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Man questioned in Singh murder had active warrant; could have been arrested before

SACRAMENTO, CA - Demetrius Shaffer, the man being questioned in the murder of Rajneet Singh on New Year's Day and charged with a Thanksgiving Day rape, has a much more violent past than previously reported. 

A News10 investigation revealed the long paper trail that begins in Fresno County.

In 2003, an ex-wife of Shaffer said he was convicted of corporal spousal abuse after beating her when she was pregnant.

"We were outside and started hitting me in my head, in my face, in my forehead and he kicked me in my stomach and he kicked the window out of my car," she said.

A few years later, the ex-wife said Shaffer was in trouble again, this time for molesting his then 6-year-old stepdaughter.

Detectives seek serial robber in Sacramento-area stick-ups

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County sheriff's detectives have released store security camera photos of a suspected serial robber they hope someone will come forward and identify.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the man is believed to have most recently robbed a Union 76 station near Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard on Jan 10. His targets have been gas stations and convenience stores, usually in the early evening.

In each case, Ramos says the robber has picked up merchandise, brought it to the store counter and pulled a black semi-automatic handgun on the clerk or assaulted the clerk when the register is opened. The robber demands cash, gets it and leaves.

Two 15 year olds; 20-year-old man killed in Rancho Cordova drive-by

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Two teens have been identified in a drive-by shooting in Rancho Cordova Sunday evening that left three dead.

A cousin and aunt said the two 15 year olds were Richard (Bubba) Ward and Jamir Miller. A 20-year-old man, the husband of the sister of Miller, was also killed.

Neighbors on Malaga Way told police they heard at least three shots after 4:40 p.m.

One of the victims died at the scene and two others were taken to local hospitals where they were later pronounced dead, according to emergency responders.

Rancho Cordova police and Sacramento County sheriff's detectives investigating the shooting do not have descriptions of the person or persons who fired the shots nor what the getaway car looked like.

Second Sunday shooting incident in Rancho Cordova leaves two men hospitalized

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Two people were shot while barbecuing outside their Rancho Cordova apartment complex Sunday night, authorities said. 

It was the second shooting to happen in Rancho Cordova Sunday evening, and it happened less than two miles from the scene of the first incident, a drive-by shooting that left three young men dead.

This incident, investigators said, began when the two cars and a motorcycle pulled into the parking lot of an apartment complex at the intersection of Furment Way and Croetto Way around 8:45 p.m.

A man got out of one of the cars, fired off four or five rounds from a shotgun and then fled the scene.  Both victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police on the scene.

Police said they have no solid information about the motive of the shooting yet. Officers described the vehicles involved as a silver Crown Victoria, a gold-colored two door Toyota or Honda, and a white motorcycle.

A community forum in response to the murder on Mills Park Drive

In response to the recent murder on Mills Park Drive, Weed & Seed and the Cordova Towne Neighborhood Association are hosting a Community Safety Forum on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 7-8:30pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

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Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

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."