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Pair leads Roseville Police on short pursuit

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ROSEVILLE, CA – Two people were arrested early Wednesday morning after leading Roseville police on a short pursuit through the downtown area.

According to police, just before midnight Tuesday an officer tried to stop a Toyota SUV on Douglas Boulevard near I80. The driver refused to stop and drove away at a high rate of speed, leading officers on a short pursuit through downtown Roseville.

The pursuit ended near 6th and E Streets, when the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Justin Phillip Gwaltney, of Lincoln, ditched the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers were able to detain the passenger who remained with the vehicle. She was later identified as 24-year-old Krystin Gonzales, of Wheatland.

Officers surrounded the area with the help of a Placer County Sheriff’s K9 unit and a CHP helicopter. At approximately 12:30 a.m., the K9 unit found Gwaltney hiding in some bushes in the 400 block of Dudley Drive, and was taken into custody.

Investigators determined that the SUV had been stolen from Rocklin on February 20. Inside the stolen SUV, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, burglar’s tools, stolen mail, and property stolen during other recent vehicle thefts.

Placer Regional Auto Theft Task Force detectives responded and assisted with the investigation.

Gwaltney and Krystin Gonzales were arrested on numerous charges, including vehicle theft, possessing stolen property, drug possession, and committing felonies while out on bail for another felony.

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More victims come forward in choir director’s sexual abuse case

Kareem Mitchell Credit: Sacramento Police

Kareem Mitchell
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The choir director arrested in early February on charges of sexually assaulting a minor is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on four additional charges.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 42-year-old Kareem Mitchell is scheduled to be arraigned on four additional charges Wednesday afternoon after a new victim came forward.

The Sacramento Police Department is urging anyone who believes they were a victim of any crimes associated with Mitchell to contact the Sacramento Police Department.

Mitchell met the first victim to come forward while he was a choir director with the New Baptist Church in North Highlands in 2005.

In February of this year, Mitchell was booked for multiple charges including sodomy, oral copulation, and other sexual acts with a minor.

Mitchell came to the attention of the Sacramento Police Department after they received a report of an alleged sexual relationship, initiated by Mitchell, which occurred several years prior, and involved a minor in his late teens. The now adult victim indicated the relationship began in 2005 and ended in 2008. The investigation revealed that Mitchell met the victim while working as a choir director at the New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands.

Mitchell had been investigated related to similar allegations in the past while working as the choir director, but charges were never filed.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Vandals break into 3 homes steal cars in Rocklin

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Smashed car window
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ROCKLIN, CA – Rocklin police are looking for the people responsible for at least 15 reports of vandalism including breaking into three homes and stealing two vehicles.

According to police, there were 15 reported incidents of vandalisms that occurred over the weekend. Investigators believe all the incidents are connected to each other.

The people responsible broke into three homes and spray-painted several vehicles, buildings and homes, this according to a press release.

Bicycles were stolen from at least two of those homes and two vehicles were also stolen. One vehicle was found Sunday morning. The remaining vehicle is described as a gray 2008 Acura RDX SUV.

The crime spree took place in the 3300 block of Parkside Drive, the 5100 block of Fifth Street and the 6200 block of Camellia Circle.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Rocklin police’s non-emergency number at 916-625-5400.

Victim identified in Arden Arcade shooting

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man fatally shot early Saturday morning in an apartment complex parking lot in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 26-year-old Robert Klose, of Sacramento, was the victim in Saturday’s early morning shooting.

Just after midnight Saturday, numerous callers contacted police to report gunfire at an apartment in the Oak Crest Apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue.

Arriving deputies discovered Klose suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the torso. He was declared dead at the scene by responding medical personnel.

Homicide Detectives are currently investigating the incident with no known motive at this time. They ask anyone with information relating to this crime, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Man fatally shot at Arden Arcade apartment complex

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was found fatally shot early Saturday morning in an apartment complex parking lot in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting that occurred just after midnight Saturday morning.

Numerous callers contacted police to report gunfire at an apartment complex located in the 2200 block of Edison Avenue.

