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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.

Pursuit ends in wreck for suspected car thieves

SACRAMENTO - A high-speed chase between Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and two suspected car thieves ended in a wreck in the area of Highway 99 and Stockton Boulevard Friday morning.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept., the pursuit began around 3:37 a.m. and continued for about 10 minutes. During the pursuit, the fleeing drivers turned off their lights and managed to lose deputies for a brief period.

However, deputies came across the vehicle a few minutes later after the driver collided with a woman driving to work, said deputies.

One of the vehicles also collided with a power pole in the crash, knocking out a transformer and the power in the area.

A man and woman were detained at the scene under suspicion of auto theft, said deputies.

The woman who was hit by the suspected stolen vehicle was noticeably shaken, but did not sustain any major injuries.

Sheriff: Son sought in father's murder

MERCED COUNTY, CA - Homicide investigators think a suspect in the murder of a Delhi man found on New Year's Day could be in San Joaquin or Sacramento counties.

Merced County sheriff's detectives are looking for 35-year-old Jason Curtis Reed, the son of a 67-year-old man who was discovered dead under suspicious circumstances on the 9000 block of Sycamore Avenue in Delhi, said Deputy Tom MacKenzie. Delhi is about 20 miles southeast of Modesto.

MacKenzie said Reed lived with the victim but has disappeared. A arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Reed and he is considered armed and dangerous, MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information on Reed's whereabouts was urged to call the Merced County Sheriff's Office at (209) 385-7445.

2 detained in south Sacramento pursuit, search

SOUTH SACRAMENTO - An identification of a car possibly used in a burglary led to a chase and search in a south Sacramento neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Spokesman Chris Trim of the Elk Grove Police Dept. said officers spotted the vehicle on the northbound side of Interstate 5 and pursued into the area of 26th Ave. and 35th St. where the driver and a passenger abandoned the vehicle around 7:30 a.m.

The two men were able to evade capture by running from officers through the backyards of homes in the area, said Trim.

According to Trim, a subsequent search of the vehicle returned a backpack reported stolen. The backpack contained an undisclosed amount of ammunition and a magazine for a gun, but Trim could not confirm whether either man was armed.

A perimeter was set up around the search area and SWAT was called out for assistance locating the men.