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November 11, 2013
Two arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen racing bike in Woodland

Two Woodland transients were arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to sell a stolen racing bike, but another man got away, according to police.

Matthew Kuehnau, 25, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and resisting arrest. He remained at the Yolo County jail on $20,000 bond.

Robert Nesbitt, 27, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, conspiracy and resisting arrest. He was being held at the Yolo County jail on $60,000 bond, as he also had a bench warrant for a DUI charge.

November 6, 2013
Update: Man killed in Woodland crash identified

The man who was killed when a car crashed into a tree along Interstate 5 near Woodland early Tuesday was identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office Wednesday as Darren Fung, 23, of Chico.

Fung, who was the driver, died at the scene.

A passenger, Mickey Reeder, 27, of Chico was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

The accident occurred at 6:31 a.m. when Fung was driving a 2003 Dodge Neon south at an unknown speed on I-5 near the West Street off ramp, on north side of Woodland.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, for some unknown reason, Fung had turned the steering wheel left while driving on the far right lane, causing the car to go into the center median.

Fung then allegedly turned the wheel to the right, which caused him to lose control, and the Dodge Neon to spin in a clockwise direction across both southbound lanes. It wound up on the west shoulder, where the driver's side door struck a tree.

Fung and Reeder were not wearing seat belts at the time, and Fung was ejected upon impact. Reeder sustained major injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the collision, the CHP said.

November 6, 2013
UPDATE: West Sacramento police release photo of RV sought in fatal hit-and-run

West Sac RV suspects.PNGWest Sac RV.PNGA man who died after he was struck by a recreational vehicle in West Sacramento on Tuesday night has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as Michael Ray Anderson, 55, a West Sacramento resident.

West Sacramento police are looking for the driver of the RV that hit Anderson in front of a liquor store before fleeing. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We're treating this as a homicide," said Lt. Tod Sockman, a West Sacramento police spokesman.

November 5, 2013
Car crash into tree off of I-5 near Woodland kills 1, injures 1

A Dodge Neon plowed into a tree off of Interstate 5 near Woodland early Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring another, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Crescent City man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene, and a Chico man, also in his 20s, was taken to a nearby hospital with major injuries, said Sgt. Andy Hill with the CHP.

It was not clear which man was the driver.

The accident occurred at 6:31 a.m. when a Dodge Neon was going southbound on I-5 near the West Street off-ramp, on the north side of Woodland, when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

The collision caused one man to be ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was unknown what caused the crash. "It is still under investigation," said Hill.

There was no impact to traffic on I-5, as the accident occurred off the highway.

November 4, 2013
UPDATE: Woman struck by Amtrak train was UC Davis grad

A woman who died Sunday evening when she was struck by an Amtrak train at the Davis station was identified Monday as Andrea Laurette Mrotz, 29, of Vallejo, a UC Davis graduate and Bay Area activist.

Mrotz graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology, said UC Davis spokeswoman Julia Ann Easley.

According to Mrotz's Facebook page and newspaper accounts, she was a leader of Label GMOs Vallejo/Benicia, a grassroots organization that has lobbied to require labeling of foods if they contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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.

October 31, 2013
Sacramento man accused of stealing landscaping equipment in Davis

A Sacramento man has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft in connection with several thefts of landscaping equipment in Davis in recent months.

Between Aug. 27 and Oct. 15, Davis police took nine reports of incidents involving someone stealing equipment from landscaping companies, resulting in significant losses to the firms.

Similar thefts occurred on the UC Davis campus and in Woodland, according to a Davis Police Department news release.

Police identified a possible suspect and today, with the assistance of he Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, they executed multiple search warrants in Sacramento County. Omar Zavala, 18, was subsequently arrested and booked into Yolo County Jail.

October 31, 2013
Two men arrested after marijuana found in vehicle at I-5 rest stop

Two men were arrested at an Interstate 5 rest stop in Yolo County after 30 pounds of marijuana reportedly were found in their vehicle.

About 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, a Yolo County sheriff's deputy contacted the two men, who were in a vehicle parked at the southbound Tony Diaz Memorial Rest Stop along I-5. The deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside and rear bed of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up several large duffel bags containing 30 1-pound bags of individually packaged marijuana and 21 non-prescribed Vicodin tablets, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Eric Martin Scott, 22, of San Jose, and Adam Gabriel Barrett, 26, of Lancaster, were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana, and offering to sell or furnish marijuana. Scott also is accused of possessing a controlled substance.

Both men were booked into the Yolo County Jail on Wednesday, and each was subsequently released on $50,000 bail. They are to be arraigned in Yolo County Superior Court on Nov. 27.

October 29, 2013
Citrus Heights man identified as motorist killed on I-5

A Citrus Heights man was killed in an early morning crash on Interstate 5 in Yolo County over the weekend.

The Yolo County Coroner's office identified the man as 58-year-old Steven Carl Luth.

The California Highway Patrol said that Luth was traveling southbound on I-5 at the Yolo Bypass near County Road 22 about 1 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his 1998 Mercury and hit a bridge railing.

The car then crossed both lanes and hit a bridge railing on the left side of the freeway. At some point Luth got out of his car, according to the CHP.

Around the same time, West Sacramento police officer stopped to render aide. Luth suffered fatal injuries when he was struck after exiting his vehicle during a series of collisions, according to a CHP.

The West Sacramento police squad car, Luth's car and two other cars were damaged. Four people in a Chevrolet suffered injuries.

The West Sacramento officer was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for precautionary reasons. The series of crashes is being investigated by the CHP.

October 28, 2013
Parole denied for man convicted of Yolo attempted murder

A man convicted of attempting to murder his estranged wife at her Knights Landing home in 2001 has been denied parole.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced that a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings on Thursday denied parole for Javiad Akhtar, determining he would pose a continued risk to public safety if he were released from prison.

In 2001, Akhtar, in violation of a restraining order, went to the home of his estranged wife and their two children, cut the phone line to the house and broke in through a side window. When his wife and children returned home, Akhtar came out of a back room and shot his wife with a BB gun as she tried to flee, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. Authorities said he struck her in the head with the gun, causing the gun to break.

October 24, 2013
13-year-old boy dies in car crash near Woodland

A teenage boy was killed, and his father and a male cousin were injured when a car apparently veered off Interstate 5 in Woodland early Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 13-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released by the Yolo County Coroner's Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Sergio Gomez-Sandav, 18, of Turlock, and a male passenger, Galvan Audel, 39, of Vancouver, Wash. suffered abrasions and were treated at the scene.

October 18, 2013
Roseville man convicted of Davis home burglary

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

A Roseville man was convicted Thursday for the June burglary of a Davis home, the Yolo County District Attorney's office announced Friday.

Law enforcement were able to use fingerprints from sunglasses left at the scene and surveillance video of the June 20 crime to link the crime to Ronald McNair, 32, of Roseville.

McNair eventually admitted to the crime, District Attorney Jeff Reisig said. McNair is facing 19 years in state prison. He has a previous "strike" and has served three prior prison terms. McNair is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 21.

October 15, 2013
Vehicle stop near Dunnigan yields 59 pounds of marijuana

A Vallejo man landed in Yolo County Jail after he was stopped for a vehicle code violation and a search of his vehicle turned up 59 pounds of marijuana.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, a Yolo County sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle at County Road 6 and Interstate 5 in Dunnigan. The deputy noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, prompting the search, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

John Harrison Bedenfield, 35, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana hashish for sale. He was booked into Yolo County Jail with bail set at $135,000. He is to be arraigned Thursday in Yolo County Superior Court.

October 14, 2013
Fraud Awareness Fair set for Wednesday in West Sacramento

Individuals interested in learning how to avoid becoming victims of scams are invited to attend the sixth annual Yolo-Sacramento Fraud Awareness Fair on Wednesday in West Sacramento.

The event is offered free of charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento.

Representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will discuss how to recognize, report and avoid the latest financial scams. Topics will include how to safely hire a contractor, purchase an annuity and obtain a free credit report, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

October 11, 2013
Coroner identifies man crushed to death in Yolo County crash

A passenger in a car that crashed into a field along a rural Yolo County Road has died, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Killed in the roll-over crash was Jose Luis Fierros, 25, of Winters.

The crash occurred about 6:50 a.m. Thursday morning along County Road 89 south of County Road 29 when Francisco Alberto Lopez Quezada, 24, of Winters was traveling with Fierros in a Ford Crown Victoria at a high rate of speed, according to a CHP press release.

The car was heading southbound on County Road 89 when Quezada allowed the car to drift to the right side of the road. He then over-corrected to the left, losing control.

The Ford crossed over the road, entered a drainage ditch and then struck an embankment before landing in a dirt field. The car rolled several times before landing on its wheels.

Fierros was partially ejected, causing his body to be crushed, according to the CHP.

Quezada suffered major injuries and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center.

October 8, 2013
Man accused of terrorist threats after shots fired in Esparto

A resident of the Yolo County community of Capay is in custody after he allegedly threatened and fired a handgun at a man in the town of Esparto.

Yolo County sheriff's deputies responded at 5 p.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the area of Capay Street near Orleans Street in Esparto. When they arrived, deputies contacted a man who told them that a another man, in a gray Ford F-150 pickup, had pulled up near him and yelled threats. The man in the truck then reportedly pointed a handgun at the victim and fired three shots before driving away, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies determined that the rounds fired were blanks.

About 8:40 a.m. Monday, a deputy found a pickup matching the description of the one involved in the shooting at residence in Capay. Deputies contacted the vehicle's owner and, after investgation, arrested John Hardin McChesney on suspicion of terrorist threats and brandishing a weapon.

McChesney was booked into the Monroe Detention Center, and sheriff's officials said the investigation continues.

October 8, 2013
Couple sleeping in illegally parked car jailed after search yields suspected stolen property

Two Sacramento County residents were arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and drugs after they were found sleeping in a vehicle near a boat ramp in Clarksburg.

A Yolo County sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle that was parked illegally at Merritt's Landing Boat Ramp on South River Road at County Road 142 about 10:20 a.m. Sunday and found two people sleeping inside. The two were identified as Alwin Reynon Santiago, 37, of Elk Grove and Tanya Rae Hailey, 35, of Sacramento.

A search of the vehicle turned up several driver's licenses, Social Security cards, documents and personal account information that did not belong to either Santiago or Hailey, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Shaved keys, drug paraphernalia and .18 grams of methamphetamine also were found in the vehicle, officials said.

October 3, 2013
Two Eureka residents booked on drug charges in Yolo County

Two Humboldt County residents were arrested Tuesday at an Interstate 5 rest stop in Yolo County on drug charges.

Scott Bradley Ridenour, 29, and Taylor Nicole Jauch, 19, both of Eureka, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Ridenour also had an outstanding warrant for grand theft from Humboldt County.

A Yolo County Sheriff's Office deputy approached the two about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the newly named Deputy Tony Diaz Memorial rest stop. The pair had a vehicle with expired registration.

The deputy smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and during a search 11.5 pounds of marijuana, .49 of a gram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found, according to a press release.

October 1, 2013
Burglaries down, aggravated assault up, according to UC Davis stats

daviscop.JPGThe annual crime statistics for UC Davis show a big drop in burglaries from the year before.

