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2 Roseville schools under lockdown

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – Police activity in the area of Darling Way in Roseville on Tuesday morning has caused officials to lock down two schools in the area.

St. Rose and Cirby Schools have both been put under lock down at around 7 a.m., due to law enforcement searching the area for an outstanding suspect.

UPDATE: At approximately 9:30 a.m. the lock down was lifted for both schools, as the search perimeter shifted to another area. The suspect is still at large.

According to Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, it all started around 6:49 a.m. when officers spotted a stolen vehicle on Vernon Street, the car was stolen from the 1200 block of Plumber Way. Officers pursued the vehicle to the area of Vine & Darling, where the driver ditched the car and fled the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, heavyset, wearing a hoodie (possibly yellow?)

The schools were not in session at the time, so it was mostly staff located at the facilities.



Sammy Hagar’s Restaurant shutters its doors – owner missing

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

ROSEVILLE, CA – Sammy Hagar’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville closed its doors without warning and the owner, Stephen Pease, has been reported missing.

A sign posted on restaurant doors said they were temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “were looking forward to serving the community again soon.”

Stephen Pease was reported missing on October 25 by one of his business associates, and according to Roseville Police, there is currently no reason to believe any foul play is involved.

KCRA is reporting that another missing persons report has been filed for Pease in the Fort Bragg area.

An ominous sign that Sammy’s may not reopen is the fact their Facebook page and website have also been shuttered.

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

The restaurant opened for business in September 2012 and Pease is one of the controlling owners and a well-known developer in the area. A second restaurant is currently under construction at the Roseville Galleria.

Read: The Charitable Sammy Hagar

Just recently Sammy Hagar presented checks to two local charities, Placer County Food Bank and the Me-One Foundation. At a press conference following the check-giving, Hagar was asked his thoughts about opening a second restaurant so close to the downtown Roseville location.

Sammy Responded, “I don’t run my places.” Praising Pease he continued, “Finding someone who does a good job for you, look at this place it looks just as good as the day it opened. I’ll go with Steve if he wants to do ten of them, we’ll do ten.”

2nd person dies – Man arrested from last week’s fatal collision

Antonio Reddick Courtesy Sacramento Police

Antonio Reddick
Courtesy Sacramento Police

SACRAMENTO, CA – The man responsible for killing a woman who was a passenger in his vehicle has been released from the hospital and promptly arrested.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, Antonio Reddick was released from the hospital Saturday and booked into the Sacramento county jail for gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and parole violation.

Reddick originally hit a vehicle at Madison and Date, leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

When Reddick reached Norris Avenue and the Interstate 80 off-ramp, he ran a red light and collided with another car that was exiting the freeway.

There were three occupants in Reddick’s vehicle. A woman who was not wearing her seat belt was killed. She was later identified as 23-year-old Cherion Robinson of Sacramento. Reddick suffered a broken leg and a male passenger also suffered major injuries.

Since the accident, the rear male passenger, 32-year-old Gregory Hunt, succumbed to his injuries, bringing the total of deceased occupants of Reddick’s vehicle to two. Hunt died in the hospital over the weekend.

The occupant of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Newport Beach dispensary owner sexually mutilated

Police-lightsNEWPORT BEACH, CA – Four people stand accused of torturing a Newport Beach marijuana dispensary owner with a blowtorch and then cutting off his penis in a failed attempt to force him to reveal where he had buried piles of cash in the desert.

On Friday in a press release, the Orange County District Attorneys office said the defendants mistakenly believed the victim was hiding money and left him for dead on the side of the road.

Defendants Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, were Friday in Fresno by detectives from the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).

Defendant Hossein Nayeri, 34, was arrested Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic, by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. He will face extradition proceedings in the Czech Republic at a later date to be determined.

Defendant Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 34, was arrested and charged in October 2012. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 15, 2013.

All four defendants are charged with two felony counts of kidnapping for ransom and one felony count each of aggravated mayhem, torture, and first degree residential burglary, with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. All defendants are being held without bail and face a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

At the time of the crime, the victim owned a lucrative marijuana dispensary business.

Prior to October 2012, the owner took several marijuana growers, from whom he purchased marijuana for his dispensary, to Las Vegas for an extravagant and expensive weekend. Handley was among the growers who participated in the trip.

After the trip to Las Vegas, Handley told Nayeri and Ryan Kevorkian that the victim was extremely wealthy. The defendants then devised a plan to kidnap and rob the victim.

Four weeks prior to the kidnapping, the defendants videotaped the victim’s home and followed him as he made frequent trips to the desert. The victim regularly drove to the desert to discuss a possible investment deal, but the defendants wrongly believed that the victim was driving to the desert to bury large amounts of cash.

Approximately one week prior to the kidnapping, Nayeri committed a routine traffic violation in Newport Beach, and subsequently led NBPD on a high-speed chase when they attempted a stop. He crashed his car and fled on foot, and was able to escape at that time. Inside the abandoned car, Nayeri left behind the surveillance equipment and videos, which at that time had no criminal significance.

On Oct. 2, 2012, Handley, Nayeri, and Ryan Kevorkian entered the victim’s home with the intent to kidnap and rob him. Once inside, they zip-tied the victim’s wrists and tortured him, including severely beating him. They took the victim and put him in a waiting van.

