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November 9, 2013
Authorities seek Granite Bay pharmacy robbery suspect

A man who robbed a Granite Bay pharmacy Friday night remains at large, authorities said.

A white male in his 20s entered the CVS store on Auburn Folsom Road shortly before 9 p.m. and demanded the pharmacist furnish him with "specific prescription medications," according to a Placer County Sheriff's Office news release.

The suspect was wearing a dark beanie hat, sunglasses, a heavy coat and dark baggy pants. The man handed a note to the pharmacist, stating that he had a gun, police said.

After taking some medications, the suspect fled on foot. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Placer County Sheriff's Office at (530) 889-7800.

November 8, 2013
Newscastle man accused of setting fire to home as mother slept

image002.jpgA 20-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly set fire to his Newcastle home while his mother slept upstairs.

Sean James Petty (pictured) was taken into custody this morning by Placer County sheriff's detectives after they investigated the 5:30 at the Rock Springs Road home of Petty's mother. South Placer Fire District personnel had requested that arson investigators come to the scene. Detectives found a gasoline can and other items used to set fire to the side of the residence, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Petty's mother was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors. She was not injured, but her house sustained significant damage, sheriff's officials said.

Petty was arrested on suspicion of arson to an inhabited dwelling and booked into Placer County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

November 8, 2013
Roseville police suspect DUI in early morning vehicle rollover

Roseville police continue to investigate a single vehicle rollover on southbound Fiddyment Road that occurred early Friday morning.

The incident, south of Pleasant Grove Boulevard, was reported at 1:24 a.m. Authorities said a 2003 Infiniti sedan was driving at "a high rate of speed" southbound on Fiddyment Road when the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle into a field. The vehicle ignited a small grass fire, but the flames were quickly extinguished by emergency personnel.

Police said the 34-year-old male driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Authorities suspect the driver might have been under the influence of alcohol.

Southbound lanes of Fiddyment Road will remain closed for the next few hours, while authorities investigate the scene.

November 7, 2013
Roseville police offer reward in alleged train-riding killing

By Ed Fletcher

The Roseville Police Department announced on Thursday a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest connected to the killing of 19-year-old John Alpert.

In May, Alpert's decomposing body was found by a fisherman on the banks of Roseville's Dry Creek, near the city's railyards.

Roseville police believe the Palmdale teen met up with train hoppers, possibly online, before joining them for an illegal train ride. New online tools seem to make it easier for people like Alpert to join the dangerous world of train hopping.

November 7, 2013
Three men sought in shooting at west Roseville home

The Placer County Sheriff's Department is trying to find three men who allegedly shot a man
Wednesday in the back yard of his west Roseville home.

The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. The 35-year-old victim told detectives that the three men confronted him in the back yard of his Browning Street residence. When he told them to leave, one of the three came after him with a crowbar, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The man ran from the residence, but one of the suspects fired a handgun and the victim was struck in the back of the leg.

November 6, 2013
Roseville police officer injured in shootout released from hospital

By Richard Chang

The Roseville police officer who was seriously injured in the Oct. 25 firefight with Sammy Nathan Duran was released from the hospital Tuesday, officials said.

"Initially his condition was listed as serious. He had been shot in the jaw," said Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville police spokeswoman.

In all, six people were injured during the standoff, including five Roseville SWAT officers and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Four of the Roseville officers were treated and released shortly after, according to Gunther. The federal agent had been shot in the lower leg, but was released from the hospital the next day, said Virginia Kice, ICE spokeswoman.

The standoff ended with Duran's peaceful surrender Oct. 26.

November 1, 2013
Alleged Roseville shooter pleads not guilty


By Ed Fletcher

Samuel Nathan Duran, the alleged Roseville shooting suspect who held law enforcement at bay for hours last week, entered a not guilty plea this morning to an array of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

The plea was made through Duran's attorney in a short appearance in Placer County Superior Court. Duran's next court date is Nov. 8.

Duran's family, who were in attendance in the Auburn courtroom, did not comment. He will continue to be held without bail in Placer County Jail.

October 29, 2013
Colfax girl struck by vehicle while walking to school

A 13-year-old Colfax girl suffered moderate injuries this morning when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street on her way to school.

The teen was walking from a private driveway about 8:45 a.m. and began crossing West Weimar Cross Road, directly in front of Weimar Hills School, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. There is no crosswalk at this location, and CHP officials said Hawkins entered the roadway directly in front of a northbound 1997 Saturn Wagon driven by 20-year-old Casey Stillford of Colfax.

The vehicle struck the girl, who was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The CHP reported that the collision is under investigation, but neither drugs nor alcohol was involved.

October 29, 2013
Roseville shootout suspect charged with 7 counts of attempted murder


By Bill Lindelof and Ed Fletcher

Seven counts of attempted murder and other charges were filed today against Samuel Nathan Duran, the suspect in a lengthy recent shootout and standoff with law enforcement in Roseville.

Duran made a brief court appearance this afternoon, where he was assigned a public defender. The suspect was scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., but the proceeding was delayed until Friday at the request of his newly assigned attorney. It is expected that Duran will enter a plea at that time.

Duran allegedly wounded six law enforcement officers before being taken into custody early Saturday.

Duran, 32, was charged in a complaint with seven counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and seven counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer.

October 29, 2013
Fundraiser set for family displaced by Roseville shootout

A fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday to benefit a young family displaced after a suspect holed up in their residence during a standoff with police.

Gary Wunder said that proceeds from a barbecue and drink sales at his Country Club Saloon, 4007 Taylor Road, in Loomis, will go to the couple and their small child. The fundraiser starts at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The family has not been able to live in their rental home since a fleeing parolee entered the residence on Friday and engaged in a long, sporadic gun battle with police. The were able to escape.

October 28, 2013
Fire at Lincoln lumber mill quelled

A three-alarm lumber mill fire was extinguished last night in Lincoln.

The fire at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard was reported by plant security personnel at 10:40 p.m. Sunday. The first-arriving crews found fire in a large mezzanine above a lumber-drying kiln.

A fire sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading until it could be completely extinguished by firefighters. Firefighters from Rocklin, Roseville and Placer County Fire/Cal Fire helped Lincoln Fire Department control the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze is estimated by Lincoln Fire Department officials to have caused $75,000 in damage.

October 26, 2013
Roseville police say parolee fired first in shootout


By Darrell Smith, Hector Amezcua and Sam Stanton

Roseville police say the 32-year-old suspect in a nightlong siege in Roseville fired on officers first Friday afternoon, triggering hours of confrontation that left five law enforcement officers injured.

The suspect, a parolee with a criminal record going back 11 years, finally gave himself up early this morning after lengthy negotiations with police.

Sammy Nathan Duran initially was taken to a local hospital for treatment of scrapes to his head and a gunshot wound to his hand, then booked at the Roseville jail and then taken to the Placer County Jail shortly before 9 a.m.

During a press conference this afternoon, police said the incident began on Sixth Street, where the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was shot when officers spotted Duran and gave chase after they recognized him as being wanted for a parole violation.

October 24, 2013
Girl, 14, helps capture burglar at her Granite Bay home

A 14-year-old girl's quick thinking led to the capture of an El Dorado Hills man who allegedly attempted to break into her Granite Bay home Wednesday, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Mitchell Paul Leahy, 34, (pictured) was being held on $175,000 bond at the Placer County jail in Auburn Thursday. He is facing charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, identity theft, committing a crime while on bail, possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony and giving a false identity.


The sheriff's office said shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl was alone at her Barton Road home when she heard a knock at the front door. She did not answer but called her mother, who was away from the home, to tell her about the incident.

October 22, 2013
Cal Fire battalion chief arrested on drug charge in Roseville

A battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was arrested on suspicion of transporting methamphetamine Sept. 30 in Roseville, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Ronald Raymond Wright, 48, was arrested by police during an early morning undercover drug sweep in the 200 block of Harding Boulevard, according to Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville police spokeswoman.

"It was part of a routine undercover operation we do in the area to address drug issues," Gunther said. "He was found in possession."

Wright was booked into jail. He posted $20,000 bail and is now free, pending his first court appearance Nov. 18, Gunther said.