Each year, the university must collect the crime figures under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery report tallies crimes at locations that include the University of California, Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento. It also includes reports taken by police agencies with jurisdiction next to university properties.

September 30, 2013
Mother of 5-year-old found in trunk pleads not guilty to murder

By Darrell Smith and Cynthia Hubert
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Aquelin Talamantes, the Davis woman accused in the death of her 5-year-old daughter in Sacramento last week, pleaded not guilty to murder Monday at her arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Talamantes, 29, is being held without bail in Yolo County Jail in Woodland, days after authorities said she drove from her Glide Drive home in Davis to a relative's home on Sacramento's Pocket Road last Wednesday with her unresponsive daughter in the trunk of her car. The girl later died at an area hospital.

On Monday, tearful family members sobbed as Talamantes was led in her green-and-white jail uniform into the courtroom for the brief arraignment and again as they filed out of the courtroom, saying, "We love you, Aquelin. We still love you."

September 27, 2013
Mother, daughter arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud at Cache Creek Casino

Two women are in custody after allegedly committing credit card fraud at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, authorities said.

The mother-daughter pair were arrested on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and conspiracy, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

Regina Payne, 44, of Rancho Cordova allegedly completed nine fraudulent credit card transactions totaling more than $34,000 at the tribal casino with the assistance of daughter Keitisha Tucker, 26, a casino cashier.

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 27, 2013
Loss in Yolo County hay fire estimated at $5 million

LS HAYFIRE 3.JPGA multi-million dollar hay fire that spread to barns and expensive agricultural equipment along Interstate 505 near Winters this morning is likely to burn for some time.

The fire was first reported at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday between Winters and Vacaville in Yolo County. The hay belonged to a company called Haykingdom, whose business includes super-compressing hay and shipping it overseas, fire officials said.

Vacaville Fire Protection District Deputy Fire Chief Doug Rogers said an estimated 100 to 200 tons of hay was consumed by the flames that lit up the night sky. The mounds of charred and smoldering hay continued to busy firefighters through the day Friday.

September 23, 2013
Woman killed in West Sacramento rollover accident identified

The woman killed in a rollover accident in West Sacramento early Saturday morning was identified Monday as Hope Angeli Castellano, 26, of West Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office determined that she died from multiple blunt force injuries as the result of being in an accident. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a traffic accident on Jefferson Boulevard, just south of Stone Boulevard.

Castellano, who had been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 20, 2013
Yolo County jury convicts man in crash that killed wife, son

A Yolo County jury has convicted a Redwood City man of two counts of second-degree murder in the September 2012 crash that killed his wife and son.

The jury on Thursday also found Reyes Barajas, 47, guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Sept. 3, 2012, Barajas was driving with his wife, Ann Marie, 39, and his son, Marco, 14, from Clearlake Oaks to Redwood City. Witnesses testified during the trial that Barajas was driving in excess of 75 mph on Highway 16 when he lost control of his car. An accident-reconstructionist with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team testified that Barajas allowed his truck to drift off the right side of the road, and when he attempted to turn left, it caused the vehicle to roll, then fall down an embankment before coming to rest 20 feet below. Barajas' wife and son died as a result of the crash.

September 18, 2013
Brother and sister tied up in W. Sacramento home invasion

A man was hit with a pool cue in a robbery at his home in West Sacramento Wednesday morning.

West Sacramento police said that the man was sleeping on the couch about 2:30 a.m. at the home in the 3600 block of Cooper Island Road when two men entered through an unlocked sliding glass door at the rear of the house.

One of the intruders grabbed a pool cue, which was used to strike the man. He was then tied up.

The man's sister came downstairs to see what the commotion was about, only to also be tied up by the ski-mask wearing attackers. The robbers took cash and fled the house.

Police have not determined if the home invasion was random or if the victims were targeted.

September 18, 2013
Two critically injured in West Sacramento industrial accident

Two construction workers were critically injured Wednesday in West Sacramento when a heavy metal object being positioned into a trench, slipped from a crane and fell onto them.

One of the men was injured on the head and the other on the leg in the industrial accident about 4 a.m. on southbound Jefferson Boulevard at 15th Street.

The men, part of a subcontracting crew for Pacific Gas & Electric, were digging a trench for a pipeline and were placing metal panels to support the ditch. West Sacramento Police Lt. Tod Sockman said a crane was lifting up a panel when the chain attached to the panel somehow slipped.

The metal object hit the men who were outside the ditch. Both were taken to the hospital.

Traffic is able to make it by the site of the accident this morning. Sockman said that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health would likely investigate the incident.

September 17, 2013
Garzon gets 5 years for no-contest plea in attack on gay Davis man

Clayton Garzon, facing assault and hate crime allegations connected to a beating of a gay Davis man, pleaded no contest Tuesday to battery with serious bodily injury with a hate crime enhancement.

In a plea deal made public in Yolo Superior Court, Garzon will receive a five-year prison sentence for the felony.

Garzon will be taken into custody when he is sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30. He will serve his prison sentence in Yolo County Jail.

Garzon faced two other felony assault charges in the attack outside the I Street home in Davis where Lawrence "Mikey" Partida had just celebrated his 33rd birthday. Those charges were dismissed.

Partida was severely beaten and hospitalized in the attack. The prosecution accused Garzon of using anti-gay slurs in the attack.

"The district attorney's office is very pleased with the resolution," said Jonathan Raven, Yolo County chief deputy district attorney. "We got what was important: a felony, showing the seriousness of the beating. We got the hate crime enhancement, and we got a prison sentence."

September 16, 2013
Dunnigan I-5 rest area to be dedicated for fallen deputy

A rest area along Interstate 5 will be dedicated on Friday in memory of Yolo County Deputy Tony Diaz, who was shot and killed on duty about five years ago.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and Sheriff Ed G. Prieto will dedicate the I-5 rest area between County Road 6 and County Line Road in Dunnigan in honor of Diaz at 10 a.m. Friday.

Diaz was shot near the rest area in June 2008 after a high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunk driver, who was fleeing with a child in his vehicle. The driver, Marco Topete, was convicted of Diaz's murder in 2011.

Two signs, paid for through private donations, will read: "Deputy Tony Diaz, Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Memorial Rest Area," according to a press release.

Diaz, raised in Dixon, joined the department in 2004. He is remembered by his peers as a gentle man and a hard worker.

"Tony is in our thoughts daily," said Prieto. "Now the motoring public and citizens of the Dunnigan area will have a memorial to remind them of the sacrifice that Tony gave while doing something he loved -- protecting our community."

September 16, 2013
Deputies hit jackpot in casino parking lot: 16 pounds of marijuana

Two men were allegedly found in a Yolo County casino parking lot with a vehicle containing 16 pounds of marijuana.

At about 7:25 a.m. Thursday Yolo County Sheriff's deputies spoke with Cody Lee Shermantine, 22, of Citrus Heights and Dylan Thomas Bacon, 34, of Kelseyville in a parking lot of Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a sheriff's department press release. A search of the vehicle turned up 1.41 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and the marijuana.

Shermantine was arrested on suspicion of transportation and possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bacon was arrested on suspicion of transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 13, 2013
Gruesome details emerge in Davis murder trial

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Daniel William Marsh will face trial on murder charges in the April killings of an elderly couple in their Davis condominium, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled at the teen's preliminary hearing Friday.

Arraignment for Marsh, 16, in the deaths of Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin is set for Sept. 24 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

In nearly 90 minutes of dramatic, disturbing testimony from responding officers, the county's medical examiner and the detective who interviewed the Davis teenager, prosecutors detailed a savage attack on the sleeping couple as the lay in their bed and described a black-clad, knife-wielding teen apparently bent on killing.

"On this night, he said he just had enough," Davis police Detective Ariel Pineda, the major crimes detective who interviewed Marsh in June prior to his arrest, testified. "(Marsh) said he was aimlessly walking around looking for his victim. He ended up at 4006 Cowell, he said, and proceeded to tell us what he did there."

Northup, a longtime local attorney and musician, and Maupin, a church's pastoral associate, were found dead April 14 in the bedroom of their Cowell Boulevard condo, stabbed repeatedly with what investigators said Friday was a Buck knife with a 6-inch blade.

September 10, 2013
Four arrested at Dunnigan rest stop after methamphetamine found in vehicle

Four people are in jail after Yolo County sheriff's deputies reported finding them in a parked vehicle with an estimated $16,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Deputies found the four about 11: 15 p.m. Sunday in a vehicle parked at the Interstate 5 rest stop in Dunnigan. The deputies detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside and were granted permission to search the vehicle. During the search, they found more than 446 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $16,000, and a small amount of marijuana, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Jorge Luis Flores, 27, Kyle Justin Farmer, 19, and Marie Felix Gamez, 23, of Corning and Brandon Joseph Farmer, 19, of Clements were booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, transport for sale of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Bail for each was set at $200,000, and all are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

August 24, 2013
Missing Davis teen found unharmed, police say

A 19-year-old Davis man who had been reported missing by his family has been found unharmed, Davis police said this afternoon.

Balbino Mercadal had told friends on Thursday night that he was going to the Bay Area, but was reported missing when he did not arrive in a timely manner.

August 20, 2013
Fire rips through West Sacramento trailer

Fox40 reports a fire ripped through a West Sacramento trailer but four people inside got out safety.

August 14, 2013
Yolo bus driver convicted of sex crimes against mentally disabled client

A bus driver for Yolo Employment Services has been convicted of sex crimes against a mentally disabled woman.

A Yolo County jury on Aug. 8 convicted 74-year-old Thomas Vukodinovich of numerous sex crimes, including one count of rape and one count of attempted rape. The adult victim was legally unable to give consent to the sexual acts due to her mental disability, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

Vukodinovich had been employed by Yolo Employment Services as a bus driver since 2005. His primary responsibility was to provide transportation to mentally disabled clients, including the victim, who is moderately mentally disabled, officials said.

August 2, 2013
Man draws 23-years-to-life sentence for deadly Yolo DUI crash

A man with two previous convictions for driving under the influence has been sentenced to 23 years to life in state prison as the driver a single-vehicle crash in which one person died and two others were seriously injured.

Ryan Baird was sentenced today by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard. A Yolo County jury in May convicted him of second-degree murder, with enhancements for great bodily injury to two other victims; gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, with two prior DUI convictions; and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 causing injury, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

On Jan. 6, 2012, Baird and three friends attended a barbecue at victim James Black's house to celebrate his 21st birthday. Baird, Black, Robert Sunderland III and Oscar Saeed Rodriguez had been drinking and got into Baird's 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

July 31, 2013
UPDATE: Knights Landing man identified as motorcyclist who died in crash near Esparto

A motorcyclist who died this morning in a collision near Esparto has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as 61-year-old Denis Fred Bartz Sr. of Knights Landing.

A Woodland man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving but later released in connection with the death.

Manuel Perez, 60, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol officers after a crash that occurred about 6 a.m. today on County Road 85 near County Road 15b north of Esparto.

Officers said Perez was driving a pickup on a gravel road when he came to a stop at the end of the roadway. The CHP said that when he began to turn left onto northbound County Road 85 Perez failed to see Bartz on a Harley Davidson motorcycle approaching from the southbound direction.

