Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rio Linda Bicyclist In Critical Condition

On January 28, 2009 at approximately 5:50 p.m., JB Maggard, a 48 year old from Rio Linda was riding his blue bicycle in the bike lane on eastbound Elkhorn Boulevard approaching Watt Avenue. Casey Snelson, a 28 year old from Rio Linda was driving a white 2001 Ford F350 pickup on private property located at 6737 Elkhorn Boulevard. Snelson’s vehicle was facing northbound and stopped at the posted stop sign ready to enter onto Elkhorn Boulevard. Snelson waited for two pedestrians to cross in front of his vehicle, he then accelerated to begin his turn to eastbound Elkhorn Boulevard. As Snelson accelerated he failed to see Maggard approaching and struck him, throwing him off of his bicycle approximately twenty feet. Maggard was not wearing a helmet and his head struck the pavement. Maggard was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a contributing factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.

Rio Linda Student Struck By Vehicle

On January 30, 2009 at approximately 6:33 a.m., Karen Watkins, a 45 year old from Rio Linda was driving a 1984 blue Chevy El Camino on eastbound West 2nd Street west of E Street. A 14 year old female pedestrian was walking down eastbound West 2nd Street to her bus stop. The pedestrian was struck from behind by the Chevy and thrown to the ground. She was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital with serious injuries. The pedestrian attends Rio Linda High School.

This collision is still under investigation.

Detectives Arrest Homicide Suspect

On January 29, 2009, detectives assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit arrested 30-year-old Sacramento resident Derrick Sam for the December 19, 2008, murder of 30-year-old Timothy Brodie. Sam was arrested at the Homicide Unit’s office where he had been brought for questioning.

Detectives believe Brodie was kidnapped during the early evening hours of December 19, 2008, and taken to an apartment complex on Laurelhurst Drive in Rancho Cordova. Brodie was shot several times in the parking lot at that location and died at the scene. The victim’s vehicle was found the next day in Carmichael where it had been set on fire.


Sam was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charges of murder, kidnapping, arson, and false imprisonment. Sam is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on February 2, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 60.

The investigation into Timothy Brodie’s murder is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide 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.

Residential Burglary Interrupted; One Arrested

A Sacramento man was arrested and a woman is being sought after a Granite Bay resident
arrived home Tuesday morning and found the thieves leaving his home.

When Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence on Red Bud Road in Granite
Bay the suspects had fled. Using the suspects’ vehicle license plate that the homeowner wisely
obtained, an alert was issued to all law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area.

A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy located the suspects’ vehicle in North Highlands and
made a traffic stop. Stephawn Maurice Bobbit, 22, was arrested and booked into Sacramento
County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale and was also placed on a parole hold.

Working with Placer County Sheriff’s detectives, the burglary victim identified Bobbit as the suspect who stole items from his home. A female suspect, Siatua Mataafa, 30, of Sacramento, was also identified by the homeowner as participating in the burglary. A warrant has been issued for her arrest on charges of burglary and conspiracy.

Bobbit will face charges in Placer County after his release from Sacramento County. The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sacramento Man Arrested After Trying To Sell Stolen Laptop

Wednesday evening, January 28, Roseville Police investigators arrested a man who advertised a laptop computer for sale on Sacramento Craigslist, the Internet classified ad website. The laptop computer was identified as one stolen from a vehicle parked in a hotel parking lot in Roseville on January 21.

On January 21, a San Diego man reported that his rental sedan, which was parked in a hotel parking lot in the 1900 block of Taylor Road in Roseville, had been broken into. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger window and took a laptop computer and a purse.

The victim returned to San Diego, but searched for his laptop on Sacramento Craigslist. He soon found one advertised for sale that matched his, including unique prior damages and configuration. He forwarded information about the seller to Roseville Police detectives.

A Roseville Police investigator called the Craigslist seller and arranged to meet to purchase the laptop. They met in a parking lot on Fairway Drive. The detective recovered the stolen computer, and arrested the seller.

Ahmad Sami Nassar, 22, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and driving on a suspended license. He was released from the Roseville City Jail after posting a $5,000 bail bond.

CHP Conducting R.A.I.D. In The Newly Established Rancho Cordova Area

In an ongoing effort to significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and injuries related to driving under the influence (DUI), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be conducting a R.A.I.D. (Rapid Apprehension of Impaired Drivers) strike force operation on Friday, January 30th in the Rancho Cordova Area at 7 p.m.

The R.A.I.D. program uses grant-funded overtime to enable the CHP to significantly increase the number of officers on patrol and to deploy them at times and locations in which a high incidence of DUI-related collisions have historically occurred. Led by CHP Valley Division Chief Stan Perez, he and nearly a dozen two-person units will be conducting roving DUI patrols within the Rancho Cordova area and El Dorado Hills area, as well as a fully-staffed command post at the CHP’s newly established Rancho Cordova Area Office, which became fully functional as the 109th area office on January 30, 2009.

Below are dates and statistics demonstrating the success of past R.A.I.D. deployments:
9/19/08, Stockton, 57 arrests
9/26-27/08, Chico/Oroville, 53 arrests
11/08/08, Woodland Area, 33 arrests
11/15/08, Stockton Area, 53 arrests
12/19/08, South Sacramento Area, 61 arrests
12/20/08, North Sacramento Area, 55 arrests

California National Guard To Display Readiness For Fire Season

The California National Guard (CNG) will showcase alongside state agencies, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Defense and elected officials two newly acquired firefighting systems at the Cal Fire air ramp at McClellan Air Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow.

The new equipment to be displayed will include a next-generation airborne fire retardant delivery system, the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II). This system coupled with the advanced C-130J can fly faster, higher and more efficiently than any other fixed wing military aerial firefighting aircraft.

Also unveiled will be three Tactical Fire Fighting Trucks and two High-Mobility Water Tenders. The tactical firefighting truck is a tough and rugged vehicle with a 1,000-gallon water tank, 2,000 feet of hose, 1,000-gallon per minute pump, and remote controlled roof and bumper turrets. The High-Mobility Water Tender is a 5,000 gallon water support system to be used along with the tactical firefighting truck.

“The acquisition of these new firefighting assets will greatly enhance the capability of the California National Guard to support first responders and to protect Californians in times of natural disaster,” said Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, California National Guard’s adjutant general.

The California National Guard will also display a UH-60 Black Hawk equipped with an advanced water bucket system, a specially modified military dozer used in clearing fire line, as well as soldiers and airmen alongside firefighting gear, all of which were actually used to combat wildfires in Northern California last summer.

555 Capitol Mall

A fire was reported this morning at 555 Capitol Mall. The call came in at 11:25 A.M. reporting a fire on the third floor. There was a report of a burn victim also. Sacramento Firefighters responded and were on scene within three minutes. The high rise building was in the process of being evacuated.

Firefighters made their way to the third floor where they met a maintenance employee who told them that he was working in an electrical room when a hand tool he was using came into contact with a large electric fuse. The contact created an electrical flash, burning the worker on his head and arms. There was no fire.

The man was transported by Sacramento Firefighters to a local hospital. His burns did not appear to be life threatening. The response shut down Capitol Mall for a short time.

Watt Avenue At Folsom Boulevard Light Rail Bridge

Trains to Begin Using New Bridge February 2

The Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT) and Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) have reached a significant construction milestone for a project to build a bridge for light rail trains over Watt Avenue. On February 2, 2009, light rail trains will begin using the new bridge for the first time. Currently, light rail trains are using tracks which are at-grade and run directly across Watt Avenue. Over the weekend of January 30 to February 1, light rail trains will be moved onto this new bridge and off the temporary tracks that were put in place to allow room for bridge construction. This work will take place over a weekend and will have minimal traffic impacts.

Use of the bridge by light rail trains will have an immediate impact on congestion at this busy intersection. During current peak commute hours there are four east bound and four west bound light rail trains crossing Watt Avenue per hour - which cause 7.5 minutes of blocking delay per hour. These crossing delays will be eliminated when light rail trains begin using the new bridge.

