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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 5, 2013
Authorities seek dog that bit man in Woodland park

Yolo County Animal Services officers ask the public's help in finding a dog that bit a man in a Woodland park.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Friday in Crawford Park at College Street and El Dorado Drive. The man was bitten by a Doberman pinscher as he attempted to pet the dog. The man suffered multiple puncture wounds to his hand and arm, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

The dog is described as a large animal with a muscular chest but slender body, dark brown and black, with floppy ears and a docked tail. The dog was wearing a tan colored collar but no identification tags. The animal was last seen heading south from the park.

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 1, 2013
Woodland teen accused of vehicle theft after high-speed chase

A 14-year-old girl was taken in custody, accused of vehicle theft and reckless driving, after leading police on a vehicle chase through Woodland this morning.

Officers were dispatched about 11:42 a.m. to 250 Buckeye St. regarding an individual recklessly driving a red Mitsubishi Eclipse in the area. An officer spotted the vehicle in the area of Cottonwood and West Cross streets and learned upon checking the license plate that it had been reported stolen.

Before the officer could approach the Mitsubishi, the driver sped off, according to a Police Department news release. The officer gave chase, using emergency lights and siren.

November 1, 2013
Woodland police seek suspects in shooting at City Park

Woodland police are investigating a Thursday night shooting in which one person was wounded.

Officers were dispatched to Woodland Memorial Hospital at 9:14 p.m. regarding a report of a victim with a gunshot wound. They found the victim had suffered a single gunshot wound to the thigh, an injury that was not life-threatening, according to a Police Department news release.

The victim told officers that he was walking through Woodland's City Park, in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, about 8:45 p.m., when he was shot at three times by unknown individuals. The victim said he heard a car speed away after the gunshots, but he could not provide a description of the vehicle or suspects.

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 2, 2013
Woodland police introduce computer-based program to predict, curb crime

The Woodland Police Department has launched a new computer program that uses local crime data to anticipate and reduce criminal activity.

PredPol, or Predictive Policing, is described as Internet-based software that uses an algorithm to assist officers in deciding where their patrols would be most effective, according to a Police Department news release. Using an earthquake aftershock algorithm, the system employs verified crime data to predict future offenses in 500-square-foot locations. The program uses historical information and current data to determine patterns.

No personal information is used in the program, officials said, only the type, place and time of the crime.

September 18, 2013
Woodland school locked down as police sought suspect

A Woodland elementary school was briefly locked down this morning as police pursued a suspect in the area.

At 11:20 a.m., Woodland officers attempted to stop a man who was riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the road at the intersection of Cross and Walnut streets. An officer recognized the bicyclist as Carlos Ayala, 19, of Woodland, who had an active warrant for failure to appear in court, according to a Police Department news release. When the officer tried to stop Ayala, he fled over a fence into a yard, where he was able to evade officers. Ayala continued past Dingle Elementary School, then fled on his bicycle.

Because of the proximity of the activity to the school, the Dingle campus was placed on lock-down as a precautionary measure, police said. The lock-down lasted seven minutes, and the suspect never entered the school grounds.

In addition to the active warrant, Ayala is wanted on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800 or (530) 666-2411. Callers can remain anonymous.

September 5, 2013
Pursuit of Woodland theft suspect ends at Travis AFB

A Davis man was arrested this morning after a reported theft at a Woodland Target store led to a police chase that ended at the entrance of Travis Air Force Base.

Woodland police officers responded at 8:49 a.m. to a report of a possible theft in progress at the Target store at 2185 Bronze Star Drive.

Store employees directed the first officer on the scene to a silver 2003 Honda Civic that was leaving the parking lot. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda brandished what appeared to be a handgun at the officer, then drove out of the parking lot heading north on County Road 102, a police news release states.

August 14, 2013
Two accused of sweepstakes scams targeting seniors

Two Washington state residents were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Sacramento for running a sweepstakes scam targeting senior citizens in Woodland, Stockton, Bakersfield and other communities.

Joseph Nkunzi, 30, and Safia Ahmed, 37, were arrested in Washington on July 30. A magistrate judge detained them as flight risks and ordered them transported to Sacramento, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. They were charged today with eight counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.The indictment also alleges that the scheme involved telemarketing conduct that victimized individuals older than 55, which carries enhanced penalties, officials said.

According to court documents, on April 26, the Sacramento FBI received a referral from the Woodland Police Department regarding a 78-year-old victim of a telemarketing lottery scam. She had been called by a company, "North American Prize Pool," and told that she had won $8.8 million, but to receive the prize, she had to send $182,000 to various accounts. An investigation into those accounts led to Nkunzi,Ahmed and others involved in the scheme.

August 5, 2013
Coroner identifies man killed in Woodland hit-and-run crash

A pedestrian who died this morning in Woodland after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as Douglas William Gatie, 53, of Woodland.

A 19-year-old man was located and arrested about an hour later, according to Woodland police.

At about 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to an injury collision on Main Street near Walnut Street. Medics pronounced Gatie dead at the scene. Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Coroner's Office, said Gatie died of multiple blunt force injuries.

July 31, 2013
Woodland woman accused of assaulting police officer

A woman was arrested this morning after allegedly assaulting a Woodland police officer as he attempted to take her into custody.

Officers were called to a car wash at 120 W. Lincoln Ave. about 8:48 a.m. regarding a report of a woman yelling, throwing objects and hitting the curb with a metal object.

An officer arrived and identified the woman as Ruby Marina Lucero, 33, of Woodland. She became physically combative with the officer, and a second officer arrived to assist in trying to handcuff the woman, according to a Police Department news release.

July 22, 2013
Two suspects sought in armed robbery of Woodland market

Woodland police are looking for two men following the armed robbery of a local market this afternoon.

Officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to the In and Out Market at 174 College St. When they arrived, they were told that two men, 19 to 25 years old and armed with handguns, had robbed the store of an undetermined amount of money and cigarettes.

The men were last seen running northbound on College Street.

July 19, 2013
Woodland man convicted of 2012 robbery, assault

A man accused of robbing a Woodland store and a Sacramento bank has been convicted by a Yolo County jury.

Jurors today found 34-year-old Joey Alfredo Lopez guilty of robbery while personally using a firearm, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and burglary, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 20, 2012, the owner of the Cigarette Stop in Woodland was talking with an acquaintance inside the store when Lopez, entered, pointed a shotgun at the victims, racked the shotgun and demanded money, officials said. After ordering one of the victims to the ground, Lopez forced the store owner to hand over the contents of the cash register. Before leaving the store, Lopez also grabbed several shirts from a display on the wall.

July 9, 2013
Suspect vehicle in fatal I-5 collision found in dismantling yard

The vehicle suspected of striking a woman on Interstate 5 near Woodland early Friday has been found at a Sacramento dismantling yard, according to the California Highway Patrol

The CHP reported that anonymous tips helped investigators find the vehicle, a 1998 Buick Park Avenue.

Claudia Marie Gonzalez, 17, of Woodland was killed by a hit-and-run driver after she reportedly got out of a vehicle in which she was a passenger and ran into the northbound lanes of traffic on I-5, just north of County Road 103 in Yolo County.

July 5, 2013
Two arrested, linked to thefts in Woodland, Davis

Woodland police report that an investigation into recent thefts throughout Yolo County has resulted in two arrests and recovery of property associated with a dozen different cases, including thefts from the city's Public Works Department.