July 23, 2013
Clean up of diesel spill along Highway 50 highway today

A crew is expected to clean up a diesel spill today at a West Sacramento highway off ramp where a truck crashed on Monday, according the California Highway Patrol.

A 21-year-old Citrus Heights truck driver traveling eastbound on Highway 50 who exited at Harbor Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Monday ended up losing control of his vehicle.

The driver was unable to steer through the right hand turn and his truck and the trailer he was pulling went off the roadway and up the steep embankment along the Harbor Boulevard overcrossing, the CHP stated in a press release.

The three-axel truck overturned and a fuel tank was punctured. An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the soft dirt.

The driver was not injured but the truck suffered major damage. An environmental service company will clean up the diesel today, but it is not known if the off ramp will be closed to do the work, according to the CHP.

July 22, 2013
Cross-country campaign aims to prevent I-80 fatalities

The California Highway Patrol is joining 10 other state highway patrol agencies nationwide in the I-80 Challenge, an eight-day campaign that aims to prevent fatalities on the 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 from California to New York.

Beginning Wednesday and continuing through July 31, highway patrol officers will step up traffic safety, enforcement and education efforts along I-80, according to a CHP news release.

The campaign was organized by the Iowa State Patrol after research identified an increase in traffic fatalities along Interstate 80 during the summer vacation period. Statistically, someone dies in a collision ever eight days on I-80 in California, officials said. Of those fatalities, 22 percent are speed related, 4 percent are attributed to distracted driving, 27 percent are alcohol related and 30 percent involve failure to wear a seat belt.

July 19, 2013
Two arrested, marijuana plants seized at grow site near Winters

Winters marijuana grow.jpgTwo men were arrested and 2,658 marijuana plants were seized in a law enforcement raid on a marijuana growing operation west of Winters.

Mark Michilizzi, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said several containers of gasoline, several forms of fertilizer ,and an illegal and highly toxic form of pesticide imported from Mexico also were found at the site near the banks of Putah Creek.

The raid was carried out about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday by agents from the multi-agency Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 15, 2013
Fatal crash claims two lives Sunday morning in Yolo County

Two people died in a car crash Sunday, when the driver of a 1997 Buick Century lost control on Cacheville Road in Yolo County and hit a tree around 12:10 a.m., according to the Department of California Highway Patrol.

The driver, a Woodland resident who has not been identified, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Jacob Lynch of Yolo County, was ejected from the Buick in the crash.

A helicopter transported Lynch to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died at 2:23 a.m. on Sunday.

The CHP is conducting an investigation on the cause of the crash, and it is unclear if alcohol or drugs played a role.

July 12, 2013
Dogs sought by authorities after man is bitten in Esparto

Animal control officials need the public's help in finding a dog that bit a man in Esparto.

The man was in the Yolo County town about 7:30 a.m. today when two small, white and tan long-haired Chihuahua mix dogs ran at him from an empty lot in the 25000 block of Duncan Drive.

One of the dogs bit the man before the animals headed north. Authorities want to find the dogs so that the man does not have to undergo "post exposure" rabies treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Section at 530-668-5287.

July 11, 2013
Two accused of lewd photography in Davis greenbelt

mugslewd.jpgA man was arrested for allegedly photographing a woman who disrobed herself to passing bike riders along a Davis greenbelt. The female flasher was also arrested.

The man, Nicholas Bowen, 61, (pictured right) of Grizzly Flats, El Dorado County, was seen either taking video or photographs of Wenyi Xu, 30, (pictured left) of Folsom, about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Davis police.

Police said that a worker in the municipal greenbelt near the Covell bike overcrossing on the north side of Community Park saw a woman exposing herself to two passing juveniles on bikes.

While the woman disrobed in front of the young people, a man recorded it with a camera. One of the youths was so taken aback by the sight of the nude woman that he fell off his bike.

Police responded and arrested Xu on suspicion of indecent exposure, annoying a child and engaging in lewd acts in public. Bowen was arrested on suspicion of assisting in indecent exposure, annoying a child and lewd acts in public.

PHOTO CAPTION: FOX40 VIDEO IMAGE/Nicholas Bowen, 61, and Wenyi Xu, 30

July 10, 2013
Sheriff's Department to offer medication disposal site

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced that its North Patrol Division office will serve a regular drop-off location for expired medications.

The department is partnering with the California Product Stewardship Council and Sacramento leaders in the "Don't Rush to Flush" campaign. Expired pharmaceuticals, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, pet medications and medicated ointments can be deposited in a secured drop-off bin between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the sheriff's office at 5510 Garfield Ave. in the Foothill Farms area.

To prepare medications for disposal:

• At home, remove, scratch off or black out personal information from the containers to protect identity.

July 5, 2013
Man booked for indecent exposure in Woodland

A Davis man has been arrested after allegedly exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl in Woodland.

Woodland police said they arrested Quang Huy Vo, 22, of Davis, and booked him into Yolo County Jail. Officers are investigating whether Vo might be a suspect in other recent indecent exposure cases.

Police said that about 5:15 p.m. Thursday they were dispatched to the 800 block of California Street. The 12 year old told officers that a man got her attention and then exposed himself as she walked by his gold-colored vehicle.

She and her friend were able to get the license plate number of the vehicle. The officer eventually reached Vo by telephone after tracing the plate.

Vo agreed to meet the officer in Woodland, according to a police press release. After police interviews, Vo was booked.

July 5, 2013
Little boy hit and killed by car in Woodland is identified

A 2-year-old Woodland boy who was hit by a car and killed at a Yolo County shopping center has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Elijah Lewis was fatally injured Thursday at the Bel Air Shopping Center in Woodland. Police termed it an unfortunate accident.

The child was hit outside of a store at 9 a.m. after he ran in front of a car, said Sgt. Tom Davis of the Woodland Police Department. The little boy suffered head trauma.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy, a 67-year-old woman, was not arrested, Davis said. Witnesses told police that she did not have enough time to react before she hit the boy.

July 4, 2013
Woodland woman killed in hit and run is identified

By Morgan Searles
msearles@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner has released the identity of a woman who died Tuesday morning after she was hit by a vehicle Sunday in a hit-and-run incident.

Alisa Valerie Horner, 58, was a Woodland resident. Woodland police found Horner unconscious in a 7-Eleven parking lot after 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to a City of Woodland Public Safety news release.

Medical personnel brought Horner to UCD Medical Center for treatment for life-threatening injuries. Horner died at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Witnesses on the scene of the hit and run gave officers a description of the collision, the vehicle involved and the license plate number.

Officers went to the apartment complex at 1245 Alice St. and found the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot. They arrested 28-year-old Kristal Sutton of Woodland from her apartment, and she was booked into the Monroe Detention Center in Woodland.

Call The Bee's Morgan Searles, (916) 321- 1102. On Twitter @MorganSearles

June 27, 2013
UC Davis grad student dies from injuries suffered in I-5 crash

By Bill Lindelof and Jeffrey Dastin
blindelof@sacbee.com

UC Davis veterinary school graduate Loreto A. Godoy has died from injuries she suffered in a car crash Friday that killed three others, including her husband's parents, according to a UC Davis news release.

Godoy, 32, and her husband Fernando O. Mardones, 36, were driving to Southern California last week when a 29-year-old man traveling north on Interstate 5 crossed the median and collided head-on with their car. The man, as well as Mardones' parents sitting in the front of the car, died at the scene.

Family members told university officials Wednesday that Godoy, who died at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, will be an organ donor.

June 26, 2013
Woman booked for stabbing in Woodland

Police arrested a woman for allegedly stabbing a man at motel on Tuesday in Woodland.

Officers were called at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday to a gas station on West Main Street where Dave Lopez, 41, of Woodland, had a wound on his left arm. Also on the scene, was 44-year-old April Wilson.

Officers believe that Wilson stabbed Lopez at the nearby Dunton Motel, 449 West Street. Police said that Wilson allegedly would not let Lopez leave during an argument at the motel and that she stabbed him.

Lopez was taken to a hospital. Wilson was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

June 21, 2013
Fast-working Woodland police nab a burglary suspect

About ten minutes after a Woodland woman reported her husband's two bikes were taken, police had a man in custody for the garage break-in at her home.

Woodland dispatch received a call from Carol Barnett at 2:45 p.m. Thursday stating that two men had taken two bikes and other items belonging to her husband, Stephen Barnett, from her garage in the 900 block of College Street.

The theft was broadcast via radio and in-car computers to Woodland officers. At 2:56 p.m. one of the responding Woodland police officers saw a man matching the description of one of the suspects walking near Fourth Street and Gum Avenue.

The man was carrying a black duffel bag, which he dropped upon seeing the officer. The officer ended up arresting the man, identified as Ronald Bell, 49, of Woodland on suspicion of burglary.

The other suspect is still being sought, according to a police press release. No word on the whereabouts of the bikes.

June 18, 2013
Teen once lauded as hero is charged in Davis double-homicide case

By Darrell Smith and Benjamin Mullin
dvsmith@sacbee.com

A Davis teenager once lauded as a hero for saving his dad's life now faces double homicide charges in the April stabbings of an elderly couple in their south Davis home.

2009 story: Davis boy stops car, starts dad's heart

Yolo County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh, according to a charging document.

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Marsh was widely praised as a 12-year-old in 2009 when he took the steering wheel of his family's station wagon and navigated to safety as his father suffered an almost fatal heart attack. Marsh then thumped his father's chest with his fist to restart his father's heart.

The American Red Cross of Yolo County honored Marsh that year at its annual Heroes Luncheon.

In a 180-degree turn, Marsh was arrested Monday, and authorities are holding him without bail at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility. He faces arraignment Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court.

Marsh, who was 15 at the time of the April homicides, is the only suspect in the case.

June 11, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect accused of stabbing mother, stepfather arrested in Woodland

Salvador Fierro Jr. No. 1.jpgSalvador Fierro Jr. No. 2.jpgWoodland police have arrested a man suspected in a Monday night knife assault on his mother and stepfather.

Police announced that Salvador Fierro Jr. (pictured), 30, was taken into custody without incident about 4:30 this afternoon when he was found in the 1400 block of Edwards Circle.

Police were called about 9:15 p.m. Monday to a home at 1443 Edwards Circle where Fierro, 30, allegedly fought with his mother and stepfather. He was armed with a knife, police said.

June 11, 2013
Reward offered in Knights Landing dog decapitations

A Sacramento-based animal protection group is offering a reward for information leading to the person who decapitated two dogs found in the Yolo County community of Knights Landing.

Yolo County Sheriff's deputies responded on Thursday to a home in Knights Landing where a decapitated and disemboweled Chihuahua was found inside a car parked in a driveway.

Two weeks ago the head of a terrier was found inside a boat parked at the home. Authorities were able to find the Chihuahua's owners, but the owner of the terrier has not been located.

June 6, 2013
Sheriff reports dogs found decapitated in Knights Landing

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office is investigating two incidents in which dogs have been decapitated and their body parts left at a Knights Landing residence.

This morning, the body of a Chihuahua was found in the passenger compartment of a vehicle parked in the 42000 block of Fourth Street in Knights Landing. The dog's head was missing and the body had been eviscerated, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

While deputies were investigating today's incident, the resident told them that about two weeks ago, someone left the decapitated head of a terrier inside a boat at the same residence. The residents did not report that incident to the Sheriff's Office until today.

