SACRAMENTO, CA – A Roseville financial advisor who worked for Ameriprise Financial Services in Roseville has been sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay over $640,000 in restitution.
According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner today, 36-year-old Michelle Lee Kern, of Sacramento, was sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $642,625 in restitution for financial advisor fraud.
According to court documents, Kern worked as a licensed financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial between 2009 and December 2012. Kern stole $642,625 from approximately 20 clients by making wire transfers from client accounts to Kern’s own bank accounts and credit cards. She also forged client signatures on checks.
According to victim statements read in court, Kern’s theft made it difficult for some victims to retire, support disabled children, and pay for college.
“Kern abused her role as a trusted, licensed financial advisor to defraud her clients for personal gain. Her actions clearly demonstrated disregard for the perilous financial situation her clients ultimately faced when they became victims of the fraud,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the Sacramento division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Investigation and prosecution of financial fraud is a top priority for the FBI, particularly such that is committed by those entrusted to safeguard funds.”
To compound matters, while Kern was waiting to be sentenced, she was charged in Placer County for embezzling from her church.
Kern was ordered to turn herself in to the Bureau of Prisons on September 11, 2014, to begin serving her sentence.
ROSEVILLE, CA – The reopening is great news for Roseville residents who may have been missing Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill after it abruptly closed last year.
The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, along with the Roseville Community Development Corporation announced today the reopening of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill – no date has been set.
The restaurant will have an island party theme, feature craft beer, tropical cocktails and beach-inspired cuisine, along with live music.
Hagar’s family has taken over the lease for the 10,000-square-foot restaurant located at 238 Vernon Street. The restaurant operated for just over a year before abruptly closing last November after co-owner Steve Pease went missing in late October. 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.”
“I’m just really happy to bring this back for the fans,” the Red Rocker said in a news release. “Roseville’s such a cool city and I plan on spending a lot more time there — jamming and playing live with friends.”
The community Development Corporation remains the building owner, after it acquired it in foreclosure from Pease’s estate and management company, Innova Restaurant Concepts LLC. At the time of his disappearance, Innova was in default over a $1.5 million loan from RCDC to start the restaurant in 2012.
ROSEVILLE, CA – On a hot and blustery Mother’s Day, Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End hosted their annual EndFest concert at Roseville’s Placer County Fairgrounds, with close to 4,000 fans flocking to the show.
This year’s EndFest featured English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently appeared on the competition show, The Voice, as Christina Aquilera’s mentor. Joining Sheeran was pop-singer Austin Mohone, The ChainSmokers, Hot Chelle Rae and the San Francisco Bay Area duo Kalin and Myles.
The End’s morning crew from The Wake Up Call, consisting of Katie, Gavin and Jason, took the stage to introduce Kalin and Myles, but first handed out several upgraded seats allowing winning fans to sit inside the pit for Kalin and Myles set. Throughout the show, the team would announce a new set of winners and rotate them through the pit.
Kalin White and Myles Parrish opened their set with “Go to Work” followed by a medley of songs, much to the excitement of the mostly young female crowd. DJ duties fell to Myles’ brother Jacob who goes by DJ JaykeeP.
Mid-way through their performance, the pair had fans cheering when Myles shot into the air and performed a flip in mid-air as Kalin helped propel him across the stage.
The duo cut their set short when some fans, who had been sitting in the wind and afternoon heat all afternoon, started having physical problems, mostly due to dehydration. Fans requiring medical attention were pulled into the pit by security and radio station personnel who handed them over to waiting medical staff provided by Rock Med. At least one person was taken out on a stretcher.
Organizers immediately jumped into action with crew members handing out free bottled water. Radio personalities Gavin and Jason were also handing out water to people in front. People in turn were passing the water bottles toward the center of the crowd, where they were needed most. Warning audience members to put their phones away, one staff member began hosing down the crowd with a garden hose.
Due to the number of problems, fans were asked a number of times during the show to back away from the stage and give each other some room.
Hot Chelle Rae was up next kicking off their show with “Never Have I Ever,” with the crowd joining in on the chorus. Brothers Ryan (lead vocals) and Jamie Follese (drums) were joined by Nash Overstreet.
In between sets, radio personality Christopher K. brought a couple of surprise guests. Clair Crawley from season 18 of the reality TV show ‘The Bachelor’ and YouTube sensation Dani Noe.
The Chainsmokers, a pair of singing, songwriting DJ’s consisting of Andrew Winter and Alex Pall brought cheers from the crowd as they hit the stage playing their unique style of music. During their set they tossed a number of extremely large donuts out into the crowd. The crowd cheered when the duo finished off with their hit “Selfie.”
Austin Mahone brought his A-game and a few of his friends in the form of dancers, as the crew stormed the stage and really worked the crowd into frenzy.
After performing “Shawty Shawty”, Malone yelled out to the crowd to step back and told officials to get an ailing concertgoer some help in the middle of the crowd, as he pointed to the fan.
Elevating his status to saint for some parents, Mahone went on to warn the crowd that he would not continue his performance until the crowd stepped back. Making good on his promise, a band member started playing a soft quiet piece on the keys in an effort to calm the crowd. After about 10 minutes Mahone came back on stage and performed John Legends “All of Me,” followed by a shout out to all the mothers in the audience, dedicating “Always be My Baby” in recognition of Mother’s Day.
After completing the two slow songs, Mahone shouted “What do you say we pick it back up a little bit,” only to be followed by an announcement looking for several missing children. Once he got started back up, he continued with “MMM Yeah” and ended his set with “What About Love.”
Ed Sheeran, armed with a guitar and no band, proceeded to play “”You Need Me” followed by “Lego House.” In between songs Sheeran explain he was using a new Loop Station, designed to repeat, in the form of a beat, anything it records.
During his performance Sheeran would strum a few chords, recording them on the Loop Station and then play those back while playing his guitar over the freshly recorded beats. Voila – no band required. Sheeran finished off his set with “The A Team” and “Sing.”
Anyone attending an outdoor concert needs to stay hydrated at all times. Due to the many young fans at Sunday’s concert, dehydration was a problem. Many people were waiting hours for the gates to open and the show to begin. With the excitement of the day and the building anticipation leading up to the start of the concert, most fans stationed upfront, were reluctant to give up their coveted positions and sacrificed some much needed water.
Here are a few things you should know about dehydration
Dehydration is perhaps the most common health concern at any outdoor event. Because of this, anyone attending an outdoor event should always bring enough water with them as well as something to eat.
If you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or disoriented you should head over to medical tents, or other area designated for first aid.
There are two types of heat exhaustion:
Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water!
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.