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November 8, 2013
Police arrest man accused of causing crash that killed Lodi family

Ryan Christopher Morales.jpegLodi police announced the arrest of the driver accused of causing a collision Oct. 22 that killed five members of a family, including a pregnant woman, and critically injured another member.

Ryan Christopher Morales, 28, of Lodi was taken into custody Friday at a Sacramento-area hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, according to a Police Department news release. Officials said he has been moved to a Lodi-area hospital to continue his recovery. Police said he will be booked into San Joaquin County Jail after his doctors clear him for incarceration, and he will remain under guard until he is booked.

Morales was arrested on suspicion of six counts of second-degree murder and six counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Police said additional charges may be considered by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office after a review of the completed investigation.

November 8, 2013
Second person arrested in fatal hit-and-run in West Sacramento

Mckee.jpgAnthon.jpgA second person has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Tuesday night involving a pedestrian and a recreational vehicle in West Sacramento.

Police reported that Pamela McKee (pictured), 33, of Sacramento, who had been identified as a person of interest in the homicide investigation, turned herself in to authorities late Thursday. She was subsequently booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to a Police Department news release.

Earlier Thursday, Joshua Neil Anthon (pictured), 31, of Rio Linda had surrendered to detectives and also was booked on suspicion of one count of murder.

November 7, 2013
Two men sought in connection with Sutter County homicide

Velasquez.PNGHolcomb.PNGThe Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced today that it is seeking two men in connection with a homicide that occurred Saturday in Live Oak.

The department received numerous 911 calls about 6:30 p.m. Saturday reporting multiple gunshots fired in the area of MG Liquor in the 2900 block of Pennington Road. Deputies arrived to find a man lying in the parking lot at the liquor store. Emergency medical personnel attempted life saving measures, but the man, later identified as 36-year-old Marcos Tinoco of Live Oak, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

An investigation by deputies and the Sutter County Gang Task Force subsequently identified Eduardo Ornelas Velasquez (left photo), 27, of Live Oak, as a suspect in the shooting, and James Patrick Holcomb (right photo), 22, also of Live Oak, as a person of interest in the case. Sheriff's officials said Holcomb has a current warrant for his arrest for attempted homicide relating to a shooting that occurred in Live Oak in June 2012. They said both men are validated members of the Norteno Criminal Street Gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the the case is asked to call Sgt. David Whiteaker at (530) 822-7307, or leave an anonymous tip a www.suttersheriff.org.

November 7, 2013
Man sought in fatal West Sacramento hit-and-run in custody

Anthon.jpgMckee.jpgOne of the two people sought in connection with the RV hit-and-run death of a man outside a West Sacramento liquor store Tuesday night has turned himself in to police.

Joshua Neil Anthon (pictured), 31, of Rio Linda, will be booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to a West Sacramento Police Department news release.

Police said Anthon turned himself in to detectives about 5 p.m. today.

November 7, 2013
Roseville police offer reward in alleged train-riding killing

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

The Roseville Police Department announced on Thursday a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest connected to the killing of 19-year-old John Alpert.

In May, Alpert's decomposing body was found by a fisherman on the banks of Roseville's Dry Creek, near the city's railyards.

Roseville police believe the Palmdale teen met up with train hoppers, possibly online, before joining them for an illegal train ride. New online tools seem to make it easier for people like Alpert to join the dangerous world of train hopping.

November 7, 2013
UPDATE: Coroner says Arden Arcade toddler died of abdominal injury

The death of a 2-year-old boy at an Arden Arcade apartment Tuesday was caused by "blunt abdominal injury," according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

The Coroner's Office has classified that death of William Philyaw as a homicide, or "death at the hands of another." In a news release issued late this afternoon, the Coroner's Office stated that the ruling of homicide is for the purposes of death certification and "neither indicates nor implies criminal intent." Officials said it is up to Sacramento County sheriff's investigators to determine whether the injury resulted from a criminal act.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt Lisa Bowman said an investigation is underway.

November 6, 2013
Man convicted of murder in 2012 shooting at Arden Way motel

A Sacramento County jury today convicted Michael Nunally of first-degree murder in the shooting of 29-year-old Kaster Tezino behind an Arden Way motel.

The shooting occurred Sept. 25, 2012, behind the Motel 6 at 2030 Arden Way. According to evidence presented at trial, Nunally believed Tezino had assaulted a prostitute who worked for him.

With the aid of the prostitute, Nunally lured Tezino to a room at the back of the motel by leading him to believe that he was going to meet the woman there for a date, according to a Sacramento County District Attoney's Office news release. Instead, Nunally and his accomplice waited for Tezino and shot him in the back.

November 6, 2013
Foothill Farms man convicted of murder in wife's death

A Foothill Farms man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of his wife during an argument at their home in which his daughter also was shot.

In addition, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette convicted 39-year-old John Murdock Pierce of personal use of a firearm as well as felony assault with a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury. Pierce also was found to be sane at the time of the crime, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Feb. 13, 2011, Pierce summoned his wife, 37-year-old Tiffany Marie O'Hanlon, along with their 11-year-old daughter and two young sons, to the living room of the home in the 5200 block of Valparaiso Circle, authorities said. Pierce and his wife began to argue, and he attempted to tie her up. As she resisted, Pierce struck her in the head with a pistol and accused her of plotting to kill him.

November 6, 2013
Citrus Heights police seek witnesses to fatal attack on disabled man

Christopher Sorgani.jpgCitrus Heights police detectives, police volunteers and civilian employees will hit the streets tonight seeking information in the beating of a man Oct. 23 in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane.

They will be canvassing the area, interviewing pedestrians and handing out fliers in hopes of finding someone who witnessed the attack that resulted in the death of 49-year-old Christopher Sorgani (pictured) of Citrus Heights four days later.

Sorgani, who had physical disabilities, was attacked about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Officers responding to the report of an assault found Sorgani on the sidewalk with serious head injuries. He died Oct. 27 as a result of the injuries.

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

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

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

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

November 4, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in shooting deaths of father, son at North Highlands home?

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

QUESTION: What happened in the case of the father and son -- "Crisp" was the last name -- in North Highlands that were shot in their home back in October in the 1980s?
Submitted by: Patricia, Sacramento

ANSWER: Fifteen-year-old Aaron Michael Crisp and his 48-year-old father, Michael Gregory Crisp, were found dead in their home on Bismarck Drive in North Highlands the night of Oct. 31, 2007.

November 4, 2013
Sacramento woman arrested for Rancho Cordova homicide

Sacramento County Sheriff's department arrested a Sacramento woman early Monday for allegedly beating a 78-year-old Rancho Cordova man to death and critically injuring his wife Sunday.

Shauna Burton, 36, (pictured) was held without bond at the Sacramento County Jail. She is facing charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, motor vehicle theft and probation violation.

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Early Sunday morning, police found a 78-year-old man had been beaten to death and his wife critically injured in their home in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park, located at Routier Road near Folsom Boulevard.

The victim was identified by neighbors and relatives as Mel Bain, a former Aerojet employee who later worked as a security guard, and his wife as Jean Bain, who had suffered recently from dementia. Authorities said Jean Bain was in critical condition at a local hospital Monday.

Burton apparently knew the couple, although it was not known exactly what the relationship was.

"She knows them somehow," said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. "Neighbors have seen her and call her by name."


November 3, 2013
Man killed, wife injured at Rancho Cordova home

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com.

A 78-year-old man was beaten to death and his wife was critically injured in an apparent attack today at their Rancho Cordova home.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to a call from a neighbor who checked on the couple around 11 a.m. Sunday in their mobile home in the 2900 block of Routier Road, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the woman, who has Alzheimer's disease, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Bowman, a sheriff's spokeswoman, did not say if the attack was the result of a break-in.

Although officials did not immediately release the couple's names, a relative at the scene identified the couple as Mel and Jean Bain.

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.

November 1, 2013
El Dorado County jury convicts man in 1980s slayings of three teens

A man who previously served prison time for a murder in Washington state has been convicted by an El Dorado County jury of the 1980s slayings of three teenage girls, including 15-year-old Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe.

Joseph Michael Nissensohn was found guilty Thursday of three first-degree murders in the 1989 death of Graves, and the 1981 slayings of Tammy Jarschke, 13, and Tanya Jones, 14, in Monterey County, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true additional special circumstances allegations, including the 1989 Washington murder of Sally Jo Tsaggaris, 46.

The guilt phase of the trial began May 14 with jury selection. Nissensohn faces the death penalty, with the penalty phase of the trial to begin Nov. 12 in South Lake Tahoe, authorities said.

November 1, 2013
Two juries report guilty verdicts in fatal shooting of Wilton man

Two men have been convicted of the 2012 shooting death of a Wilton man in a case involving marijuana theft.

Kailan James, 23, and Daniel Valine, 45, were convicted by separate juries in the death of 60-year-old Kelly McClurg. James today was found guilty of first-degree murder with a felony murder special circumstance and first-degree robbery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's office news release. Valine was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder with arming enhancements.

McClurg, a mechanic and electrician, was shot and killed Oct. 26, 2012, at his Dillard Road home in rural Wilton, where he lived as a caretaker. Family members said he had a medical marijuana certificate due to a muscular medical issue in his arms.

November 1, 2013
Cause of death of Davis woman's daughter: drowning

Talamantes6831.JPGThe little girl who died after being found in her mother's car trunk at an apartment building along Pocket Road died from drowning.

That was the finding of the Sacramento County Coroner's office released on Friday. A press release from the county also classifies the manner of death "homicide."

No further information was provided concerning the cause of death of 5-year-old Tatiana Alexia Rose Garcia.

October 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1990s slaying of social worker at her Orangevale home?

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

QUESTION: Back in the mid '90s, my good friend Carol Blake was killed when she opened her front door in her house in Orangevale. I have not been able to find anything in the last 10 years about the case and whether it was solved.
Submitted by: Tish, Orangevale

ANSWER: The May 20, 1996, slaying of 45-year old Carol Blake at her home on Wild Horse Court in Orangevale remains unsolved.

