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November 10, 2013
Two men arrested in alleged "bait bike" thefts

By Tillie Fong
tfong@sacbee.com

Two men were arrested for suspicion of stealing bait bikes in midtown Sacramento last week.

At 10:14 p.m. last Wednesday, a bait bike parked near 20th and J streets was moved, activating its tracking sensor, police said. The signal led officers to 8th and K streets and from there to a light rail train.

Police officers stopped the train, boarded and confronted a passenger holding the bait bike. Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Gordon, 31, (pictured) for investigation of possessing stolen property. Gordon released from Sacramento County jail on Saturday.

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The next day, at 10:46 p.m., police officers were alerted to another bait bike parked in the 1000 block of Alhambra Boulevard. They found a suspect a short distance away who allegedly was in the process of dismantling the bike.

The suspect was identified as Raul Esteban Lujan, 47, (pictured below). He was taken into custody for investigation of possessing stolen property. He remained in Sacramento County Jail Sunday on $40,000 bond.

Police said arrests were indications that the bait bike program in midtown is working.

The program began earlier this year after a rash of bicycle thefts from the downtown area from 18th to 19th streets and L Street to Capitol Mall.

Two bicycles purchased by the business district in July were equipped with tracking sensors and parked in various locales in the area. The bicycles' sensors are activated when the bikes are moved.

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November 10, 2013
Suspect arrested for stealing street sweeper from Natomas parking lot

A Sacramento man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly stole a street sweeper from a grocery store parking lot in the Natomas area and crashed into several parked cars while fleeing police.

Lavonn Dill, 18, (pictured) was being held on $30,000 bail at the Sacramento County Jail. He is facing felony charges of motor vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a police officer, hit and run property damage, and driving without a license.

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Shortly before 11:51 p.m. Saturday, police officers spotted a white street sweeper truck pull out quickly from the parking lot of the Bel Air market, 1540 W. El Camino Avenue.

It did not have its headlights on and ran a red traffic light before heading north on Truxel Road. When officers attempted to pull over the truck for a traffic stop, the driver apparently lost control, and hit three parked cars on Truxel Road.

The suspect then abandoned the vehicle, and a foot chase began near Truxel Road and Brewerton Drive. A perimeter was set up in the area, and a police helicopter found Dill hiding in a backyard garbage container. He surrendered without incident to a K-9 officer.


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November 7, 2013
UPDATE: Coroner says Arden Arcade toddler died of abdominal injury

The death of a 2-year-old boy at an Arden Arcade apartment Tuesday was caused by "blunt abdominal injury," according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

The Coroner's Office has classified that death of William Philyaw as a homicide, or "death at the hands of another." In a news release issued late this afternoon, the Coroner's Office stated that the ruling of homicide is for the purposes of death certification and "neither indicates nor implies criminal intent." Officials said it is up to Sacramento County sheriff's investigators to determine whether the injury resulted from a criminal act.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt Lisa Bowman said an investigation is underway.

November 6, 2013
Coroner: Man who died in Sacramento police custody suffered 'excited delirium'

The man who died in Sacramento police custody in May following a violent struggle with officers died of methamphetamine-induced excited delirium, according to the county Coroner's Office.

John Nat Torretti Jr., 42, died May 24 shortly after being handcuffed by officers outside the Metro PCS store on the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard. The arrest followed a brutal fight with officers, police said.

That week, coroner's officials released a statement that Torretti's autopsy revealed no obvious signs of trauma to the body - an effort to assuage concerns among some members of the public who questioned whether the man had died as the result of excessive force by officers.

November 5, 2013
Police seek man suspected of indecent exposure at Natomas store

Walmart suspect.pngThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of indecent exposure at a Walmart store in North Natomas.

The incident was reported about 10:20 a.m. Monday. Walmart security personnel observed the man (pictured) on camera walking behind another Walmart customer masturbating, according to a Police Department news release. He reportedly walked behind the female customer several times.

Store security employees attempted to contact the man, but he left before they were able to do so.

November 5, 2013
1 killed, 3 injured in Sacramento crash involving hit-and-run driver

One person was killed and three others injured in a two-car crash on Auburn Boulevard, near the Interstate 80 off-ramp late Monday night.

Cherion Robinson, 23, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two men, one in his 20s and another who is 33, were injured and taken to area hospitals. A woman, 41, was also hurt and taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

One of the injured men - the one in his 20s - has been arrested for drunken driving and may face vehicular manslaughter charges, according to police. His name was not released by police Tuesday.

The incident started sometime before 10:55 p.m. Monday, when Sacramento responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital, 4250 Auburn Boulevard.

A Dodge Neon, carrying three people, had crashed into a tree after careening off of a Toyota Camry.

"The suspect vehicle jumped the center median and came to rest on the eastbound shoulder of Auburn Boulevard," said Officer Michele Gigante, spokeswoman for Sacramento police.

Robinson, who was the front passenger in the Dodge Neon, was killed. The driver, a man in his 20s, and a back passenger, the 33-year-old man, were injured.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, the 41-year-old woman, was also hurt.

Investigators learned that prior to the crash, the Dodge Neon had been involved in an hit-and-run accident on Madison Avenue and Date Avenue.

The people in the unidentified car that was hit were not injured.

"The suspect vehicle took off and the victim vehicle was following the suspect vehicle to get a license plate," said Gigante.

The two vehicles were traveling on the Capitol Highway when the Dodge Neon took the Auburn Avenue exit.

"It went through a red light at a high rate of speed and t-boned another vehicle coming into the intersection," said Gigante.

The collision with the Toyota Camry sent the Dodge Neon careening across the center median, and into a tree in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital.


November 5, 2013
Silver Alert issued for missing Curtis Park woman

A "Silver Alert" has been activated for a woman missing from her Curtis Park home since Saturday, according to authorities.

macdonald.jpgPatricia MacDonald was last heard from Nov. 2. Her family and friends say she normally checks in regularly so they are concerned she hasn't been seen or heard from, said Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante.

Her car also is gone from her house, Gigante said.

MacDonald is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds. She has gray hair with green eyes. She drives a gray 2000 Toyota Camry with four doors and a license plate of 4JRE510.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sacramento police at (916) 264-5471.

November 3, 2013
CHP issues 45 citations in Sacramento auto-pedestrian decoy operation after several recent fatalities

The California Highway Patrol issued 45 citations during a decoy operation in Sacramento Saturday to enforce right-of-way laws. The purpose was to catch motorists not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk and jaywalkers.

"I think it was a huge success,' said Adrian Quintero, CHP Valley Division spokesman. "Even for our officers, just by being out there as pedestrians and seeing motorists not yielding to them- it was eye opener for all of us."

The CHP undertook the project after a slew of auto-pedestrian accidents occurred in Sacramento in recent months. From Aug. 1 to October 31 this year, a total of 10 pedestrians were killed and 15 were injured in crashes in east, north and south Sacramento.

November 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1994 midtown shooting that killed woman?

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

QUESTION: During the 1990s, a woman named Kristy King was shot in a drive-by shooting as she was moving into an apartment on O Street. Were her killers ever caught?
Submitted by: C12, Sacramento

ANSWER: Although two youths, one 17 years old and the other 18, were arrested in connection with the March 30, 1994, shooting death of Kristy Ann King, court records do not show that either was charged in the case.

November 1, 2013
Sacramento man sentenced for making fake documents

A Mexican national living in Sacramento is headed to prison for operating a fake-document mill.

Silverio Raymundo Izehuatl-Sarmiento, 37, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 15 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for producing false identification documents and possessing document-making equipment, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Burrell also ordered Izehuatl-Sarmiento to forfeit more than 30 pieces of equipment that were used to produce the false documents.

