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July 31, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in death of Citrus Heights man shot at his computer?

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

QUESTION: "Bob" of Citrus Heights was shot execution style in back of the head while sitting at his computer while his roommate slept and never heard a sound. This murder took place in his apartment 12 to 14 years ago. Are there any suspects or convictions?
Submitted by: Kathy, Orangevale

ANSWER: The shooting death of 44-year-old Robert Thomas Newberry on July 26, 2005, remains unsolved.

July 31, 2013
Woman accused of pulling knife on Amtrak conductor arrested in Davis

A San Francisco woman was arrested by Davis police after she was accused of brandishing a knife at an Amtrak conductor.

About 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the Amtrak station, where they detained the woman, identified as Monyea Monique Johnson, 27.

During their investigation, officers determined that she had been asked to exit the train at the Davis station because she had not paid for a ticket. Johnson reportedly became agitated and spit on the conductor. She also allegedly pointed a knife at and threatened the conductor. The woman put the knife away before police arrived.

July 31, 2013
Rocklin police seek burglary, identity theft suspect

Rocklin suspect.jpgRocklin suspect vehicle.jpgRocklin police seek help identifying a suspect in a case involving burglary and identity theft.

On June 18, a purse was stolen from a vehicle at Sierra College. The victim's credit card subsequently was used at a local gas station and several others businesses in and around Rocklin, according to a Police Department news release.

Two people were seen driving what police described as a 2010 or newer Toyota 4 Runner (pictured) with a white-colored paper dealer plate and white writing on the front of the vehicle.

July 31, 2013
Woodland woman accused of assaulting police officer

A woman was arrested this morning after allegedly assaulting a Woodland police officer as he attempted to take her into custody.

Officers were called to a car wash at 120 W. Lincoln Ave. about 8:48 a.m. regarding a report of a woman yelling, throwing objects and hitting the curb with a metal object.

An officer arrived and identified the woman as Ruby Marina Lucero, 33, of Woodland. She became physically combative with the officer, and a second officer arrived to assist in trying to handcuff the woman, according to a Police Department news release.

July 31, 2013
Placer detectives seek to identify home burglary suspects

Placer suspect 1.jpgPlacer suspect 2.pngThe Placer County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying four suspects in the July 16 burglary of a Roseville-area home.

Among items taken from the home on Whyte Avenue was an ATM card. The suspects reportedly attempted to use the card at a Carmichael ATM. Authorities released photos taken of the individuals during that transactions.

One suspect is a woman and the other three are men, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective Chris Glaspell at (916) 652-2445. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests are asked to call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191.
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July 31, 2013
Update: Police report suspect vehicle in Arden Fair shooting located

Sacramento police are searching for two Hispanic men who fled in a four-door Mitsubishi after a shooting in an Arden Fair Mall parking garage, according to authorities.

Police report that a vehicle believed to have been related to the shooting has been located, but no one has been taken into custody.

The men are described as 18 to 21 years old and wearing white t-shirts, said police Officer Michele Gigante.

No one was hurt.

The shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. on the first-floor of the parking garage outside Macy's, Gigante said. Inside the mall, the two victims and two suspects got into an argument, and the fight spilled outside to the parking garage.

At that point, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fired at the two victims but missed, Gigante said. The suspects immediately fled the scene. An off-duty Sacramento police officer working security for the mall was the first to respond; others quickly joined him.

Gang detectives are on scene to assist officers in the investigation, Gigante said. Part of the parking garage is taped off.

Steve Reed, head of mall security, said officers are reviewing surveillance footage.

"There's usually not a place around here we don't get (on) video," he said, referring to the mall's extensive surveillance system.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Sacramento police at (916) 264-5471.

July 31, 2013
Jury fails to reach verdict on defendant's second murder count.

The same Sacramento County jury that convicted Luis Prudente on one count of murder has failed to reach a verdict on a second killing, and Judge Marjorie Koller on Tuesday declared a mistrial.

Sacramento prosecutors have not decided yet whether to retry Prudente, 20, who was accused of murder in the fatal Oct. 23, 2009, hit-and-run on El Camino Avenue that left Julian Juan Dearcos, 35, dead, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Kane.

Koller set Prudente's next court date for Aug. 12. He faces a scheduled Aug. 27 sentencing for his first-degree murder conviction in the Nov. 27, 2010, shooting death of Jesse Dean Jones, 15. Authorities said the Jones killing was gang-related.

July 31, 2013
Two suffer major injuries after collision with CHP cruiser

Two people are in the hospital with major injuries after their car was struck by a California Highway Patrol officer responding, with lights and sirens, to another injury collision, the agency said today.

The officer tried to avoid striking the Infiniti after it turned into the path of the cruiser, but was not successful, the CHP said in a news release. The officer suffered minor injuries.

The occupants of the Infiniti - a 68-year-old Roseville resident, who was driving, and a 23-year-old passenger from Sacramento - remain in the hospital but are in stable condition and are said to be improving, said CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley. They have not been identified.

July 31, 2013
Former NBA players' investment adviser from Granite Bay sentenced to 16 months in tax fraud scheme

By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com

A former Roseville accountant has received a 16-month jail term in connection with a $4.5 million tax fraud scheme.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris said Larry Harmon, 48, a Granite Bay resident, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court.

The scheme revolved around fraudulent claims for tax returns on defaulted car loans. State officials said fraudulent claims were filed on behalf of Harmon's company, Larry Harmon & Associates.

July 31, 2013
UPDATE: Knights Landing man identified as motorcyclist who died in crash near Esparto

A motorcyclist who died this morning in a collision near Esparto has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as 61-year-old Denis Fred Bartz Sr. of Knights Landing.

A Woodland man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving but later released in connection with the death.

Manuel Perez, 60, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol officers after a crash that occurred about 6 a.m. today on County Road 85 near County Road 15b north of Esparto.

Officers said Perez was driving a pickup on a gravel road when he came to a stop at the end of the roadway. The CHP said that when he began to turn left onto northbound County Road 85 Perez failed to see Bartz on a Harley Davidson motorcycle approaching from the southbound direction.

July 31, 2013
Missing Foothill Farms man has been found

DemyanikAn 83-year-old man who went missing more than two weeks ago was found on Tuesday.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department was searching for Bronislav Demanyik, reportedly last seen leaving his Foothill Farms home for church on July 14. He did not return home and was considered to be at-risk.

July 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1993 shooting deaths of boys found at light-rail station?

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

QUESTION: Several years ago there were two young boys found murdered and their bodies stuffed under a bench at a Rancho Cordova light-rail station. Was anyone ever arrested for these murders?
Submitted by: Rpierce, Sacramento

ANSWER: The 1993 slayings of Dominic Namnard, 13, and Jone Vongkhamsomphou, 12, remain unsolved.

July 30, 2013
Academy to acquaint El Dorado County residents with law enforcement procedures

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

The 17-week academy, which begins Aug. 27, is intended to familiarize El Dorado County residents with aspects of law enforcement and the Sheriff's Office's role in the community.

The Sheriff's Office has instituted concepts of community-oriented policing and problem solving. The program aims to open a positive line of communication with citizens and involve the community in some of the decisions regarding law enforcement, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

July 30, 2013
South Sac woman gets 10 years for shooting to death another woman

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A shooting death on drug-troubled Loucreta Drive resulted Tuesday in a 10-year sentence for the woman who pulled the trigger.

Andreawanna Giavonniel Clemmons, 21, drew the term as a result of her no-contest plea to voluntary manslaughter in the 3:10 a.m., July 18, 2012, killing of Lisa Bisher, 38.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge John P. Winn's sentence affirmed a plea agreement between Sacramento prosecutors and Clemmons' attorney, Dionne E. Choyce.

The outcome did not go over well with the victim's father, Kenneth Bisher.

July 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances in death of woman slain by roommates?

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

QUESTION: I'm asking for answers about the murder of Oletha Arnetta Bradford in 1997. There were four women involved/convicted.
Submitted by: Willie Allen, Soledad

ANSWER: The body of Oletha Bradford, 32, was found Oct. 25, 1997 in a drainage canal along San Juan Road, west of Interstate 5. She had been severely beaten and her throat slit with a utility knife.

July 29, 2013
Two men plead guilty to Sacramento armored car robbery

Two men accused of attempting to rob an armored car outside a Florin Road Walmart store pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento.

Raymell Lamar Eason, 43, and Keith Lamont Smith, 36, both of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob an armored car and attempted robbery of an armored car, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, on April 17, 2012, Eason and Smith planned to rob an armored car in the Walmart parking lot on Florin Road. They had scouted the location on previous occasions and planned to use a Taser gun on a Garda Logistics Services armored car guard.

July 29, 2013
Rocklin man will not face any charges in fatal confrontation

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The Placer County District Attorney announced Monday it will not press charges against 20-year-old Zachary Raymond Kachmar in connection with the death of Robert Vickney Jr., calling the incident an "unnecessary and avoidable tragedy" caused by "consumption of alcohol combined with a volatile temper."

The announcement comes more than a week after Kachmar, pictured, was released from Placer County jail after being arrested in connection with Vickney's death. At the time of his release, the Placer County district attorney released a statement indicating that Kachmar may have been acting "without criminal intent" at a party where Vickney died.

The district attorney's office now claims that Robert Vickney Jr., 51, attacked Kachmar at a party held at Vickney's residence July 13 after Kachmar broke a shot glass.

July 29, 2013
Inmate death at Corcoran prison ruled suicide

The death of an inmate last Monday at California State Prison-Corcoran has been ruled a suicide, despite claims by inmate advocates that it may have resulted from an ongoing hunger strike.

Sell P41250.JPGKings County Chief Deputy Coroner Tom A. Edmonds said this morning that the inmate, 32-year-old Billy Michael Sell (pictured), died from "ligature strangulation."

"It's going to be a suicidal death," Edmonds said.

July 29, 2013
Placer SPCA issues warning after dog is thrown from pickup

Tundra_B.JPGPlacer SPCA officials are reminding motorists not to transport dogs in the bed of a pickup unless the animal is restrained or in a cage after one pooch was recently thrown hard to the pavement.

On July 15, a dog renamed Tundra by the SPCA, was in the back of a truck approaching a traffic light at Blue Oaks Boulevard and Diamond Creek in Roseville when the driver stepped on the gas to beat a light.

That threw Tundra, a young female Pit Bull, against the tailgate and out of the bed of the truck. She rolled along the pavement before skidding to a stop.

July 28, 2013
Rocklin police chase ends in three-car crash

A stolen car filled with juveniles crashed into two other vehicles as it sped away from Rocklin Police Sunday afternoon.

The chase started at about 4 p.m., after officers tried to pull the car over on Interstate 80 for a traffic violation, according to a press release from the Rocklin Police Department. When the officer turned his lights on the driver of the car sped away. A license plate check confirmed the vehicle was stolen.

Police chased the car onto the offramp on Douglas Boulevard, where it collided with two vehicles. The driver of the car tried to run away, but was soon arrested along with his two passengers.

The minors were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. A driver of one of the cars that was struck also was taken to an area hospital.

July 28, 2013
Rancho Cordova grass fires suspicious, fire officials say

An arsonist may be to blame for a string of grass fires that burned a combined 46 acres along the American River in Rancho Cordova, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department spokeswoman said today.

Investigators have determined that the fires, which burned near one another on different days, were not started by natural causes, such as lightning or sparks from machines, said Capt. Michelle Eidam, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department. Because of this, they think one or multiple arsonists may have started the fires, she said.

