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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 financial adviser pleads guilty defrauding clients

A Roseville financial adviser has pleaded guilty to stealing clients' funds.

Michelle Lee Kern, 35, pleaded guilty to financial adviser fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between December 2009 and December 2012, Kern, a registered investment adviser, defrauded her clients by transferring money from client accounts into her own bank accounts or credit card accounts, or to accounts of her relatives.

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

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

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 6, 2013
Marijuana growing operation discovered near Roseville park

vizcarra_giovanni_anthony.jpgA 26-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday after Roseville police discovered an extensive indoor marijuana growing operation in a house across the street from a neighborhood park.

Detectives with the department's Vice and Narcotics Enfrocement Team began an investigation after receiving complaints from neighbors about a strong odor emanating from a house in the 9500 block of Highland Park Drive. They served a search warrant Tuesday and found that most of the space in the two-story house was being used to grow and process marijuana, according to a Police Department news release.

Detectives seized approximately 200 marijuana plants, packaging materials and other evidence related to marijuana cultivation and sales. They also found that power for the operation was obtained by illegally cutting into pre-metered electrical services coming into the house, stealing electricity from Roseville Electric's grid.

The resident, Giovanni Anthony Vizcarra (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale and related offenses, as well as theft of utility services. He has been released from jail on a $20,000 bail bond.

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

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

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 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has Roseville woman who went missing in May been found?

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

QUESTION: Was Susan Jacobson, the Roseville woman who went missing this past May, ever found?.
Submitted by: HFish, Sacramento

ANSWER: Susan Jacboson has not been found.

November 5, 2013
Sacramento man dies in crash on Interstate 80 near Roseville

A 63-year-old Sacramento man died this morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near the Riverside Avenue exit in Roseville.

California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said the driver of a Volkswagen Bug was eastbound on I-80 west of the Riverside Avenue exit at 11:47 a.m. when witnesses reported that the car veered to the right. The vehicle crossed two lanes leading to the offramp and spun around. Dutton said the rear of the vehicle struck a tree.

The man, who was alone in the vehicle, was identified by a family member as Robert Ellowitz, a psychotherapist at Kaiser South in Sacramento. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dutton said a medical condition may have caused the crash, which remains under investigation.

November 1, 2013
Alleged Roseville shooter pleads not guilty

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By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

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
Roseville shootout suspect charged with 7 counts of attempted murder

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By Bill Lindelof and Ed Fletcher
blindelof@sacbee.com

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 26, 2013
Roseville police say parolee fired first in shootout

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By Darrell Smith, Hector Amezcua and Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

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 25, 2013
Roseville standoff ends: Shooting suspect taken into custody

Sammy Duran, suspect in officer shooting .jpgBy Ed Fletcher, Stephen Magagnini and Richard Chang
efletcher@sacbee.com

A parolee wanted in the shooting of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and two Roseville police officers was taken into custody after a manhunt and standoff that lasted more than nine hours, Roseville police announced about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sacramento Bee photographer Hector Amezcua was at the scene at the time and reported via Twitter: "Sammy Duran taken into custody."

SWAT sent in a robot to establish communication and ordered the suspect to come out, according to a tweet from the City of Roseville shortly after 1 a.m.: "Suspect came out from house unarmed, taken into custody."

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
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.
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October 11, 2013
Cops seek tips to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers in the Sacramento area will be serving in a different capacity Saturday, working as waiters and waitresses at Red Robin restaurants and collecting tips to support Special Olympics.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of the Tip-A-Cop event at four Red Robin locations: 360 Palladio Parkway, No. 410 in Folsom; 1184 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville; 751 E Joiner Parkway in Lincoln; and 7990 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

Members of the Elk Grove Police Department will volunteer their services from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Red Robin at 8245 Laguna Blvd., Elk Grove.

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
Roseville couple arrested after meth found in suspicious package

Lionel Shiloh Reyes.jpgA package that aroused suspicions of postal authorities led to the arrest of a Roseville couple and seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $90,800.

On Sept. 25, postal authorities alerted Roseville police narcotics detectives to a suspicious package that had been returned to them. The package contained address abnormalities and other features indicating that it contained illegal drugs, according to a Police Department news release.

Narcotics detectives investigated and identified a couple they suspected of sending the package. Detectives contacted the couple and served a search warrant authorizing them to open the suspicious package. They found it contained approximately 4 pounds of vacuum-packaged methamphetamine, police said. Detectives estimated that in California the methamphetamine would cost a dealer $32,000 and would bring at least $90,800 once it was repackaged for street sale. The street value could be far higher outside California, according to police.

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: Police say argument between roommates led to fatal Roseville shooting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 30, 2013
Bear found in backyard of Roseville home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 17, 2013
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
Cause of Sunday grass fire in Roseville under investigation

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy Roseville Fire Department

September 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
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 30, 2013
Roseville sting nets suspected unlicensed contractors

A sting operation in Roseville targeting unlicensed contractors has resulted in eight arrests.

The undercover operation was conducted Tuesday at a home near Maidu Regional Park with members of the Contractors State License Board's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team posing as homeowners. They were assisted by the Roseville Police Department and the Amador County District Attorney's Office, whose investigators are part of a multiagency workers' compensation unit.

The operation netted not only phony contractors, but also a number of legitimate contractors who, despite having state contractor's licenses, were violating various aspects of the state's contractor's license law, according to a Contractors State License Board news release. Violations by the licensed contractors included using a business name not listed with the state license board, failing to include their license number in advertisements, and submitting a bid for work outside the job classification. In one case, officials said, a licensed electrician submitted a bid for painting.

August 22, 2013
Sacramento man accused of July shooting in Roseville

vaenuku_poyer.jpgA Sacramento County man was arrested today in a Placer County courtroom in connection with a July 25 attempted robbery and shooting in Roseville.

Poyer Bill Pila Vaenuku (pictured), 28, was ordered into custody this morning while appearing in court on another case, according to a Roseville Police Department news release.

At 1:20 a.m. July 25, a man confronted a woman outside and apartment building in the 1100 block of Conroy Lane in Roseville and demanded her property. When she indicated to the man that she didn't have anything to give him, the man fired a handgun at least three times, police said. Although no one was injured, the rounds went through the window of a nearby apartment, narrowly missing a resident inside.

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 31, 2013
Placer detectives seek to identify home burglary suspects

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

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

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

Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to call Detective Chris Glaspell at (916) 652-2445. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests are asked to call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191.
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July 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 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 19, 2013
Roseville traffic stop leads to discovery of $350,000 in counterfeit bills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 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 9, 2013
Three grass fires keep Roseville fire crews on the run

Roseville firefighters were kept busy this afternoon, responding to three grass fires, the first two of which started within 10 minutes of each other.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged, according to a Fire Department news release.

The first grass fire began about 2 p.m. along Linda Creek near Cirby Way and Rocky Ridge Drive. Because it was rapidly spreading, seven engines, 28 firefighters and a helicopter from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to the 3-acre fire.

July 8, 2013
Woman pleads guilty to role in foreclosure rescue scheme

A Los Angeles woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to bankruptcy fraud in connection with a foreclosure rescue scheme that she ran.

Jewel Hinkles, also known as Cydney Sanchez, 63, was the founder and general manager of Horizon Property Holdings LLC in Beverly Hills. She was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 1, 2011, along with Jesse Wheeler, 36, of Roseville, Cynthia Corn, 60, of Oakland and Brent Medearis, 46, of Modesto.

