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November 7, 2013
Suspect sought in indecent exposure incident at Folsom tanning salon

Folsom indecent exposure suspect.PNGThe Folsom Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in an indecent exposure case.

In October 2012, a man (pictured) allegedly exposed himself in a sexual way to a female employee at a tanning business in Folsom, according to a Police Department news release. Police said the man has been seen in tanning salons throughout the Sacramento area, and Folsom detectives would like to interview him.

The man is described as 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with blond or light-brown hair and blue eyes. He sometimes wears prescription glasses and usually wears business casual attire.

Anyone with information about the individual is asked to call Detective Timothy Galovich at (916) 355-7241 or email him a tgalovich@folsom.ca.us.

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.

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

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

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

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

September 24, 2013
Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed near Negro Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2013
Authorities announce DUI crackdown in Sacramento area for Labor Day weekend

Sacramento law enforcement officers will be out in full force during the long Labor Day weekend.

On Friday night, authorities will man a DUI checkpoint in Sacramento. For Saturday and Sunday evenings, several DUI patrols are planned for Citrus Heights, Folsom and unincorporated Sacramento County.

The California Highway Patrol is also deploying officers for DUI enforcement on freeways starting 6 p.m. Friday.

August 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What did investigators conclude in 2007 deaths of three people at Folsom home?

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

QUESTION: What was the outcome of the investigation of the deaths of three people in early 2007? I believe they were found murdered in a house in Folsom. The people involved were a married couple and another woman. The married couple were soon to retire from Folsom Prison -- I think they were guards -- and going to move to Tennessee.
Submitted by: Lucy, Nashville, Tenn.

ANSWER: Folsom police determined that the deaths of three people at a home on Wembley Court in January 2007 was a double homicide and suicide.

August 16, 2013
Two arrested, drugs seized in Folsom police investigatIon

Soellner.jpgDiaz-Perez.jpgA two-month investigation by Folsom police detectives has culminated in the arrest of two men and seizure of a large quantity of methamphetamine, heroin and cash.

Arrested Wednesday were Edward W. Soellner (left photo), 45, of Orangevale, and Francisco DeJesus Diaz-Perez (right photo), 23, of San Ysidro.

The investigation had focused on Soellner, who is suspected of supplying methamphetamine to residents of Folsom and Orangevale, according to a Police Department news release. Diaz-Perez was allegedly the source of Soellner's supply.

August 14, 2013
Erratic driving reported before Folsom collision

Folsom police are investigating a collision that sent two people to the hospital this afternoon.

Officers and fire crews responded to the crash on Folsom Boulevard at Iron Point Road at 2:52 p.m. Witnesses told police that the driver of one of the vehicles, a sport-utility vehicle, had been seen driving erratically on Highway 50 before exiting at Folsom Boulevard.

The SUV driver, a woman, continued to travel at unsafe speeds, passing vehicles as she approached slow-moving traffic on Iron Point Road, according to a Police Department news release. After passing several vehicles on the right side of the roadway, she tried to change lanes, moving to the left at an unsafe speed and sideswiping a red BMW, witnesses told police. Both vehicles ended up in the median, where the SUV struck a tree.

August 12, 2013
Folsom police to target drivers endangering pedestrians

The Folsom Police Department is warning motorists of planned decoy operations targeting drivers who disobey pedestrian safety laws.

During August and September, the department will send out teams on two separate dates looking for violations. The teams will use a police officer in plain clothes, who will lawfully cross the street, while uniformed officers in marked patrol vehicles will be nearby to stop any driver who does not yield for the pedestrian.

Although the dates and locations of the decoy operations will not be announced, police said they will focus on certain violations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2013
Folsom police campaign aims to improve pedestrian safety

The Folsom Police Department is launching a public education campaign in an effort to increase pedestrian safety.

Titled "It's Up to All of Us," the campaign will use advertising, the Internet, enforcement and community outreach to deliver messages that focus on reducing pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

During 2011 in Folsom, there were six vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and six pedestrians were injured. During 2012, that number increased to 11 accidents with 11 injuries, according to a Police Department news release. Pedestrians suffered no fatal injuries related to vehicle accidents during that two-year period.

June 18, 2013
Folsom police net adults accused of buying alcohol for minors

A police decoy operation targeting adults purchasing alcohol for minors resulted in three arrests in Folsom.

Detectives from the Folsom Police Department's Special Investigation Unit conducted the "decoy shoulder tap" operation Saturday. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer, stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy alcohol for the minor. The minor indicates in some way that he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol, according to a Police Department news release. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, the officer then arrests and cites them.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

May 28, 2013
More than 100 arrested for DUI in Sacramento County over holiday

Sacramento County law enforcement arrested 104 motorists for driving under the influence over the long Memorial Day holiday.

From early Friday morning to late Monday night, officers from 17 jurisdictions kept a watchful eye for drunk drivers. One sobriety checkpoint was set up, two special saturation patrols were mounted and officers on routine patrol were especially attentive to the problem of drunk drivers.

During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, 135 suspected drunk drivers were arrested. No DUI deaths were reported in Sacramento County either 2012 or 2013 Memorial Day weekend.

May 8, 2013
By the numbers: Folsom DUI checkpoint nets two suspected impaired drivers

Folsom police released the results of last Friday's drunk driver checkpoint.

Last Friday's checkpoint was conducted from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at East Bidwell Street and Orchard Drive. The results:

• 752 vehicles screened

• 2 DUI-alcohol suspects arrested

• 3 drivers cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid license

• 1 arrested on other criminal charges

• 6 citations issued

May 5, 2013
Divers recover Rancho Cordova swimmer's body from American River

A 23-year-old Rancho Cordova man apparently drowned while swimming in the American River near Lake Natoma on Saturday evening, officials said.

Christopher Harris went into the water without a life jacket about 5:25 p.m., attempting to swim across an inlet to a Willow Creek recreation area beach, according to a Channel 3 news report. Officials said he got about halfway, when he started having difficulty and went under in 50-degree waters. He did not resurface.

Divers recovered his body about 9:30 p.m.

May 3, 2013
Folsom developer with history of fraud draws 10-year sentence

A Folsom developer who was soliciting investors for a new scheme while still on supervised release for a previous criminal conviction is headed to prison for investment fraud.

David Romo, 42, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 10 years and one month in prison for mail fraud related to a real estate investment scheme that defrauded investors of more than $6.9 million, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Romo ran a sophisticated scheme involving numerous investments that obtained millions of dollars through a series of clever misrepresentations to homeowners and manipulations of the real estate purchase process. Using his companies Sycamore Ventures LLC, Smarie Investments LLC and Groupo Immobiliare LLC, Romo solicited individuals to fund various real estate developments. But instead of using the investor money for the intended purpose, Romo diverted funds to his personal use and to pay unrelated, prior business expenses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No other details were immediately available.

Return to www.sacbee.com for updates.

April 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happend to suspect in 1987 slaying of quadriplegic man?

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

QUESTION: In 1987, Kevin Duncan, a paraplegic, was murdered. Gregory R. Jackson, a transient who the victim had taken in, was accused. Jackson denied it but later claimed he had acted under the overwhelming influence of a femme fatale gang leader. His trial was delayed many times. Where is he now?
Submitted by: Tim, Folsom

ANSWER: Gregory Robert Jackson pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the December 1987 death of 30-year-old Kevin Thomas Duncan.

March 14, 2013
Folsom police arrest teenage girl in February stabbing

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with a stabbing that occurred Feb. 15 in Folsom.

The girl was taken into custody about 2 p.m. today after detectives served a search warrant at a residence associated with the suspect, according to a Police Department news release. She is accused of stabbing a 21-year-old man in the 9400 block of Greenback Lane.

Police previously reported that the stabbing occurred shortly before midnight after a fight broke out at a party at the Forestwood apartment complex, 9483 Greenback Lane. Detectives indicated at the time that the fight might have been gang-related. Police said the victim was stabbed multiple times.

March 11, 2013
Folsom police end standoff with man in custody, child safe

A suspect is in custody and a child is safe after a domestic violence call in Folsom led to a two-and-a-half-hour standoff with police.

About 11:15 a.m., Folsom police responded to the 100 block of Van Winkle Court after receiving a report of a domestic violence situation. As officers were headed to the home, they received an update that a woman had fled the home, and that the suspect and a child remained inside, said police Sgt. Jason Browning.

When police arrived, the man was in the home with the child and refused to come out. Police were "fairly confident" there were no weapons in the home, which did not belong to the suspect, but called out negotiators and the SWAT team as a precaution, Browning said.

Nearby Carl Sundahl Elementary School was locked down "due to the uncertainty of the situation," police said, though students and staff members there were not believed to be in danger.

The standoff lasted about two and a half hours before the suspect sent the child out and then surrendered, Browning said. The man was arrested and the child is safe, he said.

Police later identified the suspect as 22-year-old Mark Weider. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of domestic battery, child endangerment and taking a hostage to avoid arrest, according to police.


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February 28, 2013
UPDATE: Missing North Highlands man found safe

John Killins.JPGThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a North Highlands man who disappeared from his home Wednesday night has been found and is safe.

John Killins, 55 (pictured), who deputies say has a diminished mental capacity, had last been seen at 10 p.m. Wednesday at his North Highlands home in the 3600 block of Turner Drive.

Killins typically uses a bus pass to ride Regional Transit.

February 22, 2013
Folsom police seek help in identifying stabbing video subjects

Att Murder Feb 2013.JPGFolsom police need help in identifying two people wanted for questioning in a stabbing at an apartment complex.