October 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to suspect in '90s slaying of mother, teens?

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

QUESTION: In the early to mid-90s I remember a story that had me fearing strangers as a young kid. There was a man who abducted a woman and two or three children. Their vehicle was discovered later in the forest, burned, with the family in the trunk. Is the convicted killer still alive?
Submitted by:Anonymous, Southport

ANSWER: You may be referring to the brutal slaying of three Yosemite sightseers in 1999.

October 29, 2013
Police need help finding killer of Citrus Heights man

Citrus Heights police are asking for the public's assistance in finding a man who struck and killed Christopher Sorgani.

Sorgani, 49, of Citrus Heights, died from injuries suffered in an attack last week. Police were called to the 7700 block of Greenback Lane at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found Sorgani on the sidewalk with serious head injuries.

A witness told police they saw Sorgani being struck by another man. The motive for the assault is not known.

Sorgani died from his injuires on Sunday. Anyone who has information about Sorgani's death may call police at (916) 727-5500.

October 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What led to fatal shooting of deputy in 1979?

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

QUESTION: What are the details of the shooting death of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Boone on Oct. 25, 1979? DetectiveBoone was posthumously awarded for the Sheriff's Deprtment Medal of Valor and the Sheriff' Department Facebook page has a post memorializing him.
Submitted by: Jerry K., Sacramento

ANSWER: Detective Christopher W. Boone, 31, was shot and killed while on a surveillancae assignment at the residence of a woman who had been the victim of a series of obscene and threatening phone calls.

October 28, 2013
Fairfield man identified as North Sacramento homicide victim

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the Fairfield man shot to death at a Halloween party early Sunday in Sacramento.

The murder victim was identified as 29-year-old Keylen Jeff Ellis.

Ellis was shot to death and six others were injured in a drive-by shooting at the party in North Sacramento, police said.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene in front of a business in the 1800 block of Del Paso Boulevard. Five others -- men and women in their 20s and 30s -- were shot in their lower extremities but had non-life threatening injuries. They either drove themselves or were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals.

Read more: 1 killed, 6 hurt in Halloween party shooting in North Sacramento

The incident occurred shortly before 1:37 a.m. Sunday. Police said somebody driving by in a sedan shot at partygoers as they exited the front door of the business.

It was not known if Ellis was targeted, police said. Police are investigating the circumstances of the party, which may have been held at the business illegally.

October 22, 2013
Police decline to release name of 12-year-old Sparks school shooter

Landsberry Michael Master Sgt.jpg2013102_ha_SPARKS_SHOOTING0053.JPGBy Kim Minguh
kminugh@sacbee.com

SPARKS, Nev. -- Sparks police said today they have no plans to release the name of the 12-year-old boy who opened fire at a middle school Monday "out of respect for his grieving parents."

"They are grieving parents and are going through a very challenging, difficult time," said Deputy Chief Tom Miller.

Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School left a popular math teacher, Michael Landsberry, dead and two 12-year-old students wounded. They are in stable condition and expected to survive.

October 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in January shooting death in Rosemont?

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

QUESTION: In January, there was a shooting on Westporter Drive in Rosemont. One man was killed in his car. Two were arrested. What was the outcome?.
Submitted by: Santana, Sacramento

ANSWER: Michael Almeda, 20, and Rodolfo Villa, 23, are being held in Sacramento County Jail without bail in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez.


October 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Were charges filed against wrong-way driver in fatal I-5 crash?

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

QUESTION: What was the name of the wrong-way driver in the fatal collision June 20 on Interstate 5, and have charges been filed?
Submitted by: L. Gibson, Sacramento

ANSWER: Jefferson Cortez was identified as the driver of a vehicle that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Del Paso Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when his car struck two other vehicles, according to California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton.

October 16, 2013
Update: Coroner identifies Orangevale shooting victim

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man killed Tuesday morning in Orangevale.

He was identified as Steven Lester Fish, 32, of Orangevale.

Sacramento County sheriff's authorities say Fish, who was fatally shot while reportedly walking his dog in Orangevale about 4 a.m. Tuesday, likely knew his assailant and that the shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence -- nor does it appear, they said, that he was actually walking a dog.

October 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in 1997 slaying of teen in Rosemont?

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

QUESTION: What was the outcome of a killing in the Rosemont area? The year was '97, at a dead end. The victim's name was Oscar.
Submitted by: Michael, Sacramento

ANSWER: Oscar De Herrera, 16, was killed and his older brother was critically injured in December 1997 when they were shot at Huntsman and Parfait drives, near the playing fields of Albert Einstein Middle School.

October 15, 2013
Update: Sheriff's officials say Orangevale victim was not randomly attacked; was not walking dog

Sacramento County sheriff's authorities say the man fatally shot while reportedly walking his dog in Orangevale early this morning likely knew his assailant and that the shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence - nor does it appear, they said, that he was actually walking a dog.

Detectives also have determined that the story the surviving victim told investigators - that he and his friend were walking a dog when they were assaulted about 4 a.m. on Central Avenue - was a lie, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The victim, in his 30s, has not yet been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Deputies responded to the 9000 block of Central Avenue after callers reported being awakened by gunshots. They found the two victims, one of whom had been fatally shot. The other suffered a graze wound to his ear, Bowman said.

Detectives interviewed the surviving victim as well the other residents of the Central Avenue home where the deceased victim lived. Bowman said this afternoon that it appears the deceased victim likely knew his assailant or at least had some previous association with the suspect.

No suspect description has been released.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or leave a tip at www.sacsheriff.com.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 14, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to culprit in 2008 slaying on Salmon Falls Drive?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the person who shot Edward Chaney on Salmon Falls Drive in Rancho Cordova in 2008 or 2009?
Submitted by: Diana, Fair Oaks

ANSWER: The slaying of Edward Chaney in November 2008 remains unsolved.

October 14, 2013
Butte County man's death is homicide, officials say

The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced that it has determined that a man found dead at a Palermo residence Friday was the victim of a homicide.

Deputies responded at about 5:30 p.m. to a report of a deceased man in the 7400 block of Gene Lane. They found the body of a man, identified as Lewis Raymond Newton, 43, of Oroville, who had been shot, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Authorities are not releasing information regarding the motive of the homicide, as detectives continue their investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Department felony investigations unit at (530) 538-7671.

October 12, 2013
Husband arrested in connection with Rancho Cordova stabbing death

By Debbie Arrington
darrington@sacbee.com

A Rancho Cordova man was arrested Saturday in connection with the stabbing death of his wife.

Kheim Thuong Tran, 41, was taken into custody by Sacramento Sheriff's detectives and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of murder. His 27-year-old wife's name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, pending the notification of her next of kin.

Late Thursday, sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance report at Tran's home in the 3500 block of Granby Drive and found the woman dead with multiple stab wounds.

October 12, 2013
UDPATE: 15-year-old killed in south Sacramento shooting

By Debbie Arrington
darrington@sacbee.com

Police are asking for help from anyone who may have witnessed a fight and shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead Saturday afternoon in south Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, a shooting was reported at 1:58 p.m. at a shopping center parking lot in the 4500 block of Mack Road near Franklin Boulevard. The incident started when a physical altercation broke out between several teenagers and another group.

"It escalated into a shooting when one of the persons involved produced a handgun and began firing," said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento Police spokesman.

October 11, 2013
Woman stabbed to death in Rancho Cordova; detectives to interview husband

Rancho Cordova police who responded to a call of domestic disturbance late Thursday night found a woman dead and her husband injured.

Sacramento Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are investigating circumstances surrounding the 27-year-old woman's death. She and her 32-year-old husband were found inside a home in the 3500 block of Granby Drive.

Officers rendered aid to the woman but she died from stab wounds. The husband, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The husband's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Detectives have yet to interview the man as of 11 a.m. due his medical treatment.

The dead woman's name has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

October 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of fatal 2012 shooting outside Sacramento bar?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Elpidio Tellez, who was accused of shooting Jesse James Nunez in November 2012 at the Monte Carlo Club?
Submitted by: Linda, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Elpidio Tellez is scheduled for trial Oct. 17 in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jesse James Nunez, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

October 10, 2013
Sacramento DA charges both midtown homicide suspects with murder

The woman accused of imprisoning and torturing a business client before he was fatally shot in her midtown Sacramento apartment has been charged with murder, authorities say.

Okumura.jpgMichelle Okumura, 23, also is accused of using a "heated metal implement" to inflict great bodily injury on the victim, the criminal complaint against her and her boyfriend shows.

Late Tuesday, Sacramento police arrested Okumura on suspicion of torture and false imprisonment in connection with the fatal shooting of Eric Jackson early that morning in Okumura's 17th Street apartment.

Officers also arrested Okumura's boyfriend, 31-year-old Jeremy McMahon, on suspicion of murder.

But when they appeared for their arraignments in Sacramento Superior Court today, both suspects were charged with murder, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office.

The DA's criminal complaint alleges McMahon fatally shot Jackson, 22, with a .45 caliber handgun. Okumura also was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the complaint alleges, but did not fire it.

McMahon.jpgShe did, however, use a "heated metal implement" to torture the victim, the complaint alleges.

Both suspects were charged with torture and false imprisonment. McMahon also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sacramento police have said Jackson and Okumura were in a "business relationship" that had soured. The attack occurred after the victim arrived at Okumura's apartment, north of O Street, sometime over the weekend and then was held against his will. They declined to elaborate on the nature of the business relationship.

Officers arrived to find Jackson's body about 3 a.m., after callers reported gunfire and the sound of breaking glass.

October 9, 2013
Update: More details in death of man in midtown Sacramento

Sacramento police provided a few more details about the shooting death of a 22-year-old man at a midtown apartment that resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman on torture charges.

Police late Tuesday arrested Jeremy Daniel McMahon, 31, on suspicion of homicide, torture with intent to cause cruel and extreme pain, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon. Michelle Kiyomi Okumura, 23, was arrested on suspicion of torture with intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and false imprisonment.

