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Woodland police arrest man suspected of inappropriately touching child

WOODLAND, CA - Woodland Police Department arrested a man for inappropriately touching a child around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Juan Vuittonet-Hernandez Jr., 36, was arrested after being interviewed by police, said Woodland police Sgt. Brett Hancock.

The incident happened in the latter part of 2010 at a residence in Woodland and was reported two weeks ago, said Hancock.

Detectives conducted interviews and forensic interviews before they arrested Vuittonet-Hernandez.

Vuittonet-Hernandez was booked for committing lewd and lascivious acts on child under 14 years old at the Yolo County Jail.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Violent crime up in Sacramento and Stockton

SACRAMENTO, CA- Violent crime in Sacramento and Stockton saw a modest increase in the first six months of 2010.

FBI crime statistics showed the number of violent crimes in Sacramento for the period stood at 2,157 incidents, up by 112 from the first 6 months of 2009.

In Stockton, there were 1,941 violent crimes for the period, compared to 1,864 during the same time in 2009, an increase of 77.

Most other major cities in California saw drops in violent crime. It was not immediately clear why.

"We did see an increase from 2009 and 2010. It was very minimal, and we are very fortunate for that," said Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck.

West Sacramento sexual predator given 3 life terms

WOODLAND, CA - A 21-year-old West Sacramento man convicted of sexual assaulting and kidnapping two women in May of last year received three consecutive life sentences in a Woodland courtroom Friday.

A Yolo County Superior Court jury last month found Theodore Wooten guilty of multiple violent felony charges. According to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, Wooten pushed his way in a West Sacramento motel on May 1, 2010, and tried to rape a mentally ill woman who often lived on the streets. The victim was savagely beaten with her scalp partially torn from her skull, according to prosecutors.

In the second attack on May 27, 2010, West Sacramento Police Department officers testified to catching Wooten in the act of trying to sexually assault a woman he was accused of forcing off the street and behind a business.

Sacramento couple sentenced in 5-year-old's torture killing

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother and her boyfriend convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son were given long prison sentences Friday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Eduardo Zamora Jr., 32, to 23 years to life in prison and a second life term in the first-degree murder and torture of Braeden James Gardner in June 2009.

Amber Ingram, 26, convicted of second-degree murder, received a 15 years to life sentence for child endangerment for leaving her son with Zamora while she went to work.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Zamora called 911 on June 17, 2009, from the couple's home to report the boy had stopped breathing. Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital officials said the boy had extensive bruising and injuries indicating he had been abused.