California’s prison reduction efforts have caused property crime to go up significantly, according to a report released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The report adds academic credibility to longstanding complaints by conservative lawmakers and law-enforcement groups that state correctional changes since October 2011 have increased crime. In response to a lawsuit over prison crowding and state budget problems, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature approved a plan that gave counties responsibility for lower-level offenders who were previously incarcerated and supervised after release by the state, a process called realignment.
The net effect of the changes is that 18,000 offenders who previously would have been in jail or prison are no longer behind bars, the PPIC authors found. The authors found “robust evidence” that having those offenders on the street played a significant role in the 7.6 percent increase in statewide property crime last year.
“We have certainlyheard that realignment is causing crime to go up, and that’s what we found at least as far as property crime,” said Magnus Lofstrom, a report co-author and a research fellow at PPIC, a nonprofit and non-partisan research organization.
A transitional-living facility for violent, mentally ill offenders can’t meet a key condition on a killer’s release from Napa State Hospital, but a state agency responsible for his oversight still thinks the man can safely be placed in a Sacramento group home.
Instead of putting Ronald Benjamin Toppila in the Northstar Program in Manteca for three to four months, the Central Valley Conditional Release Program now wants to place him directly into one of two unlocked and unsecured Sacramento group homes. Program officials refused to identify the location of the homes because of patient confidentiality.
Disclosure of the hiccup in Toppila’s release came Monday amid a Sacramento Superior Court hearing on another killer, Thomas Alvin Webster, who also wants out of the Napa hospital where he was undergoing treatment. A Central Valley CONREP official has testified in Webster’s hearing that it plans to place him in a transitional facility similar to Northstar – and possibly Northstar itself – if a judge approves the killer’s release, as Napa psychiatrists recommended in testimony last week.
The twist in the Toppila case came as a jolt to the mother of Troy Allen Clower, the 22-year-old man Webster shot and killed in 1993. In separate cases, both Webster and Toppila were charged with murder, but found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed in the state mental hospital system.
Fire that apparently started from improperly disposed of ashes heavily damaged a Carmichael garage.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to fire call at a house in the 3100 block of Edgehill Lane about 12:40 a.m. Monday to find a garage in flames. The couple who lived at the home woke up to find smoke entering the home.
They safely got out of the house. Crews were able to contain the fire to garage and several rooms.
A Metro Fire press release said that still-hot ashes from a wood burning stove had been placed in a trash can too near the home. During the night the fire began.
Renée C. Byer/ email@example.comAquelin Talamantes, the Davis woman accused
in the death of her 5-year-old daughter in Sacramento last week, pleaded not guilty to murder in Yolo Superior court in Woodland on Monday.
A woman accused of drowning her 5-year-old daughter before putting the girl in the trunk of her car is competent to stand trial, according to a psychologist’s report.
A preliminary hearing in the murder trial of Aquelin Talamantes of Davis has been scheduled for Jan. 10.
The psychologist’s report was ordered after Talamantes’ public defender raised questions about her client’s mental competence.
Tatianna Garcia, 5, was pulled from the trunk of her mother’s car in September after a family member called authorities with concerns about the girl’s well-being. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Coroner’s officials later determined she had been drowned.
What is the current status of Justin Mahlet and Jason Tate, who were accused of stealing high-end electronics and selling them on eBay? Are they locked up, still awaiting trial?
Justin Jeremy Mahlet, 38, of Sacramento, and Jason Bedell Tate, 42, of Rocklin, are serving time in Placer County jail for burglary.
The two men turned themselves in to authorities in July 2012 after the California Attorney Generals Office issued a complaint charging them with 17 counts of commercial burglary. According to the complaint, between December 2010 and September 2011, Mahlet and Tate burglarized more than a dozen electronics retailers in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties. They reportedly used eBay to fence the stolen goods.
A Sacramento County jury has found a previously convicted felon guilty in the January robbery and beating of a pizza deliveryman.
Jerry Totuff Adams, 23, today was convicted of carjacking, robbery, assault with a firearm and personally using a firearm. The jury also found him guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, according to a Sacramento County District Attorneys Office news release.
In January, the victim was working as a pizza delivery driver and was sent to the Timberwalk Apartments on Howe Avenue in the Arden Arcade area. As the deliveryman approached the apartment, Adams approached him from behind with a gun and forced the victim to the ground. He took everything the victim had in his pockets, hit him in the head with the gun and ordered him to take off all his clothes, authorities said. Adams then hit the victim in the head with the gun again, leaving a large gash on the back of his head.