Police reported that two box trailers, including one containing miscellaneous tools, were stolen from the city's Municipal Service Center, 655 N. Pioneer Ave., between 5 p.m. June 22 and 7:30 a.m. June 24.

Investigators from the Yolo County Gang Task Force and the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted an investigation into these thefts as well as other recent thefts of property countywide.

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
2-year-old dies after being hit by car in Woodland

By Benjamin Mullin
bmullin@sacbee.com

A 2-year-old boy was hit by a car and killed at the Bel Air Shopping Center in Woodland this morning in what police are calling an unfortunate accident.

The child, whose identity was not released, 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 child, who suffered head trauma, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died.

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

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

July 3, 2013
Pedestrian in Woodland hit-and-run collision dies of injuries

A woman struck by a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot Sunday night in Woodland has died of her injuries.

The woman, a pedestrian, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center after she was found unconscious in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store at 1229 E. Main St. shortly after 10 p.m., according to a Woodland Police Department news release. Police said the victim, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, died Tuesday.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Kristal Sutton of Woodland, drove over the victim in the parking lot, then fled the area. Investigators obtained a description of the vehicle, including the license plate number.

July 1, 2013
Woodland police investigate suspicious deaths of cats

Woodland police are investigating what they say appears to be the intentional killing of several cats in recent weeks.

An officer was dispatched about 5:30 pm. Friday to the Lincoln Manor Apartments at 154 Lincoln Avenue regarding possible animal cruelty. The officer spoke with a resident who had a cat that appeared to have been poisoned, according to a Police Department news release. The resident, who cares for the cat, told the officer that at least five cats in the complex had suffered similar symptoms in the last week, and that at least five other tenants in the complex had reported their cats missing in the past month.

The officer spoke with a second apartment complex resident who stated that five kittens disappeared overnight from his back patio. He said that in the past week, he had discovered at least five other dead kittens stacked next to a trash bin.

July 1, 2013
Woodland police seek man accused of exposing himself

Woodland police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl this afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Elwood Street about 3 p.m. The girl told police she was riding her bicycle in the street when the man drove up to her in a gold sedan. The man asked the girl for directions and the girl realized that he was exposing himself to her, according to a Police Department news release. She left and went into her home, where she called police.

The man was described as Asian, about 20 to 30 years old, wearing a blue medical mask, eye glasses and a black tank top.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.

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 24, 2013
Trailers reported stolen from Woodland's city service center

Two trailers were stolen from the city of Woodland's Municipal Service Center over the weekend.

Police were dispatched about 7:30 this morning to the center at 655 N. Pioneer Ave. When officers arrived, they were notified that between 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. today, someone cut the chain-link gate to the property and stole two box trailers.

One of the trailers contained miscellaneous tools and roadway signs. That trailer and its contents were valued at $100,000, according to a Police Department news release. The other trailer was valued at $17,000.

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 19, 2013
Driver accused of vandalism after vehicle crashes into Woodland home

An 18-year-old Davis man was arrested today after he was accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into a Woodland house.

Woodland police were dispatched about 11:15 a.m. to the 1800 block of East Gum Avenue regarding a report that a vehicle had crashed into a house. The resident reported that the driver had fled in the vehicle westbound on East Gum Avenue.

An investigation indicated that the crash was intentional, according to a Police Department news release. Woodland officers found the vehicle and its driver stopped southbound on Highway 113 about three miles south of the city.

June 19, 2013
Five men arrested in attack outside Woodland store

Five men with alleged gang ties were arrested early this morning in Woodland following a report of a fight outside a convenience store.

Police were dispatched at 12:52 a.m. to a 7-Eleven store at 301 Cottonwood St., where a man reportedly had been attacked.

Officers arrived within minutes and found two suspects, later identified as Christian Roa, 21, and Jose Jimenez-Munoz, 20, both of Woodland, on Cottonwood Street near Lincoln Avenue. The two were taken into custody without incident. Additional officers responded and found two other suspects, 19-year-old Justin Gonzalez and 21-year-old Anthony Ozuna, both of Woodland. They were found on Community Lane between West Lincoln Avenue and West Main Street, and also were taken into custody without incident.

June 13, 2013
Police: Incident in Woodland parking lot appears to be suicide

A report of a person in a vehicle with a gun that drew police and an armored SWAT vehicle to a Woodland Costco parking lot this afternoon is believed to have been a suicide, officials said.

Officers responded to the Costco parking lot at 2299 Bronze Star Drive about 1:41 p.m. after receiving a report of an individual in a car with a gun. Upon arrival, officers cordoned off the area and directed surrounding businesses to secure their doors. Because the individual was believed to be in possession of a weapon and was moving around in the car, officers used the SWAT armored vehicle to approach the suspect vehicle.

They discovered that the individual, the sole occupant of the vehicle, had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. The wound is believed to have been self-inflicted, according to a Police Department news release.

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 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
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 29, 2013
Woodland man arrested in alleged hammer attack

A Woodland man was arrested tonight after allegedly hitting another man with a hammer during a fight.

Woodland police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Saunders Way about 6:40 p.m. regarding a fight involving a hammer. When police arrived, the parties involved had already been separated.

Officers found a 55-year-old Woodland man bleeding slightly from the head, according to a Police Department news release. The man reported that he had been struck in the head with a hammer during a dispute. He refused medical treatment at the scene.

Officers arrested 37-year-old Paul Whiteleather on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into Yolo County Jail.

May 24, 2013
Suspect in Woodland kidnap attempt indicted in child porn case

A man arrested in the attempted kidnapping of a woman in Woodland last November was indicted this week for trading in child pornography.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a four-count indictment charging Kyle Michael Hall, 24, of Woodland with receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, between May 10 and Oct. 30, 2012, Hall distributed and/or received child pornography through the Internet.

May 23, 2013
Police seek thieves who stole Woodland Cemetery equipment

Woodland police are looking for thieves who stole equipment from a cemetery storage area.

Officers received a report about 7 a.m. today that a maintenance yard and shed had been forcibly entered at the Woodland Cemetery, 800 West St.

The suspects took small power equipment form the yard and from inside the shed, according to a Police Department news release. Police said the theft occurred during the hours of darkness the previous night.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.

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
Driver guilty of second-degree murder in crash near Woodland

A Yolo County jury has found a Sacramento man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a passenger in the vehicle he was driving in January 2012.

The jury also convicted 23-year-old Ryan Scott Baird of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with two prior convictions for driving under the influence, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with blood alcohol at or above .08 causing injury, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. Killed in the crash was Robert Sunderland III.

In addition, the jury found Baird guilty of enhancements for causing great bodily injury to Oscar Saeed Rodriguez, causing great bodily injury with a coma to James Black and causing injury to multiple victims.

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 10, 2013
Woodland man gets life sentence for sex assault on 2-year-old

A Woodland man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for molesting a 2-year-old boy.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock also sentenced John "Tim" Ganthner, 46, to an additional 11 years and 8 months for physical injuries inflicted on the child in connection with the sexual assault, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Ganthner was left alone to watch the child while his grandmother performed volunteer work with a local charity. When the grandmother returned home about 12:30 p.m., she noticed that the child had severe injuries to his private areas and chest. A medical exam determined that the child had been beaten and sexually assaulted, officials said.

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 24, 2013
Pedestrian accused of punching Woodland motorcycle officer

A 23-year-old pedestrian has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Woodland motorcycle officer.

The incident occurred about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday as a police officer assigned to the traffic division conducted a traffic enforcement stop on East Main Street near Industrial Way. As the officer got off his motorcycle, he noticed and individual walking down the sidewalk toward the area of the traffic stop.

