FOLSOM, CA – The promoter for last summer’s Big Wake Weekend on Folsom Lake was arrested by Placer County Sheriff’s detectives this week on charges of defrauding people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday afternoon, detectives arrested 54-year-old Robert Richards, Jr. at his Folsom home.
Richards is accused of defrauding by false pretenses and for passing bad checks.
One man was owed nearly $200,000 and Richards paid him with checks that bounced. During the investigation, detectives discovered more vendors who had been defrauded by Richards.
Richards was booked at the Placer County Jail and his bail was set at $10,000. He posted bail late Tuesday.
It’s unclear what type of impact this will have on Big Wake Weekend 2014, which is scheduled to kick off on May 30 at Camp Far West in Lincoln.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A man is in critical condition after officers shot him after he attempted to run officers down with his vehicle on Wednesday.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on 28-year-old William Herzog yesterday at approximately 5:30 p.m., when the suspect tried to run over officers, leaving them no choice but to shoot.
According to the Sacramento Police Department officers from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department were attempting to serve the arrest warrant on Herzog who is facing several felony charges including; sex acts on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse and possession of obscene matter depicting a person under fourteen.
Officers found Herzog sitting in his vehicle with a 17-year-old female passenger in a parking lot near 65th St and 4th Avenue. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and as the team of officers instructed Herzog to exit the vehicle, he accelerated the engine and drove at officers nearly striking one of the Sacramento Police Officers.
A second officer from the Sacramento Police Department and a Deputy from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department feared for their safety and the safety of the other officers on scene, and fired their weapons at Herzog, striking him multiple times, causing Herzog to crash into one of their patrol cars.
Herzog was transported by the Sacramento Fire Department to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition. The female passenger was uninjured.
Once Herzog is medically cleared he will be booked into Sacramento County jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer in addition to his felony warrants.
The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide, Internal Affairs, and Crime Scene Investigation Units are conducting this investigation in conjunction with the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the 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.
COLFAX, CA – A man is behind bars today after leading Placer County Sheriff Deputies on a vehicle pursuit that ended at an RV center in Colfax.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department was alerted just before 6 p.m. Monday that 38-year-old Joel Bumgarner had taken pills and was drinking alcohol prior to leaving in his vehicle from his Auburn home.
An alert deputy spotted Bumgarner driving on Bowman Road. The deputy attempted to stop him, but he continued onto eastbound Interstate 80, driving between 50 to 75 MPH, exiting at Colfax.
Bumgarner continued to drive at high speeds down South Canyon Way, he ran a stop sign, and turned onto a cul-de-sac.
When Bumgarner got to the Sierra RV Center on South Canyon Way, he crashed into a parked fifth-wheel trailer and got his vehicle stuck. As Bumgarner attempted to dislodge his vehicle, he rammed a patrol car and four other fifth-wheel trailers. One of the trailers was pushed into a metal building and a PG&E box was also damaged.
Bumgarner finally exited his vehicle and began to walk away. He refused to stop when ordered to do so, forcing a deputy to apply a Taser. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment due to the medications he reportedly ingested.
The Placer County Sheriff Office’s Critical Accident Response Team is investigating the accident. Bumgarner is being held at the Placer County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence, evading, vandalism and resisting arrest. His bail is set at $100,000.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives arrested a fifth person responsible for the violent stabbing and murder of a father on Wyda Way last week.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s department said, 21-year-old Jose Guadalupe Salazar was arrested on Thursday on an unrelated arrest warrant, and then additionally booked on Friday by Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives for the murder of 41-year-old Shannon Gregg.
Earlier, 21-year-old Sebastian Torres along with three juveniles were arrested in connection to the murder of Greg, who was stabbed and killed after he attempted to intervene during an altercation between the suspects, his daughter and her friends last week.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A man has been arrested 10 days after shooting a 17-year-old juvenile on Andrea Boulevard.
Sacramento Sheriff’s Detectives today arrested 24-year-old Steven Albert Evans on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, after he fired a handgun from a vehicle, striking the teenager.
The teen is expected to make a full recovery.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Four people have been arrested in the stabbing death of a father who came to the rescue of his daughter and her friends last Wednesday.
According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department 21-year-old Sebastian Flores Torres was one of the four arrested and has been identified as the suspect in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Shannon Gregg.
Last Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the area of 2300 Wyda Way in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento.
When deputies arrived they discovered Gregg, a 29-year-old male and a juvenile with stab wounds. All three were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Gregg died later at the hospital from his wounds.
In a heroic effort Gregg and an unidentified 29-year-old male attempted to intervene. Both men were stabbed along with a teenage boy. The 29-year-old and teenage boy were listed in stable condition.
Torres is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail without the possibility of bail and the three male juvenile suspects were booked into Juvenile Hall.
FAIRFIELD, CA – A father has been arrested today for biting off his 1 month old son’s nose after he couldn’t stop the infant from crying.
According to Fairfield Police, 18-year-old Joshua Cooper was so frustrated with his baby son’s crying that he bit off part of his son’s nose.
