd acts on a child, according to a Dixon police press release. The police say the alleged criminal activity occurred over an 11-year period in Dixon and Vacaville.

"We do have multiple victims, ranging in age from nine to 17 - both male and female," said Dixon Police Chief Jon Cox.

April 15, 2013
Motorcyclist dies in Natomas crash with school bus

A motorcyclist died when his vehicle crashed into a school bus this morning in the Natomas area.

Few details are available yet on how the crash occurred. The California Highway Patrol, which handles school bus accidents, reported that at about 7 a.m. the school bus with students aboard collided with the motorcycle on San Juan near Tumbleweed Way.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. Neither the students nor the bus driver were injured.

April 14, 2013
Man booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon

A North Sacramento shooting led to the apprehension of a 25-year-old man Saturday night, according to police.

Sacramento police officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 1500 block of Los Robles Boulevard about 8 p.m. Police reports said a suspect shot at someone seated in a vehicle. Bullets reportedly struck the vehicle but didn't injure anyone inside. The victim reportedly knew the assailant.

Police went to a home in the 3400 block of Montrose Avenue about 10:45 p.m. that night and took Billy Hembree into custody. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

April 14, 2013
Man with gun chases victim through Sacramento house, police say

A 20-year-old man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at another man and chasing him through a house in the 2800 block of Belden Street about 2:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Sacramento police.

Here is what police reported: Officers were notified about a possible armed man in a neighborhood around Belden Street and Alamos Avenue. Officers arrived and tried to talk to two men. One of them fled police, but was caught.

Davon Rich, who allegedly pointed the gun at the other man and made threatening remarks, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, participation in a gang and resisting arrest.

The gun was found and booked into evidence, police said.

April 14, 2013
Police apprehend man after four-hour standoff

Sacramento SWAT members responded to a four-hour standoff that ended about 6:30 a.m. Sunday with the arrest of a 37-year-old man.

Sacramento city police were called to the residence in the 1600 block of Glenrose Avenue about 2:10 a.m. for an intoxicated man walking around the house with a gun in each hand, said Michele Gigante, a police spokesperson.

When officers arrived, the family, including an infant, got out of the home, but the man barricaded himself in the house and wouldn't come out. The SWAT team was called out to the scene, Gigante said.

The man was eventually taken into custody shortly after 6:30 a.m. and booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. No injuries were reported.

April 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to driver in crash at Folsom Lake Bowl?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the person in the Folsom Lake Bowl car accident a year or two ago?
Submitted by: Dave, Folsom

ANSWER: Tera Lee Nicholson of Folsom was arrested Jan. 10, 2012 after her car barreled through the bar patio at Folsom Lake Bowl on East Bidwell Street, injuring five people.

April 12, 2013
Woman dies after being hit by Union Pacific train near CSUS

A woman died this afternoon when she was struck by a Union Pacific freight train as she stood on tracks just south of Highway 50, about a quarter mile from the Folsom Boulevard crossing, near California State University, Sacramento.

Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said the accident occurred about 3 p.m. The train was southbound when the woman was spotted standing on the tracks. Hunt said the crew initiated the process to stop the train but was unable to bring it to a stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. He noted that a train typically travels about a mile before coming to a halt.

The woman was declared dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

April 12, 2013
Davis police seek information on hurt man found unconscious

Davis police are trying to determine the circumstances that resulted in injuries to a Sacramento man who was found unconscious in the 200 block of G Street early this morning.

Police and medical personnel responded to the location about 2:10 a.m. and found the 26-year-old man lying unconscious. Although a large crowd of people was gathered around the man, no one came forward with information on how he sustained his injuries, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said there was some evidence that the man was the victim of an assault, but that has not been confirmed. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about the injured man, is asked to call the Davis Police Department at (530) 747-5400.

April 12, 2013
Woman receives second conviction for child molestation

A woman previously convicted of child molestation in Placer County has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury of 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with force against a child younger than 14 years old.

Rosemary Eusted, 40, began continuously molesting two female family members in November 1997 at her Rio Linda home, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The victims, who were 6 and 7 years old at the time, did not report the abuse for several years because they feared retaliation and further physical abuse, authorities said.

