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Student accused of selling pot brownies at school

SACRAMENTO, CA - A student who allegedly tried to sell marijuana brownies at a Sacramento high school was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Another student told on the 15-year-old sophomore to a teacher at Hiram Johnson High School, according to Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante. The teacher told a school resource officer who found the 15 year old with individually wrapped pot brownies in his possession, Gigante said.

The student was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall on possession of marijuana with intent to sale.

Gigante said no brownies were actually sold.

Sacramento businessman sentenced for underage sex tourism, child porn

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento businessman found guilty last year of intention to travel to engage in illicit underage sex and child pornography was sentenced 24 years and five months in federal prison.

James E. Johnston, 71, was found to have bought a subscription in February, 2006, to a website offering photographs and videos of child pornography to customers, according to court records. Computer forensic evidence showed Johnston downloaded approximately 300 videos of child pornography, some of which were infants and toddlers being molested.

Additional computer evidence was presented at trial that soon after, Johnston began on online correspondence with a woman from the Philippines. There were messages about Johnston's intent to obtain photos of underage girls he wanted to have sex with and his plans to travel to Manila for that purpose.

South Sacramento serial rapist convicted

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento-area man charged with raping three women within a month in 2011 was found guilty of six counts of sexual assault including rape and forcible oral copulation, says the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

The prosecution accused Ladell Lamont Sanders of threatening his victims with a gun and driving them to isolated locations in south Sacramento to attack them. The rapes were reported as taking place on Nov. 15, 2011; Dec. 10, 2011; and Dec. 13, 2011.

According to court documents, after the assaults, Sanders left his victims stranded in the remote areas.

The D.A.'s office says investigators linked Sanders to the crimes from a Nov. 1, 2011 traffic stop and DNA evidence collected from the Dec. 13, 2011 assault.

Prankster causes lockdowns at 3 Sacramento schools

SACRAMENTO - Someone's idea of a practical joke led to extensive police activity and lockdowns at three Sacramento schools on Wednesday.

Officer Doug Morse of the Sacramento Police Department said dispatch received a call at 10:41 a.m. from a student at an undisclosed school stating a shooting had taken place.

Numerous units were immediately dispatched to the area around Luther Burbank High School, Rosa Parks Middle School and Mark Hopkins Elementary School and the schools were placed on lockdown.

Arriving officers searched the area but did not find any suspects, said Morse.

Faculty at the schools told police they did not hear gunfire.

Lockdowns at two of the schools were subsequently lifted, but the third remained in place to search for the suspected caller.

When officers were unable to locate the caller, the third lockdown was lifted, Morse said.

Man dies 36 years after being shot during robbery

SACRAMENTO, CA - A 36-year-old robbery case turns into a homicide investigation after the victim died of medical complications.

Walter Johnson, 62, died Monday at a Sacramento hospital when medical complications arose from being paralyzed; he was shot during a robbery in 1977 which caused his paralysis, Sacramento police said.

Johnson was driving home to his parents' house on April 9, 1977, when the roadway was block by a car at San Carlos way, between 13th and 14th avenues. Three men had blocked the roadway and then confronted Johnson, who was still in his vehicle.

Police said Johnson fought with the suspects, but was shot in the upper body; the suspects robbed Johnson and drove away from the scene in a red or brown Ford Pinto.

"He was looking for me. He thought it was me," Walter's brother Donald Johnson Sr. said.

The shooting paralyzed Johnson and caused other medical complications.

DEA: Sacramento shoe store was front for cocaine dealer

SACRAMENTO, CA - Details from a criminal complaint reveal how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took down one of the Sacramento area's biggest crack cocaine distributors.

Alleged crack distributor Dahoma Lin sold the drug from her shoe store, Lanai's Shoe's at 6244 Mack Road in Sacramento.

A confidential source tipped the DEA to her operation and the agency quickly began a series of undercover buys over a number of months in 2012.

According to the complaint, the source said Lin, "was related to a particular family which was notorious for drug dealing and for being members of The Oak Park Bloods. The Oak Park Bloods are one of Sacramento's oldest, and most violent street gangs."

The informant told agents, "Lin was one of the biggest cocaine base dealers in the Oak Park neighborhood," and added, "she supplied large quantities to several individuals operating multiple crack houses."

Man accused of killing 4-month-old nephew

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man was arrested in connection to the death of his 4-month-old nephew Thursday.

Willis Lilly, 27, was arrested after an autopsy of found that Demosphesis King died from blunt force trauma, Sacramento police said.

On Jan. 11, police responded to the 7800 block of Summersdale Drive around 7:02 a.m. after being called by the Sacramento Fire Department. The fire department worked to revive the unresponsive infant, but he died. The coroner was then called to the scene and said an autopsy was needed to determine cause of death.

Lilly was looking after King while the infant's parents were out of town.

Early morning Jan. 11, Lilly's roommate called for help because King was not breathing. Detectives believe King suffered traumatic internal injuries that morning while in the immediate care of Lilly.

Police said Lilly was arrested Thursday and booked into Sacramento County Jail for King's death.