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11-year-old witnesses Rancho Cordova homicide

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - An 11-year-old girl witnessed the double murder of her neighbors in their Rancho Cordova apartment Wednesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., the 11-year-old went to the victims' apartment to use their phone; she called her mom to get permission to sleep over at a friend's house. While inside, two men dressed in dark clothes broke into the apartment.

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"I hung up and then a few seconds later the big guy barged in," the girl recalled. "I think he grabbed [Sandra] 'cause she started screaming. And then, he kind of nudged me 'cause I hit my head on the corner and then I ran and hid in the closet."

Man, woman killed in Rancho Cordova shooting

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Two people were found dead inside of an apartment in Rancho Cordova Tuesday night.

Both victims died of gunshot wounds, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The victims were found inside of a unit at the River Pointe Park Apartments on the 2000 block of West La Loma Drive around 9 p.m.

An 11-year-old girl was entering the apartment when two men in dark clothing pushed past her. Ramos said the girl fled in the opposite direction, but not before she heard gunshots from inside of the apartment.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man and a woman, between the ages of 50 and 60, dead inside. Ramos said the relationship between the girl and the victims is unclear.

The two shooters are still at-large.

Video shows teen murdered in Rosemont walking to park

ROSEMONT, CA - A teenage girl who was found dead in a Rosemont park six months ago was alone when she walked to the park on March 5, according to new surveillance video that was released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Thursday.

The 30-second video shows Jessica Funk-Haslam, 13, walk around a corner in a neighborhood, near the Rosemont Community Park, around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

Funk-Haslam was found dead on Tuesday, March 6 around 6:30 a.m. by a passerby in the dugout of a baseball diamond at the park. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office report said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, a stab wound and asphyxiation.

The 13-year-old was last seen by her family around 5:30 p.m. Her father Allen Porter said, in a March 6 interview, he talked to Funk-Haslam on the phone around 6 p.m. Porter said Funk-Haslam got into an argument with her mother the night of March 5.

Mechanic accused of masturbating in client's car

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A mechanic was arrested after exposing himself to a woman and masturbating in a client's car Monday.

Klifton Knowling, 33, of Sacramento was arrested at a car shop after the 25-year-old victim identified him, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The victim was walking her kids to school on the 2300 block of Zinfindel when Knowling allegedly pulled up next to her in a Toyota SUV while masturbating and asked the victim if she wanted to play. Ramos said the woman called police and the man fled the scene.

The woman was able to provide deputies with a suspect description, the SUV's license plate and description.

Ramos said when deputies talked to the owner of the SUV; the owner said it was at the shop getting fixed. Deputies went to the car shop and found Knowling. He was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Crime rising in Sacramento county, city

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After years of decline, authorities say crime is on the rise in the Sacramento area. 

Violent crime and property crime each rose 7 percent in the city during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year. 

The Sacramento Bee says it's the first uptick in six years.  

Sacramento County's unincorporated neighborhoods and the city of Rancho Cordova, which is policed by sheriff's deputies, had an 11 percent hike in violent crime and a 6 percent rise in property crime. 

The sheriff's department says it's the first crime rise since 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man found guilty of multiple rapes in Sacramento Co.

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office described as a serial rapist has been convicted of multiple sex charges.

D.A. spokeswoman Shelly Orio said a Sacramento jury found Patrick Thomas Enloe, 35, guilty of kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and sexual penetration.

Enloe was charged with convincing multiple women to get into his car on the pretense of prostitution and driving them to an isolated area where he sexually assaulted them.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 7 in Sacramento Superior Court. 

Ex-Sacramento deputy gets jail in ID theft, drug case

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was sentenced for identity theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance convictions.

Kelly Curran Smith, 43, was sentenced by a Sacramento Superior Court judge to 120 days in jail, five years probation and required to enroll in a drug diversion program, reports the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Smith was charged with using the name and prescription information of a 90-year-old woman she had befriended to obtain Vicodin.

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Smith had been with the sheriff's department 23 years.