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Woodland man indicted for child pornography

justice-department-sealSACRAMENTO, CA – A Woodland man was indicted today on charges of producing child pornography.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 40-year-old Raul Gonzalez, charging him with production of child pornography, this according to the United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

According to court documents, on October 13, 2013, in Yolo County, Gonzalez had a minor engage in sexually explicit conduct and produced a visual depiction of such conduct.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal, state, and local agencies. The Sacramento ICAC investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Reardon is prosecuting the case.

Gonzalez was arrested on November 6, 2013, and he made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on November 7, 2013. At that time he was detained as both a flight risk and danger to the community. Arraignment is set for November 21, 2013.

If convicted, Gonzalez faces a maximum statutory penalty of not less than 15 years in prison and up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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 prosecution is part of the Department of Justice ongoing Project Safe Childhood initiative, which was launched to increase federal prosecutions of sexual predators of children, and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children including child pornography trafficking. As a part of PSC, the United States Attorney’s Office has teamed with state and local agencies and organizations to increase law enforcement presence on the Internet, and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For additional information on the PSC initiative, please go to http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

 

Explosion rocks Elk Grove neighborhood

Police-lightsELK GROVE, CA – Fire crews and a Hazmat team responded to a home in Elk Grove this afternoon after an explosion in the backyard of the home.

According to the Cosumnes Fired Department, the device exploded in the backyard of a home located in the 10300 block of Frank Greg Way in Elk Grove, at approximately 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, blowing out some windows in neighboring homes.

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Home of explosion
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The fire department discovered several model rocket engines in the backyard, where at least one of them had exploded.

A shelter in place was issued for surrounding homes and at least four homes were evacuated.

An Explosive Ordnance Detail was called to look into the two other model rocket engines.

The man has been detained and depending on the type of materials used to build the engines he may face charges.

Woman identified in officer involved shooting

Anna Jean YI Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

Anna Jean YI
Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

ROSEMONT, CA – The woman responsible for hitting a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy with her vehicle on Wednesday has been identified.

A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy was waved down at around 2 a.m. Wednesday by a woman standing outside of her vehicle at the intersection of Mayhew Road and Kiefer Blvd. The woman was later identified as 27-year-old Anna Jean Yi of Sacramento.

When the deputy contacted Yi, he observed erratic behavior and she started walking in and out of the roadway. She was talking, but not making any sense. The deputy requested a DUI trained officer to respond to the scene to evaluate Yi’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

The deputy went back to Yi for some identifying information, which is when she started to struggle with the officer. Yi was able to take control of her vehicle, and as she fled the scene she struck the deputy. The deputy fired at the fleeing vehicle.

After a brief chase, Yi pulled into a driveway on Bramble Trail Way and attempted to flee on foot. She was apprehended and taken into custody at that location.

Yi was taken to a local hospital where she was deemed medically fit and released into police custody.

The deputy, an eight year veteran with the department, sustained minor injuries.

Third arrest in shooting death at El Camino gas station

Eldin Robles  Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

Eldin Robles
Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento County Sheriff Homicide Detectives have made another arrest in connection with the September 28 homicide at the Beacon Gas Station located on El Camino Avenue near Darwin St.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, 20-year-old Eldin Robles was taken into custody last night and charged with murder for the death of 33-year-old Jesus Antonio Macias, who was shot and killed in the parking lot of the El Camino Avenue gas station.

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Gas Station at 2101 El Camino Ave
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Homicide Detectives previously arrested 18-year-old Gilberto Esteban Cardona, and a male juvenile on October 4.

Deputies responded to the Beacon Gas Station on El Camino Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, after receiving reports of shots fired.

Responding deputies discovered a man in his 30’s, later identified as Macias, lying on the ground outside the gas station.

Macias had suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body and was unresponsive. Deputies attempted to resuscitate Macias, but he succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead by Fire Department personnel.

89-year-old driver drags Vallejo man 1 mile

Police-lightsVALLEJO, CA – A disabled Vallejo resident was struck by a car Tuesday evening and dragged nearly a mile before the driver stopped. He did not survive.

The 41-year-old Vallejo man, who was disabled, was first hit at Broadway and Hogan and then dragged nearly a mile to the intersection of Mini and Stanford Drive.

Police initially received a call around 6 p.m. regarding an accident between a vehicle and a man in the area of Broadway and Lewis Brown Road.

Shortly after the initial call, dispatch received other reports with the same descriptions in the area of Stanford and Mini drives.

Vallejo Police said the accident occurred at Broadway and Lewis Brown Road, where a disabled man was crossing the street and was struck by a vehicle. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision.

The victim was knocked to the ground and rolled into a different lane, where an 89-year-old man driving a Mercedes Benz, hit and dragged the victim to the Mini Drive location, which is about a mile down the road.

Arriving paramedics and firefighters had to dislodge the man from under the vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both drivers were being questioned, but at this stage in the investigation officers do not believe there was anything criminal in what happened.

This year there have been two other fatal traffic-related accidents at the Broadway location, both involved people crossing the street.