The pair was detained Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 1700 block of O Streets where police were called around 3 a.m. A citizen heard loud bangs, glass breaking and possibly gunshots.

When officers arrived at the apartment house, they found Eric Solen Jackson of Sacramento with a gunshot wound in his upper body. McMahon and Okumura were detained because officers suspected they were involved.

October 8, 2013
Sacramento police say fatal shooting in midtown not random

Sacramento police say the fatal shooting of a man in midtown early this morning does not appear to be a random attack.

A man and a woman were detained after officers discovered the victim's body in an apartment on 17th Street north of O street. They continue to be questioned by homicide detectives but as of this evening, have not been arrested, said police Officer Michele Gigante.

She said there are no suspects are believed to be at large.

Callers reported a loud disturbance, breaking glass and the sound of gunfire about 3 a.m. When police arrived they found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound. Paramedics rendered aid but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown, Gigante said. She said the two people who were detained and the victim all knew each other, police said. All three had ties to the apartment unit where the victim was found.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators continue to piece together what led up to the shooting and are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 5, 2013
Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies make arrests in week-old homicide

Gilberto Esteban Cardona.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested two suspects late Friday in connection with a week-old fatal shooting at a north area gas station.

Gilberto Esteban Cardona, 18, (pictured at left) and a 17-year-old male juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, were taken into custody on suspicion of murder, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies were called Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. to the Beacon Gas Station in the 2100 block of El Camino Avenue after shots were fired. When authorities arrived, they found Jesus Antonio Macias, 33, of Sacramento with wounds to the upper body. Macias was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Bowman said that detectives believe the shooting followed a verbal confrontation that spilled out of the gas station into the parking lot.

The shooting is not believed to be gang-related; however, detectives are investigating whether the suspects have ties to gangs, she said.

See the original article here.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

October 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman who stabbed teen in apartment parking lot?

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

QUESTION: What happened with the Sept. 25, 2003 murder-homicide of Emanuel B. Stone, a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed by his ex-girlfriend at the old Marconi Palms apartments on Marconi Avenue in Sacramento? What happened to the woman?
Submitted by: Melissa, Sacramento

ANSWER: Lillian Bennett, 23, was charged with murder in the the stabbing death of Emanuel Broadway Stone at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Marconi Avenue.

October 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed wife at Arden Arcade home 20 years ago?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Ron Wayne Beard who shot his wife to death in their home near Cottage Park 20 years ago?
Submitted by: The Blogger, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ronald Wayne Beard was convicted of first-degree murder for the Nov. 2, 1990 slaying of his estranged wife, Beverly.

October 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in fatal shooting outside former North Natomas nightclub?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened with the case of 22-year-old David Blanks, who was murdered at Chris Webber's nightclub in 2009?

Submitted by: Stopviolence, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two reputed street gang members were convicted of second-degree murder in the Oct. 22, 2009, shooting death of 22-year-old David Blanks outside the Center Court nightclub in North Natomas.

According to stories in The Bee, Nicholas L. Newsome and Sean L. Joyner were each sentenced in May 2012 to 40 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who shot women who teased him about ride?

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

QUESTION: Back in the early 1990s, there was an incident whereby a young boy shot and killed two people for not giving him a ride home. I believe his name was Joshua Jones. This occurred in Sacramento. Whatever happened in that case?

Submitted by: Deejay, Sacramento

ANSWER: Joshua Mark Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder for the March 1997 shooting of two women who allegedly teased him at his sister's apartment in the 1500 block of Fulton Avenue.

September 30, 2013
UPDATE: Police say argument between roommates led to fatal Roseville shooting

Roseville police say an argument between roommates led to a shooting this afternoon that left one man dead and another in custody.

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said police received a report at 3:15 p.m. of someone with a gun in the 100 block of Hickory Street. That was followed by several phone calls from neighbors reporting shots fired.

Gunther said officers arrived and found a 54-year-old man in the front yard with gunshot wounds. Roseville Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

September 27, 2013
Coroner identifies 5-year-old girl who was found in trunk of car

The Yolo County Coroner's Office on Friday identified the 5-year-old girl found in the trunk of her mother's car in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as Tatianna Garcia of Davis.

The girl's mother has been arrested in connection with her death and will be prosecuted in Yolo County, according to authorities.

The preliminary investigation has revealed indications the girl was injured at the home she shared with her mother, Aquelin Talamantes, in the Yolo County city of Davis. Police suspect the woman then put the girl in the trunk and brought her to Sacramento, where she was discovered clinging to life, said Sacramento police Officer Doug Morse.

The girl later died at a hospital. Police questioned Talamantes, 29, and then arrested her on suspicion of murder later that night.

September 26, 2013
Police arrest mom in death of daughter in Pocket area

By Richard Chang
rchang@sacbee.com

Police are investigating the circumstances of a 5-year-old girl's death after the child was found barely alive in the trunk of a parked car Thursday in Sacramento's Pocket area.

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The girl's mother, Aquelin Talamantes, 29, was arrested on suspicion of homicide in connection with the case.

The episode began as a welfare check sought by concerned family members, according to police spokesman Doug Morse. When authorities arrived at 4:30 p.m. at the Shore Park Apartments in the 7900 block of Pocket Road, they found family members near a black sedan in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officers found the girl, still alive, inside the trunk.

September 24, 2013
New York rapper taken into custody after Sacramento stand-off

A rapper wanted in connection with a New York homicide was taken into custody Monday night in Natomas, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Police Department said.

Responding to an anonymous tip, the department arrived at a home on the 2100 block of Raymar Way at around 7 p.m. Monday, said Officer Michele Gigante, a department spokeswoman.

A woman and child left the home and were cooperative, Gigante said. She said hostage negotiators and SWAT were called as a precaution, given the suspect's alleged violent history.

The man later surrendered Monday night without incident. Gigante identified him as Agdnan McLeod.

Nassau County police said that McLeod, a hip hop artist known as "Duffle Bag Agg," allegedly shot Rameel Blanco, 30, outside a Hempstead home on Aug. 1, 2012, according to story in The Long Island Press.

September 20, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man in 1995 North Sacramento shooting?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the 19- to 20-year-old man shot in the north area in April 1995? His name was Ernie Gabaldon.
Submitted by: Harold, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ernie Gabaldon, 19, was shot while leaving a party at a duplex on the corner of El Camino and Western avenues in April 1995 and died later at UC Davis Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

September 20, 2013
Case against Rosemont girl's alleged killer is 'very weak,' lawyer says

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

The lawyer for the man accused of murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl in Rosemont Community Park last year said in court Friday that the evidence against her client is "very weak."

Defense attorney Jennifer Mouzis made the characterization in a brief appearance by Ryan Douglas Roberts in Sacramento Superior Court.

The 23-year-old defendant is charged in the March 6, 2012, stabbing, beating and asphyxiation death of Jessica Funk-Haslam, whose body was found in a dugout on a baseball diamond in the park.

Authorities said they charged Roberts, who was arrested last month, based on DNA that was obtained from the homicide scene. His DNA had been put into a statewide database after his arrest in May on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed in the domestic violence case,.

In an interview later Friday, Mouzis said Roberts' DNA was retrieved from a cigarette butt found near the girl's body.

Other than the DNA, "There is virtually no other evidence that I've seen," she said.

September 20, 2013
Jury convicts man in North Sacramento murder

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Winzer Deandre Hayden of first-degree murder in the July 10, 2012, shooting death of Wesley Wheeler in North Sacramento.

Hayden, 29, will be sentenced Oct. 17 by Judge Patrick Marlette.

Authorities say Hayden shot and killed Wheeler in the midst of an ongoing argument the victim had been having with the defendant's cousin.

Wheeler's body was found in an alley near the 2100 block of Del Paso Boulevard.

September 20, 2013
Jury convicts man of 2008 murder near Sacramento Executive Airport

A Sacramento Superior Court jury Friday convicted Ravinesh Singh of first-degree murder in the Oct. 13, 2008, south area shooting death of 22-year-old Joseph Montoya.

The same panel acquitted a second defendant of murder and manslaughter in the case, Tony Cong Van, but found him guilty on being an accessory to the killing after the fact.

According to court documents and testimony at trial, Singh, who is now 28, and Van, 26, had driven to a house in the 2600 block of Hing Avenue, near the Sacramento Executive Airport, on a marijuana deal.

When they got to the neighborhood, Singh saw Montoya, whom he suspected as being the gunman in the previous shooting of a relative. Singh got out of the car, shot Montoya once in the face and shot him three more times in the midsection.

September 19, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of 2007 homicide?

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

QUESTION: What happened the man sought in connection with the killing of Alex Rodriguez in 2007?
Submitted by: Leti, Elk Grove

ANSWER: According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, Santino Mario Garcia is a fugitive.

September 16, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed woman, dumped body in river?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the young man who killed the mother and dumped the body into the river? Didn't the body resurface? Alive?
Submitted by: Will Never Forget, Sacramento

ANSWER: In a case that a Sacrmento Superior Court judge described as "stranger than fiction", a brother and sister were sentenced in January 2003 to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of a woman who some people claimed was still alive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2013
Gruesome details emerge in Davis murder trial

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

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

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2013
Killer gets 94-to-life for gang retaliation shooting that claimed innocent man

A suspected gang member convicted of first-degree murder in the mistaken-retaliation shooting death of a 20-year-old man near Sacramento Executive Airport five years ago was sentenced today to 94 years-to-life in prison.

Elijah Dupree Goethe, 23, received the term for the Oct. 12, 2008, killing of Joseph Washington in a car in the 2200 block of Mangrum Avenue.

"So, Mr. Goethe, you're going to die in state prison," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette told the defendant.

September 13, 2013
Sacramento police say woman arrested in man's stabbing death knew victim

Tiana Smith-Anderson.jpgSacramento police have arrested a woman in the stabbing death of an elderly man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police booked Tiana Smith-Anderson, 27, into Sacramento County Jail late Thursday night on suspicion of murder.

