Sunday, May 31, 2009

Victim Dies Seven Years After Being Shot

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the murder of 40 year-old Shawn Chaney who was died yesterday as a result of complications from injuries he received when he was shot in 2002.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at 2:38 p.m., Shawn Chaney was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his friend. A vehicle, described as being a silver Ford Taurus 4-door, drove up quickly behind the victims and pulled next to their car. The passenger in the Ford Taurus shot numerous times at the victims. The suspects are described as male blacks and the passenger was wearing a black ski mask. Both victims were hit by the gun fire and drove themselves to the U.C. Davis Medical Center. Chaney and his friend both survived their injuries, but Chaney ended up being a quadriplegic from the shooting.

On, May 29, 2009, Shawn Chaney died as a result of complications from his injuries received in 2002.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Sheriff’s Pop Operation Targets Johns

On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s North Division Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers conducted a john sting in the 4600 block of Watt Avenue using undercover officers posing as prostitutes. The POP officers were assisted by North Division patrol deputies, Special Investigation Intelligence Bureau detectives, and officers from the Twin Rivers District Police Department.

The sting was the latest in an on-going effort by the Sheriff’s POP officers to target prostitutes and the men who seek their services in the area of Watt Avenue and Interstate 80. This sting was conducted with the full support of the Watt Avenue Merchants Group particularly the Motel 6 at 4600 Watt Avenue where the operation took place.

Paul O’Neal, Director of Safety and Security for Accor North America – Motel 6, said “The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. We have a long history of building strong relationships with local authorities and cooperating with law enforcement in their crime prevention efforts. Our ultimate goal is to be an asset to the communities we serve.”

This series of operations targeting prostitution and their customers began over a year and a half ago in response to complaints from the citizens and business owners in the targeted area. According to Sheriff’s POP supervisor, Sergeant Kate Adams, “the goal of these stings is to address the negative impact the crime of prostitution has on the quality of life for the residents and businesses in the area. During our operations over the past eighteen months we have made over 250 prostitution-related arrests and the merchants in the area have told us they have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of prostitution-related activity.”

The latest 10-hour operation resulted in the arrest of 18 individuals for prostitution or prostitution-related crimes; including 16 men and 2 women. In addition to the arrests, 15 of the johns had their vehicles towed from the scene and impounded.

Man Drowns In Apartment Complex Pool

Sac Metro Fire responded to 911 call for a drowning. We arrived to a 48 year old male who was unresponsive and under CPR given by a Good Samaritan. Metro Fire administered advanced life saving procedures to attempt to bring back the life of the patient. The Man was pronounced dead at the hospital after all attempts were made to revive him. Witness says the man had been consuming alcohol while he was poolside.

Metro Fire would like to remind all of our citizens that alcohol consumption and swimming do not mix. To learn about pool safety log onto www.sacmetrofire.ca.gov and click on for residents.

Grass Fire Near Capital City Freeway

A grass fire slowed traffic along East Bound Capital City Freeway at the Exposition Blvd. off ramp. The fire burned the grass area inside the “cloverleaf.” The call came in at 12:10 P.M. and Sacramento Fire Department Engine 4 arrived at 12:17 P.M.

This fire along with the Natomas Business fire kept Sacramento Firefighters busy today. Resources were requested from the West Sacramento Fire Department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to assist with this grass fire.

The California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Police Department responded to handle the traffic problem.

2 Alarm Fire Damages Natomas Business

A two alarm fire caused minor damage to a Natomas area business this morning. The fire at the Aramark Company, located at 1419 National Drive was reported at 11:16 A.M. Engine 18 of the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at 11:20 A.M.

The fire was contained to a storage area that had bins of towels and other cloth materials inside them. A fire sprinkler system kept the fire small until Firefighters were able to enter the building and fully extinguish the fire.

There were no reported injuries and a Sacramento Fire Department Investigator was on scene attempting to determine the fires’ cause.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Bicyclist Struck By Hit And Run Vehicle

On May 28, 2009, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Christian Reinheimer, a 38 year old from Sacramento was riding his orange Trek mountain bike on westbound Arden Way just west of Mendota Way in the right lane. Reinheimer was riding his bicycle at approximately 25 mph and was positioned to the far right of the lane. A vehicle described as silver or light colored mini-van was traveling westbound on Arden Way approaching the rear of Reinheimer. The mini-van struck Reinheimer which caused him to be ejected from his bicycle and thrown onto the hood and into the windshield of the mini-van. The driver of the mini-van fled the scene immediately following the collision. Reinheimer was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital where he sustained major injuries including a collapsed lung.

The driver of the silver or light colored mini-van was described as an older woman in her 50’s or 60’s with gray hair and light skinned. The vehicle should have right front hood damage and a broken windshield.

The CHP is requesting your assistance in locating the driver and vehicle involved in this collision. If you have any information you are encouraged to contact the North Sacramento CHP at
(916) 338-6710.

This collision is still under investigation.

Suspect In 2007 Homicide Extradited From Canada

On May 27, 2009, at 4:28 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives booked 38-year-old Arthur Charles Carnes, IV into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charges of murder, acquiring an access card without the cardholder’s consent, and identity theft. The charges stem from the November 2007 disappearance of 41-year old Matthew Seybert. A Sheriff’s homicide investigation led detectives to believe Carnes was responsible for Seybert’s death. Seybert’s dismembered body was discovered in Laguna Creek on December 8, 2007.

An exhaustive investigation by the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau led investigators to believe Carnes had fled to the area of Vancouver, British Columbia. Detectives notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who worked closely with Sheriff’s investigators and tracked Carnes to a home in Langley, British Columbia. Carnes was taken into custody at that home without incident on January 25, 2008.

Since being taken into custody, Carnes fought deportation arguing he was a refugee from the United States. The Canadian courts recently denied his claims and Carnes was deported on May 15, 2009. On that date, he was taken into custody at the Canadian/United States border by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State. Carnes was held in the Whatcom County Jail until he was released to the custody of Sacramento Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives on May 27, 2009. That same day, Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives, assisted by the California Department of Justice, transported Carnes to Sacramento and booked him into the Main Jail.

Sunday Night Party Turened Deadly

On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the victim of a shooting that occurred Sunday died from his injuries at U.C. Davis Medical Center.

On Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 8:24 p.m., Officers responded to the 3700 block of 18th Avenue regarding the sounds of gun shots. Officers received information that someone had been shot and was put into a vehicle that left the area. We received notification that the victim had been dropped off at U.C. Davis Medical Center by a friend. The victim had been shot multiple times and was in critical condition. The victim died from his injuries on May 28.

Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to take over the investigation. Investigators believe that the victim was at a party on the 3700 block of 18th Avenue when he got into a dispute. The victim was shot multiple times when the dispute escalated. The victim was a male Hispanic 20-years-old.

The investigation is on-going and no further information is being provided at this time.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Rollover Crash Turns Deadly

On May 28, 2009, at approximately 1:10 a.m., Fernando A. Cabrera, a 26 year old from Sacramento, was driving a black 2001 Ford Mustang on westbound I-80 just west of Longview Drive. Cabrera was traveling in the far right lane at approximately 75 mph approaching the rear of a 1998 Freightliner tractor/trailer driven by Sergio Alcantar from Tulare. As Cabrera approached the big rig he moved his vehicle to the middle lane and then attempted to change back to the far right lane. Cabrera was unable to complete a safe lane change causing the rear of his vehicle to strike the left front of the big rig. The impact caused the Mustang to spin out of control and travel over an embankment where it rolled several times. The Mustang came to rest on its left side on the Light Rail access road located under the Longview Drive on-ramp to westbound I-80.

Cabrera’s female passenger, 27 year old Telma Martinez of Sacramento did not appear to be properly wearing her seatbelt and she was partially ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. Cabrera was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center with cuts and bruises and a possible concussion. Cabrera was released and booked into Sacramento County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license. Alcantar was not injured in this collision.

It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor in this collision pending a toxicology report on Cabrera. This collision is still under investigation.

Elk Grove Police Officer Arrested By FBI

Elk Grove Police Officer Ali Khalil was arrested by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and served with a complaint alleging several felonies associated with mortgage-related financial transactions. None of the allegations were related to Officer Khalil’s official duties as an Elk Grove police officer. Officer Khalil, age 29, has been a member of the Elk Grove Police Department since 2006. Officer Khalil has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which is standard practice when an officer has been charged with a crime.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Suspect Arrested In Connection To Homicide On Fite Circle

On May 21, 2009, at 5:27 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives arrested 46-year-old Rancho Cordova resident Jeffrey B. Campbell for the murder of 19-year-old Frederick Howard.

On May 20, 2009, at 10:33 a.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department officers responded to the report of a body that had been found behind a business in the 3100 block of Fite Circle. Officers arrived and found Howard’s body lying behind a dumpster. He had suffered a wound to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

After an exhaustive investigation, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives believe Campbell and Howard were acquainted. They believe sometime during the early morning hours of May, 19, 2009, Campbell stabbed and killed Howard after arguing with him at an undetermined location in the Rancho Cordova area. Detectives further believe shortly after the stabbing Campbell transported Howard’s body to the randomly selected location on Fite Circle where he was found.

Campbell was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on one count of murder and is being held without bail.

The investigation of this case is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this murder 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.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, May 29, 2009, in the south area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

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

Officer Shot During Routine Traffic Stop

On Sunday, May 24, 2009, Officer Tyson Butler of the Sacramento Police Department was patrolling the area of 14th Avenue and Business Drive. At 4:46 p.m., he initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Mustang, near the 3700 block of Business Drive for an infraction.

As Officer Butler approached the vehicle, the driver pointed a gun out the window and shot Officer Butler twice, once in the right arm and once in the upper thigh. Due to his injuries, Officer Butler was not able to draw his weapon. The suspect fled in his vehicle while Officer Butler put out a request for cover over his police radio.

The Sacramento Police Department's helicopter (Air-1) was in the area and spotted the vehicle as it fled the scene. The officers in the helicopter relayed detailed information about the vehicle to ground units which led to a lengthy pursuit. The pursuit ended in the county at the intersection of Keifer Boulevard and Happy Lane when the suspect was unable to negotiate a turn and crashed into a ditch.

Officers on-scene attempted to gain compliance of the suspect, however, he was not responding to commands. Deputies from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as well as members of their SWAT team responded to the scene. They eventually approach the vehicle and discovered that the driver was suffering from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died. The suspect was a 19-year-old Sacramento resident.

After being shot, Officer Butler was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Although Officer Butler's injuries are serious, he is in stable condition.

Officer Butler has worked for the Sacramento Police Department for six years. He spent three years working in the dispatch center and the past three years working as a patrol officer.

This investigation is on-going; at this point, the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Living Beyond Graduation II A Full Court Press Production

The Sacramento Police Department, in conjunction with our partners from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, will be conducting multiple DUI operations over the next five weeks to safeguard the lives of our graduating seniors and to promote traffic safety within the City of Sacramento.

There will be extra officers enforcing DUI related laws and we will be conducting four DUI/CDL checkpoints during this time period. What better way is there to celebrate the many accomplishments of our graduating seniors than to ensure they live beyond graduation?

The purpose of these operations is to remove DUI drivers from our streets and educate the driving public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs.

The Sacramento Police Department wants to remind our citizens to drink responsibly and use designated drivers. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 to report drunk drivers. Please don't forget - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from OTS, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

We will be conducting a DUI/CDL checkpoint in the East area of our city on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Roseville Police Working For Safer Summer Streets

The summer driving season has arrived, and the Roseville Police Department wants it to be a safe one. That's why the department is putting extra officers on the street Saturday, May 30, to patrol for drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

"Summer means celebrations--graduations, weddings, camping and boating, or just getting together with friends," Police Chief Mike Blair said. "We don't want a summer marked by a drunk-driving tragedy. That's why the Roseville Police Department is committed to getting drunk drivers off the road."

The Roseville Police Department is keeping Roseville's streets safer with routine nightly DUI enforcement, DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, and special DUI patrols.

"It's easy to avoid a DUI arrest," Chief Blair said. "If you're drinking, don't drive. Designate a sober driver in advance, stay where you are, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Whatever you do, don't get behind the wheel and risk an arrest--or worse."

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Life Jacket Reminder

The Sacramento Fire Department is reminding you that this holiday weekend our beaches and waterways will be very busy. It is extremely important that a responsible adult take the responsibility and supervise all children who are in or near the water. It is also the law that all persons under the age of 13 must wear a properly fitting life jacket while in our natural water ways.

Please be safe and respect the dangers of our water ways. Many of the communities’ Fire Stations will loan out life jackets free of charge. To find the closest Fire Station to you please visit: www.dbw.ca.gov .

Police Release Composite Of Sexual Assault Suspect

The Sacramento Police Department is releasing a composite sketch of a sexual assault suspect. Investigators hope that someone will recognize him and provide information leading to his identity.