The light rail bridge project will be completed by the Summer, when project related road and landscaping improvements and light rail station modifications are finished. This project will result in improved traffic flow and safety, and less congestion for all users of this roadway.

Watt Avenue is a primary north-south arterial street, a designated truck route for business and industry in the Florin-Perkins area and is one of only three American River crossings in the County unincorporated area. The combination of these factors makes improving the Watt Avenue/Folsom Boulevard intersection a top priority for Sacramento County. The light rail bridge over Watt Avenue is the first in a series of projects that will significantly improve safety and congestion in this corridor. This is a cooperative project between SACDOT and Regional Transit that will improve transit and roadways along the Folsom Corridor.

The Watt Avenue Light Rail Bridge and other improvements for the Watt Avenue/Folsom Boulevard intersection will cost approximately $23 million. Project costs are funded with Measure A Sales Tax, the Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program and Regional Transit. Viking Construction is the project contractor.

DUI Enforcement – Super Bowl Weekend

As we prepare to celebrate the Super Bowl with family and friends, the Sacramento Police Department wants to remind everyone to drink responsibly. The police department will have extra officers on duty throughout the weekend, looking for drunk drivers.

We are committed to traffic safety and we want to be clear to all drivers – "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest." We encourage the use of designated drivers. We also encourage the public to call 911 to report drunk drivers.

Funding for these patrols was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Traffic Calming Measures

The City of Elk Grove's Police Department recently implemented a powerful new tool that will have a significant impact in reducing the number of speeding vehicles near local schools. With the recent installation of four speed calming radar signs near local schools, the police department believes that there will be a dramatic increase in driver compliance with posted speed limits.

The speed calming signs detect approaching cars and automatically display to drivers their actual driving speed. This display acts as a reminder to drivers and refocuses their attention on their current speed, causing them to reduce their speed if needed. All of this information is captured by the devices and is reviewed by the police department.

"We are positive that these traffic calming measures will have a positive impact in the area," said Elk Grove Police Traffic Supervisor Sergeant Dan Davis. "We are working in partnership with the Elk Grove Unified School District to ensure that motorists obey the speed laws in school zones. These permanently mounted speed calming displays will provide data to the department which helps us determine if more enforcement is required in that particular area."

The displays are mounted on a pole, together with a sign that reminds drivers of the legal speed limit during school-zone hours. Using the display’s internal scheduling capabilities, the department has the ability to adjust the units to reflect the 25 miles per hour limit when students are present. During non-school times, the signs revert back to normal operation.

Each of the displays were purchased with funds made available through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Folsom Resident Arrested For Lewd Acts With A Minor

On January 27, 2009 Folsom Police Detectives arrested 53 year old Michael Hudson of Folsom for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

The assaults occurred over the course of a year at private residences in the City of Folsom and Sacramento County. The victim, a 6 year old female, is known to Hudson. Hudson was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on 8 counts and is being held on $400,000 bail.

Escaped Inmate Captured

The Placer County Jail inmate who escaped during medical transport at 9:45 this morning was captured by citizens at an Auburn Harley-Davidson dealership three hours later.

Just before he was captured, David Lee Todd, 49, ran from a Tires Plus employee across Locksley Lane, near Hwy. 49, onto the grounds of the motorcycle dealership. Todd found himself surrounded by eight employees and customers, one of whom produced a pair of handcuffs that were promptly used to detain Todd.

More than 40 sheriff’s employees, including canine teams, the helicopter and the CHP helicopter, joined in the morning-long search.

Todd escaped as he was being wheeled into an Auburn X-ray center after complaining of pain from a fall. He bolted from the wheelchair and a deputy gave chase but was unable to catch him. He then approached a woman in a parking lot, pushed her out of the way and carjacked her vehicle. The car was found about a mile away on Park Drive.

Todd was taken back to the Auburn Jail and faces additional charges of escape, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a peace officer and car theft. He had been in custody since Dec. 9 on charges of robbery and a burglary warrant.


Tri-City ABC Multi-Agency Grant Operation

The Roseville Police Department, Rocklin Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department are working in conjunction with the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control to combat alcohol related violations in the South Placer County Area. The agencies were awarded a grant from the Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct various types of operations in all three cities for the 08-09 Fiscal Year. Officers from the agencies work each operation together, strengthening partnerships and provided a directed enforcement approach and education opportunity for residents in South Placer County.

On January 27th, 2009, Officers from the Rocklin, Roseville, and Lincoln Police Departments conducted Shoulder Tap Operations in the Cities of Rocklin and Lincoln, targeting subjects who buy alcoholic beverages for minors. The decoys are truthful about their age and tell the subjects that they are not 21 years old.

In the City of Rocklin, we conducted the operation at 4 separate locations. Our decoy contacted 15 subjects and 1 adult agreed to purchase alcoholic beverages for our decoy, but after taking money from the decoy, he decided to steal the alcohol and was cited for 488 PC Petty Theft.

In the City of Lincoln, we conducted the operation at 5 separate locations. Our decoy contacted 18 subjects and 1 adult purchased alcoholic beverages for our minor and was cited for furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

These Operations will continue each month through June 2009. To date, we have contacted a total of 448 individuals at 49 locations and issued citations or arrested 30 people in Shoulder Tap Operations. We have visited 113 locations and cited 14 people in Minor Decoy Operations.

Drinking And Driving, Not Super

Super Bowl Sunday is another opportunity to get together and celebrate with friends and family. However, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to make sure your game plan includes designating a non-drinking driver before the big game.

On Super Bowl Sunday 2008, 12 people were killed in alcohol-involved collisions - three times the daily average in California. These deaths were in addition to the 167 people injured in alcohol-related crashes throughout the state.

"We're not discouraging the celebration," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "We're asking fans to make the right call, so they won't find themselves benched in a jail cell."

CHP officers statewide arrested 403 motorists for driving under the influence (DUI) on Super Bowl Sunday last year.

This year the CHP, along with police and sheriff's departments, will be deploying special DUI patrols through the Avoid Campaign across the state to lower alcohol-involved deaths and injuries.

Law enforcement invites the public to help by calling 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. Callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers with a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.

"A DUI is no 5-yard penalty," Commissioner Farrow warned. "It's something that will follow you around for years to come."

In addition to designating a driver, the CHP encourages motorists to wear a seat belt and comply with the speed limit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2 Alarm Fire At Best Buy

A two alarm fire caused minimal damage to a Best Buy electronics store. Fire Sprinklers activated and kept the fire contained to a very small area in the storeroom until Firefighters arrived.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions inside the store and called for a second alarm. The Best Buy showroom was not damaged.

If not for the installation of Fire Sprinklers and a Fire Alarm, this building could have been a total loss. The Best Buy store manager said that the store would open for business today.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be mechanical in nature, possibly a heater. Sacramento Metro Firefighters also responded.

Police Investigate Downtown Sexual Assault

On Sunday, January 25, 2009, at around 1:00 a.m., a female was walking on K Street between 19th and 20th Street when she was grabbed and sexually assaulted by an unknown person. The suspect is described as a male white, in his 30’s, 5’9", 180 lbs, medium build, light brown hair, and wearing a black beanie.

The investigation is ongoing by the Sacramento Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit. 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.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

On January 27, 2009 at 12:09 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of America located inside the Save Mart Grocery Store located at 7007 Laguna Blvd.

An unidentified male approached a Bank of America teller and handed him a note demanding money. The suspect then handed the teller a dark colored bag and instructed him to place the money inside the bag. The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and placed an undisclosed amount of currency inside the bag. The suspect then fled the store with the money.

The subject was described as a black male adult, 20 to 30 years of age with short hair. The suspect was wearing a green baseball cap, dark colored hooded sweatshirt, and black t-shirt with dark colored pants.

Officers obtained information that the suspect was possibly in the area of Starburst Way and Sunnyfield Way in the City of Sacramento. With the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department several locations in the area were searched.

