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August 8, 2013
Sacramento man, 23, faces murder charge in slaying of Rosemont teen

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's officials announced this afternoon they have arrested a 23-year-old Sacramento man in connection with the killing of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam in March of last year.

BRK931jCIAIl91C.jpgRyan Douglas Roberts (pictured) is accused of beating, choking and stabbing the teen girl, then leaving her body in the dugout of one of Rosemont Community Park's baseball diamonds.

District Attorney Jan Sculley said Roberts will be charged with murder.

April 24, 2013
Ten-year-old shot in N. Highlands drive-by doing better

A ten-year-old boy caught in a hail of bullets from a drive-by shooting in North Highlands Saturday night is doing better at UC Davis Medical Center.

The boy, who has not been identified by authorities, was listed in fair condition on Wednesday, according to hospital officials. His assailants have not been found.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home where a child's birthday party was occuring in the 6300 block of Whitecliff Way about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The boy and a teen were standing at the front of the house when a vehicle pulled up outside the residence.

March 21, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Have investigators learned what caused car to crash into river?

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

QUESTION: In mid-March of this year, a woman who was coming home from her job at a local casino in the morning crashed and died in West Sacramento from her brakes failing, the CHP was investigating. Do you know what became of that investigation? Did the brakes indeed fail, or was it driver error?
Submitted by: Rick, Sacramento

ANSWER: The cause of the March 13 crash is still under investigation.

February 4, 2013
Katt Williams shuffles court date

Troubled comedian Katt Williams was a no-show for a Sacramento court date today.

Williams was to be arraigned at a 10:30 a.m. appearance in Sacramento Superior Court's Department 8 in connection with a Nov. 25 incident in which Williams was allegedly observed near Capitol Park driving a three-wheeled motorcycle on an L Street sidewalk.

The incident is one of several facing the actor and comedian.

Members of the media were notified Williams had rescheduled his appearance shortly after the court took up the daily docket.

Williams is now set to appear at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Department 8.

January 28, 2013
Sacramento man identified in week-old shooting

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a man killed a week ago by a resident in the Hagginwood neighborhood of north Sacramento.

The dead man has been identified as Raymont Dwayne Sears, 50, of Sacramento.

Information released by Sacramento police at the time of the crime, Jan. 20, described the confrontation that led to the death of Sears:

January 4, 2013
Report: Body of teen missing since New Year's at Tahoe casino is found

The body of a missing Petaluma 19 year old, who was last seen in South Lake Tahoe around New Year's Eve, has been found this morning, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

The newspaper reported that Alyssa Byrne's body was discovered in a snowbank off the side of Pioneer Trail in El Dorado County by a utility worker.

A Douglas County sheriff's spokesman said there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

Further details on Byrne's death were not immediately available.

Sheriff's deputies in northern Nevada had offered a $1,000 reward in the search for Byrne, who was last seen alive on New Year's Eve at a Lake Tahoe casino.

Her father, Kevin Byrne, said she was staying with friends at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline, Nev. She last was seen on the casino floor shortly after midnight.

Byrne said his daughter and three friends checked into the Horizon and texted her mother on Saturday and texted both parents on Sunday.

Read the Reno Gazette story here.

Watch a video report here.

October 25, 2012
Coroner: Sacramento murder victim died of trauma and asphyxiation

A Sacramento man found dead in his home Monday afternoon died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation from a plastic bag being placed over his head, according to Sacramento County coroner's reports.

Police arrested a 52-year-old woman on suspicion of murder in connection with the death. Yanqun Tan is in custody at the county jail, where she is ineligible for bail. No court dates have been set in the case.

The victim's name is not being released, pending notification of relatives, but he is described as a male, age 55.

Police discovered the man's body in a home on Emerald Creek Court, near Lemon Hill Avenue and the 65th Street Expressway, after being alerted by a female caller about a possible dead person at the address.

Tan also lives at the house, but police have not said what her relationship is to the man, nor have they speculated about a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

October 23, 2012
Attempted carjacking suspect nabbed in Rocklin after abandoning baby in gridlock

A Sacramento man was arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking and child endangerment in Rocklin Monday afternoon, after leaving a baby in a stalled vehicle in traffic on Sierra College Boulevard.

Alan W. Rose, 26, was booked into Placer County Jail. He reportedly was a passenger in a sedan at Sierra College and Ridge Park Drive, when he grabbed the keys from the ignition, causing the car to stall, and exited the car.

He left behind his girlfriend, the driver of the car, and their infant inside the car, according to Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka. Milka said the speed limit along that stretch is 50 miles per hour.

October 23, 2012
Sacramento attempted rape suspect wanted

Johnta Waters.JPGA Sacramento man is suspected of entering a Greenhaven-area home and fondling a woman while she slept earlier this month.

Sacramento police said Johnta Lexus Waters, 20, is wanted on a warrant for attempted rape and burglary in connection with the incident.

