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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.

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.