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Two men arrested for sex trafficking and more

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Ryan Alan Balletto
Lake County Sheriff

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Patrick Steven Pearmain
Lake County Sheriff

LAKE COUNTY, CA – Two men who were arrested last month in connection to a large marijuana growing operation are now facing human trafficking charges.

According to court documents the pair brought a 15-year-old runaway girl from Southern California to their grow location where they sexually assaulted her.

Thirty-year-old Ryan Alan Balletto of Lakeport and 24-year-old Patrick Steven Pearmain of Clearlake, were arrested in May after the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Narcotics Task Force and Major Crimes Unit found nearly 1,500 marijuana plants on 681 acres of property near Clearlake Oaks.

Officials also discovered the largest and most sophisticated bulk of weapons seized in the agency’s recent history. A large cache of weapons, including high-powered military grade sniper and assault rifles, automatic weapons, high capacity magazines and military grade body armor and scopes, were found on the property.

Since the time of their arrest investigators discovered evidence that the pair had kept the teenager inside a large box for punishment.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Borg said both Balletto and Pearmain were being charged with human trafficking, statutory rape, oral copulation on a person under age 16, sodomy, false imprisonment and annoying or molesting a child. Balletto is facing other charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14 or 15.

They both are facing close to 16 years in prison.

Also arrested in  May was Balletto’s girlfriend, Christa McConnell. The recently pleaded to misdemeanor child endangerment after a weapon was found close to her children at the Lakeport home she shares with Balletto.

On May 16, 45-year-old Eric George Edgar was arrested in connection to the trafficking charges.

Edgar is charged with statutory rape for raping the teenage girl and he’s also facing charges for making criminal threats and attempting to dissuade a witness.

Mom arrested after child falls from moving vehicle

Alissa Anderson Credit: Sacramento PD

Alissa Anderson
Credit: Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A mother is behind bars after her child fell out of a van she was driving yesterday.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 22-year-old Alissa Anderson was driving a van in the 3900 block of 82nd Avenue Thursday afternoon, when one of her children fell from the open hatchback of the van. The child got back into the vehicle and she drove off.

A witness who contacted police was able to provide a description of the van. Officers located the van at the home of Anderson and were able to confirm that she was the driver of the van at the time of the incident. Anderson won herself an additional charge of possession of narcotics, on top of the felony child endangerment, after officers found narcotics in her possession.

It appears Anderson will not be winning the Mother of the Year Award this year. There’s always next year.

Anderson’s children were released to a family member.

Couple arrested for Modesto murder

Quinton Wayne Lambert  Stanislaus County Sheriff

Quinton Wayne Lambert
Stanislaus County Sheriff

Cory Lorene Cline Stanislaus County Sheriff

Cory Lorene Cline
Stanislaus County Sheriff

MODESTO, CA – A couple was arrested Thursday for the murder a Modesto man that occurred on Wednesday.

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, detectives arrested 45-year-old Quinton Wayne Lambert and 45-year-old Cory Lorene Cline, both of Modesto, for their involvement with the murder of 30-year-old Mario Allen Albo Jr.

On Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. the Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous call reporting a dead body at a residence in the 2300 Block of Ridge Rd in Modesto.

Deputies arrived and found Cory Cline, who was acting suspicious, and Quiton Lambert in the immediate area. As deputies searched the residence they discovered the body of Albo, who appeared to have suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Cline and Lambert were questioned and later arrested for Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.

You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704″ plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

CHP nets 57 pounds of pot

MarijuanaSACRAMENTO, CA – The California Highway Patrol was flying high on Thursday after busting a man who was carrying a stash of 57 pounds of cannabis, better known as pot.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Chico resident and obvious dealer of all things marijuana, 37-year-old Milo Conlin was busted after being pulled over for speeding on southbound Interstate 5 in Sacramento.

When officers pulled over the brainiac near the Seamas Avenue exit on I5, they noticed a couple of nicely wrapped packages of ganja.

After officers searched Conlin’s 2013 Dodge Charger they quickly had a total of 57 pounds of cultivated marijuana and another pound of concentrated cannabis.

But wait, that’s not all. Officers also discovered another stash of green stuff in the form of $2,000.

Conlin was last seen sitting in county jail looking like he had the munchies. He’s now facing felony charges of possession of concentrated cannabis, and transportation and possession of cannabis for sales.

Fire burns along American River in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A fire has burned more than five acres along the American River Parkway and temperatures coupled with wind have fire fighters scrambling to contain the fire.

Sacramento fire crews were having problems getting to the flames. The fire is on the north side of the American River near 33rd and C Streets.

According to some witnesses who spoke to CBS13, they heard a bang and then saw flames in the area.

Officials evacuated visitors to the American River Parkway out of safety concerns. The fire has been unpredictable due to the shifting winds blowing through the area. The winds caused the fire to jump a creek.

