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Sacramento tagging suspects arrested

SACRAMENTO, CA - Calls to police to report graffiti taggers at work led to the arrest of three young men for vandalism in downtown Sacramento early Monday morning.

According to the Sacramento police report, Jeffrey Pelletier, 21; Timothy Navarro, 21; and Calvin Cortez, 19, were stopped with fresh paint on their hands and spray paint cans in their possession at 9th and P streets just before 12:30 a.m. Officers canvassed the area and found fresh graffiti on buildings, sidewalks and trash cans.

Pelletier, Navarro and Cortez were booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Navarro was also arrested on outstanding warrants, police said.

Sacramento cracks down on disabled parking placard abusers

SACRAMENTO, CA - Have you ever driven down the street and had a tough time finding a parking spot? A group of drivers has found a way to cheat the system, but the City of Sacramento is stepping in.

At least a dozen drivers are caught every month in Sacramento using someone else's disabled placard to park for free; the city has termed it "Disabled Parking Placard Abuse."

State Parking Services Manager Howard Chan said the California is one of five states with full exemptions for disabled drivers. Disabled placard users are allowed to park in metered spaces for free and they don't have to follow the time limits, which has led to people taking advantage of the system.

"It's just a huge problem, it keeps getting bigger every year," Chan explains.

Ex-S. Lake Tahoe cop faces federal witness tampering charges

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former South Lake Tahoe police officer accused of witness tampering was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

John Poland, 44, was charged with multiple counts of tampering with witnesses and obstruction of an official proceeding, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

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According to court documents, Poland was in a love triangle with a gang member's girlfriend and helped drug traffickers evade police and throw investigators off their path. The documents reveal he coached the woman and another witness on what to say to police and what evidence to destroy.

Sacramento pawn shop owner survives being shot in the face

SACRAMENTO, CA - The owner of a downtown Sacramento pawn shop is recovering after he was shot in the face during an attempted robbery two weeks ago.

The bullet pierced Jesse Figueroa's right cheekbone.

"I was just shot in the face; at gun point robbed," Figueroa recounted. "That's about it."

Figueroa nonchalantly describes the terrifying ordeal. But he was anything but nonchalant in the moments during the attempted armed robbery of La Paloma Cash & Gold. Immediately after he was shot in the face, Figueroa ran after the suspect and fired back. Those gunshots likely hit the suspect's car.

"It happened so fast," Figueroa said. "Naturally, your instincts of survival kick in. And that's what happened."

In the 10 years Figueroa has owned the pawn shop, he's never been robbed. Figueroa said he knew there were certain risks, but nothing could prepare him, his wife or his two kids for what happened.

Police: Woman arrested for selling prescription pills

SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman was arrested for selling stolen prescription vicodin pills Monday afternoon, Sacramento police said.

Katherin Kennedy, 44, was arrested around 2:55 p.m. in front of the Motel 6 on the 1600 block of Alhambra Boulevard, Officer Michele Gigante said.

Officers responded to the area after getting calls about a woman selling drugs near a post office. When police arrived at the scene, they found Kennedy two blocks down from the post office with a bottle of 28 prescription Hydrocodone pills. Gigante said during the investigation, police found that the pills did not belong to Kennedy.

Kennedy was taken into custody without incident.

Neighbors show support for wounded pawn shop owner

SACRAMENTO, CA - Neighbors of a pawnshop owner who was shot in the face last Friday said they miss his generousity and friendship.

The victim has still not been identified, but dozens of customers and friends have come by La Paloma Cash and Gold to put notes and words of encouragement on a large get-well poster they've placed on the front door of the business.

On Friday, at about 3:30 p.m., a lone gunman walked into the shop in the 500 block of 16th Street and robbed the owner, then fired a single shot into his face.

The owner was somehow able to fire back at the suspect as he left the premises.

On Monday night, one customer who came to sign the card on the front door said the owner was always trying to help out customers who needed a few dollars.

1 injured in Sacramento armed robbery

SACRAMENTO, CA - A person was shot and injured during a robbery at a midtown business Friday afternoon.

Sacramento police got reports of the shooting around 3:06 p.m. and responded to the 500 block of 16th Street, Officer Doug Morse said.

The suspect robbed the business and then shot the victim in the upper body; Morse said the victim shot back at either the suspect or the suspect vehicle. No one is in custody in connection to the robbery, Morse said.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.