Police said that shortly before midnight Feb. 15 a fight broke out at a party at the Forestwood apartment complex, 9483 Greenback Lane. Detectives believe the fight may have been gang-related.

One person was stabbed multiple times, police said. The incident was caught on security video.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the man and woman in the video.

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 14, 2013
Folsom police seek suspect in Wednesday bank robbery

Folsom police seek to identify a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

The man entered the bank at 13389 Folsom Blvd. at 4:11 p.m., brandished a gun at employees and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a Police Department news release.

The man was described as black, in his early to mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and no facial hair. He was reportedly wearing blue jeans with a blue denim jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Detective Tim Galovich at (916) 355-7241, or email tgalovich@folsom.ca.us.

February 12, 2013
Fire damages garage and attic of Folsom home

fire.JPGA blaze at a home in Folsom on Monday caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, according to fire officials.

The fire at the two-story home in the 200 block of Singer Lane is still under investigation. Damage was limited to the garage and attic of the residence, according to a Folsom Fire Department press release.

The first firefighters arrived at the burning home between four and five minutes after the first 911 call. The garage was fully involved in flames and smoke when crews got to the two-alarm blaze.

PHOTO CREDIT: Folsom Fire Department

February 6, 2013
Recruiting under way for 2013 Sacramento County Citizen Academy

Applications are being taken for a free, ten-week class that provides an overview of the criminal justice system.

The 13th Citizen Academy Class, established by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, seeks to answer community questions and build bridges between the criminal justice system and ethnic, racial and faith-based communities.

The course is held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 9 at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd.

Members will learn about racial profiling, gang and hate crimes, in-car cameras and police internal affairs departments. Scheduled this year are a tour of the county jail and a police dog demonstration.

Application forms are at http://www.sacda.org/community. Call Cecile Velasco at (916) 874-7428 for more information.

January 24, 2013
Indictment charges Folsom man with producing child porn

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a four count indictment today, charging a former nurse with production of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that in May 2011, Daniel Ratner, 45, of Folsom attempted to produce visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The indictment also alleges that between Aug. 1 and Nov. 23, 2012, Ratner produced child pornography involving the same minor, and that between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2012, he attempted to produce visual depictions of six additional minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Ratner is in Sacramento County Jail, having been charged by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in December with multiple counts of indecent assault, possession of child pornography and production of child pornography.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Folsom Police Department, the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon, who is prosecuting the case.

January 16, 2013
New women's prison for Folsom

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The Folsom Women's Facility, located near Folsom State Prison and California State Prison-Sacramento, is expected to receive its first inmates next week. The prison, which will house low-risk inmates, is not expected to be full until spring.

Since October, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been moving women out of the 1,980-bed Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. Male inmates will now occupy that prison.

January 16, 2013
SMUD business customers continuing to be scam targets

SMUD is warning a phone scam continues to be perpetrated on its business customers.

Around the holiday season, some customers reported getting phone calls by someone pretending to represent the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The caller threatened to shut off a home's or business's electric power unless the customer pays a past-due bill immediately at a payment facility.

The scam attempts were reported by several business customers, the utility said. SMUD said this week that those fraudulent calls continue to be made.

January 2, 2013
Police identify suspects in Elk Grove auto burglary

Arturo+Martinez.jpgMoises+Malava.jpgSacramento Department SWAT officers have taken into custody two people initially suspected of taking a handgun and ammunition from a vehicle in Elk Grove.

The alleged burglars, identified by Elk Grove police as Arturo Martinez (left photo) and Moises Malava (right photo) were taken into custody without incident about 9:45 a.m. at a home in the 3500 block of 24th Avenue.

SWAT officers conducted a search in the Oak Park neighborhood before finding the suspected vehicle burglars.

December 31, 2012
Five new driving rules take effect for 2013 in California

Here are five new laws pertaining to driving in California that go into effect with the new year.

The California Highway Patrol explained the new laws in a press release:

Driving under the influence: Requires that a person who has been arrested for suspected driving under the influence of drugs must submit to a blood test and can no longer opt for a urine test. Before the change, a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs could opt for either a urine or blood test. Blood tests, some experts claim, are better at determining if drugs are in a person's system.

December 26, 2012
Nearly 3,000 drivers caught in cell phone crackdown

Nearly 3,000 drivers were caught breaking cell phone rules during a crackdown in 37 police jurisdictions in and around Sacramento County.

"We are committed to saving lives on area roadways, and drivers should expect to continue to see officers enforcing cell phone driving laws time and time again," said state Office of Traffic Safety director Chris Murphy.

California was one of two states to receive grants for high-visibility law enforcement pilot programs to squelch motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. In addition to California, Delaware was selected to mount a pilot project.

The California program, dubbed "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other," was conducted in eight counties with 3.8 million residents in an area ranging from Modesto to Marysville and Vallejo to South Lake Tahoe. The crackdown occurred from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.

December 6, 2012
Sacramento County looking for grand jury applicants

Citizens have until Feb. 6 to apply to serve on the 2013-2014 Sacramento County Grand Jury.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and reside in Sacramento County. The grand jury serves from July 10, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

To get an application questionnaire and view a fact sheet, go to www.sacgrandjury.org or call the grand jury coordinator at (916) 874-7559.

December 4, 2012
Light rail to Folsom not to be restored until Thursday

Light rail service continues to be disrupted to Folsom due damage to overhead transit power lines.

Regional Transit reported over the weekend that a large oak tree fell near Folsom Boulevard and Blue Ravine Road during stormy conditions Sunday, preventing light rail service.

RT officials report today that light rail service to and from Folsom is not expected to be restored until Thursday.

December 3, 2012
Sheriff, Folsom police chief host community meeting

Two of Sacramento County's top cops will meet the public on Tuesday.

Citizens are invited to meet Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud at a community meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. The public is invited to discuss any law enforcement concern pertaining to their communities.

The community meeting takes place in the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom.

December 3, 2012
Oak tree knocks out light rail power line in Folsom

Light rail service is disrupted in Folsom due damage to overhead transit power lines.

Regional Transit reports that a big oak tree fell near Folsom Boulevard and Blue Ravine Road during stormy conditions Sunday, knocking out light rail service.

Although crews worked Sunday and continue to work today to fix the extensive damage, light rail trains are still not running in the Folsom area. Instead, RT has shuttle buses carrying passengers between the Historic Folsom station, Glenn station, Iron Point station and Hazel station to the Sunrise station.

November 9, 2012
Mercedes crashes through house in Folsom neighborhood

Folom crash 550185_547599955256385_1574982589_n.jpgFolsom police are trying to determine what caused a motorist to crash through a house this evening.

Police spokesman Jason Browning said the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. A woman driving a Mercedes crashed through a house at the corner of Oak Avenue Parkway and Willowcreek Drive. The vehicle went through a bedroom at the front of the house, Browning said. No one was home at the time.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries. Police said neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to have been a factor in the crash.

Photo Courtesy Folsom Police Department

November 1, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has SUV driver in fatal Folsom Lake Crossing crash been identified?

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

QUESTION: Has there been an identification on the driver of the SUV involved in the double fatality collision on Folsom Crossing on Oct. 13?
Submitted by: Karen, Folsom

ANSWER: The two drivers killed in a head-on crash on Folsom Lake Crossing on Oct. 13 have been identified as Steven Schwartz, 28, of Orangevale and Steven Ray Rothenberg, 49, of Fair Oaks, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's website.

October 25, 2012
Memorial fund set up for Folsom crash victim

A memorial fund has been set up to help care for the family of a man killed in an early morning head-on crash in Folsom on Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, the other driver who died in the accident has not yet been positively identified by the county coroner's office.

The family of Steven Schwartz, 28, of Orangevale, has set up an account for his surviving 18-month-old son, also named Steven.

October 25, 2012
Folsom hosts motorcycle police skills competition

Motorcycle cops will display their road-handling skills at the Folsom Police Department's annual Police Motor Skills Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Palladio and Broadstone parkways in Folsom.

Motorcycle law enforcement officers from California and Nevada will compete against each other in a variety of riding challenges. The event is free, but spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned food items as donations for Folsom's Twin Lakes Food Bank.

Volunteers from the police department and Folsom Lake College's Administration of Justice Club will also be on hand to provide free catalytic converter etching for trucks and SUVs. Catalytic converters are commonly stolen from vehicles, and etching them with identifying information can help police trace the stolen parts.

For more information, contact Folsom police at 916-355-7234.

October 23, 2012
Coroner IDs inmate found dead in New Folsom prison cell last week

The New Folsom prison inmate found dead in his cell last week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 51-year-old Raymond Johnston.

Johnston's death is being investigated as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell the night of Oct. 17 during a prisoner count at California State Prison, Sacramento, sometimes referred to as "New Folsom" prison, according to authorities.

His cause of death has not yet been released.

Johnston had was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for assault with intent to commit a sex act in Contra Costa County, authorities said. He had been in prison since December 2001.

His 46-year-old cellmate is suspected in Johnston's death, prison officials said. The cellmate, who was being held in a segregation unit pending the outcome of the investigation, is serving a 17-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder in Alameda County.

October 18, 2012
New Folsom inmate killed; cellmate is suspect

The death of an inmate at New Folsom prison is being investigated as a homicide.

The 51-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in his cell a little after 9 p.m. Wednesday during a prisoner count. His name has not been released.

The inmate has been in prison since Dec. 10, 2001, serving a 25-year-to-life sentence from Contra Costa County for assault with intent to commit a sex act. Cause of death was not released.

