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Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Bank robber with sunglasses strikes twice, say Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento police hope a bank robber's disguise of wearing sunglasses won't stop someone from recognizing him.

Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Norm Leong says robbery detectives think the same man has struck area banks twice since Dec. 10 and also believe they have a bank surveilliance camera image of him as he waited in line at a third bank. The man left as he reached the front of the line without going up to a teller in that case.

Leong said the robber's first hit was at a bank near Folsom Boulevard and 64th Street on Dec. 10 at 10:47 a.m.. The man went into the bank, demanded and received money from a teller, and then left on foot.

It was Dec. 21 at 9:55 a.m. when the man entered a bank near West El Camino Avenue and Truxel Road, waited in line and then left.

Ten22 celebrates California Restaurant Month

In honor of California Restaurant Month, Ten 22 has prepared a special treat for its guests. From Jan.

Rancho Cordova Crab Feed with all the trimmings!

Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce is hosting a crab feed on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Get ready for a feast with all the fixings.  Plus, there will be a live auction and raffle with trips and get-aways up for grabs!

Where: Sunrise Events Center
             1167 Trade Center Drive
             Rancho Cordova

Register online at www.ranchocordova.org

Rancho Cordova luncheon with Mayor McGarvey

Join the Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce for "The Year Ahead" Rancho Cordova luncheon with Mayor Bob McGarvey.  

Mayor McGarvey will share his hopes and plans for the year ahead, while the Chamber tells us what it has in store for 2011, and the Cordova Community Council unveils another great year of community events. 

When: Friday, Jan. 21 from 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. 
Where: American River Room
            Rancho Cordova City Hall
            2729 Prospect Park Drive

Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for non-members.
 
To RSVP, contact Shelly Blanchard, Cordova Community Council Executive Director, at shelly@cordovacouncil.org or call 273-5704.

Public tips lead to arrest in Rancho Cordova sexual assault

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is thanking the public for helping in the identification and arrest of a sexual assault suspect.

Hector Correa, 21, was arrested Saturday on charges related to the Jan. 10 sexual assault of a 50-year-old woman on Vehicle Drive in Rancho Cordova.

An investigation into the assault revealed the suspect entered the victim's home through a window. When the victim awoke, he assaulted her and left through the front door, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Detectives released a composite sketch soon after the attack and say tips from the public helped lead them to the suspect.

Correa was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on several felony charges related to the incident.

 

CowtownEats.com announces 2010 top 10 happy hours

CowtownEats.com, a Sacramento happy hour and cheap eats blog, announced that Burgers & Brew is the top happy hour of 2010. 

“As the economy soured and furlough hit the region, we saw more and more people trying to stretch their dining and entertainment dollars,” said Darrel Ng, founder of Cowtown Eats.

Junior League of Sacramento 6th annual crab feed

The Junior League of Sacramento is hosting the 6th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 5.  The event will have a denim and diamond theme.  Tickets are now available online at www.jlsac.org.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Early ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.  Reserved tables are also available.

Dinner will include Dungeness crab, pasta, salad, antipasto, bread, and dessert.  A no-host bar opens at 5:00p.m.

Dutch Oven demonstrations and cook-off!

Central California Dutch Oven Adventures (CCDOA) is hosting the International Sportsman Exposition (ISE) Dutch Oven cook-offs and demonstrations at Cal Expo fairgrounds Jan. 20 through 23. 

The 3-pot cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, and will consist of a bread, main dish and a desert recipe.
Set-up 9:00am
Cooking starts at 11:00am
Presentation/judging: Breads at 2:00p.m., Main dish at 3:00p.m. and Desert at 4:00p.m.
Judging results at 5:00p.m.

It's free to become a cook-off contestant. Beginners and amateurs are encouraged to enter, and there is still time to enter!  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Sacramento volunteers use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to volunteer

SACRAMENTO, CA  - The U.S. Postal Service is not delivering mail, schools across the country are closed and many Americans have the day off work. But many Americans are using Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off.

SLIDESHOW: MLK Day

In 1994, Congress designated the MLK, Jr. dederal holiday as a national day of service to encourage Americans to go out into their communities and volunteer.