October 21, 2013
Update: Downed power line caused Foresthill fire

A downed transmission line apparently caused a wildland fire in Foresthill and forced 2,600 residents and businesses in Placer County to go without power for several hours.

"We are working with CalFire on the investigation," said Paul Moreno, spokesman for PG&E

"It's looking like a downed power line caused that fire that also burned our utility pole. We're trying to determine what cause the power line to come down."

CalFire received a call at 3:46 a.m. of a vegetation fire burning near Spring Garden and Pine Mountain roads in Foresthill.

October 21, 2013
Two Roseville teens arrested for pointing laser at CHP aircraft

Two Roseville teenagers were arrested Saturday night for allegedly pointing a laser at a CHP aircraft.

"We're having the DA evaluate the case," said Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for Roseville police. "They could be charged with pointing a laser at an aircraft, which can be a felony."

Brian Levenstein, 18 (pictured) was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released from Placer County Jail Sunday on $2,500 bond.

October 17, 2013
CHP: 100 pounds of marijuana discovered during traffic stop

pot 1.jpgA 23-year-old Illinois man is in custody in Placer County after 100 pounds of marijuana allegedly were discovered in his Jeep Cherokee during a traffic stop in Auburn, according to authorities.

Eduardo Angeles Jr. was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Dave Martinez.

A CHP officer doing speed enforcement on Interstate 80 near Dry Creek Road stopped Angeles after the officer observed his Jeep Cherokee travelling about 90 miles per hour, Martinez said.

pot 2.jpgUpon contacting Angeles, who was the only person in the car, the officer "could smell the strong odor of marijuana from within the vehicle," Martinez wrote in a news release. Further investigation with the help of the Placer County Sheriff's Department's Special Investigation Unit revealed the marijuana.

Martinez said Angeles was headed back to Illinois when he was stopped.

Angeles was booked into the Placer County Jail.

October 17, 2013
Rocklin police search turns up attempt burglary suspect

imageContent.html.jpegRocklin police arrested a Sacramento man who they said fled from them when they tried to question him early this morning.

Donald Lee McGuckin, 46, (pictured) was eventually arrested on suspicion of attempted commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

A police press release said officers saw a vehicle being driven in an alley behind a closed business in the 4000 block of Granite Drive about 2:33 a.m. Thursday. Officers tried to speak with the driver, but he fled on foot.

More officers responded and the area was surrounded. McGuckin was taken into custody in a nearby business complex.

Where the officers first tried to speak with McGuckin, police found a broken front window on a business. It did not appear that anyone got inside.

October 17, 2013
Rocklin police and Sierra College team up to stop catalytic converter theft

catalytic converter.JPGTo stem the theft of catalytic converters, a crime that occurred 73 times last year in Rocklin, police and Sierra College are partnering to etch the expensive smog control devices with license plate numbers.

Rocklin Police and the Sierra College Auto Club are holding a free catalytic converter etching event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sierra College campus auto shop, 5000 Rocklin Road.

At the event, which is not limited to Rocklin residents, the plate number will be etched into the converter, the area around the etching will be painted to allow for easy recognition and each vehicle will get a small window decal noting that Rocklin PD has etched the device.

October 17, 2013
Second man booked in Auburn stolen meat caper

8637519B-1CF0-4A07-8E16-89FFFB12D75E.jpgAuburn police have arrested a second man in connection with the theft of packaged meat from the Salvation Army.

Following up on leads obtained after the theft of meat from the Salvation Army last week, detectives arrested Richard Earl Means, 49, (pictured) of Penryn on Wednesday on suspicion of grand theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last week, police booked an alleged accomplice, Jeff Holzman, into Placer County Jail on suspicion of burglary, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and violation of his post release community supervision conditions, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the Salvation Army quarters at 286 Sutter St. Oct. 9 regarding a theft report. They were told that, two people had gained access to the freezer and taken more than 300 pounds of packaged meat. The food is provided through charitable donations to help feed the homeless and needy families in the Auburn area.

Detectives followed up on leads and located most of the stolen meat at a business in Penryn. They took custody of the packaged meat, photographed it and returned it to the Salvation Army.

October 15, 2013
Loomis house fire victim identified by coroner

The name of a man killed in a Loomis house fire over the weekend had been released by Placer County coroner's office.

He was identified as 65-year-old Thomas M. Jorgenson.

The house fire on Bankhead Road started in a converted garage about 5 p.m. Sunday, killing Jorgenson and injuring a younger man, officials said.

October 13, 2013
Fire kills Loomis man, injures another

By Cynthia Hubert

A house fire that started in a converted garage in Loomis has killed an adult male and seriously injured a younger man, officials said late Monday.

They did not disclose the identity of the two victims, who lived together and may have been father and son. The older man perished, said Chief David Wheeler of the Loomis Fire Protection District.

The fire, reported by neighbors, apparently started at around 5 p.m., generating thick smoke that rendered the two victims unconscious, Wheeler said.

October 10, 2013
Man accused of stealing meat from Salvation Army in Auburn

Jeff Holzman.pngAuburn police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the theft of packaged meat from the Salvation Army.

Jeff Holzman (pictured) was booked into Placer County Jail today on suspicion of burglary, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and violation of his post release community supervision conditions, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the Salvation Army quarters at 286 Sutter St. Wednesday regarding a theft report. They were told that between Friday and Tuesday, two people had gained access to the freezer and taken more than 300 pounds of packaged meat. The food is provided through charitable donations to help feed the homeless and needy families in the Auburn area.

October 9, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's status of men accused of defrauding United Auburn Indian Community?

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

QUESTION: What's the status of the trio arrested and arraigned on charges related to the United Auburn Indian Community construction fraud?
Submitted by: CC, Rocklin

ANSWER: Bart Wayne Volen, Gregory Scott Baker and Darrell Patrick Hinz are awaiting trial in federal court in Sacramento, accused of stealing more than $18 million from the United Auburn Indian Community, which owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

October 8, 2013
Suspect in Lake Tahoe-area bank robberies arrested in Reno

harnett james patrick.pngA man suspected of committing two Lake Tahoe-area bank robberies has been arrested in Reno.

James Patrick Harnett (pictured), 49, of San Francisco, was taken into custody at the Reno Transit Center about 5 p.m. Monday by Placer County sheriff's deputies, assisted by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. Harnett was considered armed and dangerous, as well as a flight risk, according to a Placer County Sheriff's Office news release.

Harnett is suspected of robbing the Bank of the West in Kings Beach on Aug. 23 and the El Dorado Savings Bank in South Lake Tahoe two days earlier.

October 8, 2013
Police suspect 12-year-old used to take watch at Roseville Galleria

miller_leo_anthony.jpgRoseville police suspect a man and woman of committing a variety of crimes, including using a 12-year-old to shoplift a watch for them.

Roseville police said that on Oct. 1, they received a call from the Hugo Boss store at the Galleria mall. Police were told that a family that frequently visited their store was back and that it appeared the adults distracted a clerk while their young daughter took a watch.

On Saturday afternoon, the adults were back at the store. This time, officers arrested them.

Officers said the man, Leo Anthony Miller, 35, and Terry Ziko, 35, both of Carmichael were in possession of false identification. Further investigation led police to believe the couple bought a pickup from a dealer at the Roseville Automall using fake identification.

ziko_terry.jpgThe pair was arrested on suspicion of burglary (entering store to commit theft and fraud), credit fraud, child abuse and other charges.

Police are continuing their investigation.

October 3, 2013
Teacher at Oakmont High School in Roseville arrested on suspicion of getting pills from student

davidson_amy_lynn.jpgAn Oakmont High School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of possessing prescription drugs that she allegedly obtained from a student.

School officials notified the Roseville police youth service officer assigned to the campus that a teacher had prescription narcotic pills that she had obtained with the assistance of a student, according to police.

The officer conducted an investigation and arrested the teacher, Amy Lynn Davidson, 39, of Roseville, on suspicion of possessing illegal narcotics, soliciting a minor to assist in getting drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Davidson, an English teacher, was booked into Placer County Jail.

Oakmont High School's principal, Rob Hasty, posted a notice on the school website that read in part: "We received information yesterday that a teacher at Oakmont High School had purchased pills through a student."