On Oct. 12 at about 1:20 a.m., a 36-year-old woman was asleep in her home on Fountain Oaks Circle, when she was awakened by a male stranger groping her. The victim screamed, and the man ran out of the residence.

Officers were later able to identify the suspect as Waters. Police are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Waters is described as African-American, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has ties to the south Sacramento area.

Anyone with information about Waters is asked to contact Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357) or text to 274637 (CRIMES,) enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

PHOTO CAPTION: Johnta Lexus Waters, 20

October 23, 2012
Police investigating homicide in south Sacramento

Sacramento police are investigating a homicide of a man found in a home in the 100 block of Emerald Creek Court.

Police said they were dispatched to the house about 4:43 p.m. Monday when a woman with knowledge of the deceased person gave them a tip. Police did a welfare check at the home, and found a dead man inside.

Investigators said the woman who called police also lived at the address where the body was discovered. She is being questioned and investigators are working the case as a homicide. Police said it doesn't appear to be a random act, but no further information was available.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information on this homicide to contact Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES), enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

October 17, 2012
Officer-involved shooting in Stockton wounds man

An officer-involved shooting occurred today in Stockton involving San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies.

A press release from the department states that SWAT deputies were helping narcotics investigators serve a search warrant at a home in the 3700 block of East Miner Street about 6 a.m. when the shooting occurred.

A man armed with a shotgun was shot when entry by deputies was made into the home. The man was transported to a hospital, but his condition has not been released.

No deputies were injured. No additional information was released.

October 13, 2012
Update: Man killed in Folsom crash had been designated driver

Two men are dead after a BMW SUV crashed head-on into a Honda compact car on the Folsom Lake Crossing shortly after midnight today, police said.

Folsom Police arrived at 12:28 a.m. to find a burning BMW and a totaled Honda, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jason Browning. He said the BMW was traveling at "extremely excessive speeds," when it crossed the double yellow lines and hit the Honda compact. Both drivers died instantly.

Police have identified the Honda driver, but the BMW driver has not yet been identified since his body was badly burned. There were no other people inside the vehicles.

The Honda driver's wife told police Saturday morning that her husband was in Folsom because he was the designated driver and had just finished dropping off his friends, Browning said.

Police are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor. The crash closed Folsom Lake Crossing for over eight hours, before it was re-opened shortly before 9 a.m. today.

September 14, 2012
Possible Antelope arson under investigation

Firefighters are investigating a possible arson in Antelope this morning after putting out a home fire, Sacramento Metro Fire District officials said.

At 2:53 a.m., firefighters received a call of a house fire at 7858 Caber Way. Firefighters saw smoke coming from the house and knocked on the front door. The door was locked and nobody answered, causing firefighters to force entry.

When searching through the house, nobody was found inside.

Firefighters put out multiple fires located in the attic and the hallway of the house.

The fire is currently under investigation.

September 14, 2012
Update: Woman arrested in motorcyclist's death

Victoria Brinkley-Hunter,  57.jpgSacramento police arrested Victoria Brinkley-Hunter today in connection with Thursday night's fatal motorcycle crash, police officials said.

Brinkley-Hunter, 57, was arrested on suspicions of felony hit and run and driving under the influence.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified the victim in the accident as 45-year-old Phillip Montiero.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of 24th Street and 45th Avenue near the Sacramento Executive Airport. Brinkley-Hunter allegedly fled the scene in her vehicle after striking Montiero, leaving him injured in the street, police said.

Montiero was transported to a local hospital and died later of his injuries.

PHOTO CAPTION: Victoria Brinkley-Hunter

September 14, 2012
Police: Auburn man threatens roommate with chainsaw

An Auburn man allegedly chased his roommate through their home while wielding a chainsaw, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Officers responded to a call near Gold and Virginia streets at 12:15 a.m. Thursday. Marvin Daniels, 63, had reportedly chased his roommate down a hallway and into a bedroom armed with a running chainsaw, police said.

Daniels' roommate stayed in the bedroom until Daniels went outside the home and took the screen off the window to the room in which the roommate was staying, according to a police. Daniels then held his revved-up chainsaw through the open window, police said in a press release.

September 6, 2012
Roseville police warn residents of garage burglaries

Roseville police are warning residents to lock up garages after a string of burglaries in which thieves have entered through open doors.

Most of the thefts have occurred during daytime when homeowners were either inside the house or working in the back yard. Close the garage door and lock the side door when away for any length of time, police advise.

Recent garage thefts:

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August 21, 2012
Demolition of torched playground begins in McKinley Park

Demolition of burned remains of the McKinley Park playground began today thanks to a Sacramento company.

American Technologies Inc., a firm that handles water, fire and other damage, has volunteered to perform the work for free.

It is expected that the clean-up will take three days. Fire destroyed about one-third of the big, wooden play area in east Sacramento's McKinley Park on July 21.

