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Rancho Cordova woman skips arraignment for dog's death

FOLSOM, CA - The Rancho Cordova woman accused of killing her 6-month-old puppy by leaving it in her car in July, failed to show for her scheduled arraignment on Tuesday.

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TiAndra Davis was slated to appear in court along with her attorney at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, but neither showed. Davis was not required to attend the arraignment, and her attorney decided not to show in her stead, although able to do so under the law.

The Sacramento County prosecutor said the arraignment will now likely be pushed back.

Sac Metro suspects serial arsonist in Rancho Cordova fires

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - The number of deliberately-set fires in Rancho Cordova over the past three weeks has reached a dozen and firefighters want to stop the arsonist before another one is set, possibly burning homes.

Sacramento Metro Fire District Asst. Chief Scott Cockrum says investigators think the fires are linked because they all started in close proximity to one another and were set in the late evening.

Crews kept flames from nearby homes but fences were burned.

Anyone who saw something suspicious was encouraged to report it to the fire district at (916) 859-4300.

Rancho Cordova fire officials investigate 3 arsons

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - Sacramento Metro Firefighters responded to three fires Wednesday evening.

Fire official believe the three fires were arson.

The first fire broke out at 6:45 p.m. in a grassy area behind industrial buildings on the 3700 block of Bradview Drive.

About 10 minutes later, crews said they were called to a fence fire behind the Foodsource grocery store near Bradshaw Road and Old Placerville Road.

Minutes later, yet another fence caught fire in the backyard of homes on Oaken Bucket Court and Henks Street.

All three locations are about half a mile from each other.

No one was hurt.

Investigators are working to find out who and what started the fires.

By Natalie Sentz, nsentz@news10.net

Fight along American River send one man to hospital

RANCHO CORDOVA - One man is in hospital and another in jail after a fight along the American River.

Sacramento police say the fight started just before 7 p.m. on Sunday. According to police, one of the men was cut above his eye and may have a concussion. He's recovering in the hospital.

Police arrested the man who beat him up. They believe he may be bi-polar or have other mental issues.

Woman kidnapped from Rancho Cordova, then left in Vallejo

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Rancho Cordova police look for a woman who was possibly kidnapped Wednesday night.

A man called police to report his girlfriend's kidnapping at a market near Mather Field Road and Highway 50 around 8:30 p.m., Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The caller was on the phone with the victim when she got into a car with the suspect, who then told her he is taking her to the Bay area and will not let her go. The caller said the line then went dead.

Around 9:20 p.m., the boyfriend got another call from his girlfriend saying she was left stranded on Lincoln Road in Vallejo, Ramos said.

Vallejo police and Solano County deputies are searching the area to locate the victim.

Newborn murder gets Rancho Cordova woman 25-to-life

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Rancho Cordova woman who gave birth to a baby and then drowned the infant has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Kristen Gibson was previously found guilty of first-degree murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury in the July 9, 2008, death of her newborn.

According to court documents, after Gibson gave birth to a full-term baby boy in the toilet of her Rancho Cordova home, she cut the infant's umbilical cord and then drowned him in the toilet.

Gibson was sentenced by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny.

Man turns self in for 4-year-old Rancho Cordova murder

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - The Sacramento Sheriff's Department arrested a man for a murder for years ago.

Kirk Jared Rivers, 22, was arrested for the 2007 murder of John Pogacar, 39, after he turned himself in Monday afternoon, Deputy Jason Ramos said.

Pogacar was found stabbed to death in his Rancho Cordova home in the 9400 block of Mira Del Rio Drive on May 30, 2007, around 9:49 a.m., by his father.

When police arrived on scene, Pogacar was inside his home, near the front door, Ramos said.

Rivers walked into the sheriff's department and told deputies that he killed Pogacar. Homicide detectives talked with Rivers and found that there was enough evidence to arrest him.

Rivers was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail for one count of murder and is being held without bail.