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A woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver while on her way to work Wednesday morning in Rancho Cordova.

The woman in her 60s, whose name has not yet been released, was walking to work on Fite Circle south of Horn Road about 6 a.m. Wednesday when she was hit by a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rancho Cordova police are attempting to find witnesses to the woman’s death and a develop a description of the hit-and-run vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (916) 874-5115.

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Chris Crewell/ Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
The landmark UC Davis water tower looms over the construction of the UC Davis Arts Center in 2002.

Domestic violence, dating violence and stalking – three categories added to the annual Clery crime disclosure list – show that UC Davis, like all campus, is not immune to any of the crimes.

Starting this year, colleges and universities were required to compile reports on the three categories. The report indicates that there were 11 cases of domestic violence, 5 instances of dating violence and 17 cases of stalking on property associated with UC Davis.

The report further indicates that there were 24 cases of sex offenses in 2013, compared to 18 in 2012. There were 7 cases of aggravated assault in 2013, compared with 9 the year before.

UC Davis said in a press release that the Clery report shows that the campus and other university properties remain relatively low-crime environments.

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Daniel Marsh reacts as a guilty verdict is read in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Marsh, 17, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of Oliver "Chip" Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, both of Davis.
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Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor gives opening statements in the Daniel Marsh trial that began Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland, Calif.

The killings were unfathomable, the crimes unspeakable, and Daniel William Marsh was sane when he committed them, a Yolo Superior Court jury found Tuesday.

Marsh was 15 when he broke into Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin’s south Davis home in the predawn hours April 14, 2013, and savagely murdered the elderly pair. The jury convicted Marsh, 17 now, last week of first-degree murder.

On Tuesday, jurors, some shaken so deeply by the evidence that they asked for counseling, concluded the Davis teenager was of right mind when he attacked the couple in their bedroom with a hunting knife.

With the sanity finding, the panel quickly rejected Marsh’s plea that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. A Nov. 12 hearing will determine when Marsh is sentenced.

Jeremy Anthony Mendivil walked into the courtroom Tuesday, nodded at his brother Johnathan, who was on trial for murder, and told a jury how the older sibling pulled out a shotgun and shot to death a 15-year-old kid he’d tussled with a couple weeks earlier.

Until last week, Jeremy sat next to Johnathan at the defense table, before prosecutors gave him a voluntary manslaughter deal in exchange for his testimony against his brother. Jeremy on Tuesday reluctantly delivered on his end and provided the jury the view from the front line on Dec. 31, 2010, the evening that Johnathan admittedly gunned down Elijah Stacy Cook.

Twelve days before the killing, Johnathan Isaac Mendivil, now 24, worked as a cashier at the Walgreens at 24th Street and Florin Road. On his shift, he got jumped by a group of youths who came into the store. Deputy District Attorney Thomas Asker said the trouble began with an exchange of tough stares. Assistant Public Defender Amy Rogers said in court papers that Mendivil caught the group shoplifting.

The clash left Mendivil with a few staples in his head and a desire for revenge, the DA said. Sometime after 9 o’clock on the New Year’s Eve night of the killing, the prosecution says Mendivil got word one of the rivals from the Walgreens fight was hanging out on 29th Street. He and Jeremy Mendivil drove over to take a look.

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SWAT has been called to a Natomas apartment complex to search for a parolee who ran from officers.

At about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday officers tried to stop a vehicle near Fourth and P streets in downtown Sacramento. A pursuit began when the driver failed to pull over, the chase ending at the apartment complex at Azevedo Drive and West El Camino Avenue.

Police said the driver was a 27-year-old man in violation of his parole. Two children were believed to have been in the car being chased.

Witnesses told police the man may be inside a particular apartment. SWAT officers were called to try to make contact with the parolee.

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South Lake Tahoe police
Carmel Jennings

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after her van collided with a bicyclist in South Lake Tahoe.

Carmel Jennings, 57, of South Lake Tahoe, was booked into El Dorado County Jail on Monday on a charge of misdemeanor DUI. If Jennings is found to be the person mostly at fault, the charge may be upgraded to felony DUI, according to South Lake Tahoe police.

Police said that officers were called to the area commonly known as “the Y” at Emerald Bay Road and Lake Tahoe Boulevard about 5:40 p.m. Monday. There they found Robert Klein, 61, of South Lake Tahoe, down on the road near his bike.

He had suffered significant head injury and was flown to a Reno hospital for treatment. Klein had not been wearing a helmet when hit by a van driven by Jennings as he tried to cross Emerald Bay Road, according to a police press release.

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Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Metro Fire’s Cancer Awareness fire engine

Once fire trucks were only red, then a study showed that lime-yellow painted engines were more visible.

