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November 7, 2013
Three men sought in shooting at west Roseville home

The Placer County Sheriff's Department is trying to find three men who allegedly shot a man
Wednesday in the back yard of his west Roseville home.

The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. The 35-year-old victim told detectives that the three men confronted him in the back yard of his Browning Street residence. When he told them to leave, one of the three came after him with a crowbar, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The man ran from the residence, but one of the suspects fired a handgun and the victim was struck in the back of the leg.

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

By Andy Furillo

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
Woodland police seek suspects in shooting at City Park

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

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

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

November 1, 2013
Alleged Roseville shooter pleads not guilty


By Ed Fletcher

Samuel Nathan Duran, the alleged Roseville shooting suspect who held law enforcement at bay for hours last week, entered a not guilty plea this morning to an array of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

The plea was made through Duran's attorney in a short appearance in Placer County Superior Court. Duran's next court date is Nov. 8.

Duran's family, who were in attendance in the Auburn courtroom, did not comment. He will continue to be held without bail in Placer County Jail.

October 31, 2013
Update: Citrus Heights police identify suspect shot by officers

Citrus Heights police have identified the suspect shot by officers this morning as Panogiotis Eliopoulos, and said he is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Citrus Heights police said the shooting followed reports that Eliopoulos, 29, had threatened people with a knife and then charged officers. They said he was found with two knives.

Police said the incident began about 9:15 a.m. when the department received multiple calls about a man armed with knife inside a home on the 7900 block of Oak Avenue.

The man was said to be threatening people with the weapon, said Lt. Ryan Kinnan. While officers were heading to the scene, police got follow-up calls to say the man had fled the first home and forced his way into a second occupied residence.

October 31, 2013
FBI finds Sacramento attempted murder suspect in Mexico

The FBI has turned over to Sacramento police an attempted murder suspect who they said had fled to Mexico.

Jose Manuel Aguilera, 21, formerly of Citrus Heights, was turned over to police Tuesday evening to face charges after being located by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Queretaro, Mexico.

He was found in Queretaro, in central Mexico, this fall, less than a year after the issuance of a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Aguilera was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Police said he is a suspect in a Aug. 27, 2011 gang-related shooting at a home in the 2800 block of 14th Avenue. A police log entry at the time said that two people came to the alley behind the home late that night.

"Occupants of the home engaged the suspects with gang signs and heated dialogue," according to the log entry.

One or both of the unwanted visitors began shooting. One person at the home was hit by gunfire.

The shooters then ran off. Police said at the time that the incident may have been related to an altercation across the street at a gas station, which happened just before the shooting.

October 29, 2013
Roseville shootout suspect charged with 7 counts of attempted murder


By Bill Lindelof and Ed Fletcher

Seven counts of attempted murder and other charges were filed today against Samuel Nathan Duran, the suspect in a lengthy recent shootout and standoff with law enforcement in Roseville.

Duran made a brief court appearance this afternoon, where he was assigned a public defender. The suspect was scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., but the proceeding was delayed until Friday at the request of his newly assigned attorney. It is expected that Duran will enter a plea at that time.

Duran allegedly wounded six law enforcement officers before being taken into custody early Saturday.

Duran, 32, was charged in a complaint with seven counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and seven counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a peace officer.

October 29, 2013
Fundraiser set for family displaced by Roseville shootout

A fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday to benefit a young family displaced after a suspect holed up in their residence during a standoff with police.

Gary Wunder said that proceeds from a barbecue and drink sales at his Country Club Saloon, 4007 Taylor Road, in Loomis, will go to the couple and their small child. The fundraiser starts at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The family has not been able to live in their rental home since a fleeing parolee entered the residence on Friday and engaged in a long, sporadic gun battle with police. The were able to escape.

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2013
Motorist shot multiple times in Del Paso Heights

By Hudson Sangree

A man was shot multiple times in his car in Del Paso Heights on Sunday afternoon as his 2-year-old brother sat nearby, Sacramento police reported.

The child, a passenger in the car, was not injured, said police Officer Michele Gigante. The driver's injuries, including a wound to the face, were not believed to be life threatening, she said.

At about 4 p.m. the unidentified victim was sitting in his car at Taylor Street and Ford Road when a white car pulled up beside him and an occupant of the other vehicle opened fire, Gigante said.

Scanner traffic at the time indicated that an ambulance crew was bringing the victim of a drive-by shooting to UC Davis Medical Center with seven gunshot wounds, including to the thigh and elbow.

The shooting occurred the same day that one person was killed and six were injured in a drive-by shooting at a Halloween party about 2 miles away on Del Paso Bouelvard in North Sacramento. Gigante said she could not speculate whether there was any connection between the two incidents.

October 25, 2013
Roseville standoff ends: Shooting suspect taken into custody

Sammy Duran, suspect in officer shooting .jpgBy Ed Fletcher, Stephen Magagnini and Richard Chang

A parolee wanted in the shooting of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and two Roseville police officers was taken into custody after a manhunt and standoff that lasted more than nine hours, Roseville police announced about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sacramento Bee photographer Hector Amezcua was at the scene at the time and reported via Twitter: "Sammy Duran taken into custody."

SWAT sent in a robot to establish communication and ordered the suspect to come out, according to a tweet from the City of Roseville shortly after 1 a.m.: "Suspect came out from house unarmed, taken into custody."

October 18, 2013
Man suspected of shooting police dog taken to hospital with self-inflicted wound

photo.PNGA Sacramento County Sheriff's Department police dog, shot by a fleeing suspect who fired at officers, is doing well after being treated at a veterinary hospital.

Meanwhile, the man who shot the dog, was found hours later with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and has been taken to a hospital, according to Sheriff's department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The incident began around 5:30 a.m. when Sacramento police began the pursuit of a driver in a stolen vehicle. Police were assisted in the chase by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

October 17, 2013
Downtown Sacramento shooting leaves one man injured

A fight turned into a shooting early this morning at 15th and L streets in Sacramento.

Police were initially summoned at about 12:30 a.m. to a report of a knifing at the corner near the Capitol and late night-operating bars and restaurants. When officers arrived, they learned that a man had actually been shot in his upper body.

A Sacramento police activity report said that two people passed two others when an argument began between the two groups. Words escalated into a fight -- and the fight into a shot being fired.

All parties to the incident were contacted by officers and an investigation is ongoing police said today. No arrests have been made.

The wounded man was transported to the hospital. Information on the severity of his injury was not available.

October 16, 2013
Inmate from Sacramento accused of attacking sergeant at Susanville prison

A man who pleaded guilty in the 1992 slaying of a teenager in south Sacramento is accused of assaulting a sergeant Monday night at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

The assault occurred at 6 p.m. after staff members had completed a clothed body search of inmate Bernard L. Wildee, according to a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Staff members reported finding contraband and Wildee was ordered to allow himself to be handcuffed, but he instead repeatedly struck a correctional sergeant in the face and head, officials said.

Two other staff members also were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Sacramento police arrest suspect in stabbing of midtown Safeway security officer

Sacramento police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a loss prevention officer at the midtown Safeway.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 6 p.m. The suspect, who fled and was the subject of a police search, was taken into custody this evening by a police K 9 unit. No other details about the arrest were released Tuesday night.

The loss prevention officer was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.

Police responded to the area of the store, at 19th and S streets, after reports of a stabbing. The loss prevention officer had attempted to stop a man who the officer suspected of shoplifting, Gigante said.

The suspect then ran from the scene.

October 15, 2013
Man reportedly attacked, tied up at Olivehurst home

The Yuba County Sheriff's Department is investigating an attack on a man who reported he was assaulted by three men as he entered his Olivehurst home Sunday night.

Deputies responded at 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of an apparent robbery on Western Avenue. When they arrived, they were told that the victim had been attacked by three men, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The victim told deputies that he had been away from his residence and when he returned, he went to the back yard to enter through the back door. As he reached the back door, he was struck with what he described as a handgun and rendered unconscious.

The man's hands and feet were bound, and he was dragged into the residence. When he awoke some time later, his assailants were gone.

October 14, 2013
Child reunited with mother after carjacking in Arden Arcade

A 5-year-old boy has been reunited with his mother after someone drove off in her car with the youngster in the back seat.

The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m.outside a Merryhill School in 2800 block of Eastern Avenue. A woman called 911 to report that her car had been stolen with her son inside the vehicle.

She told deputies that she had gone to the school to pick up an older child. She went inside, leaving the younger child in the vehicle with the doors unlocked and the engine running, according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

October 14, 2013
Coroner identifies teen killed in S. Sacramento shooting

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a teenager killed by gunfire in broad daylight on Saturday.

The dead teen has been identified as Javillion Ward, 15, of Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, the shooting was reported at 1:58 p.m. Saturday at a shopping center parking lot in the 4500 block of Mack Road near Franklin Boulevard. The incident started when a fight broke out between two groups. The fight escalated into a shooting when one person began firing, said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento Police spokesman.

October 8, 2013
Man accused of terrorist threats after shots fired in Esparto

A resident of the Yolo County community of Capay is in custody after he allegedly threatened and fired a handgun at a man in the town of Esparto.