According to court documents, Izehuatl-Sarmiento was making and selling false documents that were often sold as sets consisting of one forged Social Security card and one forged alien registration card. Between January and May of this year, federal agents conducted undercover purchases of these sets of documents from Izehuatl-Sarmiento.

November 1, 2013
Cause of death of Davis woman's daughter: drowning

Talamantes6831.JPGThe little girl who died after being found in her mother's car trunk at an apartment building along Pocket Road died from drowning.

That was the finding of the Sacramento County Coroner's office released on Friday. A press release from the county also classifies the manner of death "homicide."

No further information was provided concerning the cause of death of 5-year-old Tatiana Alexia Rose Garcia.

November 1, 2013
Woman sentenced in Sacramento court to 25 years to life in death of her baby

Courtney Addington mugshot.JPGBy Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Courtney Kathleen Addington was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the first-degree murder of her newborn baby girl.

During the sentencing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Lueras called the acts of Addington "unconscionable" and "haunting."

She acknowledged that Addington, now 25, is by all accounts a caring person who has shown a passion in the past for children - a profile at odds with the facts of the case. She said she wished she could recommend probation and counseling, but she could not.

"I have to stand here for baby Hayden and let her know her life mattered, and her mother must (be held accountable) for ending her life in a cruel and callous way," Lueras said.

Addington stuffed the baby into a plastic garbage bag after giving birth earlier this year in her Rosemont home.

November 1, 2013
Coroner identifies Power Inn Road fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man hit and killed by a vehicle Thursday on Power Inn Road.

He was identified as Mark Schwabe, 54, of Sacramento.

Schwabe was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive around 5 a.m. Thursday. The driver tried to avoid hitting Schwabe, who appeared to be crawling or lying on the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He may have also been hit by a second vehicle. Schwabe died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

November 1, 2013
Film features Sacramento officer-led youth bike team

An upcoming showing of a film that features participants in the Sacramento Police Activities League bike program for youth is also a fundraiser for the local effort to acquaint at-risk young people with the merits of mountain bike cycling.

The documentary, Singletrack High, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, 6715 Gloria Drive. The film follows high school students through the 2012 mountain bike racing season in the NorCal High School Cycling League.

The Sacramento PAL program team is featured in the film. The team is coached by police officer volunteers and works primarily with at-risk youth.

Filmmaker Jacob Seigel-Boettner, who produced the film with his brother Isaac, said the Sacramento Police Activities League High School Mountain Biking Program was an inspiration to the filmmakers.

"The officers and student-athletes in this program are a testament to the huge positive impact that exploring outdoors via pedal-power can have, regardless of one's socio-economic background,' said Jacob Seigel-Boettner.

Tickets are available at singletracksacramento.eventbrite.com

October 31, 2013
UPDATE: Sacramento police officer injured investigating report of reckless driver

A Sacramento police officer was injured this evening in a struggle with a motorist who had reportedly been seen driving erratically in the south Sacramento area.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said officers observed the hazardous and reckless driving in the area of Detroit Boulevard and Laurie Way about 5:48 p.m.

Police stopped the vehicle and, as the occupants of the car were being detained, the driver struggled with officers. One of the officers was injured during the struggle.

Morse said the injury was not life-threatening. The officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

October 31, 2013
Six area residents indicted in federal drug trafficking case

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned an indictment charging six residents of Sutter, Yuba and Sacramento counties with trafficking methamphetamine.

Charged in the multicount indictment are Hector Castaneda, 37, and Jose Amador, 26, of Yuba City; Javier Castro, 26, Refugio Montoya, 41, and Hemant Solanki, 46, of Sacramento; and Stacy Miller, 46, of Marysville, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between October 2012 and Oct. 17, 2013, Drug Enforcement Administration and Yuba Sutter Narcotics Enforcement Task Force officers investigated alleged large-scale methamphetamine trafficking by Hector Castaneda in the Yuba City area. The Drug Enforcement Administration obtained multiple court-authorized wiretaps and learned that Castaneda's organization included suppliers in the Sacramento area, as well as a network of distributors in Yuba City and the Sacramento area.

October 31, 2013
Update: Power Inn traffic fatality was down on roadway when hit

The California Highway Patrol reports that a man who appeared to by lying or crawling in the roadway was hit and killed by a vehicle this morning in southern Sacramento County.

At about 5 a.m. today, the man was observed to be down in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive. The driver tried to avoid hitting the man but could not.

A second vehicle, possibly a red or brown pickup truck, also stopped at the scene and may have also hit the man, according to the CHP. The driver of the pickup briefly stopped but then drove away. The CHP wants to speak with the pickup driver.

The driver who initially struck the man was interviewed at the scene and released. No charges are pending against that motorist.

The man who was hit was either dragged or propelled about 75 feet north of the intersection. He died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

October 30, 2013
Report of illegal weapons leads to store employee's arrest

PARK,+JOHN-51.jpgCane swords and metal knuckles.jpgAn employee of a North Sacramento business was arrested Tuesday after Sacramento police and code enforcement officers responded to a community complaint that the shop was selling prohibited weapons.

On Sept. 10, police officers along with members of the city's Code Compliance Division, inspected the U-Save Smoke Shop at 2525 Del Paso Blvd. During the inspection, they discovered several brass/metal knuckles (pictured) on display for sale, according to a Police Department news release. Also displayed for sale were multiple "cane swords" (pictured).

The investigation led Tuesday to issuance of an arrest warrant and the arrest of store employee John Park (pictured), 51. Park is accused of possession of a cane sword and possession of metal knuckles.

The cane swords and metal knuckles were confiscated and booked as evidence, police said.

October 30, 2013
Man admits stealing dead child's identity to seek U.S. passport

A Mexican national previously deported from the United States pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to one count of aggravated identity theft after stealing the identity of a deceased child to fraudulently seek a U.S. passport.

Rafael Ortega Zarate, 69, was living in Sacramento and committed the crime while making a false statement in his passport application, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Zarate was illegally living in the United States and was previously deported in 1962 and 1963. In October 2012, he presented an application for a U.S. passport to a passport acceptance officer in Sacramento, falsely representing, among other things, that his name was "Ernesto Zarate Ortega" and that he was a United States citizen by birth.

October 30, 2013
Motorcyclist dies on transition curve from Highway 50

A motorcyclist died from his injuries suffered when his vehicle hit a highway guardrail Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the motorcyclist as William Maxwell Puckett, 31, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that at about 11 a.m. Tuesday Puckett was traveling from eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Capital City Freeway when his motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve and hit a guardrail, according to a preliminary investigation.

He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

October 30, 2013
Coroner identifies South Sacramento auto-pedestrian fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car Monday in the Parkway neighborhood.

She was identified as Rita Ann Moye, 47, of Sacramento. Moye was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

She died at the scene. The motorist, who was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when Moye was struck, waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

October 30, 2013
Big Ben gives grant to Sacramento PD for police dog

Ben Roethlisberger has given money to the Sacramento Police Department for the purchase and training of a new police dog, according to the NFL player's foundation website.

The grant to the Sacramento department mirrors other donations the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has made to police and fire department canine units in cities near where the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback plays away games. Last Sunday the Steelers played the Raiders in Oakland.

The foundation said that Sacramento will use the grant to purchase and train Rex, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois. Rex will be teamed with Officer Aaron Thompson.

"We are extremely appreciative that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation chose to honor our K-9 Unit with a grant toward the purchase and training of the newest member of our department, K-9 Rex," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Steve Oliveira.

The foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit grant requests.

It is the seventh season that Roehlisberger's foundation has bestowed grants to police and fire departments to acquire and train dogs. The foundation distributed $135,000 in grants around the country last season to canine units.

October 28, 2013
Another pedestrian hit and killed on Sacramento street

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car this morning in the Parkway neighborhood of South Sacramento.

The 48-year-old woman was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

Her name has not been released, pending notification of family. She died at the scene.

