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Drunken shenanigans in Placer's high country but July 4 celebrants keep a check on DUI, fires

AUBURN CA - The Auburn-area?s July Fourth celebration was a muted one in terms of law-enforcement and fire calls. For the California Highway Patrol, the absence of a state grant re ...

Obamacare medical card scam strikes in Placer County

AUBURN CA - With a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the federal Affordable Care Act, a crook was at work in Placer County attempting to put a fresh spin on the old medical-card sca ...

Second suicide jumper leaps to death Wednesday from Foresthill Bridge

AUBURN CA - A second person made a fatal jump late Wednesday off the Foresthill Bridge, near Auburn, authorities said Thursday. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office released th ...

Foresthill Road crash victim was clear of alcohol, illegal drugs

AUBURN CA - Foresthill Road crash victim Edward Alvey’s system was clear of alcohol or illegal drugs, just-released toxicology tests show. Lab tests, which take three months or ...

Foresthill Bridge BASE leap caught by Placer sheriff’s copter

A BASE jumper was arrested late Wednesday after an after-dark parachute leap off the Foresthill Bridge near Auburn was spotted by the Placer County Sheriff’s helicopter. Aaron J ...

Newcastle I-80 overpass jumper survives

Authorities confirmed Monday that a man who attempted suicide by leaping off an Interstate 80 overpass onto the freeway at Newcastle did survive the 30-foot fall. The Placer Count ...

Interstate 80 overpass jumper injured at Newcastle

A man jumped from the Newcastle overpass onto Interstate 80 and apparently survived not only the fall Friday but avoided being run over by westbound traffic. Don Holter, an Auburn ...

Loomis woman arrested for poisoning husband

A Loomis woman was arrested Monday night on charges she poisoned her husband, according to Dena Erwin, Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Rachel Melody Bettencourt, 5 ...

Media Life: DirectTV slot in future for Placer High grad’s Saint Motel band

Call it judgment day, the rapture or simply the end of the world. So what are you going to do when Christian radio network Family Stations calls The Big One for May 21? That’s t ...

Car thief leads authorities on high-speed chase, eludes capture

A suspected car thief led Placer County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase before escaping on foot in Loomis. According to Dena Erwin, sheriffs spokesperson, on Friday eve ...

UPC-code-switching scam discovered after arrest of two Reno men

An elaborate UPC-switching scam came unraveled in the parking lot of North Auburn’s Home Depot earlier this week, leaving two Reno men facing multiple charges related to the thef ...

Placer County pair held in tri-county car-jacking, assault spree

Two Placer County men were in custody Tuesday after a three-county, three-day crime spree that the Placer County Sheriff’s Office believes started Saturday with a kidnapping and ...

Two suspects arrested for Loomis home burglary

Jon Roman is a very grateful man who has nothing but praise for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Within hours of reporting a burglary at his rural Loomis home yesterday, t ...

Media Life: Surf-guitar king Dick Dale set for Auburn holiday show

The King of Surf Guitar is coming to Auburn. Dick Dale is playing the Auburn Event Center on Dec. 19, bringing a muscular, vibrato-laden wash of sound to the city for a first-time ...

Drunk driver "wreaks havoc" in Penryn

An Iowa Hill man was arrested in Penryn on Friday, Nov. 28, for driving under the influence, evading and other charges after “wreaking havoc,” according to the Placer County Sh ...