Police responded just after 8 a.m. Thursday to an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Alaska Avenue when the mother called to report her baby was bleeding from the nose.
Officers arrived and found the infant bleeding from the face. A number of family members were at the apartment at the time, including the 17-year-old mother and Cooper.
The baby was rushed to North Bay Medical Center and then transferred to Oakland Children’s Hospital.
According to reports, one-third of his nose had been severed, and the baby suffered other injuries including a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage in the apparent attack.
The child is currently listed as stable.
AUSTIN, TX – A drunk driver is facing two counts of capital murder after plowing through a crowd of people, killing two and injuring over 20 others at the opening day of the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
According to the Austin Police Department, the intoxicated driver was attempting to flee police after he was driving his car the wrong way down a one-way street. In his failed attempt to get away from officers, the driver plowed his car into a crowd of people killing a man and a woman who were riding scooters and then he continued to mow down more festival goers.
The suspect was arrested and faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault by vehicle.
Witnesses said it looked like something out of a movie as the car was tossing people into the air and knocking people down, leaving a bloody trail of destruction.
Photos posted to various social media sites showed people lying in the streets with emergency responders trying to help the injured.
Austin Police are requesting anyone with photos or videos to turn them over to police for evidence.
South by Southwest is an annual event featuring film, interactive and music festivals, drawing large crowds to area every year.
FRESNO, CA – United Sates Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that 26-year-old Sergio Patrick Rodriguez of Clovis was sentenced on Monday to 14 years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno police helicopter.
United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill called Rodriquez a “walking crime spree,” and said the crime was serious with potentially deadly consequences.
Rodriguez and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, were both convicted by a federal jury after a three–day trial in Fresno back in December 2013.
According to evidence presented at trial, Rodriguez and Coleman used a high-powered green laser pointer to repeatedly strike the cockpit of Fresno’s Air 1 helicopter during a clear summer night in 2012.
Air 1 was responding to the apartment complex where Rodriguez and Coleman resided near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport to investigate the report of laser strikes on Air George, an emergency transport helicopter for Children’s Hospital of Central California.
The laser pointer that Rodriguez and Coleman used was 13 times more powerful than the permissible power emission level for hand-held laser devices. The crew members of both Air 1 and Air George testified that the laser strikes caused significant visual interference.
In imposing the sentence, Judge O’Neill considered not only the severity of the offenses but Rodriguez’s significant criminal history, numerous probation violations, and Bulldog gang affiliation. In addition, Dr. Leon McLin, a Senior Research Optometrist for the Air Force Research Laboratory who testified at trial, indicated at sentencing that the laser pointer that Rodriguez used was an instrument capable of inflicting serious bodily injury and, indirectly, death due to a high potential for crash caused by visual interference.
“We in federal law enforcement understand the dangers posed by laser strikes on aircraft,” U.S. Attorney Wagner stated. “This is not a game. It is dangerous, and it is a felony. Those who aim lasers at aircraft should know that we will seek to convict them, and we will seek to send them to prison. The safety of aircraft and the people in them demands no less.”
“Lasing aircraft is not a joke or a casual prank. It is reckless behavior that can have fatal consequences for air crew, passengers and the public on the ground,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI’s Sacramento field office. “Rodriguez’s sentence clearly demonstrates the seriousness of his actions and that the FBI will work with its law enforcement partners to locate and arrest those who engage in dangerous, improper use of hand-held lasers that puts us all at risk.”
“Deliberately pointing a laser at an aircraft is a criminal act with serious safety repercussions,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We applaud law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts to combat this serious problem.”
Sentencing for Coleman is set for May 12. She is facing a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the FAA, there were 3,960 reports of people shining lasers at aircraft in the United States in 2013. The Eastern District of California, which encompasses 34 counties in the eastern portion of California, reported 94 laser strikes, with the largest number of laser incidents reported by the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Bakersfield Meadows Field Airport. Law enforcement and emergency transport helicopters are particularly vulnerable, since they typically fly at lower altitudes. Their convex-shaped windows also cause greater refraction and visual interference when the beam of a laser strikes. Night-vision goggles can also amplify the beam and pose a greater threat of visual interference.
On February 11, 2014, in 12 cities, the FBI, in collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association International and the FAA, announced the Laser Threat Awareness campaign, a nationwide effort to alert the public to the threat that aircraft laser illumination poses and the penalties for such activity. The FBI will offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft. If you have information about a laser strike, contact your local FBI office. Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov. If you see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call 911.
STOCKTON, CA – An afternoon confrontation at a Stockton park on Saturday resulted in a 27-year-old man behind bars after stabbing a 15-year-old boy.
According to the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department, Keith Perkins was arrested for allegedly stabbing a teen during a fight at Gianone Park on East Harding Way.
The teenager had left his home in the 2300 block of Harding Way in Stockton at around 3 p.m. Saturday.
According to witnesses, Perkins confronted the boy and when the argument turned physical he stabbed the teenager in the abdomen.
Friends transported the victim to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.