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Rocklin special ed teacher to face abuse charges

A Rocklin special education teacher is set to be arraigned on 10 misdemeanor child abuse charges.

Sherry McDaniel taught at Breen Elementary School. She was placed on unpaid administrative leave in May 2014 when Rocklin police informed the Rocklin Unified School District of the abuse allegations and its investigation.

The Placer County District's Attorney's Office has since filed six counts of child abuse/endangerment and four counts of battery against McDaniel. The charges are misdemeanors.

Boy drowns in Lincoln in ATV accident; second victim taken by helicopter to hospital


UPDATE: Monday morning the coroner's office confirmed the second young boy has died.

A 5-year-old boy drowned Sunday night in Lincoln in an ATV accident, the California Highway Patrol said. The child's death was confirmed by the Sacramento County's coroner's website.

He was one of two boys taken by helicopter to the hospital following the accident. The second victim, whose condition was not immediately available, was a 3-year-old boy, according to a Placer County sheriff's spokesperson. The two boys were not siblings.

2 arrested after Lincoln home invasion, pursuit

A man staying at a friend's home in Lincoln on Monday was surprised by an intruder and beaten as the intruder and his accomplice fled. The 65-year-old victim told officers the intruder came into the house along McCourtney Road through an unlocked door.

The man was allegedly carrying a crowbar and he and the victim fought. The victim grabbed a shotgun in the house and as the two struggled, a shot discharged onto the home's front porch, according to Placer County sheriff's spokesperson Dena Erwin.

Erwin said the two men continued fighting down the home's exterior stairs where the intruder allegedly beat, choked and kicked the victim.

The suspect ran to a waiting car where another man was behind the wheel. The victim called authorities with a description of the car and the license plate number as the suspects drove away.

Auto store robbed overnight in Rocklin

Two auto stores were broken into early Friday morning in Rocklin.

Around 6 a.m., someone broke one of the front windows of the Auto Zone on Stanford Ranch Road, and stole an unknown amount of property from the store.

A Five Star Auto on Fire Star Boulevard was also broken into around the same time.

Police do not know how much property was taken, but are investigating the break-ins. There is no suspect description available at this time.

Rocklin woman stopped on Texas road gets 2 years in drug case

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A California woman caught in Texas with about 165 pounds of marijuana in her rented vehicle must serve two years in federal prison.

Christini Lynn Brashear of Rocklin, California, was sentenced Thursday in Lubbock. Brashear in November pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Abilene police on Christmas Day, 2013, received calls about an SUV eastbound on Interstate 20 but traveling just 5 miles an hour. Officers found the vehicle parked, with Brashear asleep.

Rocklin police notice spike in tax fraud

Rocklin police say they have received about dozen reports in the last month from people claiming to be victims of tax fraud through identity theft.

Thieves are somehow stealing victims' personal information, filing taxes on their behalf by making up income numbers and dependents, and then claiming large refunds.

"First I saw I'm getting a refund and I'm going, 'well, this is kind of crazy because I haven't even sent my taxes in yet,'" James Hammas, a Rocklin resident and tax fraud victim, said.

A week ago Hammas received a letter saying he would receive $9,000 from the federal government. But he knew he would be paying this year, not getting a refund. The first thing that came to mind was identity theft.

Lincoln faces shortage of firefighters.

LINCOLN, Calif. - No one seems to disagree that the city of Lincoln is short on firefighters.

"They are dealing with a very intense volume of calls," said Mayor Paul Joiner, who hastened to add, "Last we looked, the 38th safest city in America, the eighth safest in California. But there's no question, we're working the guys very, very hard."

Before the 2008 economic downturn, Lincoln was the fastest-growing city in the United States for two years in a row. The city added firefighters and police, then were forced into major layoffs when hard times hit.

These days, the city is usually down to just six firefighters to staff three stations serving 45,000 people over 20 square miles.

But Joiner pointed out things have changed since the department was all-volunteer and serving less than a quarter of the city's current population.