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November 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1994 midtown shooting that killed woman?

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

QUESTION: During the 1990s, a woman named Kristy King was shot in a drive-by shooting as she was moving into an apartment on O Street. Were her killers ever caught?
Submitted by: C12, Sacramento

ANSWER: Although two youths, one 17 years old and the other 18, were arrested in connection with the March 30, 1994, shooting death of Kristy Ann King, court records do not show that either was charged in the case.

August 22, 2013
Sacramento man accused of July shooting in Roseville

vaenuku_poyer.jpgA Sacramento County man was arrested today in a Placer County courtroom in connection with a July 25 attempted robbery and shooting in Roseville.

Poyer Bill Pila Vaenuku (pictured), 28, was ordered into custody this morning while appearing in court on another case, according to a Roseville Police Department news release.

At 1:20 a.m. July 25, a man confronted a woman outside and apartment building in the 1100 block of Conroy Lane in Roseville and demanded her property. When she indicated to the man that she didn't have anything to give him, the man fired a handgun at least three times, police said. Although no one was injured, the rounds went through the window of a nearby apartment, narrowly missing a resident inside.

August 13, 2013
Searches result in seven arrests involving weapons, drugs

Cristiano Cisneros mugshot.jpgLouis Cisneros mugshot.jpgVictor Cisneros mugshot.jpgDavid Cisneros mugshot.jpgRoland Cisneros mugshot.jpgOscar Cisneros mugshot.jpgAnthony Reece mugshot.jpgSix members of a family were among seven people arrested today in an operation that resulted in the seizure of weapons and drugs throughout Sacramento County.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's IMPACT Division served search warrants at seven residences in Sacramento County, Roseville and West Sacramento. The operation was conducted in response to increasing violence in north Sacramento County this year, including an incident in which an unknown assailant shot at undercover sheriff's deputies last month, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail were (pictured from top left) Cristiano Cisneros, 21, Louis Cisneros, 22, Victor Cisneros, 25, David Cisneros, 26, Roland Cisneros, 43, Oscar Cisneros, 44 and Anthony Reece, 25. Sheriff's officials said the men, collectively, face multiple charges, including possession of controlled substances for sale, possession of controlled substances while armed with loaded firearms, possession of an assault weapon, criminal conspiracy, violations of probation and felony child endangerment.

August 12, 2013
Davis police say stabbings at party may be gang related

Davis police are investigating two stabbings that reportedly occurred early Sunday morning when a fight erupted during a party at an apartment complex.

Officers responded to a report of a large fight at 2033 F St. shortly after 2 a.m., and additional callers reported hearing gunshots west of the apartment complex, according to a Police Department news release.

When officers arrived, they located a male who had been stabbed. Officers learned that a party in the complex had gotten out of control and a large fight had erupted among the guests. The victim was stabbed during the fight and suffered major injuries, police said.

June 17, 2013
Gang prevention meeting for Rancho Cordova parents

Parents can learn if their children are in gangs by attending a Rancho Cordova Police Department seminar on Thursday.

The meeting takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Cordova High School gym, 2239 Chase Drive. The event is free.

Parents can learn to spot gang symbols and clothing, and also find out which gangs are exerting influence on Rancho Cordova youth.

Officers will also provide information on activities that provide a wholesome outlet for teens, such as the Police Athletic League and other after-school programs.

June 10, 2013
Sacramento police say man endangered teen son in pursuit

MOSQUEDA, ANTHONY-34.JPGA man was taken into custody on suspicion of child endangerment after he allegedly fled police with his teenage son in the vehicle.

Police said that an officer saw a group of men in front of a home at Atherton Street and Belleau Wood Lane about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the Freeport Manor neighborhood opposite Executive Airport.

When the group spotted the squad car they loaded into a vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed. The driver, identified as Anthony Jose Mosqueda, 34, stopped the vehicle on a dead end road when he got a flat.

April 24, 2013
SWAT used to arrest motorcycle club member in S. Lake Tahoe

Special weapons and tactics forces executed search and arrest warrants in South Lake Tahoe where a motorcycle club member was taken into custody on suspicion of committing several felonies.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department authorities used SWAT because they considered arresting Anthony Corbin a high-risk situation. Corbin, 46, is a member of the South Lake Tahoe Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.

He is suspected of beating a 34-year-old South Lake Tahoe man in mid-March. The victim was left with significant injuries, including broken bones.

April 14, 2013
Man with gun chases victim through Sacramento house, police say

A 20-year-old man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at another man and chasing him through a house in the 2800 block of Belden Street about 2:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Sacramento police.

Here is what police reported: Officers were notified about a possible armed man in a neighborhood around Belden Street and Alamos Avenue. Officers arrived and tried to talk to two men. One of them fled police, but was caught.

Davon Rich, who allegedly pointed the gun at the other man and made threatening remarks, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, participation in a gang and resisting arrest.

The gun was found and booked into evidence, police said.

March 17, 2013
Seven injured in Galt drive-by shooting

Seven people were shot and wounded in a hail of bullets in Galt late Saturday night at a family get-together.

Galt police said the shooting may be gang-related. All survived the attack.

Galt police said they responded to an emergency call about a shooting at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Dover Drive. They found seven people shot in the front yard, reports said. The injured people told police they were leaving a family gathering at the home, and were wounded when the occupants of a passing car opened fire.

The seven wounded people were taken to nearby hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. One has already been released, according to police.

Detectives are describing the incident as a drive-by shooting, possibly with gang ties.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Galt police at (209) 366-7000.

February 27, 2013
West Sacramento man sentenced for 2010 gang assault

A West Sacramento man has been sentenced to 26 years and eight months in prison for a gang assault in which he struck a youth in the head with a hammer.

A Yolo County jury convicted Christopher Lee Castillo, 21, for his role in a March 2010 attack on two black juveniles. He was sentenced Friday by Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock.

The two victims and their family had been harassed by gang members during the two months before the assault, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. When the two victims went to confront the gang members, they were ambushed by numerous gang members armed with weapons and a pit bull. Castillo struck one of the victims in the head with a hammer, creating a deep gash, authorities said.

February 22, 2013
Folsom police seek help in identifying stabbing video subjects

Att Murder Feb 2013.JPGFolsom police need help in identifying two people wanted for questioning in a stabbing at an apartment complex.

Police said that shortly before midnight Feb. 15 a fight broke out at a party at the Forestwood apartment complex, 9483 Greenback Lane. Detectives believe the fight may have been gang-related.

One person was stabbed multiple times, police said. The incident was caught on security video.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the man and woman in the video.

February 7, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police officer indicted for witness tampering

A South Lake Tahoe police officer was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Sacramento for multiple counts of witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding.

John Gerald Poland, 44, was arrested Jan. 23 following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

According to court documents, on June 29, 2011, Poland, interfered with a federal investigation of a South Lake Tahoe gang member. Poland is alleged to have persuaded the gang member's girlfriend to conceal and destroy evidence.

February 6, 2013
Recruiting under way for 2013 Sacramento County Citizen Academy

Applications are being taken for a free, ten-week class that provides an overview of the criminal justice system.

The 13th Citizen Academy Class, established by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, seeks to answer community questions and build bridges between the criminal justice system and ethnic, racial and faith-based communities.

The course is held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 9 at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd.

Members will learn about racial profiling, gang and hate crimes, in-car cameras and police internal affairs departments. Scheduled this year are a tour of the county jail and a police dog demonstration.

Application forms are at http://www.sacda.org/community. Call Cecile Velasco at (916) 874-7428 for more information.

February 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for fatal shooting of woman in car?

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

QUESTION: I dated a female from Woodland who, while on her way to visit me, was shot and killed by someone in another car. Two others in the car with her were injured but survived. Was anyone ever arrested? This happened in the early '90s.
Submitted by: Robert, Stockton

ANSWER: Three men were arrested in the 1990 gang-related shooting in which 24-year-old Norma Hernandez of Woodland was killed and two other people were seriously wounded.

January 23, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police officer arrested, accused of witness tampering

A South Lake Tahoe police officer was arrested today, accused of witness tampering.

The arrest of John Gerald "Johnny" Poland followed a three-year investigation, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation news release. He was taken into custody without incident this morning in South Lake Tahoe.

According to court documents, the violations include two counts of corruptly persuading a person to alter, destroy or conceal an object's integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so, as well as three counts of corruptly persuading another person with the intent to influence the testimony of a person in an official proceeding, and attempting to do so. Poland's alleged actions reportedly took place while he was on and off duty.

January 23, 2013
Rancho police, sheriff's deputies begin 'Adopt-A-School' program that includes campus visits

Rancho Cordova police and Sacramento County East Division sheriff's deputies will become a larger presence in some schools through a bonding program now underway.

The "Adopt-A-School" program endeavors to strengthen ties between law enforcement, schools and the community. The effort, which began last week, focuses on 19 schools.

Officers will be making stops during regular patrol duties to visit campuses. They will attempt to cultivate working relationships with students, teachers, classified staff and principals, according to a Rancho Cordova police press release.

In addition, officers will conduct presentations about the role of the police officer, emphasize the importance of class work and stress the importance of staying away from drugs and crime.

The program supplements the police presence at schools that already have School Resource Officers. Other responsibilities of officers in the Adopt-A-School program may include assisting school staff in counseling sessions and serving as mentors to students.

Schools involved in the program include Cordova Gardens, Cordova Meadows, Cordova Villa, Navigator, Peter J. Shields, Rancho Cordova Elementary, White Rock, Williamson, Sunrise, A.M. Winn, Abraham Lincoln, Mather Heights, Sierra Enterprise, James W. Marshall, Sequoia, Isador Cohen, Golden Empire, Gold River Discovery and O.W. Erlewine.

January 11, 2013
Five men sentenced in 2008 gang-related beating

Five men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2008 gang assault.

Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny today sentenced George Christian, age 23, and Samuel Kemokai, 25, to 30 years in prison; Tommy Cornelius, 27, to 20 years; Xavier Whitfield, 22, to 15 years; and Demetrius Royster, 25, to 8 years. All were involved in an assault on Santana Robinson at a Shell gas station across from Arden Fair Mall on Oct. 31, 2008, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Robinson was pumping gas shortly after midnight when he was approached and attacked by Christian, officials said. After the initial attack, Christian was joined in the assault by his fellow defendants.

November 16, 2012
Two men convicted of attempted murder in gang-related shooting

Two men have been convicted of multiple charges including attempted murder, use of a gun and gang allegations stemming from a 2008 drive-by shooting.

A Sacramento County jury on Wednesday returned guilty verdicts for Xuan Le and Darann Sing, both 20 years old

About 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2008, a group of approximately 10 people were standing outside a house in south Sacramento's Elder Creek neighborhood. Two cars carrying Khom Zing Tong gang members drove by and passengers from each car opened fire on the group, striking the house, several cars and seriously injuring four people, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The Sacramento Police Department found 32 9mm casings in the street.

Le and Sing are to be sentenced Jan. 3 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian.

November 16, 2012
Twenty people indicted in gang-related drug, arms trafficking case

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has returned nine indictments charging 20 people with drug and arms trafficking by the Nuestra Familia prison gang and its affiliated Norteno gang members.

The indictments, returned on Thursday, are the product of a two-year collaborative investigation that focused on disrupting and dismantling a violent, gang-affiliated drug and weapons trafficking organization, according to Herbert M. Brown, special agent in charge of the Sacramento Division of the Federal Bureau of investigation.

The Nuestra Familia is described by authorities as a violent prison gang based in the California and federal prison systems, whose members exert control over street-level Norteno gang members engaged in drug trafficking and violent crime. During the course of the investigation, agents gathered evidence that many of the defendants were either members of the gangs or an associate of the Nuestra Familia, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

November 8, 2012
17 arrests, seizures result from Sacramento FBI task force gang sweep

An FBI task force roundup resulted in the arrest of 17 men today after an investigation into drug and firearms trafficking by suspected gang members.

The Sacramento Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force served arrest and search warrants after a nearly two-year investigation.

"Takedowns such as these demonstrate that the FBI and its task force partners are committed to disrupting violent gang activity," said Herbert M. Brown, special agent in charge of the Sacramento division.

An FBI press release stated that the task force of local, state and federal officers identified drug traffickers with membership or other ties with the Nuestra Familia prison gang.

The operation also seized drugs, cash and vehicles. Included in the seizures were about 12 cars, $35,000 in cash, 30 weapons, 25 pounds of methamphetamine, 40 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and Oxycontin.

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

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

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

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

October 22, 2012
South Sacramento youth convicted of attempted murder

By Anne Gonzales
afgonzales@sacbee.com

When his sister took a punch in the face, gang member DeAngelo Holley decided to get revenge.

On his 16th birthday, he wrapped a white t-shirt around his face so only his eyes could be seen, grabbed a shotgun and shot a rival gang member in the head in a south Sacramento home on Aug. 20, 2011, according to Sacramento police.

A Sacramento County jury on Friday convicted Holley, who was tried as an adult, of attempted murder for the shooting. He was additionally found guilty of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, with enhancements for causing great bodily injury, using a gun and being in a gang.

October 2, 2012
Man arrested in North Highlands shooting; nobody injured

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 22-year-old man today after he allegedly was seen walking in North Highlands with a gun in his hand, according to deputies.

Once in custody, the man - identified as Zachary Lane - struggled with a sheriff's deputy, who fell and received minor injuries, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Deputies went to Harrison Street and Myrtle Avenue about 7:15 a.m. today after callers reported seeing a man walking with a gun. On scene, the deputies received more information that the man was seen running through yards, and another caller reported hearing a gunshot in the area, Ramos said.

As deputies set up a perimeter in the area, one found a handgun in a dumpster in the area where the suspect had been seen running, Ramos said.

About 7:45 a.m., deputies found a man matching the description that had been provided by witnesses and detailed him. That man was later identified as Lane, Ramos said.

As Lane was being escorted to a patrol car, he "struggled violently" with a deputy, who fell the ground. She suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized, Ramos said.

