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November 7, 2013
Two men sought in connection with Sutter County homicide

Velasquez.PNGHolcomb.PNGThe Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced today that it is seeking two men in connection with a homicide that occurred Saturday in Live Oak.

The department received numerous 911 calls about 6:30 p.m. Saturday reporting multiple gunshots fired in the area of MG Liquor in the 2900 block of Pennington Road. Deputies arrived to find a man lying in the parking lot at the liquor store. Emergency medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but the man, later identified as 36-year-old Marcos Tinoco of Live Oak, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

An investigation by deputies and the Sutter County Gang Task Force subsequently identified Eduardo Ornelas Velasquez (left photo), 27, of Live Oak, as a suspect in the shooting, and James Patrick Holcomb (right photo), 22, also of Live Oak, as a person of interest in the case. Sheriff's officials said Holcomb has a current warrant for his arrest for attempted homicide relating to a shooting that occurred in Live Oak in June 2012. They said both men are validated members of the Norteno Criminal Street Gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the the case is asked to call Sgt. David Whiteaker at (530) 822-7307, or leave an anonymous tip a www.suttersheriff.org.

November 7, 2013
Somerset man killed in head-on crash in Sutter County

A 61-year-old Somerset man died this afternoon in a head-on collision on Highway 20 in Sutter County.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was westbound on Highway 20, west of the Sutter Bypass Bridge, when for some reason he allowed his Ford F 250 pickup to enter the eastbound lane, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The pickup collided head on with an eastbound big-rig truck and trailer.

Following the collision, the big rig bounced off the concrete guardrail on the south side of the highway and came to rest, on its wheels, against the north guardrail. The trailer was empty and also remained on its wheels, blocking the entire roadway, the CHP reported.

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 16, 2013
Thieves target walnuts in Sutter County

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for people stealing nuts.

Officials report an increase in agricultural thefts in the county, primarily involving walnuts. More than 10,000 pounds of Chandler walnuts were taken Tuesday night from an area south of Messick Road, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at (530) 822-7307. Tip information also may be left anonymously on the sheriff's website at www.suttersheriff.org.

September 30, 2013
Sutter man convicted of exceeding limit of migratory ducks, geese

A Sutter resident has been found guilty in federal court in Sacramento of illegal possession of migratory game birds.

Jeffrey A. Catlett, 35, was found guilty on Monday following a one-day bench trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. He was convicted of one count of possession of migratory game birds belonging to another that were untagged, one count of exceeding the possession limit of ducks, one count of exceeding the possession limit of pintail ducks and one count of exceeding the limit of dark geese, Department of Justice news release states.

Evidence produced during the trial showed that on Jan. 16 game wardens began investigating a group of hunters who were reportedly shooting into a group of geese, killing and wounding a large number of them in a field off of South Butte House Road in Sutter County. Later that day, Catlett was found in possession of a large number of waterfowl, well beyond the possession limits, authorities said. Court documents show that Catlett claimed to have shot three geese himself but was found in possession of 175 ducks, 41 pintail ducks and 39 dark geese.

September 4, 2013
Two Yuba City men arrested in fatal drive-by shooting

Two men have been arrested and another is sought in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in the Sutter County community of Live Oak on Saturday night.

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced that Edgar Gonzalez, 23, and Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez, 23, both of Yuba City, were taken in custody this morning in the death of 25-year-old Vidal Montiel. They were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of murder, conspiracy, participation in a criminal street gang and promoting a criminal street gang.

Deputies responded Saturday night to the 2800 block of Deanne Street where they found Montiel, who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 3, 2013
Yuba City pedestrian injured in suspected DUI crash

A 60-year-old man suffered major injuries this morning when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Lincoln Road in the Yuba City area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Karemjit Randhawa was walking east on the south side of Lincoln Road approaching Sanborn Road about 8 a.m. James C. Marsh, 41, also of Yuba City, was driving a 2005 Mercedes westbound on Lincoln Road, approaching Sanborn Road.

Marsh failed to stop at the four-way controlled intersection and allowed his vehicle to veer left across the eastbound lane, directly into Randhawa's path. The front of the Mercedes struck Randhawa, who was thrown over the vehicle and onto the roadway, according to a CHP news release.

