2010 Year in Review

August 2010 — Cops snag trio of burglary suspects

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Aug. 1 — A total of 21 retired Placer County employees are receiving more than $100,000 a year in CalPERS pensions. The list — from California Pension Reform’s online “CalPERS 100K Club” database — includes two former county CEOs, five retired sheriff’s deputies, a former assessor and many longtime county managers. Aug. 1 — A Placer County judge denied an ex-CHP officer’s request to dismiss a murder-for-hire case from the county. Additional a brief filed (July 30) revealed details of how Ruben Cesar Salgado allegedly offered $10,000 to take a witness in a drug case against him “out of the game.” Aug. 1 — The stage is set for a Board of Supervisors showdown on a Wal-Mart-Costco-type store in North Auburn. APACE (Alliance for Protection of four Auburn Community), a group formed to oppose a big-box store on the 18-acre Bohemia retail project property, has filed an appeal with the county on the July 8 Placer County Planning Commission decision to approve the project. Aug. 2 — Thirteen years after Georgianna Lohman co-founded the Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation, the long-time animal advocate is leaving the non-profit group. She declined to comment on record about her departure. Aug. 3 — The six weeks of this summer’s Wednesday Night Live in Downtown Auburn was successful enough that it will be held again next year. “It exceeded our adjusted expectations,” Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Cosgrove said. Cosgrove didn’t have exact figures on the financial impact, but said the event did turn a profit. Aug. 4 — The first day of football practice turned tragic for the Golden Sierra Junior Grizzlies (Aug. 2). Andrew Jacob Lamphere, 11, of Garden Valley, suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field and died. The El Dorado County Coroner’s office released a statement (Aug. 3) identifying the cause of death as a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Aug. 6 — A series of break-ins in and around Auburn has residents tightening home security. There have been several reported incidents of men kicking down doors to enter homes, then stealing jewelry guns and, in one case, oxycontin from a cancer patient. Aug. 10 — Auburn police arrested three males in connection with drugs and burglary in Old Town Auburn (Aug. 9). Officers made the arrest after a call reporting a suspicious male in the area of the Old Town Post Office. “One of the subjects was found in possession of 80 milligrams of oxycontin and all three were subsequently arrested for being under the influence,” Police Capt. John Ruffcorn said. The suspects had alleged tried to sell stamps at the post office and had stolen items from a local shop. Aug. 11 — The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to deny an appeal and allow the proposed 64-unit low-income apartment complex known as Miner’s Ridge to move forward. The development will be located on Silver Bend Way behind Raley’s supermarket. Aug. 13 — The Hip-Hop Congress is coming to town. Members of the local chapter of the national nonprofit are preparing for the Auburn Hip-Hop Awareness Festival, promising eight hours of music by a variety of performers at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Aug. 14. Aug. 17 — Three former Colfax High School football players made their first appearance in court (Aug. 17) on assault charges connected to a bizarre July 26 incident when gravel, rocks and a barricade were thrown off an overpass at passing vehicles on Interstate 80. The three, Hunter Perez, 16, Samuel Edward Quinlan, 16, and Sean Edwin Steele, 17, pleaded not guilty to a string of felony charges related to the early morning incident at the Canyon Way overpass. Aug. 18 — At least seven retired Placer County educators are receiving pensions in excess of $100,000 annually, with the highest going to Alfred “Bud” Nobili, former superintendent for the Placer County Office of Education, at $170,785 yearly. Aug. 19 — Facing a fight for his political life, Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler used a budget meeting (Aug. 18) to lash out at a Granite Bay group mounting a recall drive to remove him from office. Uhler described the Save Granite Bay group as a “splinter group” resorting to “random and pathetic cheap shots” in its attempts to unseat him. Aug. 22 — Trying to make sense of a crime that left their community confused and saddened, Colfax High School students are reaching out to a motorist injured in a rock-throwing attack on Interstate 80. In the most serious of the three incidents, Sacramento’s Jose Palomera was struck in the face with a rock that smashed through his front windshield. Aug. 22 — Nick Brown, an avid skateboarder, was remembered with tears, flowers and a roadside market in the shape of a cross late Aug. 19. About 50 people gathered at the side of Auburn Folsom Road, just south of Indian Hill Road, where Brown was fatally struck by a vehicle Aug. 13 while riding his skateboard. Aug. 24 — Local grocery stores and restaurants are doing what they can to reduce fears stemming from a nationwide recall of 500 million eggs. On Aug. 13, Wright County Egg in Iowa made a voluntary recall. The recall was expanded Aug. 18. The eggs are linked to the bacterium salmonella. Aug. 25 — A 2-acre fire in North Auburn was contained quickly Sunday, but hit a little too close to home for residents who still have the 49 Fire stamped on their consciousness. The blaze broke out at Skyview and Moss Rock drives near Dry Creek Road, a few miles north of last year’s 49 Fire, which happened on Aug. 30. Aug. 26 — Almost a year after their business was destroyed in the 49 Fire, Carlo and Emma Lujan reopened their C&E Auburn V Twin motorcycle shop in a new building nearby the old location. Aug. 31 — Suspects are still at large after two Auburn bank robberies in two days. A robbery on Aug. 27 targeted Bank of America in Downtown Auburn. On Saturday, North Auburn’s Wells Fargo Bank was robbed by someone passing a note to the teller saying he had a bomb.