When the officer began to approach the stopped vehicle, the pedestrian approached from the officer's blind side and punched him in the right side of the head, according to a Police Department news release. The officer was wearing his motorcycle helmet, which absorbed the blow, and the officer was not injured.

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
Woodland police arrest robbery suspects

Police in Woodland say they caught two home-invasion robbery suspects Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after responding to a 4:30 p.m. report of a robbery of an apartment in the 200 block of North College Street, officers found a 17-year-old male suspect and Anjay Singh, 18, of Woodland, with some reported stolen electronics, authorities said. A third suspect is also being sought.

The minor was booked into Yolo County juvenile hall, while Singh was booked into Yolo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

During the robbery, authorities say a 13-year-old resident was held outside at gunpoint while two other suspects took the electronics before fleeing.

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 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
Resident reports stabbing near Woodland High School

Police are investigating the stabbing of a man Wednesday morning near Woodland High School.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West Beamer Street at 10:24 a.m regarding a report of a stabbing that had just occurred. They arrived to find a 26-year-old Woodland man suffering from a single stab wound to his right tricep, according to a Police Department news release.

The man, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, told officers that he was standing in the front yard of his home when a group of five or six Latino men ran toward him yelling obscenities. The group reportedly came from the area of the high school parking lot.

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.

March 29, 2013
Woodland man convicted of molesting, beating 2-year-old

A Woodland man has been found guilty of sexually molesting a 2-year-old boy.

After 10 hours of deliberation over two days, a Yolo County jury on Thursday convicted John "Tim" Ganthner, 46, of two felony counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 10 years old, four felony counts of physical abuse of a child and three additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on a child younger than 5, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Ganthner was left alone to watch the child while the youngster's grandmother performed volunteer work for a local charity, authorities said. When the grandmother returned about 12:30 p.m., she noticed that the child had severe injuries to his private areas and chest.

March 27, 2013
Reward offered in bid to find person who shot Woodland cat

A Sacramento-based animal protection organization is offering a $2,500 reward in an effort to find a person who shot a Woodland cat with a pellet gun earlier this month.

RedRover, a national nonprofit organization, is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and arraignment of whoever shot the 3-year-old orange tabby named Annie.

Annie's owner, Amanda Hartman of Woodland, came home from work March 13 and found Annie motionless in the driveway of her Owens Valley Drive home. She initially thought Annie had been hit by a car and rushed the cat to the UC Davis Small Animal Clinic. An examination and X-rays determined that a pellet gun bullet was lodged near Annie's spine and she was partially paralyzed, according to a news release.

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 18, 2013
Suspicious device prompts Woodland fire station evacuation

A Woodland fire station was evacuated this morning after a citizen brought to the station a suspicious device found in an empty house in the neighborhood.

Police responded to Fire Station No. 2 at 1619 West St. about 10:30 a.m. after receiving a call from firefighters. Upon arrival, officers believed the device was some type of explosive, according to a Police Department news release. They isolated the device, evacuated the fire station, blocked traffic in and around the intersection of West Street and El Dorado Drive, and notified neighbors to shelter in place. They also relocated students and staff members at Woodland Christian Elementary School to the western portion of the school.

The Yolo County Bomb Squad was summoned and took over the scene, safely attempting to detonate the device and then removing it.

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.

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 26, 2013
Woodland police officer involved in collision responding to call

A Woodland police officer was involved in a collision this morning while responding to another officer's request for assistance.

The crash occurred about 6:56 a.m. as an officer driving a marked police sport-utility vehicle with activated emergency lights and siren responded to a report of an officer in need of assistance at an alarm call in the 100 block of West Court Street, according to a Police Department news release.

As the officer traveled westbound on Gibson Road through West Street, the police vehicle collided with a pickup truck northbound on West Street. After the vehicles struck each other, the police SUV crashed into the front yard of a home on the northwest corner of the intersection, and the pickup stopped in the roadway.

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 20, 2013
Woodland man arrested after driving vehicle through storefront

A Woodland man was arrested this morning after driving his vehicle through a glass storefront.

Officers were dispatched to a business in the 1200 block of East Main Street about 7:30 a.m. After driving his vehicle into the building, Dennis Cortopassi reportedly entered the business and began throwing items from displays, according to a Police Department news release.

When officers arrived, they located Cortopassi outside the business. He is alleged to have intentionally driven the vehicle through the storefront.

February 19, 2013
Arson in garage at Woodland home under investigation

Woodland police and fire officials are investigating as arson a fire that damaged a garage at a home this morning.

Officers were dispatched about 7 a.m. to a residence in the 1400 block of Crystal Springs Drive for a report of arson. It was determined that sometime Sunday evening or early this morning an incendiary device was placed in the garage, according to a Police Department news release.

The device completely burned a car in the garage and caused moderate damage to the garage itself, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information regarding the case is asked to call the Woodland police Department at (530) 661-7800.

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 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 7, 2013
Jury finds Esparto man used truck to assualt motorcyclist

An Esparto man has been found guilty of using his truck as a deadly weapon in an assault on a motorcyclist.

A Yolo County jury returned the verdict against 39-year-old Joshua Shawn Bracy on Jan. 30, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On the morning of Aug. 29, 2012, the victim was riding his motorcycle along Beamer Street on his way to work in Woodland. Bracy mistakenly believed the motorcycle had been stolen from him, and he began to chase the victim with his Dodge truck, officials 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 29, 2013
Two Woodland men arrested after report of attempted break-in

A report from an alert neighbor led to the arrest of two men accused of attempting to burglarize a Woodland home this morning.

Police officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Howard Drive at 10:34 a.m. regarding suspicious circumstances. A neighbor reported that two men ran from the back yard of a residence after trying to break into the home.

Officers stopped a vehicle spotted leaving the area and contacted the occupants, Surjit Singh, 21, and Israel Rodriguez, 20, both of Woodland. The two men had allegedly smashed a rear window of the residence and run from the back yard, according to a Police Department news release.

January 18, 2013
Eight arrested as Woodland moves to curb vehicle thefts

Eight people have been arrested during a two-day stolen vehicle enforcement detail in Woodland.

The special enforcement operation was carried out Tuesday and Wednesday in response to a significant increase in vehicle thefts in the city over the past six weeks. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, 52 vehicles were stolen in Woodland, according to a Police Department news release, which noted that 32 of them were 1990s Honda Accords and Civics.

In 2012, 202 vehicles were reported stolen in the city of Woodland, a 54 percent increase over the 131 reported stolen in 2011, officials said.

January 14, 2013
Woodland police investigate death of man found on roadside

Woodland police are investigating the death of a man who was found lying under blankets near a freeway overpass this morning.

Police responded to the area of East Main Street near the Interstate 5 overpass about 10:44 a.m. after receiving a report of an unresponsive person lying on the north side of the road. Officers and medical personnel found a man who was dead. He was covered in blankets and was lying on the dirt near the concrete overpass support structure, according to a police department news release.

Officials said it was not known how long the man had been dead or the cause of death, but they said the circumstances did not appear to be suspicious.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-2411.

January 4, 2013
Attempted kidnap suspect accused of possessing child porn

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping in Woodland in November is also accused of possessing child pornography.

Kyle Hall, described by police as a transient, was taken into custody Nov. 28 after a 31-year-old Woodland woman reported Nov. 25 that he tried to kidnap her in the Westgate shopping center at 367 Main St. She told police that she was walking between parked vehicles when a man seated in a pickup truck opened his door, blocking her way. She said he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her toward the truck.