October 14, 2012
Driver killed in Folsom collision was Orangevale resident

By Anne Gonzales
afgonzales@sacbee.com

A driver who was killed in a fiery head-on crash at Folsom Lake Crossing was identified Sunday by the Sacramento County coroner's office as Steven Schwartz, 28, of Orangevale.

The driver of the other car was badly burned and had not been positively identified by Sunday afternoon, according to Folsom police.

A BMW sport-utility vehicle was traveling at "extremely excessive" speeds when it crossed the double yellow lines and hit a Honda compact car being driven by Schwartz about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, police said.

October 13, 2012
Update: Man killed in Folsom crash had been designated driver

Two men are dead after a BMW SUV crashed head-on into a Honda compact car on the Folsom Lake Crossing shortly after midnight today, police said.

Folsom Police arrived at 12:28 a.m. to find a burning BMW and a totaled Honda, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning. He said the BMW was traveling at "extremely excessive speeds," when it crossed the double yellow lines and hit the Honda compact. Both drivers died instantly.

Police have identified the Honda driver, but the BMW driver has not yet been identified since his body was badly burned. There were no other people inside the vehicles.

The Honda driver's wife told police Saturday morning that her husband was in Folsom because he was the designated driver and had just finished dropping off his friends, Browning said.

Police are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor. The crash closed Folsom Lake Crossing for over eight hours, before it was re-opened shortly before 9 a.m. today.

October 12, 2012
South Lake Tahoe broker sentenced for embezzling from clients

A South Lake Tahoe investment broker has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for stealing from clients' accounts.

Lori Zoval, 47, also will be subject to three years of supervised release following her prison term for embezzling client money while employed as a licensed investment broker with a brokerage firm in Folsom. She was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., and a hearing was scheduled for Nov. 2 to determine the restitution amount, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Zoval pleaded guilty to using her position of trust to embezzle at least $24,939 from the investment and retirement accounts of her clients between October 2005 and April 2006. At sentencing, however, the court found that she had stolen more than $430,000 from these clients, a married couple close to retirement.

October 9, 2012
Asked Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to senior-transport worker accused of killing Folsom woman?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Sylvester Griffin, the man who killed an elderly woman in her home?
Submitted by: Anthony, Modesto

ANSWER: Sylvester Griffin was sentenced in May to life in prison without possibility of parole for the rape and asphyxiation murder of 64-year-old Alice Lynn Murphy.

October 8, 2012
Honda is most stolen motorcycle in U.S.

Motorcycle thefts were down last year in the U.S., despite increased sales, according to an insurance industry group.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released today said 2011 motorcycle thefts are down six percent from the year before. A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The decrease in thefts came as sales were slightly up. Sales increased to 440,899 motorbikes in 2011 from 439,678 in 2010, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

October 2, 2012
Police arrest man for allegedly attacking Folsom jogger, lewdly trailing of shoppers

lewd.jpegAlert Target store security were instrumental in the arrest of a man for allegedly attacking a woman on a Folsom bike trail and sexually shadowing female shoppers.

Timothy Christopher Ortiz, 25, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a sex crime and sexual battery.

A Folsom police press release reported that the man is suspected of attacking a woman jogger on the Humbug Willowcreek Trail where the path crosses under Blue Ravine Road at Riley Street at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

September 19, 2012
Folsom man sentenced to prison for receiving child porn

A Folsom man was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento to five years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Matthew Mark Battersby, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. Upon release from prison, he will be subject to 10 years of supervised probation, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, in September 2011, law enforcement officers identified a computer at Battersby's address offering files of child pornography on an Internet file-sharing service. Law enforcement agents established a direct connection with Battersby's computer and downloaded a video of child pornography. On Sept. 22, 2011, agents searched Battersby's residence and found approximately 15 image files and 179 video files of child pornography on his computer, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department with agents from federal, state and local agencies. The Sacramento task force investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement and sex trafficking.

September 19, 2012
UPDATE: 60 inmates involved in New Folsom Prison riot that left 13 injured

Sixty inmates were involved in a riot at New Folsom Prison today that left one inmate with a gunshot wound from a correctional officer's rifle and 12 more inmates with injuries, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Four of the 13 inmates have already been treated and returned to New Folsom Prison, formally known as California State Prison-Sacramento. An unknown number of inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated at the facility, according to a news release from the CDCR.

No correctional officers were injured in the melee, which began about 11:15 a.m. at one of the prison's maximum security, general population yards. Prison officials say the cause of the riot is under investigation.

To break up the fight, correctional officers used less-than-lethal methods, including "blast dispersion rounds," before resorting to their Mini 14 rifles. Officers fired six shots, injuring one inmate, according to the CDCR news release.

The other inmates suffered stab wounds or head trauma.

Officers recovered four inmate-made weapons, the news release states.

California State Prison-Sacramento houses more than 2,600 inmates, most of them serving long sentences or those who had behavior issues at other institutions.

September 19, 2012
Light rail to Folsom restored after broken insulator, grass fire

Light rail cars to Folsom were back on track this morning after a broken insulator caused a disruption of passenger train service Tuesday afternoon.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday service was interrupted on the line between the Sunrise and Historic Folsom stations. Buses were called upon to ferry train passengers around the problem.

A Regional Transit official said an insulator broke and caused an electrical wire to fall. A resulting fire burned more than 6 acres. About 50 firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour before controlling it.

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 7, 2012
Folsom police search for armed bank robber

Folsom police are searching for an armed man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank this afternoon.

The man entered the bank at 13389 Folsom Blvd, near Blue Ravine Road, at 2:30 p.m. He used a handgun to rob a clerk and was last seen leaving the building on foot, according to a Police Department news release.

The man was described as white, younger than 30, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a 5 o'clock shadow beard. He was last seen wearing a white, hooded sweatshirt and glasses with clear lenses. No vehicle was seen.

Police advised people living or working in the area to lock their doors and windows, and to report any suspicious activity by calling 911.

September 6, 2012
Driver arrested in June crash that killed Folsom resident

Ryan Young 577106_518052324877815_457029988_n.jpgA former Folsom resident has been arrested in connection with a fatal collision in June.

Ryan Young (pictured), 35, was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant for vehicular manslaughter and drugged impaired driving, according to a Folsom Police Department news release.

About 11:15 a.m. June 3, Young was driving a Honda van northbound on Blue Ravine Road north of Riley Street when he crossed over the double yellow lines and collided with a southbound Toyota driven by 50-year-old Keven Carmichael of Folsom, authorities said.

September 4, 2012
Hot mower catches Sloughhouse garage on fire

A hot riding lawn mower parked in a garage caused an estimated $160,000 in fire damage at a property near Sloughhouse.

Sac Metro and Folsom firefighters responded to the the fire about 3:45 p.m. Monday in the 7500 block of Sloughhouse Road. The homeowner's garage was ablaze when fire crews arrived.

Two occupants of the home exited the residence when they detected smoke coming from the door leading to the garage. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage and the home's attic.

The cause of the fire, according to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, was a mower that was used and put away hot in the garage too close to combustibles.

August 31, 2012
Parolee arrested in Folsom after chase, school lockdown

Timothy Forney.jpegFolsom police arrested a parolee this afternoon following a chase and lockdown of an elementary school.

A resident in the 200 block of Baurer Circle called police at 12:45 p.m. to report that a family member was trying to force his way into the caller's home. The suspect, 40-year-old Timothy Forney (pictured) of Folsom, was identified as a parolee at large who was wanted by the California Department of Corrections. Police also received information that Forney might be armed with a handgun.

As officers arrived at the residence, Forney sped away from the house in a vehicle, according to a Police Department news release. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a nearby fence.

August 30, 2012
Police seek information about dog found stranded near Lake Natoma

Cattle dog.jpgFolsom police are seeking information regarding a dog (pictured) that was rescued Sunday night after it was found stranded on a ledge at the bottom of cliffs at Lake Natoma.

A sergeant with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation noticed the dog, and Folsom Fire Department crews responded about 7 p.m. Sunday, deploying a boat to rescue the animal.

Officials believe the dog, a female Queensland Heeler mix, may have fallen into the water upstream from the Folsom Lake Crossing. She was very weak when rescued but is recovering at the Folsom Animal Shelter, according to a Police Department news release.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Folsom Police Animal Control Officer Cindy Walden at (916) 439-2268.

August 24, 2012
Update: Repairs to leaky pipe complete in Folsom old town

Repairs were completed early this morning to a leaky gas pipe in the old part of Folsom.

A portion of Sutter and Wool streets in Folsom's historic district was evacuated Thursday night as Pacific Gas and Electric crews investigated the leak in a natural gas main.

A PG&E service representative responded to a call reporting an odor in the area. As of 10 p.m., crews had located the site of the leak.

A PG&E spokeswoman said today that crews had dug down to expose the leaky pipe by 11 p.m. The flow of gas was stopped at 2:50 a.m. today.

Crews were able to leave the site after all repairs were made at 6:35 a.m. today.

August 23, 2012
UPDATE: PG&E crews work to repair natural gas leak on Folsom's Sutter Street

A portion of Sutter and Wool streets in Folsom's historic district were evacuated tonight as Pacific Gas and Electric crews investigated a leak in a natural gas main.

Jana Morris, a PG&E spokeswoman, said a service representative responded to a call reporting an odor of natural gas in the area. As a precaution, she said, he asked the Folsom Fire Department to evacuate the area until the cause could be determined.