Officers detained 20-year-old Donnell Slaughter as he exited a residence in the 6500 block of Sunnyfield Way. Officers obtained a surveillance photo from the bank and confirmed that Slaughter matched the photograph of the bank robbery suspect. A search of Slaughter’s residence led to the discovery of several pieces of evidence linking him to the bank robbery including the note and the stolen money. Based on the discovery of the evidence, Slaughter was arrested for Robbery (211 PC).

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

Detectives Seek Identity Of Home Invasion Robbery Suspect

The Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force (SVCTF) comprised of robbery detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Special Agents from the FBI is asking the public’s help in identifying a home invasion robbery suspect.

On January 14, 2009, an unknown suspect entered the victims’ home located on Wente Way in Sacramento County. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, tied up the two elderly victims and ransacked their home. The suspect stole property and the victims’ car which was later found abandoned a short distance away. The victims were not injured.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his 30’s. He is 5’ 8” to 5’ 11” tall with a muscular build. He had short brown hair and a thin mustache. The victims were able to assist in the drawing of a composite sketch of the suspect’s face.

Anyone with information regarding this home invasion robbery or the suspect’s identity is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department 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.

Two Arrested After Returning To The Scene Of Their Crime

A man and woman were arrested by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies when they returned to the scene of their crime Sunday afternoon.

John T. West, 20, of Sacramento, and Ashley Sorensen, 20, of Auburn, were charged with grand theft and conspiracy for stealing two tires and rims off a car parked in a driveway on Geraldson Road in Ophir.

The pair said they drove by the home a short time after taking the tires to "see if the lady had called the cops." The victim had indeed called the Sheriff’s Department and a deputy standing in the driveway taking a report noticed a vehicle similar to one seen in the area earlier.

The deputy searched the area and found the couple’s Geo parked in a nearby mobile home park – with two Toyota tires and rims. West and Sorenson were transported to the Placer County Jail and booked.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cold Case Team Investigations Lead To Two Homicide Arrests

In December of 2008, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a federal grant for Cold Case Investigations. The grant funds allowed the department to augment its two-detective Cold Case team by adding three part-time investigators and one full-time District Attorney Investigator. As a result of the increased manpower, the Cold Case Team has solved two cold homicide cases in two months.

The first case occurred on August 1, 2006, at an apartment complex located at 1961 Howe Avenue. The victim, 23-year-old Jorge Vasquez-Zarate, was standing outside of his apartment when became involved in a verbal argument with an unidentified subject in a vehicle. Shortly after the argument the suspect shot Zarate several times and fled. Zarate died at the scene. In July of 2008, Cold Case Team detectives were notified that physical evidence at that scene was linked to 18-year-old Sacramento resident Ronald Bencomo. Bencomo had been in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail on an unrelated case. On December 2, 2008, he was charged with the murder of Jorge Vasquez-Zarate. Bencomo was a juvenile at the time of the murder but will stand trial as an adult.

The second case occurred on August 23, 2004, at a Rampart Way home in Carmichael. The victim, 65-year-old John Lone Eagle was found dead inside his residence. The crime scene indicated there had been a violent struggle and the house was ransacked. In August of 2008, Cold Case Team detectives were notified that physical evidence from the scene was linked to 28-year-old Sacramento resident, Zang Her. Following an extensive investigation, a warrant was issued on January 23, 2009, for Her’s arrest. Later that same day, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau arrested Her at the corner of 24th Street and Florin Road.

Her was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with one count of murder with special circumstances and one count of burglary.

Detectives Make Arrest In 2007 Domestic Violence Homicide

On January 26, 2009, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested 38-year-old Augustine Munoz for the 2007 murder of his 42-year-old ex-wife, Jill Alamo. Munoz was arrested at the Sacramento County Main Jail where he had been in custody since November 10, 2007.

On October 30, 2007, Alamo was reported missing by her neighbor. When deputies responded to Alamo’s residence, they found signs of forced entry and a struggle inside the home. On November 8, 2007, Alamo’s body was discovered lying in a ditch in the 9900 block of Elder Creek Road.

Family members, along with friends and neighbors had reported numerous incidents of domestic violence between the victim and Augustine Munoz prior to her disappearance.At the time of the murder, Augustine Munoz was free on bail for violating a domestic violence restraining order. After the discovery of Alamo’s body, Munoz’s bail was revoked and he was returned to jail.

In 2008, while continuing the investigation, detectives were notified by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory that evidence recovered from both crime scenes linked Munoz to the murder.

Munoz was arrested on one count of murder and domestic violence. There is no bail.

Traffic Violation Leads To Six Arrests, Seizure Of Drugs & Weapons

A traffic violation led Roseville Police to an apartment in the 500 block of Vine Way, where they seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and loaded firearms. Six people were arrested.

At 10:38 p.m. Sunday, January 25, Roseville officers were on routine patrol on Sixth Street when they passed a white Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The SUV driver ducked down, as if to avoid being seen. The officers also noticed that the SUV's rear license plate light was out. The officers made a u-turn to stop the SUV, and the SUV sped away across Riverside Avenue onto Darling Way, swerving and traveling in the wrong lane. The SUV turned on Vitale Street. As the SUV approached the intersection of Vitale Street and Vine Way, the driver jumped out of the SUV and ran away. The SUV continued, collided with some bushes and came to a stop. Officers detained one passenger in the SUV, and other officers tracked the driver to an apartment in the 500 block of Vine Way.

Officers contacted five people, including the suspected SUV driver, inside the apartment. A search of the apartment produced methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, scales and other items associated with drug sales, prescription narcotics, a stun gun, and two loaded handguns. The following six people were arrested:

Mark Steven Mikles, the suspected SUV driver, age 33, of Roseville, on suspicion of recklessly evading a police officer, possession of controlled substances for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing drugs while armed, being a felon in possession of a stun gun, and parole violation. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

David Lenn Devoy, age 45, of Roseville, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of controlled substances for sale, possession of drugs while armed, being an accessory after the fact, providing false identification, being a felon in possession of a stun gun, a Sacramento County warrant for drug possession, and parole violation. He is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Amber Dawn Estep, 20, of Pollock Pines, on suspicion of being a felon or addict in possession of a firearm, possession of controlled substances and possession for sale, possession of drugs while armed, and being an accessory after the fact. She is being held in the Placer County Jail on $35,000 bail.

Justin Craig Moar, 27, of Placerville, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and possession for sale, possessing drugs while armed, committing a felony while armed, unlawful possession of prescription narcotics, and being an accessory after the fact. He is being held in the Placer County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Alicia Marie Ammons, 23, of Cameron Park, on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and possession for sale, possessing drugs while armed, being an accessory after the fact, and an El Dorado County warrant for failure to appear. She is being held in the Placer County Jail on $17,500 bail.

The SUV passenger, Doris Velia Mott, 21, of North Highlands, was booked on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, and released on a promise to appear in court.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pedroia Arrest

Detectives arrested 30 year old Woodland resident, Brett Philip Pedroia on a probable cause warrant drafted by the Woodland Police Department and issued by the Yolo County Superior Court for two counts of oral copulation and lewd acts with a child under the age of fourteen, all felonies. Pedroia was arrested after Woodland police Detectives conducted an investigation into the allegations of the victim who had just recently reported the abuse to one of his parents, who in turn contacted authorities. The incidents occurred approximately four years ago however they were just recently disclosed by the victim. Pedroia was arrested without incident and was booked into the Yolo County Jail with bail set at fifty thousand dollars.

I have no current information regarding Pedroia’s court schedule or custody status, for that information I must defer to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest of Pedroia and charges for which he was booked are a matter of public record as are all arrests made by law enforcement agencies.

The Woodland Police Department like most if not all law enforcement agencies does not routinely distribute press releases on every arrest made, however that information is available through public records and upon request in accordance with the California Public Records Act.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Officer Involved Shooting On Gail Way

On January 24, 2009, at 6:32 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a 40-year-old woman who lived in the 7200 block of Gail Way. She told the Sheriff’s Department’s 9-1-1 call taker her 32-year-old ex-boyfriend was at her house in violation of a restraining order she had against him. The woman also said her boyfriend was armed with a fireplace poker and a knife.