Smith-Anderson was located by the police department's Career Criminal Apprehension Team. Police said she is believed to have stabbed Singh Singh, 84, multiple times, the wounds leading to his death.

September 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed woman, dumped body in Wilton-area pond?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Danny Ray Steele, who was arrested on suspicion of killing a woman and submerging her body in a pond by a rope on his father's land?
Submitted by: Glenda, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Danny Raymond Steele pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 2001 death of Phyllis Dianne Elame, 53.

September 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed wife, daughters in Sonoma County in 1980s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the man that killed his wife, his mother and two of his three daughters? One daughter was found in a landfill with her throat slashed but survived. I believe this occurred in Santa Rosa. He was high on drugs and was convicted of the murders and sentenced, possibly to death. These horrible murders occurred I believe in 1988 or sometime near.
Submitted by: Sharon, Sacramento

ANSWER: Ramon Salcido was sentenced to death for the slaying of seven people, including his wife and two daughters, during a killing spree April 14, 1989 in Sonoma County.

September 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of killing woman who disappeared from casino?

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

QUESTION: What ever happened to the man accused of killing a young woman he met at Thunder Valley Casino? He was seen leaving the casino with her, but she never made it to her car. What ever happened in the case and did they ever find her body?.
Submitted by: Localresidentlinda, Sacramento

ANSWER: The body of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who disappeared from the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln on Oct. 5, 2005, has not been found.

September 10, 2013
Coroner identifies homicide victim found in Oak Park home

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man found dead in his Oak Park home on Monday.

Sacramento police said they are investigating the death of Singh Singh, 84, of Sacramento as a homicide, according to authorities.

Police Officer Michele Gigante said the coroner's preliminary investigation revealed trauma on Singh's body.

September 5, 2013
Roseville detectives need help in finding killer of freight-riding teen

john_paul_alpert.JPGDetectives need help in finding the killer of a Southern California teen who rode a freight train north to Roseville where his remains were found in May near a creek bed.

John Paul Alpert, 19, of Palmdale, Los Angeles County, described by police as a normally responsible young man who has never been in trouble with the law, was found dead on May 15 by an angler fishing in Dry Creek.

His remains were close to the creek bed near Atkinson Street, which is not far from the Roseville railyard.

September 4, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to men who killed skate rink manager in '80s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the guys who robbed and killed a guy at Kings skating rink in south Sacramento? I think it was in the '80s and they may have been friends of the victim.
Submitted by: Bee, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Daniel Lloyd Fedorenko was sentenced in June 1988 to life in prison without possibility of parole for the shooting death of 23-year-old Kent Johnson.

September 4, 2013
Two Yuba City men arrested in fatal drive-by shooting

Two men have been arrested and another is sought in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in the Sutter County community of Live Oak on Saturday night.

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office announced that Edgar Gonzalez, 23, and Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez, 23, both of Yuba City, were taken in custody this morning in the death of 25-year-old Vidal Montiel. They were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of murder, conspiracy, participation in a criminal street gang and promoting a criminal street gang.

Deputies responded Saturday night to the 2800 block of Deanne Street where they found Montiel, who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 4, 2013
Coroner IDs man found in shallow grave in Rio Linda field

The man whose body was exhumed from a shallow grave in a Rio Linda field last month has been identified as 69-year-old Larry Edward Lillard of Wheatland, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Lillard's remains were found Aug. 27 after a tip prompted a search of a field in the 7500 block of 34th Street. Search and rescue dogs alerted authorities to the grave.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said it appears Lillard had been dead for several months. He had been reported missing from Wheatland earlier this year.

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2013
Meadowview park homicide victim was Sacramento teen

A teenager shot in a Meadowview park earlier this week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner.

Timothy Heu, 17, of Sacramento died Wednesday after being struck by gunfire the day before.

Sacramento police officers responded to Pollock Ranch Park on Robinridge Way at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday and found the critically injured Heu. The youth was transported to a hospital in critical condition and died at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said a number of witnesses were contacted at the scene and officers have canvassed the neighborhood. Homicide and gang detectives also were summoned to the scene Tuesday to assist with the investigation.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information pertaining to the crime is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP, followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

August 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What did investigators conclude in 2007 deaths of three people at Folsom home?

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

QUESTION: What was the outcome of the investigation of the deaths of three people in early 2007? I believe they were found murdered in a house in Folsom. The people involved were a married couple and another woman. The married couple were soon to retire from Folsom Prison -- I think they were guards -- and going to move to Tennessee.
Submitted by: Lucy, Nashville, Tenn.

ANSWER: Folsom police determined that the deaths of three people at a home on Wembley Court in January 2007 was a double homicide and suicide.

August 28, 2013
Teenager dies following shooting at Meadowview park

A teenager shot in a Meadowview park Tuesday afternoon has died.

Sacramento police officers responded to Pollock Ranch Park on Robinridge Way at 3:37 p.m. and found a 17-year-old male who had been hit by gunfire. The youth was transported to a hospital in critical condition and has since died, according to a police department news release.

The name of the youth has not been released.

August 28, 2013
Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering former boss

Dupree Pierre Barber, the laid-off Cordova Recreation and Parks District maintenance employee convicted of murdering his former boss, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Barber, 49, gunned down Steve Ebert, 59, around 6 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2012 at Hagan Community Park. Barber had been laid off 12 days before the killing at an emotional meeting where witnesses said he engaged in an angry exchange with Ebert.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette read the sentence to an emotionless Barber.

"You are going to die in prison, Mr. Barber," the judge said. "At the very least, any further pain you inflict will not be in free society."

Barber looked up at the judge, blinked slowly, but did not say a word. He declined to make a statement during the proceeding.

Carol Ebert, the victim's wife, spoke out for the first time in a prepared statement read by the family's advocate.

"His soul is evil. For the sake of society, Mr. Barber should never be free again," the statement said.

August 28, 2013
Man arrested in connection with body buried in Rio Linda field

William Olsen mugshot.jpgSacramento County Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in connection with the discovery of a body this week in a makeshift grave.

William Patrick Olsen, 47, was already in jail on Tuesday when detectives added an additional charge of suspicion of murder. He had been booked Monday into Sacramento County Jail on an auto theft charge.

The homicide case began when Placer County Sheriff's Department detectives contacted Sacramento detectives on Monday about a buried body. According to an unnamed source, a body was buried in a field in the 7500 block of 34th Street in Rio Linda.

August 27, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to teen who killed Rio Linda couple in 1970s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Mike Love, who murdered an older couple in Rio Linda back in the mid to late 1970s?
Submitted by: Terry, Rancho Cordova

ANSWER: Michael Lynn Love, was convicted in 1981 of two counts of murder for the 1979 slaying of his neighbors, Faye Alexander, 62, and her 63-year-old husband, Charlie.

August 26, 2013
Coroner identifies young man killed in Orangevale

By Kim Minugh and Bill Lindelof
kminugh@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner's office on Monday identified the young man killed over the weekend at an Orangevale apartment complex as 20-year-old Christian Fafnis-Horton of Sultan, Wash.

Fafnis-Horton died in an early Saturday morning shooting that also left a 20-year-old man injured. No suspects have been identified.

The two victims were sitting on an upstairs landing in an apartment complex at 6244 Hazel Avenue when two gunmen came up and shot them, said Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.

August 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 2004 slaying of Citrus Heights teen?

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

QUESTION: In the early '90s, a teen was killed in a condo on Cavan Drive in Greenback Estates in Citrus Heights. I believe his dad came home and found him in the a.m. The boy was beaten to death and maybe stabbed as well. Did they ever find the boy's killers?
Submitted by: Marcifiddler, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Two men in prison for another murder admitted to the 2004 slaying of 17-year-old Eddie Heydaragha in Citrus Heights.

August 23, 2013
Jury begins deliberations in Colusa bomb murder case

A Sacramento Superior Court jury began deliberations today in the July 16, 2011, bombing murder of the foreman of a massive Colusa County rice-farming operation.

Defendant Paul Moore, 48, has been accused in the murder of Roberto Ayala, 43. Moore is the son of one of two men who own the Moore Brothers farm near the town of Grimes.

Ayala was killed when an electrical panel on the ranch exploded while he was turning on an irrigation pump.

Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner and special prosecutor David Druliner of the state Attorney General's Office say Moore planted a bomb in the electrical panel to get Ayala out of the way in the defendant's bid to to take control of the farm.

Defense attorney Linda Parisi has sought to shift blame to Peter Moore, the defendant's cousin. She argued that Peter Moore believed he had been disinherited and replaced by Ayala and had more of a motive to kill the foreman than did Paul Moore.

The case was moved out of Colusa on a change of venue motion due to the influence of the Moore Brothers operation in the county 65 miles north of Sacramento.

August 18, 2013
Coroner IDs man fatally shot at north Sacramento home after argument

Sacramento police are investigating a fatal shooting at a north Sacramento home Saturday night that occurred as a result of an argument.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office today identified the victim as 49-year-old Elijio Garza.

At 6:40 p.m. Saturday, police were called to a shooting in the 3300 block of Nareb Street. Officers found Garza who had been shot once in the upper torso.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.



August 16, 2013
Police say gas station patron might aid South Lake Tahoe homicide investigation

patron e.JPGPatron Truck.jpgSouth Lake Tahoe police seek help in identifying a USA gas station patron, who is believed to have been among the last people to interact with a clerk at the business before the clerk was fatally shot the night of Aug. 8 by an unidentified suspect.

Detectives have been poring over several items of evidence, including the video produced by the station's security cameras. They previously released a short video clip of a man inspecting the rear of the business on the day before the killing in hopes of identifying him. Police also have discovered another individual on the security video who they hope to identify with the public's help.

Because the man pictured in the video was among the last patrons to interact with the clerk, 27-year-old Manpreet Singh, before Singh was shot, detectives believe he might have seen or witnessed something that could prove valuable to their investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

August 16, 2013
Sheriff's Department: Two arrested in connection with Caymus Park homicide

Two men are in custody in connection with the shooting death of a 42-year-old man at Caymus Park earlier this week, authorities say.

