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City of Roseville removing grass from local parks to conserve water

ROSEVILLE- In this fourth year of the drought, we're all looking for ways to cut our water use. And that might mean taking out grass.That's what hundreds of volunteers did Saturday in Roseville at Banquera Park.

By removing 20-thousand square feet of turf from that of one park, the park is saving the city 1 million gallons of water a year.

"We are taking grass out in non-functional areas of the park," said Pam Allen with the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Roseville. "We are prioritizing. We are making sure we have those green places--that are park fields and for sports and taking out the grass that's more ornamental."

The grass removed will be replaced with drought-tolerant plants.

"Oh, I think it's great, even in my own neighborhood. People are starting to put drought resistant yards in with more bark," said volunteer and Roseville resident Cherrie Mead.

Heald College students look to plan future; president removes News10 from campus

Tensions and frustrations were high at Heald College in Roseville as students and staff tried to figure out their next move.

Heald College is one of 28 Corinthian College campuses that suddenly shutdown. The organization had recently been facing financial problems.

Students were back at the campus Wednesday to meet face to face with other educational and financial institutions to talk about loan arrangements, credit transfers and starting over.

Kathy Hodges had been attending classes there since April of last year. She was studying to become a medical assistant and had paid $12,000 for her courses.

"It's very upsetting, because, now, I feel like I have to start all over somewhere else," Hodges said. "I feel like I spent a year in school for nothing."

How a tiny poodle provide comfort in death

"People do not want to walk through my front door. It's the worst day of their life," Roseville funeral home owner Doug Wagemann says.

There is little to make the loss of a loved one better but a tiny greeter at Cochrane and Wagemann funeral home does offer some comfort. The little girl is a 9 and ½ year-old teacup poodle.

Wagemann said Lady belonged to an elderly couple who passed away within several days of each other earlier this year. Relatives were unable to provide a home for the little girl. When making arrangements for the funeral service, they asked if they could bring Lady in from the car.

Wagemann said yes and when Lady was let out of her crate, he said she came right over to him. When he picked her up, she nestled against his arm and fell asleep.

"At that point, I fell in love or she adopted me, I'm not sure which," Wagemann said.

Roseville police look for groper

Roseville police have added more patrols in the area of Fairway Drive across from a Kohl's department store after a woman was groped in the area Saturday night just before 10 o'clock.

The woman was running on the sidewalk on the north side of Fairway near Montrose Avenue when she ran past a man who was pacing and acting strangely, she told police. Just after she ran past him, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. He fled into some bushes along the sidewalk and she ran faster to get away. Then she called police to report the incident.

Officers searched the area but did not find a person matching the woman's description of the man. He was described as having a tav complexion. abut 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and white a medium build. The victim said he had short, curly brown hair and was wearing a white t-shirt.

Racist text messages lead to dismissal of criminal cases

PLACER COUNTY - Racist text messages sent by a former Placer County sheriff's deputy led to the dismissal of approximately five criminal cases, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office response to a News10 public records request.

The text messages, sent by former deputy Scott Dow to unknown recipients, punched irreparable holes in prosecutions Dow had a role in.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

Thieves rip off Rocklin hobby store

A Rocklin business owner is asking for the public's help in finding two young men who stole $1,800 in merchandise from his store as he was closing Friday night.

The thieves, who carried out two drones and a radio-controlled 4x4 racer from Hobbytown, are described as being between the ages of 18 and 24.

They fled the parking lot in a gold Dodge Durango from model years 1997-2003.

Hobbytown owner Perry Lutz captured the brazen theft on surveillance video, which he then posted on Facebook.

The video had been shared more than 5,400 times with more than 222,000 video views as of Monday afternoon.