Two deputies arrived and walked toward the residence on foot. As they approached the front yard of the house they were confronted by the suspect, who was still armed with a knife. The suspect ignored the deputies’ verbal commands to drop the knife and aggressively advanced toward them in a threatening manner. At that time the deputies, fearing their lives were in imminent danger of death or great bodily injury, fired their department issued semi-automatic handguns striking the suspect multiple times. The deputies immediately called for medical assistance and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the suspect. Paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

In accordance with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures the two deputies involved in this incident, a 42-year-old Sergeant who’s a nineteen-year department veteran, and a 41-year-old deputy who’s a five and a half year department veteran, will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Barricaded Suspect Commits Suicide After Shooting Neighbor

On January 23, 2009, at 5:14 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department officers responded to investigate the report of gunshots being fired at an apartment complex which is located in the 11000 block of Hirschfeld Way. When they arrived they found a 42-year-old female victim with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. The victim told the officers she had been shot by her 28-year-old male neighbor who lived in the apartment above her. She also told them after the shooting the suspect went into his apartment and closed the door behind him. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of her non-life threatening wound.

As additional officers arrived they immediately set up a perimeter around the complex and began evacuating the apartments surrounding the suspect’s location. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team, Emergency Ordinance Detail (EOD) and Critical Incident Negotiation Team (CINT) all responded to the scene.

At 8:10 p.m., after multiple attempts to contact the suspect failed, the EOD robot breached the front door of the apartment and located the suspect unresponsive on the living room couch. Members of the SWAT team entered a short time later and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Rancho Cordova Police Department detectives will investigate this incident in an effort to determine what may have motivated the suspect’s actions.

Folsom Teen Arrested In Grafiti Spree

Folsom Police detectives arrested a 14-year old Folsom resident on felony vandalism charges. On January 22nd, 2009 approximately 10:15 A.M. detectives arrested the juvenile at his residence without incident. He was released from police custody and will be summoned to a hearing of the charges by the Sacramento County Juvenile Probation Department.

Investigators began focusing their investigation on the juvenile after receiving information from concerned citizens about his possible involvement in a series of spraypaint graffiti vandalisms. Detectives have tied the juvenile to at least 25 separate acts of vandalism that occurred between December 14, 2008 and January 21, 2009. Total damages were estimated to be in excess of $10,000.

The majority of these vandalisms that are sometimes referred to as “tagging”, targeted private residences, businesses, and vehicles. “The crime of vandalism is particularly insidious because of the unnecessary financial burden it places on the victims”, said Lieutenant Sheldon Sterling, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. “I am very pleased our detectives were able to arrest the suspect and reduce this significant quality of life issue in our community”.

Burglary

On Monday, January 19th, 2009, the two subjects below entered the Sam’s club at 3761 N. Freeway Blvd and selected a 26” LCD TV. The female suspect went outside and drove a truck around to the back of the store. The male went to the back emergency exit door. The male put the TV in the truck and both fled the scene. Sacramento Police Department is asking anyone with information on this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

Suspects:
#1- MWA, 18-24 yrs, 175 lbs
#2- FWA, 18-24 yrs, 110 lbs, long blond hair

Vehicle:
White ford F-350, 4d, dually with a cattle guard covering the rear window, missing a tail gate.

Roseville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Fraud Via Craigslist

Roseville Police Department investigators have arrested a Roseville man on suspicion of using Craigslist, the Internet classified advertising website, to defraud a couple in Seattle. Detectives are looking into similar fraud cases involving victims in four states.

Anthony Vincenzo Iacolino, 27, of Roseville is suspected of placing an ad on Craigslist in Seattle in October, offering a laptop computer for sale. When the Seattle couple contacted Iacolino about buying the laptop, they were told that the laptop would be shipped as soon as they paid for it. The victims paid the suspect, using an electronic fund transfer. The victims were emailed a phony tracking number for their shipment, but never received the laptop. The Seattle couple reported the fraud to the Roseville Police Department.

Roseville Police detectives arrested Iacolino at his Roseville home on January 13 on suspicion of grand theft. He was booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail and released on a $5,000 bail bond.

Investigators believe there are additional fraud victims in Washington, Texas, Colorado and southern California. The investigation is continuing.

Craigslist offers the following tips to avoid scams:
Number 1: Deal locally with buyers and sellers you can meet in person.
Never wire funds via Western Union or other carriers.
Never give out financial information, such as your bank account or PayPal information.
Be aware that fake cashier's checks and money orders are common.
Be aware that Craigslist does not guarantee transactions.

Residential Burglary

On January 18, 2009, a Rocklin resident reported that his home was burglarized while he was away on vacation. The homeowner reported the burglars took over $4,500.00 of his personal property.

During the course of this investigation, Rocklin Police Detectives followed-up with leads produced by the patrol officer who took the original report. On January 22, 2008, detectives went to an address on the 3000 block of Springview Meadows Drive in Rocklin to serve a search at the residence of Bryce Nutt. Detectives also went to an address on the 3000 block of Twin Creeks Lane in Rocklin to conduct a probation search at the residence of Russell Gillett.

As a result of these searches Bryce Nutt and Russell Gillett were arrested. Nutt and Gillett were arrested for 459 PC-burglary, 368(D) PC-Elder abuse and 182 PC-conspiracy. Nutt and Gillett are being held on $25,000.00 bail at the Placer County Jail in Auburn.

Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up To Find Stolen Property; Arrest Made

The Rocklin Police Department arrested a man today after being linked to stolen property from recent car burglaries that occurred in Rocklin. One of the thefts occurred in the suspect’s own neighborhood.

During the early afternoon hours of January 22nd, the Placer County Probation Department asked the Rocklin Police Department to arrest a male subject for a probation violation that was independent of recent Rocklin thefts. Officers went to the residence and found property that had been reported as stolen within the last several weeks from vehicles in various neighborhoods, including a cell phone, vehicle keys, and personal checks. Officers immediately linked the property to three separate vehicle burglaries.

Arrested was Jonas Robert Pohan, 30 years, of Rocklin, for possession of stolen property and a probation violation. He was booked at Placer County Jail.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Man Victimized In Pigeon Drop Scam

Police continue to see people being victimized by scams. Two men recently scammed a victim out of money in what is referred to as a Pigeon Drop. "If it’s too good to be true then it probably is," said Detective Claressa Wilson of the Sacramento Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit.

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, 1:30 p.m., the victim went to Washington Mutual Bank (1331 Florin Road). While at the bank, he was approached by a man who introduced himself as "Andrew." Andrew told the victim that he had $200,000 and that he wanted to donate it to charity. He then asked for directions to a nearby church. The victim tried to explain directions to a church but found that Andrew appeared confused and offered to drive Andrew to the church. Upon arrival at a church on Amherst Way near Meadowview Road, Andrew left some items in the car and stated he needed to go inside and use the restroom. Andrew came back out accompanied by another man who identified himself as "Paul." Both Paul and Andrew asked the victim to help them donate the $200,000. Paul and Andrew asked the victim to show that he had money before they could trust him with the $200,000 that was to be donated. Victim took the two suspects back to the bank and withdrew $7,300 dollars out of his own account. The suspects then had the victim put the $7,300 into a bag which they said contained the $200,000. The suspects gave the bag to the victim and asked him to put all of the money in a safety deposit box. When the victim went into the bank he discovered that his money was gone and the bag was full of paper.

"Andrew" was described as a male Black adult, 5’5 tall with dark skin. He was wearing a black jacket and wore a gold ring with a jade stone on one of his fingers.

"Paul" was described as a male Black adult, 6’0" tall with dark skin. He was wearing a dark suit and was carrying a black brief case.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Alert, at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Salesman Arrested For Theft

A vacuum cleaner salesman was arrested on grand theft charges after he stole items from an unlocked car in north Auburn Tuesday evening.

