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By Melody Gutierrez

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

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

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

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

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

By Brad Branan

Woodland police have arrested three juveniles on suspicion of attempted residential burglary this morning.

Police saw the juveniles near the home when they were responding to an attempted burglary call from the residence, according to news release from Woodland police. The suspects, who removed window screens and tried to open doors to the home, were identified by a witness, police said.

The suspects, who weren't identified in the news release because of their ages, were brought to Yolo County Juvenile Hall and booked on charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. The three juveniles are Woodland residents.

Call The Bee's Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065.

By Cathy Locke

Two Roseville teenagers have been arrested after allegedly offering a fellow student money to kill a probation officer.

The two, a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, are students at the Youth Resource Center school, a community school on Sundown Way operated by the Placer County Probation Department.

Roseville police were notified Tuesday morning of the students' alleged attempt to hire another student to kill one of the probation officers at the school. The two were upset with the probation officer because he had told them not to associate with each other, according to Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.

Police said no assault occurred and no weapons were found on campus.

The two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and soliciting another to commit murder, and taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

Officers also conducted a probation search of a Roseville house in connection with the incident and recovered a stolen, loaded handgun. A adult at the residence, 37-year-old Shavel Leveron Pope of Roseville, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. He was booked at Roseville City Jail and released after posting a $45,000 bail bond.

Gunther said Pope is not accused of involvement in the plot with the two juveniles, and is suspected of only the illegal weapon and stolen property offenses.

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

By Robert Lewis

Sacramento County is cracking down on underage drinking and will begin punishing adults who host or provide a setting for minors to drink.

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously for an ordinance that will allow the county to fine adults who let minors drink in their home. State law only prohibits underage drinking in public. The new ordinance is aimed at those adults who let minors have parties with alcohol.

"Young people report they get alcohol primarily from family and friends, and indicate they can often get alcohol at private parties," according to a report county officials prepared for Wednesday's hearing. "The ordinance helps a community promote a clear and consistent message that alcohol use under the age of 21 is illegal, dangerous, and unacceptable. Under the ordinance parents and adults can be held accountable for their role in knowingly permitting or hosting unsupervised parties where alcohol is served to, or consumed by minors."

Violating the Social Host Ordinance will lead to fines between $100 and $500. Landlords, property management companies and other owner agents are excluded.

Several advocacy groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Sacramento Youth and Alcohol Coalition supported the ordinance.

"It creates a valuable tool to making sure adults consider carefully their actions before making alcohol available or knowing alcohol will be available in their residence to those who are underage," Supervisor Roger Dickinson said.

Call The Bee's Robert Lewis, (916) 321-1061.

By Bill Lindelof

A teenager has been arrested in Elk Grove on suspicion of setting five fires in two days last week.

The 13-year-old boy is suspected of starting two fires at the Spaghetti Factory restaurant on Laguna Boulevard on May 4. The following day, he is suspected of setting a grass fire on the west side of Camden Lake and fires at Joseph Kerr Middle School on Elk Grove Boulevard and Kohl's department store on Calvine Road.

No injuries were reported. Damage to structures was not extensive, fire officials said.

Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department investigators took the Elk Grove teen into custody Thursday. He was taken to Sacramento County Juvenile Hall.

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

From Bill Lindelof:

Folsom police say a juvenile who wanted to make a new start in 2010 gave himself up in a dramatic way on Sunday.

Police say the young man, a suspect in a car theft who they believe evaded arrest a few days earlier, gave himself up in the middle of a park soccer field.

The suspect "dramatically waited for officers to arrive by standing dead center of a soccer field in the park," a Folsom police news release stated.

The incident started Wednesday when officers tried to pull over a stolen red Honda near Willowmere Drive and Montrose Drive. However, the car drove away and then pulled into a school parking lot.

Both the driver and passenger fled on foot in Ed Mitchell Park, leading to an unsuccessful search of the area.

On Sunday, officers were dispatched back to Ed Mitchell Park.

"It appeared that guilt had set in, and the juvenile perpetrator decided the right way to start the New Year would be to admit last year's misgivings," the press release stated. "He was forthright with officers regarding his crime and associated vehicle burglaries he used the stolen vehicle to commit."

The young man was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and multiple counts of vehicle burglary.