Sacramento Deputy fires on fleeing vehicle

Police-lightsROSEMONT, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deputy-involved shooting this morning, after a woman attempted to flee in her vehicle and struck a deputy in the process.

A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy came across a stranded motorist on Kiefer Boulevard near Bradshaw Road at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The deputy called in a DUI-trained deputy to evaluate the female driver.

As the deputy was waiting, the woman started the car and drove away, hitting the deputy with her car.

The deputy fired at the vehicle and then pursued the woman to Bramble Trail Way, where she pulled over and was taken into custody after trying to flee on foot.

According to the sheriff’s department, no was shot in the incident.

 

2 people hit by car near Sleep Train Arena

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Two pedestrians who were crossing Sports Parkway were hit by a car Tuesday night, following a Sacramento Kings game.

The pair were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The accident occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. near the south entrance, just as the Kings game was letting out. The driver of the Ford Mustang that hit the pair pulled over and remained at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident. It was raining at the time and alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Police search for missing at-risk 21-year-old woman

Holly Mitchell

Holly Mitchell
Courtesy Citrus Heights Police

 

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – The Citrus Heights Police Department is looking for help locating a 21-year-old woman considered to be at-risk, due to mental disabilities.

Holly Mitchell suffers from mental disabilities. She was last seen leaving her apartment on the 6300 block of Birdcage Street Monday night.

Mitchell is 5-foot-1 and weighs about 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white sweatshirt with an embroidered animal image on the front and a short red plaid skirt, before she disappeared from her Citrus Heights home.

Mitchell is known to ride buses with her family.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500.

JP Morgan Chase to pay record $13 billion

jp-morgan-chaseSAN FRANCISCO, CA  – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. over its misrepresentations in residential mortgage-backed securities sold to California’s public employee and teacher pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, between 2004 and 2008.

According to the terms of the settlement, California will recover $298,973,000 in damages, but in a broader settlement with the United States Department of Justice, JP Morgan Chase will pay $13 billion to other federal and state agencies, making it the largest settlement with a single entity in American history.justice-department-seal

“JP Morgan Chase profited by giving California’s pension funds incomplete information about mortgage investments,” Attorney General Harris said. “This settlement returns the money to California’s pension funds that JP Morgan wrongfully took from them.”

An investigation conducted by Attorney General Harris showed that offering documents for the securities failed to accurately disclose the true characteristics of many of the underlying mortgages, and that due diligence to weed out poor quality loans had not been adequately performed.

CalPERS and CalSTRS will be reimbursed through this settlement for losses on investments in mortgage-backed securities of J.P. Morgan Chase or its predecessors Washington Mutual Bank and Bear Stearns.

J.P. Morgan Chase will also provide $4 billion in relief to aid consumers across the country, including Californians, harmed by the unlawful conduct of J.P. Morgan Chase, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual. That relief will take various forms, including principal forgiveness, loan modification, targeted originations and efforts to reduce blight. An independent monitor will be appointed to determine whether J.P. Morgan Chase is satisfying its obligations.

The settlement related to California’s pension funds arises from the investigation into mortgage-backed securities by Attorney General Harris’s Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, which was formed in May 2011 to comprehensively investigate misconduct in the mortgage industry. The Attorney General’s additional efforts to investigate the mortgage crisis include securing an estimated $20 billion for California in the National Mortgage Settlement and sponsoring the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, a package of laws instituting permanent mortgage-related reforms.

Ex-boyfriend sought in Winters shooting

William Gardner

William Gardner

WINTERS, CA – Police are still looking for the man who killed a woman in downtown Winters yesterday.

Winters Police were tight lipped yesterday and refused to provide the name of the suspect in the shooting death of 32-year-old Leslie Pinkston. However, late yesterday authorities released the identity of the man, who is from the Sacramento area, and Pinkston’s ex-boyfriend.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for 30-year-old William Carl Gardner III, who is accused of gunning down his ex-girlfriend on Monday morning. Gardner is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 186 pounds and was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with tan pants that have side pockets.

Gardner is considered armed and dangerous.

Leslie Pinkston Facebook

Leslie Pinkston
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Regardless of police being quiet about the shooters identity, friends and family were extremely vocal and quick to provide a name at a vigil held Monday night.

According to Pinkston’s half-brother, Dennis Pinkston, she had been having problems with Gardner for the past two years and she was taking him to court over child support.

On Monday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., Gardner approached a black BMW SUV on the 300 block of Railroad Street and fired three shots into the vehicle, hitting Pinkston in the head.

Pinkston was airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center, where she later died.

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Gardner was seen leaving the area in a tan van. The vehicle was found later in the Sacramento area, but there was no sign of Gardner.

Yesterday, Winters Police Chief Sergio Guiterrez said, “I would definitely say he is a threat to anybody, considering a firearm was used in this situation. At this point he is considered a threat to the public.”

Initially all schools in the Winters Joint Unified School District were immediately placed on lockdown, including the Mariani Nut Company, which is located close to where the shooting occurred.

Pinkston’s daughter has been placed with family members.

Anyone with information is urged to call Winters police at 795-4561.

 

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