As of 10 p.m., she said crews had located the site of the leak and were digging to determine the source and the cause. She said it was believed the leak was in a 4-inch plastic gas main, but there are other lines in the area. Repairs are expected to take about six hours.

Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning said PG&E requested the evacuation about 8 p.m., and police and fire personnel blocked off the intersection of Sutter and Wool streets, extending about 25 yards in all four directions.

Only one business, The Cellar, a wine bar, had to be evacuated. Due to the hour, most other businesses in the area had already closed. No homes were evacuated.

August 23, 2012
Culprits steal pickup in Folsom for El Dorado Hills ATM theft try

atm.jpgThieves stole a new pickup from a car dealership in Folsom, drove it up Highway 50 and this morning crashed into a drug store to steal an ATM.

In the end, the culprits failed to make off with the cash machine from the CVS store in El Dorado Hills. And after the attempted ATM theft, they abandoned the stolen Ford F350 a short distance away, engine running.

Deputies arrived at the store, 4400 Latrobe Road, shortly after an alarm went off at 2:18 a.m. to find the pharmacy front doors on the ground and shattered glass scattered.

Store video security cameras showed that three people in two pickups were involved in the break-in. The white pickup was backed through the front doors and the thieves then tried to pull the ATM out the door.

When that didn't work, the thieves fled in both trucks, abandoning the new truck in the road about a mile away.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The attached photos are of the suspects and their vehicles as they attempt to take an ATM machine from the CVS store in El Dorado Hills.

August 22, 2012
Motorcycle vs. car crash closes Folsom's Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge in Folsom was closed for nearly two hours Wednesday night because of a traffic collision.

Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning said the crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. when a Honda Civic traveling eastbound crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound motorcycle.

Browning said the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

August 16, 2012
Coroner IDs man shot by Sacramento sheriff's deputy after Folsom robbery

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man fatally shot after a bank robbery in Folsom on Tuesday as 32-year-old Joseph Carmelo Riso.

The coroner's office lists his city of residence as La Quinta, in Riverside County.

Riso was fatally shot by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy assisting Folsom police in a foot pursuit following a bank robbery on E. Bidwell Street. According to police, witnesses said they thought the suspect was armed with a rifle.

Officers pursued Riso on foot for about 20 minutes until he ran through a home on School Street, where four children and their parents could be heard screaming, according to police. Fearing for the safety of the family hiding in a back bedroom, police said, the deputy fatally shot Riso inside the home.

Riso was found to be unarmed, police said.

August 16, 2012
Special ops effort searches 42 Citrus Heights locations for wanted, parolees, probationers

A special enforcement operation in Citrus Heights resulted in the arrest of three wanted suspects and the discovery of seven probation violations.

Investigators from eight agencies on Wednesday conducted the special ops enforcement. They searched 42 locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for wanted individuals and those on probation or parole.

Citrus Heights police said one of those being sought ran from them. Marcus Campbell, 29, wanted for a parole violation, was encountered by officers near Bremen Drive and Van Maren Lane.

August 15, 2012
UPDATE: Folsom bank robbery suspect was shot by Sacramento sheriff's deputy

The officer who fatally shot a fleeing bank robbery suspect in Folsom on Tuesday night was a deputy with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, authorities confirmed today.

The deputy got involved in the 20-minute, mile-long foot pursuit following the robbery because he was near the area and heard requests for assistance from Folsom police, said Sgt. Jason Browning, spokesman for the Folsom Police Department.

A Sacramento police officer also joined in the pursuit before injuring his leg and heading to the hospital, Browning said.

August 14, 2012
Bank robbery suspect fatally shot after fleeing into Folsom home

A Folsom bank robbery suspect was shot and killed late this afternoon after leading law enforcement officers on a foot chase through a residential neighborhood.

Folsom Police Sgt. Jason Browning said the robbery was reported at 5:11 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank at 1113 E. Bidwell St., near Blue Ravine Road.

The suspect fled, leading officers on a chase over business rooftops and through back yards. In the 1300 block of School Street, the man entered a house through the rear of the residence, where a family with small children was at home, then ran out the front door. When confronted by officers, the man ran back into the house, Browning said.

August 14, 2012
Folsom police report bank robbery suspect apprehended after officer-involved shooting

Folsom police report that they are investigating a bank robbery that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank, 1113 East Bidwell St.

The suspect was apprehended after an officer-involved shooting.

Return to www.sacbee.com for more details.

August 9, 2012
Prison inmate sentenced for attack on correctional officer

An inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for a 2008 attack on a correctional officer.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Steven Jones, 35, of battery on a correctional officer by an inmate and possession of an inmate-manufactured weapon. The court also found true Jones' two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Savage.

On Sept. 20, 2008, a correctional officer was providing backup as Jones was about to be handcuffed, when Jones suddenly spun around and punched the officer in the face, knocking him out, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The officer fell backward, striking his head on the concrete.

August 6, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who fled to France after killing girlfriend, abandoning child

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

QUESTION: Sometime between 1995 and 1999, I believe, there was an older man in Folsom that shot his wife multiple times. This man was in his 50s and she in her 20s. I remember reading that they had a 2-year-old son and when the father tried to flee to France, he could not get his 2-year-old son on the plane due to the son not having a passport. What ever came of this man after they extradited him back to Sacramento from France to stand trial?
Submitted by: Katrina, Orangevale

ANSWER: James Dewayne Nivette pleaded guilty in August 2003 to the second-degree murder of his former girlfriend and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

August 6, 2012
Cause of death unknown for baby found in Folsom backyard

A Folsom couple came home from vacation over the weekend to find the body of a baby in their backyard.

Folsom Police Sgt. Chris Emery said officers responded about 4 p.m. Sunday to the 1900 block of Tyndrum Lane in the Empire Ranch area where a body was reported to have been found.

Both police and fire personnel responded to the residence. There were no obvious signs of trauma to the infant and the cause of death is unknown, Emery said.

Police are not releasing the sex, race or whether the baby was full term.

Emery said the death is suspicious in that the discovery of an infant's body in a backyard is unusual. However, he said, without a cause of death, police do not know yet whether a crime has been committed.

"The autopsy will probably point us in a direction there, and then we move forward," Emery said.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

July 26, 2012
Folsom nitrous oxide driver pleads no contest in deaths of two

A man who killed two people in a car crash in Folsom earlier this year while he was driving under the influence of nitrous oxide pleaded no contest today in Sacramento Superior Court.

Michael Dean Sharp, 22, is likely to be sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison as a result of the plea he entered in front of Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman.

The judge scheduled Sharp's sentencing for Aug. 31.

July 12, 2012
Elderly motorist dies after two crashes in Folsom

An elderly man was pronounced dead after crashing his car twice in Folsom on Wednesday.

Mervyn Schnaidt, 86, of Shingle Springs was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m. after hitting a sport utility vehicle when his car ran a red light, according to Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning.

Officers said that Schnaidt was first involved in a minor traffic collision at Folsom Boulevard and Blue Ravine Road. He left the scene of that crash, traveling a short distance east to the next intersection, Blue Ravine Road and Natoma Station Drive.

There, police said, Schnaidt failed to stop at the red light and ran into the SUV, which was turning westbound from Blue Ravine onto southbound Natoma Station. The driver of the SUV suffered minor-to-moderate injury, police said.

A Folsom police accident investigation team is looking into whether a medical condition might have been a factor in the Schnaidt's actions.

July 10, 2012
Sacramento firefighters help battle Colusa County wildland blaze

Firefighters from the Sacramento region are part of the effort to quell a big fire in Colusa County.

The strike force from Sacramento includes eight firefighters and two engines from Cosumnes Fire Department, two engines from Sacramento City Fire Department and an engine and strike team leader from Folsom Fire Department.

A press release from the Cosumnes Fire Department said the firefighters are helping to extinguish the "Mill Fire," which has burned 13,000 acres of timber and brush. The fire is only 20 percent contained.

July 9, 2012
Folsom resident holds intruder at gunpoint, summons police

Kevin+Olson.jpgA Folsom resident and a burglary suspect were injured as they fought over a shotgun early this morning.

Folsom police reported receiving a frantic call from a resident who said he had disarmed an intruder in his home and was holding the suspect at gunpoint.

Officers responded to the 200 block of Dean Way as the alleged intruder fled from the house wielding a shotgun and attempted to leave in a vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

July 3, 2012
Man's body found in crashed vehicle along highway near Folsom

The body of a man was found in a car that apparently left the roadway along westbound Highway 50 near East Bidwell Street.

California Highway Patrol officers responded the scene after a citizen reported the vehicle about 5:30 a.m. today.

The car at first appeared to be an abandoned vehicle, said CHP officer Jason Gonzales. However, once an officer got close he saw major damage to the vehicle and the deceased man.

Sacramento County Coroner's deputies were summoned. The name of the man was not immediately released.

"We are in the investigative phase right now, putting together all the evidence to find out what happened here," said Gonzales.

June 28, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were details of fatal '95 crash involving Del Campo High students?

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

QUESTION: In 1995, some students from my high school, Del Campo, were involved in a car accident, I believe in Folsom. As I recall, one student died soon after from her injuries and one was critically injured. What were the details of the accident?
Submitted by: Anonymous, Carmichael

ANSWER: Six Del Campo High School students were returning from a trip to a coffee shop about 11 p.m. March 18, 1995, when the Ford Bronco they were riding in swerved off Greenback Lane in Folsom and flipped over at least twice.

June 28, 2012
Four men accused of trying to entice minor to engage in sex

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has indicted four men -- from Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Folsom and Oroville -- charging them with attempting to entice a minor to engage in prohibited sexual conduct.