"There's somebody in that area we want to catch," Eidam said.

The fires occurred over the space of three days last week near El Manto Drive in the American River Parkway.

Wednesday at 11 a.m.: Firefighters fought and extinguished a three-acre fire.

Friday at 2 p.m.: Two fires merged to form a 40-acre blaze.

Saturday at 9 p.m.: Fire crews battled a three-acre fire.

So far, no houses or people have been threatened by the blazes, Eidam said.

"Before anyone else gets injured, let's find them and stop them," Eidam said.

To report a tip in this case, call the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department's at (916)859-3775.

July 28, 2013
Woman allegedly breaks into home, beats residents

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An Auburn woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say she barged into a house and began beating the residents.

The Auburn Police Department arrested Amanda Standridge, 26, shortly after arriving at a home on the 200 block of Lincoln Way, where a physical fight had been reported.

Police say Standridge, pictured, illegally entered the home and began fighting a woman who lived there. When a male resident tried to intervene, police say she beat him, causing minor injuries. Then, according to police, she chased the woman with a knife and broke several windows in the house.

Standridge was taken to Placer County Jail, where she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vandalism and trespassing. Bail was set at $25,000.

July 28, 2013
Man taken to hospital after neighbors rescue him from fire

A man was taken to an area hospital early today after inhaling smoke during a fast-moving apartment fire.

The man, who has not been named, was removed from a burning apartment by his neighbors, then treated by paramedics, before he was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department did not have an update on the man's condition as of 3 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters were sent to the fire at the 2700 block La Verta Court in Rancho Cordova at about 1:45 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the blaze was quickly spreading to the second floor of the apartment, and started evacuating residents of the apartment.

The fire charred 8 apartments and displaced 12 people before firefighters put the blaze out, according to a press release from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes of their arrival.

July 27, 2013
Driver arrested after car chase, three passengers go to hospital

By Brittany Torrez
btorrez@sacbee.com
Three occupants of a stolen vehicle, including two young children, were taken to an area hospital MCGEE, MATTHEW-23.JPGafter a brief car case led to the arrest of the car's 23-year-old driver for investigation of vehicle theft, Sacramento police said today.

The motorist, identified as Matthew McGee, fled in the car from the area of Bell Avenue and Raley Boulevard after officers identified the vehicle as stolen.

During the brief chase, which occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, the car struck a pole and traffic signal equipment before McGee jumped from the driver's seat and fled on foot.

After he was captured, police discovered the children, ages 6 and 2, in the back seat.

Both children were taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said. Their mother was taken to the hospital for treatment.

In addition to the vehicle theft charge, McGee was booked for investigation of felony child endangerment, felony hit and run and resisting arrest.

July 27, 2013
Woman arrested on suspicion of drug possession, child-endangerment

By Brittany Torrez
btorrez@sacbee.com

A woman is in jail and her 3-year-old daughter in protective custody today, afterThumbnail image for BELSON.jpg Sacramento Police said they found her in a truck with drugs and her daughter in the passenger seat.

At 3:43 p.m. this afternoon, officers responded to a welfare check on a woman asleep at the wheel of a truck at S and 18th St., according to a press release by the Sacramento Police Department.

When officers arrived, the release said, they found the driver was awake and in the driver's seat. Narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle and within reach of the toddler, it said.

Teig Belson-Hekkala, 27, was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of narcotics and felony child endangerment. The daugter was transported to the Children's Receiving Home.

Call The Bee's Brittany Torrez, (916) 321-1103. Follow her on Twitter @BrittTorrez.

July 27, 2013
Inmate death at Corcoran prison under investigation

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Corrections officials are investigating the death Monday of an inmate at California State Prison-Corcoran as a suicide, despite claims by inmate advocates that the prisoner was participating in a hunger strike and had been asking for medical help.
Supporters of inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike for three weeks claim that inmate Billy Michael Sell, 32, was taking part in the strike when he died in the Security Housing Unit. A press release from the advocates claims the inmate had been "requesting medical attention for several days prior to his death."
Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said in an email this afternoon that officials are investigating the death of a 32-year-old inmate Monday as a suicide.

July 27, 2013
13-year-old girl dies at Camp Sacramento

By Brittany Torrez
btorrez@sacbee.com

A 13-year-old girl is dead after she suddenly stopped breathing Friday night at Camp Sacramento, off Highway 50 in El Dorado County, officials said today.

According to a press release from the the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Friday night, deputies responded to Camp Sacramento to assist paramedics with the girl.

Paramedics were performing CPR as deputies arrived and the girl was transported via ambulance to Barton Memorial Hospital, the release said, where she was pronounced dead at approximately 12:30 a.m. today.

The cause of death is unknown pending further investigation by the El Dorado County Coroner. The girl's family members were present during the incident. The girl's name was not released.

Call The Bee's Brittany Torrez, (916) 321-1103. Follow her on Twitter @BrittTorrez.

July 26, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1987 slaying of Sacramento musician?

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

QUESTION: I'm trying to find out any information on the death of Bruce Lee, a Sacramento musician who was born Dec. 20, 1949, and died Dec. 29, 1987. His body was discovered covered with tarps in back of a truck at the Truckadero on Stockton Boulevard.
Submitted by: Rick Schultze, Yachats, Ore

ANSWER: John James Bruce Lee, a 1966 Sacramento High School graduate who went on to a successful career as an entertainer, was found dead on his 38th birthday inside a sleeping bag in the bed of his pickup truck behind a truck stop on Stockton Boulevard.

July 26, 2013
Man convicted of assaulting girlfriend, good Samaritan

A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend, then punching a good Samaritan who came to her aid has been found guilty by a Sacramento County jury.

Timothy Hurst, 25, was convicted of six counts, including domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.

After repeatedly choking his live-in girlfriend, Hurst followed her down the street after she attempted to escape, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. A young man saw the situation escalating and intervened. Hurst then repeatedly punched the man, rendering him unconscious, and robbed him of his belongings.

Hurst is to be sentenced Aug. 23 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras.

July 26, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting teen

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 42 years in state prison.

A Sacramento County jury found Sylvester Isaac, 42, guilty of rape of a minor and personally inflicting great bodily injury on the victim. The jury also found true that Isaac had served seven prior prison terms and had been previously convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter, a strike offense, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The case involved two incidents of forcible rape committed by Isaac between February and June of 2011.

July 26, 2013
Hit-and-run driver who fled country headed to prison

A man who abandoned his vehicle following a hit-and-run crash, then reported the car stolen, has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.

Joseph Holyfield pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, hit and run with injury, driving under the influence causing injury and lying to a law enforcement officer, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He also admitted to a previous "strike" conviction for attempted robbery.

On June 24, 2010, Holyfield was returning from boating with family and friends at Rollins Lake, and after consuming approximately 18 beers, officials said. Once home, he took his wife's BMW to meet his drug connection.

July 26, 2013
Infant's death, drug paraphernalia lead to Marysville woman's arrest

A Marysville woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after Yuba County sheriff's deputies reported finding drug paraphernalia in a motel room where an infant died.

Deputies responded Wednesday to motel in the 800 block of North Beale Road in the East Linda area to investigate the death of an 11-day-old girl. In searching the motel room where the death occurred, they found several items of drug paraphernalia, including hypodermic syringes, plastic baggies, scales and other items consistent with narcotics sales, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

They also reported finding an uncapped hypodermic syringe and needle containing a liquid suspected of being heroin. Authorities said the syringe was found close to the ground, within easy reach of a 5-year-old boy who also had been living in the motel room for several days prior to the infant's death.

July 26, 2013
Sacramento police seek identity of armed robbery suspect

Suspect sketch 13-192343 (2) (1).jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released a sketch of one of two suspects sought in connection with five armed robberies reported last weekend.

The same two suspects are believed to have committed the robberies, all of which occurred in the early morning hours Saturday and Sunday, according to a Police Department news release. No injuries were reported during the incidents.

Both suspects were described as males in their late teens or early 20s. The suspect shown in the sketch was described as black, 17 to 23 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and a light complexion. He was reportedly armed with a silver handgun.

July 26, 2013
UPDATE: Advisory lifted for I-5 after hazardous material clean-up

I-5 spill.jpgThe California Highway Patrol reports that a stretch of northbound Interstate 5 between Highway 50 and Garden Highway is now clear following cleanup of a hazardous material spill.

A 100-ton crane was reported leaking oil or hydraulic fluid about 5:30 p.m. Hundreds of gallons had reportedly leaked, making the roadway slippery. Affected was the section of northbound Interstate 5 from the westbound Highway 50 interchange to Garden Highway.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the scene.

Photo courtesy Sacramento Fire Department

July 26, 2013
Information on stolen computer may have led to second home burglary

Yolo County sheriff's detectives have arrested two men in connection with the burglaries of two homes belonging to the same victims.

Ronald Steven McNair of Placerville and Matthew Lee Boyle of Sacramento were taken into custody Thursday after detectives from the Yolo and Placer county sheriff's departments executed a search warrant in the 4900 block of Gardenia Way in Sacramento. The search warrant was a result of a monthlong investigation into the burglaries of a home on Black Hawk Drive in Davis and that victim's vacation home in Soda Springs, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Investigators believe that information contained in the victim's laptop computer, taken in the first burglary, directed the suspects to the victim's vacation home. Both homes were ransacked, and the victims reported the theft of more than $50,000 in personnel property, including electronics, furniture, fine art and sterling silver. Sheriff's officials said several thousand dollars worth of property were recovered.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Yolo County sheriff's investigation unit at (530) 668-5212.

July 26, 2013
UPDATE: Parkway fire contained, burns 40 acres in Rancho Cordova

RC parkway fire.jpgFirefighters have contained a grass fire that burned about 40 acres in the American River Parkway, south of the river in the Rancho Cordova area.

Capt. Chris Quinn of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said the fire was reported about 2 p.m. The first crews arriving spotted what appeared to be two fires, one burning near the El Manto Drive access to the parkway, north of Coloma Road, and the other to the west, near the Rossmoor access.

Additional personnel and resources were requested, including a helicopter and dozers. Quinn said the fires quickly merged into one fire.

July 26, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police warn of Nevada sex offender accused of violating parole

Goetz 1.jpgGoetz 2.jpgGoetz 3.jpgSouth Lake Tahoe police are advising the public to be aware of a convicted sex offender from Incline Village who is not permitted to be in California, but who has allegedly been frequenting South Lake Tahoe in violation his terms of parole in Nevada.

Wesley Goetz (pictured), 55, was convicted in 1998 of felony lewdness with a child younger than 14 and is on lifetime supervision for the crime, according to a Police Department news release. He must adhere to several special conditions, including staying away from areas and businesses that children frequent, and not accessing the Internet without permission.

This month, according to police, Goetz has attempted to falsely obtain a business license from the city of South Lake Tahoe to become a photographer of children, a handyman and a traveling salesman. Police say he also has attempted to conduct an Internet-based business. The city has refused his requests for a business license.

July 26, 2013
Police accuse off-duty CHP officer of sexual misconduct in Arden Fair bathroom

A California Highway Patrol officer is in custody today, accused of inappropriately touching a young man in an Arden Fair Mall bathroom while off-duty earlier this summer, according to Sacramento police.