On Monday, May 18, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., the victim, female in her 30's, was sitting near the water's edge just off the bike trail between the Tower Bridge and I Street. She was wearing earphones and listening to music. The suspect approached and grabbed the victim from behind and then physically and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a male, Black, 40-50 years old, 5'10"-6'0", 180-200 lbs, medium length black and gray afro, possible southern accent, and walking with a limp. He was wearing a short sleeved plaid shirt, baggy blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and light colored baseball cap.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Attempted Abduction At Orangevale Elementary School

On May 20, 2009, at 2:54 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of an attempted child abduction at the Green Oaks Fundamental School in Orangevale. Deputies spoke to an 8-year-old female student who told them as she came out of a school restroom, after school had been dismissed, a man tried to grab her and then he ran away when she broke away from his grasp.

The victim was only able to describe the suspect as a male adult (unknown race), approximately 5’10’’ tall, weighing between 150 and170 pounds, with dark gray hair and wearing red knee-length shorts.

The school has notified the parents of their students of the incident and there will be a Sheriff’s Department’s Safe School deputy and school district personnel on campus on Thursday, May 21, 2009, to ensure everyone’s safety and to respond to questions.

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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.

Arrest Made In 1980 Homicide Cold Case

On October 21, 1980, at approximately 9:00 p.m., victim Norman Crawford was shot and killed in the area of 8th Avenue and 45th Street (Donner School). At that time, homicide detectives identified several possible suspects, including Waco Williams. Despite a lengthy and thorough investigation, investigators were unable to obtain enough evidence at that time to make an arrest.

In 2009, the Sacramento Police Department's Cold Case Unit re-examined the case. Several pieces of evidence were sent to the Sacramento County Crime Lab for additional forensic testing. Based on the results of the re-examinations, detectives were able to obtain sufficient evidence to request an arrest warrant be issued for Waco Williams.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, the Sacramento Police Department's Cold Case Unit obtained an arrest warrant for murder and arrested 49-year-old Waco Williams. He was arrested in Sacramento without incident. Williams was booked into the Sacramento County Jail.
The victim and suspect knew each other; however, the motive is still unknown.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Roseville Police Asking For Public's Help Identifying Strong-Arm Robber

The Roseville Police Department needs the public's help identifying the strong-arm robber in the attached photos. At 10:48 a.m. Thursday, May 14, this male entered the Shell Station on the corner of Sunrise Avenue and Coloma Way in Roseville, took a soda from the cooler and handed the clerk $2. As the clerk opened the cash register drawer, the robber grabbed the cash drawer, causing the clerk to fall backwards. The suspect fled with a small amount of cash. No vehicle was seen.

The suspect appears to be a Hispanic male in his late teens or 20s, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with a medium build and very short or shaved hair. He wore a New York Yankees ball cap and a plain dark colored t-shirt. He also wore a chain around his neck and stud earrings in both ears.

Anyone who recogiznes this person is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to arrest.

Neighbor's Call Results In Burglary Arrests, Recovery Of Property

An alert neighbor's call to police and a fast response by Roseville officers led to the arrest of two males suspected of burglarizing a house and trespassing in the garage of another residence in the 1700 block of Chilton Drive.

At 11:18 a.m. Monday, May 18, a resident of the 1700 block of Chilton Drive saw shadows of someone jumping over his backyard fence, and heard another neighbor yelling to "call 911". The resident did, and Roseville Police officers arrived minutes later. Officers detained two males coming out of a partially opened garage on Chilton Drive. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and found two large plastic garbage bags containing numerous DVDs, video games, and other electronics equipment stashed in a backyard. The property was identified as stolen from the house next door.

Ryan Matthew Ashburn, 19, and Cody Michael Calli, 18, both of Roseville, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and prowling on private property. Ashburn was also charged with possession of burglar's tools, and Calli was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Roseville Police Explorers Take Top Honors At Competition

A small but mighty team of teenage Roseville Police Department explorers took top honors and won admirers at a southern California law enforcement explorer competition last weekend. Five members of the Roseville Police Department's Explorer Scout Post--the second smallest group at the competition--competed against 23 other explorer posts from California and Arizona in the Kern County Memorial Explorer Competition in Tehachapi on May 16-17. The Roseville team brought home nine trophies, including first place overall.

Roseville Police Officer Daniel Stokes, a post adviser who accompanied the team to the competition, said, "I was approached by many of the other advisers at the competition, who commented on how impressed they were by our explorers and their performance. Each of our explorers represented Roseville well."

Danny Timoney, Ricky Hinds, Cameron Bal, Brandon Simmons and Jason Simmons traveled to Tehachapi to represent the Roseville Police Explorer Post. No City funds were used for the trip, which was paid for by the explorers and the post's fund-raising efforts. The explorers competed in physical fitness and agility events, and were also tested for their response to various law enforcement scenarios. The Roseville team took first place honors in the traffic stop and stolen vehicle scenarios, second place in the obstacle course and suspicious person scenario, and fourth place in four other events. Their cumulative points earned them an overall first place in the competition.

Roseville's Explorer Post is a volunteer organization of Roseville teens between the ages of 14 and 20 who want to explore a career in law enforcement. The teens receive training in law enforcement skills, ride along with police officers and observe them on the job, and help the department and community in many ways.

For more information about the explorer program, visit the City of Roseville's website at http://www.roseville.ca.us/police/explorers.asp, or email Officer Dan Stokes at dstokes@roseville.ca.us .
right to left: Jason Simmons, Danny Timoney, Ricky Hinds, Brandon Simmons, and Cameron Bal.

Homicide Detectives Investigate South Area Murder

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a late night homicide that occurred in the 7800 block of Summerview Way.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 10:53 p.m., Officers were patrolling the area and heard numerous gun shots south of Mack Road near Center Parkway. While Officers were checking the area, a call came in stating someone had been shot in the 7800 block of Summerview Way. Officers responded and found two people shot in front of a house. Victim #1- male, Black, 21-years-old died at the scene. Victim #2-male, Black, 19-years-old was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center and was listed in serious but stable condition.

Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. At this time it is believed that the two victims, who are neighbors, were standing outside when two suspects approached and shot the victims. It is unclear at this time the motive for the shooting. The suspects are described as being male Blacks wearing dark clothing.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Purse Snatchers: Shopping For More Than Groceries

The Sacramento Police Department needs the community's help in identifying two suspects wanted for a series of purse snatchings that occurred at a supermarket (4650 Natomas Boulevard). The first incident occurred on May 1, 2009, the second on May 2, 2009, and a third on May 14, 2009.

In each of these occurrences, the suspects entered the store and immediately began to seek out women shoppers who had their purse sitting in a shopping cart. Once the suspects identified their target, they would approach the women from behind, grab their purse and run out of the store.

