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Laptop stolen, shots fired in Sacramento home invasion

SACRAMENTO - A laptop was stolen in a brazen home invasion on the 2600 block of Second Avenue in Sacramento Wednesday morning.

According to initial Sacramento police reports, two individuals ran into a man's home around 3:30 a.m., grabbed his laptop computer and ran back out the door.

The victim ran after the alleged thieves and was shot at, said police.

The homeowner was not injured.

Sacramento police were called to the scene but did not locate any suspects.

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.

Child molestation case against principal heads to court

SACRAMENTO, CA - The case of an elementary school principal accused of molesting students at his private Citrus Heights school made its way to court Thursday afternoon.

Creative Frontiers Elementary School principal Robert Adams is accused of molesting seven girls while they were students. From the types of questions Adams' defense attorney was asking of the first witness at the preliminary hearing, it appeared she may preparing a defense claiming a conspiracy among the victims' parents.

In court, attorney Linda Parisi said the mothers of the first two victims who reported the molestation had received letters from Creative Frontiers asking for past tuition owed just days before the women contacted police.

"Well, I certainly think there's information that raises the question of the motivation of these parents," said Parisi during a break in proceedings.

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.

Thieves hit Habitat for Humanity site in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - Workers were ready to begin construction on a new home for a needy family, when a thief made off with nearly $3,000 worth of tools.

For now, construction on the Habitat for Humanity home on Frienza Avenue in Del Paso Heights is on hold, and the longer it takes to get built, the longer a family will have to wait for a roof over their heads.

To the thief, or thieves, who the tools and a new generator, worth more than $2,000, it didn't matter that the equipment was in the service of charity.

Kendra Johnson lives nearby and said burglaries are common in the neighborhood. She'd hoped the new home would drive away some of the squatters in the old rundown place and bring in a new family, with fresh hope and new dreams of a better future.

"We need something different inside this neighborhood. It's a lot of crackheads, dope fiends, people who use drugs around here, so that's who comes and breaks inside people's houses," Johnson said.

5 new defendants named in Central Valley sex trafficking ring

SACRAMENTO, CA - The investigation into an international sex trafficking ring nabbed five new suspects Thursday.

Initially, when the sex trafficking ring was broken up in late January, authorities charged three suspects of harboring illegal aliens. On Thursday, five other suspects were charged with conspiracy of pimping.

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The suspects stood silent except for a few words with attorneys. Luis Mata, Nery Rodriguez, Jorge Perez-Hernandez and Garrido Fuentas made their initial appearance in court, followed soon after by Adeladia Teran-Bravo.

Ex-Raley's ad dir. uses paper-selling scheme to launder $2.5M

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former Raley's advertising director pled guilty to laundering more than $2.5 million from the grocery store chain Tuesday.

David John Magana, 46, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California.

"The magnitude of Mr. Magana's misconduct is unacceptable," Sacramento Division FBI Special Agent in Charge Herbert M. Brown said. "The FBI is dedicated to identifying and pursuing cases where an employee intentionally takes advantage of an employer for financial gain."