The kids caught a break – 25-to-life instead of no-parole terms for their special-circumstance murder convictions. Even the DA said he thought Alexander Marquis Lewis and LaQuwon Warr could be rehabilitated and made eligible for future freedom, when they’ll still be in their early 40s.
The actual shooter, Jermaine Barnes, who fired seven bullets into an unarmed man lying in the street – he’ll never get out of prison if the judge’s sentence handed down Friday holds up over the decades.
Barnes’ girlfriend, 13 years his senior, who escorted her man and the then-two teenaged boys to commit the murder– Sacramento Superior Court Judge Raoul M. Thorbourne laid into her harder than anybody. Fitima Goodman, he said, was the adult who could have stopped the whole thing,
“Not only is her life in effect destroyed, but I think her actions led also to the all but functional destruction of these three,” Thorbourne said. “ have no hesitation at all in sentencing her to LWOP.”
Elk Grove police are investigating reports that two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by other teenagers in a local park early Sunday morning.
Detective Josh Magdalleno said investigators are working with two victims and have received a cell phone with video of the incident. Magdalleno declined to provide details of the alleged assaults, citing the sensitive nature of the case in which all parties involved are younger than 18 years old.
He said video of the incident is thought to have been sent to numerous cell phones, and anyone who has received the video is urged to contact police.
The incident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. Magdalleno said the incident is believed to have occurred at Morse Park, 5540 Bellaterra Drive, but investigators have not confirmed the location.
Roseville Police Department
Robert Alan Kill
Roseville Police Department detectives are looking for possible victims of a former San Juan Unified School District teacher who was arrested in October on suspicion of possessing child pornography and other related charges.
They are investigating allegations that Robert Alan Kill, 62, videotaped girls without their knowledge for his own sexual gratification.
He appeared in Placer County Court on Feb. 26 and was remanded into custody. He has since been released on $1 million bail.
Kill was a San Juan Unified teacher from 1979 to 2011. According to the district, he taught fourth grade at Woodside Elementary for eight years before moving to Barrett Middle School to teach a combination seventh- and eighth-grade class in 1987.
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Deepal Wannakuwatte, second from right, and his wife, Betsy, pose with twin brothers Mike, left, and Bob Bryan of the Texas Wild tennis team after a Sacramento Capitals match last July.
Deepal Wannakuwatte, the Sacramento businessman who crash-landed three weeks ago when he was arrested and jailed, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of bank fraud and false statements to a financial institution.
According to the three-count indictment, beginning in September 2011 Wannakuwatte sought a line of credit from San Jose-based Bridge Bank. He claimed the funds would be used to improve his medical glove manufacturing facility in Olivehurst, Yuba County, the indictment alleges.
Wannakuwatte informed the bank his West Sacramento companies, International Manufacturing Group Inc. and RelyAid Global Healthcare Inc., were engaged in the international manufacture, shipment and distribution of latex gloves and did more than $100 million of business every year with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the indictment states.
These claims, the indictment declares, were not true, but were made to make Wannakuwatte’s operations appear more creditworthy.
Nevada County authorities are warning of two recent possible attempted kidnappings by a stranger with a bald head.
The first occurred March 7 when a man with a bald head wearing a hoop earrings, tried to lure a 6-year-old girl into what was described as a black Toyota 4-Runner in the Magnolia Road area.
The man told the girl he needed help in finding his dog, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department. The girl, who was playing in her front yard, did not cooperate and the man became more insistent.
The girl ran into the house and the man drove away.
Fairfield Police Department
A Fairfield man has been arrested for allegedly of biting off a portion of his son’s nose because the baby was crying, according to police.
Police said that they received a call from a distraught woman about 8 a.m. Thursday who said that her infant was bleeding from the nose. When officer arrived at the apartment in the 1000 block of Alaska Avenue they found the 1-month-old with a bloody face.
The infant’s father, Joshua Cooper, 18, the child’s 17-year-old mother and other family members were at the home.