The motorist was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when the woman as struck. The driver waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

Several pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed in crashes in the past week on Sacramento streets.

October 28, 2013
Fairfield man identified as North Sacramento homicide victim

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the Fairfield man shot to death at a Halloween party early Sunday in Sacramento.

The murder victim was identified as 29-year-old Keylen Jeff Ellis.

Ellis was shot to death and six others were injured in a drive-by shooting at the party in North Sacramento, police said.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene in front of a business in the 1800 block of Del Paso Boulevard. Five others -- men and women in their 20s and 30s -- were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life threatening injuries. They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals.

Read more: 1 killed, 6 hurt in Halloween party shooting in North Sacramento

The incident occurred shortly before 1:37 a.m. Sunday. Police said somebody driving by in a sedan shot at partygoers as they exited the front door of the business.

It was not known if Ellis was targeted, police said. Police are investigating the circumstances of the party, which may have been held at the business illegally.

October 27, 2013
Motorist shot multiple times in Del Paso Heights

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com.

A man was shot multiple times in his car in Del Paso Heights on Sunday afternoon as his 2-year-old brother sat nearby, Sacramento police reported.

The child, a passenger in the car, was not injured, said police Officer Michele Gigante. The driver's injuries, including a wound to the face, were not believed to be life threatening, she said.

At about 4 p.m. the unidentified victim was sitting in his car at Taylor Street and Ford Road when a white car pulled up beside him and an occupant of the other vehicle opened fire, Gigante said.

Scanner traffic at the time indicated that an ambulance crew was bringing the victim of a drive-by shooting to UC Davis Medical Center with seven gunshot wounds, including to the thigh and elbow.

The shooting occurred the same day that one person was killed and six were injured in a drive-by shooting at a Halloween party about 2 miles away on Del Paso Bouelvard in North Sacramento. Gigante said she could not speculate whether there was any connection between the two incidents.

October 27, 2013
1 killed, 6 injured in drive-by shooting at north Sacramento Halloween party

By Tillie Fong
tfong@sacbee.com

One person was killed and six injured in a drive-by shooting at a Halloween party in north Sacramento early Sunday, police said.

A man in his late 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five others - a mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s - were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life threatening injuries They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals.


October 23, 2013
Woman lying on track struck and killed by RT train

A woman was struck and killed by a Regional Transit train Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. between the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and Globe stations. An RT train heading from downtown toward Watt/I-80 struck a woman lying on the track, said Alane Masui, RT spokeswoman.

"Because the woman was wearing dark clothing and laying across the dark asphalt, the operator was unable to avoid striking the woman," Masui said, noting that the individual was not in a "pedestrian walkway."

Authorities have not released the identity of the woman.

October 23, 2013
Mistrial declared in Sacramento murder case for one defendant

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

The trial for one defendant in a Sacramento murder case will have to start over after Superior Court Judge Russell L. Hom found the prosecutor violated evidence rules by withholding information from a jailhouse informant.

Hom declared a mistrial in the state's case against Bryan David Denton, 51, after the defendant's attorney argued that the information might have altered the defense's courtroom strategy.

But the judge rejected a similar request by co-defendant Stacey Ann Perryman, 45, and her case will proceed.

Denton and Perryman are accused of the May 19, 2012 stabbing death of Stephen Sieck, 60, at his Selby Ranch apartment. Deputy District Attorney Eric Kindall told the court he withheld the statement because it would place an informant in danger.

October 23, 2013
Midtown Sacramento cyclist seriously injured in collision with city garbage truck

A cyclist riding in midtown Sacramento this morning was seriously injured after colliding with a city garbage truck, according to police.

The cyclist, an adult man, was transported to the hospital but is expected to survive, said police Officer Doug Morse.

No crime is suspected in the collision, which Morse described as a "tragic accident."

The collision occurred before 9 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Capitol Avenue, Morse said. The cyclist and the garbage truck were both travelling northbound on 21st Street when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Capitol Boulevard. The truck and the cyclist then collided.

The cause of the investigation is still under investigation, Morse said.

October 23, 2013
Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento identified

A man who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento early Tuesday has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him Wednesday as Jeffery Allen Ritz, 33. No city was given as his residence.

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Ritz was apparently walking north across Arden Way, near Empress Street, when an eastbound vehicle on Arden Way struck him.

Ritz was pronounced dead at the scene, which the coroner's office had indicated was in front of a Shell gas station, 860 Arden Way.

The motorist, who was not identified, had remained on the scene. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which occurred near an uncontrolled intersection.

October 22, 2013
Cyclist killed in Monday accident in south Sacramento identified

The cyclist who was killed early Monday during a traffic accident in south Sacramento has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the victim as James Combis, 59, of Sacramento.

Combis was struck by a sport utility vehicle after he apparently swerved in front of the vehicle at 6:25 a.m. on Stockton Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

For more information, read the original post here.

October 22, 2013
Girl struck by car while walking to school in south Sacramento

A 14-year-old girl was hurt when she was hit by a vehicle as she was walking to school Tuesday morning.

The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The accident occurred at 7:35 a.m. in the 5200 block of Valley Hi Drive.

October 22, 2013
Elderly Sacramento woman killed in auto-pedestrian accident

An elderly Sacramento woman was killed Monday night when she was hit by a car as she was walking on a dark street in the Arden Arcade area.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified the woman as Rosemarie Jitner, 75.

At 7 p.m., Monday, a Toyota Camry was traveling north on the far right lane of Eastern Avenue, just south of Fitch Way, when it hit an elderly woman walking on the right side of the road. The vehicle was going 40 mph at the time.

October 21, 2013
Sacramento cyclist killed after swerving in front of SUV

A Sacramento cyclist was killed early Monday morning after he apparently swerved in front of a SUV in South Sacramento.

The 59-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His identity is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the SUV, Ma Lendy Ortiguesa, 39, of Elk Grove, will not be facing any charges.

October 18, 2013
Judge orders trial in killing of 3-year-old boy

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A judge ordered a trial for three defendants accused of murder in last year's July 4 shooting death of 3-year-old Jorge Azios IIIv on Loucreta Drive, but he didn't exactly send the case out Friday with a ringing endorsement.

Instead, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jack Sapunor said it was pretty clear to him that questions remain "not resolved" about the credibility of the key witness against defendants Gabriel Quintero, now 21, Eric Minjares, 19, and Marcus Weber, 18.

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, the defense lawyers for the three suggested they will launch an all-out attack on the truthfulness of the witness, identified in court as another young man from unincorporated southeast Sacramento, Anthony Canales, whom they think would make a better suspect than any of their clients.

October 18, 2013
Downtown Sacramento shooter was Mendocino deputy DA, his boss says

Authorities say that it was a Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney who shot and wounded another man on a downtown Sacramento street early Thursday morning.

Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster confirmed in a press release that one of his deputy district attorneys, Damon Gardner, shot and wounded another man during a "physical confrontation" outside a hotel near the Capitol.

Sacramento police said that officers were initially summoned at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a knifing near 15th and L streets. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had actually been shot in his upper body.

October 17, 2013
Downtown Sacramento shooting leaves one man injured

A fight turned into a shooting early this morning at 15th and L streets in Sacramento.

Police were initially summoned at about 12:30 a.m. to a report of a knifing at the corner near the Capitol and late night-operating bars and restaurants. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had actually been shot in his upper body.

A Sacramento police activity report said that two people passed two others when an argument began between the two groups. Words escalated into a fight -- and the fight into a shot being fired.

All parties to the incident were contacted by officers and an investigation is ongoing police said today. No arrests have been made.

The wounded man was transported to the hospital. Information on the severity of his injury was not available.

October 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to 1980s TV weatherman accused of lewd acts?

