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West Sacramento child molester gets life in prison

WOODLAND, CA - A West Sacramento child sex predator has been sentenced to 335 years to life in state prison for multiple acts of child molestation and possession of material showing sexual acts involving a minor.

A Yolo County Superior Court jury found Michael Martinez guilty in May of 47 counts of child molestation involving a 7-year-old girl.  The victim testified at trial.

Martinez was also determined to have used his cell phone to record the crimes.

At trial, the Yolo County district attorney prosecutor also introduced Martinez's interview with West Sacramento police in which he admitted to the crimes.

The defendant maintained his innocence at trial.













Recent rash of scams against older adults

Recent rash of scams against older adults

District Attorney Jeff Reisig reported that a recent surge in scams targeting older adults has been occurring in Yolo County.  Reports by victims in West Sacramento, Davis and Woodland indicate that crooks continue to use phony sweepstakes scams and the “Grandma It’s Me” telephone scam to trick people into wiring money out of the country.

In one instance over $4000 dollars was lost in a phony sweepstakes scam after a con artist pretending to be from the Federal Trade Commission convinced a local senior to wire money to Costa Rica.  In another recent case a hard working elderly woman was tricked into sending all the money she had in her savings account to someone claiming to be her grandson who was in trouble and out of the country.  She believed it was him and was trying to help.

West Sac man, 61, arrested for suspected copper theft

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The West Sacramento Police Dept. arrested 61-year-old Robert Joyce of West Sacramento on Thursday in connection to a copper theft at a commercial business.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept. said officers contacted Joyce during an enforcement stop and noticed he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools. At the time of the stop, a report had been filed for a copper theft at a local business, said Steele.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Steele was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries in which copper piping and other items were stolen, Steele said.

The loss and damages to the businesses were estimated at $20,000.

Man in serious condition following West Sac shooting

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A 25-year-old man is in serious condition Friday morning after being shot in West Sacramento on Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Dept., officers were called to the 1100 block of Hobson Ave. around 11:40 p.m. where they found the man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition as of 9:51 a.m. Friday, said Steele.

No identifying information was provided on the shooter, but Steele described the suspected vehicle used in the getaway as a white sedan last seen traveling westbound on Hobson Ave.

Anyone with information on the incident was encouraged to contact Detective Michelle Tate at 916-617-4958 or the West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.

2 cars get into gun battle in south Sacramento

SOUTH SACRAMENTO, CA - No one was injured during a shootout between two cars Thursday night.

Sacramento police said a silver car and a green car fired shots at each other on 24th Street and Florin Road around 9:30 p.m.

Both cars fled the scene after the shooting.

A couple of blocks away, five people got out of the green car; they had minor injuries from shattered glass.

Police are still looking for the silver car.

Woman arrested for holding mother hostage escapes West Sacramento police custody

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman who was taken into custody after a 9-hour police standoff escaped from the West Sacramento Police Department while waiting to be booked.

Melissa Dodd, 38, was arrested at a home on Kegle Drive around 4 a.m. Thursday after she held her mother hostage around 7 p.m. Wednesday, West Sacramento police Lt. Tod Stockman said.

The West Sacramento Fire Department first responded to the home after getting a call of a man in need of medical assistance. When the woman tried to come out of the home during the call, she was pulled back in by her daughter, Dodd, and held at gunpoint.

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Daughter removed from West Sac home after holding mother hostage

Daughter removed from West Sac home after holding mother hostage

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - An overnight West Sacramento standoff in which a daughter took her own mother hostage came to a close around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Lt. Tod Stockman of the West Sacramento Police Dept., fire crews originally responded to the home on Kegle Drive around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night for a call of a man in need of medical assistance. However, as a woman came out of the home during the call, her daughter, 38-year-old Melissa Dodd, pulled her back into the home and held her at gunpoint.

Following an extensive period without being able to establish communication with Dodd or her mother, SWAT was called to the scene, said Stockman.

SWAT managed to get a cell phone into the home in attempts to negotiate Dodd's surrender and her mother's peaceful release. It was through the cell phone that SWAT members were able to determine Dodd had slit her wrists in an apparent suicide attempt, Stockman said.