The woman yelled for help and as a bystander approached, the man released her and drove off. She was not injured.

January 1, 2013
Two men arrested for reportedly firing shotgun in the air in Woodland

Two men were arrested early this morning in Woodland after police received numerous calls reporting shots fired in the air.

Woodland police arrested Jed Tranquilino Flores Torres, 32, of Woodland, and Cesar Carabez, 31, of Sacramento, after locating numerous spent shotgun shell casings near the men in the front yard in the 400 block of Elizabeth Way in Woodland.

No injuries were reported in the 2:30 a.m. incident.

December 31, 2012
Police investigate after shots fired into Woodland home

Shots were fired into an occupied Woodland residence this evening, but no one was injured.

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Muir Circle regarding a report of shots fired into a home. When officers arrived, they found that one round had gone through the front wall of the house, entering the kitchen. Two additional rounds were located in the side of a vehicle parked in front of the residence, according to a Police Department news release.

No one was struck by the gunfire.

Police said they had no suspect description and did not know the motivation for the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800 or (530) 666-2411.

December 28, 2012
Man hit with crowbar in Woodland robbery attempt

Woodland police are searching for a suspect who apparently followed a man from a Sacramento bank this morning, then attempted to rob him at a gas station, striking the victim with a crowbar.

Police were dispatched at 10:40 a.m. to the 400 block of County Road 102 regarding a fight. It was reported that one person had a crowbar. Dispatchers were subsequently told that an approximately 30-year-old man had left southbound on Interstate 5 in a gold Nissan Altima or gold Saturn. The victim was still at the scene with a head injury.

When officers arrived, they found a 29-year-old Sacramento man. He told police that he had withdrawn a large sum of cash from a bank in Sacramento and was en route to Redding when he stopped in Woodland to buy gas. While pumping gas, a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, approached the victim and demanded his money.

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 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 19, 2012
Woodland gangsters headed to prison for attempted murder

Three gang members have been sentenced in a 2011 case of attempted murder in Woodland.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock on Tuesday sentenced Rolando Arismendez, 34, Juan Reyes, 21, and German Quezada, 19, to prison terms for attempted murder and gang 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 fellow gang members Reyes and Quezada. Their plan, officials said, was to kill a resident of Donnelly Circle in Woodland.

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 13, 2012
Stolen vehicle leads to wanted probationer's arrest in Woodland

A man wanted for probation violations was arrested this afternoon after allegedly stealing a vehicle.

A resident called the Woodland Police Department about 7:10 this morning to report that his 1994 Chevrolet Blazer had just been stolen from his driveway in the 800 block of Cottonwood Street. Officers responded to the area but were unable to find the vehicle or suspect, according to a Police Department news release.

About 12:20 p.m., a Woodland officer spotted the stolen vehicle eastbound on Oak Avenue near Saunders Lane. The officer followed the vehicle while waiting for additional officers to arrive, officials said.

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.

November 29, 2012
Woodland police arrest man inside business after break-in

A Woodland man was arrested Wednesday evening after he was found inside a store where a break-in had been reported.

Woodland police responded about 6 p.m. to a report of a commercial burglary in progress at 420 Grand Ave. When officers arrived, they found that someone had smashed out the front window of the business.

After establishing a perimeter around the building, officers located a man inside the business, according to a Police Department news release. He was later identified as 35-year-old Francisco Javier Tapia Jr.

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 27, 2012
Sacramento man reports being kidnapped, robbed in Woodland

A Sacramento man reported that he was kidnapped and robbed early this morning in Woodland as he was heading home from work.

Woodland police received a call from the man about 2:20 a.m. He reported that, after leaving work about 2 a.m., he was driving on East Main Street. When he reached the intersection with County Road 102, two men stopped him in the roadway and forced their way into his vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

The victim said the two men were wearing dark clothing, gloves and ski masks. He believed one of the men was armed with some type of gun, although he did not see a weapon.

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 woman reports assault by intruder armed with knife

Woodland police are trying to locate a man who reportedly entered a home and raped a woman at knifepoint early Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Oak Avenue about 3 a.m. regarding a report of a rape in progress. When they arrived, they found the victim at a neighbor's house. She told them she thought the suspect was still in her home, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers went to the house but did not find the suspect inside. A search of the surrounding area also proved fruitless.

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 8, 2012
Davis man arrested after pursuit from Woodland to Natomas

A man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman in Woodland this afternoon led police on a high-speed chase that ended with a collision and his eventual capture in a Natomas neighborhood.

Woodland officers were dispatched about 1:11 p.m. to the Del Valle Super Mercado at 500 Kentucky Ave. in Woodland after a woman called police and said that Larry Ventimiglia, 25, of Davis had just threatened to shoot and kill her at that location. When officers arrived, the victim said that Ventimiglia had left in a white Saturn.

While police were investigating the incident, another Woodland officer spotted Ventimiglia driving in the area of North and Fourth streets. The officer tried to catch up to Ventimiglia, who began speeding eastbound on North Street across East Street. Several other Woodland officers joined in the pursuit, which continued through residential streets and onto eastbound Beamer Street, where speeds reached more than 90 mph in the industrial area, according to a Police Department news 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 5, 2012
Woodland police investigate shooting that wounded 18-year-old

Woodland police are investigating a Sunday night shooting incident in which an 18-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police responded at 8:41 p.m. to multiple reports of a gunshot in the the 1200 block of Donnelly Circle. The victim reportedly was seen getting into a car that immediately left the area, a police news release stats.

About 10 minutes later, officers were dispatched to Woodland Memorial Hospital to investigate a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound. They found an 18-year-old Woodland resident with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower right leg. The man was later taken by ambulance to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael for further treatment.

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

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 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
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 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 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 21, 2012
80-mph chase through Woodland ends with arrest

A high-speed chase on city streets ended with an arrest last night in Woodland.

The pursuit began when an officer tried to stop a vehicle about 11 p.m. Thursday on Pioneer Avenue near Farnham Avenue. The driver fled southbound on Pioneer Avenue at an estimated 80 mph, according to police.

The chase continued westbound on East Gum Avenue and then to East Street. Other officers caught up when the suspect vehicle hit a curb at Fourth Street and Gum Avenue.

There, the driver got out of his vehicle and started running. He was apprehended by officers after a short chase.

Silverio Delgado Jr., 30, of Woodland was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

September 16, 2012
Juvenile father arrested in Woodland baby kidnapping

A 16-year-old father was arrested today for investigation of kidnapping his 5-week-old baby from the child's mother, police said.

Sgt. Steve Sexton reported that the kidnapping occurred Saturday night at a home in the 1200 block of Alice Street in Woodland.

Police responded to the call shortly 10:30 p.m. Witnesses told police that the suspect argued with the 16-year-old mother of the baby before forcibly taking the child and leaving in a vehicle.

After about 45 minutes, the suspect returned the child to the mother and fled again before police arrived, authorities said.

When the suspect came back a third time, shortly before 1 a.m. today, he was arrested by waiting officers. He was booked into Yolo County Juvenile Hall.

September 11, 2012
Woodland boy reports suspicious encounter with truck driver

Woodland police are investigating a report that a man may have tried to lure a boy into a truck late this afternoon.

An officer responded to a report of suspicious circumstances. A 12-year-old boy told the officer that he was outside Lee Middle School, 520 West St., about 5:20 p.m. when a man in a pickup pulled up next to him.

