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North Highlands teen killed on I80 in Nevada

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LOVELOCK, NV – A Sacramento area woman was killed after being struck by a truck she was trying to flag down on Interstate 80 in Nevada on Tuesday.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the tragic accident happened just after midnight on Tuesday, when 18-year-old Michalea Vines of North Highlands, was walking on the shoulder of Interstate 80 about four miles west of Lovelock, NV.

Vines had stepped into oncoming traffic as she tried to flag down a Ford F-150 pickup. The driver, who was from Winnemucca, was unable to avoid hitting the teen. The driver pulled over to try and help Vines, but she died at the scene.

Troopers believe Vines may have been drinking prior to getting hit.

Body of missing Roseville restaurant owner found

steve-peaseROSEVILLE, CA – The body of missing Roseville restaurant owner Stephen Pease was found along the Mendocino coast on Sunday.

According to a statement from family friend Chris Maudru, the body was discovered near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino County.

Pease’s body did not show any signs of trauma and is believed to have been in the ocean for more than a few days off the Northern California coast.

Recreational divers discovered the body in the ocean at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near mile-marker 3.89 along Highway 1, in Gualala,

Mendicino County Sheriff’s responded to the area along with the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden. Due to the steep cliffs, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and was able to airlift the remains to an open field.

No other details were available regarding his death.

Maudru said, “These last couple weeks have been very challenging for everyone involved in Steve’s disappearance with the uncertainty that surrounded us. We ask that in the spirit of these holidays, that you take care of one another, be gentle and be kind and compassionate.”

Pease, the co-owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville last contacted his family on Oct. 28 by cellphone and he was last seen Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg in Northern California, a four hour drive from the Roseville area.

Soon after his disappearance, a sign was posted on restaurant doors stating the bar and restaurant was temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “we’re looking forward to serving the community again soon.”

Maudru and his wife, local radio personality Kat Maudru, started distributing missing persons posters and helped organize search parties along the Mendocino coast in hopes of locating Pease.

Pease had rented a 2014 silver Chevy Captiva with Oregon license plate number 500GKN and was scheduled to return the vehicle on Nov. 5. According to Kat, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.

At the time police in Fort Bragg and Roseville both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither had discovered any evidence of foul play.

Since his disappearance, rumors were being spread of the mishandling of funds for the restaurant. The CelebrityExaminer did talk to a family friend who confirmed that Pease’s signature was required to dispense funds, forcing Sammy’s to close its doors when he went missing.

K9 finds meth in birthday present

Donald Owen Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Donald Owen
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Sarah Bastin
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

AUBRUN, CA – A couple was arrested last Wednesday night on several drug charges after Jet, a drug-sniffing dog, discovered a birthday present full of meth.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s department, Deputy Jet sniffed out the offending package after a routine traffic stop on Auburn Ravine Road at around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies pulled over 46-year-old Donald David Owen of Oakdale and 43-year-old Sarah Marie Bastin of Modesto for traffic violations and discovered that Owens was driving on a suspended license and was on searchable probation.

The narcotics-certified Jet was called in to “sniff” out the vehicle and quickly alerted deputies to several items that may contain drugs, including a box covered in birthday gift wrap. When deputies opened the birthday gift, they found 2.29 pounds of methamphetamine inside. The drugs were inside a large, zipped plastic bag.

Gift Wrapping from package

Gift Wrapping from package

2.29 pounds of meth Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

2.29 pounds of meth
Courtesy Placer County Sheriff

Owen and Bastin were booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of sales and transportation of a controlled substance, plus conspiracy. Owen is being held on $280,000 bail and Bastin’s bail is set at $250,000.

3 dead in fatal crash on 99

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – Three people were killed in a single vehicle accident on Highway 99 in South Sacramento early Saturday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2010 Acura went off the roadway killing all three onboard.

The driver was later identified as 24-year-old Sean Leon Guerrero of Modesto. The two passengers were twin brothers 23-year-old Michael Anderson of Atwater and his brother Robert Anderson of Elk Grove.

Guerrero, who was intoxicated at the time, was traveling southbound on Highway 99 at around 2:30 a.m. and was going between 80 and 100 mph. He lost control of the vehicle near the Calvine Road exit. The vehicle drifted into the dirt shoulder and hit a chain-link fence and metal pole.

All three victims died at the scene of the crash.

Woodland garage explosion leads to arrest

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WOODLAND, CA – A garage explosion in Woodland has led to the arrest of a woman who was attempting to process marijuana into highly concentrated cannabis, referred to as earwax.

According to the Woodland Police Department, a garage explosion at a home located at 87 Utah Avenue caused considerable damage. The concussion blew out the garage door, destroyed a large portion of the ceiling and blew the east and west walls away from the foundation and roof trusses.

As crews were headed to the scene it was reported that witnesses saw several people running from the burning home, with one of them on fire.

When fire crews and officers arrived there were no victims in the area and no reports of injuries.

First responders discovered large quantities of marijuana in the garage and inside a bedroom of the home. They also found containers of butane and traces of concentrated cannabis near the fire source.

The Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) was called out to investigate the situation and they were able to determine the occupants of the house were engaged in a chemical extraction process to manufacture concentrated cannabis at the time of the explosion.

Woodland Police arrested 22-year-old Lucinda Alvira Alarcon-Rodriguez. She faces charges of possession of marijuana for sales and manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical extraction, both felony crimes.

