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Auburn police officer assaulted by suspected DUI driver

AUBURN, CA -- An Auburn police sergeant attempting to pull over a driver he suspected of DUI was lucky to walk away from the incident without injury.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m Thursday, Sgt. Dale Hutchins activated his emergency lights after seeing the driver of an older model Chevy truck blow through a stop sign.

As the driver turned west onto the eastbound I-80 off-ramp, Hutchins positioned his police unit behind the pick-up as the driver attempted to make a U-turn.

That's when the driver of the pick-up, identified as 22-year-old Eric Hill, stopped his vehicle, put it in reverse and slammed into the right front of Hutchins' patrol car.

Hill then drove forward, stopped, and backed right into Hutchins' car then took off into Old Town Auburn with three other Auburn police units in hot pursuit.

Sheriff releases photo of man wanted in Auburn stick-up

AUBURN, CA - Placer County sheriff's detectives are looking for a man who robbed an Auburn gas station Tuesday and tied up a newspaper deliverywoman.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the robber entered the Chevron at 13381 Lincoln Way at 2:22 a.m. and pointed a silver, semi-automatic handgun at the clerk while demanding the cash register be emptied.

As the clerk was complying, a woman delivering newspapers walked into the station. The robber forced the woman behind the counter and taped her hands together, Erwin said.

The robber then grabbed the money, Erwin said, and drove away on northbound Lincoln Way.

The robber was described as white, 18 to 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He had blond, shoulder-length hair under a striped beanie cap and wore a black camouflage jacket over a red t-shirt.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Auburn Enterprise Rent A Car office robbed

Auburn Enterprise Rent A Car office robbed

On Jan.13 the Auburn Enterprise Rent-A-Car office was robbed.  The suspect exposed a knife and demanded cash.  The rental car employee complied, and the suspect fled.

The suspect is described as a black male adult in his late teens or early twenties.  He’s approximately 5’7” tall with a slim build, clean shaven and short hair.  Coincidentally the employee recognized the suspect as the companion of a woman who had rented a car months earlier and not returned that car.

That customer was identified as Jeanie Sutkowski.  Hours after the robbery the Auburn police were able to locate and arrest Sutkowski for auto theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Auburn Police Department is actively investigating the robbery.  If you have any information regarding this robbery, you are urged to contact the Investigation Division at (530) 823-4237.

Second suspect arrested in teen's death at 'under 21' party

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested a second suspect Friday morning for shooting death of a teenage girl in July.

Nikko Alexander, 18, was charged with the murder of Lanajah Dupree, 14, said Deputy Jason Ramos.

Detectives arrested the first suspect Jaivonne Flenory-Davis, 19, three days after the shooting on July 11, 2010 at the Venue 4 Rent "under 21" party.

Dupree and another 17-year-old were shot after an argument between two rival gangs broke out at the party.

According to detectives, Flenory-Davis was shooting at rival gang members and the two victims were not his intended targets. Investigators also said the two girls were not involved in the gang argument.