SACRAMENTO, CA – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced on Thursday the indictment of several men for violations of federal child exploitation laws, including one man from Roseville and another from Rocklin.
Included in the announcement were several indictments along with two men who were sentenced for receiving child pornography.
On February 12, 49-year-old Robert Jones of Roseville was indicted for receiving images of child pornography between October 23, 2011, and October 27, 2011. At his arraignment on February 18, Jones pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 bond.
On February 12, 45-year-old Paul Ross Pacini of Rocklin, pleaded not guilty for receiving images of child pornography between December 28, 2009 and October 13, 2013. A federal grand jury had returned a one-count indictment charging Pacini with receiving images of child pornography. He remains in custody, and his next court date is set for March 11, 2014.
Others indicted included 45-year-old John Franklin Bye of Chico. Franklin was arraigned on February 14 and pleaded not guilty to receiving images of child pornography between 2011 and 2012. He remains in custody with a court date set for April 1, 2014
Bakersfield resident 20-year-old Tyler Certuche was indicted on February 20 for receiving and sharing child pornography in August and September 2013. According to a previously filed criminal complaint, an FBI agent in Oklahoma City obtained several child pornography video files through a file-sharing program from a computer subsequently traced to Certuche. When a search warrant was executed at Certuche’s residence in Bakersfield on February 12, 2014, Certuche admitted that he had used the file sharing program to obtain and view child pornography videos in 2013. Certuche is out of custody and scheduled for arraignment on February 26, 2014.
Yuba City resident, 29-year-old Derrick Jason Pair, was sentenced on February 11, 2014, by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to eight years and one month in prison, to be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release. According to court documents, Pair came to the attention of law enforcement during the investigation of another defendant. A search warrant executed at Pair’s residence located approximately 2,000 images of child pornography and 50 videos on his computer. Some of the images and videos showed “prepubescent children and toddlers and sadistic and masochistic conduct.”
Oroville resident, 23-year-old Michael Adam Cruz was sentenced on February 12, 2014, by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 10 years in prison, to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release. According to court documents, in May 2012, Cruz posted an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a young-looking female. He arranged to meet a minor for the purpose of having sex with her and was arrested upon his arrival at the designated meeting point.
The maximum statutory penalty for each violation of distributing or receiving child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A conviction for the violation would also carry a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison.
These cases, other than the Bakersfield case, were investigated by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. ICAC is 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 cases other than the Bakersfield case
These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.
ROSEVILLE, CA – Roseville police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a River City Bank located inside a Bel Air store on Friday.
According to the Roseville Police Department, the suspect enter the Bel Air store located at Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way on Friday just after 4 p.m.
The man demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapons were seen and no one was injured during the incident.
A photo was taken from surveillance equipment. The robber is described as a white male with blond hair and appeared to be in his 30s, between 6’2″ to 6’4″ tall and weighing around 200 pounds. A surveillance photo is attached.
If you recognize this man or have any other information that could help solve this crime, call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP.
ROCKLIN, CA – Two people are dead after a driver crossed a double yellow line to pass a vehicle on Sunset Blvd Friday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 5 p.m. on Friday when the driver of a silver Toyota Camry traveling eastbound on Sunset Blvd, just west of Fiddyment Road, at a high rate of speed started passing vehicles in an unsafe manner.
The Toyota was coming up to a crest in the road where a double yellow line clearly marked a no-passing zone. The driver of the Toyota crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic to pass another vehicle and collided head-on with a white Infiniti G20.
The drivers, both males, were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in either of the vehicles.
Sunset Blvd was closed for some time as investigators examined the crash site.
The identities of the victims were not released.
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – A Roseville teen has been identified as the victim of a deadly stabbing that occurred on Tuesday night in Citrus Heights.
According to Citrus Heights police, the stabbing occurred around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 7500 block of Auburn Blvd, near Old Auburn Blvd. Officers were called to the scene about a fight, but friends transported the victim to another location.
Emergency personnel located 18-year-old Wade Isaiah Shingu suffering from a major stab wound. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.
Shingu was with friends at the home when the fight broke out.
Detectives are still trying to determine who was responsible for the stabbing and why the fight broke out.
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.
The disappearance of one of the co-owner’s of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville was spotlighted after the abrupt closure of the restaurant on Sunday.
Without warning, 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.” That was when it was discovered that co-owner Stephen Pease was reported missing late last month.
Local radio personality, Kat Maudru and her husband Chris are distributing a missing persons poster in hopes of locating Pease.
According to the poster, Steve Pease 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.
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 Maudru, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.
Police in Fort Bragg and Roseville have both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither has discovered any evidence of foul play.
Maudru told KCRA, “We’re very concerned. This is not like Steve to do something like this.”
In the meantime, employees of the restaurant are still waiting for what now looks like their final paycheck. The checks were to be paid out last Thursday.
Innova Restaurant Concepts, LLC, opened the 10,000 square-foot restaurant in September 2012 as part of Roseville’s revitalization project. Considered a success, Pease and partner John Yip started construction on Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill at the Roseville Galleria.
Sammy Hagar, the former lead singer of Van Halen and known as the Red Rocker, licensed his name to be used for the restaurants but is not an owner.
Pease worked closely with the Roseville Community Development Corporation, a private non-profit association, which was established in 2010 by the Roseville City Council with an initial $5 million loan.
Kevin Payne, assistant director of economic development for the city of Roseville and vice president of operations for the RCDC told the Press Tribune last year that $80 million in redevelopment funds, private financing and city funds have been poured into the renovation of downtown over the last 20 years.