The demolition work would have cost about $7,500 if American Technologies had not offered to donate their services. Already pledged in-kind and cash donations to rebuild are estimated at $35,000.

Donations include $5,000 from California Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, to a 7 year old's lemonade stand profit.

A fun run, raffles and other fundraisers are planned to raise money for the playground, which is a magnet for people from all over Sacramento. The playground is located near a pond, library, basketball courts and swimming pool.

Barry Metcalf, Sacramento branch manager of American Technologies, said it was natural that his firm would want to help.

"My family has been using the playground for years, so the need was right there in front of us," he said in a City of Sacramento press release.

More information is available at www.rebuildmckinley.org.

August 11, 2012
Rocklin Police investigate 3 shootings from the past 48 hours

By Ravali Reddy
rreddy@sacbee.com

The Rocklin Police Department is currently investigating three incidents from Friday and Saturday in which shots were fired.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Friday, police responded to calls reporting the sound of shots being fired near Sunset Blvd. and Fairway Drive. Within minutes, officers received another call alerting them to a vehicle that had been shot by a passing car at Stanford Ranch Road and Park Drive.

The vehicle that was shot had a single bullet hole near the driver's side door. Neither the passenger nor the driver were injured in the shooting. The victims were able to describe the suspect vehicle as a dark colored Ford Crown Victoria, or similar type vehicle.

August 11, 2012
Police search for missing Redding man

missing.jpgBy Ravali Reddy

rreddy@sacbee.com

Redding police officers are asking for the public's help in locating Rob Zane Hansen, 56, of Redding, who has been missing since Thursday night.

Hansen was last seen leaving a family member's house at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday. Relatives went to check in on him Friday afternoon at his residence, but did not find Hansen. His car and personal property have all been accounted for.

Authorities were alerted Friday at 6:47 p.m. and have been unable to locate Hansen, despite having contacted local hospitals as well as family and friends.

Hansen has no known mental health issues and is not a known drug user. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rob Zane Hansen

August 11, 2012
Sacramento police investigate early morning homicide

By Ravali Reddy

rreddy@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 26-year-old male early Saturday morning in old North Sacramento.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., police officers arrived at the 2500 block of Traction Avenue in Old North Sacramento after receiving multiple phone calls that reported the sound of gunshots and that someone had been shot. Upon arrival, police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigation is ongoing regarding the circumstances leading to the shooting, and the motive for the incident has not yet been determined.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento Police dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 orCrime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Tips can also be texted in to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

July 14, 2012
Colfax man arrested after short, high-speed chase in Truckee

By Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee Correspondent

A 21-year-old Colfax man was taken into custody Friday evening after he allegedly stole a vehicle and led officers on a short, high-speed chase in Truckee.

According to a news release from the Truckee Police Department, the man stole a utility truck from within the Coldstream Valley recreation area, which is part of Donner Memorial State Park.

When confronted by state parks police, the man refused to stop and led the parks police, joined by Truckee police units, on a chase, ramming the state parks police vehicle in the process, authorities said.

The suspect then rammed through a large gate at the Coldstream access point and entered Interstate 80.

The chase continued on I-80 for a short distance until the stolen vehicle became disabled -- either from the collision with the gate or spike strips deployed during the chase.

The man, whose name is not yet available, was taken into custody without further incident. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

July 14, 2012
Update: Robbers Fire burns first home

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

The Robbers Fire in Placer County continued to grow today, destroying the first structures since it broke out Wednesday.

CalFire officials said the fire had burned one home and three outbuildings, although the could not say immediately where the burned structures had been.

Despite those losses, firefighters were making progress getting a handle on the blaze.
The fire had burned 1,950 acres by tonight and still was threatening 170 homes in areas near Iowa Hill, Foresthill and other communities. But CalFire officials said the fire containment had grown to 20 percent from only 10 percent on Friday night.

June 29, 2012
Butte County resident sentenced in Sacramento court in marijuana-growing conspiracy

By Denny Walsh

dwalsh@sacbee.com

Johnny E. "Jay" Grivette Jr., once a top lieutenant of Lawrence Leland "Lee" Loomis, alleged by the government to be a major fraudster who has yet to be charged, was sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court to 4 1/2 months in prison and 4 1/2 months of home confinement on his guilty plea to a marijuana-growing conspiracy.

Grivette, 37, a Butte County resident, will remain free for at least the next three months while he continues his assistance in the government's investigation of Loomis, formerly of Granite Bay.

June 21, 2012
Galt police believe bomb used to blow up car on Sunday

The Galt Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff's Explosive Ordinance Detail are investigating an incident last weekend in which they believe an explosive device was used to blow up a car.

Around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Galt police responded to reports of a Chevy Tahoe engulfed in smoke in the 200 block of North Lincoln Way.

Lt. Brian Vizzusi said the bomb might have been an M80 or an M100, commercially sold devices that are illegal to possess in California.

