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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.

Parolee at-large found inside West Sacramento home

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - After nearly a three hour manhunt, West Sacramento police and U.S. Marshals arrested a parolee, who was considered armed and dangerous, Friday around 7:30 p.m.

Police spotted the suspect, a known parolee at-large, on the 1800 block of Madrone Avenue around 4:45 p.m. and attempted to approach him, Officer Tod Sockman said.

When the suspect saw the police, he lead them on a short car chase before leaving the car at the intersection of Ash Avenue and Evergreen Avenue and running from the area, Sockman said.

Police locked down the area inside a three block by two block perimeter around the Ash Avenue and Evergreen Avenue area.

Eventually, K-9 units were able to pinpoint the suspect's location in a home on the 1800 block of Evergreen Avenue, Sockman said. The suspect was found in a back bedroom of the home and surrendered without incident.

Davis police warn of car wheel and rim thefts

Davis police warn of car wheel and rim thefts

The Davis Police Department is warning residents about a series of thefts targeting car tires and rims. They say there have been 20 similar incidents since the beginning of the year.

Lt. Paul Doroshov says that residents have been walking out to their car in the morning, only to find them lifted on blocks with the wheels missing. These photos show two of the latest thefts.

Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

Former El Dorado Hills woman sentenced for defrauding her employer

SACRAMENTO — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Shalena P. Leggett, 37, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 14 months in prison for embezzlement.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2011, Leggett pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for embezzling more than $450,000 from her employer, a Sacramento-based real estate firm. The activity took place over a 19-month span in 2008 and 2009. To hide the fraud, Leggett made false entries in her employer’s business books.

In sentencing Leggett, Judge Karlton said that the scope of Leggett’s criminal enterprise led him to conclude that a prison term was necessary. He rejected a motion by Leggett that she be granted home confinement and electronic monitoring instead of prison.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

2 indicted in West Sacramento post office iPhone thefts

SACRAMENTO, CA - A federal grand jury has indicted two United States Postal Service workers at the West Sacramento mail processing facility with conspiracy and mail theft charges.

Lauren Howard, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, says Saravy Yem, 27, of Stockton, and Angel Pantoja-Lopez, 27, of North Highlands, are accused of opening packages with the AT&T phones, hiding the phones on their person or clothing, and then dumping the empty packages at the plant.

Approximately 300 empty AT&T iPhone parcels were found at the facility by investigators, according to court documents.

Yem and Pantoja-Lopez were indicted on 61 counts Thursday. Each theft count carries a maximum five-year prison.

UPDATE: 2 arrests in West Sac motel homicide stabbing

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - West Sacramento Police report that the man who was stabbed several times at Town House Motel room Friday evening has died, and suspects have been arrested.

According to a press release from West Sacramento Police Lt. Tod Sockman, the two suspects were hiding in the bushes when they were found by the police. They are identified as Billy Wolfington, 28, and Shannon Silva, 30. Both were on parole from a California prison.

Sockman reported they were arrested on murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges and are being held in Yolo County Jail.

The victim had been transported to the hospital Friday night, where he died from his injuries. His identity is being withheld until the next of kin are notified.

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