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November 4, 2013
Sacramento woman arrested for Rancho Cordova homicide

Sacramento County Sheriff's department arrested a Sacramento woman early Monday for allegedly beating a 78-year-old Rancho Cordova man to death and critically injuring his wife Sunday.

Shauna Burton, 36, (pictured) was held without bond at the Sacramento County Jail. She is facing charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, motor vehicle theft and probation violation.


Early Sunday morning, police found a 78-year-old man had been beaten to death and his wife critically injured in their home in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park, located at Routier Road near Folsom Boulevard.

The victim was identified by neighbors and relatives as Mel Bain, a former Aerojet employee who later worked as a security guard, and his wife as Jean Bain, who had suffered recently from dementia. Authorities said Jean Bain was in critical condition at a local hospital Monday.

Burton apparently knew the couple, although it was not known exactly what the relationship was.

"She knows them somehow," said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. "Neighbors have seen her and call her by name."

November 3, 2013
Man killed, wife injured at Rancho Cordova home

By Andy Furillo

A 78-year-old man was beaten to death and his wife was critically injured in an apparent attack today at their Rancho Cordova home.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to a call from a neighbor who checked on the couple around 11 a.m. Sunday in their mobile home in the 2900 block of Routier Road, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the woman, who has Alzheimer's disease, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Bowman, a sheriff's spokeswoman, did not say if the attack was the result of a break-in.

Although officials did not immediately release the couple's names, a relative at the scene identified the couple as Mel and Jean Bain.

October 19, 2013
Man who led police on high speed chase identified

The man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase from Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove Friday night has been identified as Kevin Allen Metcalf, 26, authorities said.

The episode started in Rancho Cordova when Allen, driving a blue Prius, pointed a handgun at motorists he had engaged in a verbal argument, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Allen is being charged multiple felony and misdemeanor counts that include reckless driving and evading police.

October 16, 2013
Update: Missing Rancho Cordova man returns home safely

The Rancho Cordova man who was missing after he failed to return home from a camping trip has been found safe.

Douglas Reeves told his wife he was going to the Plumas National Forest or the Lake Tahoe National Forest to camp and hike, according to the Police Department. He was expected home Oct. 10, but had not been seen or heard from since he left his home.

However, he returned home Wednesday night, according to Rancho cordova police.

October 12, 2013
Husband arrested in connection with Rancho Cordova stabbing death

By Debbie Arrington

A Rancho Cordova man was arrested Saturday in connection with the stabbing death of his wife.

Kheim Thuong Tran, 41, was taken into custody by Sacramento Sheriff's detectives and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of murder. His 27-year-old wife's name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, pending the notification of her next of kin.

Late Thursday, sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance report at Tran's home in the 3500 block of Granby Drive and found the woman dead with multiple stab wounds.

October 11, 2013
Woman stabbed to death in Rancho Cordova; detectives to interview husband

Rancho Cordova police who responded to a call of domestic disturbance late Thursday night found a woman dead and her husband injured.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are investigating circumstances surrounding the 27-year-old woman's death. She and her 32-year-old husband were found inside a home in the 3500 block of Granby Drive.

Officers rendered aid to the woman but she died from stab wounds. The husband, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The husband's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Detectives have yet to interview the man as of 11 a.m. due his medical treatment.

The dead woman's name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

October 10, 2013
Jury convicts man of murder in Rancho Cordova shooting death

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Robert Vasquez of first-degree murder in the Sept. 12, 2010, shooting death of Madalene Thomas in Rancho Cordova.

Thomas, 49, the mother of an adult son, was in the process of relocating to her hometown of Sacramento from Reno when Vasquez shot her to death while she was driving with a nephew on Explorer Drive.

Vasquez claimed he had been harassed by gang members and that he took preemptive measures against a vehicle he mistakenly believed was occupied by the people who had been giving him trouble, according to the defendant's trial brief.

October 2, 2013
Man reported missing in Rancho Cordova has been found

SHORTT.jpgAn 80-year-old man in early stage dementia, who was reported missing by Rancho Cordova police, has been found.

Richard Sydney Shortt (pictured) had last been seen Tuesday night at the Mather-Mills light rail station as he got off a train to go to his residence on nearby La Loma Drive.
Police reported this morning that he had been found and returned home.

October 1, 2013
Smoke detector credited with alerting Rancho Cordova residents to bedroom fire

Fire officials credited a smoke detector with alerting a couple in time to escape a rapidly spreading fire at their Rancho Cordova home Monday night.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded just before 10 p.m. to a report of a structure fire on Beclan Drive. They arrived to find a couple, senior citizens, outside the home where the fire was rapidly growing in a bedroom. After making sure that everyone was safely out of the house, fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading through the house, according to a Fire District news release.

Had it not been for working smoke detectors, fire officials said, the couple might not have been alerted to the fire in time to safely leave the house. Early detection was especially crucial in this case because the woman is not ambulatory and relies on a wheelchair to get around. It took her husband extra time to help her out of the burning residence, fire officials said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 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 26, 2013
Woman dies in Rancho Cordova crash

A woman riding in a car hit by a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon in Rancho Cordova has died, according to police.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department said that the woman was killed in the crash that occurred about 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road. Traffic was backed up for several hours.

The woman, who has not been identified by coroner's officials, was in a sedan traveling eastbound on Douglas Road. The car was struck on the passenger side by an SUV traveling northbound on Sunrise Boulevard at the intersection.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the car in which she was riding was injured. Two people in the SUV, which overturned, were also injured.

All three of the injured were transported to hospitals. They were expected to survive.

August 24, 2013
Coroner identifies man killed by light-rail train in Rancho Cordova

The pedestrian struck and killed Friday by a light-rail train in Rancho Cordova has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Michael Karr, 47.

The incident occurred about 1:25 p.m. at Mather Field Road and Folsom Boulevard.

Regional Transit spokeswoman Alane Masui said surveillance video and witness' statements indicated that the individual deliberately walked into the path of the train, which was headed toward downtown Sacramento.

No one aboard the light-rail train was injured.

August 22, 2013
Rancho Cordova standoff between man, sheriff's deputies ends with arrest

An hour-long standoff between Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and a man inside a Rancho Cordova home has ended with the man incustody, according to authorities.

The incident began about 11:15 a.m. when a caller reported a man walking in the area of the 10900 block of Cristobal Way naked and holding an umbrella. Deputies found him outside, washing his car and still naked, said Sgt. Jason Ramos.

The man "brandished" the umbrella at officers, then dropped it when ordered to do so. The man then "attempted to 'zap'" deputies with bug spray, Ramos said. A deputy used a Taser but it was not successful, and the man ran inside the house.

SWAT members were called to the home. The man was arrested shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Ramos said there had been a possibility that there was a gun in the home, though he had not been observed to be armed. There was nobody in the Cristobal Way home with the man, Ramos said.

August 21, 2013
Rancho Cordova man indicted for bank fraud

A Rancho Cordova man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged role in a scheme to obtain $141,000 worth of gold coins.

Garik Voskanyan, 30, of Rancho Cordova and Karapet Damaryan, 63, of Glendale, are charged with bank fraud and identity theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

A federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment Aug. 15. The indictment alleges that Damaryan and Voskanyan were part of a scheme to take control of another person's bank account and wire money to a gold bullion dealer in Placerville in exchange for 96 gold coins worth approximately $141,000. According to court documents, the defendants were caught by Placer County sheriff's deputies when they arrived to take possession of the gold coins.

August 16, 2013
7 acres burn on parkway near site of earlier fires

A fast-moving grass fire on the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova has been contained after burning about 7 acres.

Capt. Christopher Quinn of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said the fire was reported about 3 p.m. near the El Manto access off Ambassador Drive. No homes were threatened.

He said the fire was in the same general area as three other grass fires believed to have been deliberately set along the parkway in recent weeks. Investigators are trying to determine whether there are any links between today's fire and the earlier incidents, Quinn said.

August 6, 2013
Arrest ends morning crime spree in Rancho Cordova

Adam Shears mugshot.jpgA 41-year-old man is in custody after allegedly going on a crime spree this morning in Rancho Cordova and unincorporated Sacramento County that involved carjacking and felony hit and run.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and Rancho Cordova police responded following a report that a pickup truck was stolen from the owner, who was filling it with gas about 8:30 a.m. at Tower Mart at 2150 Marconi Ave., according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The suspect, later identified as Adam Shears (pictured), went next to a McDonald's restaurant on Folsom Boulevard between Dawes Street and Coloma Road in Rancho Cordova, where he allegedly assaulted a man while attempting to steal another vehicle. He then went to a Firestone Tire store at 10407 Folsom Blvd. and drove a truck out of one of the bays, officials said..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 23, 2013
Dog rescued from Rancho Cordova apartment fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 5, 2013
Convicted bank robber sentenced under 'three strikes' law

A 62-year-old man convicted of bank robbery was sentenced today in Sacramento to 30 years plus 75 years to life in prison under California's "three strikes" law.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Ralph Edward Stewart of three bank robberies at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. The jury also found true that Stewart had a previous robbery conviction and four previous bank robbery convictions, all occurring in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In each instance, officials said, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers and left on foot. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers, who contacted him regarding an unrelated matter weeks later.

June 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man arrested in 2011 Rancho Cordova home invasion?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the suspects involved in the alleged home invasion on Palm Grove Drive in Rancho Cordova on June 16, 2011?
Submitted by: Rick, Folsom

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury in January convicted 22-year-old parolee Lawrence Lamar Jackio of multiple charges, including attempted murder, attempted robbery and use of a gun in the June 16, 2011, home invasion robbery that turned into a gun battle.