Lane was arrested and booked on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm, possessing methamphetamine for sale, possessing burglary tools, unlawfully possessing a firearm, and resisting arrest, Ramos said.

Jail booking records also indicate Lane is a known gang member.

September 28, 2012
Father Boyle, author and anti-gang advocate, to speak in Carmichael

Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and is a leading advocate for gang intervention, will speak Saturday night at a Sacramento-area church.

The event, which is free, begins at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Presbyterian Church, 5645 Marconi Ave.

Homeboy Industries offers a variety of services for gang members and other troubled youth, including education, job training and counseling. Boyle wrote a book about his work with Homeboy Industries titled "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion."

Boyle also once worked at Folsom Prison.

September 14, 2012
Three convicted murderers receive lengthy prison terms

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

Three gang members received lengthy prison terms today for their convictions on murder and other charges in the Jan. 10, 2011, shooting death of Deandre James Ellison in the driveway of his Del Paso Heights home.

Jesse Juan Cornejo, 23, received a term of 130 years to life, plus two months, from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan. Cornejo's brother, Adam Michael Cornejo, 18, and Isaac Vasquez, 17, were each sentenced to 129 years to life, plus four months.

According to evidence at trial, the defendants -- found by jurors to be acting for the benefit of their street gang -- shot and killed Ellison, 20, following an exchange of hard looks in front of the victim's house.

September 12, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was outcome of case involving weapons seized in Lincoln?

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

QUESTION: What became of the two people arrested in Lincoln for possession of multiple firearms and hand grenades. One of them was a woman, the other a man. Have they gone to court yet? What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Jim, Boston

ANSWER: Eric William Smith and Jennifer Mulhern, both of Lincoln, were arrested in January 2011 following a drug and gang investigation by the Roseville Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit.

September 7, 2012
Shooter gets 102-to-life for killing of girl at teen party

A Sacramento gang member who fired a stray bullet that killed a 14-year-old Sparks, Nev., girl at an Auburn Boulevard teen party two years ago was sentenced today to a state prison term of 102 years to life.

Jaivonne Flenory-Davis, 21, received the sentence from Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette for his first-degree murder conviction in the July 11, 2010, killing of Lanaja Nachelle Dupree. Flenory-Davis also was sentenced for his conviction of attempted murder in the shooting of Chanderea Melson, 19, at the same teen party.

The shooting broke out during a confrontation at the party between Flenory-Davis and members of a rival gang set.

During the sentencing, defense attorney Laurance Smith said his client is "not a hard core sociopath." Flenory-Davis might have turned out differently, Smith said, if he had more societal support and a better relationship with his father or some other male surrogate.

Judge Marlette responded by suggesting that there were other role models for Flenory-Davis to follow, including "one who was on TV last night -- the president of the United States," Barack Obama.

In sentencing Flenory-Davis, Marlette, after noting that the defendant has a 3-year-old daughter, said that "really bad things happen" more frequently to young people who do not have strong families that surround them.

"I pray to God it doesn't happen to your daughter, by somebody like you," the judge told Flenory-Davis.

The judge delayed sentencing until Oct. 5 on Nikko Jermaine Alexander, 19, a one-time defendant in the case who pleaded no contest and testified against Flenory-Davis during trial.

Alexander is facing an eight-year term for his admission to being an accessory after the fact.

During Alexander's brief court appearance, members of Lanajah Dupree's family thanked him for his testimony during trial in which he identified Flenory-Davis as the gunman.

Alexander's attorney, Keith J. Staten, said during court that members of his client's family were attacked by members of Flenory-Davis' family the day the jury came back with the first-degree murder verdict on July 19. Staten said in court that charges have been filed in the case. No details were immediately available.

August 3, 2012
Jury convicts three in Del Paso Heights shooting death

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted three men of second-degree murder in the Jan. 19, 2011, shooting death of Deandre James Ellison in the driveway of his Del Paso Heights home.

The verdicts were returned against the two gunmen, Adam Michael Cornejo, 18, and Isaac Thomas Vasquez, 17, and the driver of their vehicle, Jesse Juan Cornejo, 23.

Jurors found that the killing was aimed for the benefit of the three defendants' Norteno street gang. Besides the murder of the 20-year-old Ellison, the three defendants were each convicted on four counts of attempted murder of the passengers in Ellison's car and one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling. The older Cornejo brother also was convicted of felony evasion for speeding away and hitting five cars before crashing on Natomas Boulevard.

Authorities said the shooting apparently was set off by hard looks that were exchanged between the defendants and victims.

Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan scheduled the sentencing on the four defendants for Sept. 14.

July 31, 2012
Sheriff's department plans public meeting on gangs

The public is invited to attend a meeting conducted by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Youth Services Unit to learn more about gangs and their influence on youth.

The community gang awareness symposium is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Jose Rizal Community Center, 7320 Florin Mall Drive.

The meeting will include an overview of gangs in the area and resources available to prevent the influence of gangs through the Sheriff's Activities League and Southgate Parks and Recreation.

July 19, 2012
Shooter convicted of 2010 murder at Auburn Blvd. teen party

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Jaivonne Flenory-Davis of first-degree murder in the July 11, 2010, shooting death of 14-year-old Lanajah Nachelle Dupree at an Auburn Boulevard teen party.

Judge Patrick Marlette scheduled a Sept. 7 sentencing date on Flenory-Davis, who is now 21.

According to testimony at trial, Flenory-Davis went to the party with a friend and the two of them were confronted by an estimated 10 to 15 gang members. After a fist fight broke out, Flenory-Davis retrieved a hand gun from a car and fired into the crowd, killing Dupree, a Sparks, Nev., resident who had been visiting friends in Sacramento.

Another bullet struck a second girl in the arm and then pierced her abdomen. Jurors convicted Flenory-Davis of attempted murder in that shooting. They also found that the shooting took place for the benefit of the Guttah Boys/Starz Up street gang.

July 11, 2012
Four arrested after suspected gang-related fight in Olivehurst

Three juveniles and an adult were arrested Tuesday after what Yuba County sheriff's officials described as a gang-related fight in Olivehurst.

Deputies were called to a residence in the 1800 block of Baugh Street about 6 a.m. regarding several people fighting outside the home. Several people fled the area in a silver sedan before deputies arrived, but a deputy en route to the scene spotted a vehicle matching that description on Olivehurst Avenue. He also saw two people walking away from the vehicle who matched the description of the suspects, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The two people, both juveniles, fled over fences in the 4400 block of Olivehurst Avenue and were later found hiding in a nearby residence.

July 8, 2012
Officers identify suspects in shooting of 3-year-old boy

Detectives have identified three suspects in the drive-by shooting of 3-year-old boy killed Wednesday night.

Officers are asking for help locating Gabriel Quintero, 20, and two juveniles, one 16 and one 17. Quintero is a validated gang-member, according to Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos. The suspects are believed to have been driving a 1999 white Ford Expedition.

Jorge Azios Jr., 22, was driving a sports-utility vehicle westbound on Loucreta Drive in the Florin area at about 11 p.m. July 4, when more than a dozen rounds were fired at the vehicle. The bullets killed Azios' young son, Jorge Azios.

July 6, 2012
Carwashes, BBQs organized to raise money for 3-year-old shooting victim's funeral costs

Two car washes and barbeques are scheduled for this weekend to raise money for the funeral of the 3-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night.

Jorge Azios was shot multiple times after an assailant fired more than a dozen rounds into the car he was riding in, driven by his 22-year-old father. They were headed westbound on Loucreta Drive near Palmer House Drive in the Florin area when the shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m.

His father rushed him to a local hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead. Detectives suspect the shooting was gang-related.

July 3, 2012
High court grants stay in juror's Facebook posting case

The California Supreme Court has stayed a lower-court ruling that would have forced a juror in a Sacramento gang-beating case to make his Facebook postings that referenced the trial available for review.

The high court still hasn't decided whether to review a California 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling on May 31 that ordered the juror to make the postings available. Defense lawyers in a Sacramento gang case wanted to look at them to see if the juror was biased or had been influenced by his Facebook friends.

Sentencings of the defendants who were convicted in 2010 have been delayed for more than two years pending higher court rulings. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny last year ordered the juror to make his postings available to the defense attorneys.

June 15, 2012
Gang member sentenced to 40 years to life for attempted murder

Emery Allen, a member of the Gunz-Up gang, has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison in connection to a shootout with a rival gang in 2009, district attorney Jan Scully announced today.

A jury convicted Allen in April of the attempted murder of Junius Winters, a member of the rival gang, G-Mobb/Guttah Boyz.

Allen instigated a gunfight between Gunz-Up and G-Mobb/Guttah Boyz in September 2009 involving as many as 13 people, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.

The shootout was part of a spate of violence between the two gangs, as well as the Oak Park / 4th Ave Bloods, that included 26 shootings between 2008 and 2010, according to the press release.

June 7, 2012
Gang-related shooting draws sentence of 32 years to life

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for attempted murder of a rival gang member.

Ramon Bravo and co-defendant, Gerardo Villasenor, 20, were convicted last month by separate juries for the attempted murder of Juan Javier Alvarado, shooting from a motor vehicle, and arms and gang allegations connected to those charges, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Bravo was sentenced Wednesday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Roland Candee.

Alvarado, a Norteno gang member, was shot in the stomach as he walked to his father's home in North Sacramento, officials said. Bravo, a Sureno gang member, was driving the vehicle in which Villasenor was a passenger. Bravo acknowledged knowing that Alvarado was a rival gang member.

May 31, 2012
Man shot by CHP officer released from hospital, booked into jail

The man who was shot after fleeing from a gang enforcement team last week has been released from the hospital and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Juan Javier Alvarado, 21, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, having a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm registered to another person, according to jail booking records.

Alvarado was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer May 23 after he was pursued by the officer and a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, both of whom are assigned to an anti-gang team led by the Sheriff's Department, who tried to contact him.

During the pursuit, authorities allege, Alvarado turned around, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the CHP officer, who then fired. Alvarado suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his lower body.

Officials recovered a gun from the scene that they believe was brandished by Alvarado.

May 31, 2012
Two juries convict men in Rancho Cordova triple murder

Two Sacramento Superior Court juries returned first-degree murder convictions today against two street gang members in the shooting deaths of three bicyclists last year in Rancho Cordova.

Judge Helena R. Gweon set a June 22 sentencing date for defendants Saul Isidro-Aucencio, 25, and Francisco Ignacio Delgado, 21. The two face life in prison with no chance of parole on the juries' special-circumstance findings that the pair committed the Feb. 13, 2011, drive-by, multiple murders of Robert Corpos, 20, Richard Ward, 16, and Jamir Miller, 15.

According to evidence at trial, Isidro-Aucencio had been assaulted in an apartment complex earlier in the day. In retaliation, Isidro-Aucencio, armed himself with an AK-47 assault rifle, and he and Delgado got in a car and hunted down their victims in the 10100 block of Malaga Way. The three who were shot had nothing to do with the earlier attack on Isidro-Aucencio.

May 31, 2012
Appellate court denies juror's petition on Facebook postings

The California 3rd District Court of Appeal today denied a petition filed on behalf of a Sacramento juror who fought a judge's order to make available his Facebook postings written while he was sitting on a jury on a gang beating case.

The attorney for the juror could not be reached immediately, but the lawyer, Kenneth L. Rosenfeld, had previously said he would take the appellate court's decision to the California Supreme Court if it went against him.

Sentencing on the defendants who were convicted in the gang trial has been delayed for nearly two years pending higher court rulings. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny last year ordered the juror to make his postings available to defense attorneys. They wanted to review the writings out of concern that the juror either was biased or had been influenced by his friends on the social networking site.

May 30, 2012
Gang awareness meeting set for Thursday night in Rosemont

A gang awareness symposium is scheduled for Thursday in the Rosemont neighborhood.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Youth Services Unit will host the gathering, which is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Albert Einstein Middle School, 9325 Mirandy Drive.

The meeting will include an overview of gangs in the area, the consequences of gang violence, details on the Rosemont Community Association's graffiti abatement program and information on the Sheriff's Activities League.

May 24, 2012
Two convicted of North Natomas murder each get 40 to life

The two men convicted of second-degree murder in a Oct. 24, 2009, shooting death outside a North Natomas night club were each sentenced today to 40 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle imposed the terms on Nicholas Leathel Newsome, 23, and Sean Lekeith Joyner, also 23, for the killing of David Blanks, 22.

The two were each sentenced to 15 years-to-life on the murder conviction plus 25 years-to-life for the use of the gun. Authorities said the killing, which took place outside the now-shuttered club that used to be owned by former Sacramento Kings basketball star Chris Webber, was gang related.

May 14, 2012
Murder defendant denies involvement in south Sacramento area slaying

One of two suspected gunmen accused of murder in the June 22, 2009, shooting death of Sevon Boles in a south Sacramento area apartment building denied today that he had anything to do with the killing.

Authorities focused on Dominique Givens, 25, as a suspect in the Boles shooting after police in San Francisco arrested him in December 2009 with a gun that traced back to the fatal shooting at the Willow Pointe apartment complex on Sunnyslope Drive.

Under questioning from his attorney, Donald Manning, Givens said he bought the handgun a month before his arrest for $80 from co-defendant London Ramon Shaw, 24. Asked why he didn't tell that to San Francisco police when they arrested him, Givens testified, "You don't want to implicate people."

Sacramento police and prosecutors say that Givens and Shaw shot and killed Boles, 26, during an attempted robbery that involved apparently just a few grams of marijuana.

May 4, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff: New gang task force has seized 112 guns, made 124 arrests

In a news conference this afternoon, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones formally introduced his new anti-gang "Impact Division," and announced preliminary results from the team's efforts.

impact guns 1.jpgSince the division began its work in January, gang detectives assigned to the division have seized more than 100 guns, some of which are pictured at left, and arrested nearly 125 suspects, Jones said.

In addition, deputies have seized 4.3 pounds of cocaine, 153 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of heroin and almost a pound of methamphetamines, Jones said.

