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Man gets lengthy prison sentence in 2009 Roseville carjacking, abduction

AUBURN, CA - A man who pleaded no contest to kidnapping a woman in a carjacking incident in 2009 was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison Thursday.

Last month, Rick Anthony Cooley, 32, of Sacramento, also admitted in Placer County Superior Court to special allegations he had committed prior serious or violent felonies for which he served prison time.

Judge Colleen Nichols scheduled a restitution hearing for April 14.

The abduction occurred on Nov. 12, 2009, when a woman  driving to work was struck from behind by another vehicle on Vineyard Road west of Roseville, said Placer County District Attorney's Office spokesman Art Campos.

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Roseville Galleria expected to be back to normal this fall

ROSEVILLE, CA - Roseville Galleria mall leaders opened the doors to media for a tour of the mall and a progress report Thursday afternoon.

A fire on Oct. 21, 2010, caused at least $55 million worth of damage and left a gaping hole with piles of rubble.

Press toured the so-called "red zone", the largest area affected by the fire, after debris and rubble were cleaned up.

Mall leaders expect the mall to be back to normal this fall.
Currently, the mall is working with hygienists to make sure the zone is clean; then the re-building phase will begin.

Mall leaders said some of the stores that were destroyed by the fire will not be replaced with new stores. General Manager Gavin Farnam said this will bring new life to the mall.

"It's nice to bring in some new tenants as well, excited about that opportunity," Farnam said.

Blue Line Gallery hosts student art

Blue Line Gallery hosts student art

The Blue Line Gallery hosts Roseville Arts' 30th annual High School Student Show from March 15 to April 9.

The show includes not only students in South Placer public high schools, but also charter and private school art students in South Placer and the Sacramento area.

Sponsorship for this year's art awards is provided generously by California Bank and Trust and by artist Miriam Morris. Morris, an accomplished ceramic artist, and Sandy Delehanty, a highly-respected painter in the Sacramento region, will serve as award jurors for the show.  Award winners will be recognized at a special evening reception on Tuesday, March 15.

The public is invited to visit during regular gallery hours, Tues-Sat, 11-3 and during the 3rd Saturday Art Walk, March 19, 6-9pm (6-7pm, exhibitors and members only).

GameTruck opens a Sacramento area franchise

GameTruck opens a Sacramento area franchise

The GameTruck Corporation, the world's first mobile video game theater franchise, announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a new franchise in  the Sacramento area.

Owned by Loomis residents Allan and Jan Katzen, the franchise boasts a patent pending mobile gaming theatre that can be rented for parties and corporate events. With the explosive growth and overwhelming popularity of video games, demand for the company's services is soaring.

"We are delighted to add another franchise to the GameTruck family," said Scott Novis, founder of GameTruck. "GameTruck attracts a diverse audience, from children to adults, personal birthday parties and events to corporate gatherings and product launches.

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D.A. alleges Nancy Garrido taped other children besides Jaycee Dugard

PLACERVILLE, CA - The El Dorado County district attorney says Nancy Garrido videotaped another 5 year old for her husband's sexual gratification two years after Jaycee Dugard's abduction.
Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping Case

District Attorney Vern Pierson made the allegation in a statement he issued following Thursday's court hearing for Garrido and Phillip Garrido.

The hearing for the couple accused of abducting and holding Dugard in their Antioch backyard for 18 years was continued amid negotiations of a possible plea deal.

The Garridos will return to court on April 7.

Lawyer Stephen Tapson, who represents Nancy Garrido, told The Associated Press that his client wasn't planning to change her plea to guilty just yet because the last offer from prosecutors had her serving a prison sentence of 180 years to life.

Yale suspect pleads guilty in Le murder

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A former Yale animal research technician has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted sexual assault in the 2009 killing of a Yale University graduate student, 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville.

Raymond Clark III entered the plea in court Thursday after an agreement with prosecutors.

He was accused of strangling Le in a case that drew intense national media attention to the Ivy League university.

Clark was seen winking at fiancé Jen Hromadka when he entered the courtroom.  Clark's entire family was present for the hearing.

Mounting evidence

Prosecutors had voluminous amount of evidence against Clark, including DNA, key card tracking and video evidence that Clark changed his clothes after the murder.

"Gaman" T-Shirt Bringing Relief to Japan

You and probably everyone you know has been affected in some way by the disasters in Japan, whether emotionally or personally.  Regardless, most of us feel inclined to help out in some way.

Local freelance designer, Lain Lee 3, decided that his way of helping out would be through one of the things he does best; design.  Lain Lee 3 has designed a new Limited Edition T-shirt around the Japanese word, "Gaman," which represeents endurance, patience and perseverence - especially in times of trouble.  He is selling his shirts for $25 a piece, and ALL of the proceeds will go directly to relief organizations, including the Red Cross. He has this to say about his newest design:

"'Gaman' is a Japanese word meaning 'endurance, patience, perseverance and tolerance.' More importantly, 'Gaman' is a way of life, a unifying idea that helps the Japanese to persevere and overcome any obstacle.

Classic rockers CCR to kick off Thunder Valley concert series

Classic rockers CCR to kick off Thunder Valley concert series

Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort announced today that Creedence Clearwater Revisited will kick off its second annual summer concert series on May 21 in its 3,500-seat outdoor amphitheater. Tickets for the show are on sale now and range from $10 to $39.

The concerts continue with Kool & The Gang/Commodores on June 3, Beach Boys on July 1, and Tesla on July 9. Tickets for all of these shows go on sale Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will also go on sale later this month for Chicago on July 30, Doobie Brothers on August 5, Peter Frampton on August 6 and Huey Lewis & The News on August 12.

 

The First Yum™ Baby Photo Contest Ends March 16

The First Yum™ Baby Photo Contest Ends March 16

Say cheese! Or peas! Or bananas! Got a great photo of your baby experiencing their favorite food? Load them to our Facebook contest and you might win a $500 gift card and a Canon camera. Lots of runner up prizes too, so grab the camera and start snapping! March 16 is the final day to upload a photo of your baby to “The First Yum” tab on our Facebook page. (See all the rules here.)

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Personal Trainers Reveal Their Expert Advice for Building Muscle and Losing Fat

Personal Trainers Reveal Their Expert Advice for Building Muscle and Losing Fat

Spring training isn’t just for baseball players. March and April are an ideal time to develop and maintain a workout regimen that will lead right into swimsuit season. Weight training, improved eating habits and cardio sessions are the key to getting in shape before summer.

“After a long winter, spring training is a critical time for a fitness boost,” says Mike DiVello, Assistant Vice President of Personal Training, Bally Total Fitness. “While it’s tempting to focus solely on cardio for burning calories, the best approach is a healthy mix of challenging weights, cardiovascular exercise at 60-90% of your maximum heart rate and a smart approach to diet.”

Bally Total Fitness professionals across the country offered their best exercise advice for the spring season:

  • Eat smart. “When it comes to nutrition in the beginning of your weight loss program, don’t drown yourself with the do’s and don’ts of what to eat.