June 18, 2013
Man convicted of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova robberies

A 62-year-old man has been convicted of three bank robberies committed in Sacramento County in 2011.

A jury on Thursday also found true that Ralph Stewart had previous bank robbery convictions for robberies in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The Sacramento County robberies occurred at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. In each instance, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers, then left on foot, officials said. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers during an unrelated contact weeks later.

Stewart is to be sentenced July 5.

June 17, 2013
Gang prevention meeting for Rancho Cordova parents

Parents can learn if their children are in gangs by attending a Rancho Cordova Police Department seminar on Thursday.

The meeting takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Cordova High School gym, 2239 Chase Drive. The event is free.

Parents can learn to spot gang symbols and clothing, and also find out which gangs are exerting influence on Rancho Cordova youth.

Officers will also provide information on activities that provide a wholesome outlet for teens, such as the Police Athletic League and other after-school programs.

June 14, 2013
FedEx jet to absolutely, positively retire in Rancho Cordova as training aircraft

A retired Boeing 727 is making its last flight for FedEx today to Mather Field as it transitions into a new career as a stationary training aircraft for first-responders.

The cargo jet lands on a flight from Texas to Mather about 10:15 a.m. today where it will be greeted on the tarmac by arcs of water from fire engines as it finishes its last flight for FedEx. The delivery company selected Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to receive the plane.

The donated aircraft will be used at the California Fire and Rescue Training Authority's Regional Training Center under development on Zinfandel Drive. Fire and police agencies from the Sacramento region and beyond will be able to train using the aircraft.

"It can be used by a variety of different agencies," said Michelle Eidam, firefighter and spokeswoman for Sac Metro Fire. "It can be used for fire rescue operations or for mass casualty incident training. Law enforcement can use it for SWAT training or canine training."

The aircraft will be moved around October to the training site. Eidam said the move will require modifications, but she did not know if wings would have to be removed or what the rolling route would be from Mather Field to Zinfandel Drive.

May 31, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest on man accused of slaying family members in Rancho Cordova?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Grigoriy Bukhantsov, who was charged with killing his sister-in-law and two young children?
Submitted by: Zuzik, Rancho Cordova

ANSWER: Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 20, is still awaiting trial for the October slaying of his sister-in-law and two of her children in their Rancho Cordova home.

May 29, 2013
Rancho Cordova man sentenced to prison for child exploitation

A Rancho Cordova man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Brandon Marks, 25, was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. He will be subject to 40 years of supervised release following his time in prison for enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, and for receiving and sharing child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

According to court documents, on May 29, 2012, an undercover detective responded to a Craigslist advertisement that Marks had posted in which he sought to acquire children's underwear. After a week of online and cell phone communications, during which Marks sent several images and one video of child pornography, Marks agreed to meet the undercover detective at a Sacramento hotel to have sex with what he thought to be a 12-year-old girl. He was arrested when he arrived at the hotel.

May 28, 2013
Rancho Cordova man's disappearance called mysterious

Armando Ponce 2e3ul (1).jpgThe Rancho Cordova Police Department seeks the public's assistance in finding a 21-year-old man who is missing under mysterious circumstances.

Armando Ponce (pictured) left his home in the 3000 block of Laurelhurst Drive about 5 p.m. May 13, telling family members that he was going to meet someone in Woodland. He has not been seen since.

Police said his unaccounted for absence is inconsistent with his normal behavior.

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 28, 2013
Rancho Cordova woman identified as victim in Memorial Day double homicide

One of the two people shot dead on Monday at a large apartment complex in Foothill Farms has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Coroner's deputies identified her as Roxanne Mason, a 34-year-old Rancho Cordova woman.

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting that left Mason and a man in his early 40s dead on Monday afternoon.

May 26, 2013
Rancho Cordova house fire kills two people, 17 pets

sacmetrofire 2.jpgA deadly house fire in Rancho Cordova early Sunday claimed the lives to two people and 17 pets, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department said.

Fire Capt. Chris Quinn said firefighters first received a cell phone call at 4:06 a.m. today reporting a fire at the single-story house in the 10500 block of Georgetown Drive in Rancho Cordova.

When firefighters arrived, he said, flames were visible. They knocked the fire down within 15 minutes.

May 22, 2013
River Bend Park fire is contained once again

A stubborn 11-acre grass fire in River Bend Park that flared again this morning due to windy conditions has been contained by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters.

Firefighters battled the blaze last night and were performing mop up duties this morning when the blaze along the American River erupted in brush and grass again. About 10:45 a.m. the fire was contained once again by firefighters.

A total of 19 engines and two water tenders responded to the park near Bradshaw Road and Highway 50. The park was closed this morning so that firefighters could put out the blaze.

May 15, 2013
Afternoon fire damages two homes in Rancho Cordova

Two Rancho Cordova homes were damaged this afternoon in a fire thought to have started between the houses.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded about 4:30 p.m. to reports of black smoke and fire coming from a house on Azalea Garden Way, south of Douglas Road and east of Sunrise Boulevard. The person reporting the fire didn't know whether anyone was inside, according to a Fire Department news release.

The first firefighters to arrive searched the houses for occupants and began working to extinguish the fires. Their efforts were complicated by a compromised gas meter, officials said.

April 30, 2013
Missing Rancho Cordova woman returns home

Jenith Paison.JPGRancho Cordova police say that a woman who went missing on Monday has returned home.

Jenith Pasion, 45, (pictured) who has diminished mental capacity, left her residence Monday afternoon, according to a police press release. A police spokesman said this morning she returned home and is safe with family.

April 27, 2013
One dead, several injured in Rancho Cordova car crash

One person was killed and several were injured when multiple cars slammed together at the intersection of Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards in Rancho Cordova just before 11:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

Authorities said the accident was triggered when a Volvo sedan traveling westbound on Folsom Boulevard at "an extremely high rate of speed," collided with a Range Rover SUV traveling southbound through the intersection.

The collision then initiated a chain reaction, causing three other cars to be struck, according to reports.

April 22, 2013
Drugs for disposal to be accepted on Saturday

Law enforcement is accepting for disposal potentially dangerous and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday at four sites in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have set up four spots to bring the unwanted medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The locations: Sheriff's Garfield Station, 5510 Garfield Ave., Sheriff's Florin Station, 7000 65th Street, Rancho Cordova Police, 2897 Kilgore Road and Antelope High School, 7801 Titan Road.

Studies reveal that most of the prescription drugs that are abused come from family and friends, often out of the home medicine cabinet, according to a sheriff's press release.

Collection sites will accept any medicines in capsule and tablet form. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, according to the sheriff's department.

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

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

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

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

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

April 4, 2013
Sac Metro rescues dog along American River

Dog01.JPGSacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters rescued a dog that fell down a steep hillside on Wednesday along the American River.

Twelve-year-old Bandit was out for a morning stroll with his owner in the Gristmill Park area of Rancho Cordova. Part of the trail gave out, sending Bandit down the hillside into some thick bushes, said Capt. Jon Rudnicki.

His owner realized he could not get to Bandit so firefighters arrived to execute a rescue. Firefighters carefully made their way to the dog and placed him in a basket.

The frightened pooch snapped at the firefighters, so a towel was placed over his head to protect them from a bite, according to Rudnicki. The basket was slid up the hill and then Bandit was carried to the owner's car.

March 11, 2013
Update: Woman dies when struck by RT light rail train

A 47-year-old woman was struck and killed by a light rail train this morning between the Sunrise and Hazel stations.

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. today on the tracks along Folsom Boulevard near Mercantile Drive, which is just east of the Sunrise station. A Regional Transit spokeswoman said that woman was walking a bicycle on the tracks.

Crossing arms were down at Mercantile Drive and bells were ringing when the person walked into the path of the train, the RT spokeswoman said. The woman's name has not yet been released.

Trains were operating through the area again at 10:30 a.m.

March 1, 2013
Rancho Cordova man pleads guilty in child sexual exploitation case

A Rancho Cordova man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to engaging in child sexual exploitation.

According to court documents, Brandon Marks, 25, attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. In addition, between April and June 2012, he received and shared child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Marks is to be sentenced May 15 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

March 1, 2013
Dogs rescued from Rancho Cordova fire by Sac Metro firefighters

dog rescued2.JPGSacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters today rescued two small dogs from a burning Rancho Cordova mobile home.

The dogs were last reported in critical condition at a pet hospital where they were transported after firefighters administered oxygen to the pets.

The first firefighters at the scene of the 10:30 a.m. fire on Redcoat Lane near Routier Road reported heavy smoke coming from the double-wide mobile home. Crews began to put out the fire and search for two dogs reported to still be inside.

Crews found the dogs, removed them to safety, and began resuscitation. No mobile home residents or firefighters were injured.

Fire damage was estimated at $25,000. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

PHOTO CAPTION: Firefighters administered oxygen to the pets. Sacramento Metro Fire

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
Two men accused of stealing copper from Rancho Cordvoa businesses

Two men were arrested early today in Rancho Cordova, accused of stealing copper wire from several businesses.

John Whitlock, 30, and Casey Solano, 24, were booked into Sacramento County Jail with bail set at $20,000 each.

Rancho Cordova police officers responded to the 9900 block of Horn Road about 4 a.m. after a security guard reported that two men were on the roof of a business. When police arrived, the two suspects, later identified as Whitlock and Solano, ran from officers, according to a Police Department news release.