The man asked the boy if he knew what time is was. He then asked the youth if he wanted to look in the truck, and then if he wanted to get in the truck, according to a Police Department news release. After the boy said "No" to each question, the man drove away from the area.

September 7, 2012
Priest waives hearing, judge sets Dec. 6 trial date

20120906_ha_UOJEDA0001A.jpgA popular Catholic priest accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing today and was scheduled for a Dec. 6 trial in Sacramento Superior Court.

The attorney for the Rev. Uriel Ojeda said the overwhelming odds that his client would be ordered to stand trial anyway made the decision to bypass the preliminary hearing an easy one.

"The burden of proof on a prelim is so low that an accusation by itself is going to be enough to hold him to answer," defense attorney Jesse Ortiz said. "So it didn't make any sense for us to go through this process."

September 6, 2012
Police say dispute over Chevy led to Woodland shooting

A 57-year-old man was arrested this afternoon in Woodland, accused of firing shots into an unoccupied parked vehicle and at an inhabited dwelling.

Police responded to the 400 block of Johnston Street at 3:46 p.m. regarding a report that someone in a 1997 GMC truck had fired shots into an unoccupied parked 1968 Chevrolet.

The suspect, who was known to the victim, left the area before police arrived. Officers found five fresh bullet holes in the Chevrolet, which was parked in a private driveway. They also discovered that a sixth round struck the garage door of the residence, according to a Police Department news release.

September 6, 2012
Two Woodland men arrested in alleged attempted homicide

Woodland city police arrested two men Wednesday on suspicion of attempted homicide, police officials said today in a press release.

Police officers received a call of a reported stabbing of an adult male at 12:44 p.m. on the 600 block of Elm Street, the release said. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim with a "life-threatening injury to his neck."

Police also said a burgundy sedan had fled the scene following the stabbing.

September 4, 2012
Update: Driver arrested, suspected of DUI in fatal Yolo crash

A Redwood City man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after two people were killed in a crash west of the Yolo County community of Rumsey on Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Reyes Barajas, 46, was driving on State Route 16 east of County Road 40 about 4:45 p.m. Monday when his pickup went off the roadway, traveled down a steep embankment and hit a tree.

The passenger in the front seat, a 39-year-old woman from Redwood City, and a 14-year-old boy in the back seat, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Robert LaBrash, Yolo County chief deputy coroner, identified the woman as Ann Marie Miller. He said the cause of death was a neck fracture. LaBrash said Miller was wearing a seat belt.

The boy's name has not been released pending positive identification by family. LaBrash said the youth died of a blunt-force chest injury. It is not known whether the boy was wearing a seat belt.

At the scene, Barajas was suspected to have been driving while intoxicated, according to the CHP. He survived with moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by helicopter.

Officers from the Santa Rosa office responded to the hospital and determined that Barajas was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. He was placed under arrest for two counts of felony DUI, causing death.

Barajas could face additional counts of manslaughter, according to the CHP. He remains in the hospital, according to a CHP statement released Monday.

September 4, 2012
BB gun wounds teen in Woodland parking lot incident

Woodland police said a teenager was shot in the head with a BB gun that was allegedly wielded by his young friend.

Officers said the 14-year-old boy was holding a shirt to the his left temple when they arrived at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Cottowood Street about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

The boy was transported to the UC Medical Center for treatment of his injury, which was not life-threatening.

A witness told officers that youngsters were playing with a BB gun in the complex parking lot. The low-powered gun was found hidden in some bushes, police said.

The injured boy's 12-year-old friend was issued a citation for allegedly negligently discharging a BB gun. He was turned over to a parent.

September 4, 2012
Car part thieves target Woodland auto sales lot

Thieves stripped two vehicles on a Woodland car lot, police said.

Police were called Monday morning to Hoblit Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 333 Main St., where employees showed them two vehicles that had parts removed overnight.

A Dodge Charger was missing the left side front and rear doors, the front bumper, the right front quarter panel, the steering wheel, dashboard and stereo. The second vehicle, a Chevrolet HHR, was missing the driver side front and rear doors.

Loss was estimated at $12,000, police said. No suspect information was released.

August 23, 2012
Two Woodland gang members convicted in 2009 attack

A Yolo County jury has convicted two Woodland gang members of brutally attacking a man three years ago as he sat in his car outside a convenience store.

After a two-week trial and one day of deliberations, Jose Rodolfo Rivas, 24, and Aaron Anthony Valadez, 22, were found guilty Monday of aggravated mayhem with gang enhancements and additional felony charges of robbery, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

The attack occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2009. Shortly after midnight, the victim drove an acquaintance to the AM/PM minimart near County Road 102 and Interstate 5 in Woodland. As the victim waited in the car for his acquaintance to come out of the store, he saw several young men in the parking lot.

August 21, 2012
Update: Coroner identifies pedestrian killed at Woodland intersection

A man hit and killed by a pickup in Woodland has been identified today as Pablo Castro, 38, of Woodland.

Castro was hit near intersection of East Street and Lemen Avenue just before 8 a.m. Monday.

Arriving Woodland police officers and firefighters found Castro lying in Lemen Avenue east of the intersection with a head injury. The driver of the pickup had stopped his vehicle nearby.

He was transported by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 a.m.

Woodland Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Guthrie said on Monday that traffic investigators are unsure what caused the fatal collision but do not believe the driver of the pickup was at fault.

August 20, 2012
Pickup hits, kills pedestrian in Woodland

A man was hit and killed by a pickup in Woodland this morning.

The collision occurred near intersection of East Street and Lemen Avenue just before 8 a.m. Woodland police officers and firefighters found the victim lying in Lemen Avenue east of the intersection with a head injury. The driver of the pickup had stopped his vehicle nearby.

The man was transported by ambulance to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, where doctors later said he had died of his injuries. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has not released his identity.

Woodland Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Guthrie said that traffic investigators are unsure what caused the fatal collision but do not believe the driver of the pickup was at fault.

"There's no foul play on the part of the driver," Guthrie said.

August 20, 2012
Laundromat worker in Woodland stops youth with explosive device

A worker at a Woodland Laundromat apparently interrupted the tossing of an explosive device into the business Sunday afternoon.

Woodland police said that when they arrived about 3 p.m. Sunday to the Wash House, near West and Main streets, officers were told by a maintenance worker that he witnessed a young person open the back door of the business and begin to toss a bottle into the business.

The youth was with other young people, he said. When the worker approached, the group started to flee.

August 14, 2012
Private investigator accused of posing as parole agent

A Galt resident operating a private investigation company was arrested in Woodland this afternoon, accused of impersonating a peace officer.

Anthony Vegas, 52, was taken into custody about 2:15 p.m. in front of the Yolo County Sheriff's Monroe Detention Center.

On several occasions in the last week, Vegas allegedly presented himself as an active state of California parole agent in attempts to obtain information for a child custody case he was privately investigating, according to a Woodland Police Department news release.

August 10, 2012
Suspected Woodland shoplifter eludes tenacious effort of store security

Woodland police say that a suspected shoplifter was arrested after store security tried to stop his vehicle in a grocery parking lot.

Police said the suspected thief took an item from the Nugget Market, 157 Main St., about 4 p.m. Wednesday. When he began to flee in his vehicle, police said, loss prevention employees reached into and held onto his vehicle in an attempt to stop him and retain the merchandise.

The thief fled as the store employees moved away from the vehicle.

At about 7:30 p.m., Woodland police spotted the getaway vehicle on East Beamer Street west of County Road 102. Officers stopped the vehicle and took Corey Olsen, 35, of Woodland into custody.

