ROSEVILLE, CA – The driver who died yesterday in a traffic collision that occurred on Foothills Boulevard and Chignahuapan Way has been identified.
According to the Roseville Police Department, at approximately 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, 36-year-old Chad Duwayne Stevens of Citrus Heights was driving a 1995 Chrysler and had attempted to turn left from Chignahuapan Way onto northbound Foothills, and drove into the path of a 1996 Ford pickup that was proceeding southbound on Foothills. The Ford pickup struck the Chrysler broadside, and then had a secondary collision with a 2014 Kia sedan.
Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the Ford pickup was taken to a local hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The two occupants of the Kia did not report being injured. There were no signs that alcohol or other drugs played a role in the collision.
Roseville Police Department’s Major Injury Accident Team is investigating the collision. The southbound lanes of Foothills Boulevard and one northbound lane of Foothills were closed between Main Street/Baseline Road and Vineyard Road for approximately five and a half hours while investigators examined the scene.
COLFAX, CA – On Tuesday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department arrested two Colfax residents for crimes they committed on another Colfax resident.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, 46-year-old Donald Scott Bell and 23-year-old Robin R. Brawley, were arrested and booked into Placer County Jail on multiple charges, including torture, kidnapping, penetration with a foreign object, false imprisonment, burglary, robbery, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.
The assault occurred on Nov. 30 at the victim’s Colfax residence. The pair forced their way into the victims home and waited until the victim arrived.
Using a Taser, the suspects stunned and then tied the victim up. The victim was then assaulted over the next 6 hours, at times having a knife held to the throat. As the suspects were leaving they stole property from the victim.
The victim was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Bail was set at over $1 million for each suspect. Brawley was also wanted on an out-of-state warrant.
There was no further information available at this time.
ROSEVILLE, CA – At around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon, the Roseville Fire and Roseville Police department responded to a three-vehicle traffic collision on southbound Foothills Boulevard at Chignahuapan Way.
According to Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, when crews arrived they discovered that the driver of a 1995 Chrysler sedan had attempted to turn left from Chignahuapan Way onto northbound Foothills, and drove into the path of a 1996 Ford pickup that was proceeding southbound on Foothills. The Ford pickup struck the Chrysler broadside, and then had a secondary collision with a 2014 Kia sedan.
The driver of the Chrysler, a male in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the Ford pickup was taken to a local hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The two occupants of the Kia did not report being injured. There were no signs that alcohol or other drugs played a role in the collision.
Roseville Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the collision. All southbound lanes of Foothills Boulevard and one lane of northbound Foothills will remain closed between Main Street/Baseline Road and Vineyard Road for several more hours while investigators examine the scene. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area and take alternate routes.
According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 36-year-old Bobby Jones-Hanley pleaded guilty today.
According to court documents, on July 12, 2013, at approximately 1:35 a.m., a Roseville police officer stopped the vehicle that Jones-Hanley was driving. Stating that he did not have a driver’s license with him, Jones-Hanley provided the officer with a school identification card in the name of “Benjamin Hanley.”
During a search of the vehicle, officers found what appeared to be burglary tools. Hanley and his passenger were arrested for possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, booked and fingerprinted at the Placer County Jail, and later released. Later that morning, the police department received fingerprint results revealing that the person purporting to be “Benjamin Hanley” was in fact Bobby Jones-Hanley, who was on probation and wanted on a no-bail arrest warrant.
Officers of the Roseville and Sacramento Police Departments traveled to a residence in Sacramento where Jones-Hanley was believed to be staying, but Jones-Hanley fled out the back of the house and was apprehended by a police K-9 unit in an adjacent yard.
Also according to court documents, during a search of Hanley’s vehicle, officers found stacks of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills totaling nearly $250,000, approximately $100,000 in uncut sheets of paper, approximately $14,000 more of a slightly lesser-quality counterfeit currency, and other items that could be used to manufacture counterfeit currency. In total, Jones-Hanley had manufactured roughly $500,000 in counterfeit currency and had sold approximately $150,000 in fake $100 bills in Southern California.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service that originated with the Roseville and Sacramento Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Nirav Desai is prosecuting the case.
Jones-Hanley is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on February 25, 2014. The charges to which Jones-Hanley pleaded guilty carry a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the plea agreement contemplates a seven year sentence. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
FOLSOM, CA – Eight people have been injured after an SUV plowed into a Starbucks store.
According to the Folsom Police Department at around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, a Lexus SUV crashed through the storefront of the Starbucks store located at 603 East Bidwell Street.
