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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

On Wednesday, January 29, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. 

Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.

“Childhood sexual abuse is devastating to the victims and the victims’ family,” said Cooley. “Often, children who are sexually abused have physical and mental health issues long into their adult lives. By putting resources at the local level into community collaboration and prevention, we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of California’s children before they become victims to sexual abuse.”

Stranger Danger Alert - EGUSD School District

Stranger Danger Alert - EGUSD School District

ELK GROVE, CA - The Elk Grove Police Department is investigating another report of a stranger approaching and offering a ride to a youth in our community. The incident took place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, near the corner of Matina Drive and Gilliam Drive.

A Toby Johnson Middle School student was walking home from a relative's house when a man pulled up alongside him and asked if he wanted a ride. The boy went onto the bike trail and the man drove away. The student did the right thing and reported the incident when he got home. His father reported the incident to the Elk Grove Police Department.

The man described as an African-American adult in his 40's with close-shaved hair, a scar under his right eye, a thin moustache and patches of facial hair. He was driving a full-sized utility-style van, with two front doors and a 3rd sliding door. The van appeared to be model from between 2000 to 2013.

Stranger Danger Alert for Elk Grove schools

Stranger Danger Alert for Elk Grove schools

 Elk Grove Unified School District and our principal from Franklin Elementary School, Sheila Caruthers sends out this message to our local community:

We are working with the Elk Grove Police Department (EGPD) to inform parents about a suspicious man who has reportedly tried to lure teenagers to his vehicle.  As you may recall, we sent home a letter to parents earlier this month about an incident that took place on October 16 at Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road.  Today, EGPD informed the District that they are investigating four incidents that appear to be all related.  The following information details the four incidents:

On Saturday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was walking in the area of Darley Way and Toscano Drive when a vehicle pulled up next to him.  The male driver attempted to engage the boy in conversation.  The boy did not respond and the vehicle drove away. 

Caltrans: Elk Grove businessman arrested for grand theft

SACRAMENTO, CA - The owner of an Elk Grove printing business is alleged to have defrauded California taxpayers of $1.8 million when he pocketed Caltrans payments for personal use rather than for the jobs for which he was paid.

Eric Blaine Hodgson, 43,, the owner of Phenix Print & Image of Elk Grove, faces 22 counts of grand theft, according to Caltrans and California Department of Justice.

Caltrans contracted with Hodgson in 2008 and 2009 to have his company advertise new construction contracts to bidders in publications, as required by law. A routine check for proof of publication led to a review of invoices submitted by Hodgson to Caltrans.

The DOJ investigation found the invoices from Hodgson for his work were made up and the contracts were not printed in local newspapers, according to Caltrans spokesperson Tamie McGowan.

Police: Man arrested in Sacramento for stabbing brother

Police: Man arrested in Sacramento for stabbing brother

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing his brother after a family fight Saturday night.

Officers were en route to a report of a stabbing at 9:05 p.m. Saturday night when dispatch received a call from someone stating they were transporting their stabbed relative to the hospital.

A dispatcher advised the caller to pull over so that firefighters could tend to the victim.

The driver pulled over as requested at Franklin Blvd. and Idaho Dr. where arriving firefighters tended to the victim. 

The victim, who sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body, was transported to an area hospital. His current condition was unknown.

Officers at the scene learned the victim had been stabbed by his brother during a fight, police said.

Bookkeeper embezzled $300K from Sac business

SACRAMENTO, CA - An Elk Grove woman pled guilty to cashing altered and stolen checks of a Sacramento business on Thursday.

Ladonna Faye Chandler, 54, was charged with 12 counts of felony bank fraud, said Lauren Horwood spokesperson for U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Chandler used to be a bookkeeper for Platinum Services LLC, a commercial janitorial service. She was in charge of the company's finances: Issuing checks for expenditures, depositing checks, transfer funds between accounts and receiving checks and payments from clients, Horwood said.

Court documents show Chandler used her access to the funds and altered the checks to obtain $309,369 for personal use.

Chandler faces 30 years in prison for each count. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 27.