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Rocklin High Student Arrested For Pulling Out A Gun In Class

ROCKLIN (CBS13) – A Rocklin High School senior has been arrested for bringing a gun to school. It happened on Friday afternoon.

Following a motto at Rocklin High “see something, sense something, say something and do something,” a student reported the gun to school administrators.

“He purposefully brought a firearm to school,” said Sgt. Greg Jensen with the Rocklin Police Department.

Jensen said a student reported seeing a classmate not only bring a gun to school but pull it out in the middle of class.

“He pulled it out of his backpack in a position where people could see it and then he put it back inside of his backpack,” Jensen said.

Police responded but, the 18-year-old was already back at home. Jacob Clark was arrested after police found the handgun there and he admitted he had brought it to school.

Just last week, a traffic stop on a Stockton High School campus led officers to a gun in the car and a bullet magazine on the passenger’s seat.

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“They are practically adults, but they don’t think like adults,” Carl Kalista, Rocklin resident.

The day before that, a 13-year-old boy stabbed a 14-year-old girl on a Stockton Elementary campus.

That student is now facing attempted murder charges.

Police say while the gun wasn’t used, the crime of bringing a gun on campus is a felony offense.

“We do you take those incidents very seriously,” Jensen said.

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Parents say in this climate of mass shootings on school campuses, there’s a major cause for alarm.

“I just can’t believe somebody would do that especially now, knowing what could happen, everybody knows. It’s just so scary,” said Emily Mobley, a Rocklin parent with two students in the district.

And the reason may have seemed innocent, but was far from it.

“I think that he thought there was a level of humor and bringing a firearm to school,” Sgt. Jensen said.

Both police and parents warn this is no laughing matter.

“It’s not a joke, everybody knows it’s not a joke, not in this time,” Mobley said.

Clark has been charged with a felony and was taken to jail. His bail has been set at $25,000.

Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data Of Victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday.

The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was working with a contractor that helps provide temporary housing to those affected by disasters. FEMA is one of Homeland Security’s many agencies; the sprawling 240,000-person department also includes immigration enforcement, and the U.S. Secret Service.

FEMA officials said that since the discovery of the issue, the agency was no longer sharing unnecessary data with the contractor and has conducted a detailed review of the contractor’s information system and has found no indication to suggest data has been compromised.

The agency said in a statement it is working with the contractor to remove the data from its system and has instructed staff to complete additional privacy training.

“FEMA’s goal remains protecting and strengthening the integrity, effectiveness, and security of our disaster programs that help people before, during, and after disasters,” FEMA Press Secretary Lizzie Litzow said in a statement.

Some information, like names, last four digits of a Social Security number and how many people live in a household are required to confirm eligibility and locate housing for victims. But FEMA also provided the contractor with bank names electronic funds transfer numbers and bank transit numbers that were not required by the contractor.

The 2.3 million people lived through California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The watchdog said that FEMA violated both federal privacy laws and also Homeland Security policy by giving the extra data to the contractor, whose name was redacted in the report made public Friday.

The contractor also knew that FEMA was providing too much personal data but didn’t inform the disaster relief agency.

The 2017 hurricane season was particularly brutal. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, as a powerful Category 4 storm. It killed 68 people and deluged much of the Houston metropolitan area — home to more than 6 million people — with 3 to 4 feet of water. Flooding damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage, according to a report from the National Hurricane Center . Irma struck Florida Sept. 10 and battered Georgia and North Carolina, killing 129 and devastating the Florida Keys. Maria made landfall Sept. 20, devastating Puerto Rico and plunging much of the island into darkness for months after, causing major damage and leaving nearly 3,000 people dead.

Wildfires in California in 2017 burned some 1.2 million acres of land, destroyed more than 10,800 structures and killed at least 46, and insurance claims topped $3.3 billion.

Associated Press writer Adam Kealoha Causey in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

Golden Gate Bridge Toll To Cost Nearly $10 By 2023

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trip across the Golden Gate Bridge is about to get more expensive.

The Press Democrat reports Golden Gate Bridge officials voted Friday to raise tolls up to $9.75 by 2023.

The first increase will come in July when a trip from the North Bay from San Francisco will rise from $7 to $7.35.

The toll hikes are expected to raise an estimated $100 million over five years and help transportation officials buy another ferry boat to meet growing demand and add service between Larkspur and San Francisco.