Anthony Roberson-Anders, 28, and Kevin Henry, 25, have been booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of murder, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says. They stand accused in the death of Colen Lugo.

Sgt. Jason Ramos confirmed today that detectives suspect Lugo was shot during a marijuana deal between him and the suspects. He said the suspects and the victim did not know each other before the transaction, which took place about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

August 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in teen's 1989 shooting death?

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

QUESTION: What happened after the death of Keith Porter? He was 18 years old, killed by gun violence.
Submitted by: Stacy, Sacramento

ANSWER: The shooting death of 18-year-old Donald Keith Porter on March 10, 1989, remains unsolved.

August 14, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to teen who killed father's girlfriend?

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

QUESTION: Back in the '80s, a woman I worked with was strangled by her boyfriend's son. He then stole her black Pontiac Trans Am with the license plate "JERI" and fled the state. I believe the killing occurred somewhere in Sacramento County at her boyfriend's home. What happened with that case? Did they ever catch him?
Submitted by: GT, Roseville

ANSWER: Paul Garcia was convicted of the May 1993 beating and strangulation death of his father's girlfriend, 38-year-old Geraldine Marie Fisher, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

August 14, 2013
Two Sacramento-area men identified as homicide victims in Monterey County

Two Sacramento-area men were found shot to death near Highway 101 in Monterey County late Sunday night, according to authorities.

The men were identified today as Navneal Singh, 22, and Demetrius Isaiah Safford, 23, both of the Sacramento area, a news release from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office states.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, a passing motorist found the bodies on the ground near the back of a car parked on Dunbarton Road in the Aromas area, an earlier press release stated. The motorist called deputies, who discovered that the two men had been shot to death.

August 14, 2013
South Lake Tahoe man arrested in woman's stabbing death

Sean Paul MacIntire.jpgA 32-year-old man was arrested early this morning in connection with a fatal stabbing at a South Lake Tahoe residence.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department received a 911 call about 1:45 a.m. from a woman who said that her adult son, 32-year-old Sean-Paul Andrew MacIntire (pictured), had just stabbed a family member who had been sleeping on a couch at the home on Wildwood Avenue, south of Pioneer Trail. The caller said she thought the victim, a 57-year-old woman, was dead and told the 911 operator that her son was still at the residence, a Police Department news release states.

Officers responded and arrested MacIntire inside the home. Police said medical personnel attempted to resuscitate the victim, who was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital, where she was declared dead.

August 13, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man convicted of killing teen in early 1990s?

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

QUESTION: I know there was a conviction for the murder of 14-year-old Kimberly Hill, who was killed the summer of 1992. Her body was found on White Rock Road, I believe. What happened to the man convicted of killing her?
Submitted by: Jamie, Sacramento

ANSWER: Shane Alan Schmitt was convicted of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of Kimberly Hill.

August 13, 2013
Police seek possible witness in South Lake Tahoe killing

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man who may have information regarding the shooting death of a USA gas station clerk last week.

In the late afternoon or early evening of Aug. 5, the man was observed walking in the vicinity of the gas station, according to a Police Department news release. Detectives seek to identify the man shown in a video clip as a possible witness. He is described as a white man, with light brown or bond hair, wearing a light-colored polo shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department by calling (530) 542-6100, or online at www.facebook.com/sltpd.detectives. A reward for information leading to solution of the case has been increased to $6,000 as a result of contributions by local business owners.

August 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1980s slaying of Placer cabinetmaker?

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

QUESTION: In south Placer County, a cabinetmaker was found dead in his home. His name was Robert DeRungs. Did they ever catch the suspect?
Submitted by: Willie, Roseville

ANSWER: Three men pleaded guilty for their roles in the 1986 execution-style slaying of Robert DeRungs during a robbery at his home on Cook-Riolo Road near Roseville.

August 12, 2013
Man convicted of murder in shooting outside Gold River business

A Sacramento County jury today convicted Anthony Michael Vigil of first-degree murder in 2011 shooting of a man outside his Gold River business.

The jury also found the allegation was true that Vigil used a firearm in killing Michael Paul Gonzales Jr., according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Vigil, 48, was arrested following the shooting, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011.

August 9, 2013
Clerk killed in South Lake Tahoe shooting identified

The South Lake Tahoe gas station clerk fatally shot Tuesday night has been identified as 27-year-old Manpreet Ghuman Singh.

Singh died after suffering a single bullet wound to his upper torso, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department news release. Police said robbery does not appear to have been involved.

Although a suspect has not been identified, police said it appears the crime was committed by a lone individual.

August 9, 2013
Man suspected of killing teen in Rosemont park appears in court

The man suspected of killing a 13-year-old girl in a Rosemont park last year appeared before a judge today to be arraigned on murder charges.

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives allege Ryan Douglas Roberts, 23, killed Jessica Funk-Haslam, 13. Roberts didn't enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

Roberts was charged with murder in connection with the death of the teen, who was stabbed, beaten and asphyxiated. He will be represented by a private attorney assigned by the court after the public defender's office declared a conflict of interest in the case.

After the brief hearing, Funk-Haslam's mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, said she was pleased an arrest had been made.

"I knew we would always find somebody," she said. "I never doubted it."

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

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

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

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

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

August 7, 2013
Suspect sought in shooting death of South Lake Tahoe gas station clerk

SLT Homicide Suspect c.jpg NO. 1.jpgSLT Homicide Suspect a.jpg NO. 2.jpgSouth Lake Tahoe police are searching for a homicide suspect after a clerk was found dead in a gas station convenience store Tuesday night.

A patron walked into the USA gas station at 2470 Lake Tahoe Blvd. about 10:50 p.m. and found the male clerk lying on the floor with blood around him, according to a Police Department news release. The patron called 911 and said the clerk needed immediate help.

Officers arrived within a minute of the call and found the clerk without a pulse. They administered CPR until fire personnel and medics arrived. The victim did not respond to the CPR and was declared dead at the scene.

August 7, 2013
Homicide suspect denies involvement in Valley Hi shooting of four

The 19-year-old man accused of shooting four teens at a Valley Hi house party in June - killing one of them - said today that he had nothing to do with the shooting, and wondered aloud how Sacramento police settled on him as a suspect.

"Why would my name come up?" Elijah Rodgers asked during an interview with The Bee at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Asked why he thought detectives might suspect him, he tugged at his shoulder-length dreadlocks and said: "I think it's my hair."

August 6, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in shooting death of jewelry store owner?

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

QUESTION: In the late '90s, a man who had a jewelry business out of his home was found dead in his home. It was in the Foothill Farms area. Did they ever find the person or persons who killed him?
Submitted by: Linda, North Highlands

ANSWER: The 1995 slaying of John Heringer in the driveway outside his Foothill Farms townhouse remains unsolved.

August 6, 2013
Sacramento police arrest two in connection with Alvin Valentine homicide

Sacramento police have arrested two suspects in connection with a June shooting at a house party that left one dead and three injured.

Today, police arrested 19-year-old Elijah Rodgers on suspicion of murder, resisting arrest, possession of rock cocaine for sale and weapons charges, according to Officer Michele Gigante.

Police confirmed that Rodgers was shot by homicide detectives July 17 as they attempted to talk to him as part of their investigation into the June 23 shooting on Sea Drift Way that killed Alvin Valentine. After a brief pursuit, detective caught up with Rodgers and, while trying to subdue him, saw that he had a handgun, police said. Two detectives fired at Rodgers, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Rodgers was treated at a local hospital and was arrested today upon his release, police said.

Also in custody is a 17-year-old boy, who police described as an "active participant" in the shooting. He was booked into juvenile hall after his July 27 arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and gross negligent discharge of a firearm, police said.

The shooting erupted on Sea Drift Way during a house party. Valentine, a Kennedy High School graduate, was struck by gunfire as the car he was a passenger in pulled up to the party, according to his family. Injured in the gunfire were a 15-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man.

Police are continuing their investigation and ask that anyone with information come forward.

August 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed girls with claw hammer in 1980s?

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

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of a young man who worked at a computer store in Fair Oaks about 25 or so years ago who, I believe, was found guilty of using a claw hammer on two teenage girls at his Citrus Heights duplex?
Submitted by: Bo, Fair Oaks

ANSWER: Alan Edward Rice was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the claw-hammer slayings of 12-year-old Angelique Diamond and 14-year-old Laraine Roberts on April 16, 1986.

August 5, 2013
Man dead after fall during fight in Sacramento County, authorities say

A 43-year-old man died last week as the result of injuries he sustained when he fell during an alcohol-fueled fight, according to authorities.

Akuen Saeteurn, 43, died Thursday, one day after the fight, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office classified Saeteurn's death as a homicide, and sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating. However, whether a crime was committed remains unclear.

Ramos said Saeteurn and another man were involved in a fight Wednesday night. During that fight, which involved alcohol, Saeteurn fell and hit his head.

The next morning, Saeteurn could not be woken, and paramedics were called to the 4200 block of E. Nichols Ave, near 16th Avenue. The Sheriff's Department later became involved.

Detectives have talked to the man involved in the fight with Saeteurn, and that person has been cooperative, Ramos said. He has not been arrested.

Ramos said detectives have referred the matter to the District Attorney's office, which will determine "whether there was any criminality on the part of the other person."

August 1, 2013
Woman found in Antelope storage unit no longer considered homicide victim

The death of a woman whose body was found in an Antelope storage unit last month is no longer being investigated as a homicide, authorities say.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has not determined the cause of death. However, the woman's body showed no signs of trauma, and the investigation has yielded no evidence of foul play, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

The woman, identified as Emily Bettinger Gladney, 24, of Roseville, was found July 1 after a man approached two Sacramento police officers in Natomas and directed them to her body.

July 31, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in death of Citrus Heights man shot at his computer?