In May 2005, Eusted was convicted of two counts of child molestation in Placer County. In that case, the victims included her ex-boyfriend's daughters, who ranged in age from 5 to 10 years old. These victims traveled from Red Bluff, Marysville and Twin Falls, Idaho to testify in the Sacramento County case, according to the DA's office.

Eusted is to be sentenced May 10 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

April 12, 2013
Police seek identity of North Natomas bank robbery suspect

sacpdrobberysuspect.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred last week.

About 1 p.m. April 5, police and FBI agents responded to the 3200 block of Arena Boulevard regarding a robbery at Tri Counties Bank, inside the Bel Air Market, in the North Natomas area. The suspect approached the teller and handed her a note demanding money, according to a Police Department news release. The man received the money and left the store.

Police said the same suspect (pictured) was captured on video surveillance in the area of the Golden One Credit Union just before the robbery. He reportedly left after waiting in line for a short time.

April 12, 2013
Sacramento deputies seek to ID suspect in American River Parkway assault

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman on the American River Parkway last month.

SCSO 220 Sketch.jpgA woman was running along a horse trail on the parkway between Watt and Howe avenues about 11 a.m. on March 26 when a man allegedly grabbed her from behind and forced her to the ground, said Sgt. Jason Ramos.

The man attempted to further assault the victim, but he rode away on a mountain bike when she screamed, Ramos said.

The man was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a blonde scruffy beard and a moustache. He is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and has a slender build, according to the Sheriff's Department. At the time of the alleged assault, he wore a red baseball camp, sunglasses, long-sleeved olive-green T shirt and black and gray pants. He rode a black mountain bike with white detailing.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to call sheriff's sex assault detectives at (916) 874-5070 or the sheriff's tipline at (916) 874-TIPS. Tips also can be left anonymously at or texted to 274637 with the word "SSD."

April 12, 2013
Former NFL player, claims adjuster accused of scheme to defraud Sacramento firm

A former National Football League football player and a former West Sacramento claims adjuster are accused of participating in a $1.5 million scheme to defraud a Sacramento business that managed workers' compensation claims.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has indicted Marcus Buckley, 42, of Weatherford,Texas, and Kimberly Jones, a former West Sacramento resident now living in Wichita, Kan., in the alleged scheme, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Both were charged with five counts of wire fraud, and Buckley was charged with six counts of money laundering.

According to the indictment, Buckley was a professional football player with the National Football League between 1993 and 2000, playing seven seasons with the New York Giants. During that period, the Giants had workers' compensation coverage through Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Group.

April 12, 2013
Executive sentenced in theft of Sacramento County funds

By Brad Branan

The comptroller behind the theft of $18 million in Sacramento County funds was sentenced to 44 months in prison this morning in U.S. District Court.

Kerry Seaman and another executive at New Jersey-based Ingentra earlier pleaded guilty to stealing payroll taxes from the county and two companies and providing false information to the IRS about the taxes. The county hired Ingentra to process payroll for special district employees from 2005 to 2010.

An attorney for Seaman said she was eligible for home detention because of her cooperation with federal investigators and because she personally didn't reap large benefits from the theft.

In Sacramento's federal courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. said that he agreed with some of Seaman's arguments, but had to send a message to others who might consider multimillion-dollar fraudulent schemes.

Her cooperation with authorities "can't erase the entirety of Mrs. Seaman's conduct in this case, in which she played a major role," Burrell said.

The sentencing wraps up the case as the other executive, Albert Cipoletti, was sentenced in 2011 by Burrell to 78 months in prison. The IRS has agreed to waive all but $500,000 of the money the county owed.

April 12, 2013
Late-night burglary attempt ends in Woodland arrest

A Woodland man was arrested leaving the scene of a late-night break-in that was interrupted by the resident of the home.

Police responded about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to the 1600 block of Farnham Avenue in Woodland where a resident reported that she interrupted someone who removed window screens and shattered a window at the rear of the home.

Two men fled with a neighbor of the resident giving chase. One fleeing suspect swung a knife at the neighbor when he got close to capturing him.

That suspect escaped. Another man tied to the attempted burglary was stopped by a Woodland police officer east of the home.

Ernesto Justin Negrete, 19, of Woodland, was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and committing a felony while released from custody. Negrete had recently been released from the Yolo County Jail on a burglary charge, according to a police press release.

