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Man fatally shot in south Sacramento identified

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man shot and killed while driving in south Sacramento Tuesday night has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner, the victim in Tuesday’s deadly shooting was 42-year-old Randy Louis Guerrero, of Sacramento.

At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a number of calls regarding gunfire that was heard in the area of Franklin Boulevard and 44th Avenue. Shortly after the initial report, a single vehicle accident was reported a short distance away at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 46th Avenue, involving a vehicle that collided into a power pole.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Guerrero, was rushed to a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. He died a short time later.

It’s unknown if Guerrero died as a result of the gunshot wound or the collision with the power pole.

Detectives are looking for a second vehicle they believed to be involved with the shooting, a gray or silver sedan. Detectives believe the occupants of the two vehicles were exchanging gunfire.

The power pole located in the 6200 block of Franklin Boulevard left approximately 300 SMUD customers without power. SMUD hoped to have power restored by 11:30 p.m.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, 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). Sacramento sheriff’s deputies are on scene of a vehicle versus power pole crash that is being treated as a crime scene.

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Shootout leaves 1 dead in south Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot and killed while driving in south Sacramento Tuesday evening.

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According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, they received a number of calls regarding gunfire that was heard in the area of Franklin Boulevard and 44th Avenue at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Shortly after the initial report, a single vehicle accident was reported a short distance away at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 46th Avenue, involving a vehicle that collided into a power pole.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was rushed to a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. He died a short time later.

It’s unknown if the driver died as a result of the gunshot wound or the collision with the power pole.

Detectives are looking for a second vehicle they believed to be involved with the shooting, a gray or silver sedan. Detectives believe the occupants of the two vehicles were exchanging gunfire.

The victim is described as an Hispanic male adult in his 40’s.

The power pole located in the 6200 block of Franklin Boulevard left approximately 300 SMUD customers without power. SMUD hoped to have power restored by 11:30 p.m.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, 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). Sacramento sheriff’s deputies are on scene of a vehicle versus power pole crash that is being treated as a crime scene.

Man arrested for starting fire along I-5

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man has been arrested for starting a two-alarm grass fire that burned along Interstate 5 at Richards Boulevard Monday afternoon.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 46-year-old David Cove was arrested late Monday afternoon for possession of drugs, an outstanding warrant and arson charges.

Officers from the Sacramento Police Department arrested Cove as he was walking north on I-5 near Richards Blvd. He was taken into custody without incident.

According to fire officials, only grass and trees were burned in the fire and no property was damaged.

Drivers along I-5 could see large, thick plumes of smoke bellowing into the air. The plumes could be seen for miles as Sacramento Fire battled the blaze.

I-5 remained opened during the fire, but the off-ramp from southbound I-5 to Richards Blvd was closed and Jibboom Street was blocked for at least an hour.

The fire started between I Street and Richards Boulevard in an area populated with a number of hotels.

Teen shot and killed near Bannister Park identified

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FAIR OAKS, CA – The teen fatally shot near Bannister Park in Fair Oaks has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 19-year-old Miguel Martinez, of Citrus Heights, was the victim in Friday’s fatal shooting.

The shooting occurred during the late evening hours of Friday near a bike trail just outside of Bannister Park. When deputies arrived they were able to locate Martinez approximately 250 yards south of the bike trail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrested of 21-year-old Elijah Ray Lambert in connection to the shooting death of Martinez.

According to officials, Lambert was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of Homicide. Detectives believe the killing to have been unintentional and Lambert knew Martinez.

Lambert was one of several subjects who were with Martinez when the shooting occurred. Initially, when the subjects were contacted by patrol deputies responding to the initial report of the shooting, they falsely told deputies the shooting was a result of a robbery by unknown suspects.

Lambert is currently being held at the Jail without the possibility of bail and will face his first court appearance on May 27, 2015. Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding subjects in this investigation.

Man arrested for Bannister Park murder

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FAIR OAKS, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrested of a 21-year-old man in connection to the shooting death of a 19-year-old man.

According to officials, 21-year-old Elijah Ray Lambert was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of Homicide. Detectives believe the killing to have been unintentional and Lambert knew the victim.

The shooting occurred during the late evening hours of Friday near a bike trail just outside of Bannister Park.

When deputies arrived they were able to locate a shooting victim approximately 250 yards south of the bike trail. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lambert was one of several subjects who were with the victim when the shooting occurred. Initially, when the subjects were contacted by patrol deputies responding to the initial report of the shooting, they falsely told deputies the shooting was a result of a robbery by unknown suspects.

Lambert is currently being held at the Jail without the possibility of bail and will face his first court appearance on May 27, 2015. Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding subjects in this investigation.

Man shot to death near Bannister Park

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FAIR OAKS, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting death of an Hispanic male in the area of Bannister Park in Fair Oaks.

According to officials, they received a call in the late evening hours of Friday to report that a male had been shot near a bike trail just outside of Bannister Park.

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When deputies arrived the were able to locate a shooting victim approximately 250 yards south of the bike trail. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

There currently is no known motive or suspect in the case.

The victim was described as an Hispanic male in his early to mid-20’s.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, 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).

Facebook predator gets 29 years in prison

US-Department-Of-Justice-SealSACRAMENTO, CA – A man was sentenced to 29 years in prison after being found guilty of the production of child pornography and other charges, this according to a statement released by United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, FBI Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller, Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey, and Paradise Police Chief Gabriela F. Tazzari Dineen.