The men were identified while they were online seeking to have sex with minors, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. In each case, the men allegedly traveled to meet a fictional minor and were met instead by law enforcement officers.

Brandon Marks, 25, of Rancho Cordova was indicted June 21 and charged with attempted enticement of a minor, as well as two counts of receipt and two counts of distribution of child pornography. Nicholas Perry, 34, of Sacramento and Eric Johnston, 21, of Folsom were indicted today and charged with a single count of attempted enticement of a minor.

June 25, 2012
Authorities release ID of homicide suspect found dead in Folsom park

The Mariposa County homicide suspect found dead in a Folsom park Sunday was the husband of the slain woman, authorities confirmed today.

The Mariposa County Sheriff's Department also confirmed that it appears 21-year-old Sean M. Russell had committed suicide before his body was found in Negro Bar section of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

After investigating the Friday killing of Tiffany Russell, 21, Mariposa County investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Sean Russell and alerted law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for him and his vehicle.

A California State Park ranger spotted Sean Russell's Ford Ranger pickup in a Negro Bar parking lot Sunday, setting into motion a four-hour manhunt that closed the park and brought out two police SWAT teams.

They eventually found Sean Russell's body near a Negro Bar trail with a gun underneath.

Tiffany Russell's brother told The Bee on Sunday that the couple's marriage was troubled and that her family had tried to persuade her to move from Orangevale back to her hometown of Merced for a fresh start, but to no avail.

June 24, 2012
Police believe Folsom Lake corpse to be Mariposa County homicide suspect

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Folsom police said today they've found the corpse of a man believed to be a suspect connected to a homicide in Mariposa County.

The suspect was found dead in the Negro Bar area of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area following a manhunt that forced law enforcement officials to temporarily close the area.

Police said the body hadn't yet been identified, and it wasn't confirmed if the man was connected to the Mariposa case.

June 20, 2012
Fire heavily damages Folsom home

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Fire swept through a home in the Empire Ranch neighborhood of Folsom Wednesday morning, causing heavy damage to the structure.

When firefighters arrived at the two-story house in the 1700 block of Dornie Circle, flames were present on both levels of the home. Fire had also entered the attic.

Firefighters from the Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to the two-alarm fire. Firefighters prevented the spread of the fire to adjacent houses.

Cause of the fire, which was contained in about an hour, has not been determined. The house sustained about $350,000 in damage.

PHOTO CAPTION: Firefighters fight a blaze in the 1700 block of Dornie Circle. Folsom Fire Department

June 18, 2012
Two arrested after drug activity prompts Folsom motel evacuation

A Folsom motel was partially evacuated early this morning and two people were arrested after they were allegedly found heating cocaine in a motel room.

Folsom police officers responded at 6:20 a.m. to a suspicious-person report at the Residence Inn, 2555 Iron Point Road. Officers there contacted 48-year-old Christopher Neal of Folsom.

Neal was behaving erratically, waving his arms wildly, and appeared to have difficulty speaking and staying awake, leading officers to believe that he was under the influence of a controlled substance or having medical problems, a police news release states.

June 15, 2012
Community tip leads Folsom police to suspected bank robber

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Tips from citizens led to the arrest of a man exactly two months after he is suspected of robbing a Folsom bank.

Kenneth Allen Hogue, 43, of Cameron Park, arrested Wednesday by Folsom police, is suspected of robbing the El Dorado Savings bank, 300 East Bidwell St., on April 13.

The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Hogue was also booked on outstanding warrants that included possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of narcotics and non-narcotics.

PHOTO CAPTION: Kenneth Allen Hogue

June 12, 2012
Toddler drowns in Folsom pool

Emilee Hahn, a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, drowned Monday at her family's pool on Porter Road in Folsom.

Folsom Fire Department responders arrived at the home at 5:51 p.m. and found the child's father trying to give CPR to his unresponsive daughter. Medics from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department rushed the girl to the hospital, where she didn't respond to life-saving efforts and was pronounced dead.

After an investigation into the drowning, the Folsom Fire Department say they found nothing suspicious that would indicate criminal behavior from the family. The Fire Department found that the girl was out of her father's sight for less than five minutes.

June 5, 2012
Coroner identifies driver killed in Folsom head-on crash

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The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a driver killed in a fatal crash in Folsom on Sunday.

He was identified as Keven Jon Carmichael, 50, of Folsom.

Folsom police said that about 11:15 a.m. Sunday they responded to the crash involving a van and car on Blue Ravine Road north of Riley Street.

June 3, 2012
1 killed, 3 hurt in head-on crash on Blue Ravine Road in Folsom

By Melody Gutierrez
mgutierrez@sacbee.com

Police are investigating the cause of a fatal accident in Folsom Sunday after a car crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision on Blue Ravine Road between Riley Street and Crossing Way.

Folsom Police Sgt. Chris Emery said a car traveling around noon in the northbound fast lane crossed over the double yellow lines, hitting a car in the southbound fast lane.

The southbound car had three occupants, including one who was killed. The driver of the northbound car was alone. All four involved in the accident were admitted to local hospitals, Emery said.

The coroner has not yet released the identity of the person killed.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Folsom police's traffic division at (916) 351-3553.

May 31, 2012
Folsom home suffers major damage in two-alarm fire

Folsom house fire.jpgA fire believed to have started in a wood shake roof caused damage estimated at $400,000 to a Folsom home Thursday.

The Folsom Fire Department responded to a fire at 103 Cedar Ridge Court at 4:28 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames. A second alarm was requested, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department responded to assist.

Based on witnesses' statements, it appears the fire began in the wood shake roof of the two-story home, officials said. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

May 29, 2012
Inmate draws additional time for possessing handmade weapon

An inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento will do additional time after being convicted by a jury for possession of an inmate-manufactured weapon.

Joe Nathan Taylor was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley to 26 years to life prison.

During a search, Taylor was found to have concealed a weapon in his waistband, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The weapon was made out of a melted CD case, sharpened to a point, and measured 5 inches long.

According to the DA's Office, Taylor's criminal history spans more than 25 years and includes convictions for robbery and sex crimes. Officials said he also has been the subject of numerous disciplinary actions while in prison, with violations including mutual combat, willfully inciting others in force and violence, battery on a correctional officer and possession of dangerous contraband.

May 25, 2012
UPDATE: Driver killed in Highway 50 roll-over wreck identified

The driver of a speeding car who died when he flipped his vehicle on Highway 50 early this morning has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Mayur B. Sarhad, 24, of Rancho Cordova.

The car was reported traveling eastbound on Highway 50 just west of Hazel Avenue at a high rate of speed about 1 a.m. when the driver lost control. The Honda Accord rolled over onto its roof and the driver was killed.

One lane of the freeway was blocked for about two hours.

May 21, 2012
Folsom police respond to reported hit-and-run

By Darrell Smith

dvsmith@sacbee.com

Folsom police and paramedics were responding to a call late Monday of bicyclists reportedly struck by a hit-and-run motorist, according to information on the California Highway Patrol's website.

It was immediately unknown how many bicyclists were involved the 9:20 p.m. incident near the Folsom Boulevard offramp on eastbound Highway 50

May 18, 2012
Judge sentences rape-murderer to life without parole

Convicted rape-murderer Sylvester Griffin was sentenced today to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the Dec. 21, 2009, sex killing of Alice Lynn Murphy in her Folsom senior-living apartment.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall called the asphyxiation murder of the 64-year-old victim "depraved" and "unconscionable." Griffin, 43, said in a probation report that he had been in a relationship with Murphy and that somebody else killed her. The judge said in court that Griffin is a "serious danger" to society.

A friend found Murphy's body in the bedroom of her apartment on Creekside Drive in Folsom. Griffin, a medical transport driver with a long criminal record out of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, had a client who lived in the same complex. He left California for South Carolina a month after the killing and was later arrested there.

May 14, 2012
Cameras on Sacramento probation cars pinpoint another stolen vehicle

Christoper Ramirez.JPGCameras on the cars of Sacramento County probation officers have snagged another stolen vehicle - this time a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Cameras on two probation department cars automatically focus on license plates of cars and trucks as officers go about their regular duties on the streets of Sacramento County. More than 3,000 license plates can be scanned in an hour.

Every so often they get a hit, matching a vehicle with cars and trucks on a statewide list of stolen vehicles. Since April 2010, the department has found 193 stolen vehicles using the plate-matching technology.

May 8, 2012
Sacramento County to start reserve park ranger program

Sacramento County is forming a volunteer parks ranger program to help fill the enforcement gap caused by budget cutbacks to staff.

Once formed, the reserve rangers would not be paid but would perform similar duties as salaried rangers.

A county staff report notes that the number of paid rangers has been reduced from 25 to 14 positions. At the same time, the public has continued to call upon rangers for safety and enforcement needs.

May 1, 2012
Cops to be out in force on Cinco de Mayo to halt DUI

Saturation patrols on surface streets and Sacramento freeways are scheduled for Cinco de Mayo.

The deploying of saturation patrols to cut down on drunk driving begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Friends gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday with barbecues, beer and margaritas, but be careful after the party ends, warned law enforcement.

"Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the festivities begin," said Citrus Heights Police Chief Chris Boyd.

The greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the police department.

April 27, 2012
Sacramento man sentenced in multistate drug conspiracy

A Sacramento man is headed to prison for his role in a multistate drug conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. today sentenced Son Nguyen, 41, in federal court in Sacramento to 15 years and 8 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine and MDMA, or Ecstasy.

