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By BStigers on August 3, 2022.

Neighbors Night Out is tonight at Old Town Auburn. First Responders and political candidates along with other officials will be there to meet all that visit. 6:30 to 9 PM tonight. Other foothill cities will also be hosting a night out, check with websites for details.


Councilman Dan Berlant announced at Meddlers this morning that he is officially running again for a council position.


A man was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of attempted murder in Auburn.

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 3400 block of Sapphire Drive before 11 p.m.

The investigation revealed an argument occurred between two males. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident escalated to the suspect, identified as Iram Villa, 40, shooting at a victim twice, grazing him once on the ear. Villa then barricaded himself in a nearby residence.

The Special Enforcement Team made multiple announcements for Villa to come out, but he was uncooperative. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed the Crisis Negotiation Team talked Villa out of the residence early Tuesday morning and he was taken into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

Villa is being charged with attempted murder.

The McKinney Fire continued burning without any containment late Monday, although officials said weather conditions turned more favorable and firefighters were able to build a buffer around the threatened city of Yreka. The largest wildfire of the season in California was officially pegged at 55,493 acres Monday evening, although fire growth had been moderate in the past day or so. The cause of the fire remains unknown, although the National Forest Service has ruled out the lightning that struck the area over the past 24 hours and lit smaller fires. Officials said bulldozer crews were also carving out firebreaks along Humbug Creek, a few miles west of Yreka, and along the northern edge of the fire. About 1,700 firefighters and 200 fire engines were on the scene Monday night, and “we’re getting more in as we speak,” said Darryl Laws, a unified incident commander. Containment was still officially at 0% as of Monday evening, and fire officials warned that hard days are looming. Roughly the western half of the city of Yreka has been evacuated, said Mayor Duane Kegg, who’s among the evacuees. Two residents were found dead in their burned vehicle in their driveway after the couple attempted to escape under fire threat, and could not break through a driveway gate that was locked, and both perished inside their vehicle in their own driveway. 


One of downtown Sacramento’s busiest corridors could be getting a major new apartment building. Gateway Development has proposed a five-story building with 94 apartments at the corner of 12th and E streets, in the historic Alkali Flat section of downtown. The empty block “is likely the most blighted lot left in the core and has become a public nuisance for nearby businesses. The project would be the latest in a wave of apartment buildings on the northern edge of the central city and one of the largest residential projects in Alkali Flat built-in years. The block is across the street from a Regional Transit light rail stop and faces 12th Street, a busy artery leading into downtown.


GEICO has closed all of its 38 California agent offices that sell auto and homeowners policies and other lines and has also ended the practice of selling insurance through telephone agents in the state. Three offices in Sacramento, one in Roseville, three in Fresno and one in Modesto were among offices that have closed in the last few days. The closures are resulting in more than 35 layoffs in the Sacramento area and hundreds statewide. The GEICO office in Roseville only opened in July 2021. GEICO put out a press release at the time saying it would meet the insurance needs of all Placer County residents. A GEICO spokesperson would not comment on the new changes but said the company was not leaving California. “We continue to write policies in California, and we remain available through our direct channels for the more than 2.18 million California customers presently insured with us,” the company said in an unsigned emailed statement to The Sacramento Bee. The changes leave online options through a computer or a mobile device as the only way to obtain a GEICO policy in California


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