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Former Woodland nonprofit head pleads no contest to theft

Jul 30, 2014

The former executive director of a Woodland homeless relief agency pleaded no contest Wednesday to grand theft after embezzling more than $30,000 from the organization, a day after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial.

Elk Grove mayor pours cups for a cause

Jul 29, 2014
Elk Grove mayor pours cups for a cause

Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change the world.”


Grace Coffee Roasters owner Gary Davis works inside his store Thursday.

Elk Grove development proposal has strong focus on jobs

Jul 15, 2014
Elk Grove development proposal has strong focus on jobs

Elk Grove’s plan to develop acres of open land on the city’s southern edge into a business hub is moving forward.



Mental health workers to team with Yolo officers

Jul 9, 2014

Mental health professionals will work side-by-side with police officers in Yolo County starting in the fall, on the strength of nearly $1.9 million in state grants.

West Sacramento’s preschool program a model for state

Jul 3, 2014
West Sacramento’s preschool program a model for state

It’s play time at Learning Ladders Preschool and Child Care Center at West Sacramento Community Center, but these 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds are learning, too, gaining the skills they will need to move on to kindergarten and beyond.


Joe Anna Clark supervises Isabel Lin, 4, and Viviana Wang, 3, at...

Davis priest pleads guilty to statutory rape of teen parishoner

Jun 27, 2014
Davis priest pleads guilty to statutory rape of teen parishoner

Calling his behavior “a crime and a sin,” Sacramento Catholic church officials will ask the Vatican to defrock a disgraced Davis priest after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a teenage parishioner.


Hector Coria Gonzalez, who had been a priest at St. James’ Parish in Davis since July 2012,...

Crane involved in fatal Winters accident lacked required state certification

Jun 26, 2014

The crane involved in the deadly basket plunge that killed two workers on a Winters bridge construction site last month lacked certification and should not have been in use, state safety officials said.

Elk Grove McDonald’s owner to head chain’s global children’s charity

Jun 26, 2014

Elk Grove McDonald’s franchise owner Steven Ramirez to chair the Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2015

Placer, El Dorado, Yolo rank among 50 healthiest U.S. counties for kids

Jun 24, 2014

Local health officers have a common recipe for keeping their counties’ children healthy: Make sure children and their parents have ready access to doctors. Provide prenatal care for young mothers. Educate families on healthy habits. Keep kids active and in school.

Placer, El Dorado, Yolo rank among 50 healthiest U.S. counties for kids

Jun 24, 2014

Local health officers have a common recipe for keeping their counties’ children healthy: Make sure children and their parents have ready access to doctors. Provide prenatal care for young mothers. Educate families on healthy habits. Keep kids active and in school.

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