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DFG: Suspected deer poachers caught red-handed

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - Blood streaming out of the back of an SUV led to a gruesome discovery and the arrest of two Sacramento men Monday afternoon.

The incident began with multiple 911 calls regarding a tan Toyota SUV on Ponderosa Road near North Shingle Road with blood coming out of the tailgate area and two men inside trying to hide their faces, said Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Game.

An El Dorado County sheriff's K-9 patrol unit spotted the SUV in question speeding on westbound Highway 50, Foy said, and deputies and California Highway Patrol officers forced the Toyota to stop.

Inside, officers found a recently killed deer that had been shot, as well as a copious amount of blood inside the vehicle and on the two men inside.

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.

Guilty verdict returned in 1980 'Sweetheart Murders' case

SACRAMENTO, CA - Thirty-two years after a young UC Davis couple was found murdered, a Sacramento jury has convicted a man for the crimes.

Monday, Richard Joseph Hirschfield, 63, was found guilty of first degree murder in the slayings of John Riggins, 18, and Sabrina Gonsalves, 18. Their bodies were found in a van near Lake Natoma two days after they were kidnapped from Davis.

DNA analysis of a stain on a blanket in the van linked Hirschfield to the December 1980 killings, the prosecution claimed.

"The evidence as it was presented was overwhelming," said Richard Riggins, father of John Riggins. "I don't see how the jury could have had any other choice."

Jurors also found true special circumstances allegations of kidnapping, oral copulation, and multiple murders but not the charge of rape.

UPDATE: Man arrested in Nevada Co. not Folsom escapee

NEVADA COUNTY, CA - A man previously suspected of being a convicted murderer who escaped from Folsom Prison in 1987, was later confirmed to have not been a Folsom inmate. 

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said authorities obtained information that a man believed to be Glen Stewart Godwin was living in an apartment on Britney Springs Road.

According to Royal, officers spotted the man while staking out his apartment Wednesday morning and approached. At some point during their approach, a deputy fired one round but did not hit the man, said Royal.

The suspected escapee was then taken into custody without further incident. He was subsequently fingerprinted to confirm his identity and the results determined the man was not Godwin, but 45-year-old Christopher Lang, an escapee from a prison facility in Nevada.   

Folsom police officer assaulted with chemical spray

FOLSOM, CA - A Folsom police officer trying to help a person being physically attacked by multiple individuals was sprayed with some kind of chemical substance in the early hours of October 17.

According to a Folsom Police Department report, the uniformed officer was patrolling Folsom's Historic District around 1:30 a.m. when he saw a group of men assaulting a lone man on the 600 block of Sutter Street. The officer approached and ordered the men to stop the attack but they ignored his commands.

The officer pulled out his Taser and ordered the men to stop again. All but one ceased the assault and the victim was able to get off the ground and run away, according to the report.

However, the man who refused to stop the attack, chased the fleeing victim, punching and kicking him in the process.

The officer followed to protect the fleeing man and while he was in pursuit, was sprayed with some kind of chemical agent by a bystander, said police.

California inmate found dead; cellmate suspected

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - State prison officials say an inmate at a maximum security Sacramento-area prison has been killed and that his cellmate is being held as a suspect.

The 51-year-old inmate was found dead late Wednesday at California State Prison, Sacramento, which is located in Folsom.

He had been in prison since 2001 while serving a 25 years-to-life sentence from Contra Costa County for assault to commit a sex act.

The 46-year-old suspect, who was not identified because of the ongoing investigation, has been in prison since 1986. He is serving a 17 years-to-life sentence from Alameda County for second-degree murder.

The prison spokesman, Sgt. Tony Quinn, said Thursday that the two men were the only ones in the cell.

Officials are not releasing the name of the victim until they notify relatives.

One driver identified in Folsom fatal crash

FOLSOM, CA - Two people were killed in a fiery crash early Saturday morning.

Folsom Police responded at 12:28 a.m. to an accident at Folsom Lake Crossing, west of Natoma Street, involving two vehicles.

Folsom police Sgt. Jason Browning said when emergency personnel arrived, they found the driver of a Honda Civic, Stephen Schwartz a 28-year-old Orangevale resident, deceased and a BMW SUV fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters put out the flames and it was determined the BMW driver didn't survive, Browning said.

Browning said a preliminary investigation revealed the BMW was traveling eastbound at an extremely excessive speed when the driver lost control of his vehicle, crossing over the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic. Schwartz was traveling westbound when the SUV struck his car.

There were not any passengers in either vehicle, Browning said.