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Officer testifies against fatal Carmichael hit, run suspect

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man accused of killing a Carmichael man and four dogs in a hit-and-run crash was in Sacramento County court for a hearing Friday.

Prosecutors said Paul William Walden, 31, was drunk behind the wheel while driving down a Carmichael street at 80 mph and hitting a couple and their four dogs last July.

The dogs were killed in the crash. One of the victims, Harrison Long Randall, later died of the injuries he suffered in the crash; his girlfriend Gemily West was seriously injured.

At the hearing Friday, an officer testified that one of Walden's acquaintances said Walden was going to go looking for heroin an hour before the crash.

Walden pled not guilty during a January hearing. He is due back in court for a readiness hearing July 3.

Officials: Miss. dogfighting probe extends to Carmichael, Tracy

CARMICHAEL, CA - A Carmichael man was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of ties to a large-scale dogfighting operation in Mississippi, according to authorities.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at the residence of James Leiva, 60, where four dogs were seized as well as cocaine and ammunition, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Last Sunday, a dogfight in a barn in Benton County, Mississippi, resulted in the arrest of 50 individuals and the recovery of 20 dogs. Authorities said the dogfight was believed to be one of the largest in the country and may have been an annual event, with more than 200 present.

Safety advice for when a stranger knocks at your door

There's an unexpected knock from a stranger at the front door. What to do?

1. Be cautious when opening the door. Do not blindly open the door to see who it is or what it is that they want.

2. Ignore the knock on the door . You may want to go about your normal business and NOT pretend that you are not home, but instead continue to do what you were doing, or even make some noise or turn on a light so that the person knows that someone IS home (possibly avoiding a burglary).

3. Look out a window first to see who it is - Avoid looking out a door window, but instead go and look through another window away from the door if possible. If you don't recognize them, you could shout through the door and ask what they want, or you could choose to ignore them.

4. Set the door chain. Be sure that your door chain is set well with LONG screws into the door frame to help resist a "push in." Crack open the door to speak to the person through the gap.

Fair Oaks man gets nearly 9 years for child porn

FAIR OAKS, CA - A Fair Oaks man who pled guilty to distribution of child pornography received a prison sentence of eight years and 10 months in federal court Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, reports Clifford Donald Wells, 56, was found to have approximately 60,000 photographs and 6,000 videos showing children in sexually explicit context. According to court records, Wells posted and shared the child pornography online with others.

The FBI investigated Wells.

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Gunman in Foothill Farms murder receives 2 life sentences

SACRAMENTO, CA - The convicted killer of a man shot during a 2010 robbery attempt was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 25 years to life in prison, says the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

In January, a Sacramento jury found Nathaniel James Carter guilty of first degree murder and other charges in connection to the Oct. 29, 2010 fatal shooting of 35-year-old Steven Carmassi in Foothill Farms. Carter was accused of shooting Carmassi in the chest as he tried drive away from what prosecutors said was a robbery attempt by Carter and two others, according to court records.

Co-defendant DeJohng Taylor, who pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, received a seven year prison sentence Friday.

Co-defendant Latics Collins, who pled guilty to first-degree murder and attempted robbery, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison on Jan. 18.

Car windows shot out in Carmichael vandalism spree

CARMICHAEL, Calif. -  Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were on the hunt for vandals who targeted at least two different residential areas in Carmichael Wednesday night.

Authorities received reports at approximately 10 p.m. of car windows being shot out in the area of Tahama Street and Palm Avenue, as well as on Cameron Ranch Drive.

At least five vehicles had their windows shot out with a pellet gun.

No arrests have been made.