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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2013
UPDATE: Man reported barricaded in Rocklin home found dead

A man has been found dead inside a Rocklin home where he was believed to have barricaded himself following a report of domestic violence.

Police received a 911 call at 4:17 p.m. regarding a domestic violence incident involving a man with a gun at the residence in the 1700 block of Piute Street, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said a woman who fled the residence went to a neighbor's house and was safe. The man was believed to be in the house alone.

July 26, 2013
Man convicted of assaulting girlfriend, good Samaritan

A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend, then punching a good Samaritan who came to her aid has been found guilty by a Sacramento County jury.

Timothy Hurst, 25, was convicted of six counts, including domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.

After repeatedly choking his live-in girlfriend, Hurst followed her down the street after she attempted to escape, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. A young man saw the situation escalating and intervened. Hurst then repeatedly punched the man, rendering him unconscious, and robbed him of his belongings.

Hurst is to be sentenced Aug. 23 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras.

June 17, 2013
Three-striker convicted of attempted murder, domestic violence

A three-strike offender has been convicted in a case involving domestic violence.

A Sacramento County jury on Friday convicted Richard Helton, 61, of attempted murder, domestic violence with great bodily injury, and criminal threats. Helton is a three-striker with prior convictions for burglary, sodomy and rape with a weapon, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Authorities said Helton threatened to kill the victim before attacking her and choking her until she lost consciousness.

The next morning, the victim was able to call police and was treated at a hospital. Her injuries included a cut at the top of her head, burst blood vessels in the whites of her eyes, bruising around her eyes and lips, swelling and bruising on the side of her face, and burst blood vessels around her neck, authorities said.

Helton is to be sentenced July 15.

May 5, 2013
Sacramento man suspected of sexually assaulting estranged wife, cops say

A Sacramento man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of sexually assaulting his estranged wife, according to Sacramento police reports.

Police said they responded to a report of a sexual assault in the 1600 block of West El Camino Avenue about 6:45 p.m. They contacted the victim, investigated the incident and ultimately booked her 26-year-old estranged husband into Sacramento County jail on counts of sexual assault, domestic violence, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

April 28, 2013
Man stabbed at his midtown home, wife arrested

Tracy Feather.jpgSacramento police arrested a woman for allegedly stabbing her husband in the back at their home in the 1800 block of P Street early Sunday, the department reported.

Tracy Feather, 51, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

Police said they responded to an emergency call about 5:30 a.m. and found a man outside the residence with a non-life threatening stab wound to his back. Police reports indicate he was watching TV in his house, when his wife stabbed him with a knife.

March 31, 2013
Woman allegedly bites Sacramento police officer during dispute

A woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she allegedly bit a police officer trying to intervene in a couple's argument, Sacramento police reported.

Two children were on the scene of the fracas, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of Breckenridge Way.

Sacramento police officers responded to a domestic 911 call from inside a home, and when they arrived, a child told police her father was hitting her mother. Officers could hear a couple arguing inside the home, but the couple wouldn't open the door, according to police reports.

March 11, 2013
West Sacramento man headed to prison for attacking girlfriend

A West Sacramento man has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison for attacking his girlfriend and then threatening her in an effort to prevent her from testifying against him.

Michael Robert Hernandez III, 33, pleaded no contest to two "strike" felonies and multiple enhancements, including assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, infliction of great bodily injury due to domestic violence and dissuading a witness, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced March 7 by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson.

On Oct. 11, 2012, West Sacramento police officers were dispatched to a residence on Circle Drive regarding a report of a fight between Hernandez and the victim. A verbal argument became a physical fight when Hernandez pushed the woman to the floor and choked her, causing her to nearly lose consciousness before he released his grip, officials said. Hernandez then reportedly punched and kicked the victim multiple times. While the woman was lying on the floor, Hernandez straddled her and choked her again, this time to the point of unconsciousness.

March 11, 2013
Folsom police end standoff with man in custody, child safe

A suspect is in custody and a child is safe after a domestic violence call in Folsom led to a two-and-a-half-hour standoff with police.

About 11:15 a.m., Folsom police responded to the 100 block of Van Winkle Court after receiving a report of a domestic violence situation. As officers were headed to the home, they received an update that a woman had fled the home, and that the suspect and a child remained inside, said police Sgt. Jason Browning.

When police arrived, the man was in the home with the child and refused to come out. Police were "fairly confident" there were no weapons in the home, which did not belong to the suspect, but called out negotiators and the SWAT team as a precaution, Browning said.

Nearby Carl Sundahl Elementary School was locked down "due to the uncertainty of the situation," police said, though students and staff members there were not believed to be in danger.

The standoff lasted about two and a half hours before the suspect sent the child out and then surrendered, Browning said. The man was arrested and the child is safe, he said.

Police later identified the suspect as 22-year-old Mark Weider. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of domestic battery, child endangerment and taking a hostage to avoid arrest, according to police.


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March 8, 2013
Man draws 22-year sentence in domestic violence case

A man who threatened his girlfriend in an effort to discourage her from pursuing a domestic violence case against him is headed to prison.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced today that 27-year-old Jorge Cabrales was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Cheryl Meegan to 22 years in state prison. A jury convicted Cabrales of felony domestic violence causing great bodily injury, witness intimidation and criminal threats.

Cabrales assaulted his girlfriend, breaking her nose, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. Aware that she had reported the assault to police, he called her several times the next day in an effort to dissuade her from cooperating with law enforcement.

February 26, 2013
Elk Grove man found dead after domestic fight, standoff

A 52-year-old Elk Grove man has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a report of domestic violence and a standoff with police.

Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said officers were called to a home in the Laguna area about 11:44 a.m. regarding a domestic violence incident involving a husband and wife.

He said an argument between the two led to a physical fight during which the husband reportedly produced a handgun and put it two his wife's head. The couple's teenage son came to his mother's defense, fought with his father and managed to take the handgun away from him, Trim said. The teenager and his mother then fled the house, taking the handgun with them, and called police.