 

Granite Bay High School evacuated

Police-lightsGRANITE BAY, CA – Granite Bay High School was evacuated earlier today after a message was found on a bathroom wall stating that a bomb would detonate on campus.

Students were evacuated to the football stadium while authorities cleared the buildings. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies were onsite searching the campus and students were allowed to re-enter the school at around 1 p.m.

This is the second time this month that a threatening note has been found in the bathroom. Earlier this month the school was placed under lockdown after a similar note was found. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies searched the campus and did not find any suspicious devices.

Former Rocklin teacher get 10 years in prison

Matthew Yamamoto Credit: Rocklin Police

Matthew Yamamoto
Credit: Rocklin Police

ROCKLIN, CA – A Former Whitney High School teacher has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

On Thursday a judge announced that Matthew Yamamoto will be sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison, and must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

According to Placer County District Attorney Jeff Wilson, the court decided against probation for Yamamoto after the defendant defied a restraining order instructing the student to destroy evidence of their relationship and creating fake email accounts to avoid detection.

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Yamamoto pleaded no contest to oral copulation with a minor, attempted sexual intercourse with a minor and sexual penetration on a minor. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to obstructing justice. There were several minor counts that were dismissed.

Yamamoto was arrested on September 17 2012 on charges of molesting or annoying a minor and meeting with a minor for purposes of committing a lewd act.

According to reports, days before his arrest the district was scheduled to name him Teacher of the Year.

27 of Roseville shooter’s family and gang members arrested

mugs1mugs3ROSEVILLE, CA – Multiple law enforcement agencies arrested 27 people on Wednesday. Thirteen of those arrested are relatives of Roseville police shooting suspect 32-year-old Sammy Duran.

Roseville Police, along with local law enforcement, Immigrations and Customs (ICE), parole officers and Homeland Security, arrested a total of 27 people on Wednesday morning. Those nabbed by Police face charges of witness intimidation, drug possession, possession of drugs for sale, weapons violations and child endangerment. Eight of those arrested are being held by ICE.

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It all started after Duran was in a shootout with police in a Roseville neighborhood. After his arrest, gang and family members descended on the small neighborhood and began intimidating witnesses.

According to Roseville Police Lt. Mike Doane, “We had a very violent event that brought to light that gang activity has increased,” Doane told News 10, “Then you add witness intimidation and that neighborhood needed our assistance.”

There were four homes searched in Roseville and other homes located in Placer, Sacramento and Yuba counties were also searched in connection to Duran.
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Duran, a known Sureno gang member, opened fire on officers on October 25, wounding a federal immigration officer, who was on scene providing support for Roseville police. A pursuit ensued, followed by Duran barricading himself in a Roseville home. While barricaded in the home he shot a Roseville officer and injured four others by shrapnel.

Th Roseville Police Department has released the following names and related charges:

Antonio Benito Duran, 33, of Roseville – Suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang, threatening or dissuading victims and witnesses, being an accessory to a felony, conspiracy, possession of an illegal weapon (a billy club) and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Juan Pedro Sanchez, 31, of Roseville – Suspicion of child endangerment, possession of meth, possession of meth for sale and possession of an illegal weapon (a billy club).

Davina Inez Felix, 34 – Suspicion of child endangerment, possession of meth for sale, and possession of an illegal weapon (a billy club).

Jimmy Kevin Green, 56, or Roseville – Possessing illegal fireworksmugs4

Alexis Jenest Sandoval, 20, of Roseville – Delaying or obstructing officers

Margerita Elena Ydrogo, 3o, of Roseville – Suspicion of being an accessory to a felony and conspiracy

Alizza Mares, age 18, or Roseville – Suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and conspiracy.

Jorge Alberto Campos III, age 21, of Roseville – Suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang, threatening/dissuading a witness, and being an accessory to a felony.

Isaac M. Aginaga, age 23, of Roseville – Suspicion of transportation/sales of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marie Annette Dalton, age 52, of Citrus Heights – Suspicion of child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, keeping a place to sell drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Juan Pedro Sanchez, age 31 of Roseville – Suspicion of child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of an illegal weapon (billyclub/sap type weapon).

Anita Felix, age 64 of Roseville – Suspicion of child endangerment and keeping a place to sell drugs.

Jose Benjamin Felix, age 19 of Roseville – Suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang, threatening/dissuading a witness, conspiracy, being an accessory to a felony, possession of marijuana for sale.

Elizabeth Baker, age 51 of Roseville – Suspicion of intimidating a witness/victim, being an accessory to a felony, conspiracy, and a Nevada County warrant for DUI.

David Dennis Klein, age 45 of Citrus Heights – Suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, keeping a place to sell drugs, possessing paraphernalia, and a Sacramento County warrant for contempt of court.

Danny Duran Garcia, age 35 of Sacramento – Suspicion of child endangerment and possessing marijuana for sale.

Manuel Orville Blanco, age 32 of Roseville – Suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, obstructing public officials, and probation violation.

Jose Felipe Magana-Aguilera, age 37 of Auburn – Suspicion of using false citizenship documents and illegal entry into the U.S.

Alexander Joseph Felix, age 36 of Roseville – Suspicion of child endangerment.

Abel Mosqueda, age 22 of Auburn – Suspicion of probation violation.

Adam Ruben Sanchez, age 32 – Suspicion of parole violation.

A 17-year-old female juvenile on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony and other related charges

Nolan Jerome Kerfeld, age 31 – Suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and parole violation.

 

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.

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