Nguyen was one of 51 defendants charged in nine related indictments stemming from a 13-month federal investigation with connections to six states -- Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, Georgia and California. Drug seizures occurred in California, Alaska, Illinois and Georgia, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

April 24, 2012
Nitrous oxide DUI suspect to face vehicular manslaughter trial

A 22-year-old Folsom man who allegedly was driving under the influence of nitrous oxide when he crossed into oncoming traffic in a collision that killed two men was ordered by a judge today to stand trial on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.

Michael Dean Sharp's trial in the Jan. 7 deaths of the brothers Christopher Stephen Ohlander Martell, 37, and Robert Todd Ohlander, 32, was set for July 26 by Sacramento Superior Court judge Greta Curtis Fall.

According to testimony at today's preliminary hearing, Sharp had purchased 50 "whip-it" cannisters of nitrous oxide at a Folsom smoke shop, cracked one into a balloon and inhaled it while driving southbound on Folsom Boulevard.

April 22, 2012
Rancho Cordova man arrested in Folsom stabbings

A Rancho Cordova man was taken into custody early Saturday after a stabbing attack on three people outside a Folsom bowling alley, police said.

Folsom Police Sgt. Jason Browning reported that the man, 24-year-old David Son, was physically restrained when officers arrived at Folsom Lake Bowl shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Witnesses told officers that Son had tried to bum cigarettes from victims some minutes before the unprovoked attack.

April 18, 2012
Former correctional officer sentenced in marijuana case

A former Folsom State Prison correctional officer was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court for possession of marijuana for sale.

Ryan Coma and his co-defendant Vietmy Nguyen each received a sentence of 150 days in county jail, plus five years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. In addition, they must register as drug offenders and will be subject to search and seizure with probable cause. Violation of probation could result in a sentence of up to three years in county jail under the new Criminal Justice Realignment Law.

On Aug. 22, 2011, Folsom State Prison investigators were following 30-year-old Coma because of rumors that he had been smuggling drugs, tobacco and cell phones into the prison, according to the news release. Coma was seen entering a vehicle belonging to Vietmy Nguyen, whose brother was an inmate at Folsom Prison.

April 18, 2012
Jury convicts Griffin in 2009 Folsom rape and murder case

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Sylvester Griffin for the December 2009 asphyxiation murder and rape of Alice Lynn Murphy in her senior-living apartment in Folsom.

Judge Greta Curtis Fall scheduled the sentencing on Griffin, 43, for May 18. He is facing a life term with no chance of parole for the special-circumstance murder conviction.

Murphy, 64, was a long-time Sacramento area resident who spent 30 years in real estate. A friend of hers who was visiting for the holidays found her body the morning of Dec. 21, 2009.

April 16, 2012
Folsom police seek identity of East Bidwell bank robber

El Dorado Savings Bank.JPGFolsom police need help in identifying a robber who held up a bank on East Bidwell Street.

The robber entered the El Dorado Savings Bank, 300 East Bidwell, around noon on Friday and handed the teller a note that indicated he had a gun. After he collected some loot, he left the bank and was last seen walking on Coloma Street toward the rear of the bank building.

He was described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140 pounds. He had short brown hair, a black mustache and a goatee.

April 16, 2012
UPDATE: Folsom police find escaped prison inmate hiding in truckbed

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

Folsom police have found the inmate who escaped from a Folsom prison last night and allegedly tried to steal a citizen's vehicle.

inmate.JPGPrisoner Marco Cabrera, convicted of assault with a firearm, turned up missing about 9 p.m. Sunday during a head count at the minimum support facility at California State Prison-Sacramento.

Officers arrested him about 6: 30 p.m. today after residents of a rural Folsom home followed the barking of their dogs and found the inmate stuck in the bed of their pickup truck, said police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning.

Cabrera was found with "minor injuries from blackberry bushes," Browning said.

April 16, 2012
Crash on Highway 50 in Folsom kills Washington man

An early morning crash on Highway 50 left one man dead near Folsom Boulevard.

The accident occurred about 2 a.m. when a pickup truck that was traveling westbound on Highway 50 overturned, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three men were in the pickup. Motorcycles were in the bed of the truck.

One of the men, a 32-year-old resident of Washington, died at the scene.

April 11, 2012
Folsom man pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

Folsom resident Matthew Mark Battersby today pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, in September 2011, law enforcement agents identified a computer at Battersby's address offering files of child pornography through an Internet file-sharing service. They searched Battersby's residence and found that his computer contained approximately 15 image files and 179 video files of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Battersby, 44, is to be sentenced June 26 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department with agents from federal, state and local agencies.

March 30, 2012
Sacramento homicide detectives take over search for missing child

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Homicide detectives have taken over the lead role in the investigation of missing 22-month-old Dwight Stallings.

However, Sacramento County sheriff's officials stressed that giving homicide detectives command of the search for the little Dwight, does not mean that it is a death investigation.

"Due to the unusual circumstances present in this case, the decision was made that homicide detectives would be better equipped to handle the investigation from this point forward," said a press release this morning from the department.

First order of business for homicide is a morning meeting with volunteers in the south area. The volunteers will help detectives hand out and post flyers with Dwight's picture and information about the case.

March 29, 2012
Update: Folsom police say missing man has been found

Ikbahr Singh.jpgFolsom police say a man an 82-year-old man reported missing this afternoon has been located.

Police said Ikbahr Singh (pictured) left an address in the Parkways in Folsom about 1:30 p.m. today for a short walk and was reported missing after he failed to return.

March 29, 2012
Update: Grant Line Road closed to repair power pole

Grant Line Road in rural eastern Sacramento County will remain blocked until at least early afternoon after a big rig broke off a power pole.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. when a big rig driver failed to negotiate a curve when he was traveling northbound on Grant Line Road south of White Rock Road. The truck hit a power pole and lines started to arc.

The lines lowered and blocked Grant Line Road. The driver was not injured.

It is estimated that Grant Line will remain closed until at least 2 or 3 p.m., according to a Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Alternate routes are Douglas Road, White Rock Road or Sunrise Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol officer Rich Wetzel.

March 29, 2012
Electrical lines block Grant Line Road after truck-trailer his pole

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A rural stretch of road often used by commuters between Folsom and Rancho Cordova is blocked this morning after a big rig sheared off a power pole.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. when a big rig driver failed to negotiate a curve when he was traveling northbound on Grant Line Road south of White Rock Road. The trailer hit a power pole and lines started to arc.

The lines lowered and were still blocking Grant Line Road two hours later. The driver was not injured.

No estimate was available for when the road would re-open. Alternate routes are Douglas Road, White Rock Road or Sunrise Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol officer Rich Wetzel.

PHOTO CAPTION: A SMUD worker evaluates the situation before a power pole can be lifted from atop a big rig. Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee

March 28, 2012
Inmate stabbed at California State Prison, Sacramento

Officials at California State Prison, Sacramento, are investigating the stabbing of a 30-year-old inmate this afternoon.

Melvin Kibbee was found unresponsive on his cell floor about 2 p.m., minutes after a yard recall at the B Facilities Main Exercise Yard at the Folsom prison. Kibbee was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with three puncture-type wounds to the left side of his chest, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Officials said there are no suspects. Inmates assigned to the housing unit where Kibbee was found are being searched for evidence and investigators are interviewing possible witnesses.

March 21, 2012
Police tally arrests from St. Patrick's Day DUI crackdown

A St. Patrick's Day and night crackdown on drunken driving in Sacramento County resulted in nearly a dozen DUI arrests.

Sacramento's DUI Task Force was made up of officers from Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Twin Rivers and Rancho Cordova police department. The task force's next enforcement operation is planned for Cinco de Mayo.

Results of the St. Patrick's Day saturation patrols:

DUI arrests: 11

Citations: 22

Non-DUI-related arrests: 1

Vehicles towed: 6

March 20, 2012
Doctor describes injuries suffered by rape-murder victim

A former forensic pathologist described in court today the injuries a 64-year-old woman suffered three years ago when she was raped and murdered in her senior-living apartment in Folsom.

Alice Lynn Murphy (pictured) died of "homicidal asphyxia," Dr. Elizabeth Albers testified, either from being smothered with her pillow or other bedding, or possibly from a chest compression. Murphy sustained two broken ribs in the fatal attack, as well as substantial bruising on her face, head, arms, legs, abdomen and on her side, Albers told a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Albers testified in the second day of trial for Sylvester Griffin, 43, who is accused of murder, rape and burglary in the killing of Murphy, a one-time Sacramento County real estate agent. Murphy's body was found Dec. 21, 2009, in her residence at the Creekview Manor apartments in the 1700 block of Creekside Drive, near Mercy Hospital, in Folsom. Albers said Murphy could have been dead for as long as 36 hours.

March 16, 2012
Prison guard pleads no contest to phone smuggling conspiracy

A state correctional officer who took bribes from prisoners to smuggle cellphones into them at California State Prison, Sacramento, pleaded no contest Thursday to conspiracy charges.

Robert Chaiyarat was immediately sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick to 90 days in county jail, $8,641 in restitution -- the amount of bribe money he took from the inmates -- and three years probation.

McCormick gave Chaiyarat the option of applying for the sheriff's electronic monitoring program as a sentencing option.

Chaiyarat said he needed the money because of a costly divorce, according to the District Attorney's Office. He has since resigned from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

March 10, 2012
Wrong way driver causes Folsom crash, 4 taken to hospital

A 32-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol caused a serious head-on collision in Folsom Friday, police reported.