"Can I say we've beaten the gang problem? No," said Jones, flanked by commanders from partnering agencies. "We have a lot of work to do."

impact guns 3.jpgBut Jones said he has high expectations for the division and believes it is off to a strong start.

"Hopefully it gives people optimism we are taking the youth violence problem seriously," Jones said.

Last fall, the Sheriff's Department was awarded a $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office. The money was to fund a collaborative anti-gang approach that Jones said he began crafting after he took office in 2010.

impact guns 2.jpgThe division is made up of 31 sheriff's employees and 10 officers from outside agencies. Those partnering with the Sheriff's Department are: Police departments from Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Special Service Unit; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and homeland security.

Jones also announced a new tipline for information about gang-related activity. The tipline is also designed for youths who want help getting out of the gang life, Jones said. That number is (855) 2NO-GANG, or (855) 266-4264.

"It's never too late to turn around," Jones said.

To those who have no interest in changing their habits, Jones had a message: "We will find you, we will identify you, and we will arrest you."

The division has a three-pronged approach: gang suppression, intelligence and youth outreach. To read more about the Impact division, go here.

Photos show some of the guns seized by members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Impact Division. Photo by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

May 4, 2012
Vigel, Bassett sentenced to life terms for Elk Grove murder

20120504_HA_SENTENCING0185B.jpgA Sacramento street gang member and his girlfriend were both sentenced to life terms without possibility of parole today for the shooting death of an innocent woman at a party in Elk Grove three years ago.

Raymond Thomas Vigel, now 23, and Tamara Nicole Bassett, 26, also were sentenced to three additional life terms for the attempted murder of three other party goers who were struck by gunfire in the shooting that took place around 1 a.m. on April 19, 2009.

Alison Joelle Freeseha, 25, the truck-driving mother of two small children, was killed when Vigel aimed and fired 10 shots into a garage on Paseo Del Sol Way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 24, 2012
Sacramento police arrest 20-year-old man accused in fatal weekend shooting

Sacramento police have arrested a 20-year-old local man in connection with the fatal shooting of a San Francisco resident in the North City Farms neighborhood last weekend.

Theecree Brown is accused of fatally shooting 25-year-old Ubaldo Barraza on the 4500 block of Arlington Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Sacramento police.

Barazza was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

April 18, 2012
Sacramento police: Man stabbed after gang-related fight at Downtown Plaza

A man was stabbed and another beaten during two gang-related brawls near the food court at Downtown Plaza this morning, according to Sacramento police.

The man who was stabbed is being treated at a hospital for his injuries, which do not appear life-threatening, said police Sgt. Andrew Pettit. After he is released, he is likely to be arrested in connection with his alleged role in the incident, Pettit said.

Able Elizondo-18.jpgArrested so far in the incident was 18-year-old Able Elizondo, pictured at left. Officers arrested Elizondo on suspicion of felony battery, Pettit said.

Several callers dialed 911 shortly before 10:30 a.m. to report the incident, which began when an 18-year-old man walked into the K Street food court and got into a verbal altercation with two men, one of whom allegedly was Alizondo, Pettit said.

April 17, 2012
Jury acquits one in gang shooting, hangs up on 2nd defendant

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today acquitted one reputed street gang member and failed to reach a verdict on a second in a retrial into an Oct. 12, 2008, shooting at a 65th Street mini-mart in which two rivals were injured.

Xavier Jeremiah Whitfield, 21, was found innocent of attempted murder charges by the panel in the so-called "Killa Mobb II" case in which two other men already have been convicted. But Whitfield was found guilty in another gang beating trial last year and is awaiting sentencing. Whitfield also is awaiting trial in a jail assault case. He was represented at trial by attorney Jon Lippsmeyer.

Jurors split 6-6 in the retrial of co-defendant Antonio Terrell Cornelius, also 21, and Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan declared a mistrial on his matter. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower did not say whether his office intends to put Cornelius on trial a third time. Attorney Pete Kmeto represented Cornelius.

April 13, 2012
Citrus Heights street with violent past is scene of drive-by gunfire

A Citrus Heights street with a crime-ridden past was the scene of a drive-by shooting last night.

Police said that at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to Sayonara Drive after gunshots rang out. Nobody was struck by the gunfire, but three vehicles and an occupied home were hit.

Several bullet casings were recovered by police.

April 9, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff Jones to speak at community meeting

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones will be the guest speaker at County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan's community meeting this week in Antelope.

The meeting takes place 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Highlands-Antelope Library, 4235 Antelope Road.

The sheriff is scheduled to speak about gang prevention strategies, community outreach programs and other department issues.

April 2, 2012
2 convicted in gang-related murder outside Natomas club

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted two reputed street gang members of second-degree murder in the Oct. 24, 2009, shooting death of a 22-year man outside a now-shuttered North Natomas night club that used to be owned by the Kings' Chris Webber.

The verdicts were returned against Nicholas Leathel Newsome, 23, and Sean Lekeith Joyner, also 23, for the death of David Blanks after a rap show at Webber's former club, Center Court.

Witnesses said Blanks was leaving the club with a group of friends when they were confronted by an estimated 10 reputed gang members. After an exchange of words, somebody in the defendants' group shot and killed Blanks.

April 2, 2012
Federal immigration sweep includes Sacramento man

A six-day, nation-wide crackdown by federal immigration agents has resulted in the arrest of 3,100 convicted criminals and immigration fugitives.

More than 200 people were taken into custody in Northern California, about 100 of those arrested having prior convictions for serious or violent crimes, agents said.

Among those arrested was Sacramento resident Ignacio Franco-Galvez, 43, a citizen of Mexico, who has been deported four times, according to an ICE press release.

March 28, 2012
Gang awareness is topic of Arden Arcade symposium

A community gang awareness symposium will be sponsored Thursday evening by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Youth Services Unit.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Richard T. Conzellmann Community Center, 2201 Cottage Way, in the Arden Arcade area.

It will feature presentations by the sheriff's Youth Services and Gang Suppression units, as well as members of the Sacramento County District Attorney's office and Sacramento City Code Enforcement. Topics will include gangs and schools, gangs and graffiti and consequences of gang violence.

March 23, 2012
Judge lays stiff terms on convicted gang murderers

Two men convicted in the gang murder of an innocent south Sacramento teenager who was walking to his bus stop on Mack Road to go to school were sentenced today to stiff prison terms.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell L. Hom imposed a life sentence with no chance of parole on Robert Maurice Hunt, 20, the gunman convicted of first-degree in the March 17, 2010 shooting death of Marque Alexander Johnson, 17. Hunt also received an additional 25-to-life term for use of the gun.

Hom sentenced co-defendant Kalief Raheem Taylor, also 20, who was convicted of second-degree murder, to a 40-to-life term. The sentencing on third defendant Marquice Devon Wallace was continued to April 13.

March 22, 2012
Symposium on gang activity scheduled in Arden Arcade area

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a community symposium on gang activity March 29 at the Conzelmann Community Center in Howe Park, at Howe Avenue and Cottage Way.

Scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., the program is designed specifically for residents of the Arden Arcade area, according to a notice from county Supervisor Susan Peters. It will include multimedia presentations and speakers from the District Attorney's Office, Code Enforcement and the Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit. Members of the Sheriff's Department will discuss a plan to reduce youth and gang violence in the community.

Peters said similar programs will be scheduled in other parts of the county.

For more information, call (916) 875-8879 or email the Sheriff's Community Impact Program at info@sacscip.org.

March 21, 2012
Crowd filming Del Paso Heights rap video dispersed

A crowd dressed in a color favored by gang members and taking part in the production of a rap video was dispersed by officers on Tuesday in Del Paso Heights, according to a Sacramento police activity log.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Roanoke Avenue around 4 p.m. on a report of 20-30 people gathered in street. When officers arrived, they found a large group clad in red in the street.

Officers were able to get most of the crowd to leave. Police later learned that the group was filming a rap video and would most likely be back today at the same spot.

March 17, 2012
Gang members sentenced to long terms in shooting

A pair of gang members were sentenced to prison Friday in connection with a gang war-related shooting in 2009 that critically injured a 15-year-old bystander, according to a press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.

Judge Lloyd Connelly sentenced shooter Allen Oliver to 72 years to life in state prison after his January conviction for attempted murder and shooting into an inhabited dwelling or vehicle.

Quincy Washington received a sentence of 30 years to life for abetting Oliver.

March 9, 2012
Jury convicts woman of murder for setting up party shooting

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A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Tamara Nicole Bassett of first-degree murder in her retrial for the the April 19, 2009, shooting death of Alison Joelle Freeseha at a party in Elk Grove.

The jury also convicted Bassett, who is now 26, on three additional attempted murder counts for the shootings of three men who attended the party in the early morning hours on Paseo Del Sol Way.

A jury last year failed to reach a verdict on Bassett's role in the shootings. The same jury convicted her boyfriend, Raymond Thomas Vigel, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of Freeseha, 25, and one attempted murder count. That panel could not reach verdicts on two other attempted murder counts against Vigel. He was convicted today on those charges.

March 1, 2012
Judge sentences defendant in videotaped Sacramento beating

The man who slugged a mentally ill woman while mugging for a pal shooting a videotape in south Sacramento last year was sentenced today to 240 days in county jail and five years probation.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick imposed the term on Rasaan Ali Zawadi, 21, for the defendant's Feb. 9 plea to a single count of felony assault.

Zawadi, who is no longer in custody, had served 120 days after his arrest for the Oct. 1 filmed assault. McCormick gave him credit for 120 additional days.

McCormick also ordered Zawadi to stay three miles away from Eric's Donuts on Mack Road at Center Parkway. It was the site where he and co-defendant Donnell Damone Wade attacked the woman.

The judge gave Zawadi an additional 60 days on electronic monitoring for a separate case in which he was charged with possession of marijuana for sale.

Wade, 19, is scheduled to be sentenced by McCormick on March 23.


March 1, 2012
Gang sweep ends with vehicle hitting brick wall in Lodi

A police sweep of suspected gang members in Lodi ended with a pursuit and a crash.

The sweep on Wednesday consisted of police checking to see if suspected gang members were violating parole or probation.

About 30 searches resulted in five arrests, including one for possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the waning hours of the sweep Wednesday night, police tried to stop a vehicle in a known gang area, according to a press release. A short pursuit at high speeds ended when the fleeing vehicle hit a brick wall along Cherokee Lane near Century Boulevard.

As officers approached the vehicle, one of the occupants threw down what turned out to be a replica of a handgun. The three in the vehicle were taken to the hospital.

Police said the driver will be booked on evasion of a police officer. Police suspect alcohol might have had something to do with why the driver fled from officers. An investigation is on-going.

February 28, 2012
Three gang members convicted in West Sacramento attacks

A Yolo County jury Monday convicted three gang members of attacks in a Lowe's parking lot in West Sacramento two years ago.

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran, 20, Salvador Benjamin Vasquez Jr., 20, and Joseph Vincent Sisneros, 21, all of Sacramento, are members of the Norteno street gang, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. Following a two-week trial, all three were convicted of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for their attacks on three people April 19, 2010.

Authorities said the initial victim was eating a meal from a fast-food restaurant in his car in a nearly empty parking lot about 10 p.m. The three men took his iPod, wallet and keys, then beat him, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for them to stop.

February 24, 2012
Appellate court schedules arguments over juror's Facebook posts

Nearly a year after it was ordered to revisit the matter, the California 3rd District Court of Appeal has scheduled oral arguments for next month on whether a juror has to turn over to a Sacramento court the Facebook postings he wrote about a case during the trial.

Presiding Judge Vance W. Raye Thursday issued the notice to the lawyers in the case, directing them to appear at the arguments he scheduled for March 23 in Sacramento.

February 17, 2012
Judge orders pair to stand trial in triple gang killing

Two reputed street gang members were ordered today to stand trial for murder in last year's shooting deaths of three bicyclists in Rancho Cordova.

Saul Isidro-Aucencio, 25, and Francisco Ignacio Delgado, 21, were held over by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael A. Savage for the Feb. 13, 2011, killings of Robert Corpos, 20, Richard Ward, 16, and Jamir Miller, 15.

The judge scheduled their trial for April 10.

February 16, 2012
Second man pleads no contest in videotaped attack

A second defendant pleaded no contest today to the videotaped attack on a mentally ill woman outside a south Sacramento donut shop.

Donnell Damone Wade, 19, entered his plea in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley to a single count of participating in a gang-related event.

Under the terms of a plea deal, Wade will be placed on three years probation and can be sentenced to no more than a year in county jail. He has been in custody since Nov. 13. Wade is scheduled to be sentenced March 23 by Judge Kevin J. McCormick.

Another defendant in the case, Rasaan Ali Zawadi, 21, entered his no contest plea last week. Zawadi will be sentenced on March 1. Under the terms of his plea deal, Zawadi is expected to be placed on probation, ordered to stay away from the site of the attack and directed to obtain services for himself from the Alta Regional Center for the developmentally disabled. Zawadi also is expected to be sentenced to the four months he's already served in jail plus 60 more days of electronic monitoring.

February 16, 2012
Juries convict three of murder in 'Jack Day' killings

Two Sacramento Superior Court juries have found three defendants guilty of murder in the March 17, 2010, shooting death of Marque Alexander Johnson while he was walking to a bus stop in south Sacramento to go to school.

One of the juries came back today with a first-degree murder verdict against Robert Maurice Hunt, 20, and a second-degree conviction against Khalief Raheem Taylor, 19. The panel concluded that Hunt was the shooter in the killing of the 17-year-old Johnson.

On Tuesday, another jury found a third defendant, Marquice Devon Wallace, 20, guilty of first-degree murder. The panel also convicted Wallace of arson for setting fire to a street memorial put together by friends and relatives of Johnson at the site of his killing on Summersdale Avenue just south of Mack Road.

February 15, 2012
Sacramento jury returns second-degree verdict in quinceanera murders

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Alfredo Daniel Tafoya on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Carlos Montes and Efrain Zambrano at a Nov. 28, 2009, quinceanera celebration in Galt.