"It's basically like a big firecracker," he said. He added that the device might also have been homemade.

Vizzusi said the police are still unsure why the device was planted and whether the person was targeting the vehicle's owner.

June 13, 2012
Suspects swipe man's scooter but are nabbed as they drive by

A man on a motorized scooter was allegedly the subject of a robbery at May Street and Harris Avenue, but police were able to pin down the suspects when they drove by the scene.

The Sacramento Police Department reported a man on motorized scooter called them and described three suspects who drove up to him and pointed a knife and gun at him before stealing his scooter.

As police officers talked to the victim, the three suspects drove by in another vehicle and fled from their vehicle. Police eventually apprehended them.

The names of the suspects were not immediately available.

June 7, 2012
Fish and Game investigating report of man trying to sell bear cubs

20120607_HA_CUBS4SALE0072.JPGBy Jacqueline Sahlberg
jsahlberg@sacbee.com

State Fish and Game is investigating a man who was allegedly trying to sell bear cubs at a Nevada County gas station on Wednesday.

After receiving a call on the CalTIP line, Fish and Game responded to a gas station in North San Juan where a caller reported that a man was trying to sell two bear cubs.

The man, who lives in North San Juan, told authorities he had shot the mother bear a couple days before in self-defense. He said he was trying to find a good home for the bear cubs.

April 27, 2012
Sacramento man arrested at Burlingame hotel for human trafficking

A Sacramento man was arrested Wednesday on pimping and human trafficking charges after beating and strangling a prostitute at a South San Francisco motel, police said.

The suspect, Marshaun Spencer Jourdan, allegedly questioned the woman's loyalty to him before attacking her Tuesday at a motel on Airport Boulevard.

Read the San Mateo Times story here.

March 23, 2012
Louisiana murder suspect picked up in Sacramento County

The Sacramento Sheriff's department took a murder suspect wanted in Louisiana into custody early this morning.

Marcus Heard, 40, wanted for murder in Baton Rouge, La., peacefully surrendered this morning when he walked out of an apartment in the 5900 block of Devecchi Avenue near Greenback Lane and Interstate 80.

The sheriff's department dispatch center was tipped off by an anonymous female who called at 12:30 a.m. today to say that Heard was wanted for murder in Baton Rouge. She also supplied the address of the apartment on Devecchi Avenue.

After contacting authorities in Baton Rouge to confirm an outstanding warrant for Heard, deputies surrounded the apartment. At 2:30 a.m., Heard stepped out of the apartment and identified himself to deputies.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail, prior to extradition to Louisiana.

February 18, 2012
Missing Sacramento woman returns home

A Sacramento woman reported missing Friday has returned home, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

Donna Delgadillo, 43, left her home Friday afternoon and had been considered at risk because of her mental and emotional state.

Delgadillo "has returned home and is OK," said Deputy Jason Ramos, in a Sheriff's Department release.

No other details were provided.

February 8, 2012
Witnesses, broken-down car foil Sacramento burglary suspect

Sacramento police arrested a 17-year-old burglary suspect Tuesday after a pair of alert witnesses called in reports of suspicious behavior.

Police first took a call from the 2500 block of Marty Way in Land Park around 1:45 p.m.

The caller reported suspects running from a home, carrying electronic equipment.

February 7, 2012
Judge's reasons for imposing death penalty on Topete in deputy killing case

RP TOPETE FACE.jpgBy Hundson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

A Yolo County judge sentenced Marco Antonio Topete to death this morning for the June 2008 assault-rifle slaying of Sheriff's Deputy Jose Antonio Diaz.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul K. Richardson called the weight of the aggravating circumstances in the case "simply enormous."

Topete, wanted on suspicion of DUI, led Diaz on a high speed chase with his infant daughter in the car. He stopped on an isolated dirt road, grabbed an assault rifie and took cover behind a house. Then he fired on the deputy, who had gone to check on the girl instead of pursuing Topete.

February 7, 2012
Jackknifed big rig cleared from I-5 near Elk Grove

Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

A jackknifed semi truck has been cleared from where it was blocking northbound traffic on Interstate 5 near Laguna Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol reports

The truck driver lost control in the rain about a mile north of Laguna Boulevard at about 6:20 a.m., said Officer Rich Wetzel, CHP spokesman.

All lanes are now open, though the backup had stretched back into San Joaquin County, so it may take time for the traffic jam to clear.

No injuries or spilled cargo was reported.

February 7, 2012
Pickup hits, kills bicyclist on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville

Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

A bicyclist riding on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville was killed Monday when he was hit by a pickup truck, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

The 22-year-old cyclist, who has not been identified, was crossing the West Branch Bridge over an arm of the lake in darkness at about 7:25 p.m.

According to witnesses, he was in a lane of traffic and not equipped with lights or reflectors.

