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Folsom man overcomes language barrier, rescues neighbor from burning home

An insurance broker who recorded video of an early-morning house fire to potentially help his neighbor with a claim ended up rescuing a woman who had remained inside the house as the flames spread.

Crews installing $3.5 million "insurance policy" at dry Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake is headed for a record low level, and for the first time in its 60 year history there's genuine worry the level could drop below the seven-foot diameter pipe that provides drinking water to 200,000 people.

Let's start with the good news: as bad as Folsom Lake looks today, current projections show it may not go as low as the Bureau of Reclamation thought it might just a couple of months ago.

"It's not as bad as we estimated it could be in a worst-case scenario, yes. But it's still very dry," Shane Hunt with the Bureau of Reclamation. 

And that's the bad news: Folsom Lake still appears to be headed to a record-low level.

When full, the lake level stands at 466 feet above sea level. On Thursday, it was at 363 feet.

Family of Folsom bullying victim received $1 million from school district

ID=21562087The family of a 12-year-old boy who took his own life in December 2014 after ongoing bullying accepted $1 million to settle their claim against the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. The family claimed the district failed to protect their son, Ronin Shimizu.

Shimizu was bullied before entering third grade at Russell Ranch School in Folsom, and even after he changed schools, the bullying continued the attorneys said.

Police investigate car crash in Folsom that killed lone driver

Police are investigating the cause behind a single car crashed along Folsom Boulevard early Wednesday morning, which killed the lone driver.

Lost California hiker survived 9 days with broken leg

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say determination, strength and a two-day crawl to a stream for water helped a 62-year-old woman survive while she was lost in the Sierra Nevada for nine days with a broken leg.

Fresno County sheriff's Deputy Jason Vinogradoff said Monday that Miyuki Harwood blew a whistle signaling her location to searchers in the wilderness.

She had become separated from fellow hikers and slipped on a rock, breaking her left leg. Vinogradoff says she described crawling for more than two days to lifesaving water in a stream.

She said she decided to find water rather than dying where she fell.

Vinogradoff says Harwood had warm clothing that got her through nighttime temperatures that hit freezing.

Orangevale hiker found alive in Sierra National Forest after missing for 9 days

An Orangevale hiker who went missing in the Sierra National Forest last Thursday was found alive Saturday morning by the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. 

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said the team found 62-year-old Miyuki Harwood alive in an area east of Courtright Reservoir. Harwood had suffered some broken bones, according to Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims, but the exact extent of those injuries are not yet known.

The office said a helicopter was been sent to pick-up Harwood and take her to Community Regional Medical Center for further evaluation of her injuries.



Orangevale woman missing in Sierra National Forest






A woman from Orangevale has been missing in the Sierra National Forest since Thursday afternoon, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. 

The office said Miyuki Hardwood, 62, was reportedly separated from her hiking group near Horshoe / Horsehead Lake, about 100 miles northeast of Fresno. 

Deputies spoke with Hardwood's friends to determine her last location, and the California Highway Patrol flew over the area to try and find her, according to the office. But CHP had difficulty seeing difficulties seeing due to thick smoke caused by the Rough Fire, which is burning about 10 miles away from the area. 

The office said smoky confiscations are one of the largest obstacles for search teams.