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Sacramento shooting victim dies


Area of shooting
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SACRAMENTO, CA – A man shot earlier this week while driving in his car on Roseville Road has died.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, 34-year-old Ralph Squires was driving with two other people on Roseville Road between Tacomic Drive and Oakhollow Drive at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, when another vehicle pulled alongside and fired multiple times into the vehicle, hitting Squires and a 39-year-old male passenger.

Squires was driving the vehicle, and a female passenger, who was not injured, was able to gain control of the vehicle and pull over in the 5100 block of Dream Court. She got out of the car and started yelling for help.

Deputies arrived and discovered Squires shot multiple times in the upper torso and the male passenger with a single gunshot wound to the lower body. The male passenger is expected to live.

No descriptive information was available regarding the suspect(s) or the vehicle associated with the shooting. The motive for this incident remains under investigation at this time.

Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at http://www.sacsheriff.com, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Woman gets life for cutting off penis

Catherin Kieu Becker

Catherin Kieu Becker

SANTA ANA, CA – A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking off her husband’s penis.

Today, Garden Grove resident Catherine Kieu, also known as Catherine Kieu Becker, was sentenced to life in prison for cutting off her husband’s penis and running it through a garbage disposal.

Kieu was accused of mutilating her husband’s genitalia back in 2011, in a widely sensationalized arrest.

“The View’s” Sharon Osbourne and other hosts of the television show mocked and laughed at the incident with Osbourne saying, “I don’t know the circumstances. However, I do think it’s quite fabulous.” Co-host Sarah Gilbert did say that “it is a little bit sexist. If somebody cut a woman’s breast off, nobody would be sitting laughing.”

The 50-year-old Kieu was accused of drugging her husband with sleeping pills, tying him up and then hacking off his penis with a kitchen knife. If that wasn’t enough, she put the offending unit in a garbage disposal, destroying any hopes of a John Bobbit type revival.

Kieu reportedly called 911 to inform the police and added that her husband, “deserved it.”

When officers arrived they found her husband in bed, bleeding and tied down. He underwent emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to re-attach the mutilated penis.

Kieu was charged with false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem, poisoning, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, and spousal abuse.

It’s believed that Kieu attacked her husband because he had started seeing an ex-girlfriend. The couple had been in the middle of a divorce at the time, but remained living together.

Keiu will be eligible for parole in seven years.

Roseville – Zero tolerance for illegal fireworks

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ROSEVILLE, CA – The City of Roseville is warning residents that the Roseville Police and Fire Departments have a “Zero Tolerence” policy towards illegal fireworks.

In a statement released today the City of Roseville reiterated their stance on illegal fireworks as well as warning residence to take precautions when using legal fireworks.

With temperatures going north of 100 degrees this weekend and remaining there until the 4th of July holiday, the fire dangers will be increasing significantly.

According to the City of Roseville, each year in the United States more fires are reported on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year. Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips.

Keep You, Your Family, & Your Neighborhood Safe.

- Always have an adult present.

- Use fireworks outdoors only.

-Use fireworks in areas with hard surfaces.

- Have a bucket of water and garden hose on-hand to store extinguished fireworks. It is recommended to let fireworks soak in the bucket of water overnight.

- Do not drink alcohol while using fireworks.

- Keep a close watch on children and pets.

- Remember, sparklers reach a temperature of 1200° F and can cause serious burns.

- If any burn occurs, treat with cool water and seek medical attention.

As a reminder, under California law:

Possession of illegal fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and punishable by fine of not less than $500 or by imprisonment for up to one year.

Persons found with a sufficient amount of illegal fireworks may be guilty of a felony, punished with up to $5000 in fines and/or imprisoned in a state prison or county jail.

Parents may be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children’s use of illegal fireworks.

Illegal fireworks defined:

Any firework which is not California State Fire Marshal approved is illegal.

If it goes up in the air, darts across the ground or explodes, it is illegal.

Examples of illegal fireworks include: cherry bombs, M-80′s, M-100’s, firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells and mortars.

How you can help keep our community safe:

Illegal fireworks can be turned in at the Roseville Fire Department fire station located at 401 Oak Street.

If you know anyone selling or using illegal fireworks in the City of Roseville, call the Police/Fire Department Communication Center non–emergency number at (916) 774-5000.

Safe and Sane Fireworks

Discharge of Safe and Sane Fireworks is legal in the City of Roseville from 12:00pm on June 28 until 11:59pm on July 4.

Legal fireworks must be State Fire Marshal approved.

Legal fireworks are available for purchase at Roseville Fire Department approved fireworks stands.

Parents may be held liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children.

Possessing or using illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor.


Highway 70 crash kills 2

Police-lightsMARYSVILLE, CA – A head-on collision on Thursday along Highway 70 has resulted in two drivers dead and two others with major injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 3:50 p.m. a 50-year-old Marysville man was driving a Dodge pickup truck southbound on Highway 70 without any passengers. He drifted in the northbound lanes into the path of an oncoming Chevy Silverado.

The victim’s names have not been released, but the Yuba-Sutter CHP office did say the two drivers that died were a 50-year-old Marysville man and a 53-year-old Roseville woman.

The two survivors of the crash were both passengers in the Silverado and were from Roseville. A 58-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were both taken to a local hospital for treatment. No word on their current condition.

Both vehicles were approaching Saddleback Road before the wreck.

The driver of the truck was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Highway 70 was closed for the remainder of the afternoon and reopened at approximately 6:40 p.m.

Any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to call 530-674-5141 with any information.

Man arrested for ARCO shooting death

Kenneth Barnette  Credit: Sacramento PD

Kenneth Barnette
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department has arrested a suspect in the murder of a man at an ARCO station on June 15.