From Kim Minugh:

The 15-year-old boy accused of assaulting the River City High School principal in October has turned himself in to West Sacramento police, according to authorities.

Earlier this month, authorities issued an arrest warrant for the 15-year-old, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile. The boy found out about the warrant, turned himself in Wednesday night and was booked into the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on a felony charge of battery with serious bodily injury, said West Sacramento police Lt. Tod Sockman.

Police say the boy was one of a number of students involved in fights Oct. 28 on the River City High campus. As Principal Stuart McKay tried to intervene, the boy punched McKay in the back of the head, and the principal fell to the ground, according to police.

McKay sustained serious head, neck and neurological injuries as a result of the assault, police said.

Multiple students were suspended because of the fights; the 15-year-old boy was expelled and has since moved, according to authorities.

From Bill Lindelof:

Prosecutors filed a motion today to try 14-year-old Tylar Marie Witt as an adult in the homicide of her mother in El Dorado County.

"We have filed a fitness petition for her to be deemed not fit for juvenile court," said El Dorado Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Clark.

The motion on whether she will be tried as an adult or a juvenile is scheduled to be heard Aug. 24. The juvenile court appearance in Placerville by Witt today took only about 15 minutes.

Witt and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Steven Paul Colver, are suspects in the killing of Joanne M. Witt.

From Bill Lindelof:

A judge granted early furloughs Friday to 48 of the 63 wards of the Warren E. Thornton Youth Center as the juvenile lock-up closes after four decades, the victim of county budget cuts.

Another 15 youths were ordered house at Juvenile Hall, pending further hearings to determine their next commitment, said Probation Department spokeswoman Erin Treadwell. She said those hearings will be next week.

The wards granted furloughs must adhere to the conditions of furlough and will be supervised by Juvenile Field Probation Officers, Treadwell said. They will also continue to receive treatment services in the community, she said.

But the center will be missed, Treadwell said. "It has been very valuable."

During protracted budget wrangling, the county probation department was able to keep open the Boys Ranch but couldn't salvage the Thornton Center, which houses younger, less sophisticated offenders.

The average age of wards at Thornton was 13 to 16 years old for boys and up to 18 for girls.

On Friday, a courtroom was set up at the center so that the 65 young people wouldn't have to be transferred to juvenile court.

Cases came before the court where a public defender, deputy district attorney, probation officials, the judge and parents were present.

Best options were be explored for each ward, Treadwell said.

The building will be closed Tuesday, but the county needed a few days to prepare the facility for final closure so the youth were being transferred on Friday.

The facility is not far from Juvenile Hall on Branch Center Road near Bradshaw Road and Highway 50. Offenders at the center were typically incarcerated for robbery, drug offenses, auto theft and assault.

Treadwell said closing Thornton posed less of a public-safety risk from the facility's wards than would arise from closing Boys Ranch.

Working with the wards at a young age at the center gave probation a good chance to put them on the right path, Treadwell said.

While at Thornton Center, young offenders got treatment for mental health, anger management and drug addiction.

The youths also attended school. And if they progressed well through the program, they could go home on weekends.

The Thornton Center operated with locked doors but Boys Ranch and Juvenile Hall have higher security precautions.

The county must keep Juvenile Hall open since it is where youthful offenders who've committed the most serious criminal acts are incarcerated.

Closing the 110-bed Thornton facility, which has been in service 41 years, will save $8.9 million.

From Kim Minugh:

Sacramento police arrested a 16-year-old boy this weekend for allegedly having two loaded handguns in his car - a discovery made after the boy had blown several stop signs and crashed into several cars, according to a police report.

Just before midnight Friday, an officer saw a car speed through several stop signs in the area of 21st Avenue and 73rd Street, according to the report. The officer estimated the car was going 80 miles per hour, and turned on his lights and sirens to pursue the car.

The officer temporarily lost sight of the vehicle - until it had crashed into five cars in the area of Toronto Way and 79th Street, in the Colonial Village neighborhood, the report states. The officer located a 16-year-old boy walking away from the car, and found two loaded handguns inside the vehicle, according to the report.

The boy was booked into juvenile hall on two weapons-related charges and one charge related to his driver's license, the report states.

From Niesha Lofing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 13-year-old boy Tuesday in connection with a robbery.