February 22, 2013
Man given 14-year sentence for distributing child pornography

A man who spent time at a Rancho Cordova residence has been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to 14 years and two months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Joseph Cantrelle, 61, who lived most recently in Vacaville, also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents searched residences where Cantrelle stayed in Napa and Rancho Cordova. They found that Cantrelle maintained on his computer a collection of approximately 561 videos and 4,079 still images depicting minors engaged in various types of sexually explicit conduct. He shared and posted the images from his computer to others on the Internet.

February 21, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has anyone been arrested in shooting death of Rancho Cordova teen?

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

QUESTION: Has anyone been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Jorden Benedict last April in Rancho Cordova?
Submitted by: Just Curious, Rancho Cordova

ANSWER: Investigation of the case remains open, but no arrests have been made, according to Sgt. Jason Ramos, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

February 19, 2013
Coroner IDs man fatally shot by Rancho Cordova police

By Kim Minugh, Bill Lindelof and Dan Hill

Law enforcement officials say that the man killed in Rancho Cordova on Monday by Rancho Cordova police was shot after hitting officers with inordinate strength.

A press statement by the police department said that the man was large of stature and had begun to overpower the officers when one of the officers drew his service handgun and shot him at least one time in the upper body.

The officers immediately called for medical assistance, but the man later died. He was identified this morning as 35-year-old Paul Tereshchenko of Sacramento.

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 Call Cecile Velasco at (916) 874-7428 for more information.

January 31, 2013
UPDATE: Missing Rancho Cordova teenager found safe

Ciera Buckley MP+Buckley+Pic.jpgA Rancho Cordova teenager who had been missing for several days has been located and reunited with her family, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Ciera Buckley (pictured), 15, had last been seen at her home Sunday in the 9800 block of Lincoln Village Drive. Authorities said she was considered to be at-risk because her disappearance is inconsistent with her normal behavior.

January 23, 2013
Rancho police, sheriff's deputies begin 'Adopt-A-School' program that includes campus visits

Rancho Cordova police and Sacramento County East Division sheriff's deputies will become a larger presence in some schools through a bonding program now underway.

The "Adopt-A-School" program endeavors to strengthen ties between law enforcement, schools and the community. The effort, which began last week, focuses on 19 schools.

Officers will be making stops during regular patrol duties to visit campuses. They will attempt to cultivate working relationships with students, teachers, classified staff and principals, according to a Rancho Cordova police press release.

In addition, officers will conduct presentations about the role of the police officer, emphasize the importance of class work and stress the importance of staying away from drugs and crime.

The program supplements the police presence at schools that already have School Resource Officers. Other responsibilities of officers in the Adopt-A-School program may include assisting school staff in counseling sessions and serving as mentors to students.

Schools involved in the program include Cordova Gardens, Cordova Meadows, Cordova Villa, Navigator, Peter J. Shields, Rancho Cordova Elementary, White Rock, Williamson, Sunrise, A.M. Winn, Abraham Lincoln, Mather Heights, Sierra Enterprise, James W. Marshall, Sequoia, Isador Cohen, Golden Empire, Gold River Discovery and O.W. Erlewine.

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 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's happening in Rancho Cordova triple homicide case?

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

QUESTION: Is there any update on the triple homicide that happened in Rancho Cordova a couple of months back? Last I heard, Denis Bukhantsov's brother was in custody. What has happened since he was arrested?
Submitted by: Sunshine, Sacramento

ANSWER: Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 20, remains in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial for the October slaying of his sister-in-law and two of her children.

January 15, 2013
Cops chase suspects from Rancho Cordova to Dixon

Sacramento County Sheriff officers arrested two people in Dixon after a high-speed chase that began in Rancho Cordova this morning.

Officers responded to a victim who reported being struck with a gun near Folsom Boulevard and Bradshaw Road around 5:00 a.m. when suspects fled in a vehicle driving westbound on Highway 50, Sgt. Jason Ramos said.

Sheriff's deputies pursued, and the chase reached speeds as high as 100 mph as it followed Interstate 80 through three Sacramento, Yolo and Solano counties. CHP provided air support and as many as 10 sheriff's officers joined the chase, Ramos said.

January 9, 2013
Dad suspected of shoplifting booze in baby stroller in Rancho Cordova

A father is suspected of hiding shoplifted booze and DVDs in his toddler's stroller, according to Rancho Cordova police.

Danny Williams, the father of the child, and his friend Deaire Jeffries, are suspected of stealing the items from the CVS Pharmacy in the 3300 block of Zinfandel Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Employees told police that the two men pushed a baby stroller around the store with Williams' child along for the ride before paying for one item. They were later caught outside the store with merchandise hidden in the stroller.

Williams' child was taken into protective custody. Williams, 26, and Jeffries, 31, were booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and child endangerment.

January 8, 2013
Teenager arrested in fatal shooting in Rancho Cordova

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a man found in a vehicle in Rancho Cordova last week with a gunshot wound.

The suspect was taken into custody near the scene of the crime earlier today and was booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of murder, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Authorities did not release the youth's name because he is a juvenile.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Jan. 2, Rancho Cordova police officers responded to the area of White Rock Road near Laurel Crest Drive regarding a report of an unresponsive man inside a vehicle. They found 29-year-old Lucas Esteban-Enrique, who had been shot while driving down the street. He was transported to a hospital, where he died the following evening.

January 4, 2013
Rancho Cordova motorist dies of gunshot wound

A Rancho Cordova man shot in his car on Wednesday has died, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Lucas Esteban-Enrique, 29, was found behind the wheel of his car near the intersection of White Rock Road and Laurelhurst Drive about 8 a.m. Wednesday. When deputies arrived on the scene they found Esteban-Enrique's car stopped against a curb.

He was unresponsive behind the wheel and when paramedics removed him from the car it was discovered he had a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital and died at 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies canvassed the neighborhood to come up with any information that might lead them to a suspect. Deputies learned there were several gunshots heard before the car was found rolled to a stop at the curb.

A sheriff's spokesman said they have no suspects.

January 3, 2013
Young man who died in Bradshaw Road crash identified

A 21-year-old man killed Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle at a high rate of speed and crashed at an historic schoolhouse has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner.

Elijah Nehemiah Riley of Elk Grove was the driver of a vehicle that crossed eight lanes of traffic on Bradshaw Road and crashed into a play structure at historic Edward Kelley Preschool. He died at the scene.

The cause of the 3 p.m. crash is under investigation, but it appears Riley "may have had a medical condition," a sheriff's department spokesman said at the time of the accident.

January 2, 2013
CHP seeks vehicle involved in fatal Christmas Eve hit-and-run

The California Highway Patrol is asking the community's help in the search for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision that left a pedestrian dead on Christmas Eve.

The collision occurred about 5:10 p.m. Dec. 24 on a westbound Highway 50 onramp in Rancho Cordova. Investigating officers believe the vehicle was traveling on the Highway 50 westbound onramp from southbound Sunrise Boulevard when it struck a woman in the roadway as she was crossing the onramp in a westerly direction, according to a CHP news release.

The pedestrian, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Yvonne Janell Raphael, 65, was then struck by two other vehicles, which remained at the scene. The first vehicle, however, fled.

December 27, 2012
Red-light cameras to go 'live' Saturday in Rancho Cordova

A new digital red-light photo enforcement camera system has been installed at Zinfandel Drive and White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova and is scheduled to go "live" at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

For a period of 30 days, red-light violators will be mailed a warning notice. At 12:01 a.m. Jan. 28, red-light violators at the intersection will begin to receive citations by mail.

The citation will include a referral to a website where the violator can view the still and/or video images of the violation. The violator should be able to clearly see where the vehicle was in relation to the intersection's limit line, and the green,yellow and red lights, according to a Rancho Cordova Police Department news release.

Officials said the red-light photo enforcement program is intended to promote increased safety. They say studies have shown a significant reduction in red-light-related crashes at intersections with photo enforcement.

December 26, 2012
Pedestrian killed in Highway 50 onramp hit-and-run

A 65-year-old pedestrian was killed Christmas eve when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing a Highway 50 onramp in Rancho Cordova.

The female pedestrian was walking across a Sunrise Boulevard onramp to westbound Highway 50 about 5 p.m. Monday when a vehicle hit her and did not stop. The California Highway Patrol is still looking for the hit-and-run driver.

After the initial striking of the woman by the unknown driver, her body, still in an onramp lane, was struck by a motorcycle and a car.

The CHP reports that the fatal injuring of the pedestrian occurred at dusk and that the street lights were inoperable. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has not released the name of the pedestrian.

December 24, 2012
Sacramento Metro Fire rescues deer trapped in canal

Sacramento Metro Fire Department personnel rescued a deer caught in the Folsom South Canal at Sunrise Boulevard and Sun Center Drive in Rancho Cordova on Monday.

Sacramento Metro firefighters were able to help the deer out of the canal and were evaluating the condition of the animal.

"We're not sure how long the deer was in the water," said Capt. Chris Quinn.

Fire officials asked the Department of Fish and Game to respond.

December 14, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances of '90s homicde in Lincoln Village?

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

QUESTION: Sometime in the early '90s, a young man named DeVarr Williams was killed in Lincoln Village. What were the details?
Submitted by: Rich, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: DeVarr Williams died in February 1994, a week after he was shot as he stood outside a liquor store in the Lincoln Village area.

December 11, 2012
Red-light cameras to go 'live' at Rancho Cordova intersection

A new digital red-light photo enforcement camera system has been installed at Zinfandel and Olson drives in Rancho Cordova and is scheduled to go "live" at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

For a period of 30 days, red-light violators will be mailed a warning notice. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 12, red-light violators at this intersection will receive citations by mail, according to a Rancho Cordova Police Department news release.