According to court documents, Hinkles was the founder and general manager of Horizon Property Holdings LLC in Beverly Hills. From 2008 through 2010, she offered a service called the "Save My Home" or "Homesaver" that promised to rescue financially distressed homeowners from foreclosure and reduce the principal on homeowner' mortgages. Horizon offered its program directly to clients and also through several layers of "affiliates", who promoted and sold the program to clients, mostly in Northern California.

July 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Roseville teacher accused of molesting student?

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

QUESTION: About four years ago, a teacher at Buljan Middle School in Roseville was charged with sexually molesting a boy who was one of his students. What became of the case?
Submitted by: Curious Reader, South Natomas

ANSWER: James Albert Hirleman, a seventh-grade teacher at George Buljan Middle School in Roseville, was arrested by Rocklin police in September 2008, accused of molesting a minor.

July 3, 2013
Man who robbed Roseville bank headed to prison

An Arizona man who admitted to robbing a Roseville bank in April 2012 has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for a string of bank robberies in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Raymond David Lopez, 30, of Tucson, pleaded guilty in April to six counts of bank robbery, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced today in federal court in Oakland by U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, who also ordered him to pay a total of $28,037 in restitution to the victim banks. He will be subject to three years of supervised release following his time in prison.

According to the plea agreement, Lopez admitted robbing six banks -- in Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Dublin and two in Alameda -- in May and June of 2012.

He also admitted to robbing three other banks -- including a River City Bank branch in Roseville on April 26, 2012 -- in a similar manner.

June 26, 2013
Roseville man sentenced to prison for credit card fraud

A Roseville man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for credit card fraud.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also ordered Vasilyevi Berezenko, 25, to make restitution to his victims and to perform 150 hours of community service work as part of his three-year term of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 23, 2011, Berezenko and do-defendant Michael Charles Ross, 29, of Folsom obtained multiple credit cards in the names of innocent victims and used those cards to obtain more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise from retailers and casinos in Northern California. An additional $35,000 in purchases and withdrawals were attempted.

June 24, 2013
Roseville, Modesto men plead guilty to foreclosure rescue scheme

Two men have pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in connection with a foreclosure rescue scheme.

Jesse Wheeler, 36, of Roseville and Brent Medearis, 46, of Modesto entered guilty pleas today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

On Dec. 1, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Wheeler and Medearis along with Jewel L. Hinkles, also known as Cydney Sanchez, 63, of Los Angeles, and Cynthia Corn, 60, of Oakland, for a scheme allegedly run by Hinkles. According to court documents, Wheeler operated JW Financial Solutions in Roseville, and Medearis worked out of a Modesto office, both as affiliates of programs that Hinkles created.

June 24, 2013
Arson to blame for Roseville park fire

Investigators looking into the cause of Friday's 30-acre park fire in Roseville said Monday that arson is to blame.

The fire, starting at 2:25 p.m. Friday, did $1 million in damage. Four homes and a gazebo suffered major damage.

Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the fire spread quickly. Some 180 fire personnel from around the region were called to assist in extinguishing the blaze. No injuries were reported.

June 21, 2013
UPDATE: Four Roseville homes damaged in Maidu Park fire

Four homes and a gazebo were damaged by a wind-driven fire that burned about 30 acres in Roseville's Maidu Regional Park this afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Carman said the Fire Department received a report about 2:25 p.m. of a fire in a nature area behind Maidu Elementary School on Johnson Ranch Drive. Children were reported to have been seen leaving the area, he said, leading to suspicions that the fire may have been set.

The fire spread due to heavy fuels and wind, growing rapidly to about 30 acres. Although damage within the park was limited to the nature area, five homes were damaged.

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
Placer County grass fire contained after scorching 237 acres

By Benjamin Mullin
bmullin@sacbee.com

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
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 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 6, 2013
Police cast wide net for tips in Roseville woman's disappearance

Roseville detectives investigating the disappearance of a Sun City woman would like to talk to anyone who visited the Raley's shopping center at the corner of Woodcreek Oaks and Pleasant Grove boulevards between 4 a.m. and noon Wednesday.

Even if people don't think they saw anything noteworthy, detectives want to speak to anyone who visited the center, whether it was to make deliveries, grocery shop, use the bank ATM, pick up dry cleaning or visit Starbucks. Any information, no matter how routine, may help detectives create a more complete picture of activity in the parking lot that morning, police said.

People are asked to call the tip line the Police Department has set up for the case at (916) 774-5080.

May 4, 2013
Search party to be organized for missing Roseville woman

Roseville police are helping to coordinate a search party for a Sun City Roseville woman missing since Wednesday.

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The woman, Susan Jacobson, 59, was last seen about 6 a.m. that day, when she told her husband she was going grocery shopping and to run other errands around town.

Her vehicle was found in the Raley's parking lot at Woodcreek Oaks and Pleasant Grove boulevards. Her wallet was found in the same parking lot that morning by a citizen, officials said.

Detectives have found no evidence of foul play. Officials are asking search party participants to meet at 8 a.m. Sunday at Mahany Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and hiking shoes, and should bring drinking water, a photo ID and a cell phone.

May 3, 2013
UPDATE: Good Samaritan in Roseville missing person case contacts police

mp_susan_jacobson.jpgA good Samaritan who turned in a wallet belonging to a missing Sun City woman has called police, who wished to talk with her regarding any additional information she might be able to provide.

Detectives are still looking for clues in the disappearance of 59-year-old Susan Jacobson (pictured), who was last seen by her husband Wednesday morning, when she said she was going to shop for groceries and run errands around town. Officers found Jacobson's unoccupied dark blue Honda Civic in the Raley's parking lot at Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards Wednesday evening.

About 8 a.m. Wednesday, a woman turned Jacobson's wallet in to the Starbucks in the same center, saying she had found it in the lot, according to a Police Department news release. Detectives had sought the public's help in identifying the woman so they could speak with her.

Detectives also ask anyone who may have seen Jacobson during the past few days, or who has information that might help in finding her to call the Roseville police dispatch center at (916) 774-5000, ext. 1.

May 2, 2013
Roseville police seek help locating missing Sun City woman

mp_susan_jacobson.jpgRoseville police are asking the public's help in locating a 59-year-old Sun City Roseville woman who was last seen by her husband Wednesday morning.

Susan Jacobson told her husband that she planned to go grocery shopping and run other errands at stores around town, according to Police Department news release. Wednesday evening, officers found Jacobson' s dark blue Honda Civic unoccupied in the Raley's parking lot at Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards. Police said they do not know how long it had been parked there.

Jacobson (pictured) is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 90 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and light gray sweatpants, although she may have changed into other clothing before going out.

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 30, 2013
One person reported dead following Roseville collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2013
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 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.

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 25, 2013
Indictment alleges mortgage fraud scheme in Rocklin, Roseville

An Irvine man has been arrested in a mortgage fraud case involving properties in Rocklin and Roseville.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a three-count indictment Thursday charging Alexander A. Romaniolis, 48, with mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed after his arrest today in Huntington Beach, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The indictment alleges that Romaniolis recruited five straw buyers to purchase eight residential properties in Rocklin, Roseville and San Clemente. He allegedly assisted the straw buyers in providing false information to lenders about their employment, income, assets and intent to occupy properties as primary residences. In most cases, authorities said, the straw buyers claimed to be executives of companies created and controlled by Romaniolis.

March 22, 2013
Jury convicts Roseville couple on pimping, pandering charges

A Placer County jury has found a Roseville couple guilty of pimping and pandering two Sacramento runaways, the defense attorneys in the case confirmed Friday.

