• Acampo Skydiver Hit With Federal Wire Fraud, ID Theft Charges Over Unauthorized Tandem Instructor Courses

    Acampo Skydiver Hit With Federal Wire Fraud, ID Theft Charges Over Unauthorized Tandem Instructor Courses
    ACAMPO (CBS13) — A San Joaquin County skydiver is facing federal charges for allegedly running unauthorized tandem instructor courses.
    On Tuesday, the US Attorney’s Office announced a six-count indictment against 46-year-old Acampo resident Robert Allen Pooley.
    Prosecutors allege that Pooley had been continuing to run tandem skydiving instructor courses after he had his rating pulled in 2015. Pooley is also suspected of concealing his suspension from the candidates he was teaching.
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  • Tamarack Fire Grows To 66,744 Acres; Containment Improves to 27%

    Tamarack Fire Grows To 66,744 Acres; Containment Improves to 27%
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – Containment has improved to 27 percent in the Tamarack Fire which has burned 66,744 acres since its July 4th start.
    Many evacuation orders have been lifted, and today deputies from the Alpine and El Dorado county sheriff’s offices are providing escorts for residents within the evacuation areas to secure pets, papers and emergency items.
    The fire is burning in timber and head-high chaparral of mostly national forest land, according to fire officials.
    The fire,
  • Dixie Fire Grows To 190,625 Acres; 21% Contained

    Dixie Fire Grows To 190,625 Acres; 21% Contained
    BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) — Overnight, the Dixie and Fly fires burning in Butte and Plumas counties burned together, making up an estimated 195,000 acres combined.
    Cal Fire said more than 10,700 structures were threatened by flames and at least 16 structures have been destroyed. The agency said the fire remains highly active with long-range spotting and extreme rates of spread in a remote area with limited access and steep terrain.
    See a time lapse of #FlyFire in Plumas County here: youtu.be/ub
  • California’s Largest Fire Torches Homes As Blazes Lash West

    California’s Largest Fire Torches Homes As Blazes Lash West
    INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging in rugged terrain in Northern California has destroyed multiple homes as the state’s largest fire intensifies and numerous other blazes batter the U.S. West.
    The Dixie fire had already destroyed over a dozen homes and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls, in Plumas County, on Saturday night.
    An updated damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. But fire officials say the blaze has charred more
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  • San Juan Unified Offers Signing Bonus To Get Teachers In Classrooms

    San Juan Unified Offers Signing Bonus To Get Teachers In Classrooms
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Back to school is just weeks away and some districts like San Juan Unified still need staff.
    Now, San Juan Unified is offering up $2,000 in a signing bonus to get teachers in the classroom.
    “I got hired on the spot,” said Yadiri Ortega.
    Ortega walked out of the district office with a new job and a little more cash in her wallet. She got hired at her alma mater and snagged that signing bonus to go along with it. It’s a moment she calls “full circ
  • Dixie Fire Grows To 181,289 Acres; 20% Contained

    Dixie Fire Grows To 181,289 Acres; 20% Contained
    BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) — The latest on the Dixie Fire burning in Butte and Plumas counties:
    10:30 p.m.
    Containment for the Dixie Fire slightly improved to 20% Saturday night, according to Cal Fire. Acreage burned remained at 181,289.
    Cal Fire said more than 10,700 structures were threatened by flames and at least 16 structures have been destroyed. The agency said the fire remains highly active with long-range spotting and extreme rates of spread.
    Sacramento Metro Fire on Saturday said four f
  • ‘Makes You Pause And Makes You Think’: South Land Park Neighbors Alarmed By Homicide

    ‘Makes You Pause And Makes You Think’: South Land Park Neighbors Alarmed By Homicide
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a South Land Park apartment.
    Investigators aren’t saying how she died but say the woman had serious injuries to her body.
    “I wish I would’ve reached out for her,” a neighbor said.
    A woman who asked CBS13 not to identify her cried over the death of her neighbor she often saw outside.
    “Every day, every day on her patio,” she said.
    She says the deceased
  • Newman Man Found With Meth, Unrestrained Toddler During Traffic Stop

