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Daniel Marsh, defendant, awaits the start of his double-homicide trial Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, Calif. The 17-year-old from Davis, Calif., is being tried as an adult in connection with the April 13, 2013, fatal stabbings of Oliver "Chip" Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, both of Davis, Calif. Marsh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges of first-degree murder and the special-circumstance allegations of multiple murders, torture and lying in wait. Sue Cockrell/The Davis Enterprise
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Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson,left, speaks with his client Daniel Marsh as the double-homicide trial begins with jury selection Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, Calif. The 17-year-old from Davis, Calif., has is being tried as an adult in connection with the April 13, 2013, fatal stabbings of Oliver "Chip" Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, both of Davis, Calif. Marsh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges of first-degree murder and the special-circumstance allegations of multiple murders, torture and lying in wait.

Daniel William Marsh described the April night that ended in the violent deaths of an elderly Davis couple to detectives in a voice at times clear, at other times a mumble, but all horrific.

On Tuesday, Yolo Superior Court jurors silently watched excerpts of the grainy police station video recorded before his June 2013 arrest that prosecutors said showed the Davis teen is a calculated, sadistic killer who thrilled at torturing and mutilating his elderly victims, Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin. Marsh, 17, faces two counts of murder with special circumstances including lying in wait and torture. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

“Manipulative, calculated, cunning and sadistic – these are all terms that describe Daniel Marsh,” said Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor. “This is a deadly and dangerous combination.”

Marsh’s murder trial began Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, more than a year after his arrest in the April, 2013 stabbing deaths of Northup, 87, an attorney and musician and Maupin, 76, his wife and a local church official. The pair were found dead by police in their south Davis condominium.

Andres Martinez was killed in his apartment in Antelope about 15 to 20 years ago by, I believe, two men that were hiding in his apartment. Have they ever found the person/persons responsible?

– Ana, Sacramento

No arrests have been reported in the July 1999 shooting death of 24-year-old Andres Martinez.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, gunmen burst into an apartment in the Deer Park Apartments in the 8300 block of Walerga Road shortly before 3 a.m. and shot Martinez at the entry to his bedroom.

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A man from Washington state has pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to his role in a telemarketing scheme that officials say defrauded senior citizens out of thousands of dollars.

Joseph Nkunzi, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a telemarketing scam that tricked people into sending him money to receive cash prizes, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Nkunzi began working with others in 2011 to defraud senior citizens. The FBI received a referral from the Woodland Police Department in April 2013 regarding a 78-year-old victim of the scam. She had been called by “North American Prize Pool” and told that she had won $8.8 million, but to receive the prize, she had to send $182,000 to various accounts to pay for taxes and fees.

During the course of the scheme, the victims either mailed checks to Nkunzi or directly deposited checks into bank accounts that he established and controlled, officials said. Nkunzi subsequently withdrew the money or transferred it to other accounts.

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Mustafa Almosuli

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials say a teenager with Down syndrome who was reported missing Tuesday morning in the Arden Arcade area has been found and is safe.

Mustafa Almosuli, 18, had been last seen at 9:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Fulton Avenue. He was considered at risk because he has Down syndrome and does not speak English, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release.

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Composite sketch of suspect sought in Carmichael kidnapping

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect who reportedly kidnapped a girl from a Carmichael residence Sunday morning and later released her.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. in the 5000 block of Adelaide Way. The man entered a residence through an unlocked door and removed a girl younger than 10 years old against her will, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The youngster was taken to a nearby wooded area and released without further incident, officials said. The girl was able to return home without serious injury.

The suspect is described a white, in his late teens to early 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, and weighing 120 to 160 pounds. He has short brown hair, combed back, and dark brown eyes. He reportedly was clean shaven with “healing” acne marks, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the incident, or who recognizes the suspect from a composite sketch, is asked to call sheriff’s detectives at (916) 874-5115. Tips also may be left on the Sheriff’s Department website, www.sacsheriff.com, by text to 274637 and entering the keyword SSD, or at (916) 874-8477.

Tuesday, September 2 2014
Police search for Roseville home burglars

Roseville police converged on the Cresthaven neighborhood in Roseville on Tuesday morning in search of two burglars.

At around 11 a.m. police received calls from two residents reporting burglaries or attempted burglaries in the 400 block of Dawnridge Road and the 1200 block of Crescendo Drive.

