Saturday, February 28, 2009
Alcohol and/or drugs are not a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
During the course of the arrest and subsequent investigation, officers developed information that John Sandretto was responsible for the robbery of the Downey Savings & Loan in Elk Grove (5000 Laguna Blvd.) on February 20, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/bank-robbery-suspect-sought.html . In addition to the Downey Savings & Loan robbery, Sandretto is suspected of being responsible for three other bank robberies: the Union Bank of California at 1850 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville on February 17, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/roseville-police-investigating-bank.html ; the Washington Mutual Bank at 3601 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Sacramento on February 23, 2009; and the Wells Fargo Bank at 2000 Douglas Boulevard in Roseville on February 25, 2009 http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/02/roseville-wells-fargo-bank-robbed-by.html .
During the bank robberies, Sandretto handed the tellers a note and demanded money. Sandretto had been nicknamed the "Flannel Guy" because of the plaid flannel jacket he wore during the first two robberies.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.
Vladimir V. Martynov, 23, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine for sale, using a false name, possession of burglar's tools, prowling on private property, resisting arrest, conspiracy, and a Sacramento County warrant for auto theft. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.Aleksandr Nikolayevi Khavrenko, 22, of North Highlands was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of stolen property, prowling on private property, possession of burglar's tools, and conspiracy. He was released after posting a $15,000 bail bond.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The two sessions scheduled for this semester are 8-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, April 14, in the University Union Foothill Suite.
The course will give attendees information on recognizing an Active Shooter situation and how it differs from other shooting situations. Attendees will learn how to notify authorities and also how the Emergency Notification System and other University communication systems may alert them.
An opportunity to sign up for the Emergency Notification System will be available at the presentation. Also, attendees will be shown practical options which they can use to plan and respond to an active shooter incident.
With 5.5 Million Visits To City Parks And Recreational Facilities Last Year, Park Safety Rangers Continue To Make Each Visit Safe And Memorable
The Park Safety Services unit was established in 1995. Park Safety Rangers are responsible for patrolling City parks, bike trails, community centers, and aquatic facilities. They also enforce City ordinances, protect wildlife areas, interpret rules and regulations, and provide assistance to park-goers and facility-users. Rangers are able to successfully carry out these responsibilities by working collaboratively with the Sacramento Police Department, the County Rangers, and numerous other agencies.
In 2008, the Park Safety Services unit recorded the following statistics:
Overall visits by individuals to City parks and recreational facilities – Approx. 5.5 million
Number of park/facility checks by Park Safety Rangers – 13,000
Number of direct citizen contacts – 35,000
Number of calls for service – 3,500
Number of requests for support during special events – 150
Number of felony apprehensions – 50
Number of citations/tickets issued – 800 (infractions); 100 (misdemeanors)
In this new year, as in years past, Park Safety Rangers will continue to make each visit to a City park or recreational facility safe and memorable.
On Thursday, January 1, 2009, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 400 block of Camellia River Way on the report that someone had been shot. Officers found Kyle Smith suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene. Based on their investigation, it appears that during a New Years Eve party an argument ensued which escalated to a physical fight. During the fight, Moreno pulled out a gun and shot Smith.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or (800) AA-Crime. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Soon after the robbery in Lincoln, an off-duty Thunder Valley Casino employee saw surveillance footage of the suspect in the news media, and recognized the suspect as a recent visitor to the casino. The casino employee drove to work on his day off, and located surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle, which helped identify the suspect. Thunder Valley Casino officials provided the information to law enforcement, and Roseville Police investigators located the suspect at a Roseville hotel. On June 26, Roseville Police investigators conducted surveillance on the hotel and arrested the suspect, Scott Stewart Singewald, 42, of Roseville, without incident.
According to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release, on September 5, Singewald pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to seven counts of bank robbery. A U.S. Attorney's Office representative said that on January 9, Singewald was sentenced to 97 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $34,237 in restitution.
Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said, "This case was a great example of the partnership among local and federal law enforcement agencies, Roseville Crime Stoppers, and the community. We are indebted to Thunder Valley Casino for their outstanding cooperation in this case, to their employee who went beyond the call of duty to help identify a criminal, and to Roseville Crime Stoppers for providing the reward."
