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Real-time stolen bank card use tracking results in arrests

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Bank card use tracking led to Yolo County sheriff's deputies quickly finding and taking into custody two burglary suspects Tuesday.

Sgt. Lance Faille said at the same time a deputy responded to an auto burglary call in the area of the Sacramento weir, the victim received a text from her bank that her ATM card was being used at a Shell gas station in West Sacramento. Another deputy went to that location on West Capitol Road, just missing the suspected  thieves but learning they may have been in a white vehicle.

Moments later, Faille said the victim received another text saying her card was being used at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store just down the street from the gas station. The deputy went there and asked the store clerk to point out the customer who had used the card. At that point, the customer, a woman, ran to the back seat of a car where a man sat. The driver of the car got out and ran, Faille said.

3 found guilty of brutal attacks in Lowe's parking lot

WOODLAND, CA - Three Norteno gang members face the possibility of life in state prison after being convicted in attacks on three people in a Lowe's parking lot.

Jose Antonio Duran, 20; Salvador Benjamin Vasquez Jr., 20; and Joseph Vincent Sisneros, 21, all of Sacramento, were accused of beating and robbing a person eating his dinner in his car in the lot of a West Sacramento Lowe's on April 19, 2010. The beating caused fractures in the victim's face and his wallet, iPod and keys were taken, according to court records.

3 Stockton men convicted, sentenced for deer poaching

PLACER COUNTY, CA - Three Stockton men convicted of crimes related to deer poaching last Wednesday were sentenced Monday.

Thongseuth Khounchanh, 58, Ti Sila, 51, and Bounleuna Sysenglath, 59, were arrested in June 2011 after a three week investigation that was prompted by an anonymous tip in May 2011, California Department of Fish and Game Law Enforcement Patrick Foy said.

The tipster told DFG that the three men made multiple trips per week to El Dorado County to poach deer, killing bucks and pregnant does. Foy said the men were quickly selling the deer meat to "established network of buyers."

Foy said it is illegal to sell any deer meat in California, regardless of if the deer was killed legally, under a recreational hunting license, or illegally.

State Capitol vandal suspect arrested

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of vandalizing the state Capitol, the state treasurer's office and Sacramento City Hall.

California Highway Patrol officer Sean Kennedy said Richard Michael Dopkins of West Sacramento told authorities he went on the spree Sunday night to get the attention of government. The suspect tossed concrete and rocks at windows and doors on the west, south and north sides of the Capitol.

Glass shattered and wooden door frames were damaged.

Kennedy said Dopkins went across the street to the Jesse Unruh Building, housing the state treasurer's office, and caused more damage. Sacramento police arrested him about 9:30 p.m.

On Monday, Kennedy said Dopkins told police, "he had a lot of solutions that government needed to know about."

The CHP will recommend a charge of felony vandalism.

1980 bleacher killing stumps Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO, CA - Thirty-two years after a man was found dead on softball bleachers in Sacramento, Sacramento police still don't know who he is or who killed him.

Detectives hope reminding the public about the case will spark a tip that leads to answers.

Officer Laura Peck said the man, who was in his 20s, was discovered dead of a gunshot wound to his upper body. Officers found him on bleachers near 6th and X streets on Jan. 17, 1980 at 9:15 p.m.

The man was white or Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 147 pounds. He had brown hair, brown eyes, a moustache and goatee.

The victim wore a LeChevron Collection jacket, long-sleeved navy blue Sigallo sweater with a gray collar, blue jeans, blue Adidas tennis shoes with a gold stripe and a light blue denim cap with a short bill.

City of Sacramento's sites hacked

SACRAMENTO, CA - The city of Sacramento took down their websites after they were hacked early Sunday morning.

Maurice Chaney, Sacramento spokesman, said the city didn't learn about the affected sites until 8:30 a.m. They responded  by taking down the websites that included the city of Sacramento main site, parks and recreation and convention center sites.

The city took the hacker's signature offline and sent several employees to troubleshoot the sites and get them back up.

The hacker reportedly wrote, "Hacked by El_mhuammed. This Turkish hacker."

A website by that name brought up on Google contains strongly anti-Semitic views and demands an end to Israel's blockade of Palestinian people.

It was not clear if the hacker left anything but his signature.

One cyber security expert says attacks like these are nearly endless, may come from almost anywhere, and can be very difficult to stop.

2 nabbed in Walmart theft

WOODLAND, CA - An alleged attempt by two Sacramento men to return stolen merchandise to a Woodland Walmart backfired Thursday afternoon.

The items had been stolen from the Walmart in West Sacramento earlier in the day and Woodland store personnel recognized the items as stolen.

Woodland Walmart staff contacted the Woodland Police Department and reported the alleged crime as well as descriptions of the individuals trying to return the items and their vehicle.

When officers arrived at the store, they arrested Joseph Dorris Jr., 28, in the described vehicle, and Tanner Servaughn, 24. The latter was taken into custody after he tried to run from officers in the store parking lot, said police Corp. Dave Krause. A third man with the pair was questioned and allowed to go after it was determined he was not involved with a crime.