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Colfax community evacuated from mobile home fire


Residents of a small housing development in Colfax were asked to voluntarily evacuate when a trailer containing multiple fuel tanks and several cars caught on fire, the California Fire Dispatch in Grass Valley said.

A spokeswomen for the Placer County Sheriff's office confirmed fire units responded to a call that came in at around noon Friday at the cross streets of Roberts Ravine Road and Rock Rose Lane.

There have been no reported injuries at this time, and the cause of the fire is unknown.


Small foothill community gets its water back


OPHIR GARDENS - Just over a year ago, the tiny community of Ophir Gardens, just west of Auburn in Placer County, had run almost completely out of water.

Trucks were hauling water in, and residents could barely stand to drink it.

"The water here was horrible, horrible," said Lea Upton, with a grimace on her face.

The community's well water had so much calcium it gummed up air conditioners; it tasted so bad that most residents wouldn't even use it to cook.

The state of California put Ophir Gardens on a list of 17 communities considered in crisis and decided to fast-track help.

Residents were skeptical, but the Placer County Water Agency went to work, quickly lining up two $500,000 grants from the state's emergency water fund and another from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Assistance Program.

Driver ejected in rollover crash on I-80 near Gilardi Road


An accident involving a vehicle that rolled and ejected its driver brought traffic on the westbound lanes on I-80 near Gilardi Road to a stop Thursday morning, according to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Richard Wetzel.

At 7:35 a.m. a male driver of a gray Jeep was driving at about 70 mph until he swerved multiple times before striking a plastic barrier on the right shoulder of the westbound lane, California Highway Patrol officer David Martinez said.

The Jeep rolled over and the driver was ejected according to Martinez.

The Jeep continued to move without the driver before it struck a Mercedes SUV. The driver of the Jeep was transported to Sutter Roseville with major injuries. The female driver of the Mercedes was also transported to Sutter Roseville but the extent of her injuries are unknown according to Martinez.

All lanes were reopened according to CHP.

Three arrested in identity theft drug ring


ID=24994443Three people were arrested Wednesday morning for operating a large-scale identity theft ring, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office reports that Cassie Delmugnaio 36, of Sacramento and Kristina Downs, 25, of Auburn were arrested at the Quality Inn on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Deputies found stolen credit cards, cell phones, social security numbers and tax returns in their hotel room. Also found was a computer and other items used to make fake checks.

Both suspects had warrants for their arrests.

School bus crashes down ditch and into power pole in Placer County


A school bus carrying six students went into a ditch and struck a power pole Wednesday in Placer County, knocking down power lines that touched the bus.

None of the students were injured, the California Highway Patrol said. Information about the age of the students and the school they attended was not immediately available.

The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. on Wise Road near Mount Vernon Road northwest of Auburn, CHP said. The bus driver over-corrected while making the turn, sending the bus down a ditch and into a power pole.

Emergency officials kept the students on the bus for about 90 minutes to ensure that they could disembark safely. Officials eventually determined that the power lines were not active.


Moose (head) on the loose


An iconic moose head belonging to a North Lake Tahoe resort is missing.

The moose head hung in the lobby of the Sunnyside Resort. The Placer County Sheriff's Office says it was stolen sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on Jan. 22.

Anyone with information on this burglary or the whereabouts of the moose head was asked to contact Det. John Lasagna at the sheriff's office in Tahoe City at (530) 581-6323. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 in a cash reward should contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 923-8191, or at Placer County Crime Stoppers.


Rocklin police: 15 vandalism reports connected

Rocklin police: 15 vandalism reports connected


Rocklin police believe a series of 15 reported vandalisms that occurred this weekend were all connected, according to a crime report published by the department.

The report said that between 7:30 p.m.Feb 28 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Rocklin officers responded to 15 reports of vandalism which included burglaries and stolen vehicles.

Police believe that the same suspect(s) spray painted several vehicles, buildings and homes as well as entered three different residents. In two of the houses the suspect(s) stole bicycles. On top of that, police believe the same suspect(s) stole two vehicles.

One vehicle was recovered Sunday morning, but the other, a 2008 gray Acura RDX, is still missing according to police.

Anyone with any information about the crimes can call Rocklin Police Department at the non-emergency number, 916-625-5400