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September 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who shot women who teased him about ride?

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

QUESTION: Back in the early 1990s, there was an incident whereby a young boy shot and killed two people for not giving him a ride home. I believe his name was Joshua Jones. This occurred in Sacramento. Whatever happened in that case?

Submitted by: Deejay, Sacramento

ANSWER: Joshua Mark Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder for the March 1997 shooting of two women who allegedly teased him at his sister's apartment in the 1500 block of Fulton Avenue.

September 30, 2013
Sutter man convicted of exceeding limit of migratory ducks, geese

A Sutter resident has been found guilty in federal court in Sacramento of illegal possession of migratory game birds.

Jeffrey A. Catlett, 35, was found guilty on Monday following a one-day bench trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. He was convicted of one count of possession of migratory game birds belonging to another that were untagged, one count of exceeding the possession limit of ducks, one count of exceeding the possession limit of pintail ducks and one count of exceeding the limit of dark geese, Department of Justice news release states.

Evidence produced during the trial showed that on Jan. 16 game wardens began investigating a group of hunters who were reportedly shooting into a group of geese, killing and wounding a large number of them in a field off of South Butte House Road in Sutter County. Later that day, Catlett was found in possession of a large number of waterfowl, well beyond the possession limits, authorities said. Court documents show that Catlett claimed to have shot three geese himself but was found in possession of 175 ducks, 41 pintail ducks and 39 dark geese.

September 30, 2013
UPDATE: Police say argument between roommates led to fatal Roseville shooting

Roseville police say an argument between roommates led to a shooting this afternoon that left one man dead and another in custody.

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said police received a report at 3:15 p.m. of someone with a gun in the 100 block of Hickory Street. That was followed by several phone calls from neighbors reporting shots fired.

Gunther said officers arrived and found a 54-year-old man in the front yard with gunshot wounds. Roseville Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

September 30, 2013
UPDATE: CHP seeks to trace debris that injured Colfax man on I-80

Debris that seriously injured a motorist on Interstate 80 in Placer County Sunday appears to be a large bracket from a mud flap, possibly from a large truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Kurt Reisinger, 54, Colfax, was injured Sunday morning when he was struck by the metal debris that went through the windshield of his truck.

According to the California Highway Patrol, about 8:43 a.m., Reisinger was driving a white 2003 Ford F-250 westbound on I-80 in the No. 2 lane west of Weimar Cross Road. For reasons yet to be determined, his vehicle drifted to the left, striking the right side of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade that was westbound in the No. 1 lane. Reisinger's vehicle continued to the left and into the center divide area, where it came to a stop.

The driver of the Escalade, 45-year-old Androo Allen of Reno, stopped and checked on Reisinger. Finding Reisinger unconscious, Allen called for medical aid.

September 30, 2013
Mother of 5-year-old found in trunk pleads not guilty to murder

By Darrell Smith and Cynthia Hubert

Aquelin Talamantes, the Davis woman accused in the death of her 5-year-old daughter in Sacramento last week, pleaded not guilty to murder Monday at her arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Talamantes, 29, is being held without bail in Yolo County Jail in Woodland, days after authorities said she drove from her Glide Drive home in Davis to a relative's home on Sacramento's Pocket Road last Wednesday with her unresponsive daughter in the trunk of her car. The girl later died at an area hospital.

On Monday, tearful family members sobbed as Talamantes was led in her green-and-white jail uniform into the courtroom for the brief arraignment and again as they filed out of the courtroom, saying, "We love you, Aquelin. We still love you."

September 30, 2013
Bear causes quite a commotion in travels through Roseville

A bear made his way to suburban Roseville Sunday, hopscotching from yard to yard, teetering atop fences and even climbing a tree.

Dogs yelped, neighbors gawked and police tried to hurry the bruin on his way as the cinnamon-colored critter livened a Sunday for residents who live near Linda Creek.

Roseville police got the first call about 7:30 a.m. Sunday that there was bear on the prowl in the backyard of a home on Lund Drive. All day long there were reports of a bear in the area, the last coming around midnight.

Police called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who told officers to keep the bear moving.

September 30, 2013
Two teens killed at intersection identified by Sacramento coroner

Two teenage boys were killed in a crash at a Sacramento county intersection Saturday evening.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office listed the fatally injured teens as Yuriy Boyko, 16, and Vladislav Yaroshuk, 16, both of Sacramento.

A California Highway Patrol spokesman said a Hummer SUV was traveling northbound on Bradshaw Road approaching Vintage Park Drive about 5 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, the two teens, with Boyko at the wheel of a Honda Civic, were heading eastbound on Vintage Park at the intersection.

Boyko failed to stop at the red signal light, witnesses told the CHP. The Hummer hit the side of the Civic, according to the CHP.

Editor's note (9:10 p.m.): The spelling of Boyko's first name has been corrected.

September 30, 2013
Bear found in backyard of Roseville home

September 30, 2013
Pedestrian dies when hit in lane on Bradshaw Road

A man died early Saturday morning when he struck by a car while walking on Bradshaw Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office listed the pedestrian killed in the crash as Dionysos Jay Lewis, 21, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that Lewis was walking northbound in a southbound lane of Bradshaw Road bout 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Kiefer Boulevard. The driver of a car heading southbound could not see Lewis, who was wearing dark clothing.

The driver applied her brakes but the car could not be stopped in time and Lewis was struck head-on. He died at the scene, according the CHP.

September 30, 2013
Carjacking leads to arrests of two men in Citrus Heights

Two stolen vehicles were recovered by Citrus Heights police with the help of an alert citizen.

Police said that at 3 p.m. Saturday, two men in an SUV cornered a man in his car after a road rage incident near Lichen and Carmelwood Drive. Police said that they intimidated the man into giving up his Honda sedan.

An alert citizen saw what was happening and got the license plate number of the sport utility vehicle and provided the information to police. The SUV was reported stolen, police said.

Police found the SUV nearby and took David Issac, 33, into custody. Officers also found stolen property in the SUV.

Police eventually found the Honda being stripped in Carmichael. Christopher Long, believed by police to be the man who drove it from the scene of the earlier car-jacking, was arrested, according to a Citrus Heights police press release.

Police lauded the eye witness who provided information leading the arrests.

"The witness in this case kept a safe distance, obtained great information and alerted police in a timely manner," stated the press release.

September 30, 2013
Antelope baseball snack shack burned by arsonist

A fire that heavily damaged a youth baseball snack shack in Antelope was set by an arsonist.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters responded to the Antelope Little League Baseball Field about 2:30 p.m. Sunday where a fire had spread from a portable restroom to the revenue-generating snack shack and an equipment building.

First-arriving crews extinguished flames in the interior of the snack shack, while other firefighters worked to put out fire on the exterior and the restroom.

September 29, 2013
Man shot, killed at north area gas station Saturday night

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal shooting at a north area gas station Saturday night.

The victim, Jesus Antonio Macias, 33, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called to shots fired at the Beacon Gas Station, 2101 El Camino Ave.

When they arrived, they found Macias lying on the ground outside the gas station. He had been shot in the upper body and was unresponsive.

Deputies attempted life-saving measures but to no avail. Macias was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department personnel who arrived later.

If anyone has information on the shooting, please call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tips can also be left anonymously at www., by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the key word "SSD" or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

September 29, 2013
Police say suspected burglar nabbed after he napped behind house

Police say they apprehended a suspected burglar because he decided to take a nap in the shed behind the victim's home on Saturday.

Daniel Chaconas, 68, (pictured) was booked in the Sacramento County Jail for burglary.

Shortly before 1:17 p.m. Saturday, police reported, a resident returned home in the 1300 block of 26th Street, found the house locked inside and went around to the back of the house. The owner saw the suspect and called police.

When they arrived, officers said they found Chaconas inside a shed on the property. They later determined that Chaconas had broken into the house, ate some food, and took a nap. He was awakened when the resident returned home.

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September 27, 2013
Mother, daughter arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud at Cache Creek Casino

Two women are in custody after allegedly committing credit card fraud at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, authorities said.

The mother-daughter pair were arrested on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and conspiracy, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

Regina Payne, 44, of Rancho Cordova allegedly completed nine fraudulent credit card transactions totaling more than $34,000 at the tribal casino with the assistance of daughter Keitisha Tucker, 26, a casino cashier.

September 27, 2013
Coroner identifies 5-year-old girl who was found in trunk of car

The Yolo County Coroner's Office on Friday identified the 5-year-old girl found in the trunk of her mother's car in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as Tatianna Garcia of Davis.

The girl's mother has been arrested in connection with her death and will be prosecuted in Yolo County, according to authorities.

The preliminary investigation has revealed indications the girl was injured at the home she shared with her mother, Aquelin Talamantes, in the Yolo County city of Davis. Police suspect the woman then put the girl in the trunk and brought her to Sacramento, where she was discovered clinging to life, said Sacramento police Officer Doug Morse.

The girl later died at a hospital. Police questioned Talamantes, 29, and then arrested her on suspicion of murder later that night.

September 27, 2013
Auto body shop owner gets 50-years-to-life for murdering customer

An auto body shop owner who shot and killed a dissatisfied customer whose car never got fixed was sentenced Friday to 50-years-to-life in prison for first-degree murder.

Anthony Michael Vigil, now 49, first had to duck a tissue box thrown at him in the courtroom by the wife of the victim, Michael Paul Gonzales Jr., 26.

"This man is going to suffer for the rest of his life, his pathetic life, and then for all of eternity, and that's the only thing that brings me satisfaction," Jami Bryan said before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick sentenced Vigil.

Vigil ran a business called Anthony's Body Shop on Amalgam Way, just off Sunrise Boulevard in an industrial neighborhood near Gold River. According to Vigil's probation report, Gonzales brought his car into the shop several months before he was killed the night of Oct. 6, 2011.

September 27, 2013
One-way traffic now allowed on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe after collision

One lane of Highway 50 has reopened after the highway was closed for more than an hour as the result of a major injury collision in South Lake Tahoe, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Westbound and eastbound traffic will get alternate opportunities to move through the area, near Echo Summit Road, according to CHP reports online.

The collision occurred about 11 a.m.

September 27, 2013
Loss in Yolo County hay fire estimated at $5 million

LS HAYFIRE 3.JPGA multi-million dollar hay fire that spread to barns and expensive agricultural equipment along Interstate 505 near Winters this morning is likely to burn for some time.

The fire was first reported at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday between Winters and Vacaville in Yolo County. The hay belonged to a company called Haykingdom, whose business includes super-compressing hay and shipping it overseas, fire officials said.

Vacaville Fire Protection District Deputy Fire Chief Doug Rogers said an estimated 100 to 200 tons of hay was consumed by the flames that lit up the night sky. The mounds of charred and smoldering hay continued to busy firefighters through the day Friday.

September 27, 2013
Public invited to sign up for Sac Metro workshops on wildfire hazards

The public is invited to attend a series of workshops provided by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on how to prevent damage to residential property from wildfires.

Metro fire was awarded grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a community wildland protection plan. A component of the plan is to provide public education and seek feedback from the public in the fire district.

The 12 one-day courses in "Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards" and four two-day courses in "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" begin Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 7.

The one-day workshops are offered in Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda and at Fire Station 50 on Gerber Road,. The two-day courses will be held in Fair Oaks.

The workshops are designed to teach residents how to conduct an assessment of their property and suggest ways to help reduce wildland fire risk.

