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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.

Dead man found in truck in Woodland

WOODLAND, CA - Woodland police investigate how a man died after he was found in a Dodge pick-up around 1:46 p.m. Friday.

Police and fire department responded to a call a parking lot of a vacant warehouse at 1400 Churchill Downs of a man slumped over inside a truck, said Woodland Police Sgt. Dan Letamendi.

When police got to the scene, they found the man was dead.

Police are investigating the death as suspicious, but there was no obvious signs of trauma, weapons or criminal activity, said Letamendi.

The Yolo County Coroner's Office is looking into the man's identity and the cause of death.

Witnesses near the warehouse said the truck has been in the parking lot for several days, said Letamendi.

Copper stolen from West Sacramento site

WEST SACRAMENTO - A "significant" amount of copper has been stolen from a West Sacramento neighborhood, a theft that caused more than 50 residents to temporarily lose power Sunday night.

According to PG&E spokesperson JD Guidi, a live overhead wire was stolen near the intersection of South River Road and Riskey Lane southwest of Raley Field.

Guidi said the theft happened just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday and left 53 people without power.  Power has been restored to all but one home.  Crews hope to have power restored to that home by late Monday morning.

UC Davis student pleads not guilty to weapons charges

DAVIS, CA -  A UC Davis student entered a plea of not guilty to assault weapon and resisting police charges in a Yolo County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Nicholas Benson, 25, was arrested after a family member told police Benson was armed with a rifle and was planning to hurt himself and others Friday night.

Benson was charged with possession of an assault weapon, resisting or threatening an executive officer with an enhancement of being armed with an assault weapon, and carrying a loaded weapon in public or a vehicle.

Police found Benson after an intensive search standing by his pickup truck on 4th Street and A Street.

Officers told Benson to surrender many times, but he resisted and headed for his truck. Police used a Taser to subdue Benson and arrest him.

Two Sacramento teens pled no contest in drive-by shooting

WOODLAND, CA - Two Sacramento teens pled no contest Friday to a drive-by shooting on March 6, 2010.

Monte Nunn, 17 and Michael Esterline, 19, pled no contest to attempted murder of two teens. Nunn admitted to personal use of a firearm and Esterline pled no contest to weapon charges, said Yolo County District Attorney Jonathan Raven.

Nunn and Esterline spotted the victims at the Wal-Mart Superstore in West Sacramento and started to follow the victims as they drove through the streets. The victims went to high school with Esterline.

When the victims slowed down to let Esterline pass, Esterline drove up next to the car and Nunn shot at the car six times, and then sped off, said Raven.

Police found an assault rifle, handguns and ammunition in Esterline's room.

Nunn faces up to 15 years in state prison. Esterline faces up to eight years and four months in state prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2011.

Tomato defendant seeks $1.3M from overseas account

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A former California food company owner indicted in a tomato price-fixing plot is seeking to tap a million-dollar overseas bank account to help pay for his defense.

A motion filed by Frederick Scott Salyer's attorney in federal court last week requests permission to transfer $1.3 million from an account in the European principality of Andorra.

A U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento postponed a Wednesday hearing on the motion and asked for a response from prosecutors.

The Monterey Herald reports that Andorran authorities won't release the money because of the criminal case.

Salyer was charged last year with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice in an alleged scheme to bribe purchasing managers to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods.

Salyer has pleaded not guilty.