June 6, 2013
Two Davis teens taken into custody for alleged rape

Two teenage boys were taken into custody by Davis police Wednesday on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl, authorities said.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were taken to Yolo County Juvenile Hall. The three minors lived together at FamiliesFirst, a group home on the 2100 block of 5th Street in Davis.

Police said the sexual assault did not occur on the property of Families First, though other youth from the home were reportedly present during the alleged rape. The youths were not supervised by FamiliesFirst staff during the incident.

June 5, 2013
Woodland police say man jumps off bridge to avoid capture

Woodland police said a fleeing man jumped off a Yolo County drawbridge in an unsuccessful escape attempt.

Police said that an officer saw Michael Ray Lee, 26, driving a stolen Lexus through Woodland about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The officer knew that Lee was wanted by Yolo County Probation.

Officers tried to stop the car on County Road 102 north of Woodland but Lee used evasive driving tactics to avoid capture, police said. He eventually stopped the Lexus on the Knights Landing Bridge and jumped into the Sacramento River.

A wet Lee was taken into custody downstream. The Lexus was returned to its owner in Davis.

June 3, 2013
Three enter pleas in violent home burglary near Woodland

Three Woodland residents have agreed to pleas in connection with a violent home burglary in the Wild Wings subdivision near Woodland in April.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced that Royce Johannes, 21, on Friday agreed to a plea of three felonies, including residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and assault with a stun gun. He agreed to a sentence of 12 years and eight months in prison.

Kyle Childress, 27, pleaded to two felonies -- residential burglary and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. He also pleaded to another residential burglary that he had committed a week earlier, officials said. He is to be sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

June 3, 2013
Roadway IED in Solano County made safe by sheriff's robot

Solano County Sheriff's deputies report that a bomb squad on Sunday disarmed an improvised explosive device.

A call came into the sheriff's department at 7:55 a.m. Sunday of a suspicious container in the roadway on Prosperity Lane near Tolenas Avenue between Fairfield and Travis Air Force Base.

At 1:30 p.m., the Yolo County Bomb Squad rendered the device safe using a robot. The IED was described as a 5-gallon jug with a long electrical wire running from it.

Inside the container was an "assortment of small explosives and flammable materials," according to a Solano County sheriff's press release. Anyone with information about the device or the person responsible for placing it on Properity Lane is asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Travis at (707) 421-7090.

June 3, 2013
Vandalism spree hits side view mirrors in Woodland

Woodland police said that eight vehicles had their side view mirrors damaged by vandals last night.

The damaged driver's side mirrors was reported around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Sunset Avenue, the 50 block of Walnut Street and the 300 block of Oak Avenue.

Total estimated cost of damage: $1,000. Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is asked to call the department at (530) 666-2411.

May 31, 2013
Two robberies of men on late-night runs to Woodland convenience stores

Two men were held up in separate robberies that occurred when they left convenience stores last night in Woodland.

In the first stick-up, Horacio Hernandez, 46, of Woodland was walking back from the 7-11 store at 1229 East Main Street about 9:45 p.m. when robbers described as male teens around 16 years old approached him. One pulled a silver revolver from his waistband and demanded Hernandez empty his pockets.

The other took the property from Hernandez and both of the robbers left on foot northbound on East Street from Lemen Avenue.

Woodland police said that at about 10 p.m. another robbery occurred when Ryen Hirschenhofer, 22, was held up near Quik Stop Market on Kentucky Avenue. He was approached by two men in their 20s who first asked him for a cigarette.

Then, one man pulled a gun from his waistband and demanded Hirschenhofer's property. Hirschenhofer turned over his belongings to the robber and noticed that the other man was holding a gun at his side.

The suspects were seen fleeing on foot westbound on Kentucky Avenue.

Anyone with information pertaining to either robbery is asked to call Woodland police at (530) 661-7800.

May 23, 2013
Homeless man struck with bat during fight in Woodland

Woodland police are looking for a man who they believe hit a transient on the head with a baseball bat during a fight on Wednesday.

Police said Monty Tesnear, 57, was hit on the head and left arm during the brawl, reported about 11 p.m., in which combatants used with knives and bats. Tesnear was treated at Woodland Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The assault apparently happened behind a shuttered movie theater on Main Street where other transients had gathered in an alley. Police described Tesnear's attacker as a black man, about 50 years old, who goes by the name of "Marcus."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (530) 661-7800.

May 21, 2013
Garzon faces trial in alleged Davis hate attack

Clayton Garzon will face trial on assault and hate crime allegations connected to the March 10 beating of a gay Davis man, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

"We have evidence of a severe beating - not just a punch, but a significant beating," said Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg at Garzon's preliminary hearing.

Garzon faces three felony assault charges and hate crime enhancements in the attack outside the I Street home in Davis where Lawrence "Mikey" Partida had just celebrated his 33rd birthday.

Partida was severely beaten and hospitalized in the attack.

May 21, 2013
Death of Yolo County inmate reported by sheriff

Yolo County Sheriff's officials say that an inmate died Saturday after being found in his cell with labored breathing.

Todd Alexander Phillips, 29, was pronounced dead at Woodland Memorial Hospital after being taken by ambulance from the main jail. Phillips had been in custody since April 12 for various felony and misdemeanor offenses.

The sheriff's office said in a press release that about 12:45 p.m. Saturday a correctional officer peered into Phillip's cell and noticed the inmate was "agitated and upset." Phillips was in bed and experiencing labored breathing, according to the release.

Officers placed him in restraints for safety reasons and jail medical staff responded to the cell.

Medical personnel outside the jail were notified and Phillips was taken to the hospital. "Efforts to revive Phillips failed and he was pronounced dead at the hospital," according to the press release.

The sheriff's office will investigate the death and the coroner's department will conduct an autopsy.

May 20, 2013
Vandalism at Woodland church hall includes threat against police

Woodland police said that a Catholic church hall was vandalized with graffiti, including a threat against officers.

Police were dispatched to the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St., about 5 a.m. today for a vandalism report. Once there, officers found gang graffiti, including a threat to kill law enforcement.

"Though the graffiti did not cause permanent damage, any vandalism to a church is a felony and this case is being investigated as such," said a police press release.

Anyone with information that might help solve the case is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.

May 17, 2013
Suspected gambling dens shuttered in Woodland

Woodland police shut down suspected gambling operations on Thursday.

Members of the state Department of Justice and the Yolo County High Tech Task Force joined Woodland police to serve search warrants at 1810 East Main St. and 825 East Street about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Woodland police said both sites were secured without trouble. Few patrons were at the locations at the time of the crackdown.

Computers and money were seized as evidence, police said in a press release.

May 17, 2013
Woodland police officers suffer minor injury in making arrest

Three officers suffered minor injuries in a struggle with a man in Woodland last night.

Woodland police were called to a home on King Place at about 10 p.m. Thursday where a man's parents reported their son was violent and agitated. The police call indicated that the son might be under the influence of drugs.

When officers tried to take Eddie Bouphavichith, 27, into custody, he allegedly fought with them -- even after a Taser was deployed. He was eventually handcuffed.

After being treated for injuries at Woodland Memorial Hospital, Bouphavichith was arrested on suspicion of resisting a police officer and three counts of battery on a peace officer causing injury.

The three officers who suffered injury were able to carry on with their duties.

May 15, 2013
Alleged teen cat burglar in Woodland makes noisy exit

Woodland police said they arrested a boy today who broke a store window in order to escape from the business he had allegedly entered to burglarize.

Officers responded to the Hollywood Market, 1321 College St., shortly after midnight where a citizen reported that somebody had smashed a store window. The window-breaker was hiding in the bushes, according to the citizen.

The vandal took off with the citizen following, and reporting his whereabouts to dispatchers until he lost sight of the teen on Buena Tierra Drive. Officers responded and quickly found the 15 year old.

Officers went to the store and learned that the teen likely entered the market from the rooftop and was forced to break the window to escape, according to a police press release. The teen was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of burglary and vandalism.

May 14, 2013
Box outside Woodland classroom not a threat

A suspicious box outside a Woodland classroom turned out not to be a danger.

Staff at Prairie Elementary, 1444 Stetson St., found the box on the ground about 8:15 a.m. today. Uncertain who put the box outside the classroom and not knowing what was inside, school employees summoned Woodland police.

Several classrooms were evacuated and the Yolo County bomb disposal team arrived to X-ray the box. Class resumed when it was discovered that the box only contained personal papers, according to a police press release.

May 13, 2013
Woodland teen sent to hospital after being knocked out by auto

A teenage pedestrian was knocked unconscious when struck by a car this morning in Woodland.

Woodland police officers responded to the East Gum Avenue and Kate Lane about 7:20 a.m. today where the 15 year old was down on the roadway. Near the boy was a four-door sedan that police said was involved in the traffic crash.

The teen was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center. The driver of the sedan did not suffer any injury, according to a police press release.

No further information was immediately available, police said. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the traffic division at (530) 661-7880.

May 5, 2013
Woodland homeless man stabbed in Saturday night attack

A homeless man camping behind a shuttered Woodland restaurant was stabbed during an argument late Saturday night, according to police.

Police said they were called to the former Casa De Sapore restaurant at 929 Court St. about 11:35 p.m. for a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a 32-year-old Woodland man with multiple stab wounds to the chest and neck area.

Paramedics responded to the scene and began treating the victim for several life-threatening injuries. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

May 2, 2013
Another robber with a knife in Woodland makes off with wallet

Woodland police are reporting a second robbery this week in which the culprit brandished a knife.

The latest holdup occurred Wednesday afternoon when Aaron Pukini, 24, said he was sitting in his vehicle in the 1100 block of Matmor Road. A heavyset man reached through the driver's side window and took Pukini's wallet off his lap.

Pukini got out of his car and followed the man, who turned around and brandished a black-handled folding knife at him. He told Pukini to back away, which he did.

May 1, 2013
Teen robbed in Woodland on city street

A teenager was robbed at knifepoint in Woodland earlier this week.

The 17 year old was walking in the 700 block of Beamer Street about 10 p.m. Monday when two people approached him from behind. One of the men stepped in front of him, brandishing a pocketknife.

The robber demanded the teen's possession. The teen complied.

Woodland police said the man with the knife was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, wearing a black shirt and a black baseball cap with a Chicago White Sox logo. His face was obscured by a bandana.

There was no description of the other man. The teen was not injured.

Anyone with information about the suspects may call police at (530) 661-7800.

April 30, 2013
W. Sacramento man run over after fall from overpass onto Interstate 80

The California Highway Patrol reported that is unknown if a man who fell from the Northgate Boulevard overcrossing on Saturday onto Interstate 80 died from the drop to the pavement or from being run over by vehicles.

The CHP said that the 66-year-old man from West Sacramento parked his vehicle on Northgate Boulevard overcrossing about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. A CHP press release said for unknown reasons the man fell from the overcrossing onto a lane of westbound I-80.

One vehicle hit the man and continued on its way. Several other vehicles then struck the man.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, died at the scene.

April 29, 2013
Boater who drowned identified by Yolo coroner

The Yolo County coroner's office has released the name of a boater who fell overboard in the Sacramento River on Sunday.