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

QUESTION: Back in the late 1980s there was a weather man dubbed Stormin' Norman. He was accused of lewd sexual acts in a bathroom in Sunrise Mall. Was he found guilty?
Submitted by: Tony, Sacramento

ANSWER: Norman Francis Jacobs, also known as Stormin' Norman, a television weatherman for KTXL Channel 40, was one of six men arrested in 1987 on charges of soliciting and engaging in lewd acts in a Macy's department store restroom in Sunrise Mall.

October 16, 2013
Inmate from Sacramento accused of attacking sergeant at Susanville prison

A man who pleaded guilty in the 1992 slaying of a teenager in south Sacramento is accused of assaulting a sergeant Monday night at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

The assault occurred at 6 p.m. after staff members had completed a clothed body search of inmate Bernard L. Wildee, according to a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Staff members reported finding contraband and Wildee was ordered to allow himself to be handcuffed, but he instead repeatedly struck a correctional sergeant in the face and head, officials said.

Two other staff members also were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

October 16, 2013
CSUS employees warned of potential identity theft after computer system hacked

Approximately 1,800 employees of California State University, Sacramento received letters this week informing them that their Social Security and driver's license information had been compromised due to a security breach of the campus' computer system.

Kim Nava, a campus spokeswoman, said the university's IT staff discovered a problem with a server for the risk management office in August and immediately shut down the server as they sought the cause of the problem. On Sept. 23, she said, they determined that an external entity had gained access to the system and data had been compromised.

After IT staff found the breach, they had to further investigate whether other servers were impacted, determine exactly which employees were affected and have the university send letters to individuals, Nava said.

October 16, 2013
Rio Linda building heavily damaged by fire

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were able to save half of a building in Rio Linda hit hard by fire last night.

The fire was reported about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at a construction company building in the 2400 block of Elkhorn Boulevard. First-arriving crews found flames at the front of the structure.

Crews immediately worked to extinguish the fire at the single-story building, limiting damage to half of the structure, according to a fire district press release. About 40 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control about 35 minutes after arrival.

A portion of the roof collapsed. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Sacramento police arrest suspect in stabbing of midtown Safeway security officer

Sacramento police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a loss prevention officer at the midtown Safeway.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 6 p.m. The suspect, who fled and was the subject of a police search, was taken into custody this evening by a police K 9 unit. No other details about the arrest were released Tuesday night.

The loss prevention officer was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.

Police responded to the area of the store, at 19th and S streets, after reports of a stabbing. The loss prevention officer had attempted to stop a man who the officer suspected of shoplifting, Gigante said.

The suspect then ran from the scene.

October 15, 2013
Metro Fire notes when being pinned in a crashed car is a good thing

Metro Fire reports that it was lucky that a woman was trapped inside her crashed car because exiting the vehicle might have led to electrocution.

Fire crews were dispatched to Sunrise Boulevard and Grant Line Road about 7 p.m. Monday where a driver crashed into a power pole, her car landing on it side in the ditch.

The driver's problems didn't end there: Power lines touched her car and also started a grass fire. Still, it was good, fire officials said, that she was pinned inside, according to a fire district press release.

October 14, 2013
Coroner identifies teen killed in S. Sacramento shooting

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a teenager killed by gunfire in broad daylight on Saturday.

The dead teen has been identified as Javillion Ward, 15, of Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, the shooting was reported at 1:58 p.m. Saturday at a shopping center parking lot in the 4500 block of Mack Road near Franklin Boulevard. The incident started when a fight broke out between two groups. The fight escalated into a shooting when one person began firing, said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento Police spokesman.

October 14, 2013
Short voyage lands two in Sacramento brig

Two men were arrested on suspicion of sailing a stolen dinghy to West Sacramento.

When the owner of the sailboat saw his boat drifting in the river in the Sacramento Marina not far from Miller Park on Saturday afternoon he called police.

Two men, Kirk Sharrah, 49, and Max Wilson, 41, were met by police on the West Sacramento side of the river and placed under arrest.

Sharrah was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He was also booked on outstanding warrants, including evasion of paying transportation fares and unlawful camping.

Wilson was also booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He had outstanding warrants for unlawful camping and solicitation at a freeway on- or off-ramp.

October 12, 2013
UDPATE: 15-year-old killed in south Sacramento shooting

By Debbie Arrington
darrington@sacbee.com

Police are asking for help from anyone who may have witnessed a fight and shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead Saturday afternoon in south Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, a shooting was reported at 1:58 p.m. at a shopping center parking lot in the 4500 block of Mack Road near Franklin Boulevard. The incident started when a physical altercation broke out between several teenagers and another group.

"It escalated into a shooting when one of the persons involved produced a handgun and began firing," said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento Police spokesman.

October 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of fatal 2012 shooting outside Sacramento bar?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Elpidio Tellez, who was accused of shooting Jesse James Nunez in November 2012 at the Monte Carlo Club?
Submitted by: Linda, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Elpidio Tellez is scheduled for trial Oct. 17 in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jesse James Nunez, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

October 10, 2013
Crews contain grass fire along American River near Howe Avenue

Parkway fire.jpgUtility crews have been called out to check for power line damage following a grass fire along the American River Parkway near Howe and Northrop avenues this afternoon.

Assistant Chief Niko King of Sacramento Fire Department said the two-alarm fire was reported at 3:26 p.m. in grass and brush on the north side of the river. He said eight engines were dispatched, and Sacramento firefighters were assisted by a dozer and helicopter from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Smoke from the fire was visible from the Capital City Freeway and Howe Avenue. King said the fire was reported by numerous callers but does not appear to be of suspicious origin. He said there were no reports of anyone seen leaving the area when it started.

It was contained after burning 5 to 7 acres, King said.

Smoke rises from a grass fire along the American River near Howe and Northrop avenues in this view from Glen Hall Park in the River Park neighborhood. Photo by Bill Lindelof

October 10, 2013
Sacramento DA charges both midtown homicide suspects with murder

The woman accused of imprisoning and torturing a business client before he was fatally shot in her midtown Sacramento apartment has been charged with murder, authorities say.

Okumura.jpgMichelle Okumura, 23, also is accused of using a "heated metal implement" to inflict great bodily injury on the victim, the criminal complaint against her and her boyfriend shows.

Late Tuesday, Sacramento police arrested Okumura on suspicion of torture and false imprisonment in connection with the fatal shooting of Eric Jackson early that morning in Okumura's 17th Street apartment.

Officers also arrested Okumura's boyfriend, 31-year-old Jeremy McMahon, on suspicion of murder.

But when they appeared for their arraignments in Sacramento Superior Court today, both suspects were charged with murder, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office.

The DA's criminal complaint alleges McMahon fatally shot Jackson, 22, with a .45 caliber handgun. Okumura also was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the complaint alleges, but did not fire it.

McMahon.jpgShe did, however, use a "heated metal implement" to torture the victim, the complaint alleges.

Both suspects were charged with torture and false imprisonment. McMahon also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sacramento police have said Jackson and Okumura were in a "business relationship" that had soured. The attack occurred after the victim arrived at Okumura's apartment, north of O Street, sometime over the weekend and then was held against his will. They declined to elaborate on the nature of the business relationship.

Officers arrived to find Jackson's body about 3 a.m., after callers reported gunfire and the sound of breaking glass.

October 9, 2013
Update: More details in death of man in midtown Sacramento

Sacramento police provided a few more details about the shooting death of a 22-year-old man at a midtown apartment that resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman on torture charges.

Police late Tuesday arrested Jeremy Daniel McMahon, 31, on suspicion of homicide, torture with intent to cause cruel and extreme pain, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon. Michelle Kiyomi Okumura, 23, was arrested on suspicion of torture with intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and false imprisonment.

The pair was detained Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 1700 block of O Streets where police were called around 3 a.m. A citizen heard loud bangs, glass breaking and possibly gunshots.