During one of the incidents, the suspects were seen fleeing the area in a black Honda Accord driven by an Asian female.

Suspect #1 was described as a Black male between 16 and 18 years old. He was between 5'6" and 5'8" in height and weighed between 150 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a light gray hoddie with a dark gray hood and sleeves.
Suspect #2 was described as a Black male between 16 and 18 years old. He was between 5'6" and 5'8" in height and weighed between 150 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a white hoodie with gray stripes in a checkerboard pattern.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to these crimes to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Downtown Building Collapse

The Sacramento Fire Department responded this afternoon to a reported auto accident at 16th and U Streets in Downtown Sacramento. When Firefighters arrived they found two vehicles that had crashed into each other and into a vacant building. The entire front of the one story brick building had collapsed.

Both drivers had minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital by Sacramento Firefighters. A woman sitting outside at a nearby café was slightly injured by the crash. She was not transported to the hospital.

After SMUD and PG&E responded and shut off the electricity and gas to the building, Remy, one of our Urban Search & Rescue Search Dogs, searched the wreckage for any possible victims. No victims have been found at this time.

The Sacramento Dangerous Buildings Department also responded to determine the integrity of the structure. The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident.

Buckle Up Or Be Prepared To Pay Up, CHP Out In Force

With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the CaliforniaHighway Patrol (CHP) urges motorists to use caution and considerationduring their holiday driving.

“Memorial Day weekend can be a safe celebration for everyone,” saidCHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “It’s about making sound decisions andplanning ahead before you head out on the highway, for example wearingyour seat belt and designating a non-drinking driver beforehand.”

The three-day holiday is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for theCHP. All available officers will be patrolling the roadways during theMEP, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 and extends until midnight onMonday, May 25.

The CHP’s maximum enforcement effort is also part of the state’srecently launched 2009 Memorial Day Next Generation Click It or Ticketmobilization. The start-of-summer campaign is supported by $3 millionin traffic safety grants awarded by the California Office of TrafficSafety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. TheCHP’s primary mission is to prevent loss of life and injury to allmotorists. That mission parallels the Strategic Highway Safety plan, aroadmap for improving safety on the state’s roadways that all statetraffic safety organizations follow. An element of the plan is toimprove the use of passenger restraints.

During the 2008 Memorial Day weekend, 38 people died on California’sroadways; 68 percent of those killed in CHP jurisdiction were notwearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

“Many of those deaths could have been easily avoided by taking justone second to buckle a seat belt,” stated Commissioner Farrow. “Unfortunately, too many motorists still need a reminder, which iswhy our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckledup.”

In addition to those who fail to fasten their seatbelt, speeders andmotorists driving under the influence may find themselves on the wrongside of the law. Last year CHP officers statewide arrested 1,450drivers for DUI during the Memorial Day weekend.

The Memorial Day MEP is also an Operation Combined Accident ReductionEffort (CARE) holiday. Operation CARE is a joint program of thenation’s highway patrols that places special safety emphasis oninterstate highways during holiday periods. CARE highways in Californiainclude Interstates 80, 40, 15 and 5.

3525 Elkhorn Fire

North Highlands, Ca. May 18, 2009 at approximately 5:00 pm Sac Metro Fire arrived at 3525 Elkhorn blvd to an abandoned commercial structure heavily involved with fire. A second alarm was requested to battle the old hardware store fire. It took over 40 fire fighters one hour to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the fire cause is arson and still under investigation. The estimated dollar loss is $500,000.00.

Homicide On La Quinta Drive

On May 19, 2009, at 5:02 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of the sounds of a gunshot and a woman’s scream heard in the 2800 block of La Quinta Drive. Deputies arrived and found a 20-year-old Black male lying on the sidewalk and suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Investigators have learned the victim had been involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend inside their La Quinta Drive apartment. After the fight the victim walked outside where he was shot moments later by an unknown suspect. The victim’s girlfriend then went outside and found him lying on the sidewalk.

The victim’s girlfriend was detained and is cooperating with Sheriff’s Homicide detectives. Deputies and detectives canvassed the neighborhood but were unable to locate anyone who witnessed the shooting. Neither a suspect, nor a motive for the shooting has been identified. Anyone with information regarding this murder 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.

Suspect Booked In Connection To Burglary That Led To Deadly Shooting

On May 18, 2009, at 12:44 p.m., Sheriff’s Homicide detectives booked 21-year-old Sergio Antonio Arauza into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Arauza had been stopped by deputies shortly after a business owner had shot and killed one burglar after he called 911 at 4:16 a.m., to report two masked suspects were breaking into his business. Detectives believe Arauza was the suspect who fled from the scene after his partner was mortally wounded by the business owner.


Arauza was booked on one count of burglary and for violating his probation. He is being held in lieu of $100,500 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on May 20, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 62. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and detectives are attempting to determine if Arauza, and the suspect who was killed, are connected to a series of Sacramento-area business burglaries which had occurred earlier in the morning.

Store Owner Shoots Burglary Suspect

On May 18, 2009, at 4:16 a.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Communications Center received a 911 call from a subject who said two suspects wearing black ski masks were attempting to break into his business in the 4900 block of Marconi Avenue. The call taker heard multiple gunshots while still on the line with the business owner. The business owner told the call taker one of the suspects was lying in the parking lot and the second subject was trying to help him. Deputies arrived and found an unidentified Hispanic male lying on the ground and suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Paramedics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. The second suspect had fled from the scene.

At 5:18 a.m., deputies searching the area detained a 22-year-old Hispanic male at the corner of Marconi Avenue and Eastern Avenue. He will be interviewed by detectives to determine what, if any, involvement he had in the incident.

The business owner, a 65-year-old male, has not been arrested. Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives will conduct a thorough investigation and forward their report to the District Attorney’s office. The District Attorney’s office will determine what, if any, charges will be filed in this case.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Incendiary Device Located Outside Federal Courthouse

The Sacramento Police Department is working with Federal authorities to investigate an incendiary device that was located on the east side of the Sacramento Federal Courthouse.

On Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 4:47 a.m., Federal Protection Service personnel located a suspicious item on the west side the Sacramento Federal Courthouse and contacted the Police Department. The Sacramento Police Department's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) responded to the scene and determined the item to be an incendiary device which is intended to cause a fire. The item was located inside a paper grocery bag. Further description of the device is not being released at this time. The item was rendered safe and removed from the area.

The Police Department obtained assistance on this investigation from the Sacramento City Fire Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Protection Service, U.S. Marshals Service, General Service Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Sacramento Police Department Is Targeting Seat Belt Offenders

During the month of May, the Sacramento Police Department will begin the 2009 start-of-summer Click It or Ticket mobilization. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California roadways.

