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Caltrans: Elk Grove businessman arrested for grand theft

SACRAMENTO, CA - The owner of an Elk Grove printing business is alleged to have defrauded California taxpayers of $1.8 million when he pocketed Caltrans payments for personal use rather than for the jobs for which he was paid.

Eric Blaine Hodgson, 43,, the owner of Phenix Print & Image of Elk Grove, faces 22 counts of grand theft, according to Caltrans and California Department of Justice.

Caltrans contracted with Hodgson in 2008 and 2009 to have his company advertise new construction contracts to bidders in publications, as required by law. A routine check for proof of publication led to a review of invoices submitted by Hodgson to Caltrans.

The DOJ investigation found the invoices from Hodgson for his work were made up and the contracts were not printed in local newspapers, according to Caltrans spokesperson Tamie McGowan.

Police: Man arrested in Sacramento for stabbing brother

Police: Man arrested in Sacramento for stabbing brother

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing his brother after a family fight Saturday night.

Officers were en route to a report of a stabbing at 9:05 p.m. Saturday night when dispatch received a call from someone stating they were transporting their stabbed relative to the hospital.

A dispatcher advised the caller to pull over so that firefighters could tend to the victim.

The driver pulled over as requested at Franklin Blvd. and Idaho Dr. where arriving firefighters tended to the victim. 

The victim, who sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body, was transported to an area hospital. His current condition was unknown.

Officers at the scene learned the victim had been stabbed by his brother during a fight, police said.

Bookkeeper embezzled $300K from Sac business

SACRAMENTO, CA - An Elk Grove woman pled guilty to cashing altered and stolen checks of a Sacramento business on Thursday.

Ladonna Faye Chandler, 54, was charged with 12 counts of felony bank fraud, said Lauren Horwood spokesperson for U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Chandler used to be a bookkeeper for Platinum Services LLC, a commercial janitorial service. She was in charge of the company's finances: Issuing checks for expenditures, depositing checks, transfer funds between accounts and receiving checks and payments from clients, Horwood said.

Court documents show Chandler used her access to the funds and altered the checks to obtain $309,369 for personal use.

Chandler faces 30 years in prison for each count. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 27.

Sacramento man accused of selling guns across state lines arrested by federal agents

Sacramento man accused of selling guns across state lines arrested by federal agents

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento man faces federal charges after prosecutors said he bought guns in Nevada that he sold to a gang member in California.

Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested 27-year-old Dejon Andrade on suspicion of illegally dealing firearms, interstate travel with intent to unlawfully deal in firearms and other charges.

"The individuals who illegally buy and sell firearms across state lines to arm dangerous gangsters are just as responsible for the violent crimes committed by the criminals as those who pull the triggers on these ill-gotten weapons," Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl said.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Andrade was barred from buying guns in California because he is on parole, so he instead used fake identification on federal firearm purchase forms to get them in Reno, Nev.

Masked men sexually assault woman in park

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - An organized attack on a young woman last week has many still afraid to walk through a park in south Sacramento.

On the evening of March 13, the victim, a 21-year-old woman, was sitting alone in the Countryside Community Park, near East Stockton Boulevard and Power Inn Road, when she was approached by three men, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies said. The suspects were all wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black gloves and black plastic masks.

The men then worked as a team to sexually assault the woman. Deputies said one of the suspects grabbed the victim and actually carried her over his shoulder to a secluded area of the park. That's where he and another man held her down, while still the third attacker groped her and lifted his mask to lick her neck.

As the victim tried to get away, one of the attackers punched her. When the woman noticed people walking nearby, she screamed for help and the suspects ran away.

Police: Man leads cops on high-speed chase after stealing homeowner's garbage

Police: Man leads cops on high-speed chase after stealing homeowner's garbage

ELK GROVE, Calif. - A man allegedly caught stealing trash from a person's garbage can, led Elk Grove police officers on a high-speed chase along Highway 99 Friday morning.

According to officers on scene, the homeowner saw the man digging through the garbage can in his backyard and called police.

Police responded to the area and located the suspected thief by the description of his car provided by the homeowner.

Officers attempted to stop the man, but he fled, leading police on a five-minute chase northbound on Hwy. 99 from Elk Grove Blvd. at speeds reaching 100 mph, said police.

The driver eventually pulled over and surrendered without incident on the side of the highway just south of Sheldon Rd., police said.

Officers searched the man's vehicle and removed numerous bags of recyclables from the car, police said.

The man was arrested and faces prowling and felony evading charges.

Former Sacramento web producer charged with conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Justice Department is charging a former web producer for Sacramento-based FOX station KTXL of conspiring with members of the hacker group "Anonymous" to hack into and alter a Tribune Company website. 

Matthew Keys was named Thursday in an indictment filed in federal court in Sacramento. The 26-year-old from New Jersey faces one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, as well transmitting and attempting to transmit that information. (See sidebar for indictment.)

The government alleges that Keys gave Anonymous members a login and password for a computer server belonging to FOX40's corporate parent, the Tribune Company. Prosecutors say Keys encouraged the hackers to disrupt the website, and at least one hacker used the credentials to change the online version of a Los Angeles Times story.