The incident took place Thursday when a 13-year-old boy was walking home from school in the 9900 block of Sorentino Drive. Another boy walked up behind him and pulled his backpack, forcing him to fall to the ground, according to a report from the Elk Grove Police Department.

The boy grabbed the victim's MP3 player and left. Investigative efforts identified the boy as being the one responsible. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and was taken to juvenile hall, police said.

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested two 15-year-old Sacramento boys Monday after a short pursuit.

The incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. in the 8200 block of Crichton Way when an officer saw the boys in a reported stolen vehicle, according to a report from the Elk Grove Police Department.

When the officer tried to conduct an enforcement stop, the pursuit ensued. Both boys abandoned the vehicle and left on foot, police said.

After a brief search, both boys were found and taken to juvenile hall. Both were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. The driver was also arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, evading an officer and driving without a license, police said.

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested two 16-year-old boys, one of whom was spotted driving recklessly on Interstate 5 Friday night.

A witness saw a vehicle southbound on Interstate 5 near Laguna Boulevard near midnight. The person followed the vehicle and called police, according to a police report.

A computer check revealed it was a reported stolen vehicle. Officers located it in the parking lot of Strikes Family Entertainment Center, at 3443 Laguna Blvd., police said.

The boys, who were in the vehicle, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property. They were taken to juvenile hall.

From Sandy Louey:

The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center will hold an open house in February.

The open house is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the facility, 2880 East Gibson Road in Woodland.

Staff from the facility and the Yolo County Office of Education and volunteer groups will provide information about what they do to rehabilitate youth.

There will also be guided tours. Check in for the tours will start at 5 p.m.

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police have arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly pulled a boy off his bicycle and stole his cell phone.

The incident occurred at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday at Sheldon Creek Drive and Silvery Blue Way. A 12-year-old boy was riding his bicycle on a trail when the teen ran up to him and pulled him off the bicycle, according to report from the Elk Grove Police Department.

Police said the teen, who wore a beanie cap and a bandana covering the lower part of his face, held the boy down and searched his pockets. He verbally threatened to harm him before stealing his phone.

After the victim told his parents what happened, they drove around looking for the teen. Police were called and the teen, who was hiding in a nearby home, was taken into custody after the boy identified him as the robber, police said.

The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to juvenile hall.

From Hudson Sangree:

Yolo County jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday against four young men accused of attacking an Amtrak engineer last year in West Sacramento.

Three of the defendants - Pauliton Nunes, 20, Austen Nunes, 18, and Orlando Javier Ramos, 16 - were convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

A fourth defendant - Daniel Bonge, 18 - was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

Jurors found all four were members of the Broderick Boys street gang.

A fifth defendant, Robert Reynolds, 17, was acquitted on all charges.

Jurors rejected attempted murder charges against all of the defendants.

The five were accused of severely beating engineer Jacob Keating, including hitting him on the head with a vodka bottle and a fire extinguisher.

Keating testified he stopped the Capitol Corridor train on the night of April 16, 2007, after the group of teens threw rocks at the train as it slowed near the I Street Bridge.

The engineer admitted he threw the first punch, but said the group attack that followed left him begging for his life.

From David Richie:

A reported sexual assault in a Sheldon High School restroom and two other recent on-campus episodes were "isolated incidents" and safety at the school is still strong, law enforcement and school district officials said this week.

The most serious incident occurred about 11 a.m. Oct. 2 when a 15-year-old boy reportedly forced a 15-year-old girl into a restroom stall and sexually assaulted her. An incident summary released recently by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department indicates that the girl tried to fight back and told the boy several times to stop what he was doing.

Eventually the boy departed and school officials found the girl during a routine bathroom check, said Elizabeth Graswich, spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District. Sheriff's investigators were called in and the boy was arrested later that day. A letter was sent home with all students informing parents about the incident, Graswich said.

The boy acted alone and did not present a danger to the rest of the student body, Sgt. Tim Curran, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, said Tuesday.

"The girl was targeted. They were former girlfriend and boyfriend, so it was not a random incident," Curran said.

Curran and Graswich did not know if the boy was still in juvenile hall or if he had been released to his parents.

Graswich described an incident about 9:35 a.m. Oct. 1 as a fight between two groups of boys.

