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Rancho Cordova police officer wrecks during pursuit

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - An officer and an uninvolved driver collided during a police pursuit in Rancho Cordova Monday morning.

According to police at the scene of the crash, the officer was pursuing a stolen vehicle southbound on Sunrise Boulevard when it collided with a black Honda Civic traveling eastbound on White Rock Road.

Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision, but the officer and the driver of the Civic escaped with minor injuries, said police.  Both were transported from the scene to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

No information was provided on the vehicle or the driver fleeing police.

Eliminating oversight for some parolees has mixed response

Eliminating oversight for some parolees has mixed response

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week, the California Department of Corrections of Rehabilitation will begin reviewing the files of more than 9,000 parole violators who have outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Typically when inmates are released from state prison, they're required to report to a parole officer for a few years. When they don't check-in or disappear, an arrest warrant is issued. 

It's too early to tell, but the review could lead to thousands of non-violent offenders having their warrants dropped and consequently released from state supervision.

On the surface, the move is being applauded by the Americans Civil Liberties Union.

Man arrested after Rancho Cordova standoff

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - A man was arrested after a standoff ended outside a Rancho Cordova home Friday night.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to the home on the 2000 block of Zinfindel Drive where the suspect barricaded himself inside.

The suspect was wanted for several felonies.

More information will be available soon.

CHP: Man crashes into Rancho Cordova store

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A man suspect of driving under influence and crashing into a store was checked into the hospital after being arrested early Saturday morning.

Timothy J. Irwin, 24, from Redding, drove his blue 1989 Toyota Camry into the parking lot of Madison Mall Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Hazel Avenue, around 4:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Jasper Begay said.

When Irwin drove to the front of the Dollar Tree Store, he continued to drive into the glass window of store.

After the crash, Irwin backed out of the window and tried to drive away from the scene. Begay said Irwin lost control of his car because he was speeding and crashed into a tree.

Irwin suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He was later arrested for driving under the influence, but remains at the hospital for treatement, Begay said.

Brother-in-law charged with 3 counts of murder

SACRAMENTO, CA - The brother-in-law of a young Rancho Cordova mother and her children was charged with her murder and those of two of her children in a Sacramento courtroom Friday.  

Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, was arraigned on three counts of first degree murder and a special enhancement of commission of multiple murders in the Oct. 23, slayings.

The suspect lived with his brother Denis Bukhantsov and his wife 23-year-old Alina, and their children, 3-year-old Emmanuela, 2-year old Avenir and 6-month-old Mark on De Soto Way. Denis Bukhantsov came home that Tuesday afternoon to find his wife, Emmaneula and Avenir had been stabbed. Baby Mark was unharmed.

The motive for the killings was unclear.

Grigoriy Bukhantsov did not enter a plea.

Knives recovered in triple slaying; town hall planned

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have recovered several knives they believe may have been used in this week's slaying of a mother and her two young children inside their Rancho Cordova duplex. 

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos says 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov and her toddlers died of "sharp-force trauma." He says the knives found at the scene are being tested to make sure they are the murder weapons. 

A 6-month-old baby was found unharmed Tuesday after Denis Bukhantsov returned to his home and discovered his wife and other children dead. 

His younger brother, 19-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov, has been arrested and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday. 

John Perkins, a supervisory public defender, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Friend describes murder suspect's troubled mind

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A friend of murder suspect Grigoriy Bukhantsov said Bukhantsov displayed unusual behavior leading up to this week's gruesome murders.

Knowing that Grigoriy was connected to three murders scares even his close friends. One friend, who did not want to be identified, said Bukhantsov stayed with him and his family for two months. Bukhantsov had just gotten out of jail last December after serving time for a burglary conviction.

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"He came out of jail, he stayed at his brother for a week, and then he had nowhere to stay. So my mom, let him in," the friend said.