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Clerk stabbed in West Sacramento AM/PM robbery

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A clerk working at an AM/PM in the 800 block of Harbor Boulevard was stabbed three times during a robbery around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said the robber entered the store and demanded cash, after which a struggle ensued and the AM/PM employee was stabbed.

The clerk was taken to the hospital with what Sockman described as "non-life-threatening injuries".

Sockman described the robber as a black man, between 20 and 30 years old, approximately six-feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing a blue-striped short-sleeve shirt, blue pants and a black beanie with a short brim.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact West Sacramento Police Department Investigations at 916-617-4915 or Dispatch at 916-375-6474.

2 caught after police pursuit from Citrus Heights to West Sac

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A police pursuit involving a possible purse snatcher culminated in West Sacramento late Tuesday afternoon.

According to West Sacramento police Lt. Tod Sockman, the victim of a purse theft on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights followed the suspected thief in a maroon Ford Expedition and reported the crime to emergency responders.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded and tried to pull over the SUV on Madison Avenue in Citrus Heights, said California Hgihway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton. The driver, though, didn't yield and drove off, according to deputies.

Deputies followed the SUV to West Sacramento where the pursuit ended at West Capitol Avenue and Cedar Street but not before the SUV clipped a van, said Sockman.

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Yolo County residents and merchants get money back from bad check writers

From the Yolo County District Attorney's office.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that the Yolo County District Attorney Check Prosecution Program recovered $32,918.13 for Yolo County merchants and residents during the month of June, 2011.  

“Much of the money was paid to the victims by check writers before criminal proceedings were initiated. Once criminal complaints are filed and arrest warrants are issued, the court supervises the payments of restitution,” stated District Attorney Reisig.

It is not uncommon for check writers to “bounce” checks to businesses or individuals.  These checks are generally written on checking accounts with non-sufficient funds (NSF) or on CLOSED ACCOUNTS.  If businesses or individuals in Yolo County have been unable to get cooperation from the check writers, they are encouraged to contact the DA Check Program.

Broderick Boys ruled public nuisance; injunction upheld

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - After a lengthy legal fight and 54-day trial last year, a Yolo County judge has issued a final injunction judgement against a West Sacramento gang.

Judge Kathleen White ruled the Broderick Boys is a criminal street gang that has created a public nuisance in West Sacramento and caused harm to those in live in a designated section of the city.

In her ruling, White made a temporary injunction imposing activity restrictions and a curfew within a "safety zone" on the Broderick Boys permanent for seven years. At that time, White said local law enforcement should be able to manage gang activity so that the injunction would no longer be necessary.

Man gets 13 years in prison for assault and hate crime

WOODLAND, CA - Pedro Ramirez was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for an assault and hate crime on Sikh taxi driver Harbhajan Singh.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall handed down the sentence to the 42-year-old Natomas resident Friday.

Ramirez, along with Johnny Morales, Jr. and their wives caught a ride from Singh from Harlow's Bar in Sacramento to West Sacramento on the night November 28, 2010.

When Singh dropped them off, they demanded a lower fare than the $14 Singh asked for. Ramirez shouted racial epithets and punched the cab driver about 10 time in the face while Morales hit him from behind.

In March, Ramirez pled not guilty for the November 2010 attack on Singh.

Morales, 33 of West Sacramento pled no contest to a felony assault was previously sentenced to felony probation.