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2 arrested following Rocklin pepper-spray assault, robbery

A man was robbed of his backpack in an assault involving a canister of pepper spray in Rocklin Tuesday.

A release issued by the Rocklin Police Department revealed officers were dispatched to the 5000 block of El Don Drive around 12:30 p.m. in response to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers were informed by the victim that two individuals had approached him and one sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. The assailants then forcibly grabbed his backpack and ran from the scene.

Rocklin officers canvassed the area and located one of the suspected robbers in a city park about a half mile from the scene of the robbery. The suspected culprit, Kendall Raymond, 19, was positively identified by the victim as one of the individuals who assaulted and robbed him, the report detailed.

Raymond was arrested at the scene on charges of robbery and conspiracy.

Roseville woman, 63, facing prison drug smuggling allegations

A 63-year-old Roseville woman is accused of smuggling heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana to inmates at San Quentin State Prison.

Marie Kathrine Allison was arrested last Saturday after being found with illegal drugs when she arrived at the San Rafael penitentiary, according to Roseville Police Department Officer Dee Dee Gunther.

The police investigation into Allison's alleged activities began several weeks ago. Gunther said detectives learned Allison would transfer the drugs to a pen pal inmate she saw during visits in San Quentin's group visiting area. Detectives, working in collaboration with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigators, determined the inmate arranged with two other prisoners to sell the drugs to other inmates.

Loomis woman calls Halloween display 'offensive', 'awful'

LOOMIS, Calif. - A woman objecting to a Halloween display featuring three figures hanging from a tree calls it, "offensive" and "awful."

The display shows three ghoulish figures hanging from the bottom of a large redwood tree in Rachel Harp's front yard along Oak Street.


"I'm kind of flabbergasted because I had no idea it was a problem," Harp said.

A neighbor, who gave her name only as Christina, contacted News10 to object to the display. Christina lives a few blocks away from Harp's residence.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

Rocklin standoff ends with suspect in custody

ID=16477341A man who took his wife and three children hostage Tuesday morning in Rocklin was taken into custody following a standoff.

Rocklin police Lt. Jamie Knox said negotiators were on the phone with the suspect for between four and five hours before he was taken into custody.

"We were finally able to get him to come out without any weapons," Knox said. "He came out peacefully."

The suspect's name has not been released.

Inventures: Roseville startup empowering teens toward STE@M careers

ROSEVILLE. - We hear it time and time again. Americans are falling behind when it comes to science and math and we need those skills more than ever in a brave new world driven by technology.

That's why Cari Lyn Vinci says she's trying to inspire teens to pursue these careers..

"My passion is to find an area where there is a real need or problem and then create something that addresses that problem," Vinci explained.

Her latest venture is a start up called Invincible Enterprises. In development is a website and mobile app called Me, Inc.

She empowers teens to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It's part of a new revamped initiative known as STE@M.

"Those are the fields we are focused on right now because that's where the biggest need is," Vinci said.

And there's a need for girls in those industries.

Loomis boy has tumor surgery thanks to donations

LOOMIS, Calif - R.J. Kahaunaele is a Loomis boy who needed financial help to have a tumor removed from his brain.

Notice the past tense "needed" because 12-year-old R.J. got that surgery, thanks to extremely generous donations locally and across the country.

In May, R.J. and his mother Janice reluctantly asked for help. He was diagnosed when he was 7 with a pineal cyst. Five years later, they still couldn't find a surgeon willing to remove the tumor.

"Headaches, double vision, stabbing pains in my eyes," R.J. said, listing his symptoms. "Sometimes really bad pain starts to show up everywhere."

They eventually found Dr. Dong Kim at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. But they couldn't afford the deductible,nor the trip.