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Man arrested in connection with July kidnapping, shooting

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A man suspected of kidnapping and shooting another man in July 2012 was arrested on Tuesday following a 16-mile chase.

Lieutenant Tim Becker of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said Dustin James, 27, was wanted in connection with the kidnapping , beating and shooting of Bryan Santana, 35, of Placerville.

According to Becker, El Dorado County deputies were contacted by Marshall Hospital personnel on July 2 while Santana was being treated for injuries he claimed were sustained in a motorcycle accident. However, the medical staff noticed his injuries were consistent with a shooting, rather than a motorcycle wreck, and contacted the sheriff's department.

Deputies dispatched to the hospital questioned Santana, who eventually admitted to being shot. However, he did not recall who had shot him or how the shooting had occurred, said Becker.

Santana survived his injuries.

Shingle Springs standoff ends with suspect's arrest

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - A man was arrested after a 5.5-hour standoff with deputies early Saturday morning.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies responded to multiple calls of a disturbance in an apartment on Service Court around 2:30 a.m., Lt. Tim Becker said.

Deputies were told Joshua J. Willis, 28, beat his girlfriend. The woman was safely taken from the apartment to Marshal Hospital for treatment for her injuries. Becker said the woman told deputies that Willis barricaded himself inside of the apartment and had a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber rifle with him.

SWAT and the sheriff's Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene, Becker said. Throughout the standoff, Willis didn't to respond to commands by deputies.

Sometime later, deputies heard a gunshot from inside of the apartment. They sent in a robot and found Willis barricaded in the bathroom of the apartment, Becker said.

Massage therapist accused of sexual assault

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A massage therapist accused of sexual assault was arrested Wednesday.

Patrick Lockard, 46, of Shingle Springs is suspected of the false imprisonment and sexual battery of a female client, El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker said.

The woman told deputies she was receiving a massage from Lickard at Massage Envy in El Dorado Hills when he held her down and sexually battered her, Becker said.

Sheriff's detectives investigated the woman's claims and eventually arrested Lockard on Wednesday.

Lockard has been a massage therapist for 16 years and has never been charged or convicted of a criminal offense, Lockard's Attorney Robert Blasier said.

Blasier said in a statement that the incident was a completely consensual encounter between Lockard and the woman.

San Joaquin jail honor farm too easy for escapees?

STOCKTON, CA - When two more men escaped from the San Joaquin County honor farm this week, they were the 20th and 21st inmates to leave that jail facility since January.

Thomas Marcos Tito and Nikko Victor Garcia men were serving time for property crimes, and both left Wednesday morning, one at 2 a.m. and the other three hours later.

"Walkaways from the honor farm isn't new. Always had them," said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Les Garcia.

This week's escapes follow another escape nearly two weeks ago in which an inmate in a stolen car was shot and killed while allegedly trying to hit police.

There were no immediate plans to strengthen security at the honor farm, but Garcia said the sheriff has secured $80 million  to build a new, more secure facility.  The problem is, San Joaquin County can't afford the $45 million necessary to operate and staff that jail each year.

Thieves fail in El Dorado Hills ATM heist attempt

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A group of would-be thieves were unsuccessful in their efforts to tow an ATM out of an El Dorado Hills CVS store Thursday morning.

According to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office release, deputies responded to an activated security alarm around 2:18 a.m.

Upon arrival at 2:21 a.m., the deputies discovered the store's front doors on the ground, surrounded by broken glass.

No suspects were found at the location, according to the report.

Deputies examined the store's surveillance video and discovered at least three individuals had arrived at the store's parking lot in a white Ford F-350 truck and a red pickup truck. The individuals then backed the Ford through the front glass doors and unsuccessfully attempted to tow the ATM machine out of the store, according to the report.

Placerville man charged in 1986 Bay Area kidnapping, murder

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) - A Placerville man recently identified as a suspect in a 26-year-old rape and murder through DNA analysis was arraigned Friday in San  Mateo County Superior Court.

John William Kelley was charged Friday afternoon with first-degree murder, with additional special circumstances of the murder taking place during commission of rape and kidnapping, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A lawyer for Kelley was appointed by the court and he was ordered to return to court next week to enter a plea.

Kelley, 49, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the 1986 kidnapping, rape and murder of Annette Thur after DNA analysis of evidence from the case identified him as a suspect.

Thur's body was found down an embankment off of Skyline Boulevard, north of Alpine Road, in unincorporated San Mateo County on Dec. 9, 1986, according to the Sheriff's Office.

3 accused of defrauding Thunder Valley owners of $18M

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two local men and a developer from San Diego were indicted for allegedly defrauding the United Auburn Indian Community of more than $18 million in connection with the construction of four buildings in Auburn for the tribe.

The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

Greg Scott Baker, 45, of Newcastle; Darrell Patrick Hinz, 47, of Cameron Park; and Bart Wayne Volen of San Diego and Hawaii, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as money laundering, announced the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, between October 2006 and December 2007, Volen, the building developer, submitted more than 160 false and/or inflated cost invoices to UAIC for his work.