Hasty also said the teacher had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the matter.

October 2, 2013
Placer sheriff's officials warn scam promising 'Publisher's Clearing House' prize

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of scam that has been reported in the area.

Victims receive a call or text message from "Publisher's Clearing House" telling them that they have "just won", according to a Sheriff's Office news release. They are instructed to go to a Walmart or Kmart to purchase two $500 Greendot cards, a prepaid credit card. They are told to then call and provide the Greendot credit card numbers, to be used later as verification.

The caller states that this is how a courier will know he or she is talking to the right "winner".

October 1, 2013
Two men arrested following string of Granite Bay burglaries

lowe joshua michael.jpgA resident's report early this morning of a suspicious looking man in a Granite Bay neighborhood led to arrests in connection with a series of burglaries that have occurred in the community over the past week.

At 5:18 a.m., A Placer County sheriff's deputy responded to the resident's call and found Felipe Castro, 49, next to a vehicle near Auburn Folsom Rod and Eden Roc Drive. Deputies spoke with Castro but had no reason to detain him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies continued to watch the vehicle, however, believing it might be related to the recent burglaries.

A short time later, Joshua Michael Lowe (pictured), 31, got into the vehicle and drove off with Castro, sheriff's officials said. Deputies pulled over the vehicle and found Lowe, the vehicle's registered owner, in possession of methamphetamine and stolen stereo equipment, sheriff's officials said. As deputies were talking to Lowe and Castro, the Sheriff's Department received more reports of vehicle burglaries in the area.

October 1, 2013
Police identify dead man, alleged shooter in Roseville killing

Joseph Arthur Nunn.JPGRoseville police have identified the man killed after an argument between roommates on Monday.

The dead man was identified as 54-year-old Kevin William Spindler. Police also today identified the roommate who allegedly shot him to death, 48-year-old Joseph Arthur Nunn (pictured).

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said the department received a report at 3:15 p.m. Monday 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 Spindler in the front yard with gunshot wounds. Roseville Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

She said Nunn was located nearby and was arrested. He is being held in Placer County Jail without bail on suspicion of homicide.

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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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.

August 31, 2013
Auburn police arrest homeless man for having lewd photos

A homeless man was arrested after he was discovered to have lewd photographs of a female juvenile, authorities said.

Auburn police arrested Robby Dean Odom on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at East Placer Street. Officers determined he was on active parole and searched his personal property. Police said they then discovered he was in possession of "lewd photographs of a female who appeared to be under the age of 18."

Odom was arrested and booked into Placer County Jail, where he remains.

August 29, 2013
Antelope man pleads to sexually assaulting children in 2009

An Antelope man arrested in August 2009 in connection with a series of sexual assaults on minors in Sacramento and Placer counties has pleaded to sex assault charges in Sacramento Superior Court.

Anthony Eugene Martin, 43, pleaded today to charges including lewd and lascivious acts by force, sex acts involving a child younger than 10 years old and false imprisonment, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

In July 2009, Martin sexually assaulted several children and a woman, none of whom were acquainted with him. Authorities said he grabbed the victims from behind.

August 28, 2013
Man arrested in connection with body buried in Rio Linda field

William Olsen mugshot.jpgSacramento County Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in connection with the discovery of a body this week in a makeshift grave.

William Patrick Olsen, 47, was already in jail on Tuesday when detectives added an additional charge of suspicion of murder. He had been booked Monday into Sacramento County Jail on an auto theft charge.

The homicide case began when Placer County Sheriff's Department detectives contacted Sacramento detectives on Monday about a buried body. According to an unnamed source, a body was buried in a field in the 7500 block of 34th Street in Rio Linda.

August 27, 2013
Parolee accused of possessing lewd photos of teen

Odom, Robby.pngAuburn police have arrested a 52-year-old parolee accused of possessing lewd photos of a teenage girl.

Officers contacted Robby Dean Odom (pictured), who is homeless, in the area of East Placer Street, at High Street, about 7 p.m. Monday. After a brief conversation, they determined that Odom was on active parole.

In searching Odom's personal property, officers discovered lewd photographs of a female who appeared to be younger than 18 years old, according to a police department news release.

August 27, 2013
American fire reported 92 percent contained, mop-up under way

Firefighters today moved toward closing lines around the American fire in Placer County.

The fire, burning since Aug. 10 northeast of Foresthill, was reported 92 percent contained Tuesday evening with 25,520 acres burned. Full containment is expected on Thursday.

The number of personnel involved in the firefighting effort now stands at 1,082. One firefighter reportedly suffered a burned hand, and was treated and released, according to the online fire update by the U.S. Forest Service.

Officials reported that the southern portion of the fire area is cold, while ground on the western flank continues to hold considerable heat where hand crews and engines were conducting mop-up activities. Scattered smoldering pockets were reported in the northern section. Active fire was reported along the southwestern flank in timber and brush.

- Cathy Locke

August 26, 2013
Containment of American fire expected Thursday

Full containment of the American fire is expected Thursday, two days earlier than previously projected.

The U.S. Forest Service reported this evening in an online update that the fire, burning since Aug.10 northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, is 83 percent contained with 24,684 acres burned. A total of 1,283 people remain involved in the firefighting effort.

Officials reported that crews have completed burning operations next to Mosquito Ridge Road, along the fire's eastern perimeter. The burning was conducted to reduce ground fuels between the fire perimeter and the main fire to help prevent the main fire from escaping containment lines.

August 24, 2013
Motorcyclists seriously injured in Sacramento hit-and-run

By Andy Furillo

A 70-year-old motorcyclist and his wife were seriously injured today when a hit-and-run driver rear-ended them on Interstate 80, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Joe Mikles and his wife, Mary, were headed eastbound near Norwood Avenue in Sacramento around 3:45 p.m. when they were struck by what the CHP described as a silver or gray Nissan.

The couple, from Meadow Vista in Placer County, was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center with major but not life-threatening injuries, according to the CHP.

The CHP said the car is likely to have front-end damage, with its Nissan emblem missing. The car was being driven recklessly in the moments before the wreck, the CHP said.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call CHP dispatch at (916) 861-1300.

August 23, 2013
Detectives seek information in Kings Beach bank robbery

Kings Beach 211 aug 23 2013.jpgPlacer County sheriff's detectives seek to identify a man who robbed a bank in Kings Beach this morning.

The man walked into the Bank of the West at 200 Bear St. about 10:30 a.m. and handed the teller a note, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The teller told deputies that he displayed a black handgun.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a white man with a thin build and wearing a baseball cap, a gray sweater and black jeans.

August 23, 2013
Foresthill man who fired at deputies arrested in woods

By Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee Correspondent

Placer County Sheriff's deputies disarmed and arrested an allegedly intoxicated and suicidal Foresthill man today after he fled into the woods and fired at them following a domestic dispute.

During the incident, the Sheriff's Office issued a computerized phone warning to nearby residents to lock their doors and remain inside and to nearby schools, which went into lockdown.

Dena Erwin, the department's public information officer, said residents of the Cedar Grove Mobile Home Park in Foresthill called 911 at 7:37 a.m. to report a fight between Earnest C. Larimer and a woman at his home.

August 18, 2013
American Fire grows to nearly 13,000 acres; Swedes Fire threatens 700 structures near Oroville

Bee staff

Firefighters continue to battle the growing American Fire - on Deadwood Ridge eight miles from Foresthill - that has consumed nearly 13,000 acres, federal and state fire agencies reported this morning.

Besides the American Fire, the state's attention is focusing on a fire in Butte County in which 700 structures are threatened and evacuations are planned.

The American Fire is 45 percent contained, but its located in steep and hazardous terrain has made establishing perimeters difficult, officials said.

No populated areas are threatened, officials reported, but the heavy brush and other fuels have created large amounts of smoke, creating a significant issue for the Sierra foothills, Tahoe, and Sacramento Valley.

August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Mining structure destroyed as American fire burns 5,420 acres

The American fire continued to grow today, and one mining structure in a historic area has been destroyed.

The fire, which began Saturday afternoon in the Deadwood Ridge area northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, was reported 35 percent contained this evening and has burned 5,420 acres.

