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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." 

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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.

Tres Agaves Roseville celebrates its Jan. 21 tequila distillary event

Each month, Tres Agaves Roseville welcomes ambassadors from a Tequila distillery to celebrate that Tequila’s unique flavor profile and culture.  On Friday, Jan. 21 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Tres Agaves Roseville will feature Jose Cuervo Tequilas and provide guests with the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft Tres Agaves’ signature all-natural margaritas in a margarita making class. To add a new twist, specialty flavored agave nectars and rim salts will also be available for experimentation.

Classes last about 30-45 minutes and include education on the history and culture of making Tequila as well as a hands-on demonstration where each guest will make two of their own margaritas to enjoy. Classes will begin on the hour each hour starting at 5:30, 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Tres Agaves Passport members are $10 and non-members are $25. Class will include two cocktails plus a sampling of Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo.

Ten22 celebrates California Restaurant Month

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

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New veterinarian brings shelter medicine expertise to Placer SPCA

New veterinarian brings shelter medicine expertise to Placer SPCA

Placer SPCA proudly announces that Dr. Barbara Jones, DVM, MS, has joined the organization as an onsite veterinarian.

After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2004, Dr. Jones received her Certificate of Residency Training in Shelter Medicine from the innovative Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis in 2008.  She was the third person to graduate from the elite specialty program.  UC Davis’ Shelter Medicine Program was the first of its kind in the nation, with an emphasis on the veterinary issues specific to animal shelters, including high-volume spay and neuter, disease prevention, nutrition, and stress reduction.

As a Shelter Medicine Specialist, Dr.

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.

Pet owners get financial break

Sacramento and Yolo County pet owners can now apply to have their pets spayed or neutered for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on March 6.  This is a savings of 90 percent or more on this routine, but important veterinary procedure.  Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters.

Qualifying pet owners must be either Sacramento or Yolo County residents and have an annual household income of $35,000 or less.  There is a 2 animal (dog and/or cat) limit per household.  Proof of income will be required.