August 27, 2013
Fresno man injured in Highway 70 crash in Sutter County

A Fresno man suffered major injuries after he lost control of his pickup truck this afternoon on Highway 70 near the Highway 99 connector in Sutter County.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Allan D. Beck II, 26, was driving a 1990 Chevy 1500 southbound on Highway 70 about 1:43 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve just before the connector to southbound Highway 99. The truck continued in a straight path down an embankment and through some trees in the grassy area separating the two highways, according to a CHP news release.

The vehicle flipped and landed on its wheels facing northwest.

July 17, 2013
Sutter County recovers hundreds of items stolen in home burglaries

By Brittany Torrez
btorrez@sacbee.com

Sutter County sheriff's department investigators say two brothers operating under the guise of a construction company called A-1 Asphalt are responsible for the theft of more than 900 items from homes across six counties.

Mark Johnson, 53, of Linda, and Jerry Johnson, 50, of Olivehurst were arrested last week in connection with the home burglaries.

According to Sutter County Lieutenant James Casner, the two suspects are currently in custody at Sutter County Jail. He said the brothers would cruise through neighborhoods in a truck with the name A-1 Asphalt printed on the side. The brothers would knock on doors to see if anyone was home, Casner said. Sometimes they would leave their card with residents who answered the door. Investigators are still looking into exactly how the thefts occurred.

July 12, 2013
Jackknifed truck spills beans in Highway 99 collision

Northbound Highway 99 was closed at the Feather River Bridge for more than three hours after a truck and trailer fully loaded with pinto beans jackknifed, spilling the beans over the roadway.

Two people, a Sacramento man and Yuba City woman, were taken by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville with minor injuries following the 11:30 a.m. crash that involved four vehicles.

The truck-and-trailer rig, driven by Richard E. Crowe, 57, of Rio Linda, was southbound on Highway 99 entering the Feather River Bridge, when it hit a bump in the roadway, causing the trailer to fishtail, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

May 24, 2013
Three men sentenced for roles in human trafficking ring

Three men have been sentenced for involvement in a human trafficking ring in which women from Mexico were used as prostitutes in five Northern California cities, including Sacramento, Yuba City and Chico.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that Nery Najarro-Rodriguez, 42, Jorge Perez-Hernandez, 37, and Luis Mata, 30, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering as part of a multi-county investigation. Each was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court to three years in county jail.

The charges stemmed from an FBI investigation into a human trafficking network that spanned several Northern California counties. Young women, ages 21 to 30, were brought from Mexico and sold for sex to as many as 20 clients in a single day, according to an Attorney General's Office news release. The sex acts occurred in brothels in Chico, Stockton, Yuba City, Fairfield and Sacramento, officials said.

May 17, 2013
Former plumbers union business manager, wife sentenced for misappropriating funds

A former business manager of a Yuba City plumbers union and his wife were sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento for misappropriation of funds.

Robert L. Carr, 58, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Theresa Ann Carr, 55, to three months in prison by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Both were also ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to Local Union No. 228, United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO of Yuba City, based on their previous convictions for conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating labor union funds.

According to their plea agreements, Robert Carr was the financial secretary-treasurer and business manager of the Plumbers Union and Theresa Carr worked at various times as an employee of the union. Because of his offices and employment with the union, Robert Carr had access to the Plumbers Union's checking accounts and credit cards. Authorities said he misused both the checking account and credit cards causing at least $120,000 in losses to the union.

April 29, 2013
Yuba City man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

The second of two Yuba City brothers has been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to 17.5 years in prison for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking.

According to testimony presented at his six-day trial in March, Anthony Boykin, 36, and his brother, Patrick Boykin arranged and sold methamphetamine to several police informants in Yuba City between Sept. 13, 2006 and March 39, 2007, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Anthony Boykin was sentnced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.

Patrick Boykin pleaded guilty and was sentenced in October 2009, also to 17.5 years in prison.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Yuba-Sutter County NET-5 Drug Task Force.

April 26, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to driver in collision that killed Bishop Gallegos?

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

QUESTION: Can you shed some light on the investigation of the death of Auxiliary Bishop Gallegos on Highway 99?
Submitted by: Gabriele, Carmichael

ANSWER: Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos died the night of Oct. 6, 1991, in a traffic collision on a dark stretch of Highway 99 north of Yuba City.

January 18, 2013
Wildlife officers seek charges in killing of snow geese

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking charges against several people accused of poaching snow geese in Sutter County.

Warden Mark Michilizzi said officers investigating the incident determined that 15 individuals were responsible for shooting 116 snow geese and crippling approximately 10 to 20 more that the shooters did not recover from the field.