Yolo County sheriff's deputies responded at 5 p.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the area of Capay Street near Orleans Street in Esparto. When they arrived, deputies contacted a man who told them that a another man, in a gray Ford F-150 pickup, had pulled up near him and yelled threats. The man in the truck then reportedly pointed a handgun at the victim and fired three shots before driving away, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Deputies determined that the rounds fired were blanks.

About 8:40 a.m. Monday, a deputy found a pickup matching the description of the one involved in the shooting at residence in Capay. Deputies contacted the vehicle's owner and, after investgation, arrested John Hardin McChesney on suspicion of terrorist threats and brandishing a weapon.

McChesney was booked into the Monroe Detention Center, and sheriff's officials said the investigation continues.

October 8, 2013
Man injured when shots fired into south Sacramento County home

One man was injured this afternoon after someone fired numerous shots into a south Sacramento County duplex with a family inside.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the family, including an 18-month-old child, was in the living room of the residence in the 4700 block of 50th Avenue at 2:12 p.m. when an individual drove up in a dark-colored SUV. The individual got out of the vehicle, approached the front living room window and fired at least eight rounds into the residence. The shooter then went to the dining room window and fired more rounds into the home.

A man in the living room suffered a wound to the bottom of his foot but refused medical treatment, Bowman said.

October 5, 2013
Update: Woman arrested after allegedly ramming car into home after domestic dispute

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old woman today after she allegedly drove her car into a Florin-area home after a fight with her husband.

DYEx4897450.jpgBrittney Lawren Dye was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism related to domestic violence, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters initially responded to the collision, which occurred this afternoon on the 8300 block of Middle River Court. A nearby sheriff's deputy also responded, and took over the investigation after officers began to suspect the act was intentional, stemming from an argument between Dye and her husband, Bowman said.

The husband was inside the home at the time of the collision, but was not injured.

October 5, 2013
Sacramento deputies arrest three, discover marijuana grow after shoplifting incident

NIK.YAKIMENKOx2976153 (1).jpgSacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 40-year-old man today following a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart in which a suspect brandished a Taser at a loss prevention officer, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested Nikolayevi Yakimenko on suspicion of robbery as well as an unrelated charge of cultivation of marijuana after a grow was found at his home, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said in a news release. Both are felonies.

The incident began about 6 a.m., when a loss prevention officer at a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road attempted to detain two people suspected of shoplifting, Bowman said.

The suspects resisted, and one brandished a Taser at the officer, threatening to hurt him if he followed, Bowman said.

NAT.YAKIMENKOx3180555.jpgThe loss prevention officer wrote down the license plate of the vehicle the suspects used to get away and contacted the Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived at the registered owner's home, the suspect vehicle was parked nearby, Bowman said.

Deputies were trying to make contact at the home when four people ran from the home. Three were caught; one was Yakimenko, Bowman said.

Deputies also arrested Igor Ivanov, 29, in connection with outstanding warrants and Natalya Yakimenko, 40. She was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony cultivation of marijuana.


October 4, 2013
MLK Jr. Boulevard reopened after Sacramento police activity wraps up

Sacramento police have reopened Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to traffic after SWAT officers found no armed subject in an Oak Park house they surrounded earlier this afternoon.

The police activity was focused on a home in the 3700 block of 19th Avenue, said police Officer Doug Morse. Residents in the area reported hearing gunfire that they believed was coming from that home shortly after noon.

It was not known how many people were in the home or whether the person was still in the home, Morse said. Officers had not confirmed the presence of a gun in the home but were operating under that assumption, given the reports of gunfire, he said.

However, when officers searched the home shortly after 4:30 p.m. they found no one inside, Morse said.

The boulevard was closed between 16th and 20th avenues as police conducted a "controlled release" of Christian Brothers High School and Oak Ridge Elementary. The campuses were not locked down, but police were monitoring the area as parents and students move to and from the schools.

Officers broke down their perimeter and reopened the boulevard shortly before 5 p.m.

October 1, 2013
Sacramento County man accused of Lodi carjacking

A Sacramento County man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 2 kidnapping and carjacking in Lodi.

Richard Harvey, 51, was taken into custody without incident at his home in the 7700 block of Kalwani Circle. He was booked into the Lodi Police Department jail on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy, a Lodi Police Department news release states.

On Sept. 2, officers responded to a report of a kidnapping and carjacking in the 700 block of South Stockton Street in Lodi. Police met with family members of the victim, who said they had been in contact with the victim by cell phone and determined that he had been released in Galt.

October 1, 2013
Police identify dead man, alleged shooter in Roseville killing

Joseph Arthur Nunn.JPGRoseville police have identified the man killed after an argument between roommates on Monday.

The dead man was identified as 54-year-old Kevin William Spindler. Police also today identified the roommate who allegedly shot him to death, 48-year-old Joseph Arthur Nunn (pictured).

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said the department received a report at 3:15 p.m. Monday 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 Spindler in the front yard with gunshot wounds. Roseville Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

She said Nunn was located nearby and was arrested. He is being held in Placer County Jail without bail on suspicion of homicide.

October 1, 2013
Burglaries down, aggravated assault up, according to UC Davis stats

daviscop.JPGThe annual crime statistics for UC Davis show a big drop in burglaries from the year before.

Each year, the university must collect the crime figures under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery report tallies crimes at locations that include the University of California, Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento. It also includes reports taken by police agencies with jurisdiction next to university properties.

September 18, 2013
Brother and sister tied up in W. Sacramento home invasion

A man was hit with a pool cue in a robbery at his home in West Sacramento Wednesday morning.

West Sacramento police said that the man was sleeping on the couch about 2:30 a.m. at the home in the 3600 block of Cooper Island Road when two men entered through an unlocked sliding glass door at the rear of the house.

One of the intruders grabbed a pool cue, which was used to strike the man. He was then tied up.

The man's sister came downstairs to see what the commotion was about, only to also be tied up by the ski-mask wearing attackers. The robbers took cash and fled the house.

Police have not determined if the home invasion was random or if the victims were targeted.

September 17, 2013
Police investigate report of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park

Sacramento Police area are investigating reports of shots fired at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area.

Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the department received multiple calls beginning at 8:12 p.m. reporting that 50 to 60 people were in the park when shots were heard and people began running and screaming. A caller also reported hearing a vehicle speed away.

Gigante said officers are on scene and a helicopter is patrolling the area, but she said there is no initial indication that anyone has been shot.

September 17, 2013
Garzon gets 5 years for no-contest plea in attack on gay Davis man

Clayton Garzon, facing assault and hate crime allegations connected to a beating of a gay Davis man, pleaded no contest Tuesday to battery with serious bodily injury with a hate crime enhancement.

In a plea deal made public in Yolo Superior Court, Garzon will receive a five-year prison sentence for the felony.

Garzon will be taken into custody when he is sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30. He will serve his prison sentence in Yolo County Jail.

Garzon faced two other felony assault charges in the attack outside the I Street home in Davis where Lawrence "Mikey" Partida had just celebrated his 33rd birthday. Those charges were dismissed.

Partida was severely beaten and hospitalized in the attack. The prosecution accused Garzon of using anti-gay slurs in the attack.

"The district attorney's office is very pleased with the resolution," said Jonathan Raven, Yolo County chief deputy district attorney. "We got what was important: a felony, showing the seriousness of the beating. We got the hate crime enhancement, and we got a prison sentence."

September 13, 2013
Man stabbed near midtown Sacramento grocery store

safeway.JPGA man in his 40s suffered multiple stab wounds after being assaulted near the midtown Safeway, according to Sacramento police.

The man is being treated at a local hospital, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The stabbing apparently followed a disturbance between the victim and his assailant near the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets, Morse said.

The relationship between the victim and suspect is not known.

No one is custody.

PHOTO: Workers clean up after a man was stabbed Friday afternoon at the Safeway grocery store at 19th and S streets in Sacramento. Mark Jobson/Special to The Sacramento Bee

September 10, 2013
Three men shot following argument at North Highlands apartment

Three people are in the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries, following a shooting at a North Highlands apartment complex this afternoon.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tim Curran said a 911 call was received shortly after 3:30 p.m. regarding a shooting in the 3800 block of Madison Avenue. Deputies arrived and found two gunshot victims. One man hand been shot in the head and upper body, and the other had been wounded in the upper body. Both were transported to a local hospital.

About 30 minutes later, Curran said, a third man showed up and the hospital with gunshot wounds and indicated that he had been shot at the same location as the other two men.

September 5, 2013
Police seek suspects in assault on woman Meadowview area

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking information from the community regarding a recent case of elder abuse.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, a woman in her 70s was assaulted by four men as she was walking in the area of Florin Road and 24th Street, a police news release states.

The men got out of a large black car that pulled up to the woman as she walked on 24th Street from Florin Road. Police said they don't know the motive for the assault, but robbery may have been a factor as the men dumped the contents of the woman's shopping bag onto the ground.

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

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

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

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

August 30, 2013
Sketch released of suspect in medical office robbery

Med office suspect sketch.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released a composite sketch of one of two suspects in an Aug. 21 armed robbery at a medical office.

The robbery occurred at 4:27 p.m. when two men entered a medical office in the 2300 block of American River Drive. The suspect depicted in the sketch was armed with a handgun, according to a Police Department news release.

The second suspect was confronted by an employee and the two fought. The employee suffered injuries that required medical treatment, police said.