Firefighters staged along Lathrop Way, near an industrial park, close to Sutter’s Landing State Park. Air support has been called in as crews continue to battle the inferno on the ground. Businesses were threatened, but firefighters appear to have the upper hand.

In news footage one resident could be seen watering down her home as the smoke started thickening in the area.

Man shot for trespassing identified

Police-lightsTURLOCK, CA – The man who was shot in the head on Tuesday after trespassing on private property in Turlock has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Pacheco.

According to the Turlock Police Department officers responded to the 1100 block of Dianne Road after receiving reports of a shooting just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived they discovered the body of  Pacheco in a field with apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

According to investigators Pacheco had been seen trespassing onto private property on several occasions by the homeowner, 58-year-old Robin Boyer.

Boyer observed Pacheco collecting items from his property and when he confronted him an altercation ensued, leading to the shooting. It’s not known how many times Pacheco was shot, but a shotgun was found at the scene.

Officers found the body in a field separated by another house from Boyer’s residence. The 24-acre sweet potato field belongs to neighbors Yooav and Lily Mary Osso. The couple did not know what had happened until officers knocked on their door.

“I am shocked to hear someone was killed here,” Lily Mary Osso told the Modesto Bee, “We’ve had no problems here. No problems with theft or anything like that.”

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6623.

Thieves attempt to steal ATM machine

Colby Osborne Sacramento County Sheriff

Colby Osborne
Sacramento County Sheriff

Angelia Walls Sacramento County Sheriff

Angelia Walls
Sacramento County Sheriff

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – Two people were arrested after trying to haul away an ATM machine out of a Walgreens store in Rancho Cordova.

According to deputies thieves broke into the Walgreens store and tied chains around the ATM machine located inside the store. As they ripped out the machine the thieves took out windows and merchandise was strewn all over the front of the store.

It all started just after 4 a.m. Thursday when deputies were alerted of a burglary in progress at the drug store. While deputies were en route they were provided with a description of a white van and truck related to the incident.

Deputies spotted a truck matching the description in Elk Grove on Sheldon Road near Highway 99. The ATM was in the back of the truck and deputies took  28-year-old Colby Osborne into custody.

Thirty-four-year-old Angelia Walls was driving a second vehicle and arrested on Elk Grove Boulevard and a third suspect is still being sought.

Credit card skimmer found at Angels Camp gas station

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ANGLES CAMP, CA – On Tuesday a credit card skimmer was discovered at a gas station in Angles Camp.

According to the Angels Camp Police Department the device was found by an employee inside one of the gas pumps at Nash Chevron located at 686 S. Main Street.

A skimmer is an electronic device that can record credit card information. In this particular case the skimmer was placed inside a gas pump and would not have been detectable by customers.

According to employees they check for the devices on a regular basis, but it is unclear how long the devices had been inside the gas pump. The device may have been in the pump for up to 5 days.

Other gas stations in the City have been notified to check their gas pumps for skimming devices.

The Angels Camp Police Department is encouraging everyone to be vigilant in protecting themselves from fraudulent activity by monitoring their bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity.

To avoid skimmers use your credit or debit card inside the store, and use cash whenever you can.

Have you seen these thugs who attacked 74-year-old woman

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department needs your help in finding two thugs that preyed on a 74-year-old woman Sunday afternoon in Sacramento.

According to police, the woman was standing outside a restaurant on Second Street near L Street, just after 4:30 p.m., when two men grabbed her purse. The woman was knocked to the sidewalk, causing serious injuries. The injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.PR 114 pic 6

The two men who attacked the defenseless 74-year-old woman were captured on surveillance video, just before and immediately after the attack, as they ran over the Tower Bridge.

The suspects are described as black men in their early 20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. One was wearing a black and silver hat, grey and white horizontal striped t-shirt and blue jean shorts. The second was wearing a black and red baseball hat, black t-shirt and black and red shorts.

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Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is urged to contact the Sacramento Police Department 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.

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Man shot in head for trespassing

Police-lightsTURLOCK, CA – A man was shot in the head after trespassing on private property in Turlock on Tuesday morning.

According to the Turlock Police Department officers responded to the 1100 block of Dianne Road after receiving reports of a shooting just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived they discovered the body of a 22 year-old, White male, in a field with apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

According to investigators the man had been seen trespassing onto private property on several occasions by the homeowner, 58-year-old Robin Boyer.

Boyer observed the man collecting items from his property and when he confronted the subject an altercation ensued, leading to the shooting of the 22-year-old. It’s not known how many times the man was shot, but a shotgun was found at the scene.

Officers found the body in a field separated by another house from Boyer’s residence. The 24-acre sweet potato field belongs to neighbors Yooav and Lily Mary Osso. The couple did not know what had happened until officers knocked on their door.

“I am shocked to hear someone was killed here,” Lily Mary Osso told the Modesto Bee, “We’ve had no problems here. No problems with theft or anything like that.”

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 668-5550, ext. 6623.

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