The cyclist was struck by a 2012 Ford F350 driven by a motorist from Grants Pass, Ore.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

February 7, 2012
RT bus crash on Watt Avenue blocking southbound lanes

Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

A crash involving a Regional Transit bus is blocking southbound lanes on Watt Avenue at Winona Way in North Highlands.

The collision involved a Dodge Durango and Chevrolet HHR in addition to the bus.

Minor injuries are reported and the California Highway Patrol is on scene.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes, including Roseville Road, to avoid the area of the accident.

February 3, 2012
Body found in American River is Oregon man

A body found in the American River beneath the Foresthilll Bridge has been identified as an Oregon man.

The Placer County coroner's office identified the man today as Peter Matthew Wynters, 30, of Newport, Ore. An autopsy revealed that Wynters died of injuries from jumping off the bridge, the coroner said in a written statement.

Wynters was found Tuesday by a hiker who reported seeing a body floating in the American River directly under the bridge, officials said.

February 3, 2012
Elk Grove running store burglarized

An Elk Grove running store was burglarized early this morning in the second break-in since November, a co-owner said.

Elk Grove police responded to an alarm at about 1:15 a.m. at The Running Zone, 8470 Elk Grove Blvd., Officer Christopher Trim said. Police found the front glass door smashed by a rock and the cash register stolen, he said.

"It appears to be a smash-and-go," Trim said.

The register had "less than $100," store co-owner Mimi Veiga said. Nothing else was taken, she added.

The Running Zone, at 8470 Elk Grove Blvd., suffered a similar burglary in late November, Veiga said. Owners plan to install video surveillance equipment, she added.

February 3, 2012
Redding parolee with toddler arrested in hit-and-run

Robert Davila

rdavila@sacbee.com
A parolee has been arrested in Redding after allegedly crashing his car into another vehicle and then fleeing with his toddler, who was riding with him, police said.

James Richard Atkinson Jr., 39, of Redding initially gave a false name when he was arrested Thursday, according to a written statement from the Redding Police Department. After learning his true identity, he was found to be on active state parole, officials said.

Officers also found his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle with him, along with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the statement said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, parole violation and hit and run.

Police said officers heading to a report of a reckless driver around 11 a.m. Thursday received another call about a vehicle that was hit by a car that failed to stop near Park Marina Drive and South Street in Redding.

The hit-and-run victim followed but lost sight of the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Suzuki Esteem, near Lake Boulevard and Boulder Drive. Officers found the vehicle in an apartment parking lot, where the hit-and-run victim arrived and identified the driver as the suspect, police said.

February 3, 2012
Man found dead after hit by UP train near Arden Way

A man was found dead after he was hit last night by a Union Pacific train on railroad tracks south of the Arden Way overpass, officials said.

Train workers reported they stopped the train after hitting an unknown object around 10:15 p.m. and found the body of an unidentified man, Sacramento police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said.

The victim was described as a black man, possibly in his 40s. The accident is being investigated by Union Pacific authorities, Pettit said.

February 2, 2012
Two arrested following raid on Citrus Heights pot dispensary

Steffany+Vilas.jpgRichard+Garland.jpgCitrus Heights police arrested two people today in connection with the operation of an illegal marijuana dispensary.

The arrests of Steffany Vilas (pictured, left), 27, and Richard Garland (right), 55, followed a lengthy investigation involving unlawful sales of marijuana, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release.

Detectives served search warrants at the dispensary and two private residences in Granite Bay and Roseville early this morning. During the investigation, they discovered evidence that indicated Vilas and Garland were profiting from the criminal sale of marijuana, according to the news release.

February 1, 2012
Highway chase from West Sacramento to Tracy ends in arrest

By Robert D. Dávila
bdavila@sacbee.com

The driver of a stolen commercial van was booked into Yolo County Jail after leading law enforcement officials on a highway chase from West Sacramento to the Tracy area, officials said.

Jeremy Allan Pratt of West Sacramento was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of several felonies, including possessing stolen property and evading arrest, California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero said Wednesday.

Officials said the chase began around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when an officer from the CHP's auto theft unit saw Pratt get behind the wheel of the parked commercial truck on Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. The officer was investigating cases involving stolen commercial vehicles in West Sacramento when he spotted the van and found it was reported stolen.

February 1, 2012
Standoff between Sacramento deputies, gunman ends at Florin area apartment

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By Robert Davila
rdavila@sacbee.com

A standoff between Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and a gunman barricaded in a Florin area apartment ended late last night with the arrest of a suspect.

William Hearn, 29, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and booked into the Sacramento County main jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and an active felony warrant, officials said in a written statement.

Hearn was arrested at the Meridian Apartments after holding officers at bay for eight hours in a standoff that forced the evacuation of residents in the large complex at 7475 Stockton Blvd. A teenage girl who was with him in the apartement during the standoff was not injured.

January 28, 2012
Suspect in Galt burglary expected to survive, be charged

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

A suspected burglar shot Friday by a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy is expected to survive, an official said Saturday.