The casino employee's tip lead to Singewald's arrest and conviction on the following bank robberies:
September 1, 2007, Bank of America, 2400 N. Texas St., Fairfield
May 3, 2008, Bank of the West, 186 Main St., Woodland
May 16, 2008, Central Valley Community Bank, 1919 Howard Rd., Madera
May 24, 2008, Washington Mutual Bank, 2866 W. March Ln., Stockton
June 11, 2008, River City Bank, 3992 Douglas Blvd., Roseville
June 20, 2008, Bank of the West, 3509 El Camino Ave., Carmichael
June 23, 2008, Wells Fargo Bank, 945 Highway 65, Lincoln
The arrest resulted from the casino employee's tip and a joint investigation by the Roseville and Lincoln Police Departments, and the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Per Roseville Crime Stopper's policy, the tipster remains anonymous. Anyone wanting to provide information about a Roseville-area crime may call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Roseville Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips about crimes in Roseville leading to arrest.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
“Safety is our number one concern, and that means getting drunk drivers off our streets,” Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair said. “Too many people have been killed and injured in Roseville because of impaired driving.”
The good news is that overall, traffic-related deaths and injuries are down in Roseville. Both total collisions and collisions involving death or injury were down six percent in 2008 compared to 2007.
The bad news is that alcohol and other drug-related collisions are on the rise. Roseville Police officers investigated 19 percent more DUI-related crashes in 2008 than 2007. One person was killed last year and 65 were injured by drunk drivers. The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, saturation patrols, and DUI warrant sweeps.
Funding for Roseville’s DUI enforcement efforts is provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on February 2, a 56-year-old Elverta man reported that he had been robbed by a couple he had befriended earlier in the evening at Thunder Valley Casino. The Elverta man agreed to drive the woman to Roseville, and was driving south on Fiddyment Road near Angus Road when she asked him to stop the car. After car was stopped, the male suspect drove up in another vehicle and robbed the Elverta man of his wallet, car keys and cell phone. The couple then drove away in their own vehicle, leaving the victim stranded. Several minutes later the victim was able to flag down a passing motorist and call Roseville Police.
On February 13, Roseville Police investigators arrested Travis Aaron Fincher, 30, of Roseville and Cora Lee Allo, 22, of Carmichael, on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. Both were released from the Roseville Police Department Jail after posting $50,000 bail bonds.
At 8:24 p.m. Friday, February 13, a driver from a Roseville pizza restaurant delivered a pizza in the 200 block of Irene Avenue. As the driver approached the house where the pizza was to be delivered, he was confronted by two men. One of the men struck the driver in the head with a metal cane or crutch, and demanded money. The driver yelled for help, and the two suspects fled on foot with the victim's wallet. Paramedics treated the victim at the scene.
At 9:28 p.m. a driver from another local pizza restaurant delivered a pizza to the 400 block of Greenridge Avenue in Roseville. The driver contacted the resident who supposedly had ordered pizza, and was told that no one had ordered pizza. As the driver returned to his car, he saw someone inside, apparently tampering with his car stereo. As the driver approached the car, a second suspect struck the driver in the face with a metal cane or crutch. The driver ran back toward the house, yelling for help, and the resident came outside. The two suspects fled without taking the victim's property. The victim was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
The suspects were described as black or Hispanic males in their late teens. One was between 5'9" and 6'0" tall with a thin build, and the other was 5'7" to 5'9" tall with a thin build and a thin mustache. Both wore dark colored hooded sweatshirts and dark pants.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
On February 10, 2009 at approx 11:30 am, an unidentified white male adult, age 20s-30s, 6’01" to 6’02", 220 lbs to 250 lbs, balding, and dressed in all black clothing was seen laying behind a parked car in the parking lot of 370 Plaza Drive. When the man was seen by a customer he got up and ran away. About two hours later, a similar male subject was seen laying down in the street in the area of Wales Drive and Riley Street as a motorist was pulling out of the parking lot. A third incident happened at 5:40 pm at the Folsom Premium Outlets. A male subject matching the description from previous incidents was seen positioning himself under the driver’s side tires of a parked car alleging the motorist had hit him. When he pounded on her window she sounded her horn and called the police. The male was seen running away into the Outlets.