August 28, 2013
Davis man arrested driving vehicle taken in recent carjacking

A 25-year-old Davis man was arrested early today in connection with a carjacking that occurred earlier this month.

Miguel Hernandez was taken into custody about 1 a.m. after he was stopped by officers near Mace Boulevard and Alhambra Drive while driving the stolen vehicle, according to a Davis Police Department news release. Officials said the vehicle was stolen during an Aug. 19 carjacking in the 1800 block of Moore Boulevard.

Hernandez was arrested without incident and booked on outstanding warrants stemming from two different cases.

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 26, 2013
Suspect arrested in stabbing at Lincoln residence

A Lincoln man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following a stabbing Sunday afternoon.

Lincoln police officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of F Street shortly before 6 p.m. regarding a stabbing that had just occurred. They were told that the suspect was still at the scene with a knife.

When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old Lincoln man on the front porch of the home with a puncture wound to his abdomen, according to a Police Department news release. The suspect opened the front door of the residence, then tried to flee out the back of the home, police said.

August 23, 2013
Detectives seek information in Kings Beach bank robbery

Kings Beach 211 aug 23 2013.jpgPlacer County sheriff's detectives seek to identify a man who robbed a bank in Kings Beach this morning.

The man walked into the Bank of the West at 200 Bear St. about 10:30 a.m. and handed the teller a note, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The teller told deputies that he displayed a black handgun.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a white man with a thin build and wearing a baseball cap, a gray sweater and black jeans.

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2013
Severely burned kitten rescued in south Sacramento

Burn cat No. 2  080913.jpgThe Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting fire to a kitten in south Sacramento.

On Aug. 9, a resident of Manorside Drive reported seeing a young kitten walking down the street in the area of Manorside and Meadowglen Avenue. The witness noticed the kitten because it appeared to be following a person who was walking down the street, according to a Sacramento Animal Care Services news release.

The following day, the same resident found the kitten in his driveway. Officials said it appeared to have been burned and the resident reported a strong smell of gasoline on the animal.

August 20, 2013
Suspects sought in armed robbery of Lincoln gas station

chevron.jpglottery.jpgThe Lincoln Police Department seeks the public's help in identifying individuals who may be linked to an armed robbery at a Chevron gas station early Friday morning.

About 3 a.m., a light-skinned man, shown in a surveillance photo, robbed the station on Twin Bridges Drive, armed with what appeared to be a small-caliber handgun, according to a Police Department news release. He was wearing blue jeans, a hoodie-type sweatshirt and a full-face ski mask.

The man took cash and lottery tickets.

August 14, 2013
Update: Father of 10 fatally shot at southeast Sacramento County park

By Kristopher Rivera and Kim Minugh

Last week, Caymus Park was the site of a National Night Out party - an annual celebration of community and street crime prevention. Wednesday morning, however, it was the scene of a fatal shooting.

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Colen Lugo, Sr., 43, was gunned down as he sat in his white moving truck, stopped next to the Vineyard-area park about 11:30 a.m. Witnesses described a scene of marijuana and blood, and law enforcement confirmed marijuana was found near the truck.

The victim's distraught wife, Antoinette Lugo, arrived at the scene and pleaded with investigators to let her see her husband's body.

"What am I suppose to do without him?" she cried.

August 13, 2013
Doctor at Ione prison reported injured in attack by inmate

PERRY, ROBERT D. K99205.jpgA staff physician at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione is reportedly recovering from injuries suffered Monday when she was attacked by an inmate.

Shortly after 8 a.m., inmate Robert Daniel Perry, 61, arrived for a medical appointment at the prison. Without warning, he grabbed the doctor by her hair and started choking her, a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release states.

During the struggle, the doctor activated her personal alarm device. Other medical staff members responded and grabbed the doctor from the inmate's hold, officials said.

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

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

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

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

August 9, 2013
Police arrest suspect in Arden Fair shooting

MONTANEZ, JOHN-23.jpgA 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in connection with a shooting last week in the Arden Fair parking lot.

John Montanez (pictured) was taken into custody Wednesday, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

Police responded at 3:21 p.m. July 31 to report of shots fired. They learned that a male armed with a handgun and in the company of a second individual began firing at two other males. Investigators later determined that there were three victims among the group allegedly fired upon by Montanez. No one was injured.

August 8, 2013
Father found guilty of inflicting son's burn injuries

A man accused of punishing his 2-year-old son by placing the child in a bathtub of hot water, causing severe burns, was convicted today by a Sacramento County jury of felony child endangerment.

Domonick Williams, 28, also will be subject to an enhancement after the jury found true that he had personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of 5, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Authorities said Williams had a prior strike conviction from 2006 for first-degree burglary.

August 8, 2013
Davis man accused of threatening neighbor, brandishing knife

A Davis man was arrested early this morning after he allegedly went to a neighbor's door armed with a knife and demanded entry.

Officers responded about 2 a.m. to the 800 block of Poleline Road after a woman called to report that a man, identified as Emilio Perez, 35, was at her door with a knife. Officers determined that Perez had come to the woman's door with a knife on three separate occasions and demanded entry to her apartment, according to a Police Department news release.

When another individual went to Perez's apartment to ask why he continued to knock on the woman's door, Perez allegedly brandished a knife at that individual and made threats.

August 8, 2013
Three convicted of kidnapping, assaulting teenager

Three people have been found guilty of kidnapping a teenage girl with the intent of forcing her into prostitution.

A Sacramento County jury found David Mosqueda Savala, 25, and Pebbles Laura Savala, 23, guilty of aggravated kidnapping for the purpose of financial gain and felony assault. They also convicted Omar Mosqueda, 19, of kidnapping and felony assault, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On July 4, 2012, the three reportedly lured a 14-year-old girl to Pebbles Savala's home for a party. Once there, the three defendants and others at the house beat the girl, then threw her out of the house.

August 6, 2013
Arrest ends morning crime spree in Rancho Cordova

Adam Shears mugshot.jpgA 41-year-old man is in custody after allegedly going on a crime spree this morning in Rancho Cordova and unincorporated Sacramento County that involved carjacking and felony hit and run.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and Rancho Cordova police responded following a report that a pickup truck was stolen from the owner, who was filling it with gas about 8:30 a.m. at Tower Mart at 2150 Marconi Ave., according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The suspect, later identified as Adam Shears (pictured), went next to a McDonald's restaurant on Folsom Boulevard between Dawes Street and Coloma Road in Rancho Cordova, where he allegedly assaulted a man while attempting to steal another vehicle. He then went to a Firestone Tire store at 10407 Folsom Blvd. and drove a truck out of one of the bays, officials said..

August 2, 2013
Man convicted of 2007 bank robbery sentenced to prison

A man arrested for armed robbery of a North Sacramento bank in January 2007 was sentenced today to 20 years plus 50 years to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury in May convicted Elvertis June Johnson, 51, of two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also found sane during the sanity phase of the trial, and two prior strikes were found true, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Johnson and James Henry Flourney were arrested Jan.13, 2007, after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through two counties. The incident began about 10 a.m. when a man walked into a Bank of America in the 2800 block of Del Paso Road with a sawed-off shotgun, according to stories in The Bee. The man pointed the gun at a teller, who turned over a sum of money. The man hastily stashed the some of the cash in his pockets before leaving.

July 31, 2013
Woman accused of pulling knife on Amtrak conductor arrested in Davis

A San Francisco woman was arrested by Davis police after she was accused of brandishing a knife at an Amtrak conductor.

About 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the Amtrak station, where they detained the woman, identified as Monyea Monique Johnson, 27.

During their investigation, officers determined that she had been asked to exit the train at the Davis station because she had not paid for a ticket. Johnson reportedly became agitated and spit on the conductor. She also allegedly pointed a knife at and threatened the conductor. The woman put the knife away before police arrived.

July 31, 2013
Woodland woman accused of assaulting police officer

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

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

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

July 29, 2013
Two men plead guilty to Sacramento armored car robbery

Two men accused of attempting to rob an armored car outside a Florin Road Walmart store pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento.

Raymell Lamar Eason, 43, and Keith Lamont Smith, 36, both of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob an armored car and attempted robbery of an armored car, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, on April 17, 2012, Eason and Smith planned to rob an armored car in the Walmart parking lot on Florin Road. They had scouted the location on previous occasions and planned to use a Taser gun on a Garda Logistics Services armored car guard.

July 28, 2013
Woman allegedly breaks into home, beats residents

An Auburn woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say she barged into a house and began beating the residents.

The Auburn Police Department arrested Amanda Standridge, 26, shortly after arriving at a home on the 200 block of Lincoln Way, where a physical fight had been reported.

Police say Standridge, pictured, illegally entered the home and began fighting a woman who lived there. When a male resident tried to intervene, police say she beat him, causing minor injuries. Then, according to police, she chased the woman with a knife and broke several windows in the house.

Standridge was taken to Placer County Jail, where she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vandalism and trespassing. Bail was set at $25,000.

July 26, 2013
Sacramento police seek identity of armed robbery suspect

Suspect sketch 13-192343 (2) (1).jpgThe Sacramento Police Department has released a sketch of one of two suspects sought in connection with five armed robberies reported last weekend.

The same two suspects are believed to have committed the robberies, all of which occurred in the early morning hours Saturday and Sunday, according to a Police Department news release. No injuries were reported during the incidents.