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

QUESTION: "Bob" of Citrus Heights was shot execution style in back of the head while sitting at his computer while his roommate slept and never heard a sound. This murder took place in his apartment 12 to 14 years ago. Are there any suspects or convictions?
Submitted by: Kathy, Orangevale

ANSWER: The shooting death of 44-year-old Robert Thomas Newberry on July 26, 2005, remains unsolved.

July 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1993 shooting deaths of boys found at light-rail station?

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

QUESTION: Several years ago there were two young boys found murdered and their bodies stuffed under a bench at a Rancho Cordova light-rail station. Was anyone ever arrested for these murders?
Submitted by: Rpierce, Sacramento

ANSWER: The 1993 slayings of Dominic Namnard, 13, and Jone Vongkhamsomphou, 12, remain unsolved.

July 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances in death of woman slain by roommates?

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

QUESTION: I'm asking for answers about the murder of Oletha Arnetta Bradford in 1997. There were four women involved/convicted.
Submitted by: Willie Allen, Soledad

ANSWER: The body of Oletha Bradford, 32, was found Oct. 25, 1997 in a drainage canal along San Juan Road, west of Interstate 5. She had been severely beaten and her throat slit with a utility knife.

July 29, 2013
Rocklin man will not face any charges in fatal confrontation

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The Placer County District Attorney announced Monday it will not press charges against 20-year-old Zachary Raymond Kachmar in connection with the death of Robert Vickney Jr., calling the incident an "unnecessary and avoidable tragedy" caused by "consumption of alcohol combined with a volatile temper."

The announcement comes more than a week after Kachmar, pictured, was released from Placer County jail after being arrested in connection with Vickney's death. At the time of his release, the Placer County district attorney released a statement indicating that Kachmar may have been acting "without criminal intent" at a party where Vickney died.

The district attorney's office now claims that Robert Vickney Jr., 51, attacked Kachmar at a party held at Vickney's residence July 13 after Kachmar broke a shot glass.

July 26, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1987 slaying of Sacramento musician?

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

QUESTION: I'm trying to find out any information on the death of Bruce Lee, a Sacramento musician who was born Dec. 20, 1949, and died Dec. 29, 1987. His body was discovered covered with tarps in back of a truck at the Truckadero on Stockton Boulevard.
Submitted by: Rick Schultze, Yachats, Ore

ANSWER: John James Bruce Lee, a 1966 Sacramento High School graduate who went on to a successful career as an entertainer, was found dead on his 38th birthday inside a sleeping bag in the bed of his pickup truck behind a truck stop on Stockton Boulevard.

July 24, 2013
UPDATE: Huntington Beach police say suspect in Florin-area house fire appears to have taken own life

Huntington Beach police say it appears the suspect sought in connection with a Florin-area house fire killed another man at a park in the Southern California community, then turned the gun on himself.

The body of 32-year-old Abraham Felmley was found Tuesday in Huntington Beach's Bartlett Park along with that of another man, identified today by police as Robert Andres Duran, 49, of Huntington Beach.

In a posting on the department's Facebook page, Huntington Beach police said detectives believe Felmley shot and killed Duran in the heavily wooded park before taking his own life. They said a weapon was recovered at the scene, but it is not known whether that weapon was involved in the deaths of Felmley's grandfather and uncle at the Florin-area house, or a Monday carjacking in Merced.

July 24, 2013
South Lake Tahoe homicide victim identified

A South Lake Tahoe man who was stabbed to death Saturday near a residential complex has been identified by officials.

Police said Julian Acevedo Salvador, 28, was stabbed following an altercation near the Americana Village Suites, an apartment complex just south of Highway 50.

The suspect, identified as a white male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, is still at large.

According to police, the suspect was walking on Pioneer Trail, not far from the Heavenly gondola, when he got into a confrontation with Salvador and two other men.

Salvador was taken by family members to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, where he died, according to police.

July 23, 2013
Man sentenced to prison in shooting death outside bar

A man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for a fatal shooting outside a bar on Fruitridge Road in 2011.

A Sacramento County jury last month convicted Oscar Gaspar, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Jesus Garcia. He was sentenced Monday by Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

On Sept. 4, 2011, while at the Idle Hour bar, Gaspar's girlfriend falsely accused Garcia of being one of a group of men who raped her almost two years earlier, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Gaspar left, contacted a friend who gave him a gun, then returned to the bar.

Later, as the bar was about to close, Gaspar went outside and hid behind a car until Garcia walked out of the bar. He waited until Garcia walked past him, then stepped out and fired six shots, hitting Garcia five times in the back.

July 20, 2013
Father arrested in fatal shooting of his son in Citrus Heights

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

A Citrus Heights man was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his son at their Kensington Drive home, police said today.

Peter Rexius.JPGPeter Rexius (pictured), 62, was booked into the Sacramento County jail on suspicion of homicide, said Citrus Heights police Lt. Alex Turcotte.

The deceased son was identified as Daniel Rexius, 27.

Police went to the Rexius home in the 7600 block of Kensington about 8:30 p.m. Friday, responding to the sound of a gunshot. Turcotte said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting followed a verbal dispute.

Turcotte said the elder Rexius "surrendered to officers without incident."

July 19, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate shooting death

Citrus Heights police are investigating the a fatal shooting that may have resulted from a family dispute.

Officers responded about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a shooting in the 7600 block of Kensington Drive. When officers arrived, they found male gunshot victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect also was at the scene when officers arrived and was taken into custody without incident.

Police said the shooting appears to be related to a family disturbance and detectives are conducting an investigation.

July 19, 2013
Placer County DA charges woman in mother's stabbing death

Ana Maria Bejenariu.jpgThe Placer County district attorney has filed murder charges against a woman accused of the stabbing death of her mother in Sheridan on Wednesday.

Ana Maria Bejenariu, 32, of Sacramento was taken into custody after Placer County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute about 1 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Maria Bejenariu, 61, who had been stabbed, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. She was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Ana Maria Bejenariu was arrested at the Sheridan residence.

The District Attorney's Office announced that in addition to one count of murder, the complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Ana Maria Bejenariu is being held without bail in Placer County Jail.

July 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to prison inmate accused of killing cellmate?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to inmate Maurice Woodson, who was suspected of killing his cellmate in new Folsom prison?
Submitted by: Tra, Brentwood

ANSWER: Maurice Woodson is accused of killing his cellmate, 38-year-old Anthony Steadham, in December 2011 at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom.

July 17, 2013
Daughter arrested in mother's stabbing death in Sheridan

bejenariu ana maria.JPGPlacer County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 32-year-old woman in connection with the death of her mother at a Sheridan home this afternoon.

Deputies responded to the residence in the 6400 block of Andressen Road about 1 p.m. regarding a reported domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found Maria Bejenariu, 61, who had been stabbed, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. She was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Detectives arrested the woman's daughter, Ana Maria Bejenairu, at the home. She was transported to Placer County Jail in Auburn to be booked on suspicion of murder, officials said.

July 16, 2013
Arraignment continued for suspect in Rocklin backyard stabbing death

The arraignment for Zachary Kachmar, pictured, who was arrested Sunday in Rocklin in connection with the stabbing death of Robert Earl Vickney Jr., was continued until July 29, a news release from the Placer County district attorney states.

Updated story: Rocklin stabbing suspect released from jail; self-defense considered

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The proceeding will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Department 31 of Placer Superior Court.

The Rocklin Police Department submitted the preliminary case to the Placer County District Attorney's Office, and it is under review.

Detectives received information after Kachmar's arrest suggesting he might have acted in self defense. That and other information in the case are being investigated.

Kachmar, 20, of Rocklin, will be released from custody pending the end of the investigation.

Vickney, a 51-year-old resident of Rocklin, was stabbed to death Saturday during a backyard party at his home in the 6200 block of Swan Court.

Vickney was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined that Kachmar and Vickney had argued at the party, and Kachmar allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Vickney once.

The preliminary police investigation indicates that Vickney and Kachmar were arguing over a broken drinking glass shortly before the stabbing occurred, said Lt. Lon Milka of the Rocklin Police Department. Police believe the argument escalated from there.

John Burnet, who said he left the party about 30 minutes before the stabbing occurred, called the party "very low-key." He couldn't imagine what might have led to the incident, he said.

Benjamin Mullin contributed to this report.

July 15, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any convictions in 1990s case of woman found dead along White Rock Road?

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

QUESTION: Around the mid 1990s, along White Rock Road west of Scott Road -- south of Highway 50 -- a woman's body was seen on the side of the road by people driving to work. But nobody reported it until one man arrived at his office. A roadside memorial photo of "Sherri" is there today. Was her killer ever caught?
Submitted by: David Sanders, Folsom

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Jeffery Jon Mills of the slaying of Sherri Farrar, a 21-year-old Carmichael mother whose body was found along White Rock Road on Feb. 11, 1994.

July 15, 2013
Rocklin stabbing victim identified

The Rocklin Police Department has identified the victim in Saturday's stabbing homicide.

Robert Earl Vickney Jr., a 51-year-old resident of Rocklin, was stabbed to death at his home in the 6200 block of Swan Court, where a party was being held in the backyard.

Vickney was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

July 15, 2013
Coroner identifies man killed in South Sacramento shooting

A 21-year-old man was found shot in the driveway of a South Sacramento home early Sunday, and police are exploring whether there is a gang link.

The victim has been identified as Shalvin Singh of Sacramento, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. Singh was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m. He had gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Police responded to a call at 1:33 a.m. on Sunday that a person had been shot in the 7800 block of Cedar Springs Way. Officers found a man lying in the driveway, and had him transported to a local hospital.

July 14, 2013
Man slain at party is first Rocklin homicide in 6 years

rocklin.pngA 51-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Rocklin party Saturday night, marking the first homicide in the city in six years.

The victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have arrested Zachary Raymond Kachmar, 20, of Rocklin. He was taken to Placer County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

July 11, 2013
Man pleads guilty in mother's 2011 stabbing death

Angelo Wright.jpgA 22-year-old man pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death of his mother, Lisa Marie Barber, in her Foothill Farms apartment.

