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Roseville pair selling loan modification help charged w/ fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Roseville couple was scheduled to make their first court appearance Monday after their arrests on allegations they defrauded loan modification and foreclosure victims.

Martin Wayne Flanders, 48, and Ligia Sandoval Spafford, 46, have been accused of mail fraud for a scheme targeting distressed homeowners, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. Flanders is also looking at conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud for submitting false bankruptcy petirions as part of the scheme, according to the federal complaint.

Roseville massage therapist arrested

ROSEVILLE, CA - An employee of a Roseville massage business is in jail, accused of inappropriately touching two clients.

Yongqiang Guo, 45, of Roseville, faces two counts of sexual battery following an investigation initiated by police reports from two women who received massages from him in August, said Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. Guo worked at Hawaii Massage in the Brickyard Shopping Center on the 4000 block of Foothills Boulevard.

Guo was arrested Friday morning. His bail was set at $100,000.

Gunther said detectives think there may be other victims. The Roseville Police Investigations Unit's phone number is (916) 774-5070.

Student found with gun on campus of Roseville High School

ROSEVILLE, CA - A high school student was arrested for having a gun on school campus Friday afternoon.

Jacob Rushing, 18, was found with an unloaded handgun and a magazine in his backpack on the Roseville High School campus around 1 p.m., Roseville police Lt. Maria Richardson said.

The officer was doing a routine campus patrol when he spotted Rushing and another student on campus. Richardson said the students were no supposed to be there because they went to another area high school.

The officer talked to the students and searched them. One student was found with marijuana; he was cited then released. Rushing was arrested and booked into Placer County Jail.

Richardson said officers don't believe the students had any intention to do anything on campus nor cause any harm to anyone.

Brothers beaten with branch in alleged pot brawl

LINDA, CA - Two brothers were beaten with a large tree branch on Thursday while trying to collect marijuana plants they claimed were theirs, according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department.

A report in the Appeal Democrat revealed Ronald Davis, 46, of Marysville, and Brian Davis, 45, of Yuba City, drove a U-Haul truck to the home of Cole L. Younger on the 5800 block of Rupert Ave. some time before 6 p.m. to reclaim their plants.

Lieutenant Damon Gill of the Yuba County Sheriff's Dept. told the Appeal Democrat that when the brothers arrived at Younger's Linda property, a large fight broke out, with several unidentified people joining in the brawl. 

Man fatally shot by Roseville officer ID'd

ROSEVILLE, CA - Roseville police shot and killed a 35-year-old man after responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday night.

Police were called to a residence on the 1600 block of Sierra Gardens Drive at 10:53 p.m. after they received a report of a "very intoxicated" man, armed with a baseball bat, pushing a woman, said Roseville Officer Dee Dee Gunther.

When officers arrived, the man, later identified as Paul Lawson Storey of Roseville, fled on foot through the neighborhood.  A resident later reported seeing Storey running while holding a gun, Gunther said.

Officers located Storey on the 1700 block of Tanglewood Lane and attempted to take him into custody, but he resisted and fought with one of the officers, Gunther said.

According to Gunther, the other officer, fearing for his partner's safety, fatallly shot Storey.

"I heard three shots and I came outside," said area resident Lindsay Bradley.

Trio busted in Roseville restaurant robbery

ROSEVILLE, CA - An employee of a Roseville fast-food restaurant robbed in July is suspected of aiding two men to carry out the crime, according to police.

Wednesday, detectives arrested Maria Isabel Perez-Vasquez, 21, of Roseville, Tito Luis Ruiz Hernandez, 22, of Elk Grove and Seville Dupree Butler, 23, of Sacramento on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, use of a firearm and dangerous weapon in the July 22 morning robbery, said Officer Dee Dee Gunther.

The restaurant on the 4000 block of Foothills Boulevard was targeted by two men wearing masks, gloves and armed with a handgun and a knife, Gunther said. Employees and a customer were ordered to go into the freezer area while the robbers took cash from the business and the customer's wallet and cellphone.

Detectives believe Perez-Vasquez, who was one of the employees working at the restaurant when it was robbed, helped her boyfriend Butler and Ruiz Hernandez to plan and carry out the crime, Gunther said.

Feds crack down on local student aid fraud rings

SACRAMENTO, CA - Nine valley residents have been charged with defrauding the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in college student aid.

The individuals have been indicted in three cases brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, in Sacramento.