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New details emerge in case against Fox 40 anchor

Sabrina Rodriquez Twitter

Sabrina Rodriquez
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SACRAMENTO, CA – New details have emerged in the case against Fox 40’s morning anchor, Sabrina Rodriquez after prosecutors filed court documents on Monday charging Rodriquez with grand theft, burglary and conspiracy.

Rodriquez turned herself into authorities on Thursday of last week and has been released on $10,000 bail. According to Fox 40, she is currently on voluntary leave from the television station.

Today Rodriquez posted on Facebook that she has resigned from her position at the TV station, “I am heartbroken to say, I have decided to resign my position at FOX40. Given the recent media attention I feel it was the best decision to make.”

According to prosecutors it all started in 2013 when Rodriguez drove her fiancé, Nicholas Gray, to San Francisco to help him sell stolen goods.

In court documents, prosecutors say the two had texted each other on a number of occasions.

In February of last year Gray texted Rodriguez, “I got 8 $350 cashmere sweaters plus skirt I got rent.”

In March, 2013, Gray texted Rodriguez, “Outta Vacaville. So easy. BCBG re arranged the store. So I got 100 dlr purses.” Later that day Rodriquez replied, “Awesome. I love when a plan comes together.”

On March 24, 2013, a witness reported seeing Gray walk out of the Coach Outlet in Folsom with stolen wallets. Rodriguez has admitted to being in the store with Gray, but claims to know nothing about what he was doing.

Prosecutors disagree as they write about surveillance video from the store, “Rodriguez is then observed picking up, and shaking a wallet at Nicholas Gray.” Gray then stuffed the wallet in his “Faraday bag,” which is bag designed to defeat store security sensors.

According to a recording of Gray, he claims to have stolen up to $200,000 worth of clothing from such stores as BCBG within the last two months of the recording, The thefts occurred in San Francisco while he was in the city to get his methadone.

Fox 40 recently pulled a story from their website that originally aired in December 2012, where Rodriquez interviewed an anonymous shoplifter who was showing off Coach Handbags he had stolen.

While Rodriquez’s ordeal has just begun, her fiancé was charged with the theft in May of last year. However, Gray’s troubles run deep after prosecutors charged him on Monday for arson, battery and drug possession in connection to a fire at a home he shared with Rodriquez on 53rd Avenue.

Gray is accused of trying to make honey oil, a concentrated form of marijuana. During the process, prosecutors claim the butane used to make the oil ignited and caused an explosion that burned down the home. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

FOX 40 anchor arrested for grand theft

Sabrina Rodriquez Twitter

Sabrina Rodriquez
Twitter

SACRAMENTO, CA – Fox 40 News anchor Sabrina Rodriguez has been arrested on charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy.

According to KCRA3, Rodriguez voluntarily turned herself in to police on Thursday after a warrant for her arrest had been issued.

The award winning anchor is accused of aiding an accomplice in the theft of 10 wallets from a Coach outlet store located in Folsom.

According to Folsom Police, employees at the store recognized Rodriguez from her appearances on Fox 40 News, where she is an anchor and reporter for the station. The store manager reported $2,500 in stolen merchandise.

Rodriguez was released on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Court on Aug. 29.

In a written statement from Fox 40, the station said this is a personal matter and is not connected with her responsibilities at Fox 40. However, the station has granted her a leave of absence.

According to Rodriguez’s attorney she is innocent of all charges and they are looking forward to defending her in court.

Rodriquez is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a 5-time Emmy Award winner, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for TV Small Market “Feature Reporting”

To make matters worse, after a fire at her South Sacramento home on May 6 of this year that injured one firefighter, Rodriguez’s fiance, Nicholas Gray, was recently arrested on charges of arson, battery, manufacturing meth and possession of marijuana or hashish for sale. His bail was set at $600,000.

At the time of the fire, both Rodriquez and Gray told officials they believed the stove had exploded.

Gray remains behind bars.

Driver killed in Folsom accident

Police-lightsFOLSOM, CA – A Cameron Park woman was killed Sunday Morning after the car she was driving left the roadway and slammed into a tree.

According to Folsom police, 23-year-old Stephanie Leigh Mobbs, of Cameron Park, was driving a Mercedes at a high rate of speed in the area of Golf Links Drive Sunday morning just before 1:30, when her vehicle veered off the road near East Natoma Street and hit a tree.

Mobbs was ejected from the vehicle.

Folsom prostitute arrested for Santa Cruz murder

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Alix Tichelman
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SANTA CRUZ, CA – A Folsom woman has been arrested for the November 2013 death of a Google executive while on his yacht.

According to Santa Cruz police 26-year-old Alix Catherine Tichleman, an admitted prostitute, was arrested on Friday for the November heroin overdose of 51-year-old Forrest Hayes.

According to Deputy Chief Steven Clark, Tichleman met Hayes aboard a yacht docked at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor after connecting with him on seekingarrangement.com. during her time on the boat, she injected Hayes with heroin and abandoned him after he passed out from the drug.

Alix Tichleman Santa Cruz Police

Alix Tichleman
Santa Cruz Police

Hayes’ body was discovered on Nov. 23, when Santa Cruz police detectives were called to the scene of a suspicious death on a yacht docked in the harbor. They identified Tichleman as a suspect that month after learning she had a prostitution relationship with Hayes.

Detectives were able to recover text messages and emails exchanged by Tichleman and Hayes, and found out that she had met with him the evening of his death.