    Newman Man Found With Meth, Unrestrained Toddler During Traffic Stop
    NEWMAN (CBS13) – A driver was arrested during a traffic stop after being found with methamphetamine and an unrestrained toddler as a passenger, the Newman Police Department said on Saturday.
    Ronny Soares, 48, of Newman, was pulled over at around 1:11 p.m. along the 26000 block of Highway 33.
    Newman police said Soares admitted to having the drugs inside of the vehicle. More than 80 grams of meth were found in a baggy.methMethamphetamine (credit: Newman Police Department)ronny-soaresRonny So
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  • Man Convicted Of 21 Counts Of Child Sex Abuse In Sacramento County

    Man Convicted Of 21 Counts Of Child Sex Abuse In Sacramento County
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A jury convicted a man of possession of child pornography and 21 counts of committing lewd acts on a minor, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.
    Ismael Gonzalez-Rivas is scheduled to be sentenced on the morning of September 10 and faces multiple life sentences.
    Prosecutors said Gonzalez-Rivas had multiple victims. Eighteen of the lewd acts counts were with children under 14, while the remaining three involved a child aged 14 or 15.
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  • Modesto Hells Angels Vice President Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking Charges

    Modesto Hells Angels Vice President Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking Charges
    MODESTO (CBS13) — The vice president of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty this week to drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
    Michael Shafer, 33, of Modesto, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.
    The DOJ said Shafer was the vice president for the club in 2019 and investigators were able to obtain a court-authorized
  • West Sacramento Pair Indicted For Mail Fraud, Identity Theft Scheme

    West Sacramento Pair Indicted For Mail Fraud, Identity Theft Scheme
    WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Two West Sacramento residents were indicted this week for a mail fraud and identity theft scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
    Kimberly Acevedo, 50, and Philip Rich, 49, received a 12-count indictment, including charges of unlawful possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, possession of stolen mail, aggravated identity theft and mail theft.
    Prosecutors said the mail fraud scheme was conducted between March 2019–March 2020.
    Acevedo an
  • Imprisoned ‘Dating Game Killer’ Alcala Dies In California

    Imprisoned ‘Dating Game Killer’ Alcala Dies In California
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” has died while awaiting execution in California. Rodney James Alcala was 77.
    California prison officials said he died of natural causes at a hospital.
    Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for five slayings in Southern California between 1977 and 1979, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.
    Prosecutors say Alcala stalked women like prey and took earrin
  • Firefighters Contain Two Barn Fires In Galt

    Firefighters Contain Two Barn Fires In Galt
    GALT (CBS13) — Two barns were destroyed in a Saturday morning fire along Orr Road in Galt.
    An additional quarter acres of dry grass also caught fire and was extinguished, according to firefighters from the Cosumnes Fire Department.
    The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m.
    No residences were damaged, and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
    The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • Woman Found Dead In South Land Park Apartment

    Woman Found Dead In South Land Park Apartment
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A woman was found dead inside a South Land Park residence late Friday.
    At approximately 9:30 p.m., Sacramento police responded to the 7400 block of South Land Park Drive where they found an adult female who had sustained serious injuries.
    She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation, though, Sacramento police said they are calling it a homicide.
    No suspect information was available and the woman has not bee
  • Woman Found Dead In South Land Park Residence

    Woman Found Dead In South Land Park Residence
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A woman was found dead inside a South Land Park residence late Friday.
    At approximately 9:30 p.m., Sacramento Police responded to the 7400 block of South Land Park Drive where they found an adult female who had sustained serious injuries. She was pronounced dead on scene.
    Police say there is no suspect information, and the circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.
    The woman has not been identified.
  • Dixie Fire Grows To 181,289 Acres; 19% Contained