CLOSSON, JEFFERY-47.jpgOfficers booked Jeffery Closson, 47, into the Sacramento County Main Jail this afternoon on suspicion of sexual battery and disorderly conduct, according to jail booking records. By late afternoon, he had been released on $5,000 bail.

According to Sacramento police, a 22-year-old disabled man reported being inappropriately touched by a man in an Arden Fair Mall bathroom on June 20. Officers reviewed surveillance footage, developed leads in the case and eventually identified Closson as a possible suspect, said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse.

July 26, 2013
Speeding car in Sacramento yields many pounds of pot, CHP says

California Highway Patrol officers said they pulled over a speeding car in Sacramento that contained 57 pounds of marijuana.

Officers said they saw the 2013 Dodge Charger traveling at about 80 mph at 4:30 a.m. Thursday near Interstate 5 and Highway 50. Initially slow to respond to patrol vehicle's emergency lights, the driver eventually exited I-5 at Seamas Avenue and pulled over on Riverside Boulevard.

The officer could smell the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle upon speaking with the driver, Milo Conlin, 37, of Chico, a CHP press release states. The officer could also see two large, sealed plastic bags on the rear seat.

July 26, 2013
Kitten found with cut ears in Roseville is doing better

IMG_0092.JPGA wounded kitten, his ear points cut and whiskers burned by a still uncaught assailant, is making a comeback.

The black kitten dubbed Van, after artist Vincent Van Gogh, who it is said acquired his ear mutilation by his own hand, was found July 9 in the bushes along Vernon Street in Roseville.

A good Samaritan brought the kitten to a veterinary hospital. The tops of each of the cat's ears had been snipped or chopped off.

July 26, 2013
Pepper spray cop files workers' comp claim

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

John Pike, the former UC Davis police lieutenant who was fired after pepper spraying students during a November 2011 protest, has filed a workers' compensation claim stemming from the incident.

Neither Pike nor his attorney could immediately be reached today, but the state's Division of Workers' Compensation website indicates his claim is related to injury to his "nervous system/psychiatric."

A hearing on the claim is scheduled for Aug. 13.

July 26, 2013
UC Davis chemist offered to show lab mate how to build explosives

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

The former UC Davis chemist facing charges after a January blast in his apartment had offered to show a lab mate how to create explosives days beforehand, a police officer testified Friday.

David Snyder appeared in Yolo Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on 17 charges connected to an explosion that forced the evacuation of his Russell Park apartment complex in Davis and required response from Sacramento area bomb squads.

UC Davis police officer Joanne Zekany testified Friday that a student described a Jan. 9 incident when Snyder, technical manual in hand, offered to show how to make the explosive triacetone-triperoxide and called it "Hamas' favorite explosive."

July 26, 2013
Sacramento cops arrest mom after child's alleged fall from van

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A woman was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after a citizen reportedly saw a child fall from her moving vehicle.

The witness reported that the child fell from the hatchback of a van while it was in motion. The child then got back into the vehicle, a Sacramento Police Department activity report states.

Officers caught up with the van when it was arriving at a home in the 3900 block of 82nd Street about 4 p.m. Alissa Charlene Anderson, 22, was identified as the driver.

The child was checked by fire department medical personnel and declared unhurt. Anderson's children were released to the custody of a family member.

She was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of dangerous drugs. Police allege that narcotics were found in her possession.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

July 26, 2013
Man has second thoughts about South Lake Tahoe bank robbery

A clean shaven man in his 70s had second thoughts about robbing a South Lake Tahoe bank on Thursday.

The man entered the El Dorado Savings Bank, 3443 Lake Tahoe Blvd., about 3:30 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was seen.

It then appeared that the man changed his mind about bank robbery, according to a police press release. He left the bank, exiting through the front door.

He was last seen riding away from the bank on a girl's bike with a large basket on the front.

July 26, 2013
Teen bike rider dies in collision near Marysville

A bicyclist was killed when she veered into the path of a car on Highway 70 north of Marysville on Thursday, the California Highway Patrol reports.

Judith Hansen, 19, of Marysville, was riding north on the shoulder along Highway 70 near Laurellen Road about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. For an unknown reason, she allowed her bike to cross the solid white line into the path of a northbound car.

The motorist tried to avoid the cyclist but hit her, causing fatal injuries.

July 25, 2013
Mudslide closes westbound I-80 near Nevada state line

The California Department of Transportation reports that crews are en route to a mudslide on westbound Interstate 80 near the Nevada state line.

Caltrans spokesman Gilbert Mohtes-Chan said the slide occurred about 4 p.m. near Farad Road and has been described as minor. Rain had been reported in the area this afternoon

Mohtes-Chan said traffic cameras showed mud covering the westbound lanes and one eastbound lane. He said the Calfironia Highway Patrol is stopping westbound traffic until Caltrans crews can assess situation.

July 25, 2013
Sacramento woman dies in I-5 crash

A Sacramento woman died Wednesday night when the pickup in which she was riding crossed several lanes of Interstate 5 and hit trees in a Colusa County orchard.

The California Highway Patrol said that Kathleen Leventon, 65, of Citrus Heights was driving southbound on I-5 south of Williams about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday when for unknown reasons she allowed her pickup to enter the center divider.

The pickup then crossed northbound lanes of I-5 before crashing through and a fence and into a walnut orchard where the vehicle hit several trees. The right front passenger, an unidentified 63-year-old Sacramento woman, died at the scene.

Leventon suffered moderate injuries, according to the CHP.

July 25, 2013
Investigation continues into Placer County prisoner death

An investigation continues into the death a Placer County Jail inmate earlier this month.

Anthony D. Skeaton, 24, of Auburn, in jail on charges of being a felon/addict in possession of a firearm, died of an unknown cause.

Skeaton began having a "medical problem" on July 10 at bedtime around 11:30 p.m. while in his bunk in the dormitory-style housing at the main jail, according to a press release. Two officers responded and called for assistance.

July 25, 2013
Arrest made in holdup on Galt street

Galt police quickly arrested a man last night after three citizens were held up on the street by a masked robber with a gun.

Police said that three people were walking at A and Second streets about 11:15 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by an armed man with a bandana hiding his face. He took cash from the victims and fled on foot.

The victims telephoned police with a good description of the robber and the direction he fled. Officers nearby saw someone running from the scene and detained him at gunpoint.

A firearm and the victim's money were recovered.

Zachary Rodriquez, 21, of Galt was booked into jail on suspicion of robbery and carrying a loaded weapon.

July 25, 2013
Placer County pair arrested in alleged marijuana operation

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Two Placer County residents are facing federal charges in connection with an alleged marijuana-trafficking operation using the mails to ship money.

Matthew Luke Gillum of Loomis, identified in court papers as the brains of the outfit, is in custody and will be in court today for a bail hearing.

The government opposes his release.

July 25, 2013
I-80 pedestrian fatal of last week identified by coroner

The name of the man who was killed while crossing Interstate 80 on July 18 in Natomas has been released by the Sacramento County Coroner.

He was identified as 26-year-old Bradly Faulkner. His hometown was not available.

Faulkner was crossing the freeway about 5 a.m. when he was hit on eastbound I-80 just east of Truxel Road by a car traveling at about 65 mph. Faulkner was also hit by two other vehicles after being thrown to the roadway.

July 25, 2013
Folsom police to keep an eye on pedestrian-related wrongs

Folsom police will be targeting pedestrian-related violations for most of the rest of the summer.

During July, August and September, officers will be watching for violations committed by both walkers and motorists when it comes to pedestrian safety. Citations will be written for violations in an effort to create safety and encourage walking, police said in a press release.

July 25, 2013
UPDATE: Two booked in connection with big ATM withdrawal from Rancho Cordova store

Colby Osborne mugshot.jpgAngelia Walls.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has identified the two people taken into custody this morning for allegedly making a withdrawal of an entire ATM from a Rancho Cordova store.

Arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail were Colby Dean Osborne (left photo), 28, and Antelia Kathryn Walls (right photo), 34.

Rancho Cordova police were called about 4 a.m. to the Walgreens pharmacy, 4050 Sunrise Blvd., where the cash machine was ripped from inside the store and the front doors were heavily damaged.

July 25, 2013
Sacramento clampdown on bad behavior that causes motorbike crashes

Sacramento police will be cracking down this weekend on driving habits that cause motorcycle crashes.

From Friday through Sunday, officers will be watching for traffic violations that can result in motorcyclists being hurt or killed. Officers will focus on violations committed by both motorcyclists and drivers of trucks and cars.

Bad driving that causes motorbike crashes includes unsafe lane changes, failure to use turn signals, speeding and use of cell phones while driving.

The state Office of Traffic Safety notes that motorcycle fatalities have soared from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, according to a police press release.

July 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to kidnapper who hid girl at Elk Grove church?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the man who kidnapped a girl and hid her for a period of time? It was about 10 to 15 years ago.
Submitted by: Curious, Sacramento

ANSWER: Kenneth Alvin Michel, a man who suffered from hearing and speech impairments as well as other physical and emotional ills, was sentenced to 62 years and four months in prison for the kidnapping of two girls and the attempted kidnapping of a third.

July 24, 2013
Authorities say water shortages may account for abandoned marijuana gardens

Water shortages may have caused marijuana growers to abandon their crops days before Butte County law enforcement officers raided their gardens.

The Butte County Sheirff's Office Special Enforcement Unit conducted early morning raids Tuesday on two suspected drug trafficking organization marijuana grows in the county's mountain areas. Both gardens were found through the use of the Sheriff's Office's helicopter, according to a news release.

The first raid was conducted in the Concow area near Dogwood Creek. Deputies searched the marijuana garden but were unable to find any suspects. Deputies did discover a large camp area that they said appeared to have been ravaged by bears and other animals.

July 24, 2013
Windshield repair technician sentenced for insurance fraud

A 22-year-old man was sentenced today to two years in state prison after pleading no contest last month to felony insurance fraud in his role as a windshield repair technician.

An investigation by the California Department of Insurance's Urban Auto Task Force determined that Jacob Dufur and an accomplice were employed by a franchise that specialized in repairing small windshield cracks. Between May 7, 2011, and March 19, 2012, Dufur and an accomplice submitted 121 fraudulent work orders to the parent company, Chipio Inc., for payment on windshield repairs that neither of them had made, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

After paying Dufur and his accomplice for the alleged cost of the windshield repairs, the parent company submitted the work orders to the customer's automobile insurance company for payment. The franchise, the parent company and the insurance companies ended up paying $7,373 on the fraudulent work orders.

Authorities said an arrest warrant for insurance fraud has been issued for Dufur's accomplice.

July 24, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man convicted of molesting children

A man accused of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games was convicted today by a Sacramento County jury.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was found guilty of 19 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 as well as one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 with force. On July 15, Haley pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in the case, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home. Three of the victims, who were approximately 6 to 8 years old when the molestation began, were continuously victimized over a period of seven years, authorities said.

July 24, 2013
Sacramento police seek help identifying robbery suspects

Purse snatching suspects.jpgPurse snatching suspect NO. 2.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying two suspects in a Sunday purse-snatching incident that injured a woman.

The robbery occurred at 4:34 p.m. as the 74-year-old victim and her husband were standing in front of a restaurant on Second Street near L Street. Two men approached the woman and grabbed the purse from her shoulder, according to a Police Department news release. The force knocked the woman to the sidewalk, causing injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. Police said the woman was transported to a hospital for treatment.

The suspects (pictured) fled westbound over the Tower Bridge. They were captured on surveillance video just before the incident and running from the area with the woman's purse.