The jury had deliberated for four days and appeared unable to reach a verdict until Deputy District Attorney Eric Kindall announced this morning that prosecutors had amended the complaint against Tafoya to dismiss the first-degree murder charges as well as a special-circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Tafoya, 20, faces a potential term of 80 years to life in prison at his scheduled March 23 sentencing in front of Judge Greta Curtis Fall. Defense attorney Pete Harned said after the verdict he will ask the judge to sentence Tafoya to a concurrent term of 40-to-life on the two second-degree murder convictions.

February 14, 2012
Defendant pleads no contest in videotaped assault on woman

One of two men arrested last year in the videotaped assault on a mentally ill woman outside a south Sacramento doughnut shop has pleaded no contest in the case.

Rasaan Ali Zawadi Jr., 21, entered his plea last Thursday on the date of his scheduled preliminary hearing.

A second suspect, Donnell Damone Wade, 19, remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. Wade's preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.

The video was apparently filmed Oct. 1 by friends of Zawadi and Wade. It went viral a couple weeks later when it was posted on a hip-hop website.

The film depicts a man Sacramento police identified as Zawadi laughing while the camera shows the woman walking slowly back and forth in front of Eric's Donuts, which authorities have described as a some-time gang hangout on Mack Road at Center Parkway.

Zawadi is then shown slapping the woman once before running away while she gave chase.

The camera then picks up a man authorities identified as the 5-foot-9, 216-pound Wade, who hauls off with a left hook and knocks the woman to the pavement.

February 11, 2012
Sacramento gang members convicted in retaliation shooting

Isaac Givens and Cesar Santana, members of the Norteno street gang, were convicted Friday of carrying out a 2010 retaliation shooting, according to a release from the Sacramento District Attorney's office.

Givens got into an argument with a rival gang member, leading to the shooting and hospitalization of Vincent Garay, Givens' fellow gang member, the DA's office said.

Detectives doing surveillance on the rival's house saw Givens drive Santana to the house five days later.

January 26, 2012
Teen seriously injured by rifle gunfire in south Sacramento County

A 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when he was shot in the Florin area Tuesday evening.

His injuries initially were life-threatening, but he is now expected to survive, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

The shooting occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 8600 block of Crystal River Way, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

January 25, 2012
Sacramento Gang Enforcement Team on a roll Tuesday

The Sacramento police Gang Enforcement Team was very busy Tuesday afternoon and into the night on the north side of the city, conducting stops and searches.

Here's a list from the police activity log of some of the team's efforts in such neighborhoods as Del Paso Heights, Johnson Heights and Noralto:

 Probation search, 4000 block of Taylor Street. Team conducted a probation search looking for someone who possibly had a handgun. Only turned up a BB gun.

 Probation search, 3400 block of Norwood Avenue. Officers went to gang members home. While there, a former gang member, was found with ammunition and methamphetamine.

 Subject stop, Fairfield Street and Las Palmas Avenue. GET officers took a former gang member into custody. Had a felony warrant and was in possession of brass knuckles.

 Subject stop, 200 block of Eleanor Avenue. Officers located a man near Johnston Park who had a felony warrant out for his arrest. Admitted gang member, police said.

 Search of home, 100 block of Arcade Boulevard. Gang enforcement officers searched gang member's home. At home was suspect's girlfriend, who had an outstanding warrant.

 Watch of hot spot, Grand Avenue and Clay Street. Gang Enforcement Team continued to monitor the location in Del Paso Heights due to citizen complaints of narcotic and gang activity. Officers found a person with an outstanding warrant.

January 11, 2012
Appeals court overturns Sacramento man's conviction

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

An appellate court has thrown out a teenager's conviction in a high-profile gang prosecution stemming from the 2008 killing of another young person at a house party in the Meadowview area of Sacramento.

A three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that Marvel Montreal Barksdale was wrongly found guilty by a jury of voluntary manslaughter because his lawyer was ineffective, resulting in the introduction of otherwise inadmissible evidence that prejudiced Barksdale.

December 13, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of gang-related murder

A Sacramento Superior Court jury on Monday convicted Arthur Alexander McCall in the gang-related murder of Johan Simms three years ago in the north area.

McCall, now 25, and Simms, 20, were members of rival gang sets who exchanged words just before the Nov. 21, 2008, shooting death on Bowles Street near Traction Avenue.

Superior Court Judge Roland L. Candee scheduled McCall's sentencing for Jan. 11.

November 16, 2011
Four arrested in Tuesday night drive-by shooting in Woodland

Four people have been arrested in connection with what Woodland police said appeared to be a gang-related drive-by shooting.

Officers were dispatched about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a report of shots fired in the 1300 block of Donnelly Circle. When they arrived, police found a white, four-door vehicle that had crashed into Gonzales Park.

Witnesses told officers that the car had been driven by a residence on Donnelly Circle and several male passengers leaned out and fired multiple gunshots at two male victims. Police said the rounds penetrated an occupied residence, but no one was injured.

October 28, 2011
Linda man arrested in gang-related shooting in Yuba County

A Linda man was arrested today in connection with what sheriff's officials described as a gang-related shooting incident Thursday.

Yuba County sheriff's deputies were called to the 1700 block of Hammonton-Smartsville Road shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday regarding a report of shots fired. They found an individual who reported being shot at by a person walking past the area, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. The victim was not hit.

Investigators were called to the scene and determined that the incident was gang related. The suspect was identified as Patrick O'Day, 20, of Linda.

October 6, 2011
Reputed Oak Park gang member pleads to crack cocaine sale

A man alleged to be a validated gang member has pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine.

Jeffrey Conner, 37, of Sacramento entered his plea Tuesday, a day before the scheduled start of his jury trial. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13.

Court documents said that Conner is a validated member of the Oak Park Bloods street gang, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. The release notes that Conner has a prior conviction for assault with a firearm.

On Oct. 19, officers conducted a buy of seven ounces of crack cocaine from Conner in the Oak Park neighborhood, according to the release. Conner charged $3,200 and later admitted to law enforcement that he made a little less than $1,000 on the drug deal, according to prosecutors.

October 3, 2011
Five arraigned in shooting death at Amador County pot farm
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The names of five men arrested last week in connection with the shooting death of 45-year-old He Ting Fu in Amador County have been released by the Amador County Sheriff's Department.

All were arraigned Friday in Amador Superior Court, and Judge David Richmond ordered them held in Amador County Jail without bail, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The men were identified as Andrew Minh Manisap , 18 (photo, top row, left), Michael Saechao, 20 (top center), David Van Tai, 22 (top right), and Vu Xuan Tran, 23(bottom left), all of Sacramaento, and Son Thai Nguyen, 19 (bottom right), of Elk Grove.

September 28, 2011
Man dead after shootout at Amador marijuana cultivation site

One man is dead and five others are under arrest following a Tuesday night shootout at the site of a commercial marijuana growing operation in rural Amador County.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office received a call at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday from a resident on Carbondale Road who reported hearing several gunshots. At 9:18, a second caller reported hearing 15 to 20 gunshots. One of the callers reported seeing a white full-sized extra cab truck and dark-colored sport utility vehicle leaving the property where the gunshots originated.

Deputies spotted the two vehicles traveling southwest on Carbondale Road. The vehicles took off at high speeds when occupants spotted patrol cars. Deputies lost sight of the white truck as it turned onto Michigan Lone Bar Road but overtook the second vehicle, a green Expedition.

September 15, 2011
Update: Jury says 2 guilty in Memorial Day 2008 killing ; 1 acquitted

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted two reputed gang members of first-degree murder in the Memorial Day 2008 shooting death of an innocent north-side family man.

The panel found found Jose DeJesus Gonzalez, 24, guilty as the accused gunman in the May 26, 2008, shooting death of Jose Isabel Guerrero, 47. Gonzalez testified at trial that he witnessed the shooting, but he said it was a juvenile he identied as "Little Eddie" who pulled the trigger.

Co-defendant Jaime Torres, also 24, also was found guilty. Witnesses identified him as the man who confronted Guerrero the day of the killing while trying to call out his step-sons who authorities said belonged to a rival gang.

Jurors acquitted Gonzalez' younger brother, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 23. Prosecutors identified him as the driver who transported his brother and others to and from the shooting scene at Guerrero's home on LIndley Drive in a neighborhood called "The Flats."


August 22, 2011
Coffee and conversation with a cop this Friday in Elk Grove

Elk Grove residents can get all types of crime questions answered from a cop over a cup of coffee later this week.

Officers from the Elk Grove Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit will answer questions during "Coffee with a Cop."

The POP officers will be at La Bou, 8694 Elk Grove Blvd., and Nugget Market, 7101 Elk Grove Blvd., from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.

Police Chief Robert Lehner said the informal meetings over coffee develop strong relationships with the public. Specific or general questions about neighborhoods are welcome.

August 20, 2011
Meadowview fight may have prompted shooting, police say

A juvenile was shot in the face today in the 2000 block of Newport Avenue in the Meadowview area, police reported.

The shooting may have been gang motivated, said Sgt. Norm Leong, police spokesman.

As of 2:45 p.m., officers were still on the scene investigating, but it appears that an earlier fight may have led to the incident, Leong said.

The victim was shot, perhaps with shotgun, when he emerged from a home later.

The wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

August 17, 2011
Man who allegedly shot at Sacramento police has long history, records show

Sacramento police said Wednesday that the man who allegedly fired at an officer after the officer tried to stop him, thinking he fit the description of a recent armed robbery suspect, was not in fact the man wanted for the robbery.

But police also said the man, 20-year-old Devonte Fields, was a validated gangster and felony probationer armed with a handgun - suggesting why he likely fled from police.

Officers arrested Fields Tuesday night at the conclusion of a three-hour standoff at a Valley Hi Drive apartment complex, which law enforcement officers from across the county had surrounded.

A patrol officer had attempted to contact Fields in the area of Valley Hi Drive and Bamford Drive, thinking the man matched the description of a suspect wanted in a recent armed robbery, according to police. Fields fled, and as the officer gave chase on foot, Fields allegedly fired at the officer, police said. The officer was not hit, and Fields disappeared into the apartment complex.

August 17, 2011
Sacramento police ID man who allegedly shot at officer during pursuit

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Fields, who is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and other weapons-related charges, is on felony probation and is a validated gang member, said police spokesman Officer Konrad von Schoech.

Fields surrendered to police Tuesday evening, after three hours of hiding in a Valley Hi Drive apartment complex that had been surrounded by dozens of law enforcement officers.

August 16, 2011
Antelope residents victims of widespread tagging spree

Residents of a wide swath of the Antelope community awoke this morning to graffiti on fences, cars, garages, mailboxes and an elementary school.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said a man walking his dog called the Sheriff's Department about 7 a.m. to report that he had observed a lot of spray painting and tagging that appeared to have white supremacist overtones.

Ramos said the graffiti included swastikas and some references to white supremacist gangs, but much of the tagging appeared to have no particular significance. The word "Minkus," believed to be a tagger's moniker or signature, appeared at several locations, Ramos said.

August 2, 2011
National Night Out: Barbecues, ice cream and watching out for the neighbors

By Bill Lindelof and Ryan Lillis

Tonight is National Night Out -- a time when neighbors band together in a common effort to watch out for each other.

It's an age when porch-sitting is not in style it was years ago. It's a time when homeowners hit the remote as soon as their car is parked in the garage, thereby avoiding contact with the neighbor.

But at least once a year, neighbors can re-connect on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, strengthen neighborhoods and forge police-community partnerships.

July 30, 2011
Man, 19, shot and killed in north Sacramento

By Ben Schenkel
bschenkel@sacbee.com

A male teenager was shot and killed in the wee hours of Saturday morning on North Avenue, the Sacramento Police Department said in a news statement.

The 19-year-old victim's name has not been released yet.

Officers responded around 2:30 a.m. to the 900 block of North Avenue after gunshots were fired. One of the officers was directed to a vehicle containing the young gunshot victim, the release said.

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

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

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

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

July 1, 2011
Sacramento police service changes effective today

Despite 42 officers out the door of the Sacramento Police Department, most residents likely won't notice a big difference right away: There are the same number of black-and-whites patrolling the streets today as there were last week.

Where the difference is most likely to be felt, officials say, is in the wake of a crime.

"For the most part, you won't notice any difference in the streets," said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong. "However, what you'll notice primarily is (the difference in) what we follow up on."

This week, 42 police officers and 66 non-sworn employees - such as forensic investigators and community service officers - turned in their badges and equipment. As a result, significant changes in police services are effective today, the start of the fiscal year.

June 10, 2011
Sacramento judge sentences gang member to life in prison

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com


Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall today sentenced reputed street gang member Marcus Scott Jr. to life in prison with no chance of parole for murdering a man two years ago.

Scott, 22, was convicted last month in the Dec. 15, 2009, gang-related shooting death of Perrell Marquis Waters, 19.

The sentences on two co-defendants in the case, Marquel Lamar Dixon, 18, and Ronald Delano Grant, 21, were continued.

June 2, 2011
Gang graffiti vandals deface two Woodland parks

Gang graffiti was found sprayed at two Woodland parks on Wednesday.

Police officers were dispatched to City Park, 639 Cleveland St., about 3:40 p.m. There they found the park's restroom and a storage shed had been spray-painted with gang graffiti.

June 1, 2011
Carranco convicted in shooting death at Sacramento party

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Juan Carlos Carranco of second-degree murder in the fatal Oct. 31, 2009, shooting of Carlos Cervantes Jr. at a party in the south area.

Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan scheduled the sentencing on the 18-year-old Carranco, a reputed street gang member, for June 24.

Cervantes, 23, died nearly four weeks after the shooting on Clover Manor Way.

May 15, 2011
Police K-9 helps nab Woodland man after stolen car chase

A 20-year-old man suspected in gang involvement was booked into the Yolo County Jail early today for investigation of felony auto theft and other charges following a brief police chase through a residential area of the city, Woodland Police said.

The chase started at 11:25 p.m. Saturday and culminated in the injury of the suspect as he was apprehended with the aid of a police K-9 dog. Two other suspects fled the scene, according to police.

