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Copper thieves stole school's air conditioning units too

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A steel cage and padlocks still couldn't keep thieves from stealing copper and two air conditioning units from the Children's Choice for Hearing and Talking, or CCHAT Center.

The theft happened sometime over the past few weeks at the center in Rancho Cordova.

"We came in one morning and noticed all of the thermostats were blank," said Laura Turner, the school's principal. "The repairman told me the units were gone."

It was the second time thieves hit the school. Turner said all four air conditioning units were stolen four years ago just before they moved in.

The non-profit school provides free services for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to 8 years old. Turner said it costs about $10,000 to fund a student each year. The school has 65 students this year.

Officials: Don't fall for scam artists posing as arborists

Officials: Don't fall for scam artists posing as arborists

Communities and homeowners throughout California have experienced serious damage to trees due to harsh winter weather and very heavy snow fall. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be "tree specialists" to show up at residents’ front doors offering their services to remove or repair damaged trees.

Contractors seem to come out of the woodwork after a storm and are often inexperienced and not qualified to properly care for trees and their damage following a storm. They are often people who are unlicensed to do the work. Unfortunately, many such individuals have little or no training, and sometimes have little interest in removing anything but money from the pocketbooks of unsuspecting residents.

CAL FIRE and the Arbor Day Foundation are urging homeowners not be a victim.

Deputies search for car thief in Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Sacramento County sheriff deputies search for a car theft suspect after he led police on a high speed chase.

Rancho Cordova patrol cars chased the suspects from Highway 50 and Mather Field to Howe Avenue and La Riviera, said Deputy Jason Ramos.

The driver ran from the scene, but two women stayed in the car and were detained.

Deputies set up a perimeter to try to find the suspect.

Rancho Cordova Police awarded grant to combat underage drinking

Rancho Cordova Police awarded grant to combat underage drinking

The Rancho Cordova Police Department was recently awarded grant funding to conduct underage alcohol decoy operations.

Police officers and Alcoholic Beverage Control Investigators will conduct operations to prevent minors from obtaining alcohol. Minor Decoy operations are compliance checks in which teenagers, under the direct supervision of police officers, attempt to purchase alcohol from retail licensees. Those who sell to the minors face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.  In addition, ABC may take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license, which can result in a fine, suspension of the license, or permanent revocation of the license. 

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent.

Stop Trafficking Symposium on March 26

Six Soroptimist International clubs are coming together, in conjunction with My Sister’s House, to host a STOP Trafficking Symposium.

Soroptimist is an International organization of business and professional women that support services that advance human rights and the status of women and children. Americas has launched a national campaign to help bring awareness to the problem of Trafficking. The U.S. Senate has acknowledged that the techniques used by traffickers to keep their victims enslaved severely limits self-reporting; thus, it is imperative there be increased public awareness and advocacy on behalf of the voiceless women and girls held captive.

The symposium is scheduled for March 26.

5 tips to help prevent iPhone theft

5 tips to help prevent iPhone theft

Having your iPhone stolen is not fun. Believe me. I know. Mine was stolen this weekend. I accidentally left my phone in the car when returning it to the rental shop and in less than five minutes it was gone.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, check out these tips.

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Parolee busted in Sacramento after Highway 50 chase

SACRAMENTO, CA - A parolee behind the wheel of a Nissan sedan led Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and Rancho Cordova police officers on an eight-mile chase along Highway 50 before surrendering on Wednesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Mike Gonzalez said officers were initially unaware the man was a parolee.  Gonzalez said an anti-gang task force was working in the Rancho Cordova area and attempted to make a traffic stop at Zinfandel Drive because of the Nissan's tinted windows.

Multiple vehicles chased the Nissan westbound on 50 at speeds up to 90 miles per hour until the driver left the highway at Howe Avenue and stopped at the bottom of the ramp onto La Riviera Drive.

During the chase, witnesses reported seeing the driver toss a plastic bag out the window, as well as a "shiny object" that reportedly landed in the highway median, according to Gonzalez.