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'Dirty look' killing in West Sac gets defendant life sentence

WOODLAND, CA - What began with a "hard look" from his victim and culminated with murder has resulted in a 45-years-to-life sentence for a West Sacramento man.

A Yolo County Superior Court jury convicted Christopher Allen Smith, 31, last month of the murder of Gidd Gomel Robinson IV on Nov. 3, 2009. According to court testimony, Smith, who is white, was in his pick-up truck with his 7-year-old that afternoon on Jasmine Avenue when he encountered Robinson, who was black, walking his children to school. Robinson gave Smith a dirty look and Smith retaliated a profane gesture.

Smith drove his truck around the corner, loaded a gun and drove back to where Robinson was and fatally shot him, the prosecution said.

According to the trial record, Smith then tried to conceal the crime by throwing his gun in the Sacramento river and muddying his hands to conceal gunshot residue. Police arrested Smith on Old River Road as he left the Elkhorn boat ramp.

Suspected Fairfield carjacker arrested following I-80 pursuit

SACRAMENTO, CA - A suspected carjacker was arrested Monday morning following a police pursuit along eastbound Interstate 80.

Officer Cleo Mayoral with the Fairfield Police Department said the chase began when a man, later identified as 27-year-old Jamaal Storms of Fairfield, approached three young women in a white, 2005 Toyota Corolla sedan and demanded their car. When the occupants refused, Mayoral smashed the driver's side window, they said. They climbed into the back seat and Mayoral yelled at them to get out, which they did.

Police and Solano County sheriff's deputies located the car traveling eastbound on I-80 near Vacaville and the driver fled.

The pursuit reached 80 mph into Sacramento County until Storms eventually pulled over at W. El Camino Boulevard and surrendered, according to Mayoral. 

River City High football coach arrested in alleged molestations

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The River City High School football coach accused of molestation surrendered to police Friday.

Arturo Bustamante, 42, was arrested on a $150,000 warrant and booked into Yolo County Jail on three felony counts of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child 14 or 15 years old and six misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under age 18, said Lt. Tod Sockman.

Bustamante was place on leave by Washington Unified School District when a student at school last fall claimed he touched her inappropriately. West Sacramento police began investigating.

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EXCLUSIVE: Amber Alert suspect tells his side

EXCLUSIVE WOODLAND, CA - A man authorities say abducted his three children from his family for two days, prompting an Amber Alert Monday, says he only threatened he had access to a plane to get even with his wife.

Dmitriy Gerasimov, 30, granted an exclusive interview to News10 from the Yolo County Jail Tuesday. No cameras were allowed.

Monday night, El Dorado County law enforcement made contact Gerasimov by cellphone and talked him into surrendering. His children, ages 2, 4, and 7, were with him and unharmed.

Gerasimov said he and his wife got into an argument over finances at their home Saturday. He had lost his job and he claimed she didn't want to use her money for rent.

He picked up their three older children at his father's house in Citrus Heights and didn't return.

Training To Take Down Bad Guys

Training To Take Down Bad Guys

Area police dogs get new facility in West Sac
Submitted by Carol Bogart, Editor, West Sacramento Press

Some dogs do it, some dogs won’t, and the ones that won’t will never wear a badge.

‘It’ is West Sacramento’s state of the art agility course located at the dead end of Oak Street by the water plant.

A sign on a pole at the West Sacramento Police K9 Training Field. reads: ‘K9 parking only, all others will be hounded.’ Funny – but what goes on at this course is serious business, says West Sac K9 Officer Roger Kinney.

For one, the course screens out prospective K9s that may not cut it.

Suspect identified in Vallejo officer's shooting death

VALLEJO, CA - Vallejo police arrested 37-year-old Henry Albert Smith of Fairfield for the shooting death of Officer Jim Capoot.

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Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Bassett said Smith was caught Thursday afternoon trying to break into a house after Capoot was found mortally injured in the backyard of a home in the area of the 100 block of Janice Street in Vallejo.

Officers heard two or three gun shots, but Bassett would not say how many struck Officer Capoot.  The officer died of a gunshot wound, said the Solano County Sheriff's Department on Friday.

Smith is charged with murder and bank robbery, Bassett said. 

Smith declined News10's request for an interview on Friday.

Topete convicted of Yolo deputy's murder

WOODLAND, CA - After less than a day of deliberations, a Yolo County Superior Court jury found Marco Antonio Topete guilty of the first-degree murder of Yolo County sheriff's Deputy Jose Antonio Diaz three years ago.

Topete was also convicted of felony transportation of an assault weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, criminal street gang activity, evasion of a peace officer with reckless driving, and child endangerment

Jurors also found true special circumstances of murder of a peace officer, murder to avoid arrest, lying in wait, discharge of a firearm and murder by a gang member.

Topete could receive the death penalty when he sentenced.