January 7, 2013
Alleged assault by girlfriend leads to boyfriend's arrest

Kelvin+Hunt,+37.jpgA 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday, accused of unlawful sex with a minor, after he was allegedly assaulted by his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Sacramento police officers responded to a domestic violence report in the 1600 block of Cormorant Way in the North Sacramento area at 12:49 p.m. When officers arrived, they were told that the 17-year-old had assaulted her boyfriend, Kevin Hunt (pictured). The couple have a 1-year-old child, according to a Police Department news release.

The girlfriend was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of domestic violence, and Hunt was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

The child was placed in a family member's care. Police said Child Protective Services and detectives were notified, and an investigation is in progress.

December 25, 2012
Auburn man tried to run down woman and his son, police say

By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com

An Auburn man tried to hit his son and a woman with his vehicle on Christmas Eve, police said.

Michael Anthony Hernandez, 63, was involved in a domestic dispute at his home with a woman who received injuries in various areas of her body, according to a news release from the Auburn Police Department.

The victim attempted to call authorities when Hernandez pulled the phone from the wall, police said. The woman later escaped the home, and was attempting to drive away when Hernandez tried to hit her vehicle with his vehicle but missed.

Hernandez's son was in the area and noticed the commotion. Hernandez unsuccessfully tried to hit his son, who was on foot, police said.

Hernandez was driving under the influence, police said. He was booked into the Placer County Jail and held on $50,000 bond.

December 11, 2012
Update: Parolee in Sacramento standoff identified

Paul Garduno.JPGAuthorities have identified a wanted parolee who was involved in a standoff last night with Sacramento police.

Police said that Paul Garduno, 54, surrendered to law enforcement officers late Monday night, ending a standoff that prompted the evacuation of several homes and apartment units in the area of Connie Drive and El Camino Avenue tonight.

Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said a call was received at 7:12 p.m. from a woman reporting a prowler at her home in the 2400 block of Connie Drive, east of the Capital City Freeway. The woman said someone was trying to break in and then determined that it was her boyfriend, a wanted parolee.

The man initially held her in the residence against her will, but she was able to talk him into allowing her to leave unharmed. As he remained inside, SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were summoned.

Gigante said Garduno surrendered shortly before midnight. He was arrested on suspicion of parole violation, resisting arrest and false imprisonment.

PHOTO CAPTION: Paul Garduno

November 9, 2012
Jury finds West Sacramento man guilty of domestic violence

A 24-year-old West Sacramento man has been convicted of domestic violence.

A Yolo County jury on Wednesday found Andrew Jose Ochoa guilty of dissuading a witness, domestic violence, vandalism and possession of tear gas by a felon.

According to evidence presented during the trial, West Sacramento police were dispatched to Ochoa's apartment after his girlfriend called 911. The jury heard the 911 call in which the victim told Ochoa to stay away from her, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

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 5, 2012
Woman gets 25-to-life sentence for stabbing girlfriend to death in Citrus Heights

A Sacramento Superior Court judge this morning sentenced a 22-year-old woman to 25-years-to-life for stabbing her on-and-off-again lover to death - 91 times - in a fit of jealousy and rage.

In August, a jury convicted Lan Anh Le of first-degree murder in the March 2010 stabbing of Monica Anderson, 26. Le was 20 at the time.

Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle handed down the maximum sentence after addressing Anderson's tearful family in the audience, telling them he couldn't help but think of his own daughter and what it would be like to lose a child.

"My deepest sympathy is extended to you," Sawtelle said, "and I feel a great sense of sorrow on your behalf."

September 27, 2012
Ex-gay porn star Ryan Idol gets 12 years in prison for beating ex-girlfriend

More than a year after his conviction, a one-time gay porn star who beat his former girlfriend over the head with a toilet tank lid has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison for attempted murder.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley imposed the term Wedneday on Marc Anthony Donais, 46, who established a reputation in the 1990s as one of the top stars in his genre under the name of Ryan Idol.

According to the victim's testimony at trial, Donais entered the woman's apartment the night of Sept. 5, 2009, and told her, "I came over here to kill you." The two had been involved in a relationship, but the woman -- whose name is being withheld because she is a domestic violence victim -- said she cut it off when she caught him having sex with his male lover.

September 24, 2012
Colfax man to face charges after being stopped by deputy's bullet

A Colfax man shot by a Placer County deputy over the weekend faces charges after he is released from the hospital.

Shaun Rainsbarges, 40, was shot once in the torso by a deputy about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after he refused deputies' demands that he drop a knife, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

Deputies were called to his home in the 24000 block of Tokayana Way for a report of domestic violence Sunday night. When deputies arrived, Rainsbarges was in front of the house with a knife.

September 20, 2012
Sacramento DA charges father with murder in death of 8-year-old son

Prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old man with murder in the death of his 8-year-old son after he allegedly twice beat the child.

When Robert Bonnard appeared in court Wednesday, the District Attorney's office filed an amended complaint, charging Bonnard with murder and four counts of child abuse.

Bonnard's son, Eshawn Bonnard, died Sept. 5, nine days after he was rushed from his Arden Arcade home to the UC Davis Medical Center with a traumatic brain injury.

Paramedics were told Eshawn had suffered a seizure, but doctors believed that the boy's injuries were inconsistent with such an episode and called authorities.

The day after the boy was admitted to the hospital, as he lay in a coma, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Bonnard, alleging he was responsible for the child's injuries.

The criminal complaint against Bonnard alleges he once beat the boy with a vacuum attachment, and another time inflicted great bodily injury, causing the brain injury.

September 19, 2012
Coroner: Man shot girlfriend, then self in Colonial Heights murder-suicide

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

The man found dead in his Colonial Heights home last week appears to have fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Eugene K. Stevenson, 43, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest that authorities believe was self-inflicted, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Kim Gin. His girlfriend, Kassandra Atterberry, 41, died of multiple gunshot wounds, Gin said.

Last week, Sacramento police described the incident as a murder-suicide, but did not disclose the manner of death or who they believed was the assailant.