To register, go to For more information call (916) 859-4318.

September 26, 2013
Police arrest mom in death of daughter in Pocket area

By Richard Chang

Police are investigating the circumstances of a 5-year-old girl's death after the child was found barely alive in the trunk of a parked car Thursday in Sacramento's Pocket area.


The girl's mother, Aquelin Talamantes, 29, was arrested on suspicion of homicide in connection with the case.

The episode began as a welfare check sought by concerned family members, according to police spokesman Doug Morse. When authorities arrived at 4:30 p.m. at the Shore Park Apartments in the 7900 block of Pocket Road, they found family members near a black sedan in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officers found the girl, still alive, inside the trunk.

September 26, 2013
Arraignment set for Sacramento sheriff's deputy in Nevada County molest case

blackcop.JPGThe arraignment for a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy suspected of child molestation has been set in Nevada County.

The arraignment for Donald Black (pictured), a 23-year veteran with the department, is scheduled for at 9 a.m. Nov. 4.

Nevada County authorities arrested Black, 43, while on duty on Tuesday. He was booked into Nevada County Jail on suspicion of five counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old.

Read more: Deputy has a troubled past, faced discipline, costly lawsuits

Black, who has since been released on bail, lives in Grass Valley.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, a former member of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, said he once worked with Black.

September 26, 2013
Woman found burned identified by Sacramento coroner

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has identified the woman's body found burning in a warehouse district earlier this week.

The coroner's website lists her as Sandra Joy Patterson, 51, of Sacramento.

A Sacramento police officer on patrol was first to notice a fire in the 6000 block of Warehouse Way in the southeast part of the city Monday night near Florin Perkins and Fruitridge roads.

"It is still classified in our department as a suspicious death, however detectives are not ruling out homicide at this time," said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse on Thursday.

Detectives are working all leads in the case, Morse said.

September 25, 2013
Folsom man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

A Folsom man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.

Daniel Ratner, 45, planted hidden video cameras in his house, recording minors entering the shower, changing clothes and sitting on the toilet, according to federal prosecutors. Officials found 37 movie files and approximately 100 images of child pornography during a search of Ratner's computers.

Ratner is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release.

September 25, 2013
Mountain lion spotted in Lincoln

The Lincoln Police Department is warning residents to be on the alert for a mountain lion.

A mountain lion was reported to police about 12:40 p.m. near Auburn Ravine Park, said Jill Thompson, Lincoln city spokeswoman.

"An officer did verify the sighting, but we haven't seen the animal since," Thompson said.

Officers are searching for the animal. Residents are asked to call 911 if they see the mountain lion.

September 25, 2013
Arrest made in purse purloined from Roseville church pew

Valdez.JPGA man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a purse from a Roseville church pew when the parishioner went forward for communion.

Roseville police said that the theft occurred at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Vine Avenue during a weekend service. Officers arrested Derek Timothy Valdez, 22, (pictured) of Roseville on suspicion of burglary (entering the church with intent to steal) and possessing stolen property.

Police said the church had recently experienced two similar thefts. Witnesses saw a man take the woman's unattended purse from a pew while she went to the front of the sanctuary for communion.

Witnesses called police and followed the thief, who rode away on a bicycle. Officers said they found Valdez trying to hide in a store in the 1900 block of Douglas Boulevard.

Credit cards and other items from the victim's purse were recovered.

September 25, 2013
Fire restrictions lifted in Eldorado National Forest

Fire restrictions are removed today in the Eldorado National Forest because recent rains have dampened terrain.

The wetter conditions have returned to the Eldorado National Forest just in time for Saturday's start to the deer hunting season, according to a forest service press release.

Still, Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree reminds forest visitors to build campfires in accordance with permit regulations.

September 24, 2013
Veteran Sacramento County sheriff's deputy arrested on molestation charges

By Phillip Reese

A veteran Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation in Nevada County.

Donald Michael Black, 43, faces five counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child who is 14 or 15 years old, according to Sgt. Dan Saunders of the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. Deputies have identified one victim, Saunders said, and are investigating whether there are more.

Black was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Nevada County Jail, where he remained late Tuesday night.

September 24, 2013
California wins slight postponement in prison overcrowding case

By Sam Stanton

The state won a four-week reprieve today in the court order requiring it to reduce its inmate population by the end of the year, and the three federal judges overseeing the prison overcrowding case ordered the state and inmate attorneys to begin meeting immediately to see if a solution to the years-long problem can be found.

The judges ordered the meetings to be held confidentially in front of a judge and that the judge report back by Oct. 21 with recommendations.

The order falls short of Gov. Jerry Brown's request for a three-year postponement of the deadline, but appears to give both side wiggle room to find a way to reduced chronic overcrowding in the prisons without having to spend millions renting new prison beds in California and out of state.

September 24, 2013
Two women convicted in beating death at north area car wash

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted two women of second-degree murder and torture in the Sept. 14, 2011, beating death of a man at an abandoned north side car wash.

The verdicts were returned against Adrienne Boulware, 36, and Amoura Dawson, 23, in the killing of 34-year-old Audie Hogue, 34, whose body was found in the car wash on Marysville Boulevard.

According to testimony at trial, an argument between the two women and Hogue -- possibly over his use of a racial epithet -- sparked the fatal beating. Hogue's blood-alcohol level was measured at .30 at the time of his death, according to a medical examiner's testimony.

Judge Michael A. Savage scheduled the sentencing on Boulware and Dawson for Oct. 18.

September 24, 2013
1 dead in small plane crash in Williams

The Associated Press

WILLIAMS - Authorities say the pilot of a small plane died when his aircraft crashed in a rural area north of Sacramento.

The crash occurred Monday night near the town of Williams in Colusa County. Williams is about 60 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Additional details about the crash were not immediately available. The victim has not been identified.

September 24, 2013
Bicyclist dies after crash with Sacramento County garbage truck

A 22-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries suffered when he collided with a garbage truck in the predawn hours today.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a Sacramento County truck driver was traveling northbound on Roseville Road near Oakhollow Drive. Tommy Narvaez of Sacramento was riding southbound facing traffic in the bike lane on the east side of the road.

The California Highway patrol said that as the truck driver got closer Narvaez decided to cross in front of him. The driver tried to swerve away from Narvaez but was not able to avoid a crash.

Narvaez was transported to the hospital with major head injury, according to CHP Officer Lizz Dutton. He was later pronounced dead.

Bee staff writer Phillip Reese contributed to this report.

September 24, 2013
New York rapper taken into custody after Sacramento stand-off

A rapper wanted in connection with a New York homicide was taken into custody Monday night in Natomas, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Police Department said.

Responding to an anonymous tip, the department arrived at a home on the 2100 block of Raymar Way at around 7 p.m. Monday, said Officer Michele Gigante, a department spokeswoman.

A woman and child left the home and were cooperative, Gigante said. She said hostage negotiators and SWAT were called as a precaution, given the suspect's alleged violent history.

The man later surrendered Monday night without incident. Gigante identified him as Agdnan McLeod.

Nassau County police said that McLeod, a hip hop artist known as "Duffle Bag Agg," allegedly shot Rameel Blanco, 30, outside a Hempstead home on Aug. 1, 2012, according to story in The Long Island Press.

September 24, 2013
Sacramento officer's grim discovery in warehouse district

An officer patrolling in a warehouse district of Sacramento came upon a burning body Monday night.

Sacramento police said that the officer saw an object burning in the 6000 block of Warehouse Way in the southeast part the city near Florin Perkins and Fruitridge Roads.

Upon closer inspection, the burning object was determined to be a body. Police have not said if the dead person was a man or woman.

While the department tweeted Monday night that homicide detectives were responding to the scene, a police spokeswoman said today that the case is being investigated as a suspicious death

September 24, 2013
Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed near Negro Bar

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a motorcyclist killed when a car pulled in front of him on Greenback Lane near the entrance to Negro Bar State Park.

The motorcyclist was identified as 41-year-old Shane Curtis Clark. His hometown was not available.

Folsom police said that at about 2 p.m. Clark was traveling eastbound on Greenback Lane when a westbound car turned from Greenback Lane into the path of motorcycle. Clark was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a white van traveling eastbound on Greenback lane.

September 23, 2013
Man tied to NY homicide barricades self in Natomas home

By Ed Fletcher

A man believed to be wanted in connection with a New York homicide barricaded himself in a Natomas home Monday evening, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Police Department said.

Responding to an anonymous tip, the department arrived in force at a home on the 2100 block of Raymar Way at around 7 p.m., said Michele Gigante, a department spokeswoman.

A woman and child left the home and were cooperative, Gigante said. She said the suspect is believed to be alone in the home. She said hostage negotiators and SWAT were called as a precaution, given the suspect's alleged violent history.

Gigante said the department is hoping for a peaceful resolution of the situation. She said the department was not prepared to release any additional information about the suspect, his connection to Sacramento or the New York homicide at this time.

September 23, 2013
Truckee man arrested in motorcyclist's death near Negro Bar

By Ed Fletcher

A Truckee man has been arrested after authorities alleged his actions behind the wheel cost the life of a motorcycle rider Monday and risked the life of child riding in his vehicle, Folsom police said.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. Monday when a Volkswagen driven by Kaman Hobbs, 23, of Truckee, attempted to make an unprotected left turn from westbound Greenback Lane into the Negro Bar recreation area, said Sgt. Jason Browning, a spokesman for the Folsom Police Department.

The Volkswagen struck a motorcycle and pinned it against a van that was also traveling eastbound on Greenback Lane, police said. The motorcycle rider, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident blocked lanes of traffic, causing authorities to advise motorists to avoid the area for several hours afterward.

Hobbs was booked into Sacramento County jail under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license and driving with an unrestrained child under the age of 10, Browning said.

September 23, 2013
Missing Roseville woman found dead in Rocklin


A 53-year-old Roseville woman who was reported missing last week has been found dead in Rocklin Monday morning.

Cynthia Figuroa (pictured) was found in her car, which was parked near a business, according to Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for Roseville police.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office's coroner's division will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death. According to Rocklin police, there were no obvious signs of foul play. It was not known Monday who had found her or why she was in Rocklin.

Last week, Roseville police had asked for the public's help in locating Figueroa, who had apparently left her Highland Park home in north Roseville sometime in the afternoon of Sept. 18.

The family said it was unusual for her to not stay in contact with them, and noted that she had been extremely despondent recently.

Her vehicle, a silver 2005 Volvo S four-door sedan, with the California license plate 5LCE011, was also reported missing at the time of her disappearance.

September 23, 2013
Woman killed in West Sacramento rollover accident identified

The woman killed in a rollover accident in West Sacramento early Saturday morning was identified Monday as Hope Angeli Castellano, 26, of West Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office determined that she died from multiple blunt force injuries as the result of being in an accident. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a traffic accident on Jefferson Boulevard, just south of Stone Boulevard.

Castellano, who had been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 23, 2013
Update: Suspected pipe bomb near Hwy. 99 determined to be hoax

By Brad Branan and Bill Lindelof

A suspected pipe bomb has been rendered safe after it was found along a Florin Road on ramp to Highway 99.

About 9:30 a.m. today a Caltrans crew doing cleanup along the highway ramps at Florin Road discovered the object that appeared to be a pipe bomb. A California Highway Patrol bomb squad responded to the scene.

