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North Auburn Jail Inmate Death Ruled Not Suspicious

North Auburn Jail Inmate Death Ruled Not Suspicious

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported today that Investigators are working to determine the cause of death of a Placer County Jail inmate, who died in his cell Wednesday afternoon. At around 1:40 p.m., inmate John Ralph Gutke, 53, was discovered unresponsive in his single cell at the North Auburn…

Names Of Bear River Teens Killed In Yesterday’s Fatal Crash Released

Names Of  Bear River Teens Killed In Yesterday’s Fatal Crash Released

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit, has released the names of the two young men who died in a traffic collision on Highway 49 Thursday afternoon. The driver was Jude Alexander Douden, 18, of Auburn. The passenger was Joseph Devon Rantz, 18, of Grass Valley Dena Erwin, Sheriff’s Public…

Fatal Auburn Accident Takes Lives Of Two Bear River Teens

Fatal Auburn Accident Takes Lives Of Two Bear River Teens

Two 18-year-old Bear River High seniors were killed in a head-on crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 49 in Placer County, the California Highway Patrol said. The teens were in a white BMW going south on Highway 49 just after 1 p.m. when their vehicle crossed into the northbound side and…

Nevada City Fatal Shooting Ruled Suicide By Shotgun

Nevada City Fatal Shooting Ruled Suicide By Shotgun

On Wednesday, an autopsy was performed on the decedent, James Paul Scola. The results of the autopsy revealed that Scola was struck several times with what appeared to be handgun caliber bullets. The autopsy further revealed that the fatal wound Scola suffered was actually “self-inflicted” from a shotgun. On Tuesday,…

California Water Commission Adopts Regulations to Guide Proposition 1 Funding

California Water Commission Adopts Regulations to Guide Proposition 1 Funding

California today made significant progress in providing funding for public benefits associated with new water storage projects, as the California Water Commission (Commission) adopted regulations that advance the implementation of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). Through the WSIP, the Commission will fund the public benefits of water storage projects…

Placer Courts Convict 21 Year Old Twins Of Murder

Placer Courts Convict 21 Year Old Twins Of Murder

The identical twin brothers who killed a man and his teenage daughter in a deadly collision while fleeing authorities on Antelope Road in 2014 could face life in prison after they were convicted Monday of murder. Placer Superior Court jurors found brothers Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy, 21, guilty of killing…

Abusive Rocklin Special-Needs Teacher Gets Probation

Abusive Rocklin Special-Needs Teacher Gets Probation

A former Rocklin special-needs teacher gets three years of probation following allegations of battery of two children in her classroom. Sherry Ann McDaniel taught at Breen Elementary School until she was placed on administrative leave May 5, 2014, while police investigated the case. She was sentenced Wednesday in Placer Superior…

Quagga Mussel Infestation Discovered In Pyramid Lake

Quagga Mussel Infestation Discovered In Pyramid Lake

The Quagga Mussel is a small, non-native freshwater mollusk that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) had successfully prevented from infesting the State Water Project (SWP) since the species was first discovered in California in 2007. However, on December 8, six adult quagga mussels were found in the Angeles Tunnel,…

Auburn’s New Mayor And Two Council People Sworn In Monday Night

Auburn’s New Mayor And Two Council People Sworn In Monday Night

At last night’s Auburn City Council meeting there were a variety of special events that made it one the more exciting governmental proceedings to take place in the foothills in recent memory. At 5:30 p.m. the Placer High School Jazz Band, led by Dave Lawrensen, filled the room with rhythm…

Auburn Teen Booked On Attempted Murder And Kidnapping

Auburn Teen Booked On Attempted Murder And Kidnapping

Police arrested an 18-year-old Friday suspected of kidnapping a woman and choking her in a car in Auburn. According to Lt. Michael Garlock of the Auburn Police Department, Shane Bradley was arrested on suspicion of driving the woman against her will to a remote area, where he then began choking…