September 14, 2012
Coroner IDs 2nd body in Colonial Heights murder-suicide

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man found dead in his Colonial Heights home Wednesday night as 43-year-old Eugene K. Stevenson.

The bodies of Stevenson and his girlfriend, 41-year-old Kassandra Atterberry, were discovered in the 15th Avenue home after a relative who hadn't heard from them in a few days came to check on them.

Sacramento police said they believe the two died in a murder-suicide, but have not said who they believe was the aggressor or how the two died.

Autopsies are scheduled for today.

September 13, 2012
Update: Man accused of paying undercover detective to kill pregnant wife

Sacramento police have arrested a 30-year-old man after he allegedly tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his wife, who police have now revealed is pregnant.

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About 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, patrol officers received information that Hader Nasim (pictured) was searching for someone to kill his wife, according to a Police Department news release. Homicide and undercover detectives were called to investigate.

A meeting was set up between an undercover detective and Nasim to discuss the specifics of how and when Nasim wanted his wife killed. At the meeting, Nasim told the detective that he wanted him to immediately kill his wife in exchange for money, police said.

September 6, 2012
8-year-old Sacramento County boy dies; father in custody on child abuse charges

An 8-year-old boy died Wednesday after he suffered brain damage after his father beat him with a vacuum attachment, according to authorities and court documents.

Eshawn Bonnard died at the UC Davis Medical Center, where he had been since he was admitted Aug. 27, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Bonnard Image.jpgThe boy's father, 31-year-old Robert Bonnard (pictured at left), was arrested the next day and remains in custody, charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of corporal injury on a child, all felonies.

August 1, 2012
Sierra College athletic director jailed for alleged domestic violence

Sierra College Athletic Director Tom Gang, 45, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of committing three acts of felony domestic violence.

Gang, who has been placed on administrative leave from his job, was arrested at his Auburn residence early Tuesday and booked on assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury and false imprisonment, according to Placer County jail's online booking sheet.

He was released on $75,000 bail, said a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sherriff's Department.

Gang joined the Sierra College staff in 2011, replacing John Volek as associate dean of athletics at the Rocklin campus.

July 31, 2012
Murder trial begins for woman accused of stabbing lover 91 times in 2010

SinglePhotoFromID.jpgThere was no question in Dept. 17 this morning of who killed Monica Anderson.

Instead, attorneys in the Sacramento Superior courtroom debated in their opening statements whether Lan Anh Le stabbed her 26-year-old lover in a premeditated, calculated attack on March 13, 2010 or in a fit of passion.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz warned jurors that they would see gruesome evidence during the trial, but argued that the case is a "straightforward" murder case.

July 24, 2012
Citrus Heights police arrest suspect found hiding in attic

A man wanted on warrants for domestic violence and narcotics offenses was arrested this afternoon after Citrus Heights police located him in the attic of an apartment complex.

Officers responded to the 7700 block of Greenback Lane regarding a report that a wanted suspect was in the area. The officers received information that 37-year-old Shem Ortiz was inside an apartment and had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers confirmed the Ortiz was in the attic of an apartment in the complex. After negotiations with officers, Ortiz came out of the attic and was taken into custody without incident, officials said.

Ortiz was arrested on a domestic violence warrant out of Sacramento County and a narcotics warrant out of Placer County. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

June 7, 2012
Redding mom says son tried to set her on fire

Redding police said a son became so upset with his mother that he tried to set her on fire.

Nita Jimenez, 50, of Redding was looking for misplaced shoes in her home Wednesday night. She entered the room of her son, Kendal Gill, 20, to find them.

That angered Gill, according to police. He allegedly choked and beat his mother, police said.

May 29, 2012
Two dogs shot after threatening Sacramento police officer

Two dogs were shot and killed after they reportedly charged a Sacramento police officer arresting a suspect this afternoon.

Police Department spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said two officers were following up on general narcotics activities at 2:18 p.m. when they detained two suspects, a man and a woman. He said the woman had injuries that reportedly were inflicted by another man, her boyfriend, who as at a nearby residence in the 4200 block of Y Street.

Officers went to the residence, and one officer went into the back yard to contact the man, who was also suspected of narcotics activity. While in the back yard, the officer was charged by three dogs, described as pit bull/bulldog-type breeds, Pettit said. The officer, fearing for his safety, fired at the dogs, killing two of them. Pettit said the third dog was not shot and was later isolated.

The two male suspects were taken into custody, and the woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of the injuries believed to have resulted from domestic violence.

April 24, 2012
Wednesday denim drive will benefit victims of sexual assault, domestic violence

The California Victim Compensation Program on Wednesday will be collecting donations of denim clothing to benefit victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The "Denim Day" campaign aims to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault, according to a news release from CalVCP.

The denim theme came from female legislators in Italy who began wearing denim to protest a Supreme Court decision there in 1998 that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans, the release states. The court argued the victim "must have necessarily helped her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual."

"Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault," the release states.

CalVCP staff members will be collecting donations of denim clothing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at 400 R Street. Donations will go to the Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE) thrift store on Arden Way.

March 18, 2012
Domestic violence triangle leaves 2 dead, 1 injured, police say

A man fatally shot himself apparently after killing his estranged wife and wounding the man she was dating early today, Sacramento police said.

Police believe the woman, in her late 20s, was shot to death in a home in the 1600 block of Meadowview Road in south Sacramento shortly after midnight this morning. A man also in the home, in his early 20s, was shot in the lower body with non-life threatening injuries.

When police arrived, the male victim identified the woman's estranged husband as the shooter, and he provided police with a description of the husband and his vehicle. Some minutes later, police found him driving near the Elk Grove City limits.

March 12, 2012
Search under way for escaped San Joaquin County inmates

Marchand Anderson.jpgOne of two inmates who escaped from honor farm custody in San Joaquin County has already assaulted a person, according to sheriff's officials.

A head count at 5 a.m. Sunday revealed that inmates Adam Michael Marchand and Joshua John Anderson had walked away from a county honor camp.