The object was found in the grass along one of the ramps. It was later determined that object was a hoax, a device made to look like a pipe bomb but was not explosive, according to the CHP.

At 11:35 a.m., the first attempt was made to render the suspected device safe. A second successful attempt was made at 12:20 p.m., an effort that convinced the CHP to open up Florin Road.

Two highway ramps at Florin Road opened at 1:50 p.m., according to CHP.

September 22, 2013
Pedestrian killed after hit by car in Sacramento is identified

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a car Friday night.

At 11:45 p.m. Friday, a man identified as Lonnie Bailey, 18, was walking north in a southbound lane of 24th Street, near 53rd Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver immediately stopped and went to the pedestrian's aid, but the man died later.

Police did not release information about the driver or the vehicle but are investigating why the man was in the middle of the roadway.

September 20, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man in 1995 North Sacramento shooting?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the 19- to 20-year-old man shot in the north area in April 1995? His name was Ernie Gabaldon.
Submitted by: Harold, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ernie Gabaldon, 19, was shot while leaving a party at a duplex on the corner of El Camino and Western avenues in April 1995 and died later at UC Davis Medical Center.

September 20, 2013
Sheriff's Department releases sketch of suspect in assault near Watt Avenue, I-80

Little Watt suspect.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has released a sketch of the man suspected of a sexual attack on a woman Thursday morning near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80.

A sheriff's department spokesman said that the woman was walking to work about 5 a.m. when she was violently attacked. She was forced down a small embankment by her attacker out of view of passing motorists or pedestrians on Watt Avenue.

The woman was transported for medical treatment. Detectives were called in to investigate the assault.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with a dark complexion and clean-shaven. He was reported to be approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 to 200 pound and wearing a casual-sytle black leather jacket, black or dark-colored jeans, and black or dark boots.

September 20, 2013
Yolo County jury convicts man in crash that killed wife, son

A Yolo County jury has convicted a Redwood City man of two counts of second-degree murder in the September 2012 crash that killed his wife and son.

The jury on Thursday also found Reyes Barajas, 47, guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Sept. 3, 2012, Barajas was driving with his wife, Ann Marie, 39, and his son, Marco, 14, from Clearlake Oaks to Redwood City. Witnesses testified during the trial that Barajas was driving in excess of 75 mph on Highway 16 when he lost control of his car. An accident-reconstructionist with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team testified that Barajas allowed his truck to drift off the right side of the road, and when he attempted to turn left, it caused the vehicle to roll, then fall down an embankment before coming to rest 20 feet below. Barajas' wife and son died as a result of the crash.

September 20, 2013
Case against Rosemont girl's alleged killer is 'very weak,' lawyer says

By Andy Furillo

The lawyer for the man accused of murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl in Rosemont Community Park last year said in court Friday that the evidence against her client is "very weak."

Defense attorney Jennifer Mouzis made the characterization in a brief appearance by Ryan Douglas Roberts in Sacramento Superior Court.

The 23-year-old defendant is charged in the March 6, 2012, stabbing, beating and asphyxiation death of Jessica Funk-Haslam, whose body was found in a dugout on a baseball diamond in the park.

Authorities said they charged Roberts, who was arrested last month, based on DNA that was obtained from the homicide scene. His DNA had been put into a statewide database after his arrest in May on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed in the domestic violence case,.

In an interview later Friday, Mouzis said Roberts' DNA was retrieved from a cigarette butt found near the girl's body.

Other than the DNA, "There is virtually no other evidence that I've seen," she said.

September 20, 2013
Authorities seek dog that bit man in West Sacramento

Yolo County Animal Services officials are asking the public's help in finding a dog that bit a man Thursday morning in West Sacramento.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a man spotted what appeared to be a stray dog in the area of Lake Washington Boulevard and Redwood Avenue. The man approached the dog in an attempt to get information from the tag on its collar, and the dog bit him, causing moderate injury, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

Animal Services officers searched the area but failed to find the dog.

September 20, 2013
Jury convicts man in North Sacramento murder

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Winzer Deandre Hayden of first-degree murder in the July 10, 2012, shooting death of Wesley Wheeler in North Sacramento.

Hayden, 29, will be sentenced Oct. 17 by Judge Patrick Marlette.

Authorities say Hayden shot and killed Wheeler in the midst of an ongoing argument the victim had been having with the defendant's cousin.

Wheeler's body was found in an alley near the 2100 block of Del Paso Boulevard.

September 20, 2013
Jury convicts man of 2008 murder near Sacramento Executive Airport

A Sacramento Superior Court jury Friday convicted Ravinesh Singh of first-degree murder in the Oct. 13, 2008, south area shooting death of 22-year-old Joseph Montoya.

The same panel acquitted a second defendant of murder and manslaughter in the case, Tony Cong Van, but found him guilty on being an accessory to the killing after the fact.

According to court documents and testimony at trial, Singh, who is now 28, and Van, 26, had driven to a house in the 2600 block of Hing Avenue, near the Sacramento Executive Airport, on a marijuana deal.

When they got to the neighborhood, Singh saw Montoya, whom he suspected as being the gunman in the previous shooting of a relative. Singh got out of the car, shot Montoya once in the face and shot him three more times in the midsection.

September 20, 2013
Apartment fire claims life of Sacramento man

A man pulled from a burned-out Sacramento apartment Friday morning by firefighters has died.

The fire in the 600 block of Bowles Street was reported about 1:40 a.m. Firefighters from a nearby station extinguished the blaze and found the man in a bedroom.

He was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center where he was declared dead, Assistant Chief Scott Williams said.

The victim's name has not been released.

Cause of the fire near El Camino Avenue and Del Paso Boulevard is being investigated.

September 20, 2013
Gunfire ends attempted repossession of car in Elk Grove

An Elk Grove neighborhood was rattled early Friday morning when police said a man fired a shot into the air to stop the repossession of his car.

Elk Grove police were called at about 3 a.m. to the 9200 block of Maple View Way, near Laguna Boulevard and Bruceville Road, where a man with a tow truck was trying to repossess a 2013 Nissan Altima.

Elk Grove police officer Chris Trim said the owner of the car exited the residence and discharged a handgun into the air. The tow truck driver then drove away.

September 19, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of 2007 homicide?

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

QUESTION: What happened the man sought in connection with the killing of Alex Rodriguez in 2007?
Submitted by: Leti, Elk Grove

ANSWER: According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, Santino Mario Garcia is a fugitive.

September 19, 2013
Two convicted in DUI death in Elk Grove

Two women were convicted Thursday for the drunken driving death of a 20-year-old man in Elk Grove two years ago.

Jurors found Heili Marie Gantan, 23, guilty of driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury in the May 28, 2011, death of Ivan Oscar Camero, who was a passenger in her car.

Gantan and co-defendant Ladonna Marie Torres, 23, were both found guilty of leaving the scene of the crash on Power Inn Road.

Gantan registered a blood-alcohol level of .11, and toxicology tests also disclosed that she had the active ingredient for marijuana in her system.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner scheduled their sentencing for Oct. 25.

September 19, 2013
Auburn man pleads guilty to workers' compensation fraud

A 78-year-old Auburn man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to making false statements to obtain federal workers' compensation benefits.

According to the plea agreement, Bruce Lee Cearlock has been receiving workers' compensation benefits under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act for an injury that he suffered as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy on Aug. 26, 1987. When filing the periodic reports required by the Office of Workers' Compensation Program to justify continued payments, between 2006 and 2008, Cearlock stated under penalty of perjury that he was neither self-employed nor involved in "any business enterprise," according to a Department of Justice news release.

Court documents, however, state that from at least 1999 until 2011, Cearlock was involved in operating Fuse, a bar in San Francisco. Cearlock hired and fired employees, made decisions on capital expenditures and dealt with private citizens and public officials as the owner of Fuse.

September 19, 2013
Judge sentences woman to life for torture of fiance's daughter

The woman convicted of torturing her fiance's daughter by burning her with an iron, whipping her with electrical cords and hitting her with a hot metal spatula was sentenced today to an indeterminate life term in state prison.

Duewa Abeana Lee maintained her innocence in her sentencing hearing in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan, but the victim in the case told the defendant today, "The things that you did to me made me afraid of almost everything."

The girl, who is now 14, went on to say, "I've moved on from the past and look forward to the future. I now live with people that love me and have made me to the point where I can forgive you, but I will never forget the things you did to me."

Jurors convicted the 37-year-old Lee on July 19 torture and 10 other felony counts. Authorities say most of the abuse took place in August and September of 2011 after the girl's father and the defendant's fiance was arrested for robbery.

According to testimony at trial, the girl, whose name is being withheld by The Sacramento Bee, was able to get away from Lee on Sept. 30, 2011, at a local Department of Motor Vehicles office and tell a patron that she was an abuse victim.

Authorities were called out to the DMV office and Lee was arrested.

The indeterminate life term imposed by Meegan on the torture conviction allows for the possibility of parole for Lee after seven years. The judge, however, added another nine years and four months to the term on the additional felony convictions.

Editor's note (2:10 p.m.): A previous version said that Lee tortured her stepdaughter, but Lee was engaged and not yet married to the girl's father.

Editor's note: Comments on this post were closed Sept. 19.

September 19, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect description released in attack on woman near Watt, I-80

A woman was sexually attacked this morning near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's officials.

A sheriff's department spokesman said that the woman was walking to work about 5 a.m. when she was violently attacked. She was forced down a small embankment by her attacker out of view of passing motorists or pedestrians on Watt Avenue.

The woman was transported for medical treatment. Detectives were called in to investigate the assault.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with a dark complexion and clean-shaven. He was reported to be approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 to 200 pound and wearing a casual-sytle black leather jacket, black or dark-colored jeans, and black or dark boots.

September 19, 2013
Jessica Funk-Haslam's mother breaks silence after arrest of murder suspect

It's been a grueling 17 months for Tara Haslam, Fox40 reports. Many had given up hope that a suspect would ever be caught.

Read more: DNA match brings arrest in 2012 slaying of girl, 13

September 18, 2013
Some wireless 911 calls routed directly to Sacramento police dispatchers

The Sacramento Police Department has launched the first phase of a plan to take wireless 911 calls.

The department today began taking wireless 911 calls in a limited area of South Natomas. The calls in that area will be routed directly to the Sacramento Police Department's Communications Center. Until now, all wireless 911 calls within the city were routed through the California Highway Patrol Communication Center before being transferred to a police dispatcher.

The goal is to improve 911 answer times and decrease emergency service response times for wireless callers, according to a Police Department news release. Eventually, officials said, Sacramento police dispatchers will take all cellular 911 calls within the city, saving time that can be critical in an emergency situation.

Funding for the first phase of the Police Department's wireless deployment plan was funded by Measure U, a sales tax increase approved by Sacramento voters last November.

September 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to former sheriff's deputies accused of illegally selling firearms?

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

QUESTION: What happened to former Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies Thomas Lu and Ryan McGowan, who were charged with illegally selling firearms?
Submitted by: NJepsen, Sacramento

ANSWER: Sheriff's deputies Thomas Lu and Ryan McGowan were among four people indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2012 in a case involving what officials said was the illegal purchase and sale of dozens of high-powered pistols.

September 18, 2013
CHP offers driver safety classes for area teenagers

The California Highway Patrol is offering Start Smart driver safety education classes for prospective and newly licensed teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.

