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Man suspected of sexually assaulting woman on Davis church grounds arrested

DAVIS, CA - A woman was assaulted in broad daylight on Saturday in what Davis police called a "bold and brazen attack" on church property.

According to police, the suspected attacker threatened the victim with some sort of weapon, sexually assaulted her and then robbed her just before noon on the Davis Community Church grounds.

Church officials said the woman wasn't a church-goer, but may have been passing by to go to the farmer's market.

On Monday around 2:20 p.m., Davis police arrested a man in connection to the assault. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said a resident called police to report seeing a man described in the case in a West Davis shopping area.

When officers arrived in the area, they spotted 25-year-old transient Christopher Turk. Police searched Turk and found physical evidence on him that connected him to the assault, Glasgow said.

Police: Cyclist gets physical with officer during Woodland traffic stop

Police: Cyclist gets physical with officer during Woodland traffic stop

WOODLAND, Calif. - A police officer was allegedly assaulted while attempting a traffic stop of a bicyclist on Saturday morning.

At about 12:44 a.m., an officer made a traffic stop of a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk of the 100 block of W. Main St. without an operative light, said Woodland police.

During the stop, the officer determined the man, Reggie Dickerson, was on searchable probation. As the officer was conducting a search of Dickerson, the officer felt what he believed was contraband in his shirt. As the officer attempted to retrieve the item, Dickerson spun around, almost knocking over the officer, police said.

According to police, Dickerson then repeatedly elbowed the officer. A struggle ensued between the officer and Dickerson, sending both into the roadway.

"Sweetheart Murders" killer sentenced to death

SACRAMENTO, CA - On Friday, convicted killer Richard Hirschfield was sentenced to death in Sacramento County court for kidnapping and killing two U.C. Davis students in 1980.

Hirschfield was originally arrested after DNA analysis linked him to the deaths of John Riggins, 18, and Sabrina Gonsalves, 18, in 1980.

Riggins' and Gonsalves' bodies were found in a van near Lake Natoma two days after they were kidnapped from Davis in 1980.

Hirschfield was found guilty of first-degree murder in Nov. 2012, 32 years after the murders.

STORY: 'Sweetheart Murders' verdict reached

UC Davis researcher faces 10 charges after blast

SACRAMENTO, CA - A University of California, Davis chemistry researcher who was injured in an explosion last week has been charged with 10 counts of possessing firearms and explosives.  

The Yolo County District Attorney's office does not say in the five-page complaint whether 32-year-old David Snyder intended to harm anyone with the items found in his campus apartment after the explosion there.

"There were the finished components of bombs located," Yolo County Assistant Deputy Chief Attorney Michael Cabral said. "We are opposed to any bail reduction because we believe the defendant is a flight risk as well as a danger to the community."

Snyder pleaded not guilty during a brief initial court appearance Thursday in Yolo County Superior Court in Woodland, north of Sacramento. One of his defense attorneys said her client had the materials for research and wasn't intending to build a bomb.

Davis hard-hit by home burglaries

DAVIS, CA - Davis police say they've been seeing a number of unlocked doors, windows and sliding glass doors in a string of recent residential burglaries.

Lt. Glenn Davis said the police department has received 21 burglary reports in the last two weeks. Electronics, laptop computers, purses, jewelry and gaming systems have been taken.

The thefts have taken place varying times of the day and all over town, with 10 in west Davis, five in south Davis, four in central Davis and two in east Davis.

The Davis Police Department advises keeping doors, windows, garages, sliding glass doors and gates locked when both away and at home.

Report suspicious activity such as people walking or driving or slowly cruising up and down the street and/or checking doors and looking in windows, backyards and cars.

And go with your gut: If something doesn't look or feel right, report it to police.

Davis apt. explosion now criminal investigation

DAVIS, Calif. - Police at the University of California, Davis, have launched a criminal investigation into an explosion at a campus apartment in which a junior researcher injured his hand. 

UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael disclosed the criminal probe on Friday although he did not say exactly what investigators were looking into. 

Carmichael said officers from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and several bomb squads spent 20 hours removing potentially hazardous chemicals from the apartment following Thursday's blast. 

He said some were too dangerous to transport and were exploded in an open area on campus. 

Carmichael would not describe the chemicals or say what the researcher was doing when the explosion occurred. He said no one is in custody. 

Dozens of residents who were evacuated from neighboring apartments were allowed to return home on Friday.

FBI offers $100K reward for tips on bank robber with assault rifle

SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI hopes upping the ante for information leading to the conviction of an armed robber who shot and wounded a police officer and is suspected of committing three bank robberies, one of them in Vacaville, will create new leads to the man's identity.

Thursday, the reward for information on the so-called"AK-47 Bandit" was increased to $100,000, said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.

The man robbed a bank in Chino in Southern California Feb. 29, 2012, and shot and wounded a patrolling police officer who arrived as the man was fleeing the bank, Swankie said.

Two weeks later, investigators believe the same man robbed a Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville. That was March 12, 2012. They also think he is connected to an attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento three days earlier.