The citation will include a referral to a website where the violator can view the still and/or video images of the violation. The violator should be able to clearly see where the vehicle was in relation to the intersection's limit line, and the green, yellow and red lights.

Police say the system is intended to increase traffic safety, citing studies that have shown a significant reduction in red-light-related crashes at intersections with photo enforcement camera systems.

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 or call the grand jury coordinator at (916) 874-7559.

December 3, 2012
Coroner IDs victim found fatally stabbed in Rancho Cordova last week

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man whose body was found outside of a Rancho Cordova pet clinic last week as 55-year-old Jeffrey Rozenski.

Rozenski, whom authorities described as a transient who frequented the Rancho Cordova area, had been fatally stabbed.

A passerby alerted authorities after finding his body outside a pet clinic at 2890 La Loma Drive the night of Nov. 26.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies later arrested 28-year-old Tywan Johnson on suspicion of murder in connection with the death.

November 27, 2012
Sheriff's deputies identify suspect, motive in fatal Rancho Cordova stabbing

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect arrested today in connection with the death of a 55-year-old man in Rancho Cordova on Monday night as 28-year-old Tywan Johnson.

Deputies arrested Johnson on suspicion of murder. They allege he fatally stabbed the victim, who has not yet been identified by the coroner's office, in a dispute over money.

The two were acquaintances, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Johnson, who was arrested at his home in Sacramento County, had several outstanding warrants for his arrest from the Sacramento Regional Transit District for allegedly evading fares, according to jail booking records.

The victim's body was discovered outside of a pet clinic on La Loma Drive about 8 p.m. Ramos said he was a transient who frequented the Rancho Cordova area.

Authorities were alerted to the stabbing after a woman who saw the man's body flagged down a firefighting crew. They found the man on the ground with a bicycle.

Information from a witness and evidence at the scene prompted detectives to identify Johnson as the suspect, Ramos said.

Johnson previously faced just one criminal case in Sacramento County. According to Superior Court records available online, Johnson pleaded no contest in 2005 to a misdemeanor count of petty theft.

November 24, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What became of teen who killed friend near Mather AFB?

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

QUESTION: In the late 1980s or early '90s, a teenager was found killed outside of Mather Air Force Base by the canal off of Douglas Road. What were the details of this crime and what was the outcome of the person responsible for it? I know the suspect robbed the victim's parents house on base to make it look like the victim did it.
Submitted by: Rich, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Jeffery Michael Creagan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the execution-style slaying of a friend, 17-year-old Clarence Dixon, on July 2, 1990.

November 21, 2012
Three convicted in Cordova robbery-murder of casino winner

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted three men of robbery and murder in the Dec. 29, 2008, shooting death of a man who prosecutors say was targeted for the $16,000 he won gambling at an Indian casino.

The verdicts came in against Derrick Dwayne Sam, 34, Shannon Shorter, 36, and Genneledward Miles Jr., 30, for the murder, robbery, abduction and torture of Timothy Lance Brodie, 30. Prosecutors said Brodie was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Rancho Cordova apartment complex when he tried to escape after he had been abducted and beaten in an effort to force him to disclose where he hid his winnings.

Sentencing for Miles has been scheduled for Dec. 21 in front of Judge Maryanne G. Gilliard. Sam and Shorter are slated to be sentenced by Gilliard on Jan. 11.

November 9, 2012
Another electrical fire prompts warning from Sac Metro Fire

The third fire traced to electrical problems in 30 days has prompted a suburban fire district to caution homeowners about doing electrical repairs themselves.

On Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were called to the 8100 block of Dunes Court, near Highway 99 and Calvine Road, where a garage was engulfed in flames. Crews stopped the fire from spreading into the home and also rescued the family dog and cat.

The residents of the home were away at the time of the fire. Arson investigators determined "the cause to be electrical in nature," according to a fire district press release.

November 2, 2012
Man arrested after SWAT officers called to Rancho Cordova residence

A man wanted on an out-of-county warrant has been taken into custody in Rancho Cordova after he initially failed to respond to law enforcement officers seeking to arrest him.

Some residents were concerned when they saw officers massing at Mitchell Middle School at 2100 Zinfandel Drive. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the school was used as a staging area for deputies, including SWAT officers who were called when the man did not respond to requests to come out of a residence in the 2000 block of Zinfandel .

Ramos said it was known that two juveniles were in the home, and authorities were concerned about a possible hostage situation.

October 31, 2012
Woman dies in Rancho Cordova crash

A motorist died last night on Sunrise Boulevard when her car went out of control and struck a tree.

Rancho Cordova police responded to the accident on Sunrise Boulevard north of Douglas Road about 9:30 p.m. Paramedics were also dispatched.

The driver, who has not been indentified pending notification of family, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that her car was northbound on Sunrise Boulevard when it veered toward the right shoulder of the road and struck the curb. The car then abruptly turned toward the center median where it hit a tree.

October 30, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was killer caught in slaying of Rancho Cordova office workers?

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

QUESTION: In fall 1985, two women went to work at an office along east Highway 50. It was a Saturday, so, I surmise, they were intending to catch up on some uncompleted tasks. They were killed by the custodian, I believe. I have been haunted by the fact that they were doing extra but were killed doing their job. Was the killer caught and what happened to him?
Submitted by: Robert, Sacramento

ANSWER: Timothy Pride, a janitor, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for fatally stabbing two female co-workers at Progressive Casualty Insurance in Rancho Cordova on the Labor Day holiday in 1984.

October 29, 2012
UPDATE: Folsom motorist injured in collision with freight locomotive

The California Highway Patrol reports that a 78-year-old Folsom man suffered moderate injuries this morning when the van he was driving collided with a freight train locomotive near Folsom Boulevard and Watt Avenue.

The silver Chrysler Town and Country van was westbound on Folsom Boulevard in the left-turn lane at the Watt Avenue intersection, and a Union Pacific Railroad locomotive was westbound on the Union Pacific tracks approaching Watt at 10 mph, according to a CHP news release.

Officials said the driver of the van failed to see the railroad crossing arms in the lowered position blocking traffic on northbound and southbound Watt Avenue. The man drove through the crossing arm, striking it with the windshield portion of the vehicle, and traveled directly into the path of the oncoming train. The locomotive struck the left side of the van, and the van spun out of control away from the railroad tracks as the train came to a stop, authorities said.

The van driver was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center.

CHP officials said the collision is under investigation.

October 25, 2012
Family of Rancho Cordova murder victims speak out

20121025_HA_HOMICIDE0234.JPGWeary and choked with emotion, the family of the young mother and two toddlers slain in Rancho Cordova spoke for the first time publicly about the victims at a press conference Thursday.

"She cared a lot for me, for all of us, for our parents, for our family," said Denis Bukhantsov, the husband of Alina Bukhantsov, 23, who was brutally killed in their home along with their children, Emmanuela, 3, and Avenir, 2.

His brother, Grigoriy Bukhantsov, a 19-year-old high school dropout, is being held on three counts of murder in the bloody attack.

October 25, 2012
Memorial fund set up for relatives of three slain in Rancho Cordova

A memorial fund has been set up for the surviving family members whose loved ones were slain in a bloody attack in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday afternoon.

The Denis Bukhantsov Memorial Trust Fund, set up in the name of the victims' husband and father, was set up through Premier West Bank. The account number is 82804765. There are several branches in the Sacramento region, including one at 9340 East Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove, 95624.

The fund will benefit the family of 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov and her two children, 3-year-old Emmanuela and 2-year-old Avenir. Denis Bukhantsov found their bodies in the family's Rancho Cordova duplex on Tuesday afternoon.

The couple's youngest child, a 6-month-old boy, was found safe in another room.

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives arrested Denis Bukhantsov's brother, 19-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov, on suspicion of three counts of murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

October 24, 2012
Update: Names of 3 victims slain in Rancho Cordova released
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Denis and Alina Bukhantsov, top photo, take a ride in a buggy in West Sacramento during their wedding on April 26, 2008 (Photo by Sacramento wedding photographer Sergey Bidun). Above, a recent photo of Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, was provided by a family friend.
By Kim Minugh, Anne Gonzales and Ed Fletcher

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the names of the three victims found slain in their Rancho Cordova duplex on Tuesday afternoon.

They are 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov and her children, 3-year-old Emmanuela and 2-year-old Avenir.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mother, two children slain in Rancho Cordova home

Alina Bukhantsov's brother-in-law, 19-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov, is accused in the crime. He was arrested early this morning on suspicion of three counts of murder, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

All three of the victims had injuries "consistent with sharp force trauma," said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. They were found dead in their De Soto Way duplex about 3:30 p.m. by the husband of the woman, who is also the father of the children.

It is his brother who is the suspect in the brutal killings.

October 23, 2012
Update: Deputies looking for van associated with triple-homicide in Rancho Cordova

1a.jpgBy Kim Minugh and Ed Fletcher

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department officials are looking for a minivan they believe was stolen from the Rancho Cordova duplex where three bodies were discovered this afternoon.

The van is a white Chrysler Town and Country van with a California license plate of 6LFY276.

Authorities believe the van was stolen from the duplex where a young mother and her two toddlers were found dead.

Deputies were called to a home in the 10100 block of Desoto Way after the woman's husband, who is also the children's father, came home and found the bodies, said Sgt. Jason Ramos. The man didn't have access to a phone and went to a neighbors house for help, fearing that possible attackers were still in his home. The neighbor then called 911 about 3:30 p.m., Ramos said.