Juan Pablo Garcia, 18, of Sacramento, was part of a large group of out-of-town youth who were transported to the Auburn area and dropped off in several neighborhoods to sell Kirby vacuums and carpet cleaning services.

After knocking on a door on Jeremiah Drive, Garcia told deputies that he noticed a car with an open window and unlocked door. He reached inside and took a wallet and cell phone. The car’s owner was visiting the Jeremiah Drive home and saw Garcia take the items and he gave chase.

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded and searched the area for Garcia, to no avail. A short time later, a deputy pulled over a van and found a passenger who matched Garcia’s description. The victim’s wallet was recovered.

The victim was able to identify Garcia as the suspect. Garcia was arrested on a charge of grand theft and booked at the Placer County Jail. He was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $5,000 bail.

Recently, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles. Residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked and to remove valuables from their cars.

Tri-City ABC Multi-Agency Grant Operation

The Roseville Police Department, Rocklin Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department are working in conjunction with the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control to combat alcohol related violations in the South Placer County Area. The agencies were awarded a grant from the Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct various types of operations in all three cities for the 08-09 Fiscal Year. Officers from the agencies work each operation together, strengthening partnerships and provided a directed enforcement approach and education opportunity for residents in South Placer County.

On January 20th, 2009, Officers from the Rocklin, Roseville, and Lincoln Police Departments worked with Investigators from the Alcoholic Beverage Control and conducted Shoulder Tap Operations in the Cities of Rocklin and Lincoln, targeting subjects who buy alcoholic beverages for minors. The minors are truthful about their age and tell the subjects that they are not 21 years old.

In the City of Rocklin, we conducted the operation at 4 separate locations. Our decoy contacted 14 subjects and 4 adults purchased alcoholic beverages for our minor and each were cited for furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21, a violation of 25658(a) BP.

In the City of Lincoln, we conducted the operation at 4 separate locations. Our decoy contacted 35 subjects and 1 adult purchased alcoholic beverages for our minor and was cited for furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

These Operations will continue each month through June 2009. To date, we have contacted a total of 415 individuals at 40 locations and issued citations or arrested 28 people in Shoulder Tap Operations. We have visited 113 locations and cited 14 people in Minor Decoy Operations.

Detectives Seek Public’s Help In Identifying Burglary Suspect

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in the burglary of a Target store located at 1919 Fulton Avenue. The burglary occurred during the early morning hours of December 25, 2008. The suspect broke a store window, entered the store, and stole over $11,000.00 worth of electronic merchandise. He then fled in a vehicle.

The store’s security cameras captured images of the suspect and his vehicle. He is described as a white male adult 18 to 25-years of age. He’s approximately 5’9” tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds, and has short light-brown hair. His vehicle is described as a light colored full-size four-door sedan (possibly an older Lincoln Continental).

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is urged to call Sheriff’s detectives at (916) 874-1039, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.


Arrest Made In Cat-Burglary Series

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 38-year-old Kenneth Johnson in connection with a burglary series that occurred late last year. The burglary series began in July 2008 and ended in December 2008. In all, thirteen homes in the McKinley Park area of the City were targeted.

Johnson has been linked to three of the thirteen burglaries through forensic evidence. The other ten incidents are still under investigation. Investigators believe Johnson entered the residences via an unlocked door or window while the residents slept inside. Once inside, Johnson would steal whatever was in plain view. All of the burglaries occurred overnight between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. The date and locations of the burglaries are listed below:

July 25, 2008 - 1500 Block of 40th Street
July 29, 2008 - 1200 Block of 42nd Street
August 14, 2008 - 300 Block of Santa Ynez Way
August 29, 2008 - 600 Block of 36th Street
September 11, 2008 - 1300 Block of 42nd Street
September 21, 2008 - 400 Block of 36th Way
September 29, 2008 - 3900 Block of McKinley Blvd
October 16, 2008 - 400 Block of 35th Street
October 26, 2008 - 800 Block of 46th Street
November 9, 2008 - 1200 Block of 48th Street
November 9, 2008 - 900 Block of 43rd Street
November 15, 2008 - 1100 Block of 37th Street
December 30, 2008 - 3800 Block of McKinley Blvd

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Crime Alert Crab Feed

The Crime Alert Reward Program is seeking the community’s help to raise funds through a Crab Feed this Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 5640 Dudley Boulevard. The Crab Feed starts at 6:30 p.m. (cocktails) and 7:30 p.m. (dinner) and only costs $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (916)296-7509.

The Crime Alert Program provides law enforcement with information on wanted suspects and pays tipsters a reward of up to $1,000. This program has been critical in generating leads to apprehend criminals in the Sacramento region. In 2008, the Crime Alert Program paid over $12,000 in rewards which resulted in the arrest of 45 people.

Each year, the Crime Alert Crab Feed generates almost 80% of the funding for the reward program. Most of the money raised goes directly to paying people who provide tips that lead to an arrest of suspects.

Citizens Help Capture Elusive Driver At End Of Pursuit

On January 20, 2009, at about 5:00 P.M., a Rocklin Police Officer spotted a black Volvo fishtailing at a high rate of speed through the intersection of Rocklin Road and Pacific Street. The officer gave chase in an attempt to make an enforcement stop, but the Volvo continued to drive away attempting to evade the officer. A short pursuit occurred through a residential area of Rocklin. The driver then abandoned his Volvo in a stranger’s driveway and fled on foot.

An alert citizen pointed out the direction that the driver fled and a search followed. Aided by several other citizens who pointed out the fleeing suspect, he was soon apprehended near the Rocklin Train Depot.

Derek Bayless, 18 years, of Auburn, was arrested for felony evading of a police officer. He was booked at Placer County Jail and subsequently released on bail.

Gerardo Valdez

On 1-20-09, Detectives responded to Costa Brase Court, to serve a search warrant in the continual investigation into the missing person’s case of Gerardo Valdez.

Gerardo Valdez was reported missing on 11-20-08 by family members. Valdez was last seen on 10-26-08. Valdez is 42 years old, 6’0”, 230 lbs.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gerardo Valdez is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 808-0650.

Officer Involved Traffic Accident

On January 18, 2009 at approximately 1945 hours, a patrol unit driven by a West Sacramento Police Officer was attempting to overtake a traffic violator on Southport Parkway west of Lake Washington Blvd. The officer lost control of his vehicle and struck several trees in the center median of the roadway. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident. The officer sustained injuries primarily to the left side of his body. The injuries at this time do not appear to be serious, but the officer’s injuries are still being evaluated at this time. The officer was transported by ambulance to the UCD Medical Center. The officer’s identity is not being released at this time.

The accident is under investigation by the West Sacramento Police Department traffic unit and an update will be provided after the investigation has concluded.

Two Alarm Fire Damages Pet Store

On January 19, 2009 at approximately 11:45pm the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District arrived at 4534 Auburn blvd to find to a commercial building involved with fire. A second alarm was called to combat the fire and to rescue the animals. Over Forty Fire Fighters were involved in the incident. Several birds died as a result of smoke inhalation. The rest of the animals were moved to a place of safety. Metro Fires Arson unit is unable to rule out electrical as a cause. The structural damage is estimated at $100,00.00 and the contents at $250,000.00.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sheriff’s Police Dog Killed In The Line Of Duty

On January 18, 2009, at 7:03 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a carjacking at an apartment complex in the 6900 block of Lewiston Way. When deputies arrived the 67-year-old male victim told them as he was walking to his car he was approached by two black male adults who punched him, took his car keys and stole his vehicle. He sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. He described his vehicle as a white Ford Explorer.

