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Bookkeeper facing embezzlement allegations sought

LODI, CA - Authorities are looking for a woman accused of stealing nearly $160,000 from a Lodi business.

A $200,000 bail warrant has been issued for Sierra Daniella Julia Garcia on allegations of grand theft, falsifying business records and identity theft, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

Garcia is also known as Sierra Danielle Julia Anderson and Sierra Danielle Julia Gregory.

According to district attorney investigators, Garcia is accused of using a business credit card to charge personal items and using company funds to pay credit card charges of relatives and friends.

Investigators say Garcia could be in the Sacramento area.

Anyone with information on the suspect was urged to contact the Lodi Police Department at (209) 333-6727 and ask for Det. Mike Manetti.

Arrest made in 2012 attempted rape near ARC

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sheriff's investigators say they have arrested a man for the attempted rape of a woman near American River College last summer.

The suspect, Ian Clark, 20, was already in custody on other charges at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Sgt. Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said evidence recovered from the scene of the attack linked to Clark. A woman walking on the Arcade Creek nature trail July 16, 2012, was grabbed from behind and choked. She told deputies the man held a knife to her and indicated he would rape and kill her.

The woman struggled free and the man fled on on a bicycle.

Ramos said Clark will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual battery and robbery.

Medical pot dispensaries' owner pleads to federal charges

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton man accused of selling marijuana at storefronts in Stockton and Sacramento under the guise of supplying marijuana for medical purposes has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on manufacturing and distribution charges.

Lynn Farrell Smith, 62, was a co-owner of Pathways Health Cooperative, and Port City Health and Wellness in Stockton; Central Valley Caregivers Cooperative just outside Stockton city limits; and MediZen, Sacramento Patients Group, Twelve Hour Care, River City Wellness all in Sacramento, per court records.

Smith also grew marijuana at a Stockton residence and an industrial warehouse to supply the stores, according to the plea agreement.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Smith and co-defendants made millions in revenue from the operations which falsely claimed compliance with California medical marijuana laws.

FBI offers $100K reward for tips on bank robber with assault rifle

SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI hopes upping the ante for information leading to the conviction of an armed robber who shot and wounded a police officer and is suspected of committing three bank robberies, one of them in Vacaville, will create new leads to the man's identity.

Thursday, the reward for information on the so-called"AK-47 Bandit" was increased to $100,000, said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.

The man robbed a bank in Chino in Southern California Feb. 29, 2012, and shot and wounded a patrolling police officer who arrived as the man was fleeing the bank, Swankie said.

Two weeks later, investigators believe the same man robbed a Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville. That was March 12, 2012. They also think he is connected to an attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento three days earlier.

Passenger found fatally shot in early morning crash

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sheriff's investigators say a young woman found dead with a gunshot wound in a car involved in a collision Saturday morning was an innocent victim.

The woman, identified by her father as 20-year-old Courtnee Davis, was a passenger in a two-car crash at 65th and S streets at approximately 3:15 a.m., according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Sacramento police initially responded to the 911 call and found Davis had been shot in the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis was coming home from bowling, her father, Michael Davis, said in an exclusive interview with News10.

Sheriff's detectives took over when it was determined the car the victim was in had been shot at on Watt Avenue near the Alta-Arden expressway between 2:50 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Sacramento police pursuit ends in fatal crash

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A pursuit of a suspected car thief came to a violent conclusion when the fleeing driver went through a stop sign and was struck by another car around 12:37 p.m. Monday.

According to the Sacramento Police Department public information officer, the brief pursuit of the stolen Honda began at Las Palmas Avenue and Beldin Street and ended shortly after at the intersection of El Camino Avenue and Clay Street where the cars collided.

A police officer at the scene said the driver of the fleeing vehicle was killed in the collision. The police department said the driver was 21 years old.

Of the two people in the car that struck the Honda, one had minor injuries. Both adults were checked out by emergency medical responders, police said. 

D.A.: 5 sentenced in Arden gas station gang attack

SACRAMENTO, CA - More than four years after prosecutors say a man was viciously attacked at an Arden-area gas station, five men have been convicted and sentenced for their roles in the crime.

Santana Robinson was pumping gas at a Shell gas station on Arden Way across from Arden Fair Mall on Oct. 31, 2008, when he was approached by George and assaulted, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. Christian was soon joined by Samuel Kemokai, Tommy Cornelius, Xavier Whitfield and Demetrius Royster in the attack.

Robinson was knocked unconscious. According to court records, Christian and Kemokai pistol-whipped Robinson as he lay on the ground. Cornelius picked through the victim's pockets, stealing several items and kicked him in the head.

Robinson suffered fractured bones in his head and face and lost teeth in the assault.