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Mechanic accused of masturbating in client's car

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A mechanic was arrested after exposing himself to a woman and masturbating in a client's car Monday.

Klifton Knowling, 33, of Sacramento was arrested at a car shop after the 25-year-old victim identified him, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The victim was walking her kids to school on the 2300 block of Zinfindel when Knowling allegedly pulled up next to her in a Toyota SUV while masturbating and asked the victim if she wanted to play. Ramos said the woman called police and the man fled the scene.

The woman was able to provide deputies with a suspect description, the SUV's license plate and description.

Ramos said when deputies talked to the owner of the SUV; the owner said it was at the shop getting fixed. Deputies went to the car shop and found Knowling. He was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Crime rising in Sacramento county, city

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After years of decline, authorities say crime is on the rise in the Sacramento area. 

Violent crime and property crime each rose 7 percent in the city during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period last year. 

The Sacramento Bee says it's the first uptick in six years.  

Sacramento County's unincorporated neighborhoods and the city of Rancho Cordova, which is policed by sheriff's deputies, had an 11 percent hike in violent crime and a 6 percent rise in property crime. 

The sheriff's department says it's the first crime rise since 2008.

















Man found guilty of multiple rapes in Sacramento Co.

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office described as a serial rapist has been convicted of multiple sex charges.

D.A. spokeswoman Shelly Orio said a Sacramento jury found Patrick Thomas Enloe, 35, guilty of kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and sexual penetration.

Enloe was charged with convincing multiple women to get into his car on the pretense of prostitution and driving them to an isolated area where he sexually assaulted them.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 7 in Sacramento Superior Court. 

Ex-Sacramento deputy gets jail in ID theft, drug case

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was sentenced for identity theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance convictions.

Kelly Curran Smith, 43, was sentenced by a Sacramento Superior Court judge to 120 days in jail, five years probation and required to enroll in a drug diversion program, reports the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Smith was charged with using the name and prescription information of a 90-year-old woman she had befriended to obtain Vicodin.

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Smith had been with the sheriff's department 23 years.

ID theft suspects busted in credit card-skimming case

SACRAMENTO, CA - It continues to happen.

Three individuals were arrested Thursday on suspicion of identity theft and burglary after a month-long investigation in which detectives with the Sacramento County sheriff's hi tech crimes unit uncovered credit/debit card skimming devices, thousands of credit card numbers, hundreds of bogus California identification cards and numerous counterfeit credit cards.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said most of the skimmers were found on gas station pumps, with the devices undetectable on the front of the pumps. The pump 's front panel would have to be opened to reveal the device, which is easily installed and doesn't set up any kind of alarm and doesn't disrupt service, Ramos said.

Booked into custody on $2 million bail each were suspects Gagik Verdyan, 34; Mihran Hakobyan, 27; and Karine Khachaturyan, 20.

Rancho Cordova standoff ends with 1 arrest

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A team of Sacramento police officers and sheriff's deputies evacuated residents on Cochise Court in Rancho Cordova Thursday morning after receiving a call of shots fired in the neighborhood.

Police officers responded to the area around 4:15 a.m. and determined that nobody had been hit by gunfire. An ensuing investigation of the area revealed a man, armed with a rifle, was sitting in the backyard of a home, according to officers on scene.

Authorities evacuated all residents on the block, then used a megaphone to establish contact with the man. After apparently being able to reason with him, the man went into his home and called police on the phone.

Officers were able to convince the man to exit the home peacefully, and he was arrested at the scene, according to authorities on scene.

No information was provided on the man's identity or why he was sitting in the yard with a rifle.

Deputy tased during Rancho Cordova welfare check

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was accidentally tased by a fellow deputy during a welfare inspection at a Rancho Cordova motel on Thursday morning.

Deputies responded to the Motel 6 on Olson Drive around 7:30 a.m. following a report of a person "speaking incoherently about god," said Sacramento County sheriff's deputy Jason Ramos.

The deputies made contact with the individual upon arrival and a scuffle ensued. During the altercation, one of the deputies used their taser to subdue the person, but also accidentally tased the other deputy, said Ramos.

Both deputies were taken to hospital with minor injuries and were medically cleared. The suspect was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being checked out by Metro Fire at the scene, Ramos said.