    Dixie Fire Grows To 181,289 Acres; 19% Contained
    BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) — The Dixie Fire has grown to 181,289 acres and is 19% contained. Ten structures have been destroyed and 7,010 structures are threatened.
    There are currently more than 4,200 personnel assigned to the fire, including many from the Sacramento area.
    The Dixie Fire is now the 19th largest fire in recorded California history.
    It started on July 13 at 5:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
    On Friday, Cal Fire issued an update detailing all of the regions und
  • Man Arrested In Galt For Homicide

    Man Arrested In Galt For Homicide
    GALT (CBS13) — A Galt man has been arrested after he reportedly shot and killed his wife following an argument late Friday.
    Just after 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 10000 block of Walnut Avenue, according to the Galt Police Department.
    When officers arrived, they say they found a 65-year-old woman with a gunshot wound inside a residence. She was pronounced dead on scene.
    During the preliminary investigation, officers determined that the woman and her husband,
  • Man Arrested In Galt For Alleged Homicide

    Man Arrested In Galt For Alleged Homicide
    GALT (CBS13) — A Galt man has been arrested after he reportedly shot and killed his wife following an argument late Friday.
    Just after 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 10000 block of Walnut Avenue, according to the Galt Police Department.
    When officers arrived, they say they found a 65-year-old woman with a gunshot wound inside a residence. She was pronounced dead on scene.
    During the preliminary investigation, officers determined that the woman and her husband,
  • Galt Man In Custody Accused Of Killing Wife

    Galt Man In Custody Accused Of Killing Wife
    GALT (CBS13) — A Galt man has been arrested after he reportedly shot and killed his wife following an argument late Friday.
    Just after 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 10000 block of Walnut Avenue, according to the Galt Police Department.
    When officers arrived, they say they found a 65-year-old woman with a gunshot wound inside a residence. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Augustin Granados Camacho, 56 (credit: Galt Police Department)
    During the preliminary
  • Tamarack Fire Grows To 61,152 Acres; 4% Contained

    Tamarack Fire Grows To 61,152 Acres; 4% Contained
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – The Tamarack Fire has burned 65,152 acres or 101 square miles and is four percent contained.
    It’s burning in timber and head-high chaparral of mostly national forest land, according to fire officials.
    The fire, sparked by lightning on July 4 in Alpine County, has destroyed at least 15 buildings and forced the evacuation of more than 2,400 homes.
    On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in four Northern California counties due to wildfires.
  • SMUD Restores Power After Major Outage In Rio Linda and Natomas

    SMUD Restores Power After Major Outage In Rio Linda and Natomas
    SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13)  – Power has been restored to several thousand SMUD customers in Northern Sacramento County on Friday night.
    On its website, SMUD.org, the utility reported that an unplanned outage left at least 24,000 customers in Rio Linda and North Natomas without electricity. Early Monday morning, SMUD reported that power had been restored.
    The cause of the outage has not been made known.
     
  • SMUD Power Outage Affecting Nearly 24,000 Customers In Sacramento County

    SMUD Power Outage Affecting Nearly 24,000 Customers In Sacramento County
    SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13)  – Several thousand SMUD customers residents are currently without power, SMUD reports.
    On its website, SMUD.org, the utility reports that eight major outages have left a total of 24,144 Sacramento County customers north of Interstate 80 without electricity.
    The cause of the outage has not been announced.
    There is no estimate of when power will be restored.
  • Sacramento Fire Department Facing Potentially Dangerous Staffing Shortage

    Sacramento Fire Department Facing Potentially Dangerous Staffing Shortage
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Emergency calls skyrocketing, an already aggressive fire season, and staffing shortages at Sacramento Fire Department are leaving first responders in a tight spot.
    “The call volumes are at record levels,” explained Local 522 Union spokesperson, Roberto Padilla. “At the end of the day, we are human, we need that rest, we need that help, we need that assistance,” he said.
    Fewer firefighters mean some trucks sit idle without a full crew to run them
  • Family Evacuated From Path Of Dixie Fire Hopes Their Lake Almanor Home Is Spared