The driver of the vehicle was parking her vehicle when the SUV accelerated over a parking barrier onto East Bidwell Drive then back toward the building. The car crashed through a side window and into the main area of the shop.
The driver of the vehicle and her passenger were not injured. However, eight customers who were inside the store at the time suffered injuries. Six people were transported to area hospitals with varying injuries. One person was listed in serious condition.
According to police substance abuse was not a factor and the driver did not have a medical condition.
ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department is warning drivers to stay away from the area of Foothills Blvd and Baseline Road after a major traffic collision Tuesday afternoon just after 3.
According to the Roseville Police Department, the Roseville Fire Department and police are on the scene at Foothills Blvd and Chignahuapan Way.
The collision occurred in the southbound lanes of Foothills Boulevard. All southbound lanes were closed as of 4 p.m., with at least one northbound lane closed between MainStreet/Baseline Road and Vineyard Road.
UPDATE: There was one fatality and three vehicles were involved. The identity of the victim has not been released and no other details were available.
There are no time estimates as to when those lanes will reopen. Investigators are currently on the scene.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area and take alternate routes.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the arrest of the alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website who facilitated the posting of more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims for as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.
“This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” Attorney General Harris said in a statement. “Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.”
Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, was arrested today in San Diego by California Department of Justice agents and is being held in San Diego County jail on $50,000 bail. According to documents filed in San Diego County Superior Court, Bollaert has been charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion and is facing possible jail time and fines.
Court documents allege that, in December 2012, Bollaert created the website ugotposted.com, which allows the anonymous, public posting of private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission. Commonly known as revenge porn, the photos are typically obtained consensually by the poster during a prior relationship or are stolen or hacked. Unlike many other revenge porn websites where the subject of the photos is anonymous, ugotposted.com required that the poster include the subject’s full name, location, age and facebook profile link.
California Penal Code sections 530.5 and 653m (b) make it illegal to willfully obtain someone’s personal identifying information, including name, age and address, for any unlawful purpose, including with the intent to annoy or harass.
Court documents also allege that Bollaert created a second website, changemyreputation.com, in October 2012, which he used when individuals contacted ugotposted.com requesting that content be removed from the site. Bollaert would allegedly extort victims by replying with a changemyreputation.com email address and offering to remove the content for a fee ranging from $299.99 to $350, which could be paid using an online PayPal account referenced in the emails. Ballaert allegedly told investigators, according to court documents, that he made around $900 per month from advertising on the site and records obtained from his changemyreputation.com PayPal account indicate that he received payments totaling tens of thousands of dollars.
According to court documents, ugotposted.com’s registration listed a billing address in San Diego, CA.
The arrest comes after a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit.
Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit in 2011 to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes and other crimes involving the use of technology.
Individuals who feel they are victims of ugotposted.com or other revenge porn websites should file a complaint with the California Attorney General’s office here: https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company.
SONOMA COUNTY, CA – A recreational diver has reported seeing human bones in Lake Sonoma and dive teams are currently on scene searching the area.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, a recreational diver located the human bones on December 6 and called the Sheriff’s Office to report what he had found. He was diving in the area of the Lake Sonoma Bridge when he found the possible remains at a depth of approximately 95 feet.
Today at around 8 a.m. the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department along with a dive team from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department started their search. They were being assisted by the Oakland Police Department who brought in an underwater robot in hopes of finding the remains.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Rancho Cordova Police are looking for a man who walked into a business on Sunrise Gold Circle and stole a computer from the lobby desk.
The incident occurred on Tuesday December 3, at around 6:45 p.m.
The man was described as a white male, between 25-30 years old, approximately six feet tall weighing 160 – 170 pounds with short dark receding hair. He was wearing a tan pea coat, white shirt and black pants at the time of the incident.
Anyone having information regarding this case or the identity of the suspect in this photo is asked to contact the Rancho Cordova Police Department, Detective Kevin Warren at (916) 875-9620. Tips may also be left at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD, or at (916) 874-TIPS (8477).
OAKLAND, CA – An underground gas vault exploded Tuesday morning in Oakland forcing residents to shelter in place.
According to the Oakland Fire Department, the PG&E gas vault exploded and erupted into flames at around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Some residents were forced to evacuate while others have been ordered to shelter in place.
In video footage, flames could be seen through cracks in the roadway in the area of Golf Links Road.
Firefighters and hazmat teams were on the scene and working with the utility company to turn off the gas line fueling the fire.
The vault is located at Golf Links Road and El Monte in Oakland’s Eastmont neighborhood.