The classes are open to drivers age 15 through 19. Sessions at the CHP's East Area office, 11336 Trade Center Drive, Rancho Cordva, are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

CHP officials cite National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics showing that, mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

September 18, 2013
Woodland school locked down as police sought suspect

A Woodland elementary school was briefly locked down this morning as police pursued a suspect in the area.

At 11:20 a.m., Woodland officers attempted to stop a man who was riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the road at the intersection of Cross and Walnut streets. An officer recognized the bicyclist as Carlos Ayala, 19, of Woodland, who had an active warrant for failure to appear in court, according to a Police Department news release. When the officer tried to stop Ayala, he fled over a fence into a yard, where he was able to evade officers. Ayala continued past Dingle Elementary School, then fled on his bicycle.

Because of the proximity of the activity to the school, the Dingle campus was placed on lock-down as a precautionary measure, police said. The lock-down lasted seven minutes, and the suspect never entered the school grounds.

In addition to the active warrant, Ayala is wanted on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800 or (530) 666-2411. Callers can remain anonymous.

September 18, 2013
Fire discovered in attic of Roseville's Zocalo restaurant

Zocalo restaurant in Roseville was damaged Wednesday morning by a fire that was discovered burning in its attic.

Roseville Fire Department responded at 10:58 a.m. to a 911 call reporting smoke showing from the roof of a salon at the Fountains at Roseville shopping center. Upon further investigation, crews found an active structure fire in the attic of Zocalo.

Four fire engine and two ladder truck crews from the Roseville department along with units from Rocklin Fire Department were able to quickly extinguish the flames before the restaurant or building suffered significant damages, according to a Roseville Fire Department news release. The restaurant was closed to allow for cleanup activities.

No injuries were reported. Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

September 18, 2013
Fire damages two apartment units in Carmichael

Two apartment units were damaged in a fire this morning in Carmichael.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded shortly after 11:30 a.m. to reports of a structure fire on Mary Lynn Lane. They arrived to find a ground-floor apartment and the unit above it engulfed in flames, according to a Fire Department news release. A team of 31 firefighters was able to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading through the large complex.

Capt. Jon Rudnicki said the fire started in the ground-floor unit and spread to the second-story apartment. Tenants of both units were displaced. Rudnicki said one is being aided by the Red Cross and the other by family in the area.

Neither residents nor firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

September 18, 2013
Auburn police searching for man who eluded authorities

Brocker, David.JPGAuburn police are on the look out for David Brocker, who earlier this week fled from authorities into a Placer County canyon.

Police said that they arrived at Brocker's Auburn residence on Tuesday to perform a probation-parole visit. While there, they allegedly found heroin, according to a police press release.

Brocker, 25, fled in a vehicle. In the process, he attempted to strike two officers and hit a parked car and part of an apartment building, police said.

September 18, 2013
Brother and sister tied up in W. Sacramento home invasion

A man was hit with a pool cue in a robbery at his home in West Sacramento Wednesday morning.

West Sacramento police said that the man was sleeping on the couch about 2:30 a.m. at the home in the 3600 block of Cooper Island Road when two men entered through an unlocked sliding glass door at the rear of the house.

One of the intruders grabbed a pool cue, which was used to strike the man. He was then tied up.

The man's sister came downstairs to see what the commotion was about, only to also be tied up by the ski-mask wearing attackers. The robbers took cash and fled the house.

Police have not determined if the home invasion was random or if the victims were targeted.

September 18, 2013
Two critically injured in West Sacramento industrial accident

Two construction workers were critically injured Wednesday in West Sacramento when a heavy metal object being positioned into a trench, slipped from a crane and fell onto them.

One of the men was injured on the head and the other on the leg in the industrial accident about 4 a.m. on southbound Jefferson Boulevard at 15th Street.

The men, part of a subcontracting crew for Pacific Gas & Electric, were digging a trench for a pipeline and were placing metal panels to support the ditch. West Sacramento Police Lt. Tod Sockman said a crane was lifting up a panel when the chain attached to the panel somehow slipped.

The metal object hit the men who were outside the ditch. Both were taken to the hospital.

Traffic is able to make it by the site of the accident this morning. Sockman said that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health would likely investigate the incident.

September 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has Roseville man been sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing child porn?

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

QUESTION: Back in March, a story was posted on SacBee regarding Daniel McGrath, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges. His sentencing was supposed to occur by now. Is there any update to the story?
Submitted by: dnagrl, Sacramento

ANSWER: Daniel Harrison McGrath of Roseville pleaded guilty in federal court in Saramaento in March to posessing child pornography.

September 17, 2013
UPDATE: Teen missing from Rancho Cordova group home found safe

MP Casey Lee.jpegA teenage boy reported missing this evening from a group home is Rancho Cordova has been found safe, according to Rancho Cordova police.

Casey Lee (pictured), 17, had last been seen near Cordova Elementary School in the 10300 block of White Rock Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. He was considered at-risk due to diminished mental capacity, according to a Police Department news release.

September 17, 2013
Police investigate report of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park

Sacramento Police area are investigating reports of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area.

Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the department received multiple calls beginning at 8:12 p.m. reporting that 50 to 60 people were in the park when shots were heard and people began running and screaming. A caller also reported hearing a vehicle speed away.

Gigante said officers are on scene and a helicopter is patrolling the area, but she said there is no initial indication that anyone has been shot.

September 17, 2013
FBI seeks possible Sacramento-area victims of accused sex offender

Joseph Caracciolo.pngThe Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks the public's assistance in identifying possible additional victims of a man thought to have lived in the Sacramento area and who was recently arrested in in New Jersey, accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

A complaint and arrest warrant were issued Aug. 21 by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, charging an individual, believed to be Joseph Crillo, but not yet positively identified, in a John Doe warrant with aggravated sexual assault of a minor younger than 13. On Aug. 30, Joseph Anthony Caracciolo (pictured), also known as Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo and Tony Gallardo, was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, in a federal complaint. He is accused of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person, namely a sexual act with a person younger than 18 years of age, according to an FBI news release.

According to the federal complaint, from approximately May to August 2012, Caracciolo allegedly traveled among New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to sexually abuse a girl who was younger than 13.

September 17, 2013
CHP officer injured trying to protect Caltrans worker on I-80 near Auburn

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured this morning in a collision on Interstate 80 in Placer County as he attempted to use his patrol vehicle to protect a state Department of Transportation worker retrieving debris from the roadway.

About 11: 25 a.m., a Caltrans worker was stopped on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, west of Ophir Road to retrieve debris from the slow lane, according to a CHP news release. An Auburn-area CHP officer was approaching the area and saw the Caltrans worker preparing to remove the debris. The officer activated his vehicle's rear emergency lights and positioned the patrol vehicle in the slow traffic lane to protect the Caltrans worker, CHP officials said.

As the patrol vehicle slowly approached the Caltrans worker's location, a red 2012 Subaru Outback, driven by an 86-year-old Auburn woman, was approaching from behind at about 65 mph and did not slow down, officials said. The officer saw the Subaru rapidly approaching and accelerated forward, turning the patrol vehicle in a direction to prevent the Subaru from striking the Caltrans worker.

September 17, 2013
Burial service set Wednesday for unidentified infant found in Roseville park

A burial service, arranged by the Placer County Coroner's Office, will be held Wednesday morning for the unidentified baby girl whose body was found in Roseville's Saugstand Park in July.

The baby will be laid to rest after a brief service at 10 a.m. in the new Auburn Public Cemetery, 2040 Collins Drive, Auburn. The service is open to the public.

On the morning of July 8, Roseville park maintenance workers found a box hidden in bushes in Saugstand Park. Inside the box, carefully wrapped in a blanket and a plastic bag, was the body of a deceased newborn girl with the umbilical cord still attached, according to a Police Department news release. Officials said the baby appeared to have been dead for a few days, noting that there were no signs of traumatic injury, and she may have been stillborn.

The cause of death is still unknown, pending the final autopsy a report. No one has come forward to identify the infant.

September 17, 2013
Former Rocklin High walk-on coach accused of sex with student

Mark Richard Bevan.jpgA former walk-on track coach at Rocklin High School has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with a 15-year-old student.

Mark Richard Bevan (pictured), 21, of Auburn, was taken into custody early this morning at his home and was booked into Placer County Jail, according to a Rocklin Police Department news release.

Rocklin detectives received information Monday regarding a possible inappropriate relationship between a former walk-on assistant track coach and a female student. Based on information received from the victim, detectives determined that the sexual relationship had existed for about a month, but a "sexting" relationship allegedly had been occurring for an undertermined amount of time through the use of smartphones.

September 17, 2013
Garzon gets 5 years for no-contest plea in attack on gay Davis man

Clayton Garzon, facing assault and hate crime allegations connected to a beating of a gay Davis man, pleaded no contest Tuesday to battery with serious bodily injury with a hate crime enhancement.

In a plea deal made public in Yolo Superior Court, Garzon will receive a five-year prison sentence for the felony.

Garzon will be taken into custody when he is sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30. He will serve his prison sentence in Yolo County Jail.

Garzon faced two other felony assault charges in the attack outside the I Street home in Davis where Lawrence "Mikey" Partida had just celebrated his 33rd birthday. Those charges were dismissed.

Partida was severely beaten and hospitalized in the attack. The prosecution accused Garzon of using anti-gay slurs in the attack.

"The district attorney's office is very pleased with the resolution," said Jonathan Raven, Yolo County chief deputy district attorney. "We got what was important: a felony, showing the seriousness of the beating. We got the hate crime enhancement, and we got a prison sentence."

September 17, 2013
UPDATE: Missing Rio Linda woman found safe

janice jackson.JPGThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a Rio Linda woman missing since Monday has been found and returned to her home.

Janice Jackson, 70, (pictured) went missing from her residence in the 6100 block of Dry Creek Road on Monday afternoon. She was considered at-risk due to a medical condition.

September 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed woman, dumped body in river?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the young man who killed the mother and dumped the body into the river? Didn't the body resurface? Alive?
Submitted by: Will Never Forget, Sacramento

ANSWER: In a case that a Sacrmento Superior Court judge described as "stranger than fiction", a brother and sister were sentenced in January 2003 to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of a woman who some people claimed was still alive.

September 16, 2013
Cause of Sunday grass fire in Roseville under investigation

Roseville grass fire.pngRoseville fire officials are investigating the cause of a grass fire that burned about 8 acres near Veterans Park North in the western part of the city Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to a call at 4:22 p.m. and arrived to find a half-acre of dry grass burning in a field east of Fiddyment Road just north of Blue Oaks Boulevard. Crews, aided by lower temperatures and calm winds, were able to contain the blaze at just under 8 acres, a Roseville Fire Department news release states.

Firefighters were on scene more than five hours mopping up hot spots. The fire burned into a grove of mature oak trees, making if difficult to fully extinguish, fire officials said. Crews patrolled the area through the night and into today to make sure there were no flare-ups.

No structures were threatened or damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Photo courtesy Roseville Fire Department

September 16, 2013
UPDATE: Sheriff's officials report missing Arden Arcade woman located

MP Warnock.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that an Arden Arcade woman who went missing this morning has been found

Linda Warnock (pictured), 58, had last been seen in the 1900 block of Terrace Drive about 9 a.m. She was considered to be at-risk due to dementia and other medical issues, a Sheriff's Department news release states.