He was identified as Joua Kao Lor, 55, of Sacramento.

West Sacramento Fire Department personnel were dispatched at 3:48 p.m. Sunday to a report of a drowning. Lor fell from a boat into the river near South River Road and Babel Slough.

Searchers on the bank, in a helicopter and in the water searched for Lor, said West Sacramento Battalion Chief Steve Bins. Details were not available on what caused Lor to fall from the boat.

His body was found and removed from the river at about 7 p.m. Sunday by Drowning and Accident Rescue Teamdivers.

April 29, 2013
W. Sacramento checkpoint nets one suspected DUI

A drunken driving checkpoint in West Sacramento was a busy place on Friday night.

The checkpoint was conducted at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. Here are the stats from police Lt. Tod Sockman, division commander:

• A total of 522 cars came through the checkpoint.

• Four citations were issued for unlicensed driving.

• Four field sobriety checks were conducted.

• There was one DUI arrest

• One car was towed.

April 21, 2013
Missing Davis man found in Lake County

By Carla Meyer
cmeyer@sacbee.com

A 25-year-old Davis man who had been missing for more than a week was located Sunday afternoon in Lake County and is "in good spirits," a Davis Police Department spokesman said.

Daniel Brian Thompson, a Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts employee, had been missing since April 13. His car was found down an embankment, but Thompson was not in it.

Law enforcement officers later found Thompson, who was not injured and was removed from the missing-persons list, Sgt. Frank Tenedora said.

April 19, 2013
Woodland officers arrest teens for drinking and rock throwing

Teens initially suspected of drinking in a Woodland alley face more serious charges after police said rocks were thrown at them in the course of their investigation.

Officers were called to an alley near Summertree Lane about 5 p.m. Wednesday for a report of teens drinking. When they arrived, most of the teens scattered.

Two, however, were detained for being in possession of alcohol and public intoxication. As officers went about conducting an investigation, one of the detained teens became combative with officers, according to police. As officers struggled to control the 16-year-old boy, other teens returned and began throwing rocks at the officers.

Backup officers responded and one of the suspected rock-throwers, a 16-year-old boy, was arrested. Two 14-year-olds were also arrested, one for obstructing an officer and another for being drunk.

A police press release said that after being cleared at the hospital, they were booked into Yolo County Juvenile Hall on various charges that include assault, obstructing an officer, battery on an officer and minor in possession of alcohol.

April 18, 2013
Driver arrested for speeding from officer through W. Sacramento parking lot

A motorist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop through a supermarket parking lot in West Sacramento in an attempt to evade a California Highway Patrol officer.

An officer saw a Honda without license plates about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on southbound Jefferson Boulevard near South River Road. He stopped the car when the driver entered the Nugget Market parking lot on Lake Washington Boulevard.

During the traffic stop, the driver, identified as Avel Gonzalez Valencia, 21, of West Sacramento allegedly fled in the Honda, driving at high speed through the parking lot where several shoppers were walking.

April 17, 2013
Woodland police say victim is mum on how he was stabbed

Woodland police officers said they didn't get much help investigating a stabbing last night from the victim or a witness.

Police were called to Woodland Memorial Hospital around 9 p.m. where a man had been taken by a friend for treatment of stab wounds to his left arm and the middle of his back.

Neither the stabbing victim nor a witness to the assault that occurred near 9 Main Street wanted to cooperate with the investigation, police said. Police said they have not determined a motive for the stabbing.

April 15, 2013
Davis cops investigate homicides of prominent elderly attorney and wife

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

Davis.jpgDavis police are investigating a possible double homicide in south Davis of a prominent elderly attorney and his wife over the weekend.

Police said they had been asked to check in on Oliver J. Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia M. Maupin, 76, by relatives who were concerned that they had not heard from the couple Sunday.

Police were called out to the home by Maupin's daughter around 9:20 p.m. for a welfare check, according to Stanley Dawson, who is married to Northup's ex-wife.

April 15, 2013
Dixon man booked on suspicion of lewd acts on boys, girls

A Dixon man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting boys and girls.

Corey Wilkins, 34, was arrested on numerous counts of suspicion of lewd acts on a child, according to a Dixon police press release. The police say the alleged criminal activity occurred over an 11-year period in Dixon and Vacaville.

"We do have multiple victims, ranging in age from nine to 17 - both male and female," said Dixon Police Chief Jon Cox.

April 12, 2013
Late-night burglary attempt ends in Woodland arrest

A Woodland man was arrested leaving the scene of a late-night break-in that was interrupted by the resident of the home.

Police responded about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to the 1600 block of Farnham Avenue in Woodland where a resident reported that she interrupted someone who removed window screens and shattered a window at the rear of the home.

Two men fled with a neighbor of the resident giving chase. One fleeing suspect swung a knife at the neighbor when he got close to capturing him.

That suspect escaped. Another man tied to the attempted burglary was stopped by a Woodland police officer east of the home.

Ernesto Justin Negrete, 19, of Woodland, was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and committing a felony while released from custody. Negrete had recently been released from the Yolo County Jail on a burglary charge, according to a police press release.

April 11, 2013
Citizen stabbed in group effort to take down suspected burglar near Woodland

One of three people who helped pin down a suspected burglar near Woodland on Wednesday was stabbed in the side.

The Yolo County Sheriff's office said deputies were called to the report of a burglary on Mallard Street in the Wild Wings subdivision, west of Woodland, about 2:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Once there, deputies learned that three citizens had taken down a suspected burglar. The resident of a home on Mallard Street arrived home to hear voices inside the residence.

April 10, 2013
UPDATE: Death of trucker under tractor cab a mystery in W. Sacramento

West Sacramento police are trying to determine how a truck tractor ran over a 36-year-old man this morning at a local trucking company yard.

Police and California Highway Patrol officers responded to an industrial accident in the 3000 block of Evergreen Avenue about 11 a.m. When they arrived, officers found a semi-tractor that appeared to have crashed through a chain-link fence of the business. It had stopped at the side of Interstate 80, just west of the Harbor Boulevard entrance, said West Sacramento police spokesman Lt. Tod Sockman.

The man was pinned under the tractor, which was still running. Sockman said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

March 29, 2013
UPDATE: Truck driver of I-80 crash identified by CHP

The California Highway Patrol has released the name of the truck driver involved in the fiery wreck on Interstate 80 near Davis on Thursday as John Manuszak, 45, of Fresno.

Earlier in the day, authorities identified the two people killed in the accident.

The driver was identified as Phang Phetsomphou, 76, and the passenger was Bouaket Phetsomphou, 74, the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner's Office reports. Both were from Petaluma.

The CHP reopened Interstate 80's westbound lanes nearly seven hours after they were closed Thursday morning.

March 25, 2013
Orange tabby in Woodland paralyzed by pellet gun shot

Yolo County authorities are asking for help in finding the person who paralyzed a cat by shooting it with a pellet gun.

The owners of the orange tabby named Annie were away at dinner on the night of March 13 when somebody shot their cat. When the pet owners returned to their Woodland home in the 1500 block of Owens Valley Drive they found Annie on the front porch.

She was unable to move her back legs and a bloody wound was noticeable on her shoulder. The UC Davis Small Animal Clinic diagnosed a pellet lodged next to her spine.

Tipsters who know the identity of the shooter may call the Yolo County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287.

March 25, 2013
Tire-puncture spree hits Woodland neighborhood

Police say that 17 vehicles had their tires punctures in a case of malicious mischief in Woodland.

On Sunday morning, police were dispatched the neighborhood where the tires were punctured as vehicle owners awakened to find the damage. Officers noted flattened tires on Hacienda Drive, Adobe Way and the 1700 block of McKinley Avenue.

Police estimated that more than $2,000 in damage was sustained.

March 20, 2013
Woodland police say man stabbed wife as she slept

Woodland police arrested a man for stabbing his wife while she slept with her daughter next to her.

Police said the Guillermo Aldama, 35, stabbed his wife in the upper part of her chest. Officers were dispatched to the Aldama home on West Cross Street about 1 a.m. today.

A police investigation revealed that Aldama stabbed his sleeping spouse with a knife, according to a department press release. Their 9-year-old daughter was next to her during the attack.

The woman was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Aldama was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and child endangerment.

March 15, 2013
Yolo DA warns of door-to-door sales scams targeting seniors

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office is warning residents to beware of door-to-door salespeople using high-pressure tactics.

Authorities said they have received several reports recently of salespeople who may be targeting senior communities in the area. They are ignoring clearly posted "no soliciting" signs and a using high-pressure tactics to make sales, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In a recent instance at a mobile home park, an 86-year-old woman who is hard of hearing opened her door to an official-looking young man in a yellow uniform who persuaded her to switch from the natural gas service provider she has had for more than 20 years to one based in Texas. Fortunately, authorities said, she checked with her son and was able to cancel the contract within the three-day time period allowed by law.

March 13, 2013
UPDATE: Woman found dead in car that went into Sacramento River

divers.jpgThe body of 58-year-old West Sacramento woman has been found inside a vehicle that went into the Sacramento River this morning.

Officer Cindy Leal, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said a CHP 911 dispatcher spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the woman who called to report that she was inside a vehicle that had gone into the river off Old River Road.

Leal said the woman worked at Cache Creek Casino and is believed to have been on her way home to West Sacramento when she phoned her daughter and said she didn't think the brakes on her car were working. At 8:11 a.m., the CHP dispatch center received a call from the woman, who said she was inside the car in the river. Leal said there was some difficulty in communicating because the woman spoke Punjabi and it took a few minutes to find someone who spoke the language. Leal said the connection was lost after about 10 minutes.

March 13, 2013
West Sacramento welcoming candidates to replace retiring police chief

West Sacramento is looking for a new leader for its police department, following the announced retirement of Chief Dan Drummond.

Drummond, who has served the city since 2004, recently announced that he would be stepping down in July. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said West Sacramento became a safer place during Drummond's time on the job -- with property and violent crime declining.

An online listing for the open position notes that the police department, with 70 sworn positions, is divided into two divisions: field operations and administration support.

March 12, 2013
Woodland police seeking information on crash that injured child

Police are asking for help in an investigation into a crash that injured a Woodland driver and a 5-year-old passenger.

Woodland Police said that about 3:30 p.m. Monday, a vehicle swerved off the Gibson Road between West Street and College Avenue. The vehicle struck a tree in front of a home, causing non life-threatening injuries to the 50-year-old driver and the child.

Both the driver and the child were taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Woodland Police Department Traffic Division. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call traffic investigators at (530) 661-7800.

March 7, 2013
Esparto High student dies after being found unconscious in weight room

A student died the day after being found unconscious in the Esparto High School weight room.

The male student, who was not identified by the Yolo County school, was discovered at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. District staff provided first aid and called 911, according to Esparto High School Principal and Superintendent Aida Buelna.

He was taken by ambulance to a Woodland hospital and then transferred to a Sacramento hospital. He was declared brain dead on Wednesday.

"The district expresses its deepest sympathies to the student's family and friends," said Buelna.

Counselors were made available to classmates having difficulty in dealing with the student's death. His name was not released by the high school.