April 12, 2013
Update: Stockton residents shaken after pit bull kills woman

A woman was killed by a pit bull last night in Stockton.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home in the 400 block of Lillian Avenue for a report of a dog attack about 8:20 p.m. Deputies arrived to find the woman who was attacked by the dog. Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The pit bull was found in the backyard of the home where the attack occurred. Animal Control officers removed the dog from the yard, taking it to the county shelter where it will be held pending the conclusion of the investigation into the woman's death.

The woman's name has not been released.

Fox40 reported Stockton residents were shaken after the pit bull attack.

The Stockton Record, quoting authorities and residents, said the woman was killed Thursday night when she was attacked by a pit bull that has terrorized an east Stockton neighborhood for months.

San Joaquin Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Rees described the dog as a "big, nasty pit bull," according to the Record.

Read the Stockton Record story here.

April 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused in 1997 beating death of child?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to David Harrell, who was accused of killing young Brady West?
Submitted by: Jolene, Sacramento

ANSWER: John David Harrell was convicted of second-degree murder in the February 1997 beating death of 15-month old Brady West.

April 11, 2013
Defendants face new charges in alleged scheme to defraud United Auburn Indian Community

Charges of filing false tax returns have been added in a federal case against three men accused of stealing more than $18 million from the United Auburn Indian Community, which owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

The new charges against Bart Wayne Volen, 53, of San Diego and Hawaii; Greg Scott Baker, 46, of Newcastle; and Darrell Patrick Hinz, 48, of Cameron Park, are included in a superseding indictment brought today by a federal grand jury in Sacramento, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

In August 2012, the three men were charged with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, and money laundering as part of a scheme to defraud the United Auburn Indian Community. Today's superseding indictment alleges that in 2006 and 2007, Volen and Hinz filed false tax returns in connection with the fraud, and Baker filed false tax returns from 2006 through 2009.

April 11, 2013
Foresthill man charged following mail theft investigation

A federal grand jury has charged a Foresthill man with being a felon in possession of ammunition following an investigation into mailbox tampering in Placer County.

Richard Lee Gray, 56, also was charged today in Sacramento with access device fraud, possession of stolen U.S. mail and two counts of destruction of U.S. mail letter boxes, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Gray is scheduled for arraignment April 17 before U.S. Magistrate Edmund F. Brennan.

According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service received several reports of letter box tampering and destruction in the Placer County area. Gray was identified as a person of interest in the case, and authorities searched his residence April 2.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service.

April 11, 2013
Resident reports stabbing near Woodland High School

Police are investigating the stabbing of a man Wednesday morning near Woodland High School.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West Beamer Street at 10:24 a.m regarding a report of a stabbing that had just occurred. They arrived to find a 26-year-old Woodland man suffering from a single stab wound to his right tricep, according to a Police Department news release.

The man, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, told officers that he was standing in the front yard of his home when a group of five or six Latino men ran toward him yelling obscenities. The group reportedly came from the area of the high school parking lot.

April 11, 2013
Ex-cop's lawyer challenges competency of alleged rape victim

Baker,+Gary-49.jpgThe alleged victim in the rape case of a former Sacramento police officer testified briefly today, but the judge deferred a ruling until next week on whether the woman needs to be psychiatrically evaluated to determine if she is competent enough to be a witness at trial.

Defendant Gary Dale Baker's attorney, Linda Parisi, has filed a motion for Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan to order the psychiatric evaluation. Parisi declined to comment today after the hearing in which the alleged victim at times appeared to understand questions but on other occasions appeared to stumble.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Holliday used a computer at the lawyers' table to type up questions and show them to the 78-year-old woman. The prosecutor then addressed them verbally to the alleged victim whose speech has been impaired by aphasia since she suffered a 2009 stroke. Aphasia is a brain dysfunction that can be brought on by a stroke or head trauma.

April 11, 2013
Citizen stabbed in group effort to take down suspected burglar near Woodland

One of three people who helped pin down a suspected burglar near Woodland on Wednesday was stabbed in the side.

The Yolo County Sheriff's office said deputies were called to the report of a burglary on Mallard Street in the Wild Wings subdivision, west of Woodland, about 2:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Once there, deputies learned that three citizens had taken down a suspected burglar. The resident of a home on Mallard Street arrived home to hear voices inside the residence.