A warden on Wednesday responded to an area about two miles east of Sutter, near Butte House and Humphrey roads, following a complaint of several people shooting into large flocks of geese.

November 14, 2012
Arrest made in stabbing at Sikh Temple in Yuba City

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office today announced the arrest of a Yuba City man in connection with a stabbing at a Sikh Temple on Sunday.

Mangal Singh Sanghera, 43, was arrested and booked into the Sutter County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Sheriff's deputies responded shortly after 6:30 p.m Sunday to the Sikh Temple in the 2400 block of Tierra Buena Road in Yuba City, where 50 to 100 people were reported fighting with sticks. When they arrived, deputies found a 30-year-old man with a stab wound to his upper body.

November 13, 2012
Three men arrested in September's state mining museum heist

The California Highway Patrol has announced the arrest of three men in connection with the Sept. 28 robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa.

The robbery involved the theft of more than $1 million in precious metals, mostly gold.

Search warrants were served this morning in El Dorado, Sacramento and Sutter counties.

October 19, 2012
Alert students, motorists called key to school bus safety

The California Highway Patrol is reminding school bus riders and motorists to pay attention to each other to ensure safety.

"I see the driver -- the driver sees me" is the theme of this year's National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 22-26.

Studies show that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus, according to a CHP news release. Motorists are urged to pay close attention to school buses on local roads and to be aware of their flashing lights. In California, flashing yellow lights on a school bus are a warning to slow down and prepare to stop, while flashing red lights require all motorists to stop.

October 18, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone brought to justice for 1991 slaying of Elverta man?

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

QUESTION: A classmate of mine by the name of Greg Knecht was murdered in 1991. Was his killer ever brought to justice?
Submitted by: Just Wondering, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two men were arrested for the 1991 slaying of 19-year-old Gregory Justin Knecht of Elverta. One admitted to the killing and the other was acquitted.

August 28, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Loomis man accused of killing ex-girlfriend's parents?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to Joseph Simlick of Loomis, who was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend's parents, Jack and Susan Martin, in Sutter County in July 2010?
Submitted by: Bob, El Dorado Hills

ANSWER: Joseph Hayden Simlick, 23, remains in Sutter County Jail, where he is being held without bail, charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Jack and Susan Martin.

August 20, 2012
Hondas top list of most stolen cars in U.S., California

The annual list of top ten stolen cars was released today by an insurance industry crime-tracking bureau.

The Hot Wheels list from the National Insurance Crime Bureau tracks all theft data, without regard to whether the stolen vehicle was insured.

A recent trend being monitored: thefts of late model vehicles that theoretically are harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology.

NICB president Joe Wehrle said in a press release that thieves have figured out how to
get the key code for a vehicle, have a replacement key made -- and steal the vehicle within a matter of days.

August 17, 2012
Agencies launch summer crackdown on impaired drivers

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region have launched a summer campaign to crack down on impaired drivers.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" anti-DUI campaign began today and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. During that period officers in various jurisdictions will conduct sobriety and driver's license checkpoints as well as roving patrols targeting motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The statewide campaign, led by the California Office of Traffic Safety, is intended to heighten public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to deter people from driving under the influence.

August 10, 2012
Yuba City man arrested in assault on Sacramento woman

Sarbjit Singh Sandhu.jpgSacramento police have arrested a Yuba City man in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman in January.

Sacramento detectives with the assistance of the Yuba City SWAT team arrested 32-year-old Sarbjit Singh Sandhu (pictured) on Thursday at his home in Yuba City. He is accused of forcible rape and kidnapping with intent to commit sexual assault.

About 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, a woman in her 20s was kidnapped at gunpoint after she arrived home from work in the north Sacramento area, according to a Police Department news release. She was blindfolded and her hands were bound. She was then driven to an unknown location about 40 minutes from Sacramento where she was sexually assaulted by two individuals, police said.

July 6, 2012
Highway 113 in Sutter County blocked until 4 p.m. after chain-reaction accident

Four people were injured in the series of crashes that occurred at a road construction site where traffic was stopped in the southbound direction on Highway 113 in rural Sutter County.

An oncoming big rig traveling southbound either failed to brake or his brakes did not correctly function, according to the CHP. His rig failed to stop, rear-ending a Dodge pickup pulling a boat.

The boat went off the right shoulder and the pickup went left into a canal. Before the Dodge pickup went off the road it rear-ended a Ford pickup that was carrying a white powdery substance used in agriculture to prevent sunburn on plants and trees.

