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Man arrested in elderly Grass Valley church volunteer's beating


The man suspected of severely beating an elderly Grass Valley church volunteer was arrested Thursday night after a woman spotted him in a Kmart parking lot less than two miles away from the scene of the crime four days earlier.

Alan Kierkegaard, who turns 51 on Monday, is accused of beating 78-year-old Mary Grace Tassone Sunday morning as she arrived at St. Patrick's Parish to open the sanctuary for mass.

Vincent DiLeo will receive “The Award Of Excellence” from the State Fair Fine Art Competition

 Vincent DiLeo will receive “The Award Of Excellence” from the State Fair Fine Art Competition

This year there were 1,200 entries entered into the California State Fair Fine Art

Competition. Of those, only 180 artists were selected to showcase their art.

Vincent DiLeos’ photomontage, titled “Ghost Ship”, has been selected for this

award. This photomontage was created from four photographs by blending the

images together to look like one. The photograph looks like a pirate ship drifting

Church comes together for wounded elderly Grass Valley woman


An elderly Grass Valley woman is fighting to recover from a violent attack just outside her church. In a show of support on Wednesday night, Mary Grace Tassone's fellow church members wanted her to know they're right there fighting with her.

Four hikers and a dog rescued near Wrights Lake


Four hikers and their dog were rescued after getting lost near the Wrights Lake area on Monday.

Andrew Zavala, Juan Bonilla, Iris Cortes and Jammi Perez left Wrights Lake for a day hike to Twin Lakes at around 10 a.m. According to officials, the group lost the trail going over granite slabs, and got turned around.

By sundown, officials said the dogs feet were injured from climbing on the granite, and the group was low on water and not prepared to spend the night in the wilderness and called 911.

El Dorado County Sheriff's and a California Highway Patrol helicopter rescued the stranded hikers and their dog.

No injuries, human or dog, were reported.


Vincent DiLeo will receive “The Award Of Excellence” from the State Fair Fine Art Competition

 Vincent DiLeo will receive “The Award Of Excellence” from the State Fair Fine Art Competition

This year there were 1,200 entries entered into the California State Fair Fine Art

Competition. Of those, only 180 artists were selected to showcase their art.

Vincent DiLeos’ photomontage, titled “Ghost Ship”, has been selected for this

award. This photomontage was created from four photographs by blending the

images together to look like one. The photograph looks like a pirate ship drifting

Neighbor helps Auburn police arrest burglary suspect


With the help of a neighbor, Auburn police arrested a man Wednesday night who allegedly attempted to break into a home.

Police said Ramiro Julian Castanon, 39, tried to break into the home around 8:40 p.m. while a mother and two small children were inside; his attempts were unsuccessful.

Police said a neighbor then came to the scene and detained Castanon until officers arrived.

Castanon was booked into Placer County Jail to for attempted burglary and attempted sexual assault, police said. His bail is set at $500,000.