April 11, 2013
Coroner IDs man found fatally shot in Pocket Road apartment

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man found fatally shot in a Pocket area apartment Monday as 30-year-old Lawrence Dominic Smith.

Friends of Smith discovered Smith's body in his apartment, located on the 8000 block of Pocket Road, just after 10 a.m. Monday, according to Sacramento police. The friends called 911, and paramedics pronounced Smith dead at the scene.

Smith had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Homicide detectives are investigating, but have not yet made any arrests in the case.

April 11, 2013
Update: Name released of man run over by truck tractor in W. Sacramento

The Yolo County coroner's office has released the name of the man who was run over by his truck tractor at a West Sacramento trucking company yard.

He was identified as Vitali Dobic, 36, of Sacramento.

Police and California Highway Patrol officers responded to an industrial accident in the 3000 block of Evergreen Avenue about 11 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, officers found a semi-tractor that appeared to have crashed through a chain-link fence of the business. It had stopped at the side of Interstate 80, just west of the Harbor Boulevard entrance, said West Sacramento police spokesman Lt. Tod Sockman.

Dobic was pinned under the tractor, which was still running. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dobic was an employee of the trucking company and the tractor was assigned to him. Sockman said it was not unusual for someone to be in the trucking yard alone, and there were no witnesses to the incident.

April 11, 2013
Reward offered in case of long-missing Pollock Pines woman

missing.jpgThe El Dorado County Sheriff's office said a $10,000 reward is being offered to find a woman who has not been heard from in more than a year.

Sara Fawcett, (pictured) a Placerville Wal-Mart employee, called in sick Sept. 22, 2011. She was last seen or heard from the next morning, according to a missing person's bulletin.

The investigation into her disappearance continues. Her family is offering the reward.

Fawcett, 53, was reported missing by her father after she did not return home after several days.

Fawcett, who did not own a vehicle, usually borrowed her father's car, but the vehicle was not taken by the woman. Her belongings were also not taken from her residence on the family's Pollock Pines property.

At the time of her disappearance, the Sheriff's Department said it is unlike Fawcett to leave her home without her purse and cell phone.

She is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall, about 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Hadjes at (530) 642-4713.

April 11, 2013
Bicyclist killed in light-rail train collision was Folsom man

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a bicyclist hit when he rode into the path of a Regional Transit light-rail train in Folsom on Wednesday.

He was identified as Michael Higgins, 48, of Folsom.

Folsom police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning said the light-rail train had just left the station at Glenn Drive and Folsom Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., headed for Sacramento. As it crossed Parkshore Drive at Folsom Boulevard, Higgins rode into its path and was struck by the train.

Browning said a preliminary investigation indicates that Higgins was westbound on the the south side of Parkshore, riding on the wrong side of the road, against traffic. He said the bicyclist apparently ignored the crossing arms and bells warning of the approaching train and continued onto the tracks.

April 10, 2013
Man who sought minors for sex via Craigslist draws 10-year prison sentence

A 35-year-old Sacramento man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for using the Internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual acts.

Eric G. Lowe also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his time in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

On April 14, 2012, Lowe posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking someone with whom to "have a Daddy/Daughter incest relationship," according to court documents. An undercover detective from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department responded to the ad through email, posing as a 13-year-old girl.

April 10, 2013
Man arrested in November sexual assault in Antelope

Demarea+Brown+mugshot.jpgA 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a woman on the campus of an Antelope-area school last November.

Demarea Brown (pictured) was taken into custody today at his Sacramento County residence and was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony offenses related to the assault, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

About 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25, a 19-year-old woman was walking around Olive Grove Elementary School in the 7900 block of Firestone Way when she was approached by a man who engaged her in a brief conversation. The two then went their separate ways, but moments later, while the woman was still on the campus, the man approached her again, grabbed her and sexually assaulted her before leaving on foot.

April 10, 2013
Sacramento, Roseville residents accused of conspiring to sell stolen goods on eBay

Seven people, including three from Sacramento and one from Roseville, have been charged by federal authorities in a case involving an alleged conspiracy to sell millions of dollars worth of stolen goods on eBay.

Arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud are Jason Samuel Schroeder, 33, John Judah Young, 32, and Maribel Martinez, 27, all of Sacramento; Joshua Roy Payne 27, of Vacaville; Kirk Arthell Sanderson, 34, of Walnut Creek; and David Reed, 26, of Santa Barbara.

Payne was also charged with lying to federal agents, and Schroeder was detained as a flight risk, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Andrea Lynn Turner, 31, of Roseville was also charged but has not been arrested, officials said.

Arraignment is scheduled for April 24.

April 10, 2013
UPDATE: Bicyclist dies in collision with light-rail train in Folsom

A bicyclist died this afternoon when he was struck by a Regional Transit light-rail train in Folsom.

Folsom police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning said the light-rail train had just left the station at Glenn Drive and Folsom Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., headed for Sacramento. As it crossed Parkshore Drive at Folsom Boulevard, a bicyclist rode into its path and collided with the front of the train.

Browning said a preliminary investigation indicates the bicyclist, a male adult, was westbound on the the south side of Parkshore, riding on the wrong side of the road, against traffic. He said the man apparently ignored the crossing arms and bells warning of the approaching train and continued onto the tracks.

April 10, 2013
North Highlands man arrested in 1988 Sacramento homicide

Stanley+Grow,+52.jpgSacramento police today arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with a 25-year-old homicide case.

Stanley David Grow (pictured) was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. as he exited the rear door of his home in the 3600 block of Gayle Way in North Highlands, according to a Police Department news release. He is accused of the 1988 slaying of Manuel Morales. Police said the arrest was based on DNA evidence.

At 2:17 a.m. Oct. 19, 1988, a Sacramento police officer was on patrol on 14th Avenue in the William Land Park area. While westbound on 14th Avenue from 19th Street, the officer saw an individual lying in the gutter wrapped in a blood-soaked sheet. The victim, later identified as 51-year-old Morales, had suffered multiple stab wounds and was declared dead at the scene.

April 10, 2013
Fatal collision involving light-rail train, cyclist reported in Folsom

Folsom Police report a fatal collision between a cyclist and a Regional Transit light-rail train at Parkshore Drive and Folsom Boulevard.

No other details were immediately available.

Return to for updates.

April 10, 2013
Trial for ex-West Sacramento police officer scheduled for September

By Darrell Smith

Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez, accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty, will face trial in September.

The three-week trial is set for Sept. 23 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, according to court records.

Alvarez, 37, faces 35 counts including rape, sodomy and kidnapping in the alleged attacks on six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.

The allegations came to light following a five-month investigation and a February grand jury indictment that led to the former officer's arrest and his removal from the force.

Alvarez remains held in lieu of $26.3 million bail at Yolo County Jail.

April 10, 2013
South Lake Tahoe man sentenced to prison for marijuana trafficking

A South Lake Tahoe marijuana dispensary owner has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for marijuana trafficking.

Gennaro DiMatteo, 43, was sentenced today in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. DiMatteo had entered a guilty plea in January. As part of his plea agreement, DiMatteo will forfeit more than $40,000 to the United States, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

In pleading guilty, DiMatteo admitted that during a search of his South Lake Tahoe residence, law enforcement agents discovered a hidden door that led to several subsurface rooms under the structure. Equipment set up in the rooms was standard for indoor marijuana cultivation gardens.

April 10, 2013
Sacramento sheriff's deputies investigating homicide in Fruitridge area

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of a young man in the Fruitridge area this afternoon.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., a caller reported a man had been shot in the area of E. Nichols Avenue and 16th Avenue, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. Subsequent 911 calls reported shots heard in the area.

Deputies found a man lying on the sidewalk on the west side of E. Nichols Avenue, south of 16th Avenue, next to a parked car, Ramos said. The car's front passenger door was open, and the windows on the driver's side had been shot out.

April 10, 2013
UPDATE: Death of trucker under tractor cab a mystery in W. Sacramento

West Sacramento police are trying to determine how a truck tractor ran over a 36-year-old man this morning at a local trucking company yard.