"We believe this is a classic attempt to stage an automobile–pedestrian collision in order to collect money from the motorist in lieu of filing an insurance claim," said Lt. Sheldon Sterling. "There have been no reported attempts to grab any of the motorists and he has not threatened to harm anyone."
We encourage people to continue to be aware of their surroundings. Have your keys in hand and check the area around your car as you approach it. If you see anyone, or anything, suspicious around your vehicle, call 911.
Anyone with information about who this subject may be, or sees someone acting suspicious and matching the description is encouraged to call the Folsom Police Department at (916) 930-1098.
Beginning Thursday, February 12, 2009, sixteen CHP Officers and two CHP Sergeants will be assigned to assist Sacramento Police Department Problem Oriented Police Officers and detectives in an effort to deter criminal activity in south Sacramento.
The partnership is expected to be a long-term effort where CHP Officers will work hand-in-hand with Sacramento Police officers throughout the city. Areas of deployment will vary depending on current crime trends or crime series that have been identified.
This is one example of the many cooperative efforts the Sacramento Police Department has had with the California Highway Patrol. "During these tough economic times, the Police Department appreciates the regional partnerships which help to make our city safer," said Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Louie.
Driver log book - 7
Registration - 6
Steering - 3
Steering (out of service) - 3
Brakes - 11
Brakes (out of service) - 6
Lighting - 6
Lighting (out of service) - 2
Wheels - 2
Tires - 4
Other Violations - 22
Operating Authority - 2
Thunder Valley Executive Director of Security, Duane Ryzner authorized the Tour Bus inspections and expressed his appreciation regarding the safety concerns for the approximate 400 passengers being transported on the thirteen busses. "We are grateful Thunder Valley brought these busses to our attention, and for the opportunity to note needed repairs before the busses proceeded any further down the road," commented Chief Stan Perez, who oversees the CHP's Valley Division. "This inspection represents a renewed emphasis and public-private partnership, aimed at ensuring all commercial vehicles operating in the Sacramento region are carried out in the safest possible manner."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
On 2-10-09 at approximately 1830 hours, because of complaints by residents in the area, Auburn Police Department officers made contact with a group of suspected solicitors in the area of Auburn Folsom Rd and Herdal Dr to confirm they were properly licensed to solicit within the City of Auburn. An identity check of the subjects confirmed one of the subjects had 80 outstanding warrants out of North Carolina and one out of El Dorado County California. Information collected from North Carolina revealed the 80 outstanding warrants were related to the fraudulent selling of magazine subscriptions. The Subject was subsequently arrested and booked into Placer County Jail for the outstanding warrants.
The Auburn Police Department would like to advise our citizens of ways to protect themselves from the possibility of falling victim to these types of crimes with the following information.
Businesses wishing to do business in the City of Auburn via the solicitation process MUST obtain a business license from the city and register as a solicitor. Each individual solicitor is required to provide VALID identification, submit their “Pitch” in writing, and identify the item they are selling. Additionally “Solicitors permits” are issued for specific days and times and are only good during those issued times. Once a permit has been issued, EACH solicitor is issued a copy of their own individual business license, which they are required to keep in their possession while soliciting and present to residents being solicited and law enforcement officers.
The Auburn Police Department is recommending our citizens ask for the proper City of Auburn documentation from a solicitor if they are contacted by them at their residence. If the person fails to provide or does not have the required City of Auburn documentation, the Auburn Police Department asks that you call the department to report the solicitor.
Officers will be checking drivers for signs of impairment and providing educational materials outlining the dangers of driving while impaired. This checkpoint operation will be conducted utilizing funds from a traffic safety grant provided to the Rancho Cordova Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8, Roseville Police and Roseville Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a 1994 Nissan 4-door sedan, occupied by two people, colliding with a tree on Hickory Street at Church Street. The driver, a 19-year-old Yuba City woman, was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she is listed in serious condition. The passenger, Joseph Carrel Cowles, 27, of Citrus Heights, was transported to SRMC, where he died Tuesday morning, February 10, as a result of his injuries.
The Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the collision, and suspect that drug impairment was a factor.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Witnesses told investigators after they heard the gunshots they looked outside to see a red Mitsubishi Eclipse leaving the area. Later that night at 10:50 p.m., as a result of their investigation and with the cooperation of witnesses and the assistance of the Twin Rivers School District Police Department, Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify, locate and arrest two juvenile suspects in connection to the shooting. The suspects were located at a home in the 8100 block of Clarion Drive in North Highlands and were arrested without incident.