When officers arrived at the apartment house, they found Eric Solen Jackson of Sacramento with a gunshot wound in his upper body. McMahon and Okumura were detained because officers suspected they were involved.

October 8, 2013
Ex-Sacramento police officer faces trial in alleged sexual attacks

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A former Sacramento police officer was ordered today to stand trial for rape and other charges in three alleged sexual attacks on a stroke-impaired woman in her 70s.

Gary Dale Baker will be arraigned Oct. 17 as a result of the holding order issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette following a preliminary hearing that took eight court days.

Baker, 50, who is free on $1 million bail, is charged on two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral sex, two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual assault during a first-degree burglary. He will also stand trial on other counts of sexual assault during the commission of a first-degree burglary. The burglary-related offenses could bring Baker a life term if he is convicted on them.

October 8, 2013
Sacramento police say fatal shooting in midtown not random

Sacramento police say the fatal shooting of a man in midtown early this morning does not appear to be a random attack.

A man and a woman were detained after officers discovered the victim's body in an apartment on 17th Street north of O street. They continue to be questioned by homicide detectives but as of this evening, have not been arrested, said police Officer Michele Gigante.

She said there are no suspects are believed to be at large.

Callers reported a loud disturbance, breaking glass and the sound of gunfire about 3 a.m. When police arrived they found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. Paramedics rendered aid but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown, Gigante said. She said the two people who were detained and the victim all knew each other, police said. All three had ties to the apartment unit where the victim was found.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators continue to piece together what led up to the shooting and are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 8, 2013
Coroner releases name of woman run over by RT bus

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of a woman who died Monday evening when she was thrown from her bike and run over by a bus.

Rachel M. Martinez, 59, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene after her bicycle collided with a Regional Transit bus at Florin Road and East Parkway in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the accident occurred about 6 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Florin Road at East Parkway.

He said Martinez was at the southeast corner of East Parkway as the bus was pulling up to a bus stop just east of her. The bicycle and bus collided, and the woman was propelled off the bike onto the ground. Bradley said she was run over by the right rear wheel of the bus.

Bradley said CHP investigators hope video from a nearby gas station and possibly from a red-light camera at the intersection will help provide more details about how the crash occurred.

Sacramento Regional Transit officials said they have launched an investigation, but said preliminary information suggests the woman's bike hit the bus.

October 7, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of sexually assaulting health spa client?

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

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of Tyrone Michael Dwyer? On April 12, 2011, he was in court for sexually assaulting an unconscious client at Fountain of Health spa. He was also accused /charged with possessing obscene material and child pornography on his computer. What is the disposition of this case and what was his sentence?
Submitted by: Marsha, Sacramento

ANSWER: Tyrone Michael Dwyer, 58, pleaded no contest to rape of an unconscious person and possession of obscene material depicting a minor engaged in sex acts.

October 7, 2013
Bicyclist seriously injured in North Natomas collision

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries this afternoon in a collision with a vehicle at Natomas Boulevard and North Bend Drive in Sacramento's North Natomas area.

Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the collision occurred about 1:37 p.m. The bicyclist, an 18-year-old man, was riding in a crosswalk, crossing the intersection against a red light, when he was struck by a vehicle, she said.

Gigante said the driver of the vehicle stopped and is cooperating with police. Neither the driver nor two children in the vehicle were injured.

Gigante said traffic investigators are on scene, and the intersection is expected to be closed to traffic for about two hours.

October 5, 2013
Interstate 5, near Garden Hwy, to reopen after accident involving big rig

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5, near Garden Highway, are set to reopen after an accident involving a big rig and three vehicles snarled traffic for about two hours.

The incident was sparked when a Nissan sedan lost control at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and hit a big rig, triggering a chain reaction, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said.

October 4, 2013
MLK Jr. Boulevard reopened after Sacramento police activity wraps up

Sacramento police have reopened Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to traffic after SWAT officers found no armed subject in an Oak Park house they surrounded earlier this afternoon.

The police activity was focused on a home in the 3700 block of 19th Avenue, said police Officer Doug Morse. Residents in the area reported hearing gunfire that they believed was coming from that home shortly after noon.

It was not known how many people were in the home or whether the person was still in the home, Morse said. Officers had not confirmed the presence of a gun in the home but were operating under that assumption, given the reports of gunfire, he said.

However, when officers searched the home shortly after 4:30 p.m. they found no one inside, Morse said.

The boulevard was closed between 16th and 20th avenues as police conducted a "controlled release" of Christian Brothers High School and Oak Ridge Elementary. The campuses were not locked down, but police were monitoring the area as parents and students move to and from the schools.

Officers broke down their perimeter and reopened the boulevard shortly before 5 p.m.

October 4, 2013
All lanes open after clean up of big rig crash on I-5 near Twin Cities Road

All lanes are now open on southbound Interstate 5 near Galt where a big rig came to rest after a crash.

The big rig was traveling in the northbound direction on I-5 about 4 a.m. today when it hit one of two cars involved in an earlier non-injury collision. The big rig ended up on its side, blocking a lane of southbound I-5 south of Twin Cities Road.

The other vehicles remained on the northbound side of I-5 and no lanes were blocked on that side of the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol said a lane of southbound I-5 might have to be closed again later today so that the truck could be towed from the median.

October 4, 2013
Coroner identifies man and woman killed on Delta road

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man and woman who were hit and killed in the road near Walnut Grove Wednesday night.

They were identified as Marlene Vicente, 23, of Bellingham, Wash., and Manuel N. Cardenas, 20, of Isleton.

A CHP spokesman said a motorist driving a Ford Escape was traveling on Andrus Island Road just south of Walnut Grove when the two, who were either sitting or walking in the roadway, were hit by the vehicle.

Vicente and Cardenas died at the scene. They were pronounced dead at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver saw Vicente and Cardenas at the last second on the darkened roadway and could not stop.

October 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in fatal shooting outside former North Natomas nightclub?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened with the case of 22-year-old David Blanks, who was murdered at Chris Webber's nightclub in 2009?

Submitted by: Stopviolence, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two reputed street gang members were convicted of second-degree murder in the Oct. 22, 2009, shooting death of 22-year-old David Blanks outside the Center Court nightclub in North Natomas.

According to stories in The Bee, Nicholas L. Newsome and Sean L. Joyner were each sentenced in May 2012 to 40 years to life in prison.

October 1, 2013
Chickens seized from Franklin Boulevard business by animal control

Sacramento animal control officials seized a couple hundred chickens they say were being housed in unsanitary conditions at a business on Franklin Boulevard -- and cited the owners of the birds.

Sacramento police responded to the business at 5824 Franklin Blvd. on Saturday evening after citizens reported a bad odor coming from the property. In a makeshift building, animal control officers, who were called in to assist, found hens and roosters without food or water in a transport cage.

The business owners were cited in the amount of $20,000 for not providing proper care for the animals and not providing clean quarters for the birds, according to a animal control press release.

The owners were told that authorities would return the next day to see if the conditions were up to city code. When animal control officers returned on Sunday, the business was closed and access to the birds was not possible.

On Monday morning, officers found a business owner trying to remove the chickens in a rented trailer. Sacramento police detained the business owner and 235 Rhode Island Red hens and roosters were turned over to Sacramento City Animal Control.

With the additional help of Sacramento County Animal Control and the Humane Society of the United States, the chickens now are properly housed with food, water and medical care. Veterinarian Jean Rabinowitz has helped with medical assessment.

The Humane Society of the United States has pledged to cover up to $5,000 for feed, shelter and veterinary care.

"City and state laws protect the welfare of all animals, not just dogs and cats," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director with the Humane Society. "Animals raised for food deserve basic, humane treatment, and chickens certainly should not be kept unfed, without water, and crammed into dirty, barren cages where they can't stand up or move about for days."