Jane LaBoa, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said the mining structure that burned was in one of the area's historic mining districts, but officials have not disclosed the specific location.

August 15, 2013
Placer, Elk Grove programs offer behind-scene look at law enforcement

Placer County and Elk Grove residents interested in gaining insight to law enforcement in their respective communities can sign up for citizens academies.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office will offer its eight-session Community Awareness Academy beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Sept. 30. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from members of the department's special units and take field trips to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center and air operations hangar.

Classes, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County sheriff's headquarters, 2929 Richardson Drive, in the Dewitt Center in north Auburn.

August 14, 2013
UPDATE: American fire grows to 3,950 acres, smoke prompts air quality warning

The American fire, which has burned 3,950 acres in the past five days, is reported 10 percent contained.

In an update this evening, fire officials reported that the fire continues to burn in heavy fuels, on very steep slopes, and access to the area is limited. The fire today was active on both the north and south ends, burning south to the Grouse Creek Trail and north up the drainage of the river drainage

No communities are threatened and there have been no evacuations. Firefighter continue to protect historic mining structures on the southeast side of the fire.

August 14, 2013
American Fire burning near Foresthill grows to more than 3,000 acres

By Janelle Bitker

The fire north of Foresthill grew from about 1,900 acres to 3,050 acres overnight. Firefighters said Wednesday morning the blaze is now 5 percent contained.

The American Fire in Placer County, which started about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Deadwood Ridge about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill, continues to move in a northeasterly direction. Firefighters are working to protect the cultural resources at the historic community of Last Chance.

"Last Chance is still on the very edge of the fire," said Kathy Van Zuuk, Tahoe National Forest spokesperson. "We haven't lost any historical structures yet."

August 13, 2013
Update: American Fire north of Foresthill grows to 1,750 acres

fire.JPGJanelle Bitker

Crews continue to work to get a line around a fire that has burned approximately 1,750 acres in a heavily forested area north of Foresthill in Placer County.

The American Fire, which started about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Deadwood Ridge about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill, has not threatened any communities and there have been no evacuations, according to an updated incident report today at 8:15 a.m. The fire is still moving north toward the historic community of Last Chance. Firefighters are working to protect cultural resources.

Forty people were added to the firefighting effort since Monday night, bringing the crew total up to 318 people. Multiple Forest Service and Cal Fire engines, air tankers, helicopters and smokejumpers are being utilized, with more resources on order.

August 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1980s slaying of Placer cabinetmaker?

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

QUESTION: In south Placer County, a cabinetmaker was found dead in his home. His name was Robert DeRungs. Did they ever catch the suspect?
Submitted by: Willie, Roseville

ANSWER: Three men pleaded guilty for their roles in the 1986 execution-style slaying of Robert DeRungs during a robbery at his home on Cook-Riolo Road near Roseville.

August 9, 2013
Suspected of burglary, man out on bail lands back in jail

rogers jason earl aug 2013.jpgA Citrus Heights man who was out of jail on bail awaiting trial for several residential burglaries was arrested this morning in Placer County, accused of breaking into additional homes in the area.

Jason Earl Rogers (pictured), 31, was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Officials said he had recently bailed out of jail pending a jury trial. He is suspected of breaking into homes in Granite Bay, Roseville and Folsom.

Rogers is being held in lieu for $255,000 bail.

August 9, 2013
Man dies in Auburn hit-and-run crash

A hit-and-run crash left a man dead in Auburn early Friday.

The man's body was found on Highway 49 at Rio Oso Road at 1:45 a.m., the California Highway Patrol says. The victim's name is not being released yet.

The CHP says it is following suspect leads in its ongoing investigation.

August 7, 2013
Auburn restaurant seeks return of Flying Pig mascot

Super Porky 2.jpgThe apparent abduction of Super Porky, mascot of the Flying Pig BBQ, has Auburn-area residents on the lookout for a wooden pink pig with a blue cape.

Described as the size of small dog and weighing about 45 pounds, Super Porky (pictured) required two chains to keep him aloft, suspended from the awning above the entrance to the restaurant at 760 Lincoln Way.

Manager Matt Van De Wal said the pig was there when he closed the restaurant about 9 p.m. Friday. When the restaurant reopened about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Super Porky was gone.

August 6, 2013
Auburn police arrest man following string of burglaries

Woodhouse.jpgAuburn police arrested a man this morning in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred recently at various locations in the city.

Officers following up on leads spotted the suspect vehicle parked in the lot of the Colonial Village Apartments on New Airport Road about 6 a.m. While watching the vehicle, they saw a man who looked like the individual in surveillance video get into the car and start to drive off in it.

Officers stopped the vehicle as it left the apartment complex.

August 5, 2013
Auburn police investigate string of residential burglaries

Auburn suspect 1.jpgAuburn Suspect 2 - picture number 2.jpgRed Sedan.jpg

Auburn police investigating several recent residential burglaries are seeking to locate a vehicle and possible person of interest in the case.

Seven residential burglaries have been reported in the city since July 25, according to a Police Department news release. They occurred in the 300 block of Linda Avenue, 100 block of Easy Way, 12000 block of Shockley Court, 100 block of Shockley Court, 300 block of Kevin Court, 100 block of Olive Street and 100 block of California Street.

The intruder has entered the residences through open garages or doors. On one occasion, police said, the individual used a garage door opener, which was taken from a victim's unlocked vehicle.

August 2, 2013
Placer County sheriff receives funds to combat underage drinking

The Placer County Sheriff's Office has received a $100,000 state grant to stem drinking by minors and prevent alcohol sales to intoxicated adults.

The grant from the California Department of Beverage Control will target establishments that sell alcohol to minors or obviously drunken adults. Minors working with police will check whether stores are selling alcohol to people under age 21.

Police departments in Auburn, Lincoln and Rocklin will work with the sheriff's department's in the effort to halt sales to minors.

The grant will also be used to increase awareness among teachers and parents of alcohol-related crimes involving minors.

In addition, two training sessions will be held for businesses that have alcohol licenses. During the sessions, a review of rules and regulations governing alcohol sales will be provided.

August 1, 2013
Craigslist listed clubs determined stolen from Roseville golf course

jefferson_john_david.JPGPolice arrested a man after tracing clubs stolen from a golf course in Roseville.

Roseville police said that on July 24 someone took an unattended golf bag from outside the restaurant at Woodcreek Golf Course. The golfer later noticed his stolen golf clubs listed for sale on Craigslist.

The golfer notified the Roseville Police Department and officers investigated the online classified sale. Officers determined that the Craigslist seller had bought the clubs from another person not knowing they were stolen.

On July 30, officers searched a home on Sandburg Court and recovered more items stolen from the golfer. They arrested John David Jefferson, 30, of Roseville, on suspicion of grand theft, police said.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 25, 2013
Investigation continues into Placer County prisoner death

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

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

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

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

By Denny Walsh

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

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

The government opposes his release.

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

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

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

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

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

By Dale Kasler

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

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

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

Vigil was listed in fair condition this afternoon.

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

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

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

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

Ana Maria Bejenariu was arrested at the Sheridan residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 15, 2013
Rocklin stabbing victim identified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12, 2013
Auburn police identify suspect in business burglaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Investigators believe that other juveniles are involved.

July 5, 2013
Scuffle escalates into alleged hate crime at Auburn mini-mart

Auburn officers say that a man who wanted to take a cool drink on a very hot day got arrested for a hate crime on Thursday.

Officers responded to a 7-Eleven convenience market, 500 Auburn Ravine Road, about 10 a.m. Thursday where they say James Counts, 20, got into a scuffle with a store clerk. The clerk had accused Counts of taking a fountain drink from the store without paying.

Police say that during the incident, Counts allegedly made derogatory comments about the clerk's race. The clerk received minor injuries but he did not seek medical treatment.

Counts was arrested on suspicion of robbery and committing a hate crime, police said.

His bail was set at $50,000.

July 3, 2013
Placer County deputies release pictures of credit card theft suspects

tahoe burg 1 july 2013.JPGtahoe burg 2 july 2013.JPGtahoe burg 3 july 2013.JPGThe North Tahoe station of the Placer County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding three women suspected of using stolen credit cards.