March 4, 2013
Pedestrian hit by train in W. Sacramento identified

The name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train Sunday has been released by the Yolo County Sheriff-Coroner's office.

He was identified as Mitchell Lee Yarrington, 52, of West Sacramento.

Yarrington was walking on the tracks on Sunday afternoon when he was struck by the westbound train near the Harbor Boulevard overpass, said West Sacramento police Sgt. Trent Tyler.

The train had just left Sacramento and was headed toward San Jose when the incident occurred. Another train was dispatched to pick up passengers, Tyler said.

March 1, 2013
Academy to acquaint Yolo County residents with criminal justice system

Applications are available for the Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy.

Now in its second year, the academy is sponsored by the DA's Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Yolo County Probation Department and the Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland police departments.

The academy is a 10-week course designed to involve diverse communities in learning about the criminal justice system, with the goal of improving relationships and communication, according to a news release.

February 27, 2013
Arraignment for ex-W. Sac police officer facing sexual assaults pushed to next week

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

alvarez.jpgThe former West Sacramento police officer facing 35 counts of sexually assaulting women while on patrol will face a March 7 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Sergio Alvarez, 37, made a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Woodland. He is being held in lieu of $29.3 million bail in Solano County custody on allegations including rape, sodomy and kidnapping of six women while on duty between October 2011 and September 2012.

Alvarez has been a member of the West Sacramento Police Department since 2007.

February 27, 2013
Red Bandits operation targets gang members responsible for West Sac area burglaries

Arrests by state and Yolo County law enforcement officers could cripple street gangs who are thought to be responsible for dozens of home and car burglaries, West Sacramento police said.

The arrests stem from more than 80 home burglaries and 40 car burglaries starting in December in West Sacramento and the outlying region. Thirteen people were arrested.

In addition, three assault rifles, drugs, ammunition, body armor and four handguns were confiscated.

The operation was dubbed "Operation Red Bandits" because members of the burglary ring were identified as members of the Norteno street gang. The gang wears the color red.

The operation targeted gang members from 16 to 20 years old. The gang members supported their lifestyle through the selling of drugs and stolen property.

Those arrested face possession of narcotics, narcotics sales, burglary and violent crime charges.

"Today's operation will cripple these criminal street gangs and their criminal enterprise network," stated a press release.

February 27, 2013
Victims in fiery I-5 crash identified by coroner

The Yolo County sheriff's department has released the names of both drivers who died from injuries suffered in a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Yolo County Saturday night.

The California Highway Patrol in Woodland was informed of a vehicle blocking a lane of northbound I-5, just south of County Road 8, about 11 p.m. Saturday. Officers enroute were told that a Honda Accord had collided with an Oldsmobile.

The crash caused the Honda to roll on top of the Oldsmobile and then both cars were engulfed in flames. The drivers of both vehicles died.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The sheriff's department said the driver of the Oldsmobile was Jorge Mora Arias, 40, of Woodland. The driver of the Honda was identified as Cheryl Ann Fortress, 34, of Paradise, Butte County.

February 25, 2013
Two die in fiery crash on Interstate 5 north of Woodland

Two drivers died from injuries suffered in a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Yolo County Saturday night.

The California Highway Patrol in Woodland was informed of a vehicle blocking a lane of northbound I-5, just south of County Road 8, about 11 p.m. Saturday. Officers enroute were told that a Honda Accord had collided with an Oldsmobile.

The crash caused the Honda to roll on top of the Oldsmobile and then both cars were engulfed in flames. The drivers of both vehicles died.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Yolo County Sheriff's Department said the driver of the Oldsmobile was Jorge Mora Arias, 40, of Woodland.

The Honda driver was a 34-year-old Willows, Glenn County, woman. Her name has not yet been released.

February 23, 2013
Davis woman forced into own apartment and raped by two men

A woman leaving her apartment was forced back in and raped by two men, Davis police said.

The rape occurred around 5:00 a.m. Thursday, as the woman was leaving her apartment at the 4500 block of Alhambra Dr. Two men grabbed the victim, forced her inside and took turns raping her, according to reports.

The woman described the men as Caucasian, one with black hair and the other with brown hair. Emergency personnel treated the woman for injuries. The victim waited nearly eight hours before reporting the crime to police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Davis Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit at (530) 747-5400.

February 20, 2013
I Street Bridge closes for about an hour after icy crash

A rare closure of the I Street Bridge occurred this morning due to ice on the trusty old span.

About 7 a.m. today West Sacramento police closed the bridge that crosses the Sacramento River between downtown Sacramento and West Sacramento after vehicles slid out of control and collided head-on.

"Two cars hit the black ice," said Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento police.

The bridge opened again about 8 a.m. when the sun warmed the pavement enough to melt the ice away.

February 15, 2013
Burglar steals money from mosque in Davis

islamic.jpgThe Islamic Center of Davis was broken into on Tuesday with the burglar making off with money from donation boxes.

Police said a man entered the mosque, 539 Russell Blvd., about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday through an unlocked window and took the money from the donation boxes. At one point, the burglar is seen on video leaving the mosque and then parking a white four-door sedan on the west side of the house of worship.

The suspect then re-entered the mosque and before finally exiting and driving away in the white car.

Davis police described the man as white or Hispanic, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 165 pounds.

He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a light-colored zip-up sweatshirt, blue jeans and he carried a black backpack.

PHOTO CAPTION: A video image of the suspect from the Davis Police Department

February 15, 2013
Vandal slashes tires on 14 vehicles in Woodland

Woodland police are asking for help in finding the person who slashed tires on 14 vehicles.

Officers were dispatched to Cross Street and Fourth Street about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday where it was reported that two vehicles had their tires cut by a vandal. Once on the scene, officers found 14 vehicles in the area had one or more slashed tires.

Police set the overall estimated cost of tire damage at $7,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (530) 661-7800.

February 14, 2013
Pilot who died after plane lost wing and crashed near Winters is identified

Staff and wire reports

WINTERS - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker says witnesses told authorities that after the single-engine plane lost the wing, the rest of the plane went into a spiral.

Parker says the plane crashed about 30 feet off the side of Interstate 505, while the wing of the plane landed in the center divider of the freeway.

The pilot - the only person on board - was killed in the crash. The pilot was identified today as Jeffrey Sharman, 68, of Vacaville.
There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

The crash took place around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday near Winters, a rural community on the Solano County-Yolo County line, about 30 miles west of Sacramento.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane was an experimental Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper T-66.

Staff writer Bill Lindelof contributed to this AP report.

February 12, 2013
Caltrans crash buffer vehicle slammed by car in Yolo County

A Caltrans crash protection vehicle was slammed into by a car on Monday in Yolo County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the car, John P. Bledsoe, 64, of Woodland, was taken to a hospital with complaints of pain. The Caltrans driver of the crash attenuator truck, Jaime A. Ruiz Fuentes, 27, of Elk Grove refused medical assistance at the scene, the CHP reported.

Fuentes was driving northbound at about 15 mph on Highway 113 near County Road 27 about 1:30 p.m. following a crew that was striping the road. The CHP said that Bledsoe was traveling in the same direction at about 65 mph when he became distracted by his cell phone.

According to a CHP press release, Bledsoe failed to notice in time that he was approaching the Caltrans protection truck. Although Beldsoe applied his brakes, his car collided with the crash cushion on the rear of the Caltrans truck.

Major damage was sustained by both vehicles.

February 8, 2013
Yolo County jury convicts man found tending more than 500 marijuana plants

A man arrested last September in a field of marijuana plants has been convicted by a Yolo County jury of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

The jury also found that 57-year-old Fidel Alvarez was armed with a firearm during the commission of these crimes, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Sept. 6, 2012, agents from with the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigations Team discovered a marijuana grow on public lands off Highway 16 in Yolo County. The marijuana grow contained more than 500 plants that would have been ready for harvest within a few days, officials said. Agents found Alvarez walking through the field of plants dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a .22-caliber rifle and a homemade flash suppressor.

February 8, 2013
Judge keeps bail high for UC Davis chemist facing explosives charges

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

UC Davis chemistry researcher David Snyder will remain in Yolo County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail on explosives-related charges, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled at a bail hearing Friday.

Snyder was injured in the blast early Jan. 17 that wrecked his Davis apartment, forced the evacuation of more than 70 of his neighbors and sent him into Yolo County custody.

At the Friday hearing, his attorney, Linda Parisi, called for the Davis man's bail to be reduced to $500,000. Parisi characterized Snyder, 32, as an inquisitive tinkerer, with a clean record and no grudges against the university.

February 7, 2013
Marijuana cookies at West Sacramento school sickens one student; 13-year-old arrested

A 13-year-old student was arrested after he allegedly brought marijuana cookies to a West Sacramento school.

West Sacramento police said that the student at Southport Elementary, a K-8 school, on Tuesday brought about six marijuana cookies to campus on Tuesday. He then sold two of the cookies to another student who gave them to two other students, according to police Lt. Tod Sockman.

The two who received the cookies for free ate them and one of them got sick, police said.

February 1, 2013
Suspected copper thief with machete arrested in Woodland

A machete-wielding man allegedly discovered stealing copper by workers at Woodland body shop fled after being pepper-sprayed but was later arrested by police.

Woodland police said that the owner and of an employee of Leyva's Auto Body Repair Shop, 39608 Kentucky Ave., spotted a man stealing copper wire at the business about 2 p.m. Thursday.

When confronted, the man brandished a machete, police said. The employee retaliated by pepper-spraying the suspected thief.

The thief then kicked the employee and fled on bicycle. About three hours later, the body shop owner and the employee spotted the same suspected thief on his bike in the 1300 block of East Main Street.

Officers responded and arrested Larry Vincent Kruletz, 42, identified as homeless, on suspicion of robbery.

January 28, 2013
1 person hit, killed by freight train in Davis

A Union Pacific freight train that originated in Roseville struck and killed a man sitting on Union Pacific railroad tracks in Davis this morning.

The man was hit about two miles from the nearest railroad crossing. An investigation is underway, according to UP.

Davis police said that they initially were called to the fatality at about 4:30 a.m., responding to the area of Second Street and Pena Drive.

January 27, 2013
Woodland police officer injured in scuffle, patrol dog subdues suspect

A Woodland police officer was assaulted and injured while wrestling a suspect to the ground in the early morning hours Saturday. The officer's K-9 police dog ended the scuffle by biting the suspect on the arm.

Reggie Joe Dickerson, 44, a transient from the Sacramento area, was booked at the Yolo County Jail on felony charges of resisting an officer using force, resisting an officer and causing injury, and violation of probation. He is being held without bail.

The officer, who was not identified by Woodland Police Department, stopped Dickerson on his bicycle about 12:45 a.m. in the 100 block of West Main Street, for riding on the sidewalk and not using a light, according to police reports.

January 25, 2013
Judge sentences Hirschfield to death

Andy Furillo

afurllo@sacbee.com

Richard Joseph Hirschfield sat impassively today while a Sacramento judge sentenced him to the death penalty for the murders of UC Davis "sweethearts" John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves more than three decades ago.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet told Hirschfield that pending the outcome of his appeals, "you shall be put to death by a manner and means prescribed by law" for the Dec. 20, 1980, killings of the two 18-year-olds who were abducted after working as volunteers on a production of the Davis Children's Nutrcracker.

