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Nevada Co. man in possession of bear cubs sentenced

NEVADA COUNTY, CA - A North San Juan man accused of trying to sell two bear cubs at a Nevada County gas station last summer has been sentenced.

STORY: Orphaned bear cubs doing well at wildlife center

Christopher Puett, who was found guilty of unlawful possession of a restricted animal, harassing an animal and taking a mother bear with cubs, received two years probation and a $210 fine. In addition, should he violate probation, he can expect to spend 30 days in jail and pay an additional fee of $420.

The court also said Puett is subject to unannounced visits from officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. Also, he must put any animal food he places outside of his home or buildings in an enclosure to discourage wildlife.

Arrest made in Lincoln High bomb threat

LINCOLN, Calif. - On Tuesday, Lincoln police officers made an arrest in connection with a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Lincoln High School last Friday.

STORY: Lincoln High in Lincoln evacuated for bomb threat

According to Sergeant Terry Kennedy of the Lincoln Police Dept., a 17-year-old Lincoln High School student was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect's name was withheld due their status as a juvenile, but Kennedy said the student was an Auburn resident.

The teen was booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall on charges of making a bomb threat, falsely reporting an emergency and probation violation.

He tried to run, but didn't get away

AUBURN, CA - Even after crashing his car, Keith Smith continued to try run from officers late Thursday night, Auburn police said.

An officer tried to pull over the 56-year-old Smith near Lincoln Way and Cleveland Avenue, but Smith did not stop and led the officer on a 1,000 feet chase, Sgt. Michael Garlock said.

The chase ended when Smith drove off the road and crashed into a fence near Placer High School. Garlock said Smith got out of his car and ran away from the crash.

The officer ran after Smith, who resisted being arrested; Garlock said the officer used a Taser to subdue him and took him into custody.

Garlock said officers found that Smith was driving with a suspended license and was also under the influence of meth.

Smith was booked into Placer County Jail for evading a police officer and other violations. His bail was set at $50,000.

Marysville Wal-Mart closed for hours after bomb threat

MARYSVILLE, CA - A Marysville Wal-Mart was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat.

A person called the Wal-Mart on North Beale Road around 4:30 p.m. and said a bomb is on the store's property. Yuba County sheriff's Capt. Ron Johnson said the store's management decided to evacuate the premises and called the sheriff's department.

When deputies arrived on scene, they helped evacuate the store and the parking lot.

A bomb squad from Beale Air Force Base and bomb sniffing dogs were called to the scene around 6:15 p.m., Johnson said. The dogs were able to clear the parking lot in about an hour and entered the store to search for a suspicious device.

Johnson said the dogs did not find anything suspicious and turned the store over to Wal-Mart around 8 p.m. The store opened to the public an hour later.

Misdialed text leads to 3rd child porn arrest

SACRAMENTO, CA - A third person has been arrested in a child abuse and pornography case that began with a misdialed text message, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

A Stockton woman, who is not being identified to protect the young victim's identity, was arrested this week by the FBI for allowing her then-boyfriend, Jason Wymer, to sexually abuse the child and take photographs he later stored on his computer.

A federal complaint states that the 5-year-old girl was spending the night at Wymer's ex-girlfriend's Stockton home in August 2011 when Wymer was also staying over.

Wymer first came under the FBI scrutiny in January after a woman misdialed a text message and sent him a picture of her fully-clothed 8-year-old daughter standing in a store. When Wymer texted back asking for more photos of the girl, the woman called the FBI.

Colfax woman accused of molesting own daughter

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon for sexually molesting her young daughter and allowing three other men to molest the child also, FBI court documents say.

The woman, who is not being identified in order to protect the child's identity, was booked into Sacramento County jail after an FBI investigation.

According to court documents, Jason Wymer, a man who was busted for child pornography, told the FBI during an interrogation about molesting the girl at a party in October 2010.

Auburn police look for armed robber

Auburn police look for armed robber

AUBURN, CA - Maybe a robber's distinctive outerwear will help someone recognize him and report that to police.

A convenience store at Auburn Ravine Road and Mikkelson Drive was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, said police Sgt. V. Pecoraro. No store employees were hurt.

The robber was described as a man, white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He wore a blue and gray knit poncho, black athletic pants, black and red gloves, and a dark-colored face mask.

The Auburn Police Department asked anyone with information as to the identity of the person shown to contact its Investigations Division at (530) 823-4237, ext. 207.