Police and California Highway Patrol officers responded to an industrial accident in the 3000 block of Evergreen Avenue about 11 a.m. When they arrived, officers found a semi-tractor that appeared to have crashed through a chain-link fence of the business. It had stopped at the side of Interstate 80, just west of the Harbor Boulevard entrance, said West Sacramento police spokesman Lt. Tod Sockman.

The man was pinned under the tractor, which was still running. Sockman said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

April 10, 2013
Firefighters to search S. Sacramento rubble to rule out fatalities

house_fire_explosionA.jpgFirefighters this afternoon will sift through the rubble of a heavily damaged home in South Sacramento looking for the cause of an explosive fire - and to make sure there are no bodies in the rubble.

Two people were critically burned in the fire that erupted about 4:30 a.m. today on Herbosa Vista Court. Sounds of explosion were heard coming from the single-story residence.

Firefighters said two vehicles with lights turned off were seen speeding from the scene. Two burn victims were transported by private vehicle to UC Davis Medical Center about 30 minutes after the fire was reported.

Fire officials said they suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50-70 percent of their bodies, including on their hands, faces and legs.

April 10, 2013
Spate of car break-ins hits Roseville trailheads

Roseville police are investigating recent break-ins of cars at trailheads.

On Sunday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. four cars parked on Orvietto Drive near the Miner's Ravine bike trail entrance were burglarized. Also on Sunday, on the 500 block of Sunrise Boulevard near the Miner's Ravine trailhead, a car was broken into by an auto burglar.

In that incident, at about 8:30 a.m., a woman placed two purses in the trunk of her car and locked the vehicle. She returned twenty minutes later to find that someone had broken the window of her car and popped open the trunk lid.

A police safety report indicated that a thief had taken compact discs and the purses containing cash, jewelry, credit cards and her identification.

A break may have occurred in the trailhead case thefts the next day: A Roseville officer checking the Miner's Ravine trailhead parking lot off Sierra College Boulevard because of the recent auto burglaries, saw someone sitting in a car parked very close to an unoccupied vehicle.

The man in the car was on parole. A search of his car turned up a spool of copper wire that police suspect was stolen.

Police later connected him to two March 27 vehicle burglaries at the trailhead on Orvietto Drive. The 30-year-old Carmichael man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing stolen property and other charges.

Detectives are continuing to investigate his possible connection to other trailhead car break-ins.

April 10, 2013
Bicyclist wearing earphones hit by truck in Yuba County

An unhelmeted bicyclist wearing earphones in Yuba County suffered major injuries when she turned into the path of an oncoming pickup despite the cries of her sister to watch out, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Brittany M. Bowers, 21, of Olivehurst was on a bicycle on a ride south on Garden Avenue approaching Arboga Road about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. While waiting for her sister and friend, she turned circles on the roadway, according to a CHP press release.

Bowers failed to hear her sister screaming that a truck was approaching. The driver saw the bicyclist but, as he approached, she turned into the path of his truck, according to the CHP.

Bowers suffered a broken leg, a lacerated liver and other injuries, according to the press release.

April 10, 2013
Details on fatal Ione Road crash released by CHP

The California Highway Patrol said that a U-turn and a passing pickup resulted in the fatal crash over the weekend on a country road between Ione and Rancho Murieta.

Gerard Sprague, 19, of Concord died at UC Davis Medical Center from injuries suffered in the crash. Two others suffered major injuries.

The CHP said that Sprague was a passenger in a car driven by Adam S. Vanlandingham, 20, of Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, southbound on Ione Road, just south of Carbondale Road, early Saturday morning.

Jeffrey P. Allgeyer, 48, of Ione, approaching in the same direction, saw Vanlandingham's car stopped, according to the CHP. Vanlandingham was about to make a U-turn.

Allgeyer's pickup truck began to pass the car in the northbound lane when Vanlandingham started a U-turn, causing a violent crash of the pickup into the driver's side of his car, according to the CHP.

Vanlandingham, Sprague and another passenger in the car, Xavier D. Ward, 21, of Pittsburg, suffered major injuries. Sprague died later that same day.

Allgeyer suffered minor injuries. The CHP said only the drivers of the vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

The collision is still under investigation.

