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Sacramento ex-cop sentenced for falsified reports

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former Sacramento police officer was sentenced to five years in state prison with suspended execution Friday for falsifying police reports.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette ordered Brandon Mullock, 28, to serve formal felony probation with one year in county jail.

Mullock's actions forced the Sacramento County District Attorney's Offices to dismiss 79 cases, most of them DUI arrests. There had been convictions in 73 of the cases, said D.A. spokesperson Shelly Orio, and they were set aside.

STORY: Sacramento D.A. dismisses 79 cases for alleged police misconduct

Mullock previously pleaded no contest to four felony charges: three counts of filing false police reports and one count of perjury as part of a plea deal.

CHP: Woman leads officers on early morning chase

WOODLAND, CA - A woman who drove with two flat tires for nearly 30 miles before her car came to a stop is in custody following a police pursuit early Thursday morning.

The California Highway Patrol in Woodland says officers were pursuing 41-year-old Elvira Rangel in response to a situation at Sacramento International Airport a little before 12:30 a.m. A Sacramento COunty sheriff's deputy providing law enforcement at the airport attempted to contact Rangel as she sat in a car outside of the airport's administration building, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos, Rangel wouldn't respond and so other deputies were called to help. At that point, Rangel took off in her car, Ramos said.

Deputies initiated the pursuit which CHP officers from Woodland took over. At Highway 113 and George Washington Road, officers deployed a spike strip which flattened two of the tires on Rangel's car.

Sacramento police: Mom arrested for endangering children

SACRAMENTO, CA - A mother accused of endangering her two children was arrested Friday night in North Sacramento.

Lorraine Cwalina, 32, was arrested on the 4200 block of Norwood Avenue around 10:45 p.m. after police received multiple calls about a woman in the middle of the street, Sacramento police said.

Callers said Cwalina had two children with her in the street and was causing a disturbance. When officers arrived at the scene, they found that the children were unharmed and arrested Cwalina without incident.

The two 4-year-old children were taken into protective custody.

Cwalina was booked into Sacramento County Jail for child endangerment, police said.

Former Sacramento web producer charged with conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Justice Department is charging a former web producer for Sacramento-based FOX station KTXL of conspiring with members of the hacker group "Anonymous" to hack into and alter a Tribune Company website. 

Matthew Keys was named Thursday in an indictment filed in federal court in Sacramento. The 26-year-old from New Jersey faces one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, as well transmitting and attempting to transmit that information. (See sidebar for indictment.)

The government alleges that Keys gave Anonymous members a login and password for a computer server belonging to FOX40's corporate parent, the Tribune Company. Prosecutors say Keys encouraged the hackers to disrupt the website, and at least one hacker used the credentials to change the online version of a Los Angeles Times story.

Feds: Ringleader of area immigration marriage fraud scheme pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Citrus Heights man faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced after pleading guilty to immigration fraud involving what the U.S. Attorney's Office said was a scheme to allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. under false marriages.

Federal prosecutors said Sergey Potepalov, 57, was the mastermind of a group of 14 defendants who arranged for foreign nationals from Eastern Europe and Russia to marry U.S. citizens to obtain fiance visas and green cards to be in the U.S. The involved U.S. citizens were paid up to $5,000 to participate in the conspiracy and the foreign nationals paid up to five figures, according to court documents.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, to defraud the United States, to make false statements, and to induce an alien to enter and remain in the United States.

Sacramento PD unveils new online crime mapping tool

SACRAMENTO, CA - Want to know what and where crimes are being reported in your community?

The Sacramento Police Department says residents can do that now with its new online crime mapping website tool.

The program works on computers and iPhones. The user selects the city and up pops icons depicting the various crimes, the street block and when they were reported.

Crime reports in any city that subscribes to RaidsOnline can be checked.

Natomas elementary school issues alert after encounter

NATOMAS, Calif. - Natomas Park Elementary School issued an alert Wednesday afternoon after a child was approached by a stranger while walking home from school Wednesday.

A release issued to parents by Natomas Park Elementary principal Kendra Shelton stated a student was walking home on North Bend Drive around 2 p.m. when he was approached by a stranger who asked if he wanted some candy. The man then drove away in a turquoise blue sedan.

No identifying information was provided on the driver.

The parents of the student were contacted, as were police who began a search for the vehicle.

The child was not harmed during the incident.

Anyone with information on the encounter is encouraged to contact police.