About three hours later in French Camp, Marchand is said to have assaulted a farmer watering his crops. Marchand then drove off in the farmer's 1992 blue Ford 350 pickup with the California license plate number 6N64960.

March 9, 2012
Lincoln man pleads guilty to sharing child pornography

Justin Graham, 30, of Lincoln pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to sharing child pornography over the Internet.

Graham was arrested Jan. 20, 2011, by the FBI after an undercover investigation into online distribution of child pornography over a file sharing network, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Graham is to be sentenced March 25 by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice.

March 3, 2012
Fund set up for kids of Cameron Park woman allegedly killed by husband

A fund has been set up for the children of a woman found dead in her Cameron Park home last month and the man accused of killing her.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies arrested Todd Winkler, 45, after he allegedly killed his wife, 37-year-old Rachel Winkler, after an argument in the couple's home Feb. 27. They had been having marital problems, according to sheriff's officials.

Authorities have not released Rachel Winkler's cause of death.

The couple's children - ages 4, 2, and 9 months - were home at the time of the attack. They are now in the custody of Rachel Winkler's father, Don Hatfield. Family and friends say Hatfield recently lost his wife to cancer and lost his home in the mortgage crisis a year ago.

The fund has been set up to help Hatfield, an artist, find a larger home where he can raise his three young grandchildren with the help of a nanny, according to friends and family.

Donations can be made to Wells Fargo bank account number 6990388875. The routing number is 121042882. For information about how to donate via PayPal, or about fundraising efforts, go here.

March 3, 2012
Sheriff: Rancho Cordova man chased CPS worker, led deputies in pursuit

A 42-year-old Rancho Cordova man was arrested Friday evening after he led authorities on a pursuit while chasing a social worker who had taken his children into protective custody, according to authorities.

Rodriguez Image.jpgThe pursuit came two days after Joseph Angel Rodriguez's first arrest this week. On Wednesday afternoon, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Rodriguez, pictured at left, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit his 19-year-old son with a baseball bat during an argument, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

On Friday, a Child Protective Services case worker went to Rodriguez's home on Mills Acres Circle in Rancho Cordova to take his other children into protective custody, based on Wednesday's incident, Ramos said. Deputies accompanied the CPS worker, as is standard for such calls.

Nobody was inside the home, but while deputies and the case worker were there, four of Rodriguez's children walked up, Ramos said. As the case worker was putting the kids in a car, Rodriguez drove up, left his car running in the street and began arguing with authorities, Ramos said.

As the case worker left, Rodriguez ran to his car and sped after the case worker's car. Deputies followed suit, Ramos said.

February 28, 2012
Woman found dead in her Cameron Park home Monday identified

Authorities have identified the woman found dead in her Cameron Park home Monday as 37-year-old Rachel Winkler.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies found Winkler after responding to a request for a welfare check. At the home on the 3100 block of Aeronca Way they also found the victim's husband, 45-year-old Todd Winkler.

Detectives learned that the couple had been experiencing marital problems and had a dispute earlier in the day, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

February 21, 2012
Shotgun blast fired near officers during Citrus Heights call

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Citrus Heights officers working on a domestic violence call this morning say they were greeted by a shotgun blast that shattered a sliding glass door.

Police said that about 12:45 a.m. today they responded to meet a woman who was the victim of assault. She told them that her husband, Loren Fullmer, 43, assaulted her while they were inside their vehicle.

Police obtained an emergency protective order on behalf of the victim. At about 2:11 a.m. officers tried to contact Fullmer at his home in the 5800 block of Sunrise Vista Drive.

Officers knocked on the front door. At about the same time they allege Fullmer fired one shotgun round through the frame of a sliding glass door several feet away from the front door.

Officers ordered Fullmer to surrender, which he did several minutes later, according to a department press release.

Officers later confiscated a 12-guage shotgun and a spent casing from the home. Fullmer who police said was on probation for burglary, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and weapons violations.

PHOTO CAPTION: Loren Fullmer/Citrus Heights police

February 15, 2012
Citrus Heights PD wins community policing honor

The Citrus Heights Police Department has won an award for community policing.

The department will be presented the 2012 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing at a March 12 symposium in Sacramento.

The "Citrus Heights Model - Community Based Domestic Violence Intervention" took the top award from the Regional Community Policing Institute -- California, according to a press release.

The Wilson award judging is based on several factors: problem solving, partnership with the community, partnership with public and private organizations, the extent of community policing and results.

January 20, 2012
UPDATE: Family 'distraught' over arrest of wife in I-80 shooting death of husband

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

In a dramatic turn of events, Sacramento police have arrested the wife of murdered Afghan war veteran Ghulam Ayobi ,who was found shot last month in his minivan on Interstate 80.

Shajia Ayobi, 45, was booked into Sacramento County Jail at 10:50 p.m. Thursday after questioning by detectives.

Police said her statements just didn't add up. They now suspect she played a role in the shooting; however, they are not sure whether she fabricated her previous story about a carjacking or whether there were other suspects involved, said police Sgt. Andrew Pettit.

The couple's nephew, Munir Safi, issued this statement today: "Our family is incredibly distraught by this awful turn of events. We are withholding judgment until all facts are known and the police complete their investigation."

Police were called at 12:04 a.m. Dec. 18 to a report of a man shot on eastbound I-80 at Norwood Avenue. When they arrived, police found Ghulam Ayobi suffering from a gunshot to his upper body.

He later died at the hospital. Without a motive, police said only that they believed that Ayobi and his wife, who was with him but not injured, were targeted at random.

The information at the time indicated that the couple had left the home of a family friend in the area of Torland Street and San Juan Road in Natomas' Gateway West neighborhood.

Safi previously told The Bee that his uncle sat down in the passenger seat in the couple's minivan, parked in the friends' driveway, and apparently became aware of two people hiding in the back seat.

Under duress, the nephew said, Ayobi ordered his wife to drive, not look back and not to ask questions.

