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100 pounds of marijuana found in Auburn traffic stop on I-80

About 100 pounds of marijuana was found inside a vehicle that was initially stopped for speeding on Interstate 80 near Auburn. According to a California Highway Patrol report, an ...

Placer inmates get new post-release help center in Roseville

Life after jail has the promise of being smoother in Placer County with a soon-to-start re-entry program to be housed in a new Community Transition Center in Roseville. The center ...

Placer coroner: Auburn jail inmate’s death a drug overdose

  Blood tests have determined that Placer County Jail inmate Anthony Skeaton’s death was caused by an accidental drug overdose, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Frida ...

Woman, 36, to serve 90 days for sex with 16-year-old ex-student

A former Newcastle special-education teacher was ordered Thursday to serve 90 days in Placer County jail on a sex-abuse conviction related to a relationship she admitted having wit ...

Resolution possible in Colored Pencils sex case

  Both sides were said to be close to a potential resolution Thursday in the case of a 15-year-old youth accused of sexually abusing four children at the former Colored Penci ...

Auburn’s Champlins to pay back $500,000-plus in elder-fraud case

An Auburn man convicted of theft and elder abuse has been ordered to pay $662,000 in restitution to the woman he stole from – his octogenarian mother. Mark Champlin pleaded ...

Suspended sentence for mom in Auburn child’s 1970 bathtub drowning

ROSEVILLE -- No longer facing charges of murder in the death of her daughter, Patricia Lee Thomas shed tears Monday in a Roseville courtroom before walking out a free woman. The 6 ...

Showdown over ‘sadistic’ life inmate freed under new law

When California voters approved Proposition 36 last November, the law was championed as a way to stop drug addicts and low-level thieves from being sentenced to life commitments in ...

Auburn man who bolted from police turns self in

Wanted by authorities for allegedly trying to strike two Auburn police officers with his vehicle and then fleeing, an Auburn man has turned himself in at the Placer County Jail. D ...

Convicted murderer Kovacich fighting imprisonment

  Convicted in 2009 of murdering his wife, former Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Kovacich is conducting a campaign from a prison cell to challenge his guilty verdict ...

Auburn probation visit escalates into alleged hit-and-run

  An Auburn man turned a probation visit into an alleged vehicle assault and then a manhunt. Auburn Police reported that 25-year-old David Brocker attempted to leave his 100 ...

Newcastle teacher-sex sentencing postponed

The sentencing of a former Newcastle special-education teacher on sex abuse charges involving a student has been postponed to Oct. 10. Jennifer Lynn Woods, 36, of Granite Bay, ple ...

Champlin restitution hearing put back to Sept. 20

A restitution hearing in the elder-fraud case of Mark and D’Arsi Champlin has been rescheduled for Sept. 20. The hearing will take place Alameda County Hall of Justice becau ...

Foresthill man faces prison in Placer County mail-theft case

 A Foresthill man has pleaded guilty to a string of charges related to a mailbox-theft investigation in the Auburn, Colfax and Foresthill areas earlier this year. Richard Lee ...

Placer court bumps back Robbers Fire arson charge challenge

A Placer County Superior Court hearing on a motion to dismiss arson charges against the man accused of starting the 2,650-acre Robbers Fire last summer was postponed Wednesday for ...