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Elk Grove Resident Robbed, Beaten Inside Home

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 / No Comments

September 26, 2016 | 

An Elk Grove resident was robbed and beaten inside their house on Friday night.

Shortly after 8 p.m. two unknown suspects entered a residence on the 9100 block of Bungalow Way through an unlocked rear sliding door and confronted the victim whose gender was not specified in police reports. The suspects punched and kicked the victim who suffered visible injuries.

The suspects took the victim's cell phone and personal property before leaving the residence. The victim was unable to provide any identifying information about the suspects. 

Sacramento Blues Society/Blues in the Schools Announces 'Out of the Box' Community Music Festival

Friday, September 23, 2016 / No Comments

September 22, 2016 |  

A one day outdoor immersive family event featuring national, regional and local roots and blues music artists as well as students from the Sacramento Blues In The Schools programs is happening on: 

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
The Sacramento Horsemen’s Club & Grounds
3200 Longview Dr.
Sacramento, CA  95821
Gates: Noon


The Ray Charles Project with special legendary guest singer Linda Tillery (Bay Area)
Café R&B ( Los Angeles)
James Harman and Friends (Alabama & Los Angeles)
Island of Black and White (Sacramento)
The Zach Waters Band- Sacramento BITS Blues Contest Winner (Sacramento)
Gayiel Von, Emcee (Sacramento)

Bios on all music performers here: -the-box/

Presented by the Sacramento Blues Society/Blues in the Schools program and produced by Swell Productions, this inaugural music festival will present some of the greats in the blues and roots music genres.

There will be music-related workshops, inter-active art installations, food & craft beer/wine at the Sacramento Horsemen's Clubhouse and Grounds --"a little bit of country in the city!" The Sacramento Blues Society is partnering with other non-profit youth organizations and community service providers to bring opportunities, (practical and creative) that might not otherwise be available to youth and families of the Sacramento area.   More info here: artners/

"Blues In The Schools is all about opening ears, opening eyes and opening hearts” says Liz Walker, BITS chair person. “Giving students an opportunity to find their own innate talents builds a capacity for self determination and individual expression, which then grows into community building. We are expecting 800-1000 happy attendees experiencing something out of their box. The ticket price is extremely family friendly - only $10!"

Also on site will be representatives from state & community services, such as: public safety, apprenticeship programs, volunteer opportunities & anti-bullying/suicide prevention resources.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate in all the experiences available to win prizes by having their “passports” stamped at each installation.

Amazing low price. Bring the family! Tix: $10 per person Gates @ Noon. Ends at 10 p.m. All ages. Plenty of onsite $5 parking. Bring low-back chairs. No outside food or drink. 

Sacramento Police to Conduct Frday Night DUI, Driver License Checkpoint

Thursday, September 22, 2016 / No Comments

On Friday, September 23, 2016 the Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

The checkpoint will be conducted on Power Inn Road near Elder Creek Road. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for five to seven hours.

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. 

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Sacramento Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’. Please direct any inquiries to Sergeant Chris Prince via email at or by telephone at (916) 808-6069.

South Sac Double Shooting Under Investigation By Sacramento Sheriff's Dept.

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Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double shooting that occurred just before midnight on Wednesday, September 21.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to the 7300 block of Florinda Way in South Sacramento regarding gunshots being fired. The caller further advised of two victims with gunshot wounds located at a residence.
Deputies responded to the scene and located two female victims inside a residence suffering from gunshot wounds. Deputies immediately began life saving measures. 
Sacramento Metro Fire responded and transported both victims to a local hospital. The victims are a 38 year old female who was shot in the upper body and is in critical condition with life threatening wounds and a 40 year old female victim who was shot in the lower body, and is in stable condition.
Witnesses state they heard several gunshots, and heard a vehicle speeding from the area. There is no suspect or vehicle description, and no known motive at this time. Detectives are on scene and beginning their investigation.
Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Roseville Woman Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud and Identity Theft