September 16, 2013
Man reported injured after jumping from van in Elk Grove, police say

Elk Grove police report that a man with developmental disabilities was critically injured this afternoon when he jumped out of a van that was traveling on Bond Road near Crowell Drive.

Police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said police responded to a call at 2:28 p.m. A white passenger van owned by a private firm that transports people with physical or developmental disabilities was eastbound on Bond Road when the passenger in the front seat, a man in his 50s, reportedly unbuckled his seat belt, opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle.

Trim said the man struck the roadway and suffered major head trauma. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. It does not appear that the van struck the man, Trim said, rather the man's injuries were sustained in the fall from the vehicle.

Other passengers were in the van, but no one else was injured and no other vehicles were involved.

September 16, 2013
Sacramento police offer driver safety class for teens, parents

The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.

The class is intended to help teen drivers by teaching them how to handle various driving situations. Officials cite statistics that show teen drivers are found to be at fault in 66 percent of all fatal accidents in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old.

The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Hall of Honor at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd. The session is free and open to 15- to 19-year-olds, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

September 16, 2013
Dunnigan I-5 rest area to be dedicated for fallen deputy

A rest area along Interstate 5 will be dedicated on Friday in memory of Yolo County Deputy Tony Diaz, who was shot and killed on duty about five years ago.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and Sheriff Ed G. Prieto will dedicate the I-5 rest area between County Road 6 and County Line Road in Dunnigan in honor of Diaz at 10 a.m. Friday.

Diaz was shot near the rest area in June 2008 after a high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunk driver, who was fleeing with a child in his vehicle. The driver, Marco Topete, was convicted of Diaz's murder in 2011.

Two signs, paid for through private donations, will read: "Deputy Tony Diaz, Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Memorial Rest Area," according to a press release.

Diaz, raised in Dixon, joined the department in 2004. He is remembered by his peers as a gentle man and a hard worker.

"Tony is in our thoughts daily," said Prieto. "Now the motoring public and citizens of the Dunnigan area will have a memorial to remind them of the sacrifice that Tony gave while doing something he loved -- protecting our community."

September 16, 2013
Testimony underway in rape hearing on ex-police officer

A former Sacramento police detective testified today about her interview with a 75-year-old woman with expressive aphasia who described how she had been raped by a police officer.

Joyce Thorgrimson, now an investigator with the District Attorney's Office, testified in the first day of a preliminary hearing for former Sacramento police officer Gary Dale Baker, 50, who is accused in a 12-count complaint.

"She indicated he knocked on the door, she opened it, and he came in," Thorgrimson said, about the woman's first encounter with the man authorities identified as Baker. "She said he began kissing her right away."

September 16, 2013
Deputies hit jackpot in casino parking lot: 16 pounds of marijuana

Two men were allegedly found in a Yolo County casino parking lot with a vehicle containing 16 pounds of marijuana.

At about 7:25 a.m. Thursday Yolo County Sheriff's deputies spoke with Cody Lee Shermantine, 22, of Citrus Heights and Dylan Thomas Bacon, 34, of Kelseyville in a parking lot of Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a sheriff's department press release. A search of the vehicle turned up 1.41 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and the marijuana.

Shermantine was arrested on suspicion of transportation and possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bacon was arrested on suspicion of transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 16, 2013
Carmichael standoff ends with man in custody

A three-hour stand-off in a Carmichael neighborhood ended with police taking an agitated man into custody.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called at 6:15 a.m. Monday to a home in the 3100 block of Petty Lane where a man was reported to be drunk and agitated. The family member who made the call also said weapons were in the home.

Initially, deputies could not make contact with the man, however he did come out of the house before going back inside. He was seen wearing a bullet-resistant vest and a thigh holster.

Some neighbors were evacuated and others were told to stay inside. Around 9 a.m., he left the home and was shot with less-than-lethal rubber bullets and was taken into custody.

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September 16, 2013
Placer County Sheriff display of capabilities set for Saturday

A showing of the Placer County Sheriff's Department's different public safety enhancing capabilities is planned for Saturday.

The annual "Day With a Deputy" event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Granite Bay.

The public is invited to the free event. On hand will be the department's Special Enforcement Team, honor guard, bomb squad, police dogs, helicopter, dive team, 911 dispatchers, search and rescue teams and others.

The event is put on by the Placer County Sheriff's Council, local business leaders who raise money for equipment such as Tasers and honor guard uniforms.

There will also be a bounce house, face painting and food available for purchase.

September 14, 2013
Parolee arrested after high-speed chase on Highway 50

By Allen Pierleoni

A high-speed chase along the streets of Sacramento accelerated onto eastbound Highway 50 on Saturday evening, resulting in the capture of a parolee at large with a history of firearms violations, said a Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

The incident began along X Street, when a SPD K-9 Unit officer pulled behind a burgundy-colored pickup truck to make a traffic stop. The driver "took off at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at several intersections, blew through red lights and got onto Highway 50 eastbound," said Sgt. Matt Young. The police cruiser continued the chase at speeds up to 95 mph until the unidentified driver exited on 59th Street.

"He abandoned the vehicle right around that area and started jumping fences," making his way through residential back yards, looking for a place to hide, Young said. Police officers set up a perimeter. The suspect was found within the perimeter and taken into custody without further incident, Young said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a police officer while in pursuit, possession of a stolen vehicle and for his parole warrants, Young said.

September 14, 2013
Fruitridge Road carjacking foiled; suspect arrested after scuffle

By Allen Pierleoni


An attempted carjacking in Sacramento was foiled Friday afternoon, and a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputy arrested the suspect.

A woman and her husband were sitting in their parked car, engine running, at 5:19 p.m. in the 5400 block of Fruitridge Road when a man walked up, reached through the open window and snatched the car keys, according to a Sacramento Police Department report.

When the husband reacted, the suspect "punched him multiple times, which resulted in minor injuries," according to the report.

The husband jumped out of the car, wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him until a sheriff's deputy arrived. Delarian Butler, 34, was arrested and arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking.

September 13, 2013
Elk Grove police report missing girls found safe

Zuri Hurtz.jpgAsia Smith.jpgBarbara Smith.jpgThree young girls who were reported missing in Elk Grove have been found.

Elk Grove police reported that Zuri Hurtz (top left photo) , 8, Asia Smith, 10, (top right), and Barbara Smith (bottom), 10, are OK and will be reunited with their family. They were considered at risk because of their age.

The girls apparently left a residence in the 9000 block of Willowberry Way about 11 a.m. They were reported missing to law enforcement at 5:45 p.m., according to a Police Department news release. According to an area resident, they had last been seen in the 8100 block of Laguna Brook Way, walking westbound about 2 p.m.

Police activated their reverse 911 system, making phone calls to residents asking them to be on the lookout for the missing children.

September 13, 2013
Rim fire's rapid spread cited as cautionary tale for residents in Amador, El Dorado counties

As the Rim fire continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest, officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Amador and El Dorado counties say such fires could occur in their jurisdiction.

The Rim fire is burning in terrain similar to that found in Amador and El Dorado counties, and residents are advised to be prepared and not ignore the risk. Fire officials say people need to recognize how quickly a wildfire can spread.

"I imagine the residents of Tuolumne County never thought it could really happen to them, or that the Rim fire could have burned 255,848 acres -- 400 square miles -- in 28 days, but it has with ferocity that one seldom sees," Kelly Keenan, chief of Cal Fire's Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit, said in a written statement. "With 80 percent of the fire contained, the third largest wildfire in the state's history is still spotting ahead of itself and causing Yosemite National Park to close four of its campgrounds and the Stanislaus National Forest to close two of its ranger districts, not to mention the road closures in the area."

September 13, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled tonight in Sacramento

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight at 16th and C streets.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling through the intersection will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

Officials warn that anyone caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

September 13, 2013
Man stabbed near midtown Sacramento grocery store

safeway.JPGA man in his 40s suffered multiple stab wounds after being assaulted near the midtown Safeway, according to Sacramento police.

The man is being treated at a local hospital, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The stabbing apparently followed a disturbance between the victim and his assailant near the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets, Morse said.

The relationship between the victim and suspect is not known.

No one is custody.

PHOTO: Workers clean up after a man was stabbed Friday afternoon at the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets in Sacramento. Mark Jobson/Special to The Sacramento Bee

September 13, 2013
Five arrested in Butte County after searches turn up marijuana growing operations

Butte County sheriff's officials announced the arrest of five people in connection with marijuana growing operations after search warrants were served at two locations earlier this week.

On Wednesday, deputies from the Butte County Sheriff's Office-Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant in the 12700 block of Center Gap Road in the Chico area. They located Cara Maarie Henry, 32, and Evan Douglas Anderson, 28, both of Chico, at the residence, and both were detained, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

A search of the residence turned up a butane honey oil lab consisting of marijuana, butane, extraction tubes, coffee filters, a hot plate and a vacuum machine, officials said. Several Pyrex-type dishes containing butane hone oil residue were inside the house.

September 13, 2013
Gruesome details emerge in Davis murder trial

By Darrell Smith

Daniel William Marsh will face trial on murder charges in the April killings of an elderly couple in their Davis condominium, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled at the teen's preliminary hearing Friday.

Arraignment for Marsh, 16, in the deaths of Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin is set for Sept. 24 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

In nearly 90 minutes of dramatic, disturbing testimony from responding officers, the county's medical examiner and the detective who interviewed the Davis teenager, prosecutors detailed a savage attack on the sleeping couple as the lay in their bed and described a black-clad, knife-wielding teen apparently bent on killing.

"On this night, he said he just had enough," Davis police Detective Ariel Pineda, the major crimes detective who interviewed Marsh in June prior to his arrest, testified. "(Marsh) said he was aimlessly walking around looking for his victim. He ended up at 4006 Cowell, he said, and proceeded to tell us what he did there."

Northup, a longtime local attorney and musician, and Maupin, a church's pastoral associate, were found dead April 14 in the bedroom of their Cowell Boulevard condo, stabbed repeatedly with what investigators said Friday was a Buck knife with a 6-inch blade.

September 13, 2013
Update: Coroner says 'no fatal trauma' found on man who died in Sacramento police custody

The Sacramento County Coroner's office said today that an autopsy revealed no fatal trauma on the man who died in Sacramento police custody Thursday.

The cause of death for 42-year-old Ruben Juarez remains unknown, pending toxicology results, according to a news release from the coroner's office.

Juarez, whose last address is unknown to the coroner's office, fell unconscious shortly after being handcuffed by officers who had been flagged down by witnesses reported a man acting bizarrely in the 5300 block of Franklin Boulevard, near a police substation.

The officers observed the man's strange behavior - which included him rolling around on the ground - and tried to assess whether the man needed help, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The man told officers he had used some narcotics, Morse said, before rolling under a parked car. The officers reached under the car and retrieved him, then handcuffed him. They removed the handcuffs and administered aid once they noticed he had fallen unconscious.

Morse said no force was used in the encounter. However, the incident is being investigated as an in-custody death as a matter of protocol and will be reviewed by homicide and internal affairs detectives and the city's Office of Public Safety Accountability.

September 13, 2013
Killer gets 94-to-life for gang retaliation shooting that claimed innocent man

A suspected gang member convicted of first-degree murder in the mistaken-retaliation shooting death of a 20-year-old man near Sacramento Executive Airport five years ago was sentenced today to 94 years-to-life in prison.