The powder was spread over the pavement and along the highway. The two pickups ended up on the left side of the road and were pinned by the big rig down off the roadway.

The Ford pickup also rear-ended a Honda car, which was then shoved into a big rig hauling logs.

The CHP said the driver and passenger in the Honda and the Ford pickup driver were taken to the hospital by helicopter. The driver of the Dodge pickup was transported by ambulance.

Conditions of those transported to the hospital were not immediately available.

June 19, 2012
Sutter County burglary suspects found hiding in drainage ditch

The Sutter County Sheriff's Department was assisted by local farmers and a California Highway Patrol helicopter in a search that ended in the arrest of three suspects in a residential burglary.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 4400 block of Riego Road in Pleasant Grove. A witness reported seeing the suspects get into a 1999 Acura and leave the area. The driver, however, lost control of the vehicle, rolling it into a field, and the suspects ran away on foot, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Deputies, with the help of a CHP helicopter and area farmers, searched the area and later located the suspects hiding in a drainage ditch near West Catlett and Vernon roads. The three suspects, all from Sacramento, were taken to Rideout Hospital with minor injuries related to the vehicle crash.

June 14, 2012
Investigation leads to arrest, drug seizure in Sutter County

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced that a two-month investigation has led to the arrest of a 50-year-old man and seizure of an estimated $10,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine.

About 7 a.m. today, a joint narcotics task force known as NET 5, assisted by the Sutter County Sheriff's Office and Yuba City Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of First Avenue in the community of Sutter.

Authorities seized 13 ounces of methamphetamine, a gram of cocaine, seven marijuana plants, scales, baggies and MSM, which is used as a cutting agent for drugs, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. They also located an explosive device, which officials said appeared to be a quarter-stick of dynamite.

June 14, 2012
Tow truck is pinned in back of refrigerated big rig on Highway 99

A Lodi man suffered a broken leg when flatbed tow truck drove into the back of a fully loaded refrigerated big rig trailer on Highway 99 between Sacramento and Yuba City.

The 3 p.m. Wednesday crash closed Highway 113 for about two hours and reduced lanes of travel on Highway 99 so that crews to could extricate the tow truck driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers said the big rig was rolling forward on northbound Highway 99 at Highway 113 when the light turned green. The tow truck, driven by David Vargas, 34, of Lodi was approaching from behind at a speed "not greater than 65 mph," according to a CHP release.

June 13, 2012
Suspect sought in shooting of teenager in Sutter County

James Patrick Holcomb.jpgThe Sutter County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help locating a man sought in connection with the June 24 shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Live Oak.

Sheriff's officials identified the suspect as James Patrick Holcomb (pictured), 21.

On June 24, sheriff's deputies responded to the 10,000 block of Larkin Road in Live Oak regarding reports of multiple gunshots in the area. When they arrived, deputies found a 16-year-old boy who had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper thigh, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

June 11, 2012
BLM announces fire restrictions due to dry conditions

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced today that fire restrictions are in effect for all public lands managed by the bureau's Mother Lode Field Office.

Included are approximately 230,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter and Mariposa counties. Campers are urged to familiarize themselves with special restrictions before visiting public lands in these counties.

The restrictions prohibit all open fires on public lands because of extremely dry conditions, according to a news release.

May 21, 2012
One dead as plane crashes into flooded Sutter County field

_RAP1252.JPGAuthorities don't know what caused a plane to nose-dive into a Sutter County rice field this morning, killing the crop-duster pilot.

The plane crashed about 6:30 a.m. into the muddy field near the town of Nicolaus and Highway 70.

The single-engine airplane lifted off with about 1,000 pounds of zinc fertilizer. Once the aircraft arrived at the field, the pilot made several passes in which he dropped the supplement.

May 16, 2012
Cell phone tickets written in April in California up 5,000

The number of drivers cited for using their cell phones while driving in April was up over a year earlier.

The California Highway Patrol and 265 local police agencies last month handed out more than 57,000 tickets to drivers who were using a hand-held cell phone or texting. The compares to 52,000 tickets issued in April 2011.

"Unfortunately, we're seeing that the problem of cell phone use for talking and texting while driving is not going away anytime soon," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the state Office of Traffic Safety.

His office has conducted an advertising campaign that has included the "Don't Be a Distracted Driving Zombie" television commercials that emphasize how up to 37 percent of brain power needed for driving gets switched to cell phone talking.

