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Woman held captive in attic for 2 weeks rescued

OROVILLE, Calif. - A man was arrested Wednesday for locking a woman in his attic for two weeks and sexually assaulting her during her imprisonment.

Butte County sheriff's deputies arrested Lawson Rankin, 29, at a home on the 4600 block of Lincoln Boulevard around 11:30 a.m. when deputies went to the home to check on the woman's welfare, Butte County Sheriff's Det. Jason Hail said.

Rankin told deputies that he had not seen the woman the deputies were looking for.

However, Hail said deputies saw that Rankin was covered in drywall mud. The deputies then saw an area in the kitchen that had been recently gone over with drywall mud and was still very wet. The deputies broke the seal of the drywall and found the woman they were looking for inside the attic.

The woman told police Rankin had locked her up in the attic for two weeks and repeatedly raped her. Hail said the woman suffered minor injuries, which she said were from Rankin.

Woman arrested for DUI, not once, but twice in day

AUBURN, Calif. - A woman was arrested twice for driving drunk within a 22-hour period on Friday.

Jessica Bernardo was arrested early Friday morning and then again late Friday night by police for an alleged DUI, Auburn police said.

Around 1:07 a.m., Bernardo was parked in a handicap spot on the 100 block of Harrison Avenue when she was confronted by a police officer. The officer suspected Bernardo was drunk and arrested her.

Then, around 11:40 p.m., an officer saw Bernardo make a moving violation near High Street and Lincoln Way and pulled her over. Police said she was drunk and not cooperative; Bernardo was arrested for DUI and obstruction/resisting arrest for this incident.

She was booked in Placer County Jail for both incidents.

Suspect wanted in 2 Marysville armed robberies

MARYSVILLE, Calif. - A man is wanted in connection to two convenience store robberies in that happened within a half-an-hour of each other on Monday night.

The man is suspected of entering a 7-11 on the 500 block of E. 19th Street around 11 p.m., threatening the clerk with a semi-automatic pistol and then demanded money; the man then drove away from the scene in a silver or gray sedan, similar to a Honda Civic, Marysville Police Department spokesperson Christian Sachs said.

Around 11:30 p.m., the same suspect entered another 7-11 on the 400 block of 9th Street and demanded money while brandishing a semi-automatic pistol. Sachs said the man ran away from the store, running south on E Street.

Man sentenced in tow truck driver's hit and run death

ROSEVILLE, CA - A man who hit and killed a tow driver on the side of the road in Placer County last March and then fled was sentenced to four years in state prison Thursday.

Christopher Michael Keller entered a no contest plea to felony hit and run causing death in the March 12 crash that killed 30-year-old David Robinson Jr. of Citrus Heights. Robinson was a tow truck driver who had stopped on the right shoulder of westbound Interstate 80 near Ophir that day.

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An investigation led to the arrest of Keller at his Newcastle home five days later.

In return for Keller's no contest plea, Placer County Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Wilson said a felony heroin possession charge against the defendant was dropped.

Daughter-in-law accused in Yuba City woman's murder

SUTTER COUNTY, CA - A woman was arrested in connection to her mother-in-law's murder Friday.

Baljinder Kaur, 37, was arrested at the Sutter County Sheriff's Office and booked into jail for homicide, Sgt. David Whiteaker said.

On Wednesday, deputies responded to call of a death on the 1900 block of Anthony Way in Yuba City around 12:06 p.m.

Whiteaker said deputies found Baljit Kaur, 68, dead in the home.

During the investigation, deputies found evidence that developed the victim's daughter-in-law Baljinder Kaur as a suspect.

The Sutter County Sheriff's Office said Baljinder Kaur is pregnant.

The case is an on-going investigation, Whiteaker said.

Man found dead in central Auburn

AUBURN, CA - A man was found dead in a commercial area of central Auburn Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, a man in his mid-20s to 30s, was found around 7 p.m. on the 100 block of Park Street, Auburn police Sgt. Dale Hutchins said. His body was found off of the roadway.

Police are investigating the man's death as a homicide. They did not release any other information  related to the investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Auburn Police Department at 530-823-4237 ext# 221.

Auburn police seize business records from tire shop

AUBURN, CA - The Auburn Police Department teamed with the California Board of Equalization to serve a search warrant on the Tire Depot on Thursday morning. 

According to Auburn police Det. Jay Johnson, the warrant was established after a yearlong investigation taken place after numerous customer complaints. 

Johnson said the Tire Depot, which is located at 203 Palm Ave., was offering lower prices to customers who paid with cash. Even more so, customers were complaining about poor service as well reports of warranties on purchased tires not being honored. 

Over the last year, several undercover purchases were made documenting the alleged cash sales. As well, Johnson said several boxes of sales documents and business records were seized from the Tire Depot during the search.