The woman, Karen Ann Benedict of El Dorado Hills, was reportedly driving a Nissan Sentra the wrong way in westbound lanes of Iron Point Road when she crashed head-on into a Toyota Camry at Black Diamond Drive.

Both cars were believed to be traveling at the speed limit of 45 mph, and Benedict and the three people in the Camry were taken to the hospital for treatment.

March 6, 2012
Riot quelled at old Folsom Prison without serious injury

By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com

Correctional officers at Folsom State Prison today put down a wild prison melee involving up to 70 suspected gang members, firing pepper spray and non-lethal rounds to quell the riot.

No serious injuries were reported in the clash that broke out between two apparent rival gang factions. The brawl prompted correctional officers to summon reinforcements from the nearby California State Prison, Sacramento, said state Corrections department spokesman Lt. Paul Baker.

The incident was ultimately brought under control by the first responding officers from the old Folsom Prison. They used pepper spray and non-lethal, sponge tipped rounds to drive back the combatants and also fired warning shots into the ground.

March 1, 2012
Authorities report two suspects in weekend homicide at Folsom State Prison

Two suspects have been identified and removed from the general prison population following a homicide Saturday involving an inmate in a medium security unit at Folsom State Prison.

The names of the suspects are being withheld pending investigation, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Inmate Richard Allen Leonard died after being assaulted with a slashing-type weapon.

February 25, 2012
Folsom prison inmate killed in assault

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Inmate Richard Leonard.jpgLaw enforcement officials are investigating a homicide that occurred this morning in a medium security unit of Folsom State Prison, according to Corrections Lt. Paul Baker, who is stationed at the prison.

He said Richard Allen Leonard was assaulted with a "slashing type weapon." Responding staff instituted life-saving procedures, but could not revive Leonard, who was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m.

Leonard, 44, was serving a 25-to-life term for aggravated sexual assault on a child. He was convicted in Orange County and began serving his sentence on Sept. 2, 1998.

February 24, 2012
Nanny interrupts burglary at Folsom home; suspect arrested

Andrew Christian Heltmeyer.jpgA nanny surprised a burglar when she arrived at her employer's Folsom home early this afternoon.

When the nanny entered the house on Fratis Street in Folsom's Prairie Oaks neighborhood, she heard a noise in the back of the residence, according to a Folsom Police Department news release. She called out to her employer, but received no answer.

A short time later, the employer arrived home, and after the nanny told him about the noise, he began checking the house. Just as the homeowner realized he had been burglarized, he and the nanny encountered a man, who fled out the sliding door at the rear of the home.

February 17, 2012
Sheriff's Department needs help finding missing Folsom worker

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Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies need the public's assistance in finding a missing woman who works in Folsom.

Melodie Benton, 55, of Carmichael, left work Wednesday about 2 p.m. Sheriff's officials said Benton, who is also known as Melodie Rowan, was observed on video surveillance cameras leaving the Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs about 8 that night. She appeared to be alone, and left in an unknown direction.

"She is considered at-risk due to her disappearance being highly inconsistent with her normal behavior patterns," according to a sheriff's department press release.

January 26, 2012
Folsom police nab two for alleged copper theft

Folsom police apprehended two men for allegedly stealing copper piping from air conditioning units atop Riley Street businesses.

Police received a call about 5 a.m. Thursday that two people were seen climbing from the rooftop of a business complex at 1151 Riley Street near Wales Drive.

Officer Jason Browning said that the suspects left the area on bicycles but were caught by Folsom police. James Andrew Mackenzie, 25, and Jared Wayne Adams, 31, both of Folsom, were booked into Sacramento County Jail on multiple charges, including vandalism, grand theft and possession of burglar's tools.

Browing said the men had 40-50 pounds of air conditioning copper pipes and burglar's tools when stopped. A check of the building revealed that 16 air condition units sustained major damage.

January 23, 2012
Honolulu police officer Garret Davis, former Folsom resident, dies in fiery crash

Honolulu authorities say that a police officer killed over the weekend when he stopped to help a stalled driver grew up in Folsom.

Officer Garret Davis, 28, pulled over to help a motorist whose vehicle had stalled in the left lane of the H-1 freeway in Aiea about 8 p.m. Saturday. The officer had turned on his blue lights and had stopped behind the stalled vehicle to shield it from traffic.

Before Davis was able to get out of his police cruiser, his squad car was slammed into the stalled vehicle by a oncoming pickup driven by a 41-year-old man, according to Police Chief Louis Kealoha in a department Facebook post.

January 11, 2012
Rocklin, Folsom police report rash of catalytic converter thefts

Police in Rocklin and Folsom are warning residents to take steps to protect their vehicles following a rash of catalytic converter thefts in recent days.

Rocklin police reported that at least 10 Toyota owners were victimized Tuesday night or early this morning. Hardest hit was the Pinnacles Drive area near South Whitney Boulevard, according to a Police Department news release.

In Folsom, police reported that 13 catalytic converters were stolen throughout the city Friday morning. All the targeted vehicles were Toyota trucks or sport utility vehicles.

January 10, 2012
Men killed in Folsom crash identified as Citrus Heights residents

Two men who died in a head-on crash in Folsom on Saturday night have been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Christopher Stephen Martell, 37, and Robert Todd Ohlander, 32, both of Citrus Heights.

The men were northbound on Folsom Boulevard in a Saturn about 6:45 p.m. when a southbound sport utility vehicle, driven by Michael Sharp of Folsom, crossed the center line into the northbound lane, hitting the Saturn head-on near Parkshore Drive, according to the Folsom Police Department.

Emergency personnel declared Martell and Ohlander dead at the scene. Another person in their vehicle was taken to a local hospital with what were described as non-lethal injuries.

Sharp was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was initially hospitalized due to his injuries but was booked into Sacramento County Jail on Sunday night. Bail is set at $2 million.

January 10, 2012
Suspected drunken driver plows into Folsom bowling alley patio

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Five people were injured and the driver arrested when a car barreled through a bar patio at a Folsom bowling alley early this morning.

Tera Lee Nicholson, 41, of Folsom was arrested at the scene for suspicion of drunken driving causing major injury.

Folsom police and firefighters were called to Folsom Lake Bowl on East Bidwell Street about 12:30 a.m. today where a vehicle had crashed through a wrought iron fence and into a patio containing patrons of the bar.

When officers and firefighters arrived they found five people who were hurt. None of the injuries were considered critical, according to a police press release.

The venerable Lake Bowl, a mainstay on East Bidwell for more than 40 years, is a combination bowling alley, bar and casino. The patio, where smokers go for a cigarette, extends off the bar.

PHOTO CAPTION: Tera Lee Nicholson

Editor's note: Comments on this post were closed Jan. 10 because of personal attacks and other inappropriate comments.

January 8, 2012
Folsom man arrested, accused in drug-related double-fatal crash

sharp.pngA 21-year-old man was arrested this morning for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after he allegedly caused a head-on crash in Folsom on Saturday evening, killing two people, Sacramento Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning said.

Browning said Michael Sharp of Folsom was arrested also for investigation of drug-impaired driving causing serious injury or death in connection with the crash, which occurred about 6:45 p.m.

Browning said Sharp was driving a sports utility vehicle south on Folsom Boulevard when his vehicle crossed the center line into the northbound lane, hitting a Saturn head-on near Parkshore Drive.

January 6, 2012
See every New Year's DUI arrest

By Phillip Reese

preese@sacbee.com

Sacramento County law enforcement officials arrested nearly 70 motorists for allegedly driving while intoxicated on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day. That's a typical haul on one of the busiest party nights of the year. The heaviest concentration of arrests this year were in downtown Sacramento and South Sacramento.

Read more here.

January 4, 2012
New grants help combat drugged driving in Sacramento County

The Sacramento County District Attorney's office has received grants totaling $1.37 million to fight drug-impaired driving.

"These grants will enable us to prosecute drug-related driving offenses with the same level of expertise and success as alcohol-related DUI cases," said District Attorney Jan Scully.

Funding includes:

-- $435,000 to buy an instrument for the crime lab to test for drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Ambien and marijuana in drug-impaired driving cases. Funding also includes a portable breath testing instrument and employee overtime costs for crime lab staff to help at DUI checkpoints.

-- $935,000 to expand a program that prosecutes DUIs that result in death or serious injury. With the additional funding, the unit will expand to include drug-impaired driving cases.

The two grants come from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A DA press release said that a recent study showed that 23 percent of all fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs.

December 19, 2011
Folsom's Sutter Street reopens after transient's bomb threat

The 700 block of Sutter Street, in Folsom's historic district, was evacuated for about 90 minutes today after a homeless man found living under a commercial building claimed to have explosives.

Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning said officers responded about 11:30 a.m. to a report of a local transient living under the building at 710 Sutter St. that houses Firehouse Gifts and Clothing. When officers arrived to remove the man, he refused to come out an claimed to have explosives and an incendiary device. Browning said businesses in the 700 block were evacuated and that section of the street was closed to traffic while a police K-9 unit was brought in to assist officers in arresting the man.

With the police dog's assistance, the man, whom Browning identified as James Saporito, was taken into custody without further incident.

Browning said the street was reopened about 1 p.m.

December 16, 2011
Vehicle hits student on motorized scooter in Folsom

A middle school student on a motorized scooter was hit by a vehicle this morning in Folsom.

The boy was hit at the intersection of East Bidwell Street and Glenn Drive around 8:30 a.m. The youngster was pinned until Folsom firefighters could remove him from under the vehicle and take him to the hospital.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. The boy was wearing a helmet when he was hit.