Angelo Dunya Wright (pictured) also admitted to the allegation of personal use of a knife, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The plea comes after a mistrial was declared last month, when a Sacramento Superior Court jury voted 11-1 for conviction. The District Attorney's Office had announced that it planned to retry the case.

July 10, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for Citrus Heights man's 1995 beating death?

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

QUESTION: Do you know if anyone was ever caught for the murder of John A. Somers that happened in February 1995? He was at home sleeping in Citrus Heights and someone broke in, then killed him with his own cane.
Submitted by: Lorena, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Donald Lawrence Pequeen was convicted of murdering 70-year-old John Albert Somers during a burglary at Somers' Citrus Heights home Feb. 9, 1995.

July 9, 2013
Two arrested in fatal shooting at Mack Road apartment complex

Sacramento police have arrested two people in connection with a Sunday morning shooting that left one man dead at a south Sacramento apartment complex.

Officers were dispatched about 1 a.m. to an apartment complex in the 5100 block of Mack Road, where they found a man at the base of a stairwell with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The man, later identified by the coroner's office as Domenic David Lafazia, 49, of Sacramento, was not breathing. Officers provided CPR until Sacramento Fire Department personnel arrived, but Lafazia died at the scene.

Homicide investigators identified suspects in the shooting as Reshay Tiara Mott, 19, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Elliton Jay-Twan Varnado.

July 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspects in fatal New Year's Eve shootings in Old Sacramento?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the three arrested in the 2012 Old Sacramento New Year's Eve shooting of Daniel Ferrier?
Submitted by: 3il33n, Placerville

ANSWER: Three people are in Sacramento County Jail on various charges related to the shooting deaths of Daniel Ferrier, 36, and Gabriel Cordova, 35, at the Sports Corner Cafe on New Year's Eve.

July 8, 2013
Dead man identified from South Sacramento homicide

Coroner's deputies have identified the shooting victim at a South Sacramento apartment complex as Domenic David Lafazia.

Lafazia, 49, a Sacramento resident, died at the scene in the 5100 block of Mack Road about 1 a.m. Sunday. Sacramento police were called to the apartment house by witnesses who reported that someone had been shot.

Officers found Lafazia at the base of a stairwell in the parking lot of the complex. He was not breathing.

Officers and firefighter personnel tried cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to no avail.

Police said on Sunday that they had no motive for the killing. Witnesses told police Lafazia argued with another man before a gunshot was heard.

Police said Lafazia had "no apparent ties" to the apartment complex. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (916) 264-5471.

July 5, 2013
Authorities release man who tipped them to woman's body in storage locker

Thomas Bennett mugshot.jpgBy Jack Newsham
jnewsham@sacbee.com

A man arrested Monday after a woman's body was found in an Antelope storage locker has been released due to a lack of evidence, authorities said.

Thomas Bennett, 38, was taken into custody on the night of July 1 after approaching two officers and telling them that a woman could be found at the storage facility on the 3600 block of Blackfoot Way.

Bennett, a transient with no local criminal history, was released Wednesday evening, said Sgt. Jason Ramos of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Bennett did not own the storage locker, and an attendant at the facility declined to identify its owner to a Bee reporter.

The body found in the storage locker was that of a woman in her 20's, authorities said. A cause of death has not been specified, nor has the woman been positively identified.

The sheriff's department is still investigating. Those with information about the case are asked to contact the sheriff's department, (916) 874-5115.

July 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in death of real estate speculator?

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

QUESTION: I believe in 1979 Roger Vaness was murdered at his home on South Land Park Drive. Reportedly this was because he was reporting arsonists who would buy short sale homes at auction and then have them burned down for the insurance money. Apparently this was a hit job. Did they ever find the murderer?
Submitted by: Jinny, Sacramento

ANSWER: One person was convicted and another acquitted in the contract murder of 33-year-old Sacramento real estate speculator Roger O. Vennes.

July 2, 2013
Update: Details unclear, but homicide suspected in Antelope storage unit death

Thomas Bennett mugshot.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives are still searching for answers this afternoon after a woman's body was found in an Antelope storage unit Monday night.

Detectives are not sure how she died, or what relationship the victim had to the man who directed authorities to her body, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. However, detectives suspect she was the victim of foul play, and that the man, identified as 38-year-old Thomas Bennett, is somehow involved. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Deputies arrested Bennett on suspicion of murder in connection with the case. He is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

The woman has been identified only as being in her 20s. The Sacramento County Coroner's office is still trying to positively identify her.

July 1, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in 1990s slaying at Burger King restaurant?

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

QUESTION: There was a murder at what was a Burger King on Sunrise Boulevard about 20 years ago. Were the murderers ever caught?
Submitted by: Charles, Rancho Cordova

ANSWER:Four people were arrested in the 1994 slaying of 56-year-old William Robert Johnstone, general manager of the Burger King restaurant at Sunrise Boulevard and Coloma Road, in the Gold River area.

June 29, 2013
Man arrested in connection with fatal North Natomas shooting

A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this month in the parking lot of a North Natomas apartment complex, Sacramento police report.

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Dominique Nelson was arrested near West Elkhorn Boulevard and East Commerce Way in North Natomas during a traffic stop, according to a police department news release. He was booked at 2:35 p.m. into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail.

At 2:18 a.m. June 12, officers responded to the 500 block of Bankside Way regarding a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Vincent Vigil, 26, shot and on the ground in the parking lot, police said. Vigil died at the scene.

June 28, 2013
Camino man succumbs to injuries from Foothill Farms shooting

A man has died from a injuries suffered when the car in which he was a passenger was shot up earlier this week in Foothill Farms.

The Sacramento County Coroner's website states that Ralph R. Squires, 34, of Camino, El Dorado County, was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Squires had been taken to the hospital after a shooting incident the day before at around 3 a.m. on Roseville Road. Details of the shooting are sketchy.

June 27, 2013
Man arrested in fatal shooting at Mack Road gas station

Kenneth Barnett.jpgSacramento police today announced the arrest of a 27-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a man June 15 at a gas station on Mack Road.

Officers responded at 11:31 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the 6600 block of Mack Road. They found the victim, Darryl Hill, 25, of Sacramento, who had been fatally injured in the gas station parking lot. Two other adults at the scene also had been shot. They were treated at an area hospital and released. The victims, along with a 1-year-old child, who was not injured, had arrived at the gas station in the same vehicle just before the shooting, according to a Police Department news release.

On Wednesday, police found the suspect, Kenneth Barnette, in a neighboring jurisdiction, where he was taken into custody at a family member's home.

June 25, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What news on man killed in Napa home?

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

QUESTION: An employee where I worked flew into Sacramento on Saturday, June 22, after being called by police somewhere in that area regarding the killing of our employee's husband's father. I believe the last name would be Buffington. The killing was committed in the home of the person, I believe. Can you direct me to any stories regarding this?
Submitted by: John, Broken Arrow, Okla.

ANSWER: Don Warner Buffington, 62, has been identified as the man who was stabbed to death at his Napa home during an apparent burglary last week.

June 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Del Paso Heights store owner who killed burglar in '80s?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the store owner who shot and killed a man 30-plus years ago when the burglar broke into his store through the roof, I believe in Del Paso Heights. I believe the burglar was an O'Roy.
Submitted by: Citizen Kane, Del Paso Heights

ANSWER: Sacramento police determined that the shooting death of a man who broke into a Del Paso Heights grocery store in December 1987 was a justifiable homicide.

June 24, 2013
Name of Sacramento homicide victim released

A young man shot to death at a house party on Sunday in South Sacramento has been identified by coroner's deputies.

He is listed on the coroner's department website as Alvin Saivon Valentine, 19, of Sacramento.

Valentine and three other people were shot after an argument broke out between two groups at a house party early Sunday, Sacramento police reported.

June 22, 2013
Butte County authorities tentatively ID homicide victims from Sacramento

Butte County authorities have circumstantially identified the three victims found shot to death inside a burning car earlier this month.

The victims are believed to be Colleen Joanne Lowe, 46; her son, Roland Allen Kadier Lowe, 15; and Richard Lynn Jones, 17, who was not related to the other victims. They are all from Sacramento.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office tentatively identified the victims based on information gathered by detectives, but officials said they are still awaiting confirmation through DNA.

The victims' bodies were discovered by firefighters battling a vehicle blaze in the Magalia area of Butte County in the early morning of June 13. The car was discovered to have been recently reported stolen in the city of Sacramento. Two bodies were found in the trunk and the third in the backseat, the Sheriff's Office said.

On Thursday, detectives arrested 72-year-old Donald Clark on suspicion of arson and three counts of murder, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was booked into the Butte County Jail.

June 21, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused in stabbing death of stepgrandfather?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the guy who stabbed to death his stepgrandfather one night on Coyle Drive? I know he was taken into custody, but haven't heard anything since.
Submitted by: Karen, Carmichael

ANSWER: Kenneth Azlin, 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of 65-year-old Roy Shier.

June 20, 2013
Butte County man arrested in deaths of 3 Sacramento-area residents

A 72-year-old man has been arrested in the deaths of three Sacramento-area residents whose burned and gunshot-riddled bodies were found last week in the charred remains of a vehicle in Butte County.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office reported last week that a car stolen from Sacramento was found north of the community of Magalia with three burned bodies inside.

Deputies today said that they had arrested Donald Clark of the Centerville area in Butte County on suspicion of arson and three counts of homicide in the killings.

June 18, 2013
Gang member convicted in fatal West Sacramento stabbing

A member of the Broderick Boys/Northern Ryders gangs has been convicted in the 2011 stabbing death of 29-year-old Bobby Jamar Brittenum of Sacramento.

A Yolo County jury on Friday convicted Billy Thomas Wolfington Jr, 29, of second-degree murder, criminal street gang activity and personal use of a deadly weapon, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. The jury acquitted Shannon Lashaun Silva, 32, of Sacramento of related charges.