Deputies released security camera pictures taken during their use of the stolen cards in Tahoe City and Truckee. The cards were taken when a car was broken into.

Deputies said the women had a silver, four-door car. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Riella at (530) 581-6325.

July 2, 2013
Man arrested on Auburn street on gun, drug charges

An Auburn police officer arrested a man on High Street who they say had a loaded handgun and drugs without a prescription.

Police officer Joe Almeida went up to Timothy Ryan Ody, 39, as he sat in a vehicle in the 500 block of High Street about 3 p.m. Monday. Almeida found that Ody had a semi-automatic handgun and prescription medications without having a prescription.

It was also determined, according to police, that Ody was affiliated with a street gang.

He was booked into Placer County jail on suspicion of having a loaded firearm, possession of a controlled substance and a gang enhancement.

June 21, 2013
Rocklin door-to-door flier deliverers arrested on suspicion of burglary

Two men who were placing advertising fliers on the doorknobs of Rocklin homes were arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary.

At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a resident on Wildflower Lane heard a noise coming from inside the open garage of the family home. He went out his front door and saw one man exiting the garage and a second on the sidewalk.

The two men left in a van, followed by the resident in his own vehicle. Meanwhile, his wife contacted Rocklin police.

Officers arrived and stopped the mini van. They arrested Jesse Nieto, 24, of Sacramento and Kenneth Modica, 46, of Rancho Cordova on suspicion of burglary.

Police determined that both men had been placing fliers from a solar company on the front doors of homes in the area.

June 18, 2013
Placer district attorney bypasses judge, indicts fire suspect

The Placer County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday that the man who reportedly started the 2,630-acre Robbers Fire has been rearrested and will stand trial on charges of arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited dwelling stemming from the July 11, 2012, incident.

Bryon Craig Mason, who admitted to throwing an illegal firework into a remote swimming hole, was released in March after Placer Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold him to stand trial on the two counts of arson, as well as the enhancements. The Judge ordered the defendant released from custody.

The DA office said Tuesday that it used the grand jury process to secure an indictment last week.

The court allows prosecutors to prove there is enough evidence to warrant a trial through a judge or the grand jury process. Mason is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Thursday in Dept. 13.

June 18, 2013
It's only a drill today at Woodcreek, Roseville and Silverado schools

Roseville police will be training today at three city campuses with student actors and scenarios that mimic an actual school shooting.

Police officials want the public to know that the emergency preparedness training actions at Woodcreek and Roseville high schools and Silverado Middle School today are not real shooting incidents.

Roseville police and fire personnel regularly train with school officials so that officers and firefighter-paramedics can be ready to quickly respond to emergencies. The police department plans to conduct another similar school training exercise June 28.

June 13, 2013
Two people accused of thefts from Auburn vehicles

Hu.JPGRusso.JPGAuburn police arrested a man and woman early today after they were found to be in possession of stolen property, including a handgun.

Police received a report about 3:30 a.m. of two people behaving in a suspicious manner in the area of Burlin and Perkins ways. Officers responded to the area and contacted Mickey Hu (left photo), 22, and Morgan Russo (right photo), 18. During the investigation, Hu and Russo were found to be in possession of items that were determined to have been stolen from vehicles in the area and involving three different victims, according to a Police Department news release.

Two of the victims were contacted and advised of the theft and a third was contacted later in the day, police said.

June 13, 2013
Placer County grass fire contained after scorching 237 acres

By Benjamin Mullin

Firefighters contained a 237-acre grass fire Thursday that was fed by dry conditions and wind gusts west of Roseville.

The fire burned along PFE Road between Watt Avenue and Walerga Road in Placer County earlier this afternoon. At 2:20 p.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that firefighters had completely contained the fire.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said firefighters had to call in additional help after the blaze threatened two homes. About 100 firefighters from several fire departments responded to the blaze, he said.

June 13, 2013
Sacramento police say avoid 'Apple picking' by being a smart cell phone user

DeAngelo Trujillo, 18.JPGCell phones taken in Sacramento and Roseville have been recovered this week because tracking features enabled the owners to zero in on the stolen items.

However, not all cell phone thefts result in a return of the devices to their owners. Authorities say avoiding being a victim can be as easy as keeping cell phones in pockets or purses on the street.

Also, when speaking on a phone in a public place, don't be so distracted by telephone conversation or web searches that you don't see potential thieves.

June 5, 2013
CHP helicopter to the rescue when woman and grandsons go missing in Placer forest

grandmarescued.JPGchopper.JPGA CHP helicopter crew made quick work in finding a lost grandmother in the woods of Placer County on Tuesday.

Dorothy Klishevich and her two grandsons, ages 12 and 13 years old, went hiking Tuesday in Lake Valley, about 20 miles west of Truckee. She parked her pickup truck at the trailhead and the three began their hike through the mountainous area of small lakes, granite boulders and trees.

The boys got out ahead of Klishevich, eventually becoming separated from their grandmother, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. The woman used her cell phone to call 911 to report she was lost and could not find the children, the CHP said.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department at 4:12 p.m. requested help from the CHP helicopter crew. Pilot Mark Uhlenburg and flight officer-paramedic David White took off from the Auburn Airport and arrived at Lake Valley in 25 minutes.

The officers used the helicopter's loudspeaker to call for the grandmother, instructing her to call 911. Klishevich heard their request and called 911 again.

With the help of a Placer County Sheriff's dispatcher, the helicopter crew found her next to a small lake. The helicopter landed on a granite slab and hiked a quarter mile to Klishevich.

She and a dog named Pluto that she had brought with her on the eventful hike were airlifted to a landing area on the west side of the Lake Valley Reservoir. She was turned over there to Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Walton.

The helicopter crew learned that the boys had found their way back to their grandmother's pickup and were waiting for her to return. The group was reunited and went on their way, according to the CHP.

PHOTO CAPTION: Right, a CHP crew landed on a granite slab and hiked a quarter mile to rescue lost grandmother Dorothy Klishevich on Tuesday, Left, back at Lake Valley Reservior, safe and sound, Klishevich relaxes with CHP helicopter pilot Mark Uhlenburg and flight officer/paramedic David White, and also with her dog Pluto. CHP

Video provided by California Highway Patrol

June 5, 2013
All points search for special bike in Roseville

Roseville police have put out an urgent request to the community to help find a special bike.

The bike was stolen over the weekend from a locked sport utility vehicle on East Colonial Parkway. Taken was a Haro Prosize BMX racing bike with black forks, purple hubs and rainbow spokes.

The bike belongs to a 14-year-old girl who is competing in a BMX national championship this weekend. Police want to find the bike before tonight so that she can take it to the competition.

The girl doesn't need money for a new ride, nor does she need another bike given to her. Somebody has already donated a bike for her to use.

However, the racer would like the stolen bike returned because she is most confident using it in competition. Anyone who has seen the distinctive bike is asked to call (916) 774-5000.

June 3, 2013
Pepper spray deployed by shoppers at Sacramento, Roseville malls

Two weekend deployments of pepper spray at area malls left some people feeling the sting of the aerosol agent.

Sacramento police reported that about 6 p.m. Saturday several people were in an argument at Arden Fair Mall that culminated when one person used pepper spray. Those involved fled the scene but other innocent people in the area felt the effects of the spray.

"It happened in the food court," said Mall Security Chief Steve Reed. "Nobody was hospitalized. We have everything on camera. So we have very strong evidence."

May 31, 2013
DUI patrols to target impaired drivers near Folsom Lake

Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers near the Granite Bay access to Folsom Lake this weekend.

Placer County's DUI task force will deploy saturation patrols targeting people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the Beal's Point and Granite Bay areas. The patrols will be conducted from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The activity, part of the Avoid the 7 campaign, will involve officers from seven local law enforcement agencies: the California Highway Patrol; State Parks; Placer County Sheriff's Department; and the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln police departments.

Officials urge drivers not to take the chance of being arrested for a drunken driving. Not only do motorists driving under the influence risk killing or injuring themselves or others, they also risk the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and other expenses.

May 24, 2013
Auburn knife fight victim and suspect sought

Auburn police report a knife fight occurred last night in town, but they are missing both a suspect and a victim.