Minutes later a Sheriff’s K-9 unit responding to the carjacking scene spotted a white Ford Explorer in the area of 47th Avenue and 54th Street and followed it into an apartment complex. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the complex and the two occupants fled on foot. The K-9 deputy and his canine partner, Ado, chased after them on foot. The deputy described the suspects as two black male adults wearing dark clothing. Ado followed one of the suspects as he ran through the apartment complex and then across 47th Avenue. As Ado was running across 47th Avenue he was struck and killed by a passing motorist. A perimeter was quickly set up around the area by additional arriving deputies and Sacramento Police Department officers, but the suspects were not located.

Ado was a 5-year-old German Sheperd. He had been trained and certified by his partner in 2005. His partner is a 41-year-old, 14-year-veteran with the department who has been assigned to the K-9 unit since 2001.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects involved in this incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department 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.

Attempted Murder

On 1/18/09 at 7:40 am, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Cameron Park address to investigate a reported domestic violence in progress.


Upon arrival, Deputies found a female victim suffering extensive injuries. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect, Jimmie Beechler, was arrested without incident. Because of the extent and severity of the injuries to the victim in this incident, the suspect was booked on charges of attempted murder.


Due to the nature of this crime, the victim in this incident is not being identified at this time.

Search And Rescue

On 1/17/09 at 9:30pm, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two missing 16 year old boys in the Mormon Emigrant Trail Rd area, South of Jenkinson Reservoir.

According to the reporting party, the boys were in the area for a family camping trip from Elk Grove. The boys took two quad-runners out for a short ride at 4 pm and never returned. The Sheriff’s Office immediately started a full-scale search and rescue involving approximately 30 volunteers and other personnel from CHP Air Station Auburn, and the U.S. Forest Service. Units searched through the night, but were unsuccessful in locating the boys.

On 1/18/09 at 10:30 am, one of the boys flagged down a passing vehicle on North/South Rd, after hearing the helicopter involved in the search for them. Using information obtained from the rescued boy, search units were able to locate the other boy and he was flown out by CHP helicopter. Both boys were examined by medical personnel, treated for exposure and released to family.

According to the boys, the two had driven into an area of heavy snow and became hopelessly stuck. It was soon dark and the two built a shelter and a small fire and waited through the night. In the morning, they heard a helicopter and the one boy hiked to high ground in an attempt to flag down the helicopter. Once on high ground, the boy heard a vehicle just over the hill from his location and was able to make his way to the road and flag down the passing vehicle.

Shooting In Placerville

January 17, 2009, at 5:10 P.M., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a person had been shot on the 2000 block of Scheller Way in Placerville. Deputies arrived and located two male subjects outside the residence with gunshot wounds. One subject was transported to Marshall Hospital for treatment and the other subject died from his injury at the scene.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the subjects are brothers and were possibly in an argument when the shooting occurred. No further information at this time as the investigation in ongoing. No arrest has been made at this time.

CHP Arrests Man For Abuse Of 911

The California Highway Patrol has arrested a Sacramento man for abuse of the 911 Dispatch Line. Jaime Best, 35, was taken into custody for making over 300 nuisance cellular phone calls to 911 from December 30th, 2008 to January 16th, 2009. Mr. Best started out with vulgar messages, but quickly worked his way up to making false calls of shootings and eventually a bomb threat to a State facility. The CHP’s Valley Division Investigative Services Unit (I.S.U.) worked diligently and effectively and took Mister Best into custody in the South Sacramento Area on the evening of January 16, 2009, following 83 calls to 911 on that day alone. Mister Best was then booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

The act of making false calls to the 911 Emergency Line is very serious crime. Not only does it place officers in a position to have to investigate each of these calls, it also takes officers away from legitimate service to the public, which is one of our primary goals.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Additional Suspects Arrested In Connection To Game Store Robbery Series

On January 15, 2009, 2009, members of the Sacramento County Violent Crimes Task Force (which is comprised of robbery detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Special Agents of the FBI), with the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department and the Elk Grove Police Department, arrested two additional suspects they believe are tied to a series of armed robberies. The first suspect, 18-year old Reginald Hola, was arrested at a house in the 4000 block of Deerbrook Drive. The second suspect, a 17-year-old male juvenile, was arrested at the Sacramento Job Corps Center in the 3100 block of Meadowview Drive.

Investigators believe these suspects, together with the three suspects arrested for the robbery of a video game store on January 12, 2009, are responsible for at least six recent game store robberies since December 20, 2008; including four in Sacramento County, and one each in the cities of Sacramento, and Elk Grove. Detectives also believe the suspects are tied to at least two other area robberies as well.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/suspects-arrested-in-game-store-robbery.html

The investigation is ongoing and detectives believe additional arrests are imminent. Anyone with information regarding any of these robberies is urged to call detectives at (916) 874-5051 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Third Attempted Kidnapping Victim Comes Forward

After becoming aware of the attempted kidnappings of two11-year-old boys on January 12, 2009, a 12-year-old boy told his parents he too had been the victim of an attempted kidnapping on January 13, 2009, by a man matching the general description of the suspect detectives believe is responsible for the kidnapping attempts the day before. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Child Abuse detectives interviewed the 12-year-old victim who told them on January 13, 2009, at 4:25 p.m., he was walking near the area of Dawes Street and Folsom Boulevard when he was approached by a man in a car. The suspect told the boy he needed help finding his lost dog. The boy ran from the scene and was able to escape without harm.

The suspect in the third incident was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20’s. He had short dark hair with a duck-tail in the back. He had a goatee and a mole or cold sore on his the right-side of his lower lip. He had a small earring in his right ear lobe and was wearing a short sleeve polo shirt with red and white stripes. The suspect was driving a shiny black four-door sedan.

On January 12, 2009, at 2:24 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers responded the report of an attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking on Mapola Way near Williamson Elementary School. At 2:42 p.m. RCPD officers responded a short distance away to the report of a second attempted kidnapping of a second 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking near Cordova Lane Elementary School on Cordova Lane. Both victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 30’s. He had black hair, a mole on the left side of his face and he was unshaven with a goatee. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Both victims described the suspect’s vehicle as a mid-sized 4-door sedan either black or dark-green in color.

In both January 12th cases, the suspect drove up to the victims and asked them to help him find his lost dog. In both cases, the victims refused to engage the suspect in conversation and fled. The suspect attempted to grab the second victim through the window of the car before he fled. The first victim ran to Williamson Elementary School and notified the school staff. The second victim ran home and told his mother. The first victim reported the suspect did not threaten him with it, but he saw a small, black semi-automatic pistol in the suspect’s vehicle.


The Sheriff’s Certified Composite Sketch artist has met with each victim. The resulting composite sketches of the suspect are included below. Although there are noticeable differences between each sketch, detectives believe all three incidents were committed by the same suspect. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00.



Suspect Stabbed During Fight With Deputy

The suspect (58-year-old Eddie Hilliard of Hearld, CA) who was stabbed by our deputy last night is continuing to undergo treatment in a local hospital. He is expected to survive. He is under arrest and when he is released from the hospital he will be booked into the Main Jail on the following charges: 69 PC (Resisting an officer by means of violence), 148 (d) PC (attempting to take an officer’s firearm),12021 PC (felon in possession of a firearm), 496 PC (possession of stolen property), 653k PC (possession of a switchblade knife). Additional charges may be filed as well.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/deputy-stabs-suspect-during-fight-after.html

Lincoln Firefighters Plan Annual “Fill The Boot For Burns” Event

The Lincoln professional Firefighters Association Local 4356 and Placer County Fire/Cal Fire will be holding their annual “Fill the Boot for Burns” on Saturday and Sunday February 14th & 15th, 2009.

The Lincoln Firefighters will be located at the intersections of Joiner Parkway and Ferrari Ranch Rd., and at the intersection of Joiner Parkway and Sterling Parkway from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

Placer County Fire/Cal Fire will be located at the Thunder Valley Casino from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, and they will be located at the Bel Air Shopping Center on Lincoln Way in Auburn from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

One hundred percent of all donations collected at these events goes towards the Firefighters Burn Institute, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care, recovery and research of burn survivors in the greater Sacramento area.