Elijah Dupree Goethe, 23, received the term for the Oct. 12, 2008, killing of Joseph Washington in a car in the 2200 block of Mangrum Avenue.

"So, Mr. Goethe, you're going to die in state prison," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette told the defendant.

September 13, 2013
Sacramento police say woman arrested in man's stabbing death knew victim

Tiana Smith-Anderson.jpgSacramento police have arrested a woman in the stabbing death of an elderly man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police booked Tiana Smith-Anderson, 27, into Sacramento County Jail late Thursday night on suspicion of murder.

Smith-Anderson was located by the police department's Career Criminal Apprehension Team. Police said she is believed to have stabbed Singh Singh, 84, multiple times, the wounds leading to his death.

September 13, 2013
Coroner releases name of American River rafter

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who died rafting on the American River Sunday.

Giao Phong Quoc Doan, 40, of Roseville, fell off a raft at the San Juan rapids on the American River in Rancho Cordova.

Doan's body was recovered about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fire department rescue crews were called to the rapids at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Doan, wearing a life vest, was rafting with his family before he fell off the watercraft.

While the life vest resurfaced, Doan's body was not recovered until many hours later.

September 13, 2013
More Sacramento County park rangers to be added to force

Four more rangers will be added to patrol Sacramento County Regional parks.

Two rangers were added in 2012 and four new positions have been approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, bringing the total number of rangers to 20, according to a county press release.

Sacramento County park rangers patrol 15,000 acres of parkland. Adding the new rangers allows for more patrols in the American River Parkway and other recreation areas, according to Jeff Leatherman, regional parks director.

September 12, 2013
Rancho Cordova police roll out program to encourage safe bicycling

Rancho Cordova bicyclists younger than 12 years old can receive a ticket to free ice cream cone if a police officer spots them wearing bicycle helmets and following the rules of the road.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department, in partnership with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Rancho Cordova McDonald's, has initiated a Bicycle Safe/Back to School outreach program, issuing positive reinforcement safety citations to children.

Officers contacting children who are not wearing helmets may issue a safety citation providing the youngsters an opportunity to receive one free bicycle helmet from the Cordova Lane Center at 2460 Cordova Lane, according to a Police Department news release.

September 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed woman, dumped body in Wilton-area pond?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Danny Ray Steele, who was arrested on suspicion of killing a woman and submerging her body in a pond by a rope on his father's land?
Submitted by: Glenda, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Danny Raymond Steele pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 2001 death of Phyllis Dianne Elame, 53.

September 12, 2013
Four Sacramentans indicted in federal sex-trafficking cases

A federal grand jury today returned indictments in two cases, charging four Sacramento residents with sex trafficking.

In the first case, Percy Love III, 31, is charged with knowingly harboring, transporting, providing and maintaining a person, knowing means such as force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The criminal complaint states that on July 22, Sacramento police officers responded to a report of domestic violence and found Love asleep in the front seat of a car with the victim, whose sister had called in the report, sitting in the back seat. She claimed that Love had beaten her many times, and authorities said she had bruises and cigarette burns on her hand, arm and stomach. Love was arrested that night on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy.

September 12, 2013
Man dies after Sacramento police respond to report of odd behavior

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a man taken into custody this afternoon after he was reported behaving peculiarly outside a local business.

Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a lumber yard across the street from a police substation in the 5300 block of Franklin Boulevard. Officers were pulling out of the police station when they were flagged down by a number of people who reported that a man was acting very odd, rolling around on the ground and, at one point, rolling underneath a vehicle in the parking lot.

Officers took the man into custody and placed him in handcuffs. When the man became unresponsive, officers removed the handcuffs and administered emergency medical aid, Morse said. The man was transported to a hospital, where he died.

September 12, 2013
Two arrested, accused of central roles in foreclosure rescue scheme

Two people were arrested today, accused of continuing a multistate scam that has defrauded homeowners in California and elsewhere while the alleged leader of the operation awaited trial.

Arrested were Tamara Teresa Tikal, 43 of Brentwood in Contra Costa County and Ray Jan Kornfeld, 57, of Las Vegas.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Wednesday returned a superseding indictment against Alan David Tikal, 45, adding charges for him and charging his wife Tamara Tikal and Kornfeld, who allegedly continued the scam while he was in custody awaiting trial, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The indictment was unsealed after the arrests today.

September 12, 2013
Two plead guilty to killing man near American River homeless camp

Two men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other charges today in the stabbing death of a Gold River man two years ago near an American River homeless camp.

Dawayne Jerrold Lawrence, 37, and Frank Paul Haney, 54, entered their pleas in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny in the May 31, 2011, robbery slaying of Adam Michael Steinbach, 27.

According to court documents, Lawrence and Haney lived in a homeless camp near Northgate and Del Paso boulevards. Witnesses said Steinbach apparently owed Haney money for methamphetamine and that Haney solicited Lawrence to rob Steinbach.

September 12, 2013
Former Folsom fire chief tapped as interim chief of Sacramento Fire Department

Former Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty has been tapped to temporarily lead the Sacramento Fire Department after Chief Ray Jones announced his retirement last month, city officials say.

Haverty, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fire service, will become interim chief Oct. 1, officials said. He will remain in the position, with a salary of $181,602, until a permanent appointment is made.

Haverty retired as head of the Folsom Fire Department in 2010 and has since assisted other agencies with recruitment, assessments and evaluations, city officials said.

September 12, 2013
Lodi school secretary suspected of embezzlement

A Lodi school secretary is suspected of embezzling parent club funds, police said.

Lodi police on Tuesday arrested Susan Taylor, a 58-year-old secretary at Millswood Middle School, on two counts of embezzlement and one count of filing a false police report.

Taylor, who has access to Parent Club funds, filed a police report in April that indicated $1,000 was stolen from the club. Taylor told police that a woman had come to the school and picked up the money for the club treasurer.

September 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed wife, daughters in Sonoma County in 1980s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the man that killed his wife, his mother and two of his three daughters? One daughter was found in a landfill with her throat slashed but survived. I believe this occurred in Santa Rosa. He was high on drugs and was convicted of the murders and sentenced, possibly to death. These horrible murders occurred I believe in 1988 or sometime near.
Submitted by: Sharon, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ramon Salcido was sentenced to death for the slaying of seven people, including his wife and two daughters, during a killing spree April 14, 1989 in Sonoma County.

September 11, 2013
Pair arrested in Davis flasher incident face federal charges

Wenyi Xu.jpgA woman accused of disrobing along a Davis greenbelt in July and the man who allegedly photographed her as she approached two youths face federal child exploitation charges.

Two federal criminal complaints were unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento charging Nicholas Robert Bowen (right photo), 62, of Grizzly Flat, and Wenyi Xu (left photo), 30, of Folsom with child exploitation offenses, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant filed against both defendants, Bowen and Xu came to the attention of law enforcement authorities after they were arrested in Davis on July 10, when Xu allegedly was seen approaching two boys, ages 10 and 12, and exposing herself to them. Bowen was present and filmed Xu's encounters with the boys, authorities said. Charges relating to that incident were filed in Yolo County, and subsequent investigation uncovered information that led to the federal charges.

September 11, 2013
Woman convicted of attempted murder on police dog's handler

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Leslie Marie McCulley of attempted murder on a peace officer for the gunshot her boyfriend took at a Sacramento policeman last year after first shooting and seriously wounding the officer's police dog, Bodie.

McCulley, who also was convicted on three other felony counts, is facing a prison term of well more than 15- years to-life when she returns to Judge Greta Curtis Fall's courtroom, Deputy District Attorney Tate Davis said. McCulley's sentencing was set for Oct. 11.

September 11, 2013
Former South Lake Tahoe police officer sentenced to 18 months in prison

A former South Lake Tahoe police officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison today for obstructing an official proceeding, according to authorities.

John Gerald Poland, 45, pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in May. Today, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller handed down the sentence. Poland was ordered to surrender himself to the Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 6.

In June 2011, Poland persuaded a South Lake Tahoe gang member's girlfriend to conceal and destroy evidence, interfering with a federal investigation of that gang member. In October and November of that year, Poland tampered with this witness in an investigation into his conduct and the conduct of the gang member, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

"Mr. Poland ended his career in law enforcement by abusing his position of trust at every turn," U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner was quoted as saying in the news release. "When faced with the consequences of his misdeeds, he then attempted to influence witnesses who were called to testify against him. Such behavior cannot be tolerated. Mr. Poland stands in contrast to the other outstanding men and women in law enforcement who conduct themselves with dedication and honor every single day."

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the state's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez.

September 11, 2013
Man arrested for indecent exposure, burglary in Placerville break-in

Placerville police have arrested a man on suspicion of entering an apartment and undressing in the bedroom of a sleeping woman.

Tyler Mitchell, 32, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of burglary, indecent exposure and violation of probation, according to a police press release.

When Mitchell turned himself in on Monday morning, police said they had been searching for him in connection with the incident at an apartment on Ray Lawyer Drive at about 3 a.m. the day before.

September 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of killing woman who disappeared from casino?

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

QUESTION: What ever happened to the man accused of killing a young woman he met at Thunder Valley Casino? He was seen leaving the casino with her, but she never made it to her car. What ever happened in the case and did they ever find her body?.
Submitted by: Localresidentlinda, Sacramento

ANSWER: The body of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who disappeared from the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln on Oct. 5, 2005, has not been found.

September 10, 2013
Four arrested at Dunnigan rest stop after methamphetamine found in vehicle

Four people are in jail after Yolo County sheriff's deputies reported finding them in a parked vehicle with an estimated $16,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Deputies found the four about 11: 15 p.m. Sunday in a vehicle parked at the Interstate 5 rest stop in Dunnigan. The deputies detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside and were granted permission to search the vehicle. During the search, they found more than 446 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $16,000, and a small amount of marijuana, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Jorge Luis Flores, 27, Kyle Justin Farmer, 19, and Marie Felix Gamez, 23, of Corning and Brandon Joseph Farmer, 19, of Clements were booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, transport for sale of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Bail for each was set at $200,000, and all are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

September 10, 2013
Man convicted of 1990s sex assaults to be committed to state hospital

A Sacramento County jury today determined that a man convicted of sexually assaulting two Sacramento-area women in the 1990s is a sexually violent predator and should not be released into the community.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gerrit Wood subsequently ordered Laurence Harris committed to the custody of the California Department of State Hospitals for an indeterminate period of time in confinement and treatment, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In 1972 in Los Angeles County, Harris sexually assaulted and viciously attacked a woman in her apartment with an ice pick. As a result, he was convicted of residential burglary and personally inflicting great bodily injury. He served five years in a state hospital and was released in 1978.

September 10, 2013
Three men shot following argument at North Highlands apartment

Three people are in the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries, following a shooting at a North Highlands apartment complex this afternoon.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tim Curran said a 911 call was received shortly after 3:30 p.m. regarding a shooting in the 3800 block of Madison Avenue. Deputies arrived and found two gunshot victims. One man hand been shot in the head and upper body, and the other had been wounded in the upper body. Both were transported to a local hospital.

About 30 minutes later, Curran said, a third man showed up and the hospital with gunshot wounds and indicated that he had been shot at the same location as the other two men.

September 10, 2013
Jury begins deliberations on woman in police dog shooting

Jury deliberations began today for a woman who was with a man who shot and seriously wounded the Sacramento police dog Bodie last year before the suspect himself was fatally shot by officers.

