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Roseville helps reunite owners with stolen property

http://www.roseville.ca.us/police/recovered_property/default.asp

http://www.roseville.ca.us/police/recovered_property/default.asp

ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department has made it easier for victims of crime to recover their stolen property today by launching an online property room.

As the Roseville Police point out, it would be great if everyone kept track of their valuables by recording their serial numbers. That way, if they’re stolen, they can be entered into state and national stolen property databases. This allows law enforcement to quickly identify such items as stolen property, and get them back to their rightful owners.

If you’re like the majority of us, you have no idea what the serial number is on that brand spanking new 100 inch LED TV you just purchased. And what about the stuff they took without serial numbers like all that jewelry?

When officers recover such items, they don’t have any way of tracing those items back to their owners, so the unclaimed items are stored in the police department’s property room.  If they’re not claimed, eventually property room staff has to auction them off in order to make room for new items.

In an effort to get more of these unclaimed found items back to their owners, the RPD’s property clerks have started an online property room here:

http://www.roseville.ca.us/police/recovered_property/default.asp .  The website includes small pictures and brief descriptions of unclaimed property.

If you’ve lost something or been the victim of a theft, and never got your property back, please browse through the pictures in our online property room.  If you think an item might be yours, click on “claim this item” and fill out the form, including as much descriptive information about your stolen item as possible, and our staff will contact you for follow up.


Stand Out Talent’s Copacabana the Musical

Cast of Copacabana

Cast of Copacabana
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ROSEVILLE, CA – On Sunday, Stand Out Talent brought their Community Production of extremely talented actors to Roseville’s historic Tower Theatre, to perform “Barry Manilow’s – Copacabana the Musical.”

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Amber Hollingsworth

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Amber Hollingsworth

A little over three years ago, husband and wife team, Jason and Jennifer Bortz attempted to bring Copacabana to Roseville, but Jennifer quickly realized the production was simply too big for their first year, so she patiently waited for just the right season.

Lucky for audience members, the wait paid off, as a stellar cast put on a fantastic show that had the audience laughing and booing at just the right moments.

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Tyler Leung

Olivia Lawrence (L) and Tyler Leung

Olivia Lawrence was spectacular as Lola La Mar, as she went from a country bumpkin trying to make it as a Capana Girl, to a full fledge star at the Copacabana, all due to the efforts of Tony Forte, played by Tyler Leung, marking his first major role.

Kevin Kirtlan played villain Rico Castelli, who steals Lola away from the Copacabana and whisks her to a seedy club in Cuba. Kirtlan did such a fantastic job, he had everyone in the audience yelling and booing at him through most of the show. This was Kevin’s first musical role.

Kelly Andrews (L) as Conchita Alvarez and Kevin Kirtlan as Rico Castelli

Kelly Andrews (L) as Conchita Alvarez and Kevin Kirtlan as Rico Castelli

The “standout” of the show was Jason Bortz, president of Stand Out Talent, who had to fill in at the last minute for an ailing Michael Coleman, who was scheduled to play Sam Silver, but was rushed to the hospital at the last minute. Not knowing the lines, or the songs, Jason had five minutes to get into costume and prepare for the part. The entire crew pitched in to make it happen. Jason tackled it like a pro, as he grabbed a clipboard with the script and used it as a prop. The audience loved him and gave him a standing ovation at the end.

Jason Bortz (L) as Sam Silver, Tyler Leung and Kelly Andrews

Jason Bortz (L) as Sam Silver, Tyler Leung and Kelly Andrews

Wife Jennifer said Jason couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of everyone, saying, “It’s truly a testament to the heart, level headed thinking and talent of our cast and crew.”

Stand Out Talent is a training facility and production company geared towards training young and old alike to meet the challenges in all aspects of performing and media arts.

In 2011, Stand Out Talent took over Tower Theatre in Roseville and since then Stand Out Talent has brought a wide variety of entertainment to Roseville including plays, independent film premieres, film festivals and concerts. They have also hosted a number of events like birthdays, proms and they’ve even hosted a wedding.

Ensemble Dance Sierra Scholesser (L) Click for more images

Ensemble Dancer Sierra Scholesser (L) and Branden Price
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Stand Out Talent produces three types of shows, children’s, community and professional productions. For the Copacabana production the majority of the performers were trained in their roles (singing, acting and dancing).

Their Professional shows utilize trained local non-union talent and past shows have been Next To Normal, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Unbeatable, Young Frankenstein and Agnes of God.

They will be holding auditions on June 10 and 11 for Footloose the musical.

Upcoming shows include Blacktop Comedy (May 2 – 4), The Little Mermaid (May 16 – 25) and in June they will be hosting a Musical Theater Boot Camp.  See their full schedule at http://standouttalent.org.

Roseville – Rocklin men tied to child pornography

US-Department-Of-Justice-SealSACRAMENTO, 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.

Man robs bank inside Roseville Bel Air

Surveillance Photo

Surveillance Photo

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.

2 dead after head-on-collision in Rocklin

Police-lightsROCKLIN, 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.

Roseville teen stabbed to death in Citrus Heights

Police-lightsCITRUS 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.

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.

Closed Restaurant – Missing owner – Few answers

steve-peaseROSEVILLE, CA – As the search for a missing restaurant owner continues, there are still many unanswered questions.

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 signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

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.

Sammy Hagar’s Restaurant shutters its doors – owner missing

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

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.

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

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.

Read: The Charitable Sammy Hagar

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.”

Large marijuana grow site discovered in Roseville home

Giovanni Anthony Vizcarra Courtesy Roseville Police

Giovanni Anthony Vizcarra
Courtesy Roseville Police

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.

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