The jury acquitted the two defendants on several other related changes, including charges against Roseville contractor Steve Putnam that he communicated with a minor with sexual intent and committed a lewd act with a minor.

Putnam, 48, maintained that he was often in the company of escorts and prostitutes, but did not financially benefit from that relationship. His ex-girlfriend Syla Debra Thongsy, 24, told the jury through her attorney that she was prostituting herself, but wasn't pimping the minors.

Thongsy was Putnam's live-in girlfriend at the time. The two Sacramento runaways, 15 and 16 at the time, briefly lived in Putnam's six-bedroom Roseville home.

The jury found otherwise, returning guilty verdicts on two felony counts of pimping and two counts of pandering.

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
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 1, 2013
Roseville man pleads guilty to possessing child porn discovered during investigation of granddaughter's death

A Roseville man whose daughter was arrested last year in connection with the death of his granddaughter has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Daniel Harrison McGrath, 58, of Roseville pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to possessing more than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The pornography was discovered during a police investigation into the death of McGrath's 2-year-old granddaughter. McKinley Wilder's body was found in McGrath's home April 4. Denise Marie McGrath Wilder, the child's mother and McGrath's daughter, has been charged with cruelty to a child and neglect in connection with the youngster's death and awaits trial in Placer Superior Court.

February 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of photographer accused of secretly videotaping teen girl?

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

QUESTION: What is the current status of the criminal case against Ronald Buchanan Jr., the volleyball coach and photographer accused of videotaping teenage girls?
Submitted by: Concerned, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ronald Roy Buchanan Jr. is awaiting trial in Placer Superior Court.

February 26, 2013
Sheriff's detectives seek identity of robbery suspects

Rob suspect ONE 13-25744-16.jpgRob suspect TWO 13-25744-19.jpgRob suspect THREE 13-25744-21.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives seek to identify a group of suspects wanted in connection with a series of robberies and a carjacking during the past month.

In each case, the suspects were described as white or Latino men in their 20s. They wore black ski masks or hooded sweatshirts pulled tight around their faces, as shown in the accompanying surveillance photos from a Feb. 4 robbery, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The suspects have been linked to robberies at the Hoa Viet restaurant, 3110 Bradshaw Road, and the Star of Siam Thai Food, 6029 Greenback Lane on Jan. 31; Original Pete's Pizza, 4521 Gateway Park Blvd., Feb. 2; and Adalberto's restaurant, 5544 Watt Ave., Feb. 4.

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 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.

February 11, 2013
Fourth area bank robbery linked to 'bad hatter bandits'

Bad Hatter Bandit image_image3_large (1).jpgSuspects dubbed by law enforcement officers as the "bad hatter bandits" have been linked to a fourth bank robbery in the Sacramento area.

The primary suspect in the "bad hatter bandit" robberies entered the Chase Bank at 4117 Elverta Road in Antelope on Thursday and presented the teller with a demand note. During the robbery, the man wore a tan fedora, dark blue dress shirt, striped tie, oversized eyeglasses and black gloves, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release.

This was the fourth robbery of an area Chase Bank branch by the suspects since late November. The branch at 3501 Del Paso Road in Sacramento was robbed Nov. 29 and Jan. 29, and the branch at 1800 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville was robbed Jan. 10.

February 8, 2013
Alleged basketball academy abuser facing eviction

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

Roseville police responded mid-morning Friday to a reported disturbance between the man who was arrested on suspicion of inflicting corporal punishment on youths at his fledgling basketball academy and his landlord.

The landlord, Steve Putnam, said he is in the process of evicting Francis Ngissah, claiming he owes $21,000 in back rent. Putnam said he gave Ngissah the legal notice required to enter the Woodleaf Circle home with a house cleaning crew.

"It's been a struggle since day one with the rent," Putnam said. He said he hasn't been paid since September.

February 4, 2013
Tip leads to capture of Roseville car thief suspect

Gary_Lee_Fowler.JPGA suspected car thief and the subject of two intense police searches last week has been arrested thanks to a tip by a citizen.

Gary Lee Fowler, 43, was wanted for stealing six cars from a Roseville rental car agency Jan. 27. Roseville police had arrested a 31-year-old Citrus Heights woman the same day for her alleged involvement in the crime with Fowler that involved breaking into an overnight key drop box and driving off with the vehicles one-by-one.

In two extensive searches, one in Roseville and another in Antelope, police were unable to find and arrest Fowler, a parolee-at-large.

February 1, 2013
Transient arrested on suspicion of threatening Roseville area principal

Reiner Gae Poppenga.JPGA man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening a Placer County middle school principal.

Reiner Gae Poppenga, 61, (pictured) was also booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of obstructing a public officer after he allegedly fought with deputies who tried to take him into custody.

Deputies went to Creekview Ranch Middle School in the unincorporated area of west Roseville about 3:45 p.m. Thursday where school officials reported that a man had walked onto campus and confronted the principal.

The man, later identified as Poppenga, allegedly pointed an object that he held like a handgun and threatened to kill the principal, according to a sheriff's department press release.

The principal directed staff to place the school in a lockdown. School had already ended for the day but there were children on campus participating in activities.

Poppenga, who is homeless, was found in a nearby creek bed. Deputies said he fought with them before he was taken into custody.

January 31, 2013
Help sought to ID bank robbery suspect dubbed 'Bad Hatter Bandit'

Bad Hatter Bandit image_image3_large (1).jpgThe Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force is asking the public's help to identify a man suspected of robbing three Sacramento-area banks in the past two months.

Authorities have dubbed the suspect (pictured) the "Bad Hatter Bandit" because in each instance he has worn one of a variety of black hats.

All three robberies have occurred at Chase Bank branches, with the suspect hitting the branch at 3501 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento twice, on Nov. 29 and Tuesday. The branch at 1800 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville was robbed Jan. 10.

January 30, 2013
Roseville police say wanted man may be armed, dangerous

Gary_Lee_Fowler.JPGRoseville residents are asked to be on the look-out for a man who is suspected of stealing a half dozen cars over the weekend.

Gary Lee Fowler, 43, (pictured) may be armed with a handgun, Roseville police said. If anyone sees Fowler, who police said has a history of drug use and violence toward officers, do not try to approach or detain him.

Instead, police said, call 911 immediately.

January 29, 2013
Roseville detectives book suspected robber thanks to bank photos

Bank robber.GIFSecurity camera photos released to the media last week have led to a tip and then arrest of a man suspected of robbing two banks.

Last week, two U.S. Bank branches inside Safeway supermarkets were robbed. In both cases, the robber presented a note demanding money. He left with cash in both instances.

The robberies occurred Jan. 22 at the Safeway, 989 Sunrise Ave., and three days later at the Safeway at 9045 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd.

January 25, 2013
Roseville police make graffiti and turf damage arrests

Roseville police have made arrests in two vandalism incidents, one involving graffiti and the other "donuts" at a city park.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, an officer driving on Roseville Parkway noticed two teens drop a backpack on a bike trail and then walk away.

The officer found 38 cans of spray paint in the backpack and the vehicle of the 17 year olds from Rocklin, according to a public safety newsletter. The boys were arrested.

January 22, 2013
Police seek identity of Roseville bank robbery suspect

US Bank 1-22-13 Pic 1.gifRoseville police are asking the public's help in identifying the suspect in a bank robbery that occurred this afternoon.