May 3, 2012
'Share the road' campaign spotlights motorcycle safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region urge drivers to look twice for motorcyclists so all motorists can safely share the road.

California is home to more than 1 million licensed motorcycle riders, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

"Whether a driver is at an intersection or changing lanes, they should always keep an eye out for motorcyclists," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a written statement. "Because motorcycles have a much smaller profile than other vehicles, it can be difficult for drivers to judge the distance and speed of an approaching motorcycle."

In 2010, the most recent year for which data is available from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 361 people died in California and nearly 11,000 others were injured as a result of a crash involving a motorcycle.

In addition to using safety equipment and riding gear, motorcyclists are encouraged to seek professional training before beginning to ride.

The CHP-administered California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers rider courses for beginning motorcyclists and for riders interested in improving their skills. The program operates more than 120 training sites statewide and expects to train 65,000 motorcyclists this year. For course information and locations, see the the website at http://www.ca-msp.org/.

May 1, 2012
Five arrested in Sutter County for false-employment scam

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Five individuals from Sutter County were arrested Tuesday in connection with a false-employment scam that has drained millions of dollars out of government coffers via sham unemployment and disability claims.

The five, along with another Sutter County resident not yet arrested, are charged in a criminal complaint filed Monday in Sacramento federal court.

Arrested Tuesday were Mohammad Nawaz Khan, 56, and Iqila Begum Khan, 31, both of Live Oak; and Mohammad Shahbaz Khan, 56; Gurdev Kaur Johl, 67; and Kewal Singh, 74, all of Yuba City. Also charged in the complaint but not arrested is Mohammad Adnan Khan, 32, of Live Oak.

April 27, 2012
Sacramento man sentenced in multistate drug conspiracy

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

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

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

April 9, 2012
Marysville man gets three years in prison for child porn possession

A Marysville man was sentenced today in federal court to three years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Kenneth W. Sandstrom, 52, received his sentence, which includes 10 years of supervision after release from prison, from District Judge William B. Shubb in Sacramento. Sandstrom had two computers, an external hard drive and several CDs and DVDs with about 3,000 images of child pornography he collected from 2000 to 2011, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney's office.

Among the images, according to the federal prosecutor, were depictions of rape and sadism.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, an effort managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, comprising officers from federal, state and local agencies.

March 26, 2012
CHP stops motorist suspected of speeding three times in an hour

The California Highway Patrol alleges that a Hayward woman just wouldn't slow down after twice being stopped for going over 100 mph.

Officers stopped Lynne Kathleen Cahill-Gomez three times Saturday night on Highway 70 in Sutter and Yuba counties. She was clocked on radar going 103 mph, 105 mph and finally 76 mph in a 55 mph-zone, officers said.

The three traffic stops all occurred within an hour starting at 8:10 p.m. at northbound Highway 70 near Kempton Road.

March 9, 2012
Sheriff's posse to patrol rural Sutter County for metal thieves

The Sutter County Sheriff's Department is sending out a posse to look for metal thieves.

Beginning Saturday, members of Sutter County Sheriff's Posse will be out on horseback in rural areas of the county, keeping an eye out for metal thieves, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. If posse members observe something suspicious, they will radio field deputies, who will respond to investigate.

"We have seen a marked uptick in metal thefts, everything from aluminum sprinkler pipe to copper wire stolen from farm irrigation pumps," Sheriff J. Paul Parker said in a written statement. "We want to bring whatever forces to bear on this problem, and one way is to get the posse out there to act as our eyes and ears in the rural areas."

February 28, 2012
Collision with suspected drunk driver in Sutter County injures 4

A suspected drunk driver slammed into a family in a small car last night in the community of Sutter west of Yuba City, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

Juan M. Duran was driving his family in his Honda Civic shortly before midnight eastbound on Butte House Road east of Cedar Street when Timothy M. Roberts, 24, of Sutter driving westbound in a van crossed into Duran's traffic lane, according to the CHP.

The head-on collision caused minor back, chest and knee injuries to Duran, 61, of Live Oak. Also injured in Duran's car were Yesenia Vasquez, 36, moderate abdominal, chest, back and shoulder pain, Lexxinn Vazquez, 11, minor back pain, and Ivan Vazquez, 3, a cut to his mouth.

Roberts was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after receiving stitches to his knee.