The Humane Farming Association has agreed to take in all the hens and will be transporting them to their Northern California sanctuary. Sacramento Animal Control is seeking placement of 125 roosters at sanctuaries outside city limits.

City code does not allow ownership of roosters.

October 1, 2013
Jury convicts Rosemont woman of murdering her newborn girl

Courtney Addington mugshot.JPGA Sacramento Superior Court jury Tuesday convicted Courtney Kathleen Addington of first-degree murder in the killing of her newborn baby girl.

Addington stuffed the baby into a plastic garbage bag after giving birth earlier this year in her Rosemont home.

Judge Sharon A. Lueras scheduled Addington's sentencing for Nov. 1. Addington, 25, is facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

October 1, 2013
Report: Shop owners vow to fight charges they sold livestock illegally

Feathers were scattered all over the ground and a sign read, "Live and Fresh Chickens." A south Sacramento market gave off such a foul stench that neighbors reported them to police, leading to the discovery of a large stash of live chickens, Fox40 reports. The owners of the store say they are fighting the charges that they were illegally selling the chickens, according to Fox40.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 26, 2013
Woman found burned identified by Sacramento coroner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 20, 2013
Jury convicts man in North Sacramento murder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 20, 2013
Apartment fire claims life of Sacramento man

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

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

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

The victim's name has not been released.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

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

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint scheduled tonight in Sacramento

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2013
Man stabbed near midtown Sacramento grocery store

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

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

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

The relationship between the victim and suspect is not known.

No one is custody.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2013
Coroner releases name of American River rafter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 10, 2013
Sacramento police targeting high collision areas

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

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

The areas include:

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

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 3, 2013
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 31, 2013
Now 35 percent contained, Rim fire still burns out of control

About 5,000 firefighters continue wage an uphill battle against the Rim fire that is burning in Tuolumne County and Yosemite National Park.

The 14-day old fire has engulfed 219,277 acres and destroyed 111 structures so far. The blaze, the fifth largest in state history, is now 35 percent contained.

Evacuations have been expanded along Old Yosemite Road to include areas north and south of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff.

August 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has man who pleaded guilty in Ponzi scheme been sentenced?

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

QUESTION: Defendant Garry Bradford pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme charge. Sentencing was scheduled to take place in April 2013. It was postponed. What is the status of this case?
Submitted by: George, Truckee

ANSWER: More than two years after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to four counts of federal wire fraud, Garry Bradford has yet to be sentenced.

August 30, 2013
Sketch released of suspect in medical office robbery

Med office suspect sketch.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released a composite sketch of one of two suspects in an Aug. 21 armed robbery at a medical office.

The robbery occurred at 4:27 p.m. when two men entered a medical office in the 2300 block of American River Drive. The suspect depicted in the sketch was armed with a handgun, according to a Police Department news release.

The second suspect was confronted by an employee and the two fought. The employee suffered injuries that required medical treatment, police said.

August 29, 2013
Police seek identity of suspect in Greenhaven sexual assault

SPD suspect sketch1 (1).jpgSex assault suspect van veh.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying a man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl earlier this month.

About 3:10 p.m. Aug. 14, an unknown man inappropriately touched the girl in front of her residence in the area of Florin Road and Greenhaven Drive. The man approached the victim and briefly spoke with her. During the conversation, he touched the girl on the outside of her clothing, according to a Police Department news release.

The girl was not physically injured, officials said.

August 29, 2013
Man accused of arson in Sacramento school, park fires

RUSSELL, DOUGLAS-37.jpgA 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with fires at schools and parks in the southern part of the city of Sacramento.

Sacramento Fire Department investigators on Wednesday arrested Douglas Russell on suspicion of arson.

Since late June, the department has responded to a series of fires at schools and associated parks. They included fires involving debris and personal property at YPS Academy, 7555 S. Land Park Drive; a trash can and bench fire at Parkway Oaks Park 7541 S. Land Park Drive; and playground structure fires at John Sloat Elementary School, 7527 Candlewood Way and Caroline Wenzel Elementary School, 6870 Greenhaven Drive.

August 29, 2013
Former El Dorado Hills man sentenced in investment fraud case

A former El Dorado Hills resident was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento to four years and nine months in prison for his role a multimillion investment fraud scheme.

Daniel Chartraw, 40, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to pay $2.8 million in restitution.

Chartraw pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January.

August 29, 2013
13 wild abalone poaching suspects in Sacramento, Bay Area arrested

By Tillie Fong
tfong@sacbee.com

California game wardens arrested 13 suspects in Sacramento and the Bay Area early Thursday for reportedly catching wild abalone off the Northern California coast for the purpose of selling them.

Four of the suspects are from Sacramento: Dung Van Nguyen, 40, Hiep Ho, 46, Hung Van Le, 42, and Tho Than Phan, 59.

Seven were from Oakland: Chinh Quan Le, 60, Khoa Dang Nguyen, 40, Hung Ngoc Quoc Vo, 41, Toi Van Nguyen, 48, Hai Van Ha, 43, Duoc Van Nguyen, 48, and Nhan Trong Le, 46. The first four from Oakland had previous poaching convictions.

Two were from other areas: Andy Phan, 47, of Fairfield and Charlie Le, 55, of Alameda.

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2013
Meadowview park homicide victim was Sacramento teen

A teenager shot in a Meadowview park earlier this week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner.

Timothy Heu, 17, of Sacramento died Wednesday after being struck by gunfire the day before.

Sacramento police officers responded to Pollock Ranch Park on Robinridge Way at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday and found the critically injured Heu. The youth was transported to a hospital in critical condition and died at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said a number of witnesses were contacted at the scene and officers have canvassed the neighborhood. Homicide and gang detectives also were summoned to the scene Tuesday to assist with the investigation.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information pertaining to the crime is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP, followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

August 28, 2013
Teenager dies following shooting at Meadowview park

A teenager shot in a Meadowview park Tuesday afternoon has died.

Sacramento police officers responded to Pollock Ranch Park on Robinridge Way at 3:37 p.m. and found a 17-year-old male who had been hit by gunfire. The youth was transported to a hospital in critical condition and has since died, according to a police department news release.

The name of the youth has not been released.

August 28, 2013
Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering former boss

Dupree Pierre Barber, the laid-off Cordova Recreation and Parks District maintenance employee convicted of murdering his former boss, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Barber, 49, gunned down Steve Ebert, 59, around 6 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2012 at Hagan Community Park. Barber had been laid off 12 days before the killing at an emotional meeting where witnesses said he engaged in an angry exchange with Ebert.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette read the sentence to an emotionless Barber.

"You are going to die in prison, Mr. Barber," the judge said. "At the very least, any further pain you inflict will not be in free society."

Barber looked up at the judge, blinked slowly, but did not say a word. He declined to make a statement during the proceeding.

Carol Ebert, the victim's wife, spoke out for the first time in a prepared statement read by the family's advocate.

"His soul is evil. For the sake of society, Mr. Barber should never be free again," the statement said.

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

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

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

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

August 27, 2013
RT exercise to focus on terrorism response capabilities

The Sacramento Regional Transit District will conduct a field exercise Wednesday morning to evaluate the emergency response capabilities of RT and regional emergency service providers.

The scenario involves a mock threat of terrorism, according to an RT news release.

The exercise will take place at Regional Transit's south bus parking lot, across from the agency's administrative offices at 1400 29th St. Part of the exercise also will be conducted in the train storage area at the Watt/Interstate 80 rail station.


August 27, 2013
Update: Teen in critical condition after Meadowview shooting

Sacramento police are investigating a shooting in Meadowview that seriously injured one victim, according to authorities.

The shooting occurred at Pollock Ranch Park, on Robinridge Way, about 3:45 p.m. The victim, a man in his late teens, was in the park when he was hit by the gunfire and is now in critical condition at a local hospital, said police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.