About 12:45 p.m., a man went to U.S. Bank service branch in the Safeway at 989 Sunrise Ave. He presented the teller with a demand note and received an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the man may be associated with a mid-1990s blue Chevrolet Suburban that was seen leaving the area immediately after the robbery. The suspect (pictured) was described as white man with a scruffy appearance, in his mid to late 20s, and wearing large winter gloves.

January 18, 2013
Services for Galt officer scheduled Monday in Roseville

Services for Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville.

Following the service, a procession will travel from the church to East Lawn Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, where he will be laid to rest.

A reception will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights.

January 16, 2013
Paint, etching aims to stem Roseville catalytic converter thefts

The next time a thief slides under a Toyota truck in Roseville to cut off a catalytic converter, police hope he or she gets one look at the brightly painted emission control device and slides back out.

Last year, in Roseville alone, about 180 catalytic converters were stolen. Thieves especially love to steal the emission control devices from Toyota Sequoias and Tundras, but also are drawn to other high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs from other carmakers.

"It's the pits," said Dominic Campanelli, parts and service director for Sullivan Auto Group, the owner of Roseville Toyota. "It's a huge inconvenience for customers. It's raising everyone's insurance rates."

January 10, 2013
Roseville police seek identity of bank robbery suspect

image001 (7).pngThe Roseville Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a bank in the city this afternoon.

At 2:28 p.m., a man entered the Chase Bank in the 1800 block of Douglas Boulevard and gave a bank employee a note demanding money. He received an undisclosed amount of cash and left, getting into the back passenger seat of a faded silver older Toyota Camry sedan occupied by two other people, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers found the Camry abandoned in a nearby residential neighborhood and learned that it had been stolen Wednesday night or this morning from the area of Florin Road and Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. Police said they don't know what other vehicle the suspects might be driving.

January 10, 2013
Roseville school administrator booked for cruelty to students

clothespin.JPGRoseville police say that male students attending a prep school for basketball players allegedly were subjected to cruel punishment, including having clothes pins attached to their nipples.

Detectives arrested Francis Amiteye Ngissah, 24, (pictured) of Roseville on suspicion of inflicting corporal punishment on three teenagers and one young adult. The youths reported the punishment to Roseville police on Tuesday.

The students said they had been subjected to physical punishment, including being required to stand in the corner while restrained by zip ties and being pinched with the clothes pins.

They were boarding with Ngissah at his home on Woodleaf Circle in Roseville at the time of the alleged abuse.

After an investigation, Ngissah, listed as CCSE Preparatory Academy's president on its website, was booked on suspicion of child abuse involving cruel corporal punishment and willful cruelty, battery and false imprisonment.

CCSE Prep is described as a private college preparatory school for basketball athletes. According to CCSE Prep's website, the school's "intent is on developing the values, attitudes and skills of 21st century student athletes so that they can effectively take their place as future professional basketball leaders and contributors to their community and global society as a whole."

Three of those who complained to authorities about their treatment are from foreign countries. Ngissah has been released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.

The three teens were placed with child protective authorities. The young adult is living with someone other than Ngissah.

January 10, 2013
Roseville PD warns motorists against leaving cars to warm up

A Roseville resident who left his car to warm up was fortunate to get it back after it was driven off by a thief earlier this week.

However, recovery in that kind of situation is not always the case, police report.

Roseville police remind residents not to leave vehicles running for an opportunistic car thief. It only takes a moment for a thief to jump in and drive away.

That's what happened about 6:30 a.m. Monday on Callawassie Way in west Roseville when a resident started his car to warm it up and then went back into the house for a moment.

When he came back out of his home, the car was gone. Officers searched the area, soon finding it parked near 6th Street, according to a police safety newsletter.

A 27-year-old Citrus Heights woman and a 32-year-old Roseville man were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, drug possession and other charges. Officers searched the residence where they were staying, reportedly finding heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

"We know we've had some cold mornings, but please don't warm up your car for a thief," states the police safety reminder.

January 7, 2013
Roseville police offer academy for business community

The Roseville Police Department is accepting applications for a new program designed to inform members of the business community about crime prevention techniques and the crime reporting process.

The city's first police business academy will consist of four sessions beginning Feb. 12 and concluding Feb. 21.

The program is offered free to members of Roseville's business community. It is intended to foster a better exchange of information between businesses and the Police Department and to help businesses develop best crime-prevention practices, according to a department news release.

January 4, 2013
Two people injured in high-speed crash in Roseville

Two people were seriously injured tonight in a collision involving a speeding vehicle in Roseville.

A Roseville police officer northbound on Foothills Boulevard about 7:40 p.m. saw a car southbound on Foothills at a high rate of speed, according to a Police Department news release. The officer made a U-turn to get behind the speeding car, a 1997 Toyota Avalon four-door sedan. But by the time he made the turn, the Toyota had collided with a 1990 Dodge van that was making a right turn out of a shopping center onto southbound Foothills Boulevard.

The sedan spun and traveled onto a landscaped embankment in front of the shopping center.

January 2, 2013
Placer teens drug parents to get Internet access, police say

Two teenage girls in Placer County are in legal trouble after they allegedly used a drugged milkshake to knock out one of the girls' parents so they could access the Internet, Rocklin police said.

The teens were booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall on New Year's Eve after the parents, reeling from unexplained hangover symptoms, first took a drug test, then called police, said Lt. Lon Milka, a spokesman for the Rocklin Police Department.

The alleged drugging took place Friday evening at the home of a 15-year-old girl, Milka said. They believe her friend, a 16-year-old from Roseville, provided a prescription sleep aid.

December 14, 2012
UPDATE: Teen struck by vehicle crossing Roseville's Washington Blvd.

A 13-year-old boy has been transported to a hospital after he was stuck by a vehicle in Roseville late this afternoon.

The accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said three teenagers were trying to cross Washington Boulevard. Two waited but one boy decided to dash across, she said. The youth was not in a crosswalk.

He was struck by a Nissan sedan that was southbound on Washington Boulevard.

December 12, 2012
He's a mean one, Mr. Grinch: Roseville male stomps on decorations

Along with the usual catalytic converter thefts and burglaries in the Roseville police public safety newsletter this week is a rather Grinch-like report:

"At about 1:30 a.m. December 6, someone was seen stomping on and damaging Christmas decorations in the front yard of a house in the 1700 block of Santa Ines St. The unknown suspect, who looked like a white male teenager, got into a light-colored four-door sedan, similar to a full-size Toyota or Lexus, with a spoiler and sunroof."

Anyone with information about the incident can call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867.

December 11, 2012
42 citations issued in Placer County for supplying booze to minors

In the past five months, Placer County police and sheriff's department personnel have used a state grant to crack down on underage drinking.

A total of 27 citations have been issued for selling booze to minors. In addition, 15 people have been cited for buying alcohol for a minor.

The concerted effort to stem underage drinking was funded with a grant of about $100,000 from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The primary objective was to reduce youth access to alcohol, statistics showing that minors generally have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults, stated an ABC press release.

December 11, 2012
Craigslist meet-up ends in robbery and eventual arrest

Dominique Holmes.JPGA man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a Folsom resident of his iPhone during a meeting arranged through Craigslist.

Dominique Albert Holmes, 23, of Vacaville was arrested on a warrant charging him with robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony and additional charges.

Roseville police said that at 10:45 p.m. July 29 officers responded to a gas station at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way where a Folsom man said he was robbed of his cell phone.