Deputies arriving at the house found the the bodies of the woman, described as being in her 20s, and a 3-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy dead in one room. A third child, a 6-month-old boy, was found crying but unharmed in another room, Ramos said.

October 23, 2012
UPDATE: Mother, two children found dead inside Rancho Cordova home

By Kim Minugh

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department officials have confirmed that three bodies found Tuesday afternoon inside a Rancho Cordova home are that of a woman and her two young children.

Deputies were called to a home in the 10100 block of Desoto Way after the woman's husband, who is also the children's father, came home and found the bodies, said Sgt. Jason Ramos. The man didn't have access to a phone and went to a neighbors house for help, fearing that possible attackers were still in his home. The neighbor then called 911 about 3:30 p.m., Ramos said.

Deputies arriving at the house found the the bodies of the woman, described as being in her 20s, and two children -- a girl, 3, and a boy, 2 -- dead in one room. A 6-month-old boy was found crying but unharmed in another room, Ramos said.

October 15, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Was anyone caught in 1980s homicide in Lincoln Village?

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

QUESTION: A friend of mine was murdered in Sacramento in 1985, named Gary Wells. Was his murderer ever caught and what happened to him? I believe his name was Dwayne Richardson. What actually happened that night?
Submitted by: sin dawg, Sacramento

ANSWER: Dwayne Michael Richardson pleaded guilty in the 1984 shooting death of 19-year-old Gary Wells.

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 5, 2012
UPDATE: Missing Rancho Cordova woman reported back home, safe

missing.JPGA Rancho Cordova woman reported missing earlier today has returned home and is OK, according to police.

Rancho Corodva police said Marcella Stapleton, 51, went missing from her residence in the 2900 block of Routier Road Thursday morning. Police said she was considered to be at risk because she is emotionally and mentaly unstable.

PHOTO CAPTION: Marcella Stapleton

September 25, 2012
Electrical wiring blamed in morning fire in Rancho Cordova

Sacramento Metro Fire officials are blaming electrical wiring for a fire that engulfed a Rancho Cordova duplex, displacing a family with four young children.

The incident at 3325 Routier Road in Rancho Cordova began at 7 a.m. Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming out of the attic of the duplex, according to a press release from the department. No injuries were reported. The fire was estimated to have caused $120,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 in personal property damage.

The fire - deemed electrical in nature - started at the back of the vacant duplex, traveled up the wall and engulfed the shared attic space, according to the release.

September 18, 2012
Update: One person killed, two injured in school bus-SUV collision

A man was killed and two women were injured this afternoon in a collision between a school bus and a sport-utility vehicle near Rancho Cordova.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jasper Begay said the crash occurred at 3:50 p.m. A 1996 Jeep Cherokee was westbound on Jackson Highway when the driver ran a red light at Sunrise Boulevard, Begay said. An Elk Grove Unified School District bus traveling southbound on Sunrise, with only the driver on board, struck the passenger side of the Jeep.

Begay said the male passenger in the Jeep died at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of family.

September 18, 2012
Fatal collision involving school bus reported near Rancho Cordova

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision that occurred this shortly before 4 Jackson Road and Sunrise Boulevard.

According to the CHP website, the collision involved a school bus and a Jeep.

Details were not immediately available. Return to for more information.

September 18, 2012
Shooter admits to manslaughter in 2010 Rancho Cordova killing

A man who shot and killed a woman's ex-boyfriend pleaded no contest Monday to voluntary manslaughter charges in Sacramento Superior Court.

Isaac Merciful Martinez, 21, entered the plea in the July 10, 2010, shooting death of Damien Burkholder in the 3000 block of Laurelhurst Drive in Rancho Cordova.

Martinez entered the plea after testimony had begun in his murder trial in front of Judge Michael P. Kenny.

Besides the voluntary manslaughter, Martinez admitted to gang and gun enhancements that will are expected to extend his total sentence under the plea arrangement to 31 years. Kenny scheduled Martinez' sentencing for Oct. 19.

According to court testimony, Martinez was in his car making out with a woman when Burkholder, her ex-boyfriend, showed up and a fight ensued.

September 16, 2012
Rancho Cordova man dies of gunshot wounds

By Loretta Kalb

Sacramento County Coroner's officials have identified a man shot to death in Rancho Cordova late last week as 33-year-old Clifton Riddle.

Sheriff's officials found Riddle in his car at the 2400 block of Moraine Circle on Thursday night after he called them to say he had been shot.

Riddle was taken to a hospital with injuries from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of his body, Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said.

September 13, 2012
Coroner IDs second victim in Rancho Cordova double-homicide

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the second victim fatally shot in a Rancho Cordova apartment Tuesday night as 68-year-old James Anthony Angelonis.

Angelonis and his caregiver, Sandra Foster, were fatally shot by two unknown assailants who ran into a West La Loma Drive apartment about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The attack was witnessed by an 11-year-old girl who hid in a closet during the shooting, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The suspects, who were described only as wearing dark clothes, have not been identified.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

September 11, 2012
Two people found fatally shot in Rancho Cordova apartment

West_LaLoma_Murder.jpgSheriff's deputies are searching for assailants in the neighborhood around West La Loma Drive in Rancho Cordova after two people were fatally shot in an apartment this evening.

Sgt. Jason Ramos said deputies were called to the area about 8:45 p.m. He said an 11-year-old girl had gone from her home to an apartment across the street at 2086 West La Loma. As she entered the apartment, two individuals rushed in behind her, knocking her to the floor.

The girl got up and ran from the apartment. As she ran back across the street to her own apartment complex, she heard two gunshots. She told her family what happened and they called 911.

September 10, 2012
Rancho Cordova motel burns, again

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department officials say that earlier fire damage to the Value Inn in Rancho Cordova was so extensive it was hard to tell whether Monday afternoon's fire actually resulted in any new damage to the troubled structure.

The fire, at 1:33 p.m., was the fifth fire at the 10271 Folsom Blvd. building in the last two years, said Michelle Eidam, a firefighter paramedic with the department.

There were no injuries as a result of the one-alarm fire at the building officially deemed inhabitable, but believed to be home to a number of squatters, Eidam said.

The city has been trying over the last two years to get the building demolished, said Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge. The location at the corner of Folsom and Mather Field and its proximity to transit makes it a site with "unlimited opportunity," she said.
- Ed Fletcher

September 4, 2012
Teenager reported missing from Rancho Cordova returns home

A teenager who was reported missing in Rancho Cordova more than a week ago has been found safe.

Sacramento County sheriff's officials reported that 16-year-old Fatima Scott returned home Monday and has been reunited with her family.

Scott, who had been staying with her family at a motel on Point East Drive, was reported missing Aug. 23. She was considered at risk because she was without needed medication.

August 24, 2012
Rancho Cordova police on the lookout for missing teen needing her medication

scott missing.JPGRancho Cordova police need help in finding a teenager who has gone missing.

Fatima Scott, 16, who had been staying with her family at a motel on Point East Drive in Rancho Cordova, is considered at-risk because she is without needed medication.

Scott was last seen riding light rail in downtown Sacramento at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

She is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 135 pounds. She was wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans. Her head is shaved but she does wear a blond and black wig.

Anyone who has seen Scott is asked to call police at (916) 874-5115.


August 22, 2012
Cause of fire at vacant Rancho Cordova house investigated

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the garage of a vacant residence in Rancho Cordova early this morning.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched to a report of flames at a house in the 3300 block of Romford Way. They arrived to find the garage on fire and already collapsing, according to a Fire District news release.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage, preventing it from spreading to the house or attic. No other structures were damaged.

August 20, 2012
Bicyclist gravely wounded after collision in Rancho Cordova

A bicyclist sustained serious injuries in a collision with a vehicle outside the Mather Field light rail station in Rancho Cordova this evening.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the collision occurred just before 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Road. The bicyclist, a teenage boy, pulled into the eastbound lanes of Folsom Boulevard against a green light, Ramos said. He was struck and dragged along the road 50 to 60 feet.

He was transported to the University of California, Davis Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Ramos said there was no indication that intoxicants were involved in the collision, and that the driver appeared to have been obeying all traffic laws.

August 9, 2012
Update: Coroner identifies dead man in Rancho Cordova motel shooting

The Sacramento County Coroner's office today released the name of a man deputies believe shot into a motel room before then turning the gun on himself.

He was identified as Patrick Michael Ewing, 34, of Rancho Cordova.

Sheriff's SWAT officers evacuated the Extended Stay America motel at 10721 White Rock Road after receiving a report that a man who had been staying at the motel for several days had fired shots into another room about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

August 9, 2012
Update: Coroner identifies woman killed in Jackson Road head-on

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a woman who died Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Jackson Road, south of Mather Airport.

She was identified today as Rajnita Devi Singh, 31, of Rancho Cordova.

Officer Jasper Begay of the California Highway Patrol said the collision occurred about 12:25 p.m. Singh was westbound on Jackson Road just west of Excelsior Road when she began weaving in and out of the opposing traffic lane, he said. She then veered left, colliding head-on with an eastbound Chevy Silverado pickup truck.

August 8, 2012
UPDATE: Man found dead after reportedly firing shots at Rancho Cordova motel

A man who reportedly fired shots into a Rancho Cordova motel room early this evening was found dead in another room hours later.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said indications are that the 34-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Sheriff's SWAT officers evacuated the Extended Stay America motel at 10721 White Rock Road after receiving a report that a man who had been staying at the motel for several days had fired shots into another room about 5:30 p.m.