Read: Man killed at Sacramento ARCO identified

Sacramento Police were called to the ARCO station at 6698 Mack Road on Saturday June 15, after receiving reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived they found 25-year-old Darryl Hill, who had been shot and killed after arguing with an unknown third party. The shooter fired multiple rounds, hitting Hill and two other occupants in a white Jetta, including a child. All three victims belonged to the Jetta. The other two victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment and released.

On Wednesday, June 27, Sacramento police arrested 27-year-old Kenneth Barnette in the shooting death of Hill. Barnette was located and arrested in a neighboring jurisdiction where he was taken into custody at a family member’s house.

Officers were able to collect evidence from the scene and eye witness accounts, leading to the arrest of Barnette. There are no other suspects in the case.

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 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.

Suspect in Stockton murder wanted


Louis McCornell
Credit: Stockton PD

STOCKTON, CA – Stockton police are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous in connection to the murder of a 21-year-old man.

The Stockton Police Department is searching for a man wanted in connection to the murder of Devondre Norwood who was shot and killed earlier this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, just before 4:30, officers responded to the 600 block of E. Oak Street after receiving a report that someone had been shot. When Officers arrived, they found Norwood with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Homicide Detectives have discovered information that Louis McCornell, aka “Hamburger” was allegedly involved in the shooting. McCornell is described as a black male 5’07” and 180 pounds. A warrant has been issued for McCornell’s arrest on suspicion of homicide. McCornell is considered armed and dangerous.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip’.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, contact Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000.

Antioch murder suspect may be in Sacramento area

Ruslan Yaroslavovich Bazelyan Credit: Antioch PD

Ruslan Yaroslavovich Bazelyan
Credit: Antioch PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – The suspect believed to be responsible for the killing of a 71-year-old man in Antioch is thought to be in the Sacramento area.

Antioch police are hunting for 21-year-old Ruslan Yaroslavovich Bazelyan, who is accused of killing Ronald Henry Rush earlier this month. Rush died from blunt force trauma on either June 10 or June 11.

Detectives believe Bazelyan was living with Rush for at least a week prior to the killing.

Bazelyena took possession of Rush’s car and cellphone after the killing, this according to Antioch police. The car is a metallic-gold 2008 BMW 328i two-door convertible. The car has California license plates of: FOXRHR.

Police believe Bazelyan is working in Sacramento or San Francisco, possibly as an auto mechanic or auto body repairman.

A refugee from the Ukraine, Bazelyan is 6 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information of Bazelyan’s whereabouts is urged to call the Antioch Police Department at (925) 778-2441, or their local police.

Sacramento “Stamps-Out” Copper Wire Theft

sacramento-policeSACRAMENTO, CA – In an effort to combat copper wire theft, new copper wire insulation will be stamped with “City of Sacramento” to be identifiable as city property to law enforcement, recyclers, and the community.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the process has a nominal setup cost and the stamping is free. The City of Sacramento will be the first major city in California to implement this technique.

Over the last three years, copper wire theft has cost Sacramento taxpayers millions of dollars, impacting entire neighborhoods, and has resulted in more than 20,000 street light repairs. Two years ago, the City of Sacramento was victim of wire theft more than once every two days and as a result, the Sacramento Police Department created the Metal Task Force in an effort to curb copper wire theft. Since its inception, data has shown a decrease in copper wire-related cases.

The Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office continues to aggressively prosecute those responsible for these senseless thefts. The city’s marking on the insulation will make the wire identifiable as stolen property. The insulation is oftentimes removed by the thieves, yet the laborious act of stripping the wire takes time, even after the copper is separated from its marked coating, the mere possession of the insulation could still result in an arrest.

State AG takes another bite out of crime

Weapons confiscated Credit: Attorney General’s Bureau of Firearms

Weapons confiscated
Credit: Attorney General’s Bureau of Firearms

SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the seizure of nine firearms, including eight unregistered assault weapons, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 100 large capacity magazines from an individual legally barred from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions.

Tuesday night agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Firearms conducted an Armed and Prohibited Persons (APPS) investigation in Sacramento County involving 37-year-old Britton Edward McFetridge, who was on probation due to a 2010 conviction for felony battery with serious bodily injury.

During a probation search of the basement at McFetridge’s home, agents located eight unregistered assault weapons, one bolt action rifle, eight large capacity drum magazines, 100 large capacity magazines and more than 20,000 large caliber rounds of ammunition. Agents determined the firearms had been illegally purchased within the last three to five years from private parties and that the magazines were illegally purchased online.

Later that evening, McFetridge was arrested at his place of business in Sacramento and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of unregistered assault weapons, felon in possession of ammunition and large capacity magazines and violation of probation.

The APPS database provided crucial information, in determining McFetridge may be in possession of weapons. The APPS database cross-references five databases to help law enforcement identify people who legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996, with people who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. California is the first and only state in the nation to establish an automated system for tracking handgun and assault weapon owners who might fall into a prohibited status.

Man arrested in string of apartment thefts

Angel Davis Nieves Credit: Roseville PD

Angel Davis Nieves
Credit: Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police have arrested a man who was employed as a maintenance worker at an apartment complex and apparently had been stealing from residences.

Last week the Roseville Police Department arrested 35-year-old Angel Davis Nieves of Sacramento on suspicion of grand theft.

Nieves was a maintenance worker for an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Vineyard Road from January of this year until April. He is suspected of stealing jewelry from at least two residents when he went into their apartments to perform maintenance.

Police believe there may be more victims who had items stolen, who have not reported their losses to police. If you’re a victim and haven’t yet reported it, or have any other information related to this case, please call Roseville Police detectives at 916-774-5070. (Case #13-4262)

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