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Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

Now online: digitized Sacramento Police mug books from 1860s-1940s

The Center for Sacramento History (CSH) is excited to share a recently completed project: they have digitized 126 Sacramento Police Department (SPD) and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office mug books and uploaded them to the Internet Archive. 

 

CSI: Old City Cemetery

CSI: Old City Cemetery

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Dig into the sordid underbelly of Sacramento's past and learn how dogged investigators were able to solve some of the worst crimes this city has seen. Step into the boots of those Sherlock Holmes' of the graveyard shift and uncover the secrets of early crime detection.

The tour convenes at the10th Street gate. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets. The tour costs $10 per person (cash only) and will be collected at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales are limited to the first 50 sold. For more information, call (916) 448-0811. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Unlicensed contractors nabbed in El Dorado Co. sting

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A sting conducted in El Dorado Hills Saturday by Contractors State License Board investigators resulted in 11 arrests of contractors bidding on large jobs allegedly without a valid contractor's license.

Per California law, all home improvement jobs totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be undertaken by a CSLB-licensed contractor. State law requires that contractors include their license number in all print, broadcast, and online advertisements.

Three of those cited Saturday were repeat violators, according to CSLB, and most were also suspected of illegal advertising. The violations are misdemeanors and first-time offenses carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Deputies: Man arrested after selling morphine, meth, heroin to undercover detectives

Deputies: Man arrested after selling morphine, meth, heroin to undercover detectives

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - A man was arrested earlier this month following an undercover drug-buying sting dating back to January.

According to El Dorado County Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Becker, deputies launched the undercover operation following accusations that 51-year-old parolee Ronnie Chambers threatened the life of another man in January.

During the operation, undercover detectives learned Chambers was looking to sell cocaine, said Becker.

A deal was then set up for detectives to purchase $200 worth of cocaine from Chambers in Placerville. But after purchasing the substance, authorities determined it to be crushed pills containing morphine, said Becker.

Detectives called Chambers, complaining they were displeased with the purchase and demanded their money or the cocaine originally promised. Chambers agreed to provide half the cocaine and half the money, said Becker. 

2 pot dispensaries busted in El Dorado County

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A bust at two pot dispensaries continues after six people were arrested Thursday night.

El Dorado County sheriff's detectives investigated River City Wellness in Cameron Park and C4C in Shingle Springs after serving several search warrants, Lt. Tim Becker said.

Detectives served five warrants: one at each business, one at the business operator's home and two search warrants for bank accounts.

It's unclear what led the sheriff's department to investigate the dispensaries.

The six people arrested in the bust are Austin Lange, David Sisson, James Dungan, Mathew Wollman, Robert Sisson and Stacy Sisson.

Becker said detectives seized 60 pounds of processed marijuana, 9 firearms and $80,000 in cash.

More seizures are expected as the investigation continues.

Local Lions foundation officer facing embezzlement allegation

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - The treasurer of a local Lions foundation with the mission of giving 100 percent of the money it raises to youth programs is being accused of stealing more than $275,000 from the charity.

Kent Maloney, who served as treasurer for the Lions Clubs Educational Fund Inc., which is associated with Lions Club International, allegedly used a secret account to hide the theft, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office. Investigators say the funds were allegedly pilfered over seven years.

According to the foundation's website, no funds it takes in go toward administrative expenses.

Maloney was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and booked into El Dorado County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000.