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Police seek help finding driver in brothers' hit and run deaths

SACRAMENTO, CA - What information Sacramento police detectives have in the hit and run deaths of two adult brothers last Friday morning in south Sacramento has not led to an arrest so investigators are asking the public's help.

Mark Anthony Richard, 40, of Sacramento, and Eddie Eugene Richard, 43, of Henderson, Nevada, were found lying on 24th Street south of Meadowview Road at approximately 2:45 p.m. Police Officer Michele Gigante said the two men had been hit by a vehicle.

Emergency responders pronounced one brother dead at the scene, police said. The other died of his injuries later that day at an area hospital.

Woman carjacked in Elk Grove parking lot, say police

ELK GROVE, Calif. - A woman was carjacked Monday afternoon while parked in the lot of an Elk Grove Kohl's store on the 9600 block of Bruceville Road.

Officer Chris Trim of the Elk Grove Police Dept. said the woman was sitting in her car at approximately 11:59 a.m. when a man approached her open driver's side window. The woman attempted to roll up her window, but the man placed his arm on the glass, preventing her from doing so.

The man, armed with a handgun wrapped in a cloth, then got into the car and shoved the woman over to the passenger seat, said Trim.

According to Trim, the man began to drive away when another driver pulled up in a separate vehicle and honked the horn. The suspected carjacker then told the woman to get out. The woman grabbed her purse, got out and the man drove away with the vehicle and the woman's cell phone.

Elk Grove florist robbed at gunpoint

ELK GROVE, Calif. - An Elk Grove flower shop on the 8500 block of Elk Grove Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint around 11:33 a.m. on Monday.

According to Elk Grove police reports, a man entered Nina's Flowers and Gifts, pointed a gun at the store owner and demanded money from the register.

The owner complied and the robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, said police.

Nobody was injured in the robbery.

The robber was described as a white man with dark hair, aged 20 to 25 years old, 5'7" tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans, and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspected robber was asked to contact the Elk Grove Police Dept.

Woman car jacked at gunpoint in Elk Grove shopping center

ELK GROVE, CA - A woman's car was stolen at gunpoint in the Elk Grove Commons shopping center parking Monday afternoon.

The woman was near her car on the 9600 block of Bruceville Road when she was approached by a man in his 20s around noon, Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said. The woman said the man threatened her with a handgun then took her car.

The car is a 2002 maroon Mitsubishi Galant, with California License Plate 5EEW575. The car has a dent on the right rear along with a "Baby on Board" placard in the rear window.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic man 6'1", weighing 250 pounds with brown eyes and long hair in a ponytail; he was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt, white collared t-shirt, blue denim pants and white shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call Elk Grove police at 916-714-5115.

Man bashes cop car, fire truck with barbell, say police

SACRAMENTO - A 32-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he smashed up a cop car and fire truck with a barbell, say police.

Sacramento Police Department reports stated that firefighters sought police assistance during a medical aid call in which Vanthon Som became extremely aggressive towards them and broke the windows of their fire truck with a large barbell.

The first officer arrived at the scene on the 8200 block of Arroyo Vista Dr. around 2:43 p.m. and Som turned his aggression on her, smashing the back window of her patrol car with his barbell, said police.

According to police, backup arrived and eventually managed to subdue Som with beanbag rounds and a stun gun. He was then transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, medically cleared and booked on charges of resisting, assault on an officer, and vandalism.

No officers were injured during the event.

Elk Grove woman convicted in mortgage fraud scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA - An Elk Grove woman was found guilty of charges related to mortgage fraud by a federal grand jury after a 10-day trial.

Hoda Samuel, 60, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud and of 30 individual counts of mail fraud, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California.

Samuel, a licensed real estate broker, was owned and operated Liberty Real Estate & Investment Company, a real estate agency and a mortgage brokerage business. According to evidence presented during trial, between April 5, 2006 and Feb. 26, 2007, Samual's company oversaw 30 home sales that defrauded lending companies that provided financing of the homes of $5.5 million.

Medical pot dispensaries' owner pleads to federal charges

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton man accused of selling marijuana at storefronts in Stockton and Sacramento under the guise of supplying marijuana for medical purposes has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on manufacturing and distribution charges.

Lynn Farrell Smith, 62, was a co-owner of Pathways Health Cooperative, and Port City Health and Wellness in Stockton; Central Valley Caregivers Cooperative just outside Stockton city limits; and MediZen, Sacramento Patients Group, Twelve Hour Care, River City Wellness all in Sacramento, per court records.

Smith also grew marijuana at a Stockton residence and an industrial warehouse to supply the stores, according to the plea agreement.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Smith and co-defendants made millions in revenue from the operations which falsely claimed compliance with California medical marijuana laws.