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Potential rape charge delays court date for ARC sextortion suspect

A courtroom sketch of Chris Hirtzel at his hearing on Tuesday. The hearing was pushed back to May 24 as the DA looks to add a rape charge. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom.
(Courtroom illustration by Allante Morris)

Jordan Schauberger

April 12, 2016

A potential rape charge that the Sacramento County District Attorney's office says will likely be added to the case of former American River College student Christian Brian Hirtzel, who was arrested on Jan. 22 on 18 counts of six different felonies stemming from sextortion allegations, pushed back his heari...

ARC students compete in StarCraft collegiate tournament

American River College Eric Key smiles during a StarCraft game against the University of Utah during the 2016 TESPA StarCraft Collegiate Series. Key and teammate Becky Harris, representing ARC, won the game three matches to none but was knocked out of the tournament in the next round by the University of Washington. (Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

April 8, 2016

On the backs of games like League of Legends, StarCraft and Counter Strike, eSports has slowly integrated into the traditional sports scene. Two American River College students were a testament to that when they took part in the Tespa Collegiate StarCraft Series over the past three months. Eric Key ...

Update: Two sextortion accusers speak

Actor and former ARC student Christian Brian Hirtzel (standing right) rehearsing for ARC's production of Young Frankenstein. Hirtzel was found guilty on four counts relating to sexual extortion and will be sentenced on August 2. (File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

March 15, 2016

Christian Brian Hirtzel, a former American River College theater student, was arrested Jan. 22 on on 18 counts of six different felonies stemming from sextortion allegations made in November 2014. Two accusers told their stories in separate interviews with the Current. In accordance with the Associated Press guid...

Update: Sextortion suspect speaks

Prominent ARC actor and former ARC student Christian Brian Hirtzel, pictured in promotional art for ARC's fall 2014 production of 'Young Frankenstein,' was arrested on Jan. 22 on charges of distribution of child pornography and extortion. (Photo courtesy of the American River College theater department)

Jordan Schauberger

March 14, 2016

A former American River College theater student, arrested on Jan. 22 in relation to sextortion allegations made in November 2014, told a Current reporter in a tearful jailhouse interview Sunday morning that he’s looking to take a plea bargain and doesn’t intend to take the case to court. Chri...

Proposed RT fare increases to be addressed next week

Students board a Sacramento Regional Transit bus directly in front of the American River College campus. RT released a plan to raise fares that would include eliminating the paratransit monthly pass, among other changes. (File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

March 7, 2016

Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) has plans for drastic fare increases effective July 1. Although the proposed 20 percent increase to the regular $100 pass won’t affect current students, the discounted fare of $50 for senior, disabled and Los Rios students with three or fewer units will see increase...

Former ARC student arrested on charges involving child pornography and extortion

Actor and former ARC student Christian Brian Hirtzel (standing right) rehearsing for ARC's production of Young Frankenstein. Hirtzel was found guilty on four counts relating to sexual extortion and will be sentenced on August 2. (File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

March 1, 2016

A former American River College student and actor in several ARC theater productions was arrested Jan. 22 on six felony charges including distribution of child pornography and extortion, according to a report made by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Christian Brian Hirtzel, who attended ARC fr...

Former ARC student dies in police custody

Former American River College student Edward Currie died in police custody on Feb. 20 of an apparent seizure after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession on the same night. Currie's family said he had no past history of seizures. (Photo screen capture from Edward Currie's Facebook page)

Jordan Schauberger

February 29, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger and Matthew Peirson A former American River College student died in police custody on Feb. 20 after suffering an apparent seizure, officials said Monday. He was 31. Edward Shabbaz Currie, who attended ARC from in 2003 and 2004, according to ARC Public Information Officer Scot...

Former ARC football player Antonio Perez dies

Former American River College football player Antonio Perez (54), seen airborne to the right attempting to block a kick during the 2014 season, died yesterday due to an unverified cause.
(File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

February 26, 2016

An American River College football player, who was a part of the team that made it the State semifinals in 2014, died yesterday, according to ARC football coach Jon Osterhout. The cause of death was not immediately verified. Antonio Perez was a defensive lineman for the Beavers for one season in 2014 a...

Accreditation reaffirmed for ARC

American River College Dean of planning, research and technology Adam Karp speaks with an accreditation committee member during last fall's committee visit. The school was commended in seven areas. (File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

February 18, 2016

American River College had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) earlier this month after a committee visited the school in October of last year. The accreditation commission provided one recommendation for ARC to address within the next 18 ...

ARC professor puts his mark on the Art Hotel

American River College art professor Craig Martinez shared a room at the Art Hotel exhibit with long-time friend Mark Swanson. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Jordan Schauberger

February 18, 2016

After years of friendship, two local artists found themselves involved in the Art Hotel, a Sacramento “reclamation art exhibit” that has been described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Craig Martinez, an American River College art professor and local Sacramento artist, was recruited...

ARC hosts first-time welding expo

Fronius technical sales engineer Fritz Arumber welds together some metal during the Welding Expo at American River College on Feb.6, 2016. The welding industry has been looking for welders and the expo was held to offer apprenticeships and jobs. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Jordan Schauberger

February 11, 2016

American River College’s welding technology program, in coordination with the American Welding Society (AWS), hosted the first-ever welding expo at ARC on Saturday. The AWS has a trailer full of welding simulators that they take around the country, and after they contacted ARC about bringing the...

‘Deadpool’ is outrageously hilarious

‘Deadpool’ is outrageously hilarious

Jordan Schauberger

February 8, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger [email protected] Overshadowed by the recent barrage of Marvel movies and sizable hype surrounding the upcoming DC movies, there was a reasonable expectation that “Deadpool’ would either suck or just bleed into the background of mediocrity. The Ryan Reynolds-...

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