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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.

Shaffer denies murder charges after arrest for Rancho Cordova murder

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest two months after the New Year's Day murder of Rajneet Singh of Rancho Cordova.

Demetrius Shaffer, 32, was booked Wednesday on murder and sexual assault charges, said Deputy Jason Ramos. Detectives considered Shaffer a person of interest after being seen on surveillance video at a cardroom earlier in the evening with Singh.

Shaffer said, during a jailhouse interview, he did not rape or murder Singh. He says he was in the casino all night and then went to the Red Roof Inn afterward. Singh's body was found by a neighbor near the light rail tracks on Mills Park Drive. Singh was partially unclothed. Authorities say she was strangled.

Detectives found DNA evidence at the crime scene that linked Shaffer to the murder, said Ramos.

Volunteers try to get signatures to knock down wall in Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A group of 30 Rancho Cordova residents are going door-to-door Saturday morning to get signatures on a petition to knock down a wall on the corner of Mills Park Drive and Olson Drive.

On New Year's Day, a neighbor found the body of Rajneet Kaur Singh, 37, behind the wall when he was looking over his fence in the backyard.

Neighborhood Association representative Ryan Lundquist said many residents don't realize how bad it looks behind the wall, and the types of shady activities that happen there.

"We need to do something in order to curb that sort of negative activity from occurring in this neighborhood," said Lundquist.

Three teens killed in Rancho Cordova drive-by

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Rancho Cordova police and Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for help in a drive-by shooting that left three young men dead on Malaga Way in Rancho Cordova Sunday evening. 

Neighbors and family members said two of the victims were 15-year-old cousins and the third was a 20 year old who'd married the sister of one of the cousins.  

Neighbors reported at least three shots shortly after 4:30  p.m. Sunday. Several people came outside and tried to help and comfort the victims as they waited for paramedics.

"They were holding the blood in so it wouldn't bleed out and they wouldn't lose a lot of blood," said teenager Saleai Polk who lives nearby.

One of the victims died at the scene and two others were taken to local hospitals where they were later pronounced dead, according to emergency responders.