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 / No Comments

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Rachel Siders, 41, of Roseville, to 14 and a half years in prison for her involvement in mortgage fraud schemes that cost financial institutions over $17 million, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Federal juries returned verdicts in two trials, in March 2015 and December 2015 finding her guilty of multiple counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, making a false loan application, and committing aggravated identity theft.
According to evidence presented at the first trial, in 2008 Siders and co-defendant Theo Adams, 50, of Roseville, applied for a home equity line of credit using his relative’s name on an underwater Roseville property owned by Adams. They submitted false tax returns in the relative’s name with significantly inflated income along with mortgage application documents with forged signatures. Siders, a notary public, falsely notarized the loan application documents, which were sent to Washington Mutual Bank. The bank relied upon the false documents to provide a $250,000 line of credit. Siders received $170,000 of the proceeds. After making minimal payments, the defendants defaulted on the loan.
According to evidence presented at the second trial, from mid-2006 through early 2008, Siders and Vera Kuzmenko, 46, of Loomis, and other defendants engaged in a mortgage fraud scheme involving over 30 properties in the Sacramento area. They secured more than $30 million in residential mortgage loans on more than 30 homes purchased through straw buyers. The loan applications contained materially false information as to the straw buyers’ income, employment, assets, and intent to occupy the residences. Records introduced at trial showed that Vera Kuzmenko received millions of dollars, and that Rachel Siders received hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Vera Kuzmenko, was a licensed real estate agent for part of the scheme, and Rachel Siders ran the Rocklin office of the escrow company used on the majority of the transactions. She helped funnel millions of dollars to her co-defendants, which was not disclosed to the lenders.
“The sentence today reflects the seriousness of Siders’ crimes, which included participation in two separate mortgage fraud schemes. Over the course of two years, Siders oversaw and participated in numerous fraudulent loans and diverted money into shell accounts for her own benefit. She abused her position as an escrow officer and as a notary public to make this criminal enterprise succeed,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert. “The sentence imposed is a significant reminder that those who engage in such conduct will be held accountable.”
“Today’s sentence sends a clear message; anyone profits from fraudulent mortgage transactions—whether by creating the scheme or facilitating it—will not escape justice,” said Supervisory Special Agent Dan Bryant at the FBI Sacramento field office. “The FBI aggressively pursues those involved in such large-scale, complex financial fraud matters to seek justice for the victims and protect the regional economy.”
“Rachel Siders was driven by greed in her participation in this mortgage fraud which targeted the Sacramento area,” said Michael T. Batdorf, Special Agent in Charge, IRS‑Criminal Investigation. “Today’s sentencing is a reminder how serious our courts consider this criminal activity and our commitment in providing financial expertise to our federal partners in these types of crimes.”
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lee S. Bickley, Michael D. Anderson, and Matthew D. Segal prosecuted the case.
On March 15, 2016, Judge Mendez sentenced Vera Kuzmenko to 14 years in prison. She was found guilty of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and witness tampering. On April 19, 2016, Theo Adams, 50, of Roseville, was sentenced to two years in prison. Previously, Judge Mendez sentenced co-defendants Peter Kuzmenko, 38, of West Sacramento, to 19 years in prison; Aaron New, 42, of Sacramento, to 11 years and three months in prison; Nadia Kuzmenko, 37, formerly of Loomis, to eight years in prison; and Edward Shevtsov, 52, of North Highlands, to eight years in prison. They were found guilty on February 13, 2015, after a 21-day trial, of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud associated with the mortgage fraud scheme. In addition, Peter Kuzmenko, Edward Shevtsov, and Aaron New were found guilty of money laundering associated with the scheme, and Nadia Kuzmenko was found guilty of witness tampering.

Unknown Suspects Rob Victim's Backpack, Personal Property Near Elk Grove Schools

Sunday, September 18, 2016 / No Comments

September 18, 2016 |

A victim walking near Elk Grove High School and Joseph Kerr Middle School was robbed of his backpack and personal property on Tuesday afternoon, September 13.  

According to Elk Grove Police reports, the male victim was walking on the 9600 block of Elk Grove-Florin Road when he was approached by two unknown suspects. One of the suspects demanded the victim's backpack and personal property.

Fearing for his safety, the victim complied with the demands and was not injured. The two suspects fled on foot and were not located.

Both suspects were described as Black males approximately 17 to 18 years of age. The individual suspects were described as being 6’1” with a thin build, wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans; and 5’8” with a heavy build, black hooded sweatshirt, black shirt and blue jeans. 

Gloves Off - Bera Goes After Jones in 'Allegations' TV Commerical

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September 16, 2016 |

In what appears to be the first of several attack TV commercials to surface in the hotly contested California Seventh Congressional District race, Democratic incumbent Dr. Ami Bera has taken the gloves off with a spot titled "Allegations."

In the commercial, which can be viewed below, Bera focuses on sexual harassment allegations leveled against his opponent, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. Those accusations surfaced in mid-July when a female Deputy Sheriff accused Jones of sexually harassing her in 2003 when Jones was a Sergeant.

The allegations surfaced in depositions regarding the larger lawsuit where four female Deputy Sheriffs were recently awarded $3.5 million in a lawsuit against the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for harassment and retaliation. Even though the allegations against Jones surfaced in that case's depositions, it was not part of the civil trial indicating there was insufficient evidence for its inclusion.

At the time they surfaced, Jones vehemently denied the allegations. In response to today's commercial, Jones' and his campaign again denied the allegations and threw some punches of their own.

“Congressman Bera’s increasingly desperate campaign has sunk to a new low by airing an ad containing allegations that are not only 13 years old but are patently false. I have denied these allegations repeatedly, including during testimony under oath," Jones said. "I have never been the subject of any internal complaint of misconduct of any kind during my 27-year career with the Sheriff's Department, and have consistently opened up my personnel records for review." 

Jones' campaign Davis Gilliard counter punched the commercial pointing to the recent conviction of Bera's father on election fraud charges. Babulal Bera recently plead guilty to federal charges of refunding money to contributor's who contributed to his son's 2010 and 2012 campaigns. Congressman Bera has denied having any knowledge of his father's illegal funding activities.

"Congressman Bera’s flagging and increasingly desperate campaign is trying to shift the blame from his campaign’s own illegal — and felonious — behavior to smear someone who has spent 27 years protecting the people of his county,” Jones’ campaign consultant Dave Gilliard said. “It’s understandable. Congressman Bera’s laughable claims of ignorance while watching his father go to prison show the true character of this Congressman."

Interestingly, Bera is appearing this afternoon with the Elk Grove Police Department to announce a grant to fight domestic violence.