His voice waivering, Sweet told the parents of the two murdered students, "I recognize there is nothing I can say that can adequately convey anything that will console you, that your lives changed permanently in the worst possible way. You have endured so much. The tortured history of this case must have taken away any hope you had that the person responsible for these acts would be discovered and held to answer.

"Hopefully, with the jury's verdicts in this case, they have provided you some measure of closure and comfort, and that justice in some small way has and will be served," Sweet said.

January 24, 2013
Judge rules video shown by KCRA-TV was a public document, throws out lawsuit

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

A Yolo County judge on Thursday rejected claims by a victims' advocacy group that a video showing the June 2008 shooting death of a Yolo County Sheriff's deputy played at trial and later aired by Sacramento's KCRA-TV violated the privacy of the slain deputy's family.

Attorney Nina Salarno Ashford of Crime Victims United represented the family of Deputy Sheriff Tony Diaz, killed by Marco Topete following a chase near Dunnigan.

Salarno Ashford argued for a protective order stopping viewing of the dashboard camera video that captured the shooting, citing privacy provisions in what is known as Marsy's Law that are designed to protect the privacy of crime victims and their families. Members of the Diaz family attended the hearing but did not speak with reporters.

January 20, 2013
Davis researcher arrested in blast is booked Yolo County Jail

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com

The UC Davis researcher injured in a suspicious explosion Thursday at his campus apartment was booked into the Yolo County Jail today on charges related to the incident.

David Snyder, 32, was booked at 2:30 p.m., said UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael, after being treated at a hospital for injuries to his hands.

Snyder is being held in lieu of $2 million bail for investigation of felony possession of an explosive, possession of materials with intent to manufacture an explosive device and possession of firearms on campus.

January 18, 2013
Criminal investigation under way in UC Davis explosion

By Richard Chang and Bill Lindelof

UC Davis police are conducting a criminal investigation into the Thursday explosion at a campus apartment that left a university researcher injured.

The explosion took place at a Russell Park housing complex unit in the early morning hours. The UC Davis researcher was treated for hand injuries at a hospital.

Police spent Thursday searching the apartment and carefully removing potentially hazardous chemicals. Nearby residents were evacuated, but many were allowed to return in the afternoon.

January 17, 2013
Update: UC Davis researcher hurt after explosion rocks campus apartment

A UC Davis researcher suffered an injury after an explosion rocked a campus apartment early this morning, the university said.

The researcher, whose name school officials declined to release, checked into a local hospital for treatment of hand injuries around 1:30 a.m, according to UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell. The hospital then notified police.

When police arrived at the apartment, located in the 400 block of Russell Park, Fell said they found chemicals and cordoned off the area.

Fell declined to speculate on what the researcher was doing, but said the only safe place for research to be conducted is in university laboratories.

January 17, 2013
Small explosion hurts UC Davis researcher

A UC Davis researcher has been treated at the hospital after an explosion at an apartment on campus.

UC Davis police evacuated a building early this morning in a housing complex at 418 Russell Park after discovering chemicals in an apartment. Police said the area is considered safe, although a portion of the site has been cordoned off.

A university news release stated that a researcher was treated at a local hospital for hand injuries from a small explosion.

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

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

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

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

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

December 22, 2012
Bicyclist riding in heavy rain dies in West Sacramento crash

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com

A bicyclist was killed early today after he swerved in front of a moving car in central West Sacramento, police said.

The man, 51, was cycling eastward near 2000 West Capitol Avenue around 7 a.m. in the driving rain when he swerved to miss a large puddle and was hit.

The car was also moving east. Its driver was not hurt.

The identity of the bicyclist was not released pending notification of family members.

December 21, 2012
Yolo County probationer arrested after foot chase

A chase of an alleged probation violater in downtown Woodland ended in his arrest.

Police knew that Paul Shuler Jr., 29, of Woodland was wanted on suspicion of recently stealing a vehicle and a handgun. He was also wanted by the Yolo County Probation Department for violating post-release supervision.

When police tried to arrest him about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, police said he bolted, taking a handgun from around his waist as he fled on foot.

December 21, 2012
Armed robbers scared away by pipe-wielding Woodland store owner

Police said a store owner intimidated gun-toting robbers with a pipe last night in Woodland.

At about 10:30 p.m. two armed robbers wearing dark clothing and ski masks entered the Hollywood Market, 1321 College St. They demanded money, but the store owner refused to comply.

Instead, he armed himself with a metal pipe. The robbers left the store and have not been seen since, police said.

December 20, 2012
Woodland's Pioneer High locked down but no gun found

A report of a person at Pioneer High School with a gun this morning turned out to be false.

Woodland police responded about 8 a.m. to a report of a person with a gun on the high school campus, 1400 Pioneer Ave. The school was placed in lockdown.

While police were en route to the school, school administration employees reported the person in question was being cooperative. Upon arrival, officers found that the 17-year-old Woodland resident never had a firearm but was in possession of a knife.

The teen, who was not a Pioneer High School student, did not attempt to assault any students or staff, police said.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of possession of a weapon on a school campus.

December 18, 2012
Yolo DA warns of scammers offering computer tech support

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office is warning computer users of phone calls from scam artists pretending to represent well-known companies like Microsoft, Dell or Norton.

In the past week, several Yolo County residents have reported receiving calls from people claiming to be with "tech support" and saying they need access to the individual's personal computer to remove a virus or maintain the warranty.

Last week, a scammer contacted a retired Yolo County employee telling her that her computer warranty was about to expire. The caller pressured her for more than 30 minutes to accept the service, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

December 18, 2012
Pit bulls killed during wild Yolo County probation search

Two pit bulls where killed during a probation search in Woodland when the dogs charged deputies, according to a sheriff's department press release.

A chaotic scene played out in the home on Antelope Street about 9:30 a.m. Monday after deputies arrived to conduct a search of the premises. Inside the home, were Vincent Van Asperson, 43, and Carole Vitalie, 46, according to deputies.

Three pit bulls were also in a bedroom that needed to be searched. A Yolo County Animal Control Officer was removing one dog when a second pit bull came running out of the bedroom.

December 8, 2012
Comedian Katt Williams arrested and released on bail

Katt Williams.jpegBy Richard Chang and Bill Lindelof
rchang@sacbee.com

Comedian Katt Williams is free again, after posting bail this morning at the Yolo County Jail.

Williams was arrested Saturday night in Dunnigan by Yolo County Sheriff's deputies, according to Yolo County Sheriff's Deputy Rob Harbaugh. They were acting on an arrest warrant issued by the Sacramento County District Attorney's office on Friday for felony evading of officers and driving in a reckless manner.

The warrant was issued in response to Williams' alleged wild driving in Sacramento Nov. 25.

December 7, 2012
All lanes of westbound Hwy 50 now open after major injury collision

All westbound lanes of Highway 50 are open now after a major injury collision had reduced traffic flow to one lane in West Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision occurred shortly after 5 p.m. and involved a sedan and a sports utility vehicle. CHP reports available online indicate more vehicles might have been involved.

The lane closure, at the West Harbor Boulevard off ramp, had traffic backed up to Jefferson Boulevard.

Traffic cams, conditions at sacbee.com/traffic.

December 7, 2012
Second hit over head by robber near Woodland park

Another person has been knocked over the head by a robber near Woodland's Freeman Park.

The latest assault occurred at about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday when a 46-year-old Knights Landing man was walking near the park at 1001 Main St. The man, approached by three attackers, was hit over the head with an object, possibly a bottle.

He lost his wallet in the assault. It was later recovered, minus cash.

Woodland police said that a similar robbery occurred in the area near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue on Nov. 18. In that incident, a man was also hit over the head in an attempted robbery.

December 7, 2012
Three armed robberies in Davis greenbelts

Three armed robberies occurred last night in City of Davis greenbelts.

Details are few, but Davis police say the first two robberies happened at 8:17 p.m. and again at 8:25 p.m. in the area of Catalina and Corona drives and on Pamplona Avenue in north Davis.

Later, a third robbery happened in the same area. Police searched for two men wearing hooded sweatshirts, at least one armed with a handgun.

The men took iPhones and other personal items. Police said this morning that nobody had been arrested in connection with the holdups.

December 3, 2012
Coroner identifies PG&E worker who died in West Sac crash

The Yolo County Coroner's office has released the name of the Pacific Gas & Electric employee who died when his truck slammed into a traffic signal pole in West Sacramento on Friday.

He was identified as Tommy Gene Flippo, Jr., 57, of Woodland.

Police officers responded to the crash about 2 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards. Flippo died at the scene.

West Sacramento police investigated the incident, which occurred as a rainstorm was moving through the area. Police say it is possible that weather was a factor in the crash.

November 28, 2012
Woodland police arrest man in attempted kidnapping

A 23-year-old homeless man has been arrested in the attempted kidnapping of a woman Sunday at a Woodland shopping center.

Police reported that Kyle Hall was taken into custody without incident at 3 :40 p.m. today in the parking lot at 1720 E. Main St.

About 3:35 p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to the Westgate Shopping center at 367 Main St. regarding an attempted kidnapping. A 31-year-old Woodland woman reported that she was walking between parked vehicles in the parking lot when a man seated in a pickup truck opened his door, blocking her way. She said the man grabbed her by the hair and pulled her toward the truck.

November 26, 2012
Near-kidnapping at Woodland shopping center

A woman was nearly kidnapped at a Woodland shopping center over the weekend, police said.

The 31-year-old woman was walking between parked vehicles in the Westgate shopping center on Main Street Sunday afternoon when a man opened his truck door to block her path. Then, the suspected kidnapper grabbed the victim's hair.

Police said he pulled her toward the pickup but she screamed for help. A bystander heard her cries and approached.

November 9, 2012
Woodland Episcopal church burglarized

A Woodland church was ransacked last night by a burglar, police said.

Woodland police said that St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 515 Second St., was entered by a burglar breaking an office window. Once inside, the burglar vandalized the office and ransacked the church, police said.

A fireplace tool was used to open desk drawers and cabinets looking for items of value. The exact value of property stolen is not known, according to a police press release.

November 7, 2012
Not a Hallmark ending for Woodland card store burglary suspect

A Woodland Hallmark card store was ransacked during a break-in this morning.

Police were called about 12:30 a.m. today to the Hallmark store at 375 West Main St. in the Raley's shopping center where a man was reported to have broken a window and climbed into the store.

Officers ordered anyone inside to come out, but got no reply. A police dog was then let into the store through the broken window.

Minutes later, the dog bit the burglar and dragged him to the ground. Drew Dean Biondo, 29, who police said is a transient on parole for arson, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, violation of parole and obstructing an officer.

Police said numerous merchandise displays were destroyed and items thrown about the store. Fragile pieces of merchandise were shattered, police said.

Store owners estimated at least $10,000 in damage, police said.

November 1, 2012
Three gang members convicted in Woodland drive-by shooting

Three Woodland men have been convicted of attempted murder in a November 2011 drive-by shooting.

After two days of deliberation, a Yolo County jury on Tuesday returned guilty verdicts on Rolando Arismendez, 34, Juan Reyes, 21, and German Vizcarra, 19. The charges included conspiracy to commit attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and gang charges and enhancements, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Nov. 16, 2011, Arismendez, a validated gang member, provided guns, a car and a driver to Reyes and Vizcarra, also gang members, the release said. They planned to murder a resident of Donnelly Circle in Woodland, officials said.

