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Folsom residents work to make deadly intersection safer


The death of an 11-year-old Folsom boy hit by a car while riding his bike has motivated his neighbors to do something about the intersection where the crash happened.

"As soon as they get on that road, they want to take off," Sue Jas said.

Jas said even before Monday's deadly crash, she felt the intersection of East Natoma and Cameron was dangerous. It has no crosswalk, no stop sign or traffic light for those looking to cross the street.

"During the school day, people drive so fast," Leon Wu said. "I can say they easily drive 50, 60 miles per hour."

Folsom mother sucks out venom from son's leg


For the Caramazza family in Folsom, walking down the path behind their home is a weekly ritual. But four-year-old Vinny learned the hard way that the path is also used by rattlesnakes, and neighbors say they're seeing more of them out in the open than ever before.

Vinny will likely never forget his painful encounter with a rattlesnake along Humbug Creek Trail in Folsom. The family was walking the trail on Saturday around dusk. Vinny's mother, Jaclyn, says he and a neighborhood friend were just about ten feet ahead of her when suddenly, something lunged at his leg.

"I saw a little mark on his leg," recalls Jaclyn. "It looked like a scratch and I said 'oh no, you just got scratched' and he said 'no he bit me here'."

Folsom Middle School student dies after being hit by car


A boy died from his injuries after a driver hit him while he was riding his bicycle near a Folsom subdivision, Placer County Sheriff's Department confirmed Tuesday morning.

The boy had just finished 6th grade at Folsom Middle School, according to Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed the boy is 11-year-old Calvin Suh.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday on East Natoma Street and Cameron Drive. The street has four lanes of traffic with a speed limit of 45 mph. There were no red lights or stop signs for those wishing to cross the intersection, but residents said that many neighborhood kids take their chances crossing on their bicycles.

"There are so many kids just in this small little neighborhood," said Hayle Eldridge. "There are a lot of kid riding their bikes, minding their business," she said.

Folsom prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec's overdose death


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison on Tuesday.

Authorities say Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013 then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht.

Authorities said Hayes hired Tichelman several times before and they were doing drugs and having sex the night he died.

Folsom offers cash to conserve water


The city of Folsom is giving out cash to encourage residents to conserve. A new rebate program kicked off Wednesday -- financial incentives to get rid of lawns or trade up to more energy efficient appliances.

"We had a completely overwhelming response to this," Folsom Water Conservation Coordinator Don Smith said and added his office was inundated with calls all day.

"People in Folsom are looking for ways to save water and they are really excited about getting this opportunity for a little financial support to do that," he said.

Lou Nall and her husband are making improvements to their yard. They removed a tree and the shrubs that lined their home.

"I want the drip system, because it will save on the water, I'm sure," Nall explained.

12-year-old Folsom boy found


A 12-year-old boy with autism was found safe after being reported missing for more than two hours.

Folsom police said the boy was located and taken to the California Highway Patrol office in Newcastle.

The boy, whose name was not released, was reported missing around 6:45 p.m. from the Briggs Ranch area of Folsom. He was last seen riding a kick scooter.

Details of how he was found were unknown to Folsom police.


folsom water program


The City of Folsom will unveil its plan this week to give homeowners money for making more water-efficient choices around their home. Folsom needs to reduce its water use by 32 percent.

"We have a higher per capita use of water that's simply because we're in a hotter area. The density of housing is not what it is in the big communities on the coast, so we just end up with a larger per capita number," Don Smith the Folsom Water Conservation Coordinator, said.

The most popular program is expected to be their "cash for grass" option. This will provide homeowners 50-cents-per-square-foot if they remove their grass, with a limit of $1,000.

Other rebate options include cash for installing water-efficient sprinklers or a recirculating water heating system.