    Family Evacuated From Path Of Dixie Fire Hopes Their Lake Almanor Home Is Spared
    OROVILLE (CBS13) – The Dixie fire is forcing families to flee from several California counties.
    “We were evacuated Monday…it was more than 20 miles away and now it’s within four miles of our house,” says Kylie Ojers, whose home sits in the path of the Dixie Fire.
    The Dixie Fire is the largest fire burning in California right now.
    “It’s going right in the direction of our house,” said Ojers.
    The family is unsure if they’ll return to their Lak
  • CHP Officer Rescues 5 Kittens From Burning Home

    CHP Officer Rescues 5 Kittens From Burning Home
    GRIZZLY FLATS (CBS13) – A CHP officer is being credited for rescuing five kittens from a burning house before firefighters could arrive.
    CHP Officer Opp was responding to a crash nearby when a neighbor told him about the house fire.
    He ran into the burning house multiple times through thick smoke, chasing down all five kittens.
     
  • Tamarack Fire Grows To 59,112 Acres; 4% Contained

    Tamarack Fire Grows To 59,112 Acres; 4% Contained
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – The Tamarack Fire has burned 59,112 acres or 92 square miles and is four percent contained.
    It’s burning in timber and head-high chaparral of mostly national forest land, fire officials said Friday.
    The fire, sparked by lightning on July 4 in Alpine County, has destroyed at least 10 buildings and forced the evacuation of more than 2,400 homes.
    On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in four Northern California counties due to wildfires.
    RE
  • Dixie Fire Grows To 167,430 Acres; 18% Contained

    Dixie Fire Grows To 167,430 Acres; 18% Contained
    BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) — The Dixie Fire has grown to 167,430 acres and is 18% contained. Eight structures have been destroyed and 7,010 structures are threatened.
    The Dixie Fire is now the 19th largest fire in recorded California history.
    It started on July 13 at 5:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
    8:19 p.m.
    Cal Fire issued an update detailing all of the regions under evacuation orders and those under evacuation warnings.#RT @CAL_FIRE: #DixieFire off Above the Cresta Dam,
  • Heart-Stopping Video Shows Crews Inside Tamarack Fire Lines, Escaping An Intense Spot Fire

    Heart-Stopping Video Shows Crews Inside Tamarack Fire Lines, Escaping An Intense Spot Fire
    ALPINE COUNTY (CBS13) – Heart-stopping video from inside the fire lines. A close call for a crew who nearly gets trapped—while fighting the Tamarack Fire.
    A Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue crew had to get out fast. Flames raged on both sides of the road as the engine continued its escape route.
    (credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Dist.)
    In the video, you can see a mixture of smoke and embers glowing across the windshield.
    Adam Mayberry with the department says this video illustr
  • Tiny Home Stolen From Storage Facility In In El Dorado Hills

    Tiny Home Stolen From Storage Facility In In El Dorado Hills
    EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) – Law enforcement is reaching out to the public for help to find a tiny home that was stolen earlier this month in El Dorado County.
    The tiny home was stolen from a storage facility in El Dorado Hills in the Latrobe Road area on July 13, according to a statement from CHP – Valley Division.
    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the trailer is asked to call the CHP at (916) 731-6400. 
  • California’s Drought Drying Up Lake Oroville, Shutting Down Power Plant At Wildfire Season Peak

    California’s Drought Drying Up Lake Oroville, Shutting Down Power Plant At Wildfire Season Peak
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) –  California’s drought is drying up the second-largest reservoir in the state: Lake Oroville.
    When it’s full, the lake sits around 900 feet. But water levels have been dropping fast in recent weeks. Now it’s down to 655 feet. The record low was reached back in 1977 and the lake is only about 12 feet from that point.
    The Department of Water Resources says the Edward Hyatt Hydroelectric power plant will likely shut down by August. It could take mont

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