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West Sacramento police end search for burglary suspect

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - West Sacramento police have canceled the search for a man they said broke in to a store Tuesday morning.

It happened just after 3:30 a.m. at the Kwik Shop at 1001 Sacramento Ave. Police responded to a tripped burglary alarm and when they arrived saw a man running from the store. They began searching for that man and have called in the K-9 unit to help in that search.

Police canceled their search about two hours later. No word on whether they caught that man or if he actually stole anything from the store.

1 man withdraws plea, 2nd man sentenced in cabbie's hate crime beating

WOODLAND, CA - A man set to be sentenced to 13 years in prison for a hate crime attack on a taxi driver in West Sacramento last Nov. 28, withdrew his guilty plea in court Friday morning.

Pedro Ramirez had admitted in a plea agreement with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office to beating Harbhajan Singh because of his belief Singh was a Muslim. Singh is Sikh.

At Friday's hearing, Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall assigned a new attorney to Martinez and ordered his return to court April 15.

A second defendant, Johnny Morales, was sentenced to 300 days in county jail but credited with 238 days served, he will serve 62 days. He was also ordered to pay $15,000 restitution, prohibited from having weapons and given three years of probation following his release from jail.

Teens sentenced to prison for failed West Sacramento drive-by shooting

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Two Sacramento-area teenagers have been sentenced to prison in connection with a 2010 drive-by shooting in West Sacramento, according to Yolo County court officials.

Michael Esterline, 19, of West Sacramento and 17-year-old Monte Nunn of Sacramento were sentenced March 18 after being convicted of attempted murder in the case, court spokeswoman Wendy Wilcox said in a press release.

Nunn was sentenced to 15 years for being the shooter in the case; Esterline was sentenced to eight years and four months for being the driver.

The shooting happened last March. Prosecutors said Nunn and Esterline spotted two of Esterline's high-school classmates in the West Sacramento Walmart on Harbor Boulevard, then followed them through the streets of West Sacramento.

According to trial testimony, the victims slowed down to let the defendants pass.  As Nunn and Esterline pulled past the other car, Nunn fired six shots out the window. 

West Sacramento man found guilty of preying on young relative

WOODLAND, CA - A Yolo County jury has convicted a West Sacramento man of 62 counts of molesting a young family member over a nine-year period.

Bennie Dale Moses, 44, was also found guilty of 12 previous felony strike offenses under California's three-strike law, said the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said the sexual abuse began in 2000 when the victim was 12 years and continued to 2009 when the victim confided to a friend what was going on and the friend reported the molestation to West Sacramento police.

Detectives also learned that Moses had sexually assaulted other relatives who were elementary-school aged, Raven said.

Raven said Moses faces life in prison at his April 22 sentencing in Yolo County Superior Court.

Guilty plea entered in beating of Sikh cabbie

WOODLAND, CA - A Sacramento man Monday pleaded guilty to beating a cab driver in West Sacramento last November, according to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

As part of the guilty plea, Pedro Ramirez admitted that the attack was a hate crime motivated by his belief that the victim was a Muslim, according to prosecutors. The victim, Harbhajan Singh, is actually a Sikh. 

Ramirez will be sentenced to 13 years in prison for the attack and a second attacker will be sentenced to a year in county jail and felony probation for his role in the beating, according to the District Attorney's Office.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 1.

Michael Lyon enters plea in eavesdropping case

SACRAMENTO, CA - Michael Lyon, the former CEO of the Sacramento-area's largest independent real estate company, entered a plea of not guilty to four counts of electronic eavesdropping in Sacramento County Superior Court Wednesday.

Lyon, 55, has been accused of secretly video-taping female guests at his home.  Criminal complaint

Lyon has been free on $60,000 bail since his November arrest.

Last August, federal prosecutors announced they were closing their investigation into Lyon on similar allegations, saying they found no evidence of wrongdoing under federal criminal statues.

Teen busted after West Sacramento hit and run, crash into home

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - West Sacramento police arrested a 19 year old for driving under the influence after being involved in two car crashes Saturday afternoon.

According to West Sacramento Sergeant Jason Winger, the teen was involved in a hit and run accident with another vehicle before 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after, he crashed into a home on the corner of Holland Drive and Anna Street.

The resident was home at the time of the accident, but was not injured.

The driver was taken to a local hospital after complaining of pain and was later arrested on DUI charges. Police did not release his name.