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Man beaten, robbed inside storage facility

ELK GROVE, CA - Police are looking for a suspect who beat, stabbed and then robbed a man at an Elk Grove storage facility.

The attack happened on November 18 inside the main house of Statewide Storage on Union Park Drive. Elk Grove police say when they arrived they found a 48-year-old man suffering from a stab wound. He told them he was attacked by a man and a woman.

Detectives believe 35-year-old James Peacock and 25-year-old Julie Fox are responsible for the armed robbery. They arrested Fox in North Sacramento in late November, but have not been able to find James Peacock. A $500,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Peacock had a gun during the robbery and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357).


Illegal cockfighting event busted by deputies

SACRAMENTO COUNTY -- Deputies busted up an illegal cockfighting event that was held on publicly accessible agricultural land over the weekend.

The event took place west of I-5 between Elk Grove and Galt. When the people attending the cockfight saw the police, they fled the scene on foot and in their vehicles.

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department says over 30 live, injured and dead fighting birds were found at the scene. A fighting pen and fighting implements were also found.

The property owner has not been located.

Laguna Creek High School's E-Waste Day

ELK GROVE - The Laguna Creek High School Band Boosters will host an electronic waste collection day on Sunday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the school parking lot located at 9050 Vicino Drive.

Electronic items that will be accepted include televisions, monitors, computers, computer components, fax machines, printers, copiers, toner and inkjet cartridges, wire, video game consoles, laptops, cameras, camcorders, Internet devices, keyboards, mice, MP3 players, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment.

Document shredding will also be offered for a small donation.

Proceeds from the event will help send the Laguna Creek High School band to Carnegie Hall in New York City to perform later this year.

Elk Grove to hold 'Under the Sea' dance for fathers, daughters

ELK GROVE - The Cosumnes Community Services District  (CSD) will host it 19th annual father and daugher dance series dubbed "Under the Sea," beginning Friday, Feb. 11 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Avenue.

The CSD is offering three dance dates this year: Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Daughters aged 3 and up, are encouraged to participate in this memorable event with their fathers.

The cost to attend is $30 per person. Each semi-formal dance includes a catered buffet dinner and dancing. Girls will receive a special dance keepsake. Professional photos can be taken for additional fees.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Cosumnes CSD Parks and Recreation Department at (916) 684-7550.

Teen Idol 2011 auditions announced

Teen Idol 2011 auditions announced

ELK GROVE, CA - Teen Center USA will hold auditions for Teen Idol 2011, an annual competition is for amateurs only, ages 11-18. The contest will feature the best teen soloists, duets and groups from Elk Grove and surrounding areas.

Vocal auditions are scheduled for Friday evenings starting at 7 p.m each Friday in March. Semifinals will be held April 1 followed by the finals April 8, both at Joseph Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove.

Elk Grove police host 'Coffee with a Cop'

Elk Grove police host 'Coffee with a Cop'

ELK GROVE - Have you ever wanted to ask a police officer a question, but don't know how to go about doing it? Officers from the Elk Grove Police Department will be available to answer questions from members of the community on Jan. 21 from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. at La Bou, 8694 Elk Grove Boulevard, and Peet's Coffee at 8234 Laguna Boulevard, as part of the "Coffee with a Cop" program.

"It's very important that our police officers develop strong relationships within the community," said Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner. "We believe this type of open dialogue plays a critical role in establishing a true partnership between the community and the police department."

Community members will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighborhoods in which they reside.

For additional information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Denise Costello at (916) 478-8117 or Sgt. Dan Schnepple of the Problem Oriented Policing at (916) 478-8116.

Elk Grove Unified offers open enrollment at 14 schools

Elk Grove Unified offers open enrollment at 14 schools

ELK GROVE - Enrollment has been opened at seven middle schools and seven high schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) for the 2011-2012 school year. The open enrollment applications are posted on the district's website and available at all EGUSD schools.

Applications for students currently enrolled in the 6th and 7th grades for the 2010-2011 school year will be accepted for the following middle schools: Harriet Eddy, Edward Harris, Samuel Jackman, Joseph Kerr, Elizabeth Pinkerton, James Rutter and T.R. Smedberg.

Applications for students currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades for the 2010-2011 school year will be accepted for the following high schools: Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove, Florin, Laguna Creek, Monterey Trail, Sheldon and Valley.

Parents are invited to attend informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Laguna Creek High School or at 6:30 p.m. on Jan.

Register now for 2011 CSD T-Ball leagues

Register now for 2011 CSD T-Ball leagues

ELK GROVE - The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting regular registration for its 2011 T-Ball season through Sunday, Feb. 6.

T-Ball is open to boys and girls between the ages of 3 1/2 - 6 years old. Players are split into two divisions: a 3 1/2 - 4 year old division and a 5 - 6 year old division. The league teaches the fundamentals of baseball, good sportsmanship and teamwork in a fun and friendly environment.

Players receive a T-Ball shirt, hat, team picture, individual picture and an end-of-the-season trophy. Picture day is scheduled for Saturday, March 5. League play will be held on Saturdays from March 12 through May 7. Games will be held at three locations:

- East of Hwy 99: Amundson Park, 8730 Heritage Hill Drive
- Franklin: Morse Park, 5540 Bellaterra Drive
- LCP: Laguna Community Park, 9014 Bruceville Road

The fee to play is $85 per child.

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

GALT - The City of Galt, in partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, will host the 4th annual Winter Bird Festival on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The festival has proven to be a successful display of nearly 100 bird species that routinely winter in the Galt area, specifically along the Cosumnes River Preserve.

The free festival will begin at 8 a.m. at McCaffery Middle School, located at 997 Park Terrace Drive in Galt. Tours will be held starting as early as 5:30 a.m. at a cost of $10 per adult. Youth under the age of 18 years old are free, but space is limited.

To sign up for the tours and for more information about workshops offered, visit www.ci.galt.ca.us or call (209) 366-7115 to confirm tour availability.

Heart screenings offered for teens

ELK GROVE - Local business Heart Smart Imaging will offer heart screenings for teenagers to detect any indication of Sudden Cardiac Death, beginning on Feb. 5, 2011 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, located at 9175 West Stockton Boulevard. The company is partnering with Sacramento Heart and Vascular to offer the screenings.

With the news of an 11-year-old boy in Garden Valley suddenly dying on the football field last August, the business decided it was time to offer heart screenings for teens who play sports. Adults are also encouraged to participate.

Cardiac sonographers from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, as well as borad certified cardiologists from Sacramento Heart and Vascular, will be on hand to provide the screenings and read reports.