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Sac sheriff: Men in van try to grab boy

SACRAMENTO, CA - A heart-pounding moment for a 12-year-old Sacramento boy Friday morning.

The boy was walking to school on Lincoln Village Drive at about 8:30 a.m. when a white van pulled up beside him and the driver tried to grab his arm, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

About the same time, the boy told authorities that the van's sliding side door opened and he saw another man crouched in the back.

The boy pulled his arm away and ran home to report what happened. He was not hurt.

The van was described as a white, older model, boxy, American-made vehicle with rust. The boy said the driver was white and in his 50s. The man in the back was described as Hispanic and in his 30s or 40s.

The incident took place on Lincoln Village Drive near Explorer Drive.

Man found guilty of stalking, assault on Sacramento court referee

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Reno man thwarted before he may have hurt the children of a Sacramento County court referee was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and felony stalking.

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, one of defendant John Parlante's children was ordered removed from his home in 2008 by Sacramento County Family Court Judicial Referee Daniel Horton.

Last February, Parlante's traveled Sacramento from Reno and bought an ax at a local Home Depot, per court documents. That same night, Horton reported hearing a loud banging on the front door of his Rancho Cordova home and then saw someone get in a car parked on his street and drive away.

UPDATE: Teen killed in Rosemont shooting identified

SACRAMENTO, CA - An 18 year old who was shot and killed in the Rosemont area on Monday was identified as Joshua Baker of Sacramento on Wednesday.

The shooting was reported on the 2900 block of Folsom Boulevard about noon, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos. That's where Baker was found, but the shooting actually took place on Norcade Circle, according to Ramos.

Baker was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Ramos said about 30 people were fighting in the street when shots were fired. Investigators do not know if there was one or more shooters. Ramos said most of the crowd scattered and those remainig  refused to talk.

At least one vehicle and one home were also hit by bullets, Ramos said.

PHOTOS: 2 arrested following Sacramento pursuit, search

SACRAMENTO - Two individuals suspected of stealing a truck were arrested after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit through Sacramento, then hiding in a field for approximately two hours on Tuesday morning.

PHOTOS: Authorities search Sacramento field for suspected thieves

According to Liz Dutton of the CHP, officers attempted to pull the Ford F-250 over near Watt and Whitney just after 8:00 a.m. when the driver fled. CHP officers pursued and made several attempts to use a PIT maneuver to bring the pursuit to a close, Dutton said.

During an unsuccessful PIT attempt at Notre Dame and Lake Forest Dr., shots were fired, but Dutton did not confirm whether they came from an officer vehicle or from the truck.

Suspected Sacramento pimp indicted for trafficking youths

SACRAMENTO - A suspected pimp and child sex trafficker who fled California to Illinois, was returned to Sacramento and arraigned on Wednesday, said attorney Benjamin Wagner.

According to the indictment, Marquist Piere Bradford, 26, recruited a 15-year-old girl to travel from Fresno to Sacramento where she was used in his prostitution business from January 19 through February 5, 2012.

Bradford used an apartment in Rancho Cordova as a base of operations for the business, which served Sacramento, the Bay Area, and several cities outside California, according to court documents.

Upon discovery of the 15-year-old child by authorities, Bradford fled Sacramento to Illinois where he was arrested on a one-count indictment on April 11 and returned to Sacramento by a federal grand jury, said Wagner.

Along with the 15 year old, Bradford was also found to have two victims under the age of 18 working for him, Wagner said. 

Sacramento Co. deputy arrested on narcotics charges

SACRAMENTO - A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday on narcotics charges.

Kelly Smith, 43, is assigned to Rancho Cordova.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said Smith was booked into custody on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, and unlawful use of personal identifying information of another. She was later released from custody after posting bail.

Ramos said Smith has been under investigation since March 31 and was placed on administrative leave.

According to court documents, Smith picked up three prescriptions for vicodin, intended for a 90-year-old Rancho Cordova resident.

The resident, nor his family, did not authorize the pick-up and did not order a prescription refill.

According to sheriff's investigators, the family suspected Smith because she fit the description of the suspect and had befriended Pierce.

UPDATE: Rancho Cordova shooting victim ID'd as local teen

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A teenage boy is dead after being shot in the area of Campana Way and Biscay Way in Rancho Cordova Tuesday night.

According to Deputy Jason Ramos of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept., deputies arrived at the scene just after 9:00 p.m. and found the victim, 19-year-old Jordan Benedict of Rancho Cordova, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injury about an hour later.

An early investigation revealed a dark-colored vehicle was seen driving away from the area immediately after the shooting, Ramos said.

No description was provided for any suspects or motive in the shooting.