After Adams took the victims car and left, the victim ran to an apartment to call for help.
A man accused of persuading a 16-year-old girl to become a prostitute and arranging dates for her online has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
Robert Deed, 22, pleaded no contest to two counts of human trafficking of a minor and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manor, according to a Sacramento County District Attorneys Office news release. Superior Court Judge Joseph Orr also required Deed to register as a sex offender for life.
The 16-year-old victim met Deed in August and began dating him. Deed persuaded her to become a prostitute and he became her pimp, authorities said. He posted Internet prostitution advertisements and arranged dates for the victim, during which she performed sex acts for money.
When the victim tried to stop working as a prostitute for Deed, he assaulted her and threatened her with a gun. Deed threatened that if she did not comply with his demands, he would shoot up her house and harm her family, authorities said.
A Sacramento woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to traffic in counterfeit drugs.
Susan Yvonne Eversoll, 46, entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.
An investigation was undertaken after the FBI discovered numerous online advertisements for counterfeit drugs closely resembling genuine Viagra and Cialis tablets, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
On Nov. 1, 2012, law enforcement officers, posing as customers and responding to a Craigslist advertisement, set up a controlled purchase from Eversoll and a co-defendant. The FBI has since seized a total of 5,652 counterfeit pills of Viagra and 495 counterfeit pills of Cialis, authorities said.
A Sacramento man prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California has been sentenced to prison for trafficking in firearms.
U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. today sentenced Dejon Andrade, 27, to 15 months in prison for unlawful dealing in firearms and a concurrent sentence of 15 months for illegal transportation of firearms acquired outside his state of residency, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, Andrade was prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California because of a probation condition, but he was able to use a Nevada ID to buy firearms in Reno by providing false information on his federal firearm purchase paperwork, authorities said.
Between Nov. 4, 2012, and Jan. 20, 2013, Andrade purchased nine handguns during five separate transactions with a gun dealer in Reno, then transported those firearms to Sacramento. Andrade sold five of the firearms without a license to do so, authorities said.
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Roseville mother Denise McGrath Wilder was sentenced Friday to 10 years and four months in prison in the 2012 alcohol poisoning death of her 2-year-old daughter.
In May, Wilder pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child abuse and one count of child neglect resulting in the death of a child. Wilder was first arrested April 4, 2012, for what was then deemed the homicide of her daughter McKinley Wilder. At the time, authorities said McKinley was found intoxicated at her parents suburban Roseville home. Denise Wilder was the only adult present and had been out of contact with her family for several days.
The coroners report said McKinley died due to acute alcohol toxicity and acute malnutrition. Authorities later revealed that Wilders 5-year-old daughter was violently ill from alcohol consumption.
Wilders attorney Kresta Daly described the childs death as a terrible accident driven by a psychotic break after months of emotional battery suffered during a bitter divorce. She said Wilder broke down while emptying her ex-husbands belongings from their home and went to the home of her parents who were out of town. There, she drank heavily for four days.
For a man who shot his friend twice in the face, and then a third time in the chest, the wheel of justice spun oddly but favorably for Daniel Valine.
A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted Valine on Oct. 30 of second-degree murder, even though he drove to Kelly McClurgs house with a shotgun in his car and went back to the vehicle to retrieve the weapon after first enjoying a smoke and a beer with the victim in his kitchen. Prosecutors thought it was a case of first-degree murder.
On Friday, Judge Eugene L. Balonon sentenced Valine, 45, a carnival worker, to 40 years to life in prison. He could have been sent to prison for life, with no chance of parole.
Instead, Balonon next month will likely bestow the life-without-parole term on Valines co-defendant, Kailan Joshua James, 23. On Nov. 1 in the same trial, a separate jury convicted James, also a carnival worker, of aiding and abetting a robbery that resulted in McClurgs death good enough for a first-degree conviction under the felony murder rule.
Davis police have released a composite sketch of a suspect sought in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a woman on Nov. 19.
The attack was reported about 10:40 p.m. The woman told officers that she was walking southbound on Mace Boulevard near El Macero Drive in south Davis when she was grabbed from behind by a man she did not know. The man dragged the victim about 12 feet through the front yard of a residence before the woman was able to free herself and flee.
During the investigation, the woman was able to describe the suspect in enough detail to compile a composite sketch, according to a Police Department news release.
The man is described as Latino, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. He had short cropped hair, an unshaven beard, mustache and sideburns, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.