GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) — On Thursday, we brought you the story of how a Grass Valley Charter School fundraiser set for this weekend is canceled, after social media posts by conspiracy theorists connected the event to a possible terror attack.
On Friday, several law enforcement offices in the area came together to help make up the money being lost because of the canceled fundraiser.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Grass Valley Police Department, and Nevada City Police Department have created a crowdfunding campaign for the school.
FOLSOM (CBS13) — A nearly four-month-long investigation into a stabbing in Folsom has landed two men behind bars.
Police say 50-year-old Jon Royston and 49-year-old Jerry Hayes stabbed a man early in the morning on January 19 on Riley Street.
John Royston, Folsom Stabbing Suspect
Jerry Hayes, Folsom Stabbing Suspect
Detectives used surveillance video, witness statements, and cell phone photos to identify the suspects.
The victim in the case made a full recovery.
Royston and Hayes are now facing charges of attempted murder.
LOOMIS (CBS13) — More than $100,000 of X-ray equipment was stolen from a Placer County horse hospital.
The thieves struck several times in a few weeks, leaving the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in a tough spot during one of the busiest times of the year. The hospital is packed right now with mares ready to have babies. The X-ray equipment that was stolen is used to make sure the young foals are healthy when they’re born.
“I think it was a little surprising to us to think this kind of thing happens in Penryn,” said hospital director Langdon Fielding.
In this area, people know their neighbors and veterinarian. Fielding knows his clients.
During the last 15 years, he’s never felt the need to add extra security, until now.
“It’s just such a warm feeling environment where we are taking care of animals and using that equipment to save animals so it is a little bit jarring,” Fielding said.
During one of the burglaries, an employee walked in on the suspects who immediately took off. Fielding said he used to leave the front gates wide open so people could visit their horses at any time but after this happened, locks are now a necessity.
“Between locking the gate, hiring night security and some of those things we had to do some stuff to make everyone feel like it was a safe place again,” Fielding said.
Fielding said the hospital is full of cameras, designed to help doctors keep an eye on the horses.
Unfortunately, none of those cameras captured the suspects.
“I don’t know what use you would have outside of a horse hospital for some of the equipment,” Fielding said.
If you come across someone you think may have stolen from the hospital, call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. For now, the hospital is not impacted by the loss because they were able to get some X-ray equipment on loan until they purchase new machines.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Big changes in the works in Gary, Indiana.
Karen Freeman-Wilson, who has been the mayor of that city for eight years, is on her way out. She was defeated in Tuesday’s primary by Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince.
CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley looks at what’s behind the change.
When she was elected Gary’s mayor back in 2011, Karen Freeman-Wilson seemed to embody new hope. But among voters, that hope turned to frustration.
“It’s hard for someone who’s looking for a mayor or elected official or a leader to do something today to hear this is decades of decline you’re trying to recover from,” said Freeman-Wilson.
Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince pulled off the upset, focusing on his 19 years of government experience and budgetary management.
“We will immediately perform or get the permission from the state to perform an independent audit so that we could determine where we are financially,” said Prince.
A Harvard-trained attorney with state and national political connections, Freeman-Wilson did lure some new industries.
“At the same time, they weren’t addressing, in my opinion, the residential problem of abandoned homes and blight and being able to tear those down and move on with new development,” said Jim Wieser, Lake County Democratic Party Chairman.
And street violence jumped. Seventeen Gary murders in the year’s first quarter.
“We have had a horrible increase in violent crime this year. And that certainly did not help,” said Freeman-Wilson.
Because there is no Republican contender, Prince will become Gary’s new mayor. But not until December. Meantime, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed off on moving Gary’s Majestic Star Casino away from the lakefront. To develop the harbor as a cargo transfer site.
It’s a project Mayor Freeman-Wilson championed that could eventually produce thousands of Gary jobs.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A groom accused of murdering his bride in her wedding dress is added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
In 2012, Arnoldo Jimenez disappeared less than two days after he was married at Chicago City Hall. Less than two days later, his new wife, Estrella Carrera, was found stabbed in a bathtub of their Burbank, Illinois apartment.
She was wearing the same dress she wore on her wedding night.
“The crime that was committed, where Estrella Carrera was stabbed more than 18 times, to say the least, is absolutely heinous,” said Jeffrey Sallet, Special Agent In Charge of the FBI in Chicago.
“We will not stop looking for you Arnoldo Jimenez,” said Burbank Police Department Chief Richard Stone. “Either turn yourself in or this collaborative effort will continue.”