April 9, 2013
Investigation under way after woman dropped off at hospital with gunshot wounds

A 25-year-old woman was in surgery this evening after being dropped off at Sutter Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the Sacramento Police Department was contacted by the hospital after the the woman was dropped off there by someone in a vehicle. The vehicle was found to be registered to an owner with an address on Lincoln Village Drive, in the Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.

Ramos said the woman's husband later returned to the hospital, where he was detained by police. He provided information indicating that the shooting had occurred in the 9800 block of Lincoln Village Drive.

Ramos said sheriff's deputies have found evidence of a shooting at that location and are conducting and investigation. He said investigators are interviewing the husband and have yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

April 9, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to men arrested in young woman's drug-related death?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I was wondering whatever happened to the men that were arrested in connection with the death of William Kempton's daughter?
Submitted by: Bill McCormick, Sacramento

ANSWER: Andres Arturo Tostado and Jacob Edwards were arrested in connection with the 2007 death of 21-year-old Summer Kempton, daughter of then state Department of Transportation Director Will Kempton.

April 9, 2013
El Dorado County volunteers offer home security services

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Team of Active Retirees -- STAR -- is offering two programs to help residents improve home security when they are away from their residences and on vacation.

The STAR Unit offers training, literature and outlines to help residents establish Neighborhood Watch programs for their neighborhood. The unit also will provide a one-time presentation about the program to an interested street or neighborhood.

STAR will also provide vacation checks of homes when residents are on vacation. While on patrol, STAR volunteers stop by the home, check the perimeter and make sure that the residence is in good condition and hasn't been a victim of crime. If they find a problem, the volunteers alert sheriff's deputies so they can investigate. The house checks are offered at least twice a week to homeowners on vacation.

The vacation house checks and help in establishing Neighborhood Watch programs are available free of charge to anyone living in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County. To request services, or information about becoming a STAR volunteer, call the Placerville STAR office at (530) 621-7545, or the Tahoe office, (530) 573-3005.

April 9, 2013
Placer County class to focus on business security issues

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is offering a free class April 25 to help business owners protect themselves and their businesses.

The class is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Loomis Depot conference room, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis. Topics for discussion include identity theft and counterfeiting, dealing with transients, high-tech crimes, business security, crime reporting and arrests, internal theft, and trespassing and parking concerns.

Reservations are due by April 22. For more information or to sign up for the class, call Lynn Harrison, community services officer, at (916) 652-2419, or email

April 9, 2013
Stun gun used to steal beers near Arden Way

Sacramento police said a man was robbed of his just-purchased beers after being touched with a stunning device.

The man was walking from store in the 2000 block of Point West Way near Arden Way about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday with two beers and energy drinks when he was approached from behind.

He was then touched with an electrical stun gun that left him unable to stop the female robber from taking his purchases. The robber fled.

April 9, 2013
Pedestrian dies from injuries suffered in Sunday crash

A woman has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a car while crossing a street in Arden Arcade.

The California Highway Patrol said that Laura Barnes, 54, of North Highlands was crossing Watt Avenue near Barberry Lane about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when she was stuck by a car traveling southbound at about 35 mph.

The CHP said that that Barnes suffered major injuries and was transported to UC Davis Medical Center. She died the next day.

The CHP said that Barnes was not within a marked crosswalk.

April 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1996 Laguna Creek slaying?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I am trying to find an article about an old friend that died on Aug. 29, 1996. His name was Florentino Mayorga Jr., "Tino". I wanted to know if they ever found how he died and if anyone was ever convicted.
Submitted by: Nicole, Sacramento

ANSWER:Trevor James Heard and Fernando George Loya were found guilty of second-degree murder in the August 1996 slaying of 20-year-old Florentino Mayorga.

April 8, 2013
Rancho Cordova man dies in crash in Placer County

A Rancho Cordova man died early Sunday morning after he reportedly lost control of his car on Auburn Folsom Road in Placer County.

Matthew Bohling, 29, was driving a blue Honda Civic northbound on Auburn Folsom Road about 1:57 a.m., approaching Eagle View Lane, when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled across the southbound lanes and off the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

After leaving the roadway, the Honda struck two concrete poles, a fire hydrant and a tree, officials said. Bohling was pronounced dead at the scene by South Placer Fire District personnel.

CHP officials said the cause of the crash is under investigation, and it has not been determined whether alcohol or drugs were factors.