The suspects, a 16-year-old male validated gang member and his 17-year-old male associate were booked into juvenile hall and both were charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and participation in a criminal street gang. The investigation into whether more suspects were involved in the shooting is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call Sheriff’sdetectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.
Officers investigating the collision arrested 55 year old, Folsom resident, Jennifer Brown, for felony DUI (driving under the influence). Preliminary tests show Brown’s blood alcohol content to be over twice the legal limit.
Witnesses have told investigators they heard the gunshots and looked outside to see a red Mitsubishi Eclipse with up to five occupants leaving the area. They were unable to identify or describe the occupants of the vehicle.
The two victims are validated gang members and investigators believe the shooting is gang-related. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide and Gang units are investigating this case. They are being assisted by officers from the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department and are attempting to identify the suspects responsible for the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects is urged to call detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13,10th Street from N to K streets will be closed as will L Street from 9th to 13th streets.
On Saturday, February 14, beginning at 8 a.m., no parking will be allowed on the following streets, which will also be closed to traffic: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th streets between L and N streets.
Emergency vehicles will be allowed but local access will be limited.
The entire course will be subject to rolling closures for pre-race events beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. See course map at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/amgen/downtown.html
The entire course encompasses:
Capitol Mall between 4th and 9th streets
9th between Capitol and N streets
N between 9th and 19th streets
19th street between N and L streets
L between 11th and 19th streets
At 1 p.m., the entire course will be closed to traffic until approximately 4 p.m. At 4 p.m., all blocks will begin to reopen with the exception of Capitol between 8th and 9th streets, L Street between 9th and 13th streets, and 10th Street between N and K streets.
Consequently, on-street parking will be impacted. Approximately 400 on-street parking spaces will be posted “no parking” for the event. Cars remaining after the posted times will be towed. The City is posting signage three days prior to the event to provide advance notification.
The City’s Capitol Garage at 10th and L streets will be open on the day of the event until 1 p.m.
10th Street between J and L will be temporarily converted into a controlled two-way street so the 10th Street entrance to Capitol Garage can be accessed by parkers for entering and exiting until 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. the garage will be closed to new parkers, however, exiting will be allowed. No spectators will be allowed in the Capitol Garage.
Due to its location within the course, the City’s East End Garage will not be available to the public until after 4:00 p.m.
The City’s Police and Transportation departments are encouraging motorists to plan ahead and avoid the course area the day of the race.
Due to the large number of spectators anticipated, the Department of Transportation also will have staff monitoring the occupancy of all City garages. When nearing capacity, drivers will be directed to alternative parking garages. Parking Services highly recommends using the City Hall Garage at 10th and I streets, Old Sacramento Garage at 3rd and I streets, the Downtown Plaza West Garage at L and 3rd street, the Downtown Plaza East Garage with entrances on J and L streets and the Tower Bridge garage off Capitol. For a map of all City garages, please go to www.sacpark.org
For event details, please visit www.sacsports.com
On November 20, 2008, family members reported Gerardo Valdez missing. Valdez was last seen in October of 2008. On January 20, 2009, detectives responded to Costa Brase Court in Sacramento to serve a search warrant connected to the missing person investigation of Valdez. On February 6, 2009, homicide investigators obtained information that led to the discovery of a body in Butte County that is believed to be Gerardo Valdez but has not been positively identified.
On February 6, 2009, the Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) arrested Rueben Larez without incident as he was leaving a north Sacramento house. It is believed that Larez murdered Valdez in October of 2008 as a result of his dislike for him. At the time of the murder, Valdez was dating Larez’ mother.
Last night at least six vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods in the Cirby Side and Cresthaven neighborhoods south of Cirby Way had their windows smashed and property taken. The thieves appeared to be targeting portable GPS navigation systems, even some that had been stashed out of sight in the vehicles.
Residents are urged to park vehicles inside locked garages at night if possible. All valuables, including portable navigation units and garage door openers, should be removed from vehicles that are parked outside. Call police immediately to report any suspicious noises or suspicious persons in the area.