July 24, 2013
Fire officials: Defensible space protected homes from parkway fire

Fire officials say good defensible space helped prevent a fire on the American River Parkway from spreading to homes this morning.

Capt. Chris Quinn of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said that fire was one of two fast-moving grass fires crews responded to within hours of each other.

At 11:36 a.m., they were called to the American River Parkway off El Manto Drive in Rancho Cordova where a grass fire was burning near homes. He said homeowners had provided the recommended 30 feet of defensible space around residences, allowing firefighters to prevent damage to structures.

July 24, 2013
Jury convicts gang member in 2010 murder near Encina High

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Luis Prudente of first-degree murder in the Nov. 27, 2010, shooting death of Jesse Dean Jones.

Jurors this morning said they had not reached a verdict on a second murder count that had been filed on Prudente for the fatal Oct. 23, 2009, hit-and-run killing of Julian Juan Dearcos on El Camino Avenue.

Judge Marjorie Koller sent the jury back into deliberations to continue its discussion on the killing of the 35-year-old Dearcos.

Besides the murder, Prudente, 20, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Jones' 15-year-old girlfriend in what authorities described as a gang-related shotgun attack at the corner of Clinton Road and Wittkop way near Encina High School.

The jury sustained two special-circumstance allegations that Prudente, an admitted gang member, shot and killed Jones in a drive-by and that it was gang-related. The special circumstance findings could result in a life in prison term with no chance of parole for Prudente.

July 24, 2013
UPDATE: Huntington Beach police say suspect in Florin-area house fire appears to have taken own life

Huntington Beach police say it appears the suspect sought in connection with a Florin-area house fire killed another man at a park in the Southern California community, then turned the gun on himself.

The body of 32-year-old Abraham Felmley was found Tuesday in Huntington Beach's Bartlett Park along with that of another man, identified today by police as Robert Andres Duran, 49, of Huntington Beach.

In a posting on the department's Facebook page, Huntington Beach police said detectives believe Felmley shot and killed Duran in the heavily wooded park before taking his own life. They said a weapon was recovered at the scene, but it is not known whether that weapon was involved in the deaths of Felmley's grandfather and uncle at the Florin-area house, or a Monday carjacking in Merced.

July 24, 2013
Court rules UC Davis cop names must be released, pending appeal

A state appellate court has ruled that the names of UC Davis police officers involved in the 2011 pepper spray incident on campus are public record and must be released, but there is no guarantee the names will be revealed soon.

The First Appellate District of the state Court of Appeal ruled in favor of The Bee and the Los Angeles Times, which had sued seeking release of the officer names.

The ruling marks the third time a court has said the names should be released, but each time the order was stayed to give the officers' union, the Federated University Police Officers Association, a chance to appeal.

July 24, 2013
South Lake Tahoe homicide victim identified

A South Lake Tahoe man who was stabbed to death Saturday near a residential complex has been identified by officials.

Police said Julian Acevedo Salvador, 28, was stabbed following an altercation near the Americana Village Suites, an apartment complex just south of Highway 50.

The suspect, identified as a white male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, is still at large.

According to police, the suspect was walking on Pioneer Trail, not far from the Heavenly gondola, when he got into a confrontation with Salvador and two other men.

Salvador was taken by family members to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, where he died, according to police.

July 24, 2013
Traffic signals working again near Rio Vista

Signal lights at Highway 160 and Highway 12 near the Rio Vista bridge are working again following an accident that disabled an electrical power box.

A construction crew performing work for Caltrans at the intersection hit the electrical box that supplied power to the traffic signals around midnight. During much of the morning commute, the signal lights at the four-way stop were flashing red.

An electrical contractor was called in to make repairs to the power box.

July 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to law students accused of beheading exotic bird in Las Vegas?

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

QUESTION: Several months ago, The Bee printed a story about three Berkeley law students who reportedly chased a pet parrot down an alley and beheaded it. Whatever happened as a result of the court case?
Submitted by: Helen Dadmehr, Sacramento

ANSWER: Justin Teixeira, a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Placerville resident, was accused of killing and torturing an exotic bird at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2012.

July 23, 2013
Man wanted in connection with fire found dead in So. Cal.

By Kurt Chirbas

kchirbas@sacbee.com

Abraham Felmley, the parolee named as a person of interest in the Florin-area house fire that claimed the lives of his grandfather and uncle, was one of two men found dead Tuesday afternoon in Huntington Beach, police said.

At about 12:51 p.m., a caller reported seeing what appeared to be two bodies in Huntington Beach's Bartlett Park. Police soon arrived and discovered the bodies in the bushes.

Both men appeared to suffer from gun shot wounds, authorities said.

The identity of the second body and the cause of death for either victim has not yet been determined, the Huntington Beach Police Department reported Tuesday evening.

Felmley's death caps a statewide search for the 32-year-old man who was wanted for questioning about his connection to a house fire that occurred a day early.

July 23, 2013
Man sentenced to prison in shooting death outside bar

A man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for a fatal shooting outside a bar on Fruitridge Road in 2011.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Oscar Gaspar, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Jesus Garcia. He was sentenced Monday by Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

On Sept. 4, 2011, while at the Idle Hour bar, Gaspar's girlfriend falsely accused Garcia of being one of a group of men who raped her almost two years earlier, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Gaspar left, contacted a friend who gave him a gun, then returned to the bar.

Later, as the bar was about to close, Gaspar went outside and hid behind a car until Garcia walked out of the bar. He waited until Garcia walked past him, then stepped out and fired six shots, hitting Garcia five times in the back.

July 23, 2013
Man arrested after alleged screwdriver assault in Arden Arcade

Carl Harris mugshot.jpgA man accused of attacking another man with a screwdriver at an Arden Arcade apartment complex was subsequently apprehended by a Sacramento County Sheriff's K-9 unit.

Carl Harris (pictured), 29, was booked into Sacramento County Jail this afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

About noon today, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Howe Ave. regarding a report that someone had been stabbed. Deputies were told that a man, later identified as Harris, had approached the victim to speak with him. As the victim attempted to walk away, Harris allegedly removed a screwdriver from his pants pocket and stabbed the victim with it, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The victim suffered a cut to his head.

Harris ran from the scene, but he was found trying to hide outside in the area of an upstairs landing at the apartment complex. He was apprehended by the sheriff's K-9 unit and taken into custody without further incident. Sheriff's officials said Harris was treated for a minor injury but did not require hospitalization.

July 23, 2013
Man convicted of sexually assaulting disabled teenager

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 28-year-old man of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who has severe mental and physical handicaps.

Carlos Mesinas on Monday was found guilty of forcible sexual intercourse, rape of a disabled female and commission of a lewd and lascivious act upon a 14-year-old child, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true the allegation that the victim was 14 years old at the time of the sexual assault.

On June 14, 2012, Mesinas forcibly raped the girl. The victim has cerebral palsy, has severe mental and physical handicaps, and does not move or speak, officials said. Mesinas made a video recording of a portion of the rape using the camera on his cell phone.

July 23, 2013
Man who flew Channel 3 helicopter arrested for flying without a license

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

A man who often posed as a helicopter pilot and flew at least once last year for KCRA-TV, Channel 3, was arrested in upstate New York Monday on a warrant out of Sacramento, where he is under federal indictment for flying without a license.

John M. Dial, 57, made an initial appearance before a U. S. magistrate judge in Syracuse, N. Y., and was ordered detained without bail and transported to Sacramento.

July 23, 2013
Dog rescued from Rancho Cordova apartment fire

Firefighters rescued a small dog from an apartment fire this afternoon in Rancho Cordova.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. for a report of smoke showing from an apartment at 2081 West La Loma Drive. While en route, they were advised that a child might be unaccounted for at that location.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from the doorway of a second-floor apartment and immediately searched the residence to make sure all the occupants were safe.

July 23, 2013
Clean up of diesel spill along Highway 50 highway today

A crew is expected to clean up a diesel spill today at a West Sacramento highway off ramp where a truck crashed on Monday, according the California Highway Patrol.

A 21-year-old Citrus Heights truck driver traveling eastbound on Highway 50 who exited at Harbor Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Monday ended up losing control of his vehicle.

The driver was unable to steer through the right hand turn and his truck and the trailer he was pulling went off the roadway and up the steep embankment along the Harbor Boulevard overcrossing, the CHP stated in a press release.

The three-axel truck overturned and a fuel tank was punctured. An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the soft dirt.

The driver was not injured but the truck suffered major damage. An environmental service company will clean up the diesel today, but it is not known if the off ramp will be closed to do the work, according to the CHP.

July 22, 2013
Davis man accused of videotaping under girls' clothing

Tyler Dean Luke.jpgA 32-year-old Davis man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of videotaping young girls under their clothing as they walked through a local store.

Davis police were called to the Target store at 4601 Second St. about 1:45 p.m. regarding a man who was possibly videotaping young girls. When officers arrived, they attempted to contact the man, who was later identified at Tyler Dean Luke (pictured). When Luke spotted the officers, he tried to run away but was quickly caught, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said Luke resisted officers' efforts to take him into custody and struggled with them, but officers were able to subdue him.

July 22, 2013
Cross-country campaign aims to prevent I-80 fatalities

The California Highway Patrol is joining 10 other state highway patrol agencies nationwide in the I-80 Challenge, an eight-day campaign that aims to prevent fatalities on the 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 from California to New York.

Beginning Wednesday and continuing through July 31, highway patrol officers will step up traffic safety, enforcement and education efforts along I-80, according to a CHP news release.

The campaign was organized by the Iowa State Patrol after research identified an increase in traffic fatalities along Interstate 80 during the summer vacation period. Statistically, someone dies in a collision ever eight days on I-80 in California, officials said. Of those fatalities, 22 percent are speed related, 4 percent are attributed to distracted driving, 27 percent are alcohol related and 30 percent involve failure to wear a seat belt.

July 22, 2013
Two suspects sought in armed robbery of Woodland market

Woodland police are looking for two men following the armed robbery of a local market this afternoon.

Officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to the In and Out Market at 174 College St. When they arrived, they were told that two men, 19 to 25 years old and armed with handguns, had robbed the store of an undetermined amount of money and cigarettes.

The men were last seen running northbound on College Street.

July 22, 2013
Six-year-old Latrobe boy drowns in El Dorado County lake

A 6-year-old Latrobe boy drowned Sunday at Jenkinson Lake in El Dorado County's Sly Park area.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies, along with sheriff's marine units, U.S. Forest rangers, a Forest Service canine unit, fire department personnel and a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded about 4 p.m. to a report that the boy was missing along the shore of the lake in the Bumpy Meadows picnic area, a Sheriff's Department news release states. El Dorado Irrigation District personnel and visitors to the lake already were searching for the child.

The youngster, identified as Trip Demetri, was located about 5:20 p.m. underwater about 10 feet from the shore. He died at the scene.

Sheriff's officials said the boy was visiting the lake with his father and sister and had last been seen playing in the water with his sister.

July 22, 2013
Man, dog stabbed at Citrus Heights apartment complex

Citrus Heights police are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a man and his dog at an apartment complex this morning.

Officers responded about 9:53 a.m. to the 7400 block of Auburn Oaks Court and arrived to find a man who had suffered stab wounds. The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the man's dog also was stabbed, but the animal's injuries also were not believed to be life-threatening. An animal control officer responded to the scene.