Initially, his injuries were thought to be life-threatening, police said. However, his condition was later upgraded.

Early police reports indicated the boy was a bicycle. However, police now say he was on a motorized scooter.

December 16, 2011
Drunk driving checkpoint in Folsom tonight

Folsom police will be stopping drivers tonight at a checkpoint on East Natoma Street in an effort to catch drunken drivers.

The checkpoint will be set up at 7 p.m. on East Natoma Street at Briggs Ranch Drive. The checkpoint will continue through the night and into the early morning hours.

The effort by uniformed officers, Community Service officers and public safety volunteers is funded by a state grant. Officers will also cite unlicensed drivers.

December 16, 2011
Folsom police plan DUI, drivers license checkpoint tonight

The Folsom Police Department will conduct a checkpoint tonight as part of an effort to keep impaired and unlicensed drivers off the road.

The checkpoint will begin at 7 p.m. on East Natoma Street at Briggs Ranch Drive and will continue into Saturday morning.

Uniformed police officers, community service officers and Citizens Assisting Public Safety volunteers will staff the checkpoint. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as motorists without a valid drivers license.

The activity is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

December 13, 2011
Public invited to meet Folsom cops, chief

Folsom residents are invited to meet with officers and the city's police chief who was appointed earlier this year.

Police Chief Cynthia Renaud, formerly the commander of the Long Beach Police Department's detective division, assumed her leadership duties in Folsom in May.

Renaud and members of the force will talk about crime-fighting tools and techniques in a community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Folsom Community Center, 50 Natoma St. Officers will also provide tips to prevent crime.

December 9, 2011
Inmate gets 45-to-life in cell killing of brother's murderer

A man convicted of murder in the prison killing of a cellmate who had killed his brother was sentenced today to 45 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael A. Savage imposed the term of Roberto Canchola Jr., 39, for the Sept. 20, 2004, strangulation and beating death of Julian Joseph Barajas Jr., 27.

Canchola and Barajas had been celled together at California State Prison, Sacramento, even though Barajas had been incarcerated on a life term with no chance of parole for the 1993 murder of Canchola's younger brother.

December 8, 2011
Investigation underway into cause of New Folsom prison riot

A state prison investigation team is looking into the cause of the Wednesday riot at New Folsom Prison.

Correctional officers used pepper spray, rubber projectiles and fired 7 rifle rounds to quell the melee involving 150 maximum-security inmates about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Prison officials at California State Prison-Sacramento near Folsom say that two investigation teams are looking into the riot. An investigative services unit is looking into the cause of the riot and a deadly force investigation team is looking at the use of potentially lethal rounds officers fired in an effort to halt the disturbance.

No inmates were critically injured or killed in the riot. Eleven inmates were transported to Sacramento-area hospitals. Nine were treated for minor injuries and released.

Two remained in the hospital Thursday in stable condition. One was being treated to a gunshot wound to his leg. The other inmate had facial injuries and possibly a broken shoulder, both injuries not caused by gunfire.

No prison staff were injured, according to a prison system press release. More than 400 staff members responded to quell the riot.

When the disturbance was over, 5 inmate-made weapons were found. Today, the prison's C-Facility, where maximum-security inmates are housed, was placed on a "modified program pending further investigation."

New Folsom houses 2,800 inmates, primarily maximum-security prisoners serving long sentences and those who have been difficult to manage at other institutions.

December 7, 2011
Four injured inmates released, fifth admitted to hospital after New Folsom riot

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By Kim Minugh and Sam Stanton
kminugh@sacbee.com

Four inmates injured during a riot at California State Prison-Sacramento this afternoon have been released from hospitals, and a fifth has been admitted, according to authorities.

Earlier, prison officials said at least nine inmates had been injured. This evening, prison spokesman Sgt. Tony Quinn said he did not yet have information about the status of the other four injured inmates.

He also said officials have not yet determined how many inmates were stabbed, how many were shot by correctional officers and how many suffered blunt force trauma injuries during the riot, which began on the prison yard about 12:30 p.m., Quinn said.

Correctional officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets and rounds from Mini 14 rifles to quell the fight involving about 50 inmates, officials told The Bee earlier today. This afternoon, officials found five inmate-made weapons on the yard where the riot occurred, Quinn said.

They stopped combing the yard when the sun went down, and they will resume their search tomorrow, Quinn said.

Paramedics from Folsom, El Dorado County and Sacramento County were summoned to the scene to transport inmates, who went to various hospitals in the region.

Photo caption: An ambulance leaves California State Prison, Sacramento after a riot there on Wednesday afternoon. Video caption: New Folsom prison Public Information Officer Tony Quinn talks to the media about a riot at the prison on Thursday involving about 50 inmates. Photo and video by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

November 18, 2011
Body found in Lake Natoma identified as missing Folsom man

The body of a man found floating in Lake Natoma has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

The body of Kristopher Crisalli, 35, of Folsom, was found about the 11 a.m. Thursday upstream from Nimbus Flat, near the Iron Point Road access to the lake.

A kayaker used a rope to recover the body and then called police. Folsom police said that Crisalli has been missing since Nov. 9 when he left his School Street home on a bike.

He was considered an "at risk" missing person. Police said the body appeared to have been in the water for days.

November 17, 2011
Kayaker finds man's body floating in Lake Natoma

California State Parks officials and Folsom police are investigating after a man's body was found floating in Lake Natoma this morning.

Rich Preston, acting superintendent of the Folsom State Lake Recreation Area, said a kayaker found the body about 11 a.m. upstream of Nimbus Flat, near the Iron Point Road access to the lake.

Officer Sharon Blackburn, spokeswoman for the Folsom Police Department, said the kayaker used a rope to tow the body to shore and then called police.

November 10, 2011
Folsom police receive $180,000 grant for traffic safety programs

The Folsom Police Department announced that is has been awarded an $180,000 traffic safety grant for a yearlong program aimed a preventing deaths and injuries on the city's roadways.

The grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety will help fund equipment purchases and special traffic enforcement measures.

Grant-funded activities will specifically target speed and intersection violations that are the greatest contributors to injury collisions in the city, according to a Police Department news release.

November 9, 2011
$500 reward offered by Folsom to catch copper thieves

The City of Folsom is offering a $500 bounty to catch thieves who steal copper and other city property.

"Copper wire theft from light poles cost the city about $110,000 in the past two years," said Lorraine Poggione, municipal landscape services manager.

In addition, she said, replacing brass drain covers, brass sign lettering, whole signs, plaques and art has cost nearly $30,000 during the same time period.

Other theft of city property has included playground equipment, tools and vehicle parts.

November 8, 2011
Folsom police release sketch of sexual battery suspect

Sexual Battery Suspect.PNGFolsom police have released a sketch of a man suspected of sexual battery near a Folsom apartment complex in September.

The afternoon of Sept. 1, a teenaged girl was walking on a bike trail behind a Blue Ravine Road apartment complex when an unknown man approached her, tried to engage her in conversation and then grabbed her breast, said Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning.

The girl ran to Folsom Middle School, where she asked for help, Browning said. School officials then contacted police.

October 28, 2011
Folsom police warn of alleged mail phishing

Folsom police are warning city residents to be watch out for what they say are phony invoices in the mail.

The alleged scam generated from Southern California involves an entity named UST Inc. or UST Development, police said. Officers say UST has sent bogus invoices to Folsom businesses.

October 26, 2011
Folsom police target people providing alcohol to minors

Folsom police announced that five people were arrested during a decoy operation targeting people who purchase or sell alcohol to minors.

The operation was conducted Friday by the Police Department's Special Investigation Unit.

A minor decoy is any person younger than 21 who assists police with identifying and apprehending suspects who violate laws associated with alcohol ordinances. Police, in coordination with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, select individuals older than 18 years of age with no criminal history and no suspected alcohol violations, according to a Police Department news release.

October 21, 2011
South Lake Tahoe broker admits stealing from investors

A South Lake Tahoe investment broker has pleaded guilty to stealing from clients' investment and retirement accounts.

Lori Zoval, 46, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud for embezzling client money while employed as an independent contractor with a brokerage firm in Folsom. As part of the plea agreement, Zoval agreed to pay restitution, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Zoval used her position of trust to embezzle at least $24,939 from the investment and retirement accounts of her clients between October 2005 and April 2006. She admitted to stealing funds by telling her clients that she was setting up tax shelters that required her to transfer funds into the names of third parties that she called "provisional employees." To facilitate the fund transfer, she fraudulently created documents making it appear that her clients authorized the money transfers.

October 9, 2011
No injuries in Folsom garage fire

A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon at a Folsom home damaged the garage but caused no injuries, officials said.

The Folsom and Sacramento Metropolitan fire departments responded around 3 p.m. to flame reported at a two-story home in the 900 block of Palmer Circle, according to a Folsom Fire Department news release. Crews limited the fire to the garage and contained the blaze within 12 minutes, officials said.

Damage was estimated at $60,000, the statement said. The cause was under investigation Sunday.

October 7, 2011
Inmate stabbed to death at California State Prison-Sacramento

An inmate was stabbed to death this morning at California State Prison-Sacramento.

The inmate was attacked at the Folsom area prison during regularly scheduled recreation time. The prisoner, who was incarcerated in the Secure Housing Unit, was assaulted about 7:45 a.m. today.

Medical personnel pronounced him dead 15 minutes later from multiple stab wounds.

The name of the dead man is not being released pending notification of relatives.

October 5, 2011