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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


Community enraged after property owner cuts down 42 trees


PENN VALLEY (NEVADA COUNTY), Calif. - A well-known Sacramento commercial property owner has angered a foothills community by chopping down what county officials said was 42 mature trees in a small shopping center he just purchased.

A local tree service hired by Ethan Conrad Properties cut down the trees Saturday and Sunday during the early morning hours.

"I think showing up at 5 in the morning is a little shady," said arborist David Kuttler, who owns another tree service in Penn Valley and was stunned when he drove by the Gateway Center after the weekend.

"If you don't like the trees, don't come up here. We live in the woods," Kuttler said.

Property records show Ethan Conrad purchased the center for $1.075 million and closed escrow Jan. 21.

Social media draws teens to trespass, take pictures under Foresthill Bridge


At 730 feet tall, Foresthill Bridge in Auburn provides people with spectacular views of the American River Canyon. But, driving over California's tallest bridge is simply not as big a draw as what's going on underneath.

"When you go down there, it's breathtaking," said a young thrill seeker from Sacramento who did not want to be identified.

He and his friends ignored the "Keep Out' signs and hiked down the steep hill to the lower deck of the bridge.

"You take that risk when you walk down there," he explained.

It's a trending risk that has now caught the attention of law enforcement.

"It's being driven by social media," Placer County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Dina Erwin said. "People are learning from one another that this is a scenic place, but it's also a very dangerous place."

Grass Valley man arrested for drugging, assaulting teen babysitter


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A Grass Valley man is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old babysitter.

Randolph Gorton, 35, was arrested Friday and is charged with rape of a drugged victim and sexual assault of a person under 18 years of age, Grass Valley police said Wednesday.

Police said the victim's mother reported on Feb. 12 that, a few nights before, her daughter had been assaulted. The girl worked as a babysitter for Gorton and had gone to his apartment on the night of the assault at his request.

Motorcyclist dies in solo-vehicle crash


A 60-year-old Nevada City man died from injuries he received when his motorcycle flipped over and landed on top of him Thursday afternoon.

California Highway Patrol spokesperson Officer Greg Tassone said the motorcyclist was identified as Thomas B. Force.

The crash was on Red Dog Road in Nevada County about 3:50 p.m. Tassone said prior to the crash, witnesses saw the motorcyclist riding in a reckless manner, crossing the double yellow line to to pass eastbound drivers. As Force neared Allen Road, his Harley-Davidson lost traction with the roadway, sliding and overturning multiple times.

Passing motorists and emergency personnel tried to give medical aid to Force but he could not be revived, Tassone said.

Red Dog Road was blocked for three hours.

Is this the funniest restaurant name in our area?


News10's Walt Gray came across Pho King Good on Grass Valley Highway in Auburn.

He shared a photo of it on Facebook.

It's become Walt's most-shared post of all time. He called Pho King Good owner Hip Quach, who said he would be delighted if we shared the photo.

Burn scar areas monitored in heavy rains


APPLEGATE— Storms moved through Applegate Friday night, bringing a burst of moisture to the area. They also brought a new threat for rock and mud slides to the foothills.

Because of that threat, officials are keeping a close eye on the Applegate Fire's burn scar.

"When all the underbrush burns, all the soil is loose, especially when we haven't had a lot of rain this year,"Placer Hill Fire Protection Engineer Dominick Palombi said. "So, the first big rain, like this, it's got to increase potential for flash floods and mudslides, so we're kind of on the lookout."

Off of Paoli Lane, people can still see the charred, cut down trees and exposed soil. Palombi said loose rocks can be a warning sign of a potential mudslide.