February 18, 2012
2 union employees plead guilty to taking union funds

By Carlos Alcalá

calcala@sacbee.com

A Yuba City plumbing and pipefitters union treasurer and his wife pleaded guilty Friday to misappropriating at least $120,000 for personal use, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Robert L. Carr, 57, was secretary-treasurer and business manager for Local 228, and his wife Theresa Ann Carr, 54, was an employee of the union.

They wrote checks for unauthorized salary advances, bonuses and reimbursements, according to court documents cited by the news release.

February 16, 2012
Highway 99 crash kills one south of Yuba City

One person was killed in a crash just south of Yuba City this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred on Highway 99 just south of Oswald Road at about 6 a.m. and involved at least four vehicles. Information on how the accident occurred was not immediately available.

All lanes have been reopened.

January 12, 2012
Yuba City man pleads guilty to attempted murder in stabbing

A Yuba City man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the stabbing of a man last May.

Harjiwan Mann, 36, admitted stabbing Mohammad Bath of Yuba City numerous times in the head and neck with a screwdriver on May 3, 2011, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

Woodland police arrested Mann outside Woodland Memorial Hospital, and during an interview with detectives, Mann admitted that he had been thinking about stabbing Bath because he was angry with him, officials said.

January 6, 2012
Body found in Live Oak identified as missing Yuba City man

The body of a man discovered in a ditch late Monday off Highway 99 in Live Oak has been identified by Sutter County sheriff's detectives as that of a missing Yuba City man.

The identification of Richard Domenick Efigenio, 58, was made through dental records, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Efigenio had been reported to the Yuba City Police Department as a missing person on Oct. 9.

Officials said the cause of death is pending a toxicology report.

December 17, 2011
Olivehurst man killed in Highway 99 accident near Sacramento-Sutter county line

By Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

A 22-year-old Olivehurst man was killed Friday, just before midnight, when he lost control of his car on Highway 99, a few miles north of the Sacramento-Sutter county line, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Witnesses told CHP the car was traveling north at a high rate of speed when it drifted onto the shoulder and then partially back onto the highway before overturning several times.

The driver, identified as Jesus Estrada-Vasquez, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

The car came to rest on the driver, partly in a southbound lane of Highway 99.

Estrada-Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and/or drugs are believed to be factors in this crash.

November 26, 2011
Sutter County man found dead, reportedly stabbed self

By Darrell Smith

dsmith@sacbee.com

A Sutter County man found dead Saturday morning on the front yard of a home in Live Oak apparently stabbed himself to death distraught over a recent drunken driving arrest.

The body of Lakhbir Singh, 36, of Live Oak, was found with multiple stab wounds to his chest about 7:17 a.m. in the 9200 block of Larkin Road, about four blocks from his home, said Lt. James Casner of the Sutter County Sheriff's Department.

Next to Singh's body, deputies found a kitchen knife and a bicycle. There were no signs of a struggle, Casner said.

November 16, 2011
CHP seat belt enforcement campaign to begin Friday - violations costly

The California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up before taking to the road.

The CHP will be paying particular attention to drivers and passengers who aren't wearing seat belts during a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign beginning Friday and continuing through the Thanksgiving weekend.

The minimum cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $142, and up to $445 for not properly restraining a child younger than 16 years old. If the parent is not in the car, the driver is issued a ticket.

November 10, 2011
Update: Natomas teen reclassified as runaway after seen in Yuba City

Sergio Jimenez.jpgSacramento police officials announced that they have reclassified a missing 17-year-old Natomas youth as a runaway after a family member encountered him in a Yuba City Walmart store Wednesday.

Sergio Jimenez (pictured) was reported missing by family members Nov. 2, after he failed to return home from Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School, where he is a senior. Since then, hundreds of volunteers along with officers and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department have searched the area around the school, including a nearby canal.

On Wednesday, a family member saw Jimenez in a Walmart store in Yuba City and had a brief conversation with the youth about why he was in the community, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release. Jimenez said he was visiting, then walked away. The family member was in a powered wheelchair and was unable to follow the teenager.

November 2, 2011
Sutter County crash kills driver

A Yuba City man died when his car went off Highway 99 and into an irrigation ditch late Tuesday, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

Daniel C. Loehrer, 56, of Yuba City, was driving southbound on the highway, south of Yuba City, when his Acura went off the road for unknown reasons, according to the CHP accident report.

The car went into the ditch, overturned and slid on its roof in about a foot of water.

