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CHP: Man who reported minivan stolen was driving in fatal crash


The California Highway Patrol said a man who initially reported his minivan stolen was actually driving the vehicle and under the influence of alcohol when it was involved in a crash that killed a woman in September in Arden-Arcade.

Joseph Yakshin was arrested Thursday and booked on charges of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony Hit and Run causing death and serious injury, felony driving while under the influence causing injury, felony filing of a false police report and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

CHP said Yakshin was driving a minivan that ran a red light and struck a vehicle at about 12:59 a.m. Sept. 15 at El Camino and Walnut avenues. The passenger in the vehicle that was struck, Deadra Griffin was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver and two other passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, the CHP said.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


Man shot, injured outside Arden restaurant


A man was wounded in a shooting outside an Arden-Arcade restaurant Saturday around 5 p.m.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was shot while in his car in an Applebee's parking lot on the 2000 block of Arden Way, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital to get treatment.

Bowman said the victim got into an argument with another man who then shot the victim. Investigators are still working on a suspect description.


Michael Lyon facing drug allegation


A well-known former Sacramento-area real estate company principal was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

Julie Wherry, Sacramento County Probation Department Division Chief, said probation officers went to Michael Lyon's home Wednesday morning because he had missed a scheduled visit with the probation department. Officers searched Lyon's home and subsequently arrested him on the aforementioned allegations.

Lyon, 58, is the former president of Lyon Real Estate. He stepped down in 2010 after being arrested on accusations that he secretly videotaped relatives and others in his homes. In 2011, Lyon pleaded guilty to four counts of felony electronic eavesdropping. He served jail time and home detention and received four years probation.

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Thursday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics.

Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted fairness in tactics, it was rare because a very high burden of proof is required to establish bad-faith.

"CMTA appreciates Ken's work on this bill - it demonstrates his commitment to reform the difficult regulatory climate in California,” said Jack Stewart, President of California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “He understands that we need to find ways to make regulations less burdensome and reduce compliance costs such as the frivolous litigation this bill will discourage."

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Cooley Bill Strengthening Active Management of State IT Projects Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Wednesday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 to strengthen top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects.

The bill directs the Director of Technology to bring forward to the Legislature a plan for the development of a cadre of senior technology experts who specialize in supporting state agency technology projects. AB 2523 then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

Suspect arrested in of shooting death of witness in high-profile murder trial


Sacramento County sheriff's deputies have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting death of a witness in a high-profile murder case.

Sheriff's investigators said 23-year-old Joe Miles is responsible for the death of Marquelle Jones. Jones was a key witness in the trial of three men charged with killing Monique Nelson, a mother trying to protect her son during a 2010 barbershop shootout. Then, last Tuesday Jones was killed in a drive-by shooting in Arden-Arcade.

Detectives have not released Miles' mugshot because the investigation is ongoing. They said there are witnesses that still need to be interviewed, and they don't want the witnesses to be bias because of media reports with Miles' photo.

News10 interviewed Miles at the Sacramento County Jail. He said the arrest came as a complete surprise.