Officers responded to Auburn Folsom Road and Lincoln Way about 11:40 p.m. where a fight was reported to have taken place. Officers learned that one man stabbed another, but neither combatant could be located.

The man who was stabbed ran away. The man with the knife was last seen leaving in a silver Hyundai Accent with "Marshall Auto Sales" paper plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dustin McLaughlin at (530) 823-4237, ext. 221.

May 23, 2013
Man accused of defrauding Granite Bay woman faces new charges

A man previously accused of defrauding a Granite Bay woman of more than $7 million has been indicted in connection with a second scheme, this one involving a Pennsylvania financial manager.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned a 20-count superseding indictment charging Troy Stratos, 47, formerly of Los Angeles, with three counts of mail fraud, 12 counts of wire fraud, four counts of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

In December 2011, Stratos was indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice in relation to a scheme to defraud a Granite Bay woman of more than $7 million. The superseding indictment includes all the charges in the original indictment and adds four counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering relating to a different scheme to defraud a financial manager of $11.25 million in client funds, officials said.

May 22, 2013
South Lake Tahoe officer pleads guilty to obstruction, witness tampering

A South Lake Tahoe police officer pleaded guilty today to witness tampering and obstruction, according to the U.S. Attorney in Sacramento.

John Gerald Poland, 44, was arrested Jan. 23 following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

According to court documents, on June 29, 2011, Poland, interfered with a federal investigation of a gang member in South Lake Tahoe. Poland persuaded the gang member's girlfriend to conceal and destroy evidence, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

In October and November 2011, Poland tampered with the girlfriend in an investigation into Poland's own conduct as well as the conduct of the gang member. He also told another witness to conceal and destroy evidence rather than provide it to federal authorities.

Poland is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller on Aug. 7.

May 20, 2013
Two who died in Auburn plane crash are identified

The two people killed when their single-engine airplane crashed in Placer County over the weekend have been identified as a couple from Lassen County.

Bruce Albright Rhymes, 59, and his wife, Kathy Lorraine Rhymes, 58, died Sunday when their aircraft crashed near Auburn Airport, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Cessna 170 crashed under unknown circumstances in a wooded area.

May 14, 2013
Colfax man accepts plea in killing of girlfriend, unborn child

A Colfax man could face life behind bars after accepting a plea agreement Monday for the 2011 killing of his girlfriend and unborn child.

Sara Lynn Burr, 30, of Grass Valley was shot and killed following a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Lee Martin Konnerth, 37. After an argument at Konnerth's father's Colfax residence, Burr - armed with a kitchen knife -- tried to leave the home.

Using a rifle retrieved from a closet near the front door, Konnerth shot Burr in the back, killing her and the the 5-month-old fetus.

The relationship was described as volatile before the killing, officials said. The child would have been Burr's third.

The plea agreement was taken by Placer County Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols.

Under the plea agreement, Konnerth is facing 19 years, and eight months to life. Formal sentencing is scheduled at 1 p.m. July 17 in Dept. 4.

May 14, 2013
Man arrested for Auburn thefts and struggle with police

After a struggle, Auburn police arrested a man suspected of theft at two convenience stores last night.

Officers were first dispatched to a 11:45 p.m. Monday merchandise theft report at the 7-11 store on Sacramento street. Later, an officer noticed a man walking hear Highway 49 and Fulweiler Avenue who matched the description of the 7-11 store shoplift.

The officer turned his vehicle around in time to see the man enter a Shell station convenience market. The man entered and allegedly tried to make off with a 12-pack of beer.

May 9, 2013
Placer sheriff warns of scammers posing as law enforcement officers

The Placer County Sheriff's Department is alerting residents to a telephone scam involving callers who identify themselves as law enforcement officials.

Some residents have reported receiving phone calls from an individual claiming to be a Placer County sheriff's official. They were told they were owed money and asked to wire money to release the funds, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The caller then gave a phone number to call to verify that the caller was a member of law enforcement. Authorities stress that any number given should always be verified through other sources, rather than taking the caller's word for it.

Detectives urge people to never give money or information over the phone to anyone they don't know, adding that a law enforcement officer would never call and ask someone to wire money.

Anyone who questions the legitimacy of someone who claims to be a deputy or a detective is advised to call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency line , (530) 886-5375, to verify that the individual works for the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

May 9, 2013
Suspect in chainsaw theft tried to cut and run

By Ed Fletcher

Bail for a Meadow Vista man was set at $130,000 after he allegedly stole a chainsaw from a local hardware store earlier this week and evaded capture for several hours.

Tuesday morning, Placer County Sheriff's deputies say they spotted James Everett Daniel, 30, outside a Meadow Vista home and identified him as the suspect in a theft Monday of the Meadow Vista True Value Hardware store.

Before deputies could make contract with Daniel, he fled in to the nearby woods, according to a sheriff's department press release.

May 8, 2013
Rocklin man arrested on suspicion of carjacking his own car at gunpoint

A man allegedly drew a gun on a towing yard employee to get his car out of storage and then went to a Roseville bar where he was arrested.

Roseville police said the man tried to pay his towing and storage fees at a Tahoe Avenue tow yard about 6:30 p.m. Friday with credit cards. However, the cards were declined.

Still wanting his car, the 21-year-old Rocklin man allegedly pointed at handgun at the towing yard employee and drove away in his vehicle.

About three hours later, Roseville police found the man in a bar on Pacific Street. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and carjacking his own car.

Police also found the handgun believed to have been used in the crime hidden in a shed on Ash Street.

May 4, 2013
Auburn traffic stop leads to drug-related arrests

A routine traffic stop Friday evening in Auburn resulted in a foot chase and two arrests.

At 10:42 p.m. Auburn police officer Chris Forman initiated a traffic stop at the 13,000 block of Lincoln Way. While being searched, the driver identified as Lucas Ryan Strom, 33, of Auburn, began making furtive movements, pushed the officer away and fled, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Strom resisted arrest and was pepper sprayed while being taken into custody, the police said.

Officers found a sizable amount of heroin in Strom's possession. He was also wanted for burglary in Summit County, Utah. The passenger Sean Isaacks, 26, of Grass Valley, remained in the car during the attempted escape but was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and a switchblade. A search of the vehicle also produced a digital scale.

Strom remains in custody and faces an array of charges, including possession with intent to distribute.

May 1, 2013
Sheriff's helicopter crew helps apprehend Placer arson suspect

A man suspected of setting a fire near the American River canyon this morning was apprehended by a Placer County sheriff's helicopter crew member as the suspect tried to leave the area.

A resident of Shirland Tract Road called 911 at 11:04 a.m. to report a brush fire in a neighbor's field. The woman also reported seeing a man jumping fences in the neighborhood, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

A sheriff's lieutenant was the first to arrive in the area and he yelled at the man to stop. The man, later identified as Luke Carter, 24, of Vacaville, refused and continued to flee from the lieutenant, sheriff's officials said.

May 1, 2013
UPDATE: Driver booked in fatal Roseville crash identified as attorney, CSUS professor

tonya peters jordan.JPGThe driver booked following a crash that claimed the life of a 69-year-old Roseville man Tuesday has been identified as an attorney and a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento.

A spokeswoman for CSUS confirmed that Jordan Tonya Louise Peters, 45, is an associate professor in the university's College of Business Administration. According the CSUS website, Peters is also a practicing attorney who represents employers in employment litigation matters.

Peters was arrested by Roseville police Tuesday and booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs after the vehicle she was driving allegedly triggered a chain-reaction collision in which one person was killed and three others were injured.

May 1, 2013
UPDATE: Police say rowdy teens beat 79-year-old Roseville man

Nunley, Matthew download.jpgClements, Christopher.jpegPolice said an elderly man who told some rowdy teens to take their noisy activity elsewhere was beaten in front of his Roseville home.

At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire personnel responded to the assault in the 900 block of Douglas Boulevard. According to a police activity report, the 79-year-old man had exited his house to ask a group of rowdy teens to move along.

Instead, the five teens charged the man, knocking him to the ground. They allegedly kicked and hit him.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police are investigating what caused the crash.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2013
Foresthill man charged following mail theft investigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 3, 2013
Motorcyclist killed on Highway 49 in Auburn

Auburn police say that a motorcyclist was killed last night on Highway 49 when his vehicle hit a pickup truck.

