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Stabbing shakes ‘quiet’ Auburn street

24-year-old man to be arraigned on attempted murder charge today
By: Jon Schultz Journal Staff Writer
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Other than traffic from the fairgrounds, Todd Gold said Pleasant Avenue, where he has lived in Auburn the past five years, is a relatively “quiet” place. That’s why he’s chalking up a stabbing early Friday morning at an apartment complex on his block as an isolated incident. William Mehard, a 24-year-old Auburn resident, is scheduled to be arraigned today on attempted murder charges after he allegedly stabbed another Auburn man at an apartment complex early Friday on Pleasant Avenue’s 100 block. Mehard’s arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dept. 13 of the Placer County Superior Court. He is being held without bail at the Placer County Jail. According to Auburn police, officers responded to a call at 3:38 a.m. from the 24-hour CVS pharmacy on Elm Street, where the victim walked to seek help — about a mile from the alleged attack. The 100 block of Pleasant Avenue runs northwest to southeast adjacent to the fairgrounds, which hosted the Gold Country Fair this weekend. Citing an ongoing investigation, Detective Sgt. Dale Hutchins declined to comment on the victim’s condition or further elaborate on the incident. Gold, a senior pastor at Calvary Chapel in Lincoln, said he’s never felt a “vibe of crime on the street or anything like that.” “Always felt safe,” said Gold, an Auburn resident since 1993 who lives with his wife, 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. “We’re literally right around the corner from the police department.” A tenant who lives at a two-story, six-unit complex in the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue said the stabbing took place there. The resident, who asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, described waking to a loud slamming noise followed by scuffling down the stairs. The tenant didn’t get up to investigate because of commonly hearing similar sounds in the past but recalled seeing police sirens after getting a drink of water shortly thereafter. The resident later learned of the stabbing from a neighbor who called police. Gold described the street as a popular route for pedestrians and runners and said he has “great” neighbors. He said he’s never been the victim of a crime while living there and, before Monday, he had not heard of one happening on the street. “I love Auburn, and it’s always been a fun, safe place,” Gold said. “Even when you have something as big as the fair going on, it’s relatively just fun and easy going, and things like this (are) kind of isolated.” Reach Jon Schultz at jons@goldcountrymedia.com.