The Firefighters Burn Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 in 1973, for the purpose of establishing a local burn treatment facility; providing recovery programs for burn survivors; providing fire and burn prevention through public education; funding education for burn team professionals, firefighters, and burn survivors; and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.

For more information please contact the Lincoln area Boot Drive Coordinator; Corey Leighty, at the Lincoln Fire Department or visit the Burn Institutes Web Site at www.ffburn.org .

Police Need Help To Identify A Bank Robber

On Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 10 a.m., a person was caught on surveillance camera robbing the Bank of America at 3645 North Freeway Boulevard.

The suspect entered the bank and used a note to demand money from the teller. The suspect stated he had a gun but none was seen. A witness saw the suspect leave in a newer dark green sports utility vehicle, possibly a Jeep Cherokee.

The suspect is described as a male white, 5’5"-5’7," 190-200 lbs, dark red or brown short hair, an unshaven face/goatee, wearing a black baseball hat, blue denim jacket, a light gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to a $1,000. reward.

Arrest Of Donna Goodenough

Donna Goodenough was taken into custody today (January 16, 2009) at 8:40 a.m. by the Elk Grove Police Department. Goodenough was staying at her daughter's house on the 9600 block of Sea Cliffe Way.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/police-ask-for-publics-help.html

Goodenough was taken into custody without incident.

Deputy Stabs Suspect During Fight After Vehicle Stop

On January 15, 2009, at 10:50 p.m., a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle in the area of 44th Street and Perry Avenue. The deputy approached the vehicle, which was occupied by a 58-year-old male driver and two female passengers (53- and 41-years-old respectively). He asked the driver to step out of the vehicle so he could speak to him behind the car. As the deputy and driver were standing behind the car, the driver attacked the deputy. During the ensuing struggle, the deputy felt the suspect grab his handgun in an attempt to remove it from its holster. As he fought with the suspect to maintain control of his gun with one hand, and believing he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily injury, the deputy drew a knife from his duty belt with his free hand and stabbed the suspect in the upper body. The suspect stopped fighting at that point and was handcuffed by the deputy. Paramedics transported the suspect to a local hospital where he is being treated for his wounds. He is expected to survive. The two female passengers were detained for questioning.

In accordance with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s policies and procedures, the 27-year-old male deputy (a six-year veteran of the department) will be placed on paid administrative leave. Sheriff’s patrol deputies are authorized by the department to carry a knife during the performance of their duties. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

After he is deemed to be fit for incarceration, the suspect will be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Female Dies In Suspected DUI Crash

On January 15, 2009 at approximately 8:55 p.m., a 28 year old woman was driving a salvaged black 1993 Acura Vigor on eastbound Whitney Boulevard just east of Becerra Way in the #2 lane. For unknown reasons, the driver steered to the left causing her vehicle to spin counter clockwise and cross the westbound traffic lanes. The passenger side of the Acura struck a power pole on the north side of the roadway. The impact caused the Acura to split in half, then continue forward where it struck a cinder wall. The driver was not wearing her seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and/or drugs is suspected as a contributing factor to this collision. The driver was driving on a suspended drivers’ license. The identity of the driver is not releasable at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

This collision is still under investigation.

Armed Robbery Follow Up, Request For Public Help

On January 10, 2009 at approximately 1:25 PM, Rocklin Police responded to a robbery with a gun in the parking lot of the Rock Creek Shopping Center on Sunset Boulevard. The victim, a woman with two young children, was robbed at gun point. Her purse was stolen. The following Monday, a concerned citizen, after seeing the story on a local news channel called a tip into Detectives regarding a suspicious person and vehicle which may have been involved in the robbery. During the investigation, Detectives have identified two persons of interest in this case and are asking the public to contact the Rocklin Police Department, Investigations Unit, should they have any information as to the identity of either of these two women.

These two persons of interest may be associated with a black four-door Honda Accord, late 90’s or early 2000’s model with tinted windows. The vehicle was last seen exiting Eastbound onto Sunset Boulevard from the Rock Creek Center parking lot. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Rocklin Police Department Investigations Unit (916) 625-5400 or Detective Corporal Rich Cabana at (916) 625-5414.

Greg Murphy Assumes Helm As The New Sierra Community College District Chief Of Police

On Tuesday, January 13, 2009 during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustee’s meeting, Officer Greg Murphy took the oath office to assume the position as Chief of Police for the Sierra Community College District. As a testament to his achievements, an impressive list of law enforcement officials traveled from areas throughout the state and out of the state to Rocklin to witness his swearing-in. Said Superintendent/President Dr. Leo Chavez following the event, “We would like to thank Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner and Rocklin Police Chief Mark Siemens and also the many peace officers and officials from our neighboring cities and counties who joined us today in a great display of support and respect for Greg. We are excited to have someone with Greg’s experience and expertise join Sierra College. We are doubly pleased that he is also a long-standing Rocklin resident. We look forward to his leadership in advancing the capabilities of the college’s Police Services.”

The impressive group of VIP’s included;
Edward Bonner, Sheriff, Placer County
Devon Bell, Under Sheriff, Placer County
Paul Capittelli, Executive Director, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Alan Deal, Assistant Executive Director, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Michael Dimiceli, Assistant Executive Director, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Heather Fong, Chief of Police, San Francisco Police Department
Fred Deltorchio, Chief of Police, Hercules Police Department
Gregory Harman, Chief of Police, Kensington Police Department
Mark Siemens, Chief of Police, Rocklin Police Department
Brian Vizzusi, Chief of Police, Lincoln Police Department
Ronald Wood, Retired Chief, Greeley Police Department, Greeley Colorado
John Dineen, Retired Chief, Millbrae Police Department
Tamara Evans, Retired Chief, State of Nevada College
Michael Gomez, Retired Chief, Department of Insurance, State of California
Gary Leonard, Retired Chief, West Sacramento Police Department
Ken Whitman, Retired Chief, Gardena Police Department

Greg Murphy comes to the job with over sixteen years of patrol, investigative and administrative experience to draw from. With a BS from Park University, Parkville MO and a MS from AIU, LA, CA, Murphy began his career patrolling the streets of East LA. He advanced through the ranks to become a proven leader, trainer, and policy developer. In his most recent position as a Law Enforcement Consultant for POST – The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Murphy received a letter of commendation in 2007 for the development and implementation of the POST Electronic Data Interchange Course Certification Online Program, which is disturbed statewide.

Whether as a law enforcer or as a teacher, working at a higher education institution is nothing new to Chief Murphy. He has taught Criminal Justice courses for National University, University of Phoenix, Los Angeles City Colleges, Los Rios Community College District and Sierra College. Murphy also worked as a Police Lieutenant for the University of California, Davis Police Department.

Along with his excellent police work, his proficiency in computer technologies has helped him develop and implement criminal databases, crime analysis systems and record management systems. Currently a Rocklin resident, Greg Murphy commented “I am so thrilled to be here, I hope I can contribute a great deal to the growth of the police department.”

Auburn Man Identified

The man who drowned in the Auburn canal yesterday has been identified as David Lee Miller, 51, of Auburn. An autopsy was performed but the cause of death is pending.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/drowning-in-auburn-pg-canal.html

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rocklin Police Vehicle Rear-Ended By DUI Driver

On January 14, 2009, at approximately 10:20 PM, a Rocklin Police Department police car was struck by another vehicle in the drive-through lane of a local McDonald’s. The officer was rear-ended at a slow speed. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, officers noticed symptoms of intoxication. She was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

There was little damage to the either vehicle and the officer suffered no injuries. The arrested driver did not suffer injuries either.

Rosemary Newell, 67 years of Rocklin, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was booked into Placer County Jail and subsequently release with a Promise to Appear.

This is the second time in a week that a Rocklin Police car has been involved with a driver who was arrested for DUI. On January 7th, a DUI driver was arrested in a collision with a Rocklin Police car and the officer is still off work due to his injuries.


“Rear ending a police car while intoxicated is a sure fire way to be arrested for DUI,” said Lt. Lon Milka.

