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Teacher commits suicide during police investigation

LINCOLN, CA - A former Lincoln middle school teacher took his own life amidst a police investigation into allegations he had a relationship with a female student.

Jared Gonsalves, 27, was found in his Roseville home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last week, Placer County sheriff's spokesperson Dina Erwin said.

In early January, Lincoln police got a report from Western Placer Unified School District officials that Gonsalves, a Twelve Bridges Middle School teacher, had an inappropriate relationship with a female student last year, Sgt. Terry Kennedy said.

Gonsalves, who taught at the school for the past five years, resigned from his position in January. Police are not releasing the identity of the student because she is a minor.

Safety advice for when a stranger knocks at your door

There's an unexpected knock from a stranger at the front door. What to do?

1. Be cautious when opening the door. Do not blindly open the door to see who it is or what it is that they want.

2. Ignore the knock on the door . You may want to go about your normal business and NOT pretend that you are not home, but instead continue to do what you were doing, or even make some noise or turn on a light so that the person knows that someone IS home (possibly avoiding a burglary).

3. Look out a window first to see who it is - Avoid looking out a door window, but instead go and look through another window away from the door if possible. If you don't recognize them, you could shout through the door and ask what they want, or you could choose to ignore them.

4. Set the door chain. Be sure that your door chain is set well with LONG screws into the door frame to help resist a "push in." Crack open the door to speak to the person through the gap.

Man in custody after Cameron Park standoff

CAMERON PARK, CA - A man possibly armed with a weapon was arrested approximately three and a half hours after refusing to come out of a residence in the 2200 block of Winterhaven Drive, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the home in response to a call for an assault with a deadly weapon around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

According to neighbors and eyewitnesses, 38-year old Miguel Ramirez stabbed a teenage boy who was transported to an area hospital. The teen's injury was not serious.

It wasn't clear if anyone else was in the home with the man.

About 7:45 p.m., SWAT sent in a police K-9 who bit the man, and officers were able to arrest him.

Neighbors said the man is a veteran and he had been involved in several disturbances in the neighborhood.

Woman allegedly abused by priest hails Pope's resignation

El DORADO HILLS, Calif. - Teresa Rosson claims she faced abuse by her parish priest that might have stopped years sooner had then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger acted earlier.

"He'd tell you scary stories, you know, so he could touch you," recalled Rosson, who said her parish priest, Fr. Stephen Kiesle, began sexually abusing her at age 11 in 1972.

"He would touch my thigh, move his hand up," Rosson said of the abuse, which she claims began when Kiesle started a relationship with her mother.

In 1981, Oakland Bishop John Cummins wrote several letters to Rome asking that Father Stephen Kiesle be tossed out of the priesthood over allegations of sexual abuse of both boys and girls.

It was four years before then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote back, delaying action in the case. Kiesle was eventually defrocked in 1987.

Police officer accused of witness tampering arrested

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - A South Lake Tahoe police officer was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly influencing witness testimonies and asking witnesses to tamper with evidence.

Court documents reveal Johnny Poland, 44, was caught up in a love triangle with a gang member's girlfriend. Documents show that he actively tried to help drug traffickers evade police and throw investigators off their path.

READ MORE: Court documents outline accusations

The woman at the center of it all, described only as C1, told investigators Poland coached her on how to cover up their affair even after a grand jury began investigating back in 2011. According to documents, Poland started his affair with the woman in 2007.

Placerville teen arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - An 18-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old Auburn man near Placerville.

Deputies responded to a call of a man stabbed during an altercation in the area of Brown's Road and Cold Springs Road  around 4:10 p.m., said El Dorado County Sheriff's Sergeant James Byers.

The caller informed the Sheriff's Dept. that one of the men was in cardiac arrest, and the possible stabber had fled on foot.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered witnesses and local residents administering CPR to Matthew Steele of Auburn. Steele was then taken to Marshall Hospital by paramedics and pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m., said Byers.

According to Byers, an ensuing investigation identified Wesley Hampshire of Placerville as a possible suspect in the stabbing. He was located at his home on Brown's Road and taken into custody without incident.

Woman charged with murder in 3rd husband's death

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - It's a déjà vu murder case in El Dorado County court.

A Placerville woman acquitted almost 30 years ago for killing her second husband is now charged with killing her third husband.

Colleen Ann Harris, 70, made her first court appearance Wednesday charged with homicide and the enhancement of use of a firearm, according to her assistant defense attorney Dane Weiner. Weiner's father, David Weiner, represented Harris in her first murder trial in 1985 and will represent her in this case.

El Dorado County sheriff deputies arrested Harris Sunday after her husband Robert Harris, 72, was found dead inside her Wilderness Court home.

Robert Harris was a retired law enforcement officer and was active in EDSO's STAR volunteer program, in which retired officers assist the sheriff's office. Robert Harris was well-liked and respected, according to his peers and supervisors.