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Former Kings player sentenced after reaching plea

SACRAMENTO, CA - Antoine Wright, former Sacramento Kings basketball player, received three years of informal probation following a DUI in Rocklin on Nov. 5 of last year.

Though Wright was not present at the sentencing, Placer County Superior Court Judge Alan Pineschi gave him to a 15-day jail sentence and a $450 fine.

A plea arrangement with the Placer County District Attorney's Office included the judge dismissing two other misdemeanor counts of driving with the blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and unlicensed driver.

The prosecutor in the case, Matt Block, said Wright was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent.

William Portanova, the attorney of the former King's player told the court that Wright is no longer in California.

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Oakmont upsets Woodcreek in D-II Section Title rematch

ROSEVILLE, CA - Oakmont won the city of Roseville braggings when they defeated Woodcreek 61-57 Friday night.

The victory was a big win for Vikings (10-6), who had lost to Timberwolves in December 34-65 and in the CIF D-II Section Title Game 44-45.

Woodcreek (14-3) losing only their third game of the season. They will host Granite Bay next week to open the Sierra Foothill League. Oakmont will face Casa Roble on Thursday.

Roseville-based Solar Power wins big contract

Roseville-based Solar Power wins big contract

ROSEVILLE - Roseville-based Solar Power, Inc. beat out its competitors to win the construction bid for one of the nation's largest rooftop solar systems. The company will build a five megawatt system for White Rose’s distribution warehouse in New Jersey.  White Rose is one of the nation's largest independent wholesale food distributors.

Teen's good intentions cause hazmat scare at North Highlands landfill

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA - A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department hazmat crew safely detonated a flammable chemical at a North Highland landfill after a teenager tried to dispose of it Thursday afternoon.

The teen, a 16-year-old girl, brought a container of picric acid to the Sacramento County North Area Transfer Station on Roseville Road that had belonged to her late father, a chemist, according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

The picric acid was marked as flammable or explosive and that prompted landfill operators to call the Sacramento Metro Fire District. The sheriff's department was also contacted.

The sheriff's hazmat crew buried the acid and then detonated it.

No one was hurt. The landfill was temporarily closed to customers.

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Sacramento couple fights Ethiopian tribal child killings

ROSEVILLE, CA - A former Sacramento real estate developer and his wife are trying to stop the killing of Ethiopian children by parents who cling to a bizarre tribal ritual.

"For some reason or another, different children are called cursed," explained Levi Benkert, who moved to Ethiopia with his wife Jessie and their three children in 2009 to try to rescue "cursed" children from death.

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Benkert, 29, said children born with perceived defects as inconsequential as a top row of baby teeth coming in before the bottom will be killed by members of three tribes in southern Ethiopia because of fears the children could bring bad luck.

The tribes use the term "mingi" to describe the children, which means dirty or unclean in their language.

Rash of brass plumbing thefts reported in Roseville

ROSEVILLE, CA - The Roseville Police Department is investigating thefts of brass fittings used for water backflow prevention.

Roseville Police Department Officer Dee Dee Gunther said mid December, six businesses have been targeted. The costly devices were probably being sold to metal recyclers, Gunther said.

Police do not have anyone in custody for the thefts. The victims were businesses on the 600 block of Commerce Drive (between Dec. 17 and 20); the 100 block of Cirby Way (between Dec. 17 and 20); the 600 block of Commerce Drive (between Dec. 19 and 20); the 1100 block of Conroy Lane (between Dec. 22 and 23); the 900 block of Oak Ridge Drive (between Dec. 28 and 29); and the 1600 block of Douglas Boulevard ( Between Dec. 29 and 30).

Gunther said one of the businesses was a senior care home where employees had to carry in water to residents until the damage could be repaired and the water turned on again.

Roseville Circle Theatre West misses fundraising goal

ROSEVILLE, CA - In the end, it just wasn't enough.

In an almost desperate bid to keep the doors of Roseville's Civic Theatre West open,  the board of directors and local enthusiasts had launched a fund raising drive hoping to realize enough revenue to get the struggling theatre company back on its feet.

The Civic Theatre West, known for years as the Magic Circle Theatre, closed its doors Nov. 10 because of a lack of funds.  The drive had hoped to raise $350,000, but was not able to attract large donors.  By the deadline, accumulated pledges only reached $57,000.

"Now we're going to close up shop," said board president Calvin Stevens.

Civic Theatre West ran two physical theatres, the Roseville Theatre and the Tower Theatre.  The Roseville Theatre was leased from the Masonic Lodge and the Lodge is said to be  looking for another renter.

Wonder Hanger: Is it worth it?

ROSEVILLE, CA - For those who like to keep things orderly and tidy, the closest can sometimes be quite a challenge, with too many clothes and just not enough space. "Wonder Hanger" claims to triple your closet space and keep your clothes organized and wrinkled free.

News10 viewer Sharon Ney opened up her husband's closet, and News10's Keba Arnold put the Wonder Hanger to the test.

For $9.99, eight hangers come in the box. Each hanger has five slots to hang your clothes. The directions suggest hanging one hanger in each slot. The first step is to attach the hanging hooks to the hangers.

Arnold and Ney had a difficult time putting the Wonder Hanger together. It took several attempts, applying a lot of pressure, until all of the hangers were ready to use. Ney said, "It should not be this hard."

Police dog finds missing woman with Alzheimer's

ROSEVILLE - A police dog was a real hero Monday night when he helped find a missing elderly woman.

Just before 10 p.m., officers learned a Roseville resident in her 70s with Alzheimer's Syndrome had wandered away from home.

They began searching the area without luck, but minutes after a police dog named Apollo and his handler, Officer Scott Miskewcycz, arrived on scene, the dog located the woman in a neighbor's carport, not far from her home.

She was soon reunited with her family.

Toys R Us extends holiday shopping hours

ROSEVILLE, CA - For the first time ever Toys R Us stores across the country will remain open for 24 hours a day, for 88 consecutive hours. The shopping marathon began at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and ends on Friday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.

For the night owls or early birds who visit the store between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., special "midnight madness" deals will be offered throughout the store daily.

Stephanie Sloan, a mother of three, says she woke up early to buy DVDs on special. "Checked my email and there was the little blaster saying Toys R Us special from 12 a.m to 6 a.m," Sloan said.

Sloan is part of another holiday shopping trend; she's finished most of her shopping early this year.