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Ex-Elk Grove cop, 2 others plead to mortgage fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA -A former Elk Grove police officer and two other men entered guilty pleas to mortgage fraud charges Friday, reports the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Ali Khalil, 32, the ex-police officer, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and structuring financial transactions to evade currency transaction reporting requirements. Amanullah Khalil, 39, pleaded guilty to lying on loan applications. Wahidullah Khalil, 27, a former banker, pleaded guilty to structuring financial transactions to evade currency transaction reporting requirements.

Ali Kahlil and Amanullah Kahlil were accused of making false statements on loan applications to purchase homes, including mispresprenting income and assets as well as falsely saying the homes would be their primary residences.

Folsom swim coach arrested on child porn charges

FOLSOM, CA - A coach for the Folsom Sea Otters swim team was arrested this week by federal agents on attempted child molestation charges and possession of child porn.

According to a federal complaint, Eric Johnston, 21, was arrested Monday at a Sacramento hotel where he arranged to meet two minors for sex.   

The meeting had been arranged through a series of emails; but Johnston didn't know he was actually communicating with a sex crimes investigator who arranged the bogus meeting.  

Johnston also admitted to trading child porn images via email, months earlier.

Johnston has coached swimming for the Folsom Sea Otters for the past three years.

"This is horrible, we know our coaches well, it's not something you can easily explain to your kids," team president Lisa Davies said.

Federal documents indicate no swim team members were victims.

Man suspected of April bank robbery in Folsom arrested

FOLSOM, CA - On Thursday, the Folsom Police Department made an arrest from a bank robbery on East Bidwell St. in April.

Story: El Dorado Savings Bank in Folsom robbed

Sgt. Jason Browning of the Folsom Police Dept. said Kenneth Allen Hogue, 43, of Cameron Park was identified and arrested as the sole suspect in the robbery of the El Dorado Savings bank on April 13.

According to Browning, Hogue entered the bank around noon, handed the teller a note indicating he had a gun, collected an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank on foot.

Hogue was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and charged with Robbery and outstanding felony  warrants. His bail was set at $105,500.

Man get life term in Folsom senior housing murder

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man convicted of the murder and rape of a resident at a Folsom senior housing complex two and a half years ago was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday.

Defendant Sylvester Griffin worked for a medical transport company that served a client in the same complex as victim Alice Murphy. The 64-year-old real estate agent was found smothered to death in her bed in December 2009.

DNA evidence collected at the scene led to the identification of Griffin.

Griffin was also found guilty of first degree burglary. Prosecutors at Griffin's trial argued the crimes were financially motivated.

PHOTOS: Sacramento County hopes to become model for gang suppression

SACRAMENTO, CA - The numbers are much bigger than you might realize: Sacramento County has more than 12,000 validated gang members in 200 different gangs.

Many crimes can be connected to gang activity. But with a new federal grant, that could change.

Close to a year ago, News10 decided to get a first-hand look at the gang problem in Sacramento County. The county's Gang Suppression Unit allowed cameras into their world -- documenting the streets.

PHOTOS: Sacramento County gang suppression officers at work

"Gang lift ain't no joke," said one teenager gang member, sitting on the curb while being questioned by detectives. "Whatever happens happens."

He's 15. He joined a gang when he was in the fifth grade.

Folsom driver in fatal laughing-gas crash to stand trial

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) -- A Sacramento County judge has ordered a trial for a man accused of causing a fatal crash while driving under the influence of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

The Sacramento Bee reports Michael Dean Sharp, 22, of Folsom has been ordered to stand trial on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. He faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted.

Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall set the trial for July 26 during Tuesday's preliminary hearing.

Folsom police say Sharp bought 50 "whip-it" canisters of nitrous oxide and inhaled one before crashing into oncoming traffic on Jan. 7.

Police say Christopher Martell, 37, and his brother Robert, 32, both of Citrus Heights, were killed. A friend who was in their car was injured.