Arriving deputies discovered a male in his mid-20’s suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the torso. He was declared dead at the scene by responding medical personnel.

Homicide Detectives are currently investigating the incident with no known motive at this time. They ask anyone with information relating to this crime, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Motorcyclist killed in South Sacramento identified

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The motorcyclist killed in yesterday’s horrific accident in the South Sacramento area has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 56-year-old Jay Fuller, of Sacramento, was the rider killed in yesterday’s fatal collision along Franklin Blvd in Sacramento.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Fuller was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Franklin Boulevard near Cuny Avenue just before 6 a.m. Friday, when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into a pickup truck that was making a turn.

Fuller was ejected from his motorcycle and crashed through the passenger side window of the pickup. Medical personnel declared Fuller dead at the scene, he died on impact.

The driver of the pickup was not injured during the collision.

Man killed in Folsom vehicle accident identified

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FOLSOM, CA – The driver who was killed Thursday night after the vehicle he was driving struck a power pole has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 44-year-old Timothy Tannehill, of Sacramento, was the driver in the fatal accident.

Tannehill was traveling along Prairie City Road, just north of White Rock Road at approximately 8:40 p.m., when his vehicle left the roadway slamming into a power pole.

Utility crews were called to the scene and close to 100 customers were left without power for a couple of hours.

Tannehill was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fatal accident.

Rubio’s restaurant in Roseville destroyed by fire

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Rubio’s on Douglas Bld
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ROSEVILLE, CA – The Rubio’s restaurant located on Douglas Blvd in Roseville was gutted in an early morning fire Thursday.

According to Roseville officials, the restaurants security system alerted police just after 1 a.m. Thursday, after the system sensed movement within the building.

Arriving officers discovered smoke coming from the building and immediately called in the Roseville Fire Department.

Arriving fire crews found a working structure fire in the attic and roof of the building. The two alarm fire had firefighters battling the blaze for several hours.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Man arrested for December 2014 double homicide

Jeremy Xavier Ybarra  Sacramento County Sheriff

Jeremy Xavier Ybarra
Sacramento County Sheriff

CARMICHAEL, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced today the arrest of a man they say is responsible for the double homicide that occurred in December of last year.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detectives arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Xavier Ybarra for the shooting deaths of two people found inside a residence in the 5200 block of Kenneth Avenue in Carmichael, last December.

Ybarra has been booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges involving murder and felony weapon possession.

On Friday, December 12, 2014, Metro Fire responded to the home on Kenneth Avenue and requested assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department after finding two bodies inside the Carmichael home, both had suffered gunshot wounds.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived they discovered the bodies of a man and a woman inside the home, later identified as 49-year-old Jon Colbert and 37-year-old Breeze Hubbard.

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On February 12, 2015, Ybarra was contacted and arrested for outstanding domestic violence and firearm related charges in Sacramento. During the apprehension, Sheriff’s Detectives found Ybarra to be in possession of numerous additional illegal weapons, of which he was subsequently charged.

During their investigation Homicide Detectives concluded that Ybarra was also responsible for the double homicide on Kenneth Avenue. Though Detectives believe Ybarra knew both victims, his motive for the murders is not yet known.

In a statement the Sacramento Homicide Detectives wrote that they, “would like to thank the Carmichael community and public for their numerous phone calls and tips to help bring this case to a resolution.”

Missing teen found safe

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Victoria Rayleen
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – The missing teen, 16-year-old Victoria Rayleen (aka Tori) was located on Wednesday, February 26, after her mother received numerous tips from our readers as well as Facebook friends.

Tori’s mother, Jen Larson, visited numerous locations where the missing teen had been seen and, after a frustrating two weeks, was finally reunited with her daughter yesterday.

Jen expressed her thanks in a Facebook post, “Thank you all for the support and leads!!! You have no idea what it means to me to have friends help put the heat on when needed!!! I hope I don’t have to return the favor someday, but will in a heart beat!!! Love to all of you…”

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