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Missing boy killed by tree during big Thursday storm


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Police believe a teenage boy who was reported missing in Northern California was fatally struck by a 50-foot-tall tree that fell during last week's storm.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department said someone discovered the boy's body in a wooded area Saturday afternoon.

His family had reported him missing Thursday night, when a strong storm brought gusty wind, rain and snow to the region. He was found about a half mile away from where he was last seen.

The boy's parents told Reno television station KRNV-TV that Dejon Smith was 14 years old and a freshman at South Tahoe High School.


Purse snatcher stopped by El Dorado County Walmart shoppers


Several Good Samaritans stopped a purse thief at an El Dorado County Walmart around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch said suspect Nicholas Joseph Paim, 27, swiped an elderly woman's purse that was in her shopping cart while she and her husband were nearby.

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As Paim ran from the cart, the couple started yelling. Other patrons then chased the suspect through the store, Murdoch said.

Near the Garden Center of the store, a patron tackled Paim and held him down until deputies arrived at the scene, Murdoch said.

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville earn prestigious cancer care accreditation

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville earn prestigious cancer care accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with commendation to the cancer programs at the Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville.

The medical centers have been designated as Comprehensive Community Cancer Programs by The Commission on Cancer (CoC).

To earn voluntary (CoC) accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

Man arrested in Placerville Thanksgiving sexual assault


A Santa Rosa man is accused of sexual assault in Placerville on Thanksgiving Day.

James E. Parker, 67, was arrested Wednesday in the investigation that started on Nov. 27 by the Placerville Police Department, Cmdr. Kim Nida said.

The 62-year-old victim said Parker showed up at the victim's Placerville residence unannounced. The victim allowed Parker, who was in a relationship with the victim since March 2014, to stay the week. Nida said after the victim fell asleep, Parker allegedly sodomized the victim.

Parker was booked into Sonoma County Jail for a charge of sodomy of an unconscious person; bail was set at $150,000. Nida said Parker will be extradited to El Dorado County Jail.


New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced


There was talks of adding new regulations to ridesharing services including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.Taxi cab drivers, who feel those services create an unfair market, called on state lawmakers to do something to help their cause.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation this week that will address that. The exact details of his bill won't be released until the early part of the new year, but Nazarian's chief of staff told the Sacramento Business Journal that the legislation will add new regulations.

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area


The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.