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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.

Yuba DA explains 'life' charges for supermarket vandalism


MARYSVILLE, Calif - Yuba County District Attorney Pat McGrath is responding to criticism that his office overcharged a group of teens arrested in a supermarket "swarming" incident last month.

Four of the five teens, all but one of them girls, were initially charged with crimes that could potentially carry a sentence of life in prison for the Feb. 11 rampage at the Marysville Save Mart.

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Parents camp outside local elementary school for a shot to get their kids into kindergarten


ID=24653257Lincoln, Calif. -- Some parents spent their weekend camping out at a local elementary school to increase their child's chances of getting a spot.

"Anything for my kid," said Robin Lake. "(We've been here for) three days so almost 36 hours."

Lake said it's all about supply and demand. There are only 115 to 125 available seats at Lincoln Crossing Elementary for kindergartners.

"There's not enough spots for everybody," she said. "I wanted to be in the top 10. We were number three."

Man accused of terrorizing calls to Rocklin police


A man allegedly saying he was going to cause harm to Rocklin police officers was arrested Saturday night.

The suspect, 26-year-old Tyler Hart of Roseville, began making the threatening phone calls to the Rocklin Police Department at approximately 6:58 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Gil Farrulla said.

As Rocklin police identified the caller, Hart started calling the Roseville Police Department while continuing to threaten Rocklin officers, Farrulla said.

The two departments coordinated efforts to arrest Hart at Main Street and Cedar Street in Roseville.

Hart was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of threatening crime with intent to terrorize and obstruction and/or resisting a peace officer. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

4 arrested for Rocklin crime spree


Four people have been arrested in a rash of property crimes committed in Rocklin between Saturday evening, Feb. 28 and Sunday morning, March1, according to police.

Victims in the 3300 block of Parkside Drive, the 5100 block of Fifth Street and the 6200 block of Camellia Circle reported three home burglaries, the theft of two vehicles and bicycles, and homes and cars vandalized with spray paint.

Sgt. Bart Paduveris said 19-year-old Tyler Robert Barber, 19-year-old Devin Alan Davis, a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year old girl. are facing booking charges of residential burglary, vandalism, auto theft and brandishing a firearm in a rude or threatening manner. All of the suspects are from Rocklin.

Police credited tips from citizens with helping them identify the suspects.

Teacher facing accusations of sex with 15-year-old student


A teacher at a Marysville 7-12 alternative school was arrested on sex with a minor allegations last Friday.

Laura Nicole Lasek, 26, of Yuba City was booked into Yuba County Jail for unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under age 16 and oral copulation with a person under age 16, according to Marysville Police Department spokesperson Jason Garringer.

The victim is 15 years old and a student at T.E. Matthews Community School where Lasek teaches. The sexual activity had been going on for two months, the teen told detectives.

High-speed Internet comes to small Placer County community


SHERIDAN, Calif. - The Sheridan community is celebrating being connected after finally getting high-speed Internet Wednesday morning.

About 80 elementary school students and faculty now have the resource in this Placer County town northwest of Lincoln. Before Wednesday, they were connected to the web via an old, unreliable and slow copper line. School officials said the kids used to have to hop on a bus to neighboring communities to get the necessary access to the web for testing and other basic educational needs.

The United Auburn Indian community donated $15,000 to the school for the project. School officials said the Internet connection is largely funded through federal grant money.