More recently $37 million has been poured into the downtown area and according to county records the RCDC loaned Innova $1.5 million in February 2012 to help build out Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill.
It’s unknown if payments are current on the loan.
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.
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.
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.”
ROSEVILLE, CA – On Tuesday the Roseville Police Department discovered an “extensive” marijuana growing operation inside a home.
The Roseville Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET) discovered a large marijuana growing operation inside a home located in the 9500 block of Highland Park Drive.
VNET detectives began their investigation after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors complaining of a strong odor emanating from the house, which is across the street from a neighborhood park.
After serving a search warrant on the two story home, investigators found the majority of the home being used to grow and process marijuana.
Twenty-six-year-old Giovanni Anthony Vizcarra was arrested for cultivating marijuana for sale, theft of utility services, and other related charges.
Approximately 200 marijuana plants were confiscated, including packaging materials and other evidence related to marijuana cultivation and sales.
ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department held a news conference on Saturday to provide the public more details surrounding the shootout with at-large parolee, 32-year-old Sammy Nathan Duran.
Since 2002, Duran has been on parole no less than eight times. This last time the Roseville native was out on parole from Placer County Jail and was being sought for violating his most recent parole.
A few nights prior to Friday’s incident the fugitive was spotted, but he alluded capture.
A crime-suppression team was working the area when a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officer, who recently joined the team, spotted Duran riding a bike near a park on the 200 block of Sixth Street just after 3 p.m. Friday.
The ICE agent gave chase on foot, while two other officers remained with their vehicle.
According to Chief of Police Daniel Hahn, “The suspect ran from the officers and it soon became very clear that he was intent on getting away and even murdering any officer that stood in his way.”
Duran opened fire with a handgun hitting the ICE officer in the foot. Some witnesses said the officer may have accidently shot himself/herself, but Hahn stated that does not appear to be the case.
Only a few minutes later there was another exchange of gunfire as Duran made his way through the neighborhood of older homes.
It didn’t take long for over 100 law enforcement officials to converge on the area and set up a perimeter with over 10 agencies on scene.
Duran finally broke into a home in the 600 block of Hampton Drive, where a terrified couple and their small child were allowed to leave.
During the standoff, officials noticed a strong gas odor in the area and evacuated an estimated 15 homes. “The last thing we wanted was for that house and all the surrounding houses to blow up from all the gas igniting,” Hahn said. “We believe he turned on that gas.
A crew from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was called in to shut-down the gas lines leading into the neighborhood.
During the standoff at the home, Duran fired on Roseville officers twice, hitting one officer in the jaw. Four other officers were injured by flying shrapnel. All are expected to survive, and only one remains hospitalized and listed in serious condition.
After a long night of trying to negotiate Duran’s surrender, officers sent in a robot to communicate. He agreed to surrender and emerged from the house at approximately 12:30 Saturday morning.
“It took a lot of work on the negotiators’ part to have it end the way it did,” Hahn said.
Duran suffered minor scrapes to his head and face and a bullet wound to his hand. He was treated for his injuries and transported to the Placer County jail, where he now faces numerous attempted-murder charges.
The investigation continued through the weekend as officers collected evidence from what they consider three different crime scenes.
Hahn went on to reject claims by Duran’s relatives that officers fired on Duran first, and that the ICE agent had shot himself in the foot trying to draw his weapon.
Hahn would not confirm any details around the weapons Hahn had in his possession, only that he had a handgun. It’s believed that he was armed with an assault style weapon, but Hahn would not confirm that fact.
According to records from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Duran had a laundry list of convictions that started back in 2002 including, possession of a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury upon a spouse, attempted carjacking and resisting an officer with the threat of violence.
ROSEVILLE, CA – The man responsible for shooting four officers including an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer and three Roseville police officers has surrendered.
The Roseville Police reported around 12:30 a.m. Saturday that 32-year-old Samuel Nathan Duran surrendered to police. Following standard procedures after an incident of this nature, Duran was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated before being booked into Placer County Jail.
According to Roseville police spokesman Cal Walstad, Duran had been at-large for at least 10 days with several law enforcement agencies on the lookout. Once officers located Duran Friday at around 3 p.m., he opened fire on officers, wounding a federal immigration officer, who was on scene providing support for Roseville police.
The initial shooting occurred in the area of Riverside Blvd and Cirby Way, where Duran wounded the ICE officer. However, there are some witnesses that claim the ICE officer may have shot himself in the leg, but that has not been confirmed.
Duran ran from the bike park located on Riverside and broke into a house located in the area of 6th and Hampton Streets, where he barricaded himself inside. At least 10 separate law enforcement agencies converged on the area during the manhunt. It’s unclear who lived at that home.
Negotiators from the Hostage Negotiations Team began talking to Duran via phone and bullhorn on and off during the 9 hour standoff. Duran’s family continued to plead with him to surrender.
There were several times when Duran shot at officers while barricaded in the home, shooting three Roseville police officers. One was hit by bullet fragments, one was shot in the jaw and the other shot in the shoulder.
One of the injured was in serious condition
A robot was sent into the home sometime after 10:30 to communicate instructions to Duran on how to surrender.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Duran came out of the house with his hands held up, where he was placed onto a gurney and loaded into an ambulance.
All the victims were at Sutter Roseville Hospital. The ICE agent, with Homeland Security, was listed as stable and alert after being shot in the leg.
One at-home day care center locked down the center into the night. Area schools also went into lockdown during the initial stages of the incident.