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Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

The Center for Sacramento History (CSH) is excited to share a recently completed project: they have digitized 126 Sacramento Police Department (SPD) and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office mug books and uploaded them to the Internet Archive. 


CSI: Old City Cemetery

CSI: Old City Cemetery

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Dig into the sordid underbelly of Sacramento's past and learn how dogged investigators were able to solve some of the worst crimes this city has seen. Step into the boots of those Sherlock Holmes' of the graveyard shift and uncover the secrets of early crime detection.

The tour convenes at the10th Street gate. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets. The tour costs $10 per person (cash only) and will be collected at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales are limited to the first 50 sold. For more information, call (916) 448-0811. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Suspect in custody after multi-county shooting and manhunt

A suspect is now under custody after reportedly shooting three police officers and one person, who the gunman attempted to car hijack. The suspect was accompanied by a female, who was taken under custody earlier Fri afternoon. The Sacramento County and Placer County police searched for the suspect, and ultimately captured him in a home on Belmont Dr in Auburn. So far two of the shooting victims, a Sacramento and a Placer county Sheriff's Deputy, have died.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Auburn Police Department accepting apps for Citizen's Awareness Academy

Auburn Police Department accepting apps for Citizen's Awareness Academy

Source: John F. Ruffcorn, Chief of Police, Auburn Police Department

Auburn school tutor accused of child predation

AUBURN, CA - An Auburn middle school aide and math tutor was arrested on suspicion of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Gerald K. Heisler, 62, of Colfax, was taken to Placer County Jail Tuesday on booking charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, annoying or molesting a child, contact with a minor with the intention of committing a sex crime, and child pornography, said Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

The parents of the girl contacted the sheriff's department Monday night  upon finding explicit text messages on their daughter's cellphone.

Heisler was arrested at E.V. Cain Middle School. He posted $100,000 Tuesday night and his next court hearing was set for June 3 at Santucci Justice Center.

Erwin said investigators do not believe there are other victims.

Feds detain serial mail thief

FORESTHILL, CA - Agents with the U.S. Postal Service executed a search warrant Tuesday involving alleged mail theft in a broad swath of Placer County, one of more cases expected in the months to come.

"This case is emblematic of an ongoing problem," Eastern District U.S. Attorney Benjamin Walker said. "It is a widespread problem, has been for a long time, but it's been particularly a problem lately."

Postal agents in Foresthill searched through the mobile home where Richard Lee Gray lived with his mother. Gray is suspected of a series of mail thefts at up to 20 different locations in Placer County over a two-and-a-half month period starting in January.