The sheriff's description of the incident indicates that three 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old attacked two other boys of similar age and at least one of the four was armed. All four were arrested and booked on multiple charges including suspicion of battery, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang. All the individuals involved were Vietnamese.

The weapon was a belt buckle. The two boys suffered cuts and refused medical attention, Graswich said.

The third incident, about 10:20 a.m. Sept. 30 involved a 15-year-old boy who reportedly brought a folding knife to school. Another student spotted the weapon and informed school officials. A vice principal started looking for the boy with the knife and during the course of that investigation, he was threatened by another boy, age 16. Both boys were eventually taken into custody.

No letters were sent home informing parents about the Oct. 1 and Sept. 30 occurrences.

"Realize that all three of these were isolated incidents," Graswich said.

The school district contracts with the Sheriff's Department for a deputy who serves as a school resource officer at Sheldon High School. That relationship also gives the district access to other sheriff's services when they are needed.

The district also employs school monitors at Sheldon High, and the principal walks around the school regularly. Officials do not see any need to further tighten campus control measures.

"Security is already fairly high," Graswich said.

From Stan Oklobdzija:

Police officers arrested an alleged gang member with a gun at the Fruitridge light-rail station Friday night after he threatened others on the train with it, police said.

Officers received a call from a passenger on the southbound Blue-Line train about 8:40 p.m. saying two groups of youths were arguing at the Broadway station, said Sgt. Jim Hose. One brandished a handgun, Hose said.

Police and county sheriff's officers waited for the group at the Fruitridge light-rail station and started searching passengers as they left the train, Hose said.

Hose said the youth with the gun was arrested.

Hose said witnesses reported the group was claiming to belong to the Fourth-Avenue Blood t gang, based in Oak Park, as they entered the train.

From Niesha Lofing:

Three teenagers were arrested Tuesday night after allegedly beating and stabbing a 13-year-old in a Woodland neighborhood.

Woodland police received a call of shots fired at 7:30 p.m. in the area of Lemen Avenue and Donnelly Circle, a police news release said. They found the victim had been beaten and stabbed in the upper torso.

Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored sport utility vehicle leaving the scene.

The victim was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.

About two hours later, police returned to the neighborhood on a report of a dark-colored SUV and red Chrysler 300 driving recklessly.

An officer stopped the SUV, and a witness identified the occupants of the vehicle - two 15-year-olds and Milton Escobedo, 18 - and said they were at the scene of the stabbing, police said.

The witness told police Escobedo beat the victim with a baseball bat and that one of the 15-year-olds stabbed the victim.

The three teens were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy. One 15-year-old also was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Escobedo was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police also received a call from Woodland Memorial Hospital that a 15-year-old with a stab wound to the neck had arrived there, but it is unknown whether the two stabbings are related.

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

From Niesha Lofing:

Galt police seek information about a gang-related fight that injured two people and led to a teenage boy's arrest.

Police received several 911 calls at about 5:36 p.m. Wednesday reporting that about 10 people were fighting in the 200 block of McFarland Street, a police news release states.

Police found two injured people at the location, one who had been stabbed in the shoulder and had to be taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Another person's arm had been cut by a thrown object, but he refused medical treatment, the release states.

Police, who determined that the fight was gang-related, arrested a teenage boy on an outstanding no-bail warrant after talking to him during the investigation, the release states.

The investigation continues, and anyone with information about the fight is asked to call police at (209) 366-7000.

From Sandy Louey:

Elk Grove police arrested a 17-year-old boy Wednesday for allegedly breaking a man's car window and threatening him.

At 1 p.m., a man was stopped at Laguna Boulevard and Harbour Point Drive when the boy got out of a nearby vehicle, according to a police report.

The boy broke out the man's driver-side window with his fist, threatened him and tried to grab him. The man left in the vehicle and called police, the report said.

Police Spokesman Christopher Trim said the incident wasn't a random act and that the boy believed the man was responsible for an altercation last week involving someone he knew.

The boy, who was found at his home, was arrested on suspicion of threatening to commit a crime. He was taken to juvenile hall, police said.

From Art Campos:

Two 13-year-old girls were arrested during the weekend for allegedly shoplifting clothing and accessory items from at least eight stores at the Galleria at Roseville, police reported.