According to the California Department of Transportation, between 112,000 and 119,000 motorists use the 1.7-mile span each day.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

California To Waive Environmental Rules For Fire Season Prep

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom will allow state fire officials to bypass some environmental regulations to clear dead trees and other vegetation ahead of the next wildfire season.

His order will come Friday as he declares a state of emergency, saying the number of dead trees across the state is “creating extremely dangerous fire risk.” California experienced two of its most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018 and experts say climate change is increasing the risks.

“The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom plans to say, according to excerpts released by his office.

But some environmental groups say Newsom, a Democrat, is taking the wrong approach by waiving environmental rules designed to protect California’s water, wildlife and people. Clearing trees, for example, could hurt the stability of soil and lead to more natural disasters, said Kathryn Phillips, director of the Sierra Club California.

“For some suspension of oversight now, what’s the consequence going to be later?” she said. “Are we going to end up having huge silt floods and mudslides?”

Newsom’s order will cover 35 projects across nearly 141 square miles (365 square kilometers) of land identified by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as critical to guard against fire threats. The projects are targeted at disadvantaged communities, such as those with high poverty levels and language barriers. They include work around the city of Redding and in Butte County, the sites of major 2018 wildfires. Newsom has directed National Guard troops to help.

The order suspends state rules and regulations for the rest of the calendar year that fall under the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency. That would include requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act, the backbone of the state’s environmental law.

Fire officials would need to get approval from either state agency before moving ahead on the project. It also allows people with timber operator and tree service contractor licenses to do additional work.

Beyond waiving regulations, Newsom is spending $50 million on public outreach efforts around disaster preparedness and response. He’s also issued a request for innovative proposals from the private sector to deal with wildfires.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

California May Ban All Smartphones At Schools

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California wants all school districts to come up with smart phone policies, including banning or restricting when students can use the phones at school or on school grounds.

Assembly Bill 272 would allow students to keep their phones with them at school, in case of emergency or for learning purposes.

The bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance) said, “Cell phones can be a distraction in the classroom, and there are social and emotional consequences to too much use.  According to studies, kids who are heavy users of social media are showing signs of depression and other mental health problems in greater numbers.  Studies have also shown that restricting cell phone use improves pupil performance.”

A Pew Research Center study conducted in 2018 found 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, a 22% increase since 2014-15.

A psychology professor at San Diego State University found in 2017: “8th grade pupils who spend 10 or more hours per week on social media are 56% more likely to describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Moreover, teenagers who spend three hours per day or more on electronic devices are 35% more likely to demonstrate risk factors for suicide, such as suicidal ideation; and, teenagers who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71% more likely to demonstrate a risk factor for suicide.”

According to a study done by Common Sense Media, 13-18-year-olds spend:

  • 8:56 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 6:40 a day of screen media

8-12-year-olds spend:

  • 5:55 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 4:36 of screen media

The London School of Economics and Political Science found student test scores improved significantly at schools that had smart phone bans, specifically among disadvantaged and underachieving students.

France banned smartphones at all primary and middle schools at the start of the school year.

AB 272 goes before the Assembly Education Committee in April.

El Dorado Probation Officer Arrested For Allegedly Secretly Recording Teen

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — A county probation officer is under investigation for allegedly recording a woman at work and a teenager in his home without their knowledge.

The findings came about in a quaint and quiet Folsom neighborhood where police say one man became the center of a multi-agency investigation into voyeurism and child pornography.

According to court documents, John Steven Ruiz was secretly recording a minor in his home in October.

“I know that girl very personally and she’s babysat, watched our house and has done everything, so I feel very sorry,” said Felicia Maddox who lives nearby.

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Maddox said the teen was housesitting and became suspicious and reported what she found to Folsom Police.

“Shocked. I would not expect my neighborhood to be like that,” Maddox said.

He was not only a neighbor, but Ruiz was also an El Dorado County Probation Officer. Ruiz also allegedly recorded a woman in a compromising position without her consent in a private space at work.

The county’s chief probation officer could not elaborate fully on the case but confirmed that Ruiz is, in fact, being investigated for at least the work-related incidents.

A warrant was ultimately issued in both counties and Ruiz is now out on bail. He has been put on administrative leave and will be back in Sacramento County court next month.

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Passing Car Kills Woman Running Across Road After DUI Stop

MERCED (AP) – Authorities in central California say a woman who was pulled over for a possible DUI was hit and killed by a passing vehicle after she ran away from her car.

