Folsom

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

Alix Tichelman Facebook

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.

The milkman cometh

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Photo: Youtube

In what has got to be one of the worst crazes on YouTube, ‘Gallon Smashing’ appears to be going viral, and now pranksters have hit stores in Elk Grove and Tracy in the last couple of days.

Typically, at least two people are involved. One armed with a video camera, the other with a gallon or two of milk. The prankster then fakes a tumble throwing the milk in the air, as patrons run to assist their fellow shopper.

There could be some humor in this, if the pranksters cleaned up the mess they made and paid for the damage done, but they don’t. They leave the store, and the mess, behind and head home to upload their latest show of brain power to YouTube.

Guess what guys. As cities fight back, your well-honed tumbling skills are going to land you on the wrong side of the law.

There are various reports of young kids being charged with theft and disorderly conduct in other cities, Elk Grove and Tracy are no exception as they track down the perpetrators. If someone were to be hurt during one of these wonderfully planned out shows of idiocy, they could be facing jail time.

There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to Gallon Smashing. Here’s what one boy genius wrote.

“Ok, so this gets messy and someone will have to clean it up… but people do get paid for cleaning so what’s the problem? Think about all the people that drop bottles of wine or eggs (or anything messy)… it still needs cleaning up. Everyone I know that has seen these videos have laughed so hard. The world needs more laughter. Destroying private property? Milk/juice is not private property… it’s available for the public, in a public store.”

Simply brilliant.

So is it funny or felony?

Concert Review: Madison Hudson

Madison Hudson - Click for more images

Madison Hudson – Click for more images

Madison Hudson is quickly becoming a local favorite in the country music world, as she’s starting to play larger venues such as Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in Folsom, Calif.

I was first introduced to Hudson’s singing abilities at, of all places, a Doobie Brothers concert at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Film star and singer, Branscombe Richmond brought Hudson up on stage to sing “Listen to the Music,” along with the Doobie Brothers.

The 15 year-old Hudson is country pop singer from the small town of Wheatland, located in rural Northern California. She’s been singing the national anthem at sporting events and from time to time has been making appearances with singer songwriter Rachel Steele and the band Road 88.

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Rachel Steele – Click for more images

Opening at Toby Keith’s was a big move for the country singer as she was joined by Rachel Steele, and Road 88 band members Scott Prentice (guitar) and Billy Haggard (guitar). She also had a special guest singer Courtney Chapman, but more on that in a minute.

Kicking off their set, Hudson and Steele performed Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.” Hudson appeared nervous, but quickly overcame any nerves after “Stuck Like Glue.”

Hudson went on to perform solo, singing Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” and Hudson’s original song “Tommy.” She hit her stride as she began “Tommy,” and never looked back, as she performed a number of songs, both solo and with Steele, sounding more like a veteran performer than a 15 year-old up and coming star.

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Scott Prentice – Click for more images

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Courtney Chapman – Click for more images

Halfway through her performance Hudson brought her special guest, and close friend, Courtney Chapman onstage to provide vocals. The duo brought the house down with a wonderful rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” Chapman did a sterling job on vocals and I was looking forward to hearing more from her, but that was not meant to be, as Chapman exited the stage after performing “Mean.”

Hudson has been hinting on her Facebook page that bigger things were coming this summer as she is scheduling more appearance and bringing Chapman along.

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Billy Haggard – Click for more images

“Well I said 2013 would be crazy!” she wrote, “I will be working on stage with several artists working up to this summer. But I would like to introduce you all to Courtney! Courtney will be joining me starting this summer. We will be a new team and I am so lucky!! You will see us out and about together soon getting ready to rock it country style!!”

Looking forward to it!

Madison Hudson is someone to keep an eye on. You can find more information about her and Rachel Steele at the below links.

Visit Madison Hudson on:

Facebook
Official Website
See Hudson perform “Tommy

 

Rachel Steele with Road 88 can be found at:

Official Website
Facebook

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