Police responded about 7 p.m. Tuesday to Highway 49 in the American River Canyon about three-quarters of a mile south of Borland Avenue. The injured motorcyclist was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The Placer County coroner's office identified the motorcyclist as Troy Carl Arter, 45, of Auburn.

The driver of the truck was not injured. Auburn police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle, traveling northbound, crossed over into southbound oncoming traffic.

March 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of tax preparer accused of mortgage fraud?

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

QUESTION: What is the status of Vera Kuzmenko, who was indicted in a mortgage fraud case?
Submitted by: Edward, Sacramento

ANSWER: Vera Kuzmenko, a tax preparer, is one of more than 80 people who have been indicted in 30 cases of alleged mortgage fraud filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento and involving members of the area's Slavic community, according to stories in The Bee.

March 26, 2013
Sacramento man found guilty in marijuana-growing conspiracy

A Sacramento man has been found guilty of conspiring to manufacture marijuana at homes in Placer County.

Tien Le, 47, was convicted following a six-day jury trial in Sacramento before U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Evidence was presented during the trial of a conspiracy involving Le and his two brothers. Authorities said the three men purchased high-end homes in Auburn and Foresthill to house marijuana growing operations. The three homes had basements ideal for growing large amounts of marijuana.

March 26, 2013
UPDATE: Missing Colfax man found safe in Grass Valley

russell ronald MP March 2013.jpgA 76-year-old who had been reported missing from his Colfax home since Monday morning has been found safe.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department reported that Ronald Russell (pictured) was located in Grass Valley and will be reunited with his family.

Russell had been missing since about 9:30 a.m. Monday, when he left his home on Sylvan Road, in a remote area outside the city of Colfax. He was on foot, and was not carrying any identification or money, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

March 26, 2013
Placer County teacher pleads not guilty to supplying marijuana to minors

A Rocklin middle school teacher pleaded not guilty Monday to supplying marijuana to minors.

Ian Runciman, 38, an eighth-grade math teacher at Granite Oaks Middle School, was booked into Placer County Jail on March 1.

Police said Runciman allegedly kept in touch with some of his former students after they transitioned to local high schools and supplied marijuana to them.

The crimes are suspected to have occurred at Runciman's Rocklin apartment and involved three to four male juveniles aged 15 to 17.

Police said there is no indication that any of his suspected crimes occurred on a school campus.

March 26, 2013
Purse snatcher stabs woman in Roseville

Roseville police arrested a purse snatcher who stabbed a woman on a downtown street.

Shane Michael England, 26, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery in the attack that occurred at 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

He remained in custody today in Placer County Jail today on $85,000 bail.

March 26, 2013
Woman in Roseville makes off with wallet, while in Dixon honest little girl shines

Last week, a Dixon girl was lauded for turning in a cash-stuffed wallet she found on the street. Also last week, in Roseville, the opposite happened when an adult pocketed somebody's dropped billfold.

Roseville police said that on March 19 at about 10 a.m. a man was washing his clothes at a coin laundry in the 400 block of Folsom Road when his wallet fell out of his pocket.

Police say that security cameras captured a woman picking up the wallet, quickly concealing it, and later leaving without returning it to the rightful owner. She was accompanied by a toddler.

March 22, 2013
Auburn man arrested after yearlong investigation of alleged sex offenses

An Auburn man was arrested today, accused of offenses involving sexual assault and child pornography.

Auburn police said Thomas Mitchell Hale, 53, was taken into custody following a yearlong investigation. He was arrested on suspicion of extortion by force or fear, sexual assault, sexual battery and sending child pornography. Several victims came forward during the course of the investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

After police obtained an arrest warrant, Hale turned himself in at the Auburn Police Department. He is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

March 18, 2013
Buying-alcohol-for-minors sting nets 506 arrests in California

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, in cooperation with more than 100 law enforcement agencies, conducted a record-setting statewide decoy "shoulder-tap" operation.

The task force operation was conducted Friday and resulted in 506 arrests statewide, surpassing last year's record of 435 arrests, according to a department news release. More than 400 individuals were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors, and at least 50 were arrested for other crimes such as illegal drugs, illegal gun possession, public drunkenness, parole violations and outstanding warrants, officials said.

Arrests in the Sacramento region included nine in Sacramento, four in Rancho Cordova, two in Folsom, six in Marysville, 11 in Placer County and 16 in Nevada County, according to the news release.

March 16, 2013
Auburn police say man fled officers after running stop sign

keith smith.jpgAn Auburn man is behind bars after allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign and then running away from police.

The incident occurred on Thursday around 11:30 p.m. when driver Keith Smith failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Avenue, Auburn police said. The suspect reportedly led officers on a short chase toward Placer High School. Smith, 56, then drove his vehicle into a chain link fence, exited his car and ran away on foot, according to reports. Officer Chris Forman used a taser on Smith after he resisted arrest, police said.

Smith is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Authorities said he was driving on a suspended license and under the influence of methamphetamine.

March 16, 2013
Officials warn dry winter, warm weather increase fire risks

Due to lack of rain and unseasonably warm weather, fire season has come early this year.

Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit are urging residents to use caution when burning debris. Although spring doesn't arrive until next week, the lack of moisture and the increase in temperatures in recent days have quickly dried vegetation in many parts of Northern California, according to a Cal Fire news release.

Cal Fire officials say they have responded to a large number of fires this past week that were caused by escaped debris burns.

March 15, 2013
Placer County pedestrian is hit and killed by car

A pedestrian walking on a Placer County road near Lincoln Thursday night was struck and killed by a car.

Candido Perez Jr., 33, of Roseville, was walking in the southbound lane of Industrial Avenue near Athens Avenue about 10:15 p.m. Thursday when he was hit by a car traveling at about 55 mph.

The driver swerved in an attempt to avoid Perez, who was walking with his back to traffic. Perez was pronounced dead at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol said it is not known why Perez was walking in the roadway.

March 14, 2013
Help sought in identifying Granite Bay burglary suspects

Placer County sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying suspects in two residential burglaries that occurred in Granite Bay late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Items taken from the homes included bicycles, wallets, purses, credit cards and electronic equipment.

Early Wednesday, the suspects were captured on surveillance video at a Granite Bay store using a credit card taken in the burglary of one of the homes, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The videos show them inside the store as well as the vehicle they were driving.

March 14, 2013
Distracted shopping leads to purloined wallets at Roseville groceries

Distracted shopping has resulted in two women being relieved of their wallets at Roseville grocery stores.

In the first theft, a woman was shopping at a supermarket in the 6700 block of Stanford Ranch Road when a stranger struck up a conversation with her about food. The shopper later realized her wallet was missing from her purse.

She theorized that the stranger was likely working with another woman who took the wallet out of her purse, according to Roseville police.

March 14, 2013
More campus police officers for Roseville schools

More Roseville schools will have police officers on their campuses.

The Roseville City Council approved adding two more officers at last week's meeting in order to increase school security, according to a police public safety newsletter.

Already, police officers are assigned full time to Roseville, Oakmont and Woodcreek high schools. One of the new police youth service officers will be assigned to Adelante High School, and the other to the city's middle schools.

The police department hopes to have the new school officers on campus by fall.

March 8, 2013
Judge orders release of Placer arson suspect

A Placer County judge has ordered the release of the man accused of starting the 2012 Robbers Fire, the Placer County District Attorney's office confirmed today.

Bryon Mason, of Sacramento, was arrested shortly after the fire. Following a preliminary hearing, a judge on Tuesday ruled that there was insufficient evidence to hold Mason for trial and ordered his release from custody.

The fire burned 2,650 acres northeast of Foresthill and destroyed one home and four outbuildings and a firefighter was injured. Another 170 residences were threatened and many families were forced to evacuate their homes.

Mason was charged with felony arson causing bodily injury and arson of an inhabited dwelling. A weeklong preliminary hearing on the facts of the case concluded Feb. 20.

The DA's office alleged that Mason "lit and threw an illegal commercial grade display-type firework" at a swimming hole along Shirttail Creek causing the forest fire.