Both suspects were described as males in their late teens or early 20s. The suspect shown in the sketch was described as black, 17 to 23 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and a light complexion. He was reportedly armed with a silver handgun.

July 25, 2013
Arrest made in holdup on Galt street

Galt police quickly arrested a man last night after three citizens were held up on the street by a masked robber with a gun.

Police said that three people were walking at A and Second streets about 11:15 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by an armed man with a bandana hiding his face. He took cash from the victims and fled on foot.

The victims telephoned police with a good description of the robber and the direction he fled. Officers nearby saw someone running from the scene and detained him at gunpoint.

A firearm and the victim's money were recovered.

Zachary Rodriquez, 21, of Galt was booked into jail on suspicion of robbery and carrying a loaded weapon.

July 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to kidnapper who hid girl at Elk Grove church?

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

QUESTION: What happened to the man who kidnapped a girl and hid her for a period of time? It was about 10 to 15 years ago.
Submitted by: Curious, Sacramento

ANSWER: Kenneth Alvin Michel, a man who suffered from hearing and speech impairments as well as other physical and emotional ills, was sentenced to 62 years and four months in prison for the kidnapping of two girls and the attempted kidnapping of a third.

July 24, 2013
Sacramento police seek help identifying robbery suspects

Purse snatching suspects.jpgPurse snatching suspect NO. 2.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying two suspects in a Sunday purse-snatching incident that injured a woman.

The robbery occurred at 4:34 p.m. as the 74-year-old victim and her husband were standing in front of a restaurant on Second Street near L Street. Two men approached the woman and grabbed the purse from her shoulder, according to a Police Department news release. The force knocked the woman to the sidewalk, causing injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. Police said the woman was transported to a hospital for treatment.

The suspects (pictured) fled westbound over the Tower Bridge. They were captured on surveillance video just before the incident and running from the area with the woman's purse.

July 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to law students accused of beheading exotic bird in Las Vegas?

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

QUESTION: Several months ago, The Bee printed a story about three Berkeley law students who reportedly chased a pet parrot down an alley and beheaded it. Whatever happened as a result of the court case?
Submitted by: Helen Dadmehr, Sacramento

ANSWER: Justin Teixeira, a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Placerville resident, was accused of killing and torturing an exotic bird at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2012.

July 23, 2013
Man arrested after alleged screwdriver assault in Arden Arcade

Carl Harris mugshot.jpgA man accused of attacking another man with a screwdriver at an Arden Arcade apartment complex was subsequently apprehended by a Sacramento County Sheriff's K-9 unit.

Carl Harris (pictured), 29, was booked into Sacramento County Jail this afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

About noon today, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Howe Ave. regarding a report that someone had been stabbed. Deputies were told that a man, later identified as Harris, had approached the victim to speak with him. As the victim attempted to walk away, Harris allegedly removed a screwdriver from his pants pocket and stabbed the victim with it, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The victim suffered a cut to his head.

Harris ran from the scene, but he was found trying to hide outside in the area of an upstairs landing at the apartment complex. He was apprehended by the sheriff's K-9 unit and taken into custody without further incident. Sheriff's officials said Harris was treated for a minor injury but did not require hospitalization.

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

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

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

The men were last seen running northbound on College Street.

July 22, 2013
Man, dog stabbed at Citrus Heights apartment complex

Citrus Heights police are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a man and his dog at an apartment complex this morning.

Officers responded about 9:53 a.m. to the 7400 block of Auburn Oaks Court and arrived to find a man who had suffered stab wounds. The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the man's dog also was stabbed, but the animal's injuries also were not believed to be life-threatening. An animal control officer responded to the scene.

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

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

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

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

July 19, 2013
Man dubbed 'Fedora Bandit' given nine-year prison sentence

A former Carson City man whom law enforcement officers dubbed the "Fedora Bandit" was sentenced today in Sacramento to nine years in prison for three counts of armed bank robbery.

David Griffith Osborne, 75, also will be subject to three years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Osborne pleaded guilty in January to robbing Bank of the West in Gridley on April 26, 2010; American River Bank in Rancho Cordova on June 3, 2010; and Chase Bank in Paradise on June 29, 2010.

July 18, 2013
Police seek suspect in robbery of North Sacramento business

sacpdrobbery suspect.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the community's help in identifying an individual who may have been involved in a June 17 robbery in the North Sacramento area.

The suspect (pictured) entered a business in the 3100 block of Marysville Boulevarad at 8:23 p.m. and forced employees at gunpoint to hand over cash from the safe and registers, according to a Police Department news release. He then fled.

Police said they do not know what mode of transportation he used or what direction he headed when he left the business.

July 12, 2013
Sacramento police seek to ID suspect in Fruitridge Road robbery

sacpdsuspect NO.1 jpg.jpgSacpdsuspect suspect No. 2 t.jpgThe Sacramento Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man who may have been involved in a June 29 robbery in the 4300 block of Fruitridge Road.

Investigators are seeking leads in the case.

Police describe the suspect (pictured) as in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to call the Police Department's communications 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.

July 12, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for 2011 murder attempt

A 23-year-old man has drawn a lengthy prison sentence as a result of a 2011 shooting in the Foothill Farms area.

A Sacramento County jury in May convicted Jacory Brown for the premeditated attempted murder of Nehemiah Johashen and Garvin Johashen as well as discharging a firearm at an occupied motor vehicle. He was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras to seven years plus 89 years to life in prison, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

In November 2011, the Johashens and two other people went to the Carl's Jr. restaurant at Elkhorn and Andrea boulevards. There they encountered Brown, who was in a vehicle with two other people. As the Johashens' car left the parking lot and was getting on the freeway, the car Brown was riding in pursued them.

Once on the freeway, Brown's car pulled to the side the victims' car. Officials said Brown opened fire with a handgun, striking the victims and causing serious injury.

July 10, 2013
Man arrested for beating dog to death in Sacramento

Aaron Cesena, 46.JPGA Sacramento man was arrested for allegedly beating his dog to death and throwing it in the garbage.

Aaron Cesena, 46, (pictured) was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of suspicion of committing animal cruelty. His bail was set at $20,000.

Police were called to a residence in the 3200 block of 35th Avenue, near Fruitridge Road and Franklin Boulevard, about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A caller from the home had told dispatchers that his drunken brother had beaten his dog and thrown it in the trash.

Officers found the dead dog and conducted an investigation that resulted in the arrest of Cesena.

July 10, 2013
Knife-wielding disturbance at midtown Sacramento restaurant is quelled

Clark Delano, 52.JPGA man was subdued at a midtown restaurant Tuesday after he grabbed a kitchen knife and began to attack the cooks, according to Sacramento police.

When officers arrived about 5 p.m. Tuesday to Firestone Public House, 16th and L streets, they found two people holding down 52-year-old Clarke Alfonso Delano (pictured). He was eventually booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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A police activity log said that Delano entered the restaurant and began to cause a disturbance. Witnesses told police he jumped over a counter and into the kitchen.

There, he allegedly grabbed a knife and tried to stab the cooks. One of the cooks, along with the help of a citizen, took Delano to the floor and disarmed him.

Police said he continued to fight until officers arrived.

July 9, 2013
Police investigate early morning robbery at Davis Amtrak station

Davis police are looking for two men who robbed the Amtrak station and tied up an employee early this morning.

The men confronted the employee about 4:15 a.m. outside the station. One of the men brandished a handgun and ordered the employee back into the building, according to a Police Department news release. Once inside the station, the employee was forced to remove money from the premises. The robbers tied up the employee before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

One of the men was described as black, approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

July 5, 2013
Man accused of crimes against horses in El Dorado County

Bryon Baker 05-24-57 .JPGEl Dorado County sheriff's officials say community efforts helped investigators identify and arrest a 56-year-old man in connection with the theft and death of one horse, and the attempted theft and sexual assault of another horse.

Bryon Baker (pictured), identified as a transient in the Cameron and Rescue areas, was taken into custody Wednesday after investigators conducted a probation search of his motor home, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

On Jan. 30, the Sheriff's Office began an investigation regarding a horse that was stolen from the stables of High Heart Ranch. The horse was found dead the same day in nearby Jay Hawk Cemetery. Investigators said the horse died from injuries sustained while under control of the individual who stole it.

July 1, 2013
Woodland police investigate suspicious deaths of cats

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

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

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

July 1, 2013
Abandoned pressure cooker prompts bomb concern in S. Lake Tahoe

With the Boston Marathon bombings still fresh in their minds, South Lake Tahoe police closed down part of Highway 50 last night when an abandoned pressure cooker was found after a competitive event.

Just before 7 p.m. Sunday, the dispatch center received at call that a pressure cooker was found on the ground at the Lakeview Commons beach, Lakeview Avenue and Highway 50. The call came in just before the end of the Race the Lake of the Sky paddle board event.

Event security staff and police cleared the area and Highway 50 traffic was diverted.

The Tahoe Douglas bomb squad unsuccessfully tried to destroy the cooker with a robot. Eventually, a bomb team member in protective gear destroyed the device with a water cannon.

It was determined that the cookware was an industrial-sized rice cooker with food inside. Traffic was diverted for about two hours.

Federal authorities say two brothers used shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs in the Boston bombings.

June 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of abusing child?