The injured suspect, Armando Mendoza of Woodland, was taken to Davis Sutter Hospital for treatment before his booking. An officer, also injured, was taken by ambulance to Woodland Memorial Hospital, treated and later released.

May 12, 2011
Three arrested in connection with Arden Arcade graffiti spree

Aviles.jpgNava.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced that three known gang members were arrested Wednesday in connection with a rash of graffiti incidents in the Arden Arcade area.

Dana Aviles (left), 18, Jesus Nava (right), 19,and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and participation in criminal street gang activity, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Nava and Aviles were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and the 14-year-old was booked at Sacramento County Juvenile Hall.

May 7, 2011
Sheriff's Department IDs gunman who closed down Arden Way

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The Sacramento Sheriff's Department identified Marvin Barksdale, 22, as the gunman accused of leading the California Highway Patrol on a chase Friday, before holing up in an audio business.

Barksdale is a validated gang member, officials said.

The Sheriff's Department responded at 5:24 p.m. Friday to aid the CHP with a pursuit.

April 21, 2011
Coroner IDs knifing victim outside Sacramento pot club

The name of the man killed in a bloody knifing outside a pot dispensary in South Sacramento on Wednesday has been released this morning by the Sacramento County Coroner.

The man was identified as Jesus A. Galvan-Mendoza, 24, of Sacramento.

Galvan-Mendoza was one of three victims stabbed outside the R&R Wellness Center on Quinta Court near Stockton Boulevard. Two of the victims went by private vehicle to a local hospital, including Galvan-Mendoza, who was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m.

April 8, 2011
Two men sentenced in gang-related shooting

Two men were sentenced today in connection with a 2008 gang-related shooting.

Lue Thao, 22, was sentenced by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raul Thorbourne to 27 years to life in prison after being found guilty by a jury of premeditated attempted murder, shooting into an inhabited motor vehicle and assault with a firearm.

Co-defendant Alex Lee, 20, was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and firing into an inhabited vehicle.

April 6, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of 2005 murder and other crimes

20090619-131.pdf - Adobe Reader.JPGA Sacramento County jury has found 24-year-old Roy Houston guilty of murder in a Feb. 17, 2005 shooting that prosecutors have described as a gang-retaliation killing.

Slain in the North Sacramento shooting was 21-year-old Donald McCall. Jurors also found Houston guilty of the attempted murder of Randall Hudson and Joseph McCoy, and found to be true the special circumstances of using a firearm, shooting from a car and committing the crime on behalf of a gang.

For a separate March 2005 incident, jurors also convicted Houston of the attempted murder of Kenneth Bell. They found to be true special circumstances of using a firearm and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

March 17, 2011
Hundreds of Sacramento teens expected for anti-violence rally

By Melody Gutierrez
mgutierrez@sacbee.com

Hundreds of teens from area high schools are set to stage a peace rally Friday at Cesar Chavez Park on 10th and J streets.

Various campuses throughout Sacramento have hosted peace-related events all week to raise awareness about gang violence and in teen crime victims.

The event is hosted by the Sacramento Youth Commission and will begin at noon on Friday.

Students from Hiram Johnson, McClatchy, Grant, Luther Burbank and St. Francis will be participating with County Supervisor Phil Serna.

Call The Bee's Melody Gutierrez, (916) 326-5521. Follow her on Twitter @MelodyGutierrez.

March 10, 2011
2 Sacramento gang members convicted in Halloween party slaying

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento jury today convicted two members of a North Highlands street gang of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2008 Halloween Night party host.

Gunman Elijah Rasean Fields, 20, and fellow Monk Mobb gang member Corey Andre Carmicle, 24, also were convicted of three additional counts of attempted murder in the Nov. 1, 2008, shooting that killed Patrick Razaghzadeh, 24.

"Relief," said Trish O'Connor, the mother of the murder victim, after the verdict was announced. "I feel like there was justice and resolution. There is no closure. There is never going to be closure. But there is justice."

March 3, 2011
Sacramento gang member admits firing fatal shots at party

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

An admitted gang member testified today that "I pulled a gun out and shot with my eyes closed" when he killed the host of a 2008 Halloween Night party in the La Riviera-Larchmont Park area.

"I mean it just happened," Elijah Rasean Fields, 20, told a Sacramento Superior Court jury. "I don't really see it in my mind. I know it just happened."

Patrick Razaghzadeh, 24, was hit five times from the bullets fired from Fields' handgun, including once in the forehead. He fell to the pavement and died in the back yard of the house he and some buddies had been renting on Rogue River Drive.

March 3, 2011
Roseville gang member gets 36 to life in prison

clip_image002.jpgBy Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A Roseville gang member has been sentenced to 36 years to life in state prison by a Placer County judge who noted the defendant had spent nearly 80 percent of his adult life in custody.

Jose Vincent Rubal Jr. (left), 39, received the sentence Tuesday after Superior Court Judge Jeff Penney denied his motion to dismiss prior serious offenses in hopes of getting a lighter prison term. Rubal is a "three-strikes" offender. (California's three-strikes law allows harsher sentences for repeat felons.)

At least two of his prior crimes involved assaults with a knife. The judge figured that Rubal has spent 6,350 days of his adult life in custody, according to a press release from the Placer County District Attorney's office.

February 4, 2011
Sacramento judge orders juror to OK release of Facebook records

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A judge ordered a juror today to allow Facebook to turn over his in-trial postings to the court to determine if the panelist was prejudiced in a recent Sacramento gang-beating trial.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny said in his order that he "must investigate" the postings as a result of the juror's misconduct of discussing the case publicly in violation of a judicial admonition not to do so.

Kenny's order circumvents a constitutional issue that arose in his courtroom. Facebook had contended that it was precluded by the federal Stored Communications Act of releasing the postings without the juror's consent. Attorneys for the defendants in the Killa Mobb gang trial said the company's position ran up against their clients' right to a fair trial.

January 29, 2011
2 Sacramento teens arrested in attempted murder in Lodi

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

Two Sacramento teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after they allegedly ran down a rival gang member in their car Friday night, a Lodi police spokesman said.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were driving in Lodi when they spotted a member of a rival gang, said Lodi Police Department spokesman Sgt. Doug Chinn.

They struck the 16-year-old Lodi teen with their car near the intersection of Garfield and Tokay streets and dragged him about 460 feet, first on top of the car, then under it, Chinn said.

January 26, 2011
Man pleads guilty in fatal Sacramento Halloween party shooting

By Andy Furillo
afrurillo@sacbee.com

Prosecutors scored their first conviction in a fatal Halloween Night 2008 party shooting when one of three remaining "Monk Mobb" murder defendants pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Carlos "Scarecrow" Allen, 19, entered his plea in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Joseph Orr, in an arrangement worked out between Deputy District Attorney Andrew Solomon and defense lawyer Kevin J. Adamson.

Orr set Allen's sentencing date for March 11. Allen faces 11 years for the manslaughter, plus another eight months in a separate guilty plea to being an accessory to an unrelated drive-by shooting in 2009.

October 5, 2010
Sacramento screening set for anti-gang documentary

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A screening of the youth documentary "Heart of Stone" will be held at Sacramento's Guild Theater on Oct. 27 as part of an effort to reduce gang violence and improve academic success among students at area high schools.

The screening is sponsored by the Youth Development Network, a regional nonprofit organization that provides training and networking support to agencies that work with and advocate for youth.

"This story based on a high school principal in New Jersey who engages the black and Jewish alumni of his school to fight back against an influx of gangs on the campus has important life lessons for Sacramento about the power of using gang leaders to become problem-solvers in our high schools," Adrian Ruiz, Youth Development Network co-director, said in a news release.

"Heart of Stone" documents the efforts of high school principal Ron Stone to engage students and the community to help turn around a school that was overcome by violence.

The film has won numerous honors including the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Cinequest Film Festival and the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award.

The Oct. 27 screening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St., Sacramento, with registration at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for youth. Advance online registration is available at http://ydnetwork.org/Registration. A limited number of free tickets are available for youths upon request.

The film's director, Beth Toni Kruvant, will answer questions from the audience following the screening. A panel including Mary Struhs, Healthy Start coordinator at Hiram Johnson High School, and Capt. Daniel Hahn of the Sacramento Police Department, as well as student and alumni representatives from area schools will discuss education and gang issues.

For more information, call the Youth Development Network office at (916) 228-2227.

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

October 4, 2010
Fourth man convicted in 2007 gang killing

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A fourth defendant has been convicted in a North Sacramento gang killing from three years ago.

David Moses Ballesteros, 23, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday in the Aug. 19, 2007, shooting death of Stephen Matthew "Bo" Clay, 25, on Eleanor Avenue.

Sacramento Superior court Judge Greta Curtis Fall scheduled the sentencing on Ballesteros for Nov. 5.

A separate jury returned first-degree murder convictions last week on Hector Jaime Garcia, 26, Edward Garcia, 23, and Manuel Alvarez Jr., 25.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

September 18, 2010
Gunshot victim found in rolled SUV

By Carlos Alcala
calcala@sacbee.com

Sacramento Police are investigating the events that preceded a strange accident that sent several people to the hospital early today.

A white GMC Yukon eastbound on X Street flipped over near Alhambra Boulevard shortly before 2 a.m., police reported.

Officers found six people outside the vehicle, three with major injuries. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police determined one of the car's occupants also had a gunshot wound in his arm. It was not known whether the gunshot victim was the driver or a passenger.

A gun was found amid debris from the accident, and two of the vehicle's occupants were "validated gang members," said Sgt. Norm Leong.

The cause of the accident is unknown.

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

September 7, 2010
Bee's Public Eye offers map of Sacramento gang activity

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August 23, 2010
Folsom Boulevard bar fight spreads to freeway

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A disagreement at a Folsom Boulevard bar ended up with a rock- and bottle-throwing incident on the freeway.

Sacramento police said that a fight at a bar in the 8400 block of Folsom Boulevard spilled onto westbound Highway 50 about 2 a.m.

Rocks and bottles were thrown as the cars made their way down the freeway, police said. Police were also told that two vehicles were stopped on the freeway near the Highway 99 interchange and the occupants of the cars were fighting.

One car was gone when officers arrived, and victims in the other vehicle did not cooperate fully, police said.

Three occupants of the vehicle that remained at the scene when police arrived were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The fight might be gang related, police said.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

August 12, 2010
Sacramento teen gets 26 years for gang-related slaying

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento teenager convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a gang-related shooting death two years ago was sentenced today to 26 years in prison.

Marvel Barksdale, 17, received the term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley for the Aug. 22, 2008, killing of 16-year-old Robert Haynes at a house party in Meadowview.

Barksdale got only six years for the manslaughter, but Frawley sentenced him to 10 years for carrying out the shooting in furtherance of street gang activity and 10 more years for use of the firearm.

Three other teenagers were injured in the shooting on Detroit Avenue, at the party attended by more than 50 youths.

The night of the shooting, Haynes, a projected starter on the Sacramento High School football team, told his mother he was going to the State Fair.

Witnesses said that Barksdale, then a sophomore at Foothill High School, showed up at the party with friends from the Guttah Boys gang.

They gathered in the backyard at the party and then stormed inside after the Fourth Avenue Bloods gang contingent arrived.

One witness testified he saw a gunshot-like flash come from Barksdale's side as the Guttah Boys ran into the house through a sliding glass door. A .32-caliber bullet, meanwhile, struck Haynes in the back of the head and killed him.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

June 18, 2010
Teen convicted in 2008 gang shooting death at Meadowview party

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Marvel Barksdale of voluntary manslaughter in the gang-related shooting death of Robert Haynes two years ago at a house party in Meadowview.

Barksdale, who is now 17 years old, was 15 at the time of the Aug. 22, 2008, party in which Haynes, 16, was felled by a bullet during a shootout between the Fourth Avenue Bloods of Oak Park and the Guttah Boys from Meadowview.

Prosecutors had charged Barksdale with first-degree murder. But in spite of the manslaughter verdict, the defendant still faces substantial prison time at his scheduled Aug. 12 sentencing in front of Judge Timothy M. Frawley.

In addition to the 11 years Barksdale is facing for the voluntary manslaughter conviction, he is likely to be sentenced to 10 years under an allegation found true by the jury that he shot Haynes for the benefit of a street gang.

Another sentencing enhancement could add three, five or 10 years to Barksdale's term, the result of the jury's additional finding that he personally used a firearm.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

June 14, 2010
Killer gets 25 years to life for gang shooting

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A Sacramento street gang member convicted of first-degree murder for killing a rival during a shootout two years ago has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, online court records show.

Billy Saechao was sent to the Department of Corrections on Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl for the killing of Koua Lee, 20.

An estimated 40 shots were fired in the battle between two street gangs March 21, 2008, on Millroy Way in south Sacramento.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

June 8, 2010
Yolo DA: Woodland gang member gets 38-plus years

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

A Woodland man, identified as a member of the Norteno Criminal Street Gang, has been sentenced to 38 years and 8 months to life in state prison after being convicted of robbery, assault with a firearm and attempting to dissuade a witness.

Anthony Vasquez, 22, was sentenced by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall on Friday.

On May 5, 2008, Vasquez arranged to buy marijuana from the victim, according to an Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

When the victim arrived to make the sale, Vasquez got into the back of the victim's car. When the victim began to show him the marijuana, Vasquez grabbed the marijuana and shot the victim in the chest from the back seat.

Vasquez then returned to a party he had been attending earlier. The victim underwent hours of surgery to repair damage from the bullet that pierced his lung, the news release says.

Authorities located Vasquez six months later hiding in a local hotel room.

On July 4, 2009, days before a scheduled preliminary hearing in the case, a correctional officer at the jail found a letter written by Vasquez. The letter was smuggled out of jail by an inmate who was being released from custody.

In the letter Vasquez admitted shooting the victim and asked that some of his "homies" let witnesses know that they should not attend his trial and that they should say he was not present at the time of the shooting, the news release says.