The trio also zip-tied and kidnapped a female, who was the victim’s roommate’s girlfriend who happened to be in the home at the time. Before fleeing the scene, they stole a large amount of cash from the home.

They drove the victims to the desert near the area where they believed he was hiding the money. They continued to torture the owner throughout the drive to the desert by burning him with a blow torch. Once in the desert, they sexually mutilated the victim by cutting off his penis. They then doused the victim with bleach in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence and dumping both victims on the side of the road. The female was not physically harmed.

The three fled the scene leaving the two victims behind. They took the victim’s penis so that it could never be reattached.  The female ran over a mile to a main road in the dark, while still bound with zip ties, and flagged down a police car.

The victim spent a significant amount of time in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Fake bombs found on Sacramento State campus

Fake bomb Courtesy Sacramento State Police

Fake bomb
Courtesy Sacramento State Police

SACRAMENTO, CA – Fake bombs are popping up around the Sacramento State campus and officials are warning people to keep an eye out for the devices.

Sacramento State Police are warning people to stay away from any suspicious device and contact authorities immediately.

The faux devices were initially spotted a couple of months ago, and more have been showing up.

The first fake bomb was discovered on Sept. 3, near the western edge of the campus by some railroad tracks.

Three more devices have been located in just the past two weeks. These were discovered near campus buildings, but official were uncertain how long the devices may have been there.

The devices are made up of bundles of wire and broken pieces of electrical parts and then wrapped in electrician, or duct tape. The size of the devices have been a bit larger than a baseball and cannot be detonated.

Police are still trying to determine the reason for placing the devices around campus and are warning everyone to stay away from any suspicious looking devices.

Officials urge anyone who comes across such a device to contact the Sacramento State Police Department at (916) 278-6851.


Sacramento elementary school on lockdown

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Dyer Kelly Elementary School is currently under lockdown this afternoon.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the school was placed under lockdown as a precautionary measure while the area is being searched for a parolee who is wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Officials do not believe the parolee is armed.

Deputies are searching an apartment complex located close to the school.

The school is located in the San Juan Unified School District and was told to shelter in place and not to allow anyone on, or off, campus until the order was lifted.

Roseville man injured in early morning rollover

Police-lightsROSEVILLE, CA – A single-vehicle rollover caused an early morning fire and left one person injured in Roseville.

The Roseville Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is currently investigating a single-vehicle rollover that occurred around 1:15 a.m. Friday morning on southbound Fiddyment Road south of Pleasant Grove Boulevard.

A 2003 Infiniti four-door sedan was heading southbound on Fiddyment Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control. The vehicle veered off the road and plowed into a field causing the car to roll.

A small grass fire was quickly extinguished by first responders from the Roseville Police and Roseville Fire Departments.  The driver, a 34-year-old male from Roseville, was not wearing his seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.   DUI is suspected.

According to the Roseville Police Department, the southbound lanes of Fiddyment Road will be closed for the next several hours while investigators continue to examine the scene.

Roseville financial advisor pleads guilty

justice-department-sealSACRAMENTO, CA – A Roseville financial advisor pleaded guilty today to financial advisor fraud and now faces up to five years in prison.

According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 35-year-old Michelle Lee Kern pleaded guilty today to financial advisor fraud.

According to court documents, Kern was a registered investment advisor. Between December 2009 and December 2012, she defrauded her clients by transferring money from client accounts into her own bank accounts, credit card accounts and even to accounts of her relatives.

According to Kern’s Linkin profile, she worked for Ameriprise Financial Services located on Rocky Ridge Drive in Roseville, Calif.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Anderson is prosecuting the case.

Kern is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on January 30, 2014. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 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.

Roseville Crime Stoppers offers reward to help solve homicide

John Alpert Facebook

John Alpert

ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old John Alpert.

Read: Body found near Dry Creek in Roseville

On May 15, someone fishing in Dry Creek near Atkinson Street found the body of Alpert near the creek bed.  Roseville Police detectives and crime scene investigators examined the scene and collected the remains.  It appeared that the person had been dead for a few months.

By all accounts Alpert was a responsible man who had never been in trouble with the law.  He lived at home with his parents and was attending community college.  In March of this year, he left Palmdale to travel north with a group of illegal freight train riders.

Alpert had never illegally ridden the rails before and soon after his departure he stopped communicating with his family. Concerned for his safety, his family reported him missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on March 25.

On March 10 Alpert posted on his Facebook page, “im at the crossroads and for the first time, im scared.”

Detectives believe that Alpert arrived in Roseville on a freight train between March 16 and 17, where he met his death.  His body had unexplained injuries consistent with blunt force trauma, and detectives have classified his death as a homicide.

Anyone who has any information about Alpert’s death, or who saw Alpert in Roseville in mid-March, or had any contact with freight train riders in Roseville around that time is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at  (916)783-STOP (783-7867).  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s website, http://www.roseville.ca.us/police, and clicking on “Submit a Tip”, or by texting 274637 (start your text with the word “ROSEVILLE”).Tipsters can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Granite Bay High School briefly locked down

Police-lightsGRANITE BAY, CA – A suspicious note found in a Granite Bay High School bathroom led to the school being locked down earlier today.

On Thursday morning the school was locked down due to a possible bomb threat, as Placer County Sheriff’s deputies searched the campus for any suspicious devices.

The school went into lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. after learning of the threat. An announcement over the PA system told students to shelter in place.

The order was lifted just before noon.

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