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Mother, daughter killed in Englebright Lake boat crash

YUBA COUNTY, CA - A woman and her daughter were killed on Englebright Lake Saturday night when a man suspected of boating while intoxicated, collided with their boat.

The crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the lake, which borders Yuba and Nevada County, Yuba County sheriff's Lt. Damon Gil said.

After nearly an hour-long search, rescue crews located the bodies of Cynthia Peterlin, 42,  and her daughter, Sophi Peterlin, 12, both of Penn Valley. 

The Peterlins were in a boat being piloted by Cynthia's husband, Paul Peterlin, 42, when their vessel was allegedly struck by a boat being driven by Jeffrey Sandow, 53, of Auburn, said Gil.

Paul Peterlin suffered injuries in the accident and was hospitalized for treatment.

One person on Sandow's boat was also taken to a hospital for treatment, Gil Said.

Stockton man found buried on Butte Co. property

YANKEE HILL, CA - A body found in the backyard of a Butte County home has deputies on the search for a suspect from Stockton.

Paul Edward Moreno, 34, of Stockton, is wanted in connection to the murder of David Groves Jr., 26, from Stockton, after his body was found at a home on Lower Gulch Road in Yankee Hill, Butte County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Hail said.

Deputies served a search warrant at the home on Aug. 28 and found a butane honey oil lab, several firearms, a stolen vehicle and meth.

Hail said during the search deputies also found freshly turned dirt and a bad smell. When they dug up the area, they found Groves' body. An autopsy report found that Groves died of a gunshot wound.

During the investigation, detectives confirmed Moreno as a suspect in Groves' murder. Hail said an arrest warrant was issued for Moreno for murder, manufacturing drugs, growing and selling drugs, possession of a weapon and ammunition and vehicle theft.

Police: Auburn man chases roommate with chainsaw

AUBURN, CA - An Auburn man threatened his roommate with a running chainsaw early Thursday morning, say police.

Marvin Daniels, 63, is accused of chasing his roommate down a hallway of their home with the chainsaw in hand in the area of Gold and Virginia streets a little after midnight, said Auburn police Sgt. Rick Hardesty. When the roommate retreated to a bedroom, Hardesty said Daniels reportedly went out of the home, took the screen off of the bedroom window and held the running chainsaw inside the window.

The roommate fled the house and ran to a neighbor's to call for help.

Daniels was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, making criminal threats and violation of probation.

Authorities did not say what provoked Daniels' alleged actions.

Man leads police on high speed chase with toddler in car

PLACERVILLE, CA - Police arrested a man after he led them on a high speed chase with his toddler in the backseat Wednesday afternoon.

Placerville police responded to the Safeway parking lot around 12:30 p.m. for a probation search on Paul Deoecampo after he was reportedly seen in the area, police spokesperson Juliann Shackelford said.

While officers talked to Deocampo, he refused commands and started his car. One of the officers reached into the car through the driver's side door to try and stop Deocampo from driving off. Instead, Deocampo drove away and dragged the officer about 10 feet before he was able to break free from the car.

Shackelford said Deocampo then sped out of the parking lot and the officers followed in pursuit.

5 busted in violent Placer County armed robbery spree

AUBURN, CA - Two adults and three teenagers were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly sticking up two foothills businesses at gunpoint within an hour.

Placer County sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the sheriff's department was first alerted at 10:40 p.m. when dispatchers received a call from a desk clerk at the Comfort Inn on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn that she had just been robbed. She described the robbers as five men wearing masks and gloves and brandishing guns. She said one of the robbers had stomped on the hotel phone, smashing it.

At 11:09 p.m. dispatchers answered a 911 call from a store clerk at Colfax Food and Gas on S. Auburn Street that he had been robbed. He reported five people had come into the stores, pointing handguns at him, Erwin said.

After being ordered to open the cash register and then get on the ground, the clerk said the robbers then threw the register drawer at his head, causing injury.

Former Auburn school club president accused of embezzlement

Former Auburn school club president accused of embezzlement

AUBURN, CA - A former parent-teacher club president was arrested in connection to embezzling money from the club's budget last week.

Traci Lynn Bucher, 37, was arrested on the morning of Aug. 20 while taking a walk in her neighborhood, Placer County sheriff's Det. Jim Hudson said.

Bucher was the president of the Parent-Teacher Club at the Auburn Elementary last year. Hudson said when the current president went through the club's budget, the president noticed purchases that weren't for the school and called the sheriff's department.

Detectives found $2,200 was used to buy unnecessary products and are working to confirm another $4,200 worth of questionable purchases, Hudson said.

Bucher is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 11 to be formally charged.

3 accused of defrauding Thunder Valley owners of $18M

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two local men and a developer from San Diego were indicted for allegedly defrauding the United Auburn Indian Community of more than $18 million in connection with the construction of four buildings in Auburn for the tribe.

The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

Greg Scott Baker, 45, of Newcastle; Darrell Patrick Hinz, 47, of Cameron Park; and Bart Wayne Volen of San Diego and Hawaii, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as money laundering, announced the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, between October 2006 and December 2007, Volen, the building developer, submitted more than 160 false and/or inflated cost invoices to UAIC for his work.