He was booked on suspicion of robbery.

August 9, 2012
Shots outside Woodland diner wound teen, pierce windows

A teenager suffered a severe wound when he was shot in the abdomen last night in Woodland, police said.

The 18-year-old was found in the street when officers arrived to a call of a shooting in the 600 block of Cottonwood Street near a diner. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The diner was closed at the time of the shooting around 10 p.m., however a few employees were inside. Several rounds went through the diner's window but the employees were not hit, police said.

An older Ford Mustang was seen in the area, but police are not sure if the occupants of the car are involved in the shooting. Both the Woodland Police Department and the Yolo County Gang Task Force are investigating the shooting.

August 8, 2012
State Supreme Court upholds Woodland man's felony fake bomb conviction

The California Supreme Court has reinstated the felony conviction of a Woodland man who left a fake bomb at the Yolo County Communications Center in 2006.

A Yolo County jury in July 2008 convicted Barry Allen Turnage, 66, for leaving a fake bomb at the center in September 2006. Turnage was charged with a felony under a section of the California Penal Code that allows felony or misdemeanor punishment for anyone who maliciously places a false of facsimile bomb with the intent to cause another person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others.

Based on the felony conviction for placing the false bomb and his violent history, Turnage was sentenced to life in prison under California's Three Strikes Law. In separate cases, Turnage had been convicted of armed robbery and assault with a firearm for shooting a rifle into a Berkeley city fire truck, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

August 7, 2012
West Sacramento man convicted in Woodland robbery

A West Sacramento man has been convicted of robbing the owner of a Woodland check cashing business in April.

A jury on Monday also convicted 32-year-old Vincent Sloan of hit and run, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On April 10, the victim deposited checks at the Wells Fargo ATM in Woodland before going home. The woman, with her 8-year-old son, then parked in the driveway of her Woodland home and was walking to her door when Sloan, wearing dark clothing and a mask, demanded her bank bag, authorities said. Sloan slapped the woman and struggled with her to get the bag as she screamed for help.

August 7, 2012
Woodland jogger stabbed in side at city park

Woodland police are investigating the stabbing of a jogger at a city park.

Officers were called to Woodland Memorial Hospital about 10 p.m. Monday where the jogger had gone for treatment after being stabbed at Pioneer Park, 1925 Branigan Ave., near Interstate 5 and Highway 113.

The 18-year-old Woodland man told officers he was jogging on the sidewalk on the south side of the park when a man punched him in the stomach and then plunged an unknown object into the left side of his abdomen.

August 3, 2012
Knives and swinging bats injure two in Woodland street fight

A late-night brawl in Woodland, in which combatants used knives and baseball bats, resulted in two injuries and four arrests.

Woodland police were called to a report of a fight with firearms about 11:40 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Fourth Street. Upon arrival, the vehicles were gone but officers were able to detain four young men walking away from the area.

The investigation revealed that three vehicles rammed each other near Fourth Street and Gum Avenue. A fight then began with bats and knives.

July 27, 2012
Parking lot fights in Woodland draw police interest

Woodland police are investigating two fights involving several combatants Thursday night in parking lots east of downtown.

Officers were dispatched at 10:38 p.m. to a convenience store at 1400 East Main St., where 10 people were fighting. Officers arrived within minutes of the call, but the people involved had scattered.

At 10:53 p.m., officers went to Woodland Memorial Hospital to speak to two 18-year-old Woodland residents, who were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

July 26, 2012
UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Woodland assault, robbery

Woodland police announced the arrest this evening of a suspect in a Wednesday night assault and robbery.

Victor Vargas Vargas, 26, of Woodland was arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy and booked into Yolo County Jail. Police said additional suspects are being sought.

Officers were dispatched at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday to the 1200 block of Donnelly Circle regarding a robbery that had just occurred. They contacted the victim, a 21-year-old Woodland man, who reported that he was sitting in his car when he was approached by about five people. He said two of the people assaulted him and stole his cell phone and iPod, according to a Police Department news release.

Officials said the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

July 25, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was Woodland man sentenced in theft from elderly woman?

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

QUESTION: Dennis Martinez, 32, of Woodland was arrested for theft from an 88-year-old woman. He was supposed to be sentenced May 23 by Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg. Can you tell me what his sentence was?
Submitted by: Laura, Sacramento

ANSWER: Dennis Lee Martinez was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest to felony charges involving theft from an 88-year-old disabled woman, according to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

The victim and her daughter hired Martinez to do yard work over a three-day period, officials said. On the third day, the elderly woman, who is legally blind, let Martinez in the house to use the bathroom while her daughter was away. The woman later discovered that Martinez had stolen her late husband's wallet and had begun using his credit cards at different locations.

Martinez is incarcerated at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

July 24, 2012
UPDATE: Missing 11-year-old Woodland boy found safe

Harris, Justin.jpgAn 11-year-old Woodland boy reported missing early this afternoon has been found safe and has been reunited with his mother, according to police.

The boy, identified as Justin Harris (pictured), was reported missing from his home in the 300 block of North Street about 12:45 p.m. Woodland police said he was considered at risk because of required medication and his age.

After an eight-hour, door-to-door search and following up on numerous leads, police reported this evening that the youth was found in good condition near his grandmother's house about three miles from his home.

July 18, 2012
Suspect in Wooland burglary arrested after hit-and-run collision

A woman taken into custody after fleeing the scene of collision is also a suspect in the burglary of a Woodland supermarket, according to Woodland police.

Police officers and firefighters responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of West Lincoln and Ashley avenues about 3:30 this afternoon. Witnesses told officers that one of the drivers, described as a white female with red hair, had left the scene on foot westbound on West Lincoln Avenue. The woman, later identified as 23-year-old Dezaray Murrietta of Woodland, was located, detained and identified as the driver of the vehicle that allegedly caused the collision, according to a Police Department news release.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Nissan pickup truck, was identified as a 17-year-old Woodland youth. He was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville, where he was treated for injuries and later released, police said.

July 13, 2012
Teenager arrested following stabbing of Woodland youth

A 16-year-old Woodland youth was arrested this afternoon, suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old boy.

At 1:59 p.m., Woodland police were dispatched to the area of 90 W. Woodland Ave. regarding a report of a stabbing that had just occurred. They were told the suspect had left on foot, heading west on West Woodland Avenue.

Yolo Gang Task Force officers, who were in the area, intercepted the suspect near the intersection of Cottonwood Street and West Woodland Avenue. One officer chased the youth on foot while the other Woodland officers went the the victim's location.

July 6, 2012
Noise complaint call to police ends in guns drawn in Woodland

Woodland police said they took a man into custody after a simple call about excessive noise turned potentially dangerous.

Officers were called to 91 California Street on Thursday about 8:30 p.m.. There, they found Carlos Cornejo, 32, working on his car in the driveway.

While speaking with Cornejo about the noise issue, Cornejo turned and "exhibited an imitation firearm, which resembled a chrome semi-auto pistol," according to a press release from Woodland police.

July 5, 2012
Woodland youngster suffers burns from fireworks

A Woodland youngster suffered burns Wednesday when her clothing caught fire while playing with fireworks.

Woodland police and firefighters responded to the 800 block of Harvard Bend and found a 6-year-old girl whose clothing had been ignited by a sparkler-type firework, according to a Police Department news release. The child suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.

Following an investigation, police said the incident is considered an accident. The child's parents were supervising the youngster and the fireworks in use are legal in California.