The Sacramento Police Department wants to keep you and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. Fines and fees have gone from under $100 previously to $132 this year for first time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is now $435 for the first time offense.

"We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night," said Police Chief Rick Braziel. "Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up, and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warning. It's Click It or Ticket."

Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.7 percent, but that still means over one half million people are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

More than 90 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in this year's Click It or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California's Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Burglar Hits Area Businesses

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the communities help in identifying a burglar who has hit eight businesses over the last week in the downtown core and along Broadway.

The burglar is breaking into the businesses late at night to early morning hours and gaining entry by removing or breaking the lock on the front doors. The burglar is taking cash and property from inside the business before he flees.

The burglar is described as a male, black, 5'9", 170-190 lbs, short dark hair, and moustache. The following are locations that have been burglarized:

May 7, 2009: 2200 block 10th St
May 10, 2009: 1100 block L St
May 10, 2009: 1800 block J St
May 10, 2009: 2000 block 16th St
May 10, 2009: 1300 block Broadway
May 13, 2009: 2600 block Broadway
May 14, 2009: 1400 block Broadway
May 14, 2009: 1700 block 8th St

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Sheriff’s Air Operations Bureau To Hold Fly-In, Barbeque And Open House Fundraiser For Star 6 Memorial

What: 1st Annual AirOpsCops Fly-In, Open House and Barbeque

Where: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Air Operations Bureau
10056 Missile Way, Mather Airport

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $20.00/Children under twelve - $10.00 (tickets available at the door)

On Saturday, May 16, 2009, from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Air Operations Bureau will hold its 1st Annual Fly-in, Open House and Barbeque to raise funds to benefit AirOpsCops. AirOpsCops is a non-profit charity organization which raises money to preserve and maintain the STAR 6 Memorial statue (see photo below). The statue was erected at Lake Natoma in memory of Deputies Joe Kievernagle and Kevin Blount who were killed; and Deputy Eric Henrikson who was severely injured when the Sheriff’s Department’s STAR 6 helicopter crashed on July 13, 2005.
The public is invited to attend this event to meet the members of the Sheriff’s Air Operations Bureau and tour the facilities. Many exciting prizes will also be auctioned and raffled off.

Steer Clear Of The Rancho Cordova Police Department By Buckling Up

Keep you and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. That’s the message the Rancho Cordova Police Department is telling drivers as part of the 2009 start-of-summer Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 18 - 31. Fines and fees have gone from under $100 previously to $132 this year for first time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is now $435 for the first time offense.

No warnings will be given out, as the Rancho Cordova Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws. The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year,” said Police Chief Reuben Meeks. “Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it can also save your life. We’re not giving warnings. It’s Click It or Ticket.”

Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.7 percent, but that still means over one half million people are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

“Buckling up just makes sense,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “It takes only two seconds for an action that can make the difference whether you or your family gets home today.”

More than 90 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Stakeout Results In Arrests Of Three Theft Suspects

On May 13, 2009, at 8:47 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to take a theft report at a fencing business in the 5300 block of Jackson Street in North Highlands. When deputies arrived, they were told someone had cut a hole in the fence that surrounds their business and stole fourteen rolls of chain link fencing valued at over $2,000. The employees of the business had discovered seven of the stolen fencing rolls left by the thieves near a drainage canal that borders the business. The rolls were hidden in tall grass and covered with old clothing. The employees told the deputies they thought the thieves would be back later that day to retrieve the remaining stolen rolls.

The deputies notified the Sheriff’s North Division detectives who set up a surveillance of the stolen fencing rolls. Later that night, shortly after 7:30 p.m., detectives watched as three suspects drove a pickup truck into the area, loaded the rolls into the bed of the truck and drove away. The detectives stopped the truck a short distance away and arrested 39-year-old Douglas Allman, 44-year-old Donna Dewey-Mullins, and 50-year-old Debra Deti without incident.
All three suspects were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Dewey-Mullins and Deti were booked on the charge of grand theft; Allman was also booked on the charge of grand theft as well as for violating his parole.

Steer Clear Of Roseville Police By Buckling Up

Keep yourself and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. That's the message that the Roseville Police Department is telling drivers, as part of the 2009 start-of-summer Click it or Ticket mobilization, May 18-31. Fines and fees have increased from under $100 previously to $132 this year for first-time adult offenders. Parents or other adult drivers will pay $435 for allowing children under 16 to ride unrestrained.

No warnings will be given out, as the Roseville Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state's occupant protection laws. The Click it or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California's roadways.

Seat belts save thousands of lives every year," said Police Chief Mike Blair. "Buckling up with not only save you a heavy fine, it can also save your life. Our goal is to increase seatbelt useage and increase motorist safety in Roseville. It's Click it or Ticket."

Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.7 percent, but that still means more than one-half million people are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

"Buckling up just makes sense," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "It takes only two seconds for an action that can make the difference whether you or your family gets home today."

More than 90 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in this year's Click it or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California's Click it or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

City Of Citrus Heights-DUI Checkpoint-May 15th-7PM To 3AM-Auburn & Twin Oaks

The Citrus Heights Police Department will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint THIS FRIDAY, May 15, 2009, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at the intersection of Auburn Blvd. and Twin Oaks.

DUI / Drivers License Checkpoints involve vehicles being stopped randomly as they drive through a specific location. Drivers are briefly contacted to determine if they are impaired; and/or licensed. Unlicensed drivers may have their vehicle towed. Those drivers found to be under the influence are arrested. The goal is to improve traffic safety by removing impaired and unsafe drivers from our roadways.

Motorists are reminded to utilize a designated driver and to not drink and drive.

Funding for this DUI Checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Steer Clear Of Elk Grove PD By Buckling Up

Keep you and your family safe and $132 in your wallet by making sure everyone wears their seat belts for every trip. That’s the message that the Elk Grove Police Department is telling drivers as part of the 2009 start-of-summer Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 18 - 31. Fines and fees have gone from under $100 previously to $132 this year for first time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is now $435 for the first time offense.

No warnings will be given out, as the Elk Grove Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws. The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways.

"Seat belts save thousands of lives every year," said Elk Gove Police Chief Robert Lehner. "Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it will also save your life and the lives of those you love. We’re not giving warnings. It’s Click It or Ticket."

Currently California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.7 percent, but that still means over one half million people are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

Buckling up just makes sense," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "It takes only two seconds for an action that can make the difference whether you or your family gets home today."