The jury found Vasquez guilty of robbery with intentional use and discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury and attempting to dissuade a witness. The jury also found that the crimes we committed for benefit of a criminal street gang.

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

June 3, 2010
Sacramento gang member denies killing teen at party

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

The defendant in a purported gang slaying at a Meadowview house party two years ago took the witness stand today and denied that he had anything to do with it.

"I ain't never went in...I stayed back," Marvel Barksdale testified in Sacramento Superior Court, saying that he remained in the backyard when shooting broke out in the living room of the party house on Detroit Avenue.

Two witnesses at the trial identified the 17-year-old defendant as the shooter and a third said she saw him with a gun at the party on the Aug. 22, 2008, night when Robert Haynes was shot to death.

Police and prosecutors say the fatal shooting resulted from a dispute between the Meadowview-based Guttah Boys and the Fourth Avenue Bloods of Oak Park.

Haynes, 16, had been affiliated with "FAB," but had been more focused on sports and academics at Sacramento High School at the time of his death, school officials said.

Barksdale denied being a member of the Guttah Boys. He said he was affiliated, however, with G-Mobb that serves as a south area umbrella gang that includes elements of the Guttah Boys, law enforcement officials say.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

Previous coverage:

Fourth reluctant witness jailed in Sacramento gang shooting trial - May 22, 2010

June 3, 2010
Officials join to make sweeping gang busts in three counties

By Robert D. Davila
bdavila@sacbee.com

A team of state and local law enforcement officers fanned out today to arrest as many as 34 gang members in Yuba, Sutter and Sacramento counties in a major bust led by the state Department of Justice.

CT photo 5.jpgguns.jpgThe suspects were named in arrest warrants being served on validated members of the Norteño and Sureño gangs, said Michelle Gregory of the department's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and Gang Suppression Team. The warrants charge suspects with homicide, drug possession, drug trafficking and other crimes. (Photo at left is of weapons and ammuniiton seized in the raid. Photo is courtesy of the State DOJ.)

The crackdown followed a series of homicides and retaliatory attacks by the rival gangs that escalated following the killing in the Yuba City area in January, Gregory said. Since then, law enforcement officials discovered gang members were gaining a foothold in Sutter and Yuba counties to distribute methamphetamine from Mexico, she said.

"They're trying to embed themselves in these communities and bring in the drugs and weapons," Gregory said. "We're out here to make sure they don't do that."

Most of those arrested today belonged to the Norteño gang, Gregory said. Participating law enforcement agencies included local police, sheriff's departments and state agencies.

Call The Bee's Robert D. Davila, (916) 321-1077.

May 11, 2010
California grants aimed to steer youth from gangs

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

The state of California is making $6 million in grants available to expand education, job training and placement programs for young street gang members or youths who may be prone to join gangs as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Initiative, or CalGRIP.

"These grants will offer at-risk youth throughout California a chance to turn their backs on a life of crime and become contributing members of their communities," Gov. Schwarzenegger said in a prepared statement today announcing the new funding. "This investment will help young Californians develop the life-long skills needed to succeed and not get caught up in gangs and violence."

As part of the CalGRIP initiative, the Employment Development Department is soliciting grant proposals to implement education, job training, supportive service and job placement programs for youths, according to a news release from the Governor's Office.

Proposals will be accepted from public, private nonprofit and private for-profit organizations through June 14. They should target youths 14 to 24 years of age who are at risk of joining gangs or are already gang members.

The EDD seeks proposals that promote career pathways that place at-risk youth in part-time employment tin after-school programs, while providing post-secondary education that will lead to teaching, community and social service positions, such as licensed social worker, youth worker or counselor.

Proposed strategies should be comprehensive and community-focused, providing a holistic approach to serving youth, according to the news release.

Funding for the grants is drawn from the governor's 15 percent Discretionary Workforce Investment Act funds under the administrative authority of the Employment Development Department.

For more information or to submit a grant application, see the EDD website.

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

May 5, 2010
Lodi PD: Wounded man says shooting gang related

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A man shot in the elbow Tuesday night in Lodi told police he was fired upon because he was a member of a particular street gang.

Lodi police were called to the 500 block of East Elm Street about 9 p.m. by citizens who heard several gunshots. While responding to the scene, officers also learned that a man had been shot and was in the street.

Officers found a 21-year-old man in the road in front of 508 East Elm Street who had suffered a gunshot wound in his right elbow. The victim, who was not identified, said he was shot because he is a Sureno street gang member.

Police are following up on leads today. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (209) 333-6873.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

March 18, 2010
Sac PD: Area cops join crackdown on biker gang

By Bee Staff

The Sacramento Police Department and other Sacramento area law enforcement agencies participated in a major crackdown on California's largest motorcycle gang, a police spokesman said today.

Officers responded to eighteen locations throughout the region Wednesday, arresting six Vagos associates for gun charges, stolen property, narcotics, counterfeit money, and warrants, said Sgt. Norm Leong.

About 30 members of the Vagos were arrested as part of the crackdown in Riverside and Shasta counties in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah after the attacks on police in Hemet, Calif., according to an Associated Press report.

The sweep was prompted by three booby-trap attacks on an anti-gang task force in Hemet, AP reported.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco declined to detail evidence he said links the Vagos to the attacks because the investigation was ongoing.

On Dec. 31, someone drilled a hole in the roof of the gang unit's headquarters and diverted a natural gas line from a heater, filling the space with flammable gas, AP reported. The trap was discovered before anyone was hurt.

Last month, a gun rigged to shoot when a headquarters security gate was opened sent a bullet whizzing past an officer, AP reported. Again, nobody was hurt.

The third incident involved the discovery of a dangerous device near an officer's car, AP reported.

Pacheco said the Vagos specialize in methamphetamine sales, weapons trafficking and violence, particularly toward law enforcement officers.

Sgt. Leong said the following people were arrested in the Sacramento area:

-Eric Privett, 32, on a stolen-car warrant.

-Eugene Privett, 54, on a stolen-car warrant.

-Eugene Privett, 35, on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and parole violation (the relationship of the Privetts to each other wasn't available).

-Kari Rawls, 27, on suspicion of possession of stolen property and counterfeiting.

-Joseph Delnero, 28, on suspicion of being a felon with guns, possession of a stolen gun.

-Marilyn Kimbrell, 49, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.

In the Sacramento area, the Vagos has the largest membership for an outlaw motorcycle gang with over 50 members, Leong said.

Joining Sacramento police in the local sweep were officers or agents from the Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Roseville Police Department, Folsom Police Department, Citrus Heights Police Department, Placer County Sheriff's Department, Galt Police Department, Grass Valley Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Highway Patrol, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole and Special Services.

Officials said there are about 600 Vagos in the Western U.S.,

including about 200 in Riverside County, where the gang was started in the late 1960s, AP reported.

March 16, 2010
Teen gets 55 years in prison for Yolo attempted murder

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A teenager convicted of attempted murder was sentenced to state prison for 55 years to life in Yolo County Superior Court.

Ramiro Leon Jr., 18, of Woodland, was sentenced Monday by Judge Stephen L. Mock. A jury in February convicted Leon of attempted murder in a gang-related drive-by shooting, the district attorney's office states.

Prosecutors said Leon was involved in a shooting September 2008 in Woodland's Campbell Park. The shooting stemmed from friction between gang members earlier in the day on a school bus,

Leon shot several times from a passenger seat of a car as it drove by the park. One young man was hit and seriously wounded.

Gunfire also struck a parked car, narrowly missing a young woman inside.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

March 12, 2010
Sac PD floods gang area in anti-crime sweep

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

Sacramento police took advantage of a slow shift Thursday night and saturated Meadowview's Nedra Court, one of the city's notorious gang hangouts, in hopes of suppressing criminal activity there, according to authorities.

The street, flanked by apartment complexes, was the site of a 15-year-old girl's killing in January. A man was shot there a few weeks ago, and the area typically produces a "high volume" of 911 calls, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

In a recent 30-day period, police were called to Nedra Court 30 times, according to police data.

So a swing-shift patrol team decided to do some proactive police work, Leong said, stopping cars coming in and out of the court.

Officers issued 23 citations; arrested two men for gun possession - and confiscated the gun; validated two gang members; made three misdemeanor warrant arrests, and conducted three probation searches, Leong said.

Part of the effort was intended "to show residents that we do care," Leong said.

The other part: "To minimize both the gang activity and the recent violence that has occurred in that area."

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

Previous coverage:

'Happy-go-lucky' girl killed after party fight - Jan. 4, 2010.

March 9, 2010
Sacramento accountant pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

William Murray, a Sacramento accountant who stole more than $13 million from 52 clients between 2001 and 2009, pleaded guilty today in federal court to mail fraud and interference with tax administration.

U. S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia ordered Murray to immediately be taken into custody by deputy U. S. marshals. The judge set sentencing for May 28.

Murray, 55, told clients to write checks to accounts under his control so he could pay taxes or make investments on their behalf. Much of the money went to support his extravagant lifestyle, including the purchase of real property, a classic car, a fleet of limousines, expensive jewelry and rugs, and fine wines.

He changed his clients' addresses to his own so they would not receive the IRS' delinquent tax notices.

As demands for payment arrived from clients and the IRS, Murray's fraud became a Ponzi scheme that he perpetuated by using more than $3.5 million in recent client receipts to pay off demands stemming from earlier theft.

Before the house of cards collapsed, Murray was a man of some prominence. He was a certified public accountant with a solid client base.

He regularly offered tax advice on a local television channel. He was used as an expert witness in courts in five counties.

He served as a federal tax agent between 1976 and 1980, when he moved to Sacramento to join a former IRS colleague in private practice.

Murray's plea agreement calls for the forfeiture of all his remaining assets to the government, victim restitution, and full disclosure of his finances to the victims.

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

Previous coverage:

Alleged victims of disgraced CPA remain angry - Feb. 16, 2010

Accountant's license suspended in case - Jan. 14, 2010

One of Sacramento accountant's alleged victims speaks out - Dec. 20, 2009

Affidavit: Sacramento accountant admits to stealing millions - Dec. 17, 2009

January 8, 2010
Man gets life sentence for gang-related slaying in Max Baer Park

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

A judge today sentenced Jimmy Navarro to life in prison with no chance of parole for the gang-related shooting death of a man in Max Baer Park nearly three years ago.

Navarro, 27, also received two additional 25-to-life terms for the May 7, 2007, shooting death of Adrian Hutchins, 21, at his sentencing hearing today in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny.

According to evidence at his trial, Navarro, who was the passenger in a car, shot and killed Hutchins after the two exchanged insults at 1:15 in the morning.

January 8, 2010
Sacramento PD: 3 arrested in gang-related slaying

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Three young men have been arrested on suspicion of homicide for what police say was a gang-related killing.

Sacramento police arrested Marcus Scott (left), 20, Ronald D. Grant (bottom left), 19, and Jumal Gray (bottom right), 20, on suspicion of homicide in the death of Perell Marquise Waters, a 19-year-old father-to-be who was gunned down on Dec. 15.

All of the suspects are Sacramento residents.

Shortly before 10 p.m. that night, Waters and a friend were leaving the parking lot of the Woodbridge apartment complex in the 1900 block of San Juan Road in the victim's car when three men approached on foot and fired numerous gunshots.

Waters was taken to an area hospital, where he died. His friend escaped without injury.

Police said the shooting was part of an ongoing gang dispute.

Scott was arrested after the Career Criminal Apprehension Team stopped him in a vehicle near San Juan Avenue and Truxel Road.

Grant was already in custody and Gray was arrested at police headquarters.

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December 30, 2009
Judge sentences Sacramento gang member in attack on cop

Bee Staff

A Sacramento Superior Court judge today sentenced a gang member to 17 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of a police officer, according to a news release from District Attorney Jan Scully.

Jose Angel Gallardo's sentence included a robbery charge that he was convicted on earlier, Scully said.

Scully gave this account of events:

On May 22, 2006, Gallardo was a passenger in a car with three others. The driver, Eugene Gallegos, stopped his car at a bus stop near Truxel and San Juan roads Gallardo and another passenger, Saul Rabago, robbed the a 16-year-old boy using a fake gun.

Gallegos drove to the Natomas Marketplace where Sacramento Police Officer Kevin Howland approached the car on foot. At the urging of Gallardo, Gallegos attempted to run over Howland.

Howland ended up on the hood of the car as it sped through the busy parking lot. Howland fired several shots through the windshield ultimately stopping the car and killing Gallegos.

Gallardo, Rabago and Gallegos were all validated members of the Varrio Gardenland gang.

Rabago was previously sentenced to 12 years and 8 months in state prison for his role in the robbery and attempted murder.

"Thanks to the heroic efforts of Officer Kevin Howland, the lives of many bystanders were kept safe that day," said Deputy District Attorney Curtis Fiorini.

June 29, 2009
Suspected gang-related fights land Boys Ranch wards in Juvenile Hall

From Bill Lindelof:

A series of what authorities say were gang-related fights at Sacramento County Boys Ranch have landed eight youths suspected of starting the trouble in the higher security Juvenile Hall.

A series of fist fights among gang members erupted about 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boys Ranch. One ward was treated for minor cuts that required stitches, but no staff members were injured, officials said.

To quell the disturbances, which ultimately involved 17 wards, staff used pepper spray and summoned help. Additional probation officers, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Folsom and Rancho Cordova police departments helped return wards to their dorms.

The fights appeared to gang-related, said county probation department spokeswoman Erin M. Treadwell. About 80 percent of the 94 Boys Ranch residents are affiliated with gangs.

The eight wards suspected of starting the fights were moved to Juvenile Hall in part because they can be isolated in individual rooms there rather than kept in the dorm-style setting featured at the Boys Ranch.

June 29, 2009
Suspected gang-related fights land Boys Ranch wards in Juvenile Hall

From Bill Lindelof:

A series of what authorities say were gang-related fights at Sacramento County Boys Ranch have landed eight youths suspected of starting the trouble in the higher security Juvenile Hall.

A series of fist fights among gang members erupted about 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boys Ranch. One ward was treated for minor cuts that required stitches, but no staff members were injured, officials said.