The man will not be identified until he is released from the hospital and booked by the Sheriff's Department, according to Deputy Jason Ramos, spokesman for the department.

The incident took place around 2 a.m. Friday, when deputies were summoned to a burglary alarm call at It's a Grind coffeehouse on Twin Cities Road in Galt.

Officers had entered the business to investigate, and the burglar was shot in the store while running toward the door where a deputy was standing, law enforcement officials told reporters.

He was believed to be armed with a hammer and did not respond to shouts to show his hands, according to the officials.

Gunfire struck the suspect in his upper and lower body.

A second suspect, George Jett, 22, was arrested after he was found hiding under a recreational vehicle in the area.

Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.

January 28, 2012
Sacramento traffic check results in 4 arrests, 56 tickets

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Sacramento police officers conducting a traffic checkpoint overnight Friday and early Saturday arrested four people on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officers contacted 917 vehicles during the operation, which was held at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road.

They screened 59 drivers for license violations, issued 56 citations and had 21 vehicles towed.

The four arrests were the result of screening six drivers for possible impaired driving.

January 21, 2012
Sacramento police nab suspects in 2 burglaries

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Sacramento police officers arrested two suspected burglars Friday, after victims in two separate incidents interrupted home burglaries.

In the first case, a male and female reportedly broke into a car on West El Camino Avenue and used a garage door opener to open the victim's garage around 9 a.m.

The victim confronted them as they were in the process of taking items from the garage.

The suspects fled, but police captured and arrested the male, who was not identified in the report from the police activity log.

In the second incident, officers were flagged down near the 2300 block of Fairfield Avenue where a burglary had just occurred.

The victim told police he had arrived home to find someone burglarizing the residence.

Police searched and found a suspect, Jerry Adams, 51, in hiding. Police allege that Adams was in possession of items belonging to burglary victim. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and parole violation.

Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.

January 14, 2012
Oroville motorist, 32, dies in collision

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

A 32-year-old Oroville man was killed late Thursday night after he drove his 2008 Toyota into the rear of another car on a state road in Butte County.

Andrew Daniel Odor was pronounced dead at Oroville Medical Center, where he was taken after being pulled from the burning wreckage of his car and given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by California Highway Patrol officers, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.

The release states that Odor's car was traveling at a high rate of speed and "for an unknown reason" struck the rear of a 1991 Lexus driven by Sandra Eloise Lord, causing both vehicles to leave the road. Odor's northbound car then crossed the southbound lanes and crashed into a metal road-sign support structure in the center median, the release states.

A CHP dispatcher in Chico said that officials have not determined whether alcohol was a factor in the collision and that there would be no further comment beyond the news release.

Lord, 61, complained of a headache but declined treatment and was released from the scene of the accident, the release states.

Call The Bee's Denny Walsh, (916) 321-1189.

January 7, 2012
Woodland crash kills one, DUI suspected

A single-car crash killed one of four people Friday after an automobile overturned on a Woodland off-ramp, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

The 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was on the off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5 to County Road 102 at about 9 p.m. when the driver, a 22-year-old man from Sacramento, lost control.

The vehicle overturned several times and came to rest on its roof.

January 7, 2012
Sacramento Jail prisoner dies

A 48-year-old man, in custody since Dec. 1, died Friday in Sacramento County Main Jail, according to a press release from Sheriff's Department officials.

The dead man's name was not released, pending notification of next of kin.

He was found unresponsive in his cell shortly before 10 p.m. when his cellmate returned from recreation time, officials reported.

The man was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.

The inmate had been arrested for outstanding warrants.

January 1, 2012
Marysville police searching for alleged gunman in fatal shooting

By Bob Shallit

bshallit@sacbee.com

Police are searching for the alleged triggerman in the fatal shooting of a Marysville man Saturday.

Five others were arrested Saturday and early Sunday in connection with the shooting of 38-year-old Steven Andrew Moore in a residential neighborhood in east Marysville.

No motive has yet been determined for the shooting, which occurred on the 1100 block of Arthur Street at about 3 p.m. on Saturday.

"Both agencies are currently investigating that," said Sgt. Jason Garringer of the Marysville Police Department, which is being assisted in the case by the Yuba County Sheriff's Department.

Still being sought is the alleged shooter, 32-year-old Marcus Nelson Hume of Marysville. He was described as a parolee and police said he should be considered "armed and dangerous."

"We're getting multiple phone calls from people who have seen him," Garringer said.

Shortly after the shooting, police arrested William Vincent Silliman Jr., 21, for conspiracy to commit homicide.

Later, four others were arrested on the same charge. They are Kari Felicia Mulkey, 21; David Leslie Eneix, 27, both of Marysville; and two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17.

December 17, 2011
Sacramento cops arrest suspects with socks on their hands

By Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

This time of year, hands are often covered for the cold and screwdrivers are often used to put toys together, but police arrested two people in North Natomas Friday morning, thinking they had something else in mind.

