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2 suspects arrested in Tracy bank robbery

TRACY, CA - Two men were arrested Wednesday morning in connection to two bank robberies.

Leroy Colbert, 40, of Fresno, and George Beesley, 42, of Martinez were arrested by Tracy police on the Highway 205 off ramp to Tracy Boulevard, Tracy police Sgt. Luis Mejia said.

Both men are suspected of robbing the Bank of Stockton at 1175 North Tracy Blvd. around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Mejia said a witness provided a description of the men's getaway SUV, an Isuzu Rodeo, as it fled the area on westbound 11 th Street.

About six minutes after the robbery, Tray patrol officers pulled the car over on the off ramp.

Police recovered the stolen money and found that the men were linked to a March 22 bank robbery in Livermore, Mejia said.
Colbert and Beesley were booked into San Joaquin County Jail for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Mejia said the investigation into the bank robberies is ongoing.

Sex club shooting defendants found guilty of perjury

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former state correctional officer and his wife were convicted by a Sacramento jury of lying in a workers compensation fraud case.

John Alfonzo Smiley and Cynthia Biali-Smiley were each found guilty of two counts of perjury in claiming a parolee shot and seriously wounded him. They sought nearly $2.5 million in workers compensation.

The couple were at a San Francisco swingers club on April 27, 2008 when John Smiley was shot. He was left paralyzed from the waist down.

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The prosecution alleged Smiley was shot during a dispute at the club and not by a parolee.

No gunman was ever found.

Jurors could not reach a verdict on charges of fraud and filing a false claim.

Former GM of Tracy Chevrolet sentenced for fraud

Submitted by the US Attorney Eastern District of California.

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Stephen M. Kraut, 49, of Discovery Bay, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Edward J. Garcia to eight years and one month in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and $4.5 million in restitution for 15 counts of bank fraud.

According to court documents, Kraut obtained a line of credit from First Hawaiian Bank for millions of dollars in order for Tracy Chevrolet to purchase cars from wholesalers. Once the vehicles were purchased, Tracy Chevrolet was to resell them to consumers and use the sales proceeds to pay down the line of credit.

Drug probe uncovers Manteca 20 lbs. of meth, lab

MANTECA, CA - A multi-agency investigation led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and 20 pounds of the drug at two Manteca residences Thursday morning.

Officer Jason Hensley with the Manteca Police Department said Manteca/Ripon SWAT served warrants at residences on the 600 block of Stewart Street and the 300 block of Poplar Avenue. Detectives found the lab at the second address.

No one was home at either place and there have been no arrests.

The San Joaquin METRO Narcotics Task Force was handling the hazmat cleanup of the lab.

Manteca patrol car wrecks enroute to officer assistance

MANTECA, CA - A police patrol car and sports utility vehicle collided Saturday around 9:30pm in the intersection of Main Street and Moffat Boulevard in Manteca.

Police say a Manteca police officer was responding "Code 3"--with his lights and siren on-- to a call from another officer requesting help.

Sunday afternoon, debris was scattered in the middle of the road from the collisions.

"The officer was going northbound on main, another car coming down Moffat," said Charles Morris, who rode by the scene on his bike on his way home. "I think the officer hit the guy."

According to the CHP, 4 adults were in the SUV. Two of them needed major medical care. A 29-year-old male passenger went to the hospital with serious head injuries. Another passenger, a 48-year-old woman, went to the hospital for shoulder injuries. Sunday afternoon, several calls to Manteca police for a comment were not returned.

 

Pursuit ends in drug seizure

From the Manteca Police Department.

On 2/8/2012 at approximately 2:00am, A Manteca Police patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop of a blue Volkswagen Passat, near SR120 and South Airport Way.

The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit began. The pursuit covered 2.4 miles and ended in the 200 block of Martha Street.

The Driver was taken into custody without incident. The driver was identified as Edward Domingo Gutierrez. Gutierrez was charged with; the pursuit, driving without a license, drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

Suspected Oakdale 'Facebook' predator arrested

OAKDALE, CA - A 20-year-old Oakdale man was arrested on Friday in connection with a series of reported sexual assaults on minors.

Deputy Les Garcia of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Dept. said Donenell Young, 20, of Oakdale, was suspected of operating under the "Facebook" aliases of Noah Camacho, Andrew and Alex to contact then meet with numerous young girls, before sexually assaulting them.

Garcia said Young would establish a rapport with his victims on Facebook then introduce a fictitious person who claimed to have seen their pictures and wanted to meet with them. Young would request nude pictures of the girls and "sext" them as well, said Garcia.

According to Garcia, Young would eventually convince the girls to meet with him in person, then sexually assault them during the encounter.