The baby was rushed to North Bay Medical Center for treatment. There, doctors determined that the infant not only had a partially severed nose, but also might also suffer from head trauma.
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Gunfire in Yuba City Thursday night ended with a man shot dead by police.
Gunfire in Yuba City Thursday night ended with a man shot dead by police.
Neighbors said they were threatened by the man so they sought help from Yuba City police. Officers were dispatched to the man’s home in the 2900 block of Hillview Drive about 9:45 p.m.
When police arrived they knocked on the man’s door. After a short time, the man came to the door armed.
Officers ordered the man to put down his weapon as they retreated to safe positions. He refused, according to a police press release, prompting officers to fire.
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Shannon Gregg worked as a tree trimmer and could fix just about anything, his girlfriend said.
Shannon Gregg always said he would die for his kids.
And so, when a commotion erupted in the front yard where his daughter and her friends were gathered Wednesday night, that protective instinct took over, said Gregg’s longtime girlfriend and mother of their three children.
Several chaotic minutes later, Gregg, 41, was bleeding to death from a stab wound to the heart, apologizing to her as he lay on the lawn of the family’s Arden Arcade home. Two others were wounded in the attack, she said: a neighbor, 29, who tried to intervene, and a 15-year-old boy who is a friend of Gregg’s daughter.
“He did love his kids,” Gregg’s girlfriend said Thursday, breaking into sobs.
What happened to the men accused of a home-invasion robbery in Sun City Roseville several years ago?
– Trisha, Roseville
Three men were convicted and are serving prison sentences for the 2004 home-invasion robbery.
According to stories in The Bee, Jose Humberto Magana Torres, Octavio Gomez Perez and Heiner Orlando Villeda randomly broke into the home of a 71-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman, then ransacked the residence after tying up the couple. They also struck the man several times and demanded money from him.
The California Highway Patrol will hold an open house and informational meeting March 27 in Rancho Cordova for young people interested in participating in the agency’s Explorer Program.
The program allows young men and women age 15 to 21 to learn about CHP operations and experience what a career in law enforcement would be like. Explorers are trained in many aspects of law enforcement and work with officers in the field as they patrol the area’s streets and highways, according to a CHP news release.
Officials say successful completion of the Explorer Program can open doors to many opportunities, noting that Explorers have gone on to earn college degrees, enter federal service careers with the FBI and Secret Service, attend military academies, or move into other law enforcement or public service careers.
Candidates for the program must:
Sacramento police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in two robberies of a Rite Aid store in midtown Sacramento.
The first robbery occurred about 12:09 p.m. Monday when a man entered the Rite Aid store at 2101 S St. and approached the pharmacy county. The man (pictured) handed a note to the clerk indicating that he was armed and demanding pharmaceuticals, according to a Police Department news release. No weapon was seen.
The second incident occurred about 10:52 a.m. Thursday when the suspect entered the same store and approached the pharmacy counter. The man again handed a note to the clerk indicating he would harm people in the store and demanded pharmaceuticals. Again, police said, no weapon was seen.
The man is described in his mid 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with a scruffy beard. He was wearing long black shorts, tan work boots and a black hooded sweatshirt with gray camouflage on the hood, sleeves and midsection.
A man wanted by Woodland police in connection with a number of residential and vehicle burglaries was arrested early Thursday.
Mario Lopez (pictured) was taken into custody by Yolo County sheriff’s deputies about 12:30 a.m. after a vehicle stop in the unincorporated community of Madison, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
On Wednesday, a task force including members of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Ag Theft Task Force, Woodland and Davis police departments, the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team and the California Highway Patrol scoured various parts of the county searching for Lopez into the night, sheriff’s officials said.
At 12:30 a.m., a vehicle was stopped in Madison for a vehicle code violation, and Lopez was found to be a passenger in the vehicle. He was arrested by deputies from the sheriff’s ag theft task force and booked into the Yolo County Monroe Center in Woodland.