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South Lake Tahoe man arrested in connection to arson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - A man was arrested in connection to arson that damaged a trailer home in South Lake Tahoe late Thursday night.

Eric Almdale turned himself into police after calling them and admitting he intentionally set the trailer home on fire, South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Shannon Norrgard said.

Police and fire crews responded to a fire at a trailer park on 885 James Avenue around 11:18 p.m. Thursday. Crews extinguished the flames coming from the trailer and evacuated neighboring trailers.

Almdale and his roommate were in the home when it caught fire. Neither person was injured.

After crews cleared the scene, Norrgard said Almdale told police he set the home on fire because he was distraught about family issues and problems over who owned the trailer.

Almdale was arrested for aggravated arson and burglary. He is being held on $1.05 million bail.

Man found stabbed on Dunnigan road

DUNNIGAN, CA - A man was found stabbed multiple times by his co-worker early Monday morning.

When Mark Cullen, 49, of Arbuckle, didn't show up to his midnight shift at Adams Vegetable Oils Inc., a co-worker called his cell phone to check up on him, Yolo County sheriff's Sgt. Lance Faille said.

Cullen was able to answer his phone and told his co-worker that he was on County Line Road and was dying. Faille said Cullen was found on the route he usually took to work by his co-worker.

Cullen suffered stab wounds to his upper body and head. Faille said his vehicle was missing from the scene, but was later found on County Road 99W, just south of County Line Road.

Cullen was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment; he is listed in critical condition.

The stabbing is being investigated as attempted homicide, Faille said.

Anyone with information on the stabbing is urged to call Yolo County Sheriff's Investigations Unit at 530-668-5212.

Auburn man accused of sending ex threatening texts

AUBURN - A man accused of making multiple death threats via text was arrested by Auburn police shortly before midnight on Saturday.

According to the Auburn Police Department, officers tracked down Myles David Salyers at an Auburn Grocery Outlet parking lot after they received reports that he was sending text messages to his ex-wife in violation of a court order.

Salyers allegedly sent threatening messages to his ex-wife which also consisted of threats against her male friend.

Police say that Salyers had been in the process of looking for his ex-wife when he was taken into custody in the store's parking lot.

Salyers was arrested and is being charged with making criminal threats, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, violation of a court order and driving under the influence.

Salyers was booked into Placer County Jail.

Help sought identifying Placer Co. suspected burglars

GOLD RUN, CA - Placer County sheriff's investigators hope the release of residential security camera images to the public will help them identify two men suspected of a string of home burglaries in Gold Run in recent days.

The pair has stolen snowboards, generators and clothing, said sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

Detective Matt Hardcastle is working the cases. He can be contacted at (530) 889-7873. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests may call Placer County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 923-8191.

Sheriff: Deputy shoots Colfax man armed with knife

COLFAX, CA - A Colfax man will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and child abuse following a confrontation with Placer County sheriff's deputies Sunday evening, according to authorities.

When two deputies responded to a family disturbance call on the 24000 block of Tokayana Way at 7:22 p.m. They were met by 40-year-old Shaun Rainsbarges holding a knife, said sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin. Rainsbarges refused to drop the knife as the deputies ordered so one officer deployed a stun gun, Erwin said.

The taser left Rainsbarges unfazed and he charged the deputy with the knife, Erwin said. At that point, the deputy's partner fired one shot at Rainsbarges, striking him in the torso.

The suspect underwent surgery at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and was expected to survive, Erwin said. When he is well enough to be discharged, he faces criminal charges, Erwin said.

Grass Valley real estate co. accused in $2.3 million Ponzi fraud

GRASS VALLEY - The state Attorney General's Office says a Grass Valley real estate company stole from and defrauded investors, many of them long-time clients, in a long-time Ponzi scheme.

Victms lost more than $2.3 million in their dealings with Gold Country Lenders, state prosecutors allege.

Gold Country Lenders CEO Philip Lester, 65; his wife Ellen Lester, 65; CFO Susan Laferte, 58; and Jonathan Blinder, 58, were arrested Thursday and charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and elder abuse for their alleged roles.

According to the arrest declaration, from January 2003 to June 2011, Gold Country Lenders sold securities on real estate developments, promising investors with returns of 8 to 12 percent annually. The securities were supposed to be secured by deeds of trusts of the properties. But investigators found some of the trust deeds were never recorded while other were secondary to other loans.

Dangling BASE jumper: 'I committed an error'

AUBURN, CA - An experienced skydiver who spent five hours dangling from a pine tree after jumping from the Foresthill Bridge admits he made a mistake.

"I committed an error," said Raymond Arrieta, 26.  "I jumped at night when I really couldn't see anything.  I hit a tree, that's what it was."

Arrieta spoke to News10 Tuesday night as he left the Placer County Jail after posting $2,000 bail on two misdemeanor charges relating to his BASE jump.

Although he wasn't seriously injured, Arrieta said he was in pain and was tired after a sleepless night and long day in jail.

Arrieta dove from the 730-foot-high Foresthill Bridge Monday night and his parachute became snagged in the tree about 150 feet above the canyon floor.

A friend who was waiting below called 911 at 8:55 pm, which led to a five-hour Cal Fire rescue operation.