October 31, 2012
Suspect arraigned in assault on man left for dead on Yolo road

A Shafter man was arraigned Tuesday in Yolo County in connection with an assault on an Arbuckle man who was found with gunshot and stab wounds Oct. 1 on County Line Road in the Dunnigan area.

Danny Joe Stearman, 64, was arrested Oct. 9 in Shafter and was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide in the shooting and stabbing of 49-year-old Mark Cullen. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Lance Faille said Stearman is the uncle of Cullen's ex-wife.

Cullen was found by a co-worker near the Yolo-Colusa County line. When Cullen failed to show up for his scheduled midnight shift at Adams Vegetable Oils Inc. in Colusa County, the co-worker called Cullen's cell phone. Cullen was able to answer the phone and told the co-worker that he was on County Line Road and was dying, according to sheriff's officials.

October 19, 2012
Woodland man dies trying to cross Highway 113 on foot

A 49-year-old Woodland man died this evening when he was struck by a car while trying to cross Highway 113 on foot.

Sgt. Andy Hill of the California Highway Patrol said two men were walking along the freeway about 7:30 p.m. collecting aluminum cans when they decided to cross the roadway near Gibson Road. One man made it safely across the northbound lanes, but the second man ran into the path of a northbound Ford Focus traveling in the fast lane. He was struck by the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

The occupants of the Ford were not injured.

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 19, 2012
Police urge caution after woman assaulted in downtown Davis

Davis police are reminding people to take precautions after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking in the city's downtown area late Thursday.

The woman was walking in the area of Fourth and J streets about 11:50 p.m. when she was grabbed from behind by a male and sexually assaulted, according to a Police Department news release. The assailant was last seen running eastbound on Fourth Street.

So far, police said, no description of the assailant has been provided. They ask anyone who was in the area and may have seen a suspicious person to call the Davis Police Department at (530) 747-5400.

Police remind people to:

* Always be aware of their surroundings.

* Walk confidently or with a purpose.

* Try to stay in well-lighted, well-populated areas.

* Travel with another person.

October 19, 2012
Inmate re-captured after brief escape from Woodland jail

An teenage inmate in Woodland was re-captured after he scaled a barbed-wire topped jail fence.

A correctional officer saw Gabriel Eugene Weston, 18, climbing the perimeter fence at the Leinberger Correctional Facility in Woodland about 6:35 a.m. today. Within minutes, Yolo County Sheriff's deputies arrived and surrounded the area with the help of Woodland police.

Soon, citizens reported seeing Weston. He was eventually found at the nearby Gibson Plaza Shopping Center behind some Dumpsters.

He was taken to the Monroe Detention Center where he was booked on an escape charge.

Weston had been in jail since Tuesday after Davis police for suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction or delaying a peace officer and driving without a license.

October 18, 2012
West Sacramento man pleads guilty to mortgage fraud charges

A West Sacramento man pleaded guilty today in federal court to mortgage fraud charges arising from home sales in the Sacramento area.

According to court documents, Sean McClendon, 46, participated in the loan origination process for buyers and in each instance the buyers' income and assets were falsified to qualify for the loans.

Co-defendant Anthony Salcedo allegedly compensated McClendon and another co-defendant, Anthony Williams, for finding buyers for four properties owned by or associated with Salcedo, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Some of the payments by Salcedo allegedly went to the buyers of the property, although the payments were never disclosed to the lenders as part of the purchase and sale agreements, officials said.

October 16, 2012
Authorities seek dog that bit jogger in West Sacramento

The Yolo County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to locate a dog involved in a biting incident Oct. 6 in West Sacramento.

A woman was walking a dog on a leash about 11 a.m. in the area of a bike bath in the 3500 block of Bridgeway Lakes Drive when another woman jogged by on the bike path. The dog lunged at the jogger and bit her, causing moderate injury, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The dog owner stopped and advised the victim that her dog was current on its rabies vaccination, but the victim failed to get any personal information from the dog owner at the time to be able to verify the information, officials said. Animal Services authorities received the bite report from the victim, but a search of the area has failed to locate the owner or the dog.

October 15, 2012
Arrest made after man wounded in Saturday shooting in Winters

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in Winters on Saturday.

Winters police received numerous calls about 3 p.m. regarding a shooting near Third and Baker streets. Callers said a 49-year-old man had suffered gunshot wounds.

Officers found the alleged shooter in the 600 block of Third Street standing near a blue Chevrolet Impala.

October 15, 2012
UPDATE: Suspect identified in stabbing aboard boat in Sacramento channel

A man suspected of stabbing another man aboard a sailboat along the Sacramento River on Sunday evening has been identified by police as Robert Parke, 40, of West Sacramento.

West Sacramento police report that a group of people were on a 40-foot sailboat moored in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel when an argument began. Alcohol was being consumed, police said.

A some point a 27-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by a 40-year-old West Sacramento man aboard the vessel. Police responded about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to the boat at the Port of Sacramento to find the younger man suffering from several stab wounds.

He was transported to a hospital where he was reported in stable condition. Parke was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

October 12, 2012
Roadside welfare check turns up 16 pounds of marijuana

Five people were arrested today on suspicion of transporting marijuana for sale after a Yolo County sheriff's deputy made an an early-morning welfare check on occupants of a U-Haul truck.

The truck was parked on County Road 82b, off Highway 16 near Capay at 2:30 a.m. While speaking with the occupants, the deputy smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Other deputies arrived and searched the truck. During the search, they found more than 25 bags of marijuana weighing approximately 16 pounds, officials said.

October 12, 2012
UPDATE: Man found after reported missing in West Sacramento

savala.JPGWest Sacramento police say that a man reported missing has been located and is with his family.

Tony Savala (pictured) had last been seen about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Margaret McDowell Senior Center at 1525 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento.

Police said Savala is not from West Sacramento and was unfamiliar with the area. He was considered at risk because he suffers from dementia and other medical conditions that require medication, according to a Police Department news release.

October 11, 2012
Testimony in Davis 'sweethearts' case reflects passage of time since double slayings

Today's proceedings in the Davis "sweethearts" trial were a reminder of just how long this case has been winding its way through Sacramento's criminal justice system.

First, jurors heard from Dr. Pierce Rooney - or at least a videotaped version of him. The forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on John Riggins - killed with his girlfriend Sabrina Gonsalves just before Christmas in 1980 - has died since he testified in the 2007 preliminary hearing to decide whether Richard Hirschfield would stand trial for the murders.

A judge ruled that he should stand trial, and the video of that 2007 testimony was played Friday for jurors who are now tasked with deciding whether Hirschfield is responsible for the brutal slayings more than three decades ago.

October 11, 2012
Parole denied Davis man convicted of murdering son in 1994

A Davis man convicted in 1994 of murder and child abuse in the beating death of his 14-month-old son will remain in prison.

The Board of Parole Hearing commissioners on Wednesday denied parole to 42-year-old Manuel Bermudez, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. The hearing took place at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, where Bermudez is serving life in prison.

A Yolo County jury convicted Bermudez of murder in the child's death, which occurred in January 1994.

October 8, 2012
Police dog apprehends Davis carjacking suspect in cornfield

A man suspected of a carjacking in Davis this afternoon has been taken into custody after being tracked to a cornfield southeast of Davis.

Davis Police Department spokesman Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the incident began about 1:30 p.m. when a Davis officer on patrol ran the registration on an apparent stolen vehicle parked at the Motel 6 at Chiles Road. As the officer tried to confirm the status of that vehicle, he saw a man run from the area on foot. The officer began to pursue the man in his police vehicle.

At Chiles Road, the officer was flagged down by people who said a car had just been carjacked at a Taco Bell west of the Motel 6. The suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, reportedly pushed a woman out of the vehicle, a Honda Pilot, and drove off. Glasgow said the woman was not injured.

October 5, 2012
Yolo DA's Office receives grant to pursue identity theft, piracy cases

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office has been awarded $56,805 from the state Attorney General's Privacy and Piracy Fund.

The program provides funding to district attorneys' offices statewide to investigate and prosecute identity theft and intellectual property theft, also known as piracy.

The Yolo County DA's high-tech unit investigates numerous identity theft and counterfeiting cases each year, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. The grant funds will be used to train digital forensic investigators and purchase forensic equipment for the high-technology lab.

Officials said high-tech expertise and equipment were employed in a recent elder abuse case in which a bookkeeper embezzled more than a half million dollars from an elderly woman. They said the high-tech investigator was able to prove that the bookkeeper fraudulently created and back-dated documents on her computer, which eventually led to her conviction.

October 4, 2012
Tattooed man wanted for allegedly trying to kidnap girl on UC Davis campus

suspect.jpgUC Davis police said a heavily tattooed man wearing numerous earrings tried to kidnap a girl on Sunday.

Police said the man was riding his bicycle near Orchard Park, a campus apartment complex, when he approached the girl and asked the whereabouts of her parents. When she failed to answer, he drew close.

"Come home with me," the man said, according to the girl.

October 3, 2012
Woodland girl reports man tried to lure her into vehicle

Woodland police are investigating a report that individuals tried to lure a girl into a vehicle late Tuesday.

The juvenile was walking in the area of Beamer Street and Frost Drive about 10:30 p.m. when a vehicle pulled alongside the girl. The girl kept walking and was followed by the vehicle. One of the occupants then got out of the vehicle and tried to coerce the victim to get inside, according to a Police Department news release.

The girl was able to run away from the suspects.

The suspect vehicle was described as a green older model Nissan pickup. The suspect that spoke to and approached the girl was described as a Latino man, about 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium build, shaved head, goatee, wearing a white shirt, red shorts and red shoes. No description of the second suspect was available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411. Callers can remain anonymous.

October 2, 2012
Co-worker tracks down man left for dead on Yolo County road

Yolo County sheriff's deputies are investigating an attempted homicide after an Arbuckle man was found with stab wounds on County Line Road in the Dunnigan area.

Deputies responded to the scene at the Colusa County line at 12:15 a.m. Monday.

When the 49-year-old man did not show up for his scheduled midnight shift at Adams Vegetable Oils Inc. in Colusa County, a co-worker called the man's cell phone. The man was able to answer the phone and told the co-worker that he was on County Line Road and was dying, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

October 1, 2012
Suspected robber books a motel, but spends time in Woodland jail

A man robbed a Woodland convenience market Sunday night then drove down the street to check into a motel - where he was arrested, police say.

Woodland police said a masked gunman robbed the 7-Eleven at 1229 East Main St. about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. At about 8 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, 1562 East Main St.

A woman next to the vehicle, Jackie Hayes, 47, of Woodland, said she was the owner. Inside the vehicle, the officers found a shirt and a BB gun matching the description of the robber's clothing and stickup gun.

Then, Walter Hayes, 51, of Woodland, walked out of a motel room, which then was searched, police said. Inside the room, cash and a ski mask were found.

Motel management said the couple had paid for the room in cash shortly before 8 p.m. Both were booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of robbery.

September 26, 2012
Dog sought for biting Davis bicyclist