Leslie Marie McCulley, 30, is facing attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges. Authorities said she was with her boyfriend, Lucus Jerome Webb, 33, when they were in a stolen car on May 18, 2012, and took off on a high-speed chase through the Hollywood Park and Land Park neighborhoods when police tried to stop them.

September 10, 2013
Three convicted of murder in 2012 Elverta killing

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted three defendants of first-degree murder in the shooting death last year of a man in Elverta.

Facing life terms in prison with no chance of parole in the case are Andrew Wilbur Jeffries, Wendy Fong and Robert Haven, all of whom are 34. They all were accused in the March 28, 2012, killing of Anthony Ortega, 33, with the special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

According to the prosecution's trial brief, Jeffries was angry at Ortega for having an affair with a girlfriend of the defendant. Jeffries then got Haven to help him lure Ortega to his death in the 1700 block of Kasser Road where they said the three of them were going to steal a car. Fong, a new girlfriend of Jeffries, helped plan the killing and allowed Haven and Jeffries to use her car, the brief said.

Judge Helena R. Gweon scheduled the sentencing for Oct. 11.

September 10, 2013
Grass Valley captain named Lincoln police chief

RMarks (1).JPGRex Marks (pictured), a captain with the Grass Valley Police Department, has been named Lincoln's new police chief.

Marks, 47, has 26 years of public safety experience. He will replace interim chief Dan Ruden.

"Marks has a strong background in public safety, and his work history demonstrates excellent skills in communications, effective leadership and developing strong partnerships within the community," City Manager Jim Estep said in a written statement. "After an intensive recruiting process it became apparent that he was the right candidate for this position, and I am sure he is going to be a great asset to the city."

September 10, 2013
Sacramento DA drops case against kidnapping suspect; charges expected in Conn.

Nathan Salas mugshot.jpgThe Sacramento County District Attorney's office has dismissed charges against a Merced man who allegedly brought a 14-year-old teen to California without her parents' permission, thereby allowing Connecticut authorities to file charges there, authorities said today.

The Connecticut State's Attorney is expected to immediately proceed with charges of kidnapping and creating a risk-of-injury to minor against 27-year-old Nathan Salas, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

The case will proceed in Connecticut because it is where the criminal conduct originated and where the victim and the majority of witnesses live, the release states.

September 10, 2013
Sacramento police targeting high collision areas

Sacramento police this month are targeting areas where statistics show the greatest number of collisions have occurred in city.

The saturation patrols will occur every day of the week. Officers will be looking for distracted drivers, hazardous driving and impaired drivers.

The areas include:

September 10, 2013
Coroner identifies homicide victim found in Oak Park home

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police said they are investigating the death of Singh Singh, 84, of Sacramento as a homicide, according to authorities.

Police Officer Michele Gigante said the coroner's preliminary investigation revealed trauma on Singh's body.

September 9, 2013
Update: Police name man arrested after standoff in mom's home

A North Highlands man was arrested Monday after a two-hour standoff with sheriff deputies at his mother's home.

Richard Amaya, 32, (pictured) was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for allegedly exhibiting a weapon in a threatening manner and for a probation violation. Bail was set at $20,000.

Shortly after noon, sheriff deputies responded to the 3800 block of Meramonte Way after reports that a man with a rifle was seen in the neighborhood, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies saw Amaya and ordered him to stop, but he leveled the rifle in the direction of the deputies and ran into the home, Ramos said. Amaya's mother was not in the house at the time.

The SWAT team was called to the scene, and several homes in the area were evacuated. Shortly after 2 p.m., Amaya surrendered to the sheriff deputies after being hit with a rubber bullet round.

He was taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared for incarceration. He was booked into the jail around 5 p.m.

September 9, 2013
Update: North Highlands barricaded subject likely to face charges

A North Highlands man who surrendered to sheriff's deputies have a standoff earlier today likely will face charges of exhibiting a firearm at a peace officer and resisting arrest.

The 32-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, must be taken to a local hospital before he is booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail. The man must be cleared for incarceration after being hit with a rubber-bullet round, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies responded to the 3800 block of Meramonte Way after noon after reports of a man with a rifle seen in the neighborhood, Ramos said.

Deputies saw the man and ordered him to stop, but the man levelled the rifle in the direction of deputies and then ran inside the home, Ramos said.

The SWAT team was called to the scene, and some homes in the area were evacuated. The man was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m.

September 9, 2013
Update: Sacramento police now calling Oak Park death a homicide

Sacramento police said today they are investigating the death of a man found in his Oak Park home this morning as a homicide, according to authorities.

Police have not released the man's cause of death, but Officer Michele Gigante said the coroner's preliminary investigation revealed trauma on the man's body.

Paramedics summoned police to the 4400 block of 6th Avenue shortly before 8:30 a.m. after a family member had discovered the victim dead in the home.

Detectives described the death as "suspicious" after identifying possible trauma, and later determined it was a homicide after the coroner's arrival on scene.

The motive is unknown, Gigante said. However, she said detectives believe it was not a random act.

September 9, 2013
Missing elderly man from Citrus Heights has been found, police say

By Kurt Chirbas

An elderly man who went missing from Citrus Heights on Sunday has been found, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Stanley "Stan" Morgan, 76, had left on foot to attend Mass Sunday morning, but never arrived at church. He had been seen at around 8:30 a.m. leaving his residence on Geowood Way in Citrus Heights and later, at around 12:30 p.m., pushing his blue Roadmaster mountain bike near the intersection of Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue

Morgan was located at around 10:45 p.m. Sunday at a hotel near Madison and I-80, the Citrus Heights Police Department reported early Monday.

A press release said Morgan was found to be in good health.

September 9, 2013
American River rafter's body is recovered

The body of a man who drowned in a rafting accident on the American River Sunday has been recovered.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel first conducted a search and rescue mission and then a recovery operation for the man who fell off a raft at the San Juan rapids on the American River in Rancho Cordova.

The body was recovered about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crews were called to the rapids at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday for a water rescue. The man, wearing a life vest, was rafting with his family before he fell off the watercraft.

While the life vest resurfaced, the man never did. He has not been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's department.

September 9, 2013
Sac Metro snuffs out tree fire burning against apartments

An Italian cypress tree burning like a Roman candle threatened an apartment house in Arden Arcade this morning.

The narrow tree beside the apartment building in the 2600 block of Cottage Way was burning when Sac Metro crews arrived on scene about 2:20 a.m.

Flames extended up to the roof of the structure. Firefighters attacked the fire from the roof and the ground, while also checking for fire in the attic.

The fire was quickly extinguished. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

September 8, 2013
Missing elderly man sought by Citrus Heights Police

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By Kurt Chirbas

The Citrus Heights Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a 76-year-old man who left on foot to attend Mass Sunday morning, but never arrived at church.

Stanley "Stan" Morgan (pictured) was seen at around 8:30 a.m. leaving his residence on Geowood Way in Citrus Heights and later, at around 12:30 p.m., pushing his blue Roadmaster mountain bike near the intersection of Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue.

According to Sgt. Dave Gutierrez, Morgan is not considered at risk, but police are requesting the public's assistance because of his age.

Morgan is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds, with gray hair, blue eyes and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a dark blue baseball hat with a shirt and pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Police Department at (916) 727-5500

September 8, 2013
Family river outing turns tragic; body of man sought

By Kurt Chirbas

Sacramento Metro Fire shifted Sunday afternoon from a search and rescue mission to a recovery operation for a man who fell off a raft in the San Juan Rapids, on the lower American River in Rancho Cordova.

Crews were called to the rapids at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday for a water rescue. An adult male, wearing a life vest, was rafting with his family before he fell off the boat.

While the life vest resurfaced, the man never did.

The search for the missing man, which involved two boats, a helicopter and on-the-shore crews, lasted nearly two hours before it was suspended, said Sacramento Metro Fire Captain Michelle Eidam. Crews then began a recovery operation for the man's body. The search was still under way this afternoon.

Eidam said other family members in the raft did not suffer any injuries.

Later Sunday, Metro Fire crews were dispatched at around 2:10 p.m. for a rescue of three females who lost their raft and became stranded on a rock without a way to return to shore near the American River Parkway Bike Bridge.

A boat already on the waterway for the recovery operation of the missing man arrived to rescue the women at around 2:20 p.m. A second boat arrived shortly afterward. Their conditions are unknown.

September 8, 2013
Carmichael firefighters save kittens stuck underground

Fox40 has the story of how firefighters in Carmichael saved a family of kittens that were stuck under a tree.

September 6, 2013
Former Sierra Oaks teacher sentenced to 26 years for molestation

Shane Vicars.jpgFormer Sierra Oaks Elementary School teacher Shane Vicars was sentenced today to 26 years in state prison for his conviction on 13 counts of molesting two boys in an after-school program.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Emily E. Vasquez told Vicars that based on the 24 letters of support she received on his behalf, it was her determination that he was "a good man and instructor who lost his judgment in the most horrible way."

Hired to protect the students and keep them safe, "Instead, I find that you took advantage of a position of trust and confidence to commit these sexual offenses," Vasquez said from the bench.

September 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Have drivers been identfied in recent Folsom crash?

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

QUESTION: About two weeks ago a woman in a green SUV was driving crazy, first on Highway 50, then onto Folsom Boulevard and crashed into a guy in a BMW on Iron Point Road in Folsom. Were their IDs ever revealed?
Submitted by: Steve and Beverly, Folsom

ANSWER: The crash occurred about 2:52 p.m. Aug. 14, when a woman reportedly speeding on Folsom Boulevard in a sport utility vehicle approached slow-moving traffic at Iron Point Road.

September 5, 2013
Police seek suspects in assault on woman Meadowview area

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking information from the community regarding a recent case of elder abuse.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, a woman in her 70s was assaulted by four men as she was walking in the area of Florin Road and 24th Street, a police news release states.

The men got out of a large black car that pulled up to the woman as she walked on 24th Street from Florin Road. Police said they don't know the motive for the assault, but robbery may have been a factor as the men dumped the contents of the woman's shopping bag onto the ground.

September 5, 2013
Pursuit of Woodland theft suspect ends at Travis AFB

A Davis man was arrested this morning after a reported theft at a Woodland Target store led to a police chase that ended at the entrance of Travis Air Force Base.

Woodland police officers responded at 8:49 a.m. to a report of a possible theft in progress at the Target store at 2185 Bronze Star Drive.

Store employees directed the first officer on the scene to a silver 2003 Honda Civic that was leaving the parking lot. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda brandished what appeared to be a handgun at the officer, then drove out of the parking lot heading north on County Road 102, a police news release states.

September 5, 2013
Roseville detectives need help in finding killer of freight-riding teen

john_paul_alpert.JPGDetectives need help in finding the killer of a Southern California teen who rode a freight train north to Roseville where his remains were found in May near a creek bed.

John Paul Alpert, 19, of Palmdale, Los Angeles County, described by police as a normally responsible young man who has never been in trouble with the law, was found dead on May 15 by an angler fishing in Dry Creek.

His remains were close to the creek bed near Atkinson Street, which is not far from the Roseville railyard.