Police Ask For Public’s Help

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 46-year-old Donna Joe Goodenough who is wanted for embezzling nearly $225,000.00 from a local community service organization (Options in Supported Living). This organization provides support to people with disabilities so they can live in their own homes.

Goodenough was employed by Options in Supported Living as their Office Manager. Between January 2007 and May 2008, Goodenough forged and passed approximately 100 fraudulent checks against the company. Additionally, suspect Goodenough made several unauthorized purchases on a company credit card.

Anyone with information on suspect Goodenough’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Claressa Wilson at (916) 808-0537.

Home Invasion In Camino

January 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM, El Dorado County Sheriff Deputies, responded to a 911 hang up on the 4000 block of Carson Road in Camino. Upon arrival, the deputy discovered he had interrupted a robbery (home invasion) in progress inside the residence. The suspects had fled out the rear of the residence. The deputy chased after the suspects and saw them climbing over a fence in the backyard.

Both of the suspects were dressed in law enforcement clothing, which consisted of duty belt with gun, badge, vest and a jacket with “SHERIFF” lettering on it.

One of the suspects tripped and his gun fell to the ground. The suspect left the gun and continued to flee. The suspects split up after jumping the fence and ran in different directions. The deputy focused his attention on the suspect, which still had a weapon and continued his chase. The suspect began taking off his law enforcement duty belt as he ran from the deputy. The deputy caught the suspect after jumping fences and crossing through a creek. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

One of the victims with help from several neighbors caught the second suspect and detained him for law enforcement.

The jacket worn by one of the suspects had Placer County Sheriff’s Department patches. Two handguns were recovered at the scene. One was a 22 caliber and the other was a replica BB type weapon.

The victims were not injured during the incident. The motive behind the home invasion is under investigation.

The suspects have been identified as Harvey Baker, 47 years of age from Sacramento and Alexios Alexander, 40 years of age from Sacramento. Both were arrested and booked in county jail on 8 felonies to include robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, kidnapping and are being held without bail.

Roseville Police Accepting Applications For Citizen Police Academy

The Roseville Police Department is now accepting applications for Citizen's Police Academy, which begins March 10. Citizen Police Academy is open to those who live or work in the Roseville area and are at least 18 years of age.

Citizen Police Academy is a good opportunity for private citizens to learn how they can help prevent crime and partner with local law enforcement. Participants will meet Police Chief Blair and other police staff, and learn about the operations, organization and policies of the Roseville Police Department.

The Roseville Police Department offers Citizen Police Academy every year or two. The next six-night academy begins March 10 and continues on March 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. All classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Roseville Police Department, 1051 Junction Blvd.

For more information, call the Roseville Police Department Community Services Unit at (916)774-5057, or download a brochure and application here. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

Drowning In Auburn PG&E Canal

A man, who has not been identified, was found drowned in a PG&E canal around noon today.

A Placer County Water Agency worker saw the man in the Lower Wise Canal and called 911 at 11:46 a.m. Two Placer County Sheriff dive team members jumped into the canal and recovered the man’s body as it floated downstream.

The man’s identity will be released after notification of next-of-kin. There does not appear to be any foul play involved.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Murder Suspects Arrested In 2001 Attack

The Sacramento Police Department has issued arrest warrants on 30-year-old Billy Jackson, 31-year-old Hosie Houston, and 28-year-old Jason Maldonado for the murder of Wilbur Jackson III. All three suspects are currently in custody for un-related crimes.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at 1:09 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 7424 Franklin Boulevard to investigate a report of a subject who had been assaulted. The victim, 40-year-old Wilbur Jackson III, was transported to the hospital and went into a coma. Jackson remained in a coma until May of 2008 when he died.

Homicide Detectives were assigned the case to investigate and were able to locate witnesses who provided information leading to the identification of the suspects. Detectives believe the assault was a result of an argument over a financial debt. The argument escalated resulting in Jackson being beaten into a coma and later dying. Jason Maldonado has already been formally charged for murder. Billy Jackson and Hosie Houston currently have arrest warrants for murder and will be formally charged at a later time.

Detectives Arrest ATM Burglary Suspect

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on December 30, 2008, an ATM machine was burglarized at the Safe Credit Union located at 7883 Walerga Road. The suspect used a metal bar in an attempt to pry open the ATM machine. Although he was unsuccessful in gaining access to the cash inside of it, he caused significant damage to the machine.

Following a public appeal for information regarding the identity of the suspect, whose image was captured on the ATM machine’s security camera, Sheriff’s Burglary detectives received a tip which led to the arrest of a 15-year-old juvenile suspect on January 13, 2009. The boy is a resident of Antelope.

After being interviewed by detectives, the suspect was charged with burglary and booked into Juvenile Hall.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Sought

On January 13, 2009 at 3:23 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a bank robbery that had just occurred at Bank of America located at 10046 Bruceville Rd.

An unknown male approached a Bank of America employee, displayed a silver handgun and demanded money. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and gave him and undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect then fled the bank on foot towards a residential community. Officers responded to the area and began a systematic search of the area for the suspect. After an extensive search of the area, the suspect was not located. The subject was described as African American, twenty (20) years of age, 5’9" (five feet nine inches tall) with a skinny build. The suspect was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with matching dark blue sweatpants.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Attempted Kidnappings

On January 12, 2009, at 2:24 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers responded to the report of an attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking on Mapola Way near Williamson Elementary School. At 2:42 p.m. RCPD officers responded a short distance away to the report of a second attempted kidnapping of a second 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking near Cordova Lane Elementary School on Cordova Lane.

Investigators believe the two attempted kidnappings were committed by the same suspect. Both victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 30’s. He had black hair, a mole on the left side of his face and he was unshaven with a goatee. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Both victims described the suspect’s vehicle as a mid-sized 4-door sedan either black or dark-green in color.

In both cases, the suspect drove up to the victims and asked them to help him find his lost dog. In both cases, the victims refused to engage the suspect in conversation and fled. The suspect attempted to grab the second victim through the window of the car before he fled. The first victim ran to Williamson Elementary School and notified the school staff. The second victim ran home and told his mother. The first victim reported the suspect did not threaten him with it, but he saw a small, black semi-automatic pistol in the suspect’s vehicle.

Officers were unable to locate a suspect or suspect vehicle in the area. Anyone with information regarding these cases is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00.

Haz Mat Incident On Capitol Mall

The Sacramento Fire Department responded this morning to 320 Capitol Mall for a report of a suspicious package. Firefighters arrived and were told by California Highway Patrol Officers on scene that an employee of the Department of Insurance had opened a package and came into contact with an unknown substance and became ill. She was taken to a local hospital by her Supervisor.

The room that the package was in was closed and the area evacuated. Firefighters requested our Haz Mat Team. Sacramento Fire Haz Mat personnel entered the room with the package and removed the package from the building for testing. Test showed that nothing toxic or hazardous was found.

Two Highway Patrol Officers who came into contact with the envelope were also taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The apparent substance was thought to be a wax seal, used to seal envelopes. In addition to the California Highway Patrol, crews from Sacramento County Haz Mat and the California State Department of Insurance were on scene.

Gold Miners Arrested For Claim Jumping

Two men were arrested for "claim jumping" after they were caught on another man’s gold claim in Foresthill Friday night.

Mark Alan Stuck, 51, of Elk Grove, and Steven Silva, 52, of Newcastle, were arrested by Placer County Sheriff’s deputies Friday night after the owner of Wildcat Mining Company waved down a deputy near his claim on Mosquito Ranch Road at 10 p.m. Using night vision equipment, a deputy observed three men on the claim with flashlights. Using a bullhorn, the three were instructed to come out of the rugged, steep canyon.

One man fled, but Stuck and Silva hiked out of the canyon carrying a metal detector, two rock picks and a hammer.

They were arrested for attempted grand theft from a mining claim. They were booked at the Placer County Jail and released Sunday with a promise to appear in court Jan. 27.