Homicide and gang detectives are involved in the investigation.

Gigante said detectives are still trying to sort out the details of the mid-day shooting, which was witnessed by a number of people.

Check back later for more information.

August 26, 2013
Suspect faces extra charge after allegedly chewing on Sacramento police car

A 45-year-old woman who was detained in the back of a police patrol car Sunday afternoon started chewing on it - biting off another charge for herself, according to police.

Tammy Vasquez initially found herself in trouble for alleged petty theft and parole violations, according to a Sacramento police report. But when officers put her in the back of a patrol car shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday, she began eating the foam padding on the divider, police said.

That alleged act was not just unsanitary, but illegal, according to police, and it earned the 45-year-old woman a vandalism charge.

Vasquez also was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a narcotic, police said.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, Vasquez has a lengthy criminal history, dating back to 1990. She most recently went to prison for a felony arson conviction in 2010.

August 24, 2013
Missing Sacramento man found, police say

Reggie Hodge attachment.jpgA missing at-risk Sacramento man has been found, Sacramento police said.

Police said in a post on the department's website, "Reggie Hodge has been located unharmed and is reportedly in the care of an area hospital."

See the original post here.

August 23, 2013
Sacramento man pleads guilty to fraud schemes

A 34-year-old Sacramento man pleaded guilty today in a federal case involving debit card and student loan fraud.

Mordechay Altit -- also known as Michael Altit, Anthony Altit and Tony Altit -- pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in connection with fraudulent use of debit cards and student loan fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Altit applied for debit cards issued by banks or other debit card providers in his own name, or using names and Social Security numbers of other people. He then used merchant and terminal identification numbers issued to merchants and businesses nationwide to cause fraudulent refunds and credits to be placed on the debit cards he controlled.

August 23, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for drug offenses, child endangerment

A man who pleaded no contest to drug, weapons and child endangerment charges was sentenced today to 19 years in state prison.

Corey Anderson, 32, pleaded to charges of transporting cocaine, cocaine sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm and child endangerment, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's office news release. He also admitted to a prior drug sales conviction, a prior strike and an out-on-bail enhancement. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

On Aug. 24, 2012, Corey Anderson and his brother, Cushi Anderson, were pulled over in a vehicle stop. A search of the car revealed more than 27 grams of cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana, $2,000 in cash and narcotics sales paraphernalia, officials said.

August 23, 2013
Police say missing Sacramento man at risk due to mental disabilities

Reggie Hodge attachment.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in finding a 27-year-old man who has severe mental disabilities.

Police said Reggie Hodge (pictured) was last seen Thursday night when he walked away from his residence in the 4000 block of 11th Avenue.

He is considered at-risk because his family reports that he is severely disabled with the mental abilities of a 5- to 7-year-old, according to a Police Department news release. Without his medication, Hodge may become easily confused.

Hodge was last seen wearing a black South Pole sweatshirt and gray jeans with gray shoes.

Police ask anyone with information regarding Hodge's whereabouts to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471.

August 22, 2013
Redding woman accused of falsifying drivers' drug test results

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has returned a 25-count indictment, accusing a Redding woman of falsifying commercial drivers' drug test results.

Demetri Dearth, 56, is charged with mail fraud and false statements to a government agency, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, Dearth was the owner and operator of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs based in Redding. Dearth purported to assist employers of commercial drivers in complying with federal Department of Transportation regulations requiring pre-employment and random drug test of commercial drivers.

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2013
Severely burned kitten rescued in south Sacramento

Burn cat No. 2  080913.jpgThe Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting fire to a kitten in south Sacramento.

On Aug. 9, a resident of Manorside Drive reported seeing a young kitten walking down the street in the area of Manorside and Meadowglen Avenue. The witness noticed the kitten because it appeared to be following a person who was walking down the street, according to a Sacramento Animal Care Services news release.

The following day, the same resident found the kitten in his driveway. Officials said it appeared to have been burned and the resident reported a strong smell of gasoline on the animal.

August 21, 2013
Sacramento police arrest two after kids found unsupervised in 'filthy conditions'

MCGHEE, DAMEIAN-42.jpgA Sacramento couple were taken into custody this week after Sacramento police allegedly found nearly a dozen children unsupervised and living in what was described as "filthy" conditions.

The discovery was made after officers responded to a call Monday night about children throwing rocks at a house in the 4700 block of Valley Hi Drive, according to police.

Officers brought the two children back to their home, where they found another seven children, all of whom were not being supervised by an adult, said police Officer Doug Morse.

August 21, 2013
UPDATE: Man struck and killed by train in midtown

RP TRAIN DEATH 21ST AND Rb.jpgA man died this morning when he was struck by a freight train in midtown Sacramento.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the man, a pedestrian, was struck about 9:15 a.m. as the train was northbound just south of Q Street near 19th Street. Morse said he did not know whether the man was on or next to the tracks when he was hit.

The man's name and age have not been released pending notification of family. Morse said investigation of the death has been turned over to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

The man was struck in an area with a gravel pathway, but no pavement, along the railroad tracks.

The train remained stopped during the police investigation, backing up traffic south to Broadway, until about 11 a.m.

Photo caption: Firefighters, police and emergency personnel manage the scene where a man was struck and killed by a train near 19th Street in Sacramento on Wednesday morning. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

August 20, 2013
Suspects sought in armed robbery of Lincoln gas station

chevron.jpglottery.jpgThe Lincoln Police Department seeks the public's help in identifying individuals who may be linked to an armed robbery at a Chevron gas station early Friday morning.

About 3 a.m., a light-skinned man, shown in a surveillance photo, robbed the station on Twin Bridges Drive, armed with what appeared to be a small-caliber handgun, according to a Police Department news release. He was wearing blue jeans, a hoodie-type sweatshirt and a full-face ski mask.

The man took cash and lottery tickets.

August 18, 2013
Coroner IDs man fatally shot at north Sacramento home after argument

Sacramento police are investigating a fatal shooting at a north Sacramento home Saturday night that occurred as a result of an argument.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office today identified the victim as 49-year-old Elijio Garza.

At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, police were called to a shooting in the 3300 block of Nareb Street. Officers found Garza who had been shot once in the upper torso.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.



August 16, 2013
Body spotted by boater recovered from Sacramento River

Sacramento police say there are no signs of foul play in the death of man whose body was recovered from the Sacramento River this afternoon.

Sacramento Fire Department crews were called to an area along the river near Riverside Boulevard and Sutterville Road shortly before 4 p.m. after a body was reported in the water. Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the body was spotted by a boater in the area, who called police.

Fire crews recovered the body, which Morse said was that of a adult male.

Morse said the coroner responded and reported that the death did not appear to be suspicious. He said investigation into the cause of death has been turned over to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

August 16, 2013
Help sought to locate teen missing from North Natomas home

Chase Felgenhauer.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old boy who has been missing since Wednesday.

Chase Felgenhauer (pictured) was last seen as he left his home in the 400 block of Hawkcrest Circle in the North Natomas area, headed to school, according to a Police Department news release.

He left home riding his red and silver mountain bike. He never arrived at school, and no one has reported seeing him since that morning. Police said the teenager's family is concerned about his welfare.

August 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in teen's 1989 shooting death?

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

QUESTION: What happened after the death of Keith Porter? He was 18 years old, killed by gun violence.
Submitted by: Stacy, Sacramento

ANSWER: The shooting death of 18-year-old Donald Keith Porter on March 10, 1989, remains unsolved.

August 15, 2013
Update: Police say body found in American River not suspicious

A boater discovered a floating male body in the American River Thursday morning.

Fire crews went to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. to retrieve the body, which was found near the end of North Fifth Street.

Circumstances surrounding the death do not appear to be suspicious, according to police. The body will be turned over to the coroner for further investigation.