September 4, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to men who killed skate rink manager in '80s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the guys who robbed and killed a guy at Kings skating rink in south Sacramento? I think it was in the '80s and they may have been friends of the victim.
Submitted by: Bee, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Daniel Lloyd Fedorenko was sentenced in June 1988 to life in prison without possibility of parole for the shooting death of 23-year-old Kent Johnson.

September 4, 2013
Two Yuba City men arrested in fatal drive-by shooting

Two men have been arrested and another is sought in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in the Sutter County community of Live Oak on Saturday night.

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced that Edgar Gonzalez, 23, and Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez, 23, both of Yuba City, were taken in custody this morning in the death of 25-year-old Vidal Montiel. They were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of murder, conspiracy, participation in a criminal street gang and promoting a criminal street gang.

Deputies responded Saturday night to the 2800 block of Deanne Street where they found Montiel, who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 4, 2013
CHP seeks driver in I-80 hit-and-run collision that injured Meadow Vista couple

The California Highway Patrol has released new details regarding a vehicle believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run collision that sent two motorcycle riders to the hospital Aug. 24.

Joe Mikles, 70, and his wife, Mary, of Meadow Vista, were riding a 2001 Harley Davidson soft tail motorcylcle eastbound on Interstate 80 just east of Norwood Avenue about 3:45 p.m. They were traveling 60 to 65 mph in the No. 2 lane when they were struck from behind by a vehicle and ejected from the motorcycle, according to a CHP news release.

After striking the rear of the motorcycle, the driver of the other vehicle failed to stop and continued eastbound on I-80. The couple were transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center with major but not life-threatening injuries, according to the CHP.

September 4, 2013
Coroner IDs man found in shallow grave in Rio Linda field

The man whose body was exhumed from a shallow grave in a Rio Linda field last month has been identified as 69-year-old Larry Edward Lillard of Wheatland, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Lillard's remains were found Aug. 27 after a tip prompted a search of a field in the 7500 block of 34th Street. Search and rescue dogs alerted authorities to the grave.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said it appears Lillard had been dead for several months. He had been reported missing from Wheatland earlier this year.

September 4, 2013
Federal jury convicts man in Nevada County crime spree

A resident of Rough and Ready has been found guilty of a 2011 crime spree in Nevada County that involved mail and identity theft.

A federal jury in Sacramento on Tuesday convicted Jasen Lynn Dushane, 38, of one count of possession of stolen United States mail, one count of possession of unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The guilty verdicts were returned after a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

According to information presented at trial, about 2:25 a.m. June 5, 2011, a Nevada County sheriff's deputy observed a silver Lexus sedan southwest of Nevada City. He checked the license plate number of the vehicle and confirmed that it had been reported stolen.

September 4, 2013
Courts, sheriff resolve security funding flap, ease shortfall

By Andy Furillo

The Sacramento courts and the Sheriff's Department have resolved their flap over security costs, ending a threat of cuts this year in the number of uniformed officers who keep the county's justice operation safe.

Sheriff's officials had told Superior Court managers that they'd have to pull as many as 15 deputies off the security detail to offset what they expected to be a $2.2 million combination of funding shortfall and added costs.

But an increase in funds from the state helped erase $600,000 of the imbalance. Sheriff's budget experts then internally redirected another $1 million to courthouse security. Three vacancies will go unfilled this year to account for the other $600,000, officials said.

"We do have it resolved for now and hopefully going forward it will stay resolved," Chief Deputy Sheriff Erik Maness said today.

September 4, 2013
Carnival worker suspected of broken bottle assault

Hernandezmelger-1.jpgA carnival worker has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a fellow employee with a broken beer bottle.

Police said that two carnival workers at Auburn's Gold Country Fairgrounds got into an argument about 4 a.m. Tuesday, a disagreement that turned into a physical altercation. During the altercation, Gregorio Hernandez-Melgarejo, 28, (pictured) broke a beer bottle and then cut his 26-year-old fellow employee.

Auburn police took Hernandez-Melgarejo into custody, booking him into Placer County Jail.

September 4, 2013
Police say beware of the Roseville snake scam

A so-called "snake scam" has spread from the Bay area to Roseville, police said.

Burglars posing as animal control officers knocked on the doors of at least two homes in Roseville on Monday. The fake animal control officers asked to check the property for poisonous snakes.

In the first instance, about 3:45 p.m. Monday, a woman wearing brown clothes resembling an animal control uniform asked the Chancellor Avenue resident if she could check the yard for snakes. Her request was denied because the resident was aware of a Bay area snake scam and didn't let her in the house.

September 4, 2013
Sacramento woman dies in crash at Watt Avenue and Highway 50

A Sacramento woman has died after the car in which she was riding was rear-ended by another vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Christine Shimosaka, 35, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, according to the coroner's website.

Shimosaka was riding in the back seat of a car about 1:50 a.m. Sunday that was traveling eastbound on the Watt avenue off ramp at about 40 mph when her vehicle was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle.

September 4, 2013
After 5,000 meals and 950 stays, Red Cross to close Rim fire shelter

With Rim fire containment near Yosemite at 80 percent, the Red Cross today will close its shelter in Sonora.

At the height of its use, on August 23, more than 180 residents stayed overnight at the shelter at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. With residents returning to their homes, the American Red Cross has decided to close the shelter this afternoon.

"The work at this shelter would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the tremendous support of the community," said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the Red Cross Capital Region.

Shelter facts since opening Aug. 19:

September 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed girlfriend in midtown apartment?

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

QUESTION: In fall 2003, there was a young man named Correll who killed his girlfriend. What ever happened to Correll?
Submitted by: Sherry Thompson, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Correll Hicks Jr. of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jessica Smith.

September 3, 2013
Former Citrus Heights man draws 300-year prison term for child molestation

A man found guilty of molesting boys after luring them to his Citrus Heights home with video games has been sentenced to 300 years to life in prison.

Ryan Matthew Haley, 32, was convicted by a jury in July of 20 counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a minor younger than 14. Haley also pleaded no contest to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to an additional consecutive term of two years in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

Between 1999 and 2005, Haley molested several neighborhood boys after luring them to his home to play video games. 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.

At the time of his arrest in June 2011, he was living in Rancho Cordova.

September 3, 2013
Yuba City pedestrian injured in suspected DUI crash

A 60-year-old man suffered major injuries this morning when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Lincoln Road in the Yuba City area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Karemjit Randhawa was walking east on the south side of Lincoln Road approaching Sanborn Road about 8 a.m. James C. Marsh, 41, also of Yuba City, was driving a 2005 Mercedes westbound on Lincoln Road, approaching Sanborn Road.

Marsh failed to stop at the four-way controlled intersection and allowed his vehicle to veer left across the eastbound lane, directly into Randhawa's path. The front of the Mercedes struck Randhawa, who was thrown over the vehicle and onto the roadway, according to a CHP news release.

September 3, 2013
Lodi police would like to speak with boy who pulled trigger on officer's gun

Lodi police would like to speak with a child who they said came up behind an officer at a public event and pulled the trigger on his service weapon.

The SWAT officer involved in the accidental firing of the handgun suffered a grazing injury and was treated and released from a hospital. The boy who pulled the trigger left and has not been seen since.

Police also have not been able to identify the boy.

September 3, 2013
Public invited to burial service of infant found in Roseville park

The public is welcome to attend a brief burial service for a newborn whose body was found earlier this summer in a Roseville park.

The still-unidentified baby girl, her umbilical cord still attached, was found July 8 by park maintenance workers in bushes at Saugstad Park near Douglas Boulevard and Interstate 80.

The baby was wrapped in a blanket and plastic bag inside a box. The infant appeared to have been dead for a few days.

September 3, 2013
DUI crackdown results in 400 arrests in Sacramento County

An 18-day DUI crackdown has resulted in more than 400 arrests in Sacramento County.

The summer-Labor Day effort composed of sobriety checkpoints, special squad car saturation patrols and routine patrols resulted in at least 405 people being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between Aug. 16 and Monday.

During a similar effort last year, 442 DUI arrests were made. No DUI deaths occurred this year, compared to five alcohol-related deaths in 2012.

A total of 17 county law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. Other anti-DUI crackdowns are planned for around Halloween and Thanksgiving.

September 3, 2013
Progress reported on state fires; Rim fire 75 percent contained

Two good signs from the fire lines: The number of firefighters battling California wildland blazes keeps declining while the containment figure for the huge Rim fire is headed up.

Last week, when the Yosemite-area fire was only 30 percent contained, 9,300 firefighters were involved in battling 10 major fires in the state. Today, Cal Fire reported that 6,500 firefighters were still engaged in fighting seven fires.

Most of the fires are on federal land, but Cal Fire and local fire departments are helping out and making good progress. The progress was aided, in part, by cooler temperatures over the Labor Day weekend.

The Rim Fire is now 75 percent contained. With 235,841 acres burned, the fire is the fourth largest in recorded state history.

Fire incident information from Cal Fire indicates that 97 outbuildings and three commercial structures burned in the blaze that began Aug. 17. Officially, the wildland fire is still under investigation.

However, a Twain Harte fire chief told a community meeting that an illegal marijuana grow could have sparked the fire, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

September 2, 2013
Woodland couple find snoozing surprise at home

By Diana Lambert

A Woodland couple was surprised to find a man passed out inside their home when they returned at 7:22 p.m. Saturday.

The house on Lincoln Avenue allegedly had been ransacked and property was missing, the Woodland Police Department reported Sunday. Some of the doors to the house had been barricaded from the inside, according to police.

The couple called the police, who surrounded the house and tried to contact the slumbering man, later identified as Alejandro Hurtado, 27. After officers made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Hurtado, the Woodland Police Department called in its SWAT team.

Hurtado moved deeper inside the home, according to police.

He eventually was located inside the house and arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest. He was booked into Yolo County Jail.

September 2, 2013
Roof collapses in Lincoln house fire, occupants escape safely

By Diana Lambert

The American Red Cross is assisting a Lincoln family who suffered a house fire at 12:19 a.m. this morning.

The fire was burning in the attic and garage of the home, in the 1300 block of Markham Ravine Drive, when firefighters arrived. Minutes later the roof collapsed into the house.

The occupants of the house escaped safely.

Firefighters from the Lincoln Fire Department, Rocklin Fire Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection extinguished the fire. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

The cause remains under investigation, but it is not considered to be suspicious.

September 2, 2013
Sacramento man arrested after disrupting church service

By Diana Lambert

Darrell Stuart Chavis, 35, was arrested at about 12:18 p.m. Sunday for alleged drug-related offenses after he disrupted a church service in Auburn.

The Sacramento man seemed to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to police. During a search of Chavis' belongings, officers reportedly discovered a small amount of methamphetamine.

Chavis was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was booked into the Placer County Jail.

September 2, 2013
Firefighters bring fire in Butte County under control; Rim fire at 60 percent containment

Bee Metro Staff

The California Department of Forestry and Fire protection reported Monday it has contained the 80-acre Centerville Fire in Butte County, one of seven wildfires the agency is fighting across the state.

The Rim Fire burning in an near Yosemite National Park is now 60 percent contained, with 357 square miles burned. It is now the 4th largest wildfire in California history.

Other fires in Northern California include the Forks Complex fire in Siskiyou County, which has burned more than 36,000 acres and is 45 percent contained. The Corral Complex fire in Humboldt County has burned more than 11,900 acres and is 41 percent contained.

September 2, 2013
End-of-summer DUI arrests down in Sacramento County

By Debbie Arri