July 22, 2013
Newcastle man ferrying Boy Scouts dies in head-on collision

By Kurt Chirbas

kchirbas@sacbee.com

A Boy Scouts leader killed in a five-car pile-up on Highway 20 Sunday morning was identified as Robert Wayne Garrison, 55, of New Castle, the Mendocino County Sheriff/Corner's Office reported Monday morning.

Garrison was driving five Boy Scout members, including his son and four other Placer County youths, in a Honda Odyssey when his van was struck head-on by a Ford truck and then from the side by a Dodge truck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

All five passengers in Honda Odyssey were hospitalized. Two of the passengers --the driver's son, Sean Garrison, 15, of New Castle, and Mason Shields, 17, of New Castle -- are in critical condition from injuries sustained in the collision, according to the CHP.

The other Boy Scouts in the van were Anthony Marlatte, 18, of Auburn; Grant Bowell, 17, of Auburn; and Ayden Danovaro, 12, of Auburn.

July 22, 2013
Report: 1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Lake Tahoe

A single engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Lake Tahoe Airport late Monday morning, apparently killing the male pilot and injuring his wife, according to Lake Tahoe News.

The names of the Palo Alto couple were not released Monday, but the woman was apparently conscious when she was airlifted by Calstar to Renown Medical Center in Reno, according to the paper. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

According to the Lake Tahoe News, the plane took off from the Lake Tahoe Airport around 11:15 a.m., banked to the right, lost altitude and crashed about three-quarters of a mile east of the airport.

A Calstar flight nurse, Beth Frisby, who was walking in the area, was first on the scene. She called her husband, Damian Frisby a deputy with El Dorado County Sheriff, who was able to track her location via GPS on her phone. She was assessing the condition of the plane occupants when crews arrived.

"A lot of fuel was leaking, so we were concerned when we got here," Lt. Pete VanArnum, spokesman for El Dorado County Sheriff's told the Lake Tahoe News. He also said it was lucky that the plane did not explode or cause much of a fire.

July 22, 2013
Murder trial begins in killing of Rancho Cordova park district official

dupree.JPGProsecution and defense attorneys gave their opening statements today in the murder trial of Dupree Pierre Barber, who is accused in the Jan. 23, 2012, shooting death of Rancho Cordova park district maintenance superintendent Steven Ebert.

Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard laid out the prosecution's case. He told jurors to expect to hear a steady stream of evidence against the 49-year-old defendant, a laid-off employee of the Cordova Recreation and Park District who had a "very hostile" relationship with Elbert, his 59-year-old boss.

Norgaard told jurors the evidence will show that Barber purchased a car believed to have been used in the killing a few days before Ebert was fatally shot near the park's maintenance office at Hagan Community Park. Investigators located the car close to the homicide scene and found a gun inside that matched up to a bullet recovered from where Ebert was shot, Norgaard said. Automobile wreckage discovered near the shooting location also pieced up to what the prosecution described as the car Barber used to drive up on Ebert and shoot him.

July 22, 2013
UPDATE: Person of interest named in house fire that left 2 dead


By Ben Mullin bmullin@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department has named a person of interest in connection with a fire in southeastern Sacramento County that left a father and son dead on Monday.

Police are seeking Abraham Felmley, 32, who authorities said was seen driving a pickup truck that was discovered missing from the French Road home where the fire occurred. The occupants of the house were Chesley Felmley, 84, and his son, Dennis Porter Felmley, 64, said Daniel Felmley, another of Chesley's sons.

The familial relationship between Abraham Felmley and the rest of the family was not clear Monday night.

A man matching Abraham Felmley's description carjacked a Modesto fisherman at gunpoint at about 3 p.m. Monday, then smashed the man's cellphone, police said. The suspect may be driving the fisherman's green 1992 Toyota Camry, said Jason Ramos, a spokesman for the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

Felmley is a parolee, Ramos said.

July 22, 2013
Rash of midtown armed robberies has police on alert

Sacramento police are investigating four armed robberies one attempted robbery on midtown streets over the weekend.

Police have taken steps to saturate the midtown with officers since the rash of stickups.

There did not appear to be any similar holdups overnight. Detectives are investigating the crimes today.

July 21, 2013
Wrong-way driver was Sacramento man, officers say

The driver who allegedly drove the wrong way on I-5 Saturday evening, causing two crashes and sending three people to the hospital, was identified as Anthony Sabala, 65, of Sacramento, said California Highway Patrol officials Sunday.

"He is facing charges of felony DUI," said Officer Lizz Dutton, spokeswoman for CHP, adding that he has been placed under arrest.

Sabala was listed in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center Sunday.

At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Sabala was allegedly driving the wrong way on Highway 99, when he crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5.

The driver of a northbound blue Honda saw Sabala's vehicle and swerved to the right, hitting a silver Mercedes SUV. Two people in the Honda, a man and a woman, were not hurt. The male driver of the SUV complained of pain, according to Dutton, and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

A white car behind the blue Honda then crashed head-on with Sabala's vehicle. Dutton said the 41-year-old male driver of the white vehicle was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The two crashes, which are being investigated separately, snarled traffic for about 45 minutes Saturday. It was not known where Sabala got onto Highway 99, or how far he traveled before he allegedly caused the accidents.

July 21, 2013
Man arrested on suspicion of evading DUI checkpoint

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By Benjamin Mullin

Sacramento Police arrested a man they say fled a DUI checkpoint Saturday night.

Corey Houston, 42, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, evading arrest and child endangerment after a chase that led police down Marysville Boulevard at 8:11 p.m.

The pursuit began when officers attempted to stop Houston, who had four children in his car ranging from 10 months old to 12 years old, according to a release from the Sacramento Police Department. Police say he drove away and then ran to a house, where he hid until he gave himself up.

Laqueen Jordan, 32, who was in the house, was also arrested on suspicion of delaying and obstructing the police.

July 20, 2013
Melee erupts early Saturday outside Old Town Auburn bar

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Auburn police said they responded to an overnight melee in Old Town that included gunshots fired in the air and a resident being sent to the hospital after getting punched in the face.

The incident occurred at 1:30 a.m. today outside the California Club Bar in Old Town, police reported.

After responding to reports of gunshots, officers arrived on the scene to find a large crowd quickly dispersing. One man, James Vigil, 26, of Auburn, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after apparently being punched in the face.

Vigil was listed in fair condition this afternoon.

Police said they found no firearms on the scene, but did find bullet casings. They said they were having trouble piecing together what happened, and the people on the scene weren't being forthcoming with information.

July 20, 2013
Father arrested in fatal shooting of his son in Citrus Heights

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

A Citrus Heights man was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his son at their Kensington Drive home, police said today.

Peter Rexius.JPGPeter Rexius (pictured), 62, was booked into the Sacramento County jail on suspicion of homicide, said Citrus Heights police Lt. Alex Turcotte.

The deceased son was identified as Daniel Rexius, 27.

Police went to the Rexius home in the 7600 block of Kensington about 8:30 p.m. Friday, responding to the sound of a gunshot. Turcotte said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting followed a verbal dispute.

Turcotte said the elder Rexius "surrendered to officers without incident."

July 19, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate shooting death

Citrus Heights police are investigating the a fatal shooting that may have resulted from a family dispute.

Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a shooting in the 7600 block of Kensington Drive. When officers arrived, they found male gunshot victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect also was at the scene when officers arrived and was taken into custody without incident.

Police said the shooting appears to be related to a family disturbance and detectives are conducting an investigation.

July 19, 2013
Sacramento police warn of vehicle sales scams

Sacramento police are reminding people to be cautious in vehicle sales or purchases involving private parties, noting that detectives have seen recent instances in which stolen vehicles were sold to unsuspecting buyers responding to online advertisements.

Detectives offer several tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

• Print out the ad so you have evidence of the sale.

July 19, 2013
Wind-driven fire halted after threatening rural Sacramento County homes

Metro Jackson fire photo.jpgFire officials are reminding property owners of the importance of providing defensible space around buildings following a wind-driven fire that threatened homes in a rural area of Sacramento County this afternoon.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire district crews were dispatched about 4:30 p.m. to a fast-moving fire in the area of Jackson Highway and Excelsior Road, south of Mather Airport.

Firefighters, including crews from the Sacramento Fire Department, were able to protect several homes in the area, and no injuries were reported.

July 19, 2013
Woodland man convicted of 2012 robbery, assault

A man accused of robbing a Woodland store and a Sacramento bank has been convicted by a Yolo County jury.

Jurors today found 34-year-old Joey Alfredo Lopez guilty of robbery while personally using a firearm, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and burglary, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 20, 2012, the owner of the Cigarette Stop in Woodland was talking with an acquaintance inside the store when Lopez, entered, pointed a shotgun at the victims, racked the shotgun and demanded money, officials said. After ordering one of the victims to the ground, Lopez forced the store owner to hand over the contents of the cash register. Before leaving the store, Lopez also grabbed several shirts from a display on the wall.

July 19, 2013
Roseville traffic stop leads to discovery of $350,000 in counterfeit bills

A traffic stop of a vehicle traveling Roseville streets without license plates led to the arrest of the driver, an Auburn man, on federal counterfeiting charges.

A Roseville police officer stopped the vehicle about 1:35 a.m. July 12 in the area of Harding and Douglas boulevards. In searching the vehicle, officers found burglar's tools and other suspicious items, including several suspected counterfeit bills, according to a Police Department news release. After interviewing the driver and his female passenger, officers arrested the two on suspicion of conspiracy and possessing burglary tools.

After the two were booked and released, officers found out that the driver had given them a false name, had an outstanding felony arrest warrant in Sacramento County and was on searchable probation.

July 19, 2013
Two arrested, marijuana plants seized at grow site near Winters

Winters marijuana grow.jpgTwo men were arrested and 2,658 marijuana plants were seized in a law enforcement raid on a marijuana growing operation west of Winters.

Mark Michilizzi, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said several containers of gasoline, several forms of fertilizer ,and an illegal and highly toxic form of pesticide imported from Mexico also were found at the site near the banks of Putah Creek.

The raid was carried out about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday by agents from the multi-agency Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 19, 2013
Man dubbed 'Fedora Bandit' given nine-year prison sentence

A former Carson City man whom law enforcement officers dubbed the "Fedora Bandit" was sentenced today in Sacramento to nine years in prison for three counts of armed bank robbery.

David Griffith Osborne, 75, also will be subject to three years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Osborne pleaded guilty in January to robbing Bank of the West in Gridley on April 26, 2010; American River Bank in Rancho Cordova on June 3, 2010; and Chase Bank in Paradise on June 29, 2010.

July 19, 2013
UPDATE: Grass fire in Folsom-El Dorado Hills area contained

A grass fire south of Highway 50 in the Folsom and El Dorado Hills area is reported fully contained after burning 163 acres this afternoon.

Teri Mizuhara, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the fire was reported at 2:12 p.m. and appears to have started along eastbound Highway 50 near the Sacramento-El Dorado county line. Cal Fire, along with firefighters from the Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded. Fire crews and equipment are expected to remain on scene for several hours mopping up.

Mizuhara said a home on Winterfield Way in El Dorado Hills' Stonebriar subdivision suffered some damage after landscaping apparently ignited and fire spread to the fence and the outside of the house. She said firefighters on scene were able to prevent major damage.

Although there were no mandatory evacuations, Mizuhara said an advisory was issued for the Stonrebriar subdivision.

July 19, 2013
Placer County DA charges woman in mother's stabbing death

Ana Maria Bejenariu.jpgThe Placer County district attorney has filed murder charges against a woman accused of the stabbing death of her mother in Sheridan on Wednesday.