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

QUESTION: About five or six years ago, Billy Ray Arnett was accused of child abuse. What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Sarah, Sacramento

ANSWER: Billy Ray Arnett was arrested in September 1994, accused of willful cruelty to a child, after bruises and burns were found on his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.

June 27, 2013
Unregistered assault weapons seized from home of felon

A Sacramento County man barred from possessing firearms because of prior felony convictions has been arrested after law enforcement officers seized nine firearms, including eight unregistered assault weapons, from his home.


California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that Britton Edward McFetridge, 37, was taken into custody Tuesday following an "armed and prohibited persons" investigation conducted by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Firearms. McFetridge was on probation due to a 2010 conviction for felony battery with serious bodily injury. In addition to the weapons, agents found eight large capacity drum magazines, 100 large capacity magazines and more than 20,000 large caliber rounds of ammunition in the basement of McFetridge's home, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.

Agents determined that the firearms had been illegally purchased within the last three to five years from private parties and that the magazines were illegally purchased online, officials said.

June 26, 2013
Woman booked for stabbing in Woodland

Police arrested a woman for allegedly stabbing a man at motel on Tuesday in Woodland.

Officers were called at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday to a gas station on West Main Street where Dave Lopez, 41, of Woodland, had a wound on his left arm. Also on the scene, was 44-year-old April Wilson.

Officers believe that Wilson stabbed Lopez at the nearby Dunton Motel, 449 West Street. Police said that Wilson allegedly would not let Lopez leave during an argument at the motel and that she stabbed him.

Lopez was taken to a hospital. Wilson was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

June 22, 2013
Sacramento police arrest man who allegedly shot self, girlfriend by accident

A 27-year-old man is in custody after allegedly shooting himself and his girlfriend by accident this morning, according to Sacramento police.

SMITH, DEANDRE-27.jpgThe man, identified by police as Deandre Smith, was treated and then booked into jail on suspicion of multiple charges. His girlfriend also was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Sacramento police report.

Smith allegedly fired the gun by accident about 1:30 a.m. today while he and his girlfriend were in an alley near Freeport Boulevard and Fruitridge Road, the police report states. Smith shot himself in the hand and his girlfriend in the lower body, police allege.

The two arrived at a local hospital for treatment, at which point staff members called police.

After Smith was released, he was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of several weapons-related charges, including discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner; carrying a loaded firearm; and inflicting great bodily injury during the commission or attempted commission of a felony, according to jail booking records. All seven charges he faces are felonies. He also is accused of violating the terms of his probation, jail booking records show.

June 19, 2013
Men sought in marijuana-related robbery in Amador County

The Amador County Sheriff's Office is trying to find three men in connection with an armed robbery involving a marijuana deal at a Pine Grove residence earlier this week.

Deputies were dispatched about 5 p.m. Monday after a 911 call was received from a Pine Grove resident reporting the robbery, but they were unable to find the fleeing suspects.

The victims were identified as a 34-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and a 14-year old girl.

Detectives who responded to the scene learned that the two adults had recommendations for the use of medicinal marijuana, and both marijuana plants and processed marijuana were found on the property, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

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

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

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

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

June 18, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man arrested in 2011 Rancho Cordova home invasion?

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

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the suspects involved in the alleged home invasion on Palm Grove Drive in Rancho Cordova on June 16, 2011?
Submitted by: Rick, Folsom

ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury in January convicted 22-year-old parolee Lawrence Lamar Jackio of multiple charges, including attempted murder, attempted robbery and use of a gun in the June 16, 2011, home invasion robbery that turned into a gun battle.

June 18, 2013
Three men plead no contest to jewelry store robbery

Three men have pleaded to felony armed robbery charges in the 2012 robbery of a Franklin Boulevard jewelry store.

Pleading no contest to armed robbery are Juan Basped, 20, Mark Oats, 23 and Leonard Ramirez, 19, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Two other people, Damian Moye, 23, and Vanessa Ramirez, whose age was not available, entered no contest pleas to felony accessory to robbery.

On Aug. 8, 2012, Basped entered the jewelry store on Franklin Boulevard and held store employees at gunpoint while Oats and Ramirez broke the jewelry display cases and stole jewelry, officials said. All three hid their faces with masks or hoodies. After taking the jewelry, they left the store and fled in a vehicle.

June 18, 2013
Man convicted of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova robberies

A 62-year-old man has been convicted of three bank robberies committed in Sacramento County in 2011.

A jury on Thursday also found true that Ralph Stewart had previous bank robbery convictions for robberies in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The Sacramento County robberies occurred at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. In each instance, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers, then left on foot, officials said. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers during an unrelated contact weeks later.

Stewart is to be sentenced July 5.

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

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

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

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

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

Helton is to be sentenced July 15.

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: Body found in Meadowview Park

A body was found Saturday morning at Meadowview Park, officials said.

Sacramento Police said they received reports of a deceased person at the park, located in the 7700 block of 24th Street, shortly before 8 a.m. The victim is described as an adult African-American female. Her identify has not been confirmed by police.

"The victim appeared to have suffered multiple gunshots wounds to the upper body," police spokesman Doug Morse said.

Neighbors told police they heard gunshots during the early morning hours, Morse said. Homicide detectives are conducting their investigation and have not offered any motive.

June 13, 2013
Sacramento police say avoid 'Apple picking' by being a smart cell phone user

DeAngelo Trujillo, 18.JPGCell phones taken in Sacramento and Roseville have been recovered this week because tracking features enabled the owners to zero in on the stolen items.

However, not all cell phone thefts result in a return of the devices to their owners. Authorities say avoiding being a victim can be as easy as keeping cell phones in pockets or purses on the street.

Also, when speaking on a phone in a public place, don't be so distracted by telephone conversation or web searches that you don't see potential thieves.

June 12, 2013
Help sought in identifying convenience store robbery suspect

Vintage Park suspect.jpgSacramento County sheriff's deputies are asking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of a robbery in south Sacramento County last month.

Just after midnight May 18, the suspect entered a convenience store in the 8800 block of Vintage Park Drive armed with a hammer, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The man allegedly left with an undisclosed amount of cash from the business as well as personal property belonging to the victim.

The suspect, shown in a surveillance photo, is described as between 18 and 23 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, white gloves and dark pants.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's robbery bureau at (916) 874-5051. Tip information also may be left anonymously at, by texting 274637 and entering the keywoord SSD, or by calling (916) 874-8477.

June 11, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate suspicious device at bus stop

A section of Auburn Boulevard was closed to traffic this evening after Citrus Heights police responded to a report of a suspicious device next to a bus stop.

The device was reported about 6:58 p.m. in the 6000 block of Auburn Boulevard. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's explosive ordinance disposal unit was called to the location and rendered the device safe, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said no specific threats were made regarding the device and detectives are investigating the incident.

June 11, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect accused of stabbing mother, stepfather arrested in Woodland

Salvador Fierro Jr. No. 1.jpgSalvador Fierro Jr. No. 2.jpgWoodland police have arrested a man suspected in a Monday night knife assault on his mother and stepfather.

Police announced that Salvador Fierro Jr. (pictured), 30, was taken into custody without incident about 4:30 this afternoon when he was found in the 1400 block of Edwards Circle.

Police were called about 9:15 p.m. Monday to a home at 1443 Edwards Circle where Fierro, 30, allegedly fought with his mother and stepfather. He was armed with a knife, police said.

June 11, 2013
Man booked for dragging dog on Del Paso Boulevard

Officers patrolling on Del Paso Boulevard stopped a man for allegedly dragging a dog.

Police ended up arresting Anthony Edward Lopez, 26, about 1:30 a.m. today on violation of parole and suspicion of felony maliciously maiming an animal.

After a few minutes, the dog, estimated to be about a year old, began to move around and was alert. The animal's paws were injured from being dragged.

City of Sacramento Animal Care Services arrived to take custody of the female brindle pit bull.

Gina Knepp, manager of Animal Care Services, said the dog is being treated at the veterinary hospital that handles city cases. The dog was stable and resting comfortably.

June 11, 2013
Reward offered in Knights Landing dog decapitations

A Sacramento-based animal protection group is offering a reward for information leading to the person who decapitated two dogs found in the Yolo County community of Knights Landing.

Yolo County Sheriff's deputies responded on Thursday to a home in Knights Landing where a decapitated and disemboweled Chihuahua was found inside a car parked in a driveway.

Two weeks ago the head of a terrier was found inside a boat parked at the home. Authorities were able to find the Chihuahua's owners, but the owner of the terrier has not been located.

June 10, 2013
Sacramento man arrested for allegedly stabbing wife, sister

Khounlat Sihabout, 34.JPGPolice said a jealous spouse stabbed his wife and sister on Sunday at a home in Valley Hi.

Officers arrived at the home on Grits Court at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday and found and armed man and two women suffering from stab wounds.

Police said that Khounlat Sihabout, 34, was immediately taken into custody on suspicion of attempted homicide and domestic violence. Both of the women were taken to the hospital with stab wounds to their upper bodies.

June 7, 2013
Witnesses report brutal attack on bicyclist near Howe and Arden

Joseph Leonard mugshot.JPGA driver was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly ran into a bicyclist, got out of his pickup and proceeded to kick the motionless bike rider in the head, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies.

Joseph Paul Leonard, 60, (pictured at left) was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail Thursday for the attack that left the 34-year-old bicyclist in critical condition.