More than 90 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Roseville Police Needs Public's Help Identifying Identity Thief

The Roseville Police Department is releasing the attached photos in hopes that someone will help identify an identity theft suspect. The man in the attached photos is suspected of fraudulently tampering with a Shingle Springs couple's bank account, stealing a large sum of money. Fraudulent transactions were made at banks and businesses in Roseville and Rocklin on or around April 10.

The suspect appears to be a balding older white male, 6'0" to 6'2" tall. He was seen getting into an beige or gold-colored sports utility vehicle, similar to an Acura, driven by another male.

Anyone who has any information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Roseville Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to arrest.

Stun Gun Bandit Suspects Arrested

Wednesday afternoon, May 13, Roseville Police detectives arrested a woman suspected of using a stun gun in a robbery attempt, and her male accomplice. The arrests were made after media coverage of the incident generated an anonymous tip to Roseville Crime Stoppers.

Jill Elizabeth Jones, 23, and Theodore James White, 23, both of Sacramento, were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and conspiracy. Both are currently in custody in the Placer County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Jones is suspected of discharging a stun gun during the attempted robbery of a woman on Saturday afternoon, May 9, in the parking lot of the Creekside Town Center. The robber shot the victim with the stun gun and grabbed at her purse. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to pry the stun gun away, while holding onto her purse. The female suspect ran and got into the passenger's side of a black Ford Focus, which was driven away. Theodore White is suspected of being the driver of the Ford Focus.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/05/roseville-police-investigating.html

The anonymous tipster may receive a cash reward from Roseville Crime Stoppers. Roseville Crime Stoppers is a private foundation committed to public safety in Roseville. They raise funds through private donations, chili-cook-offs, dinners, and Roseville's annual Fourth of July "Run Crime out of Roseville" 5K run. Members of Roseville Crime Stoppers provide funds for monetary rewards for crime tips leading to arrest. Roseville Crime Stoppers also provides funds for crime prevention tools to benefit the Roseville Police Department and the citizens of Roseville.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walgreens Robbery Suspects Sought

The Elk Grove Police Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying four individuals involved in an armed robbery at the Walgreens located at 7299 Laguna Blvd.

On May 12, 2009 at 1:09 a.m., four suspects, at least one armed with a handgun, entered Walgreens and ordered customers and employees into the back area of the store. The customers and employees were then told to lay face down on the floor. Some of the customers and employees were robbed of their personal property. The suspects were also able to gain access to the store safe and the pharmacy area. The suspects proceeded to remove an undisclosed amount of currency from the safe along with pharmaceutical drugs before leaving the business on foot.

Detectives were able to review surveillance video from the robbery and have been able to obtain the following descriptions.

Suspect #1: unknown race, 5’6" tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on the left front area with "CSI" written on the back, black cloth covering the lower portion of face, faded black jeans and white tennis shoes. Suspect #1 was also wearing white/black gloves and was armed with a handgun.

Suspect #2: unknown race, 6’1" tall, wearing a blue baseball cap with red trim, blue bandana covering the lower portion of face, black jacket with white shirt underneath, black backpack, wearing white/black gloves, faded blue jeans and black/white shoes.

Suspect #3: unknown race, 5’10" tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white logo across the chest, black cloth covering the lower portion of face, white/black gloves, faded black jeans and black/white shoes.
Suspect #4: unknown race, 5’8" tall, stocky, wearing a black short sleeve shirt, black cloth covering the top of his head and lower portion of face, green backpack, faded knee length blue jean shorts, white socks and black shoes. Suspect #4 was wearing white/black gloves and was armed with a hammer.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Communication Center at (916) 714-5115 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. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 and the message.

Vehicle Roll Over Ejects Passenger Over Freeway Sound Wall

This afternoon the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident on South Bound 99 just north of Mack Road. Prior to our arrival a second call came in for an “unknown medical aid” at 7305 Berna Way, which is located on the opposite side of the sound wall adjacent to where the accident was reported.

Firefighters arrived on the freeway and found the single vehicle that had major damage and had obviously rolled over. There were no victims in or near the car. The Firefighters that responded to the Berna Way call found two victims in the backyard. These were the two occupants of the car.

The female passenger had been ejected from the car and thrown up and over the sound wall which is about 12 feet high. She landed in a tree in the backyard of the Berna Way home. The tree actually cushioned her fall, which enabled her to survive. The male driver was not ejected, but he also suffered serious injuries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGSOZVW5Z84&feature=channel_page

The California Highway Patrol is investigating this accident. Firefighters from the Sacramento Metro Fire District also responded.

Identity Theft Suspect Turns Herself In

Identity Theft Suspect Turns Herself In On May 11, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., 22-year-old Cassandra Montrevel was accompanied by her attorney when she surrendered to Sheriff’s personnel at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Montrevel was taken into custody on her active warrant and booked (see booking photo below) on seven felony counts of unlawful use of personal identifying information; one felony count of buying or receiving stolen property; and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a scanning device.
Sheriff’s Identity Theft Task Force detectives believe Montrevel, while working as a sales clerk for a local retail boutique, stole numerous customer credit card numbers by use of a handheld credit card reading device commonly known as a “skimmer.” Montrevel then used a credit card encoding device to re-encode the stolen credit card numbers onto credit cards issued under her own name, which she then used at numerous local businesses. Montrevel is suspected of fraudulently purchasing over $15,000.00 in merchandise and gift cards with the stolen credit card numbers.

Roseville Police Investigating Serious Injury Collision

At 3:12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, Roseville police officers and fire personnel responded to a collision involving a pedestrian on Vernon Street near Taylor Street. A 65-year-old Citrus Heights man was backing his 1941 Chevrolet pickup into a parking space for Downtown Tuesday Nights' classic car show, when the pickup went over the curb onto the sidewalk. The pickup struck the driver's friend, a 67-year-old Orangevale man, who was sitting on a folding chair on the sidewalk.

The Orangevale man was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition. There were no indications that alcohol was a factor in the collision. The Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating.

Arrest Made In March Homicide

Sacramento Police Homicide Detectives have arrested 49-year-old Susan Woods for the manslaughter of 25-year-old Fernandez Nunez. Woods is also being charged with negligent discharge of a firearm.
On Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 2:25 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to Altos and Eleanor Avenue on a large fight where gun shots had been heard. Officers arrived finding two victims in a nearby apartment complex. Nunez had been shot in the upper body and later died from those injuries at U.C. Davis Medical Center. The second victim had injuries to his upper body from being in the physical altercation.

At this time, Homicide Detectives believe that a fight started between two groups at the apartment complex. During the fight, Woods began to shoot her gun towards the direction of the fight. Woods was attempting to assist Nunez and his group. Woods unintentionally shot Nunez during the altercation.

