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Safety advice for when a stranger knocks at your door

There's an unexpected knock from a stranger at the front door. What to do?

1. Be cautious when opening the door. Do not blindly open the door to see who it is or what it is that they want.

2. Ignore the knock on the door . You may want to go about your normal business and NOT pretend that you are not home, but instead continue to do what you were doing, or even make some noise or turn on a light so that the person knows that someone IS home (possibly avoiding a burglary).

3. Look out a window first to see who it is - Avoid looking out a door window, but instead go and look through another window away from the door if possible. If you don't recognize them, you could shout through the door and ask what they want, or you could choose to ignore them.

4. Set the door chain. Be sure that your door chain is set well with LONG screws into the door frame to help resist a "push in." Crack open the door to speak to the person through the gap.

Grass Valley man accused of molesting at least 5 boys

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. - A Grass Valley man was arrested on Thursday on numerous charges of child molestation.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal told The Union in Grass Valley that 31-year-old Jonathan Foote was arrested following allegations that he molested at least five boys in their early teens over a period of 11 years.

Royal said the incident was reported by a mandated official, but they were not releasing any more information due to the nature of the ongoing investigation.

Foote was placed in county jail on $5 million bail.

Royal encouraged anyone with additional information to call 530-265-1471.

Man sentenced for Rocklin, Auburn letter bomb hoaxes

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man who called in letter bomb threats to homes in Rocklin and Auburn in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years and five months in prison for making the threats and lying to federal authorities.

Stephen J. Isoczky Jr., 60, of Los Angeles, was found to have made the calls from a telephone near a motel in Tracy where he was staying, according to court documents.

Court records say U.S. Postal Service investigators and law enforcement expended more than 200 hours screening all mail going to the Rocklin and Auburn home addresses and zip codes.

When law enforcement tracked down the second phone call made Nov. 1, 2012 to Isoczky, he lied to officers about any knowledge of the threats.

Ex-S. Lake Tahoe cop faces federal witness tampering charges

SACRAMENTO, CA - A former South Lake Tahoe police officer accused of witness tampering was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

John Poland, 44, was charged with multiple counts of tampering with witnesses and obstruction of an official proceeding, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

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According to court documents, Poland was in a love triangle with a gang member's girlfriend and helped drug traffickers evade police and throw investigators off their path. The documents reveal he coached the woman and another witness on what to say to police and what evidence to destroy.

Feds break up prostitution ring

SACRAMENTO, CA - FBI agents have broken up a prostitution ring that included brothels from Stockton to Chico and arrested three people for harboring illegal aliens.

A federal criminal complaint dated Jan. 15 highlights a two-and-a-half year investigation that began with a confidential informant describing prostitution at a Stockton residence on North San Joaquin Street.

As part of what began as a human trafficking case, agents later found other brothels in Fairfield, Sacramento, Yuba City and Chico.

Most of the prostitutes were from Mexico, with others from Central America and as far away as Columbia.

Roberto Urbino Gonzalez, Everardo Ibarra Regalado and Corina Dominguez were all charged with one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and a second count of harboring an illegal alien.

Neighbor arrested in death of elderly Yuba City woman

YUBA CITY, CA - Police arrested a next door neighbor in connection to the death of an elderly woman late Friday night.

Michael Patrick Alexander, 20, was arrested for the murder of Leola Shreves, 94, Yuba City Police spokesperson Shawna Pavey said.

Shreves was found in her home on the 500 block of Park Avenue Thursday by a relative, after not hearing from her for a few days.

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Police believe Alexander had a conversation with Shreves, and then sometime late that night broke into her home and launched a violent and savage attack on the woman, Pavey said.

Investigators found evidence at Shreves' home that linked Alexander to the murder; Pavey said the motive behind the attack was "financial gain."

Police officer accused of corruption in court

SACRAMENTO, CA - A South Lake Tahoe police officer who was arrested Wednesday was in court Thursday.

John Poland, 44, was arrested on five counts of witness tampering at the police department by FBI agents. According to court documents, Poland was in a love triangle with a gang member's girlfriend and helped drug traffickers evade police and throw investigators off their path. The documents reveal he coached the woman and another witness on what to say to police and what evidence to destroy.

RELATED STORY: South Lake Tahoe Police officer accused of witness tampering arrested

Court documents also accuse Poland of using his position as a school resource officer to have sex with underage girls.