Shajia Ayobi was said to have followed directions and never got a good look at any assailants. The nephew said that Shajia told relatives and police the unknown suspects wanted money.

An altercation broke out as the minivan traveled eastbound on I-80. A shot broke out, according to the nephew, killing his uncle.

The suspects ordered Shajia to pull over on eastbound Interstate 80, east of Northgate Boulevard, the nephew said. After they fled, she pulled out her cell phone and called police, who told her to meet them at the Norwood Avenue offramp.

On Thursday, detectives re-interviewed Shajia Ayobi. Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said that detectives had wanted to speak with her for some time.

"She was one of the people we wanted to re-interview," said Pettit. "We were finally able to get a hold of her. "

Detectives brought her into the station Thursday afternoon, speaking with her into the evening. This morning a press release announced her arrest.

"Based on her interview and inconsistent statements, things just didn't match up," said Pettit. "In these types of investigations, our detectives are very keen on details. Some of those details were not lining up with the evidence we found."

Pettit said Shajia Ayobi made incriminating statements, but he was not able to elaborate.

No motive has been established for the killing of Ghulam Ayobi, a former Afghan soldier who had also served as a cultural adviser to U.S. troops headed for war in Afghanistan.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

January 3, 2012
For want of a shoe, man kicks out cop car window

A man whose temper got the best of him kicked out a police car window when he couldn't find his shoe.

Police struggled with the man who was involved in a domestic violence incident shortly after midnight today in a neighborhood near El Camino Avenue and the Capital City freeway.

Finally able to get him into a police squad car, the man became irate because he only had one shoe, he told officers.

According to a police activity log he proceeded to kick out a patrol car window. He then apologized when he realized his missing shoe was on the floorboard of the car all the time, according to police.

The man was charged with vandalism to a police car.

December 26, 2011
No peace on earth in some Sacramento spots

Christmas Day was not peaceful in all parts of Sacramento as police responded to violent calls at several locations.

Police handled two calls of suspected domestic violence:

December 15, 2011
Sacramento man suspected of scalding 3-year-old boy for wetting his pants

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Police suspect that a man placed his girlfriend's small child in scalding water after the 3-year-old boy urinated in his pants.

Sacramento police arrested Kirk A. Douglas, 22, on Monday on suspicion of mayhem, torture with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and endangering the life of a child.

Police were summoned at 10:55 a.m. Monday after firefighters were first called to a home in the 4900 block of Mack Road. Police were told that a small boy was severely burned from the waist down.

Authorities suspect that Douglas placed the child in hot bath water as discipline for wetting his pants.

The child suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, police said. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Kirk A. Douglas

December 14, 2011
Red Bluff mother arrested after son's neck slashed

The Redding Record-Searchlight

RED BLUFF -- A 40-year-old Red Bluff mother was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and felony child abuse after she admitted to slashing her 13-year-old son's neck with a knife, police said.

Theresa Marie Lewis was booked into Tehama County jail, Red Bluff police said.

Officers said they went to a South Jackson Street apartment around 1 p.m., after receiving a report of a teenage boy who had possibly overdosed on pills and had a cut on his neck.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they found the teenager with a severe cut across his throat and neck, police said. Lewis admitted to having inflicted the cut, they said.

The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff before being flown by helicopter to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

Read more at Redding.com

December 12, 2011
Sacramento FBI honors WEAVE with community leadership award

The FBI today awarded its Director's Community Leadership award to Sacramento's Women Escaping a Violent Environment, Inc.

The annual award recognizes the achievement of an individual or organization for commitment to violence education and prevention in the community, according to a press release from the Bureau's office in Sacramento.

Herb Brown, Special Agent in Charge of Sacramento's field office, presented the award to WEAVE executive director Beth Hassett this morning. She will receive an engraved award during a public ceremony in March from Director Robert Mueller at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

WEAVE believes that all women, men and children deserve to feel safe in their homes and community," Hassett said in a statement. "In these difficult times we have to be more innovative, more enthusiastic and more committed to making sure that the most vulnerable among us are taken care of."

The Sacramento non-profit provides crisis intervention and prevention services to victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault.

-- Bee Staff

December 6, 2011
Sacramento police: Man breaks up domestic dispute with warning shot

A man was arrested last night on suspicion of domestic violence after police said a citizen fired a shot to stop him from beating a woman.

Police said that the incident began around 10 p.m. in Sacramento when they received numerous calls about a man beating a woman at 24th and R streets. A citizen who could not find his cellphone instead armed himself with a gun and went outside of his home.

He yelled at Michael Ryan Hans, 39, to leave the woman alone.

December 4, 2011
Placerville man reportedly killed by stepson

By Whitney Mountain
wmountain@sacbee.com

A Placerville man died in the hospital Sunday after his stepson allegedly shot him in the head.

El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies received a report of a shooting in the 3000 block of Deer Canyon Road in Placerville just after 8 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived at the house, they found John Gale Malia Jr., 69, of Placerville on the floor with a gunshot wound to his head. He was still alive, but later died at a local hospital.

December 2, 2011
Officials identify suspect, victim in fatal North Highlands shooting

Officials have identified the suspect and the victim in Thursday's homicide in North Highlands.

Weddle.jpgDaniel Weddle, 48 and at left, is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 46-year-old Margaret Weddle, at a home in North Highlands on Thursday afternoon.

A caller alerted Sacramento County sheriff's deputies to the shooting, and identified the suspect as Daniel Weddle. Then, a relative of Weddle's called to say the suspect was en route to a home in Rio Linda, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies caught up with Daniel Weddle there. They arrested him and booked him into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and making threats, according to booking records.

Daniel Weddle does not appear to have a criminal record in Sacramento County, according to online Superior Court records.

PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Weddle

December 1, 2011
Update: Husband arrested in fatal shooting of woman in North Highlands

By Cathy Locke

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies have arrested the husband of a woman who was shot to death in a North Highlands apartment this afternoon.

Officials said both the suspect and the victim were in their 40s. Their names have not been released pending booking of the suspect.

Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ramos said deputies were called to the residence in the 3600 block of Bellinger Court shortly before 4 p.m. The caller, an acquaintance of the victim who witnessed the shooting, said the suspect had left the scene.

Ramos said the woman had been shot multiple times in the upper body.

Deputies received another call, this one from the suspect's father, who said the suspect was en route to his residence in the 6000 block of Mio Court in Rio Linda. Deputies went to the residence and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Ramos said deputies also found in the residence a firearm that they believe was used in the shooting.

Although investigators have not determined the motive for the shooting, Ramos said it appears that the husband and wife were not living together.

November 28, 2011
Estranged wife arrested, two suspects sought in kidnapping

Basulto.JPGSacramento police are searching for two men who assisted a woman in the alleged kidnapping of her estranged husband Saturday morning.

The husband and wife were separated, and the husband was living with his stepdaughter in the 7300 block of 21st Street.

At 7:27 a.m. Saturday, the estranged wife, identified as Carmen Basulto (pictured), 43, showed up at her daughter's residence with two armed men, who forced the victim from the home at gunpoint, said Police Department spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck. The daughter witnessed the incident and called police.

November 14, 2011
Torture victim recovering well, family says

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Duewa Lee, the 35-year-old woman suspected of torturing her boyfriend's 12-year-old daughter after he went off to prison over the summer, made another brief court appearance today as the girl's family members said the victim is recovering with a foster family and is back in school.

"She's doing better than everybody expected," the girl's uncle, Melvin Smith, said after the court hearing. "You don't see scars on her hand or her face."

Smith and other family members were allowed to see the girl two weeks ago for an hour during a visit supervised by Child Protective Services, which took custody of the girl after she escaped her alleged abuser. The girl's grandmother, who is seeking custody, has another meeting scheduled with her today, family members said.

October 4, 2011
Sacramento police 'hot spot' study shows focus the key

A Sacramento police "hot spot" study has revealed that highly visible focusing on an area by officers reduces crime.

The 90-day study was conducted in East Sacramento and downtown beginning Feb. 8. Police identified 42 hot spots where high amounts of calls for service -- often involving violent crime -- were reported.

October 2, 2011
Man arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

A Sacramento man was arrested north of downtown late Sunday morning after his girlfriend called to report domestic violence.

Alonzo Smith, 42, surrendered after police called in hostage negotiators and a SWAT to talk him out of the residence on the 1000 block of Alamos Ave.

The victim reportedly left the house and went to her friend's house down the street to call the police at around 11:20 a.m., saying that her three children, ages 6, 3, and 6 months, were still in the house with the suspect, who was holding what appeared to be handgun.

September 26, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of attempting to murder wife

A Sacramento County jury has found Luis Hurtado guilty of attempting to murder his estranged wife.

The jury convicted Hurtado, 34, of first-degree attempted murder, inflicting corporal injury on his spouse resulting in a traumatic condition, and aggravated mayhem, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true allegations of inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence and use of a deadly weapon.

Hurtado and his wife had been separated for four years when, in December 2010, Hurtado was visiting his 6-year-old daughter at his estranged wife's apartments. He began to accuse his wife of having a sexual relationship with another man. Hurtado's wife told him to leave her apartment, but he refused, officials said.

September 19, 2011
Wife injured by gunfire in North Highlands domestic dispute

The wife of a North Highlands man had to crawl to safety after she was hit by shotgun blast allegedly fired by her husband, Sacramento County sheriff's officials said.

The 71-year-old woman, shot in the head and upper body, was transported to a local hospital. Her husband, Christopher Miears, 54, was taken into custody after a deputy returned fire at the couple's home.

Miears was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, domestic violence and battery.

September 19, 2011
Man convicted of domestic violence, child endangerment

A man was convicted last Tuesday by a Sacramento jury of domestic violence and child endangerment.

A press release from the office of District Attorney Jan Scully said that Hari Prasad argued with his wife in August 2008 when she refused to eat dinner with him and his brother. An angry Prasad then tossed a shelf, television and a computer around their apartment.

The couple's two-year-old daughter suffered a fractured femur as a result of the outburst, according to the press release. Prasad is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6.

September 8, 2011
Yuba City man to spend life in prison for murdering wife

A Yuba City man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering his wife.

A Yolo County jury in August convicted Ignacio Favela Mendoza, 41, of first-degree murder and he was sentenced today by Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg.

On May 26, 2007, Mendoza went to an orchard outside Zamora, approached his wife with a shotgun and demanded that she get in the car with him, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. A fellow worker tried but was unable to calm Mendoza. When Mendoza's wife refused his demand, he fired one shot from four feet away, killing her.


September 6, 2011
Father booked for allegedly making threats in Nevada County

A father was arrested in Nevada County after he allegedly made threats to kill his child and hurt the child's mother.

Jacob Michael Siegfried, 33, was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of making criminal threats and violation of a court order on Monday, deputies said.

Nevada County deputies were aware of a Sunday alert that said Siegfried was wanted for suspicion of armed robbery in neighboring Placer County. Not long after learning of the BOLO -- be on the lookout in police jargon -- Nevada County authorities received a report from the mother of a three year old that stated Siegfried had failed to return their child to her after court-ordered visitation ended.

August 15, 2011
Elk Grove woman arrested for child, elder abuse and animal cruelty

An Elk Grove woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for elder and child abuse as well as animal cruelty after police found three people living in filthy conditions on the 4600 block of Stuben Court.

At about 4 p.m., police found two children, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old girl, as well as a 53-year-old woman living in Charlotte Permenter's home, which was covered in garbage and debris as well as dog, mouse, and rat feces.

Permenter, 32, was arrested and taken to the main jail. The elder woman was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, and the children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Pets found in the home were taken to the SPCA.

August 15, 2011
Man shot by Elk Grove police sues city

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

An Elk Grove man sued that city this morning over being shot by one of its police officers after he had been searched and while he was lying handcuffed on the back seat of a police cruiser.