Fire personnel had to use cutting tools to get to Loehrer, who was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

October 14, 2011
Metal recovered in Sutter County believed stolen from farms

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help in identifying a large amount of metal believed to have been stolen from various farms in surrounding counties.

On Thursday, deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 3100 block of Tierra Buena Road. They arrived to find a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl getting into a maroon Ford F150 extended cab pickup, which was parked on the shoulder of the roadway.

The homeowner told deputies that the two were inside her camp trailer, removing property, when she arrived at her residence. When the homeowner called 911, the two suspects ran from the trailer toward their pickup. As the girl ran, she threw her purse into nearby bushes. The purse was found to contain drug paraphernalia, marijuana and prescription medication, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

September 29, 2011
CHP says motorcycle awareness campaign cut fatalities

By Tony Bizjak
tbizjak@sacbee.com

California Highway Patrol officials say they believe their two-year motorcycle safety campaign, now ending, has helped reduce injury and fatality rates. The federally funded campaign, "Look Twice, Save a Life," was designed to increase drivers' awareness of motorcyclists on the road.

Preliminary 2010 CHP statistics show the number of people killed in motorcycle-involved collisions was down 9 percent from the previous year. The number of injuries was down 8.5 percent.

"Although this campaign is coming to a close, we're pleased with the encouraging results," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "There is still more work to be done, and our efforts to raise awareness through education and enforcement will continue."

September 13, 2011
Sutter County Sheriff's Office investigates death of jail inmate

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a female inmate that occurred early this morning.

About 1:16 a.m., Sutter County Jail personnel requested medical aid for a woman who was found unresponsive in a holding cell when deputies conducted a cell safety check, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Yuba City Fire Department and Bi-County Ambulance crews responded to the jail, where the woman was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's officials said the woman was brought to the jail Sunday by Yuba City police for being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The woman's name was not released pending notification of family.

September 2, 2011
Auto travel, CHP enforcement to be up this holiday weekend

Automobile travel is expected to be up slightly this Labor Day weekend -- and the California Highway Patrol will be ready to pull over any drunken drivers.

The American Automobile Association estimates that 27.3 million people plan to travel on the nation's roadways, a 0.5 percent increase from last year. Overall, travel is expected to dip due in part to higher air fare costs.

August 16, 2011
State prison officials report progress toward cutting inmate population

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

California prison officials expect to fall just short of a court-ordered reduction in inmate populations by December, but say they will be in compliance by next June and do not expect to have to ask federal courts for more time to achieve a lower inmate population.

Papers filed today with a panel of three federal judges who have ordered the state to improve medical and mental health conditions inside California prisons say moves by Gov. Jerry Brown will substantially meet the court's requirements.

The state's inmate population is required to be at 167 percent of capacity by December, and prison officials said they expect to reduce populations by 9,200 inmates, or about 169 percent of capacity.

August 3, 2011
CHP: Sign up to get Amber Alerts on your cell phone

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

The California Highway Patrol is urging residents to sign up for a service that sends Amber Alerts to cell phones via text message - one more way residents can help authorities find missing children fast.

The service, which is free regardless of your wireless plan, sends alerts tailored to your area based on the zip code that you provide. You can provide up to five zip codes, and authorities recommend you at least add the zip codes in which you live and work.

To sign up, visit www.wirelessamberalerts.org. Alerts can also be sent in Spanish.

July 29, 2011
Shooting kills man in Carmichael apartment

A man was fatally shot early this morning after two men forced their way into a Carmichael apartment, authorities said.

The 54-year-old victim was shot in the upper torso and died at an area hospital. The Sacramento County Coroner's office has not yet identified the victim, pending notification of his family.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to an apartment complex on the 5700 block of Manzanita Avenue about 12:15 a.m. after receiving reports of gunfire. They found the victim and a witness inside an apartment unit where the victim lived, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

The witness, who is a friend of the victim, told deputies that two men knocked on the door, forced their way inside and pushed him to the floor. He was held there by one suspect as the other found the victim in another room.

July 25, 2011
Man stabbed to death in Sutter County, suspect arrested

One man is dead and another is in jail after a fatal stabbing in Sutter County late Sunday.

Sutter County Sheriff's detectives were called to the Sutter Food and Mart at 7505 Highway 20 in Sutter at 8:21 p.m. and found a man with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men had followed the male victim into the store, and when the victim left, two of the men followed him outside, a sheriff's news release states.



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