CBS 2 reported the story back in 2012. Cell phone pings showed Jiminez was headed south towards Mexico where he had family. The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Overburdened case workers and an unresponsive hotline — those are just two findings of an alarming audit of the Illinois Department of Family Services. CBS 2 has reported 98 children who had prior contact with DCFS died just last year.
CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley spent the day going through the 150 page report.
The Illinois Auditor General’s investigation was ordered after the shocking death of 17-month old Semaj Crosby, found dead days after a DCFS worker visited the family’s Joliet home. The report covers the years 2015 through 2017 and points to an agency understaffed and overwhelmed.
For example, the agency’s hotline, is slow to respond.
“Fifty percent of the hotline calls go into voicemail and need a callback. So for emergency cases where children are really in trouble, that’s a huge problem,” said Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago.)
Shockingly, crucial interviews came slowly too. In 29% of cases, alleged victims weren’t interviewed within 24 hours. Even more troubling, in 24% of cases, alleged perpetrators weren’t interviewed within seven days.
“Our system has to be more nimble and innovative and accountable to ensure the best outcome each time,” said Illinois State Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin.)
Federal court oversight limits new cases for investigators, but DCFS wasn’t following the rules. Seventy-eight percent of investigators were given more than 15 new assignments in a month, a violation. And in 26% of sampled investigations where abuse was confirmed, no services were recommended with no reasons given.
“What that says in normal people talk is we left families alone. We left families stranded. We let that kid know that their voice does not matter, and that, although yes, abuse is wrong, we as a state said it’s OK. We don’t need to offer services. We don’t need to offer support,” said James McIntyre of the Foster Care Alumni of America.
In response, DCFS said it welcomes the Illinois Auditor Genreal’s findings. The agency said it’s already developed new timelines and training for hotline callbacks and it’s developing a new model to identify the best services for families.
Another grim statistic from the audit: Children under age 1 were the most frequent targets of confirmed abuse. That’s 13% of all victims.
CHICAGO (CBS) — We now know who the man claiming to be a cop really is.
On Monday, CBS 2 showed the damage he caused after side-swiping another car.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has learned he is actually a former police officer with a troubling past.
The couple that had their car side-swiped by that former officer said his background gives those who serve and protect in the Chicago Police Department every single day an incredibly bad name.
Sources said officer Daniel Sanchez resigned in 2018 while under investigation. Details are not available because the inquiry is not complete.
Chicago couple James and Danessa Porche said they identified Sanchez in a photo lineup Monday night for the Chicago Police Bureau of Internal Affairs. They said Sanchez hit their car in Humboldt Park Sunday afternoon. When James asked for Sanchez’s insurance and license at the scene…
“He flashed his badge. He said, ‘I’m a cop. You should really let this go,'” James Porche said.
Chicago police said Sanchez was cited for leaving the scene of the accident and having an invalid license plate.
A police impersonation investigation is also taking place. Sanchez was under investigation when he retired and should not have had a badge.
Information from the Invisible Institute’s Citizen’s Police Data Project and police records from IPRA and COPA show Sanchez had been on the force since 1991. During that time, he had 63 allegations against him.
That’s more than 97% of all other Chicago police officers.
He was disciplined for 10 of those 63 allegations. Among them: Association with a felon, excessive force and insubordination. Over the course of his career, records show Sanchez was suspended for a total of 146 days.
CBS 2 was unable to reach Sanchez for comment.
A police department spokesperson said every single member of the Chicago Police Department is held to the highest standards and actions like this will not be tolerated.
CHICAGO (CBS) — On the surface, it sounds like a great idea: a proposal to protect consumers from illegal robocalls.
Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is behind the proposed legislation, but 2 investigator Dorothy Tucker discovered it might not actually silence your phone.
“This year it’s going to top 60 billion robocalls,” said Durbin, who recounted the hassles of robocalls. “I receive robocalls talking about my Social Security benefits.”
“I am frequently a victim of receiving these robocalls,” added Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
So have lots of other people, including folks CBS 2 has featured in past stories. On the surface, the idea of legislation to silence the robocallers is welcome.
“It’s gonna increase the penalty to $500 per occurrence,” said Durbin.
“I just don’t know if this bill is going to be the panacea that fixes anything,” said Roger Cheng, a technology expert with CNET, part of CBS. “When you look at the total volume of robocalls being generated, a lot of them are made overseas. That’s sort of the limitation of where these laws face.”