According to surveillance video taken on Hayes’ boat, Tichleman injected Hayes with heroin during her visit. In the video Hayes can be seen suffering some type of medical problem and then lapsing into unconsciousness while Tichleman was present.

The video shows Tichleman gathering up needles and heroin and at one point she was seen stepping over the unconscious Hayes and finishing off a glass of wine and closing the blinds before leaving the scene.

According to Deputy Chief Clark, she failed to render aid or call 911.

During their investigation, police discovered another death that was being investigated in another state involving Tichleman. The death was under similar circumstances as Hayes.

Santa Cruz detectives were able to lure Tichleman back to Santa Cruz by posing as a client offering more than $1,000 for sex at an upscale location. When she arrived at the planned time on July 4th she was promptly arrested.

Tichleman boasted in an interview with police to having relationships with more than 200 clients.

Tichleman is being charged with second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and illegal drug charges after detectives posed as a prospective client wishing to pay for sex, according to Santa Cruz police.

Tichleman posted a chilling message on Facebook in late June writing, “It’s really nice to talk with someone about killing sprees and murdering people in cold blood…and they love it too. No judgement. Yay! F#ck all of that positivity bullshit. Take a look around you. Life is hard and then you die.”

Placer County woman arrested for mail fraud

US-Department-Of-Justice-SealSACRAMENTO, CA – A Placer County woman was arrested today in connection for mail fraud with ties to a Ponzi scheme based out of Folsom.

According to a statement released by United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, 42-year-old Kari Sonovich was taken into custody today at her home in Meadow Vista.

According to court documents, between July 2008 and April 2009, Sonovich recruited investors to invest with her Las Vegas company, B&B Consulting Group LLC, by telling them she could place their funds with an international trader who operated at an extremely high level, promising returns of up to 500 percent every 90 days. When investors deposited funds with her, Sonovich kept some or all of the funds for herself. The indictment alleges that Sonovich received more than $3 million from investors. To date, no investor has received the promised returns, and in most or all instances, no investor has received any of their initial investment back.

Some investors in Sonovich’s scheme became involved at the same time that an earlier investment fraud scheme in which they had invested was collapsing. Anthony Vassallo and Kenneth Kenitzer ran that Folsom-based Ponzi scheme through their company Equity Investment Management & Trading (EIMT). Both were convicted for that scheme, Vassallo is serving a 16-year prison sentence and Kenitzer is scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2014.

On January 31, 2014, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment, charging Sonovich with mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed today after her arrest. Sonovich is scheduled to be arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento at 2:00 p.m.

If convicted, Sonovich faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to twice the losses resulting from the scheme. 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 case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Hobler is prosecuting the case.

 

 

SUV crashes into Starbucks 8 injured

Courtesy Folsom PD

Courtesy Folsom PD

FOLSOM, CA – Eight people have been injured after an SUV plowed into a Starbucks store.

According to the Folsom Police Department at around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, a Lexus SUV crashed through the storefront of the Starbucks store located at 603 East Bidwell Street.

The driver of the vehicle was parking her vehicle when the SUV accelerated over a parking barrier onto East Bidwell Drive then back toward the building. The car crashed through a side window and into the main area of the shop.

The driver of the vehicle and her passenger were not injured. However, eight customers who were inside the store at the time suffered injuries. Six people were transported to area hospitals with varying injuries. One person was listed in serious condition.

According to police substance abuse was not a factor and the driver did not have a medical condition.

Help identify two suspected burglars

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AUBURN, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of vehicle burglaries in North Auburn and is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man and woman believed to be responsible.

The pair are suspects in several Folsom area burglaries and investigators believe the two are also responsible for vehicle burglaries in North Auburn.

Please contact Detective Ross Byers at (530) 889-7815 if you have any information leading to the identity of these subjects.1383047_558762934178208_2039793383_n

Help identify this robbery suspect in Folsom

Photo of suspect provided by witness

Photo of suspect provided by witness

 

FOLSOM, CA – Folsom police are asking for your help in identifying a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that occurred in late July.

Just after 5 p.m. on July 22, three men robbed several minors near the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Greenback Lane. The men punched and kicked the victims, causing minor injuries, say police.

The suspects are described as males around 18 years old. One suspect is described as white with short blonde hair, another is black with short black hair and the third is Hispanic with long brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Det. Rick Olson with the Folsom Police Department at (916) 351-3323 or rolson@folsom.ca.us.

PowerHouse Pub catches fire

PH_Logo_301SACRAMENTO, CA – PowerHouse Pub, a popular Folsom bar and music venue caught fire around 5 a.m. Saturday, damaging the 100-plus-year-old building.

According to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire it appears the fire started on the pub’s two-story deck, after a cigarette was smoldering for a couple of hours after the bar closed.

Arson investigators are still trying to trying to confirm that the cigarette was the cause.

A sprinkler system saved the remainder of the pub and other businesses in the area.

The bar suffered smoke and water damage and a bathroom was destroyed.

UPDATE: PowerHouse Pub opened the night after the fire and remains open.

Rocklin Police looking for this woman

Help identify this woman

Help identify this woman

ROCKLIN, Calif. – Rocklin police could use a hand in finding a person of interest who may have withdrawn cash from someone else’s bank account.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, an unknown person entered a bank in Folsom on February 1 to withdraw cash from an account belonging to a Rocklin Resident.

Detectives have obtained a photograph from surveillance cameras and are asking for the publics help in identifying the woman in the photo.

Please call 916-625-5443 and refer to case number 13-112-5 with any information.

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