More than 13 years ago, Genaro Olaguez-Rendon moved with his four children to the Sacramento area from his home state of Sinaloa, Mexico.
In the years since, the 53-year-old Mexican citizen carved out a quiet life working as a landscaper, attending church and eventually settling into a cramped, two-bedroom rental home in North Sacramento, where he drew little attention to himself.
Just after 3 p.m., a fugitive task force led by U.S. marshals confronted Olaguez-Rendon in his driveway and arrested him in connection with the May 2, 2000, massacre of eight municipal officials in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, as well as unrelated marijuana cultivation charges out of San Joaquin County.
The Sept. 22 Q-and-A section had a story of siblings killing and dumping their mother in the river. But there was another similar story that didn’t involve siblings. I recall it was a lady named “Barbara.” Her son hit her with a blunt object and left her to die and dumped her body with weights into the river. What happened to him and his whereabouts?
– Still in my mind, Sacramento
You likely are thinking of the July 1997 slaying of Barbara Schultz, whose weighted body was found floating in a water-filled quarry about a week after her then 17-year-old son started driving her car around town and entertaining friends at their Rocklin home.
According to stories in The Bee, Steven “Matt” Schultz told friends that he intended to kill his mother. A day later, he struck 40-year-old Barbara Schultz with a baseball bat and used his hands and an extension cord to strangle her. Aided by friends, he then disposed of her body in the water-filled rock quarry.
Two men were sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento in two related mail fraud cases involving the purchase and sale of 24 Sacramento-area homes in 2007 and 2008.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced Vadim Vilchitsa, 32, of Sacramento to 15 months in prison, and Yevgeniy Y. Zazhitskiy, 39, of North Highlands to 20 months in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Restitution will be set at a hearing Jan. 29.
According to court documents, before and during 2007, Vilchitsa and a business partner solicited funds from investors to buy residential properties, renovate them and flip them. The operation was successful before the financial crises, but when real estate values plummeted, the business was unable to sell its inventory of homes.
Vilchitsa and his partner allegedly coordinated the purchases of 24 of their company’s residential properties, although they knew the purchasing investors did not have the income or assets to support the loans for the properties, authorities said.
A 17-year-old Marysville girl died early this morning when the vehicle in which she was riding ran off the road and overturned in Yuba County.
The crash occurred shortly after midnight as 19-year-old Richard D. Hensley II of Citrus Heights was driving a 1998 Nissan Frontier southbound on Feather River Boulevard north of Murphy Road. For some reason, Hensley steered the vehicle to the left, allowing it to go off the east edge of the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The vehicle rolled onto its roof as it left the road and continued into a drainage ditch, where it rolled back onto its wheels.
CHP officials said neither Hensley nor his passenger was wearing a seat belt, and both were ejected from the vehicle. The passenger, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Woodland police are looking for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint this morning as she opened her business.
Officers were dispatched about 10:38 a.m. to Cash for Gold at 78 W. Court St. regarding a report of an armed robbery. The victim, an employee of the business, told officers that she arrived for work shortly after 10:30 a.m. and was unlocking the front door when she felt someone grab her purse. The woman turned and saw a man she did not know brandishing a black handgun. The man demanded that she give him her purse and took it from her, according to a Police Department news release.
The purse reportedly contained an undisclosed amount of money and personal items.
The suspect was described as a male adult, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt and scarf, which concealed his identity. Witnesses told police they last saw the man running eastbound on West Elliott Street.
Placer County sheriff’s detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect in a Granite Bay burglary.
Sheriff’s officials released a photo of a man with a black eye that was captured at the front door of a home on Oak Hill Drive at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 6.
Anyone with information regarding the man is asked to call Detective Dan Meier at (916) 652-2411. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-8191.
Sacramento Fire Department investigators are searching for a suspect who is believed to have started several small fires this afternoon along the American River near Highway 160.
Assistant Chief Kim Iannucci said the first crew responded about 2:40 p.m. to a fire on the north side of the river near Northgate Boulevard. Firefighters arriving at the scene reported fires on the south side of the river as well, and a second crew was dispatched to the area near Richards Boulevard, Iannucci said.
The fires were largely contained by about 4 p.m., although crews continued to mop up hot spots.
Iannucci said investigators are seeking an individual who reportedly was seen in the area of the fires. A description of the suspect was not immediately available.
Sacramento Bee file
Keith Fessler, a music and windsurfing buff, was killed in 2009 during a home invasion. Two men were convicted of murder in the case.
Two separate Sacramento Superior Court juries today convicted the cousins Ronnie Vang and Joson Vang of first-degree murder in the June 23, 2009, shooting death of Keith Fessler in his Meadowview area home.
Ronnie Vang, 32, is facing the death penalty as a result of the verdicts. Vang had a just been released from prison on a prior burglary conviction, and witnesses said he told them he shot and killed Fessler during the course of a break-in at the man’s home because he did not want to be identified.
The penalty phase of Ronnie Vang’s trial has been scheduled for Jan. 6.
Fessler, 44, was a Kaiser-Permanente technician and a long-time musician who collected guitars. Prosecutors said the Vangs stole several of the instruments and then sold some of them to a local pawn shop. The pawn shop owner alerted police and the cousins were soon arrested.
A former Citrus Heights police officer accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage volunteer made a brief court appearance in Roseville Wednesday.
Carl Bookamer, who started with the department in 2006, is charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors related to his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female police volunteer, including rape of an underling and lewd and lascivious acts on a child.
Bookamer was a member of the city’s police force at the time.
The department began an investigation after the allegations surfaced Oct. 26, 2012, said Gina Anderson, a department commander. She described the alleged inappropriate relationship as an “isolated incident” occurring in Placer County. Bookamer did not return to duty following the allegations. Anderson said the police department handed the findings of its investigation to the Placer County District Attorney’s office.
Jay Mather/ Sacramento Bee file
The Aerojet Rocketdyne campus in Rancho Cordova.
Seven people went to the hospital as a precaution after a chemical container was punctured on the Aerojet Rocketdyne campus in Rancho Cordova.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Bryan Thomson said dispatchers received a call about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday concerning the incident.
Thomson said a release of “waste chemical” occurred during the movement of a container by a worker.
“Seven people were exposed, one directly, and six indirectly,” said Thomson. “There were no real symptoms, but they were all transported to area hospitals to be evaluated.”
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Runners run through Fair Oaks Village during the 29th annual California International Marathon, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011.
The California Highway Patrol is advising motorists that the Sunday running of the California International Marathon will mostly preclude any traffic on the course that begins at Folsom Dam and ends at the state Capitol.
The CHP advises in a press release that motorists should cross the course route before closures or find another route.
The CHP will be handling traffic from the start to Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard, where Sacramento police take over traffic duties. Marathon monitors will occasionally allow traffic to cross the course if there are large gaps between runners.
The finish line area around 8th, 9th, 10th streets and Capitol Mall will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to race organizers.
The California Highway Patrol is alerting Sacramento County motorists to road closures that will significantly affect local traffic during Sunday’s California International Marathon.
The course for the run begins at Folsom Dam and ends at the state Capitol. Depending on location, road closures will occur between 5:20 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. During the scheduled time for closures, no traffic will be permitted on the course. CHP officials recommend that affected motorists either leave early before the road is closed or find an alternate route.
The CHP will handle traffic control from the start of the course to Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard, where the duties will be turned over to the Sacramento Police Department. CHP units will be in place prior to the posted road closure times.
Road closure times are available online at www.runcim.org.