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Sacramento County sheriff’s officials are asking residents and business owners with surveillance cameras on their properties to sign up for a new registry that would be available to law enforcement in need of footage.

The Sheriff’s Electronic Eye, or S.E.E., program would alert officers from any law enforcement agency to any privately owned surveillance systems in the area of a particular crime or location of interest. Law enforcement would be able to obtain surveillance footage only with the owner’s consent – even if the surveillance system is part of the registry.

The registry does not give law enforcement access to live surveillance feeds or a camera’s archived footage, according to Sheriff Scott Jones. Footage would have to be physically provided by the owner.

In a Thursday news conference, Jones stressed that the registry is a “tremendous tool” for law enforcement. But he spent a good portion of the conference trying to head off anticipated criticisms of the program.

In 1995 or 1996, a friend of mine was killed in a crash on Kiefer and South Watt. Two men were arrested for chasing them and causing the accident. What ever happened to them? Are they still in prison?

– Lupe, Sacramento

Alfred Anthony Garcia and Michael Lee Childress were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the deaths of three people in October 1996 as the two engaged in a high-speed chase.

According to stories in The Bee, Garcia, of Susanville, and Childress, of the Rosemont area, were involved in an altercation at a Rosemont-area party the night of the crash. When Childress fled in his car, Garcia reportedly pursued him at speeds of 70 to 90 mph.

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Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced a campaign Friday to fund a resource center for domestic violence victims, a vision she has held for years.

The so-called “family justice denter” would be a centralized location where domestic violence victims could address all of their needs. A victim, for example, would be able to file a police report, meet a prosecutor, receive counseling and find shelter from abusive situations.

“By bringing together our existing committed partners and forming a collaborative framework, we can provide a safe place for victims and their families to receive the resources and services they need to escape domestic violence,” Elaine Whitefeather, executive director of A Community for Peace, said in a promotional video released Friday.

Beth Hassett, executive director of Women Escaping A Violent Environment, said in the same video that a family justice center would “fill the cracks in our current system, allowing us to get to victims early.”

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Elk Grove armed robbery suspect

Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who reportedly posed as a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker to gain entry to a residence.

Police said the robbery took place April 10 in the 7600 block of Glenbain Way. About 9:35 p.m., a 55-year-old woman was inside her residence when a man she did not know rang her doorbell. When she opened her front door, the man identified himself as a SMUD worker who was conducting a follow-up, according to a Police Department news release.

When the man entered the residence, he brandished a handgun at the woman, threatened her and demanded money, police said. Fearing for her safety, the woman gave him an undisclosed amount of money. The man then left the residence on foot.

The suspect (pictured) is described as 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, with short sandy blond hair and a mustache. He was wearing a plain short-sleeve T-shirt and khaki shorts.

Yolo County animal services officials seek the public’s help in finding a dog that bit a child in a park in Dunnigan.

The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. April 11. A 3-year-old child was with his mother in a park near the 29000 block of Main Street when the youngster attempted to approach a small dog running loose in the park and was bitten, according to county news release. The mother told animal services officials that she had not seen the dog in the area before and has not seen it since the child was bitten. Animal services employees also have been unable to find the animal.

The dog was described as a small gray and white terrier type. The mother did not recall seeing a collar on the dog.

Identifying the dog to verify current rabies vaccination could help spare the child post-exposure rabies treatment.

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Deputy District Attorney Robin Shakely presents her closing arguments in a trial in 2008.

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully has promoted one her prosecutors to the position of assistant chief deputy district attorney.

Scully announced that Robin Shakely, who began her career in the DA’s office 35 years ago as a legal research assistant, will assume her new job on Monday. Shakely has been a supervising deputy district attorney since 2001 and has also served as Scully’s special assistant.

Shakely is widely known for her expertise in child abuse and child homicide prosecution. She has worked on statewide efforts addressing issues of child abuse and fetal infant mortality.

Scully said that Shakely’s breadth of prosecutorial experience coupled with respect she has earned throughout law enforcement makes her a natural to assume a higher leadership role in the office.

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A man who complained about another person throwing trash on the ground was shot at when he followed the litterer’s car, Roseville police reported.

Police said that one of three people who stopped at a gas station near Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Fairway Drive about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday tossed trash on the ground. A bystander picked up the trash and exchanged words with the litterer, according to a police activity report.

The litterer threatened the man before the trash tosser drove away. The man who was upset about the littering followed and called police.

At one point, the car with the litterer made a u-turn and one of the people inside fired a shot. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.

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Just west of Madison Avenue, the Pathfinder veered right, crossing all lanes and running off the shoulder into a ditch, striking a tree.

A woman and a small boy who died Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue were from Southern California.

The Sacramento County Cororner’s office identified the victims of the car crash as Carrie Tricia Sears, 40, of Encino and Skylar Eubanks, 4, of West Hills. Encino and West Hills are neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. Thursday. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said a witness, an off-duty law enforcement officer, spotted a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder speeding on I-80 near Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis and weaving in and out of the three left lanes. The witness called in and reported the vehicle.

Just west of Madison Avenue, the Pathfinder veered right, crossing all lanes and running off the shoulder into a ditch, striking a tree.

A Truckee man was arrested Wednesday after his alleged hash-oil manufacturing attempts went awry, causing his house to explode.

Douglas Hall, 54, who suffered burns on his face and hands in the incident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of concentrated cannabis, manufacturing controlled substances with chemicals and felony child endangerment.

He was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

Hall’s girlfriend and young child were in the house, in the Ponderosa Palisades subdivision, at the time of the explosion, about 4:45 p.m.

A Yolo County jury has convicted a caregiver of second-degree murder in the death of a 66-year-old man who had developmental disabilities.

James Mattos, 53, of Davis, also was found guilty of elder abuse likely to cause great bodily harm or death, and theft from an elder or dependent adult, according a District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Oct. 12, 2012, the Davis Fire Department responded to a call regarding a man who was unconscious. Firefighters found the victim, Cecil Wachholtz, at his home on a bare mattress, dressed only in a dirty adult diaper. Wachholtz was developmentally disabled and Mattos was his caregiver.

Authorities said Wachholtz was emaciated and covered with bed sores on three sides of his body. Garbage and animal feces were strewn throughout the mobile home where he lived.

A woman and child died this afternoon and another child was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue.

The three right lanes of westbound I-80 likely will remain closed for about two hours, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said a witness, an off-duty law enforcement officer, spotted a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder speeding on I-80 near Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis and weaving in and out of the three left lanes. The witness called in and reported the vehicle.

Just west of Madison Avenue, the Pathfinder veered right, crossing all lanes and running off the shoulder into a ditch, striking a tree.

In the late ’90s or early 2000s, a guy was racing down Franklin Boulevard in Elk Grove and killed two brothers when they were making a left turn, splitting their car in half. Last I heard, he was sentenced to prison. Is he still there?

– Tom, Elk Grove

Clinton Colon pleaded no-contest to charges that included vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the June 2006 crash that killed 15-year-old Anthony Mondragon.

Colon was sentenced in October 2008 to 15 years and eight months in prison. Now 26 years old, he is incarcerated at Valley State Prison in Chowcilla.

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