August 6, 2012
Fire at Rancho Cordova restaurant probably intentional, officials say

Arson is suspected in a fire at Sheepherder Bar and Grille in Rancho Cordova.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel were called to the restaurant at about 4:45 a.m. today to find a storage shed and an exterior wooden staircase on fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished but not before causing an estimated $12,000 in damage.

Cause of the fire is being investigated, but authorities found indications that the blaze was intentionally set, a press release states.

A 2007 Bee restaurant review said that Sheepherder was originally built as the Citrus Inn in 1913, or maybe 1912 -- the historical record is unclear.

August 6, 2012
Former Sacramento sheriff's deputy will serve 120 days for identity theft charge

Smith Image (1).jpgFormer Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Kelly Smith will serve 120 days in jail and complete a drug diversion program as part of her sentence for drug possession and identity theft charges, according to authorities.

Smith, a 23-year veteran who had been assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department as part of that city's contract with the Sheriff's Department, resigned from the agency last month, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

In June, Smith, 43, pleaded no contest to the felony charges that she refilled an elderly man's hydrocodone prescriptions without his knowledge of consent and then kept the pills for her own use. She had befriended the man, prosecutors alleged, to get access to his prescriptions.

Smith has enrolled in a drug diversion program and will serve 120 days in jail, as well as five years of probation under the sentence imposed by Sacramento Superior court Judge Kevin McCormick.

July 31, 2012
Sprinkler douses fire, floods cabinet-making business

A sprinkler system was credited with extinguishing a fire at a Rancho Cordova cabinet manufacturing business Monday night, but fire officials said the unmonitored system caused extensive water damage.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched at 11:04 p.m. to a report of water coming from a building occupied by River City Millwork Inc. at 3045 Fite Circle. Crews arrived to find water flowing under the doors of the large commercial tilt-up building. After forcing their way inside, firefighters found that a small fire at a work station had activated a sprinkler head and the fire had been extinguished.

No one was in the building when fire crews arrived.

June 30, 2012
Man found tangled underwater in American River hospitalized

A man is receiving medical attention after being removed from the American River at River Bend Park in Rancho Cordova this afternoon.

At 4:41 p.m., the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received a report that a man had jumped from a raft into the river and had not surfaced.

A fire boat found the man, who had been caught in a fast-moving current, tangled in submerged trees, said Battalion Chief Kyle Johnson.

Crews took him from the water about 5:20 p.m. after he had been underwater for at least 40 minutes, and administered CPR, Johnson said. The man was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center.

No details about his conditions are currently available.

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
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is latest in case of man convicted of embezzling from construction firm?

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

QUESTION: In December 2011 Thomas Tanke was found to be guilty of embezzlement. I have found no updates on the case. What, if any, was the outcome for conviction, time served, etc.?
Submitted by: Cindy, Sacramento

ANSWER: Thomas Tanke, the former vice president of a Rancho Cordova construction company, was found guilty in federal court in November of stealing more than $110,000 from the firm.

A jury found Tanke guilty on two counts of mail fraud and five counts of bank fraud.

Tanke initially was to be sentenced March 2, but according to online court records, the sentencing hearing has been postponed to July 6. He's being held in Sacramento County Jail.

According to a story in The Bee, Tanke, 68, claimed that at least part of the money was compensation in lieu of a higher salary, but the owner of Azteca Construction Inc., Rafael Martin, said that was not true.

According to a trial brief filed by the prosecutor, between February and June 2004, Tanke diverted seven checks to his own business bank account even though they were issued by third-party purchasers of equipment and were payable to Azteca, Martin or Construction Equipment Rental & Services, an entity owned by Martin's wife that leased equipment to Azteca.

Tanke also caused approximately 23 Azteca checks to be issued as payments to his personal creditors, and in some instances submitted invoices to suggest that the payments were for legitimate company expenses, according to the brief.

He was accused of using company checks to pay for items including jewelry and an expensive bicycle.

June 25, 2012
Sacramento deputy pleads no contest to drug, identity theft charges

A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy has pleaded no contest to felony drug possession and identity theft charges after she befriended an elderly victim and refilled his prescription drugs without his knowledge, according to authorities.

Kelly Curran Smith, 43, entered the plea today as part of an agreement with the Sacramento County District Attorney's office that will send her to jail for 120 days and to a drug diversion program, according to a news release from the DA's office. She also will be placed on probation after she has served her time.

Smith and her attorney, Jeffrey M. Schaff, declined comment.

Smith is a 23-year veteran deputy assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave when the investigation began in March, and she remains employed by the department, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Smith befriended a 90-year-old man and then began to refill his prescription painkillers without his knowledge. She then picked up the pills and kept them for her own use. She was arrested in May.

Smith will be sentenced Aug. 6.

June 22, 2012
Multiple life terms in 2011 Rancho Cordova triple homicide

The two defendants in a 2011 drive-by shooting that left three young men dead in Rancho Cordova received multiple life sentences this morning in Sacramento Superior Court.

Judge Helena Gweon sentenced the driver, Francisco Delgado, 21, to three terms of life without parole in state prison. She also sentenced the shooter, Saul Isidro-Aucencio, 25, to three terms of life without parole, in addition to a definite term of 16 years and eight months and an indefinite term of seventy-five years to life. In addition, she required the men to pay a total of about $40,000 in restitution.

Delgado and Isidro-Aucencio were convicted by separate juries on May 31 of three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Jamir Miller, 15, Richard "Bubba" Ward, 16, and Robert Corpos, 20.

June 18, 2012
Metro firefighters busy on Sunday with garage, house and apartment fires

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were kept busy Sunday -- a day when the mercury hit 100 degrees.

At 10:24 a.m. crews responded to 8294 White Sands Way to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage of a home. Inside the garage, two vintage automobiles were on fire.

Crews were able to limit the spread of fire into the home. Firefighters located the resident of the home, who suffered minor burns and respiratory problems.

June 14, 2012
Arrest reported in series of Rancho Cordova robberies

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a recent series of robberies in Rancho Cordova.

Xavier Lomba, 19, was taken into custody this morning at his Rancho Cordova home and booked into Sacramento County Jail, according to a Rancho Cordova Police Department news release. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

He is accused of six robberies. The first occurred May 17 at the Chevron gas station at 2358 Sunrise Blvd. and the most recent was reported Sunday at CVS Pharmacy at 3301 Zinfandel Drive. The other robberies occurred May 22 at that Subway sandwich shop, 3581 Mather Field Road, and at the Liquor and Food store, 10401 Folsom Blvd.; May 29 at the Wienerschnitzel restaurant, 11070 Coloma Road; and June 6 at the Pizza Guys restaurant, 2351 Vehicle Drive.

June 8, 2012
UPDATE: Man arrested in Rancho Cordova stand-off identifed

Esquivel+Image.jpgA man fled officiers following a traffic stop and holed up in an Rancho Cordova apartment for nearly three hours this afternoon has been identified as Freddy Esquivel (pictured), 25.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the incident began shortly before 3 p.m. when a Rancho Cordova patrol officer stopped a vehicle at Pedro and Luveta ways. Three people were in the vehicle and, two of the occupants, a male and a female were detained. The other individual, a passenger in the front seat identified as Esquivel, ran from the vehicle.

Esquivel ran through yards, jumping fences, and was tracked to an apartment complex in the 10700 block of Le Ann Drive, where he entered the residence of a woman believed to be an acquaintance. Ramos said the woman came out of the apartment and confirmed that Esquivel was inside.

June 6, 2012
Suspicious device found at Cordova High determined to be a 'hoax'

A handful of faculty and staff members at Cordova High School have been allowed back on campus after authorities detonated a suspicious object on campus.

The object was found to be inert. However, authorities had treated as a potential threat out of an "abundance of caution," said Stephen Nichols, spokesman for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos described the object as a "pretty well constructed hoax device" - an object made to look like a real bomb, complete with a blinking red light.

A campus custodian found the object about 10:30 a.m., prompting an evacuation of part of the campus. School is not in session; however, some faculty and staff members were inside the school when the object was found, and some children were playing soccer at the school, Ramos said. They were all been cleared from the area.

The sheriff's bomb squad responded and, unsure if the object was a real explosive device, detonated it. It was then determined to be some canned beverages wrapped in foil and duct tape, Ramos said.

June 5, 2012
UPDATE: Brothers missing from Rancho Cordova found safe

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Two brothers reported missing from their Rancho Cordova home have been found.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that Andie Her, 13, and Christopher Her, 11, are safe and unharmed, and are being reunited with their mother.

The boys had been last seen about 8 a.m. Sunday when they were believed to have walked away from their apartment in the 2800 block of Paseo Rio Way near Folsom Boulevard.

They were considered at risk because of their young age and because there was no known reason for their disappearance.
PHOTO CAPTION: Andie Her, left; Christopher Her, right

May 31, 2012
Two juries convict men in Rancho Cordova triple murder

Two Sacramento Superior Court juries returned first-degree murder convictions today against two street gang members in the shooting deaths of three bicyclists last year in Rancho Cordova.

Judge Helena R. Gweon set a June 22 sentencing date for defendants Saul Isidro-Aucencio, 25, and Francisco Ignacio Delgado, 21. The two face life in prison with no chance of parole on the juries' special-circumstance findings that the pair committed the Feb. 13, 2011, drive-by, multiple murders of Robert Corpos, 20, Richard Ward, 16, and Jamir Miller, 15.