Police reported that an unspecified number of subjects, including at least one juvenile, were seen ringing doorbells in the area of Duckhorn and Saintsbury drives.

The subjects had socks on their hands and screwdrivers in their pockets, according to police.

One adult and one juvenile were arrested on suspicion of prowling and possession of burglary tools.

December 17, 2011
Sacramento parolee arrested with Japanese throwing star

By Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

Sacramento police arrested a man early this morning, after he was discovered to be a parolee in possession of a Japanese throwing star.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Franklin Boulevard and 26th Avenue around 12:30 a.m. this morning.

The driver, Tom Vang, 27, was on parole.

Police said he was in possession of a "shuriken," a concealed weapon that comes in various shapes, and may be used for throwing, stabbing or slashing.

Vang was taken into custody.

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

By Carlos Alcala

calcala@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

Estrada-Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

December 6, 2011
Roseville police seek help in identifying bank robber

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Roseville police need the public's help in identifying a bank robber.
The man is suspected of holding up the Chase Bank, 1800 Douglas Blvd., at about 3:45 p.m. Monday. The robber entered the bank, gave the teller a note demanding money and left the bank with cash.
He was described by police as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall with blond hair. He was wearing a black and red baseball hat, gray sweatshirt and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867.

PHOTO CREDIT: A suspect in the robbery of Chase Bank on Douglas Boulevard

December 3, 2011
U.S. marshals arrest fugitive in Sacramento in connection with Stockton ambush killing

U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive Friday who had been sought in connection with an ambush killing in Stockton in July, according to a press release from the Marshals Service.

Members of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force surrounded Eric Mathew Tabin, 23, as he attempted to enter a gun store in the 2300 block of Fruitridge Road at about 5:30 p.m.

Tabin is suspected of having lured two people to an apartment complex in Stockton July 19, where a second suspect ambushed them and shot them with an automatic handgun.

The suspect wielding the gun was arrested, but Tabin escaped.

One victim died and the other was critically injured,

The Fugitive Task Force learned that Tabin would be attempting to buy a semiautomatic handgun at the South Sacramento dealer and conducted a sting to arrest him.

He was taken into custody without incident and was booked in San Joaquin County Jail.

December 2, 2011
Carmichael church volunteers set up stakeout to nab copper thieves

Darnell.jpgSanders.jpgThe third time was not a charm for alleged copper thieves who victimized Carmichael Bible Church.

After being targeted overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, three volunteers at the church at 7100 Fair Oaks Blvd., in Carmichael set up a stakeout late Thursday night and early this morning, catching the alleged thieves apparently coming back for a third time.

The stakeout team, which had set up a video surveillance system, caught the intruders in the act and called Sacramento County sheriff's officials, who arrived on the scene around 4:30 a.m. and arrested two people - believed to be a man and a woman.

Sheriff's officials identified the suspects as Curtis Darnell (left photo), 36, and Howard Sanders (right photo), 26. Both were arrested on suspicion of vandalism, grand theft and criminal conspiracy.

Teaching Pastor Curt Pearson said he first noticed damage in the church air conditioning/heating units area when he showed up at 7 a.m. two days ago.

"It looks like they were just doing prep work. They had removed all the screws and panels ... and drained the Freon," Pearson said. "They knew what they were doing. They'd shut off the electricity."

On Thursday morning, Pearson said he showed up to find the cooling/heating area heavily damaged, and copper wiring and tubing had been taken from the scene.

The church, now without heat and facing estimated repair costs of more than $50,000, conferred with sheriff's officials and considered the possibility that the thieves might make one more run to obtain materials from the air conditioning/heating units area.

Pearson noted that church Pastor Matt Potratz was a key figure in consultations with authorities.

On Thursday night, church volunteers set up their video surveillance sting.

"They took turns watching, and sure enough, two people showed up early this morning, and (the volunteers) called the sheriff," Pearson said. "The sheriff came with lights and they arrested them.

"(The volunteers) have gone home to bed ... to get some sleep."

Pearson said the immediate challenge now is restoring heat to the church and making a plan to repair the damage. He added, however, that the church plans to hold services on Sunday.

"Oh yes, we'll be here. It's not the end of the world. We'll work something out," he said.

September 22, 2011
Kidnap victim Dugard files claim against U.S. government

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard has filed a claim against the U.S. government over failings by federal parole agents to detect her presence in the home of sex offender Phillip Garrido from 1991 through 1999, according to her publicist.

Dugard, kidnapped by Garrido in 1991 when she was 11, already has won a $20 million settlement from the state for failings by California parole agents who supervised Garrido from 1999 until she was discovered alive two years ago and freed.

Now, her publicist says she has filed a claim seeking payment for the period during which federal parole agents were supposed to be supervising Garrido at his Antioch-area home.