The Merced Sun-Star reports a California Highway Patrol officer pulled over the 26-year-old woman on Highway 99 in Merced after noticing her car was unable to stay in its lane.

The CHP says that while the officer could smell an odor of alcohol coming from inside the car.

It says The officer was walking back to his patrol when the woman ran across the road. Then, for unknown reasons, tried to run back to her car and was hit by a passing vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The CHP says the crash remains under investigation.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Gas Prices Jump 12 Cents In One Month, Will Keep Increasing

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The price of a gallon of regular gas in California jumped 12 cents this month but remains below the average from one year ago.

According to AAA, the average gallon of gas statewide costs $3.39. One week ago drivers paid an average of $3.33; one month ago we paid $3.27; one year ago we paid $3.43.

Locally the prices are a little bit lower right now:

  • Sacramento: $3.32
  • Stockton; $3.29
  • Yolo: $3.33
  • Yuba City: $3.23
  • Modesto: $3.24

Nationally drivers are paying an average of $2.59 for a gallon of regular gas.

So why the increase? According to the Energy Information Administration, demand for gas increased significantly last week and is higher than last year at this time. That increase reduced total domestic gasoline stocks.

Drivers should expect to see the price increase throughout the spring ahead of the summer driving season. GasBuddy’s head petroleum analyst says, “motorists can expect the jumps at the pump to continue into April, and perhaps even lasting up to Memorial Day, when the transition to summer gasoline and refinery maintenance have generally wrapped up.”

‘I’m Really, Really Sorry’: Vegan Vlogger Apologizes After She’s Caught Eating Fish

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS Local) — A popular vlogger, who touts the health benefits of a raw vegan diet, is being slammed on social media after she was caught eating fish at a restaurant.

Yovana Mendoza Ayres, who goes by the name Rawvana on her social media channels, was briefly featured in another vlogger’s video last week with a plate of fish in front of her. Fans noted that she appeared caught off guard and embarrassed when the camera panned over to her.

Rawvana apologized to her viewers in a 33-minute video, saying her decision to incorporate eggs and fish into her diet was an “emergency measure” spurred on by various health problems.

“I’m really, really sorry about the way the news was communicated to you, how you had to find out,” she said. “I know that so many of you, you trust me, you listen to me, and you probably feel deceived and lied to and you’re in your whole right to feel that. And for that I ask forgiveness, I’m human.”

Rawvana has been hosting a vlog for the past six years, touting veganism as the cure-all to many ailments and addictions, including alcoholism, poor sleep and smoking.

She amassed nearly 2 million subscribers on her Spanish YouTube channel, nearly half a million on her English channel and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

In her apology video, Rawvana explained she began to lose her menstrual cycles following a 25-day water fast. She also revealed she was borderline anemic and her hormone levels were pre-menopausal.

Rawvana, who lives in San Diego, said she was advised by a doctor to start incorporating eggs and fish into her diet after she developed digestion issues and was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

Her fans, however, were not too happy with her admission, flooding her confessional video with comments.

“LOL there is nothing wrong eating whatever… the problem is the fraud, the deception, the fake news, the alternative facts… the LIES !!! You are morally bankrupt,” wrote MetaView7.

“Unsubscribed. Not because you aren’t vegan anymore, but because you’re a liar,” Gabrielle Tillmon wrote.

“I always knew there’s was something fishy about this person,” wrote Mujermaravilla3.

Still, others showed support for her health struggles.

“As a health coach, I am proud of you for sharing your journey. Don’t feel guilty about your dietary needs,” Coach Angela wrote. “Veganism is great, plant-based is great, but we all need to listen to our body.”

San Jose Sharks Playoff Tickets Go On Sale Next Week

SAN JOSE (CBS13) – The San Jose Sharks made the playoffs again this season and fans can buy tickets for Round 1 on Wednesday, March 27. The tickets will go for sale at 10 am and fans can buy a maximum of 8 tickets. Sharks365 members will get first pick and the remaining seats will go on sale at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the SAP Center.

The Sharks Stanley Cup playoff schedule and opponent won’t be determined until the NHL regular season finishes on Saturday, April 6.

The Sharks are currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference Pacific Division. The team has made the playoffs 21 times in its 27 year history.

San Jose was knocked out by the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the 2nd Round last year.