It is undisputed that John Hesselbein was shot by Officer Paul Beckham in the early hours of Jan. 30. The round from Beckham's assault rifle ripped through Hesselbein's left cheek.

Beckham and other officers later said in police interviews that Hesselbein was yelling he had a gun and appeared to be attempting to reach into the back of his waistband.

A second search following the shooting failed to turn up a weapon.

August 14, 2011
Bodies of father, toddler-daughter, headed to Sacramento

Mourad Samaan.jpgThe bodies of a 2-year-old girl and her 49-year-old father, Mourad "Moni" Samaan, will be taken the Sacramento County Coroner's Office for autopsies following the discovery of their remains in a wooded area a few miles from Grizzly Flat, a spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said today.

An Amber Alert for the little girl, Madeline Samaan-Fay, was issued Friday after she was abducted by her father. Samaan received notification Aug. 6 that the girl's mother was awarded full custody of their daughter, ending a joint custody arrangement.

FBI agent John Cauthen said the father and daughter were last seen in Sacramento on Aug. 7, when the father uncharacteristically ceased all contact with other family members.

June 3, 2011
Mom sent to mental hospital for drowning daughter in Greenhaven home

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A mentally disturbed woman who drowned her 3-year-old daughter two years ago was sentenced today to a possible life-time placement in Napa State Hospital.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller said that if doctors at the psychiatric facility ever find that Anul Malik Ram regains her sanity, the 34-year-old defendant will then be transferred to the state prison system to complete a 15-to-life term.

The dual sentences resulted from Ram's April 29 guilty plea to second-degree murder in the Nov. 15, 2009, drowning death of her daughter, Divya Ram, in the defendant's bathtub. Along with the guilty plea to the second-degree murder charge, Ram also claimed that she was not guilty by reason of insanity in the attempted murder of her then-7-year-old son.

At the time of the killing, Ram had been taking a variety of medications for schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and seizures.

April 14, 2011
2 arrested in Nevada County after man critically injured

Two Grass Valley residents have been arrested after Nevada County sheriff's deputies responded early this morning to a report of a seriously injured man.

Deputies, who were called to the 13000 block of Ballantree Lane in the Grass Valley area at 3:36 a.m., suspected foul play and began an investigation involving the major crimes unit, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The victim was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center via air ambulance and is listed in critical condition, sheriff's officials said. The man's identity has not been released.

April 6, 2011
Murder trial underway in 2009 killing in Elk Grove

J.Dalton.jpgThe murder trial of Jennifer Dalton - accused of killing her ex-husband in 2009 - is underway after attorneys gave their opening statements this morning.

Dalton faces a murder charge in the July 2009 shooting death of Craig Dalton, 39, at Jennifer Dalton's Elk Grove home.

Before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley, Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore argued in his opening statements that Jennifer Dalton, angry over a failed marriage and financial woes, had been planning the shooting for months.

January 26, 2011
Police arrest man for probation violation after confrontation with Sacramento mayor

Fred Nelson.jpgBy Sam Stanton and Bill Lindelof
sstanton@sacbee.com

Sacramento police have arrested a man for a probation violation unrelated to comments he made to Mayor Kevin Johnson at a downtown restaurant that his security officer deemed as a possible threat.

Police said Fred Roger Nelson, Jr., 43, approached the mayor at The Grange restaurant in the 900 block of J Street this morning and told him "he would not be in office within a couple of hours," police Sgt. Norm Leong said.

Police said he was not armed when he made the comment. The mayor's security detail took immediate action, police said, because of what was considered a threat to Johnson's safety.

January 15, 2011
Sacramento PD: Suspect knocks officer unconscious

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

A Sacramento police officer was rendered unconscious Friday afternoon after a suspect punched him in the face, according to authorities.

A second officer was able to take the suspect into custody after the knockout punch. That officer suffered an injury to his foot, which might have been broken, said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong.

The incident began when officers, responding to a 911 hang-up call, went to a home on the 2200 block of Florin Road shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to a police summary.

January 12, 2011
Man convicted of sexually assaulting mother of his children

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A jury has convicted a Sacramento man with a history of domestic violence of sexually assaulting and beating the mother of his children.

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Alan McCoy, 43, was convicted of rape, forcible oral copulation, burglary, corporal injury on the mother of his children, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and violation of a restraining order.

McCoy and the victim had four children together, but were never married, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. Officials said McCoy abused the victim over many years. He was convicted of felony domestic violence for punching the victim in the face in front of two of his daughters, and in 2008, he was convicted again for violating a protective order.

January 5, 2011
Suspect who died after scuffle with police identified

By Chelsea Phua and Bill Lindelof
cphua@sacbee.com

The name of a 48-year-old man who died Wednesday night after scuffling with officers has been released by the Sacramento County Coroners Department.

He was identified as Freddie Lewis Allen, 48, of Sacramento. The coroner's website lists his death as undetermined.

About 6 p.m., a woman reported that her boyfriend had assaulted her, said Sgt. Norm Leong, police spokesman. The telephone call to police indicated that the woman had been punched by her boyfriend.

Officers responded to an apartment in the 400 block of Harding Avenue in the Gardenland neighborhood. When they arrived, the woman was outside the apartment. She had been able to flee the apartment with her 6-year-old son and call police.

Officers were told that the woman and the boyfriend had recently separated. The woman had previously obtained a restraining order.

The woman told police that her boyfriend kicked in the door of her residence and repeatedly punched her.

The woman told police that she believed he was under the influence of drugs. Eventually, after striking the woman several times, the man passed out.

That's how officers found him when they entered the dwelling. When they attempted to handcuff him, he suddenly awakened and began fighting with officers, Leong said.

During the scuffle, he stopped breathing, prompting officers to begin administering CPR.

Sacramento Fire Department personnel responded and transported him to the hospital where he died. Officers did not use a Taser, Leong said.

On Wednesday night, about a dozen of the dead man's friends gathered across from the apartment. They held a brief prayer vigil for Allen, nicknamed "Freddie the Fader" for the way he trimmed the hair of young men in the neighborhood.