Woods was arrested today at her residence in north Sacramento without incident. Woods also goes by the name Susan Ogburn. Victim Nunez would have turned 26 years old today.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roseville Police Investigating Attempted Robbery-Stun Gun Used

The Roseville Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who used a stun gun during an attempted parking lot robbery.

At 4:34 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, a 27-year-old woman was walking in the parking lot on the north side of the Creekside Town Center (Galleria Boulevard near State Route 65), when a woman holding a stun gun approached her. The suspect discharged the stun gun at the victim, and grabbed at the victim's purse. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to pry the stun gun away. The suspect ran and got into the passenger's side of a black Ford Focus, which was driven away.

The victim, who held on to her purse, suffered minor injuries, but declined medical attention. Officers recovered a stun-gun at the scene.

The suspect was described as a white female in her late teens or 20s, 5'10" to 6'0" tall, with a thin build. She had straight, shoulder length brown hair and wore a black spaghetti-strap tank top and black pants. The suspect vehicle was a black Ford Focus four-door hatchback, with tinted rear windows and aluminum wheels, driven by a white male in his early 20s, with short, light brown hair.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Department's Investigation Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Cash rewards are offered for tips leading to arrest.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Motorcyclist Dies After April 26 Collision On Riverside Avenue

On May 5, Allan Dahlquist, 64, of Citrus Heights died at Sutter Roseville Medical Center as a result of injuries suffered in an April 26 motorcycle collision.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 26, Dahlquist was riding his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Riverside Avenue near the Interstate 80 interchange, and rear-ended a Toyota Highlander that was stopped at a red light. Dahlquist was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he died nine days later.

Traffic investigators do not believe that alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were factors in the collision. Mr. Dahlquist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The collision is being investigated by the Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team.

Roseville Police To Conduct DUI And Driver's License Checkpoint This Friday

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday evening, May 15, at an undisclosed location. Police officers will contact all drivers passing through the checkpoint, checking for alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to make Roseville's streets safer; to increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving; and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

While other types of traffic collisions are declining in Roseville, alcohol and drug-related traffic collisions are on the rise. Roseville officers investigated 42 DUI-related collisions during the first three months of 2009, a 45 percent increase over the same period last year. One person was killed and 23 injured in those collisions.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, special patrols, and sobriety checkpoints. Roseville's most recent checkpoint on April 17 resulted in the arrests of five suspected DUI drivers.

Funding for Roseville's DUI enforcement was provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Suspected Tagging Crew Arrested

Friday afternoon, officers served search warrants in Roseville, Rocklin and Citrus Heights, and arrested five individuals suspected of at least 318 separate incidents of graffiti vandalism. They are suspected members of a "tagging team" that caused $36,840 in property damage in Roseville alone. The group is also being investigated for an additional $80,000 in property damage in Sacramento County and on Union Pacific Railroad property.

The arrests were the culmination of a five-month Roseville Police Department investigation. Union Pacific Railroad Police and Placer County Probation officers assisted Roseville Police in today's arrests.

The Roseville Police Department receives hundreds of complaints about graffiti annually. The City of Roseville is committed to maintaining the City's clean appearance,and has a "no tolerance" policy toward graffiti. Residents are encouraged to report graffiti by calling the City's graffiti hotline at (916)746-1021. If the graffiti is on City property, city crews will document it and clean it up within days. If it is on private property, property owners are notified and asked to clean it up within 10 days. The Placer County Court fully supports Roseville's anti-graffiti stance, and orders convicted graffiti vandals to pay full restitution for the damages they have caused.

Corey Simpson-Upmeyer, 19, of Citrus Heights; Mikhail Russu, 20, of Roseville; Andrey Petkov, 18, of North Highlands; and Frederick Rivera-Valdivia, 19, of North Highlands were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang, and booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail. They are being held on $25,000 bail. A 13-year-old male from Rocklin was also arrested and taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Detectives Ask For Public’s Help In Locating Identity Theft Suspect

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Identity Theft Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating Sacramento resident Cassandra Montrevel. A $175,000 warrant has been issued for her arrest. She is wanted on seven felony counts of unlawful use of personal identifying information; one felony count of buying or receiving stolen property; and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a scanning device.

Task Force detectives believe Montrevel, while working as a sales clerk for a local retail boutique, stole numerous customer credit card numbers by use of a handheld credit card reading device commonly known as a “skimmer.” Montrevel then used a credit card encoding device to re-encode the stolen credit card numbers onto credit cards issued under her own name, which she then used at numerous local businesses. Montrevel is suspected of fraudulently purchasing over $15,000.00 in merchandise and gift cards with the stolen credit card numbers.

Detectives believe over 150 customers were victimized by Montrevel. They have recovered several thousand dollars worth of fraudulently purchased merchandise from Montrevel’s residence and are currently looking to recover additional outstanding items.

The ID Task Force is confident all of the victims in this case have been identified and they, or their banks, have been contacted by law enforcement. It is not necessary to contact the Sheriff’s Department regarding this investigation unless you have received a previous request to do so.

Montrevel is a 23-year-old White female. She is 5’6” tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has long brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cassandra Montrevel is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department’s IDTheft Task Force at (916) 874-3004, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Police Looking For Man Wanted For Carjacking

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for 21-year-old Guy Azama for carjacking a police car, assault on a police officer, and carrying a concealed firearm.
On Friday, May 8, 2009, at 3:58 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the Chevron Gas Station at 7901 College Town Drive regarding a male and female arguing near a gray Chevrolet Malibu.

An officer arrived and began speaking to Guy Azama, near the gas pumps. The Officer felt a handgun in Azama's pants pocket while searching him for weapons. During the search, Azama turned on the officer and began assaulting him. While struggling with the officer, Azama broke free, jumped into the Officer's patrol car, and fled onto La Riviera Dr towards Howe Ave. As additional officers arrived, Azama abandoned the patrol car in the area of the La Riviera on-ramp to northbound Howe Avenue and double-backed to the awaiting Chevrolet Malibu. Azama and his girlfriend fled westbound College Town Drive. The Chevy Malibu has since been located. Officers found a loaded handgun lying on the street several hundred feet in the direction that Azama had fled. Detectives were able to identify Guy Azama with the help of the community and are now seeking the communities help again in locating him for the above mentioned crimes.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Armed Robbery Caught On Surveillance

The Sacramento Police Department needs the community's help in identifying three suspects involved in an armed robbery.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 8:46 p.m., three armed suspects entered the Circle "K" located at 8321 Folsom Blvd., and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. The clerk gave the suspects money. They then fled the store to a nearby vehicle. The vehicle was described as a newer four-door sedan. All three suspects wore bandanas over their faces.