Ana Maria Bejenariu, 32, of Sacramento was taken into custody after Placer County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute about 1 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Maria Bejenariu, 61, who had been stabbed, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. She was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Ana Maria Bejenariu was arrested at the Sheridan residence.

The District Attorney's Office announced that in addition to one count of murder, the complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Ana Maria Bejenariu is being held without bail in Placer County Jail.

July 19, 2013
Sacramento jury convicts step-mother of torturing 12-year-old girl

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Duewa Abeana Lee of torture and 9 other felony counts for the physical abuse she inflicted on her step-daughter for a period of two months.

Lee, 37, is likely to be sentenced to at least 17 years to life in prison when Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan imposes the term on her on Aug. 29.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a child abuse victim, testified at Lee's trial that the defendant whipped her with an electrical cord, burned her with an iron and smacked her on the palms and buttocks with a metal spatula that she had heated up, and that she also was forced to endure lengthy periods of standing in a stress position.

Authorities said the abuse began when the girl's father was arrested for robbery in late July 2011 and continued until she broke away from Lee at a state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Sacramento on Sept. 30, 2011.

July 19, 2013
Update: Sheriff's SWAT find man's body in North Highlands home

SWAT team members have found a man's body inside the North Highlands home they surrounded earlier this morning following a reported shooting, according to authorities.

The man's injuries appear to be self-inflicted, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies went to the home in the 3700 block of Floral Drive after a man went to a fire station and asked for help. The man said a younger relative had fired off a gun in the home, though not at anyone, Ramos said.

Deputies surrounded the home and attempted to make contact but were not able. SWAT members entered the home and found the man's body shortly before noon.

Family members had advised deputies that the man might have mental health issues, Ramos said. He has not been identified.

July 19, 2013
Citizens in South Lake Tahoe arrest man who reportedly exposed himself

South Lake Tahoe police arrested a man at a concert on Thursday night for indecent exposure.

Ajit Madiah.JPGAjit Madiah (pictured), 33, of Mountain View was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure after allegedly threatening a man and dropping his pants in view of adults and children.

A school teacher visiting the lake from Merced told police he was taking pictures of the water, the setting sun and a concert at Lakeview Commons when Madiah confronted him about taking photographs of the sunset.

Madiah was aggressive and profane toward the tourist, who was there with his wife and children.

The man walked away, but Madiah confronted him again in an aggressive manner, according to a police press release. Eventually, Madiah allegedly dropped his pants, exposing his genitals to the public, which consisted of about a dozen adults and children, police said.

Witnesses corroborated the man's account and offered to make a private persons arrest. Officers accepted their citizen's arrest and booked Madiah.

Police said that Madiah also allegedly tried to pick fights at a Lakeview Commons concert last week. He was told to leave by officers at that time.

July 18, 2013
Missing man returns to Arden Arcade home

Juan Acosta.pngA 79-year-old man who went missing from a residential facility in the Arden Arcade area has returned safely.

Juan Acosta (pictured) had last been seen in the 600 block of Feature Drive in the Arden Arcade area about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when he went for a routine morning walk. He was considered at risk because his failure to return in inconsistent with his normal behavior patterns, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release.

July 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to prison inmate accused of killing cellmate?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to inmate Maurice Woodson, who was suspected of killing his cellmate in new Folsom prison?
Submitted by: Tra, Brentwood

ANSWER: Maurice Woodson is accused of killing his cellmate, 38-year-old Anthony Steadham, in December 2011 at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom.

July 18, 2013
Elk Grove propane storage plant to use flares tonight

Moving to head off any concerns among area residents and passers-by, Cosumnes Fire Department officials announced that the Suburban Propane storage plant in Elk Grove will be using its "flare" system this evening.

The flare is a controlled burn of excess propane that is often visible from off-site locations, especially in twilight and darkness, according to a Fire Department news release. Although infrequent, the flare is part of the plant's routine operations and not an emergency situation, fire officials said.

July 18, 2013
Homicide suspect shot by Sacramento police detectives remains in hospital

The homicide suspect shot by Sacramento police detectives Wednesday remains in a local hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries before he can be booked into jail, according to police.

Police have not yet identified the man, who is in custody at the hospital, nor have they disclosed which homicide he is a suspect in. Spokesman Officer Doug Morse said detectives are continuing their investigation and that releasing those details at this point could jeopardize the case.

However, Morse did identify the suspect as being 19 years old.

Two homicide detectives were near the 7500 block of Elder Creek Road, near Power Inn Road, about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to talk to the suspect. They believed him to be involved in the homicide but did not yet have a warrant, Morse said. The detectives were in plain clothes, with their badges, police radios and handguns visible on their belts, Morse said.

In the neighborhood, they saw the suspect and another subject walking down the street with a baby stroller. Identifying themselves as police officers, the detectives ordered the two to stop, police said.

The adult pushing the stroller complied with requests, but the suspect ran, according to police. When the detectives caught up with him, they saw that the suspect was armed with a gun and, fearing for their safety, fired at him, police said. The suspect was struck at least one time and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

One detective sustained minor abrasions but did not need hospital treatment.

July 18, 2013
Arson suspected in fire that destroys Elk Grove High storage units

A fire that destroyed two storage garages at Elk Grove High School early this morning is being investigated as arson, according to Cosumnes Fire Department officials.

Fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. to a report of a fire near the high school's football stadium. Firefighters arrived to find two approximately 15-by-15-foot garages burning, with fire spreading to a third structure.

The fire started in or around the western-most garage and spread east to the second and later the third garage, according to a Fire Department news release. The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes.

July 18, 2013
Inmate hunger strikers protest treatment as numbers dwindle

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Supporters of state prison inmates taking part in a hunger strike complain that inmate leaders have been moved to more isolated areas and prevented from meeting with one of their attorneys.

The complaints come as the hunger strike that began July 8 continues to protest inmates being held in solitary confinement for indefinite periods.

The hunger strike originally resulted in 12,421 inmates participating in 24 prisons, as well as four out-of-state facilities holding California inmates under contact. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it considers an inmate to be on a hunger strike after having missed nine consecutive meals.

July 18, 2013
Police seek suspect in robbery of North Sacramento business

sacpdrobbery suspect.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the community's help in identifying an individual who may have been involved in a June 17 robbery in the North Sacramento area.

The suspect (pictured) entered a business in the 3100 block of Marysville Boulevarad at 8:23 p.m. and forced employees at gunpoint to hand over cash from the safe and registers, according to a Police Department news release. He then fled.

Police said they do not know what mode of transportation he used or what direction he headed when he left the business.

July 18, 2013
Inmate hunger strikers claim retaliation by corrections officials

Supporters of state prison inmates taking part in a hunger strike complain that inmate leaders have been moved to more isolated areas and prevented from meeting with one of their attorneys.

The complaints come as the hunger strike that began July 8 continues to protest inmates being held in solitary confinement for indefinite periods.

The hunger strike originally resulted in 12,421 inmates participating in 24 prisons, as well as four out-of-state facilities holding California inmates under contact. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it considers an inmate to be on a hunger strike after having missed nine consecutive meals.

July 18, 2013
I-80 pedestrian hit by three vehicles

A man crossing Interstate 80 in Natomas died at the scene after being struck by three vehicles.

The man, who has not been identified, was crossing the freeway about 5 a.m. today when he was hit on eastbound I-80 just east of Truxel Road by a car traveling at about 65 mph. The man was also hit by two other vehicles after being thrown to the roadway.

The driver of the first vehicle that hit the man said he was not able to see the pedestrian who was dressed in dark clothing.

The collision remains under investigation.

July 18, 2013
Bicyclist suffers head injury in South Lake Tahoe crash with skateboarder

A bicyclist was badly injured when he collided with a skateboarder on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

Steven Magelssen, 20, of South Lake Tahoe was riding his bicycle southbound on Highway 50 in the center left turn lane approaching a red traffic signal at Heavenly Village Way about 8:30 p.m.

Pablo Bobadilla, 23, of South Lake Tahoe was riding his skateboard while attempting to cross Highway 50 in a marked crosswalk. The traffic signal was directing pedestrians to cross.

July 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to state corrections employee accused of insurance fraud?

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

QUESTION: What happened to a prison guard who faked disability injury at a swingers club?
Submitted by: Gary Hall, Modesto

ANSWER: John Smiley and his wife, Cynthia Ann Biasi-Smiley, were convicted in March 2012 of attempted perjury in a workers' comp case in which he said that injuries he suffered in a shooting outside a San Francisco sex club were job-related.

July 17, 2013
Unattended candle blamed for Arden Arcade garage fire

Edison Ave. fire.jpgAn unattended candle was blamed for a residential garage fire in the Arden Arcade area this afternoon that threatened to spread to the house.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District units were dispatched shortly after 3 p.m. to a reported structure fire in the 3100 block of Edison Avenue. They found a garage fire that was threatening the home and anther property, according to a fire district news release.

About 25 firefighters responded and brought the fire under control within about 15 minutes.

On investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a candle left unattended by a juvenile living at the residence, fire officials said. When the boy became aware of the fire, he tried to extinguish it, but it was spreading too rapidly and a call was placed to 911.

July 17, 2013
Weekend fires lead to warning on outdoor equipment use

Fire officials are reminding people to be cautious when using mowers and power tools outdoors in dry vegetation and to check extension cords following two equipment-related fires in El Dorado County last weekend.

A home and an outbuilding were destroyed Saturday afternoon in the Placerville area when a person mowing tall dry weeds caused a wildfire that quickly spread to the structures, according to news release from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit. Residents of the home escaped with only the clothes they were wearing. Some of the family's pets perished in the fire.

A few hours earlier, a Swansboro family lost their shed, boat, horse trailer and Jeep when an extension cord used to power an electric fence caused a fire, officials said.

July 17, 2013
Daughter arrested in mother's stabbing death in Sheridan

bejenariu ana maria.JPGPlacer County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 32-year-old woman in connection with the death of her mother at a Sheridan home this afternoon.

Deputies responded to the residence in the 6400 block of Andressen Road about 1 p.m. regarding a reported domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found Maria Bejenariu, 61, who had been stabbed, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. She was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Detectives arrested the woman's daughter, Ana Maria Bejenairu, at the home. She was transported to Placer County Jail in Auburn to be booked on suspicion of murder, officials said.

July 17, 2013
UPDATE: 38 passengers rescued after State Fair monorail loses power

Visitors to the California State Fair will have to forego riding the monorail at Cal Expo until it is determined what caused a loss of power this afternoon that stranded 38 passengers.

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State Fair officials said service was disrupted about 4:14 p.m. because of a presumed power outage.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said a rescue crew and truck company were dispatched to remove the passengers. Two scissor lifts, with a platform, and a ladder truck were used.

July 17, 2013
Gold River businessman convicted of fraud, money laundering

A Gold River businessman and a Southern California attorney have been convicted for their roles in a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy fraud and money laundering scheme.

Steven Zinnel, 49, of Gold River was convicted of 15 counts of bankruptcy fraud and money laundering, and attorney Derian Eidson, 49, of Yorba Linda was convicted of one count of conspiring and one count of attempting to commit money laundering, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. A federal jury in Sacramento returned the verdicts after an 11-day trial before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

Nunley ordered Zinnel immediately remanded to custody. Zinnel and Eidson are to be sentenced Oct. 3.