August 15, 2013
Landscaper in East Sacramento robbed of lawnmower

A landscaper in East Sacramento was robbed at gunpoint and the thief took his lawnmower.

Fox40 reports lawnmower thefts aren't all that uncommon.

August 11, 2013
Police: Babysitter may have given pot to 9-month-old

Sacramento police officers are investigating a case in which a 9-month old baby boy may have been given pot by his babysitter.

At 11:11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Kaiser Permanente Hospital, 6600 block of Bruceville Road, on a report that a baby had been brought into the emergency room and had tested positive for THC, a chemical usually found in marijuana.

The mother had picked up her child from the babysitter and noticed that the baby was acting strangely, so the mother immediately brought him to the hospital.

Child Protective Services has been notified, and officers are continuing to investigate the case.

August 10, 2013
Man arrested after short pursuit ends in car crash

By Kurt Chirbas
kchirbas@sacbee.com

A man was arrested by Sacramento police early Friday following a short pursuit that ended in a car crash.

At 1:44 a.m., a police officer pulled over Rafael Alvarado, 22, on suspicion of drunken driving near Folsom Boulevard and Notre Dame Drive. As the officer was about to exit his vehicle, Alvarado sped off in his vehicle, the Sacramento Police Department reported.

Alvarado drove west on Folsom Boulevard before losing control of his vehicle and crashing near 65th Street.

A short foot pursuit followed before officers took Alvarado into custody.

Alvarado was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a police officer-driving in a reckless manner and five misdemeanors, including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at Sacramento County Main Jail.

August 9, 2013
Police arrest suspect in Arden Fair shooting

MONTANEZ, JOHN-23.jpgA 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in connection with a shooting last week in the Arden Fair parking lot.

John Montanez (pictured) was taken into custody Wednesday, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

Police responded at 3:21 p.m. July 31 to report of shots fired. They learned that a male armed with a handgun and in the company of a second individual began firing at two other males. Investigators later determined that there were three victims among the group allegedly fired upon by Montanez. No one was injured.

August 7, 2013
Homicide suspect denies involvement in Valley Hi shooting of four

The 19-year-old man accused of shooting four teens at a Valley Hi house party in June - killing one of them - said today that he had nothing to do with the shooting, and wondered aloud how Sacramento police settled on him as a suspect.

"Why would my name come up?" Elijah Rodgers asked during an interview with The Bee at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Asked why he thought detectives might suspect him, he tugged at his shoulder-length dreadlocks and said: "I think it's my hair."

August 6, 2013
Sacramento police arrest two in connection with Alvin Valentine homicide

Sacramento police have arrested two suspects in connection with a June shooting at a house party that left one dead and three injured.

Today, police arrested 19-year-old Elijah Rodgers on suspicion of murder, resisting arrest, possession of rock cocaine for sale and weapons charges, according to Officer Michele Gigante.

Police confirmed that Rodgers was shot by homicide detectives July 17 as they attempted to talk to him as part of their investigation into the June 23 shooting on Sea Drift Way that killed Alvin Valentine. After a brief pursuit, detective caught up with Rodgers and, while trying to subdue him, saw that he had a handgun, police said. Two detectives fired at Rodgers, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Rodgers was treated at a local hospital and was arrested today upon his release, police said.

Also in custody is a 17-year-old boy, who police described as an "active participant" in the shooting. He was booked into juvenile hall after his July 27 arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and gross negligent discharge of a firearm, police said.

The shooting erupted on Sea Drift Way during a house party. Valentine, a Kennedy High School graduate, was struck by gunfire as the car he was a passenger in pulled up to the party, according to his family. Injured in the gunfire were a 15-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man.

Police are continuing their investigation and ask that anyone with information come forward.

August 5, 2013
Neighbors to come together for National Night Out

Thousands of communities across the country will rally together for the 30th annual National Night Out on Tuesday.

The evening intends to show that neighborhoods are united against crime. Residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their lights and socialize outdoors.

Over 100 block parties, potlucks, ice cream socials, parades and other activities will take place in the Sacramento area from 6 to 10 p.m.

A particularly large event is slated for Freedom Park in North Highlands, with free food, live music and guest speakers about local gang activity, according to Sgt. Jason Ramos. Deputies and a crime prevention specialist will be on-hand as well.

According to police, over 37 million people from over 150,000 communities participated last year nationwide.

August 4, 2013
Update: Midtown robbery committed by cyclist, police say
Sacramento city police are looking for a man on a bicycle suspected of robbing a man in midtown on Saturday. City police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the robbery was reported at 4 a.m. near J and 23rd streets. A man and his friend were walking when the male suspect rode up on a bicycle, assaulted the man, took his phone, and rode off. The suspect was described as being a white male, between 25 and 35, 5-feet-8, thin and wearing a white T-shirt. Editor's note: A previous version of this report incorrectly said the suspect was involved in a similar incident elsewhere in the city based on incorrect information released by the Sacramento Police Department.
August 4, 2013
Father arrested for running across I-5 with 7-year-old son

jeffrey.JPGA father who allegedly ran across an interstate highway with his 7-year-old son was booked into jail today, police said.

Jeffrey Kuykendall, 43, (pictured) was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on a count of child endangerment. Bond was set at $75,000.

At 8:48 a.m., police responded to a call of a man running across I-5, near the 1100 block of Second Street, with a small child. It was found that Kuykendall and his son had run across I-5 to the center divider, waited for a break in the traffic, and continued to the other side of the freeway.

Officials said the father is from Shasta Lake and had been visiting the area.

The boy was taken into protective custody after his father was arrested.

August 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman?

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

QUESTION: What happened to former Sac PD Officer Gary Baker arrested on sexual assault charges?
Submitted by:Roy Jones, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Gary Dale Baker is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her late 70s who suffers from a serious speech impairment caused by a stroke.

August 2, 2013
Man convicted of 2007 bank robbery sentenced to prison

A man arrested for armed robbery of a North Sacramento bank in January 2007 was sentenced today to 20 years plus 50 years to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury in May convicted Elvertis June Johnson, 51, of two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also found sane during the sanity phase of the trial, and two prior strikes were found true, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Johnson and James Henry Flourney were arrested Jan.13, 2007, after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through two counties. The incident began about 10 a.m. when a man walked into a Bank of America in the 2800 block of Del Paso Road with a sawed-off shotgun, according to stories in The Bee. The man pointed the gun at a teller, who turned over a sum of money. The man hastily stashed the some of the cash in his pockets before leaving.

August 2, 2013
Woman with dementia missing in Sacramento County

Borsey, Norene.JPGThe Sacramento Sheriff's Department needs help in finding a missing woman who is considered to be at-risk.

Norene Borsey, 64, suffers from dementia and another serious medical condition, according to a sheriff's department press release. She was last seen in the 8300 block of Summer Falls Circle near Power Inn and Gerber roads at noon Thursday.

Borsey is described as white, 5 feet 1 inch tall, about 140 pounds, with short, curly blonde hair and blue eyes. When last seen, Borsey was wearing a long-sleeved turquoise shirt and tan pants.

If you see Borsey, call the sheriff's department at (916) 874-5115.

August 1, 2013
UPDATE: Woman arrested in fire along American River Parkway identified

DEUTSCH, EVANGELINE-42.jpgA 42-year-old woman was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of arson in connection with a brush fire in the 500 block of North 16th Street.

Police said the woman, identified as Evangeline Deutsch (pictured), is homeless and was known to officers. She was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Although today's fire, which began about 2:30 p.m., burned approximately an acre, a second alarm was issued because it was near businesses and an area of the American River Parkway where a fire last week burned 100 acres, fire officials said.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said investigators have questioned Deutsch and are trying to determine whether she is linked to last week's fire. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials also have been notified of the arrest, he said, in light of a string of grass fires that burned a total of 46 acres along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova last week.