The fatal stabbing occurred at a party in a West Sacramento hotel room where Wolfington and Silva confronted Brittenum. Wolfington and Silva reportedly entered the room and told partygoers to leave. When those attending the party protested, an argument ensued.

June 17, 2013
Coroner identifies young man killed at Sacramento gas station

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man killed when shots rang out Saturday at a South Sacramento gas station.

Darryl Hill, 25, of Sacramento was killed about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when gunfire hit him and injured two other people at a crowded Arco gas station in the 6600 block of Mack Road.

A Sacramento Police spokesman said the shooting took place near one of the inner islands of gas pumps at the Arco ampm station and convenience store.

June 15, 2013
Update: 1 killed, two sent to hospital after shooting on Mack Road

By Edward Ortiz
eortiz@sacbee.com

One person was killed and two people, including a child, were transported to the hospital after a shooting today at 11:31 a.m. at a crowded Arco gas station in the 6600 block of Mack Road.

Sacramento Police spokesman Doug Morse said two vehicles were involved in the incident, one a white Volkswagen Jetta. The incident took place near one of the inner islands of gas pumps at the Arco ampm station and convenience store.

"It appears that the occupants of both vehicles exchanged words just prior to the shooting," said Morse. He said multiple shots were fired at the Jetta soon after the altercation.

June 14, 2013
Woman who claimed PTSD gets 26-to-life for husband's murder

A woman who arranged for the murder of her husband but then tried to cover it up as a fatal carjacking was sentenced today to 26 years to life in prison.

Shajia Ayobi apologized to her children before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena R. Gweon imposed the term for the Dec. 18, 2011, shooting death of her husband, Ghulam Ayobi.

The defendant had claimed she was a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of abuse she had suffered in her marriage.

June 13, 2013
West Sacramento man denied parole in fatal gang shooting

A West Sacramento man serving time for his role in a 1999 gang murder will remain in prison for at least three more years.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that the Board of Parole Hearing Commissioners on Tuesday denied parole to 32-year-old Ramiro Acevedo Jr. The hearing was held at the California State Prison in Soledad, where Acevedo is serving a sentence of 15 years to life.

On Aug. 26, 1999, Acevedo and fellow Broderick Boy Manuel Trujillo went to the home of 18-year-old Julio Robledo to retaliate for a shooting in which Trujillo was allegedly targeted. Acevedo sat in the car while Trujillo went up to the house with a shotgun and fatally shot Robledo in the chest, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. Others were seriously injured in the shooting.

June 13, 2013
UPDATE: Butte firefighters find 2 burned bodies in trunk, one in back seat of stolen car

The Butte County Sheriff's Office reported today that a car stolen from Sacramento was found north of the community of Magalia with three burned bodies inside.

Sheriff's deputies and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews responded about 12:15 a.m. today to Skyway Road near Hupp-Coutelenc Road after receiving a call from an area resident who heard an explosion. They found a green 2000 Acura TL engulfed in flames.

As they extinguished the fire, CalFire personnel found human remains inside the vehicle. Butte County sheriff's detectives and CalFire arson investigators then responded.

June 12, 2013
UPDATE: 26-year-old man killed in North Natomas shooting

Sacramento police are investigating the shooting death of a 26-year-old man early this morning in the parking lot of a North Natomas apartment complex.

Police responded to numerous calls of shots fired about 2:15 a.m. today at the complex in the 500 block of Bankside Way. Police said that a man visiting the area from out of town was walking alone through the complex when he was confronted by someone. After a brief exchange of words, shots were fired. The victim was struck multiple times in the upper body, according to a Police Department news release.

Crime scene investigators and the Sacramento County Coroner's Office arrived to assist in the investigation.

June 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to driver in fiery 2001 crash that killed teen?

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

QUESTION: In 2001, Venus Foster was killed in a high-speed chase involving a man who carjacked a car. It happened at the Sheldon Road exit. Whatever happened to the driver of the car?
Submitted by: Kamili, Sacramento

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Brandon Charles Williams of Stockton of second-degree murder and evading a police officer in the fiery crash that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Venus Mignon Foster.

June 10, 2013
Man coming to wife's aid dies from baseball bat attack in Orangevale

Brandono Biagioni mugshot.JPGA man has been arrested on suspicion of homicide in the baseball bat clubbing of a husband who came to his wife's aid, according to sheriff's deputies.

Brandon J. Biagioni, 32, (pictured at left) has been arrested on suspicion of homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. He is suspected of killing James Marlow, 62, who was able to tell deputies that Biagioni struck him in the head before he died, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Deputies responded to the 9200 block of Pershing Avenue in Orangevale just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a person trespassing. A woman told dispatchers that she was house-sitting at the address and that a former tenant of the home was refusing to leave.

June 6, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone prosecuted for killing of West Sacramento bartender?

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

QUESTION: Many years ago, a cocktail waitress or bartender was killed at the Sail Inn in West Sacramento. Was her killer ever found and/or prosecuted?
Submitted by: Sacsun, Antelope

ANSWER: Virginia Mochel, a bartender at the Sail Inn Tavern, is one of 10 people whose deaths have been attributed to notorious serial murderer Gerald Gallego.

June 6, 2013
Shooter gets 55 years to life for south Sacramento homicide

By Andy Furillo

afurillo@sacbee.com

A man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a motorist in south Sacramento two years ago was sentenced today to 55 years to life in prison.

Richard Tyrell Carter, who is now 18, received the term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley for the Oct. 11, 2011, shooting death of Kevin Kent Burks, 51.

The shooting took place in the street at 11:22 p.m. in an area known for drug dealing, although it is not clear if that figured into the fatal attack.

According to prosecutors, Carter was concerned about a possible drive-by shooting at the time he pulled a gun from his pants and fired on Burks' truck as it drove by a group of six or seven people who were playing dice in the street.

Carter's base sentence was for 15-to-life, but Frawley doubled that term under the state's "three strikes" sentencing law because the defendant had a previous conviction for robbery. The judge added another 25-to-life on Carter's sentence under another sentencing enhancement for inflicting death or great bodily injury with a firearm.

June 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to suspect in fatal shooting at Fair Oaks apartment?

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

QUESTION: Legion Dobbins was killed by a Russian immigrant who shot him in his apartment while on the phone with his girlfriend and he died of a gunshot to the head. I believe it was in the North Highlands area. What happened in this case?
Submitted by: DPH, Del Paso Heights

ANSWER: Jeffrey Philip Kiehn was convicted by a Sacramento County jury in the shooting death of 22-year-old Legion Shane Dobbins.

May 31, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest on man accused of slaying family members in Rancho Cordova?

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

QUESTION: What happened to Grigoriy Bukhantsov, who was charged with killing his sister-in-law and two young children?
Submitted by: Zuzik, Rancho Cordova

ANSWER: Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 20, is still awaiting trial for the October slaying of his sister-in-law and two of her children in their Rancho Cordova home.

May 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was outcome of shooting at South Natomas store?

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

QUESTION: There was a gang-related shooting at a Circle K on San Juan Boulevard and Northgate. What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Name, City

ANSWER: You may be referring to a 2011 shooting outside a store at San Juan Road and Northgate Boulevard in which one man was killed and another injured.

May 28, 2013
Coroner's Office identifies male victim in Citrus Heights double homicide

The Sacramento County Coroner's has identified the male victim in last week's double homicide in Citrus Heights as Enrique De La Cruz, 29.

De La Cruz and 41-year-old Gladis Janeth Quinteros Ramos, both of Citrus Heights, were found shot to death about 11:30 p.m. May 21 inside a car on the shoulder of Birdcage Street.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of Birdcage Street, where they found the two dead inside the vehicle.

Police said a light-colored sedan was seen speeding from the scene northbound on Birdcage toward Greenback Lane around the time of the shooting. Witnesses also reported seeing a white pickup truck driving away southbound on Birdcage Street.

May 28, 2013
Rancho Cordova woman identified as victim in Memorial Day double homicide

One of the two people shot dead on Monday at a large apartment complex in Foothill Farms has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Coroner's deputies identified her as Roxanne Mason, a 34-year-old Rancho Cordova woman.

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting that left Mason and a man in his early 40s dead on Monday afternoon.

May 27, 2013
UPDATE: Deputies investigate 2 shooting deaths in Foothill Farms

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com

Sacramento County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that left two people dead outside a Foothill Farms apartment complex Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos called the deaths, "a true whodunnit" with few clues, no witnesses and no suspects so far.

The Sheriff's Department received calls of a shooting around 1:30 p.m. at the Arbor Ridge apartments, a sprawling complex on Oakhollow Drive in the Foothill Farms area.

May 26, 2013
Coroner identifies man slain in Stockton Boulevard robbery

By Andy Furillo
afurillo@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified the man who was shot and killed in a robbery Friday night in the south area of Sacramento as Moises Perez Pina.

Pina, 51, was one of two men who were shot by two armed robbers, police said, in the 6100 block of Stockton Boulevard about 11:09 p.m. Friday night. The other unidentified victim suffered what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been announced in the case.

May 25, 2013
South Sacramento robbery attempt ends with one dead

Bee Metro Staff

Two men were shot, one fatally, when they apparently tried to run from a pair of armed robbers in south Sacramento, according to a police statement released Saturday.

Police said officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 6100 block of Stockton Boulevard at 11:09 p.m. Friday. The officers found one victim with a gunshot wound to the lower body that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. But a second victim discovered a short time later was suffering from critical gunshot injuries and eventually was declared dead at the scene by Sacramento Fire personnel.

An initial investigation showed the victims, who were not identified, had been approached by two armed men who were trying to rob them. The victims were shot as they tried to leave the scene.

Two suspects, both described as African Americans in their late teens with thin builds, were seen fleeing the area immediately after the incident.

The Sacramento Police Department is urging anyone with information about this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

May 24, 2013
Third suspect arrested in January Citrus Heights homicide

johnson.jpgpowell.jpglanglois.jpgCitrus Heights police have announced a third arrest in connection with the death of a 52-year-old man Jan. 5.

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