July 17, 2013
UPDATE: Sacramento police shoot suspect during homicide investigation

By Ben Mullin
bmullin@sacbee.com

Two Sacramento Police Department detectives shot at a man during a homicide investigation, striking him at least once, Wednesday morning in southeast Sacramento.

The shooting occurred after detectives attempting to contact a suspect in a recent fatal shooting encountered the man about 10:30 a.m. in the 7100 block of Elder Creek Road, police said.

He was walking down the street with another person who was pushing a stroller with a small child inside.

July 17, 2013
Sutter County recovers hundreds of items stolen in home burglaries

By Brittany Torrez
btorrez@sacbee.com

Sutter County sheriff's department investigators say two brothers operating under the guise of a construction company called A-1 Asphalt are responsible for the theft of more than 900 items from homes across six counties.

Mark Johnson, 53, of Linda, and Jerry Johnson, 50, of Olivehurst were arrested last week in connection with the home burglaries.

According to Sutter County Lieutenant James Casner, the two suspects are currently in custody at Sutter County Jail. He said the brothers would cruise through neighborhoods in a truck with the name A-1 Asphalt printed on the side. The brothers would knock on doors to see if anyone was home, Casner said. Sometimes they would leave their card with residents who answered the door. Investigators are still looking into exactly how the thefts occurred.

July 17, 2013
UPDATE: Two men arrested near Oakmont High in Roseville

Bird, Tyler William.jpgTuccelli, Ryan.jpgTwo men were arrested near Oakmont High School this morning in Roseville with property that officers suspect is stolen.

Roseville police and officers from other agencies searched the neighborhood near the 1700 block of Chelsea Way, where a resident about 7:50 a.m. reported two suspicious-looking men in their 20s.

July 16, 2013
Roseville police arrest Turlock pair in thefts from coin machines

patrias_cynthia_j.pngmiller_robert_jesse.pngRoseville police have arrested two Turlock residents suspected in a series of thefts from coin-operated machines that have occurred throughout the region in recent months.

Taken into custody were Cynthia J. Patrias (left photo) and Robert J. Miller (right photo), both 49. They were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy and other related offenses.

Between June 14 and 21, Roseville officers responded to four thefts from coin-operated machines at a laundry on Folsom Road and at car washes on Eureka and Taylor roads and Pleasant Grove Boulevard. The suspects entered the businesses in the early morning hours, drilled the locks to the coin boxes and stole the coins, according to a Police Department news release.

July 16, 2013
Crime prevention class offered for Placer business owners

Business owners can learn how to protect themselves and their businesses during a free class offered Aug. 19 by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Topics will include identity theft and counterfeiting; dealing with transients; high-tech crimes; business security; crime reporting and arrests; internal theft; and trespassing and parking concerns.

The class is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office in Auburn.

Reservations are required. To register or request more information, call community service officers Amanda Rogers or Kim Rivera at (530) 889-6922, or email arogers@placer.ca.gov or krivera@placer.ca.gov .

July 16, 2013
Arraignment continued for suspect in Rocklin backyard stabbing death

The arraignment for Zachary Kachmar, pictured, who was arrested Sunday in Rocklin in connection with the stabbing death of Robert Earl Vickney Jr., was continued until July 29, a news release from the Placer County district attorney states.

Updated story: Rocklin stabbing suspect released from jail; self-defense considered

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The proceeding will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Department 31 of Placer Superior Court.

The Rocklin Police Department submitted the preliminary case to the Placer County District Attorney's Office, and it is under review.

Detectives received information after Kachmar's arrest suggesting he might have acted in self defense. That and other information in the case are being investigated.

Kachmar, 20, of Rocklin, will be released from custody pending the end of the investigation.

Vickney, a 51-year-old resident of Rocklin, was stabbed to death Saturday during a backyard party at his home in the 6200 block of Swan Court.

Vickney was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined that Kachmar and Vickney had argued at the party, and Kachmar allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Vickney once.

The preliminary police investigation indicates that Vickney and Kachmar were arguing over a broken drinking glass shortly before the stabbing occurred, said Lt. Lon Milka of the Rocklin Police Department. Police believe the argument escalated from there.

John Burnet, who said he left the party about 30 minutes before the stabbing occurred, called the party "very low-key." He couldn't imagine what might have led to the incident, he said.

Benjamin Mullin contributed to this report.

July 16, 2013
Coroner identifies pedestrian fatally hit on Rio Linda Boulevard

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified a 90-year-old man who died Sunday after he was hit by a vehicle on Rio Linda Boulevard.

Roger Macker of Sacramento was crossing the boulevard near Lampasas Avenue around 8:42 p.m. on Sunday when he was hit. Macker was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, but he died Sunday night at 9:17 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

Macker was crossing outside of a crosswalk, and investigators reported the driver of the car that struck him did not seem impaired and was cooperative.

July 16, 2013
Missing man from Carmichael has been found

nevitt, John.jpgAn elderly man who went missing from Carmichael on Monday morning has been found, according to The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

John Nevitt, 81, had last been seen Monday in the 7100 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard between 8:30 and 9 a.m. He was considered at risk because of dementia, according to a sheriff's department news release.

The sheriff's department reported Monday night that Nevitt has been found and is safe.

July 15, 2013
West Sacramento police investigate sexual assault

West Sacramento police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred north of E and Seventh streets earlier tonight.

Police say a woman was sexually assaulted at about 9:40 p.m. by a man who appeared to be in his late teens. Detectives are with the woman now collecting evidence of the assault, said Tod Sockman, a spokesperson for the West Sacramento Police Department.

Officers were patrolling the area where the assault occurred, but so far they have been unable to locate a suspect, Sockman said.

July 15, 2013
Police request public's help for decades-old cold case

The police are asking the public to help solve the case of a missing mother and her children that went cold 35 years ago.

In July 1978, Norma Hougland and her two children, Tommy and Ricky, went missing in Sacramento. After Hougland's family didn't hear from her for a week, they checked her apartment and found the family's belongings inside. No one police interviewed knew where she'd gone. Now, decades later, police are asking anyone who knows information about the case to come forward.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department Missing Person Unit at 916-808-0560.

July 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any convictions in 1990s case of woman found dead along White Rock Road?

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

QUESTION: Around the mid 1990s, along White Rock Road west of Scott Road -- south of Highway 50 -- a woman's body was seen on the side of the road by people driving to work. But nobody reported it until one man arrived at his office. A roadside memorial photo of "Sherri" is there today. Was her killer ever caught?
Submitted by: David Sanders, Folsom

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Jeffery Jon Mills of the slaying of Sherri Farrar, a 21-year-old Carmichael mother whose body was found along White Rock Road on Feb. 11, 1994.

July 15, 2013
Rocklin stabbing victim identified

The Rocklin Police Department has identified the victim in Saturday's stabbing homicide.

Robert Earl Vickney Jr., a 51-year-old resident of Rocklin, was stabbed to death at his home in the 6200 block of Swan Court, where a party was being held in the backyard.

Vickney was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

July 15, 2013
Help sought finding elderly man missing from Foothill Farms

DemyanikThe Sacramento Sheriff's Department is asking for help to find two men who went missing during the last two days.

Bronislav Demanyik, 83, who went missing Sunday morning from his home in the 5400 block of Kohler Avenue in Foothill Farms.

Demanyik was last seen around 8 a.m. on July 14, walking from his home to a nearby church, according to a news release. He did not return home, and he is considered to be at-risk. His absence is described as "inconsistent with his normal behavior patterns."

July 15, 2013
UPDATE: Alert issued for missing Grass Valley woman

Barnhart, Wilma.jpegBarnhart vechile.jpegThe Grass Valley Police Department is asking the public's help in locating a 74-year-old woman who has been missing more than a week.

Police were alerted Wednesday by friends of Wilma Leona Barnhart (pictured), who had not been seen or heard from since July 7. A check of Barnhart's residence yielded no indication of foul play, and friends and family said she had no medical or mental health conditions that might explain her disappearance, according to a Police Department news release. They also were not aware that she had any travel plans.

Officers determined through bank records that Barnhart last made a withdrawal from her personal bank account at an ATM at the Bank of America on South Church Street in Grass Valley about 1:20 p.m. July 7. She had purchased gas from Flyers on Plaza Drive at 12:12 p.m. the same day and had completed a purchase at Rite Aid on Sutton Way at 10:52 a.m. No further activity on Barnhart's bank account has been found.

July 15, 2013
Driver who killed 6-year-old boy sentenced to 15 years in prison

IMG009.jpgAn Orangevale woman who pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while driving intoxicated in the traffic death of a 6-year-old boy last year in Citrus Heights was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison.

Tresa Bales-Sterba apologized to the family of Henry Perez-Rocha, who was struck in the crosswalk at Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue while walking to school. But Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White said she would still impose the maximum term "to convey to others that there are consequences for bad judgment as illustrated in this case."

Bales-Sterba, 53, was under the influence of methamphetamine and an assortment of other drugs when she ran a red light on westbound Greenback last Oct. 5, was struck in the intersection by a southbound vehicle on Mariposa and then spun into the intersection and struck Henry and his older brother.

July 15, 2013
Four ex-governors seek delay in inmate releases

Four former California governors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that would delay the court-ordered release of nearly 10,000 prison inmates.

The ex-governors -- Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger -- joined current Gov. Jerry Brown in asking the nation's highest court to stop the release of any inmates while California waits to see if the Supreme Court will hear its appeal.

The release of inmates "threatens the people of California with grave and irreparable harm from increased crime," the former governors wrote in a "friend of the court" brief filed today by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Sacramento.

July 15, 2013
Pedestrian killed Sunday crossing Rio Linda Boulevard

A man in his 90s died after he was hit by a vehicle around 8:42 p.m. on July 14, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

The unidentified pedestrian was crossing Rio Linda Boulevard outside of the crosswalk when he was struck. Traffic investigators arrived on the scene after an officer was alerted to the incident. The pedestrian was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, but he did not survive.

Investigators reported the driver did not seem impaired and was cooperative.

July 15, 2013
Fatal crash claims two lives Sunday morning in Yolo County

Two people died in a car crash Sunday, when the driver of a 1997 Buick Century lost control on Cacheville Road in Yolo County and hit a tree around 12:10 a.m., according to the Department of California Highway Patrol.

The driver, a Woodland resident who has not been identified, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Jacob Lynch of Yolo County, was ejected from the Buick in the crash.

A helicopter transported Lynch to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died at 2:23 a.m. on Sunday.

The CHP is conducting an investigation on the cause of the crash, and it is unclear if alcohol or drugs played a role.

July 15, 2013
Coroner identifies man killed in South Sacramento shooting

A 21-year-old man was found shot in the driveway of a South Sacramento home early Sunday, and police are exploring whether there is a gang link.

The victim has been identified as Shalvin Singh of Sacramento, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. Singh was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m. He had gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Police responded to a call at 1:33 a.m. on Sunday that a person had been shot in the 7800 block of Cedar Springs Way. Officers found a man lying in the driveway, and had him transported to a local hospital.

July 14, 2013
Man slain at party is first Rocklin homicide in 6 years

rocklin.pngA 51-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Rocklin party Saturday night, marking the first homicide in the city in six years.

The victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have arrested Zachary Raymond Kachmar, 20, of Rocklin. He was taken to Placer County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

July 12, 2013
Tossed cigarette blamed for fire that threatened Fair Oaks homes

Fire officials say a discarded cigarette was to blame for a grass fire that burned fences and threatened homes in Fair Oaks this afternoon.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched at 3:53 p.m. to a report of a fence and grass fire in the area of Bannister and Winding ways. The first units on scene reported that two homes were threatened and called for additional resources, according to a fire district news release.

Crews attacked the fire, which had moved from grass near the street and into the back yards of two homes, with trees involved. Firefighters were able to contain the fire before it reached the homes. Damage was limited to perimeter fencing and minor scorching of paint on an outbuilding, fire officials said.

July 12, 2013
Sacramento police seek to ID suspect in Fruitridge Road robbery

sacpdsuspect NO.1 jpg.jpgSacpdsuspect suspect No. 2 t.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man who may have been involved in a June 29 robbery in the 4300 block of Fruitridge Road.

Investigators are seeking leads in the case.

Police describe the suspect (pictured) as in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall.

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

July 12, 2013
Jackknifed truck spills beans in Highway 99 collision

Northbound Highway 99 was closed at the Feather River Bridge for more than three hours after a truck and trailer fully loaded with pinto beans jackknifed, spilling the beans over the roadway.

Two people, a Sacramento man and Yuba City woman, were taken by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville with minor injuries following the 11:30 a.m. crash that involved four vehicles.

The truck-and-trailer rig, driven by Richard E. Crowe, 57, of Rio Linda, was southbound on Highway 99 entering the Feather River Bridge, when it hit a bump in the roadway, causing the trailer to fishtail, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

July 12, 2013
Two get long prison terms for retaliatory murder

Two men were sentenced to long prison terms today for their first-degree murder convictions in the retaliatory shooting spree in which they killed a man who reportedly robbed one of them in a drug deal.

Vincent Richard Rivera, 27, was sentenced to 96 years-to-life in prison while Fred Huante Jr., 21, received 91 to life in the terms imposed on them by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner.

The murder victim, Francisco Flores, 19, had robbed Huante in a South Natomas park before to the shooting. Flores was shot and killed outside a store on Northgate Boulevard at San Juan Road.

Rivera and Huante also were convicted on three counts of attempted murder in the Flores shooting and in another shooting that took place about three weeks before Flores was killed.

July 12, 2013
Former Pocket-area teacher serving jail time after sexual misconduct

A former Pocket-area teacher is serving a year-long sentence in county jail after he pleaded no contest to molesting a female student.

Sacramento police arrested Michael Di Gino, now 38, in September after the student came forward with the allegations of sexual misconduct. Until school leaders fired him as a result of the allegations, Di Gino had been a language arts teacher at the fourth-through-eighth-grade Merryhill School on Park City Drive.

Prosecutors charged Di Gino with eight felony counts, but six were dismissed in a Feb. 1 hearing. At that hearing, Di Gino pleaded no contest to the remaining two felony charges: lewd acts with a child and oral copulation with a minor, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

Di Gino was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of formal, searchable probation. He is being housed at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Merryhill is a nonsectarian chain of private schools. Di Gino had taught at the Pocket-area campus for 14 years before he was fired. The molestation occurred on campus, police said at the time of the arrest.

July 12, 2013
Killer sentenced in murder of former basketball player

A man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a one-time high school basketball player was sentenced today to 112 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White imposed the term on Al Henry Allen Sr., 22, for the June 5, 2010, shooting death of D'andre Blackwell, 18, who played basketball for Valley High School. The shooting took place at a graduation party at an Elk Grove hotel.

Two other defendants who were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in the same case received eight-year prison terms. They are Brandon Marcel Washington, 24, and Jahmal Vance Dawson, 20.

July 12, 2013
Auburn police identify suspect in business burglaries

Barber Photo.jpgAuburn police announced today that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected of burglarizing a local business on three occasions earlier this year.

After an investigation, Auburn Detective Dustin McLaughlin, with the assistance of the Modesto Police Department, identified Ryan Howard Barber as the suspect in burglaries that occurred Jan. 8, March 18 and April 4 at Sirius Stamps and Treasures, 816 Lincoln Way.

The intruder took several collectible items during each burglary, according to a Police Department news release.

July 12, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for 2011 murder attempt

A 23-year-old man has drawn a lengthy prison sentence as a result of a 2011 shooting in the Foothill Farms area.

A Sacramento County jury in May convicted Jacory Brown for the premeditated attempted murder of Nehemiah Johashen and Garvin Johashen as well as discharging a firearm at an occupied motor vehicle. He was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras to seven years plus 89 years to life in prison, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In November 2011, the Johashens and two other people went to the Carl's Jr. restaurant at Elkhorn and Andrea boulevards. There they encountered Brown, who was in a vehicle with two other people. As the Johashens' car left the parking lot and was getting on the freeway, the car Brown was riding in pursued them.

Once on the freeway, Brown's car pulled to the side the victims' car. Officials said Brown opened fire with a handgun, striking the victims and causing serious injury.

July 12, 2013
Dogs sought by authorities after man is bitten in Esparto

Animal control officials need the public's help in finding a dog that bit a man in Esparto.

The man was in the Yolo County town about 7:30 a.m. today when two small, white and tan long-haired Chihuahua mix dogs ran at him from an empty lot in the 25000 block of Duncan Drive.

One of the dogs bit the man before the animals headed north. Authorities want to find the dogs so that the man does not have to undergo "post exposure" rabies treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Section at 530-668-5287.

July 12, 2013
Doctor sentenced to year in jail on patient sex abuse conviction

ANDERSON.jpegDr. Scott Dodd Anderson was sentenced today to a year in county jail and five years' probation for his convictions on six counts of sexually abusing his patients at a workers' compensation clinic on Folsom Boulevard.

Anderson, 64, who was fired from U.S. HealthWorks four years ago as a result of the investigation into the charges, also will be required to register as a sex offender when he gets out of jail.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon imposed the term on Anderson after the convictions that were returned May 23 in Anderson's retrial. Jurors in the second trial found him guilty on three felony counts of engaging in sexual contact with two patients and three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery on the same two women.

July 12, 2013
Roseville police arrest teen on suspicion of arson

Roseville police have arrested a teen on suspicion of setting a grass fire Wednesday.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of setting the grass fire at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on then north side of South Cirby Way at Piedmont Way. Witness said they saw a boy light the fire and then run into a nearby apartment complex.

Firefighters quickly put out the small fire. An investigation is underway into the connection between the fire and other blazes, including a Maidu Park arson fire on June 21 that burned four homes and a gazebo and caused $1 million in damage.

Investigators believe that other juveniles are involved.

July 12, 2013
Man booked on attempted murder in Foothill Farms firebombing

Charles Hui McKenzie mugshot.JPGA fire department investigator arrested a man on suspicion of attempted homicide in an arson fire at townhomes in Foothill Farms last night.

Deputies and firefighters were called to the 5600 block of Hillsdale Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. Thursday where it was reported that someone had thrown a firebomb at a home.

Deputies were also told that a suspect in the arson attack was on the roof of a nearby residence.

July 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to DJs in radio station's fatal water-drinking contest?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the DJs and radio station that had the contest "don't wee to win a Wii," or something like that?
Submitted by: Lynn, Sacramento

ANSWER: The five on-air personalities on the "Morning Rave" radio show and five other employees of The End (KDND, 107.9) were fired amid public outrage after a 28-year-old Rancho Cordova woman died following her participation in the station contest.

July 11, 2013
Rancho Cordova garage fire complicated by downed power line

A garage fire in Rancho Cordova this afternoon resulted in a downed power line that fell across several homes and properties.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to the 10400 Dolecetto Drive about 5 p.m. and found a growing garage fire. While firefighters tackled the blaze, other crews searched the area to make sure people were kept away from the power line, according to a fire district news release.

Utility company crews were called in to secure and repair the downed line.

The cause of the fire, which was largely confined to the garage, has not been determined, but officials said preliminary reports indicate it started near solar panels on the roof of the garage.

July 11, 2013
Sacramento police raid suspected illegal gambling operations

Sacramento police working with the California Department of Justice Gambling Unit raided two Internet gambling sites in North Sacramento on Wednesday, seizing computers and cash.

In June, the Sacramento Police Department's Metro Unit received information regarding illegal gambling at 2330 Northgate Blvd. and 3217 Marysville Blvd., according to a Police Department news release. Officers conducted investigations at both locations and determined that they were advertising the operations at Internet cafes but were using computerized slot machines to conduct illegal gambling activities.

Officers on Wednesday served search warrants for illegal gambling at both locations. At the Marysville Boulevard address, they seized 15 computers along with several hundreds of dollars and arrested three people on suspicion of narcotics-related offenses, officials said. At the Northgate Boulevard site, officers seized 20 computers and several thousands of dollars, and arrested one person on a felony warrant.

July 11, 2013
Forest Service reports Kyburz fire fully contained

The U.S. Forest Service reports that the Kyburz fire, which began Monday afternoon, is fully contained.

The Forest Service also released revised figures on the size of the fire, reporting a total of 572 acres burned.

The fire started at 12:41 p.m. Monday along Highway 50 west of Kyburz and snarled traffic through the Sierra as lanes were closed to accommodate fire equipment and allow crews to clear debris. The California Highway Patrol reported that the fire was caused by a blown tire on a vehicle.

July 11, 2013
Sacramento woman indicted in federal sex trafficking case

A 23-year-old Sacramento woman has been charged by a federal grand jury in a case involving sex trafficking and child pornography.

The grand jury returned an eight-count superseding indictment charging Shanntaye Ebony Hicks with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by force, as well as two counts of transportation of a minor, one count of production of child pornography and one count of obstruction of justice, according to a federal Department of Justice new release.

Th indictment alleges that between March 3 and May 9, Hicks recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and maintained three girls, all minors, knowing that force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause the girls to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment also alleges that Hicks made a sexually explicit video with one of the victims, and took the victim to Reno and Las Vegas with intent that the girl would engage in prostitution.

July 11, 2013
Man pleads guilty in mother's 2011 stabbing death

Angelo Wright.jpgA 22-year-old man pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death of his mother, Lisa Marie Barber, in her Foothill Farms apartment.

Angelo Dunya Wright (pictured) also admitted to the allegation of personal use of a knife, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The plea comes after a mistrial was declared last month, when a Sacramento Superior Court jury voted 11-1 for conviction. The District Attorney's Office had announced that it planned to retry the case.

July 11, 2013
Pot-robbery shooting death results in two convictions

Two men have been convicted of murder in a Sacramento Superior Court retrial into a pot-robbery killing that took place two years ago on 37th Avenue.

On Tuesday, one jury convicted Devenne Marquist Rodriguez, 27, of first-degree murder in the Aug. 26, 2011 shooting death of Adrian Augusta, 20.

Today, the second defendant in the case, Sherston Andre Miles, 37, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges while his separate jury was in the second day of its deliberations.

Augusta was shot in the back and killed after Rodriguez had arranged to meet him at 37th Avenue and 44th Street around 1 a.m. to buy some marijuana. Augusta was shot in the street when he saw that it was a robbery and and tried to run away, authorities said.

Jurors who heard the Miles case said in the hallway outside of court they were split 9-2-1 in favor of acquittal at the time he accepted the plea.

July 11, 2013
Help sought finding woman missing from Pollock Pines home

Elise Hays.jpgThe El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in finding a 20-year-old woman with a development disorder who has been missing since Saturday.

Elise Hays (pictured), who has the physical stature and mental capacity of a 12-yea