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Suspect in Roseville house arson arrested

A fire that was allegedly intentionally started in what turned out to be the wrong home in Roseville home Wednesday night has landed an Elk Grove man in jail.

The fire was at a residence in the 1300 block of Champagne Circle. Roseville firefighters responded at 9:52 p.m. and found flames had expanded to the attic and roof and threatened neighboring homes, Roseville police spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther said. Fire crews put out the fire and kept it from spreading. The home was extensively damaged.

A woman was in the home at the time. Her 18-year-old son helped her and the family dog get out safely.

Fire investigators ruled the fire was deliberately set, Gunther said.

Roseville school volunteer arrested for kissing student

A Roseville school volunteer was arrested Tuesday afternoon for inappropriately touching a seventh grader.

Police said Leslie Silva, 70, was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior after an incident at Robert Cooley Middle School.

A woman who witnessed the incident said she saw Silva in a parked car at the end of the school day near the campus. She said she saw Silva grab a seventh grade girl by the waist when she walked by and kiss the girl on the lips in plain sight.

"I wanted to get out of my car and go over there and ask him what the hell he was thinking," she said. "But I'm shaking, I'm so nervous at this point and I kept thinking I need to get her safe, get her to the office and get her family."

The woman said she took the girl to the main office and reported what she saw. She did not want to be identified in fear of retaliation.

Adult volunteer at Roseville middle school arrested on suspicion of inappropriate behavior with student

An adult volunteer suspected of inappropriately touching a student near Cooley Middle School was arrested Tuesday and placed in Placer County Jail, according to Dee Dee Gunther, spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department.

Leslie John Silva, 70, was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under the age of 14. He was currently being held in the Placer County Jail on $200,00 bail according to Gunther.

Gunther said that, at around 3:15 p.m, the alleged act happened when the victim walked past Silva's car which was parked adjacent to the school's property.

When school administrators were notified, they brought the victim into the office and kept an eye on Silva until officers arrived. After investigation, Silva was arrested.

Roseville theater-goers robbed

Two patrons at a Roseville theater complex were robbed Monday evening.

The victims had just pulled into a parking spot in the lot of the Century Roseville14 theaters in the 1500 block of Eureka Boulevard about 8 p.m. when they were held up, according to the Roseville Police Department.

The movie-goers told police they saw a black sedan without its headlights on driving around the parking lot, the police report said. The car pulled up next to the victims' vehicle and the driver opened his door, pointing a gun at the victims. The passenger in the black car got out and told the victims to empty their pockets and hand over their belongings. They complied and the robbers drove away.

The victims were not injured.

Descriptions of the robbers were not immediately available.

Sammy Hagar's Roseville restaurant closes again

Sammy's Island Bar & Grill in Roseville announced Monday morning that it was closing its doors again according to its website. The statement read:

I'm saddened to announce to the Roseville community, our loyal customers and fans that Sammy's Island Bar & Grill will be closing its doors. We were honored to play a part in their downtown revitalization program and are proud of what we've achieved together including raising more than $15 thousand dollars for the Placer Food Bank from our free outdoor concert and events.

El Pollo De Oro break-in caught on camera


A burglar was caught in the act as he broke into a Mexican restaurant.

The suspect made off with cash -- and left the restaurant owners with a financial burden.

The break-in happened early Saturday morning on Valentine's Day, when no one was inside the El Pollo De Oro restaurant in Granite Bay.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as the suspect broke inside the restaurant and then pranced his way toward the cash register.

Violent dog theft in Rocklin leads to suspect's arrest

Rocklin police have arrested one of three people suspected of stealing a dog on Sunday after holding a knife to the throat of a robbery victim.

Davonte Cyrus, 22, of Rocklin, is in Placer County Jail and facing charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment with violence and conspiracy to commit a felony, police said.

Cyrus is accused of joining another man and a woman in robbing two victims and stealing their dog at about 11:31 a.m. in 4400 block of Rocklin Road. Police said one of the suspects held a knife to a victim's throat while another suspect tried to break into a victim's car using a hammer.

One of the victims fought back, and the suspects fled, police said. An investigation led officers to Cyrus.

Information about the condition of the dog was not immediately available.