Two men were seen fleeing on foot on Crescendo Drive. One was described as chubby and wore a black shirt and the other was taller, thinner and wore a red and blue ski hat. No weapons were seen and there is no description of a vehicle.

Police were searching the neighborhood around noon. If the two are spotted, Cresthaven residents are asked to call 911.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in finding the driver of a pickup truck that may have hit a pedestrian killed while crossing Madison Avenue.

Brianna Norman, 18, of Sacramento County, died Monday after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to run across Madison Avenue in heavy traffic, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officer Chad Hertzell, spokesman for the CHP’s North Sacramento office, said Norman left a convenience store at the northeast corner of Madison and Auburn Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. and tried to run across Madison Avenue, according to witnesses.

Hertzell said Norman was about 30 feet east of the Madison Avenue crosswalk and encountered heavy traffic moving at the speed limit – 45 mph. Witnesses told investigators that motorists were swerving to avoid her.

Driving under the influence arrests were down in the Sacramento area during a long summer enforcement period that ended with Labor Day.

From Aug. 15 through Labor Day officers representing 17 Sacramento County law enforcement agencies arrested 363 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, during the same time period, 405 arrests were made.

While the declining number may reflect less inebriated driving, the 300-plus arrests are still far too many, according to a press release from the “Avoid the 17” effort.

Officers were assigned either to checkpoints, where they stopped motorists for license and sobriety checks, or saturation patrols, where they patrolled designated areas looking for signs of impaired driving, including failure to maintain a lane, speeding, or long delays at stop signs or lights.

An 18-year-old Sacramento woman died today after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to run across Madison Avenue in heavy traffic, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officer Chad Hertzell, spokesman for the CHP’s North Sacramento office, said the woman left a 7-Eleven store at the northeast corner of Madison and Auburn Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. and tried to run across Madison Avenue, according to witnesses.

Hertzell said the woman was about 30 feet east of the Madison Avenue crosswalk and encountered heavy traffic moving at the speed limit – 45 mph. Witnesses told investigators that motorists were swerving to avoid the woman. When she reached the No. 1 lane – the fourth and traditionally fastest lane of westbound traffic – a Nissan Pathfinder traveling within the speed limit hit the woman, he said.

The woman was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

At least two people were injured tonight when a car was driven into a house in the 8900 block of Bridalsmith Drive, causing a fire in the south Sacramento residence, a fire spokeswoman said.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Michelle Eidam said the initial call came to the district shortly before 9:20 p.m.

Eidam said shortly before 10 p.m. that it was not immediately known if the injured people had been inside the home or the car, but one person suffered burns and was being taken to a local hospital.

Crews were searching for any other victims and for pets, she said.

Increased DUI patrol efforts from police departments across the county have led to 317 total arrests during the past two weeks - a period identified by officials as featuring elevated incidents of drunk driving.

The strict enforcement period, which began on noon Aug. 15 and will continue through midnight on Labor Day, involved deployments from 17 law enforcement agencies. Officers were assigned either to checkpoints, where they stopped motorists momentarily for license and sobriety checks, or saturation patrols, where they circulated designated areas looking for signs of impaired driving, including failure to maintain a lane, defiance of the posted speed limit, or long delays at stop signs or lights, according to Jason Browning, a Folsom Police Department public information officer.

A checkpoint is scheduled in Citrus Heights on Sunday night, and saturation patrols are deploying in Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento on Labor Day.

Sacramento police set up a DUI checkpoint at Power Inn and Elder Creek roads on Saturday. During a five- to seven-hour period, officers made four arrests for impaired driving, three for alcohol impairment and one for drug impairment, Sacramento Public Information Officer Michele Gigante said.

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Willilam P. Wood

“The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details perhaps the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history.

Turner Publishing Company recently released the book again two decades after the first publication of the work, which offers an insider’s look at the murders committed by Dorothea Montalvo Puente, who ran a boardinghouse in midtown.

Puente began her mayhem in 1980. It was then-deputy district attorney Wood who sent her to prison for three years for drugging her elderly tenants and stealing checks from them.

She was back in business by 1985, offering rooms to elderly and disabled residents, some of whom she met while cruising bars. Puente, white-haired and smooth-talking, killed her frail and elderly tenants before burying them in the yard of her F Street boardinghouse.

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