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Sexual assailant suspect arrested in Folsom

FOLSOM, CA - A man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman then committing a lewd act in public was arrested in Folsom on Saturday.

According to officer Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Department, a woman claimed she was running on the Humbug Willowcreeek Trail around 7:35 p.m. when she was sexually assaulted.

The woman gave responding officers a detailed description of her alleged attacker, but police were unable to locate the individual in the area of the incident, said Browning.

About an hour and a half later, security officers at a Target store at 430 Blue Ravine Rd. told Folsom police that they had witnessed a man following women into the store, then apparently masturbating while walking around the store, Browning said.

9 charged in mortgage fraud scheme

SACRAMENTO, CA - A mortgage fraud investigation lead to the indictment of nine people last week.

The defendants are charged with buying at least 19 homes in connection to bank and mortgage fraud, said Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, two brothers Volodymyr Dubinsky, 53, of Folsom, and Leonid Doubinski, 47, of Copperopolis, were real estate developers, but when the housing market began to crash, they recruited family, friends and co-workers with good credit to act as straw buyers for homes in Carmichael and Copperopolis.

While straw buyers, usually used to buy something on the behalf of someone else who can't finish the transaction, are legal, they can be illegal when used for fraud.

Advocacy groups wary of plan for prison isolation units

State corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades.

But the initiative is raising concern among prisoner rights advocates and some experts who worry that it will do little to improve stark conditions or cut the backlog of inmates awaiting placement into the units.

"There's nothing I can see in this policy that will change the flow of inmates into these very expensive facilities," said David Ward, a retired University of Minnesota sociologist who served on an influential 2007 expert panel appointed by the state to study how California manages prison gangs.

Thieves fail in El Dorado Hills ATM heist attempt

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A group of would-be thieves were unsuccessful in their efforts to tow an ATM out of an El Dorado Hills CVS store Thursday morning.

According to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office release, deputies responded to an activated security alarm around 2:18 a.m.

Upon arrival at 2:21 a.m., the deputies discovered the store's front doors on the ground, surrounded by broken glass.

No suspects were found at the location, according to the report.

Deputies examined the store's surveillance video and discovered at least three individuals had arrived at the store's parking lot in a white Ford F-350 truck and a red pickup truck. The individuals then backed the Ford through the front glass doors and unsuccessfully attempted to tow the ATM machine out of the store, according to the report.

Man shot, killed by Folsom police had ax

FOLSOM, CA - A visible security presence could be seen outside the Wells Fargo Bank along East Bidwell Street in Folsom Wednesday afternoon.

The day before, a man was shot and killed by Folsom police after he robbed the bank.

The suspect entered the bank, stole the money and fled around 5:11 p.m. During a search of the area, they found the 32-year-old suspect walking with a backpack through a neighborhood. He led police on a pursuit and climbed atop a Target rooftop.

After leaving the Target roof, the suspect eventually fled the area and headed to a home at the 1300 block of School Street. The house was occupied with a family of six including young children. Police said the suspect tried to enter a locked room where the family was hiding.

Police eventually entered the home and a deputy shot the suspect in the back.

During the investigation following the shooting, police found a hand ax on the roof and a stolen car in the Target parking lot.

Robbers Fire suspect charged with arson

AUBURN, CA - The Sacramento man accused of starting a 2,650-acre wildfire near Foresthill nearly two weeks ago was charged with arson in a Placer County courtroom Tuesday.

Bryon Craig Mason, 28, was arrested last Friday for recklessly causing a fire with a pyrotechnic device, CalFire said.

However, the charge against Mason was later upgraded to arson after the Placer County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case. The charges include one count of arson causing great bodily injury and one count of arson for a structure or property, both felonies.

In addition, Mason is accused of three enhancements: causing great bodily injury to an emergency responder; causing injury to more than one person and causing more than one structure to burn.

"It's not easy, it's very hard," said Mason's mother after the court appearance. "(Bryon's) wife and I and the rest of the family are standing by him."