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Gas leak causes traffic delay near ARC

Travelers on Madison Avenue near American River College face traffic delays as PG&E works to fix a gas leak.  The leak was discovered on Tuesday but its location has yet to be identified. (Photo by Timon Barkley)

Robert Hansen

April 6, 2016

A previous version of this story and teaser falsely reported that the gas leak occurred on Madison Avenue northbound. Madison Avenue runs east to west and the leak closed lanes going westbound. PG&E crews are trying to repair a gas leak on westbound Madison Avenue between Date Avenue and the I-80 ...

Los Rios crime log refreshed, updated after six weeks

The Los Rios police department . (File photo)

Matthew Peirson

April 5, 2016

The Los Rios Police Department Crime Log website was officially refreshed and put into use on March 29 after not being updated for nearly two months following a change of operating systems. The last entry on the previous website was dated Jan. 12, for a battery charge on the campus of Cosumnes River...

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...

Sacramento Regional Transit board passes fare hikes

American River College senator Laurie Jones holds up a sign that reads 'Human Rights Matter' during a Sacramento Regional Transit board meeting Monday. The RT board approved a 10% fare increase for July 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Hannah Darden

March 15, 2016

Update, Feb. 25, 2016 at 5:16 p.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named Roberto Garner as Roberto Gardner.  Sacramento Regional Transit amended and passed a proposal raising fares at a board meeting Monday night after public outcry against the fare hikes. Those protesting the hik...

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...

Twin brothers, one a former ARC student, arraigned on murder charges

Brothers Cody and Kevin Martinez were arraigned Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and probation violation. Cody (left) is a former American River College Student. (Photo courtesy of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

Matthew Peirson

March 7, 2016

Two brothers, one a former American River College student, were arraigned on charges of attempted murder and probation violation Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Cody and Kevin Martinez got into an argument with their mother and stepfather and stabbed each of them multiple time...

Gas pipe leak prompts brief evacuation of ARC Natomas Center

A broken gas pipe forced an evacuation of the American River College Natomas Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The evacuation lasted around 10 minutes, according to Natomas Center dean Frank Kobayashi. (Photo by Matthew Peirson)

Matthew Peirson

March 3, 2016

A broken pipe that caused a gas leak near American River College’s Natomas Center forced a brief evacuation of the building Thursday morning. According to Natomas Center dean Frank Kobayashi, the leak was caused by a plumber hitting a gas pipe while working to fix a broken water pipe on the grou...

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...

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