December 10, 2012
Photographer accused of secretly videotaping teenage girl

buchanan_ronald_roy_jr.jpegRoseville police have arrested a local photographer and youth volleyball coach on suspicion of secretly videotaping an underage girl in the bathroom while she was getting ready for a photo shoot.

Ronald Roy Buchanan Jr. (pictured), 30, was arrested Thursday following an investigation that began in late November, after a teenage girl and her parent reported concerns about inappropriate comments and secret videotaping during a photography session, according to a Police Department news release. The photographer was also the girl's former club volleyball coach.

Buchanan was arrested on suspicion of possessing obscene matter involving a person under the age of 18. He is being held in Placer County Jail on $250,000 bail.

December 6, 2012
Culprits steal Bible in trio of oddball Roseville thefts

In the category of "if it isn't nailed down, somebody's going to take it" here's three recent thefts in Roseville.

• A thief smashed the window of a car parked at a care facility in the 1100 block of Cirby Way on Nov. 29 and took a Bible.

• Someone broke into a vacant house on Duncan Way between Nov. 24 and 26 and hauled off a clothes dryer.

• A thief took a package delivered to a front porch in the 1400 block of Dallen Way on Nov. 15. Inside the parcel was a lacrosse helmet.

November 30, 2012
Update: Major Roseville street open again after auto-pedestrian crash

Harding Boulevard in Roseville is open again after being closed for five hours last night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said a man in his 40s was crossing southbound Harding Boulevard in the 200 block at 5:57 p.m. and walked into the path of a Toyota Prius. The driver was unable to stop in time and the vehicle hit the man.

The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition this morning was upgraded to serious.

Gunther said the accident occurred during rainy conditions, and the man was crossing in mid-block, not in a crosswalk.

Harding Boulevard remain closed until 11 p.m. Thursday while police investigators examined the scene.

November 29, 2012
Roseville's Harding Blvd. closed after pedestrian hit by vehicle

Harding Boulevard in Roseville is closed to traffic in both directions between Estates Drive and Lead Hill Boulevard after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said a man in his 40s was crossing southbound Harding Boulevard in the 200 block at 5:57 p.m. and walked into the path of a Toyota Prius. The driver was unable to stop in time and the vehicle hit the man. Gunther said he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

She said the accident occurred during rainy conditions, and the man was crossing in mid-block, not in a crosswalk.

Harding Boulevard will remain closed while police investigators examine the scene. Gunther said the investigations typically take several hours. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes this evening to avoid the area.

November 27, 2012
Trashing of car linked to Black Friday fight at Galleria

fox40.jpgA Black Friday fight at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville resulted in the arrest of four people suspected of taking revenge on one of the combatants by trashing his family's car.

Roseville police said that Friday morning two groups who knew each other got into a fight at the mall. Two males began bumping into each other and trading insults, some of the comments gang-related.

The fight eventually erupted when the insults moved to the second floor of the mall in front of a shoe store. Police were notified of the fight at 12:23 p.m. and by the time officers got to the area of the ruckus, all fighters had dispersed.

November 21, 2012
Roseville police report car burglars getting away with iPads, laptops

Roseville police report that residents are leaving cell phones, laptops and other devices in their vehicles, making them easy pickings for car burglars. Sometimes, the vehicles are left unlocked.

Here's recent thefts from the Roseville police public safety newsletter:

• Someone broke the windows of two pickups in the parking lot in the 700 block of Sunrise Avenue on Nov. 13. A laptop was taken.

November 15, 2012
Vehicles left running are stolen by thieves in Roseville

Roseville police report two cars left running by their owners were recently stolen.

The first theft occurred Nov. 8 when a resident in north central Roseville left his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup warming up in his drive way about 6 a.m. A big guy in a hooded sweatshirt jumped in and drove off in the truck.

It hasn't been seen since.

November 14, 2012
Small plane lands along Highway 65

planeonhighwayA.jpgA small plane landed in the center divider of Highway 65 in Placer County today, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Nobody was injured when the plane landed about 10:30 a.m. along the lanes of Highway 65 just north of Blue Oaks Boulevard near Roseville.

Photo caption: John Mares of Redonda Beach landed his Beach Debonair on the northbound lane of Highway 65 near Sunset Blvd. in Placer Co. Wednesday morning. He said he had a problem with a fuel line and lost fuel to the engine. Photo by Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com

November 7, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of Roseville man accused in child sex abuse case?

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

QUESTION: What is going on with the trial of the man arrested last June for alleged child sex abuse over a period of 10 years, Michael Nodine? I heard of his arrest and a trial date set in August, but it's well past August and I have yet to hear anything?
Submitted by: Testify, Sacramento

ANSWER: Michael Scott Nodine, 45, remains in Placer County Jail awaiting trial, with bail set at $1 million.

November 7, 2012
Purse contents purloined at Roseville grocery stores

Thieves have targeted shoppers at Roseville grocery stores.

A Roseville police public safety release notes two instances of thefts from shoppers last week in which thieves grabbed items out of shoppers' purses.

The first occurred Oct. 30 at a grocery store in Roseville Square when someone took items from a purse in a shopping cart. The thief reached into the purse and took a wallet, cash, ID and credit cards.

A second theft occurred Nov. 1 when police said two men worked together to distract and then steal from shoppers at a grocery store on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. One of the men engaged women in conversation about shopping, while the other tried to reach into purses.

During the Nov. 1 incident, a security officer detained one of the men when he saw him take a cell phone from a woman's purse. The 29-year-old Fair Oaks man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and committing a felony while out of jail on bail for another felony.

His alleged accomplice fled from the store.

Police advise shoppers to keep purses closed and keep an eye or hand on them while shopping or loading groceries into a car.

October 29, 2012
Update: Roseville girls' tale of being held against their will looks untrue

Roseville police say that two teenage girls missing since Thursday have returned home, and their earlier story of being held against their will does not check out.

A police spokeswoman said the two are safe at home in Roseville. Officers have spoken to the girls at length today and determined that they left last week on their own.

Both girls sent text messages to their fathers Thursday night saying they were with males who wouldn't let them leave.

October 27, 2012
Roseville police, families seek missing teen girls

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

Roseville police are looking for two teenage girls who didn't return home after school Thursday.

Both girls sent text messages to their fathers that night saying they were with "male subjects" who wouldn't let them leave, according to a news release.

Melissa Perez, 16, and Angelina Loredo, 14, asked their families not to call police, but said they were scared and couldn't phone or text again.

October 18, 2012
Roseville PD arrest man suspected of seeking sex with teen

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

A 33-year-old Lake County man remains in Placer County jail after being arrested earlier this week on suspicion of attempting to arrange a meeting with a Roseville teen for sexual purposes.

Robert George Schmidt, 33, of Lakeport, allegedly drove to Roseville on Sept. 29 to meet with a male teen, according to the Roseville Police Department.

The boy's parents, who had found "inappropriate" text messages on his cell phone, intervened and confronted Schmidt, the police said.

October 17, 2012
Classic Mustang stolen from Woodcreek High campus was family treasure

Mustang Picture.jpgA Roseville family is asking the public's help in locating a red 1965 Mustang GT Fastback (pictured) that was stolen Tuesday from the parking lot at Woodcreek High School.

Kim Frkovich said the classic car had been passed down through three generations. Her father restored it in 1984 and gave it to her as a college graduation gift. It was one of four '65 Mustang Fastbacks that he restored, with one for himself and one for each of his three daughters.

Frkovich said her car hadn't been driven for 20 years when her father and a friend decided to "re-restore" it. Her son, Tanner, started driving it to school in January.


