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Car vs power poles causes West Sac power outage

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - As many as 25 homes were without power Thursday morning due to a black out caused by a car knocking down two power poles on Gregory Ave.

According to a West Sacramento police report, officers were called to the area around 3 a.m. for a reported traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers found a wrecked car and two power poles knocked over.

An initial investigation revealed the driver had veered off the road and hit the pole on the south side of the street, then crossed the roadway and smashed into a second pole on the north side.

Three people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, including the driver, 21-year-old Cody Zito, who was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to the report.

The three occupants only suffered minor injuries, the report stated.

PG&E said power could possibly be out through noon in the area.

Woman lies about terminal cancer, get thousands in donations

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - On Dec. 1, 2011, the VFW Post in West Sacramento was packed with well wishers and the family and friends of Jaymie Litza.

Everyone was there to support the woman who didn't have much longer to live.

More than a month later, they found out Litza lied about the entire thing.

"It's a sad situation," Litza's ex-husband Jeff Hill said. "It's something no parent should ever have to tell their children about."

Hill and Litza have three children together. Those same children spoke during the fundraiser dinner, thanking everyone for supporting their dying mother.

Litza had been telling her tale since May of 2011.

"It's something I don't even know how to get past," Hill said. "I'll take them to therapy; as well as myself."

Family and friends estimate that between that fundraiser and several other donations, Litza received around $20,000.

Litza said it was much lower, closer to $9,000.

'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.