"He would do the boys' hair just right outside his apartment," said Michelle Magana, 26, pointing towards the row of apartments on Harding Avenue near American Avenue.

Magana's brother, Marc Manuel, 33, said he had known the dead man for 15 years. Manuel said that Freddie had been staying with him for a few days because Allen's girlfriend didn't allow him back to the apartment they once shared.

Allen returned Wednesday to try to patch things up with her, Manuel said.

Call The Bee's Chelsea Phua, (916) 321-1132.

December 13, 2010
Auburn man - a 'danger to women' - sentenced to prison

Bennett.JPGBy Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

An Auburn man described by a Placer County judge as a "danger to women" has been sentenced to seven years in state prison for domestic violence.

Thomas K. Bennett, 61, was sentenced Friday by Placer County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Curry. The judge noted that Bennett's record showed a history of criminal convictions for domestic violence, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release.

Bennett's latest conviction came in October when a jury found him guilty of inflicting corporal injury upon a cohabitant and of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, both of which are felonies.

Evidence during the trial showed that Bennett beat and choked a cohabitant during an argument at an Auburn apartment March 24 and that he put his hand over the woman's mouth as if to suffocate her.

Judge Curry noted that Bennett had admitted to special allegations that he previously had been convicted and served prison terms for domestic violence, meaning the judge could add extra years in prison for Bennett's latest conviction.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

December 9, 2010
Man guilty of abuse that left ex-girlfriend a quadriplegic

By Cynthia Hubert
chubert@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury has found Joe McCoy guilty of charges that could send him to state prison for the rest of his life for inflicting injuries that left his former girlfriend a quadriplegic.

Jurors found McCoy, 51, guilty of felony torture, spousal abuse and penetration with a foreign object, plus "enhancements" to those crimes that will lengthen his sentence. The charges carry a potential penalty of 25 years to life in prison.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of attempted murder.

The victim, who The Bee is identifying as Jane Doe, testified during trial that McCoy threw her to the ground in a fit of rage in the apartment they shared in September 2009, then bent her legs over her back, snapping her neck and leaving her permanently paralyzed from the chest down. She said he continued to beat her and sexually abuse her throughout the night, refusing to call an ambulance until she agreed to make up a story the next day about how she got hurt.

The woman, 50, said McCoy had abused her "four or five" times prior to the injury that caused her paralysis. The mother of two and longtime employee of Rite Aid Pharmacies now lives in a care home.

Deputy District Attorney Ruanne Dozier said she was pleased with the jury's work.

"This was one of the most horrific cases I have ever come across," the veteran domestic abuse prosecutor said. "They did the right thing."

Call The Bee's Cynthia Hubert, (916) 321-1082.

November 9, 2010
Jury convicts man of rape, domestic violence

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A man accused of putting a knife to his girlfriend's neck and raping her in front of her 2-year-old child has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Vernon Medler, 20, today was found guilty of two counts of rape, domestic violence, criminal threats, false imprisonment and child endangerment.

Medler and the victim were boyfriend and girlfriend, and got into and argument after Medler found a Valentine's day card that was sent to the victim by an ex-boyfriend, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Believing that the relationship was going to end, Medler raped the victim while her family was in the home, telling her that if she screamed he would kill her and her family, officials said. The victim did not immediately tell her family about the rape because she feared for her safety and theirs.

Less than 24 hours after the first rape, Medler raped the victim a second time, putting a knife to her neck and saying he would kill her. These acts were committed in front of her child.

After the second incident, the victim told her mother about the rapes and law enforcement officials were notified.

"Rape is an illegal under any circumstance, even if a victim is in a relationship with the attacker at the time of the crime," Deputy District Attorney Carlton Davis said in a written statement. "I commend this victim for not remaining silent and thank the district attorney victim advocates for their hard work in these cases."

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

September 29, 2010
Sacramento sheriff: Errant driver adds to long list of charges

By Bee Staff

A Sacramento man already facing domestic violence charges added to his courthouse resume after he allegedly almost hit a Sacramento County sheriff deputy's car and then fled., according to a crime summary released this week.

Andreas Diaz, 30, is in the Sacramento jail as of this morning on a variety of charges including obstructing a peace officer, DUI, hit-and-run causing property damage, and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, jail records show.

Diaz already was facing charges of battery against a person he had a previous dating relationship with, corporal injury to a spouse or co-habitant and violating a restraining order, jail and court records show.

Between 2006 and 2008, Diaz pleaded no contest to battery on a spouse or co-habitant, DUI and assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

The crime summary described the latest incident to land Diaz in jail as follows:

Just after midnight on Aug. 19 at Lang and 47th avenues, a deputy was helping a civilian look for his vehicle, when a vehicle almost hit the deputy's patrol car.

The vehicle sped away at a high speed with the deputy in pursuit.

After a short chase, the driver jumped from his moving vehicle and ran off on foot. The car continued rolling and hit a tree.

Deputies found the suspect hiding in a garbage can, according to the summary.

Diaz suffered a foot injury and was treated at a hospital before being booked into jail, the summary states.

September 14, 2010
Sacramento DA wants more time to decide if to charge Laker's Barnes

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

The District Attorney's office has asked for more time to decide whether to file domestic violence charges against former Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes.

Barnes, a Del Campo High graduate who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, appeared for his scheduled arraignment Monday, but no charges had been filed, according to authorities.

Instead, prosecutors asked for more time to investigate the Sept. 8 incident, in which Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to a Fair Oaks home after a 911 hang up. They found Barnes and his fiancée, Gloria Govan, with visible injuries, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies determined Barnes to be the primary aggressor and arrested him on suspicion of domestic violence and destructing a telephone line.

After the incident, both Barnes and Govan denied any abuse took place.

Barnes is scheduled to return to court Oct. 18, at which point the DA's office will announce whether charges will be filed.

His attorney, Tom Johnson, applauded the DA's office for not moving forward with charges this week. "We are confident the decision they will ultimately reach is that while there was an argument and some discord, nothing criminal occurred," he said.

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.



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