According to evidence at trial, Isidro-Aucencio had been assaulted in an apartment complex earlier in the day. In retaliation, Isidro-Aucencio, armed himself with an AK-47 assault rifle, and he and Delgado got in a car and hunted down their victims in the 10100 block of Malaga Way. The three who were shot had nothing to do with the earlier attack on Isidro-Aucencio.

May 31, 2012
Man convicted in stalking assault at former judge's home

Parlante+Image.jpgA Sacramento jury convicted a man Wednesday of stalking a former juvenile dependency court referee and assaulting two of his children by driving a van at them at their Rancho Cordova home.

John Thomas Parlante, 46, will be sentenced June 27 for the Feb. 17 incident at the residence of the former referee, Daniel Madden Horton. Authorities believe Parlante was upset at the Horton for a ruling in a child dependency matter.

The assault took place a day after local news agencies reported that Madden had been arrested on misdemeanor charges of enticing underage girls to strip for an adult magazine.

Nobody was injured because sheriff's detectives who were serving a search warrant on Madden's residence thwarted Parlante -- who had an axe in his car -- before he made contact with anybody.

May 23, 2012
Deputies continue search for vehicles, information in Sunday homicide

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies are continuing their search today for two vehicles associated with the discovery of man's body after a fire in an Arden-Arcade apartment Sunday.

They also seek to narrow the time frame for when 60-year-old Stephen Sieck was killed, authorities said.

Sieck was found dead Sunday afternoon after firefighters arrived to extinguish a blaze at his Shelby Ranch Road apartment. Authorities initially described his death as suspicious but later classified it as a homicide.

May 22, 2012
Two arrested after police pursuit, gunshots in Sacramento County


A man and woman were taken into custody after gunshots were fired during a police pursuit this morning in Sacramento County.

The incident began about 8:10 a.m. in the Arden Arcade area when police tried to pull over the driver of a suspected stolen pickup.

Officers followed the suspects to a neighborhood near Howe Avenue and Highway 50 where gunshots rang out, although a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said that it was unclear if officers fired or if the suspects in the pickup fired a weapon. The spokeswoman also said the pickup came dangerously close to ramming officers.

Officers then chased the suspect vehicle to the South area. Near French and Gerber roads, the suspects in the pickup ran from officers.

Eventually, after nearly two hours of searching, both a man and a woman were taken into custody. Their names were not immediately available.

Photo caption:Sheriff's deputies and a K9 dog search fort suspects at the Cedarwood mobile home park on Gerber Road in Sacramento Tuesday morning. Photo by Randy Pench /

May 19, 2012
Shot Sacramento police dog still recovering

Sacramento police K-9 Bodie is still in stable but critical condition after being shot Friday in a confrontation with an auto theft suspect, officials said Saturday.

The suspect was shot and killed by the officer handling Bodie after the dog was shot.

The suspect has not been identified, nor has a female arrested in connection with the car theft.

Bodie received another transfusion overnight. He is being treated by the Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in Rancho Cordova.


Bodie, the Sacramento Police Dog that was shot by a suspect yesterday, rests at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in Rancho Cordova. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious and stable. May 19, 2012. Sacramento Bee/Autumn Cruz

May 15, 2012
Community event Saturday in Rancho Cordova to stress safety

A free community safety event in Rancho Cordova on Saturday will bring together first responders and others.
The "Proven Insurance Services Community Safety Saturday" occurs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Proven Insurance headquarters, 2721 Citrus Road. Among the activities scheduled at the event sponsored by Capital Insurance Group:
- KlassKids Foundation will provide digital photo ID and fingerprint kits for children.
- The California Highway Patrol will operate a child safety/booster seat inspection station.
- Sacramento Police Department volunteers will provide safety information.
- Sacramento Metro Fire Department will bring along a fire engine.
- The California Department of Boating and Waterways will be encouraging safe boating practices with educational materials and by raffling off 30 life jackets.
- The American Red Cross will provide information on flood and earthquake preparedness and other information.
A raffle will be conducted at the end of the event with prizes such as a solar flashlight, emergency radio and a roadside emergency kit. In addition, four grand prize winners will be chosen to receive a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch.

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 4, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff: New gang task force has seized 112 guns, made 124 arrests

In a news conference this afternoon, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones formally introduced his new anti-gang "Impact Division," and announced preliminary results from the team's efforts.

impact guns 1.jpgSince the division began its work in January, gang detectives assigned to the division have seized more than 100 guns, some of which are pictured at left, and arrested nearly 125 suspects, Jones said.

In addition, deputies have seized 4.3 pounds of cocaine, 153 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of heroin and almost a pound of methamphetamines, Jones said.

"Can I say we've beaten the gang problem? No," said Jones, flanked by commanders from partnering agencies. "We have a lot of work to do."

impact guns 3.jpgBut Jones said he has high expectations for the division and believes it is off to a strong start.

"Hopefully it gives people optimism we are taking the youth violence problem seriously," Jones said.

Last fall, the Sheriff's Department was awarded a $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office. The money was to fund a collaborative anti-gang approach that Jones said he began crafting after he took office in 2010.

impact guns 2.jpgThe division is made up of 31 sheriff's employees and 10 officers from outside agencies. Those partnering with the Sheriff's Department are: Police departments from Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Special Service Unit; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and homeland security.

Jones also announced a new tipline for information about gang-related activity. The tipline is also designed for youths who want help getting out of the gang life, Jones said. That number is (855) 2NO-GANG, or (855) 266-4264.

"It's never too late to turn around," Jones said.

To those who have no interest in changing their habits, Jones had a message: "We will find you, we will identify you, and we will arrest you."

The division has a three-pronged approach: gang suppression, intelligence and youth outreach. To read more about the Impact division, go here.

Photos show some of the guns seized by members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Impact Division. Photo by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

May 2, 2012
Rancho Cordova woman dies of injuries from high-speed crash on Highway 99

A Rancho Cordova woman has died from injuries suffered in a crash on Highway 99 in South Sacramento on Saturday night.

The California Highway Patrol said that Gloria Woods, 41, was observed driving recklessly on southbound Highway 99 about 8 p.m. She apparently turned around and headed northbound, according to a CHP spokesman.

Once near the Turnbridge Pedestrian Crossing, between Florin Road and 47th Avenue, she lost control of her vehicle at a high rate of speed. Her car hit the center median and then careened across the northbound lanes, where the vehicle hit a guardrail, rolled over and then crashed through the soundwall.

She was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead on Monday.

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 24, 2012
Fan cuts brother during argument in Rancho Cordova

A woman was taken into custody for allegedly cutting her brother with an electric fan.

A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department watch summary said about 6:40 p.m. Thursday police were called to Terra Loma Drive in Rancho Cordova.

When authorities arrived, they discovered that Tabitha Dean, 43, and her 41-year old brother had both been drinking when an argument began.

Some time during the argument, Dean allegedly struck her brother on his legs with a running electric fan, producing a large laceration, according to the watch summary.

She was taken into custody but has since been released from Sacramento County Jail.

April 18, 2012
Coroner identifies Rancho Cordova teen killed Tuesday night

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a teenager shot to death last night in Rancho Cordova.

Jorden Benedict, 19, of Rancho Cordova was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Benedict was shot about 9 p.m. Tuesday not far from W.E. Mitchell Middle School in Rancho Cordova. Police found him in the street next to the sidewalk on Campana Way east of Biscay Way, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos, who also is a spokesman for Rancho Cordova police.

Benedict had suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body, Ramos said.

Few details about the shooting were available today. Witnesses did report seeing a dark-colored vehicle drive away from the area of the shooting, Ramos said, though it was not clear how many people were in the car or who they were.

Detectives do not know the motive for the shooting, Ramos said.

Efforts by The Bee to reach Benedict's family today have not been successful.

Benedict was on probation after pleading no contest in 2010 to a second-degree robbery charge, a felony offense for which he was sentenced to a year in jail, according to Sacramento Superior Court records online. A felony assault with a deadly weapon charge associated with that case was dismissed, records show.

At that time, a misdemeanor petty theft charge also was dismissed, according to the online records.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

April 2, 2012
Rancho Cordova motel fire blamed on squatter

An early morning fire at a vacant Rancho Cordova motel was probably caused by a homeless person, according to investigators.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters responded to the motel at 10271 Folsom Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, four rooms were burning.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze at the motel, the scene of other fires since the First Value Inn closed nearly two years ago.

Arson investigators determined the fire began in a downstairs room on the back side of the complex. A squatter staying in the room likely caused the fire, according to a fire district press release.

March 31, 2012
Rancho Cordova collision kills motorcyclist

A motorcycle collided with an SUV at a Rancho Cordova intersection Friday, killing the motorcyclist, according to a spokesman for the Sacramento Sheriff and Rancho Cordova police.

The SUV driver appears to have been legally traveling through a green light at the intersection of Bradshaw and Gore roads at 7 p.m. when it was hit by the motorcycle, going north through the intersection.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office have identified the victim as Christopher Shurrum, 32, of Sacramento.

The crash is under investigation by Rancho Cordova police.

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
Sacramento man draws prison sentence for counterfeiting

A Sacramento man is headed to prison for of making counterfeit checks.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. today sentenced Oliver A. Chapman III, 44, to four years and five months in prison for making and possessing counterfeit, forged securities.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents found Chapman in a Rancho Cordova motel room where he was using a laptop computer and stolen financial information to create fraudulent checks. Agents found $123,857.89 in completed checks that were counterfeit, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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

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 22, 2012
Sacramento, Rancho Cordova police to conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday night

Police in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers Friday night.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint at Florin Road and 24th Street beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours. Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be looking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the Rancho Cordova city limits from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance cost increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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 6, 2012
Body of female found in Rosemont park is a that of a juvenile

Sacramento County Sheriff's department officials say the body found in a Rosemont park this morning is that of a juvenile female.

