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Feds target companies promising car loan modifications

SACRAMENTO, CA -  The Federal Trade Commission is targeting two local companies that claim they can reduce a car owner's monthly payments.

Folsom-based Hope for Car Owners and Roseville-based Vehicle Loan Modification are accused of false advertising and deceptive practices in separate civil lawsuits filed in Sacramento.

On its website, Hope for Car Owners claims a 99 percent success rate and a money-back guarantee.

The FTC complaint says the company collected as much as $500 upfront and, in numerous incidents, failed to even contact the lender.  The complaint also says the company refused to honor refund requests.

The complaint against Vehicle Loan Modification, which operates the website vehicleloanmod.com, is nearly identical.

On its website, Help for Car Owners lists its address as a private mailbox at a UPS Store in Folsom.

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Lincoln man sentenced for impersonating doctor, prescribing drugs

SACRAMENTO, CA - Raymond Reyes, 29, of Lincoln, was sentenced on Tuesday by Judge John A. Mendez to four years and nine months in prison for impersonating a doctor and calling in fraudulent prescriptions for hydrocodone, according to U.S. Attorney, Benjamin B. Wagner.

Court documents detailed how Reyes founded and led a hydrocodone distribution ring operating in 16 cities and counties throughout Sacramento from December 2007 to July 2009.

In 2006, Reyes worked as a licensed medical assistant for a Sacramento area cardiologist . According to Wagner, Reyes would order hydrocodone prescriptions under the false authority of the doctor, using his Drug Enforcement Administration registration number. Reyes would then either pick up the medication himself or have an associated pick up the pills and give them to Reyes, said Wagner.

Reyes paid his accomplices in cash or pills for their part in the scheme, Wagner said.

Man killed in collision with oak tree off I-80 in Rocklin

ROCKLIN, CA - Robert H. Atteberry, 66, of Cool, California was killed Monday night when his vehicle swerved off Interstate 80 in Rocklin and hit a tree.

Officer David Martinez of the California Highway Patrol said Atteberry was traveling westbound along I-80 around 8:08 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, his 1998 Toyota 4 Runner swerved to the right, left the roadway and collided head-on with a large oak tree.

According to Martinez, responding emergency personnel pronounced Atteberry dead at the scene. Martinez added that Atteberry was wearing his seatbelt.

CHP investigators are examining the factors surrounding the incident to determine what caused Atteberry to veer off the road. A toxicology report will be conducted by the Placer County Coroner's Office.

Enter to win an iPad during Girl Sports Month

The high school athlete who has contributed most to girls' sports will win a new iPad and be named the 2012 Girl Sports Month Game Changer.

Is that you?

From now through March 29, HighSchoolSports.net will accept video nominations. If you or someone you know has contributed to girls' sports with a fantastic performance, an inspirational attitude or an ability to overcome adversity, we want to see them be recognized.

One winner will be featured on HighSchoolSports.net and receive an iPad 2, an in-school trophy presentation and a $500 donation to her athletic department.

It's easy to register yourself or an athlete - just submit a video for a chance to win. Enter Here!

Go to www.highschoolsports.net/gsm/ for more info on the contest and prizes.

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Sierra College Rainbow Alliance Club Hosts A Second Chance Prom

Sierra College Rainbow Alliance Club Hosts A Second Chance Prom

What: The Rainbow Alliance Club of Sierra College will host a Second Chance Prom. This prom is open to all ages, all genders, all races, in short, it’s ALL INCLUSIVE. Dress how you like, escort who you choose. Be yourself and enjoy the experience. This is a family friendly event.

  • Professional Photography by Tom Dahl
  • Music by DJ Freez2 and D-Menace
  • Raffle prize give-a-way - 1 free entry with admission
  • Refreshments
  • Coat check and more.

Where: Sierra College Cafeteria in the Campus Center (Building J)

When: April 14th from 6 pm to 10 pm

Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

As you know, the rapid pace of technological growth coupled with the demands of a global economy that operates 24/7 raises the standard for schools to produce "life-long learners" who can keep up.

Studies show students as young as third grade have started thinking of their career path which is why it’s important to start early when getting kids to understand their options in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. Studies also show that STEM classes and career planning should be built into school curriculum as early as possible, and that hands-on activities and visits with professionals in different fields are necessary for students to learn how their work in the classroom can be relevant to a future career.

To support the STEM initiative, this Saturday, March 24, William Jessup University will host Placer County’s Second Annual STEM Expo, free and open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm.

UPDATE: No sign of foul play on human remains in Roseville creek

ROSEVILLE, CA - Human remains were found near the Morgan Creek Golf Course by a passerby Thursday evening.

The skeletal remains were found around 5 p.m. in a creek bed near a bridge, Placer County sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said.

Detectives processed the scene and took the body to the Placer County morgue for further investigation. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death and the person's identity.

Erwin said it was unclear if the remains are male or female.

The autopsy conducted on Friday showed no signs of foul play, according to the county coroner. The body had characteristics similar to that of a man, but could not be positively confirmed as male. Investigators hope DNA testing will provide more information.