To quell the disturbances, which ultimately involved 17 wards, staff used pepper spray and summoned help. Additional probation officers, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Folsom and Rancho Cordova police departments helped return wards to their dorms.

The fights appeared to gang-related, said county probation department spokeswoman Erin M. Treadwell. About 80 percent of the 94 Boys Ranch residents are affiliated with gangs.

The eight wards suspected of starting the fights were moved to Juvenile Hall in part because they can be isolated in individual rooms there rather than kept in the dorm-style setting featured at the Boys Ranch.

June 27, 2009
Sacramento cops arrest 2 teens in attack on night-crawler diggers

From Chelsea Phua

Two teenage boys have been arrested after allegedly attacking a group of people who were digging up night crawlers along a bike trail in the Richardson Village neighborhood of north Sacramento, police said.

Sgt. Norm Leong said a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. A gang enhancement was also added for the boys, who belong to a gang, police said.

The boys were part of a group that attacked another group at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday near the bike trail off of the 3300 block of Altos Avenue.

Leong said one of three victims was a man in his 30s. Another victim was the man's sister, Leong said. It's not clear the relationship between the third victim and the first two.

An online police log reported that three people were digging up night crawlers when four juvenile boys approached them. One of the juveniles punched one of the three victims in the face. The suspects took off and returned with another handful of people. They fired several shots at the victims and a victim's house before fleeing, police said.

No one was hurt and no damage was done to the house.

A few hours later, at about 5:45 a.m., officers received a call reporting that some of the same suspects returned to the area.

Police found five people, who tried to escape. They detained three and arrested two who they found to be gang members, Leong said.

June 26, 2009
Gang member sentenced in "friendly fire" slaying

From Andy Furillo:

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick today sentenced Denishio Demmetrius Collins to prison for 58 years to life for the "friendly fire" shooting death of a fellow gang member four years ago.

A jury in February convicted Collins, 27, of first-degree murder in the June 27, 2005, killing of David A. Perkins, 22.

Collins and Perkins were two several members from the Oak Park Bloods' "Ridezilla" subset that had launched an attack on some suspected rival Crips. One of the bullets meant for the rivals, however, killed Perkins.

Jurors found that the fatal bullet came from a TEC 9 assault weapon fired by Collins.

June 19, 2009
8th suspect arrested in gang-linked Sacramento slaying

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Alex Eugene Toliver in connection with the Nov. 1 slaying of 24-year-old Patrick Razaghzadeh. That brings to eight the number of men facing a murder charge for Razaghzadeh's death and five attempted murder charges for the shootings of five of the victim's friends.

Toliver also is the eighth arrest in an effort by sheriff's detectives to knock down what they describe as two small but persistently violent gang subsets from North Highlands: Monk Mobb and TNA. The two groups are part of the larger North Highlands Gangster Crips network, according to detectives.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, Razaghzadeh was gunned down in the backyard of his Rogue River Drive home. He had been hosting a Halloween party for friends, detectives allege, when members of the Monk Mobb and TNA crashed the party. Razaghzadeh died at the scene; five of Razaghzadeh's friends also were shot, but survived.

Last week, detectives arrested: Carlos Lavance Allen, 18; Corey Andre Carmicle, 22; Charles Steven Ferrell III, 21; Elijah Rasean Fields, 18; Willie Cavil Harris IV, 19; Willie Earl Toliver Jr., 22; and Jarrell Edward Triplett, 16.

The Bee is naming the defendants who were juveniles at the time the alleged crimes occurred - Allen, Fields and Triplett - because the District Attorney's Office has confirmed that they will be tried as adults.

All of them - including the latest suspect, Alex Toliver - face one count or murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Alex Toliver is Willie Toliver's younger brother, according to detectives.

A ninth suspect also has been arrested in connection with the case: Leighni Nikkol Hadl, 23, faces one count of conspiracy.

In making the arrests, detectives say they are optimistic they have broken the back of the two gang subsets. They allege that many of the suspects in the Razaghzadeh homicide have been recurring problems for detectives, and that their names have come up in several previous investigations.

The gangs have been responsible for at least four homicides, more than a dozen shootings and 70-plus robberies in the last year-and-a-half, detectives allege. In the course of the latest homicide investigation, detectives say they gathered valuable information on other violent and unsolved crimes, and that arrests might follow in those cases, though they declined to provide more details.

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May 20, 2009
Prison next for trio that assaulted West Sacramento girl, 14

From Bill Lindelof:

Three people have pleaded guilty in Yolo Superior Court to assaulting a teenager.

Joshua Osborne, 18, is expected to be sentenced to eight years in prison when he returns to court July 7. The other defendants, Richard Dazo, 23, and Hilario Estrella, 19, were immediately sentenced to eight years in prison.

A news release from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office says that Osborne threatened a 14-year-old girl in a text message on Jan. 6. The girl's parents alerted West Sacramento police who then made contact with Osborne.

The next day, Osborne was driving in his car with Dazo and Estrella when they saw the girl walking home from school. Osborne let Dazo and Estrella out of the car, and they assaulted the girl.

During the assault, prosecutors said that the girl was told she received the beating for contacting police.

Prosecutors say Osborne, Dazo and Estrella are members of the Broderick Boys street gang. The three entered pleas of guilty to assault to cause harm and admitted an enhancement to the charge that the assault was for the benefit of a street gang, prosecutors said.

The three entered their guilty pleas during the second day of jury selection on Thursday.

May 1, 2009
Gunshots, fleeing juveniles precede 3 Galt arrests

From Niesha Lofing:

Suspected gang activity disrupted a Galt neighborhood Thursday evening, leading to the arrest of three boys.

Officers were called about 6:42 p.m. to the 200 block of 2nd Street on a report of possible shots fired, a police news release states.

Witnesses provided suspect descriptions, and Galt police searched the area and found three juveniles about a half-mile away on Spruce Avenue. The boys fled when officers approach but were caught and taken into custody.

Two of the boys had no-bail juvenile warrants, and the third allegedly possessed a loaded firearm, the release states. All three were booked into the Sacramento County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police say they believe the incident is gang-related. An investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Galt police at (209) 366-7000.

March 12, 2009
Six students taken to juvenile hall after Hiram Johnson fight

From Kim Minugh:

Six Hiram Johnson High School students were hauled off to juvenile hall Wednesday morning after fighting on campus, police say.

The fight began about 8:30 a.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong, and involved students who are part of rival gangs that have been feuding in recent days. Wednesday's fight erupted after "words were exchanged," Leong said.

Fight participants suffered minor injuries, Leong said.

All were taken to juvenile hall and booked on battery charges, he said.

Leong said one department police officer is assigned to Hiram Johnson High as a school resource officer, but other SROs came to the campus after the fight to deter further problems.

February 17, 2009
Sacramento gang member pleads guilty in bank fraud

From Sandy Louey:

A 28-year-old Sacramento gang member pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud.

Charles Barksdale entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr., according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Barksdale, also known as Sho, is a member of the G-Mob gang in Sacramento, the release said.

Prosecutors said the scheme caused $1 million to $2 million in losses to financial institutions in late 2007 and early 2008.

The fraud unfolded as follows, the release said:

The schemers - operating from California - sent runners to places such as Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas to use pre-paid credit cards for cash advances at banks.

The cards had only small amounts of money available, but the runners would convince bank tellers to call a toll-free number controlled by a co-schemer.

The co-schemer, posing as a card services representative, would say there were thousands of dollars available on the card and then tell the teller what buttons to press on the card terminal to make the transaction go through.

The runner would keep a portion of the funds and remit a portion, typically half, to Barksdale and others in the Sacramento area. Runners sent money by Federal Express, by wire or by depositing funds into bank accounts controlled by Barksdale and others.

The case against Barksdale was an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with help from local law enforcement agencies around the nation, the release said.

On July 7, 2008, search warrants were executed at multiple locations in Sacramento. Barksdale was in the Sacramento County Main Jail on unrelated charges, the release said.

Upon learning of the searches, he called a woman he knew and used coded language to instruct her to destroy a computer, withdraw funds from a bank account and remove expensive merchandise from a residence, the release said.

The maximum penalty for a bank fraud violation is 30 years in prison. Barksdale's sentencing is April 27.

February 12, 2009
CHP expands crime-fighting duties in Sacramento

From Sandy Louey:

The Sacramento Police Department is working with the California Highway Patrol to lower the gang activity, robbery and burglary rates in the city.

Starting today, 16 CHP officers and two CHP sergeants have been assigned to help the police department's Problem Oriented Police Officers and detectives to deter crimes in south Sacramento, according to a news release.

The partnership is expected to be a long-term effort where CHP officers will be working hand-in-hand with Sacramento police throughout the city, police said.

Areas of deployment will depend on current crime trends or crime series that have been identified, police said.

February 6, 2009
2 suspected gang members shot in North Highland

From Stan Oklobdzija:

Two men, believed to be gang members, were shot in North Highlands this afternoon in what appears to be a gang-related incident, sheriff's officials said.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the shooting at the corner of Ramsey Drive and Cortright Way a little after 3 p.m. today, Sgt. Tim Curran, sheriff's spokesman said.

There they found a 17-year-old Hispanic male shot in the neck and face with what appeared to be shotgun pellets, Curran said. Deputies also found an 18-year-old Hispanic male who suffered a shotgun wound to his hand and leg, he said.

Both were transported to a local hospital, Curran said. The 17-year-old's wounds are described as life-threatening, while the 18-year-old has been declared stable, Curran said.

Neighbors said they saw a red Mitsubishi Eclipse with up to five occupants leaving the scene, Curran said.

Both victims were validated gang members, Curran said.

February 5, 2009
Man convicted in gang 'friendly fire' slaying

From Andy Furillo:

A Sacramento jury today convicted an Oak Park gang member for murder in the southside shooting death of one of his friends four years ago.

Denishio Demmetrius Collins, 27, faces a sentence of at least 25 years to life in prison in the June 27, 2005, slaying of David A. Perkins, 22. Judge Kevin J. McCormick scheduled his sentencing for March 20.

Perkins had led a group of eight Oak Park Blood gang members on a retaliatory shooting raid on suspected Crips gang members they believed were living on Della Circle, authorities said. One of the 30 bullets fired by the Oak Park gang members struck and killed Perkins.

Authorities said the Oak Park gang members were attempting to avenge the slayings of two members of their gang, including Perkins' brother.

Witnesses said they saw Collins hide from sheriff's deputies a few blocks from Della Circle a few minutes after 911 calls lit up the sheriff's dispatch center.

Although Collins eluded authorities, detectives recovered an assault weapon a witness said he threw on a roof near his hiding spot.

Forensic experts found his DNA on the magazine of the gun, testimony revealed. Detectives also found a tee shirt in a trash can that contained his DNA.

Some of the 15 or so members of Collins' family who were in the courtroom erupted into anger after the verdict was announced. Nobody was arrested, but sheriff's deputies escorted the jury out of the courthouse.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz welcomed the verdict and said the jury "did a good job."

Defense lawyers William R. White said, "We're not happy, but certainly we accept their judgment."

December 12, 2008
'Five star' gang general gets 75 years to life

From Andy Furillo:

The Trigga Mobb's self-described "five star general" and a soldier in his north side street gang were sentenced to life terms in prison today for the retaliation shooting of a man they thought to be an informant.

Lerome "L'il Rome" Franklin, 25, was sentenced to 75-years-to life and Floyd "YG" Martin, 22, received a 50-to-life term for the March 15, 2007, shooting that took place outside a motel on El Camino Avenue.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary S. Mullen denied new trial motions filed by the defendants, who were convicted on Aug. 5.

According to testimony at trial, Franklin, who had just been arrested on robbery charges prior to the shooting, thought a Del Paso Heights gang associate was responsible for his incarceration.

Franklin then engaged in telephone conversations with Martin from the downtown jail that were recorded in which he ordered the shootings, according to police and prosecutors.

The victim in the case recovered from his injuries, testified against Franklin and Martin at trial and was later relocated by the Sacramento District Attorney's office.

December 10, 2008
Owners told to keep living in troubled Dixieanne Apartments

From Andy Furillo:

The owners of a crime-wracked North Sacramento apartment complex are going to have to keep living there until next week while the local courts decide whether to shut the place down for good, a judge decided today.

Supervising Deputy City Attorney Matt Ruyak said visiting Superior Court Judge John Anton stayed a pending order to close the Dixieanne Apartments in the 700 block of Dixieanne Avenue until Judge Loren McMaster, who issued the tentative ruling on shutting down the complex known as "The Compound," returns to court on Monday.

In the meantime, at least one of the owners of the complex, William and Blessing Iyasere, must remain on the premises around the clock, Ruyak said.

Police say the apartment complex is one of the worst on the north side in terms of gang and drug activity.

A trial on the city's attempt to shutter the complex also has been delayed due to lack of courtroom space. Ruyak said attorneys hope to get a trial date tomorrow.

December 4, 2008
Gang member gets life for killing 15-year-old

From Andy Furillo:

The judge choked back tears and burly bailiffs bit their lips today in an emotion-wracked sentencing where a Sacramento street gang member was sent to prison for the rest of his life with no chance of parole for shooting and killing an innocent 15-year-old kid last year.

"I hope that in some way justice here gives you some comfort for the loss you suffered," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly, his eyes red and his voice cracking, told the family of Abel Alonso.

More than 30 relatives crowded into the courtroom and another 10 waited outside during the sentencing hearing. Many wore T-shirts with a photo of the slain teenager wearing headphones. A message over the photo read, "Te extranamos," Spanish for "We miss you."

Steven Anthony Duran, a 24-year-old Norteno gang member, chased down a car driven by Alonso's older brother and then shot the victim dead June 8, 2007, in a drug-haze of violence.

Duran had been ingesting methamphetamine and Ecstasy all night long when he came across the Alonso brothers, who were driving to school at 8 o'clock in the morning. They were in a blue car and Duran's lawyer said his client believed they were members of a rival gang that had shot up his mother's house in 2004.