October 17, 2012
Roseville painting outdoor plumbing devices green

The City of Roseville is asking local businesses to join in painting certain oft-stolen brass plumbing devices a shade of green.

The city's utility department is painting city-owned backflow prevention devices green in hopes that they can easily be identified as coming from Roseville. The brass backflow valves, installed as part of fresh water systems, are taken by thieves who sell them for scrap.

When thieves cut them from piping, water service is interrupted and repairs are costly, according to a Roseville police e-newsletter.

"Our goal is to clearly mark these devices coming from Roseville so that if they are found in the possession of a suspected thief or at a scrap yard, we'll be able to more easily identify them as stolen property," the newsletter stated.

The city is also encouraging private businesses to paint their backflow devices "Roseville green."

October 11, 2012
Mallet-wielding man chases Roseville dog-walker

A homeless man armed with a mallet recently chased after a Roseville woman, prompting police to warn residents about late-night walks alone.

Police said the incident happened about 11 p.m. Oct. 3 when a woman walking her small dogs behind an office complex in the 1300 block of Blue Oaks Boulevard was frightened by a man who jumped out of a sleeping bag.

The man, who brandished a mallet, screamed threats before chasing after the woman.

October 4, 2012
Roseville police say Farrah Fawcett Lavulo is no angel

An in-home care provider has been arrested for using stolen bank cards.

Farrah Fawcett Lavulo, 34, was arrested Wednesday by Roseville police for using the bank cards without permission of a woman for which she was rendering care. She was booked in jail on suspicion of identity theft and defrauding an elder or dependent adult.

Lavulo is suspected of using the bank cards to make unauthorized purchases and withdrawals totaling more than $1,000 -- obtaining cash, meals and prepaid jail telephone credits for her incarcerated boyfriend.

Lavulo had cared for a 69-year-old Roseville woman who was recovering from surgery. The woman contacted police when she found unauthorized transactions on her debit and credit cards.

October 4, 2012
Witness reports SUV following UPS truck around time of porch parcel theft

Is a thief shadowing parcel delivery trucks in Roseville and then pilfering the packages from porches?

Roseville police report that On Sept. 26 someone took a package that contained a tent from the porch at a residence in the 1400 block of Dorchester Drive.

The theft occurred despite the best efforts of the resident who received an e-mail notification from United Parcel Service that the package had been delivered at 2:09 p.m. The resident promptly called a friend to pick it up.

October 4, 2012
Pricey gas is target of fuel thieves in Roseville

Gasoline thieves are on the prowl in Roseville, according to police.

Roseville police say that on September 25 someone damaged a gas pump at a Roseville Square gas station during a try at stealing gas.

Then, during the night between September 26 and September 28, someone pumped large amounts of gas without paying from another gas station in the same vicinity. A Roseville police public safety log notes that the thief might have used a fraudulent gas card or other device to steal the fuel.

The gas was pumped into storage containers in the rear of a black, four-door Toyota pickup. In the first theft, a dark colored pickup and a Ford Expedition were spotted at the station.

October 4, 2012
Craigslist scam suspects arrested in Roseville

A Craigslist sale turned into a scam when a woman tried to sell her gift cards for traveler's checks.

The seller agreed to meet the buyer in Roseville, exchanging her gift cards for traveler's checks from the buyer. Soon, however, the seller discovered the traveler's checks were fraudulent, according to Roseville police.

A police investigation revealed that within 20 minutes of the sale, the buyer had spent the seller's gift cards at a Roseville store. The officer identified those involved in the scam, arresting a 33-year-old Rocklin man and his alleged accomplice, a 32-year-old Carmichael woman on suspicion of forgery.

Also seized were the purchases from the gift cards, fake driver's licenses and credit cards.

October 1, 2012
Roseville pair accused of fraud in scheme targeting distressed homeowners

Two Roseville residents were arrested today in connection with a loan modification and foreclosure rescue scheme.

Martin Wayne Flanders, 48, and Ligia Sandoval Spafford, 46, were arrested on a federal complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud for filing sham bankruptcy petitions as part of the scheme, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The complaint was filed in Sacramento on Friday and unsealed today after the couple's arrest.

According to court documents, Flanders charged clients advance fees in exchange for a number of financial services, including loan modifications, mortgage loan audits, credit repair, debt relief, bankruptcy filings and a program to sell homes to "investors" with a rent-to-own option.

September 26, 2012
Thieves stealing lawn equipment while gardeners mow

Roseville gardeners continue to be the target of thieves who rip them off while they are busy performing lawn maintenance.

Thieves are taking commercial-grade lawn mowers, leaf-blowers and other landscaping equipment from the pickups and trailers of working gardeners. Police have created a flyer in English and Spanish warning gardeners of the spate of thefts.

Recent thefts:

 A chain that secured a lawn mower in a gardener's trailer was cut while the crew was working near Douglas Boulevard and Professional Way on Friday. The stolen mower was later found by the gardener in a nearby dumpster. Police believe the mower was stashed there to be retrieved later by the thief.

September 24, 2012
Roseville police name man shot by one of their officers

Roseville police have released the name of a man shot by an officer during a struggle Saturday night.

He was identified as Paul Lawson Storey, 35, of Roseville.

A Roseville police officer Saturday shot and killed Storey who authorities said was resisting arrest and fighting with a fellow officer.

September 23, 2012
Roseville police kill suspect who they say fought with officer during arrest

A Roseville police officer last night shot and killed a suspect who was resisting arrest and fighting with a fellow officer, the department said in a news release today.

According to police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, the incident began shortly before 11 p.m. Sautrday in the 1600 block of Sierra Gardens Drive.

Officers were investigating reports that a "very intoxicated" man who was armed with a baseball bat had pushed a woman in a domestic disturbance. The suspect ran off when police arrived.

September 12, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was outcome of case involving weapons seized in Lincoln?

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

QUESTION: What became of the two people arrested in Lincoln for possession of multiple firearms and hand grenades. One of them was a woman, the other a man. Have they gone to court yet? What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Jim, Boston

ANSWER: Eric William Smith and Jennifer Mulhern, both of Lincoln, were arrested in January 2011 following a drug and gang investigation by the Roseville Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit.

September 11, 2012
Parolee from Carmichael accused of drugs, weapons offenses

Michael Ramborger image001 (5).pngA Carmichael man suspected of selling drugs in Roseville and other communities throughout the region has been arrested by Roseville police.

Detectives from the department's vice and narcotics enforcement team arrested Michael Ramborger (pictured), 45, last week in the 2500 block of Marconi Avenue in Sacramento County's Arden Arcade area. During the arrest, detectives seized six ounces of methamphetamine and a quarter-ounce of heroin, according to a Police Department news release. Authorities said both drugs were packaged for sale. Also seized were a loaded handgun with its serial number removed and other illegal items.

Ramborger was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drug an weapons offenses and is being held in Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $290,000.

He also is being held without bail on a "flash incarceration" on suspicion of violating the terms of his post release community supervision. Authorities said Ramborger is a state prison parolee classified under AB109 as a "nonviolent, non-serious, non-sex-offender." Post release community supervision offenders are supervised by county probation and local law enforcement officers, rather than state parole officers.

September 11, 2012
Folsom pair arrested following robbery at Roseville bank

oldach_cody.jpegholkko_alexandra.jpegTwo Folsom residents have been arrested in connection with a bank robbery Monday afternoon in Roseville.

Officers responded at 12:59 p.m. to a robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of America in Roseville Square.

