Rodney Jay Hance, 51 of Fresno, was sentenced to 27 years and 8 months in state prison on June 8th, 2017, for his actions during a violent confrontation with Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies. On May 16th, 2017, Hance pled no contest to one count of Assault on a Peace Officer with a Semiautomatic Firearm 245(d)(2) of the Penal Code, two counts of Resisting an Executive Officer 69 of the Penal Code, and a one count of Transportation of a Controlled Substance for Sale – Methamphetamine 11379 of the Health and Safety Code. He admitted that he personally used the firearm, that he has a prior strike, and has a prior conviction for Transportation/Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance.
The charges stem from an incident on January 18th, 2016, when the Placer County Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a man brandishing a firearm in the parking lot of the Loomis Raley’s. A Deputy attempted to contact Hance after he crossed Horseshoe Bar Road; Hance drew a loaded, semi-automatic, 9-millimeter handgun from his rear waistband, turned toward the Deputy, and raised the firearm up and pointed it at the Deputy. Prior to Hance firing the weapon, the Sheriff’s Deputy fired at Hance, causing him to flee through a residential neighborhood and eventually into the parking lot of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Loomis sub-station, where he took shelter behind parked vehicles and pointed the firearm at several pursuing Deputies. Deputies again engaged Hance, and he was struck several times by gunfire. It was later determined that after the initial confrontation in which Hance drew the firearm, he inadvertently released the magazine from it as he fled. During the second confrontation in the sub-station parking lot, the gun that Hance was pointing was unloaded.
Deputy District Attorney Matt Block prosecuted the case and was pleased with the disposition. Block stated, “We are fortunate that under these circumstances no harm came to Deputies. Mr. Hance only failed in his quest to harm the Deputies because of the skill, professionalism, and training of the Deputies involved in his apprehension. This case illustrates how a split-second decision can make the difference between the life and the death of our Peace Officers.”
Two local members of the community, Lauren DeGruccio, a graduate of Nevada Union High School and Tara Bain-Sorensen, a graduate of Victory Independent in Rocklin, have been selected to each receive a $1,000 scholarship through the April Moore Memorial Scholarship Program.
DeGrucio is a recent 2017 graduate from Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, CA. She plans to continue her education at San Jose State studying biochemistry with the hopes of pursuing graduate studies in Pharmacology. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and looks forward to using her education to give back to her community.
Bain-Sorensen, a member of the Cherokee Tribe, graduated from Victory Independent in Rocklin, CA and attended Sacramento City College to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Bain-Sorensen has been working as a local school Nurse, and was recently accepted into Butte College’s LVN to RN program. She is excited to follow through with the next step of her education to become a Registered Nurse and hopes to give back to the American Indian Community as an RN and Health Educator.
“We are very excited and honored to be able to offer a scholarship that is benefitting two very deserving young women” says Lisa Davies, Chief Executive Office of Chapa-De Indian Health. “This scholarship is fitting because April dedicated her life to help advance American Indian people especially in health and education, and this year, we felt as if these two exemplary women would do the same through their education.”
The April Moore Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor Chapa-De’s long-time Board President April Moore, who dedicated her life to advancing American Indian people and served on the Chapa-De Board of Directors for 26 years. The scholarship is available to American Indian or Alaska Native students who plan to pursue a career in healthcare and attended a high school in Placer, Nevada, Sacramento or Sierra Counties in California. The applicants must be a graduating high school senior, or a college student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Additional information about Chapa-De and their scholarship opportunities is available online at www.chapa-de.org or by calling 530-887-2800.
Chapa-De Indian Health (Chapa-De) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that was established in 1974 and operates community health clinics in Auburn and Grass Valley, California. Chapa-De offers comprehensive primary medical care, dental and orthodontics, behavioral health counseling, psychiatry, nutrition and health education, women’s health, pharmacy, and optometry services.
Helping to coordinate fiscal administration and budget oversight of Placer County offices and departments is now under the purview of Kate Sampson, Placer’s new deputy county executive officer for finance.
Sampson complements and rounds out an already dynamic team of three deputy CEOs, each providing organizational leadership over a specific county focus, including Bekki Riggan, who oversees public health and safety services, and Dave Defanti, who oversees planning, development and public works. North Lake Tahoe operations and the Tahoe CEO office is overseen by Jennifer Merchant.
Sampson was previously the community development agency assistant director of administration and finance for El Dorado County, where she focused on budget oversight, process efficiency and departmental coordination.
As deputy CEO, Sampson’s main role will be to coordinate the work of specific county offices and departments, helping analyze and recommend policies and procedures related to those departments. Other responsibilities include: supporting and implementing policies and priorities for the county board of supervisors, providing organizational direction and leadership, coordinating strategic and regional planning efforts and fostering efficient and effective management of the county workforce and activities.
“Kate is experienced in meeting the fiscal challenges faced by local government,” said Placer County Executive Officer David Boesch. “As our county sharpens its focus on rising pension costs and other budget challenges, I know that Kate is the right person to keep the county in excellent financial health.”
“Local governments wrestle with a breathtaking volume of complex challenges, but Placer County’s commitment to preparing for the future with innovative solutions is inspiring,” said Sampson. “I am honored to join such an energetic team of professionals and can’t wait to get to work.”