The legislation also would encourage carriers to use technology to stop what’s called spoofing. That’s where the scammers put a bogus number on the caller ID.
When asked if it’s already being pushed by the FCC, Cheng said yes, the agency mandates that carriers do better.
Then a candid admission from Senator Durbin: He’s used robocalls on his campaign. Durbin said he’d like to stop political robocalls as well.
“I’ve made these robocalls on behalf of candidates. Maybe I’ve done them on my own campaign,” said Durbin. “I’m sick of it. I think most people are sick and tired of it. As good as my message might be, as well delivered as it may be, people are sick of these calls.”
Asked if this legislation will make an impact and stop the use of political robocalls, Cheng is hopeful.
“If it does, that’s great. We can all live our lives with fewer robocalls and that would be great,” he said.
With or without the legislation, the FCC has given the cell phone carriers a deadline of November to install technology that should severely limit robocalls.
The new system would warn you before you answer, that the call coming in is likely from a bogus number.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple wants to know who is the man who hit their car and then claimed to be a cop?
Chicago police aren’t so sure.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has the story from Humbolt Park.
The couple asked for the man’s license and insurance. Instead, he showed them what appeared to be a Chicago police badge.
“I told my wife ‘hey, turn the camera on. I think this guy is gonna take off,'” said motorist James Porche.
The man hit the James’ car at Humboldt Boulevard and North Avenue on Sunday. His wife, Danessa, shot cell phone video as the man crossed the intersection, then pulled over.
“He got out of the car very intimidating-looking,” said Porche. “His first attempt at coming at us was like ‘Everything’s fine, nothing really happened.’ He kept saying, ‘Just let it go, just let it go, it’s not that big of a deal.'”
James asked for the man’s license and insurance.
“At that point, he flashed his badge. He said ‘I’m a cop. You should really let this go,'” James said. “He was really slick how he did it. He showed it and said, ‘I’m a cop. I’m late for work. Let it go.'”
Chicago police are doing two investigations: The department is looking at the traffic crash. Internal affairs is investigating a complaint of a possible police officer fleeing the scene of an accident.
Plastic plate covers, seen on the front and back plates of the man’s car, are illegal. Police said full-time inspection units dedicated to checking the personal cars of city employees for compliance would have spotted this.
The license plate number doesn’t exist in the Illinois Secretary of State’s database. A variation of the plate does comes up, but it’s for a different car.
“Who knows if he’s pulling somebody over in a situation or trying to use that power, whether it was legitimate or not, and maybe do something wrong? Especially with those plates being as altered as they are, it makes it very fishy,” Danessa said. “Either way, it was wrong and he needs to be held accountable.”
Chicago police said it is taking this report very seriously and CBS 2 will follow up on the outcome.
Suzanne LeMignot’s story started with a tip from a viewer. If you know anything CBS 2 should check out, send an email to CBSChicagotips@cbschicago.com.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Students and parents at Lake View High School are alarmed after unwanted visitors were found inside their classrooms.
Bed bugs were uncovered on campus and now students want answers on how it’s being addressed.
CBS 2’s Eric Cox has the story you’ll see only on 2.
Lake View’s principal informed parents about the bed bugs Thursday night and now both parents and students alike are wondering what administrators are planning to do to address this issue.
Horrifying is how Lake View High School senior Paul Wyshnytzky described an email sent to parents Thursday evening. School administrators finding a bed bug in one of the classrooms.
It’s the second time in recent days.
“It’s obviously concerning because we have so many students here and it’s easily spreadable,” said Wyshnytzky.
Other students also worried about what this discovery means.
“Cross infection and all that, take them home. It’s really bad for us,” said Ramon Martinez, a Lake View junior.
According to the email, school staff inspected the classroom, searched student book bags and sweatshirts and didn’t find any additional bed bugs.
“I just hope they get the school sanitized so this issue won’t happen again,” Wyshnytzsky said.
But others aren’t considering bed bugs a big issue at all.
“It’s a reality,” said Lake View High School parent Liz Jay who has two children attending the school.
But she doesn’t believe this should be the administration’s main concern.
“It’s not like, ‘oh, we should brush it under the rug.’ But as an educator myself and as a parent, I understand,” Jay said.
Lake View administrators calling both cases “isolated incidents” claiming “there is no infestation of bed bugs at the school.”
“I have faith in Lake View administration and I know that they’ll take care of it,” Jay said.
CBS 2 reached out to CPS for comment but have yet to hear back.
In the email sent to parents, the school said they’ll continue to monitor the situation closely.