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Probation ordered in Woodland animal hoarding case

WOODLAND — A Woodland woman who kept more than 40 cats in the home she shared with her young children was sentenced this week to five years of probation. Katrina Emma Gamble, whose Yolo County court history includes three prior cases of hoarding excessive animals including dogs, cats and chinchillas, also was ordered to perform […]

February 10, 2016 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Leave a reply

Police probe second in-custody death

Friday’s death of a 56-year-old man while in Davis police custody marked the law-enforcement agency’s second such incident to occur in less than four months.

“To have two in such a close amount of time, it’s very disturbing,” said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel, whose agency’s only prior in-custody death was a burglar that an officer shot and killed after being fired upon first back in the 1980s.

While officers frequently train to prevent such situations, “we just hadn’t experienced it first-hand,” Pytel said.

Hearing in Davis homicide case rescheduled to May

Evidence in the case of a Los Angeles college student who was fatally stabbed in a downtown Davis bar last fall is now scheduled to be aired in a Yolo County courtroom starting May 2. Afterwards, Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg will rule whether there is sufficient evidence for co-defendants Carlos Biviescas, Martyn Contreras, […]

Davis apartment manager accused of stealing tenants’ identities

The manager of an East Davis apartment complex is accused of using his position to commit identity theft, using the personal information of some of the tenants he managed. William Raymond Stanley Jr., 30, was arrested last Thursday following a search of his residence at the Tuscany Villas Apartments, 2526 E. Eighth St., where Davis […]

CHP nabs attempted murder suspect during traffic stop

What began as a routine traffic stop north of Woodland this week resulted in an attempted murder suspect being taken off the streets, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Lance Bernard Jett was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. Monday after a CHP officer stopped him for speeding on Interstate 5 near County Road 95. Officer […]

Police arrest suspect in Davis rape attempt

The suspect in a Davis sexual assault attempt was taken into custody Monday night after spending more than two months at large, police said. Brandon Allan Clark, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in connection with the alleged assault, which police say occurred Nov. 21 at an Olive Drive storage unit […]

Man assaulted while walking downtown

A 22-year-old man was beaten and possibly stabbed early Friday morning while walking home from downtown Davis, police said. According to Lt. Paul Doroshov, the victim was attacked at about 3 a.m. in the 300 block of B Street “by a group of people, males and females. … After the attack, it was discovered he […]

Sacramento man killed in rural Yolo County crash

An 80-year-old Sacramento man was killed Wednesday when his vehicle ran off Highway 16 near the town of Madison, according to the California Highway Patrol. A witness to the accident reported that Robert Raymond Azevedo “appeared to be unconscious” as his eastbound PT Cruiser drifted into the oncoming lane, then ran off the north side […]

Woodland men face vehicle theft charges

Davis police arrested two Woodland men Tuesday morning on suspicion of stealing a pair of cars from their hometown. Lt. Ton Phan said a citizen phoned in a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Amador Avenue and provided information that led officers to believe the car had been stolen. When […]

Hearing in Davis murder case likely delayed again

WOODLAND — With six suspects and even more attorneys involved, a high-profile Davis homicide case is expected to take a few more months to reach the preliminary hearing stage. That hearing, in which a judge determines whether there is sufficient evidence for a case to proceed to trial, was scheduled for the week of Feb. […]

Woman accused in fatal drug-related crash pleads not guilty

WOODLAND — A woman accused of causing a drug-induced collision that killed a big-rig driver last fall pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury. Jacqueline Ochoa Torres, who was taken into custody last weekend following a nearly four-month investigation into the Davis-area collision, […]

Former CHP officer’s wife refuses to testify in domestic violence case

WOODLAND — The trial of a former California Highway Patrol officer accused of domestic violence is at risk of proceeding without one of the prosecution’s key witnesses — the case’s alleged victim. Armando Ortega’s estranged wife walked into visiting Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock’s courtroom Monday and informed him she would not be taking […]

Woman faces manslaughter, DUI charges in big-rig driver’s death

A Woodland woman who struck and killed a truck driver who was standing outside his big rig last October is due in court this week to face criminal charges. Jacqueline Ochoa Torres, 26, was arrested last weekend on a felony warrant charging her with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence in connection […]

Reward in tortured pit bull case reaches $10K

A second animal advocacy organization has joined the call for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tortured, killed and dumped a pit bull found near a Woodland freeway onramp earlier this month. The Animal Legal Defense Fund announced Friday it would contribute a $5,000 reward for suspect information, matching the amount offered […]

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