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ACLU questions use of Taser during mistaken identity arrest

SACRAMENTO, CA - Three days after a woman was Tasered by Rancho Cordova police outside a CVS store on Zinfandel Drive, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern over the use of the high-voltage device by police.

Andrea Boarman, 24, said she was hit with a taser dart after she was taken to the ground by a pair of deputies who thought she was a shoplifting suspect at the CVS pharmacy.

Boarman said she was told by deputies she fit the description of a young black woman wearing a dark coat.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said Boarman was argumentative with deputies and resisting arrest when deputies tried to take her into custody.

The ACLU said in a statement Wednesday that Boarman "had a receipt for her purchase, and during the melee the robber got away."

Tasered Rancho Cordova woman claims excessive force

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A woman tasered outside a Rancho Cordova pharmacy Sunday night claims Sacramento County sheriff's deputies used excessive force while  trying to detain her.

Andrea Boarman, 24, said she was hit with a taser dart after she was taken to the ground by a pair of deputies who thought she was a shoplifting suspect at a CVS pharmacy on Zinfandel Drive.

Boarman said she was told by deputies she fit the description of a young black woman wearing a dark coat.

"They were detaining me. They told me that I couldn't leave. I told him, could he take me up to the store and ask the manager, ask the cashier? It wasn't me. And he, he refused," said Boarman.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said Boarman was argumentative with deputies from the start.

"She wasn't physically struggling, but she was very argumentative and very confrontational," Ramos said.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

20-year-old dies in fiery Sacramento wreck; Driver charged

SACRAMENTO, CA - One woman died, two others were injured and the driver has been arrested after a car hit a tree and then burst into flames Saturday morning.

In a news release, the California Highway Patrol said Ashley Marie McEntee, 20, died after the car she was a passenger in hit a tree going about 90 miles per hour at a home on Rudway Court. The driver, McEntee and another passenger, Rommel Borjas, 19, were all transported to the University of California Davis Medical Center.

McEntee was pronounced dead late Saturday night. Borjas was released from the hospital Sunday morning.  The 17-year-old driver's name and condition have not been released because he is a minor. 

The California Highway Patrol did say the driver was arrested but did not give specifics on that arrest.  No one inside the home was hurt.

Sacramento couple sentenced in 5-year-old's torture killing

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother and her boyfriend convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son were given long prison sentences Friday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Eduardo Zamora Jr., 32, to 23 years to life in prison and a second life term in the first-degree murder and torture of Braeden James Gardner in June 2009.

Amber Ingram, 26, convicted of second-degree murder, received a 15 years to life sentence for child endangerment for leaving her son with Zamora while she went to work.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Zamora called 911 on June 17, 2009, from the couple's home to report the boy had stopped breathing. Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital officials said the boy had extensive bruising and injuries indicating he had been abused.

Sacramento sheriff: Suspect nabbed in rash of armed robberies

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - A day after releasing store surveillance photos of a suspected robber, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says an arrest has been made in the series of armed robberies.

Deputy Jason Ramos said the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force took Marcello Pinkney, 43, into custody in connection with four of the crimes.

The robber's targets have been gas stations and convenience stores, usually in the early evening. In each case, Ramos said the robber picked up merchandise, brought it to the store counter and then drew a black semi-automatic handgun on the clerk or assaulted the clerk when the register was opened. The robber demanded cash and then left.