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A Yolo County jury has convicted a Woodland man in a robbery spree that targeted stores and restaurants in the community.

Salvador Jimenez, 47, was convicted Friday of four robberies and one attempted robbery, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. The jury was unable to agree on whether to convict Jimenez on an additional count of robbery and acquitted him of another robbery charge. The court found that Jimenez had been convicted of two prior strikes and had served a state prison term.

On July 7, Jimenez entered the Razz Yogurt Shop and demanded money from the cashier. When the cashier did not immediately comply, Jimenez told her had a gun and would use it, authorities said. The employee complied with the demand, and Jimenez left the business with more than $100.

On July 10, Jimenez went to Sally Beauty Supply just before the store closed and threatened two employees, claiming that he had a gun and would show them how serious he was if they did not give him all the money in the register, authorities said. Jimenez stole more than $200 from the business.

A former Elk Grove resident and chief financial officer of a Sacramento-area engineering firm has pleaded guilty to his role in a $2.5 million embezzlement scheme.

Vincent J. Doyle, 55, now a resident of Syracuse, Ind., pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to mail fraud arising out of his embezzlement from his former employer, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

According to court documents, Doyle was the chief financial officer of a civil engineering firm in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. From 2001 until he retired from the firm in 2009, Doyle used his position to write unauthorized checks from the firm’s bank accounts that totaled at least $2.5 million. To conceal the fraud, authorities said, Doyle often entered false payee information into the firm’s checkbook register and opened a post office box to receive mail associated with his fraud.

Doyle is to be sentenced Feb. 25 by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

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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 develop a description of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (916) 874-5115.

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Police stand outside a Natomas apartment complex where a suspect is inside on Wednesday.

Sacramento police said a wanted parolee who earlier evaded officers and hid in his Natomas apartment with his children has been detained by officers.

The man gave up shortly after noon Wednesday. Three children he had with him are safe.

“He walked out and surrendered to police,” said Officer Justin Brown, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department.

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, with the chase ending at the apartment complex at Azevedo Drive and West El Camino Avenue.

Wednesday, October 1 2014
UC Davis issues annual crime report
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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 Jeanne Clery Act crime disclosure list – show that UC Davis, like all campuses, 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 there were 11 cases of domestic violence, five instances of dating violence and 17 cases of stalking on property associated with UC Davis.

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

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

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Carmel Jennings

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI 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 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 the van driven by Jennings as he tried to cross Emerald Bay Road, according to a police press release.

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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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.

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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.

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