Suspect #1 was a White male adult, 18-25 years old. He was wearing a bandana over his face, a black jacket, and blue jeans. He was armed with a small handgun.

Suspect #2 was a White male adult, wearing a bandana over his face, and a black jacket.

Suspect #3 was a Black male adult, wearing a bandana over his face, a black jacket and blue jeans.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

5 Year Old Drowns In Backyard Pool

The Sacramento Fire Department and the Sacramento Police Department responded tonight to a frantic 911 call from a woman. Two Sacramento Police Officers arrived on scene and found an unresponsive 5 year old boy who had been removed from a back yard swimming pool. It is not clear how long he was under water.

Both Police Officers immediately began C.P.R. on the boy. Sacramento Firefighters arrived on scene and transported the boy to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOtMWvuzVO4&feature=channel_page

The circumstances of this tragedy are not clear at this time. The Sacramento Police Department is investigation what happened.

This is a tragic reminder that everyone who has a pool should take safety measures that include pool safety fences and door alarms. Nothing takes the place of a responsible adult to supervise young children. Children should never be allowed to be anywhere near a pool or spa or other body of water without adult supervision.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, May 8, 2009, in the north area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

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

Police Arrest Two In Kidnapping For Ransom Plot

On Sunday, May 3, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m., officers from the Sacramento Police Department responded to Montpelier Way to investigate a reported kidnapping. The initial information gathered indicated that the victim was a 31-year-old man that had been kidnapped earlier in the evening. The suspects called the victim's wife and demanded the exchange of the wife's brother for the victim.

Detectives from the Sacramento Police Department's Felony Assaults Unit took over the investigation. Investigators learned that the victim had been kidnapped from his home and taken to a location in the Bay Area. They also confirmed that the suspects demanded to know the location of the wife's brother, as well as obtaining the title to his car, in exchange for the safe release of the victim. It is believed that there was a dispute over drugs and money between the suspects and the victim's wife's brother. The suspects wanted to get a hold of the brother but when they couldn't, they kidnapped the victim and held him for ransom.

Investigators developed information that led them to believe the suspects and the victim were in Sunnyvale. Detectives from the Sacramento Police Department as well as the Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) responded to Sunnyvale. With the assistance of the Sunnyvale Police Department's SWAT Team, the suspects were located and the victim was rescued.

Two suspects, 33-year-old Francisco Gutierrez-Cardenas and 27-year-old Maria Lopez-Moreno were arrested. They were transported back to Sacramento Tuesday morning and booked into the County Jail on kidnapping for ransom among other charges.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Robbery Suspects Fled But Didn't Get Far

On Monday, May 4, 2009, at 9:38 p.m., two men entered Goldie's Adult Book Store (2138 Del Paso Boulevard). Both men were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and had their faces covered with blue bandanas. One suspect was armed with a shotgun. They walked up to the store clerk and robbed him of personal items as well as hundreds of dollars from the cash register. Other patrons were in the business and also robbed of personal items. Both suspect fled in a vehicle.

While officers were on-scene taking the report, another officer made a traffic stop in the area of Acacia and Branch Streets (about forty-five minutes after the robbery) on a vehicle that failed to stop at the stop sign. The driver, 18-year-old David Loria and the passenger, 18-year-old Kenyetta Lofton were both on searchable probation. During a probation search of the vehicle, property belonging to the victims of the robbery that occurred at Goldie's was located along with the cash that was taken. The investigation revealed that these two men committed the armed robbery.

This is just another example of the great proactive work that Sacramento Police Officers do on a daily basis and how a routine traffic stop led to the apprehension of the two very dangerous criminals.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Elk Grove PD To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint within the city of Elk Grove on May 9, 2009 beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists. Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant that was made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The public is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they observe impaired drivers on the roadways.

Detectives Arrest Sunnyslope Drive Homicide Suspect

On May 1, 2009, at 7:35 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau detectives arrested 25-year-old Sacramento resident Jamaral Smith for the April 29, 2009 murder of 20-year-old Curtis James. Smith was taken into custody without incident at a home in the 7600 block of Tierrawood Way.

On April 29, 2009, at 11:33 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding gunshots being heard in the apartment complex located in the 6700 block of Sunnyslope Drive. Deputies arrived and found James lying on the ground suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his head. Paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/04/homicide-on-sunnyslope-drive.html

Investigators have learned James argued with, and was chased by, a suspect shortly before the sound of gunshots was heard. The suspect was then seen running from the apartment complex and driving away in a blue sedan.

After an exhaustive investigation Sheriff’s Homicide detectives developed information that leads them to believe Jamaral Smith is the suspect that shot and killed James. Following his arrest, Smith was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charges of murder and violating his parole.

The investigation of this murder is ongoing and detectives believe the shooting was motivated by a dispute between Smith and James. Anyone with information regarding this shooting 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 up to $1,000.00.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday Night Fights Ends With One Man Dead

A fight involving numerous people in front of a convenience store ended with one person murdered and two suffering stab wounds.

On Friday, May 1, 2009, at 7:44 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 3311 Julliard Drive (Express Stop Liquors) on a large fight that was occurring in the parking lot. When officers arrived all the subjects involved had already left the scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGDrSPxNp5s&feature=channel_page

At approximately 8:00 p.m., three males came into U.C. Davis Medical Center with possible stab wounds related to the fight at 3311 Julliard Drive. One of the males later died and the other two males are expected to recover from their injuries. All the subjects are male Hispanics in their 20's.

Homicide and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing and no suspect information is available at this time.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Store Employee Injured By Fleeing Shoplifter

The Roseville Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a shoplifter who fled from a home improvement store yesterday afternoon. The shoplifter violently resisted a store employee who tried to stop him, causing injury to the employee.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, a shoplifter ran out of the back doors of Lowe's on Fairway Drive with merchandise, and got into a waiting car driven by a second suspect. A store employee ran after him, and was pushed out of the vehicle as the vehicle sped away. The injured employee was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, treated and released.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_0N7-LnyL4&feature=channel_page

The shoplifter appears to be a Hispanic or black male, wearing a white beanie cap, sunglasses, a gray t-shirt with white sleeves, and tan cargo shorts. The suspect vehicle is a tan or champagne-colored four-door sedan with a black interior.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, May 1, 2009, at Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue. It will begin at 9:00 p.m. and run for 4-6 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/04/sobriety-and-drivers-license-checkpoint_30.html

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

If there is inclement weather the officers assigned to this operation will conduct roving patrol for impaired drivers in lieu of a checkpoint.

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