Deputes said the brutal incident began around 7 a.m. Thursday at a fast food restaurant in the area near Howe Avenue and Arden Way. Callers told dispatchers that a fight had occurred between a man later identified as Leonard and two other men in a parking lot.

June 6, 2013
Sheriff reports dogs found decapitated in Knights Landing

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office is investigating two incidents in which dogs have been decapitated and their body parts left at a Knights Landing residence.

This morning, the body of a Chihuahua was found in the passenger compartment of a vehicle parked in the 42000 block of Fourth Street in Knights Landing. The dog's head was missing and the body had been eviscerated, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

While deputies were investigating today's incident, the resident told them that about two weeks ago, someone left the decapitated head of a terrier inside a boat at the same residence. The residents did not report that incident to the Sheriff's Office until today.

June 6, 2013
Man convicted for 2011 Good Friday robbery at church

A man accused of two robberies in April 2011, including one on Good Friday at a downtown Sacramento church, has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

William Martin Castro, 30, was convicted of two counts of robbery and multiple firearm charges, and found to be sane, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the first incident, on April 21, 2011, Castro asked the victim if he could use his cell phone, then punched the victim in the face and left with the phone.

June 6, 2013
Suspect arrested in Nevada County assault, robbery

The Nevada County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of a man in connection with an assault and robbery Monday.

Deputies responded about 11:45 a.m. Monday to medical call from a home in the 14000 block of Idaho Maryland Road. They arrived to find a victim who, according to a witness, had been assaulted with a weapon and tied up by a suspect who had attempted to obtain money from the victim. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Local law enforcement agencies launched a search for the suspect who was identified as 32-year-old John Grimes.

June 4, 2013
Mother suspected of shooting at son in Valley Hi

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A Valley Hi mother was jailed after allegedly firing a shot at her teenage son, according to Sacramento police.

Marlene Young, 47, got into an argument at a home on Majorca Circle with her 16-year-old son about 6 a.m. Monday, a disagreement that prompted her to get a gun. She then shot at her son, but missed, according to a police activity report.

She was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm and child endangerment.

June 3, 2013
Three enter pleas in violent home burglary near Woodland

Three Woodland residents have agreed to pleas in connection with a violent home burglary in the Wild Wings subdivision near Woodland in April.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced that Royce Johannes, 21, on Friday agreed to a plea of three felonies, including residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and assault with a stun gun. He agreed to a sentence of 12 years and eight months in prison.

Kyle Childress, 27, pleaded to two felonies -- residential burglary and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. He also pleaded to another residential burglary that he had committed a week earlier, officials said. He is to be sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

May 30, 2013
Woman arrested in Sacramento drive-by of her two relatives

Onetta McCoy, 33.JPGA woman was booked into Sacramento County Jail for her part in the drive-by shooting of two of her relatives, according to police.

The shooting took place outside a home on Icarus Court in the Parkway neighborhood around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Two men, ages 21 and 31 years old, were standing outside the house when they were shot.

Police said that the shots came from a vehicle that officers believe was driven by Onetta McCoy, 33, a relative of the two injured men. The men were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

McCoy was found and arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, conspiracy and accessory after the fact. Police are still looking for the shooter.

May 29, 2013
Woodland man arrested in alleged hammer attack

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

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

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

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

May 28, 2013
Sacramento police: Meadowview shooting of two stemmed from family dispute over graduation

Two men were shot outside a Meadowview home this afternoon as the result of an ongoing family dispute involving a graduation, according to Sacramento police.

The victims, 21- and 31-year-old cousins, are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at local hospitals, said police Officer Michele Gigante. Their 33-year-old female cousin is in custody, accused of driving the car used in the shooting, and police are looking for the shooter, Gigante said.

Police responded to Icarus Court, near Mack Road and Franklin Boulevard, about 4 p.m. today after two men were reported shot. Detectives later learned that the gunfire stemmed from a family dispute among cousins after one cousin was not invited to a graduation, Gigante said.

Officers quickly located and arrested the female cousin on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. They are interviewing her about her passenger, who police believe was the gunman.

"It's just a matter of time before we identify the shooter and capture him," Gigante said.

May 27, 2013
Two arrested in separate incidents after tangling with firefighters

David+Hawley,+29.jpgSacramento fire crews had to deal with more than fires and medical aid over the weekend.

Saturday night, a suspected drunken driver rear-ended a fire truck, and Sunday night police were called when firefighters responding to a fire were confronted by a man with a shotgun.

The Saturday night incident occurred about 11:42 p.m. in the 2100 block of J Street, in midtown Sacramento. According to the Police Department's daily activity log, officers were dispatched to assist Fire Department personnel in dealing with an individual who was combative.

Officers arrived to find a man, identified as David Hawley (pictured), 29, who had driven into the back of a fire truck. Police said an investigation indicated that Hawley accelerated from a red light, hit a taxi van, sideswiped another car and then slammed into the back of the fire truck, which was parked with its lights on while the crew dealt with an unrelated medical aid call.

Hawley reportedly got out of the car, walked up to fire personnel and began to struggle with them.

Police said the taxi driver and Hawley were injured in the collision.

Hawley was taken to a hospital, then booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence with injury, driving when his license had been suspended or revoked for DUI, being a habitual traffic offender, and hit and run with property damage. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Sunday, police were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. to assist firefighters who had been called to extinguish a fire in a backyard in the 1400 block of Birchwood Lane in the South Land Park area, where they were confronted by a neighboring property owner armed with a shotgun.

According to the police log, the neighbor came out of his house with the shotgun and began threatening a firefighter. The man eventually put down the gun but then went up to the firefighter and yelled insults. The man, identified as Richard Stevenson, 61, appeared to be intoxicated, police said, and allegedly made comments about defending his neighborhood. When he began walking back to his house and his shotgun, firefighters took him to the ground and waited for police to arrive.

Stevenson, who police said suffered minor injuries, was transported to a hospital, where he was cited by officers and released.

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

By Andy Furillo

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 24, 2013
Man seriously injured in Robla-area shooting

One man was taken to a hospital this evening with injuries that are possibly life-threatening after he was shot in the Robla area.

Sgt. Andrew Pettit of the Sacramento Police Department said officers were summoned at 7:40 fire department personnel, who were responding to a report of a shooting.

They found the victim at a market at Norwood and Jessie avenues. Pettit said the victim's companions reported that they were in a vehicle at Bell Avenue and O'Conner Way when they were confronted by a large group of males wearing white T-shirts, who began shooting at them.

May 24, 2013
UPDATE: Police investigate death of suspect who fought with officers

A man died this evening following what Sacramento police described as a violent fight with officers that began inside a Metro PCS store in the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard.

Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said a female clerk called police at 5:46 p.m. after the man entered the store. She indicated that she felt threatened by the man, so officers responded with lights and sirens.

When officers approached the store, Morse said, the man held the door closed in an attempt to prevent them from entering. With the suspect and the clerk inside, officers forced the door open and the man, said to be in his 40s, began fighting with officers.

May 24, 2013
Auburn knife fight victim and suspect sought

Auburn police report a knife fight occurred last night in town, but they are missing both a suspect and a victim.

Officers responded to Auburn Folsom Road and Lincoln Way about 11:40 p.m. where a fight was reported to have taken place. Officers learned that one man stabbed another, but neither combatant could be located.

The man who was stabbed ran away. The man with the knife was last seen leaving in a silver Hyundai Accent with "Marshall Auto Sales" paper plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dustin McLaughlin at (530) 823-4237, ext. 221.

May 23, 2013
Homeless man struck with bat during fight in Woodland

Woodland police are looking for a man who they believe hit a transient on the head with a baseball bat during a fight on Wednesday.

Police said Monty Tesnear, 57, was hit on the head and left arm during the brawl, reported about 11 p.m., in which combatants used with knives and bats. Tesnear was treated at Woodland Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The assault apparently happened behind a shuttered movie theater on Main Street where other transients had gathered in an alley. Police described Tesnear's attacker as a black man, about 50 years old, who goes by the name of "Marcus."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (530) 661-7800.

May 21, 2013
Citrus Heights police investigate Monday drive-by shooting

Citrus Heights police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 19-year-old man late Monday, authorities said.

The teen suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot to his ankle, said Citrus Heights police Sgt. David Moranz. He was treated at a local hospital and released this morning.

Officers responded to reports of a drive-by shooting in the 6300 block of San Pablo Drive, near Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue, just before midnight Monday. Detectives are investigating the shooting, but have few leads and no suspects, Moranz said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at (916) 727-5500.

May 19, 2013
Coroner ID's 27-year-old homicide victim in south Sacramento

By Al Pierleoni

The 27-year-old man who was shot to death early Saturday at the 4800 block of Baker Avenue has been identified as Atelea Matini Kaihea, a Pacific Islander, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Another man, 22, was found at the scene near Stockton Boulevard. He had been shot once in the arm and was taken to a hospital. He has been identified as the victim's cousin, said Ramos.

"We have virtually no information about a suspect," Ramos said. "There was a vehicle seen speeding away, but we do not know if that was a suspect's vehicle."

Kaihea's cousin has so far been unable to supply investigators with the details of what happened, Ramos said.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When deputies responded to a call that gunshots had been fired in the Baker Avenue area, they found Kaihea lying in front of a house with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

May 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Citrus Heights man arrested in Mariposa gem heist?

