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Home invasion robbery in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Three men with handguns are sought by police after they entered a house on Sherman Island Road on February 25, assaulting a pair of men inside and making off with about $1,420 worth of electronics.

According to a police report, the crime was reported at 10:18 p.m. from the Southport house.

Three suspects, each carrying a handgun, “physically assaulted the two victims inside, and stole several items. All suspects brandished handguns at both victims, and physically assaulted both victims with their handguns.”

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department elaborated for the News-Ledger:

“Three (suspects) wearing jackets and gloves broke into an attached garage, and then the house, while the occupant and his roommate were home,” said Sockman. “They were looking for marijuana — they kept repeating over and over, ‘Where’s the weed? Where’s the weed?’”

Apparently, they were at the wrong house.

“There was no weed,” said Sockman.

The victims were a pair of men age 50 and 52, according to the report. One suffered a black eye and reports he may have been hit on the back of the head with a handgun.

Taken in the robbery were a $600 iPhone, a $250 car stereo and a $550 laptop computer.

There were no detailed descriptions of the suspects, and no escape car was seen.

 

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Life without parole for killing of janitor at West Capitol nightclub in 2006

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 4, 2014 —

  Juan Antonio Gonzales has received a sentence of “life without the possibility of parole” for the killing of a nightclub janitor in West Sacramento in 2006, reports the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

  Gonzales was convicted earlier this year after a break in the “cold case” investigation for the murder/robbery near the west end of West Capitol.

  Gonzales, a 29-year old from Sacramento, had been found guilty of first degree murder, with the “special circumstance” of killing during a robbery. He robbed and shot Alfonso Prado, a janitor at Ortega’s West bar, on June 18, 2006.

  According to the D.A.’s office, Prado was cleaning the bar at 4205 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento when “unknown intruders” robbed him and shot him in the chest, killing him.

  “Three days later, the Sacramento Police Department recovered a handgun and entered identifying information into the National Ballistics Network,” said the D.A.’s office. “Two years later, a ‘cold hit’ established that the gun, which was last in the possession of an associate of defendant Gonzalez, was the weapon used to kill Mr. Prado. A year later, the Department of Justice Criminalistics Laboratory received a ‘cold hit’ identification establishing that a small amount of blood found at the scene matched DNA from defendant Gonzales.”

  Gonzales was sentenced Monday by Judge Stephen L. Mock.

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West Sac man convicted in bee theft

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 26, 2014 —

On Thursday, a Yolo County jury found 51-year old Viktor Zhdamirov of West Sacramento guilty of a felony charge involving receiving stolen property.

The property consisted of about 80 bee hives and their colonies.

According to the office of District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the theft was discovered by Tauzer Apiaries in 2012, after two sites were “ransacked” and hives stolen. Judging by the characteristic behavior of bees that have lost their queens, Tauzer estimated the theft occurred about eight days before the discovery on Sept. 11, 2012.

Owner Mark Tauzer and his employees went looking for the “distinctively marked” hives, and found their lids abandoned next to Jefferson Boulevard south of West Sacramento. There was also an empty five-gallon bucket of green paint.

Two days later, Tauzer’s hives were found – partially repainted green in an attempt to cover up the original markings. Hives were mixed with those belonging to Zhdamirov.

Sheriff’s deputies contacted Zhdamirov, who admitted taking the property. Even after the hives were recovered, damages were estimated at $65,000.

Zhdamirov will be sentenced on April 4. He faces up to three years in prison, plus restitution to Tauzer.

The D.A.’s office gave credit to Tauzer for marking his hives and then finding his own stolen property.
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Teen injured by gunshot in car

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB. 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Four teens face charges after an apparent accidental shooting inside a parked car on February 7.

The shooting happened at about 1 p.m. on the 2600-block of Franklyn Way in West Sacramento. A neighbor heard a gunshot and called police.

Investigators believe a handgun went off inside a car occupied by four teens age 16-17. A 16-year old male was shot in the abdomen.

The car then began driving and encountered a patrol car nearby.

“The only got to the end of the block and the cops showed up on scene,” said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “They weren’t trying to hide.”

All of the teens – including the injured victim, who is now recovering – say the shooting was an accident.

“One of the other kids had it and they were playing with it,” said Sockman. “I think they thought it was a BB gun. They were playing with it and it went off.”

The gun turned out to be reported stolen.

The teens were cited for reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a stolen firearm.

The victim was treated at UC Davis Medical Center.

 

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