California Highway Patrol

Man fatally hit after running into traffic

A Colfax man who reportedly ran out into Highway 49 traffic in Auburn died Wednesday night. Michael B. Johnston, 53, was standing on the west roadway edge of the highway south of ...

Officers wrangle horses

A tragedy was averted Tuesday morning when CHP officers managed to round up two horses walking on westbound Interstate 80. Several motorists called 9-1-1 around 7:40 a.m. to repor ...

Tanker runs off Interstate 80

Early Monday morning, a commercial tanker truck carrying 6,000 gallons of an oil mixture used to seal asphalt roads ran off eastbound Interstate 80 about five miles above Colfax. ...

AT&T tech saves woman’s life

Some may call it a fluke, others a miracle that Dave Erickson was working where he was one fateful Friday. The AT&T splicing technician decided it was a good day to finish some wi ...

Accident sends two teens to hospital, knocks phone pole

An accident that left two teens in “serious” condition also closed a Placer County road overnight. A portion of Placer Hills Road remained closed Friday morning after a vehic ...

Two local residents finish CHP Academy

Two area men are among those who recently completed California Highway Patrol cadet training. Brett Martin of Auburn is a 2003 graduate of Colfax High School. He graduated from ...

Memorial services planned for retired California Highway Patrol commander

Funeral services for Lt. John McDonald, former California Highway Patrol commander of the Gold Run office, are scheduled for Saturday in Colfax. Lt. McDonald died at the age of 65 ...

Setting off fireworks? Don’t try it in Auburn

Setting off your own fireworks this Fourth of July is a bad move in Auburn. Except for the annual fireworks show at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, local fire officials don’t wan ...

Melted mess

A refrigerated big rig filled with ice cream caught fire around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday while traveling eastbound on the Three Mile grade of Interstate 80. According to California Highwa ...

Hostage taker booked on seven felony charges

The man who held his family hostage and involved law enforcement in an almost six-hour standoff was behind bars Thursday. Andrew Jason Rosas, 33, of Sacramento, was booked into N ...

Man surrenders after holding family hostage

A parolee took his family hostage and was involved in a “lengthy stand off” with law enforcement in Truckee Wednesday night before surrendering. Andrew Jason Rosas was booked ...

Interstate 80 repair project revving up

The first night of detours on Interstate 80 between Colfax and the Nevada State line apparently went without a hitch. Construction crews closed the interstate just after midnight ...

Deaths remind us of courage of law enforcement

On April 6, 1970 four California Highway Patrolmen were murdered. The names of CHP Officers James Pence, Roger Gore, Walt Frago and George Alleyn have been inscribed on the Peace O ...

Bear River Campground will remain open this summer

After meeting stiff resistance from Weimar-Applegate-Colfax Municipal Advisory Council members, the Placer County Parks and Grounds Division announced Wednesday it will not close t ...

Every minute counts

T hree Colfax High School students were killed Wednesday morning when the sedan they were riding in was hit by a pickup truck driven by two other students who had been drinking, ...