A sheriff's spokesman said the victim was found about 6:30 a.m. today at Rosemont Community Park, near Mayhew Road and Kiefer Boulevard.

Her body was found in a dugout area of a baseball field. The girl had suffered trauma to her body but detectives have not labeled her death as a homicide.

Detectives are working to identify the girl, whose body was found by a woman walking in the park, which is adjacent to Albert Einstein Middle School. Sheriff's deputies have enlisted the help of the school's resource officer, a Sacramento police officer, to help in identification.

Deputies will be checking attendance records to see who did not show up for school today.

"We don't know for sure if she is a student there but we are checking schools in the area and cross-referencing missing person reports," said sheriff's department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos. "Hopefully we will have her ID'd fairly quickly."

March 6, 2012
Teen reported missing after leaving Rosemont High is back home

A teenage boy who failed to return home from school Monday afternoon is now back with his family.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said early this morning that Edward "Eddie" Lewis 16, has returned home. He was unharmed.

The teen had last been seen at Rosemont High School in the 9500 block of Kiefer Boulevard about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Sheriff's officials said he was considered to be at risk due to a diminished mental capacity.

March 3, 2012
Sheriff: Rancho Cordova man chased CPS worker, led deputies in pursuit

A 42-year-old Rancho Cordova man was arrested Friday evening after he led authorities on a pursuit while chasing a social worker who had taken his children into protective custody, according to authorities.

Rodriguez Image.jpgThe pursuit came two days after Joseph Angel Rodriguez's first arrest this week. On Wednesday afternoon, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Rodriguez, pictured at left, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit his 19-year-old son with a baseball bat during an argument, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

On Friday, a Child Protective Services case worker went to Rodriguez's home on Mills Acres Circle in Rancho Cordova to take his other children into protective custody, based on Wednesday's incident, Ramos said. Deputies accompanied the CPS worker, as is standard for such calls.

Nobody was inside the home, but while deputies and the case worker were there, four of Rodriguez's children walked up, Ramos said. As the case worker was putting the kids in a car, Rodriguez drove up, left his car running in the street and began arguing with authorities, Ramos said.

As the case worker left, Rodriguez ran to his car and sped after the case worker's car. Deputies followed suit, Ramos said.

February 28, 2012
Rancho Cordova police seek bike donations for April rodeo

The Rancho Cordova Police Department and Police Activities League are seeking bicycle donations for a bike rodeo.

The event is scheduled April 28 as part of Kids Day in the Park.

Bike rodeo participants will learn about bicycle safety and maintenance, and how to fit bike helmets. They also will have an opportunity to run through a bike safety course. Afterward, each youngster will be entered in to a chance to win a free bicycle and helmet.

February 21, 2012
Rancho Cordova train group wants vintage tractor back

A group that provides train rides to boys and girls has had a vintage tractor stolen that was essential to keeping their Rancho Cordova excursion railroad in good running order.

The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers, a nonprofit organization runs a scale-model steam train in Hagan Community Park, has been delighting children since the early 1970s with train rides through the trees with glimpses of American River.

The railroad line has endured vandalism and the theft of tools and track before, but never something like what happened last week when somebody took their vintage tractor.

A week ago, somebody broke into a locked shipping container and took the group's red-orange 1951 Ferguson farm tractor with a front loader. The tractor is used for a variety of tasks, including carrying gravel ballast that is used under the tracks.

The group is in the process of replacing track. That's when the sturdy workhorse comes in handy.

But now it is gone, apparently driven away down the bike trail.

"I'm told that the transmission is worth $1,000 on its own," said Bill Yoder, president of the Live Steamers. "As heavy as that thing is, they will probably chop it up and sell it for scrap."

Yoder wanted help in making the public aware of the theft in hope that somebody spots the hard-to-hide tractor. The group has offered a $1,000 reward for its return in good condition.

Any information about the stolen tractor should be provided to Rancho Cordova Police, Yoder said.

Starting in March, the group plans to start excursion runs again. Yoder will use his small tractor to move gravel.

PHOTO CAPTION: The stolen vintage tractor. Sacramento Valley Live Steamers

February 17, 2012
Man accused of stalking, threatening former court referee

Parlante+Image.jpgA man who allegedly accosted people outside the home of a former juvenile dependency court referee arrested earlier this week was taken into custody this morning after he was observed by Sacramento police officers waiting to serve a search warrant.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said a preliminary investigation indicates the John Parlante (pictured), 46, may have been the recipient of an unfavorable decision in Referee Daniel Madden Horton's court sometime in the past few years.

Horton was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of trying to entice underage girls to strip for an adult magazine. A court spokeswoman said he resigned from his court referee job last weekend.

February 17, 2012
Judge orders pair to stand trial in triple gang killing

Two reputed street gang members were ordered today to stand trial for murder in last year's shooting deaths of three bicyclists in Rancho Cordova.

Saul Isidro-Aucencio, 25, and Francisco Ignacio Delgado, 21, were held over by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael A. Savage for the Feb. 13, 2011, killings of Robert Corpos, 20, Richard Ward, 16, and Jamir Miller, 15.

The judge scheduled their trial for April 10.

February 17, 2012
Judge sentences sex killer to life without parole

A man who murdered a woman in Rancho Cordova during a sexual assault last year was sentenced today to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Thumbnail image for rajneet.jpgDemetrius Shaffer, 33, also was sentenced to seven additional 15-to-life terms by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne G. Gilliard for another sexual attack on a second female victim.

"Mr. Shaffer has lived a predatory, perverted life," Gilliard said from the bench in sentencing Shaffer. "For that, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars."

Jurors last month convicted Shaffer for the sex killing of Rajneet Kor Singh, 37 (pictured). According to testimony at trial, he had met up with her in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2011, and the two of them then went to the Rancho's Club Casino on Folsom Boulevard.

Singh's body was discovered the same day about a block from the casino.

February 15, 2012
Dependency court referee arrested on sex allegations

Sacramento police today arrested a county juvenile dependency court referee on suspicion of trying to get two women he thought were underage girls to strip for an adult magazine.

Sacramento Juvenile Dependency Court Referee Daniel Madden Horton, 47, was booked into the downtown jail at 5:05 p.m. today. No charges had been filed on him as of today, but a criminal complaint is likely to be filed as soon as Thursday, according to documents obtained by The Bee.

Horton was in the process of being booked late this afternoon and was unavailable for comment. District Attorney's officials also declined comment. He has resigned from his job in the Juvenile Dependency Court, according to courts spokeswoman Ginger Sylvester.

In a case summary Sacramento police presented to the District Attorney's Office, detectives are asking prosecutors to charge Horton on three misdemeanor counts.

February 8, 2012
Neighbor credited with alerting poilce to Rancho Cordova burglary

An observant resident is credited with alerting Rancho Cordova police to suspicious activity that led to the arrest two juveniles and the recovery of stolen property.

Police were dispatched to the area of Cregan Court and Pericles Drive shortly after 1 p.m. Monday after a citizen reported seeing to males enter a residence through the back yard and later leave through the garage. The caller reported that the two were pulling a wagon with a safe inside as they left the area.

As officers responded, a burglary alarm call also was pending for a residence on Pericles Drive. On of the officers called the homeowner and verified that a safe was inside the residence, according to a Police Department news release.

February 7, 2012
Wandering toddlers reunited with mother

Sacramento Sheriff's deputies returned a pair of toddlers to their mother after they were found wandering in Rancho Cordova.

The children were found by an unidentified woman around 9 a.m. in the 2600 block of Capitales Drive.

They were clad only in diapers and appeared to be 2-year-old twins.

Deputies were directed to El Parque Circle, after a woman who recognized the children and told officials the parents lived there.

The children were reunited with their mother, but Sheriff's officials have asked Child Protective Services to evaluate the home situation.

February 6, 2012
Coroner identifies 3 killed in head-on crash on Highway 50

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the three people killed early this morning in a yead-on collision with a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 50 near Gold River.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man identified as Oliverio Lopez, 41, died inside a Pontiac SUV that was struck about 12:45 a.m. by a Honda CRV that was eastbound on westbound Highway 50. Two women in the rear seat of the SUV, Francisca Temblador Raymundo, 58, of Mexico, and Margarita Temblador de Lopez, 53, of Sacramento, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV, Gustavo Sandoval-Gonzalez, 31, of Sacramento and a rear-seat passenger, Pedro Cornejo, 59, also of Sacramento, were reported in critical condition at area hospitals late this afternoon.

January 30, 2012
Rancho Cordova picks top cop

Rosanne Richeal.JPGRancho Cordova has selected its new police chief from a trio of Sacramento County Sheriff's Department captains.

The city has chosen Rosanne Richeal to be its top cop. Richeal, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, was the first woman to command the Sacramento County Jail, the first female motorcycle officer for the sheriff's department and also served as a K-9 officer, according to a city press release.

She once served as Assistant Police Chief for the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Prior to entering law enforcement, she worked as an emergency medical technician.

January 25, 2012
Arraignment set on suspect in park superintendent's slaying

An arraignment has been scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on the suspect who was arrested in the Monday morning shooting death of Cordova Recreation and Park District superintendent Steve Ebert.

The suspect, Dupree Pierre Barber, 47, will appear in Sacramento Superior Court in front of Judge Lawrence G. Brown.

No complaint had been filed as of late this morning, according to the court system's online records.