The reported crime spree ended at 4:25 p.m. Saturday when security officers at one of the stores apprehended and held them for police, who booked them on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy at the Placer County Juvenile Detection Center in Auburn, said Roseville Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.

One of the girls is from Roseville and the other is from Citrus Heights, she said.

"Often, teenagers think that shoplifting is easy, that they are not likely to get caught and that there are no serious consequences," Gunther said. "In fact, shoplifting is a serious crime. Stores certainly take it seriously and have sophisticated security systems in place to detect and apprehend shoplifters."

Gunther said Roseville police arrested 689 shoplifters in 2007 and that many were prosecuted on charges of petty theft, burglary or robbery.

She noted that if someone enters a business with the intent to steal, a misdemeanor petty theft could be upgraded to burglary, which is a felony. If shoplifters resist or fight with store personnel or anyone trying to detain them, the crime is upgraded to robbery, a serious violent felony, she said.

A Fountain Valley, Calif., teenage boy accused of making violent threats against two teachers at his high school told investigators the e-mails were meant as a joke, police said.

Police have asked the Orange County district attorney to file criminal charges against the 16-year-old boy who was arrested at Fountain Valley High School on May 23 on suspicion of making criminal threats, said Lt. Paul McInnis. He was later released to his parents.

"I think that people think they can hide behind the veil of anonymity when they are online," said Chris Herzfeld, Fountain Valley High School principal. "Any threats like that, we get the police department involved."

Here's the Associated Press story.

A physical education teacher at Del Oro High School in Loomis recently noticed that some girls in her class were acting strangely.

She suspected they might be slightly intoxicated, according to a report taken May 22 by the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

The teacher called the vice principal, who checked through one of the students' backpacks and discovered a water bottle containing a mix of vodka and cranberry juice, the report said.

The 15-year-old student was cited by a sheriff's officer for being a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage and was released into the custody of her parents.

-- Art Campos

A 13-year-old student at Sylvan Middle School was booked into juvenile hall Thursday after she posted threats against another student on, officials said.

Earlier, the girl had threatened the other student with a piece of glass she picked up in the schoolyard, Citrus Heights police officials said. But taking the dispute into cyberspace is what really got her in trouble.

The girl was charged with a felony count of making terrorist threats. An arrest summary also indicates a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a weapon.

The incident is another local example of Internet-related crime that law enforcement officials are dealing with nationwide.

On Friday, Ann Marie Linscott pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges stemming from a Craigslist ad soliciting the murder of an Oroville woman who is the wife of Linscott's former lover. Here's Denny Walsh's story about that case.

More on Thursday's incident from David Richie:

From Ryan Lillis:

Four juveniles -- apparently too cool for school -- were nabbed after allegedly committing a pair of home burglaries in Sacramento's Pocket area midday Monday, police said.

Even more troubling was the fact that police believe the crew took handguns in both break-ins and may be responsible for several more burglaries in the area.

More story:

Three teenagers have been arrested for suspicion of spitting on a 2-year-old boy and the child's mother in a Woodland park. The mother was also allegedly kicked and bitten.

Here's the rest of Bill Lindelof's update:

Three teenagers attacked a 22-year-old woman in a Woodland park Monday evening, after she suspected them of spitting at her 2-year-old boy, police said.

Sgt. Dan Letamendi said the mother and toddler were at the play structure at Ferns Park at about 7 p.m. when they met their attackers, two boys and a girl, who were between 17 to 19 years old.

More details from Chelsea Phua:

From David Richie and Stan Oklobdzija:

Two teenagers ran afoul of Citrus Heights police Wednesday evening after spiking their spring break with vodka and cough syrup, officers say.

The concoction sounds like one of the many variations referred to on the Internet as "purple drank" or "sizzurp." It is also called "lean," possibly because that's what people do when they drink it - just before they fall down. It might also be called "lethal." It is suspected as a contributing factor in the deaths of several hip hop artists.

Police say that when they arrived at the home near San Juan Park, one of the boys, age 14, flew into a rage. The boy tried to kick one officer and spit at two other officers.

An arrest summary released Monday alleges that the boy continued to spit at police officers and hospital staff members after being transported by paramedics to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael.

He was subsequently transported to juvenile hall and booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct.

The other boy was cooperative during the whole encounter. He was released to his parents after being treated at the hospital.

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