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

QUESTION: What happened in court to Michael Gomes, who was one of the men accused of the Mariposa County gem heist?
Submitted by: Elizabeth, Auburn

ANSWER: Michael Anthony Gomes, 43, was arrested in January at his Citrus Heights home in connection with the September robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa.

May 17, 2013
Woodland police officers suffer minor injury in making arrest

Three officers suffered minor injuries in a struggle with a man in Woodland last night.

Woodland police were called to a home on King Place at about 10 p.m. Thursday where a man's parents reported their son was violent and agitated. The police call indicated that the son might be under the influence of drugs.

When officers tried to take Eddie Bouphavichith, 27, into custody, he allegedly fought with them -- even after a Taser was deployed. He was eventually handcuffed.

After being treated for injuries at Woodland Memorial Hospital, Bouphavichith was arrested on suspicion of resisting a police officer and three counts of battery on a peace officer causing injury.

The three officers who suffered injury were able to carry on with their duties.

May 16, 2013
Lodi man booked on manslaughter in death of roommate

Lodi police said they have arrested a man on suspicion of killing his roommate.

Richard Welker, 33, (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition, according to a police press release.

Officers responded to the 700 block of South Central Avenue about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, police found Arlie Druen, 33, had been shot more than once.

He was taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Welker, Druen's roommate, was then arrested.

May 14, 2013
Deputy shoots armed robbery suspect at Carmichael pharmacy

A man who allegedly attempted to rob a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint was shot late this afternoon by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy when the suspect refused to put down his gun, a sheriff's official said.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Ramos said deputies responded about 5 p.m. to a report of a robbery in progress at the CVS pharmacy at Marconi and Walnut avenues in Carmichael. The suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, was reported to have a gun.

May 9, 2013
Brother, sister accused in murder-for-hire plot

Manuel+perez+mugshot.jpgNatalia+Perez+mugshot.jpgChristine+Engkabo+photo.jpgA brother and sister are in Sacramento County Jail, accused in a plot to have a woman killed.

Manuel Perez (top left photo), 47, and his sister, Natalia Perez (top right photo), 45, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder and criminal conspiracy, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release.

Manuel Perez has been in custody since December on charges related to committing lewd acts with two minor females. He is alleged to have victimized one of the females on several occasions in 1996, and the other child during 2010.

May 7, 2013
Gunshots reportedly fired at south Sacramento-area park

A Little League game was disrupted this evening when shots were reportedly fired at a south Sacramento County park.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said multiple calls were received about 6:45 p.m. reporting shots fired in Rutter Park on Palmer House Drive south of Florin Road. He said information regarding the incident was sketchy, with people reporting that two to four males were seen running from the area.

Between six and 10 shots reportedly were fired, but no one was struck and no injuries were reported. He said it was unclear who was targeted or what prompted the shooting.

May 7, 2013
Two men accused of throwing rocks at vehicles in Sacramento

Franklin+Cole,+60.jpgTwo men were accused of throwing rocks at vehicles Monday in separate incidents, one in North Natomas and the other in the Meadowview area.

The first incident occurred about 6:12 a.m. Sacramento police officers responded to a report of an individual throwing rocks at passing vehicles at Gateway Park and North Market boulevards. A windshield of a car was believed to have been struck and damaged by a rock, but no one was injured, according to the Police Department's daily activity log.

Police searched the area and found Franklin Cole (picture), 60, who was identified as the person suspected of throwing the rocks. He was arrested on suspicion of assault.

At 4:51 p.m., Sacramento fire personnel called police dispatch after someone threw a rock at their fire engine in the area of 24th Street and Florin Road. The engine wasn't hit, but 48-year-old James Ross was cited for throwing an object at a vehicle, according to the police log.

May 5, 2013
Felon arrested after he shoots at woman, barricades himself, city police said

Alan Myles.jpgAn armed man barricaded himself in an Oak Park home for almost five hours Saturday night before surrendering to Sacramento SWAT and negotiators, according to police.

The incident began about 7 p.m. when city police received a report of a shot being fired in the 3400 block of San Jose Way. The suspect reportedly yelled at a woman for parking her car in front of his house, then pointed a gun at her and fired, police said. The woman was not injured.

The suspect then went into his house. When police officers arrived on the scene, he refused to come out. A hostage negotiation team and SWAT responded to the scene, and the standoff ended when the suspect finally exited the home about 11:40 p.m., said police.

Alan Myles, 52, was booked into Sacramento County jail on counts of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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

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

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

May 5, 2013
Woodland homeless man stabbed in Saturday night attack

A homeless man camping behind a shuttered Woodland restaurant was stabbed during an argument late Saturday night, according to police.

Police said they were called to the former Casa De Sapore restaurant at 929 Court St. about 11:35 p.m. for a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a 32-year-old Woodland man with multiple stab wounds to the chest and neck area.

Paramedics responded to the scene and began treating the victim for several life-threatening injuries. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

May 3, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was ruckus in River Park area?

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

QUESTION: There was a large police presence in River Park on Thursday afternoon/evening. A helicopter and many patrol cars, including park rangers, were on scene. What was the cause?
Submitted by: Greg, Sacramento

ANSWER: According to the Sacramento Police Department's daily activity log, officers were called to the 5400 block of Sandburg Drive in the River Park area about 7:30 p.m. Thursday regarding teenagers involved in a fight.

May 3, 2013
Inmate sentenced for assault on fellow prisoner

An inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom has been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison for assaulting a fellow inmate.

Steven Thompson, 51, was convicted last month by a Sacramento County jury of assault on another inmate, personally inflicting great bodily injury and possession of a weapon, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Thompson is serving time in prison for first-degree murder and attempted murder. In 1981, he shot at two unarmed high school students from his car after an altercation, authorities said. Both victims were hit and one died at the scene. Before he was apprehended, Thompson plotted to kill the other victim so he would not be able to identify Thompson.

While in prison, Thompson stabbed another inmate on the prison yard with an inmate-manufactured knife, authorities said. The victim suffered a punctured lung as a result of the assault.

May 3, 2013
Events scheduled to honor California's fallen peace officers

Community members and law enforcement leaders from across the state will gather at the California Peace Officers Memorial Monument during two events to honor officers lost in the line of duty.

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a candlelight vigil will be held at the monument at 10th Street and Capitol Mall.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, a dedication ceremony will be held at the monument. Two officers who died in 2012 will be honored: Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Robert Lee Paris Jr. and California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.

May 2, 2013
Sketch released of suspect in North Highlands shooting

shooting suspect 13-86607.jpgThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has released a composite sketch of a man believed responsible for shooting a 10-year-old boy two weeks ago in North Highlands.

The suspect is described as Latino, 20 to 30 years old, and may have a scar on the side of his forehead.

At 11:15 p.m. April 20, the 10-year-old was standing with friends in front of a residence in the 6300 block of Whitecliff Way. A black vehicle with several occupants drove up to the boy, and one of the occupants said something to the juveniles standing outside the residence, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

May 2, 2013
Community pays tribute to Sacramento County fallen officers

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More than 100 law enforcement officers, their relatives and community members gathered Thursday afternoon to honor Sacramento County's fallen peace officers.

The annual ceremony was held at the Sacramento Police and Sheriff's Memorial in Woodlake Park. Enshrined there are the names of 31 police officers, sheriff's deputies and a district attorney's investigator who died in the line of duty.

May 1, 2013
UPDATE: Police say rowdy teens beat 79-year-old Roseville man

Nunley, Matthew download.jpgClements, Christopher.jpegPolice said an elderly man who told some rowdy teens to take their noisy activity elsewhere was beaten in front of his Roseville home.

At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire personnel responded to the assault in the 900 block of Douglas Boulevard. According to a police activity report, the 79-year-old man had exited his house to ask a group of rowdy teens to move along.

Instead, the five teens charged the man, knocking him to the ground. They allegedly kicked and hit him.

April 30, 2013
Sacramento police seek help identifying street-fight participants

Fight photo 1.jpgFight photo 2.jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying people involved in a large fight that left several injured.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of 21st street about 1:59 a.m. April 14 regarding a fight. They were able to obtain a description of at least two of the vehicles involved. One reportedly was a white Chevrolet Suburban and the other was a white two-door compact car.

Multiple people got out of the SUV and, without provocation, began challenging and fighting random people in a parking lot, according to a Police Department news release. At least one person who was attacked was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. One person reported being struck with a blunt object, and other people were physically assaulted during the incident.Fight photo 3.jpg

April 30, 2013
UPDATE: Police investigating possible link between Placerville kidnapping, Calaveras slaying

Jason Wryrynen.jpegPlacerville police are investigating a possible link between an alleged kidnapping in the city this morning and Saturday's fatal stabbing of a an 8-year-old girl in Calaveras County.

"We have no confirmed nexus to the Calaveras County case," said Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott. But he said Placerville officers have been in communication with Calaveras County law enforcement officials following the arrest of 44-year-old Jason Wayrynen. Scott said a DNA sample also has been collected from Wayrynen.

Wayrynen, whose last known address was off Paul Bunyon Road in Camino, allegedly entered a Placerville apartment uninvited this morning and took a 15-month-old girl from her mother.