March 6, 2013
Placer man who allegedly abused dog is charged with animal cruelty

A man who allegedly injured and left his dog to die was charged with animal cruelty in Placer County Superior Court on Monday.

Mark Pope was assigned a public defender during his court appearance, according to Lynette Low, a spokeswoman for the Placer County District Attorney's Office.

The Auburn Journal reported that Pope allegedly shot his dog in the face with a pellet gun, broke its jaw and then tied the animal to a tree in the woods.

The dog, named Frankie, was later rescued by campers and adopted in January. Pope's next court date is scheduled for March 21 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 13.

March 4, 2013
Auburn police seek help to identify store robbery suspect

Auburn robbery door+1.jpgAuburn police have released images from surveillance video showing the suspect sought in the armed robbery of a convenience store early Saturday.

A clerk at the store in the area of Auburn Ravine Road and Mikkelsen Drive called police about 5:30 a.m. and reported that a man armed with a black pistol had walked into the store and demanded cash. After the robbery, the suspect left on foot, heading west on Auburn Ravine Road.

Police said the suspect (pictured) was described as a white man, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build. He reportedly was wearing a blue and gray knit poncho, black athletic pants, black and red gloves, and a dark-colored face mask.

Police seek the public's help in identifying the man. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Auburn Police Department's Investigations Division at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207.

March 3, 2013
Suspect sought in Auburn armed robbery

A masked armed robber made off with cash from an Auburn convenience store Saturday morning, according to police detectives.

The suspect is still at large, said Auburn Police Sgt. Dale Hutchins.

A clerk called police about 5:30 a.m. and reported that a man had walked into the store, displayed a black pistol and demanded cash. After the robbery, the suspect fled on foot, going westbound on Auburn Ravine Road.

Police and Placer County sheriff's deputies searched the area, turning up evidence, but the suspect eluded capture, Hutchins said. A surveillance video camera recorded the crime and was reviewed by investigators.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, about 5'8", with a medium build. He was wearing a blue and gray knit poncho, black athletic pants, black and red gloves and a dark-colored mask.

Anyone with information about the suspect or crime is asked to call Hutchins at the Auburn Police Department at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207.

March 2, 2013
Rocklin middle school teacher arrested; accused of giving marijuana to students

By Anita Creamer


A 38-year-old Rocklin middle school teacher was arrested Friday after a parent complained to a school resource officer that the teacher had allegedly given students marijuana and alcohol, authorities said.

The teacher, Ian Runciman, works as an eighth-grade math teacher at Granite Oaks Middle School. The alleged incidents occurred both on campus and at the teacher's Roseville apartment and involved several students, according to officials.

Runciman was arrested on suspicion of supplying marijuana to a juvenile and booked into Placer County Jail today.

Rocklin police continue the investigation and request that anyone with information call the department at (916) 625-5443.

February 27, 2013
Placer detectives seek to identify Loomis burglary suspect

Barn Inside_2013-02-23.jpgPlacer County sheriff's detectives seek the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect whose image was captured on surveillance video in a Loomis barn early Saturday.

The man (pictured) is described as about 40 years old, weighing 150 to 180 pounds, with blond or gray hair. He wore black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with a brightly colored pattern on the front and black gloves.

He was seen on video walking through the barn on Creekside Lane in Loomis at 3:34 a.m., according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call Detective Ryan West at (916) 652-2423. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191, or provide a tip online at Information leading to an arrest could earn the tipster a cash reward of up to $1,000.

February 27, 2013
Detective work leads to Auburn robbery arrest

The search of a Grass Valley home led to the arrest of a man for an Auburn convenience store stick-up.

Auburn police said a masked man armed with a gun held up the Auburn Gas & Food, 1110 High St., about 7 p.m. Feb. 7. The robber escaped with cash.

During an investigation following the robbery, Detective Dave Neher was able to identify a possible suspect and recover a firearm believed to have been used in the crime.

As a result of his investigation, Neher developed probable cause for a search warrant of a home in the 1400 block of Segsworth Way in Grass Valley. A search of the home on Tuesday turned up "items associated with the robbery," according to an Auburn police press release.

Jeremiah Navratil, 24, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and committing a felony while out on bail.

February 26, 2013
Grass Valley man arrested in Auburn armed robbery

A Grass Valley man was arrested today in connection with the armed robbery of an Auburn gas station and market earlier this month.

Auburn Gas & Food at 1110 High St. was robbed Feb. 7 by man wearing a mask who brandished a gun at a clerk and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Through an investigation, Detective Dave Neher was able to identify a possible suspect and recover the firearm used during the robbery, according to an Auburn Police Department news release.

February 26, 2013
Auburn police book teen on arson charge after grass fire at school

Auburn police have arrested a teen for allegedly setting a grass fire at a school.

The grass fire set on September 18 also damaged some planters and a lattice structure at Skyridge School, 800 Perkins Way, police said.

A school resource officer on Monday arrested the 14-year-old boy for setting the fire. Police said the teen showed remorse and confessed to events that led up to the fire.

He was booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of arson and other unrelated charges.

February 22, 2013
Three arrested, property recovered in Placer County burglaries

lewis trevor charles (1).jpgburns richard e.jpgcox mark.jpgPlacer County sheriff's deputies are looking for the owners of property found during the arrest of three burglary suspects in Loomis early this morning.

About 4 p.m. Thursday, homeowners in the 7500 block of Barton Road called 911 when they saw individuals attempting to steal property in front of the home. When deputies arrived, the suspects were gone, but based on the description of the individuals and their vehicle, deputies believed they knew the suspects.

Photo lineups were conducted and the victim's recognized the suspects, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

February 22, 2013
Folsom and Roseville police team up to thwart home burglary

Folsom police were waiting when suspected car burglars tried to become home burglars.

On Feb 15, a Folsom woman parked her car in Roseville in the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue and placed her purse in the trunk. Burglars broke into the car, rummaged through her glove compartment, taking her vehicle registration, and popped the trunk lid to take her purse.

Thinking ahead, Roseville police called their colleagues in Folsom to ask that they check on the woman's home, since her address was now known by the car burglars. Folsom police watched her home and met the two suspected burglars as they arrived at the residence, according to Roseville police public safety report.

February 20, 2013
Placer County enforcement effort to target distracted drivers

The Placer County Sheriff's Office will provide stepped-up enforcement of cell phone laws Monday through March 8.

The enforcement effort is part of a special federally funded pilot program using the region to test tactics that may be employed nationwide in the future, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Deputies will be out in force in Colfax, north Auburn and Loomis to issue tickets to drivers using hand-held cell phones or texting.

February 20, 2013
Temporary closure of Highway 65 off ramp on Thursday

Placer County residents are advised that an off ramp from Highway 65 will be closed for about an hour on Thursday.

Caltrans reports that the southbound exit from Highway 65 to Ferrari Ranch Road in Lincoln is scheduled to be closed from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday for electrical work. Southbound motorists will be directed by message board to the next exit, Twelve Bridges Drive.

February 13, 2013
Fugitive headed back to prison for hoax bomb threats

A federal fugitive who made hoax bomb threats, claiming that letter bombs were going to be delivered to residences in Rocklin and Auburn, has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison.

Stephen J. Isoczky Jr., 60, of Los Angeles was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller for making bomb threats and lying to federal agents, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He will be subject to three years of supervised release following his time in prison. Judge Mueller also ordered Isoczky to pay $6,890 in restitution to the United States Postal Inspection Service for the resources spent in dealing with the bomb threats.

According to court documents, on Sept. 2, 2012, Isoczky contacted the national telephone network of the U.S. Postal Inspection service, claiming to be a concerned citizen alerting authorities of impending letter bombs. He claimed the bombs were going to be delivered shortly to a residence in Rocklin.

February 13, 2013
Roseville basketball academy leader arrested again

Francis Ngissah.JPGThe prep school president who was arrested last month for allegedly pinning clothes pins to the nipples of male students is in hot water again.

Police arrested Francis Amiteye Ngissah, 24, (pictured) at his Roseville home on Tuesday on suspicion of forgery and fraud. He is suspected of buying furniture for his home by fraudulent means, a police press release said.

Police allege that he defrauded a local business of about $8,000.