Sampson began her local government career as a management analyst in the City of Elk Grove, where she spent time learning the ropes of every service line, from public works to risk management. She then assumed the role of budget manager, responsible for performance management and financial forecasting during an unprecedented economic downturn. Under her stewardship, the city adopted balanced budgets that prioritized healthy reserves, economic recovery and uncompromised service delivery.
A native of Northern California, Sampson holds a degree in management and organizational communication from Point Loma Nazarene University. When she’s not in the office, you can find her embarrassing her three sons with enthusiastic cheering at their sporting events or being taken for a walk by her ridiculously large rescue dog, Tucker.
Hundreds of Youth Swimmers to Compete at the Roseville Aquatics Complex on June 8-11
California Capital Aquatics (CCA) is diving into the final preparations for the 20th Annual Summer Sanders Swim Meet that will take place at the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) on June 8-11. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be partnering up with CCA again to bring this exciting swimming competition to Placer Valley. Nearly 60 swim teams will be represented from throughout the West Coast and 800 youth swimmers will be competing each day of the meet.
“The concept for this meet from Summer Sanders and her family when it was first introduced back in 1997 was to give something back to her club team, CCA, as well as to the community of Roseville,” commented Alex Ongaco, CCA Meet Director. “From its humble beginnings, it is now the signature meet of Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS), attracting high caliber swimmers from all over California and even many swimmers outside of the state, across the Western Zone.”
Summer Sanders herself is equally excited about her namesake meet reaching this amazing milestone. “This wonderful meet has grown into something well beyond my wildest imagination, all because of the incredible dedication and hard work of CCA, my club swim team, especially Denna Culpepper (SNS Executive Director),” stated Sanders.
Sanders added, “I cannot believe we are celebrating 20 years and I am truly honored these three days of fierce competition bare my name; thank you parents, coaches, CCA, and of course, all the swimmers for always showing up and swimming your hearts out!”
In keeping with constantly striving to promote a meet with high caliber competition Ongaco explained this will be the first year the Summer Sanders Meet will be designated a Senior+ meet with faster qualifying time standards. In previous years the Summer Sanders Meet was designated a Junior+ meet.
Athletes will check-in on Thursday afternoon, June 8 and the competition will heat up Friday through Sunday with races starting at 8:30 a.m. each day. So come on down to the RAC located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd in Roseville and watch top swimmers race to set new records!
About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.
Placer County has restarted efforts to find a new use for the firehouse vacated by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District in 2011.
The firehouse, along with the adjoining Tahoe Community Center structure, is on the lakeside of Lake Blvd. near Commons Beach. Placer County initially started a public process for the site in 2011, but elected to wait for other planning efforts that would affect the potential uses for the structure.
“Our goal is to find the best use for the site that will facilitate improvement to Tahoe City’s community, environment and economy,” said Jennifer Merchant, Placer County’s deputy county executive officer for Lake Tahoe. “We’re really excited to work with stakeholders and the community to find the right fit.”
Placer County began working with stakeholders in April to solicit opinions and expert input on what could be the best use of the site, whether that means re-using the existing buildings, taking them down for a park or plaza, or some combination thereof.
The community is being asked to identify re-use options that are innovative, feasible from a cost and time perspective, and include a strategy for long-term financial self-sustainability.
The community will have a number of opportunities to participate in the planning process, learn more about potential options and voice their input:
North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council:
Staff will present the workshop findings to the Placer County Board of Supervisors at their Tahoe board meeting scheduled for July 25 (Tahoe location TBD).
To find out more, to offer input on potential uses of the site, or to get involved, contact Suzy Vose at email@example.com or 530-886-4962.
Looking for family fun and adventure, for free?
Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 10th year.
A total of 21 museums will be participating, from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Free museum days are grouped geographically to allow easy trekking between museums in a day.
“This summer, families can explore where Valley Nisenan Maidu Indians lived for thousands of years, seek fortune by panning for gold or reconnect with nature during a Donner Summit hiking tour, just to name a few,” said Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums administrator. “The Heritage Trail offers an excellent opportunity to learn about our county's rich history, enjoy a variety of our beautiful landscapes and even save a couple of bucks, while making memories."
A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours and activities is available on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog here. Check out this fun video promoting the tour here.
Fun, family-friendly activities are spread throughout the free weekends, including live music, historical reenactments and much more. Trail visitors are also encouraged to pick up a ‘Get Up and Go’ card at any participating museum; those who fill the card with stamps from at least eight of the participating museums will be eligible for a gift basket drawing.
New this year is the Placer County student Scavenger Hunt. Students who will be entering 1st grade through 12th grade in a Placer County school (or who are home-schooled in the county) in the fall of 2017, can enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a Kindle Fire.
The Heritage Trail kicks off June 17, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Bernhard and Gold Rush museums and the historic Benton Welty School Room in Auburn, and ends Sept. 3 with a free weekend at the Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.
If you are looking for a fun family outing, look no further! The Best Little Air Show in the West is back on Saturday, June 10 at the Lincoln Regional Airport. This event is packed full of exciting aviation activities that the whole family will enjoy. Gates open at 8 a.m. Youth 17 and under are free with a paying adult and tickets for adults start at $20. The airport is located at 1480 Flightline Drive in Lincoln. Mark your calendar and come see the amazing aerial action and so much more!