April 28, 2013
Calaveras County manhunt for child killer continues

Calaveras County authorities are searching today for a man presumed armed and dangerous in connection with Saturday's murder of an 8-year-old girl in a Valley Springs home.

Sheriff's deputies, partnering with other law enforcement, are gathering evidence at the scene and plan a press conference at 3 p.m. to update the public on the case.

Residents in the surrounding area were told to lock their doors while officers investigate the homicide at a home on rural Rippon Road. Calaveras County sheriff's deputy Jim Macedo told news outlets that a quarter-mile perimeter has been set up around the house, and officers are going door to door searching for the suspected killer.

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

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

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

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

April 26, 2013
UPDATE: Teenager reported injured in shooting at Elk Grove park

Elk Grove police are investigating a shooting in which an 18-year-old man that injured.

Police spokesman officer Christopher Trim said officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to reports of shots fired at Kunsting Park. When they arrived, they were told that some type of shooting had occurred on the west side of the park, but officers were unable to find a victim.

They then learned that a victim had been transported by a private vehicle to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Trim said the suspect has been described only as a white adult male. No information was available regarding a motive for the shooting.

April 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest on suspects in Greenhaven home invasion robbery?

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

QUESTION: What's the latest information regarding the home invasion/shootout in the Greenhaven area last year?
Submitted by: ict1, Sacramento

ANSWER: Three men have been charged in the Dec. 22 home invasion robbery in which one of the intruders was killed and three other people were wounded.

April 24, 2013
Sacramento police seek to identify armed robbery suspect

SACPD ROBBERY SUSPECT image001 (17).jpgSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect in the robbery of a business.

Police responded about 10:30 a.m. Friday to the 1500 block of West El Camino Avenue regarding an armed robbery of Advance America. The suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the business, demanded money and ordered the victim into a safe, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect stole money from the safe, then left the business on foot.

April 24, 2013
West Sacramento man convicted of robbery that led to shooting

A West Sacramento man has been convicted of robbery in a case involving a 2011 marijuana deal in which one person was shot.

A Yolo County jury last week found Wendell Joseph Coleman, 22, guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm. The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal, authorities said. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the deal was set up through multiple phone calls between Gartiez and Coleman.

April 24, 2013
Pedestrian accused of punching Woodland motorcycle officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 22, 2013
Sacramento police investigate robberies targeting seniors

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating two strong-arm robberies on Lemon Hill Avenue that targeted senior citizens.

The first occurred about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 18 as an 84-year-old man was walking on Lemon Hill Avenue. He was approached by a man who asked for change. After receiving the change, the man demanded all the victim's money and physically went through the victim's pockets, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect then ran and got into a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.

April 17, 2013
Woodland police say victim is mum on how he was stabbed

Woodland police officers said they didn't get much help investigating a stabbing last night from the victim or a witness.

Police were called to Woodland Memorial Hospital around 9 p.m. where a man had been taken by a friend for treatment of stab wounds to his left arm and the middle of his back.

Neither the stabbing victim nor a witness to the assault that occurred near 9 Main Street wanted to cooperate with the investigation, police said. Police said they have not determined a motive for the stabbing.

April 16, 2013
Two men convicted of assaulting fellow prison inmate

Two California prison inmates have been convicted of assaulting a fellow inmate in 2011.

Alexander Rey Dixon and Francisco Javier Nunez were each convicted by a jury of assault on an inmate with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by an inmate, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On May 1, 2011, Dixon and Nunez assaulted Lance Melendez while incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom. Authorities said Melendez suffered numerous stab wounds to his back and head.

Dixon and Nunez face a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison as a result of the convictions, according to the news release. They are to be sentenced May 13 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge James Long.

April 15, 2013
Former Twin Rivers police officer pleads no contest to assault

A former Twin Rivers Police Department officer has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault under the color of authority.

On Sept. 17, 2010, Branche Smith, 38, grabbed two individuals by the neck in choke holds and lifted them off benches to which they had been secured by handcuffs, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He also pointed his Taser at the chest of a third individual handcuffed to a bench and threatened to deploy the device if that individual did not stop shaking, authorities said.

On May 30, 2011, Smith kicked a handcuffed individual in the head while that subject was restrained at the jail.

The District Attorney's Office announced that Smith was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail. He can apply to the Sheriff's Department for a work-release program.

April 12, 2013
Update: Stockton residents shaken after pit bull kills woman

A woman was killed by a pit bull last night in Stockton.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home in the 400 block of Lillian Avenue for a report of a dog attack about 8:20 p.m. Deputies arrived to find the woman who was attacked by the dog. Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The pit bull was found in the backyard of the home where the attack occurred. Animal Control officers removed the dog from the yard, taking it to the county shelter where it will be held pending the conclusion of the investigation into the woman's death.

The woman's name has not been released.

Fox40 reported Stockton residents were shaken after the pit bull attack.

The Stockton Record, quoting authorities and residents, said the woman was killed Thursday night when she was attacked by a pit bull that has terrorized an east Stockton neighborhood for months.

San Joaquin Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Rees described the dog as a "big, nasty pit bull," according to the Record.

Read the Stockton Record story here.

April 11, 2013
Resident reports stabbing near Woodland High School

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

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

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

April 11, 2013
Citizen stabbed in group effort to take down suspected burglar near Woodland

One of three people who helped pin down a suspected burglar near Woodland on Wednesday was stabbed in the side.

The Yolo County Sheriff's office said deputies were called to the report of a burglary on Mallard Street in the Wild Wings subdivision, west of Woodland, about 2:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Once there, deputies learned that three citizens had taken down a suspected burglar. The resident of a home on Mallard Street arrived home to hear voices inside the residence.

April 9, 2013
Investigation under way after woman dropped off at hospital with gunshot wounds

A 25-year-old woman was in surgery this evening after being dropped off at Sutter Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the Sacramento Police Department was contacted by the hospital after the the woman was dropped off there by someone in a vehicle. The vehicle was found to be registered to an owner with an address on Lincoln Village Drive, in the Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.

Ramos said the woman's husband later returned to the hospital, where he was detained by police. He provided information indicating that the shooting had occurred in the 9800 block of Lincoln Village Drive.

Ramos said sheriff's deputies have found evidence of a shooting at that location and are conducting and investigation. He said investigators are interviewing the husband and have yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

April 7, 2013
Man suspected of stabbing brother is booked into Sacramento jail

John Agcaoili.jpgA fight between two brothers in south Sacramento left one hospitalized with stab wounds and the other in a jail cell Saturday night, according to Sacramento police.

Officers got a call about a stabbing in the 5600 block of Jacinto Avenue about 9:05 p.m., police reports said. The victim was being transported to the hospital by a family member, but dispatchers advised the caller to pull the vehicle over. While paramedics tended to the victim's wounds, police discovered the man had been stabbed by his brother, according to officers.

April 4, 2013
Oak Park assault suspect surrenders as SWAT officers arrive

A man has been taken into custody by police after allegedly assaulting a family member at an Oak Park residence.

Sacramento Police Department SWAT officers were dispatched to a home on Ninth Avenue near Pansy Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the man had gone to the home and, during a physical confrontation, he allegedly assaulted an adult female family member. The man was not armed at the time and the woman fled the house.

Fire Department paramedics responded and the woman was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Morse said.

April 3, 2013
Sacramento police investigate report of home-invasion robbery in South Land Park

Sacramento police are investigating a home-invasion robbery reported at a South Land Park apartment Tuesday night.

According to a police report, the female victim was inside her apartment on the 6000 block of South Land Park Drive about 10 p.m. when three men came in the open back door.

One of the suspects assaulted the woman, and the three suspects stole cash before leaving, according to the report. The woman went to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

She told police one of the suspects was a white male in his teens. No description was given of the other two suspects, according to the report.

Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said police are still investigating.

April 2, 2013
Sacramento deputies arrest suspect after two robberies in Fruitridge area

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested a 28-year-old man early this morning after a robbery at a convenience store and a home-invasion robbery at a home in the Fruitridge area.

Just before 1 a.m., a clerk at a convenience store at 3920 Fruitridge Road called 911 to report his store had been robbed, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. The clerk said the suspect was armed with a gun when he demanded money, Ramos said.

The suspect was described as a black man about 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a pink hoodie, Ramos said.

April 1, 2013
Wild fight on University Avenue leads to man's arrest

Victor Chaney, 23.JPGPolice baton, Taser and a police dog were used to bring a man under control in a wild fight with officers on Sunday afternoon in a neigborhood near Howe Avenue and American River Drive.

Sacramento police were called to the 2000 block of University Avenue at about 4 p.m. Sunday on a report of a man was on the caller's roof acting crazy and possibly under the influence of drugs.

When officers arrived, the man was down from the roof but he refused to cooperate with police. The officers requested cover from colleagues and tried to subdue the man, using a Taser and police baton.

March 28, 2013
Man wanted for Sacramento County real estate fraud dies in Washington police standoff

A man who died in a standoff with police in Washington was wanted in Sacramento for real estate fraud.

The two-day police stand-off at a home in the small town of Hoquiam, along Washington's coast, ended this morning when the man was shot and killed.

The house where he had been holed up, then erupted in fire.

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

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

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

Annie's owner, Amanda Hartman of Woodland, came home from work March 13 and found Annie motionless in the dr