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Assemblyman Ken Cooley hosts senior scam prevention workshop

Assemblyman Ken Cooley hosts senior scam prevention workshop

WHO:             Assemblyman Ken Cooley and the Contractors State License Board

WHAT:          Assemblyman Ken Cooley and the Contractors State License Board will host a

scam prevention workshop to teach seniors citizens and other community members about scams and how to protect themselves from unscrupulous operators.

Police sketch posted in American River Pkwy. attempted rape

SACRAMENTO, CA - If you recognize the man depicted in this police drawing, you're asked to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The man tried to rape a woman as she jogged on the American River Parkway equestrian trail last month, authorities say.

The attack took place on March 26 at about 11 a.m. as the woman ran between Watt and Howe avenues, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. She was grabbed from behind by a man and forced to the ground. She told deputies the man tried to further assault her but her screaming for help sent him fleeing.

The assailant was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s. He was between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a slim build. He had a scruffy, blond beard and a moustache.

At the time of the attack he wore a long-sleeved, olive green t-shirt, and black and gray pants. He had on a red baseball cap and sunglasses.

The woman reported he rode away on black mountain bike with white detailing.

Shooting victim dropped off at hospital by husband

SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman was taken into surgery after her husband dropped her off at the hospital to get treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

The woman was listed in critical condition after she was admitted into Sutter Memorial Hospital around 7:30 p.m. and then transferred to UC Davis Medical Center for surgery, Sacramento police said.

The woman's husband dropped her off at Sutter Memorial, left the area and then he came back. Officers detained the man when they saw he had returned.

Police said the shooting happened at an apartment on the 9800 block of Lincoln Village Drive in Rancho Cordova. Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said there was evidence of a shooting found at the apartment, but did not specify what evidence was found.

However, other details surrounding the shooting are unclear.

Man tries to out drive Rancho Cordova police, CHP during high-speed chase

Man tries to out drive Rancho Cordova police, CHP during high-speed chase

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A man was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase Thursday night.

Rancho Cordova police tried to pull over the driver of a red Corvette for speeding on westbound 50, near Hazel Avenue, but he didn't stop and sped off, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Matthew Burgess said.

The man drove south on Interstate-5 at speeds over 100 mph. Near Elk Grove, CHP took over the chase.

Burgess said deputies put down a spike strip, but the suspect avoided it and veered his car toward the deputy who placed the strip.

During the chase, the driver crossed over a grassy center-divide and tried to go southbound in the northbound lanes.

A CHP officer used a pit maneuver to stop the driver, which knocked the Corvette onto the shoulder.

Burgess said they took the man into custody without further incident. He also said the Citrus Heights police department was interested in man, but did not say why.

Murder victims' parents work to protect children

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Families of young murder victims are using their painful experiences to protect kids from other child predators.

They are gathering in Rancho Cordova at a weekend summit with many other child advocacy groups.

The group includes Mark and Cindy Sconce, whose 12-year-old daughter Courtney was kidnapped from her Rancho Cordova neighborhood, raped and murdered 12 years ago.

Her parents stress how important it is to communicate with your kids and to teach them how to prevent themselves from becoming victims.

"I think people need to train their kids on what to do," Mark said. "If someone pulls up in a car and points a gun, you've got to tell your kids what they can do."

"There's a little piece of your heart missing every single day," Cindy explained. "Some things will come to mind and you just stop and your whole world stops."

Courtney's killer Justin Weinberger is serving life without parole for her murder.

Former Sacramento web producer charged with conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Justice Department is charging a former web producer for Sacramento-based FOX station KTXL of conspiring with members of the hacker group "Anonymous" to hack into and alter a Tribune Company website. 

Matthew Keys was named Thursday in an indictment filed in federal court in Sacramento. The 26-year-old from New Jersey faces one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, as well transmitting and attempting to transmit that information. (See sidebar for indictment.)

The government alleges that Keys gave Anonymous members a login and password for a computer server belonging to FOX40's corporate parent, the Tribune Company. Prosecutors say Keys encouraged the hackers to disrupt the website, and at least one hacker used the credentials to change the online version of a Los Angeles Times story.

Puppy stolen from Sacramento County home

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - A family continues to search for its puppy that was stolen from the front yard three weeks ago.

Freddy, a 7-month-old dachshund/ terrier mix, was in the front yard of a home near La Riviera Drive and Woodman Way on Feb. 22 when a woman got out of a car and stole, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

The woman was a passenger in a dirty royal blue 4-door car with dark tinted windows. The car was being driven by another woman, the sheriff's department said.

Freddy has red/brown fur with a white stripe on his neck; his left ear droops lower than his right ear.

Anyone with information is urged to send a tip to the sheriff's department at http://www.sacsheriff.com/tips/