According to the statement, 23-year-old Jordan James Kirby, of Paradise, was sentenced by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2013, Kirby used various online identities on Facebook to solicit women and juvenile girls for lascivious and sexually explicit photographs, which he would then use them to extort them. Generally, Kirby’s initial posts stated that he was an agent for a modeling agency and offered thousands of dollars to girls for photographs of themselves in their underwear, bikinis, or various stages of undress. As an inducement, Kirby told the girls that he had come into a large amount of money, and sent pictures of himself holding a large wad of cash, or a large amount of cash spread on his computer. After receiving the desired photos, Kirby used the embarrassing pictures to extort or attempt to extort sex acts from victims. On March 6, 2015, Kirby pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement of a minor, three counts of attempted production of child pornography, and one count of attempted enticement of a minor. The victims were between the ages of 10 and 15.

US Attorney Wagner said: “While always reprehensible, on-line exploitation and extortion of under-aged victims inflicts very real and lasting harm upon our community’s most vulnerable victims. We will continue to work together with our federal and local law enforcement partners to bring such predators to justice.”

“Kirby took unlawful and inappropriate pictures of multiple children, using social media as a platform for his crimes, and then extorted an threatened children to obtain more photographs. His is conduct is reprehensible,” said Supervisory Special Agent Monica M. Miller.   “Kirby committed his crimes by exploiting the anonymity and distance of internet communications. This case highlights the need for family dialogue about the potential dangers of online interaction. Social media platforms present safety risks that are akin to any public space and all users should know the steps to take to report suspicious activity. In this case, prompt response from the victims’ parents enabled law enforcement to identify Kirby, ceasing his ability to continue to victimize others. We thank our law enforcement partners for the collaborative effort to identify Kirby and ensure that he faced justice for his crimes.”

District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey said: “I appreciate the collaborative work with both the local and federal agencies that resulted in taking a predator off of the streets for the next twenty-nine years.”

Chief Tazzari-Dineen said: “The Paradise Police Department considers the safety of all citizens to be a top priority and it is especially true of children. A predator of young children has been removed from our community. We appreciate the collaboration and assistance of the local FBI Office and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office with this investigation.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Paradise Police Department and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherry Haus prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.

Sacramento attorney pleads guilty of tax evasion

511aa8b798600.preview-620SACRAMENTO, CA – A Sacramento attorney has pleaded guilty to tax evasion after filing false documents with the IRS.

According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 69-year-old James Stewart Richards, of West Sacramento, pleaded guilty yesterday to tax evasion.

According to court documents, between 1994 and 2003, Richards, a member of the California and Hawaii bar organizations, owed federal income taxes totaling over $170,000, which he did not pay. Instead, he took steps to evade payment of some or all of the taxes he owed. He filed a false “Offer in Compromise” to the IRS that omitted bank accounts and six rental properties. He used a nominee bank account for his own assets. When alerted by the bank that the IRS was making inquiries about the nominee account, Richards called the bank and asked that they provide no records to the IRS. He also withdrew $100,000 from the account in cashier’s checks. Richards purchased a yacht that he registered and titled in nominee’s name in order to conceal the asset. Also, he made false statements about his assets to a bankruptcy court and to the IRS.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Audrey B. Hemesath and Nirav Desai are prosecuting the case.

Richards is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10, 2015, by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Richards faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

 

Chico man indicted on child pornography

341dfc72ebd86fd9d81bd974b1eef04bSACRAMENTO, CA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday against 36-year-old Nathan Alexander Drury, of Chico, charging him with nine counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between January 2013 and December 2014, Drury filmed and photographed sexually explicit images of a prepubescent child. Drury also possessed additional images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In December of last year Drury was caught in the act of masturbating at a fellow church members home. Drury had left church services to break into the home of another church member’s house and began masturbating to photos of the church member’s family, this according to an arrest warrant filed in federal court in March of this year.

The church member returned home and discovered Drury inside his home. At the time, Drury told Chico police officers he was addicted to sex and pornography.

Investigators linked Drury to a report of sexual abuse on a minor after locating a Butte County Child Services Division report listing him as a suspect. A subsequent investigation found the report to be credible, according to the affidavit, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Chico Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brian A. Fogerty is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, each of the production of child pornography counts carries a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison. If convicted of the possession of child pornography charge, Drury faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison. Each charge in the indictment carries a potential fine of $250,000. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.

Officer shoots knife wielding man

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot multiple times by Sacramento Police on Thursday after refusing to drop a knife he was brandishing as he approached officers.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, at approximately 6:13 p.m. Thursday, Sacramento Police and Sacramento Fire personnel were in the 900 block of I Street investigating an unrelated report of two subjects fighting in Cesar Chavez Park.

As officers were preparing to leave the area from the previous incident, a vehicle arrived occupied by a mother and her adult son. Officers were near the south side of I Street, between 9th and 10th Streets, when the driver of the car walked up and summoned police assistance. The woman asked for help after feeling threatened by her son.

The woman’s 28-year-old son also exited the vehicle and approached officers near the north side of the park. A bicycle officer and patrol supervisor initially made contact with the man, who produced a knife, and threatened officers. The suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands to drop the weapon, as he advanced toward the officers with the knife, forcing the officer to shoot.

The man was struck multiple times. Medical personnel were already in the area due to the previous call and quickly rendered medical aid. The suspect was immediately transported to a nearby hospital where his is listed in stable condition.

Homicide Detectives, Internal Affairs, and Crime Scene Investigation Units are investigating this incident in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability. Per department policy, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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