June 30, 2012
Man arrested in connection with attempted robbery in Woodland

The Woodland Police Department arrested a man Saturday following a reported attempted robbery in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police booked an Ohio man, 38-year-old John Smith, at the Yolo County Jail on several charges, including suspicion of attempted robbery and driving a stolen vehicle.

About 9 a.m., bystanders reported that a woman was lying on the ground in the parking lot at 1720 E. Main St. after Smith had tried to steal her purse, according to a department news release.

June 27, 2012
Yolo County DA reports surge in scams targeting seniors

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office is alerting residents to a surge in scams targeting older adults in the county.

Reports from victims in West Sacramento, Davis and Woodland indicate that phony sweepstakes and the "Grandma, It's Me" telephone scams are continuing to be used to trick people into wiring money outside the country, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In one instance, more than $4,000 was lost in a phony sweepstakes scam after a con artist pretending to be from the Federal Trade Commission persuaded a local senior citizen to wire money to Costa Rica, officials said. In another recent case, an elderly woman was tricked into sending all the money she had in her savings account to someone claiming to be her grandson who was out of the country and in trouble. She believed him and sent the money in an effort to help.

June 5, 2012
Second teen arrested in theft, killing of Woodland student's pig

A second 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the theft and killing of a pig belonging to a Woodland High School student.

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office reported that the second youth, a Woodland High School student, was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of grand theft, felony animal cruelty and conspiracy to commit theft and animal cruelty. He was booked into Yolo County Juvenile Hall. Another 17-year-old was arrested in the case earlier Monday.

On Saturday, Woodland High School student Marika Osegueda, 17, reported that someone had taken her pig from the Laugenour Land Lab at 39839 County Road 17A in the Woodland area. Osegueda was raising the pig as part of the Future Farmers of America program.

June 4, 2012
Teen arrested in theft, killing of high school student's pig

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the theft and killing of a pig that was being raised by a high school student as a Future Farmers of America project.

On Saturday, Woodland High School student Marika Osegueda, 17, reported that someone had taken her pig from the Laugenour Land Lab at 39839 County Road 17A in the Woodland area. Osegueda was raising the pig as part of the FFA program.

Investigating deputies found a bloody hand print on the gate leading to the missing pig's pen. The ground outside the pen was covered with blood, according to a Yolo County Sheriff's Office news release.

May 25, 2012
Authorities seek dog that bit teenager in West Sacramento

Yolo County Animal Services officials seek the public's help in locating a dog that bit a teenager in West Sacramento.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday at the south end of a walkway running parallel to Shasta Way between Trinity Way and Colusa Road. The 15-year-old victim was was walking on the walkway when the victim saw two small white dogs that looked lost and tired. The victim approached what appeared to be the older of the two dogs and was bitten, according to an Animal Services news release. The dogs then ran off. The victim could not say in what direction they headed and did not see anyone with the animals.

Animal Services has been unable to locate the dogs through licensing records.

May 25, 2012
Students arrested for Woodland middle school 'works bomb'

Two juveniles were arrested this afternoon after they allegedly placed a homemade explosive device in a school cafeteria trash can in Woodland.

At 12:22 p.m., a Woodland Police Department school resource officer was called to investigate an explosion at Douglass Middle School at 525 Granada Drive. School officials had already detained two boys, both students at the school, who were allegedly responsible for the explosion.

Police said the students created a "works bomb" and dropped in into a trash can in the cafeteria. The device is made of common household items that are placed in a plastic container and sealed. A chemical reaction occurs that releases gases, which eventually cause the plastic container to rupture, creating a loud noise, according to a Police Department news release.

May 21, 2012
Former state prison inmate goes to jail for wild chase in Woodland

An ex-convict recently released from state prison was arrested Sunday after a dangerous flight from police, Woodland authorities said.

Police attempted to pull over Kevin Lee McClean, 26, of Woodland about 4:30 p.m. Sunday for not wearing a seatbelt, but he sped away, driving through stop signs and red lights at speeds that reached 70 mph, according to a police press release.

Eventually, McClean slowed to about 15 mph and jumped out of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving. A woman in the passenger seat also bailed.

May 18, 2012
Suspects sought in separate attacks on two men in Woodland

Woodland police are searching for the assailants after two men were injured in separate incidents Thursday.

At 5:46 p.m., police officers were dispatched to the area of East Main Street and the Highway 113 overpass. Witnesses said a white man with a shaved head had kicked another man in the face at a bus stop causing serious injuries, according to a Police Department news release. The suspect fled before police arrived.

Officers found a 43-year-old man bleeding from facial injuries. He was taken to Woodland Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

May 17, 2012
Parolee booked on variety of charges in Woodland

Woodland police chased a parolee last night, eventually taking him into custody and throwing the book at him.

The incident began about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when police tried to pull over a driver in the 500 block of Cottonwood Street for a violation involving equipment on his vehicle. The vehicle pulled into a nearby parking lot and the driver bailed, fleeing into an apartment complex.

Officers developed information that the driver was probably Juan Mora, 26, a parolee who lived nearby. Police went to his apartment and knocked on the door but received no response.

The front door was barricaded but officers eventually entered and checked the apartment with the assistance of a police dog. Inside, they found Mora.

He was taken into custody unbitten and arrested on suspicion of possession of metal knuckles, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and driving without insurance. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary of a vehicle, a charge related to another officer's independent investigation.

May 15, 2012
Robbers make off with marijuana, cash in Woodland

A woman's cries for help last night in Woodland led police officers to the scene of an apartment house robbery.

Police said they were called to an apartment in the 1700 block of Sixth Street about 11 p.m. on a report of a woman screaming for help. When officers arrived they were told that two men came to the apartment and were allowed inside.

Once inside, the residents were robbed at gunpoint of cash, a purse and medical marijuana. The men then fled on foot.

The first suspect was described as black, about 24 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 165 pounds with short hair and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He wore a red t-shirt.

The other robber was described as black, about 27 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, about 200 pounds and having braided hair. He was wearing a purple and white striped collared shirt.

May 11, 2012
Cat killer sought in Yolo County after feline dies from gunshot

A cat killer is being sought in Yolo County after a second feline belonging to a Woodland woman has been found shot to death.

A cat named Soot Soot was found dead in an alley behind the 600 block of College Street in Woodland on Wednesday. The owner last saw her cat alive at 8 a.m. that day.

She then took her child to school only to return 30 minutes later to find her cat motionless. Noticing a wound, she took Soot Soot to a veterinarian who confirmed the 7-year-old Calico had been shot, according to a press release from Yolo County Animal Services.

The pet owner had another cat die from a gunshot in June 2010.

Animal Services requests the public's help in finding the person responsible for the cat's death. Call (530) 668-5287.

May 9, 2012
Yolo sheriff to dedicate street in memory of slain deputy

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and the Board of Supervisors will dedicate a street in memory of slain deputy Jose Antonio "Tony" Diaz.

"Tony Diaz Drive" will be dedicated on Tuesday in a ceremony. The address change for buildings on the access road into the sheriff's campus in Woodland will be effective July 1.

Diaz died in a June 2008 ambush when a parolee shot him with a military-type assault rifle on a dirt road near the rural town of Dunnigan. His killer was sentenced to death.

The road name change "will keep him in our thoughts," stated a press release from the sheriffs office.

Effective July 1 the Sheriff's administration building will be 140 Tony Diaz Drive, the jail will be 140A Tony Diaz Drive, the boat and evidence building 140B Tony Diaz Drive and the animal shelter will be 140C Tony Diaz Drive.