A man armed with a butcher knife approached a clerk and presented a note demanding money, according to a Roseville Police Department news release. The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and he left the bank. No injuries were reported.

September 6, 2012
Officers arrest two adults, three juveniles following armed robberies in Placer County

Five Sacramentans were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of armed robbery following two reported events in Placer County, Sheriff Edward N. Bonner said in a press release today. Three of the suspects are juveniles.

Bonner said the effort was the work of a collaboration of multiple local law enforcement agencies,

Around 10:40 p.m., the Placer County sheriff's 911 dispatch received a call from a clerk working at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road, the release said. The female clerk said four men entered the lobby wearing masks and gloves and robbed her at gunpoint. The release said one of the men broke a telephone in the lobby.

September 6, 2012
Roseville police warn residents of garage burglaries

Roseville police are warning residents to lock up garages after a string of burglaries in which thieves have entered through open doors.

Most of the thefts have occurred during daytime when homeowners were either inside the house or working in the back yard. Close the garage door and lock the side door when away for any length of time, police advise.

Recent garage thefts:

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August 31, 2012
Placer residents can sign up for insider look at sheriff's department

Placer County residents who want an inside look at their sheriff's department can sign up for the Community Awareness Academy.

Topics include air operations, search and rescue, bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the boat unit, investigations, hostage negotiators, the canine unit and the drug task force.

Field trips are planned to the jail and morgue, the dispatch center and the air operations hangar.

August 30, 2012
Placer agencies receive grant to combat alcohol sales to minors

The Placer County Sheriff's Department has received a grant to help combat underage drinking and alcohol sales to minors during the coming year.

The Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville police departments also will participate in activities funded by the $99,760 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Throughout the year, the Sheriff's Department plans to target problematic ABC-licensed establishments that sell alcoholic beverages to minors and obviously intoxicated adult patrons. Minor-decoy and "shoulder-tap" operations also will be conducted countywide to minimize minors' access to alcohol, officials said.

August 30, 2012
Toyota catalytic converters thefts hit Roseville

Catalytic converter thefts continue to be a problem in Roseville with Toyotas being the prime target for thieves.

This month, 14 catalytic converter thefts were reported, many of them taken from Toyota Tacoma pickups and Sequoia SUVs. Most of the thefts occurred on the west side of Roseville.
One report was received from a moving truck rental yard near Atlantic Street and Interstate 80.

Most catalytic converter thefts are from pickups and SUVs, vehicles that are high off the ground. Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers, Roseville police said.

August 29, 2012
CHP out in force during Labor Day weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be out in force from Friday night through Monday looking for drunk drivers and speeding vehicles. The CHP averages about 1,500 arrests for drunk or drugged driving every Labor Day enforcement period.

Last year, during the Labor Day weekend, 29 people were killed in traffic crashes in California. Some died because they didn't buckle up.

"It is disheartening to know that 19 people lost their lives last Labor Day weekend as a result of not wearing their seat belt," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

A company serving the Sacramento region is ready to drive people to and from backyard beer and barbecue this Labor Day weekend.

For $26.95 an hour, with no restrictions on distance, number of stops and how long the party goes, Driver Please is in business to take the client in their own car to the party and return them home.

Driver Please, based in Roseville, provides screened drivers who drive the client in their own car to special events, the airport and other destinations. The driving services is also an option for seniors who can't drive anymore. Driver Please is at (877) 687-3748.

On Labor Day, Driver Please owner Mike Dumke said in a press release, his drivers provide a way to get home safely after drinking - during a crackdown on drunk driving.

August 15, 2012
Shooting that spoiled Roseville quinceanera likely gang-related

A shooting at a quinceañera celebration that turned violent is being investigated as gang-related, Roseville police said.

The Sunday shooting at the Placer County Fairgrounds occurred just after midnight. A crowd, estimated at about 250 partygoers, was leaving the quinceañera when a man drove through a parking lot, firing several shots.

A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman were shot. The two both suffered arm wounds.

A quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition, is a coming-of-age party for a girl on her 15th birthday.

A Roseville police activity log notes that since the fairgrounds are on county property, the Placer County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation. Police say that deputies believe the shootings were likely gang-related.

August 15, 2012
Update: Suspected drunk driver, pedestrian identified in fatal Roseville crash

Oleg Tarasuk.JPGA man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and drunk driving after fleeing from officers and killing a pedestrian last night, according to Roseville police.

Oleg Tarasuk, 50, of Roseville was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death and also gross vehicular manslaughter. His bail is set at $275,000.

Police said Tarasuk was reported by a citizen to have been driving in a reckless manner about 8 p.m. Tuesday near Junction Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. The caller also told dispatch that Tarasuk's pickup truck had come to a stop at a recycling area across from the Placer County fairgrounds.

When officers responded to the recycling area, they spoke to Tarasuk, only to have him gun his engine to drive away.

In response, an officer tried to block Tarasuk's getaway with his patrol car, prompting Tarsuk to push the patrol car out of the way with his pickup The suspect then drove from the scene southbound on Washington Boulevard.

Officers followed and eventually came upon the Tarasuk in a pile-up at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Main Street. Police said he had collided with three other vehicles and hit a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, who has not been identified, died at the scene. One of the drivers of the cars Tarasuk's pickup hit was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oleg Tarasuk

August 8, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was man's disappearance linked to 2004 car crash?

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

QUESTION: Back in 2004 or 2005 when I lived in Sacramento, there was a young man in his 20s who went missing after a party. He was last seen on a gas station's security cameras around 1 or 2 a.m. About a week later, a body and a car were found alongside I-80 near Roseville, crashed in some trees. Were these two incidents related?
Submitted by: SuperVan, Norfolk, VA

ANSWER: The young man who was reported missing in September 2004 after attending a party in Davis was 21-year-old Sean Patrick Sullivan of Roseville.

August 3, 2012
Road construction limited on I-80 to Reno during Hot August Nights

Most road construction work that could interfere with traffic on Interstate 80 will be put off during "Hot August Night" events in Reno.

Hot August Nights, the annual celebration of cars and cruising, begins today and gets into full gear late next week. Caltrans announced that most traffic-interfering work will be limited on the highway today through Aug. 13.

Motorists are advised a construction zone narrows lanes on I-80 from Emigrant Gap to Rainbow. Beware, warns Caltrans, the construction zone has a maximum speed of 55 mph and no passing is allowed.

California Highway Patrol officers will be on duty with increased enforcement in that stretch of freeway.

August 1, 2012
Robbery, assault after cell phone deals arranged over the Internet in Roseville, Sacramento

Selling or buying a cell phone through pre-arranged deals over the Internet can turn bad.

Two recent incidents - in Roseville and Sacramento - revealed that meet-ups to make the deals can be fraught with danger.

Roseville police reported that Sunday night a man who had offered his iPhone for sale on Craigslist arranged to meet someone at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way in a parking lot.

July 22, 2012
Roseville eatery robbed, workers herded into freezer

Two armed men robbed the Carl's Jr. in the 4000 block of Foothills Boulevard in Roseville today and herded several employees into the restaurant's freezer, Roseville Police said.

Roseville Police Sgt. Karl Dyer said two men entered the restaurant at 9 a.m. armed with a gun and a knife and forced the manager to open the safe.

The men wore gloves and bandannas during the robbery and fled with an unidentified amount of cash.

July 20, 2012
Local cops have no special security plans for Sacramento-area theaters

By Jing Cao
hcao@sacbee.com

As new information continues to emerge from the fatal shootings in Aurora, Colo., local police authorities say they don't to add security measures to Sacramento-area theaters.