Now comes to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, in limited edition, the pink fire truck.

The district will be supporting the fight against breast cancer by driving the big pink engine. The appearance of the engine is intended to bring a smile to the face of anyone battling cancer.

The engine goes into service Wednesday at Station 61 at 10595 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova. The so-called “Cancer Awareness” engine will rotate among different stations during October, which is breast cancer awareness month.

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Defense attorney David Weiner, left, talks to his client, Todd Winkler, who is charged with murder for the 2012 killing of Rachel Winkler, his third wife. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, El Dorado County prosecutors began presenting a circumstantial case questioning his role in the death of his previous wife.
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Rachel Hatfield Winkler and her daughters, Ariel, 3, left, and Eva, 4. Winkler was killed in her Cameron Park home Feb. 27, 2012.

The trial of a former Air Force fighter pilot charged with killing his wife with a pair of scissors in their Cameron Park house took a step back in time Tuesday to a fiery crash on a remote Georgia highway 15 years ago.

Todd Winkler, 47, is charged with murder for the 2012 killing of Rachel Winkler, 37, his third wife. On Tuesday, El Dorado County prosecutors began presenting a circumstantial case questioning his role in the death of his previous wife.

Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder brought forth two witnesses who described Winkler as acting erratically after he scared awake other campers in a Georgia national forest with chilling wails, “Help! Help! Help! My wife is dead!”

She also introduced a co-worker of Winkler’s second wife, Catherine Winkler, who testified that the couple had financial problems and that Catherine was in the process of updating her life insurance coverage weeks before the accident.

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Bank surveillance photos of AK-47 Bandit

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man armed with an assault rifle who is linked to an attempted bank robbery in Sacramento in 2012, as well as bank robberies in multiple states.

Dubbed the “AK-47 Bandit” by law enforcement officials, the man shot and wounded a Chino police officer after robbing the California Bank and Trust in the Southern California community on Feb. 29, 2012. The same man is believed to have robbed the Bank of the West in the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville on March 12, 2012, three days after the attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank in the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento.

Most recently, the man was linked to the Aug. 22, 2014, robbery at a First Nebraska Bank in Nebraska City, Neb.

In the February 2012 Chino robbery, the man, described by witnesses as white, 25 to 40 years old with a stocky build, robbed the bank and was fleeing when he was spotted by a police officer patrolling the area. The suspect fired on the officer, seriously wounding him. During and following the robbery, the suspect wore body armor over a dark-colored, collared short-sleeved shirt, blue pants and a ski mask covering his face, according to an FBI news release.

A former state employee has been sentenced to 210 days in jail for using his work computers in pursuit of ways to commit identity theft.

Matthew Shadle, 34, was also sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to a felony charge of unlawfully accessing and removing information from government computers and a misdemeanor charge of possessing identifying information of more than 10 people with the intent to defraud, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Shadle, a former associate governmental program analyst with the California Correctional Health Care Services, was arrested in August during an investigation into identity theft crimes.

The Roseville Police Department initiated an investigation of Shadle when he was detained at an El Grove hotel room. Authorities said numerous stolen business files, narcotics and indicia of identity theft were inside the room.

What was the sentence for Sacramento attorney Donald Wanland, who was found guilty of tax evasion Sept. 27, 2013?

– Rural Reader, Amador County

A federal court judge in March sentenced Donald Wanland, a Sacramento attorney, to four years in prison.

Wanland, 56, was convicted by a jury in September 2013 of 28 criminal counts, including tax evasion, failing to file tax returns and multiple instances of trying to conceal assets from the Internal Revenue Service, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee.

A custodian/security guard at Las Plumas High in Oroville has been arrested after being accused of possessing child pornography and having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school.

Javier Torres, 40, of Oroville was arrested at the high school Monday by Butte Count sheriff’s detectives on suspicion of possessing child pornography, communicating with a minor for sexual crimes, arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd acts, and disorderly conduct that involved looking into a private area and invading the privacy of people. He was booked into Butte County Jail with bail set at $36,000.

The arrest followed a criminal investigation into allegations that Torres had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student a Las Plumas High, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Authorities said Torres met the victim through his job with the school and the relationship is believed to have started about a year and a half ago. The Sheriff’s Office reported that school officials had been briefed and are conducting an internal investigation. Torres has been placed on administrative leave.

In a letter accompanying a copy of the Sheriff’s Office’s news release on the high school’s website Tuesday, Oroville Union High School District Superintendent Corey Willenberg said, “We are aware of no other potential student victims at this time. We ask that you please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Department immediately if you have additional information.”

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