August 22, 2011
Trial begins for released child molester who was re-arrested

clip_image002.jpgcobb.jpgTrial got under way today for a convicted child molester who was arrested less than three weeks after he was released from prison last year on a judge's order.

Robert Winston Precobb, 56, is charged with one count of annoying or molesting a minor and five more counts of furnishing marijuana to minors.

Precobb had spent more than 20 years in prison on a child molestation conviction before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Lueras ordered him released in February 2010. Lueras ruled that a 2006 California Supreme Court decision invalidated Precobb's 15-to-life term. The judge then resentenced him to time he had already served.

August 12, 2011
Update: Amber Alert issued for missing 2-year-old Sacramento girl

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 2-year-old Sacramento girl abducted by her father on Sunday.

Without releasing much detail, FBI agents said in a press release that the circumstances of her abduction lead them to believe that the life of the little girl, Madeline Samaan-Fay, may in jeopardy. The statewide alert was issued this afternoon.

According to the FBI, the child, Madeline Layla Samaan-Fay, was taken by her father, Mourad "Moni" Samaan, 49, a United States citizen born in Egypt. He is 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Samaan is known to drive a dark green 1998 Toyota 4-Runner with California license plate 3XRM111.

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Madeline is described as 2 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 28 pounds. She has curly brown hair and brown eyes.

"In spite of extraordinary efforts by our field agents and local law enforcement, we have been unable to develop any leads on the whereabouts of the child or her father since this Saturday," said Special Agent in Charge Herbert M. Brown.

The public is asked to call (916) 481-9110 with any leads.

August 11, 2011
Woodland authorities investigate bloody attack on 74-year-old man

Woodland police say a man who suffered a head injury in an attack near his home is holding his own in intensive care.

Police are also asking for help in finding the assailant who badly injured Pascual Lopez, 74, on Wednesday.

Police said that Lopez was found unconscious in a pool of blood about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Academy Lane. Lopez was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

August 11, 2011
Dozens of Antelope car windows shot out overnight

Windows in dozens of vehicles were shot out Wednesday night or early this morning in Antelope.

Authorities say they don't know how many vandals were involve but that a person or people wielding BB or pellet guns roamed the area firing at vehicle windows. No suspects have been identified or arrested, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The first report of a shattered window came in about 4:40 a.m. today. Deputies responded to that call in the 3900 block of Diane Drive.

August 11, 2011
Cal Expo Costco rammed in jewelry heist

COSTCOHEIST.JPGBurglars rammed open doors of a Cal Expo big box store before making off with thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Thieves smashed open steel doors on the north side of the Costco, 1600 Expo Parkway, about 2 a.m. The two men drove their car through the double doors in reverse, smashing them open.

Once inside, the thieves broke a large glass jewelry display case, said Sacramento Police Sgt. Louis Pease.

"They took every piece of jewelry out of there," Pease said.

Descriptions of the men were not available, in part because the store was dark when the break-in occurred. Police are checking video of area businesses for possible images of the burglars or their car.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Police say two burglars rammed their vehicle through these doors at the Cal Expo Costco store early this morning then stole all the jewelry inside.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sgt. Norm Leong, Sacramento Police Department

August 10, 2011
State agents arrest 10 in suspected drug ring

State Department of Justice officials said agents took down a drug trafficking organization on Wednesday, arresting 10 people.

A four-month investigation led to the arrests. The alleged drug trafficking organization targeted by the DOJ's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement spread over six counties, including Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado.

Major marijuana grow sites were found in El Dorado, Shasta and Napa counties. Thousands of plants, several firearms and two pounds of crystal methamphetamine were seized.

Search warrants were issued, including seven for structures in Placer, Sacramento and Butte counties, a DOJ spokeswoman said.

July 21, 2011
Arson suspected in Citrus Heights mobile-home fires

The steps of three mobile homes in Citrus Heights were set on fire by a suspected arsonist early this morning, authorities said.

After responding to a gas leak at a nearby apartment complex that was reported about 3 a.m., witnesses smelled smoke, and the fire department went to investigate its origin on Antelope Road near Auburn Boulevard.

When Sacramento Metro Fire personnel arrived at about 4:50 a.m., police were putting out the flames with fire extinguishers from their vehicles. Sacramento Metro Fire put out the fire and gathered debris samples to be tested for investigative leads, said Metro Fire Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum.

"There's no other way that this could have happened," said Cockrum.

The mobile homes were unoccupied, and Cockrum said there was about $5,000 worth of damage.

July 20, 2011
Alleged copper thieves arrested at Cottage Elementary

Police arrested a man and a woman at Cottage Elementary School early Wednesday morning after the suspects were caught on surveillance cameras reportedly stealing copper.

John Wilson, 54, and Desiree Sanders, 27, of Sacramento allegedly sneaked onto the school property at 2221 Morse Ave. and were seen by surveyors at the San Juan Unified School District. Someone from the district called police at 2 a.m.



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