"At this point, this appears to be a random act," said Roseville Police Lt. Marc Glynn. "Unless the movie theaters reach out to us with concerns, we don't expect to add any extra security."

During the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," suspect James Holmes, 24, originally from San Diego, reportedly opened fire on moviegoers at Aurora's Century 16 theater. Twelve people are confirmed dead, and many more are wounded.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said that although there won't be organized security measures added to theaters in the area, police encourage people to call in should they notice someone who shows signs of distress or potential of hurting themselves or others.

He said the police expect to debrief about the incident and analyze the response of Aurora police to the incident and learn from it.

"There's always the anticipation of people thinking about it," Pettit said, referring to the potential for copycats.

He said the police have trained for situations like the shooting. Though, traditionally, they would wait for S.W.A.T. teams, he said the police have learned to go in and try to eliminate the threat immediately.

"The message is, you don't want to cause a panic to people," he said. "This looks like an isolated incident that happened halfway across the United States. This will be another reminder that as a community, we need to pull together and take care of one another."

July 18, 2012
Roseville man arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children

Michael Scott Nodineimage001 (14).jpgA Roseville man arrested in June on suspicion of sexually abusing a child has since been accused of additional offenses related to the sexual abuse of minors.

Roseville police detectives arrested 45-year-old Michael Scott Nodine (pictured) on June 26 on suspicion of sexually abusing a child over a period of more than 10 years. Since his arrest, he has been charged with two additional offenses involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a Police Department news release. He is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Detectives are continuing to investigate Nodine's activities and contacts with children, and believe he may have molested other youngsters. Potential victims may include boys or girls ranging in age from 5 to the mid-teens, officials said.

July 15, 2012
One person reported dead in crash at All-American Speedway in Roseville

A crash at All-American Speedway in Roseville has claimed the life of one person, a spokesman for the Placer County Sheriff's Department said today.

Sgt. Bill Walton said the department received a call about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday reporting the fatality. The car was confiscated by the Sheriff-Coroner's office as evidence.

"I don't know if it was the driver or a bystander" who was killed, Walton said.

July 11, 2012
Water park thefts spur warning from Roseville police

Hot weather brings the crowds to water parks, but Roseville police warn that is risky to leave behind unattended cell phones and wallets when enjoying the water slides.

On Monday, Roseville police report that security officers at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville detained two teens who are suspected of stealing season passes, cell phones and other items that were left unattended on tables.

The teens had been caught while going through water park customers' backpacks and bags, according to a police activity newsletter. The boys were arrested, booked and then released to their parents.

July 11, 2012
Hearing aids stolen and front teeth broken in Roseville

Roseville police report bad news for an older citizen and a good ending for a young person.

First the bad news: On the Fourth of July somebody impeded a golfer at Sun City from hearing "Fore!" when a small bag of golf balls, tees and hearing aids was stolen from a golf cart.

On the other hand, a very painful accident for a girl at a Saugstad Park turned out a little better thanks to her parents, a doctor and police officers:

Police were called by a citizen who thought somebody was dragging a screaming female down the park bike path about 9 p.m. Monday, according to a police public safety newsletter. The true story was that a girl was screaming because she had fallen from her bicycle and knocked out some permanent front teeth.

While her mother rushed her to the emergency room, dad and officers searched the ground for one of the broken teeth. Officers found the tooth and took it to the emergency room where it was successfully re-attached.

July 9, 2012
Roseville firefighters put out apartment house blaze

Firefighters in Roseville put out a smoky blaze in an apartment this morning.

The fire was reported about 7:30 a.m. today in an apartment house at the intersection of Main Street and Berkeley Avenue. Arriving firefighters saw smoke coming from the doorway of a first floor apartment.

Roseville police began evacuating occupants from the two-story residential building while firefighters entered the burning first-floor apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Twenty fire personnel responded to the blaze, which caused an estimated $10,000 in damage. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

July 9, 2012
Sun City Roseville grandparent falls for telephone scam

A grandparent in Roseville's Sun City adult community has been scammed by an all-to-familiar telephone ruse.

Roseville police said the Sun City resident received a telephone call June 28 from a male claiming to be his grandson. The caller said he had been in a traffic collision in Mexico, according to a police public safety log.

The fake grandson said he needed money for a lawyer. The grandfather wired the money, and, once more the next day, when the caller telephone again.

July 6, 2012
UPDATE: Roseville police locate, arrest wanted parolee

Roseville police have located and arrested the wanted parolee they were searching for in the area of Riverside Boulevard and Cirby Way after he fled from officers earlier today.

Police identified him as 30-year-old Jeffrey Nels Michael Laroche. Police had warned that he might be armed and asked that anyone who saw him call 911.

As a result of helpful tips called in from residents, officers located the suspect in the 300 block of Cirby Hills Drive this afternoon. He initially fled from police shortly before 12:30 p.m. in a vehicle that he then abandoned in the area of Cirby Hills Drive and Cirby Way. He then fled on foot.

Laroche faces charges of violating his parole and evading officers, said police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. He could face additional charges at the conclusion of the investigation, she said.

Assisting in the search for Laroche were the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Placer County and Sacramento sheriff's departments and the Citrus Heights Police Department.

July 6, 2012
Summertime crime visited upon two Roseville schools

Two Roseville school campuses recently were targets of suspected burglars and vandals.

A Tracy man is suspected of stealing 24 computers in two separate thefts from Robert C. Cooley Middle School.

The first burglary Cooley Middle School occurred June 20. Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the school on Prairie Woods Way at 10:15 p.m. They discovered nine computers had been stolen.

July 5, 2012
Bail for Roseville mom set at $500,000

Bail was set at $500,000 today for Denise Wilder, the Roseville mother jailed in connection to her 2-year-old daughter's death.

Her attorney Jess Before had sought a $50,000 bail amount. He said it was not clear whether Wilder would make bail.

Wilder has been in and out of jail since her daughter was found dead on April 4 at her parent's Roseville residence. After being charged with murder, she was released, while the autopsy results were pending. During that time, she attended her father's bail hearing. He is facing federal child pornography charges.

June 27, 2012
Third party digs into PG&E gas line, closes Eureka Road in Roseville

A third party dug into a four-inch PG&E gas line on Eureka Road in Roseville this morning around 8:20 a.m., causing the street to close westbound between Rocky Ridge and North Sunrise Avenue.

PG&E Spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said they shut off the gas flow and are currently repairing the line. She predicted the road would be closed for at least two more hours.

"We'd appreciate people just staying out of the area, because if the wind changes we may close some additional roads," said Roseville Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff Carman.

June 26, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to key figure in loan scandal?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the loan scandal involving Christopher Warren and company?
Submitted by: Alice, Sacramento

ANSWER: Christopher Jared Warren pleaded guilty in federal court in January to identity theft and wire fraud related to cheating lenders out of $19 million.

According to federal court online records, his sentencing, initially scheduled for April 24, is now set for Aug. 7.

June 22, 2012
Roseville police seek suspects in school vandalism, burglary

Eich NO. 120120618021236658.jpgEICH NO. 2 20120618015641893.jpgThe Roseville Police Department seeks to identify possible suspects in the vandalism and burglary of Warren T. Eich Intermediate School.

Police have responded to the campus at 1509 Sierra Gardens Drive six times this month, investigating these crimes as well as trespassing. The vandalism, including broken windows and extensive graffiti, will cost the school di