May 7, 2012
Two men detained at gunpoint flee Woodland police in stolen car

Teamwork between two officers and a police dog resulted in arrest of two men who would not surrender at gunpoint.

The incident began 5 p.m. Sunday when a Woodland police officer on routine patrol near County Road 102 and East Beamer Street spotted a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen.

The officer began following the car as other officers responded to his location. Initially, the driver stopped when the officer pulled him over. However, once the officer had the driver and passenger at gunpoint, the driver re-started the car and fled.

May 6, 2012
Armed man sought in Woodland gas station robbery

An man with a gun walked into the Woodland Gas Plaza on the 400 block of N. East Street in Woodland about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and robbed the clerk working at the register, authorities said today.

Witnesses described the suspect as white, in his 20s, about 5-foot-8 with thin build and a mustache, police said. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Authorities said the suspect demanded money from the woman clerk and then fled the building with an unknown amount of cash, heading north on N. East Street.

May 5, 2012
Fire damage slight at Woodland library; arson suspected

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

Woodland police found evidence of arson when they responded Saturday morning to a report of vandalism at the Woodland City Library.

The fire damage was "contained to a specific area and was not significant," said Woodland Police Sergeant Frank Ritter in an emailed news release. "However," he added, "the crime is a felony."

On the phone, Ritter declined to give more details of the crime, saying the department "does not wish to jeopardize our investigation."

The Woodland police Department is asking anyone who has relevant information to call (530) 666-2411 or (530) 661-7800. Callers can remain anonymous.

May 4, 2012
Davis police arrest two Woodland men in hit-and-run case

Davis police have arrested two men in connection with an April 15 hit-and-run case in which a teenager was severely injured.

Police announced today that Devin Parsons, 19, and Luis Barajas Jr., 22, both of Woodland, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of felony hit and run. Both were booked into Yolo County Jail.

On April 15, two vehicles engaged in a reckless exhibition of speed at Eureka Avenue and West 14th Street, doing "doughnut" type maneuvers, according to a Police Department news release. Louis Robertson, 18, a passenger in the rear seat of one of those cars, fell out and onto the pavement. The second vehicle ran over Roberts, and he suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

May 2, 2012
Woodland man pleads no contest to theft from elderly woman

A Woodland man has pleaded no contest to three felony charges involving theft from an 88-year-old disabled woman.

The victim and her daughter hired Dennis Martinez , 32, to do yard work over a three-day period, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. On the third day, the elderly woman, who is legally blind, let Martinez in the house to use the bathroom while her daughter was away. The woman later discovered that Martinez had stolen her late husband's wallet and had begun using his credit cards at different locations, authorities said.

During an investigation, the Woodland Police Department recovered video of Martinez and an accomplice using a credit card at multiple locations, according to the news release.

April 27, 2012
Elder-abuse suspect arrested after barricading self in Woodland home

A Woodland man suspected of battery and elder abuse was arrested this evening after barricading himself in a bedroom and starting a fire, according to police.

Woodland officers responded to the 200 block of Abele Street at 5:20 p.m. and arrived to find an elderly man with non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Woodland Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Officers then sought to arrest a suspect, identified as James Woodall, 47, of Woodland.

April 27, 2012
Woodland gang members convicted of possessing assault weapon

A Yolo County jury has convicted three men identified as Norteno gang members for having an assault pistol in their car and engaging in street gang activity.

Angel Palacios, Carlos Hernandez and German Martinez, all age 20 of Woodland, were each found guilty by the jury Thursday, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

Witnesses testified that on Aug. 17, 2010, two groups of gang members were in the area of Harris Park near Midtown Elementary School in Woodland. Just as school security personnel arrived, a rival gang member challenged Hernandez, who appeared to have an object in his hand. Police were called, and the two groups left before officers arrived.

April 27, 2012
Two men arrested in August 2011 shooting at Woodland bar

Two men, one from Elk Grove and the other from Sacramento, have been arrested in connection with a shooting last August at a Woodland bar.

Woodland police, assisted by the Sacramento County Sheriff"s Department and Sacramento Police Department, served arrest and search warrants at two locations in Sacramento County early Thursday. Arrested were Marcus Blackmon, 34, of Elk Grove, and Jason Broadbent, 25, of Sacramento. Both wore booked in to Sacramento County Jail and are awaiting transfer to Yolo County on suspicion of attempted murder, according to a Woodland Police Department news release.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 28, 2011, Woodland police officers responded to a call of shots fired with two people wounded at Tony's Bar at 607 East St. in Woodland. The victims, a 41-year-old woman from Woodland and a 38-year-old man from Sacramento, were taken by ambulance to U.C. Davis Medical Center. The woman was treated for a single gunshot wound and the man, for multiple gunshot wounds, officials said.

Although multiple gunshots were fired during the incident, no other victims were located.

April 25, 2012
Woodland Police investigate Tuesday night assaults

Woodland police are investigating two assaults that occurred Tuesday night.

The first was reported at 8:10 p.m. and officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Nicholson Circle. There they found a man standing outside his residence uninjured. The victim and an adult acquaintance, later identified as a Jerry Donald Kennedy Jr., 25, a homeless man, were involved in an argument that turned into a physical fight, according to a Police Department news release.

Kennedy allegedly vandalized the victim's property before assaulting the man with a piece of broken glass. The victim was not injured, and Kennedy left the area on foot before officers arrived.

April 24, 2012
Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team arrests target criminal gang network

State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of several gang members and their associates in the Sacramento region.

The arrests, according to a state Department of Justice news release, highlight the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team's continuing efforts to combat gangs and narcotics trafficking in local communities. The team is made up of all law enforcement agencies in Yolo County and is led by the state Department of Justice.

The operation in West Sacramento was dubbed "Operation Red Sash" because of the Northern Riders and Broderick Boys criminal street gangs' affiliation with the color red and the Nortenos criminal gang, officials said.

April 23, 2012
Trios target men in Woodland robberies

Two men in Woodland were robbed in separate incidents by trios of men in black shirts and jeans.

The first robbery occurred about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when a 24-year-old man suffered a minor head wound when struck with an unknown object by one of three robbers. He was attacked when he went outside to move his truck.

The robbers took his wallet and fled, Woodland police said. The men were described as about 6 feet tall and wearing black t-shirts and blue jeans.

April 20, 2012
Possible West Sacramento shooting suspect killed in firefight

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Interstate 80 from West Sacramento to Davis is now open in both directions after 6 hours of closure after a suspected gunman crashed his first carjacked pickup truck in West Sacramento.

The hunt for the suspect, who also stole a tractor and ditched a second hijacked vehicle, involved swarms of officers and continues across a wide area of Sacramento.

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Here is the story as it is unfolding:

8:26 p.m.

A man who exchanged gunfire with deputies and who may be the West Sacramento shooting suspect is dead, said Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

Firefighters said in scanner traffic that flareups in the apartment fire are continuing, but they are worried about damaging the crime scene in their efforts to extinguish it.

8:07 p.m.

Authorities are making their way into an apartment in the 1900 block of Ethan Way after Sacramento Sheriff's deputies fired on a possible suspect in today's West Sacramento shootings and carjackings.

"It's certainly very possible," it's him, said Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos. "We're waiting to hear if he's dead."

The suspect was outside the apartment when deputies fired on him, Ramos said. He did not know if the man had fired on deputies.

Investigators began focusing on the apartment about 6 p.m., Ramos said.

"It's