Prosecutors said the Alonsos had nothing to do with the shooting.

"My son was full of life, he was a happy kid," the slain boy's mother, Maria Alonso, said at the sentencing hearing. "He loved life. Since June 8, 2007, it's been a living hell. My son did not deserve this ugly way to die. He was a kid."

Relatives of the victim wept during a 10-minute video that showed a boy growing up. Played to Spanish language music, it showed Abel Alonso from his days as an elementary school student to his days as a teenager.

In his brief comments to the court, Duran said he was sorry.

"I apologize to the victim's family for their loss and my family for the loss of me, because I'm going to be gone for the rest of my life," he said.

Besides the life term with no chance of parole, Connelly also sentenced Duran to two additional life terms for the attempted murder of Abel Alonso's brother, Bernardo, and the use of a gun, plus an additional 20 years for discharging the gun and striking his victim.

December 3, 2008
Sacramento kicks off anti-gang campaign

From Sandy Louey:

Officials are launching an anti-gang media campaign to help divert Sacramento youth away from gangs.

The effort, which was announced Wednesday, is a partnership between the Sacramento Police Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the city of Sacramento's Office of Youth Development.

The campaign consists of billboards through the city, public service announcements on local TV stations and posters.

The campaign, which is based on a similar initiative in Fresno earlier this year, is to direct people to call the city's 311 information line, which provides information about city services.

Twenty-hours a day, seven days a week, callers can get connected to information about existing programs and resources in the community to keep at-risk youth from joining gangs or help those in gangs to get out, said Lyn Corbett, director of the city's Office of Youth Development.

Corbett said there are programs on gang prevention and intervention, academic support, job and life skills development and employment assistance.

The billboard campaign consists of the words "Gangs have a special place for your kids. We can help. Call 311" and a photo of a cemetery.

One billboard is already up at Broadway and La Solidad Way. The remaining four billboards are scheduled to be rolled out in upcoming months, Corbett said.

The majority of funding for the campaign came from a $40,000 grant from the Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program aimed at curtailing gang and gun violence through education and early intervention efforts.

Those that provided in-kind support were CBS Outdoor, which donated the billboards and the Astone Agency, which designed the public service announcement.

Fresno's Valley Crime Stoppers and the 13 City Gang Network also provided assistance, Corbett said.

December 2, 2008
Galt cops say two stabbings may be gang related

From Sandy Louey:

Galt police are investigating two stabbings that are believed to be gang-related.

Both incidents occurred within a two-hour period Monday night.

The first was at 5:34 p.m. at F and Second streets. Several men confronted an 18-year-old man. One of them stabbed him in the lower back. The men then fled on foot, according to a press release.

The second stabbing took place at 7:34 p.m. at First Street and Benner Court. Several men who were around 20 years of age confronted a 16-year-old boy. One of the them stabbed the boy several times in the right side and back. The men then left in a large silver or white SUV-type vehicle, police said.

The victims in both stabbings were taken to the UC Davis Medical Center.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (209) 366-7000.

November 20, 2008
Gang member gets 15-plus years for drug dealing

From Sandy Louey:

A Sacramento gang member was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in federal prison for dealing crack cocaine.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England sentenced Nicholas Rapier, 33, to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine on May 15, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Rapier, a validated member of the "G MOBB" street gang, has an extensive criminal history of felonies for drug trafficking and violent crimes.

Judge England said Rapier's sentence reflected the need for him to face to consequences of his poor decisions and his long history of committing serious offenses, according to the release.

November 14, 2008
Gang member gets life for slaying

From Andy Furillo:

A judge today sentenced a Sacramento gang member to life in prison without parole for the June 2006 shooting death of Serge Zubenko.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena R. Gweon characterized Jeffrey Deane Ward's murder of the 24-year-old Zubenko as a "cold-blooded, cowardly act" and "so brazen, so senseless."

Ward and some friends had been in a fight with some people at a park in Antelope before they encountered Zubenko, whom the judge described as a "good man" and an innocent victim.

Ward, now 22, killed Zubenko with a blast from a shotgun.

November 13, 2008
25 arrested, drugs seized in Yuba-Sutter busts

From David Richie:

At least 100 law enforcement officers from a half dozen agencies fanned out over Yuba and Sutter counties today making 25 arrests while seizing large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as heroin, guns and money in a gang crackdown, the attorney general said.

"Tragically, gang activity is deeply embedded in many communities and is spreading throughout rural California," said California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. as he announced the results of "Operation Showdown."

The 25 suspects under arrest include at least six gang members and eight gang associates - Nortenos and Surenos active in Yuba City, Marysville and the surrounding county areas, Brown said. Investigators confiscated almost six pounds of methamphetamine, 42 pounds of marijuana, 21 guns, an unspecified amount of heroin and about $101,000 in cash.

One of the search warrants yielded what agents described as "186 gigantic marijuana plants capable of producing up to eight pounds of marijuana buds per plant," according to a press release.

Agents said the methamphetamine also was high quality. "A lot of it was Crystal Ice," said Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

Five children also were taken into protective custody during the sweep, Gregory said.

The raids were the culmination of a three-month investigation, Gregory said. During that interval undercover agents made more than 50 drug buys as well as gun purchases. Guns bought during the investigation included assault weapons.

November 13, 2008
California crime: Gang raid leads to 18 arrests in Richmond

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Eighteen people, including a Richmond parks and recreation employee, were arrested today in connection with a crackdown on a violent street gang in the city, authorities said.

Kaisha Hill, 29, who works as a juvenile group counselor with the parks department, was found at a home in the 400 block of Eighth Street with a kilo of cocaine and three guns, one of which was a MAC-11 automatic weapon, investigators said.

Hill is an associate of a Richmond gang called Deep C or Deep Central, authorities said as they announced arrests wrapping up a yearlong investigation.

Some 200 state and local law-enforcement officials conducted raids in two waves, serving 43 arrest warrants in Richmond - predominantly in the city's crime-plagued Iron Triangle neighborhood - as well as elsewhere in Contra Costa County and Alameda, Marin and Sacramento counties.

The 18 people in custody were arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at a vehicle and drug possession. About two dozen suspects are outstanding.

Investigators seized more than two pounds of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, $17,000 in cash and eight guns, including a fully automatic weapon, said Sara Simpson, a special agent in charge with the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

Members or associates of the gang have been linked to more than half the city's 47 homicides and 350 shootings last year, authorities said. The gang has about 100 members and associates and engages in drug trafficking, robbery, assault and prostitution-related activities, said state drug agent Michael Mattson.

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November 7, 2008
Gang member sentenced for "act of cowardice"

From Andy Furillo:

A Sacramento gang member received a 40-to-life sentence today in the shooting death two years ago of an Elk Grove man who was about to go into the Navy.

Manuel Jose Cervin stared straight ahead when Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet imposed the term for what he characterized as the defendant's "act of cowardice" in the Dec. 22, 2006, murder of 21-year-old Marc Grimes in the driveway of his home.

Cervin, 25, was the driver in a car filled with Norteno gang members that got in a confrontation with Grimes at 11:45 p.m. the night of the shooting. Grimes had just gotten home after a night out with his girlfriend when a minor traffic dispute with Cervin escalated into the killing.

During the confrontation, Cervin rolled down his driver's side window while a passenger shot from inside the car and killed Grimes. The shooter has not been arrested.

Three friends and relatives of Grimes read written, tearful statements to Cervin during the sentencing, expressing their pain and sense of loss in the death of a friend, brother and son.

Grimes' mother, Jody Lawson, told Cervin he could have continued to drive away from the scene of the confrontation but instead backed his vehicle toward the victim to continue the argument in the seconds before the shooting.

"You could have let it go," the tearful Lawson told Cervin.

Police and prosecutors said Cervin's gang affiliation would not allow it.

"You should come up for parole," Lawson continued, "when Marc returns to his family on this earth."

October 14, 2008
Gang fight confirmed at El Dorado County jail

From Sandy Louey:

Ten inmates were involved in a fight that stemmed from gang rivalry at the El Dorado County jail in Placerville last week, a sheriff's spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 when the inmates in the D-pod started fighting, the spokesman said.

Correctional staff entered the area and stopped the fighting, he said. A stun gun was used to control one inmate who refused to stop, he said.

The inmates involved received minor injuries and no correctional staff were hurt, he said. The inmates were rehoused and reclassified.

October 9, 2008
Police: Gang graffiti mars Sayonara Drive area of Citrus Heights

ATT338468.jpgFrom David Richie:

While Citrus Heights officials try to tighten their grip on the Sayonara Drive area, residents and local police continue to be challenged by elusive gang members or wanna-bees who also are trying to claim the long-beleaguered neighborhood.

Residents came out outside Wednesday morning to discover freshly spray-painted gang graffiti on fences (left photo) and vehicles parked in driveways. The tagging occurred at several locations along Sayonara Drive and farther west on San Simeon Drive, where fourplex and duplex rental units give way to single-family homes. The mix of gang references, obscenities and challenges on the fences was still visible Wednesday afternoon. Mothers pushed babies in strollers along the sidewalk and tough-looking young men in loud cars twisted around to view the scrawls.

Lt. Jeff Mackanin, who supervises the police department's community policing efforts, said the tagging appeared to be the work of members of a specific Latino gang (Surenos) or individuals who would like to be associated with that group. No arrests had been made Wednesday afternoon. A problem-oriented policing officer would be investigating the incident. Citrus Heights does not have any large population of gang members, but most of the city's gang-related activity seems to come out of the Sayonara Drive area, Mackanin said.

That is one of the reasons why the city is targeting the area with so many resources.

"We had our first Neighborhood Watch meeting out there recently," Mackanin said, noting that 15 to 20 residents attended that first session.

James Lynch, manager of the city's Community Enhancement Division, said that he was aware of the vandalism. Notices were being sent to property owners requiring them to cover up the graffiti as soon as possible. A city crew would handle clean-up in public areas, Lynch said.

"It is somebody trying to mark turf," Lynch said.

Meanwhile city officials are moving ahead with redevelopment plans for the Sayonara Drive area that are more far-reaching than any can of spray paint, Lynch said.

Today, community development staff members will seek authorization from the City Council to purchase another boarded up fourplex in the 7800 block of Sayonara Drive. The purchase is expected to cost just over $200,000.

The city has already purchased on fourplex on Sayonara Drive. Long-range plans may involve restoration of the properties. They also may be demolished to decrease the overall density along Sayonara Drive.

Demolition could provide space for a playground or similar use in the area, which is considered a community development nightmare, Lynch said. There has never been a play space for the dozens of children who live along Sayonara Drive, so they end up in the street or in the driveways.

The city has already made several improvements in the area, including street repaving, implementation of traffic calming strategies and introduction of streetlights.

"It is now one of the best illuminated streets in the county," Lynch said.

Residents on San Simeon Drive said they are aware of all the improvements going on just a few blocks away. They would like to see more streetlights and similar improvements on their street too but right now they said they feel like "orphans."

September 22, 2008
5 arrested in Carmichael on drugs, gang charges

From M.S. Enkoji:

Five people have been arrested on drug charges at a Carmichael apartment complex, investigators said.

Sacramento County probation officers on Friday found crystal methamphetamines, body armor, ammunition for assault rifles and $3,000.

Arrested were Alejandro Vuittonet, 25; Theodore Sanchez, 25; Amanda Rangel, 20; Edward Medina, 25; and Jesus Miguel Casas, 26, investigators said. The apartment complex is in the 5300 block of El Camino Ave, near Gunn Road.

All of the suspects face two felony charges: possession with intent to sell and a gang-enhancement charge, investigators said.

A child was present in the apartment at the time of the arrest, which could mean a child endangerment charge could follow, investigators said.

Vuittonet and Rangel were on probation and Casas and Sanchez was on parole, investigators said.

August 29, 2008
Gang member's sentencing delayed in murder trial

From Andy Furillo:

A judge today delayed sentencing on a gang member convicted of second-degree murder in the December 2006 slaying of an Elk Grove man in front of the victim's house.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael W. Sweet continued the sentencing of Manuel Cervin to Nov. 7 on a motion filed by the defendant's new lawyer, John Feiner.

Feiner said he intends to file a motion for a new trial based on what he viewed as the insufficiency of the evidence the jury used to convict the 25-year-old Cervin.

Cervin was convicted July 31 in the shooting death of Marc Grimes, 21.

Grimes was shot and killed following a traffic dispute with Cervin, who was driving a car with three passengers at the time of the 11:45 p.m. slaying.

According to evidence at the trial, Cervin, following the traffic incident, positioned his car in a manner that blocked a vehicle that was being driven by Grimes' girlfriend. Cervin then rolled down his driver's side window and exchanged words with Grimes. Another passenger in the car then fired a gun that killed Grimes, who was about to leave town to attend Navy boot camp.

July 16, 2008
Ten arrested in Sacramento region part of gang crackdown

From Chelsea Phua:

Authorities on Wednesday indicted nearly 60 people in a nationwide take-down of an Asian gang with operations in Sacramento, the Bay Area and as far as Denver, Colo., and Canada.

Ten of the gang members were arrested in the Sacramento region on suspicion of narcotics trafficking, including the conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute ecstasy, and the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, federal prosecutors said.

The alleged drug activities took place between November 2007 to July 2008.

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Smoking Dragon," began in March 2007 and involved a phalanx of federal, state and local agencies, including the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Sacramento police and sheriff departments, Elk Grove and Yolo County law enforcement agencies.

The Sacramento County Probation Department and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also participated.

Read Phua's full story

April 23, 2008
Gang sweep leads to 115 arrests

From Bill Lindelof:

A sweep last week of suspected gang members resulted in 115 arrests, the recovery of seven firearms and the confiscation of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of $238,000, according to law enforcement authorities.

Dubbed SNAG III: Sacramento Neighborhoods Against Gangs, the sweep was the third of its kind conducted by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the Sacramento Police Department in conjunction with federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies.

The operation took place Thursday and Friday with 320 officers from 21 agencies targeting known gang members on parole or probation in the Sacramento region.



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